FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby swamper on Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:52 am

quote:

"finishing wrong, NOT finishing strong."

Now THAT'S catchy....can we put that on a sign? :wink:
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby bkhote on Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:50 am

I agree we need to improve education and I am for it but we ALSO need some Tennis program in
Tewksbury.
1. We do not have boys Tennis team in the High School? So, if you have a son and he could possibly be
a decent tennis player, what do you say to him ... bad luck dude you were born/live in Tewksbury?

2. Now even for those who have daughters, they could not have middle school tennis team
because we have only three courts and that is used for the HS and the rest of the town.

3. No doubt we need few more Tennis courts in town and if we build later, it might cost more.

4. May be we can have a middle ground if they reduce the expense for extra seating?

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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby cowboyup on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:15 am

I think we'd have to say that our perspective on need are different. I could say that we need an art program in 7th grade when there is absolutely nothing for the whole year. Or that we need a world language program to replace the one now that doesn't even begin until 8th grade and only offers 1 semester of French then. I could say that we need a full-day kindergarten program that's free for all because research supports the benefits of that experience for early literacy development. I could say that we need working computers in all classrooms, and, dare I say it, lower class sizes? Sure I agree that having more tennis courts would be great and having them at the high school would be nice too. I just don't believe it's a NEED though. Children NEED a strong educational program with teachers who have the resources and supports in place to teach each one basic skills (e.g. math and ELA at the minimum) so their learning can finish strong and their future options are broader. To me, when test results show as much failure as was just presented, we are clearly not focusing on the right priorities. And, beyond that, our community (young and old) NEEDS to feel safe, on our roads, in our buildings and in the event of an emergency. These priorities still rank higher than tennis for me. And, just to address your last comment, there is no compromise being proposed. Had the request been just for tennis courts, maybe things would be different, but it's not and they're not. Again, JMHO.
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby swamper on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:42 am

Here's a thought....since it's obvious that tennis was the only aspect not already addressed in the original plan...why not take the money they already raised privately and put it toward improvements/adding to the existing courts at Livingston. That would prove this isn't just about a football stadium.
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby Clorox on Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:21 pm

monies were threatened to be pulled if lights were not in the deal tennis would still need lights but maybe not in the same spot?

tennis has to do its own plea with the community and that group was only invited to be a "friend" much later

cowboyup, they don't want you to know the costs they want you to approve it for the kids because who would be against the kids?

I can't imagine anyone making an investment of any kind based on such flimsy information. For goodness sake, how can people blindly vote for something that "sounds like a good idea" without hard numbers?

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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby redflops1 on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:31 pm

HEY LITTLE WILLIE
THERE SHOULD BE 1 MORE VOTE IN THAT HOUSE LOL
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby cowboyup on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:36 pm

I totally agree with swamper and clorox above. I think the tennis folks fill a need for the core of this group in serving to broaden the scope of who this complex is for, when the true focus has always been the turf football field. Since there is no tennis at the HS, it also makes the request seem so difficult to turn down. I agree that it's shocking how people will accept a bunch of numbers/data in a power point without even checking the merit of this information. I try my best to make big decisions by examining data first and doing more research if it seems necessary. I posted my "findings" because I wish for others to be informed too. The "for the kids" message feels manipulative. I spend my days with children both in the workplace and at home. It may be a novel concept but I actually think one of the best things I've done "for the kids" is helping them differentiate between what they want and what they need. They don't always like the lesson in the moment, but in time, I've seen the value of that perspective in their character and choices going forward. To me, setting limits is tough but essential in the long run.
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby dougsears on Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:52 pm

Interesting website. You can't make this stuff up!

http://www.synturf.org/indexalphabetical.html

For the latest postings on this page, please scroll down, past the Editor’s Note, to the start of numbered items.



Editor's Note: "Access Limited! Keeping out man and beast!

A "multipurpose" park or field is supposed to accommodate a whole range of human activity, from hosting sporting events, to walking and exercising the 'pooch,' from sunbathing to picnicking under the starlit skies, or just to view the passing of the seasons. The conversion of multipurpose fields and parks to artificial turf "multisport" playing fields reserves, under lock and key, the use of public lands to a certain defined and limited set of activities and for certain times. Moreover, the protection of the artificial turf surface -- more demanding than a Persian silk carpet -- limits a variety of objects and activities on the premises, such as chewing gum, seeds, animal and vehicular traffic, consumption of certain beverages (including sports drinks!), and certain types of folding chairs and footwear.

