English Pioneer of Aeroacoustics and Noise Control in Aircraft Dies (Apr. 19, 2000). The London Times printed a feature article about the death of a distinguished mathematician, Aeroacoustics specialist and expert in aircraft engine noise, Sir David Crighton.
Newer Classrooms Noisy and Impede Learning in New Zealand (Apr. 17, 2000). According to the Press in New Zealand, a study resulting from teacher complaints showed that newly constructed school buildings are noisier than older ones, and listening conditions in the older builders were unsatisfactory.
Squeaky Floors and Foam Padding Relieve Harried Homeowner (Apr. 17, 2000). The Associated Press printed this article about home repair on reducing noise in the floor from baseboard heat. The article is in question-and-answer form and is printed in its entirety.
Modern Technology's Negative Impact: 50% Hearing Loss in Some People (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Chicago Sun-Times, today's modern society is hazardous to our hearing, and overexposure to loud noise can mean a permanent loss of hearing, affecting such known figures as Pete Townshend, Peter Frampton and President Clinton.
Canadian City Planner to Tear Down Noise Walls for Good (Apr. 15, 2000). The Ottawa Citizen printed an article about a city planner in Nepean, Ottawa who is redesigning the city and building in more character. Included in the plans is the elimination of noise walls in neighborhoods.
Australian Combat Submarines Becoming Less Noisy (Apr. 14, 2000). The AAP Newsfeed (Australia) reports that the Collins-Class submarine project is finally showing good results. The noise problems that have plagued the Australian submarines are now better under control, meaning that the submarine combat system is closer to being considered combat ready.
Controversial Wall in Czechoslovakia Used Against Gypsies is Purchased by Zoo as Noise Control Wall (Apr. 5, 2000). AP Worldstream reports that a zoo in the Czech Republic is purchasing an infamous concrete wall that had been used to separate Gypsy families from the rest of the inhabitants in their town. The zoo intends to donate a portion of the wall to a museum, and to use the rest of it as a noise barrier between the zoo and the road that runs alongside it.
California Residents Protest Antennas on High School Campuses Because of Noise (Mar. 26, 2000). An article in the Sacramento Bee reported that the proposal to place wireless antennas on two 85-foot-high light standards at a local high school has won support from the Carmichael Community Planning Advisory Council but not from some of the neighbors.
Yelling is Noise Violation in South Carolina (Mar. 25, 2000). An article from the Associated Press reported that an anti-abortion protester was cited for violating a local noise ordinance because he was yelling.
Indiana Residents Cry "Foul" Over Stockyard Deal (Mar. 21, 2000). The Courier-Journal reported that a proposed $1 million stockyard deal in Little York is a source of contention between cattlemen and some town residents who project a positive economic impact and other residents who fear that it will hinder residential development from a neighboring county.
Alleged "Throat Clearing" Noise in London, England Audience Actually Electronic Noise From Science Exhibit (Mar. 18, 2000). The Daily Telegraph reports that an intrusive noise from the audience during a speech delivered by the Princess Royal was thought to be throat-clearing, but it was actually an electronic noise coming from a science exhibit.
Reader in Bristol, England Comments on Low-Level Low Frequency Noise (Mar. 16, 2000). The Bristol United Press in Bristol, England printed a letter by reader M. Ashby concerning low-level low frequency noise. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Application for Building of New Wildlife Park in Jeopardy Due to Noise and Other Concerns (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Herald of Plymouth, England reports that the South Hams, England city council is not recommending approval of a 104-acre wildlife park to be built in the community. The park is planned to be located on the site of the National Shire Horse Center in Yealmpton.
Hutt, New Zealand City Council to Test Noise Levels At Church (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Post in Wellington, New Zealand reports that a neighbor has complained that the congregation of Taita's Hosanna Baptist Church creates too much noise. The Hutt City Council plans to test the noise level, but has been unable to conduct the tests so far because of winds.
Anti-Noise Group in England Finds Quiet Vacation Hideaways for Stressed-out Brits (Mar. 13, 2000). The Birmingham Post in England reports that the Noise Network, a voluntary group headquartered in Kent, England, is putting together a list of quiet vacation retreats around the country.
Business Owner in Torbay, England Forced to Go to Court Over Loud Bird (Mar. 13, 2000). The Western Morning News of Plymouth, England reports that Derek Sharp, owner of the Alpine Lodge residential home in Torbay, has had to go to court over his noisy cockerel. This is not the first time that Sharp has been served with orders to silence his cockerels.
Cassette Tape Mimics Office Sounds for Those Who Work at Home (Mar. 13, 2000). The Raleigh, North Carolina News and Observer published an advice column that includes a tongue-in-cheek review of a device called "Office White Noise," which is a cassette recording of background office noises for people to use when they work at home and are feeling lonely.
Noise Bylaw Exemption Requested for Filming of Movie in West Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vancouver Sun in Canada reports that a movie filming project needs a noise bylaw exemption from the West Vancouver district council in order to film before 7:30 AM, after 5:30 PM, or on Sundays. The council will vote tonight.
New Library in Tennessee Must Teach Users to Be Quiet (Feb. 17, 2000). The Commercial Appeal reported that librarians and staff of the year-old East Shelby public library in Memphis were somewhat surprised that one of their jobs would be teaching young users that one must be quiet in a library.
Noise is All in a Day's Work for Florida's Garbage Pick Up (Feb. 3, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed a satirical opinion editorial about garbage pickup and noise. The editorial was a tongue-in-cheek answer to someone's rhetorical question about why garbage collection is so noisy in the morning.
Residents Worry that Proposed Water Park in Buena Park, California Will Cause Noise, Pollution, and Safety Problems (Jan. 27, 2000). The Orange County Register reports that a proposed water park in Buena Park, California has residents worried about noise, traffic, and safety issues.
Screams from Bungy Ride in Wellington, New Zealand Upsets Clients of Sexual Abuse Trauma Center Nearby (Jan. 7, 2000). The Press reports that a therapist at a counseling center for sexual abuse victims in Wellington, New Zealand says his clients are upset at screams from a nearby thrill ride. Measurements taken in the last few days suggested that some screaming did exceed noise limits, contrary to previous estimates. City council members are discussing the issue with the operator.
Condo Owner Asks for Help With Elevator Noise (Dec. 12, 1999). The Toronto Star printed a letter from someone asking for advice and help regarding elevator noise in an office building turned condominium.
Noise Levels in Libraries (Dec. 10, 1999). The Straits Times printed a response from the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to complaints about noise the city's libraries. The article says that telephones, pagers, noisy visitors and talkative readers all contribute to the noise level.
Narragansett, Rhode Island Introduces 10-Point Plan to Reduce Problems at Rowdy Parties; Many Points Are Out of Town Jurisdiction (Dec. 8, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that the Narragansett, Rhode Island Town Council approved a 10-point plan designed to reduce problems associated with rowdy parties. The council plans to move towards amending the noise ordinance as one of the steps.
Vermont's Castleton State College Proposes 5-Point Guidelines to Reduce Noise from Parties (Dec. 6, 1999). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that a Noise Abatement Committee established at Castleton State College in Vermont has proposed a 5-point plan to reduce noise from off-campus parties. Residents and neighborhood organizations like the plan, but say it is too soon to know if it will work.
Bookstore/Restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island Has License Renewed, With the Understanding That It Must Keep the Noise Down (Dec. 1, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a combination bookstore and restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island had its license renewed on the condition that it keep the noise down. The owner of the restaurant has fired his manager from the summer, and the new manager has implemented strict closing rules designed to keep the noise down by reducing loitering.
Durham, North Carolina Strip Club Shut Down Pending Nuisance Case; Some Neighbors Say Club Was Not A Problem, While Others Disagree (Dec. 1, 1999). The News and Observer reports that a strip club in Durham, North Carolina has been closed while the city prepares a nuisance case against it. Many neighbors seem to think that noise and violence in the area is not the fault of the club. Other residents say they are glad the club is closed, saying its easier to sleep.
San Francisco's Mercury News Fails at Attempt to Force City to Release Names of Noise Complainants (Dec. 1, 1999). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that an attempt by the Mercury News in San Francisco, California to force the city to release names of noise complainants has failed. The court ruled that the city was justified in keeping the names secret because releasing the names could lead to harassment of complainants and could make residents more reluctant to complain in the future. The newspaper claimed that complainants names should be released according to the Public Records Act.
Wine Company in Glen Rock, New Jersey Draws Complaints Over Loud, Late-Night Truck Loading; Company Says It Will Continue to Try and Reduce Noise (Nov. 30, 1999). The Record reports that a wine company in Glen Rock, New Jersey is continuing to bother residents with late-night noise even after preliminary attempts to reduce the disturbances. Although the company says it has already undertaken efforts to quiet the noise, it will undertake redesign of its loading dock so noise will be directed away from all neighbors.
