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Neighbors who want to rid their communities of crime are sponsoring a "Going Away Party for Neighborhood Crime" from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Makowski Early Childhood Center, 99 Jefferson Ave.

The all-day celebration is being sponsored by local community groups, law enforcement and government agencies in recognition of the 14th annual National Night Out. The "Night Out" program is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and encourage neighbors to form block clubs and crime watch groups in their area. People all over Western New York are being encouraged to turn on their outdoor lights and come out and meet their neighbors.

Mayor Masiello and Buffalo Police Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske are expected to appear during the program at the center at 4:30 p.m. A motorcade will precede the formal program, which will include an honor guard and the release of ballons. Volleyball games, sack races, drill team competitions, basketball games, and a number of other activities will be held during the day.

The Community Action Information Center, 103 Wohlers St., is coordinating the event and in need of donations and volunteers. The group may be reached by writing 476 Best St., Buffalo 14208 or calling 886-7065.

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