For more than 13 years, the 12 street lights located in the glen area of Glenfield Park have been inoperable.

According to a technician for PSE&G I spoke to on site, the current street lights in the glen are mercury vaper lights that require replacement. In the U.S., ballasts for mercury vapor lamps have been banned since Jan. 1, 2008 — no new fixtures can be sold.

Joseph McQueen, a regional public affairs manager at PSE&G, has assured me the lights will be replaced once the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs clears the overgrown pathways in the glen so that technicians can perform the maintenance.

Tuesday, Aug. 3 is designated nationwide as "National Night Out," when police and members of the community come together to advocate against crime in neighborhoods across the U.S.  Studies have shown that street lights in public parks reduce crime. Glenfield Park Conservancy supports the efforts of police in keeping our community safe from crime and asks the public to support this effort by requesting that the Essex County Board of Commissioners require that the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs clears the pathways in the Glen so the lights can be turned back on.

In honor of National Night Out, Glenfield Park Conservancy asks that residents call into the Aug. 4, 2021 Essex County Commissioners monthly meeting and ask for support in turning the lights back on in the glen.

Support National Night Out, local law enforcement and those who use Glenfield Park and ask the Essex County Commissioners to do their part and clear the way for PSE&G and turn on the lights and make our community safe at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2021. Information on the meeting is at

Robert Crook


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