UFL kicking off NNO

Published 10:16 pm Monday, August 1, 2011

Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer will make an appearance at the city’s National Night Out kickoff event on Tuesday.


Schottenheimer, who coached the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers, now is the head coach of the Virginia Destroyers UFL team forming in Virginia Beach.

The kickoff will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Hall Place Park, located at the corner of Cedar Street and Hall Avenue. Schottenheimer will make remarks along with city leaders at the event.

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More than 50 neighborhoods, churches and businesses in the city are celebrating National Night Out, a nationwide crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Communities celebrate with cookouts, block parties, flashlight parades, outdoor movies and more.

Finale locations are set for Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Chuckatuck fire department. The theme this year is “It takes a neighborhood.”

The city hopes to bring back the first-place title it won for its population category in 2008 and 2009. It placed third in the nation last year for the 50,000 to 99,999 population category.

For more information on National Night Out, or to find the closest celebration to your house, visit www.suffolknno.org.