South Orange Trustee Michael Goldberg has a very simple idea that he feels will make South Orange safer. Leave your porch light on at night.
Back in October, Trustee Goldberg and South Orange Police Chief Chelel were invited to go on a “Light Walk” by Seton Hall University SGA president Melissa Boege. The purpose of the walk was to show Goldberg and the Chief what the streets surrounding the university look like to students. Goldberg was struck by the lack of light.
From his blog, Goldberg states, “The most glaring issue I noticed was the huge number of homes that did not bother to simply have a porch light turned on outside. In all neighborhoods, especially where the homes are relatively close to the street, the light provided by porch lights makes an enormous difference in the perceived (and real) safety of the area. We all love the gaslights in South Orange, but everyone knows that they provide limited light, resulting in dark sidewalks…”
Goldberg has even gone as far to start a Facebook page called “Light the Night” and is urging everyone in South Orange to ‘like’ it. He has posted on Maplewood Online about saying “I urge you all to “Like” the page and help spread the word to your friends and neighbors, in order to improve the safety both for our homes and pedestrians walking along our sidewalks.”
Baristaville’s other gas lit town, Glen Ridge, is also quite dark at night, charming though it might be. GR and SO residents, do you routinely leave your porch lights on at night or do you feel it spoils the mood?