its Neighborhood Watch

Neighbors on Kenyon Avenue in Del Rey held a ninth annual community event last month to recognize the efforts of their Neighborhood Watch program.

The event was attended by community members, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Los Angeles police officers and firefighters.

Neighbors noted that they created the Neighborhood Watch nine years ago after Los Angeles police officer Heidi Llanes visited the block, between Washington Boulevard and Short Avenue, and spoke of the necessity to start such a program.

The community event included a raffle, children and dogs parade and vendors comprised of several local businesses.

The theme for this year’s event was mariachis.

A neighborhood rock band also provided entertainment for the festivities.

As part of the activities, neighborhood children were able to meet with Fire Station 62 firefighters and view a fire engine.

Among the organizers of the event are Neighborhood Watch committee chair John Vosler and neighbors Christopher Mentzell, Dean Dimarci, Toni Benson, Mike and Maria Grammatico and Gloria Herrera.

“It is with great joy to realize that our neighborhood is so special and devoted to creating a safe family atmosphere,” Herrera said.