Sheriff's Office and County Commissioners in Bartow, Florida Disagree on Enforcement of Noise Laws on Businesses; Commission Wants to Criminalize Commercial Noise, While Sheriff Disagrees (Nov. 28, 1999). The Ledger reports that County Commissioners and the Sheriff's Office in Bartow, Florida disagree on whether to criminalize commercial noise violations. County commissioners want to criminalize commercial noise, while the sheriff's office believes it should remain a code-enforcement and nuisance law issue. The commissioners have postponed a vote to eliminate the current noise exemption for businesses to search for a compromise.
Four Were Arrested At Hartford, Connecticut High-Schooler's Party After Noise Complaints Brought Police (Nov. 23, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports that when police responded to noise complaints at a Hartford, Connecticut home, they found numerous high-school students drinking underage and made several arrests.
Franklin, Wisconsin High School Tree Barrier -- to Control Noise and Exhaust Fumes for Neighbors -- Deemed Inadequate By Residents; School Says Barrier Is Inadequate Due to Resident's Input (Nov. 23, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a natural barrier of evergreen trees -- which was supposed to protect neighbors of a Franklin, Wisconsin high school from noise and exhaust fumes -- has been deemed inadequate by the residents. School district officials claim that the evergreens are spaced as they are because some residents insisted on keeping black walnut trees on their property; when the leaves drop, the barrier is ineffective.
Recovering Indianapolis Conference Center Opposes Proposal for Go-Kart Track One Floor Above Meeting Rooms (Nov. 23, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that operators of an Indianapolis Conference Center -- which is just attempting a comeback after closing several years ago -- oppose a proposal that would place a go-kart track one floor above them. Sound experts say no noise would come through, but operators are wary of the recent $8-million investment in the building.
Moorpark, California Tree Nursery Owner -- Who Uses City-Owned Dirt Road to Transport Plants and Equipment -- Will Now Only Be Permitted to Use the Road At Certain Times (Nov. 17, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that a Moorpark, California botanical nursery operation will now be able to use a city-owned dirt road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and will also pay $300 each month for use of the road. The owner of the business accepts that most of the stipulations are very fair, but had hoped for more extended hours.
Actor Fined $50 for Breaking Noise Ordinance During Naked Drumming Session in Austin, Texas (Nov. 16, 1999). The Cox News Service reports that the actor Matthew McConaughey was fined $50 for a night of naked bongo drumming for violating the Austin, Texas noise ordinance.
Charleston, South Carolina Residents Want Stricter Enforcement of Laws Designed to Provide Peace and Privacy from Tourists (Nov. 16, 1999). The Post and Courier reports that residents of Charleston, South Carolina have a list of ways that the city could make existing tourism laws more effective. A broad, day-long forum on tourism laws is planned for next week. Major issues include stopping tours after 6 p.m., reducing noise, and regulating large busses.
Winter Haven, Florida Resident Praises Judge Who Punishes Car-Stereo-Noise Violators with Required Classical Music Listening (Nov. 10, 1999). The Ledger prints two letters to the editor praising the recent move by a judge to require noise-offenders to listen to classical music as their sentence.
Open-Plan Schools Foster Cooperative and Stimulating Atmosphere, but Noise Makes It Hard for Children to Do Quiet Work (Nov. 7, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that open-plan schools -- which have few walls -- foster cooperation among teachers, but most teachers and architects don't like them because noise becomes too disruptive.
Woodbridge, California Council Bans Nighttime Fishing After Residents Complain About Noise (Nov. 5, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that Woodbridge, California's council has banned nighttime fishing.
Eight Gang-Members Arrested In Connection with Beating Death of 18-Year-Old Whom They Suspected of Reporting Them for Noise (Nov. 3, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that eight gang members have been arrested for allegedly murdering an 18-year-old man they suspected of reporting noise violations.
University of Puget Sound in Washington Will Extend Their Student Conduct Code to Student Behavior Off-Campus (Sep. 8, 1999). The News Tribune reports that the University of Puget Sound in Washington will be extending its student code to off-campus student behavior. Student Government, armed with 1,250 signatures from students opposing the policy, says students are already subject to community laws off-campus. A local neighborhood council agrees, saying that preventive measures should take precedence over disciplinary ones. Complaints from community residents have said that some University students are sources of "noise, garbage, and obnoxious behavior." Anything that puts anyone in danger, damages property, or violates alcohol or drug laws could result in punishment ranging from warnings to expulsion.
Virginia Beach Tries to Improve Tourism Image By Addressing Nuisance Behavior that Intimidates Families (Aug. 28, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Beach is trying to alter its image by reducing nuisance behaviors that intimidate families. Although noise violations are down 14% from last year, nuisance behavior still dominates violations in the area. Kids and adults are quoted as saying that truly offensive nuisances -- those that aren't just caused by people's stereotypes based on race or clothing -- do not follow lines of race, age, or fashion. Police have taken new measures to reduce nuisance behavior.
Ogunquit, Maine Police Purchase Noise Meter (Aug. 17, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that police officers in Ogunquit, Maine can now enforce their noise ordinance using a brand new sound meter. Exceeding limits of 72 decibels between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., and 62 decibels otherwise can bring fines between $100 and $1000 per day.
Torbay, U.K. Pub's New Night License Has Caused Patrons to Talk Outside At All Hours, Leading to Noise Complaints (Aug. 3, 1999). The Herald Express reports that a pub in Torbay, United Kingdom is causing numerous noise complaints after it received a license to operate late at night. The owner says the complaints are made mainly by elderly people, and that he has never had any problems inside the bar.
Hospitality Industry in Newport, Rhode Island Works with Police and Local Government to Lessen Noise and Other Nuisance Problems (Aug. 2, 1999). The Nation's Restaurant News reports that the hospitality industry in Newport, Rhode Island is working with local officials and police to reduce noise and nuisance problems. A consultant was hired by the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association (RIHTA), and has proposed changes including later closing times -- to allow intoxicated patrons to order food and use the bathroom before hitting the streets -- and the informal training and certification of doormen. Tourism promotions will also include information on penalties for nuisance behavior in an attempt to curb inappropriate actions by visitors.
Noise at Forest Hills Swim Club in New York City Has Residents Complaining and City Officials Looking for Ways to Make the Venue Accountable (Jul. 22, 1999). The Daily News reports that the Forest Hills Swim Club near New York City, which hosts 10 PM to 4 AM weekend dance parties, has drawn over 150 complaints in recent weeks. Last week, 50 demonstrators marched in front of the building demanding their right to a good night's sleep. Club patrons have been observed drinking and driving, publicly urinating, and leaving drugs on residents' lawns. The club owner has no plans to end the dances, and says neighbor complaints may be race related. The city is examining the legality of many aspects of the club, including noise levels and permits.
Residents of Crestmoor, Colorado Successfully Fight Liquor License For New Bistro Anticipated to Cause Parking Problems and Noise (Jul. 22, 1999). The Denver Westword reports that Crestmoor, Colorado residents successfully fought to deny a liquor license to a new restaurant. Residents have lived with daytime businesses in the same location for years, but they feared that a nighttime one with restaurant-sized parking requirements would cause noise, litter and parking problems at night. After residents testified that they did not "desire" the establishment because of possible parking problems, the license was denied.
Atlanta Restaurants Are Getting Louder; Diners Weigh Exciting Atmosphere Against Agitating Noise (Jun. 10, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that restaurants in Atlanta are louder than they were ten years ago. Some venues are noisy by design in an attempt to convey an exciting atmosphere; these places may play louder music, and furnish their establishments with metal, cement, wood, tile and other smooth surfaces that tend to reflect sound. Some restaurants are noisy because they tend to draw larger groups, or because of the materials they are furnished with. Restaurants that want to be quieter can install carpets over smooth floors that reflect noise, and place sound-absorbing paneling in ceilings and walls.
Congress and Air Tour Industry Criticize NPS Noise Proposal for Grand Canyon (May 31, 1999). Politicians and air tourism officials testified at a recent House subcommittee against a National Park Service Proposal (NPS) banning sections of the Grand Canyon as off limits to commercial tours according to the Weekly of Business Aviation. Both groups challenge the motives and methods of park service officials, claiming extremism has taken over.
Noise Control Officers in Montreal Outfitted to Monitor Noise of All Types (May 24, 1999). The Gazette reports on Montreal's Noise Control Officers, and the problems that their urban counterparts everywhere face. This quote-heavy article is a humorous, literary take on urban noise. Montreal itself forbids construction noise between 7 PM and 7 AM. The city has a noise department to deal with relatively constant sounds (like air conditioners, ventilation systems, etc).
Orchard Park, New York Residents Upset at 4 AM Grocery Unloading Times Approach Town Board, Board Says Loading Times Can't Be Limited Under Current Noise Ordinance (May 6, 1999). The Buffalo News reports that residents in Orchard Park, New York are upset with noisy delivery trucks unloading behind a neighboring grocery store at 4 AM. The Town Board says they have no legal recourse currently, but the Town Supervisor said he personally knows the store owner and will talk with him about changing delivery times.
