National Night Out on Aug. 6 in East Windsor

Aiming to bring the East Windsor Township Police Department and the community it serves closer together, East Windsor Township is participating in the annual National Night Out event on Aug. 6.

East Windsor’s National Night Out, set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will take place at the East Windsor PAL complex at 30 Airport Rd, according to Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Police Chief James Geary.

There will be plenty of activities for young and old – from a demonstration by a K-9 dog trained to sniff out drugs, to a fire hose demonstration, a moon bounce house, a rock climbing wall and face painting, Mayor Mironov said.

And of course, plenty of food and music.

There will be a car safety seat inspection, and an area set aside so parents can have an identification card issued for their children.

Nonprofit groups and businesses will set up booths with information and give-aways that support the National Night Out theme, Mayor Mironov said.

“East Windsor is committed to strengthening neighborhood unity and police and community partnerships to help deter crime and to enhance our local quality of life,” she said.

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the first National Night Out in 1984, which was held in 400 towns in 23 states, according to the National Association of Town Watch, which created the event.

Last year, National Night Out was held in 16,000 communities in all 50 states, plus U.S. territories and military bases, the National Association of Town Watch said. Included among those communities was East Windsor Township.

“East Windsor has participated in hosting National Night Out for many years, during which we have provided thousands of citizens with information on crime prevention and community partnerships,” Mayor Mironov said.

Mayor Mironov said the township is pleased to be part of the national campaign, which offers a chance for citizens and local government to come together to build positive and cooperative relationships.

“All East Windsor residents are invited to join with us in this fun and positive evening of fellowship and activities,” Mayor Mironov said.