GRAFTON, Mass. – Hundreds of Graftonites are expected to turn out Tuesday for National Night Out, hosted by the Grafton Police Department.
Although the construction of the new Grafton High forced a one year hiatus, this will be the seventh year Grafton has hosted the event. The parking lots of the Grafton Police Department, the former police department and the high school will be filled with music, food and activities beginning at 5 p.m.
"We're the only community around here that's having a National Night Out this year," Grafton Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. said. "We have four Targets donating for this and a lot of local vendors as well."
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and involves more than 15,000 communities around the country. The purpose is to bring community members and law enforcement together in a casual setting.
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.