PLAINFIELD, NJ - Unlike last year’s two National Night Out celebrations in Plainfield that began with a severe downpour, this year’s events took place under inviting clear skies and comfortable temperatures. One event was held on the plaza at City Hall, kicking off after Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, members of the City Council, and other elected officials rode in a caravan throughout Plainfield’s four wards to greet residents.
The Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association hosted a second event at Leland Park next to Cook Elementary School.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
At City Hall, Councilman Barry Goode served as the Master of Ceremonies. The evening began with the presentation of colors, a Star Spangled Banner performance, and a parade by the Queen City Mentoring Academy.Mayor Mapp provided welcoming remarks that included a moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.Community volunteers Norman Deen Muhammed of the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition and Maisie Wormley were recognized for their contributions to the city.
This year’s National Night Out observance featured a kids' zone, the Plainfield Police Department, safety demos by the Plainfield Fire Division, a car show, music, free food and giveaways and raffles by local organizations. Many families lined up for the Plainfield Action Services' backpack and school supply giveaway.
Members of the Union County Prosecutor's Office attended National Night out events around the county. According to Twitter, Plainfield had the highest turnout.
Maybe the biggest UCPO turnout of #NationalNightOut though? That would be the Queen City of Plainfield, celebrating its 150th birthday this year! I counted seven of us! @CityofPlfld pic.twitter.com/pN5LImXGfj— UCPONJ (@UCPONJ) August 7, 2019
The Union County Board of Elections also displayed the new ExpressVote XL voting machine, and conducted hands-on demonstrations for residents. These new machines will be in place for the upcoming election season.
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