HACKENSACK, NJ — Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg and City Manager Ted Ehrenburg attended an abbreviated National Night Out at The Green yesterday before heavy rains put a damper on the festivities. 

“Despite the weather, I’m glad so many of our city’s residents were able to make it out,” Sims said. “It’s always a great event and gives the community an opportunity to promote camaraderie. For coming out tonight and being such troupers, I promised the Royals soccer team 14 back-to-school book bags.” 

Representatives from the Hackensack Police Department, Hackensack Fire Department, Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance, Bergen County Sheriff's Department, and many others were all on hand. Music was provided by Motor City Revue and Capt. Frank Aquila, Police Director Gerard Marinelli and Lt. Tina Cappadonna thanked the crowd for attending in inclement weather and discussed the history of National Night Out, which was first held in 1984.

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“I’ve been coming to these for many, many years and they always go well,” Marinelli said. “It gives people a whole new perspective on things.” 

“National Night Out has become a wholesome family event that gives people in the community a chance to learn more about the different agencies in our neighborhood,” Aquila said.