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Front row, left to right: San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Kelly Earnest, Sandy Dodson, Chase Stapp, and Danny Arredondo. Second row, left to right: Council Member Jude Prather, Wade Parham, Paul Stephens, Rosie Vela, Warren Zerr, and Fire Chief Les Stephens. Back row, left to right: Bob Klett, council member Shane Scott, council Member Kim Porterfield, Police Chief Howard Williams, Byron Mobley, and Jeff Jordan. PHOTO by DON ANDERS


Neighborhood groups throughout San Marcos and Hays County are planning block parties, cookouts, visits from law enforcement, and other National Night Out events next week.

The 2011 NNO will be Tuesday, Oct. 4. Some neighborhoods and communities host porch-sittings and “lights on” areas, and others may plan rallies and marches. NNO is used to heighten awareness of crime prevention strategies, enhance police-community relations, bolster volunteer morale, and serve as a deterrent to criminals.

“The National Night Out is one the most important crime prevention tools we have because it harnesses the power of the community,” said Howard Williams, San Marcos chief of police. “It’s a good time and it’s very positive, but it also makes a real impact in our neighborhoods.”

Individuals who wish to participate in NNO may call their local law enforcement agency or neighborhood watch coordinator. Neighborhoods wishing to participate may contact San Marcos police officer Danny Arredondo at (512) 754-2270 or Interested neighborhoods may also contact Hays County sheriff’s deputy Jeffrey Jordan at (512) 393-7373 or

Other states celebrated NNO on Aug. 2. Texas’ celebration is later due to the severity of August’s hot weather.

NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. NATW is a non-profit organization that develops and promotes law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. Members of NATW include neighborhood and community groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, concerned individuals, and a variety of businesses and civic groups. NATW’s network of information, assistance and affiliation has served hundreds of member-groups throughout North America since 1981.

Participating neighborhoods and communities in San Marcos include Hills of Hays, Wellington, Stone Brook, Willow Creek, CM Allen Homes, Blanco Vista, Mockingbird/Pulte Subdivision, Chapultepec Apartments, Allenwood Homes, Savannah Club, Heritage Neighborhood, Oak Heights, Sierra Vista, Hughson Heights, Sierra Circle, Castle Forrest, Franklin Square, Pierce Court, Ridgeway, Clear Springs Apartments, Blanco River Village, Springtown Villas, Victory Gardens, and Country Oaks Apartments.

Back row, left to right: Hays County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez, Chief Deputy Jamie Page, Inspector Bruce Boardman, Captain Mike Davenport, Captain Mark Cumberland, and Captain Brad Robinson. Center row, from left: County Judge Bert Cobb, Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Lieutenant John Saenz, and Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant. Front row, from left: Deputy Jeffrey Jordan, Lieutenant Julie Villapando, Sheriff Gary Cutler, Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley, and Deputy Brandy Reuter. PHOTO via HAYS COUNTY

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One thought on “Neighborhoods to hold block parties, cookouts next week

  1. Could we find a way to support law enforcement without promoting cookouts during a time when so much of Texas is going up in flames?
    I hope neighborhood groups will focus on the other options listed.

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