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National Night Out Festival Coming to Livingston

Going Dark will perform at the Livingston Oval during National Night Out on August 6
National Night Out poster

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Tuesday, Aug 6 the Livingston Police Department will host the community’s fifth annual National Night at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Oval. Attendance is free-of-charge, and attractions will include, rides, face painting, balloons, carnival games, giveaways, live bands, a DJ, law enforcement displays, safety and security demonstrations, anti-drug activities and food and drink. 

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, over 37 million people in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide participated in the yearly event.

Hot dogs, pizza and drinks will be available free-of-charge. Dave Gilenson of Gilenson: The Gas Grill Experts and the Livingston Fire Department will be manning the grills. The pizza will be donated by Livingston pizzerias.

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A host of children’s activities will be provided by The West Essex YMCA.  Children may also bring their bathing suits because the Livingston Fire Department will be setting up an area where children can be showered with water from a fire truck.

For those who wish to stay dry, a Rolling Video Games theater with the newest games from Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 will be set up. The Rolling Theater will feature four wide screen high-definition televisions with built-in vibration motors synced to the on-screen action.

Headlining the music this year will be local band Going Dark, which features Oliver Shaw (bass/lead vocals/keyboard), LJ Militello (guitar/backing vocals), and Alex Fogg (drums). The band has a résumé which includes performances at the Bamboozle Festival, NJ State Fair, and QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, among others.

“We are very excited to be part of National Night Out and to work with the town and the local police department on such a large and important event. We have a big stage set and light show coming for this concert; it is really going to be something you will not want to miss,” said Fogg.  

Other National Night Out events will include two mechanical rides, Teacups and Turbo Tubs, and a free raffle which will allow participants to enter to win prizes donated by Target, Karig’s Livingston Hardware, Bee Bee Designs, Love Letters, Dieci, Olive Garden, Panevino and others. Also, Sonny Croughn’s Auto Styling will host a custom trike “DARE 2B BAD” show.

Displays from various local organizations and businesses including The Alternative Press of LivingstonWest Essex Tribune, Livingston SYLS, the Livingston Library, LYCS, WDHA radio, Livingston Girl Scouts, Livingston Cub Scouts, the Presbyterian Church of Livingston, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter and the Livingston Nursing Division will all be present.

In the weeks prior to National Night Out, the Livingston Police Department invites children of Livingston to design a National Night Out poster. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters in each of the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. All winning posters will be displayed at National Night Out.

National Night Out is supported by donations from Target, Livingston PBA 263, All-Around Entertainment, Kiwanis Club of Livingston, Panek’s Service Center, Formosa Plastics, Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee, Sign Me Up, Argyle Market, and Eppes Essen.

To donate, volunteer or learn more about Livingston’s upcoming National Night Out, contact Officer Gary Mankowitz by phone at (973) 992-3000 extension #3208 or by email at Any organization or local business that would like to have a free display table at the event is asked to call the Community Policing Unit at (973) 992-3000 extension #3600.

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

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