The North Hudson municipalities of North Bergen, West New York and Union City celebrated the 34th annual National Night Out against crime last night, where children enjoyed amenities such as a moon bounce, DJ, dunk tank and much more.
“National Night Out against crime is a nationwide event, it’s a crime prevention event, and the idea is to get outside and meet your neighbors,” North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd told Hudson County View.
“You know, we all have a busy life – come out, meet your neighbors, socialize, get to know each other, and the idea is you build some neighborhood team cohesion so that everyone can really look out for one another.”
Between 73rd and 76th Streets and Broadway, kids could play in the moon bounce, meet McGruff the Crime Dog and enjoy live entertainment from a DJ as glow sticks were handed out.
At Miller Stadium in West New York, located at 5808 Jackson St., a long line formed as youths from the town tried to drench a police officer in the dunk tank – a fundraising initiative for the youth academy.
“It’s a great community gathering. It brings the community together, it gets the kids involved with the police department and all the other functions within the town,” said Police Lt. Edward Monti.
In Union City, between 22nd and 30th Streets on Bergenline Avenue, adults could relax and listen to a live Latin band as kids enjoyed attractions such as a rock climbing wall, a moon bounce – and earlier in the evening – a petting zoo.