Montclair Avenue residents are not cheering for the first ever Montclair Mounties Night Game tomorrow at Woodman Field.
They claim that the Township never discussed the night game with residents, despite including them in past discussions concerning Woodman Field.
Below are two Letters to the Editor, submitted to Baristanet. These residents have also sent their letters to the Township, the Montclair Board of Education, and the Montclair School district.Concerns include the late night noise on a school night keeping their younger children up, traffic, garbage:
We are supporters of Montclair athletics. We attend games. We root for the Mounties and are huge fans! HOWEVER…
We live on the streets surrounding Woodman Field and WE ARE OPPOSED TO NIGHT GAMES at the field. they wWe actually like hearing the amplified “Touchdown, Montclair! during the day and on weekends – and hear it so often that our kids say it all the time throughout the football season.
But this Thursday night, A SCHOOL NIGHT, when our kids need to get homework done, and go to sleep, our block will pretty nuts until about 10:30 pm. The cars, the revelry, the trash, etc. go on for a while after the game ends. That is to be expected at a game. You definitely cannot sleep in my house through “Touchdown Montclair!!” And this is not fair to the town’s residents who live in the vicinity of Woodman field.
As homeowner’s who pay taxes and many of whom have sunk our life savings into our homes, we feel that we have a right to protect the sanctity of our homes especially at night, and even more so on a school night. We are asking you to consider protecting our neighborhood and homes from shining lights, marching bands and loudspeakers while we put our children to sleep.
Additionally, we would have appreciated being part of the discussion that will impact our neighborhood. We have been included in the past on other decisions relating to Woodman Field. Going forward, please include Woodman Field residents in the discussion when considering night games.
WE ARE OPPOSED TO NIGHT GAMES at Woodman field and feel our voices deserve to be heard.
Another Montclair Avenue resident says she didn’t find out about tomorrow’s night game until today and is upset that residents weren’t included in the discussion:
My family LOVES the football games and will likely be Mounties themselves one day however “Touch Down Montclair” is not a part of our bedtime routine for our K-2 children (7:30pm bedtime) nor my husband (9pm bedtime) who has to get up at 4:30am.
We live on Montclair Avenue and the game announcer, marching band, cheerleaders and crowds are as clear as a bell in my home which WE LOVE ON THE WEEKENDS which is exactly when they should occur. The noise, traffic and garbage left on our street are not in any way desirable at this time of night ESPECIALLY during the school week. The noise and traffic will no doubt go on until 10:30pm.
After reading the Montclair times and knowing that $4000 has been invested in temporary lights, and seeing how this week a “Night Game” is being launched without even an announcement to the neighborhood, I have grave concerns that this may become a regular occurrence. This is totally unacceptable during the week.
Please take us residents into consideration when debating night games going forward. WE ARE OPPOSED TO NIGHT GAMES at Woodman field and feel our voices should be heard.