National Night Out In Neptune!


Tuesday, August 7th will mark the 24th annual “National Night Out (NNO) – America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

The public is invited to an evening designed to promote and build positive police/community relationships through messages for safer neighborhoods, alcohol and drug prevention, and community spirit. Every year, towns across the United States plan huge celebrations the first Tuesday of August providing fun and togetherness for families and youth of all ages.

Neptune will hold an event at the site of the former Ridge Avenue School (between Ridge, Heck, and Myrtle Avenues), from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The Neptune Township Police Department is the sponsor of this event, and will be joined by the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) the Neptune Township Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Neptune Housing Residents Patrol.

Neptune Township Mayor James W. Manning stated, “I and the Neptune Township Committee thank MURC for their sponsorship and support of National Night Out. The event is a great way to promote neighborhood spirit and the great community-police partnership that we have throughout the entire Township. I ask all residents to come out and join us for a night of fun!”

Randy Bishop, Neptune Deputy Mayor and Police Commissioner added, “Any event which helps to educate and raise awareness concerning drug and crime prevention is such an asset to our residents. As always I applaud the work of our Police Department, MURC, and the Drug Alliance for their tireless efforts and creativity in bringing the message of prevention to our neighborhoods, especially the youngest among us and making it fun. I am looking forward to another great year, another great event and another proud moment for Neptune Township”.

Neptune’s activities include speakers, teambuilding games & contests, bicycle safety, face painting, safety vehicles, musical chairs, double-dutch, youngest and oldest resident, rock climbing wall, and much, much more. Refreshments will be provided and are free of charge.

T-shirts for most will be provided thanks to the sponsorship of local businesses.

Neptune residents are asked to show support and solidarity for this event by turning on your front porch lights at dusk.

Adult volunteers are still needed – please call (732) 775-1110 or Lt. Drew LaFrance at (732) 988-8000 x453. To learn more about National Night Out events, log onto

Gail Oliver, Vice President of MURC, contributed to this article.

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