Wrinklestiltskin Can’t Stop Calling The Newton Police Because Landscapers Using Leafblowers Are Damaging Her Quality Of Life
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CBS: Since new leaf blower restrictions took effect this year, Newton police have received hundreds of complaints from residents. The flood of leaf blower-related calls has forced the department to adjust how officers respond, concerned the contentious issue is putting a strain on their resources. The ordinance now prohibits the use of gas-powered blowers from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It also requires a 65-decibel noise limit on leaf blowers all year.
Karen Bray, who works from home, does not disguise her disdain for the yard equipment. If it were up to her, they would be banned.
“They have a high-pitched, screeching whine,” Bray expressed. “They raise your blood pressure. When you’re in your home office, it’s impossible to think. The quality of life has been very decreased by the overuse of leaf blowers.”
The Newton regulations passed after an extremely heated debate at City Hall, pitting landscaping companies against residents decrying the noise, health and environmental effects of leaf blowers.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Lt. Bruce Apotheker, a spokesman for the Newton Police Department.
But safe to say the police department did not expect this: Since the regulations took effect in April, police had responded to about 320 leaf blower complaints through the beginning of October. A list of incidents WBZ obtained show that about 75 percent of the time, when an officer arrived at the property, the landscaping company was either gone, not using a leaf blower, or following the rules.
As trees start to shed their leaves, the meat of the leaf blower season is just beginning.
“The laws of physics and economics are not exempt from the City of Newton,” Mike Caruso, the business owner of Caruso Bros said. “You can buy a can of compressed air and it’s better than the leaf blower we are allowed to use.”
Karen Bray is so Newton it hurts:
Oh look, a wealthy white woman living in one of the richest towns in Massachusetts, living in a really nice house, who’s trying to make life as difficult as possible for blue collar workers who can’t afford to live in her neighborhood. So progressive of her!! Let me guess, she’s resisting?
Never saw that one coming!!
This woman has evidently been at this for years now:
Lady, you live in a city of close to 100,000 people. A highly congested, densely populated Boston satellite city at that. You surrendered any hope to peace and quiet the second you moved there. Ya know where you can find peace quiet? Colrain. Find a house there and tell them Turtleboy sent you. They love the turtle in Colrain!!
Loved this comment:
“There’s a huge number of people who are very angry and upset about the fact that leaf blowers are allowed to be used the way they are now.”
Actually Karen, it’s just you and your book club:
City records show the top 15 callers make up roughly 42 percent of leaf blower complaints. The most frequent caller has dialed police 18 different times. A list of incidents show some people called to complain about leaf blowers, but the noise turned out to be lawnmowers, weed whackers, a crew removing a tree, and workers paving a driveway.
“We don’t want to sacrifice public safety,” Apotheker explained. “We didn’t think that was the best use of public resources.”
Guaranteed she’s the one who called 18 different times. Who else?
She also agrees that this is a waste of police resources, but it’s not her fault!!!
Bray concedes the current scenario is not the best use of police resources in Newton and said the ordinance may require more discussion when a new mayor and city council are voted into office in November.
“I wish it could be enforced in another way,” Bray said. “But the best thing would be if landscapers stopped breaking the law.”
God I hate people like her. Hey lady, you don’t have to call the cops. You’re choosing to. More importantly, have you ever tried using a leaf blower that only emits 65 decibels of noise? It’s like giving a job application to the Fall River Guttermuppet. Waste of time.
But of course she doesn’t care about the landscapers who are just trying to do their job. She didn’t bother consulting them before pushing for this ordinance to see if this would make it impossible for them to do what they are hired to do. She only cares about herself and how inconvenienced she is by the sound of leaves blowing while she’s sitting on her porch, drinking tea, and working on her “business.”
Look, I got a shitload of trees around my house, but my yard isn’t that big. When I first moved in I figured I’d rake like I always do. But it was time consuming, laborious, and seemed to never end. Then I look over and see my neighbors all blasting their leaves to kingdom come with a leafblower and I said, “never again.” Ever since then my Falls have been amazing. Luckily I don’t live in Newton.
According to Karen we should just not rake leaves at all because they “give our plants nutrition”:
This woman is clearly mentally stable:
Anyway, I truly despise people like this. Karen Bray is a walking stereotype of a sheltered, white, upper middle class Newtonite who pretends to care about the poor and minorities but has chosen to insulate herself into a nearly all white community without any poor people. And when blue collar people come to her neighborhood she uses her privilege to make it impossible for them to do their jobs. Guess that Coexist bumper sticker on her Prius doesn’t apply to landscapers.
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