Most artificial turf field complexes come with fences. Typically, the use of the turf field is regulated through a permitting process and unauthorized people on the field are subject to arrest for trespass.

In many communities, the so-called nonprofit sports leagues and boosters defray all or a substantial part of the cost of installing, maintaining, and replacing of the turf fields in an arrangement that city or town officials like to call "public-private partnership." It is a "partnership" alright! The use of the public's land and some of public's treasure is ponied up in favor or a gated eco-desert rug, with limited use and questionable appeal.

In many communities, the public sector contribution in this cozy partnership comes from such funds as Community Preservation Act (in Massachusetts) or some such program, like the land or open space conservation or preservation fund or legacy fund, whose intent and purpose in most cases is not to pay for artificial turf fields. In many communities, the turf fields that are being installed by the aforementioned private-public partnerships, with our without the dubious source of public funds, are in actuality school fields, which should be installed or maintained, grass or turf, as a part of the school department's operating and capital budgets.

Query: Does the participation and/or continued involvement of a private sector entity in a municipal turf field project create for the private entity a lien, encumbrance or easement on public land? If so, is that a good thing?

With the exception of private institutions, the picture gallery/album below (click on each image to enlarge for detail) generally depicts the creeping limitation that is being imposed on public land/parks as the result of artificial turf installations in our communities.



... To keep the ducks and gulls and geese off the poop-sensitive turf fields most contractors have their dogs chase the fowl, in the hope that the fowl would eventually give up coming to graze and poop on the grass that often borders the turf fields. And most signs affixed to the fences surrounding turf field complexes say 'No dogs allowed on the filed.'
In Somerville, Massachusetts, a pair of fake coyotes were installed in order to scare off the geese from the fake field. A few weeks later, the geese figured out the ruse and so the management of the ballpark installed a third coyotes and a person was commissioned to occasionally move the coyotes around in order to give the geese the impression that the coyotes are really real! The custodians at the park told SynTurf.org that they must clean the geese poop off the field quickly otherwise it discolors the turf. Well, it has not worked as imagined and the pictures below tell the story.

Maybe one day fake coyotes, wind- or solar-powered, of course, will come move about the turf field as if living, breathing animals, so that our children can wallow in crumb rubber and lifeless polygrass!


[No. 17] Lodi, California: Kid-glove treatment for artificial turf at Grape Bowl. There is something fundamentally obscene about replacing a trodden natural grass field with a plastic field on the pitch that the latter is more durable. It is even more obscene to prove the durability of the artificial turf field by disallowing activities on it that otherwise one would not think twice about conducting on a natural grass field. Here is a case in point – according to a news item in Lodi News-Sentinel, May 24, 2011, ‘This year’s high school graduation season kicks off Thursday [May 26] with three local ceremonies. Students and their friends and family will be the first to enjoy the new Grape Bowl, but recently installed synthetic turf has altered some of the post-graduation traditions. Guests will not be allowed to go onto the field. Instead, they can meet students in a parking lot off Calaveras Street at the end of the ceremony. Seniors are also prohibited from wearing heels, eating sunflower seeds or chewing gum at this year’s graduations held at the Grape Bowl. Those not wearing flat-bottom shoes will be sent home and not allowed to par[t]icipate, since school officials have said going barefoot is not an option.” Source: “Graduation season to kick off on Thursday,” in Lodi News-Sentinel, May 24, 2011, available at http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_b5 ... c538f.html .

