National Night Out connects Hopewell Valley community with a good time

Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky
Young girl rides pony at Hopewell Valley National Night Out at Stony Brook Elementary School on Aug. 2. Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky

Another year of the Hopewell Valley National Night Out at Stony Brook Elementary School in Pennington was deemed a success for all involved.

The annual community event Aug. 2 featured Hopewell Township and Pennington police officers, Hopewell Valley fire departments and emergency services personnel, fire trucks, ambulances, a dunk tank, bouncy house, pony rides, food, and live DJ music.

National Night Out is an annual community event that was created nationally in the 1980s as a community building campaign in an effort to make communities safer, according to its website.

During Hopewell Valley’s National Night Out, families were able to meet officers in Hopewell Township and Pennington who serve the municipalities that make Hopewell Valley – Hopewell Township, Pennington and Hopewell Borough.

The families were also able to personally meet their local firefighters and first aid squads.

Firefighters take residents up in fire truck tower ladder bucket during National Night Out. Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky
Hopewell Valley families grab food and gathering together with Hopewell Township and Pennington police officers. Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky
Children take turns dunking police officers in the dunk tank on Aug. 2. Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky
Residents and families inspect Hopewell Township Public Works vehicles. Photo courtesy of Mike Chipowsky
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