Carroll County agencies plan National Night Out activities

What do you do when you’re new in town and want to meet the neighbors? You host a party, of course.

Or at least that’s what the Mount Airy Police Department, which began service in October 2017, will do as they host their inaugural National Night Out event on Tuesday.


National Night Out (NNO) is an initiative that will be recognized by agencies across the county and the country for the 35th time on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Its aim is to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, and send a message to criminals that the community is organized in a policing partnership against crime,” according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

In a recent Facebook post, the Mount Airy Police Department announced that Chief Doug Reitz would be among those to take turns in a dunk tank during Tuesday’s event, which will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, located at 1008 Twin Arch Road.

Food will be available for purchase, including hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. Kids under age 12 can get a meal for free. Snowie of Maryland has agreed to donate free shaved ice for the event.

The NNO event for Sykesville and Eldersburg will see its 10th year Tuesday with attractions including food, face painting, raffle prizes, public safety displays and giveaways. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday but has been rescheduled for Aug. 14.

“Of course, the real reason for this event is to bring our community together to celebrate our partnership and many successes, and to strengthen the bond between our residents and our public safety agencies,” Sykesville Chief of Police Michael Spaulding said.

Spaulding said the event has been successful in large part due to the organization of Ellen Dix. For more info on the event, contact her at 410-549-2748 or

The Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company, Taneytown Police Department and Maryland State Police personnel will host activities for kids and adults including games and pony rides, refreshments, community information and a possible appearance by a MSP Medivac helicopter. It’s scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Taneytown carnival grounds at 49 Memorial Drive.

Westminster NNO activities will take place in eight locations throughout the city with events including block parties, cookouts, youth activities, and visits from police officers and the crime dog “McGruff,” according to a news release.

The locations and times are: Bishop Garth Community, 100 Charles Street, 6:30-8 p.m.; Dutterer’s Park, 6-8:30 p.m.; Belle Grove Square, 7-9 p.m.; Carroll Lutheran Village Garden of memories, 300 Saint Luke Circle, 7-8 p.m.; Eagle View Community at Firestone Rd. & Tahoma Farm Rd., 6-8 p.m.; Furnace Hills Community at the Palmer Terrace Overflow Parking Area, 6-8:30 p.m.; Pleasanton Rd. Community Ctr., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and The Greens of Westminster at the Westminster Pool Parking Lot on Royer Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Westmsinter Common Council and Public Safety Advisory Council will visit the community events alongside police.

Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said the event “gives officers and staff the opportunity to meet face‐to‐face with members of our community and learn about the issues that concern them most. It also allows children to meet and interact with officers in a positive and fun setting where they can see us as real people and not just authority figures that come to their homes at a time of crisis.”

Hampstead will host its annual block party once again from 6-9 p.m. at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company at 1341 N. Main Street. The event is free and kid- and pet-friendly. Activities like a K-9 demo, games, and a bounce house will be available. Parking is available at the former North Carroll High School and a free shuttle service will be provided. For more information, call 410-239-8954 or email PFC Jonathan Cranshaw at

New Windsor will host their event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the New Windsor carnival grounds at 101 High Street. State and county agencies will provide info and demonstrations. Kids can check out a moon bounce while adults may prefer the raffles and giveaways. Free food and drinks will be available.

In Manchester, the town, the police and the fire company will partner for an evening of activities geared toward children from 6-8 p.m. at the Manchester carnival grounds at 3297 York St. An ambulance, fire truck with gear, and police car will be on site for kids to explore as well as a rock wall and face painting. Food and ice cream will be available.


Questions can be directed to the Manchester town office at 410-239-3200.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will have a presence at the Eldersburg, New Windsor, Hampstead and Manchester National Night Out events. MSP will also be spread out throughout the region, with troopers in Hampstead, Manchester, Taneytown, Eldersburg and New Windsor.

Community members who will not attend one of the county events can still show solidarity with the event by turning on their porch lights.

More information about the national initiative including its history is available at