Westerville Safety Forces Share Tips for a Safe Summer
WESTERVILLE, OH- From preventing everything identity theft to drowning, Westerville’s safety forces want you to have the information you need to stay safe. That’s why the Division of Police and Fire have teamed up with the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau to present Mount Carmel St Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest on Friday, June 23, 2017.
The event will be held from 6-9p.m. in historic Uptown Westerville, with a special “Safety Fest” section centered near Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St. and Hanby School.
Fire Chief Brian Miller said kids will receive a free fire hat and be able to knock down orange cones with water from a real fire hose.
“We want the community to stay safe all the time and we are happy to talk to the community about fire prevention, pool safety and EMS safety, so come up and ask us questions,” Miller said.
The Westerville Police area will feature information about senior safety from the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging; Poison prevention from Nationwide Children’s Hospital; identity theft from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; traffic safety from Franklin County Public Health’s Safety Communities Program; bike safety from roll:Bicycles; and playground safety from Westerville Parks and Recreation. Westerville Police will also offer free digital fingerprinting for kids and have the Westerville Animal Control van on display.
“4th Friday Safety Fest is a fantastic example of true community oriented policing,” Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer said. “By building relationships with 4th Friday attendees, we develop partnerships in keeping our city as safe as possible. This event provides us with the opportunity to open lines of communication with citizens and in turn, include them in keeping Westerville a safe place to live, work, and recreate.”
Westerville Police also invite the public to explore the Police & Postal Museum, 28. S. State St., which contains unique information, photos, uniforms, badges and other historical elements that illustrate the history of Westerville, the Prohibition area and the Westerville Division of Police.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays have become a Central Ohio tradition featuring 100+ street vendors, food, extended shopping hours, live entertainment and activities for children throughout the streets of Uptown Westerville.
Westerville Public Library is giving families with kids, infants through age five, the opportunity to come to the library before 4th Friday starts to hear stories. “4th Friday Stories” will be held from 5:15-5:45p.m. in the Youth Services Activity Center at the Library, 126 S. State St.
Once the event begins, kids ages two to 10 will enjoy “4th Friday Fun” with the Library as part of “Party in the Via” a new area located just north of the Municipal Building, 21 S. State St. This month, kids can make their own superhero masks and enjoy other superhero fun. “Party in the Via” will also feature a caricature artist, ice pop vendor, Mix 107.9, and, back for two months only, the Westerville Puppet Posse. Children will also enjoy the Rock & Jump Kids Corner on E. College Ave., featuring bounce houses for those 10 and under.
The band Legal Tender will entertain with rock and roll on the Amish Originals Furniture Music Stage at the corner of North State and E. Home Streets. During their breaks at 6:45 the Taoist Tai Chi Society will do a demonstration of their art and at 7:45p.m. Brave Young Voices will do a theatrical performance. Generations Performing Arts Studio with give a show-stopping performance from 6-8p.m., following by Xcel Martial Arts and Fred Astaire Dance Studios on W. College Ave.
The Arts Council of Westerville will present the bluegrass music of RUBound in Arts Alley between Westerville Automotive, 31 E. Main St. and the Pray, Think, Love House, 30 E. College. Original art, paintings and photography will be on display and children’s art activities will be available. Restroom and baby changing facilities will be available inside the Pray, Think, Love House, which is operated by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Right across the street in front of Uptown Custom Framing, Megan Lee Designs will be selling some of their handmade items to promote their new brick & mortar location at 250 N. State St., which is just five blocks north of Uptown Westerville.
The Westerville Bicycle Club encourages attendees to ride their bikes to 4th Friday and will keep bikes secure during the event in its free Bike Corral on W. Main St., behind the Middlefield Banking Co.
AAA Ohio Auto Club and Hertz will provide a shuttle service from the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St. to the Westerville Visitors Bureau, 20 W. Main St. every 15 minutes, beginning at 6p.m. and will take folks back to their cars after the event.
The Westerville Habitat Partnership will have tickets for sale for its annual Tapestry of a Town Walking Tour. Those interested will be able to purchase the $10 tickets at the WHP table in front of Middlefield Banking Co., 17 N. State St.
Questions about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays can be directed to WVCB Executive Director Jeff Hartnell or Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly, 614-794-0401.