OCEAN TOWNSHIP:The annual National Night Out celebration and exhibition to increase awareness in the community and develop a better understanding of the community in matters such as crime prevention, community members' role in prevention, drug use and issues was held on Tuesday.
The annual event was held at Wegmans Super Market parking lot in Wanamassa, Ocean Township. NNO has been a national undertaking since 1984
The township police, fire department, first aid and the Monmouth County Sherriff's Offices provided demonstrations of their work and practices as relate to public safety and security.
The 4 p.m. start was delayed as the fire department was taking care of a huge fire in the Twinbrook Apartments at the time. The emergency included police and first aid support as well as assistance from nearby owns.
Police were able to continue support as the fire was extinguished. Some police officers moved to the Wegmans lot later in the day, but the emergency delay brought fewer NNO visitors attending.
Visitors enjoyed the exhibits and the canine show by the county. They also handed out safety and security pamphlets about: Dangers of Strangers; Telemarketing Fraud; Aces 911; Distracted Driver; Identity Theft' Project Lifesaver; Youth Identification Program; Terror and Awareness Program; Medical Alert Cards; Ident- Adult.
Wegmans provided refreshments and volunteer supporters, now a tradition for them.
Ocean Police Chief Steven Peters thanked all who came and explained the delays, adding that as of the latest information no residents at the apartments were hurt. Infestation was continuing to determine the cause, but initial information was that a cooking grill fire may have been at cause.