A Perfect 10
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017

August 11, 2015 12:20 am ET

Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association still going strong after decade of National Night Out

Source: A Perfect 10

ictured left to right: Karen Cruz, Bob Staab and Helen Keegan

Once a year, residents find a way to gauge the impact and longevity of a civic association through the success (or lack thereof) of the community’s National Night Out program.

To put it bluntly, folks, numbers count.

Using that measuring stick, the Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association (ESCA) must be doing something right, because there were plenty of community members (about 250) at this year’s event.

In my opinion, ESCA is one of Dundalk’s most solid middle class neighborhoods. The streets are clean, the houses are well maintained, and the neighbors all look out for each other.

This year’s 10th National Night Out was quite reminiscent of past celebrations. In addition to the two-and-a-half-hundred community members, a number of political leaders also made an appearance, which is another measure of success. Simply put, the pols won’t show unless there is a substantial audience.

The honor roll of east side pols that made an appearance were as follows: Senator Johnny Salling, Delegate Robin Grammer, Delegate Ric Metzgar, and Councilman Todd Crandell (along with his Chief of Staff Doug Anderson).

Delegate Bob Long’s wife Rose and daughter Kristen where there representing him.

Also present were members of the Baltimore County Police Department in the time honored role of community policing.

ESCA President Karen Cruz and her husband Rick go the extra mile—and then some—to make the event one of the “can’t miss” gatherings in the Dundalk area.

There was enough food to satisfy every palate, from the very young to our cherished senior citizens.

The event was held next to a playground, which provided plenty of entertainment for the youngsters; yet, the main draw for the children was the fire equipment from the Dundalk Fire Station.

Safe to say, the children scampered all over the equipment … to the point that the playground became an afterthought.

DJ Lee provided the music, while Brett Arthur did the cooking. A shout-out also goes to Helen and Don Keegan, Mark Persiani, Nancy Balasus, and Chas and Adele Scheidt for their efforts in this annual event.

As always in the case of a perilous situation, the fire department personnel at the scene came to the rescue when storm clouds produced some lightening. As the crowd quickly dispersed, the firefighters quickly jumped into action by taking down all the tents and cleaning up the area lickety-split.

Now that is what I call “above and beyond the call of duty.” A hearty thank you from the ESCA to Captain Joe Griebel and his men.

With the summer slipping away—and school and the cold winds of winter approaching—what better way to bid the season adieu than a great National Night Out presented by the ESCA.

I am looking forward to number 11 in 2016. You should as well, folks.

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