SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A brief downpour didn't dampen the turnout Tuesday evening as hundreds of residents joined together with South Plainfield agencies, businesses, and community groups for the borough’s 5th Annual National Night Out (NNO). 

NNO, which was held Aug. 7 in the parking lot behind the South Plainfield Public Library, is a collaborative effort between the library,the South Plainfield Public Celebrations Committee, and the South Plainfield Municipal Alliance with support from South Plainfield PBA #100, local and corporate businesses, and borough organizations. 

“National Night Out provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere for residents, borough leaders, businesses, and service organizations to get together,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. “Each year, this community-wide event grows and has become an anticipated night in our borough and this year’s event was no exception, despite an unexpected downpour.”

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Throughout the evening, there were free activities, food, entertainment, and giveaways for adults and children. South Plainfield Police Chief James Parker and members of the police department manned the grill, serving up burgers and hot dogs and music from DJ Mike Victoria. There was a classic car show presented by Little Nicky’s and the North Plainfield-based Car Nutz Car Club) and a K-9 demonstration from the South Plainfield Police Department. Attendees also had the opportunity to stop at different vendor tables for freebies and information.

The night also included activities for children, including crafts, free glitter tattoos, a bounce house, and more. Kids played at Willow Park, climbed inside police, fire, and rescue vehicles, and took photos with police officers. Additionally, the evening featured a variety of activities sponsored by the library. Children had the opportunity to ‘Rock out with Mr. Ray’ in the library’s multipurpose room and check out tricks from Strolling Magician Joe Fischer as well as receive custom creations from Eddie Lin of ‘Au’some Balloon Art.

“This event gets bigger and bigger each year and a little rain didn't stop our residents from coming out and taking part,” said Linda Hansen, director of the South Plainfield Public Library. “We are happy to be a part of it and we are thankful to everyone who joined together to make it possible and for all those residents who came out and made it a success.”

Special thanks to the following organizations and businesses for their support of the games, prizes and giveaways: American Legion Post #243, Arista Care, Bett-A-Way, Boxing to Boot Camp, Cert, Columbia Bank, Doterra, The Home Depot, Holy Savior Academy, Investors Bank, JFK Health, Lincoln Tech, McCriskin-Gustafson Funeral Homes, McDonald’s, Miracle Ear, Paraco Gas, Restaurant Depot, Rita’s Italian Ice, Robert Wood Johnson, Sakoutis Bros., ShopRite, SP Amateur Radio Club, SP Cultural Arts Commission, SP Great Team, St. Peter’s University Hospital, Target, Unity Bank, the United States Army, and the United States Marine Corps. 

About National Night Out

This year marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out; the first National Night Out took place in 1984 and featured a traditional ‘lights on’ campaign along with symbolic front porch vigils. 

Over time, the campaign grew into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events and safety demonstrations and seminars. Today, over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide participate in National Night Out events. 

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches and held annually on the first Tuesday in August, NNO is intended to promote a partnership between local law enforcement and the community residents. The belief is that, by working together, crime can be reduced and the quality of life that a community enjoys improved. NNO is intended to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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