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We regret any Hammond residents were disappointed with National Night Out in Hammond.

Edison Community Watch and Pullman Crime Watch hosted the event that was advertised to be at Edison Park with a rain location of the Hammond Civic Center. Given the severe storms in the morning of Aug. 3, we felt it necessary to move the event to the Civic Center.

In addition to a sign at Edison Park, WJOB announced the location change. More than 200 people celebrated National Night Out with us at the Hammond Civic Center.

The only cost to receive a hot dog, chips and pop at National Night Out in Hammond were bar soap, shampoo, deodorant or plastic bags that were donated to the American Red Cross. Our freebies included sidewalk chalk, stuffed animals, umbrellas, lawn chairs, gift baskets, Chicago Bears tickets, golf packages, splash pad gift certificates, Donny & Marie tickets -- all donated door prizes.

Our event was supported by the city of Hammond and local businesses. Edison Community Watch and Pullman Crime Watch volunteers donated many hours organizing National Night Out in Hammond. We are all working to make Hammond a better, safer place to live.

"Community is not just about me; it's about us."

- Janet Venecz, Edison Community Watch, Hammond

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Senior Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.