NEWBURGH - The 16th annual National Night Out celebration at Delano-Hitch Park in the City of Newburgh was a great success with more than 3,500 people of all ages attending. There was something for everyone, including Bingo in the Activity Center for the seniors, who were brought to site from various City residences for the elderly by Occupations, Inc. The pool was open, with the Newburgh Rowing Club hosting a free swimming clinic, and there were soccer games and music on the nearby fields. In the main area, youngsters lined up for the bouncy houses, DJ Erick Santana kept the crowd dancing, and City and County officials, and police and firefighters mingled with the crowd.
The event was spearheaded by the City of Newburgh Youth Bureau. Participants include the Orange County Department of Mental Health, Newburgh Democratic Committee, Orange County Department of Health, Mental Health Association, The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Maternal Infant Services Network, TEAM Newburgh, Newburgh Free Library, Alcoholic and Drug Abuse Council, Planned Parenthood of Mid Hudson, Dream Enterprises, Affinity Health Plan, Fidelis Care, Walgreens, Newburgh Preparatory Charter School, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Community Services, Safe Homes of Orange County, New Windsor, Pharmacy, HEHG, Parties ala Cart, Salvation Army, Community Voices Heard, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, NHS Center for Hope, Soul Saving Station, Jewish Family Services, Orange County Youth Bureau/Orange System of Care, Orange County Probation, Maternal Infant Services Network, Restorative Management Corp., Project Hope/Mental Health Association of Rockland, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, ARCS Project Reach Out, Safe Homes of Orange County, Newburgh Ministry, Hudson Health Plan, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, Orange County Youth Advocate Program, Life Fellowship Church, Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley, RECAP, Inc. Parole Reentry Program, Newburgh Little League, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Newburgh Preparatory School, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Mount Carmel Church of Christ, Holy Temple, Iota Pi Zeta Chapter, Health Plan, Mobile Life Support Services, City of Newburgh Police Community Relations Advisory Committee.
Police Chief Michael Ferrara commented, "National Night Out provides an opportunity for the city police and the community to interact in a pleasant and fun environment, and it helps us to get to know each other better. Not only that, but calls for service traditionally drop on this night. Most of all, we want the community to know that we are here to serve them, and to feel comfortable to call on us when needed."
Mayor Judy Kennedy added, "National Night Out is about putting the focus on making our City safe and coming together as a community."