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Middlesex nixes National Night Out due to COVID-19

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MIDDLESEX — Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the town has canceled its National Night Out celebration scheduled for August.

“We are sorry to inform everyone that we have decided to cancel our second annual National Night out scheduled for Aug. 3 due to the current and future uncertainty of COVID-19. We look forward to planning for 2021 with the hopes that our event will be an even bigger one. Everyone please stay safe,” the town’s police department posted to its social media pages June 10.

Police Chief Mike Collins wanted to hold National Night Out since becoming the town’s top cop three years ago. Collins didn’t request any money from town commissioners for last year’s event. He instead solicited help from businesses and community leaders to cover the costs.

Middlesex held its National Night Out on a Monday last year to avoid conflicts with Bailey’s block party, which took place that Tuesday, the traditional day National Night Out events are held. The community and police awareness-raising event is held annually throughout the United States in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work, according to the official NNO website.

Southern Nash County residents will still get a chance to meet local law enforcement officers in Bailey as town officials there plan to hold a National Night Out observance, also in its second year. 

“We’re still on,” said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski.

Boraski said he discussed it with Mayor Thomas Richards and they agreed the town should move forward with the event, set for 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 4.

Popular food truck and Bailey regular Moonrunners committed to attend, Boraski said.

Bailey held last year’s festival along Main Street in front of the police station.

While Spring Hope didn’t participate in National Night Out last year, nearby Bunn and Louisburg, both in Franklin County, held observances.

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