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Neighbors turn out for National Night Out

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National Night Out is a symbol of neighborlyness, a chance to meet those who live around you and have some fun.

The Cazenovia Library in South Buffalo had its event featuring things for kids to do, like the fire truck to let kids climb all over it. There were exhibits for adults in the library.

One was a questionnaire from the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Executive Director Philip Haberstro says there's a study underway to see if Buffalo is "The City of Good Neighbors."

"What we found in initial studies of social capital in communities that communities that have higher levels of trust are healthier and have better economic success," Habestro explained.

"So, it's something that's important in the long run to the community's well being."

Haberstro says the study is also looking at differences in social capital among different neighborhoods.

Laura Abraszek says she was there with her family to make sure the area around the park remains a nice place to live.

"It's a great community. There's always things to do. It's a great place to live," Abraszek said.

As the evening wound down, it was easy to find kids with balloons in painted makeup done by a clown climbing onto the fire truck to see what it's like.