Haverhill’s National Night Out Draws Large Crowds

Haverhill’s National Night Out Draws Large Crowds

Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh visit the Mount Washington Alliance’s table. (WHAV News photograph.)

Haverhill City Councilor Andy Vargas climbs out of Haverhill Rotary’s dunk tank. (WHAV News photograph.)

By all accounts, Haverhill’s National Night Out Tuesday was a giant success with more events, greater participation and a sense of community pride.

Sunny late afternoon skies brought more residents to enjoy free food, see police vehicles, watch a K-9 demonstration by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and even dunk a city councilor or two at Haverhill Rotary’s dunk tank. Sponsored by Haverhill Police as part of a larger national event, Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro explained the philosophy behind National Night Out.

“It’s a phenomenal event. I’ve been doing this since it started back in the 80s. It was something we carried over here. It gives the community an opportunity to interact with police officers in a more positive environment. Most of the time, when people call us, you don’t call the police and say ‘good news, my son just graduated with honors from college,’ or ‘good news, we just had a baby.’ Usually we get called to people’s homes when situations are an emergency type of thing and is not pleasant.”

Haverhill City Councilors Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien and Colin F. LePage work in some campaigning. (WHAV News photograph.)

Held at Swaseys Field on Blaisdell Street from 5 to 8 p.m., the hot dog and hamburger cookout also featured face painting, music and inflatable amusements.  Similar National Night Out activities also took place in other area communities.

Reactions were all positive from both the business community and elected officials. Here’s a sampling:

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beverly Donovan: “It’s a great community event. Look at all of the people that are here—something for everyone, and all ages.”

City Council Vice President Melinda E. Barrett: “I think every year I come, they add more things for the kids to do. There are about 12 new tables that I see with different games to play and everything’s free. They just have to wait in a little line.”

City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan: “It’s a beautiful evening. It’s a wonderful event. The Haverhill Police Department deserves a lot of credit for doing this every year.”

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Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:19:10 +0000