August 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Tuesday, Aug. 5, South Plainfield will join over 12,000 other community’s nation wide celebrating "National Night Out". The event will take place at Veterans Park from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine, and is open to all residents of South Plainfield. National Night Out is a community-wide, awareness-raising event held annually since 1984. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.
This annual event is meant to increase awareness about police and safety programs in the community, such as crime prevention, drug prevention, as well as fire prevention, health and safety programs. The South Plainfield Rescue Squad, Fire Department and Police Department will be an essential part of the evening’s event as well as the Borough’s not-for-profit organizations.
Some of the not-for-profit vendors who will be participating this year are:
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
SPHS Tiger Football Club
South Plainfield Elks #2298
SPHS Music Boosters
South Plainfield Education Foundation
South Plainfield EMS
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
There will also be a DJ, children’s activities such as a bouncy house, a playground and more. It is all free to the residents of South Plainfield. The Public Celebrations Committee is still accepting late registration for the not-for-profits organizations who are interested in participating. Late registration will be held from 4:30pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesday. The entrances to Veteran’s Park and the surrounding side streets will be closed shortly after 5:30pm.
There is a symbolic front porch vigil that has become a tradition of National Night Out. This front porch light is used in the communities who sponsor this event each year. If you would like to help celebrate this annual traditional, kindly leave your front porch light on between the hours of 9 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday, August 5th.