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Summer Block Parties: Far East Side


We had another fantastic block party with Columbus Division of Police yesterday, this time at Far East Community Center. We were joined by our friends from Dublin Police and from the John Glenn Columbus International Airport Police--Sergeant Jonathon Todhunter even got in the dunk tank. The kids put him in the water so often he genuinely thought something was wrong with the seat! 😂


Joining us from Ohio State University Men's Basketball team were player Zed Key and Director of Professional Development Terence Dials. Both were very inspirational to the children there, and we were honored they were able to make it. We heard they may have beat everyone at basketball. We can neither confirm nor deny that.


There were multiple dance parties, initially kicked off by our friend, CPD Officer AJ Johnson, aka Ohnoitsdapopo. This is the second week in a row we've seen officers with some great moves, and we're thinking there should be a dance-off.


Our partners from the 2nd & 7 Foundation were there again, passing out books to children. We were at their table when a little girl approached shyly and gazed at the books laying there. When she found out she could have one, she was so happy and ran off to tell her friends. It was such a beautiful thing to witness.


Thanks to Byers Auto Group for making this event possible and to Roosters and G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc. for feeding everyone and quenching our thirst. Thanks also to Kona Ice for the cool treats. As we moved the traffic cones to let the Kona driver out of the lot, he leaned out the window and told us, "I really wish I could stay longer, but I have another event I have to go to." See? It was THAT fun!


Far East Center Manager Roger Harper and his team worked with Lindsey Tinsley from Byers and CPD's Safe Streets officers to make sure this event was a success. We thank all of them for their hard work and hope that you'll join us for one of our remaining events:


* Wednesday, July 28, 4-7pm, Adams Community Center, 854 Alton Ave

* Friday, July 30, 4-7pm, Glenwood Community Center, 1888 Fairmont Ave