Woodbury celebrates Night to Unite
Woodbury's most successful Night to Unite is now on the books.
Teams of city police, firefighters and paramedics visited a record 65 neighborhood block parties and picnics during the statewide crime prevention celebration, formerly known as National Night Out.
Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada said the gatherings exceeded last year's record of 62.
That number could be even higher, since there was a deadline for requests.
"It's such a great opportunity to connect with people," she said. "We had parties all across the map."
One of the larger parties was organized at the Dancing Waters neighborhood, where residents lined up for food trucks and sisters Kenzie McKeever, 9, and Harper McKeever, 4, got to see a Woodbury Police vehicle up close.
Okada said the parties were organized in brand new neighborhoods to some of the oldest. One of the parties was organized by a woman who had just moved to Woodbury.
"She had an interest in meeting her neighbors so she took the lead," Okada said.