The community at Arbor Terrace Morris Plains has a good relationship with the town’s first responders, from police to EMS. The officials are quick to respond anytime they’re needed.
So the community teamed up with Home Care Assistance, a local home care company, to put on National Night Out on Aug. 3. The nationwide observance for National Night Out was put on hold this year because of COVID-19 concerns, but Arbor Terrace Morris Plains decided to put on a scaled-down version of the event, to specifically celebrate the city’s law enforcement personnel.
“National Night Out has as its intention to build a relationship between the police department and any community, so we made it into a community event,” said Mary Beth Kane, director of sales at Arbor Terrace Morris Plains.
In addition to Arbor Terrace Morris Plains residents, senior adults from the town of Morris Plains were invited as well.
The evening featured ice cream and musical entertainment by Bruce Mauro, who performed a selection of songs from several decades, beginning with the 1940s.
In addition, the community gave an award to the police department, thanking the law enforcement officers for their service to the community at large as well as Arbor Terrace.
“They’ve always been so gracious in responding to whatever need we’ve had,” Kane said.
Morris Plains Mayor Jason Karr spoke at the event, joined by Arbor Terrace Morris Plains Executive Director Kevin Seidel, offering gratitude to the police department.
Karr also addressed the residents of Arbor Terrace, telling them “how much their living in Morris Plains adds to the community,” Kane said.