NEWBURGH - The 17th annual National Night Out celebration at Delano-Hitch Park in the City of Newburgh was a great success with more than 3,000 people of all ages attending. There was something for everyone to do throughout the park, including the pool was open,; and there were soccer games, basketball tournament and music on the nearby fields. In the main area, youngsters lined up for the bouncy houses, DJ G-Rock kept the crowd dancing, and City and County officials, and police and firefighters mingled with the crowd. City police and Council Members gave away official National Night Out balloons, pencils, tattoos and buttons. The Playground on Wheels Staff and Volunteers cooked hotdogs, and snow cones and popcorn topped off the evening.
The event was spearheaded by the City of Newburgh Recreation Department. Participants include the Maternal Infant Services Network , TEAM Newburgh, The Salvation Army, WellCare Health Plans, Safe Homes of Orange County, Hudson Health Plan & MVP, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. , The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, YWCA Orange County, Orange – Ulster BOCES, Latinos Unidos of The Hudson Valley, Walgreens 10914, Newburgh Prepatory Charter High School, Orange County Dept. of Health, Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc., Planned Parenthood Mid Hudson Valley, NHS Center for Hope, Orange County Probation Verizon FIOS, Newburgh Free Library, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, Innate Chiropractic, Orange County Youth Advocate Programs, Occupations, Inc. Newburgh Healthy Families, Independent Living, Inc. Church at the Bridge, Iota Pi Zeta – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Exodus: Newburgh Extension, Affinity Health Plan, Jewish Family Service, Digestive Disease Center, Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Time Warner, City of Newburgh Police Department, City of Newburgh Fire Department, City of Newburgh Planning and Development, City of Newburgh Department of Public Works, and City of Newburgh Recreation Department .
Major sponsors were City of Newburgh Police Department, City of Newburgh Planning and Development, NHS Center for Hope, Price Chopper of North Plank Rd., The Salvation Army, Rite Aid Pharmacy on Broadway, Shop Rite of North Plank Road, AGL Welding, and City of Newburgh Recreation Department.
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."