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Ogden Avenue celebrates their 2006 NNO in style
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By Block Watch Co-Captain J. Justin Boggs

Nearly 150 residents battled 100+ degree heat as they joined the Columbus Division of Fire, Police, elected officials, business leaders, other members of the community to kick crime out on Aug. 1, 2006.

This was the second year the Ogden Avenue Block Watch held a National Night Out Celebration.

Activities included karaoke, a presentation by COSI,  the Columbus Division of Fire showing off one of their ladders, the Police K-9 unit, and a hockey game sponsored by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mix 97.1 added in with music.

One of the activities that the block watch higlighted was a neighbor know neighbor game. Participants were incouraged to gather the names of 10 fellow neighbors during the evening. A grand prize of a $50 gas card was given to the winning particpant of the nieghbor know neighbor game.

County Commissioner Dewey Stokes agreed that this game was something people need to do. In a speech during the event, Stokes said that neighbors getting to know each other is a way to rid crime.

"If we pull together and neighbor gets to know neighbor... it will pay it off in the long run," said Stokes. "It's together, we beat the crime."

Mayor Michael Coleman was one of the elected officials who was in attendance. He said that the police is doing a good job, but when neighbors are involved, they can do an even better job.

"I want to thank the residents for stepping up and being the eyes and ears of the greatest police force in the nation, said Coleman. "We need your help, they (the Police) do their job, we need to do our job."

Coleman added that the Ogden Avenue celebration was one of 36 in the city on Aug. 1.

State Represenative Dan Stewart of the 25th Ohio House was the emcee of the celebration.

"We need to play a part, we can play a part in helping bring back our neighborhood by looking out for each other," said Stewart.

Among the other elected officials who were attendances were County Commissioners Paula Brooks and Mary Jo Kilroy, and Columbus City Council-Member Mike Mentel. Also Mike Wiles who is running for the 25th House District, and a representaive from Congresswoman Deb Pryce's office were in attendance.

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