By Carol Kinsley

The park in Blades was filled with people of all ages during Blades Night Out Aug. 1, presented by the Blades Police Department with help from lots of volunteers. Part of National Night Out, the annual community-building campaign provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

“I would estimate about 300 attended,” said Lori Lynch, police department administrative assistant who helped coordinate the event. She outlined some of the donations by businesses in the community: Laurel Pizzeria donated 30 pizzas; 30 more came from Cafe Milano. Sodas were donated by Pepsi and bags of chips by Herrs. Hot dogs were donated by Sav A Lot. Food Lion and Walmart donated gift cards. Texas Roadhouse donated bags of peanuts with an appetizer card attached. Rita’s Italian Ice donated three gallons of cold refreshment. 

A band, the Fifty Fives, and Sussex Sassy Dancers from Nanticoke Senior Center provided entertainment. A climbing wall was brought in by 3C USA Church, Dorchester Campus in Cambridge. A group called Hey Sis! (“Helping Every Youth Succeed in School”) offered three free books to anyone who stopped by. Other participants included the Gideons, ADT, Seaford School District’s nutrition department and Blades Fire Department, which had their trucks on display.

One could not have asked for more perfect weather for a night out with neighbors.