By Nancy Reardon
MethuenLife Writer

National Night Out, held the first Tuesday in August, is an annual nationwide community event that helps promote community policing and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Under the direction of Police Sgt. Kevin Dzioba and the Community Policing Division, 16 neighborhoods held block parties from 6-8pm. Every block party had a visit from both Methuen Police and Fire departments who brought along several costumed characters. Each party had its own spin on the night featuring cookouts, pizza parties or potluck dinners. The Hidden Road party even had its own concert, featuring the band Gravity Men with Gravity Girl! LuAnne Bonanno of Pleasant Valley Gardens on Merrimack Street held a potluck dinner, serving over 50 neighbors.