LIVINGSTON, NJ - The schedule for Livingston Police Department’s sixth annual National Night Out is coming together.
On Tuesday August 5, at Memorial Oval, National Night Out festivities will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at dusk with a large-screen outdoor family movie on the Oval.
There will be displays from various local organizations and businesses including LYCS, Livingston Girl Scouts, Livingston Cub Scouts, Livingston Taiwanese Association, several Livingston houses of worship, TAPinto Livingston, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter and Livingston Bagels.
“Livingston Bagels is happy to be participating in the upcoming National Night Out,” said Daniel Blue, owner of Livingston Bagels.
“Livingston Bagels and the Livingston Police Department have had a strong relationship since Rita and Sol Snyder opened their doors in 1969. The National Night Out is a great opportunity to educate the public about the Livingston Police Department’s efforts to keep our town safe, an opportunity to meet all of the officers, and an excuse to take out the family and have a great time.”
Any organization or local business that would like to have a free display table at the event is asked to call the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 extension #3600.
The West Essex YMCA will be providing a variety of children’s activities and the Livingston Fire Department will be setting up an area for kids to run through a fire truck water hose shower.
There will also be a Rolling Video Games theater where the newest games from Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 can be played inside on four wide screen high-def TVs with built-in vibration motors synced to the on-screen action.
More kid friendly activities will include inflatables and two mechanical rides: “Dixie Swing Ride” and “Turbo Tubs”.
In case of rain, the event will be held inside Livingston High School.
Local officials are encouraging residents to participate in this national community based celebration.
"A strong connection between the police department and the residents of the community is essential in helping us to detect and deter crime,” said Police Chief Crag Handschuch. “Rallying everyone in Livingston together at the same time as other communities across the county are doing so makes a powerful statement: 'We care about our community, and will do everything we can to keep it safe.’”
Volunteers are needed for various positions including running carnival games for children. To donate, volunteer or to learn more about Livingston’s upcoming National Night Out, contact Officer Gary Mankowitz at (973) 992-3000 extension #3208 or Gmankowitz@livingstonnj.org.