By Jimmie Ferguson
Killeen Daily Herald
When Marie Santiago sets up her block party Tuesday at 119 Ball Road in Harker Heights, she believes she is going to make history.
It has never happened on this side of town, said Santiago, who resides in the eastern part of the city. I have participated in National Night Out every year, but it has always been at other addresses on the other side of town. Its like the forgotten side of town.
In preparation for Tuesdays shindig, Santiago has been going from house to house alerting her neighbors that it is on.
She plans to have live music by T.J. and Mr. Lowrider, barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers and a lot of entertainment and games for the children.
But the party is for everyone, Santiago said. I just hope it will be a success.
National Night Out is a crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to lock their doors, turn on their lights and get outside to meet one another, said Tammy Moseley, the Crime Prevention coordinator for the Killeen Police Department.
The National Night Out program is an outstanding campaign to help build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships, Moseley said.
On Aug. 3, we invite citizens of Killeen and neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to give crime and drugs a going-away party. Its also a chance to have a really good time!
Santiago will not be alone Tuesday. She will be joining neighborhoods throughout the local area in celebration of the annual National Night Out observance, held each year on the first Tuesday of August.
Barbecue pits and grills will be lit up in Killeen and Copperas Cove from 7 until 10 p.m.
Those hosting block parties in Killeen are: Brenda Brown at 2700 Verbena Drive; Christie Cosper at 2110 Southport Drive; Richard Gonzales at 4704 Aurora Circle; Mandy Hollinger at 907 Illinois Ave.; Sandra OBrien at 211 Prather Drive; Jeannie Voss at 1402 Carrolton Ave.; Jayne Wade at 4706 Fawn Drive; Doretha King at 1305 Violet Ave.; Paula Brooks at 3309 Zephyr Road; Janis Taylor at 731 Wolf St.; Janis Taylor at 1202 E. Avenue E; Linda Person at 1101 Twin Creek at the Veranda; Gloria Anthony at 2602 Marlin Drive; Shirley Peterson at 2907 Sierra Drive; Edith Navarro at 2505 Lain Drive; Sasha Green at 507 W. Green Ave.; Fred Ibanus at 2903 Greystone Drive; Terry Garcia at 405 Wisconsin St.; Katrina Ivery at 1305 Saddle Drive; Christy Severn at 1701 Terrace Drive; Juanita Jones at 4307 Menard Drive; Tony Peter at 4402 Captain Drive; Denise Gaston at 2406 Napier Drive; Ethel Cook at 3001 Zephyr Road; Irene Speer at 1202 Illinois Drive; Ethel Wright at 2009 Starlight Drive and Sergio Corona in the 300 block of North 10th Street.
Anyone with questions, should contact Moseley at 501-8805.
The 11 block parties in Copperas Cove will also kick off at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. They are scheduled at: 510 Del Mar Drive; 504 Grace Louis Circle; 401 Juniper Circle; 1201 Virginia Ave.; 703 Cedar Drive; 502 N. 23rd St.; 204 Allen St.; 204 Texas St.; 408 John Henry; 902 Kelso Drive; and 2015 E. U.S. Highway 190.
Anyone with questions should contact CCPD Lt. Danny Austin at 547-4274, ext. 541.
All 13 family housing areas at Fort Hood will conduct special activities as part of the National Night Out program Tuesday.
The Community Life buildings in Comanche I, II, III and IV, Liberty, Kouma, Mont-ague, Venable and Walker housing areas will each be the center of activity from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Pershing Park residents will meet at their Community Life Building from 6 to 9 p.m.
Patton Park, Wainwright, Chaffee and McNair Village residents will celebrate at the Bronco Youth Center on Tank Destroyer Avenue from 2 to 9 p.m.
All housing area villages will have free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and soft drinks for starters.
Giant inflatable rides and dunking booths will also be available.
Volunteers and youth officers will also be on hand to treat the kids to face and hand painting and to take their fingerprints and photos for Kid Care ID kits.
Children will be able to participate in demonstrations by Emergency Services, mounted and canine MP units and the Fire-House.
Residents also may be entertained by local youth and adult dancers, McGruff the Crime Dog and with all kinds of music.
In addition, Montague Village will provide pony rides for the kiddies, while Comanche III will be having a basketball tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. Patton, Wainwright, McNair and Chaffee villages will join to host a fun train for children to ride in.
Venable Village will have pony rides and a three-on-three basketball tournament, and Pershing Village will feature a three-point shootout and a football toss.
Block parties are scheduled in Harker Heights, but the names and addresses of those participating were not provided to the Herald.
Contact Jimmie Ferguson at email@example.com