By Sean Delaney
Many in Emery look forward to the third Tuesday of each June, and Neighbours Night Out. Longtime local resident Lee Jackson hosts the community gathering, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary and welcomed its largest crowd yet.
Many of the neighbours brought delectable edibles along with desserts. Sweets were in abundance, from cakes to cookies. Doughnuts and coffee, the were provided by Ralph Sheperd and the Tim Hortons at Rivalda and Sheppard Ave. First-time attendee Dr. Savita and her staff from Dental Health Clinic supplied a selection of Indian food including samosas and spicy chicken. Al Ruggero of the Emery BIA took on the task of cooking and serving up more than 100 hot dogs and neighbour Vinay Lakhani arranged for a DJ which helped elevate the mood and keep things lively.
In addition to the food, Officers Dalida Matias and Courtney Gini from the 31 Division community policing group joined in the fun. Children were thrilled to sit in the patrol car and test some of the louder features of the vehicle. Luana of the Emery Village BIA was on hand painting faces.
To cap off the evening Jackson was presented with civic awards and recognition from all levels of government, represented by Councillor Anthony Perruzza, MPP Tom Rakocevic and MP Judy Sgro (staff rep Amy).
Jackson said her phone was ringing off the hook all the next morning with with rave reviews. She also said she hopes to see everyone again next year.