National Night Out in San Rafel’s
Bret Harte neighborhood
Residents of the Bret Harte neighborhood in San Rafael gathered in their local park Tuesday night for National Night Out.
This was the 30th annual National Night Out, a community-police partnership event that encourages residents to meet their neighbors and to participate in neighborhood watch programs.
Bret Harte neighbors brought food for a potluck dinner. The event had a good turnout which also saw police officers visit, two were with the CSI program and brought their truck. There was also a K9 officer who brought along the first police dog in the city for several years.
As more neighbors came by so did a San Rafael fire truck. Firefighters and police officers handed out plastic police and fire helmets to children and let the kids sit in the fire truck.
Another special visitor of the night was City Councilman Damon Connolly who met residents.
Resident Nigel Faulkner was pleased with how the event went. “It was a great turnout for our first event, it was great to see the police and fire department,” Faulkner said.
He has lived in Bret Harte for 16 years. “It’s a really solid, great, friendly neighborhood. It’s good to see neighborhood spirit,” Faulkner said.
The neighborhood has residents outside often. “A lot of families look out for each other, there are always people out walking dogs or taking strolls,” David Leipsic, a resident of 19 years said.
The event brought neighbors together where one of the items discussed was the Labor Day community yard sale and picnic next month.