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Holyoke has 'night out'

By Lori O' Brien

Correspondent



It's a "night out" for a good cause.

Holyoke is among thousands across the country that will participate in National Night Out (NNO), slated Aug. 1 and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police and community partnerships. NNO also sends a strong message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This year marks the Holyoke Police Department's fifth annual NNO. Events planned from 5 to 7 p.m. at Crosier Field include child fingerprinting and information booths on local police, fire and medical teams. In addition, participants can receive free handouts of gun locks, T-shirts and other items. There will also be free raffles for many prizes including Red Sox tickets. Hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream will be provided. Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey is expected to attend, and the Massachusetts State Police will have a helicopter and bomb disposal robot on display. Crosier Field is located at the corner of Beech and Northampton streets.

For more information on Holyoke's NNO, contact the police department weekdays.