National Night Out in South Brunswick

November 22, 2012

On August 7th, Greater Media’s Magic 98.3 lent a helping hand in the community by presenting the “29th Annual National Night Out” in South Brunswick’s Rowland Park.  The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), was designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to the criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The weather for the event was perfect. The event kicked off with the South Brunswick Police Color Guard holding the U.S. Flag with the National Anthem being played.  National Night Out had vendors and sponsors from the community show up in full force with free food and games, along with rides and a bouncy castle for children.  One of the more popular attractions was the dunk tank which had both adults and children lining up to be the dunker and to be dunked as well.  Magic 98.3 had a line at its tent for almost the entire night, with people spinning to win from its Prize Wheel.

Many of the Law Enforcement agencies had tables set up to raise community awareness.  Along with the booths, there were vehicles from all of the departments involved.  The police had multiple cars and motorcycles in attendance and the Emergency Medical Technicians brought many rigs to the event.  The children went head over heels for the fire dogs that all the different fire departments brought along with them.

The South Brunswick Library brought their colorful bus called The Bookmobile to the event as well. The vehicle carries hundreds of books, magazines, audio books, music and movies to those who have difficulty getting to the main library. The bus service has been used by the community for over 35 years.

McGruff the Crime Dog also made a special appearance.  The popular character, through public appearances and television cartoons, builds crime awareness for children and the community.