Despite some rainy weather in parts of the county Tuesday evening, hundreds of county residents turned out for the 34th annual National Night Out (NNO). In District 5 alone, Councilmember Hucker and staff attended events in the East County, Fairland, Four Corners, Forest Glen, Lyttonsville and Oak View communities.

“It was great to see so many residents meet with our police and firefighters,” Hucker said. “National Night Out is a terrific opportunity for people and our law enforcement personnel and first responders to learn how, together, they can work to make our neighborhoods safer.”

NNO is a nationwide event held on the first Tuesday in August to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime-prevention efforts and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Hucker began the evening at the West Hillandale pool, where he was joined by Congressman John Sarbanes and McGruff the Crime Dog. Hucker spoke to residents about the county’s efforts to crack down on nuisance neighbors who are causing blight and unsafe conditions in the community.

Hucker also agreed to work with the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department and the federal General Services Administration to look into the possibility of expanding Station 12 near the FDA campus. Station 12 needs the additional capacity to be able to serve the proposed development at Viva White Oak.

Hucker’s next stop was at Fairland Estates, where he recently got the county to take action on dead trees that were causing dangerous driving conditions for residents. “Fairland Estates can count on two things during our annual National Night Out event — great food and refreshments and the support of responsive county officials like Councilman Tom Hucker,” said Mark Fine president of the Fairland Estates Civic Association. “This year, we again had the pleasure of Mr. Hucker spending some time to meet, greet and answer questions from the neighborhood.”

Hucker’s third stop in East County was perhaps the biggest event of the night. Dozens of residents showed up to the event sponsored by the East County Regional Services Center, the Calverton Citizens Association and public safety officials. Children were able to participate in soccer mini-clinics, pickup basketball games and other lawn games, while their parents learned about a wide range of county services and businesses in the area.

Hucker ended the night at the Northwood-Four Corners and the Forest Estates communities in Silver Spring. Residents in Forest Estates expressed a range of concerns, from parking in Silver Spring to lenient sentencing in drug crimes related to a recent shooting in the Forest Glen area. Hucker agreed to follow up with Police Chief Tom Manger about the need for better communication following these types of crimes and with State’s Attorney John McCarthy about the typical sentence for felons convicted of intent to distribute large quantities of drugs.