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Creekwood Hills’ Night Out honors late activist

8/1/2014, 7:26 a.m.
The Night Out observance by Creekwood Hills on Aug. 5 will pay tribute to Robert Foster Sr., a community activist who died in February.

The late Robert Foster Sr., who organized Night Out events in the Creekwood Hills Community for more than 20 years, will be honored at the 2014 event on Aug. 5.

Foster, a retired U.S. Army veteran, block captain, community activist and former co-president of the Creekwood Hills Community Association, died in February of stomach cancer.

Johnny Cole, president of the Creekwood Hills Community Association, said proclamations will be presented to Foster’s widow, Claris, and their children, Robert Jr. and Danette, by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and state Rep. Rahn Mayo.

The annual community picnic, hosted by William Lawrence Poole and his wife, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3332 Creekway Drive in Decatur.

National Night Out, introduced in 1984 by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday in August. Events promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity.

During the 6-to-10 p.m. events, communities plan parades, cookouts, back-to-school jams and visits with law enforcement officers and elected officials and renew contacts with their neighbors.

More than 40 million people participate nationwide.

Cole said Foster, a Creek­wood Hills resident for more than 30 years, was a tireless worker for his subdivision and DeKalb County.

He helped organize Creek­wood Hills’ first National Night Out event in 1991.

The community picnic will include games, jumping jacks, a clown, and the Southwest DeKalb High School Band.

Other invited guests include De­Kalb interim CEO Lee May, State Court Judge Johnny Panos, Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter, U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, state school superintendent candidate Valarie Wilson, and South Precinct Command staff officers.