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rb nno 1 080712Bounce houses are part of the evening’s activities, as police departments in three local boroughs (Red Bank, Fair Haven, Little Silver) invite families to take part in the National Night Out initiative on Tuesday.

It began 32 years ago as a simple promotion in which police departments across the nation encouraged residents to keep their porch lights burning as a show of solidarity against crime. It evolved in many communities into a public-welcome event that mixed family-fun activities with a serious message of safe streets (and made a celebrity out of a trenchcoat-wearing dog named McGruff).

Here in the charged election-year atmosphere of 2016 — where statistical declines in violent crime are countered by news stories involving the horrifically high-profile deaths of police officers and civilians — the annual occurrence known as National Night Out takes on a newfound significance, as an opportunity for police departments, public officials and community members to meet and maintain the dialogue.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 2, both Red Bank and Fair Haven continue their now-traditional participation in the nationwide initiative — and this year, they’ll be joined by a third municipality on the greater Red Bank green: the bordering borough of Little Silver.

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Missing the sun? Yearning for some tropical fun? The Foundation of Fair Haven invites you to come to the first-ever Tiki Haven Luau event, a fundraiser to support future Fair Haven Days activities (in addition to an excellent way to shake off some of those winter blues and blahs).

Beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 28, the hall of the Knights of Columbus Council 3187 will be the setting for an evening of food, beer and wine, music, dancing, auctions and fun summer games, all with the admission ticket of $50 per person. There will also be specialty drinks for sale, plus a Grand 50/50 Cash Raffle — and while all attendees are welcome to come dressed in their finest Hawaiian wear, the only requirement is to have fun.

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