As part of ongoing efforts to increase public safety and generally improve the local community, dozens of Madera residents gathered in the streets of their neighborhood Monday night for food, fun, and to listen to officials speak about the importance of meeting their neighbors.
“I remember a time where we didn’t lock our front door,” said Andrew Medellin of the Madera City Council. “Where we knew all of our neighbors. That’s the way it was … those days are not gone. It starts right here to bring those days back.”
A roaring barbecue, inflatable slide packed with smiling kids, and a fire truck set the background for the block party near Oak and South Wolftrap streets.
Sue Saunders, neighborhood outreach specialist for the city said that the event was the 35th of its kind since the program was created last year. She said that any neighborhood that wished to organize a similar event was welcome to call her at 661-2582...