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Timers for Main Street Lights

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23,000 bright white LEDs are being strung along Main Street in Gloucester MA by a citizen's group -- not by the city. The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club  will put these lights on timers to shut them off after 11:00 pm to protect the night sky against all this new light pollution, but the club has no budget for this. Gloucester is one of the few places near Boston where you can still see the Milky Way at night. $1800.00 is the price we were quoted by the lighting project lead for timers and enclosures. Because of tight project schedules, the money has been fronted but must be repaid. Labor will be donated. You can come and see the results later this summer, and stay to enjoy the dark, starry skies.
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After all this time, Gloucester has failed to purchase or install timers on the lights on Main Street, and has issued me a refund check for the total amount. Half the lights are burned out anyway, and we have a new and productive relationship with the city, so some good has come of this. I can refund your money or we can use the funds to fight light pollution on another front. My suggestion is that we use a small portion (a few hundred dollars) to have the town of Rockport install a light shield on the streetlight next to our observing field at Halibut Point State Park, which will benefit everyone, and donate the remainder to the International Dark Sky Association ( http://www.darksky.org), a non-profit 503(c) organization. Please take a moment and write to me here to let me know how you would like your donation handled. Thanks. --MPD
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We made it! Thanks again for contributing to a good cause. We now have an ongoing dialog with the city so we'll be part of the planning process next time. Come out and enjoy the dark skies this summer! http://gaac.us
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