Education/Athletics Priorities: Or perhaps, community values?Explanation here as to "lighted fields" and their significance. THE PLAYING FIELDS OF...WESTON
Regarding what and if the Legislature may do about rewording HB6998 to
alter it - don't forget an Implementer possibility, either...
First meeting included light and sound tests; Second
reviewed sports seasons (winter & spring), plans for a special prior
to school in Fall;
Our notes on Second Quarterly "Lights Committee" meeting at Town Hall; intention to have a "special" in later August 2015.
"Lights Committee" holds meetings and onsite visits - our notes;Dec. 11, 2014FORUM story, from link in e-mail notice here: http://www.thewestonforum.com/23691/weston-high-school-ball-field-puts-lights-to-the-test/?utm_source=Weston+Forum&utm_campaign=a06da7e386-FO_IN_THIS_WEEKS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_848b12f59d-a06da7e386-193260349
Weston, and how it discovered how to shorten those dark winter days when the tree have lost their leaves, for some residents.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: E.P.A. Study ongoing...on "turf" not lighting. But we have found that these two are related.
So how much time, effort and your tax money was spent on this bill so
far? Had to go to two Committees, have a public hearing, required
staff comment from two agencies (OLR & OFA).
Committee on Children brings forward crumb rubber ban bill - not intended to apply to athletic fields - check here for more. If it stays in this JF language, which the proponent intends to try to change and obviously (to me) it will die because of the fiscal note - it should not be a problem...
LIGHTS COMMITTEE SUMMARY - There will be a
report given to the Board of Selectmen at its June 30th meeting on next
steps. Which appear to be to find the screening funding and expertise
to design the best additional protection for the neighbors. But unless
there are specific requests and identification of needs, it will be, my
choice of words here, like working in the dark. Special Meeting of
Lights Committee at the end of August or early September to move forward
with planting in the proper season (and not lose a year because of
bureaucratic delay - my words again). It is pointed
out to Lights Committee members representing the Selectmen and the
Board of Education that the planting designed to screen the dumpsters is
awesome and works, but the berm, designed to have plantings atop, was
not as successful.
In the beginning there wasa football field and a dirt track, the "beginning" being as of November 15, 2001.That is the date the Weston Schools and Fields Bond Issue passed.
In order to get the numbers down from $124 million - which would
not have passed - the town leadership pared the project down to only $79
million. Left out were several items that became public-private
"Let there be lights and there were lights" The whole community enjoys the use of schools and fields,
WHS is the emergency shelter, for tennis and to keep in shape on the
beautiful all weather track - which is now lit for night use!
QUARTERLY PUBLIC MEETINGS OF LIGHTS COMMITTEE AND SPECIAL MEETINGS
SPECIAL VIEWING ON SITE, DECEMBER 3, 2014, BEGINNING AT 6PM.
Present: Chair. (Selectman), Board of Ed member, staff from Parks&Rec, staff from Board of Ed, Musco rep, neighbors.
Test of new sound system and the lights on neighboring properties done. Now that they have "worn in" it was time to see if the lights were doing what the Selectmen had wanted ("zero" intrusion).
Had you noticed these
houses in September?How far away is the home that has its outside
Does any of this relate to the issue of the loudspeaker
system - or "less-loud" loudspeaker system?
...“When we were walking behind the field, we couldn’t hear Sal talking,” Mr. Muller said. “We could hear the music, though.”
said decibel readings were about 61 to 62 decibels at the property
line. “We’re now trying to get an idea of what does that mean.”
For one of the neighbors, Sandy Block of Parade Ground Court, it likely means it’s too loud.
Block, whose property does not abut the playing field but is nearby,
said he would like the decibel level capped at about 50. That’s the
level that was agreed upon in a court case that involved Fairfield
University and its neighbors as the maximum sound level at the property
line. “We could use that as a benchmark,” Mr. Block said...
Please read the article in full - it appears that the "Lights Committee" process is working.
Bright lights! Here you have a good view of what can be seen by Parade Ground Court, perhaps not the exact angle.
Field closedand padlocked.In the pitch black (off the field) intrepid participants marched into the woods...
Paved paths, where there were any, were used, and then in the dark of
night, across the grass and into the trees for those properly shod or
Orange points of light are outdoor illumination on neighboring properties, we think. We were surprised that anything came out on this photos (remember, no flash). The densely treed property was illuminated - but was it the field lighting - see above?
First meeting of Lights Committee (5 members) Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 7:30pm in Town Hall Meeting Room
Present: David Muller, Chair. (Selectman); Elise Major,
Board of Education; neighbors (2); Dr. Keating and Joe Olenik.
At first meeting of Lights Committee - what happened:
·Only Stadium Field at high school is under their control (there had been
some questions raised by neighbors of the lighted soccer field that it would be
nice to use this Committee as clearing house for their questions, too). The Committee is, however, not empowered to
look further than the Stadium Field.
·(See picture above of crane) I asked Dr. Keating and Joe Olenik at this first
Lights Committee meeting tonight, prior to its beginning, and they said they
were putting up the air handlers on the high school roof (since we ended up
with the money to do so because the windows&doors project this past summer
same in way under budget) for air conditioning the E-Wing new rooms.
·This is a very good Committee – David Muller is the Chair. – they see
themselves as the first stop for people with complaints and those who have
suggestions about the football field “Stadium” lights to go. They intend to help solve the problems by
referring folks to the right place for answers.
·Although they will be meeting quarterly (this was the first meeting), they
intend to have other meetings as necessary.Besides filing their minutes in a timely fashion, I get the feeling that
they want to be seen as at the front line of problems – for example, they are
going to find out how things have gone so far in terms of following the M.O.U.
