Port Jervis Celebrates National Night Out

A parade through the city and events at Riverside Park bring together hundreds
By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
August 3, 2016 1:50 pm Last Updated: August 3, 2016 6:36 pm

PORT JERVIS—Port Jervis City residents came out on Aug. 2 for National Night Out, which kicked off with a parade and was followed by lots of things to do at Riverside Park.

Residents enjoy National Night Out at Riverside Park in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
Residents enjoy National Night Out at Riverside Park in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Police Chief William Worden said the night represented the bigger picture of police–community relationship building with youth and adults of all ages.

“Truly, the police are the community and the community are the police,” Worden said. “We can’t do our jobs without their assistance.”

Truly, the police are the community and the community are the police.
— William Worden, Chief of Police, City of Port Jervis

People gathered at City Hall for the evening parade. The Port Jervis varsity football team walked along in their Raiders’ jerseys.

(L-R) Port Jervis High School football players Carson Sauscheck, quarterback; Arte Ichita, deep tackle; and Jake Stanzl, quarterback and linebacker at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
(L-R) Port Jervis High School football players Carson Sauscheck, Arte Ichita, and Jake Stanzl, at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Head Coach Matt Polanis said that football is really popular in Port Jervis and the players are looked upon as role models.

(L-R) Justin, Caleb, and William Harrison at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
(L-R) Justin, Caleb, and William Harrison at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Some of the younger kids may see the players participating in the event, and perhaps if they stay “on the straight and narrow,” they too might wear the jersey and play football for Port Jervis High School, he said.

Parade and Fun at the Park

The parade was led by three horses and their riders from the Otisville Correctional Facility. Darrell Houghtaling rode Dodge, a gentle, well-groomed horse that allowed children of all ages to approach and stroke him.

Houghtaling rides his horse every day around the correctional facility’s outer perimeter. He said he participates to encourage a positive relationship with the public.

Darrell Houghtaling and Dodge at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
Darrell Houghtaling and Dodge at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

A crowd of about 1,000 strolled around the park, getting information or food, and just having a fun night out. An estimated 50 vendors were set up to invite people to do activities or give out useful safety information.

A vendor at Riverside Park for National Night Out in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
A vendor at National Night Out at Riverside Park in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

National Park Service rangers of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River shared safety information with visitors to their booth.

National Park Service rangers of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River at Riverside Park in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
National Park Service rangers of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River at Riverside Park in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Rachel Gonzalez, an interpretive park ranger, said “wearing your life jacket on the river, that’s a big thing. No one has ever drowned on the Upper Delaware River wearing a properly fitted life jacket.”

The Broome Street Band in the parade for National Night Out in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
The Broome Street Band in the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Participants in the parade for National Night Out in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
Participants in the parade for National Night Out in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Local officials were on hand to meet residents and support the event. Mayor Kelly Decker mingled with paraders and thanked them for coming out. He said the night was important to “show solidarity with the people who go out and risk their lives every day to keep our community safe.”

(L-R) Orange County legislator Tom Fagione and Mayor Kelly Decker at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
Orange County Legislator Tom Faggione (L) and Mayor Kelly Decker at the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

The color guard for the National Night Out parade enters Riverside Park in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
The color guard for the National Night Out parade enters Riverside Park in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Fire trucks line up for the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on August 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)
Fire trucks line up for the National Night Out parade in Port Jervis on Aug. 2, 2016. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Orange County legislator Tom Faggione said “tonight we get a chance to come out as community-minded people and thank our law enforcement officials, our fire department, and EMS. They are the people who go into burning buildings when we are running out.”

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