[No. 16] Boulder, Colorado: Artificial turf ruins winter fun for community. One would assume that if you lived in Boulder and other parts of Colorado that you would not be wanting for winter fun venues. Not so – and because of draught, lack of snow or flat-lands. The new joy-kill is the artificial turf field at Casey Middle School. According to a news report in Boulder Daily Camera (November 15, 2010), “Neighbors of Casey Middle School are upset that the school's soccer field now is off-limits, as is a hill long used for sledding.” The soccer field was upgraded to artificial turf when the school was rebuilt and the city “limit[s] public access to the district’s synthetic fields, so they locked the gate that provides access to Casey's fenced-in soccer field.” According to Jennifer Corkern, a Casey neighbor, “neighborhood kids have used the field for years to play games, fly kites or just run. She said someone recently called the police to report some boys who had scaled the fence and were playing Frisbee in the field -- sending a message that ‘playing outside can get you in trouble.’” She believes that it is “irresponsible for a public institution to take away a communal space used by children for outdoor recreation. The sledding hill also is one of the most popular in the city,” and “the neighborhood was promised it would remain open during community meetings about the construction.” Source: Amy Bounds, “Closure of Casey Middle School's soccer field, sledding hill angers Boulder neighbors,” in Boulder Daily Camera, November 15, 2010, available at http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_16623588 .



[No. 15] Richmond (BC), Canada: Chewing gum and smoking hazardous to turf’s health. According to a news report in the Richmond News (January 27, 2010), the local performers who will be taking the stage at Richmond’s Minoru forum during the Winter Olympic celebrations are not to chew gum. The injunction is a part of the code of conduct relating “to protecting the artificial turf surface at Minoru.” “While the turf can obviously stand up to a lot of pounding from shoes etc, chewing gum can be extremely damaging to the consistency of the artificial turf,” say the officials. “The city and its partners such as Richmond Soccer and the school board have invested millions of dollars in our various artificial fields and we need to protect that investment. Even a small area of damage to the fields can create a hazard to the users and be very expensive to fix. We were actually offered to have free samples of chewing gum given out on the O Zone site which we didn't pursue in part because of the concern of potential damage to our infrastructure when all that gum was discarded.” “[A] restriction on performers smoking while on stage was introduced for the same reasons as the chewing gum.” Source: Alan Campbell, “Gum rule to protect turf,” in Richmond News, January 27, 2010,

available at http://www2.canada.com/richmondnews/new ... e262dfdf64 .



[No. 14] Derry, Pennsylvania: Want to “protect” the expensive artificial turf? Restrict use of the field and track. SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. January 16, 2010. One of the selling points an artificial turf field is the track that can circle it. The problem is that when the track becomes a part of the artificial turf field installation it is always within the confine of the fence that circles the facility. Restricting access to the filed also deprives the members of the public from using the track for walking or jogging. This particularly hard on folks who have been used to many years of enjoying the track around natural grass fields, usually open spaces, for the members of the public to enjoy.



According to a news report in The Patriot-News (January 12, 2010), “Taxpayers may have paid for the Derry Township School District’s new $4.2 million artificial turf fields, but district officials want restrictions on who can use them. Athletic director Sam Elias said it is important to protect the school’s investment. He said people sometimes let their dogs make messes there, drop trash or ride skateboards. He said spilled Gatorade can ruin the surface of the artificial turf, which can be expensive to repair. The fields are protected by a fence, security cameras and now, perhaps, a card swipe system to make sure only those who are registered can jog around the track. School board members debated Monday about who would be allowed to use the new fields, how much they should pay, and whether members of the community will be allowed to use the track.” For the rest of this article, please see Monica Von Dobeneck, “Derry Township School Board considers restrictions on use of fields, track,” in The Patriot-News, January 12, 2010, available at http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index. ... rd_co.html .



[No. 13] Chino Hills, California: The hidden cost of an alternative venue. SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. November 8, 2009. This story is nothing new; it is happening with frequent regularity around the country – a graduation ceremony cannot take place at the old stadium because of the new artificial turf field. The 4th of July fireworks have to be set up at another venue. All this may cost municipality an additional cost to secure a suitable site for activities that are now forbidden on the plastic carpets of the once-grass playing fields. According to a news reports in Chino Hills Champion (October 3-9, 2009) and Contra Costa Times (October 10, 2009), the students at Don Lugo High School will not be able to hold their graduation ceremonies at the school’s under-construction stadium come next spring. The reason has to do with the stadium field being artificial turf. The same goes for the other schools in the Chino Valley Unified School District’s other three schools that already have artificial turf fields. Holding mass celebrations like graduation on artificial turf fields, according to the officials, “would violate warranties for the field turf because of the concern that the high heels and heavy weight of a graduation ceremony could destroy the field.” “If there was any damage caused as a result of the high heels puncturing into the weave, that violates the contract with the people who maintain the warranty,” said school board President Sylvia Orozco. The school could cover the field with a protective cover but it will cost it $400,000 to buy such a cover or rent it for the cost of $72,000 to $96,000 for shelter, seats, staging and fences. The District maintenance director, Michael Chapko, lamented the fact that this information about not being able to use the turf fields for such events was not available to the school district at the time when the decision was being made to install it. For details see Neil Nisperos, “Don Lugo students disappointed they can't graduate in new stadium, in Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA), October 10, 2009, available at http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_13604049 and original reporting by Brenda Dunkle, “Schools discover faux turf’s drawbacks,” in Chino Hills Champion, October 3-9, 2009, available here.



