FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015
City of Half Moon Bay
Contact: Beth Ross
"National Night Out" is August 4, 2015 – Neighbors Encouraged to Hold Block Parties
$100 grants from the City will help with neighbors’ costs for putting on a block party
Half Moon Bay, CA – National Night Out (https://natw.org) is the annual nationwide community-building campaign encouraging police/community partnerships and neighbor-to-neighbor connections, helping to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The City of Half Moon Bay is encouraging local participation by inviting residents to hold block parties on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, and connect (or reconnect) with their neighbors. And, the City will help jump-start block parties by offering a $100 grant to help offset neighbors’ costs.
This small grant to participating neighborhood teams can be used to pay for food, beverages, decorations, rent tables and chairs, or whatever their block party needs, to be a success. Resident organizers just need to fill out a very short application, and deliver it in person to City Hall, 501 Main Street. Each neighborhood block party team must include two organizers, and a minimum of 8 homes participating on the block or street. The application, along with a quick guide to some Block Party Basics, is available online – it just needs to be printed, filled out, and returned in person to City Hall. For more information about National Night Out in Half Moon Bay, contact Beth Ross at 650-726-8281 or
"National Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for Half Moon Bay residents to get together, meet new people and re-connect with neighbors, and just spend a couple of relaxing hours in an informal social setting," said Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda González. "Getting to know and staying in touch with neighbors enhances neighborhood safety and well-being, and makes it easier for neighbors to look out for each other – and all of that is good for our entire community." Depending on the number of block parties and availability, the City will also try to schedule a visit by a fire truck or Sheriff’s vehicle.
National Night Out helps build the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. Visit the National Night Out website at https://natw.org for more info about this nationwide effort.
Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic Downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.