New Nuisance Laws in Brisbane, Australia Carry Fines for Noise and Smells (May 2, 1999). The Australian General News reports that under new nuisance laws, complaints will first attract a warning. For second and third offenses $120 and $240 will be levied, respectively, though a spokesman said on-the-spot fines would likely be less than that. Nuisances covered under the laws would include noise and smells; currently, 47% of nuisance complaints relate to noise. Currently, it is difficult to enforce nuisance laws because it's difficult to get a prosecution.
Neighbors of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida Complain About Noise from New Amusement Rides (Apr. 29, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that Universal Studios' new second amusement park -- complete with roller-coasters -- is causing noise that irritate local residents. For up to 12 hours each day, the coasters can be heard; some say their homes are rattled. Residents say they had no idea roller-coasters might be installed when they bought their homes years ago; the park is trying to be sensitive, building a 55-foot wall that will supposedly reduce noise to the level of passing cars. The homeowners association has a committee working on the noise issues.
Malta, New York Residents say That Town Officials Are Not Doing Their Job When It Comes To Policing Local Speedway (Apr. 21, 1999). The Times Union reports that a citizen group in Malta, New York is accusing town officials of having special interests when it comes to regulating the Albany-Saratoga speedway.
Landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Bear the Brunt of Noisy Tenants as Noise Ordinance is Enforced (Apr. 20, 1999). Asbury Park Press reports that landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey are being held responsible for noise citations issued to their tenants. Five landlords appeared in court yesterday to face charges, despite claims that the 1994 ordinance does not alert landowners of their tenant's citations until it is too late to evict them.
Noisy Rooster in St. Tammany, Louisiana, Now Dead, Responsible For Making Barnyard Animals Immune From Noise Nuisance Ordinance (Apr. 20, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that a rooster who couldn't keep quiet has caused a noise nuisance ordinance to be changed so that barnyard animals are exempt from being cited in rural areas of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana.
Too Many Gulls Drive a Waukegan, Illinois Man to Appeal Cannon Booms Used to Scare Birds Away (Apr. 20, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the propane cannons used to frighten nesting gulls away from the Waukegan, Illinois lakefront have one man fighting mad over the incessant noise.
Calif. Writer Says Noise Violates Even Sacred Places in Our Modern World (Apr. 4, 1999). The Ventura County Star published a column in which the author tells of a recent vacation across Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, where she rediscovered the sounds of silence. But in her attempt to embrace it, she notes the pervasive lack of silence in our modern world.
High School Prom Committee to Request Exception to Noise Ordinance in Newport Beach, California (Mar. 31, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports high school students in Newport Beach, California, have come up against a noise ordinance in planning the 2000 prom.
Canadian Race Officials Offer Compensation to Residents Hit Hardest by Noise from 3-Day Event (Mar. 30, 1999). The Vancouver Sun reports in response to a health board's noise findings on last year's race, the Molson Indy is offering a noise compensation package to residents of a housing complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, during this year's three-day event.
Cell Phones are the Boom Boxes of the '90's (Mar. 23, 1999). The Buffalo News published an essay pronouncing cell phones the boom boxes of the '90's, creating enough public noise to annoy and offend.
Solid Doors Make Better Noise Barriers (Mar. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published a question, in a column called "The Rehabber," asking advice about noise control for an office located in a residence.
Noise, the Not-So-Silent Danger, Causes Irreversible Hearing Loss for Millions in U.S. (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports before Americans turn up the volume, they may want to consider how excessive sound can damage hearing.
Editorial: Keep Your Darned Noise to Yourself (Aug. 12, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal published the following editorial from Joseph Spear, a writer for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Spear's article identifies with and applauds the advocacy efforts of noise haters nationally saying: "There are hundreds of thousands of noise haters out there, and a movement of some kind is clearly a-building." The editorial reads as follows:
Turn Up the Volume, Noise May Cause Less Damage Than Silence (Aug. 4, 1998). The Daily Telegraph published the following humorous and contemplative article about contemporary noise and the strains and stresses of silence from columnist Paul Goodman.
Population Growth Results in Increased Noise in Warren County, Ohio (Aug. 2, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports that recent population growth in rural Warren County has evolved into increased noise pollution.
California's Universal Studios Prepares to Start Major Construction Project (Jul. 27, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Los Angeles, California the second phase of Universal Studios' proposed 3.3-million-square-foot expansion. The project in its entirety is being looked at by county planners. It's scale had been diminished after residents complained last year, but the second phase construction could bring the project up to the size of its original grandeur. The second phase would develop 250,000 square feet to eventually be used to expand Universal's City Walk attraction.
Columnist Advises Resident to Chill Out Regarding New Noisy Neighbors (Jul. 22, 1998). The Detroit News printed a question-and-answer column in which a resident in Detroit, Michigan complains about the noisy activities of a new family in the neighborhood. The columnist advises the resident to talk to the family about their concerns, and to not expect that everyone will fit in with the view of a quiet neighborhood.
"Dear Abby" Column Says Communities Have Banned Ice Cream Truck Noise, But Insists Trucks are Still a Great Old Tradition (Jul. 18, 1998). The Charleston Daily Mail printed a "Dear Abby" column in which a reader wrote in describing the offensive nature of the music coming from new ice-cream trucks. Abby responded that many communities have banded together to restrict noise from ice-cream trucks, but she also printed letters from other readers who said ice-cream trucks bring back great memories.
Irish Man Takes Neighbor to Court for Crowing Rooster; Now Neighbor Blares TV and Radio Noise (Jul. 10, 1998). The Mirror reports that an Irish man, Mr. Masterson, took his neighbor, Mrs. Gallagher, to court to stop her rooster from crowing every morning at 4:30 a.m. in the summer. Now, the article says, Mrs. Gallagher has started to blare her radio and television at all hours of the day.
Converstion of El Toro and Other Options for Los Angeles' Former Military Airbase (Jun. 21, 1998). Los Angeles Times published several letters to the editor relaying opinions about the various options for the conversion of the El Toro Airforce Base. Options discussed in the editorials include: (1) the economic feasibility of the Millennium Plan, an economic development option; (2) conversion of El Toro to commercial airport to meet the increased air travel demands; (3) the possibility of meeting air travel demands by building a commercial airport at Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center; and (4) the Diego Freeway and meeting increased air demand through the Long Beach Airport. The opinions are as follows:
Air Conditioning Unit for Super Market Causes Tremors and Noise Disturbances for Baltimore Neighborhood (Jun. 19, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports that Cherry Hill neighborhood, located in South Baltimore, is shaking from nine industrial-strength air units erected to provide air conditioning and refrigeration for a new super market. The Super Market is the centerpiece of a major redevelopment campaign spearheaded by Catholic Charities.
The City of Cumberland, Maryland Agrees to Monitor Noise Levels of Manville Quarry in Response to Residents' Complaints (Jun. 19, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Cumberland town officials have obtained a seismograph machine to monitor blasting at the Manville Quarry. The action is taken, as a response to quarry's neighbors who have been suffering with the repeated blasts for more than twenty years.
Missouri Residents and Shopping Center Developers Try to Find Compromise (Jun. 13, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports that residents of the Foxridge subdivision in Kansas City, Missouri met earlier this week with developers of Olathe Station, a proposed shopping and entertainment complex at 119th Street and Strang Line Road, to discuss details of the development. The article explains that when the project was first proposed two years ago, residents and developers quickly took sides against each other. Now, they are trying to resolve their differences and mitigate potential noise pollution and other problems for residents.
Retailers in Oklahoma Town Worry That Proposed Wal-Mart Will Increase Rent and Noise (Jun. 10, 1998). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the City Council in Norman, Oklahoma will decide later this month whether to grant requests to Wal-Mart to build super-centers in east and west Norman. Meanwhile, some retailers near the proposed stores are complaining that the super-centers would increase rents at their locations and would increase noise.
Los Angeles School District Installs Air Conditioners in Schools That Exceed District's Own Noise Limits (Jun. 7, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles (California) Unified School District is using funds from Proposition BB to install air conditioners in schools that exceed the maximum noise levels set by the district. According to the article, the school district resisted efforts to allow experienced companies do the work, approved purchasing air conditioning units that exceed noise limits, and insisted that units be mounted rigidly against walls, which increases noise. Officials from the school district acknowledge the problem, but said they overlooked the noise issues in order to get air conditioning in the schools as soon as possible. So far, about 3,300 air conditioning units have been installed, most of them in San Fernando Valley schools. The district is not yet taking steps to remediate the situation, and installation of the noisy units continues.
Residents Complain About Noise From Massachusetts Wal-Mart (Jun. 5, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports that residents living near a Wal-Mart on Route 12 in West Boylston, Massachusetts have long complained about noise from the store. The dispute may be nearing resolution, the article says, but if it does not end soon, town officials are ready to take the company to court for not complying with noise regulations. Town officials say representatives from the store have made promises in the past and have not lived up to them.
Illinois Residents Oppose Softball Field Expansion (Jun. 3, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that village officials in Lombard, Illinois recently approved a plan for three new softball fields at Madison Meadow park. But now, residents living near the park are saying they weren't told about the project, and are objecting that it would bring more traffic, noise, and trash to their neighborhood. A meeting is scheduled for June 9 between residents and parks district officials.
