ATLANTIC CITY — Families with ties to the Uptown neighborhood lined Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park on Sunday afternoon.

In its sixth annual event, the Uptown 4 Life Reunion brought together neighbors — old and new — and families who have Uptown neighborhood connections in the city. The free event from 10 a.m. to dusk offered a space in the city to gather and reconnect all day.

“It’s all positive, it’s a great event,” said Ledford Mack, a captain with the Atlantic City Fire Department and one of the organizers. “It’s like a family, it’s like a village. Everybody looks after everybody.”

The event included family tents, a DJ with music, food, vendors and inflatable games for kids around the park. The goal was to provide a space for old neighbors, family and friends from around the city to reconnect with a mix of generations, said Mack, 60, also a substitute teacher at Uptown School.

The event is planned by a committee of six people who networked with old neighbors through Facebook, by phone and word of mouth. In previous years, the reunion has had as many as 1,000 attendees, organizers said.

The event also drew people from all over: current residents, those who used to live in Atlantic City or people who live just down the road now. Some tents had family names posted on the outside, and addresses of where the family lived in the neighborhood.

“Everybody knows everybody because we all grew up in this small radius,” said Cia Nelson, one of the coordinators.

Among the families during the afternoon under the sun, Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, walked around to talk to residents, as did Atlantic City Councilman Aaron Randolph, who grew up in the area.

“A lot of families that moved out, come back,” Randolph said. “I’m an Uptown guy. You’re Uptown for life.”

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