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National Night Out to Be Celebrated August 1 in South Plainfield

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s 4th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a free, family-friendly informational event honoring the borough’s police, fire, rescue squad and emergency management, will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Sponsored by numerous borough organizations and business, this year’s NNO will feature activities and entertainment for adults and children, free food and drinks, prizes, and a special ‘acts of kindness’ initiative.

Set to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. behind the South Plainfield Municipal Building/Library, the borough event is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Borough of South Plainfield, the South Plainfield Police Department, the South Plainfield Public Library, and the South Plainfield Municipal Alliance with participation from the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, Flanagan’s, Investors Bank, JFK Health, Sakoutis Brothers Disposal, St. Peter's University Hospital, Unity Bank and more.

During NNO, members of the borough’s police, fire and rescue squad will be on hand to meet and speak with residents in an informal setting.  There will be games, raffles, giveaways, DJ Matt Victoria playing music throughout the evening, activities for children of all ages, and a classic and antique car show featuring members of the North Plainfield-based Car Nutz Car Club.

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South Plainfield police will conduct children’s safety fingerprinting and young attendees will be able to get free sparkle tattoos and jump around in the bounce house. Additionally, the South Plainfield Public Library is sponsoring various children’s activities, including face painters from Moogieland, balloon animals from Eddie Lin of ‘AU’some Balloons, and a special performance by Mr. Ray

“We are delighted to once again be part of this family-friendly community event,” said Library Director Linda Hansen, adding that the Friends of the Library donated $200 toward the children’s National Night Out festivities.

“The Friends wanted to give back to the community and also thank the police department for always supporting their events and fundraisers throughout the year,” said Hansen.

This year’s National Night Out event will also feature a 'random acts of kindness' rock painting initiative. A table run by the library’s own Mija Clemente will feature rocks donated by Susan Krystopik of KLK Trucking along with some from the garden of resident Larry Smith along with art supplies courtesy of the library. Attendees will be able to paint the rocks a bright color and/or add an inspirational message. At the end of the night, residents will take the rocks with them to share with friends and neighbors. As part of a ‘random acts of kindness’ initiative, the rocks should be placed safely but not hidden and those who find them are encouraged to continue the effort.

“We want people to place the rocks wherever they would like to make someone happy and for people to find these beautiful rocks with beautiful colors and sayings. Perhaps if they are having a bad day and they see one it will bring them a little bit of joy,” said Clemente, adding, “The goal is for this to be nice family project that will make other people happy. This year’s summer reading theme at the library is ‘Build a Better World’ and what better way to do so then by promoting kindness and being kind to others.”

About National Night Out

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches, is held annually on the first Tuesday in August and is intended to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The first National Night Out took place in 1984 and featured a traditional ‘lights on’ campaign along with symbolic front porch vigils. Over time, however, the campaign grew into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events and safety demonstrations and seminars.

The idea of the program has evolved into fostering a partnership between local law enforcement and the community residents.  By working in concert, crime can be reduced and the quality of life that a community enjoys improved. Today, over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide participate in National Night Out events.

For additional information on the national campaign, visit http://natw.org

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