TEWKSBURY - The 4th annual Tewksbury National Night Out took place at the Tewksbury Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 5 as local businesses, the Tewksbury Police and Fire Department and families came together to strengthen themselves as a community.
Elder Services, one of the local businesses at the event, provides assistance for the elderly in their homes in an effort to circumvent their going to a nursing home, according to Anja Stueness, a representative of the company.
The RTN Federal Credit Union, a non-profit organization geared toward members’ work, home and life banking needs, also took part in the event.
The credit union has been a part of National Night Out since its inception.
Marc Bourdon, who has been with the Tewksbury Fire Department for one year, said he enjoys “the town getting together,” and he believes the event displays a good sense of community in Tewksbury.
Loretta Ryan, a representative of Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica and a Tewksbury resident, regards National Night Out as “very family-friendly and well-executed.”
Mackenzie Ryan, a representative of MVP Golf and Laser Tag in Tewksbury, said, “I like that everyone’s out here having a good time.”
Representatives of Tewksbury’s in-town soccer program also attended the event and encouraged kids ages 3-7 to sign up for in-town soccer.
“[I like] watching the kids have a good time,” said Karen Anderson, one of the Tewksbury Soccer representatives.
Laura Catanzano, a second representative, said she believes it brings the community together.
Music was provided by Jaryd Palmer, a Tewksbury teacher, and several counselors from the Tewksbury Public Schools summer program led children in dances and activities.
Representatives from Tewksbury Rail Trails were on hand to answer questions about converted abandoned railroad beds in town to walking and biking trails. They also featured information on Zero Waste Day, a town-wide recycling program coming up in September, perfect for residents doing clean-out projects over the summer.
A number of other businesses and organizations were on hand including Enterprise Bank, Lowell General Hospital, and WIC. Additionally, a large gathering of classic cars and even a North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council BearCat vehicle were on display.
Jennie Welch, Safety Officer in the Tewksbury Police Department and the primary organizer behind the event every year, said her favorite aspect of National Night Out is the “interaction with the kids and the local businesses.”
Ashley Stuart, director of the council on aging, said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for the Senior Center.”
Stuart said the event is an “intergenerational program.”
“It’s an opportunity for the seniors and kids to come together and raise safety awareness. I look forward to hosting it in the years to come.”