Boston Police Honor Top Ten Neighborhood Crime Watch Groups of the Year

Boston's Top Ten Neighborhood Crime Watch groups will be honored tonight, Monday, July 31st, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the John Hancock Conference Center, 40 Trinity Place by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Acting Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin, and the Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit of the Boston Police Department. Photo Op and Interviews suggested time: 6:45PM to 7:15PM.Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off the celebration by reading his proclamation designating Tuesday, August 1, 2006 as National Night Out in Boston. At the ceremony, which will be attended by crime watch activists from every neighborhood in the city, as well as by residents, police and elected officials, the Mayor and Acting Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin will present the winners with their awards. "National Night Out gives us the opportunity to honor the ordinary people of Boston who have done extraordinary things to make their neighborhoods safer. Neighbors must continue to work together in the fight to make our streets safer and better places to live, work, and raise our children. As Margaret Mead said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' Working together, block-by-block, we will continue to build that safer city," stated Judith Wright, director of the Boston Police Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit. A list of the award winners is below 2006 Top Ten Neighborhood Watch Groups Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition Mt. Pleasant/Forest/Vine Neighborhood Assoc Colorado St. Crime Watch Norton St. Neighborhood Group South Boston Crime Watch Group Faneuil Garden Tenants Association West Canton/ Montgomery Sts Crime Watch Dalrymple/Egleston/Boylston Group East River St. Association Crime Watch Lower South St. Crime Watch

About National Night Out Boston 2006: National Night Out Boston 2006 is the 23rd annual citywide celebration to empower peace throughout the City of Boston. This program cultivates and strengthens partnerships between the community, youth, Police, City agencies and community-based organizations. National Night Out also acknowledges the remarkable contributions of Neighborhood Crime Watch groups, and seeks to increase participation in crime watch programs among local residents. From Friday, July 28, through Tuesday, August 1, 2006, National Night Out will comprise of a variety of exciting citywide events which include: "Hands Across the River," a celebration that brings together surrounding cities and towns, major events in every Police District, celebrations in City parks, and numerous block parties and "lights on" events on streets and in community gardens around the City. Additional information is available at www.BostonCrimeWatch.com.