Dear Editor,

The South Plainfield Police Department in conjunction with the South Plainfield Public Library recently held one of our most successful National Night Out events ever. For those who may not be aware, National Night Out is an annual nation-wide event established with the intent that communities have a chance to meet and interact with their local law enforcement officers in a much more casual environment than they may normally experience. The SPPD hosts this community cookout with the goal of encouraging residents to feel comfortable approaching our officers either because they need our help, or just want to say hello.  It was so gratifying to see the men and women of our department handing out flags, taking photos, or simply engaging in conversation with attendees of all ages.

This was a fantastic night for the town, and we would not have been able to put together such a wonderful, free, and family friendly event without the outpouring of support from our community. Thank you to all of our sponsors : AKA Printing, The employees of Aldi Foods (who paid out of pocket to donate!), Baker’s Express, Bett-A-Way Beverage Distributors, The Borough of South Plainfield, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dr. Frank P. Licato DDS, Doug & Michelle Chapman, Elks Lodge # 2298, Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library, Jim Giannakis, The Italian American Progressive League, Keystone Plastics Inc., Lowes, McCriskin’s Funeral Home, McDonalds, Paraco Gas, Pinto Brothers Disposal, Rita’s Ice, Shop Rite, South Plainfield Alliance for Substance Awareness, The South Plainfield Observer, The South Plainfield Public Library, Tap Into South Plainfield, Target, Taylor Rentals and Twin City Pharmacy,

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We were able to serve over 1,000 hotdogs and hamburgers thanks not only those who donated, but also to those who spent the night behind the grill – Chief James Parker, Tom & Siobhan Cassio, Jim Giannakis  and Pio Pennisi. The night would not have run as smoothly without assistance from the DPW crew – Mookie, Jimmy, Kevin and Tommy made setting up and breaking down the staging area quick and efficient.

We were also fortunate enough to have a variety of local organizations and businesses that set up booths and helped keep the crowds busy. Thanks to AFC Urgent Care, Au-some Balloons by Eddie Lin, Boy Scout Pack # 224, Car Nutz Classic Cars, CERT, The Club at Ricochet, DJ Ed Marin, Domestic Violence Response Team, Dr, Gonzalez DDS/Park Avenue Dentistry,  The Green Team, The Home Depot, Investor’s Bank, Joe Fischer’s Strolling Magic, Jumping Celebrations, Lincoln Technical School, Mr. Ray, Rent A Character,  Sky Zone, South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, South Plainfield Historical Society, South Plainfield Fire Department, South Plainfield Rescue Squad, Staples, and Unity Bank.

I would also like to recognize the men and women of our department  who spent their evening helping to make sure that everyone had a great time : Sgt Chris Collucci, Sgt James McConville, SRO Justin Melanson, SRO Zachary Melanson, Detective Mike Glowacki, Detective Joseph Glowacki, Detective Craig Magnani, Detective Tom Rutter, Detective Chris Blath, Officer Anthony Louise (and Sarge!), Officer Mark Hollain, Officer Steve Perhach, Officer Jacob Seider, Officer Daniel Bori, Officer William Bori, Officer Meredith Ferguson, Officer Neil Budhan, Officer Stephen Petriello, Operator Tracy Bruton and Operator Tim Kelly 

Lastly I would like to thank all of the residents who took the time to come out and show their support of our department – we were overwhelmed by the number of people in attendance. I hope to see you all again next year when we go bigger and better than ever.



Detective Sgt. Garrett Cassio