With yet another street party added to the roster this year, North Bergen offered a total of seven separate locations through the township for residents to come relax, eat some great barbecue, hang out with neighbors, and get to know their local police officers.
National Night Out took place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and Mayor Nicholas Sacco, along with the township commissioners, visited all seven sites to meet with residents and help celebrate. About 100 North Bergen police officers volunteered their time to join the annual event, which was created in 1984 to improve relationships between police and local communities in a relaxed, informal setting.
In addition to free barbecue, popcorn, ices, and other refreshments, this year’s event offered free rides, games, toys, and bounce houses for kids, as well as giveaways for adults and information on policing and safety in the community. The mayor and commissioners raffled off bicycles and gift cards donated by supporting businesses including Target, Walmart, and numerous local vendors. The burgers were generously donated by Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors and the rolls by Hudson Bread.
The festivities took place at the Lawlor Senior Citizen Building, Meadowview Village, Kennedy School, Applied Housing, Policeman’s Park, 88th Street Park, and Broadway between 73rd and 76th Streets. This year an estimated 38 million neighbors in 16,000 communities participated in National Night Out across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases around the world.