PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 1, 2012

Port Neches National Night Out set for Tuesday

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — Port Neches Riverfront Park will have a festival-like feel on Tuesday as residents mingle with law enforcement and first responders during this year’s National Night Out event.

National Night Out, dubbed as America’s Night Out Against Crime, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the park.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with a boat and helicopter as well as the Coast Guard, patrons can tour a fire truck and peek inside an Acadian Ambulance. Texas Parks and Wildlife will also be at the event.

Academy Sports and Outdoors will bring along some games for kids and there will also be a dunking booth on site.

Tonalta School of Music will be on hand to bring some musical entertainment.

Ancelet’s will offer free links and the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce will offer free drinks. There will also be free popcorn and ice cream.

The night will culminate with a Mad Nonnie showing of the movie Dolphin Tale.

Theresa Beavens, administrative assistant at Port Neches Police Department, works year long on the successful event.

“I start thinking about it pretty much a couple of days after the last one,” Beavens said of her responsibility of finding sponsors and participants and booking them in advance. “We have a festival-like atmosphere here. It’s a way for neighbors to meet who might not normally see each other.”

Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine explained that National Night Out is a national initiative held across the nation that started out as a night when citizens would turn on their porch light and sit outside to show the neighborhood as taking a stand against crime. Through the years the event morphed into a community event.

“The theme has stayed the same though,” Lemoine said. “Heighten crime prevention awareness and show neighborhood camaraderie and let the community meet its first responders.”

mmeaux@panews.com