National Night Out is coming Tuesday, August 1st, with a free, community barbecue and games in Bingham Park, Hawley. The event is hosted annually by Hawley Borough Police and the Borough Council. It starts at 6 p.m. near the bandstand.

HAWLEY - National Night Out is coming Tuesday, August 1st, with a free, community barbecue and games in Bingham Park, Hawley. The event is hosted annually by Hawley Borough Police and the Borough Council. It starts at 6 p.m. near the bandstand.

Some more recruits have been lined up for the dunk tank. Another, new activity for 2017 is “StorySLAM.”
Andrea Racht, Borough Secretary/Treasurer, explained during the council meeting, July 12, that this is a storytelling competition which participants will talk for three to five minutes each, on a particular theme.
The theme, she said, will be “Loving the Blue” and are meant yo be stories about the Hawley Borough Police.
StorySLAM is an activity that has been held for several years in larger cities across the nation.

“We are not looking for essay type speeches on why people love the police,” Racht said later. “We want true, positive stories about the police, preferably our Hawley PD. Stories must be between 3 - 5 minutes long and be told in family friendly language.”

There will be judging and a prize- to be announced- awarded. Judges will be looking at content and presentation.
This is open to the first five registrants, so people need to pre-register by contacting the borough office.
Before and after the StorySLAM, one of the Hawley officers will be telling stories.

A scavenger hunt is also being planned.

National Night Out is meant to encourage the community to take a stand against crime. The police and other agencies typically have free materials to hand out about crime prevention, drug abuse awareness, and so on.
So far,18 organizations have signed up to set up tables at the event.

Waymart Borough Police will be conducting a K-9 demonstration.

District Judge Bonnie Carney is opening up her courtroom in the Borough Hall building across the street, for tours.
Residents are asked to leave their outside light on that night to symbolize they are taking their neighborhoods back, from the criminal element.

Last year was the first they had a dunk tank; Mayor Kevin Hawk and Borough Solicitor Robert Bernathy were the brave ones. This year, they are expected back, being joined by Middle School Principal Christopher Caruso and councilwomen Ann Monaghan and Christina Ferrara Murray. Monaghan also is the registrar at Wallenpaupack Area School District, and Murray is a teacher at the high school.

For more information or to register for StorySLAM call the borough office at 570-226-9545 or email hawleyb@ptd.net.