Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

National Night Out leaves impression

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Tim Healy Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Council reflected on the success of the recent National Night Out at the Aug. 13 meeting.

With rain nowhere in sight, the well-attended sixth annual National Night Out took place from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Freemansburg’s Gerald Yob municipal park.

The event served as an opportunity for people to learn more about the Freemansburg Police and Fire departments and aimed to strengthen the relationship between officers and Freemansburg Township.

In the Freemansburg Police Department tent, officers showed off their handcuffs, bullet-proof vests and radios. They also identified those interested, taking fingerprints and snapping mugshots against a handmade police lineup wall.

The Freemansburg Fire Department performed a live demo, lighting a car on fire before hosing it down. With the assistance of FFD officers, kids put out their own fires, spraying phony flame targets with professional hoses. They also checked out the other tools firefighters use, including helmets and fireproof outfits.

Maybe the best news for those attending was the free pizza served by Mayor Donald Lasso. Nearby, council members Justin LaBar and Gerald Yob grilled up hot, chili and kraut dogs. Other foods included Rita’s Italian Ice, Dunkin’ Donuts, candy, popcorn and more.

Children entered borough resident Kim Einsla’s face painting tent and exited as superheroes, unicorns and more. The Freemansburg Bethlehem Township Athletic Association recruited future baseball players of all ages. The “Because of a Dog” table gave the opportunity for people to help animals in need. Borough volunteers Lisa Mack, Mel Cord and Johanna Smith ran the raffle and 50/50, with all funds going toward next year’s NNO.

Kids took rides down the inflatable water slide and, if they forgot their bathing suits, hopped around in the bouncy house. If the parents wanted to join in on the activities, a hayride circled around the park grounds.

The Freemansburg Police and Fire Departments wish to thank everyone who made it to the sixth annual National Night Out, as well as any sponsors.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Freemansburg Municipal Building.