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Scenes from National Night Out in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

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Fingerprinting demonstration Credits: John Mooney
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Scotch Plains Police dunk tank Credits: John Mooney
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The Broadcasters perform at National Night Out in Scotch Plains. Credits: John Mooney
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Allstate's Nelson Espeland, a long-time sponsor of the Scotch Plains National Night Out, with Mayor Al Smith Credits: John Mooney
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Scotch Plains Council members Rose Checchio and Ted Spera Credits: John Mooney
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Liz Mangum, Police Chief Ted Conley and Councilwoman Rose Checchio at Scotch Plains National Night Out. Credits: John Mooney
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Adam Jaffe dresses the part for National Night Out. Credits: John Mooney
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National Night Out drew members of the community of all ages. Credits: John Mooney
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The Bates Boys ready for the bounce houses. Credits: John Mooney
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National Night Out in Scotch Plains Credits: John Mooney
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Township Manager Al Mirabella with Margaret Heisey Credits: John Mooney
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National Night Out in Fanwood was held at La Grande Park Credits: John Mooney
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Superheroes Spider-Man and Batman attended Fanwood's National Night Out. Credits: John Mooney
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The ever-popular Dunk-a-Cop in Fanwood at National Night Out Credits: John Mooney
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Officer Piccola is ready to be dunked. Credits: John Mooney
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Recreation Director Bob Budiansky hosted Trivia contests Credits: John Mooney
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Dan Piccola goes down. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Police Officer Kathy Case Credits: Tom Kranz
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Fanwood Rescue Squad Credits: Tom Kranz
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Fanwood Fire Department Credits: Tom Kranz
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood and Scotch Plains police departments each hosted National Night Out festivities for the community on Tuesday, August 1st. 

Fanwood
National Night Out activities at LaGrande Park in Fanwood included games, a free barbecue, face-painting, raffles, a bounce house and Dunk-a-Cop. Following the festivities, the recreation department presented its free outdoor screening of Finding Nemo.

Scotch Plains
The Scotch Plains Police Department, Rescue Squad, Fire Department and Union County SWAT Team hosted National Night Out at the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building. The event included the ever-popular Dunk-a-Cop, police demonstrations, fingerprinting, a giant bounce house, and music by The Broadcasters.

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National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community through a multitude of local events. These include block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, and seminars. National Night Out participation has increased from 2.5 million people in 400 communities in year one to more than 32 million people in nearly 10,000 communities today.

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