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Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out. Thousands of communities in all 50 states will mark the police-community partnership sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It's a great way to shed a light on on crime prevention awareness,  local anticrime programs and police-community partnerships. But what happens on Wednesday?   When the block parties are cleaned up, what's a community to do to keep the metaphorical porch light on? 

The Carrollwood Village Homeowner's Association in Florida has, over the years, seen its neighborhood grow from a sleepy village to a booming suburb. It also attracted commuters looking to eschew choked highways. Residents noticed the uptick in traffic and cars speeding down their streets. Sadly, there were even two fatalities. That's when the HOA decided to take matters into their own hands.

My neighbor is moving.

His partner died a few years ago and he’s been living all alone in his big, beautiful house, his voice echoing in the grand entryway. This summer, he decided it was time to downsize. A new family is moving in and all the neighbors are planning a dual farewell-welcome brunch for both parties. (I’m bringing banana bread.) In places like Miami, London, New York, and California, however, this Hail and Farewell routine isn’t always the case.

Summer's in full swing. That means clouds of sun screen and swimming pools packed to capacity.

During one such picture perfect Virginia Beach pool day, the scene came to an unfortunate halt, when pool-goers began to complain about feeling like they were getting shocked. Thankfully, pool managers acted quickly, cleared the area, and called medics. With some thorny issues to tackle, including communication, injury, accountability, and follow up, the HOA took control.

Big questions as the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season ramps up. The National Hurricane Center reported four tropical storms already, and while none made it to hurricane status, they're saying it's going to be a busy season. That means the possibility of disaster and disaster recovery. It's why South Carolina, Rep. Mark Sanford is taking action now.