LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of this year’s Livingston National Night Out festivities, to be held on Aug. 6 along with thousands of other communities across the country, tethered hot air balloon rides will be featured at the end of the night’s festivities.

All proceeds from the hot air balloon rides will be donated to Trial Blazers for Kids in memory of Livingston resident Jake Kestler. 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 Livingston Police Department (LPD) recently placed third nationwide among the 217 communities with populations of 15,000 to 49,999 that applied for an award for its annual National Night Out event.

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According to the Livingston Community Policing Unit, this award—which specifically acknowledged the success of LPD’s 10th annual event in 2018—took into account the overall campaign, neighborhood participation, law enforcement participation, media and promotional coverage campaign, special events and a post-project report.

For this year’s 11th annual event, the members of the LPD hope the community will join them for a free, family-friendly night of rides, face painting, balloons and carnival games for children, giveaways, a DJ, law enforcement displays, safety/security demonstrations, anti-drug activities and more. Hot dogs, pizza and drinks will be provided free-of-charge, with members of the Livingston police and fire departments manning the grills and pizza being donated by many of Livingston’s pizzerias.

The Livingston Fire Department will also be setting up an area where children can be showered with water from a fire truck in addition to a helicopter landings, a visit from K9 units and emergency personnel from many law enforcement and public safety entities that will be on hand to showcase their equipment. 

National Night Out festivities are held nationwide and are meant to increase awareness about police anti-crime programs that are taking place in communities. This event promotes various crime prevention programs including: neighborhood watch groups; residential and business security surveys; and crime prevention tips. 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.

To help kick off the 2019 National Night Out, the LPD is inviting the children of Livingston to design a National Night Out poster. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters in each of the following categories: ages 5-7, ages 8-10, and ages 11-13. 

The deadline to enter the poster contest is fast approaching on July 26 at 4 p.m. The winner in each category will receive a $25 gift card donated by Target, and all winning posters will be displayed at National Night Out. Complete information and rules can be found HERE.

A free raffle will allow participants to enter to win prizes donated by Karig’s Livingston Hardware, Livingston Car Wash, Bee Bee Designs and others. There will also be displays from various local organizations and businesses.

Livingston’s event is supported by donations from MMG Transportation LLC, Corigliano Towing, Eppes Essen, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, and Kings, and special thanks to the Livingston Fire Department, Livingston Department of Public Works, Livingston UNICO and Livingston Public Schools.

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 jklapal@livingstonnj.org.

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