SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mark the calendars for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the borough's Municipal Complex. The Spotswood Police Department will be taking part in the 35th anniversary of National Night Out, which began in 1984 as a way to strengthen the bonds between the community and the police in their unified fight against crime. The fun, family-friendly event also works to improve the relations between officers and the residents living in the towns they serve.

Spotswood is one of the more than 9,000 communities across the nation that participate in National Night Out, which always takes place on the first Tuesday in August except in Texas. Texas holds their National Night Out on the first Tuesday in October.

The Spotswood Police Department is inviting Spotswood and Helmetta residents to come out and enjoy a night with their neighbors and officers of the SPD. The event features a water slide, food, games, music, vendors and giveaways. Emergency services will be on hand in addition to other county and community organizations. There will also be free health screenings by St. Peters Hospital.

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The family-friendly event is free though the Spotswood Police Department is encouraging participants to bring a non-perishable food item for the Alice's CUP food pantry on Main Street. The pantry feeds any Middlesex County resident in need and is constantly in search of donations.

The Municipal Complex is located on 77 Summerhill Road.