Retro Night Out Mayoral Dunking

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli gets a dunking at Night Out 2012 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli gets a dunking at Night Out 2012
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Every year there’s a Fair Haven National Night Out. It’s a night, celebrated on the national level, designed to familiarize residents, from kids to seniors, with police and other emergency responders in town. That Night Out was Tuesday night in the borough.

There are games, demonstrations, looks at emergency equipment, food, smiles and handshakes — and a dunk tank.

And every year, for more than 15 years now, well-known dignitaries and leaders of the borough have gotten a good dunking at the hands of residents just dying to see how well they could take it.

Well, Mayor Ben Lucarelli got a good soaking a few years back. He rallied and he was proud — nearly drowned like a river rat as he was as a child. It made for a prime photo op. And he took it all with a smile — somewhere in there. But he has missed his dunk tank calling of late.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the Fair Haven Night Out Dunk Tank tradition and the good mayor’s soaking and sense of humor over it all.

He once said that every good mayor deserves a good dunking. Anyone?

— Elaine Van Develde