NELPAG Circular No. 25 1999 November 30 New England Light Pollution Advisory Group (NELPAG) Editor: Daniel W. E. Green [M.S. 18; Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory; 60 Garden Street; Cambridge, MA 02138] (telephone 617-495-7440) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Eric Johansson (telephone 978-392-3650) email: email@example.com "Subscription" to this news/information Circular is available by sending self-addressed, stamped (currently 33 cents in the U.S.A.) regular-sized (9.5x4-inch) envelopes (SASE) to Dan Green at his postal address, or by sending your e-mail address to NELPAG-REQUEST@HARVEE.BILLERICA.MA.US (Internet). NELPAG Circulars are issued at irregular intervals, once every couple of months on average, as news accumulutes. Contributed information for this Circular concerning outdoor lighting problems in New England (or pertinent info from outside New England) are always welcome. Please circulate this newsletter to all interested parties. Look at our World Wide Web site at URL http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/nelpag/nelpag.html *********** NELPAG REGIONAL MEETING ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 The New Hampshire Citizens for Responsible Lighting (NHCRL) hosted the Fall 1999 NELPAG region-wide meeting in Concord, NH, at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. About 10 people showed up, including Peter Talmage and Tony Dater from Kennebunk, ME; John Petrowicz, Dan Green, and Mario Motta from MA; and Bob Crelin from CT. The meeting was entirely informal. The main point coming out of this meeting was perhaps John Petrowicz's remark that NELPAG should be much more active than it now is (he accused NELPAG of being too passive). The key, of course, is that we need more active members to make NELPAG more active! NELPAG MEETING ON 1999 DECEMBER 9 The Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston encouraged me to put together a panel of people who deal with outdoor-lighting issues for a panel discussion on light pollution at its monthly December meeting. As the ATMoB generally have good turn-outs at their meetings (50-100 people), and having put together a good panel, I thought it might be good to also call this a `NELPAG meeting', to encourage more attendance. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in Phillips Auditorium at Harvard College Observatory. Panelists so far include long-time NELPAGers Peter Talmage, Mario Motta, and Dan Green. Joining them will be Massachusetts Rep. Jim Marzilli, who has been the leading sponsor of state legislation in Massachusetts. Paul Lutkevich and Robert Wylie of the Boston area will represent the professional lighting-engineer community. A couple more panelists are being encouraged to join the panel, as well, so that this promises to be a very good meeting. In the last few days, I learned of a possible opportunity to have NELPAG be major partners in a project led by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which is seeking to take care of street-lighting maintainance in Massachusetts towns that now are seeking to buy their lights from power/utility companies under a new state policy. Kelly Beatty informs me that the leaders of this enterprise are interested in going towards a policy of urging full-cutoff lighting in all towns that they service, and we hope to have some representatives of this project present at the December 9 meeting. Please try to attend this meeting, and spread the word. -- Dan Green *********** The NELPAG supports the International Dark-Sky Association and recommends that all individuals/groups who are interested in the problems of light pollution and obtrusive lighting should subscribe to the IDA Newsletter. IDA membership costs $30.00 per year; send check to International Dark-Sky Association, 3225 N. First Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 (NOTE new address!).