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Livingston Township Announces Date for Livingston’s National Night Out

McGruff the Crime Dog will be posing for photos at a photo booth from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Credits: Livingston Police Department

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Oval. The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. with a “Movie Under the Stars” shown at dusk. This year’s movie, as voted on by Livingston’s children, will be “Paddington.”

National Night Out festivities are held nationwide and are meant to increase awareness about police anti-crime programs that are taking place in communities. Last year, more than 37-million people in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide participated in the yearly event. This is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and providing a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Emergency personnel from many law enforcement and public safety entities will be on hand to showcase their equipment. There will also be exhibits, safety demonstrations and several youth events.

Livingston’s event is supported by donations from Regal Bank, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Business Improvement District, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Livingston Bagel, Eppes Essen, Corigliano Towing and MMG Transportation LLC, Allstate/Neil H. Greco, Bottle King, Huntington Learning Center, Formosa Plastics Corp., Best Provision Co., Panek’s Service Center, Argyle Marketplace, Gerardo “Junior” DaSilva, Home Depot, Livingston Collision, Livingston Mart, Costco, Dieci Lifestyle Spa and Dieci Uomo.

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Hot dogs, pizza and drinks will be provided free-of-charge. Dave Gilenson of Gilenson, the Gas Grill Experts, and the Livingston Police and Fire Departments will be manning the grills. Pizza will be donated by Anthony Francos, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Calabria, The Landmark, Livingston Pizza, Master Pizza and Pizzeta Enoteca.

The free event will include helicopter landings, K9 Units, a Civil War reenactment on horseback, the NJ National Guard’s leadership rock climbing wall, inflatable and mechanical rides, games, live music, a DJ, the Livingston Fire Department’s water sprinkler, face painting and balloon sculptures. There will also be a free raffle, which will allow participants to enter to win prizes donated by Love Letters, Karig’s Livingston Hardware, Target, Starbucks, Handcrafters, Panevino’s, Antonio’s Salon and Spa, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Olive Garden and others. The West Essex YMCA will be providing children’s activities.

Children may also bring bathing suits, as the Livingston Fire Department will be setting up an area where they can be showered with water from a fire truck. For those who like to stay dry, there will be a Rolling Video Games theater where the newest games from Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 can be played inside on four widescreen high-definition TVs with built-in vibration motors synced to the on-screen action.

The Red Light Band, a Livingston-based jam band playing timeless acts like Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Phish, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Joe Walsh, will take the stage from 6 p.m. until dusk.

There will be a volunteer fair at this year’s event, which will showcase Livingston’s organizations and committees as well as volunteer opportunities. Any committee or organization that would like to be part of the volunteer fair, should contact Alan Karpas at alan@karpas.net or (973) 992-6411.

Jill Kravis, local coordinator and aunt of the organization’s founder, will have a table for Kayla Cares 4 Kids at the event to collect donations of DVDs (rated G, PG or PG-13) and electronics (new and used DVD players, Wii, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo DS, LeapFrog, and video games in excellent working condition) for distribution to children’s hospitals. The Livingston Police Department is a collection point for the charity. Any items that cannot be brought to National Night Out can be brought to police headquarters at any time of day or night.

Livingston Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) will also have a collection table at the event. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food products, specifically peanut butter, jelly, tuna, pasta sauce and cereal, as well as paper products, detergents and personal products.

There is still time for children to enter the poster contest. The deadline is July 27 at 4 p.m. This year’s poster contest will be judged by Martha Ackermann from the Arts Council of Livingston. Complete information and rules can be found at www.facebook.com/LivingstonNjNationalNightOut.

The event will feature 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. Also, volunteers are 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 extension #3600 or email livingstonpd@gmail.com.

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

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