PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two National Night Out celebrations will take place on Tuesday, August 1st in the City of Plainfield.

Each year, residents of Plainfield celebrate National Night Out, a national event that fosters relationships between neighbors and law enforcement to build safer communities.

A back-to-school book bag drive is currently underway for the event at City Hall Plaza, at 515 Watchung Avenue.  School supply and book bag donations are being accepted through July 25.  The National Night Out event will feature a kids' zone, live music, safety demos, and more.  Book bags and school supplies will be given away while supplies last.

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Find out how you can donate by contacting Plainfield Action Services at City Hall, 510 Watchung Avenue, or call 908-753-3519.

The Plainfield Stigma Free Zone will also have a table at City Hall, and Mental Health Stigma Free lawn signs will be distributed to those who had previously asked for one. There will be extras for residents who did not have an opportunity to request one in advance.

Across town, Netherwood Heights Neighbors will once again host a National Night Out event at Leland Park next to Cook School.

Netherwood Heights Neighbors will provide food and drinks, but the group asks attendees to consider bringing a side dish or dessert to share.

Speaking of sweets, there will be a dessert contest judged by the NHN Board.  The winner will receive a gift card from The Coffee Box.  There will also be face painting for the kids.

For questions about the Netherwood Heights Neighbors event, email netherwoodneighbors@gmail.com.

Both Plainfield events begin at 6:30 pm.  Tell your friends, bring a lawn chair, and remember to leave your porch light on in recognition of National Night Out.