KEEP OUT! Barrow St James Junior School chairman of governors Dave Pidduck outside Brisbane Park football pitch near Bath Street, which is being invaded by trespassers - Jon Granger ref:0478293


[No. 12] Hindpool (Cumbria County), England: Barbed wire protects artificial turf field from yobs. The term “yob” is slang for an uncouth blue collar individual or thug, a rude, obnoxious, violent and stupid boy. According to a news report in the North-West Evening Mail (April 3, 2009), the repeated and brazen invasion of the artificial turf field by yobs at Barrow Park by yobs has forced the town to crown the 10-foot fence with barbed wire. Since the completion of the park a year ago, yobs have been scaling the tall fence to play on the pitch. Recently yobs also set fire to a part of the field. To further protect the turf from yobs the town has capped the tall fence with barbed wire. Source: “Barbed wire for Barrow Park,” in North-West Evening Mail, April 3, 2009, available at http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/barrow/ba ... =/1.118665



[No. 11] Mesquite, Nevada: The “public” artificial turf fields and sports complex under lock and key. According to a news report in the Mesquite Local News (February 3, 2009), the new Regional Park in Mesquite is a “No Kids Zone.” “Reports first started floating in last month that no one was allowed to play in the park without express permission from the city. At a recent HOA meeting, a resident brought up the fact that their child was forced to leave the park by the Mesquite Police Department. Since then, others have reported that the police have chased kids out of the park who were playing soccer during the day. It turns out that the City of Mesquite has determined the park to be off-limits for general use by the citizens.” Source: Morris Workman, New Park A No-Play Area, in Mesquite Local News, February 3, 2009, available at http://www.mesquitelocalnews.com/viewne ... =2005&id=2 . As the article rightly pointed out, when the proponents of these artificial turf fields and sports complexes sell their idea to the politicians, they paint a picture of “children at play in a city park, “ an endearing image that “warms hearts and embodies the best impressions of “community.” “When citizens grudgingly pay their annual property tax bills, or fork over money for sales taxes, it is this vision which helps salve the pain of giving money to a faceless government.” Yet, the ultimate product is not exactly a public facility.




[No. 10] Newport Beach, Calif.: Turf field is no place for a dog! On January 13, 2009, the Newport Beach City Council unanimously voted to ban dogs in the play areas of the 38th Street Park on the Balboa Peninsula. The new city ordinance arguably was necessitated because of dogs’ running around off leash and owners’ not cleaning up feces in the park. The city has a leash law and fines people for not picking up after their dogs. The enforcement of the existing law would have solved the problem, had it not been for a new amendment to the landscape – the installation of an artificial turf playing field. According to a news item in the Daily Pilot (January 13, 2009), “The artificial turf that will be installed poses a couple of problems, though. It is difficult to clean and once it gets a smell, it’s unlikely to go away, said General Services Director Mark Harmon.” Source: Alan Blank, “Rule bans dogs from park areas,” In Daily Pilot, January 13, 2009, available at http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2009 ... 142009.txt .


[No. 09] Coming near you – fake green, false promises. SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. December 19, 2008. Here is a letter to the editor of The Independent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) by one Fred Jisa. The letter is about the false promises made to the community by the purveyors and promoters of the turf field at Santa Barbara City College some six years ago. Here is the full text:



I'm sorry to say it, but Santa Barbara City College made a terrible mistake when they decided to install artificial turf six years ago on the athletic field. They ignored pleas from their track coach, Robin Paulson, and local Club West president Beverly Lewis, for further studies on the turf, instead falling for the hucksters who promised that this new $500,000 "state of the art" turf would be the best thing since sliced bread.

