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Night out events readied for Aug. 5

Annual event hosted by police precincts throughout the borough

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:51 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

Communities around the borough will commemorate National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in Pennsylvania. Executive Director Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.

The evening now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including block parties, cookouts, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.

“The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

The 102nd Precinct will hold its program at the Buddy Memorial in Forest Park at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a barbecue and international food plus events for children.

In Jamaica, the 103rd Precinct’s event will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rufus King Park. Festivities, including food, music and family-friendly activities, will be near the park entrance at 89th Avenue and 150th Street.

The 104th Precinct’s event will be held at at Joseph Mafera Park in Ridgewood from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. Available to attendees will be free rides and games for children, health screenings, crime prevention information, music and dancing. Free food and drinks will also be provided.

The 105th Precinct will host its annual event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Cabbell Park in Cambria Heights. The park is located at 120th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard

The 106th Precinct will hold its event at Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, North Conduit Avenue between 130th and 134th streets, from 6 to 9 p.m. in South Ozone Park.

At the 107th Precinct, an event will be held at the Electchester Shopping Center, 158-11 Harry Van Ardsdale Jr. Ave. in Flushing at 7 p.m. There will be music, a barbecue, games, free flashlights and a blood donor van.

At the 108th Precinct, activities are set for 5 p.m. at Andrews Grove at 49th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Officers invite the community to dance, eat and mingle with the 108th Precinct. There will be free face painting, refreshments and giveaways for the kids.

In Flushing, the 109th Precinct evening will be held at PS 20, 142-30 Barclay Ave. from 5 to 9 p.m. It will include a DJ, carnival games, pony rides, face painting, food and information on crime prevention, domestic violence and healthcare.

At the 110th Precinct, activities will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Park. A petting zoo —courtesy of the Queens Zoo — music, barbecue and face painting is available to everyone.

Also, watch the officers of the 110th face off against employees of the Queens Center mall in a game of softball. Workshops on highway safety, youth explorers, bicycle safety and more will be offered as well. Guests should use the park entrance on 111th Street between 54th and 55th avenues.

The 111th Precinct will hold its event at the Douglaston Shopping Center, 61-00 Douglaston Parkway from 6 to 9 p.m. in front of Modell’s. There will be a balloon guy, food, a bouncy house, free bike helmets for children, a DJ and a crime prevention table.

At the 112th, the program will be held at MacDonald Park on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be officers on hand to meet with residents, who will also have the opportunity to enjoy karate and tennis demonstrations, live music, a barbecue, face painting, giveaways and arts and crafts sessions.

In the event of rain, the event will be relocated at the nearby Forest Hills Jewish Center.

In the 113th Precinct, people will gather at Baisley Park from 6 to 9 p.m. at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard in South Jamaica.

The 114th Precinct will hold its event at Astoria Park between the Hell Gate and RFK bridges in Astoria. There will be music and a barbecue as well as pony rides for the kids, a dunk tank and bouncy castles. It starts at 5 p.m.

In Jackson Heights, the 115th event will be held in Northern Park on Northern Boulevard at 94th Street starting at 6 p.m. Officers will be on hand to provide information on safety and community programs and there will be food, entertainment, face painting and a bouncy castle.

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