2002-08-08 / Other News

Hundreds Attend Local "Night Out"

Event, Doubling Last Year

Hundreds Attend Local "Night Out"

Holding proclamation from Governor Pataki is Commanding Officer Captain Robert Johnsen, surrounded by officers and members of the 69th Precinct Community Council.                                      Marsha SerenoHolding proclamation from Governor Pataki is Commanding Officer Captain Robert Johnsen, surrounded by officers and members of the 69th Precinct Community Council. Marsha Sereno

Event, Doubling Last Year’s Turnout

By Marsha Sereno

In what was described by several annual attendees as one the most successful in the event’s local history, an estimated 350 area residents, nearly twice as many as last year’s turnout, attended the 69th Pct. Community Council’s annual "National Night Out Against Crime" Tuesday evening.

Canarsiens had an opportunity to meet the 69th Pct.’s new commanding officer, Captain Robert Johnsen, in addition to neighborhood police officers and learn about crime prevention.


Hundreds took part in a march through our streets as a symbol of solidarity against crime.                                     More pictures on page 21.Hundreds took part in a march through our streets as a symbol of solidarity against crime. More pictures on page 21.

P.O. Danny MacBride of the 69th Pct.’s Anti crime unit was on hand to etch serial numbers on bicycles to aid in recovery in case of theft.

Members of the 69th Pct. Explorers group, led by Officer Jim Johnson, and participants from Canarsie Aware, a local anti-substance abuse program, were provided information and encouragement to neighborhood youths.

Young and old alike enjoyed meeting Officer William Mackay and his horse "Century" of the police department’s Mounted Police Unit.

On a closed-off street near the precinct, the crowd, which spanned all ages, enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, watermelon and ice cream. The children received toys and novelties distributed by the 69th Pct Community Council.

Youngsters rollerbladed on inline skates provided by the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation Mobil Unit. Seniors from the Abe Stark Senior Center displayed their own handcrafted items. A variety of available pamphlets offered helpful health and safety tips.

State Senator John Sampson, City Councilman Lew Fidler and Senatorial Candidate Omar Boucher were present to meet and greet community residents.

The crowd eventually made its way through local streets, with lively marching music blaring from a sound truck, in a demonstration of solidarity against crime.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lew Fidler/69th Pct. Community Council Awards to for "the unselfish contributions of service" of local residents to the Canarsie community.

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