February 3, 2021

Pointing Out That Light Towers Would Destroy Natural Environment on Ridge

To the Editor:

As I sit today watching the snow fall onto Princeton Ridge, I am reminded how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful and natural area of New Jersey. We chose to move to Princeton Ridge about a year ago because of its beautiful natural wooded environment, the dark skies for ideal stargazing, and the ability to have some land. It had the natural elements, and stability, that we were looking for.

We enjoy pointing our spotting scope towards the moon and being able to see many craters. It’s also wonderful to see the red fox, and many beautiful deer. One of our favorite activities is to sit under the stars in the evening around our fire pit — enjoying time together and looking to the heavens. We have come to believe that Princeton has it all — beautiful natural places like this, and a wonderful hustling bustling town for those who prefer to be closer to it all. 

We were recently informed that our neighbor (the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart) would like to light approximately 1.4 million lumens of light directly across the street from our property year-round until 9:30 p.m. at night, as part of a plan to build one of Princeton’s largest outdoor lit sports complexes (11 light towers overall).

This would absolutely destroy the natural environment on the Princeton Ridge.

I hope that the Planning Board will seriously consider the extreme nature of the proposed light pollution on the surrounding Princeton Ridge community and deny this application.

Darryl Jones
Great Road