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Photos by Margie Daniels | Gonzales Police Officer Matthew Villaneda takes a photo with two local boys Aug. 6 during National Night Out at Central Park. Below, Gonzales Police Chief Keith Wise talks to youngsters; Gonzales firefighter Eric Prader helps a child operate a fire hose; and Gonzales Mayor Maria Orozco (center) stands with Gonzales Police Explorer Edgar Arriola and Gonzales Animal Control Officer Uly Fierros.

National Night Out promotes neighborhood camaraderie

GONZALES — Music, games and community building were on display Aug. 6 during National Night Out at Central Park in Gonzales.

A lively crowd of children and parents from the local neighborhoods joined with the City of Gonzales’ finest for a fun-filled event.

“I estimated that we had several hundred people come out and participate,” said Gonzales Police Chief Keith Wise. “We have great days here in Gonzales, but it is even better whenever our officers and community folks are able to get together, have fun and hang out in an unofficial setting, like the National Night Out event offers.”

Music was provided by the Monterey Bay Sound Machine, and one of the band members included Gonzales Police Officer Ruben Pulido. The rocking music could be heard all over downtown.

“We were able to meet new folks and visit with everyone at a different level,” Wise said. “It really opens up lines of communications and allows the community to not only to get to know me, their police department officers and staff better, but also each other.”

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Photos by Margie Daniels | Gonzales Police Officer Matthew Villaneda takes a photo with two local boys Aug. 6 during National Night Out at Central Park. Below, Gonzales Police Chief Keith Wise talks to youngsters; Gonzales firefighter Eric Prader helps a child operate a fire hose; and Gonzales Mayor Maria Orozco (center) stands with Gonzales Police Explorer Edgar Arriola and Gonzales Animal Control Officer Uly Fierros.


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