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Police to present community safety event

August 8, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

With the start of school right around the corner, there's no better time for a Canfield Community Safety Day. That is exactly what the Canfield Police Department is going to host on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event will feature the Canfield Community safety forces, including Canfield Police, Cardinal Joint Fire District, Mahoning County Sheriff's Department, and possibly a representative of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Among the happenings for this first-time event will be children's identi-kits, fire safety fun, and meet the fire, police, and EMS personnel. The Sheriff's deputies will have one of their drones flying around at the event. One of the main venues will be a bike safety training course.

"We will have bikes available and any child who brings their riding helmet, can take the course and get a reward," said Canfield Chief of Police Chuck Colucci. "If a child doesn't have a helmet, they can take the course and earn a helmet as long as supplies last."

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Canfield Sergeant Jim Conrad checks out some safety measures as Adam Rupp, 6, and his brother Jackson Rupp, 4, prepare for neighborhood (or driveway) patrols. The Rupps and Conrad will be among those present on the Village Green on Saturday, Aug. 18 as the Canfield Police Department present Canfield Community Safety Day.

Colucci said one of the Canfield officers had won a $500 gift card to Trailside Bikes in Boardman. The officer wanted to give back to the community, so he invested the funds into purchasing bike helmets.

The department will also have life-sized games, such as tic-tac-toe, Jenga, and Connect 4 for children to take part in.

At 7:30 p.m. the event will take a different turn as the Village Green turns into a giant outdoor movie venue. LED 3 of Canfield is donating the use of their big screen to display the movie "Sing."

"It is a great family movie," Colucci said. "We had to pay $350 for the one-time license to show it."

It should be no problem for the big LED 3 mobile screen.

"It is 16 feet by 9 feet," said LED 3's Clare Neff.

She said it will be parked on the street in front of Farmer's Bank and that section of road will be closed to traffic so families can set up chairs.

There will also be free ice cream and popcorn with ice cream courtesy of Pure Cycle Studio of Canfield and popcorn that is funded through a donation from American Legion Post 177. Porta-Potties will be brought in for the evening and families are welcome to bring chairs and relax for the movie.

"This will be the first event of this type," Colucci said. "We are hoping to make this an annual event and anyone wishing to participate next year should get ahold of myself or Claire Neff."

 
 

 

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