Illinois Town Denies Wal-Mart Expansion, Citing Noise Concerns (Jun. 2, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that village board members in Lake Zurich, Illinois voted 5 to 1 Monday to deny a request for a Wal-Mart expansion. Some board members said Wal-Mart hadn't been a good corporate citizen, while others said the proposed expansion would locate truck traffic and noise closer to residences.
Rhode Island Marina Gets Okay to Expand Despite Residents' Concerns About Noise (Jun. 2, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that the Town Council in Barrington, Rhode Island voted 4 to 1 to approve a request from Brewer's Cove Haven Marina last night to re-zone Rodeo Drive from residential to waterfront business. The decision allows the marina to expand its business onto a 14,600-square-foot plot between Rodeo Drive and Bullock's Cove and south of marina's main property, the article notes. Residents living near the marina objected to the change, saying it could change the residential character of the neighborhood. The Town Council went against the advice of the Planning Board, which last week said that the marina's expansion was not consistent with town's Comprehensive Plan and may set a precedent for changing zoning on single plots.
Dear Abby Column Advises Adults to Enjoy the Noise of Ice Cream Trucks (Jun. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News printed a "Dear Abby" column, in which Abby advises a reader to not fight the noise of ice cream trucks, because the trucks are an American institution.
Sign Warning People to Keep Quiet on Connecticut Beach is Turned Off Because it Was Too Noisy (Jun. 1, 1998). The Associated Press reports that the mayor of West Haven, Connecticut has ordered a flashing sign that warned people to keep quiet at the beach to be turned off because it was too noisy. The sign was connected to a generator to power it.
San Francisco Resident Complains About Siren Noise from Ambulance Station Nearby (May 23, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gus Buttacavoli, a resident of Walnut Creek, California, has complained about the noise from ambulance sirens. An ambulance station is located down the street from Buttacavoli's apartment, the article explains. In response to his complaints, ambulance drivers have started waiting to turn on their sirens, but some officials express exasperation at Buttacavoli's complaints.
A Minute's Worth of Complete Silence a Rare Experience, Even in New Zealand (Apr. 29, 1998). The Dominion of Wellington, New Zealand, reports Auckland academics will allow citizens to experience blissful silence today in honor of Noise Awareness Day.
Fourth-Graders in Memphis Learn About the Dangers of Noise (Apr. 23, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports that fourth-graders at Southwind Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee learned about the dangers of noise on April 16 with a Hazards of Noise program. The program was led by Deanna Serenco, outreach coordinator for the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. By the end of the school year, the article says, Serenco will have taught the program to fourth-graders at 62 area schools.
California Residents Object to a Proposed YMCA in Their Neighborhood (Mar. 19, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that more than 300 residents attended a meeting last week in Placentia, California to protest the construction of a YMCA proposed for a vacant lot at the Placentia United Methodist Church. Residents said they were worried about the noise the YMCA would bring. Before the proposal could be built, the article notes, it must be approved by the Planning Commission and City Council.
New Jersey Town Passes Ordinance that Bans Ice Cream Truck Tunes (Mar. 4, 1998). The New York Times reports that the Town Council in Stafford Township, New Jersey passed an ordinance tonight by a vote of 4-2 to ban amplified sound on ice cream trucks. The ordinance allows ice cream vendors to use hand bells in place of musical tunes, the article notes.
New York City Mayor's Noise Pollution Prevention Program is Working (Feb. 28, 1998). The New York Post printed an editorial regarding the noise problem in New York City and progress on Mayor Giuliani's effort to target noise pollution as part of his quality-of-life initiative. The editorial argues that the mayor is right to target noise pollution, that the program has made considerable strides, and that a new initiative is giving car-alarm owners a way to quiet their car alarms before their car is towed.
Columnist Asks if New York Mayor Giuliani's "Quality-of-Life" Campaign is Really Addressing City Problems (Feb. 26, 1998). Newsday printed an editorial commenting on New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's speech yesterday on quality-of-life issues. While Giuliani called his plan a "comprehensive new strategy" to foster a more civil city, the editorial says the plan actually echoed the major themes of the mayor's first term. The writer says the speech left some wondering if the mayor was simply trying to position himself for higher office as the "man who tamed New York," while others wondered if the mayor was to some extent trying to catch up in areas in which the city had fallen behind.
Florida County Considers Pumping Sand From One Beach to Restore Another Beach; Residents Protest Plan, Citing Noise and Other Issues (Feb. 26, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that officials in Broward County, Florida want to restore one of the state's most popular beaches, at John U. Lloyd State Recreation Area in Hollywood, by pumping sand from an area in front of exclusive Point of Americas condominiums at the Port Everglades Inlet. Erosion at the state beach has become so severe, the article says, that signs have been posted to warn people of drop-offs. But residents from the condominiums are protesting the plan, saying their beach will be reduced and the noise from the sand dredging operation will be a problem.
Los Angeles School District Agrees to Allow Major Developments to Proceed, Despite Concerns About Increased Noise (Feb. 26, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that officials from the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District reached a partial agreement Wednesday that allows major developments to proceed while talks continue about how to protect the schools from the noise and traffic expected to result from the developments. Last year, the article notes, the school district won an appeals court ruling that invalidates the Warner Center specific plan, which could block construction of the projects. However, school district officials agreed to ask the court to keep the plan in effect while a long-term agreement is negotiated that would provide funds to mitigate noise and traffic impacts on nearby schools. According to City Councilor Laura Chick, school district officials also agreed not to challenge the construction of an 11-story, $30 million office building for Twentieth Century Insurance Company on Owensmouth Avenue.
North Carolina Community Enacts Noisy Cat Ordinance (Feb. 25, 1998). The Morning Star reports that officials in Long Beach, North Carolina have enacted a noisy cat ordinance.
California Ranches Protest Noisy Ostriches At Neighboring Ranch (Feb. 20, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that a herd of ostriches is creating a noise problem in Murrieta California.
New York City Street Screamers Wreak Havoc In Soho (Feb. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports about growing noise complaints in Soho, New York City.
Washington, DC's Open Classrooms are Noisy Failures (Jan. 25, 1998). The Washington Post reports that students at Woodbridge High School in Prince William County can't focus because of the noise in classrooms designed without walls or doors. It's one of more than 140 Washington, DC, area schools built in the 1970s in an "open-classroom" design that failed quickly. Twenty-five years later, school districts are still living with the noise.
Complaints of Too-Loud Movie Trailers in US and Canada (Jan. 23, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that increasingly loud noise from Hollywood movie trailers is making movie-goers and theater owners unhappy in the US and in Canada.
Fire Sirens In A New York Community Spark Controversy (Jan. 18, 1998). Newsday reports that the Port Washington, New York fire department is being questioned by a local neighborhood organization, the Willowdale Terrace Concerned Residents, concerning the department's need to blare sirens and air horns to alert the town's volunteer firefighters to the presence of a fire. Some residents have been disturbed by the noise of the sirens; others in the neighborhood recognize the need for the firefighters to be alerted in a timely manner. The fire department is willing to try other methods, although they feel that the current system of using sirens is still the most reliable.
English Protestors Battle Opera Noise (Jan. 16, 1998). The Daily Telegraph reports that neighbors of an annual open air opera festival in England are fed up with the noise of the festival.
Weapons Testing In Maryland Worries Residents (Dec. 19, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that the Hellfire, a helicopter-launched missile, will be tested at Abbey Point in Maryland and will be fired at a remote area of the proving ground. Area residents worry about the noise and environmental effects.
Orchard Owners Restricted On Methods To Frighten Birds (Dec. 18, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that an apple orchard and farm market will be allowed to expand after the Zoning Board restricted the use of noise devices to frighten birds.
Barking Dogs Land North Carolina Resident In Prison (Dec. 13, 1997). The News and Observer reports how Central Prison in Littleton North Carolina has housed its share of notorious criminals over the years -killers, rapists, robbers and such. But the Big House has seldom locked up the likes of James Melvin. Melvin, who is 69, deaf, legally blind and diabetic, walked out of Central Prison a free man Friday after pulling time for violating Section 13 of the Animal Control Ordinance of the Town of Littleton. His dogs were barking too much.
Political Party in India Fined for Political Noise Pollution (Dec. 10, 1997). The Agence France Presse reports that a political party in India has been fined 10,000 rupees (256 dollars) for causing noise pollution, it was reported Wednesday.
Ottawa Salvation Army Tones Down Holiday Bells (Dec. 9, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that things are a lot quieter than usual around Salvation Army kettles in Ottawa (Canada) this Christmas season, as volunteer fund-raisers seek to attract the attention of passing shoppers without irritating nearby merchants.
Florida Resident Shares Perspective on Commission's Denial of Bikini Contest (Dec. 7, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter to the editor concerning the Kissimmee (Florida) City Commission's decision to deny a bikini contest proposal.
