CHATHAM, NJ - The tradition continued on Tuesday night with Chatham Township residents gathering for "National Night Out" against crime with events at Wickham Woods, Wynwood Road, Yarmouth Road, the Green Village Fire Department, Candace Lane and the Chatham Township Fire Department.
Some towns hold bigger events with central locations, but Chatham Township has settled into the more intimate neighborhood celebrations. Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly, along with police officers and committee members Mike Kelly, Kevin Sullivan and Karen Swartz made the rounds to each event.
"This is what National Night Out is supposed to be, this," said Hennelly during his stop on Yarmouth Road. "Neighbors getting out and meeting neighbors. At the end of Wynwood, there'a five new families and this gave them the opportunity to come out and meet all their other neighbors."
Hennelly was joined by McGruff, the crime dog, and the township police handed out glow sticks, frisbees and punch balls to the kids.
"It gives you a chance to reconnect with neighbors," Swartz said.
At the Yarmouth event, Julia Turco went all out to make it fun for the neighborhood with pizza and other snacks, colorful whistles and other party favors for the children. Tom and Debbie Woerner treated their neighbors by arranging for a truck to stop by and hand out ice cream.
At the Green Village "triangle" the Green Village Fire Department grilled burgers and hot dogs and residents brought home-made food and desserts to share.