The parking lot was the place to be on Tuesday night as hundreds of residents came out for the National Night Out celebration.
During the event residents got a chance to see their first responders up close and personal and learn not only about what they do but also the equipment they do it with. Several local vendors also took the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community as part of the night.
Sgt. Chris Hill of the Howell Police Department, who is also the President of the Howell and National PAL said National Night Out has become an important event for communities across the country. "It's a lot of support for the police department," he said. "National Night Out is a night out against crime. Everybody comes out and lets criminals know that we're not going to stand for being violated."
Towns like Howell may not have the high crime rates of the bigger cities, but Hill said it is still important for the community to get together and get to know the people that keep them safe on a daily basis.
The local businesses that came out also make it a special time. "It's a good time and people get to know what vendors we have in town so we can support our businesses," he said. "A lot of these are local residents who have stores and shops in our town."
Councilman Robert Nicastro said he was glad to see so many residents turning out for the event. It just brings awareness to a night out against crime," he said. "Wherever you can gather and bring the attention against crime is good."
Also attending the event was Mayor Robert Walsh said he was glad to see so many of the younger residents come out to the event. "It's a nice thing bringing all the kids out," he said. "It's a good safe night out."