LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the first time this year, Livingston’s National Night Out event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides at the end of the night’s festivities, with all proceeds being donated to Cycle for Survival in the name of Team Jake/Knock Cancer Out of the Park in honor of 13-year-old resident Jake Kestler.

Tuesday is the last day to purchase tickets in advance at police headquarters from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The cost per ticket will be $5 and only cash will be accepted. As all of the proceeds are being donated to charity, no refunds will be given if the balloon is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances.

The rides will be offered from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the day of the event, Aug. 7, at the Memorial Oval. The free community event will begin with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m., where the police department will be recognizing the Crime Prevention Community Member of the Year: the staff of the West Essex Tribune.

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The national event is designed to strengthen neighborhoods though police-community partnerships. It will include food and drinks, helicopter landings, K9 Units, rides, games, a DJ, the Livingston Fire Department’s water sprinkler, face painting, balloon sculptures and an open photo booth. 

Pictured above, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) makes a donation to support Livingston’s National Night Out for the 10th consecutive year.

From the left are Officers Kevin Mullaney and Joy Klapal of the Community Policing Unit, newly appointed Police Chief Gary Marshuetz, Margie Heller, Administrative Director of Community Health and Outreach at SBMC; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and chief executive officer at SBMC.

Livingston’s event is also supported by donations from Livingston PBA #263, Riverside Oral Surgery, Argyle Marketplace, Livingston Bagel, Starbucks, Livingston Collision, and Step It Up Events and special thanks to the Livingston Fire Department and Livingston Public Schools.

There will be displays from various local organizations and businesses.  Any organization or local business that would like to have a free display table at the event is asked to contact the Community Policing Unit.

Volunteers are also needed for various positions including running carnival games for children. To donate, volunteer, request a table or to learn more about Livingston’s upcoming National Night Out, contact the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 ext. 3600 or

In case of rain, the event will be held inside Livingston High School.

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