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A new local location for National Night Out next year?

08/22/2017 01:33PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

As part of its involvement in National Night Out this year, Kennett Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt told the township's Board of Supervisors at their Aug. 16 meeting that the police department held four pre-events in the township, before it joined the Kennett Square Police Department at National Night Out festivities in Kennett Square's East Linden Street neighborhood on Aug. 1.
Board Chairman Scudder Stevens suggested to Nolt that the township should be considered as a possible site for a future National Night Out event, and it turns out that's exactly what's being considered for next year. 
For the past eight years, the annual National Night Out in Kennett Square has known only one home and two police units, and its back story runs through the work of former Kennett Police Chief Edward Zunino. As part of the Historic East Linden Project and in conjunction with the Joseph & Sarah Carter Community Development Corporation, Zunino, who died on May 12, worked to bring back the once under-served neighborhood, and restore it as an exemplary site for strong resident-police relations.
In honor of Zunino, this year's event was renamed "The Edward Zunino National Night Out."
While Nolt said that the choice to hold the event on East Linden Street this year was in tribute to Zunino, he agreed with Stevens, and said that discussions have begun to consider broadening the reach of the event by holding it elsewhere.
"Next year is when we will start to look past the [East Linden] area," Nolt said. "I feel that it needs to be expanded. We have residents from a 20-plus square-mile area who would love to join in. Hopefully next year, we will see a different venue and different set-up, and preamble to it as well."
In other police news, Det. Amanda Wenrich has completed a specialized assignment with the Chester County Detectives Office. During her training, Det. Wenrich initiated an investigation in a sexual assault case, an illegal narcotics case, and also assisted the office in a recent homicide investigation that occurred in Chester County.
In township business, Township Manager Lisa Moore said that she is working with Township Roadmaster Roger Lysle in trying to raise the $600 that will be needed in order to pay for new signage for the VFW Post 5467 on West Cypress Street in Kennett Square.
Supervisor Whitney Hoffman suggested that Moore contact Rep. Steve Barrar.
"This would be a great way for him to do something in an area where he has an existing constituency," Hoffman said.
Moore also said that the township's sidewalk project is continuing on Cypress Street, McFarlan Road, Rosedale Road and Penns Manor Drive heading toward Old Baltimore Pike.
Moore announced that tickets for the "Rock the Park" event, scheduled for Sept. 24 in Anson B. Nixon Park, are now available in advance. The event, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include food trucks, high school musicians, a bike demonstration by Bike Kennett, and an appearance by the popular cover band Love Seed Mama Jump. "Rock the Park" is free to everyone 20 and under, and all proceeds will be dedicated to the park.
In addition, Moore said that the township is exploring the idea of creating a Spring film series in Anson B. Nixon Park, beginning in 2018.
The township's Environmental Advisory Council made a recommendation to the supervisors to place a scrap metal container at the township's maintenance garage, to allow residents to dispose of metal items. After discussion about the pros and cons of creating such a container -- such as times when it will be open, safety requirements and rules, and the need to have a volunteer to oversee operations -- the board approved of the recommendation.
The board also approved the appointment of Kevin Parchen to the township's Trails and Sidewalk Committee.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected]