RED BANK: BIG NIGHT OUT AT BASIE FIELDS

red bank national night 2019red bank national night 2019A MONOC helicopter paid a visit, hundreds of burgers were served and police Chief Darren McConnell got dunked repeatedly as Red Bank police hosted their annual National Night Out Against Crime community barbecue Tuesday night.

For the first time since its inception, the event was held at Count Basie Fields rather than the borough hall parking lot. The change of venue brought in dozens of games and safety demonstrations, created a carnival atmosphere and prompted many to comment that the location was ideal.

“This is our crown jewel,” Councilman Michael Ballard told redbankgreen. “Why wouldn’t we have it here?”

Officials credited Patrolwoman Dawn Shields for organizing the event, an effort that included wrangling up donations of food and sponsors. 

Check out redbankgreen’s photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK, FH, LS HOST A NIGHT OUT

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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ON THE GREEN: MEET THE FOLKS IN BLUE

080514fhnightout9The chance to dunk-tank a local official is just part of the free, family-friendly fun as the Fair Haven Police presents its 13th annual National Night Out Against Crime community event. Police departments in Red Bank and (for the first time) Little Silver also offer the community observances on August 4.

rb-nno2It’s a coast-to-coast community initiative which, in Fair Haven’s case, can be traced back 13 years – or, in the case of Little Silver, is being offered for the very first time.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 4, the Red Bank Police and its neighbor departments on the greater Green will once again invite all members of their communities to take part in National Night Out — the nationwide outreach program designed to “promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.” Or, as familiar spokesdog McGruff puts it, to “take a bite out of crime.”

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RED BANK & FAIR HAVEN: A GOOD NIGHT OUT

080514rbnightout14080514rbnightout7National Night Out events Tuesday night had their customary fair flair, with free food and facepainting in Red Bank (above and right) and the ever-popular dunk tank in Fair Haven. The 20-year-old NNO outreach effort links law enforcement personnel with the youngest members of  communities to impart about safety and police work in a fun setting. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)               080514fhnightout9

RB, FH: A NIGHT OUT, A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Night OutA demonstration of driving with “Drunk Goggles” is part of the programming in Red Bank, as police departments in two local boroughs invite kids to take part in the National Night Out initiative.

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Police Dept., Fair Haven Police Dept. and Sen. Jennifer Beck

There’s an Inflatable Dalmatian Bounce House. A gaming tent, face painting, cookout favorites, prize giveaways — and even a chance to Dunk Tank a local official. It’s not the Street Festival, Block Party or Fireman’s Fair, but an altogether different kind of event that makes itself at home in the community each summer — the annual Night Out in Fair Haven and Red Bank.

Presented by the Police Departments in both local boroughs on Tuesday, August 5, the 12th annual event is once again part of a National Night Out community outreach program, in which law enforcement personnel from coast to coast invite the youngest members of their communities to learn about safety and police work in a friendly and fun setting.

Introduced in 1984, the Night Out initiative is designed to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and the sending of “a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

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MUNI CALENDAR: COPS, ZONERS AND MORE

National Night Out features include a bounce house in Fair Haven, above, and a drunk-driving simulation in Red Bank, below. (Click to enlarge)

What’s going on, civics-wise, this week in some of the towns on the Green…

Fair Haven and Red Bank: Each town hosts its annual “National Night Out” gathering Tuesday evening to get residents, and particularly kids, to casually interact with their police departments, learn some safety lessons and have some fun along the way.

Fair Haven’s event, held behind police headquarters, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features a bounce house, a dunking machine, and free food and drinks. Here’s a video of last year’s event.

In Red Bank, The event will include demonstrations by the police department and the volunteer fire and first aid squads, as well as tours of police headquarters and child ID fingerprinting. Red Bank PBA Local 39, Super Foodtown of Red Bank and Manhattan Bagel will offer free food and refreshments.

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A NIGHT OUT IN FAIR HAVEN AND RED BANK

Four-year-old Zach Halpern gets airborne for a ring toss at the Fair Haven PD’s National Night Out celebration of police and community relations Tuesday. At the Red Bank edition, teens wore goggles to simulate inebriation as they navigated a course of cones in a lesson about drunken driving. (Click to enlarge)

TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Scenes from the Fair Haven National Night Out in 2009, above, and Red Bank’s 2011 edition, below. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit dedicated to community crime and drug prevention, has been sponsoring one evening a year to promote involvement in local police programs.

National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday in August, is celebrated by more than 15,000 communities nationwide. This year, for the 29th annual event, Red Bank and Fair Haven are among those communities.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: RED BANK

rb-nno5rb-nno2Red Bank’s National Night Out celebration, a sun-soaked evening held in the borough hall parking lot, featured many fixings of a community coming together: a walk around town, tours of the police station, games, a handshake with a cop or two and char-grilled burgers.

Cops did it all Tuesday night. They flipped burgers, ran fingerprints, put the “drunk goggles” on golf cart-drivers and monitored the speed of young flamethrowers tossing a baseball.

Images from the evening’s festivities after the ‘read more’ button. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: FAIR HAVEN

fh-nno3fh-nno1What’s better: petting a drug-sniffing dog, shaking hands with McGruff the Crime Dog or sinking Mayor Mike Halfacre in the dunk tank?

It was a close call at Tuesday night’s National Night Out observance in Fair Haven, as kids lined up for all of the above — and the line to soak Halfacre was pretty long. More pics below. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

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A NIGHT OUT FOR RED BANK, FAIR HAVEN

natl-night-out-20101Scenes from the 2010 National Night Out in Red Bank. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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It’s one night of the year where the badge and blue shirt come to represent something a little less  fear-inducing, when the local fuzz trades in authority to bond with those it protects over burgers and dogs.

National Night Out, the community outreach program that spans police departments coast-to-coast, gets going in select towns on The Green Tuesday night, a fitting lead into the lazy days of summer’s end when many families are preparing for another school year.

“It’s good to get everyone out. It shows the kids they don’t have to be afraid to interact with the police,” said Stephen Schneider, a patrolman in Fair Haven. “We’re not just out there writing tickets and telling them to put their helmets on. We’re there for everybody.”

Besides, who can resist a sanctioned chance to dunk a cop with a fastball?

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: A NIGHT OUT

Red Bank residents took a walk through town and then gathered at borough hall for a barbecue hosted by PBA Local 39 Tuesday as part of National Night Out, an effort to promote community ties to police.

The event also featured demonstrations of fire and EMT equipment and tours of the police station. redbankgreen photographer Peter Lindner was there and prepared this slide show.

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NIGHT OUT: WALK, EAT & MEET THE COPS

rb-borough-hallNational Night Out begins and ends at Red Bank’s borough hall, and includes a two-mile walk through town followed by a cookout. (Click to enlarge)

Tonight, Red Bank is one of an estimated 10,000 towns and cities in the United States planning celebrations of National Night Out, an effort to to “build a community partnership with the police against crime,” according to borough police Chief Steve McCarthy.

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MAN IN BLUE

koetzner-dunkedDetective John Koetzner takes a plunge into the dunk tank courtesy of a boy’s well-aimed pitch at Tuesday’s National Night Out festivities in Fair Haven.

Below, Blue Mood provided a late-’60s soundtrack for the event, which is aimed at  strengthening police and community relations to reduce crime. (Click pix to enlarge)

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‘NATIONAL NIGHT OUT’ EVENTS PLANNED

hot-topic1Citizens and police in both Red Bank and Fair Haven have scheduled events as part of Tuesday’s National Night Out anti-crime and anti-drug-abuse effort scheduled across the U.S.

In Red Bank, elected officials plan to gather at 6p with residents at the pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

From there, starting at 6:15, participants will walk about one mile to borough hall, where police will have a display of crime-fighting equipment such as a battering ram, ballistic shields and radar equipment.
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