BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The looming storms stayed away from Berkeley Heights Tuesday evening and their first ever National Night Out went off as planned. Community pride was standing tall for the men and women in uniform, as the community came out a thousand strong in support of National Night Out.
The community flocked to Memorial Park to enjoy a block party staged by our local first responders, community leaders and business community. It was an evening that kids and adults, alike, could talk to the police officers, firefighters and rescue squad members and build the neighborhood relationships between the men and women in uniform and the citizens they protect.
The kids enjoyed the bounce house, crafts and the game truck -- the crowd favorite was the dunk tank -- as the kids lined up to take their chance to hit the lever to dunk Chief DiPasquale and his officers. Free hot dogs, Rita's Ice, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade, ice cream sandwiches and water were handed out all night. The families also enjoyed touring the rigs and checking out the equipment on display from the Police Department, Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Union County S.W.A.T. team.
The weekly Summer Concert Series in the Park was moved from their regular Wednesday night to Tuesday to coincide with National Night Out and featured Beatlemania Again. This British Invasion cover band brought their full costume re-enactment from Liverpool to Abbey Road playing hits like "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Twist and Shout", and "Revolution," to name a few.
Towards the end of the show, lightning was seen from a distance, but the show went on with the crowd asking for more. The band members did their regular after show meet and greet and the groupies had a photo op with their favorite Beatle.
National Night Out and Beatlemania Again concert sponsors include Anything Floral, Cross Fit 908, Connect One Bank, Delicious Heights, eMedical Urgent Care, Smith Chiropractic, Berkeley Heights YMCA and Taylor Rental.
The free concerts are presented by the Recreation Commission's Special Events Committee and through the partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business Community are brought to the community through their season long sponsors: Berkeley Aquatic Club, Taylor Rental, Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights, Smith Chiropractic foundation and Grain & Cane. There are drawings at each concert for gift certificates to Goodman's Deli, Delicious Heights and Dimaios.
Upcoming Concerts: August 15,The Jersey Four sponsored by Valairco Heat and Cooling and Prestige Diner; August 29, 52nd Street sponsored by Pearly White Family Dentistry.
Photo Credits: Bobbie Peer
Editor's Note: TAPinto Berkeley Heights presents the Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series Photo Contest. At each concert, a TAPinto Berkeley Heights reporter takes photos of families and individuals who would like to participate in the photo contest. Two winners will be drawn at random from the entries received and publicly recognized on TAPinto Berkeley Heights. The grand prize winners receive a $100 gift certificate to Goodman's Deli or Delicious Heights, sponsored by Smith Chiropractic.