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Mayor Dave Bing, along with Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin, and Police Chief Ralph Godbee, urged residents to join the thousands of volunteers keeping Detroit safe during the 2011 Angels’ Night campaign October 29-31 at the campaign kickoff on Tuesday. This year’s theme, “Watch Your Block,” encourages residents throughout the city to keep an eye on their neighborhood, particularly vacant structures and foreclosed homes.

“Once again, we ask for volunteers from throughout Detroit to work together to watch over our neighborhoods to keep our families, neighbors, and city safe during the Halloween period, October 29-31,” said Mayor Bing.

The Angels’ Night campaign – held annually from Oct. 29–31 – has become a time when residents join together to watch over the city to create a safe and enjoyable Halloween. This year’s Angels’ Night campaign includes several ways in which volunteers can get involved. Primary elements of the Angels’ Night program are:

• The Watch Your Block Patrol Program organizes teams of volunteers to patrol streets in Detroit. Block clubs, Citizens’ Radio Patrols, community organizations and churches are encouraged to patrol a two- to three-block radius around their neighborhoods.

• The Adopt-A-House Program seeks volunteers to watch or adopt specific vacant buildings in city neighborhoods. “This Building Is Being Watched” signs are posted on adopted buildings.

• The Porch Light Program encourages volunteers to turn on their porch lights, or any outdoor lights, between dusk and dawn.

• The Eyes and Ears Program encourages volunteers to regularly look out their windows to make sure no suspicious activity is taking place, and to call 9-1-1 if they do see something out of the ordinary.

• Register Your Community Event by calling (313) 224-3450 or visiting http://www.angelsnight.org.

• The Orange Ribbon Campaign encourages Detroiters to wear an orange ribbon tied in a bow to show their support for Angels’ Night efforts.

Volunteers are needed for each night during the three-day Halloween period (Oct. 29 – 31). City officials are also encouraging all residents to:

• Turn on outside lights at their businesses from dusk until morning on each day of the Halloween period.

• Report any suspicious activity they observe to the Detroit Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

• Place refuse containers or bulk items at the curb before 7 a.m. on the morning of the collection day, rather than the night before, and remove refuse containers immediately after refuse is collected.

Those volunteering for Angels’ Night October 29-31 are asked to first report to their local Community Access Center (CAC) office. See the complete list of CAC offices below:

• Central District

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave., Suite 106, 48226

(313) 224-2989; Fax (313) 224-4334

• West District

19180 Grand River Ave., 48223

(313) 870-0649; Fax (313) 255-6489

• East District (at Butzel Family Center)

7737 Kercheval, 48214

(313) 628-2170; Fax (313) 579-7135

• Southwest District

7744 W. Vernor, 48209

(313) 628-2180; Fax (313) 842-0993

In addition to the Angels’ Night activities, the Detroit Recreation Department and several Detroit Police precincts will host Halloween parties and activities for children on various evenings during the Halloween period.

The City of Detroit is also sponsoring the Angels’ Night Poster and Oratorical Contest for all Detroit K-12 students. Prizes include a new computer and monitor, a digital camera, and a gift certificate. Contest rules and official entry forms have been distributed to Detroit schools, recreation centers, and Community Access Centers (formerly Neighborhood City Halls). The contest rules and official entry form is also available at http://www.angelsnight.org. All poster and oratorical entries must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 7. If you have any questions, please call (313) 224-3766.

For more information about Angels’ Night, call the Community Access Centers at (313) 224-3450, or go to the Angels’ Night Web site at http://www.angelsnight.org.

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