BLOOMFIELD, NJ – For the second year in a row, the Bloomfield Fire Department toppled the Bloomfield Police Department in their annual Softball Challenge played during the National Night Out festivities on Tuesday evening, August 6 at Foley Field.

When the dust settled in the high-scoring affair, the Fire Department enjoyed a 26-11 victory over the Police Department in the fourth annual meeting between the squads.

In addition to the softball game, hundreds of residents enjoyed the beautiful weather, free food, drinks, amusements and music, and made memories with friends and Bloomfield Township employees who volunteered at the event.

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Started in 1984, National Night Out is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

Tuesday night, there were over 20 off duty Police personnel--a combination of Officers, Police Aides, Auxiliary Officers and Civilian employees--at Foley Field to honor the mission of the annual event and interact with members of the community, especially the youth.

There were also 15 off-duty Firefighters and seven DPW employees who worked the event, including two from the Electrical Department and five others who handled set up, garbage and recycling detail, and any other related maintenance needs, all of whom were there long after normal business hours.

“I would like to thank the Bloomfield Police Department and Fire Department for their involvement in our terrific annual event,” said Mayor Michael Venezia.  “I would be remiss to not also thank the hard-working men and women at the Department of Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Director Michael Sceurman, who always make sure there are great giveaways, food, bounce houses and various types of entertainment on the field for the kids to play on as well. We look forward to continuing to organize events during the year that bring law enforcement and community members together.”

The entire evening was free to all that attended.  All sodas, waters, cookies and ice were donated by Brookdale ShopRite and pizzas were sold to at a hugely discounted rate from Vinnie’s Pizzeria, Parkside Pizzeria and Angelo’s Pizzeria.

“I would like to thank our partners in the other township departments including Police, Fire, EMS, DPW and Board of Education for helping us bring the community together. It is a testament to the cohesive and hardworking nature of our township employees,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Sceurman.  “I am glad the weather held, and residents got to enjoy a night out meeting Police and community leaders and enjoying the music of Alotta Colada.”