Spring Valley to celebrate National Night Out

‘Wonderful opportunity for neighbors to come together’

SPRING VALLEY - On Tuesday, Aug. 3, neighborhoods throughout Spring Valley are invited to join forces with thousands of other cities nationwide for National Night Out (NNO) – a community crime and safety event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Project Success of Eastern Bureau County and the Spring Valley Police Department, under the direction of Chief Adam Curran, and his officers have teamed together to host this citywide public safety initiative.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors to come together and to send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in our communities,” said Officer Josh Pellegrini and Sgt. Sarah Kinkin, event organizers.

Spring Valley Supermarket, Happy’s, Mautino Distributing, Hall Twp. Supervisor Marty Fiocchi and WalMart Distribution #6092 are also partnering in the venture by providing food and drinks and raffle items - demonstrating their support of an evening which promotes civic awareness and strengthens partnerships between neighborhoods and local law enforcement.

National Night Out will be held at Kirby Park, from 5 to 8 pm. Residents can enjoy free swim from 5 to 6 pm at Edward P. Coveny Swimming Pool.

At 5:30 p.m., hotdogs, chips, a sweet treat and water will be served to those in attendance by volunteers of Project Success’ Hall Twp. Food Pantry.

The Spring Valley police will offer a variety of activities. A Life-Flight helicopter will land on the baseball diamond of Kirby Park (weather permitting) and share the field with a K9 team demonstration. There will be information available on theft prevention, child ID’s, Child Safety Seat check and a variety of other related topics.

Children will enjoy games with prizes, a bounce house and a Big Wheels Race about 6 p.m., conducted by Jesi Dergance of Life Balance in LaSalle.

Throughout the event, participants can take a chance to win from a large assortment of raffle items, including: two car seats, bicycles, a PlayStation, a Nintendo Switch and a Hoverboard.

Actively participating in NNO will be St. Margaret’s Health, Spring Valley Super Market, Arukah Institute of Healing, 10/33 Ambulance, Spring Valley Fire Department, AT&T, Jason Schweickert’s K9 Search & Rescue, Freedom House, CPASA and the Illinois State Police.

NNO 2021 will serve as a reminder to parents and children to help keep them aware and involved in safety in order to help protect our children. Nationwide, residents are asked to display their support of the event by leaving porch lights glowing on Tuesday evening.

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR since 1986 and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column