WESTFIELD, NJ — Nightlife may not be the first thing that comes to mind on a weeknight in this suburban community, but Quimby Street was bustling with activity Tuesday.
First responders marked National Night Out on the same evening a weekly summer music festival was held. Children toured the police department mobile command center, checked out an ambulance, explored a fire engine and even sat behind the wheel of a bulldozer.
A police department SUV sporting the label “Addams 1” and a spider web in recognition of AddamsFest, the town’s upcoming celebration of town native Charles Addams, debuted at the festivities.
“That’s a community relations tool,” said Police Chief Chris Battiloro as families milled about on Quimby Street. “We’re looking to promote not only the town of Westfield but also the Addams Family and AddamsFest.”
Battiloro noted the strong turnout, which he said was one of the largest since Westfield has held a National Night Out celebration, something it began in 2015. “It’s great to see,” Battiloro said.
It appeared at least 1,000 people visited the downtown throughout the night for both the National Night Out celebration and the Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival.
Susan Pheifer, along with her husband and two daughters, were among the many families to attend the celebrations.
“We went on the ambulance and the big front-end loader over there,” said Pheifer, whose children Abby, 3, and Chloe, 8, were in attendance. “And we’re about to go over and meet the firefighters and the police officers.”
Chloe, who had a dolphin painted on her cheek, said she enjoyed checking out the first aid squad’s equipment.
“I liked going on the ambulance,” Chloe said. “It was cool to see all the supplies.”
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