Vice Mayor Charles Brown, left, and Police Chief Thomas Bennett, right, present the first-place combined community award to, from left, Cusi Hamlin, Paige Hill and Denise Ranay. Not pictured is Sheila Patterson. The four collaborated on a combined event held at Sentara Obici Hospital.
Vice Mayor Charles Brown, left, and Police Chief Thomas Bennett, right, present the first-place combined community award to, from left, Cusi Hamlin, Paige Hill and Denise Ranay. Not pictured is Sheila Patterson. The four collaborated on a combined event held at Sentara Obici Hospital.

NNO awards given

Published 10:21pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Suffolk communities celebrated their participation in the Aug. 6 National Night Out on Tuesday with an awards ceremony and the unveiling of the official video from the night.

“I want to commend you for your efforts for getting out there and making this happen,” Vice Mayor Charles Brown said during the event.

The annual crime-fighting event takes place nationwide as communities and neighborhoods come together to strengthen their relationships with each other and with law enforcement. Communities held events like parades, cookouts, health fairs and children’s activities.

Vice Mayor Charles Brown, left, and Police Chief Thomas Bennett, right, present the first-place community award to West End Civic League representatives Clarence Gamble, beside Brown, and Jim Strickland.
Vice Mayor Charles Brown, left, and Police Chief Thomas Bennett, right, present the first-place community award to West End Civic League representatives Clarence Gamble, beside Brown, and Jim Strickland.

About 40 people attended Tuesday’s awards ceremony.

“Y’all recognize the importance of public safety here in the city,” Police Chief Thomas Bennett said during the event. “It’s our job to do everything we can to keep this city safe. You are all fine outstanding citizens that support our efforts.”

Judges visited each community on the night of the event, ranking them on factors like advance publicity, available activities and more.

Awards went to the following communities:

  • First place combined community — Sentara Obici Hospital’s celebration that included Applewood Farms, Burnett’s Mill and Hillpoint Farms
  • Second place combined community — Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Civic League
  • First place community — West End Civic League
  • Second place community — Burbage Grant
  • Rookie of the Year — Suffolk Family YMCA
  • Best business — Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Honorable mention — Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
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  • Savannah

    Honorable mention — Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

    Honorable mention? For what? Wasting grant money, plummeting property values, keeping the police on their toes, what exactly are we awarding them for?

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    • Lovebug

      They are getting honorable mention for the party they put on in their parking lot during this event. They normally cookout, have pony rides, a DJ, games, etc. One can only hope they don’t use tax dollars to fund this event.

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      • Savannah

        Ahh.

        I bet they do though.

        I know in years past, my HOA used our homeowners dues for the NNO. This year, they tried to combine our yearly HOA meeting with NNO. They never even get the minimum amount needed for a quorum to have a meeting.

        This year, they “combined” with other HOA’s (we were “with” Obici’s celebration) and we no longer HOA newsletters, so I have no clue how the funding went this year.

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