August 8, 2002
To celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the community of Sully Station II threw a big party.
Three Centreville Volunteer Fire Department trucks were on display as five block parties competed for prizes.
A local band played, children jumped in a moon bounce and everyone turned their porch lights on. The community also held an ice cream social.
The Fairfax County Police Department was out in full force meeting neighbors and handing out stickers for the kids.
From 7:30-9 p.m., residents sporting orange vests started at Belcher Farm, trekked down Croatian Drive, Deer Pond Court, Kamputa Drive and then to Flagler Drive to see which groups were the most lively and having the most fun.
Sully Station II Neighborhood Watch coordinators Dan and Leslie Jenuleson were the event organizers of the local National Night Out, having spent hundreds of hours promoting training and awareness in their community.
"Partnership with the police enhances community awareness, pride in our neighborhoods, and a strong feeling of family within Sully Station II," said Dan Jenuleson.
The Fairfax County Police Department has come to depend on the Jenulesons as active leaders in the Neighborhood Watch movement. "Neighborhood Watch is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors, to keep the neighborhood safe, and to be a role model for the community," said Leslie Jenuleson.
Judge Dan Jenuleson decided that everyone who had a block party was a winner, and awarded pool passes to Sully Station II's community center pool.
In its 19th year, National Night Out is a nationwide police-sponsored event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch to encourage communities to unite against crime and drug abuse. It demonstrates support to the police and crime prevention programs, and helps send a message to criminals that the community will not tolerate crime.
Last year's event had 33 million participants in 9,700 communities in all 50 states and territories, Canadian cities and military bases.
Communities can participate in National Night Out by having block parties, cook-outs, parades, having porch lights lit, flash-light walks, etc.