CHATHAM, NJ - Lisa Carey knows that her children have warm memories of National Night Out on Lake Road held annually at the yellow house on the lake owned by Dot Morehouse. That's why she wanted to pick up where her neighbor left off.

The Carey family kept the tradition alive on Tuesday night when neighbors gathered in front of their home at 35 Lake Road for National Night Out in Chatham. 

"Dottie Morehouse hosted it for years," Carey said. "She's thrilled that we're having it. Our kids have such fond memories from when they were babies and going to meet McGruff in front of her house. When she said she couldn't hold it anymore, we wanted to carry on the tradition because it is such a wonderful neighborhood."

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Morehouse, 87, attended the neighborhood party to fight crime - this time as a guest. She said that she organized the event for as long as she could remember and brought with her a sign from the 2010 event.

Morehouse, a former Nurse-OB/GYN, was there for the Careys when their daughter, Meegan, now seven, was born.

"I called her at 2 a.m. and she came over and helped," Bob Carey said. "If it wasn't for her, we would have had the baby at the house. Then she watched the kids while we went to the hosptial."

The "34th Annual National Night Out," a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch included five neighborhood parties and barbecues at the Green Village and Chatham Township fire departments.