CLARK, NJ – First responders and community members came together for this year’s National Night Out Tuesday evening.
Fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles were on display at the grounds of the Clark Recreation Center. Activities included a bounce house, face painting, and other games. Police Chief Pedro Matos and Captain Vincent Concina each took a turn in the dunk tank.
The Union County Board of Elections was also on hand to demonstrate the county’s new voting machines. The county announced earlier this year that Clark, along with 11 other municipalities, will begin using the new machines during the 2019 general election.
The National Night Out in Clark was moved to the recreation center grounds last year to accommodate several new activities, including a dunk tank, a bounce house, an obstacle course, and raffles conducted by local businesses.
National Night Out is organized by the National Association of Town Watch and has taken place every first Tuesday of August since 1984, according to the event’s official website.
“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” the website says. “Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
Thousands of communities across the U.S., including approximately 250 New Jersey municipalities, participated in this year’s event, the website says.