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With help from North Hempstead, National Night Out goes on in New Cassel

National Night Out, a popular anti-crime rally held in many Long Island communities, will take place Tuesday in New Cassel after North Hempstead allocated more employees to staff the event.

The North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center had organized the event for 22 years, said Nellie Taylor-Walthrust of Leeds Place, the group's Westbury branch that offers youth programs. "Because we don't have as many outreach staff as we previously had, and the cost to continue to organize it, we had to take a supportive role and not the lead role," Taylor-Walthrust said.

The organization will still devote volunteers to work the event, but it is not investing any funds, Taylor-Walthrust said. The town has added sponsors and devoted more employees. The cost per event for the organization has been "in excess of $10,000," Taylor-Walthrust said.

"The town stepped in," Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in an interview last week. "We just felt it was such a valuable thing for our community."

The event "was in jeopardy of not happening," Councilwoman Viviana Russell said at the town's July 14 board meeting, when a $1,650 sponsorship from the Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union of Bethpage was approved for the event. Applebee's of Westbury, another sponsor, is also providing food.

"This was one of the largest free events that brings the community together, to highlight the importance of having a safe community for all people," Taylor-Walthrust said.

The event is among 16,124 held in communities across the United States on the first Tuesday in August.

The New Cassel "Night Out" includes a parade, starting at the Salvation Army on Prospect Avenue, along with musical performances and refreshments. The event begins 6 p.m. at Martin "Bunky" Reid Park.


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