2018-08-22 / Front Page

Rain Can’t Dampen The Spirit Of The 108th Precinct's Night Out

By Thomas Cogan
The 108th Police Precinct celebrated this year’s Night Out Against Crime in Woodside’s Big Bush Park.  The weather was hot and sticky, but that had been the case for several days and people arriving at the park on 61st Street off Queens Boulevard labored under it.

Guests of the 108th’s annual Night Out event—held on August 7 across the city and the entire country—enjoyed a bouncy castle for kids, free food, and music provided by DJ auxiliary cop Giovanni Iglesias. 

Elected officials present included NYC Council Member Bob Holden, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Brian Barnwell. Congressional candidate on the Democratic ticket Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was supposed to have appeared but could not attend due to a schedule conflict.

At around 6 pm the clouds turned dark, a few drops started coming down and tables were cleared of food and literature. Giovanni the DJ said he was turning off the sound system, since bad things might happen if it were running in the rain.  A half hour or so later the program was back on, but shortly before 7 pm the sky turned black and it began to rain wrapping up the 2018 Night Out Against Crime.

The event ended on a happy note, however, as the 108th Precinct reported improved crime stats this summer when compared to the summer of 2017. The 108th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ralph Forgione accepted a mayoral proclamation on behalf of the precinct. Community Council President Diane Ballek applauded  Commander Forgione’s promotion from captain to deputy inspector in late July.

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