Los Angeles Negotiates Noise Standards With Universal Studios (Dec. 7, 1997). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letter to the editor concerning stricter noise standards recommended for Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California:
Army Training Exercises Bombard New Zealand Residents With Noise (Dec. 3, 1997). The Evening Post reports that an Army training exercise in the middle of the night in Upper Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand has angered residents.
Hong Kong Airport to Move; Massive Truck Convoy Will Cause Massive Noise (Dec. 1, 1997). The South China Morning Post reports that the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong is scheduled to close next year, and the city is expected to thunder with early morning noise from heavy trucks making hundreds of trips as equipment is moved to the new Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Musicians and Artists Say the Grand Canyon is Losing its Essence Due to Increased Noise and Air Pollution (Dec. 1, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that musicians and visual artists are increasingly saying that the Grand Canyon is losing its distinctive essence due to increased noise and air pollution. The article goes on to explore how the works of artist Curt Walters, musician Paul Winter, and other artists have changed over time as the Grand Canyon has experienced increasing impacts from more visitors.
California Residents Oppose Proposal to Allow Minor League Baseball Games at College (Nov. 29, 1997). The Ventura County Star reports that residents in Oxnard, California who live near Oxnard College are opposing a proposal for the Pacific Suns minor league baseball team to play games at the college. An environmental study released this week recommended 16 measures to mitigate the traffic, noise, and bright lights that would result from the games, but found that the games would not cause significant problems for residents. The City Council already approved allowing the Suns to play at the college pending the results of the environmental study, the article says, but the Ventura County Community College District has not yet approved the proposal. Their decision is expected in January, the article notes.
Monte Carlo Rally Held for Electric Vehicles (Nov. 29, 1997). The Daily Telegraph printed a column reporting on the third Monte Carlo Rally for Electric Vehicles, the FIA Solar Cup, held near the village of Gorbio, Monaco.
Rhode Island Residents Disturbed by What City Officials Believe is Rumbling Sewer Line (Nov. 29, 1997). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a mysterious booming noise in the earth has been disturbing residents in the Glen Woods neighborhood of Cranston, Rhode Island. The noise caused several residents to file a collective complaint on Nov. 16 with police. City officials say they now believe the noise is emanating from a pressurized sewer line.
Public Housing Project in Pennsylvania Produces More Noise Complaints Than Crime Problems (Nov. 28, 1997). The Morning Call reports that the Cumberland Gardens housing project in Allentown, Pennsylvania, contrary to popular sentiment, currently is considerably safer than many other low-income neighborhoods in the city. Although many believe that crime is high in the area, the article says that noise complaints are the most frequent type of complaint received in the area.
California Community Tries to Close Recycling Facility Due to Noise Complaints (Nov. 27, 1997). The Orange County Register reports that the La Palma (California) City Council is seeking to close the Mobile Recycling facility at 5420 La Palma Ave., the city's only recycling Center, largely due to noise pollution emitted from the Center.
Arizona Resident Advises Neighbor of High School to Put up With Early Morning Band Practice (Nov. 26, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Karen Noble, a Chandler, Arizona resident, regarding the controversy over early morning band practice at a high school in Chandler:
Arizona Resident Believes City Ordinance Should be Upheld in Early Morning High School Band Practice Controversy (Nov. 26, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Cece West, a Queen Creek, Arizona resident, regarding noise from early morning high school band practice in Chandler:
Arizona Residents Living Near High School With Early Morning Band Practice Get the Scorn of Band Member Parent (Nov. 26, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Phoenix resident Lee Ann Hopper regarding the controversy over early-morning high school band practice in Chandler, Arizona:
California County Board Doesn't Revoke Resident's Kennel License, Despite Neighbors' Complaints About Barking (Nov. 26, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that the Riverside (California) County Board of Supervisors Tuesday granted a resident's appeal to keep her kennel license, despite complaints by neighbors that the barking dogs are a nuisance. But, the article says, the kennel owner must return to the board before the license can be renewed in March, and the board expects to monitor conditions at the kennel.
New York City Councilors Propose Stopping Expansion of Trash Transfer Stations (Nov. 26, 1997). Newsday reports that two city councilors in New York City introduced legislation yesterday that would stop the expansion of trash transfer stations in the city due to increasing problems with odor, noise, and heavy traffic associated with the stations.
Arizona Resident Says High School Marching Band Should be Required to Abide by Noise Law (Nov. 25, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Jeff Suchard, a Phoenix resident, regarding the controversy over early morning band practice of the Mountain Pointe Marching Band:
Complaints Over Noise and Litter at a California Recycling Center May Lead to its Closure (Nov. 25, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that noise from a 400 square-foot recycling center in Los Angeles has been causing increased complaints recently. The city council is considering revocation of the center's permit to operate, and will decide after a public meeting on December 2nd. Litter has also increased at the center.
Arizona Resident Who Complained About Early Morning Band Practice is Blasted by Other Residents (Nov. 24, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letters-to-the-editor from residents in Sun City West, Chandler, Glendale, Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, Arizona responding to a resident who complained about early morning noise from a high school marching band in the Chandler area:
U.S. Senate Bars Use Of Computers On The Floor (Nov. 24, 1997). Government Computer News published an editorial about a Senate rule barring mechanical devices on the floor.
California Neighbors Oppose Church Expansion, Citing More Noise and Traffic (Nov. 22, 1997). The Ventura County Star reports that neighbors of the NewHeart Foursquare Church in Simi Valley, California are opposing a proposed expansion of the church, saying it would create more noise and traffic and would block their view. Officials from the church presented the expansion plan to the Planning Commission Wednesday, but commissioners postponed action and asked church officials to work with neighbors and rethink their design.
Arizona Resident Thinks Early Morning School Band Practice is Cause for Lawsuit (Nov. 21, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Bob Ederer, a Tempe, Arizona resident, regarding the controversy over early morning marching band practice at the Mountain Pointe High School:
Fast Food Restaurant Proposal Near Residential Area is Rejected in Texas (Nov. 18, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that planning and zoning commissioners in Plano, Texas on Monday rejected a request for a new Sonic drive-in restaurant on Coit Road due to the proximity of a residential neighborhood, and complaints from residents about the noise, traffic, and trash the restaurant would bring.
Illinois Cogeneration Facility May Close Due To Noise (Nov. 18, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a decision is expected today on whether Elgin Area Unit School District 46 in Elgin, Illinois can continue to operate its power plant next to Bartlett High School. The cogeneration facility saves the school about $1,000 per day on electricity bills, but also creates noise.
Monks in Nova Scotia Fight Loggers' Chainsaws (Nov. 16, 1997). The Record reports that Catholic monks at the Nova Nada monastery in Nova Scotia are fighting the J.D. Irving company over logging in the woods near the monastery. The monks say the chainsaws disrupt their silent meditation, and are waging a fight to keep the logging operations at least two miles away from the monastery.
Taiwanese Mayoral Candidates Debate Local Environmental Issues, Including Noise Pollution (Nov. 12, 1997). The China News reports that four mayoral candidates in Taichung, Taiwan held a two-and-a-half hour debate yesterday on local environmental issues. The debate was sponsored by Global Views Monthly magazine and the Commonwealth Publishing Company, and the candidates were Hung Chau-nan, for the KMT party, Chang Wen-ying, the DPP candidate, Eric Soong, the New Party candidate, and Cheng Pang-cheng, a Taiwan Independence Party candidate. The candidates discussed improving enforcement of related laws, noise reduction around the North-South Freeway, environmental protection taxes, and increasing public confidence in government efforts.
Maryland Residents Angry at Noisy, Active New Neighborhood Church (Nov. 12, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that residents in a Brooklyn Park neighborhood outside Baltimore, Maryland are angry with the activities of a inter-denominational Protestant church that opened recently in an old bingo hall. The church angered residents by holding a noisy event, and now some residents are suspicious that the church's activities will be undesirable.
Schools in North Carolina Get Acoustical Panels to Quiet Sound in Band Rooms (Nov. 11, 1997). The Morning Star reports that the Board of Education Monday approved the installation of acoustical panels in the band rooms of seven schools in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The panels will help suppress noise for students in classrooms near the band rooms, and also will reduce the noise inside the band rooms, the article says.
"Pink" Noise Will Be Piped In At American Stores Tower In Salt Lake City (Nov. 2, 1997). An extensive article appears in The Salt Lake Tribune about the impact 1,900 executive employees will make on downtown when they move into the American Stores high-rise tower in Salt Lake City, Utah, in January. Some downtown merchants see this major consolidation of company operations as having a positive impact on the downtown with increased shopping and spending. Business experts see this new conglomerate headquarters designed with its employees in mind as the wave of the future. The Salt Lake Tribune describes in detail the architectural design of the tower that accommodates such a large number of executives. One issue taken into consideration is blocking noise made by employees who work side-by-side in cubicles. "We've tried very hard to design a pleasant place where people want to come to work," American Stores engineer, Pete Bratsos explains.
