GRAFTON, Mass. – National Night Out is returning to Grafton on Aug. 7 after a hiatus caused by the construction of the new Grafton High School.
Grafton Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. is expecting hundreds of residents to turn out for the event, which is designed to bring community and law enforcement together in a casual setting.
"We're happy to have it back this year," Crepeau said. "We're one of the only communities around here to participate in it, so there's a lot of interest."
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and involves more than 15,000 communities around the country. This will be the seventh year Grafton has hosted the event, which is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 adjacent to the Grafton Police Station.
In addition to free pizza, hot dogs, pies and other foods, there will be a limited number of free gun locks and children's bicycle helmets, provided by Direnzo Towing and Recovery.
Radio station WAAF will be providing music from its broadcast van and the night will provide the debut of the Central Mass. SWAT Team's Bearcat Armored Vehicle, Crepeau said.
Charter Communications will also be providing free Digikids child ID kits, and the Masons will also be providing child identification. The Lions Club Sightmobile will be conducting vision and hearing screening as well as glucose and blood pressure monitoring.
There will be a display of police cruisers, motorcycles, seized drug paraphernalia and fire department vehicles. State and federal law enforcement agencies also will be participating.
Other event sponsors include Target, Grafton Suburban Credit Union, Dunkin Donuts, Pepperoni Express, Grafton Job Corps, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Grafton Council on Aging, Grafton Board of Health and Together We Can.