Community Doesn’t Let Weather Rain On ‘Night Out’ Parade
Scores of community residents were joined by elected and 69th Precinct police officials for Tuesday’s 20th National Night Out Against Crime, an annual community-oriented event to increase public awareness about crime, illegal drugs, and domestic violence, among other concerns.
Due to high humidity and a forecast for thunderstorms, the crowd was considerably less than last year, but local Night Out organizers said they were nevertheless pleased with the number of residents who did show up.
Noted participants included the local precinct’s top brass — Deputy Inspector Robert Johnsen, Commanding Officer, Executive Officer Brian White, Lt. Michael Renna, Sgt. Joel Dickerman, Community Affairs officers Dan McBride and Dady Belfort and Youth Officer Jimmy Johnson — 69th Precinct Community Council President Frank Romolo, City Councilman Lew Fidler, community activist Rabbi Avrohom Hecht and late arrival Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Before partaking in various activities, including crime-prevention awareness programs and games for younger residents, the estimated group of 100 marched around the neighborhood from the Foster Avenue stationhouse, south on Rockaway Parkway, west on Conklin Avenue to East 92 Street then north on E. 92 before turning east on Foster Avenue back to the precinct. Neil S. Friedman