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The Urban family of Absecon enjoyed their time at the Atlantic City Aquarium exhibit during National Night Out. They are from left, Meredith, 10; Kim, Chuck, Chaz, 5; and Cassie, 8. The Urban family of Absecon enjoyed their time at the Atlantic City Aquarium exhibit during National Night Out. They are from left, Meredith, 10; Kim, Chuck, Chaz, 5; and Cassie, 8. Photo by R.J. Liberatore Jr.

Hundreds of residents crowded the Pitney Road soccer field on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to participate in National Night Out activities in Absecon. There they tasted great food, received advice from vendors such as Home Depot, received coupons from McDonald’s and children received free bike helmets from AtlantiCare.

Joey Pontari, 11, of Absecon knows it’s better to give than to receive as he hands over a tabletop foosball game to the Toys for Tots booth at the Absecon National Night Out. Frank Vesely, program director, says the group seeks new toys for ages infant to 11 years old to distribute at Christmas time. Joey Pontari, 11, of Absecon knows it’s better to give than to receive as he hands over a tabletop foosball game to the Toys for Tots booth at the Absecon National Night Out. Frank Vesely, program director, says the group seeks new toys for ages infant to 11 years old to distribute at Christmas time.

Absecon’s, Eric Shane, who just turned 13, enjoys the teen life by receiving an American flag from Charles Fields of Egg Harbor Township at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots display at Absecon National Night Out Absecon’s, Eric Shane, who just turned 13, enjoys the teen life by receiving an American flag from Charles Fields of Egg Harbor Township at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots display at Absecon National Night Out.

Absecon Police Officers Kevin Craig and Jen Lyons weren’t solving crimes but solving appetites during National Night out. Absecon Police Officers Kevin Craig and Jen Lyons weren’t solving crimes but solving appetites during National Night out. They joined Absecon Court Administrator Merrilee Carlson in preparing and giving away hundreds of hot dogs during the evening.

Pat Scannell of Mays Landing shows off his pride and joy, a 1949 Buick 2-door fastback during national night out. Its long hood covered up an in-line, eight-cylinder engine. Pat Scannell of Mays Landing shows off his pride and joy, a 1949 Buick 2-door fastback during national night out. Its long hood covered up an in-line, eight-cylinder engine.

Katie DeRitis, 10, of Absecon, pets a stuffed owl at the table run by Keith Fox of the state Fish and Wildlife department Katie DeRitis, 10, of Absecon, pets a stuffed owl at the table run by Keith Fox of the state Fish and Wildlife department.

Absecon Police Officer John DeRitis stands with longtime resident Jim Garron, 65, Absecon Police Officer John DeRitis stands with longtime resident Jim Garron, 65, at Absecon’s National Night Out.

Miranda Bello, 6, of Absecon receives a free bicycle helmet from Jessica Bowman of AtlantiCare at Absecon’s National Night Out. Miranda Bello, 6, of Absecon receives a free bicycle helmet from Jessica Bowman of AtlantiCare at Absecon’s National Night Out. “We are giving out free helmets and information about how important it is to always ride with a bicycle helmet,” Bowman said.

Absecon’s Ryan Spina, 8, shows the look of concentration while he delivers his best effort at the Absecon Police Absecon’s Ryan Spina, 8, shows the look of concentration while he delivers his best effort at the Absecon Police dunk tank during National Night Out.

Jenniver Hernandez watches as her daughter, Ana, 2, of Absecon, pets one of a few greyhounds during national night out. The Greyhound Rescue organization Jenniver Hernandez watches as her daughter, Ana, 2, of Absecon, pets one of a few greyhounds during national night out. The Greyhound Rescue organization finds homes for former race dogs.

The crew from the Absecon McDonald’s Restaurant were offering goodies during Absecon’s National Night Out. From left are Ann Grasso of Galloway, Kalilou Dembele, 3; store manager Ayo Olaniyan and employee Sue Ellen Wescott, of Absecon The crew from the Absecon McDonald’s Restaurant were offering goodies during Absecon’s National Night Out. From left are Ann Grasso of Galloway, Kalilou Dembele, 3; store manager Ayo Olaniyan and employee Sue Ellen Wescott, of Absecon.

Photos by R.J. Liberatore Jr.


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