ELIZABETH TO JOIN CITIES NATIONWIDE FOR 31st ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

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908-820-4124
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ELIZABETH TO JOIN CITIES NATIONWIDE FOR 31st ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—July 30, 2014 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will join other elected officials, as well as family, friends and businesses, at this year’s 31st Annual National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. This yearly event is designed to increase the awareness of crime and drug prevention within neighborhoods while strengthening police community partnerships.
 
“National Night Out represents the kind of commitment, energy and determination it takes to make our neighborhoods a safe place all year round,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “With the continual input and assistance from our community and emergency personnel, a more secured City and improved quality of life will be achieved.”
 
From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout the City and across the nation are asked to join us, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening with their community. O’Brien Field, located at 641-657 Third Avenue in the Peterstown section, was chosen as this year’s National Night Out site. The location has been newly renovated and now includes a synthetic turf soccer field.  
 
This free celebration has something for the whole family, including music, refreshments, as well as performances by the Elmora Dance School and Shims Academy. In addition, informational booths, along with health, safety and security exhibits, including an exciting Jaws of Life demonstration, will also be available. Participants can speak with Police, Fire and EMTs to learn more about their programs, get close to emergency vehicles and check out an interactive smokehouse. Residents can also learn about becoming a part of Block Watch groups in their area, as well as join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). 
 
“National Night Out is a way to further strengthen the relationships between neighbors and the people who protect and serve their community,” said Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “I would like to thank our local organizations, because without their support and generous donations, this event would not be possible.” 
 
Community and Government Officials will be speaking at the event and handing out special commendations to residents, who have contributed to the improvement of their community. 
 
Event sponsors include: The City of Elizabeth, Healthfirst, Wakefern, IHOP, Home Depot, Melly Mel Productions, Elmora Healthcare, Cheryl Payne, Fantasy Novelty Party Shop and the Party Factor. 
 
For more information about this event, please call Alonzo Jones at 908-820-4238 or visit www.elizabethnj.org.