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Virginia Olsen, City Clerk/Community Relations Director, (425) 744-6206
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 3, 2015
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE—The City of Mountlake Terrace was selected as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation in the “32nd Annual National Night Out” crime, drug and violence prevention program by the National Association of Town Watch. Mountlake Terrace was one of five cities in Washington State and one of 161 cities in the nation that were recognized.
Over 1,000 people celebrated the Mountlake Terrace National Night Out event on August 4 at Evergreen Playfield. National Night Out emphasizes meeting neighbors, reducing crime, and celebrating community.
“This fun, family-oriented event raises crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthens neighborhood spirit and provides an opportunity for neighbors and friends to gather and meet other neighbors, community leaders and local service providers,” said Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen, who coordinates the event for the city.
A plaque was presented to Jeff Roe, President and CEO of Premera Blue Cross and the main sponsor of the event. This was the nineteenth year that Premera has sponsored the Mountlake Terrace National Night Out.
Mountlake Terrace’s National Night Out featured over forty booths with safety and resource information, exploration of public safety vehicles, bouncy houses and bubble rides. “The Magic of Craig Martin,” a popular magician, performed as guests enjoyed free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy, and strawberry shortcake.
Everyone got into the act as the Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Dance program put on “Zumba” and “Irish Step Dance” demonstrations. A State Patrol K-9 team showed how a drug-sniffing dog works in exchange for a reward. Local girl scouts painted faces throughout the evening and Caricature Artist Steve Hartley drew a steady crowd with a never-ending line for the full three hours of the event.
Partnering agencies included Snohomish County Fire District 1, Sno-Isle Library District, MLT Senior Center, MLT Business Association, SNOCOM, Volunteers of America, FBI, Washington State Patrol, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, and many more.