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Entertainment

Addison celebrates National Night Out with pizza contest

ADDISON – Five local pizzerias will vie for the title of the best pizza in Addison at the 16th annual Addison by the Slice pizza bake-off beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Addison Village Hall.

The free event is held in conjunction with the Addison Police Department’s National Night Out, which is a nationwide program that encourages local police departments to interact with communities in a relaxed, fun-filled event.

Pizza lovers will vote in the People’s Choice category, and special guest judges will vote for the best pizza in several categories, including best thin crust, best stuffed crust/deep dish, best cheese, best sausage, best specialty pizza, best sauce and best overall slice. The guest judges this year are Miss Addison 2017 Georgya Borova, Barry Draper of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau and Nick Jakusz from 95.9 FM The River.

The vendors include Alta Villa, Rosati’s, Pyramid Club, Uncle Pete’s and Nardi’s Tower of Pizza, which has won the People’s Choice award several years in a row. Each slice is $1.

In addition to the pies, residents can enjoy live music by Joe Kalish at 6:30 p.m., followed by the best of Motown and rhythm and blues with R Gang from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The family-friendly event also will have plenty to do for the kids, including games, rides and bounce houses.

Angelo Sorce, special events coordinator for the village of Addison, said he wanted to pair National Night Out with the pizza bake-off a few years ago to increase attendance at both events, which has grown to about 1,500 people.

“It’s a complete family atmosphere, and pizza is the most popular food in America,” he said. “National Night Out builds relationships between the police department, fire department and the community. The village of Addison is the village of friendship, and our focus is building community.”

Police departments across the country are invited to host a National Night Out event in their communities on the first Tuesday of August, and the Addison Police Department has participated for 20 years.

Several Addison officers will be there promoting the department’s many programs, including home security assessments, Neighborhood Watch, First Responders Academy and Civilian Emergency Response Team. The Addison Fire Protection District also will be there, promoting its public education programs.

Visitors will be able to climb into police cars, fire trucks and ambulances to learn more about police and fire equipment.

Brian Lindstrom, administrative sergeant with the Addison Police Department, said the event is meant to help build positive relationships between the police and community.

“This is a grassroots level of getting out there and meeting with residents. We’re there to support the community, and we’d like the community to come out and support us,” he said. “[National Night Out] is always fun. Everyone is smiling, and it’s nice for residents to see officers in a different light.”

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If you go

What: Addison by the Slice pizza bake-off and National Night Out

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1

Where: Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza

Cost: Free admission, $1 pizza slices

Info: ithappensinaddison.com

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