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Elizabeth, NJ August 7, 2013 – Last night, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined City Council Members, along with representatives from the Elizabeth Police and Fire Departments, at the 30th Annual National Night Out event. With more than five hundred (500) guests in attendance, this was one of the City’s biggest turnouts.

“At National Night Out, residents come together and stand against crime and violence,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This event encourages community involvement and strengthens neighborhood relationships with the people who protect and secure the City.”

Carteret Park, which is located at the intersection of Elmora and Murray Street, was the site of this year’s National Night Out. The event is designed to increase the awareness of crime and drug prevention within neighborhoods. It gave residents a chance to speak with their Police and Fire Departments in a casual and friendly setting.

Also in attendance to present special commendations to residents, who have vastly contributed to the improvement of their community were: Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr., First Ward Councilman Carlos Torres, Second Ward Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Fourth Ward Councilman Carlos Cedeno, Fifth Ward Councilman William Gallman and Sixth Ward Councilman Frank Mazza.

“Every year this event gets bigger and bigger and it is important that our residents and youth stay connected and build lasting relationships with emergency personnel,” said Councilman Nelson Gonzalez. “As the Councilman of the Second Ward, I am constantly working to make sure our neighborhoods are safe and our residents are happy.”

Neighbors filled the park, visited the informational and activity tables, as well as interacted with City Officials. The event featured music by Dee Jay Darez, a performance by the Dance Program of the Elizabeth Recreation Department, a Zumba demonstration by the YMCA, a face painter, a bounce castle as well as a chance to see some of the City’s Police and Fire vehicles up close.

In 2012, over 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities participated in National Night Out, across the United States; this year was expected to be the largest celebration to date.

“The people who attend this event represent the type of strength, energy and determination it takes to help make neighborhoods a safer place all year round,” said Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste. “I am happy to be a part of this wonderful celebration each and every year.”

Vendors included: ADT, Home Depot, Aetna Insurance, Information Plus, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Community Access, Kean University, Consumer Affairs, Le Bretzel, Boxwood Hall, The Leaguers, Drake College, PNC Bank, Sisters of Flavor, Elizabeth Public Library, PROCEED, Union County College, Elmora Pharmacy, Retail Skills Center, Urban League, Famous Footwear, The Smart Girls Group, Girl Scouts, Concentra, Prevention LINKS and the YMCA. City Departments included: the Elizabeth Home Improvement Program, Health and Human Services, Office of Youth, Office on Aging, Public Works, Recreation, Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Public Health Nurses.

Sponsors included: Elegant Headwear Co., Wakefern, Party Factor, Melly Mel Productions, Elmora Healthcare, Cheryl Payne, Fantasy Novelty Party Shop, Fashion to Fitness, Horizon Healthcare and IHOP. For more information about National Night Out and its partner organization, the National Association of Town Watch, visit www.natw.org.

If you would like to learn more about future events taking place around Elizabeth or if you are interested in joining a neighborhood watch program, please visit www.elizabethnj.org  or www.facebook.com/cityofelizabethnjcityhall or call 908-820-4238.