Today, six years later, the turf has worn down to a dangerously low level and the general public is now required to obtain a permit if they want to set foot on the field. This means that if I want to play catch with my young grandson on the athletic field, I have to find the college's Administration Services Department, apply for a permit (which will presumably have to be cleared through the appropriate channels), and then return in two weeks to find out if the activity is permitted. This permit requirement is in clear violation of a 1962 agreement (I have a copy) that SBCC signed with the city, which reserves the right of the community to use the facility without a permit when it is not being used by the college or for special events.

And finally, there is a great deal of evidence that synthetic turf is bad for the environment. It is made of plastic, and crumb rubber from waste tires. The crumb rubber contains hazardous chemicals including butylated hydroxyanisole, a carcinogen, as well as lead, arsenic, zinc, chromium, and cadmium. The rubber pellets sometimes land in players' eyes or mouths and get tracked into car and home. The effects of long-term repeated exposure to children or the environment are unknown. These concerns have triggered efforts by legislatures in five states to ban new synthetic fields, pending further study on public health and environmental impact.

Once again it looks like the grass is not greener on the other side.



Source: Fred Jisa, “Turf Not Greener,” in The Independent, December 18, 2008, available at http://www.independent.com/news/2008/de ... t-greener/ .



[No. 08] Reading, Mass.: Artificial turf: No place for pooping pooch! According to a news item on WickedLocal.com (November 28, 2008), “After receiving complaints about dog owners not cleaning up after their beloved canines on the town’s artificial turf fields, town officials have barked back.” “The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Nov. 25 to enforce a policy prohibiting dogs on any turf fields and within any fenced areas surrounding turf fields [Reading Memorial High School and W.S. Parker Middle School],” reported the source. For more on this, please go to Stephen Vittorioso, “New policy prohibits dogs on turf fields,” on WickedLocal.com, available at http://www.wickedlocal.com/reading/fun/ ... urf-fields .


[No. 07] Fairfax County, Northern Virginia: Private encumbrance of public lands. SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. November 24, 2008. Artificial turf is what old-timers call “capital intensive.” It requires considerable building and engineering and money to get one of these artificial turf fields into the ground. At the time of tight budgets and general taxpayer aversion to funding pricy projects, especially when there is no compelling reasonable need for luxury where an equally viable alternative exists (natural grass fields), more and amore communities are being lured into turf building projects by the smell of “private money.”
Private contributions for installation of turf fields has a public price. First, the project is always on public land. Second, access to a turf field is often limited by physical and legal barriers. One such barrier comes about when the private contributors demand, as in a quid pro quo for their munificence a virtual easement on public land for private use for certain number of hours per week.

The worst of it, however, is when a municipality charges clubs for playing on the artificial turf fields at rates that only the rich clubs can afford, thereby limiting access to these fields by less-to-do players and clubs. According to an news item in The Washington Post (November 20, 2008), a recent “proposal to shuffle the way athletic fields are allotted to sports leagues has caused such an uproar that [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors County] decided … to table the matter until January.” “At issue,” the Post reported, “is how to allocate the county's limited number of athletic fields while keeping incentives in place for private clubs to contribute to their construction. The problem highlights the growing demand across Fairfax for synthetic and lighted fields, which can be used after dark, in the rain and throughout the winter. It also speaks to the socioeconomics of athletics in one of the nation's wealthiest counties, where clubs with greater means can effectively purchase access to government-owned fields.” For more on this story, go to Amy Gardner, “Board delays action on fields: Private clubs may lose some access,” in Washington Post, November 20, 2008, available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01515.html .





Kamuzu Stadium

[No. 06] Artificial turf has limited access to the field for other athletes, complains Athletics Association of Malawi. According to a report in Malawi’s premier daily, The Daily Times, ever since artificial turf was installed at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre the pitch has become the exclusive arena for the footballers. That has deprived the other athletes from having a place to train and compete, particularly when it comes to track and field. “The athletes have had no access to the stadium since the installation of artificial turf,” The Daily cited the vice-general secretary of the Athletic association. “And what people did not consider is that athletics is not just about running; it involves long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus and javelin,” said a former track star. Source: Patrick Lunda, “Artificial turf cripples athletes,” in The Daily Times (Blantyre, Malawi, September 25, 2008, available at http://www.dailytimes.bppmw.com/article ... leID=10857 .



