Night Out Against Crime
BY RITA ROWAN
Despite the oppressive heat, Turtle Bay and environs enjoyed a grand evening hosted
by the 17th Precinct Community Council on August 7. It was the National Night
Out Against Crime held at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at East 47th Street.
According to Detective Frank Bogucki, Community Affairs Officer for the 17th,
even temperatures in the upper 90's didn't deter the roughly 400 visitors who
thronged the Plaza. While a number of the events were planned to educate and entertain
children, there was plenty for the adults to see and do as well.
Thirty NYPD Units provided a variety of demonstrations that held the attention
of the many children present. They were particularly enthralled by the Mounted
Police Units, the K-9 Unit and the motorcycles. There was also a demonstration
by the Emergency Medical Service. Though the process of fingerprinting and taking
photo ID's of children was really for the benefit of the parents, the kids themselves
considered it an exciting treat.
Other activities included rides, entertainment and face painting by officers attached
to our precinct. The moon ride was clearly the most popular. Music was provided
by Bill Turner, formerly with Bill Haley's Comets, and young Fred Astaire Dancers
performed an entertaining set of modern and traditional dances with great charm.
Of course, delicious refreshments were available.
The evening offered an opportunity for city agencies to display their work and
report to the public. A number of elected officials spoke, including Manhattan
Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Assemblyman John Ravitz, City Councilman
Steve Sanders, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Community Council President Jay
Litwin, and officers of the 17th Precinct, plus Commanding Officer Captain Kevin
P. Ward. The Mayor's Proclamation on the National Night Out Against Crime was
read by Irene Hallegan, Deputy Commissioner of Protocol for the Mayor's United
Nations Commission. In addition, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney arranged for representatives
to provide information on the Breast Cancer Screening Van, which returned a week
later to give the mammograms.
TBA is grateful for the vigilance maintained by the 17th Precinct in keeping our
neighborhood safe. The children had a wonderful time; the community was enlightened
and, for a while perhaps, even the heat was forgotten - a tribute to Turtle Bay's
Finest. Thank-yous go out to all who contributed to this very successful event!
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