Residents in Brandon, Florida, Complain about Noise from Students in Portable Classrooms (Nov. 1, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that noise is one complaint that residents in Brandon, Florida, have about the use of portable classrooms that are parked at the McLane Middle School. Other complaints about the trailers and portables range from decreasing property values to unpleasant smells from the portable toilets to the inconvenience caused by portions of streets blocked off during school hours so that children can cross the streets safely.
Canadian Residents Protest Noisy Teen Smokers (Oct. 31, 1997). The Calgary Herald of Calgary, Alberta, reports that residents of a southeast Calgary neighborhood will seek legal advice in an effort to rid their lawns and streets of hundreds of noisy teen smokers.
Tennessee Residents Object to Road that Will bring Noise, Pollution, and Danger (Oct. 30, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that many East Collierville, Tennessee, residents are working hard to persuade state officials to keep the proposed Collierville-Arlington Parkway as far away from them as possible. To the more than 1,000 citizens in East Collierville, the new road will mean pollution, noise and potential danger to themselves and nearby school children.
Florida Commission Incumbents Face Criticism During Campaigns About Not Reducing Aircraft Noise (Oct. 26, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that two Commission incumbents in Lake Mary, Florida are facing criticism over their lack of action on reducing aircraft noise from the Orlando Sanford Airport. The criticism came during a recent debate with their opponents in preparation for the November 4 elections.
British Man Convicted of Damaging His Wife's Hearing (Oct. 25, 1997). The Guardian reports that a British man was convicted yesterday of damaging his wife's hearing by yelling, causing her bodily harm. Sentencing in the case was deferred, the article says.
City Council Candidates in Rhode Island Town Make Noise a Campaign Issue (Oct. 24, 1997). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that some of the candidates in the November 4 City Council election in Central Falls, Rhode Island say that reducing neighborhood noise would be a priority if they are elected. The article goes on to discuss each candidate in the three wards in which there are challenges to the incumbents, and the issues each candidate believes is important.
Our Noisy World is Resulting in Increased Hearing Problems (Oct. 23, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that millions of Americans knowingly or unknowingly expose themselves to sounds loud enough to damage hearing. The article goes on to describe hearing hazards and hearing loss, discuss the latest technologies in hearing aids, and outline President Clinton's recently confirmed hearing loss.
Texas Residents Oppose Fast-Food Restaurant Partly Because of Noise From Drive-Through Window (Oct. 23, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Trophy Club, Texas Town Council voted to approve the use of a drive-through window for a proposed Wendy's franchise in the Tetco building on state highway 114. Public opposition to the fast-food restaurant was strong, based mostly on the feeling that a fast food restaurant was not in keeping with the affluent, leisure-class image of the community. Increased noise and traffic problems were also brought up, the article says.
Universal Studios Loses Bid to Build Hotel and Golf Course in Orlando After Neighbors Complain About Increased Noise and Traffic (Oct. 22, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that a group of residents in south Orlando, Florida opposed a project by Universal studies to build a hotel and golf course near their homes and won Tuesday when the city's planning board denied the request. The residents opposed the project based on the increased traffic and noise they believed would result.
Idaho Residents' Concerns About Proposed Party Facility Causes Entrepreneur to Withdraw Idea (Oct. 21, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request for a conditional-use permit for a commercial reception center in a residential neighborhood in Northwest Boise. But the prospective buyer who requested the permit said she will not go forward with plans for the facility because nearby residents are opposed to it. Residents have said they are worried that the center would create noise, congested traffic, and parking problems.
Neighbors of Sex Club in Hollywood Try to Shut it Down Due to Noise and Parking Problems (Oct. 21, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that residents in a Hollywood, California neighborhood are seeking to shut down a gay sex club that is operating without a permit because of problems with noise and parking. However, the article reports, Los Angeles Councilor Jackie Goldberg is working to keep the club open. The operators of the club are seeking a conditional use permit that would allow the club to stay open, even though it is next to a residential neighborhood and near an elementary school. The City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee is to consider the proposal today, the article says.
Residents in Arizona Town Oppose Potential Move of the State Fair to Their Neighborhood (Oct. 21, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the Arizona State Fair, currently located in Phoenix, intends to relocate in a few years, and residents living near a possible new site in Gilbert are in an uproar over the possible relocation to their neighborhood. They oppose the move because they believe the fair would drive down property values, increase crime and vandalism, clog up streets, and cause too much noise, the article says. As a result of resident sentiment, the Gilbert Town Council unanimously passed a resolution last month opposing the fair's move to the area. Meanwhile, residents living near the fair's current location don't want it to leave, saying the fair has mostly been a good neighbor, and they are worried about what might locate on the land parcel if the fair isn't there.
California Residents Frightened Over Detonation of Old, Newly Discovered Bombs (Oct. 20, 1997). The Sacramento Bee reports that eight military bombs were detonated Sunday at the rail yard in Roseville, California, damaging homes and disturbing hundreds of residents. The Vietnam War-era bombs were discovered in the rail yard by workers of the Union Pacific Transportation Co.
Local Garbage and Recycling Experiment in Canada Developed to Reduce Costs and Noise (Oct. 20, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that a west-end neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada has developed a neighborhood experiment in which residents place all their garbage on one side of the street and all their recycling on the other side of the street in an attempt to reduce the number of truck trips through their neighborhood. The citizens say their project will save money and reduce noise and truck exhaust.
Malaysian Resident Complains About Noise From Supermarket Air Conditioner (Oct. 20, 1997). The New Straits Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Luke Teoh Ipoh, a Malaysian resident, who discusses why Asians often fail to enforce noise and other types of regulations, and complains about the inaction on solving a noise problem resulting from a supermarket air conditioner near his home:
Neighbors of California's Universal Studios Mount Increasing Opposition to Noise and Expansion Plans (Oct. 19, 1997). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that neighbors of Universal Studios in the Los Angeles, California area are mounting an opposition over the studio's plans for a multi-billion-dollar expansion. Residents already have been disturbed for years by the lights, noise, and continuous action from the studios, and now they say the expansion plans are too much.
New Plans for Mall in Northern Virginia Upset Residents; County Board Postpones Decision (Oct. 19, 1997). The Washington Post reports that 950 residents in Countryside, Virginia have signed petitions opposing a proposed 1.2 million-square-foot mall at the intersection of Routes 7 and 28. Residents say they are not opposed to a mall in principle, but are alarmed at the proposed changes in the mall's plans that would cause it to be more intrusive in their rural area, bringing noise, pollution, and glaring lights. Due to resident opposition, the County Board of Supervisors has postponed a decision on the requested changes and have agreed to hold a town hall meeting on the issue early next month.
Florida Theatre is too Disruptive for the Neighbors (Oct. 18, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that residents in Lake Helen, Florida are speaking out about the nuisance of a theatre in their neighborhood. They told City Commissioners at a meeting Thursday that the theatre generates too much noise and traffic for a residential neighborhood. In response to residents and the theatre manager's comments, Commissioners decided to review about seven years' worth of records to determine whether the theater's existence is in violation of any city codes.
New Jersey Residents Oppose Construction of Supermarket and Accompanying Sound Wall (Oct. 17, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Planning Board in Shrewsbury, New Jersey postponed a decision on a proposal to build a 58,000-square-foot Edwards supermarket off Newman Springs Road till November 6. At a meeting Wednesday night, residents who live near the proposed site continued to protest the plan, the article says, and have hired a lawyer to help them fight the proposal. Residents object both to the presence of a supermarket and to a 14-foot sound barrier the developer has proposed building to cut down on noise from the supermarket.
Florida School Teacher Lobbies to Get Walls Built to Divide Open Classrooms (Oct. 15, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that Jackson Lanehart, a teacher at the Mayport (Florida) Middle School, has been trying since 1977 to get walls added to the open classrooms in the school, arguing that the background noise is distracting to students. Last week the Duval County School Board voted in favor of the improvements, but funding has not yet been found for the project, the article says.
Federal Aviation Administration Tentatively Approves Funding for California Airport Improvement Program Projects (Oct. 14, 1997). The publication Airports printed the following list of Airport Improvement Program projects tentatively approved for California by the Federal Aviation Administration:
>Federal Aviation Administration Tentatively Approves Funding for Missouri Airport Improvement Program Projects (Oct. 14, 1997). The publication Airports printed the following list of Airport Improvement Program projects tentatively approved for Missouri by the Federal Aviation Administration:
Residents Protest Possible Disappearance of Community Garden Near California Airport (Oct. 2, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that a 22-year-old community garden across the street from Van Nuys Airport may turn into a car dealership if the city goes through with its plan to lease the property to a developer. Residents oppose the idea.
Anti-Noise Group Was Formed More Than 60 Years Ago in Britain (Sep. 30, 1997). The Times Newspapers Limited reports that more than 60 years ago, there was a growing feeling that action needed to be taken to reduce noise in Great Britain. The article says there were several letters written to The Times regarding noise, including the following two. The first letter announces the formation of the Anti-Noise League, formed by a group of public figures, including the physician Lord Horder.
