Howell alliance to host National Night Out event on Aug. 6 at Target

HOWELL – Although the Howell Municipal Alliance will keep its free promotion a mystery until National Night Out on Aug. 6, alliance administrators say the item – which is no bigger than a packet of Crystal Light – provides a preventive solution to several major health concerns, including accidental poisoning, environmental pollution, and opioid addiction/overdose.

The Howell Municipal Alliance collaborates across the community to prevent substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors through prevention awareness and education programs, according to a press release.

The alliance also promotes mental health and the reduction of stigmas associated with substance use and mental health disorders.

Alliance stakeholders include police officers, educators, municipal officials, businesses, local organizations and concerned citizens. The alliance is part of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

National Night Out is an annual campaign involving citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and officials from more than 16,000 communities worldwide, including military bases, according to the press release.

The event aims to increase crime and substance abuse prevention awareness,
generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that participating neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight back, according to the press release.

National Night Out, to be held from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Target parking lot, 4955 Route 9 North (Lanes Mill Marketplace), Howell, is coordinated by the Howell Police Department and the Howell Police Athletic League, in partnership with Target Corporation and the National Association of Town Watch.

For more information about the Howell Municipal Alliance, contact Christa Riddle,
the alliance coordinator, at 732-938-4500, ext. 4012, or criddle@twp.howell.nj.us