NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Late afternoon thunderstorms threatened but didn't dampen the fun at this year's New Providence National Night Out on Tuesday. By 6 p.m., the storms had passed and the sun was shining bright on this annual event that brings police officers, firemen, EMS and the community together.
New Providence joined communities across the nation to develop a better understanding of their town’s fire, rescue and law enforcement units. It is a special night for community members to stand together to promote awareness in a positive, welcoming setting.
The New Providence event featured complimentary hot dogs donated by Prestige Diner [grilled and served by the Lions Club] and Italian Ice served by Zita's, music by Elefante Family Band and the NJ Jazz Academy, a bounce house for the children, and a dunk tank. There was also a raffle for children to win the latest Play Station gaming system.
Academy Street was lined with rescue rigs and equipment for touring -- local businesses and organizations set up tables with give aways and games -- and politicians were on hand talking with the community.
Mayor Al Morgan joined Al Elefante on stage to express his gratitude to the first responders, “New Providence is a great place to live -- this is the last concert of the summer -- our public safety with the police, fire department and EMS do a great job. -- God bless New Providence and God bless the United States.” The Elefante Family Band and the NJ Jazz Academy opened the concert with the playing of the national anthem and continued to play their big band sounds.
Lt. Steve Drown coordinated this year's event along with the combined efforts of the New Providence Police Department and PBA Local #132, the New Providence Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Recreation Department, and DPW. Event sponsors include Jersey Central Power and Light, ACME, Chipotle, the New Providence Municipal Alliance, DeFalco's Instant Towing and Taylor Rental.
"It was a huge success and very heartwarming to see our residents come out and enjoy a lovely evening talking and hanging out with our officers in a casual atmosphere," said Chief Anthony Buccelli. "Everyone had a good time and my officers welcomed the support. It makes us proud to be part of such a wonderful and unique town."
The Summer Concert Series has been presented by New Providence Business Community. The concerts are made possible through generous donations from the following sponsors: Acme Market, Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Elefante Music, Lassus Wherley, NJ Sharing Network, NP Downtown Improvement District (DID), NP Lions Club, Prestige Diner, Providence Bar & Kitchen, and Zita's Homemade Ice Cream.