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National 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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