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Livingston Celebrates National Night Out

Alexis Ahern

Sunday, August 10, 2014 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston community celebrated its sixth annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5 at the Livingston Oval. National Night Out is a nationwide event held every year on the first Tuesday of August. The purpose of the event is to provide the community with the opportunity to have a relationship with their police department as well as helping citizens be more aware of crime and drug prevention.

The Livingston Police Department hosted a wide range of participants this year and boasted many activities including the helicopter landing, rides, face painting, balloons and carnival games for children. In addition there were various vendors from Livingston having giveaways and raffles. The Livingston Police Department had a law enforcement display as well as safety demonstrations and anti-drug activities with McGruff the Crime Dog.

“I love an event the kids can come to with activities,” said Ilene Kates, a Livingston resident and parent of Logan Kates.

Most vendor stations were giving children various prizes such as candy, balloons or toys. In addition to the carnival games and rides, the West Essex YMCA had activities for the children to go along with the music from DJ Easy Mix.

“We went on all of the rides, they are really fun. We are having a great time,” said Charlotte Purdy, a second grader from Livingston.

Some of the vendors that attended National Night Out included the Cub Scouts, West Essex YMCA, Huntington Learning Center, Target, Costco, TAP into Livingston, Regal Bank, Eye Level, Sun Love Peace, Philly Pretzel Factory, Livingston Bagel and more.

“Given the nature of our business, we don’t have many opportunities to speak to our readers face to face, so being able to meet so many residents in one night is amazing, said Jackie Schatell, Co-Owner of TAP into Livingston. “In talking to our neighboring TAP into papers, we’ve found that even though National Night Out is celebrated across the country a lot of our neighboring towns don’t participate--so we are really very lucky that Livingston does this for us. It really makes me feel like I am part of a tight knit community.”

As the night came to a conclusion with the “Movie Under the Stars,” the Lego movie played, as voted for by the community.

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