On Tuesday night several Forney neighborhoods participated in National Night Out which is designed to help neighbors form supportive relationships through a common interest in the prosperity of their community.
The community-based event is designed to unite residents against crime, reinforce community-police partnerships and strengthen neighborhood spirit and once again the Grayhawk homeowners went “all out” for the children in the neighborhood.
Hosting a Block Party on Canary Street, many residents enjoyed the free dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, fruits and deserts while watching the large group of neighborhood children have great fun making "slime" and jumping in the two bounce houses.
Organized by a committee of hard working Grayhawk residents led by Greyhawk advocate Anne Enloe, the children attending the event made an absolute haul during the raffle style give-away of 30 very large, toy and food filled gift baskets.
Forney Mayor Rick Wilson, Police Chief Rob Sherwin, Fire Chief Rick Townsend and Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley were all present for the fun. And Mayor Wilson and DA Wiley each briefly addressed the crowd about the importance of good community based relationships.
While thanking the organizing committee for all their hard work, Mayor Rick Wilson said “Of course it’s National Night Out and Grayhawk welcomes you but more importantly Forney welcomes you. This is your opportunity to get to know the police and fire officers that respond to our community, in a way that you normally wouldn’t get an opportunity to. So be sure and go around and shake everyone’s hand and welcome them. And thank our First Responder's for the great job they do.”
Agreeing that community relationships are valuable and important resources for our community, DA Wiley said “So come down to the Kaufman County Courthouse and look me up. We are also going to be doing, and we’ve been doing it for three years, a Citizens Academy.”
DA Wiley said “A lot of the people in the city go ‘what happens in the County and why is county government important’. If you’re interested in that, we’re on Facebook at the Kaufman County DA Office. You can go on and sign up. I think the program last for about eight weeks in the spring.”
Forney neighborhoods within the Villages at Fox Hollow, Trails of Chestnut Meadows, Heritage Hill and Windmill Farms also held National Night Out activities.
Written by: Denise Bell