Unifying the Community
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017

August 4, 2016 10:19 pm ET

National Night Out event a success

Source: Unifying the Community

Photo credit/Patch file photo

The premise for National Night Out, for those who are interested in its origins, is not complicated and rooted in two issues—community and law enforcement.

Here is the official translation:

“… a chance to bring neighborhoods together with the men & women who protect them. The safety of our communities depend on both law enforcement and the citizens they serve, and tonight’s events will enhance that cooperation.” — Vice President Joe Biden

With that said, I went to one event that I have covered for several years because, in my opinion, the community strongly supports the efforts of its leader, Karen Cruz, president of the Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association, along with her husband, Rick.

I can tell you first hand that they put a ton of time and effort into these events.

I used to make the rounds to other events as well over the years while blogging for Patch and, in those instances, I saw mixed results.

This troubled me because I knew the tremendous amount of work the various communities went to put these events together. Yet, those community members gave the other events the “ho-hum” treatment.

Now before I give a shout-out to those who volunteered and donated to this event, I became a classic member of what Vice President Joe Biden was referring to, “…a chance to bring neighborhood together…with law enforcement….” I had the opportunity to partake in the VP’s statement.

You will see in the video clip I took a scene where Captain Orlando Lilly is conversing with two area residents.

After their conversation, I approached Captain Lilly and relayed some of our community’s problems. In addition to speaking with the captain, I also chatted with the Community Outreach supervisor, Sergeant Bob Stelmack.

I received assurances (as well as an email response) that our community’s concerns would be addressed.

To that end, the concept of National Night Out did live up to its intentions, and I strongly suggest in the future that citizens and community leaders take an active role in this honored tradition.

Some of our pols actually did take the time to attend this event and talk with their constituents. The following made an appearance: Senator Johnny Salling; Delegates Robin Grammer, Bob Long, and Rick Metzgar.

Councilman Todd Crandell did not attend but sent his representative, Doug Anderson.

Aside from members of the Dundalk Precinct, the Baltimore County Fire Department was also represented.

This message from Ms. Cruz mentions those who helped make her 8th NNO event a solid success:

THANK YOU TO ALL who helped make National Night Out a huge success for the Eastfield-Stanbrook community.

Art & Tina Cox – Hard Yacht Cafe – Hard Yacht Cafe Hamburgers and Old Bay Wings

Lee Salling – Karaoke

Brett Arthur – Grilled Hot Dogs

Helen & Don Keegan – Homemade Sauerkraut – Helping all night

Chas & Adele Scheidt – Helping all night

Nancy Balasus – Picking up tables, Helping all night

Sheila Aquia – Helping all night

Debbie Cicone – Helping all night

Burt Harris – Helping all night

Wayne Brooks – Helped get ice

Rick Cruz – Helping all night

Pat Ullrich – Popcorn and Iced Tea

Shirlann Shifflett – Granola Bars

We THANK the 12th Precinct Police Department and our local Station 6 Fire Department for giving CPR demos and for bring an Engine and Medic.

THANK YOU to: Gershbeck’s, Costco, H&S Bakery, Cold Stone Creamery and BJ’s Warehouse Club for the help of their Donation.

We sincerely hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves and enjoyed talking to their neighbors.

Karen Cruz

Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association

Here is some video that I shot to give you a flavor of the night’s event:


My sources also told me that the Turner Station Community also had a very successful event and turnout.

Hats off to those communities that took part in the national event, and especially to the volunteers and businesses that helped this night to be a memorable one.

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