SOMERVILLE, NJ- The borough’s Police Department invites residents to the annual “Night Out” celebration on Tuesday night, Aug. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at Carol Pager Park on Green Street, between North Bridge Street and Davenport Street.

There will be  free hot dogs, drinks and ice cream,  free giveaways and raffles, a bounce house, dunk tank, music and other games and activities.

Members of the police department, volunteer fire departments, and first aid squads will be on hand for demonstrations; the borough Recreation Department will host pickleball and other games.

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Mayor Dennis Sullivan, members of the Borough Council and other borough officials will also attend.

Several Somerville businesses have also pitched in to sponsor the event, which is observed throughout the nation, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Community Police Officer Vito Spadea welcomes the opportunity to nurture relationships between the community, the police department and other emergency services.

“Night Out is a way to get the community together with the police department, emergency personnel, fire and rescue; most of them don’t know who they are. This makes it more personal,” Spadea said.

 “We know our citizens, we know who lives in town and we want them to know we are approachable,” Spadea said.

“You want to walk down the street and be able to say ‘that’s so-and-so, he live on so-and-so street.’ You want people who live in town to be comfortable, know they can approach you and say ‘I know who that officer is,’ ‘’ he added.

“When you live in a small town, of 2.5 square miles, that familiarity goes a long ways sometimes.”