Hoboken National Night Out 2012

Below is a recap from this past week’s National Night Out in Hoboken.

(Hoboken Housing Authority residents Glenn Cranell, La-Shanda Ross, and Zokyah, Rufus, and Mary Ann Cranell with Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, Sgt. Melissa Gigante, Assemblyman Sean Connors, and Police Chief Anthony Falco.)

Hoboken Night Out Against Crime

The Hoboken Housing Authority celebrated the annual National Night Out Against Crime with a celebration outside its complex on Harrison Street on Tuesday, Aug. 7 where nearly 400 residents enjoyed a night of free food and fun.

“The event bonds residents and the police department to trust in each other and work towards a common goal: to create a healthy lifestyle and a safer community,” said Carmelo Garcia, executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Families and children enjoyed food, dance performances and inflatable games and perused several booths where public safety agencies were distributing information.

Sgt. Melissa Gigante organized the city’s massive event in just four weeks. Volunteers from the public housing agency helped advertise the event and draw in more residents as well as work at various stands, including the food stand.

“All of the sponsors want to send one message, that they care and are cooperative in fulfilling the days goals, and to show that there’s a real purpose to this national event,” said Garcia.

The housing authority played a big part in bringing sponsors together. They included the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, City of Hoboken, National Guard, New Jersey Devils, NAACP, Hoboken Fire Department and various residents’ associations.

This year’s event was held in memory of Maurice Fitzgibbons, a former Hudson County freeholder and Hoboken resident who helped plan last year’s event.

Police Chief Anthony Falco summed up the purpose of Night Out Against Crime. “We’re here to announce that we’re not going to take it and if we see something, we’re going to say something. I hope everyone enjoys tonight, and every night,” said Falco.

The celebration continued until 10 p.m.

Hoboken National Night Out: August 7th from 5-9pm

7/26/2012:

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 – Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., along with the Hoboken Police Department’s Community Policing Unit will be hosting the annual National Night Out.

National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows the community workers to “give back” to their community. Other Hudson County, NJ communities participating this year include Bayonne, Guttenberg, Harrison, North Bergen and Secaucus.

This year’s Hoboken National Night Out is dedicated in the memory of former Hudson County Freeholder, Maurice Fitzgibbons.

The goals of National Night Out are 1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; 3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership; 4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The event will take place between the hours of 5pm and 9pm between 2nd and 4th Streets at Harrison St. and is open to all residents city wide and will have a variety of live entertainment, including:

  • Barbecued food
  • Bounce Houses
  • Jaws of Life presentation by the Hoboken Fire Department
  • Dunk Tank (including 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti)
  • Stage performances by the Fire Dance Squad, John Carlson Magic and Lil’ Monstaz

National Night Out clearly is an opportunity for all of Hoboken to come together and bond with the Police Department – since they play a crucial role in keeping the city safe.

If you wish to participate, please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at 201-420-2100.