[No. 05] Stratford, Conn.: Bunnell High gets twenty turf commandments. SynTurf.org, Newton, mass. September 4, 2008. In March 2008, Strarford Town Council voted to tear up the 47-year old ball field at Frank Scott Bunnell High School and replace it with artificial turf. Public health concerns about turf fields still linger, but it seems the authorities now are more concerned about the health and safety of the carpet than people and wildlife. According to a report in the Connecticut Post, turf fields are sensitive “to a wide range of objects that could puncture the turf, including high-heel shoes, chairs used for commencement, and even certain kinds of sports equipment such as discus, javelins and golf wear.” So, an ad-hoc committee of town and school officials “has drawn up a list of 20 rules and regulations for the new field. The prohibitions include any device that has the potential to puncture the turf field base, including corner flags, goal anchors, team banners, tents and shelters; tables and chairs with legs; bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards or any devices with wheels; and long spikes or metal cleats; as well as shoes with high heels.” This will limit the use of the field at graduation ceremonies when the staging of the event includes chairs, platforms, tents and other amenities fastened to the ground, which would accommodate a crowd in high heels. The need for such prohibitions was not evident at the time when the officials OK’ed the project. “Ben Branyan, the school district's chief operating officer who served on a committee of town and school officials to work with the billion-dollar international company, Field Turf Inc., that was chosen to install the field, said board members were surprised to learn of the rigid restrictions.” “Committee members were not aware of the long list of prohibitions that would [be] imposed at the new field,” Branyan said. “It pretty much caught everybody off guard.” Source: Richard Weizel, “Tough rules counter Bunnell field issues,” in Connecticut Post, August 28, 2008, available at http://www.connpost.com/localnews/ci_10320115 .



SynTurf.org Note: The fact that turf surface is sensitive to certain objects and activities would not have come as a surprise had the Stratford officials done their homework. There has been ample information available on the Internet and elsewhere about such restrictions. This shows, again, the general lack of due diligence on the part of officials when they fall head-over- heels in love with turf and all on the say-so of the promoters who rarely, if ever, disclose the downside of product.





[No. 04] Waterbury and Darien, Conn.: Rockets’ red glare no more? SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. July 4, 2008. Nothing is more spectacular at a Fourth of July celebration than the firework display in the sky over a community field. Now comes news that this part of the ritual that celebrates America’s love affair with patriotism, community and independence is being threatened increasingly with concern over the wellbeing of artificial turf fields.



“The Fourth of July skies have been dark in Darien for about six years now, as the town's annual fireworks display was indefinitely called off for lack of a safe location,” reads the lead-in of a news story that appeared a few days ago in the Darien News Review. The vents, which used to attract some 5,000 people to the grass field at High School Lane is no longer possible because the field there is now artificial turf.



The town’s Deputy Fire Marshall, Mark McEwan, believes that not every venue will do for fireworks, because the location must be such as to allow for emergency vehicles to easily and safely get in and out of a location, and also the residences and people should be far enough away from the fireworks to avoid property damage or physical injury. Meeting the distance requirement is difficult, McEwan said, "Because the town is so built up, it really narrows down the field."



Thanks to the artificial turf field at High School Lane the possibilities for holding the fireworks has been narrowed still.



“The problem at the high school now is that the only field available for use would be the turf field, which presents a number of problems. Specifically, it would have to be wet down to prevent damage from the fireworks -- falling embers could cause the artificial grass and rubber infill to melt. But perhaps more likely is the damage caused by the people themselves. High heels, food, drinks, cigarettes and gum, etc., can be very harmful to this relatively new athletic field.” Source: “Fireworks Fanfare Finished?,” in Darien News Review, July 2, 2008, available at http://www.dariennews-review.com/opinion/ci_9764020 .



Meanwhile in Waterbury, the officials have decided to shoot the fireworks at a location other than the Municipal Stadium on Watertown Avenue for the fear that shooting the works at that location could melt the artificial turf. Source: “Waterbury Changes fireworks location because of artificial turf,” in NBC30, July 2-3, 2008, available at
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[No. 03] Monterey, Calif: Dog-do rots artificial turf fibers. According to a report in The Monterey County Herald, Monterey High School football coach Pete Noble has put out a stern warning to people who are allowing their dogs to do their business on the new synthetic grass field: "If we catch you, we're going to have you prosecuted" for messing the $1.3 million carpet at Dan Albert Stadium.

