Communities show solidarity

The Baltimore City Fire Department visits Upper Fell’s Point for National Night Out. - Photo by Jeffrey Amoros

The Baltimore City Fire Department visits Upper Fell’s Point for National Night Out. – Photo by Jeffrey Amoros

Juan Ortiz of the Southeast CDC leads an activity at the block party at Baltimore St. and Highland Ave. - Photo by Jeffrey Amoros

Juan Ortiz of the Southeast CDC leads an activity at the block party at Baltimore St. and Highland Ave. – Photo by Jeffrey Amoros

Residents of the 300 and 400 block of S. Lehigh St. gather for a community movie night.d. - Photo courtesy of Alfredo Santiago

Residents of the 300 and 400 block of S. Lehigh St. gather for a community movie night. – Photo courtesy of Alfredo Santiago

Last Tuesday evening, several communities held events for National Night Out, an observance established to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and police, and to promote public safety.

One of those communities was Baltimore Highlands, which held a block party with food, music and children’s activities. Other neighborhoods, such as Upper Fell’s Point, Greektown, St. Helena and Bayview, participated as well.

Also last week, on Friday night, the residents of the 300 and 400 blocks of Greektown’s S. Lehigh St. held a community movie night, in which residents watched “X-men” and had a discussion on bullying.

Resident Alfredo Santiago reported that many of the neighborhood children go to school at John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School, and residents hoped to promote community spirit before classes begin.

Santiago added that his community hopes to hold similar events a couple times a year.

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