·Special Meeting:For example:Nov. 19 at sunset/when it is dark, they
intend to meet to check out spillage as well as sound.Up until now, they have not gone on private
property to measure light seepage; but if neighbors want them to see something
on their own properties, Nov. 19 would be the time to give permission for
measurement devices to be used on these private properties.
Next meeting in January 2015. However, Special Meetings will be called in between.
Lights, camera...24 hour test review September 4, 2014 - all hands on deck!
We entered as if we were going to the tennis courts...I wonder if there is a parking plan for football games?
The problem, as had been anticipated at the Board of Selectmen...
What happens when the leaves are down? Please note the "bounce" effect on the visitor side.
After parking, we took our first photo facing east, toward Weston High School (in the back of this picture).
We kept on walking east, and took this picture (we were using a flash).
The mellifluous voice of WHS announcer (is that really you, Sal?) does a voice test - to tell if the new sound system measurements in reality are what they were supposed to be!
NO RESIDENCES BEHIND HOME STANDS - "BOUNCE" EFFECT NEUTRALIZED
This is just the beginning of the story of how it came to be that
Weston, CT high school sports programs made it possible for more
students and adults to keep in shape!
Mother Nature upstaged.
Doesn't the moon look sad? Has "Company" ever performed Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera? We saw it in "...Marc Blitzstein's version which ran during the 1950's for six years and featured the incomparable Lotte Lenya..." as this Youtube description reminds me (how long ago that was). Boy, did it make an impression on me!
What's next? First came the soccer field (behind the press box)... In 2014 Weston, it was a big "yes" by
governmental agencies involved. Did the taxpayers under write
these projects? Not entirely and the upkeep of replacing turf is
supposed to come from users - which means the sports clubs - but we are
pretty sure the town pays for it in part through the education
budget. And then there is the electricity bill for the lights...
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION,MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014, 8:15PM IN TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM ON TOWN TV
8-24 review of Town of Weston application for permanent lights for football field - to be used for many events five nights a week and weekends.
Lower left in a tie, neighbors' attorney, attempting to claim that the Town is no longer exempt from zoning - was cut off.
Neighbors and others who opposed stadium lights had their time before
the Selectmen, having submitted extensive reports of their own.
AT the BOARD OF SELECTMEN, MAY 1, 2014
Who will speak for those who don't think the Board of Selectmen
should be making decisions about 80 foot lights for night
football? Or for the "parade of the horribles" of what the lights
proposed will lead to...
Who else but Wild Things founder and
pitcher Lisa Brodlie, whose letter was read into the record by the
gentleman on the lower left. The cell tower at Town Hall is 195
feet high, serving as communication center vital link and with all
carriers on the same pole, to minimize impact on others, is also not
directly abutting a residential area
Is "Friday Night Football" in the same class as emergency
communications? Is that high school football, grand American
southern and mid-western tradition, really what Westonites want to
override their dark night skies?
Appropriate phrasing...PUNT: Put it to a "yes" or "no" vote in November, perhaps? Or...
of Selectmen moves ahead and votes or takes an action (see section 3.6 of the Town Charter, below - which is online) in favor of "Stadium" lights, which
are being pitched as a method to "bring us together" and improve
community spirit, there is an action to combat this - If those opposed can muster 318 signatures*
of eligible town meeting voters, try a "Petition for Overrule of Action
of Board of
Selectmen" (see below from Weston Town Charter). This might not
be a good solution because individuals might find themselves targets of
those who are in favor of the proposal.
And there is a third thing to consider. Is it worth fighting and winning a legal battle, spending money, destroying the comity of the town? Who wins in the end? Remember this Special Town Meeting?
* = Since
127 was the 2% number for ATBM, divided that by 2 and multiply by 5 and
you have the number of signatures needed - but check with the Town
School board prepares for legal fight over Greenwich High lights
By Emilie Munson
Updated 11:01 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017
28, 2005 Stamford ADVOCATE: Plan to
light Little League field rejected
By Donna Porstner
The Parks and Recreation Commission last night turned down a request to
light the Federal Little League field at West Beach.
Hand, Thomas Lombardo and Vincent Martino voted against the project
the commission's monthly meeting, saying they are sympathetic to
who oppose the project. The commission's fourth member, Julian Sayer,
the lights would shine in their bedroom windows, their children
be able to sleep -- they'd lose their privacy," Hand said in an
after the meeting at Government Center...
Lighted Fields Divide Towns;
Neighbors Fight Plans For Night Games
By MARYELLEN FILLO, Hartford Courant
Emmick and Ron Rodd joke that
they could sell hot dogs from the comfortable deck of their home to
sitting in the Wethersfield High School bleachers just 30 feet away.
I want to know the score of the
game I just look out the window," Emmick said, as she and her husband
beyond the bleachers to the massive renovation underway at the school's
Cottone Field in Wethersfield.
as lifestyles changed, and the
number, types and participation in interscholastic sports increased,
began seeking ways to extend the use of their fields, raise money and
and accommodate the growing number of working parents who can't get to
has been the answer.
And the preference for turf fields seems related...replacement to turf funded in part by user groups.
NOT Great Captain's, but we painted it 20 years ago, but we knew it wasn't a
"real" lighthouse then...
Historic Greenwich lighthouse shines again
Published 11:29 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2012
After going dark more than four decades ago, the Great Captains Island
lighthouse is shining once more.
Situated on the eastern point of the island 1 1/2 miles off the
Greenwich coast, the 51-foot granite and cast iron tower now features a
4-second flashing green light, according to Superintendent of Building
and Construction Alan Monelli.