The pointed comments made by a very irate Pete Noble, while scooping up dog poo from his new field, included: "To me the lack of respect for the high school is a little overwhelming. The local residents have to be reminded that this is no longer a grass field and they can't let their dogs come out here and do their thing. They shouldn't have done it before but they definitely can't do it now. It was unsanitary before for our P.E. classes that were held on the grass. Now, that bacteria will rot the rug. It's a slap in my face."

Source: “Synthetic turf not a place for dogs, Monterey coach says,” in The Monterey County Herald, June 17, 2008, available at http://www.montereyherald.com/sports/ci_9610117.



[No. 2] Toledo, Ohio: Whitmer High’s turf field is locked and alarmed! SynTurf.org, Newton, Mass. June 15, 2008. MHSAA stands for Michigan High School Athletic Association.

On June 7, 2008, the Bobcats of Whiteford Agricultural Schools (Ottawa Lake, Mich.) defeated Reading High School in the Regionals and thus earned at spot in the state’s Division 4 baseball quarterfinals. This year, the quarterfinals were to take place at Adrian College, in Adrian Michigan, whose Nicolay Field boasts a new artificial turf surface. The Bobcats had never experienced anything like artificial turf and so the coach of the Bobcats asked if his players could test it out before the game against Lutheran High School Westland, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

According to Monroe News, when neither team was allowed to practice on the Nicolay Field, the Bobcats’ coach tried to get his players on the turf at another venue. The football coach of the nearby Whitmer High School (Toledo, Ohio) offered his field. “But the field is equipped with an alarm system and no one could locate the athletic director to open the gates” and so “[e]ventually, [the Bobcats] had to scrap the idea of a practice on turf.”

Source: “MHSAA should’ve let teams practice on unfamiliar surface,” in Monroe News, June 12, 2008, available at

http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... COLUMNISTS .






[No. 1] Arlington, Mass.: Turf field’s locked gates delayed the paramedicsfrom reaching a player in the throes of an heart attack. On Sunday morning, May 18, 2008, a 40-something soccer player was overcome by a heart at Peirce Field at Arlington high School. Has he struggled for his life, with repeated bouts of seizure and vomiting, while paramedics and an ambulance idled outside the locked gates for more than two minutes before the lock was removed by a bolt cutter. This victim survived his ordeal. However, last September at the same venue, a 60-year-old referee collapsed and later died while officiating a football game. Apparently no new safety precautions were put in place after that incident. According to Arlington Fire Chief Robert Jefferson, “firefighters would not try to drive a truck onto the field, because it could damager the artificial turf and the truck might become stuck.” Source: Andy Metzger, “Soccer player in critical condition,” May 21, 2008, available at http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/sp ... -condition.

SynTurf.org Note: SynTurf.org visited the Peirce Field right after an act of arson decimated the school’s logo at midfield. For a pictorial on that story, go to http://www.synturf.org/vandalism.html (Item No. 4). For a story about what a truck could do to a turf field, see http://www.synturf.org/vandalism.html (Item No 6).




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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby mike_flynn on Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:33 pm

According to the Town's website, there will be another Informational Meeting on the proposed Athletic Complex on Monday April 9th at 7:00 pm in the Tewksbury Memorial High School auditorium:

http://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/Pages/Tewks ... E-000F8513
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby CuriousT on Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:25 pm

For what its worth speaking to the claim of this being a 'community' athletic complex, the planned for grass field with track serves the needs of most of the community that doesn't play team sports. This would basically be jogging and walking around the track...not to mention walking the dog which you won't be able to do on a turf surface.
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Re: FOTCAC: "Important Mailing" from a "friend"

Postby Tewksbury2001 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:52 am

CuriousT wrote:For what its worth speaking to the claim of this being a 'community' athletic complex, the planned for grass field with track serves the needs of most of the community that doesn't play team sports. This would basically be jogging and walking around the track...not to mention walking the dog which you won't be able to do on a turf surface.


Dogs should not be allowed on any of the fields regardless of the surface.
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