NEWMARKET — In what Lt. Rick Beaudet called “overwhelming support from the community,” Newmarket celebrated its first-ever Newmarket Night Out on Saturday, Aug. 12. The event provided an opportunity for residents to meet their local firefighters and police officers, as well as the chance to support efforts by the Newmarket Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention to fight the opioid epidemic.
With an estimated attendance of 300 to 400, the Newmarket Recreation Department played host to the event sporting numerous activities, performances and local food. Residents enjoyed the warm summer evening highlighting the importance of community interaction.
“I got the sense that people liked the ability to see police dressed down and be approachable,” Beaudet said. “That speaks volumes about out community that there were so many families there with their kids. It was a very wholesome, natural way to get what we wanted to achieve: to be more approachable and let people see us in that element.”
Beaudet said he was thrilled with the event’s turnout. “You plan events and you don’t know whose going to show up, but it was so nice to see the overwhelming support of the community.”
The N-ASAP group was crucial in organizing the event, and Police Chief Kyle True made sure to tout the community’s success in cutting opioid-related overdoses in half each year since 2015.