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‘National Night Out’ returns to Mastic Beach on Aug. 3

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William Floyd High School is the place. “National Night Out” is the event. And fighting crime and increasing neighborhood safety are the goals.

After a one-year hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, “National Night Out” returns to Mastic Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The free, family friendly event kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

Hosted by the Mastics–Moriches–Shirley Community Library and Suffolk County Police’s 7th Precinct, the annual event, which dates back to 1984, takes place on the north side of the high school. More than 600 people attended the last one in 2019.

Here’s what else you need to know about the fun-filled event:

• The event’s focus is neighborhood safety, child safety and awareness of such local police initiatives as neighborhood watch and drug prevention.
• There will be a variety of kid friendly activities, including a bounce slide, and dozens of exhibits.
• Music will be pumping; a dee jay will be spinning the tunes.
• First responders will provide fire truck and ambulance demonstrations.
• Communities across America are hosting similar “National Night Out” events.
• The Suffolk County Police Department will demonstrate a police helicopter landing about 6:30 p.m.
New York Life Insurance of Melville will provide free child ID cards.
• Dozens of community agencies and businesses are participating.

Above photo: GreaterMoriches file photo.