LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the ninth year, Saint Barnabas Medical Center has made a donation to support Livingston’s National Night Out, which is scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Memorial Oval. 

The national event is designed to strengthen neighborhoods though police-community partnerships. According to the Livingston Police Department, the goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and, most importantly, represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places to live. It is also intended as an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other even better.

This event promotes various crime-prevention programs that are active in Livingston including neighborhood watch groups, residential and business security surveys, bicycle registration and crime-prevention tips.

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Livingston’s event will be held at the Oval beginning with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m., where the police department will be recognizing the Crime Prevention Citizen of the Year.

The event is free to the public and 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. 

The event is supported by donations from Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman, Investors Bank, Best Provisions, Livingston Family Orthodontics, Bottle King, Crystal Plaza, Livingston Mall and Step It Up Events.

A free raffle will allow participants to enter to win prizes donated by Bee Bee Designs, Livingston Car Wash, Love Letters, Olive Garden and others.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a karaoke party featuring large screens and lighting for residents of all ages to watch or showcase their talent.

There will also 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.

Also, volunteers are still 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.

Pictured above from left to right are Officer Kevin Mullaney, Community Policing Unit; Margie Heller, Administrative Director of Community Health and Outreach, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch; Stephen Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; and Livingston Police Captain Gary Marshuetz.