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National Night Out Tradition Passed on at Lake Road in Chatham

Lisa Carey and Dot Morehouse at Lake Road National Night Out Credits: TAP Chatham
McGruff, the crime dog, visits with National Night Out children on Lake Road Credits: Lisa Carey
Dot Morehouse with the sign from the 2010 National Night Out held on Lake Road in Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Lake Road neighbors at National Night Out on Tuesday Credits: Lisa Carey
Ryan, 10, and Meegan, 7, at National Night Out on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham
The Carey family carried on the tradition of National Night Out on Lake Road by hosting the event. Lisa and Bob Carey with their children Ryan, Meegan and Shannon
Bob Carey greets Patrolman Christopher Schulz at Lake Road National Night Out event Credits: TAP Chatham
Shannon Carey serves up the brownies at Lake Road National Night Out Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham
Bart Zoni holds Lia, 2, at Lake Road National Night Out event Credits: TAP Chatham
Nathan and Joshua, ages 3 and 4, came from Virginia to visit their grandmother, Marie, and join the fun at the Green Village Fire Department Credits: TAP Chatham
National Night Out at the Green Village Fire Department Credits: TAP Chatham
Bill Kleemeyer of Green Village Packing Company cooks up cheeseburgers at the Green Village Fire Department event Credits: TAP Chatham

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.


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