National Night Out Against Crime

Peter Cooper resident Sam Mednick is ready for action behind the wheel at a police car at the event. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Peter Cooper resident Sam Mednick is ready for action behind the wheel at a police car at the event. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event aimed at strengthening relations between law enforcement agencies and communities that has, over the years, morphed into becoming block parties for different police precincts, was held on Tuesday night. At the event organized by Stuy Town resident Jo-Ann Polise and the 13th Precinct Community Council, it was a mix of local organizations and businesses exhibiting, offering free food and other giveaways as well like caricature portraits. Cops from the 13th Precinct manned the grill, cooking countless burgers and hot dogs.

Representatives from various local organizations, businesses and city agencies had tables at the event, including Community Board Six, the District Attorney’s office, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, the Board of Elections, M&T Bank, thrift shop Cauz for Pawz, the Bellevue Community Advisory Board, the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates and others. New to the event this year was Cub Scout Pack 422.

Cubmaster Maureen Riley said that assistant Cubmaster Kim Salvo had been coming to National Night Out for the 13th Precinct with her kids in previous years and suggested the event as a way to get interest up in the community about scouting.

“It can be really difficult getting people involved because they don’t think of it as something they can do in the city,” Riley said. “We want kids to know that it’s not just something that exists in the suburbs.”

Salvo was manning the event table with Riley and both were in uniform, trying to entice passing children with activities.

“How could you not love this?” Salvo said as enthusiastic kids swarmed their table to make necklaces.

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Fire in PCV injures 5

A firefighter gets ready to enter a fourth floor apartment at 601 East 20th Street. Photo via FDNY)

A firefighter gets ready to enter a fourth floor apartment at 601 East 20th Street. (Photo via FDNY)

By Sabina Mollot

An older resident was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a Peter Cooper Village apartment on Friday. The blaze, which the Fire Department got the call about at 5:13 p.m. took 29 minutes to get under control, with 20 units and 78 firefighters at the scene.

The resident, James Masterson, has been treated and released and is now fine, according to a woman who works for the couple as a caretaker. She wasn’t working at the apartment that day but said Masterson and his wife Bernadette were both home at the time the fire broke out.

“He inhaled smoke, but he’s fine now; they’re both fine,” she said.

The address where the fire broke out was on the fourth floor at 601 East 20th Street, which is on Avenue C.

The FDNY said that after the fire, four firefighters were taken to different local hospitals with minor injuries and one civilian was also taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition. The FDNY said it couldn’t confirm that it was Masterson or even the age of the patient.

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