BBC Gives Out Cough Drops with Quiet Wrappers at Live Radio Broadcasts (Sep. 28, 1997). Weekend Sunday (NPR) reports in a radio broadcast that BBC Radio in London is distributing cough drops in quiet wrappers to audience members at its live classical music radio broadcasts, in an attempt to cut down on the background noise during the concerts. The broadcast goes on to interview James Pestell, the head of marketing for BBC Radio 3, the country's classical music station from the BBC.
New England Patriots' Coach Uses Leaf Blower to Prepare Team for Game in Noisy Stadium (Sep. 27, 1997). The Boston Herald reports that the New England Patriots' coach, Pete Carroll, began training the team for an October 6 game against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium by turning on an industrial strength leaf blower during practices. The Mile High Stadium is known for its loud crowd noise, which is a significant disadvantage for any visiting team, the article says. Coach Carroll wanted the team to practice running plays in an atmosphere where hearing signals is virtually impossible.
Louisiana City Police Start Fining Owners of Car Alarms That Go Off Unnecessarily (Sep. 24, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner (Louisiana) Police Chief Nick Congemi this week started using the city's noise ordinance to curb the number of false car alarms his officers investigate. Officers now will give summons to any vehicle owner whose alarm has sounded for more than 15 minutes, unless criminal activity is suspected, the article says. The summons carries a maximum fine of $500, 60 days in jail, or both. Congemi's crackdown on car alarms comes after he proposed a bylaw to the City Council that would have fined vehicle owners $25 for false or faulty car alarms, but councillors didn't even discuss the proposal.
Live Radio Show in Great Britain Offers Free Rustle-Free Cough Lozenges to Audience (Sep. 16, 1997). The Times Newspapers Limited reports that Great Britain's Radio 3 station is handing out rustle-free cough lozenges to audience members who attend their live recording concerts, in an attempt to reduce noise during the live broadcast. Many audience members take cough lozenges during the concerts to avoid coughing at the wrong moment, the article says. The rustle-free wrapping paper was developed by Grantham Manufacturing Ltd. in Lincolnshire and uses waxed paper, as well as a secret ingredient to reduce noise.
Seattle Natural Gas Company Installs Silencing Devices on Gas Pipeline to Reduce Noise (Sep. 16, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that Northwest Pipeline, a Seattle company that operates an underground natural gas pipeline, installed silencing devices on the pipeline last month to quiet sound waves resulting from compression of the gas at a station in Woodinville, Washington. Residents in the Bear Creek area had complained that the noise was constant and resembled a helicopter flying overhead. According to Grant Jensen, company spokesperson, the silencing project cost about $500,000 and should be a permanent fix.
Pennsylvania Man Kills Dirt Biker Over Noise (Sep. 8, 1997). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that John Bereznak of Beaverdale, Pennsylvania on Saturday shot and killed a young dirt biker who was biking on the mounds of coal from an abandoned strip mine about 200 yards from Bereznak's house. Bereznak had complained about noise from the dirt bikers for several years, and once had thrown a shovel at a dirt biker while ranting about noise. He also was suspected by the town's dirt bikers of installing tar paper seeded with nails around the abandoned mine area. Bereznak later killed himself.
Noisy Ice Cream Trucks in New York are a Nuisance, Columnist Argues (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial in which the writer complains about the noise from ice cream trucks in New York City. The editorial discusses how it is virtually impossible to enforce the current rules regarding noise from the trucks
Columnist Notices that Life in the City is Too Loud (Sep. 7, 1997). The Buffalo News printed an editorial in which the columnist concludes after his vacation in the country that everything is too loud in the city. The writer goes on to say that we shun silence, which partly explains our need to have noise everywhere.
Bibliographic Report Available on Psychological and Physiological Effects of Noise Pollution (Sep. 1, 1997). The publication Life Sciences & Biotechnology Update printed information about a bibliographic report available from the NTIS Bibliographic Database about the psychological and physiological effects of noise pollution. The report is a collection of up to 250 abstracts of available reports, studies, papers, and other documentation on a range of noise pollution issues, including: human reactions and tolerance to noise from aircraft, vehicular traffic, processing industries, and military operations; noise abatement and control; noise management systems; dose-response relationships; attitude surveys; public opinion case studies; noise effects on animal ecology; and more. The report also contains information about ordering the various studies, and extensive indexing.
Virtual Pets Become More Popular with Some (Aug. 26, 1997). The Wisconsin State Journal printed a column discussing the popularity of virtual pets, the new computer toys that allow kids to raise an electronic pet or child. The toys beep when the pet/child has a need that must be satisfied. The article explores the opinions of some parents who like and who don't like the toys.
Hearing Problems Are Increasing From Noise Pollution (Aug. 25, 1997). Newsweek reports that research has shown that excessive exposure to noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss and ear damage, contrary to the popular belief that hearing loss is a natural process of aging. The article goes on to discuss the risks to hearing of noise pollution, the ways in which noise damages the ear, the levels at which noise is dangerous, and practical steps people can take to protect their ears.
German Judge Rules that Couple Must Quiet Their Love-Making (Aug. 19, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that a judge ruled Tuesday that a German couple from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will have to quiet their love-making or else risk a fine of up to 500,000 marks ($275,000). The judge ruled that failure to comply with the court order also could lead to a prison sentence. The case was brought by a neighbor tired of hearing the noise next door, the article says.
Maine Resident Decries the Noisiness of Life Outdoors (Aug. 18, 1997). The Kennebec Journal printed an editorial from George Smith, a Mount Vernon, Maine resident, which says that quiet is an important aspect of life in Maine that is not appreciated, understood, protected or respected. The writer goes on to detail several personal experiences he has had with noise or the absence of noise in the outdoors, including noise from trains, personal watercraft, barking dogs, and loud radios, and the affect of noise on fish.
Florida Library Patrons Disturbed by Noise from Kids in the Children's Section (Aug. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that patrons of the Countryside library branch in Clearwater, Florida have complained about children's voices carrying through the building ever since the library opened nine years ago. The children's section is not separated from the rest of the library in a separate room, and proposals for an addition to the library to solve the problem have met with funding limitations, the article explains.
Residents Near Noisy Gas Pipeline in Washington Will Get Some Relief, Gas Company Says (Jul. 24, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that officials for Northwest Pipeline have announced they will install two large containers around an underground gas pipeline in order to muffle the constant thumping noise that has been disturbing residents in Duvall, Washington. The fix is expected to be installed by late August, the article says.
Citizens Protest Noisy Outdoor Opera by Mowing their Lawns During Performance (Jul. 23, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that citizens in London, Ontario protested outdoor performances of the Garsington Opera by synchronizing their lawnmoving, hedge trimming, and other yard work during the opening night of the opera festival, June 9. In response to the long feud between the villagers and opera officials, the South Oxfordshire District Council has decided to prosecute the opera company.
New Noise Act in U.K. Gives Authorities More Power to Quiet Nighttime Noise Offenders (Jul. 23, 1997). M2 Presswire reports that the provisions of the United Kingdom's Noise Act 1996 come into effect today, National Noise Awareness Day, for those local authorities which adopt the provisions of the Act. The Act sets a permitted noise level for nighttime noise on domestic premises.
Noise Awareness Day Highlights Pervasive Noise Problems in Scotland (Jul. 23, 1997). The Herald reports that today is Scotland's National Noise Awareness Day, with the aim of increasing understanding of noise issues and considering the effects our lifestyles, transport, and businesses have on noise pollution. The article outlines some of the ways noise pollution is on the increase, and what Scotland is doing about it.
Noise Awareness Day in Scotland Gets Support from Government (Jul. 23, 1997). The Scotsman reports that today is Scotland's Noise Awareness Day, and the government is calling for people to be more considerate of their neighbors to help control noise, the least recognized form of environmental pollution.
Maine Resident Finds Noise Pollution Everywhere (Jul. 22, 1997). The Bangor Daily News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Patricia Thurston, a Bass Harbor (Maine) resident, regarding the incessant noises she experiences:
Noise From Model Airplanes in Rural Maryland Doesn't Violate State Regulations (Jul. 21, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Department of the Environment checked the noise level of model planes flown by the Westminster Aero Modelers on a farm north of Westminster, Maryland in response to a complaint from a neighbor, and found that while the noise is "distinctively noticeable," it does not violate state regulations.
Tips on How to Find Peace and Quiet (Jul. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports the psychologists believe people need to have quiet in their lives occasionally. The Environmental Protection Agency lost it's noise pollution division in 1982, but the article offers some ways to find the quiet you need. Try turning off the car stereo. "If you're just beginning, take five minutes a day and go outside and find a nice, beautiful place and just think about things." Avoid TV once a week, and think or read instead. Remember, Blaise Pascal said "All human evil comes from . . . a person's inability to sit still in a room."
