National Night Out (NNO) is an event celebrated in over 15,000 communities nationwide involving citizens, public safety agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials. The event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for public safety and strengthen neighborhood spirit.
“Last year over 800 people came out to Flood’s Hill and participated in NNO festivities,” said Sheena Collum, Chair of the Citizens Public Safety Committee. “South Orange has a lot of public safety pride and this night is a way for residents to honor all of our first responders, both staff and volunteers, who day in and day out keep our town safe.”
The event kicks off at 6:30PM with live music from Aisle Five, a hot 70s, 80s, 90s rock/pop cover band and a Kids Zone with a dunk tank, bounce houses, NNO giveaways, face painting and activities with local gym teacher Jeff Kaeshaeffer. During this time, the Rescue Squad will be doing a 50/50 raffle and everyone is encouraged to purchase a ticket. The winner will be announced prior to the outdoor movie.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives from various public safety departments and learn about more ways they can get involved by volunteering with the Citizens Public Safety Committee, the Rescue Squad, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and how to join their Neighborhood Watch.
At 8:30PM, an outdoor movie featuring “The Muppets” will be projected on a jumbo screen. Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food and ice cream will be available for purchase and the South Orange Police Benevolent Association Local 12 will be sponsoring free popcorn and cotton candy.
“We’re happy to be participating in such a great community event,” said Detective Adrian Acevedo, PBA Local 12 President. “The involvement of residents actively taking a role in keeping this town safe is important and this is our way of also saying thanks.”
To learn more visit: www.so-cpsc.org/national-night-out.html