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National Night Out latest of what we need

The National Night Out idea promoted especially by our Police Department was a great way to reaffirm good relationships with our neighbors and make a few new ones.

It was a special treat that evening to be visited by officer Bob (I missed his last name) who handed out junior police stickers and bags of goodies to all our excited children. Chatting casually with our neighbors and an officer in our front yard was as close to a sense of real community as I’ve experienced yet in Federal Way, save perhaps the Earth Day Cleanup of Lakota Creek or the Hylebos restoration project day at the blueberry farm. Best of all, the chief of police herself, Anne Kirkpatrick, stopped by to say hello and met all of us. I was really impressed.

Bringing our community together with cleanup days and informal neighborhood get-togethers with police are among the many things Federal Way is doing right in today’s disconnected, commuter-oriented work. We may not have a definitive downtown we can point to, but we do have a sense of place and community that I’d like to think is increasing. I look forward to the Festival Days at Steel Lake Park, where my kids can crawl around through the fire engines and get a funky, blowup Lakehaven water kite.

My hat is off to the city (and the Mirror) for fostering that which we so badly need.

Eric Stavney

Federal Way

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