Night Out serves 1,000 burgers & 'dogs

By Tony E. Windsor

Now in its 19th year, the Seaford Night Out event proved to be as full of entertainment and information as ever. The Seaford Police Department and Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club on Virginia Avenue provided the background for this year's event and about 1,000 people showed up.

Lt. Pete Bohn, of the Seaford Police Department, one of the key organizers since the event came into fruition back in 1991, said this year's Night Out was well received by the general public.

Bohn spent most of the evening walking the event grounds helping to coordinate the placement of service group displays and scheduling some of the night's special events, including a K-9 presentation and a motorcycle demonstration.

"There were several positive comments from the people who came this year," he said. "People were very happy about the large number of displays and the variety of service groups and emergency responders who were present." Bohn said some of the night's favorite displays included the Delaware Army National Guard's "Climbing Wall," and the K-9 and motorcycle demonstrations. "A lot of people were also excited with the arrival of the State Police helicopter," he said.

The Seaford Night Out event is sponsored in partnership between the Seaford Police Department, Delaware State Police at Troop 5, and the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club.

This year's event received an additional boost from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council which awarded a grant to the Boys & Girls Club to help support the [promotion of the event and special giveaway items including school bags and supplies.

The goal of the Criminal Justice support is to help promote a message of juvenile crime prevention to young people and their families. Lt. Bohn said unfortunately during the event one of the major participants in the annual Night Out event experienced a malfunction in a piece of equipment.

Lt. Bohn said the Sussex County Sheriff's Department brought the department's new photo identification printer to the event and it stopped operating an hour or so into the event.

"Unfortunately, photo ID's were not available, but the Sheriff's Department has assured us they will be back next year and offer the photo IDs again," he said.

Another major supporter of the Night Out event is the Sussex County Council which contributes funding to help pay for the hot dogs and hamburgers that are given away during the event. This year 1,000 hot dogs and hamburgers were given away during the three-hour event.

See next week's Seaford Star for photos of this year's Night Out

News tips wanted
Call us with ideas for news and features. We're always looking for good stories to share with readers. Call Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.