To the editor:
Once the Fourth of July has come and gone, the fireworks are over.
Or are they?
Ever since Provident Bank Park opened for Rockland County Baseball fans, we have had fourth of July celebrations with every game. While I can understand the excitement of having this new field in the county and the ability to see the Rockland Boulders play, I am not as happy about the fireworks display that accompanies each game. Living in New City I am amazed at how clear and loud the displays are, considering they are set off in Pomona.
They are so loud that they initially prompted me to call the police as it set all the neighborhood dogs barking and I thought it was gunshots. My friends in the Pomona area have said it is even more horrendous for them. I do not understand why, surrounded by a residential community they are allowed to have these nightly "events" and they are not held for special occasions only.
They happen after 10 p.m., and besides waking some of us up and upsetting the residents who hear them too sharply, they also set off a chain reaction of barking, growling and anxiety amongst our dogs which takes quite awhile to settle down.
I am all for fun and celebrations, but this has become too frequent, too disruptive, too loud and a source of noise pollution to the rest of us. I am sure a compromise could be worked out, but as for now this is very inconsiderate of all residents within earshot of field.
-SK, New City