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August 8, 2001

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C O L L E C T I O N 32ND ANNUAL PARKING I, OT Our exclusive Kreiss Collection of furniture, fabrics, accessories and luxury bed-linsns are at our best t prices ever...and available for immediate delivery. Come to our sale, meet Mr. Kreiss and save. Today & Tomorrow, 9am to 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm Contributions From City, Organizations, ASB, And Individuals Make Project Possible By Avital Binshtock Donations and pledges to the Beverly Hills Lights and Fields Committee are providing funds that will enable Beverly Hills High School to install new lights for the school's foot- ball field. So far, more than 170 individuals and organizations have cont,ibuted, and the eonlmittee exnects to receive many additional donations before work begins on the field. M everal of the most prominent contributors include the City of Beverly Hills ($233,800), USeo 8 750 AYSO ($40 000 flora the or amzauon Lighting ($199,500), Benergy ($15 , ) , , , " g z" " I(t,,Self, plus additional donations from individual AYSO families), and John Nickoll 'L~0,000). In addition, BHHS's Associated Student Body donated $20,000, and provided a nn-recourse loan of $20,000. Accord _ " ing to AJ Wilhner, co-chair of the l.,ights and Fields Committee, there is now ~OUgh money to do the oroject as is but the goal is to cnhance thc project, to pay back c,_ SB roan, and to account for other contingencies. Fo attam their ultHnate goal, the ~-cUc~rnittee still needs to raise an additional $17,000. The3' are confident tha! they will .~meplish this with the support of the community. Willmer said. e project, which gets underway in August, and should be finishcd in September, is 8619 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (310) 657-3990 taking great measures to be in accordance with residents' rights and concerns. Said Willmer: "We have to be considerate of the comfort of residents, otherwise there would be a lot of opposition." He said that there is currently not much opposition to the project because of the techno- logically strategic planning to ensure that the lighting is directed only at the field and not thc surrounding area. There will be no "splash," so the glare will not disturb neighbors. The Lights and Fields Committee spent time with rcsidcnts and homeowner's associations so that they could properly address and take care of residents' concerns, Wilhner said. In ordcr to be considcrate to surrounding residents, the lights are bcing cngincercd so that they can be operatcd at diffcring levels of intcnsib,. The highest level would be used only for big games telcvised by KBEV. Willmer said that the lights would be operatcd at this level primarily fi)r home lbotball games, which occur only six nights per year. The practicc Icvel, a lower levcl of lighting, would bc uscd for all prac;ices, including sports such as soccer. The lowest level, the track level, would only illuminate the track, provid- ing safety tot night joggers. Wilhncr thinks the city and its rcsidents have much to gain from this project, and a sec- ondary pr0jcct, which plans to expand the upper field. He said that there will be a "dra- matic imminent increase ol utilizafioff' of both fields by city-run recreation programs, such as adult sports. This is the main rcason the city has contributed so much moncy to this project: it would be the big beneficiary. "If the city commits resources to it, it will need to have access to it," Wilhner said. The motivations behind AYSO's donations arc similar: they gain practice time and space in exchange lot their support of the project Individuals and organizations interested in contributing to the Beverly Hills Lights and Fields Campaign should visit the campaign wcbsite ~t, or call (310} 288-0933. August 2 -8, 2001 3