Hundreds attend Port Jervis National Night Out (video)

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Port Jervis National Night Out parade

PORT JERVIS – The Port Jervis National Night Out event returned on Tuesday night, August 2, after a two-year pandemic hiatus.  Hundreds turned out to march in or applaud a parade of families, youth, community organizations, school students, fire, police, and ambulance units, bands, performers, and more, which made its way through the city’s downtown car show to Riverside Park.  They then enjoyed an evening of fun, refreshments, and prize distributions at the park

Police Chief William Worden was among the dignitaries who addressed and welcomed the crowd, and who praised the community for gathering for unity aimed at bettering the quality of life in the Port Jervis region.

“Just a great community atmosphere and we are very proud to be part of it. This is our 14th event and as you can see, it is extremely well attended,” he said.

Worden also introduced the families of two local women who have been missing since mid-June.  He noted that part of the mission of National Night Out and its supporters is to make the community safer and quality of life better for all.  The parents of the missing young women, Brittany Hendershot, 20, and Heather Callas, 28, asked for everyone’s help in reporting tips that might help find their missing loved ones.

Dozens of community groups provided hot dogs, water, chips, and other snacks, informational material, games, and more from booths around the park.  Entertainment included emergency service and K-9 demonstrations, Macaroni the Clown, DJ Rock-A-Fuller music, and more, all enjoyed by the many families that strolled and enjoyed the summer night out together.