By 7:30pm, the lights were raised and the generators were fired up and running. The raised lights exceeded Westfield's Land Use Ordinance restriction of 15 feet.
While no soccer practice took place tonight, the WSA spent most of the evening testing the lights and attempting to position them where they'd be less intrusive to neighboring homes. Only time will tell if they are successful.
The following photos were all taken between 8pm. and 8:30pm without the use of a flash camera.
Houses on Grove St., Westfield Ave., Beechwood Pl., Everson Pl., Rahway Ave., and Washington St. were illuminated by the lights.
The sound from the diesel generators echoed off the metal bleachers and could be heard from 150 ft. away while an odor of diesel fuel permeated the air along the Rahway Ave. side of the stadium.
PLAY VIDEO (on laptop or home computer) TO HEAR LIGHTING GENERATORS THAT SOME BOE MEMBERS DESCRIBED AS "QUIET," WHILE ONE RESIDENT STATED THE GENERATORS SOUND LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN.
|Rear yard of Grove St. residence|
|Light in NE corner of field that lights up Grove St. residences|
|Rear yard of residence on corner of Grove St. & Westfield Ave.|
|Westfield Ave. at Beechwood Pl.|
|Light in NW corner of field that lights up Beechwood Pl.|
|Corner residence of Beechwood Pl. & Westfield Ave.|
|Parking lot of Lincoln School facing Westfield Ave. & Beechwood Pl.|
|Corner residence of Everson Pl. & Westfield Ave.|
|Picture taken from front yard of Everson Pl.|