Somerset Night Out

By AMBER ROSADO Daily American Staff

Residents gathered Tuesday night at the Union Street Playground to enjoy Somerset Night Out.

The annual event is held to promote crime and drug awareness. The event includes free crafts and activities for families sponsored by local community groups such as the Learning Lamp and the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County.

“It’s important to support the community and their children,” Heather Perry, program director at the Boys & Girls Club, said.

Perry and other volunteers were at the club’s booth painting faces and giving out back-to-school pencil packs.

Chantel Sale and her daughter, Karley, who had her face painted, attend the event every year.

“I used to enjoy coming when I was a kid and now I bring my kids. It’s like a tradition,” she said.

Karley said her favorite part was playing in the bounce house.

Sara Reichhold and her daughters Austin, 7, and Kaylee, 5, enjoyed meeting the animals with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse: Sunshine and Mr. Ed.

Reichhold said this is a great community event for the children.

“They got their faces painted and a snow cone,” she said.

The girls said they were looking forward to reading the books they received at the Learning Lamp booth.

The night concluded at 9 p.m. with a glow stick walk through the borough with police and a helicopter leading the way.

The event is coordinated by the Somerset Borough Police Department and the Village at Somerset.

Posted 8-6-14