The Cheswolde Neighborhood Association came together on Sept. 6 for its National Night Out event.
National Night Out, a nationwide initiative that has been held annually since 1984, is meant to foster police-community relations.
“We always try out hardest to get out to community events during back-to-school season; we like to be involved,” an officer who attended said. “National Night Out is a great way to just let people know we are out here, and we are keeping an eye out for everyone in the community.”
The event was hosted in the backyard of Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, the uncontested Democratic nominee for Baltimore City’s 5th District council seat.
For Schleifer, hosting the National Night Out in his backyard was also an opportunity to magnify his community’s needs to officials in attendance, such as Democratic mayoral candidate Catherine Pugh.
“This neighborhood has no park; there are no real open spaces here,” Schleifer said. “This celebration stopped for years because there was nowhere to have it without blocking the street, so I volunteered to host.”
Schleifer hopes highlighting the lack of recreational facilities in a neighborhood brimming with young children will help to bring new amenities to Cheswolde.