Across the Valley Communities Unite for NNO

Photos by Robin GOLDSWORTHY, Mary O’KEEFE and Charly SHELTON
At the CV Sheriff’s Station for National Night Out, Jamie Arrow helped her niece Sawyer while her son Jack helped cousin Harper with her hat.


National Night Out events were held on Tuesday throughout the nation and within the Crescenta Valley community. NNO began in 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It began as a way to get community members and emergency responders, including law enforcement and fire personnel, to meet and talk to each other.

That community feel was evident at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Booths representing local organizations welcomed those in attendance with information and, as with the La Crescenta Library, prizes like books and reusable bags.

“[The event] was outstanding,” said Dep. Alex Covian. “Just under 200 people toured the station. Last year we had about 50.”

This year’s overall attendance was also higher than last year.

“We got a lot of positive feedback,” Covian added.

Visitors to Bolton Hall in Tujunga waited for their barbecued burger to be served up.

There was no doubt, though, that it was hot. Despite temperatures that lingered in the 90s as the sun set, dedicated visitors came for the chance to meet and greet law enforcement, to take a tour of the Los Angeles County Dept. station and to see all the classic cars driven to the event, thanks to Early Rodders.

At the Crescenta Valley Water District station on Sycamore Avenue in Glendale, it was all about community.

At the Crescenta Valley Water District, neighbors spent some time catching up.

“We were very happy with the attendance,” said Christy Scott, spokeswoman for CVWD. She added there was some anticipation that people would not want to come out in the heat, but they did, and under the trees was found a nice breeze.

Deputy Eric Matejka displayed various illegal drug paraphernalia.

“We are happy to have all the neighborhood people come out and get to know each other,” she said. “And residents from Twelve Oaks came over. It was nice to see them again.”

In Tujunga, Bolton Hall hosted an event that included a barbecue and live band. People strolled along the grounds or visited the museum, eager to visit with each other and safety personnel who were on hand.

Deputy Eric Matejka displayed various illegal drug paraphernalia.
Young visitors chatted with team leader Doug Cramoline of Montrose Search and Rescue.