Enjoy Fun Activities With Police for National Night Out on Aug. 6

By David Biggy | Jul 31, 2019

Southern Ocean County — In some 16,000 communities throughout the U.S. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, National Night Out gatherings will take place to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. This year, National Night Out will be celebrated in several towns on and around Long Beach Island, and families are welcome to be a part of them.

According to the national website natw.org, National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Such will be the case in Long Beach, Stafford, Barnegat and Little Egg Harbor townships.

At Bayview Park in Brant Beach, the Long Beach Township police host the free event from 5 to 9 p.m. Ted Hammock and Jason Booth, plus Steel Margarita, will provide music for the family-friendly evening, which also features a photo booth, jumbo inflatables, face painting with Sprinkles the Clown, a magician skilled in balloon animals, giveaways and free food and drinks.

The local fire and first aid squads, as well as the township police and beach patrol, plan to offer displays. K-9, drone and water rescue team demonstrations are also scheduled.

And, to cap off the evening, enjoy a fireworks show, sponsored by Fantasy Island Amusement Park.

Similar fun can be enjoyed by all from 5 to 8 p.m. at Manahawkin Lake Park in Stafford. In partnership with the Stafford Municipal Alliance, the Stafford Police Department’s event will feature the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta as well as a BMX Bicycle Demo and entertainment by Chris Fritz and The Impulsives.

Top Entertainment and the Barbara Lin Band provide the music for the Little Egg Harbor Police Department’s event, slated from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Little Egg Harbor Sports Complex off Route 539, and one of the featured demonstrations will include a MONOC helicopter. Also, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the local food pantry.

Barnegat High School will be the scene for the Barnegat Police Department’s first-ever National Night Out activities, beginning at 6. They will include a dunk tank and a movie inside the school’s auditorium later in the evening.  —D.B. and J.K.-H.

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