62nd Precinct goes all out for National Night Out

August 7, 2013 Denise Romano
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The sound of funky beats, laughter and the smell of popcorn filled the air along Bath Avenue for the 62nd Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime held on Tuesday, August 6.

Hundreds of Bensonhurstians came out to enjoy the Top 40 tunes, spun by the DJs at Perfect Entertainment, carnival rides, face painting, a bouncy carousel and Superman slide, fresh popcorn, barbecued goodies, Lucy’s Sausage and Peppers, and much more.

Police at the precinct opened up Bath Avenue between 19th Avenue and Bay 23rd Street, as well as Bay 22nd Street between Bath Avenue and Benson Avenue, so people could dance and frolic in the streets.

Gina Annunciata has lived on Bay 22nd Street for 29 years and came out to see what the buzz was about.

“I am curious to see what is going on and get some food,” she said. “It’s nice to get everyone together and meet those in the community.”

Deputy Inspector James Rooney, commanding officer of the 62nd Precinct, noted that this was the 30th annual Night Out.

“For all we have accomplished in 30 years, we have much more to accomplish in the next 30,” Rooney said. “In Bensonhurst, our relationship with the community couldn’t be stronger. We feed off of each other to make it a better place.”

Rooney gave a special thanks to Community Affairs Officers Steve Augusta and Carmelo Vendra who organize the event each year.

“They are the reason that the crowd is here,” he said.

The night was capped off with a crazy hat and mask contest, judged by Police Officer Jessica Hernandez.

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