LIVINGSTON, NJ — The rain stopped minutes before Livingston’s 11th annual National Night Out festivities began Tuesday as residents began arriving at the Memorial Oval. By the end of the evening, about 2,000 residents had attended.

Members of Livingston’s Police Department, including Police Chief Gary Marshuetz and captains John Drum and Thomas Smith, police officers Kevin Mullaney and Joy Klapal of the Community Policing Unit, Mayor Al Anthony and Town Council members Shawn Klein and Michael Vieira and other residents gathered in the middle of the Oval for the opening ceremonies. 

Marshuetz thanked everyone for coming to the event and said, “National Night Out’s purpose is to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the town residents. We want to have a strong bond with the community throughout the year.”

Sign Up for Livingston Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Mayor Anthony then took the microphone and praised and thanked Marshuetz, Drumm and Smith, for “doing a great job.” He added, “We always say that Livingston has the best Police Department.” 

The mayor also thanked the Department of Public Works, the Fire Department and the many sponsors of the event. 

“Tonight is about relationships,” the mayor said. “Have fun.”

Next, Prosecutor Ted Stephens spoke to the crowd. He said, “National Night Out is great for the bond between law enforcement and the community. We need to partner all year round.” Stephens said that Livingston was the second of 20 town National Night Out celebrations that he would be attending that evening.

Attendees were treated to free hot dogs, pizza and drinks. The Fire Department cooked and served the hot dogs.

Children enjoyed face-painting, a bouncy house, rides, games, a slide, being sprayed with a mist of water by a fire truck, balloon sculptures, meeting dogs from K9 Units and music provided by a live DJ.

Law enforcement and safety displays were set up around the Oval so people could learn about equipment.

A couple of highlights of the evening were helicopter landings and hot-air balloon rides.

This is the 11th year that Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and Regal Bank have made donations to support the event. 

Karig’s Livingston Hardware, Livingston Car Wash, Bee Bee Designs and others donated prizes for a free raffle.

National Night Out celebrations are held nationwide to increase awareness about police anti-crime programs, to promote police-community partnerships and to increase neighborhood camaraderie.

National Night Outs began in 1984. Many towns in New Jersey and the country participate in this fun, bonding community event.

The Livingston Police Department placed third nationwide for the 2018 National Night Out out of the 217 communities with populations of 15,000 to 49,999 that applied.

 

Some of this year’s booths included

Gold Fish Swim School

Livingston Senior Youth & Leisure Services

Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter

Livingston Health Department Division of Nursing

Edward Jones Investments

Gina’s Face Tag (Face painting)

Drew Family Chiropractic

Livingston Dental Periodontics & Implants

Essex County Opioid Task Force

Livingston Historic Society

Rotary International

Regal Bank

Livingston High School Ecolancers

Wresting Club of Livingston High School 

Little Angels Christian Montessori School

Huntington Learning Center

Livingston High School National Honor Society

Fit 36

West Essex YMCA

Livingston Mall

SMART Gun Safety

Allstate Insurance

Pack 12 Boy Scouts

PBA Local 105

Teacher Tutors

Brainiax

Columbia Bank

Girls on the Run

American Red Cross

Saint Barnabas Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas

Riverside Oral Surgery

Elks

Stretch Labs

Blaze Pizza

Livingston Committee for Diversity

League of Women Voters

NJ Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs

Jefferson Lake Camp

CMA Fitness

World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo 

28th South Mountain Scout Group

WDHA 105.5 FM Radio

WMTR 1250 AM Radio

Fitness 1440

UNICO

Livingston Lions Club

ADAPT – Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team

ShopRite of Livingston

Eye Level Learning Center

Boy Scout Troop 16

Girl Scouts

Full Gospel Church of Livingston

Sacks Orthodontics

Staples

Trinity Rehab

Vector Security

Vietnam Veterans Chapter 510

Neil H. Greco

Formosa Plastics

Edward Jones

Keller Williams Suburban Realty

Starbucks

Argyle Marketplace

Mission Fitness 

Crossfit West Livingston

Haven Savings Bank  

Allan Feid Jr. LLC

Jay’s Shoe Box

Tropical Smoothie Café

Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group  

Joseph A. Magotch, DDS, PA.