People all over Tracy celebrated the 31st National Night Out on Tuesday. Representatives from the city government, the City Council and the Tracy police and fire departments visited 20 different events around town.
The annual event is marked across the country to encourage people to come out of their homes and meet with their neighbors as a statement of unity against criminals.
Nabaz Saieed, who was out with more than two dozen of his neighbors on Tahoe Circle, said the neighborhood camaraderie goes well beyond National Night Out.
“We do this all the time,” Saieed said, gesturing to the people and food in the driveway of 1910 Tahoe Circle, “It’s very friendly and we get along pretty well.”
James Atkins, the social committee chair for the Redbridge community, said the event was not just a good opportunity to discuss fire safety and police support.
“It’s just a good sense of community. We pride ourselves on our sense of community here,” Atkins said. “If you see a neighbor you don’t know, go introduce yourself and welcome them to the community. It’s a good way to promote a sense of community. If you see someone you don’t know, we encourage someone to go say, ‘Hey.’”
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