Paramus celebrated National Night Out, as usual, in a big way. Detective Jimmy Teehan has done the planning on this event for several years and this year was bigger than ever. He even arranged for a helicopter to visit the premises and to allow the people to inspect it. There were police and fire vehicles as well as emergency equipment for the onlookers to view as well as free hot dogs, hamburgers and food from Bahama Breeze supplied with background music. Various organizations and Paramus departments were on hand to disseminate information and to try and satisfy the candy urge for the kids who ranged all the way to adults.
County Executive Kathe Donavan was there and it was noted that she had shed her cane. Kathe was walking around aided by a cane for months. Many other dignitaries joined the Paramus celebration including Assemblyman Joseph Lagana, former freeholder John Driscoll, Councilwoman MariaElena Bellinger, Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, Councilman Pat Verile who supplied the DJ music and Freeholder James J. Tedesco III who also came to visit his home town. Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenburg appeared, but took a low key visit. Health Department Judith Migliaccio was seen skipping rope and challenging people to join her. Human Services also had a table and Irene Maury commented about how the 4th of July food drive implemented by Paramus Sunrise Rotary helped make the town aware of the need. People are still visiting her office on Farview Avenue and bringing much needed food.
National Night Out, a national celebration is designed to get families out to an area where they can mingle with other residents, Judging from the crowds, it was successful.