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By Michael V. Cusenza

South Queens communities—and the cops that patrol them—are eagerly anticipating that annual rite of summer: National Night Out Against Crime.
In the 106th Precinct, which serves Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, and Resorts World Casino New York City, its National Night Out is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Addabbo Playground section of Tudor Park, located at 133rd Avenue and 82nd Street in Ozone Park. The free event will feature refreshments, music, giveaways, activities for children and adults, as well as information on many topics.
As for the 102nd Precinct, serving the communities of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, and Kew Gardens, its National Night Out event this Tuesday will take place from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. at Victory Field in Forest Park, which is located at Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.
“Join us for FREE food & drinks, raffle prizes, entertainment & informative literature,” precinct officials wrote on Twitter.
In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch, founded to connect community watch programs across the country and provide them the resources they needed to make a difference in their neighborhoods, officially introduced the National Night Out as an event in which community members and local police officers would band together to meet with each other, discuss community safety concerns, and celebrate the neighborhoods where they live. It has become an American tradition for residents to forge a positive bond with the law enforcement officers who are tasked with protecting their community.