Cops to Throw Back-To-School Bash For Uptown Families Saturday

By Nigel Chiwaya on August 23, 2013 10:19am 

 Face-painting is just one of the events that uptown kids will be able to participate in Saturday.
Face-painting is just one of the events that uptown kids will be able to participate in Saturday.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Police in Washington Heights are throwing uptown kids one one last party before school starts.

The NYPD's 33rd Precinct is hosting "Unity in the Heights," a summer-ending street festival featuring raffles, face-painting and other family-friendly activities.

The street festival, which takes place along West 163rd Street between Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue, is part of an ongoing effort by the precinct to strengthen relationships with the community, precinct head Captain Fausto Pichardo told DNAinfo New York.

"[The festival] affords the residents of Washington Heights the opportunity to come out and meet the 33rd Precinct police officers, while at the same time enjoying some activities, games, food and crime prevention and safety measures," Pichardo said.

Several prices, including gift cards and bicycles will be raffled off. Health insurance provider Fidelis Care will also be on hand to treat families to free diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. No appointment will be needed.

About 1,000 residents are expected to attend the festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

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