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National Night Out is celebrated in many ways throughout Inner Southeast -- here's how one neighborhood did it

DAVID F. ASHTON - Brentwood-Darlington residents stepped up to enjoy a bounty of food at the neighborhoods NNO party buffet on July 30. At the start of the "National Night Out Against Crime" (NNO) week, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) hosted a casual party in observance, on the very warm afternoon of July 30 – one of many such parties that week in Inner Southeast.

"It's a little lower-key NNO event this year, than in some past years; we're having a potluck dinner with pizza, games, and face painting," explained BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers.

"This is a great way to get to know your neighbors, and get to meet other people in the neighborhood. That's important, so that people who live here don't feel like they're strangers in their own neighborhood," Powers told THE BEE. "Lots of good things come from coming together, and in doing so, it encourages more people involved in our neighborhood association, which in turn, allows us to have more community events."

Guests loaded their plates with fresh food, chips and dips, and some of the two boxes of treats provided by Mehri's Bakery & Café on S.E. 52nd, as well as colorful miniature cupcakes donated by "Fat Cupcake" on S.E. 72nd.

"When you get to know your neighbors, there are no strangers," observed Powers. "It does help you feel more comfortable in your own neighborhood."

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