Why We Fill Our Lives with Constant Noise -- Some Spiritual and Psychological Explanations (Jul. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that people tend to avoid silence. Several theories for why this is so include: humans are addicted to audible sensory input, we need noise to replace a lack of spiritual satisfaction, and sound can designate personal space
Minneapolis Noise Ordinance Misrepresented in Paper (Jul. 20, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that a Minneapolis city official and some Minneapolis residents were upset by the wording of a Star Tribune article on July 12 which described the new noise ordinance passed by the Minneapolis City Council. Residents and the city official claim the article was hyperpole and editorializing, and misled readers into believing the ordinance is unreasonable. The article goes on to quote the offending paragraph of the article, and to print more information about the city's ordinance.
Seattle Reporters Go in Search of Quiet Places (Jul. 13, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that there are few places to escape the noise that fills our lives. Reporters went in search of quiet places around Seattle, and found several: the Meditation Room at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the sensory deprivation tank at The Comfort Zone in the Pike Place Market, the Metro tunnel on Sunday morning, and underwater at Wynoochee Lake.
Proposed Wind Farm Project in New Zealand Meets Opposition on Grounds of Noise (Jul. 3, 1997). The Evening Post reports that the Energy Corporation (ECNZ) wants to build a wind farm in Makara, New Zealand, and has met with opposition from residents in the area. At a Wind Energy Association and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority conference in Wellington this week, ECNZ Makara project manager Graeme Mills presented a paper on the proposed wind farm, and said the company is working to understand the potential nosie effects. He also urged Makara residents to understand and have faith in the input processes of the project.
Nuns in Colorado Move their Abbey Due to Noise and Development (Jun. 29, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that the 22 nuns at the Abbey of St. Walburga near Boulder, Colorado have decided to move their abbey because of the noise and development that now surround their once-rural home. The article says the nuns are building a new abbey on a donated plot of land near the Colorado-Wyoming border, about a two-hour drive north from their current location.
Noise Pollution Increasing as a Health Issue; Noise Problems Continue to Surface in California (Jun. 23, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that noise pollution is increasingly seen as a health issue by physicians and experts. The article also reports that around California's San Fernando Valley, noise issues continue to surface, and residents continue to complain about noise problems. Finally, the article presents a list of various decibel levels, and common noises associated with each level.
Noise Pollution is a Growing Problem in Great Britain (Jun. 22, 1997). The Independent reports that neighborhood noise has become a serious problem in Great Britain. Noise is the now most common reason for complaints received by environmental health officers, the article says. A two-part program on Radio Five Live called "Noises Off," starting tonight, will draw attention to noise issues.
Noise Pollution is Everywhere (Jun. 20, 1997). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports in an editorial that an average day is a day of "audio assault," whether you live in the city or the country. The editorial writer discusses some of the noises that constitute "outrageous invasions," and cause stress, fright, heart disease, and violence.
Builders of Straw Houses and Buildings Say the Structures Insulate Against Noise (Jun. 18, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that builders constructing a farm utility building made of straw in Davidsonville, Maryland, in rural Anne Arundel County, say straw buildings have many advantages, one of which is insulation against noise.
German Acoustic Designer Transforms Bothersome Noise Into "Pleasant Sounds" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that Axel Rudolph, an acoustic designer in Cologne, Germany, designs sound systems that change irksome noise into sounds that people prefer to hear. According to Rudolph, noise profoundly influences people's feelings, but the field of acoustic design is in its early stages. The article goes on to outline some of Rudoph's projects and other applications for acoustic design.
Residents in New Zealand to Discuss Noise From Proposed Wind Farm (Jun. 17, 1997). The Dominion reports that residents in Makara, New Zealand who are fighting to oppose a proposed wind farm, have agreed to join an Electricity Corporation working party to address ways to mitigate unwelcome noise.
U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing to be Held on Aviation Safety Issues (Jun. 12, 1997). The Federal Document Clearing House Political Transcripts reports that the Subcommittee on Transportation and Related Agencies, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, will hold a hearing on June 12, 1997 on air traffic controller staffing and other aviation issues. Members include U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL, Chair), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Slade Gorton (R-WA), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Lauch Faircloth (R-NC), R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Harry Reid (D-NV).
German Court Asks Couple to Make Love to Test Noise Levels After Complaints From Neighbors (Jun. 12, 1997). The Mirror reports that a magistrate in Warendorf, Germany has asked a couple to make love so that officials can check how noisy they are, after complaints from neighbors about the noise levels. The article says the magistrate first asked the couple if they would move, but when they said they wouldn't, they agreed to have their noise levels monitored.
Mother and Two Children in England Die in Suspected Arson Attack Over Noise Dispute (Jun. 11, 1997). The Daily Mail reports that a dispute between neighbors over noise may have led to an arson attack in which a mother and two of her children were killed yesterday in Manchester, England.
Maryland Schools Re-Think Open Classrooms Due to Noise Problems (Jun. 9, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that a shift in educational philosophy is prompting schools in the Baltimore, Maryland area to remodel open classrooms into conventional classrooms with walls. Many teachers and parents believe open classrooms cause too much noise and distraction for effective learning, the article reports.
New, Massive Roller Coaster Causes Noise Problems for Pennsylvania Residents (Jun. 5, 1997). The Morning Call reports that a new roller coaster in Cetronia, Pennsylvania is driving residents crazy. The 200-foot tall roller coaster, called "Steel Force," is located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and is billed as the tallest, fastest coaster in the East. The roller coaster went up only after a long fight by residents, and eventual agreements on noise limitations by the company. Now, about a dozen residents who live nearby have invited South Whitehall commissioners to come to their homes and backyards to hear the noise. The commissioners plan to accept the invitation, and they want officials from Dorney Park officials to do the same.
New York Isn't the Place to Live if You're Searching for Peace and Quiet (May 30, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Louis Kibler, a New York resident, about how noisy it is to live in New York:
TV of Scottish Man Confiscated Over Noise (May 28, 1997). The Herald reports that Michael McGinn of Kilmarnock, Scotland has had his television and radio confiscated because he played them too loudly. McGinn also has been fined 450 pounds by the Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.
Night on the Town in New York Assaults the Ears (May 27, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial that outlined the noise assaults the writer experienced in one evening in New York.
North Carolina School Board Should Reconsider Being a Good Neighbor (May 26, 1997). The Morning Star printed an editorial that says the New Hanover County Board of Education, which voted to ignore neighbors' requests to quiet an air handling system and relocate a garbage container at the newly constructed Holly Tree Elementary School in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, should reconsider its decision and be a friendly neighbor.
How to Quiet Your Barking Dog (May 24, 1997). The Sacramento Bee printed an article about ways to quiet your barking dog. The writer makes recommendations about working with your dog on behavior modification and trying an anti-bark collar when all else fails.
Orchard Owner in New Zealand Must Reduce Noise Level of Wind Machine that Fights Frost (May 23, 1997). The Southland Times reports that an orchard owner in Arrowtown, New Zealand has been asked by a panel to significantly reduce noise levels from a frost-fighting wind machine, or remove it. The panel's decision came in response to neighbors angry about the noise and intrusion into the landscape of the machine.
Fierce Fight Over Wood-Chipping Mill in Pennsylvania Town Raises Noise Pollution Issues (May 21, 1997). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents angered at noise from the Keystone Chipping Mill in Kane, Pennsylvania have organized to fight the wood-chip operation, but so far the protest seems to be going nowhere. The article explains the controversy over the mill and explores why noise pollution issues get little attention nowadays.
New York City Borough Creates Part-Time Position for Noise Control Officer (May 21, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Eatontown (New York) Borough Council voted last week to hire a part-time noise control officer to serve as a liaison between businesses and residents. The officer's work will stress the importance of being a good neighbor to businesses and residents.
Noise Pollution Can Permanently Damage Hearing (May 20, 1997). CNBC News Transcripts reports that springtime brings fresh air, but also the sounds of leaf blowers, mowers, boom boxes, and loud mufflers. The report says noise has become a byproduct of living in our crowded, mechanized world, and can make you not only irritable and stressed out, but can cause serious harm to your hearing.
Hearing Loss Is Growing as the World Gets Noisier (May 13, 1997). NBC News reports that twenty-eight million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and that noise levels are growing in the U.S.
London Airport Apologizes for Demolition Explosion that Frightened Residents (May 11, 1997). The Sunday Telegraph Limited reports that the British Airports Authority has apologized for a loud demolition explosion that occurred at London's Heathrow Airport. The 2 a.m. blast frightened thousands of residents, many of whom believed they were caught in a terrorist attack, the article reports.
Researchers Find That Children in Noisy Areas Are Poor Readers Because They Tune Out Human Speech (May 10, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York are suggesting that children who live in noisy areas have poorer reading skills because they tune out human speech and thus have a harder time recognizing and understanding human speech.
New Video Illustrates Effectiveness of Highway Noise Barriers (May 9, 1997). PR Newswire reports that a new video available from the National Audiovisual Center illustrates different types of highway noise barriers, their effectiveness, and other details.
Noisy Dogs See a Therapist and Legal Battle Ends (May 9, 1997). Times Newspapers Limited reports that a legal fight to quiet four barking dogs in Great Britain ended after the dogs were quieted through sessions with a pet therapist.
Loud Noise Can Delay Language Skills in Children, Research Finds (May 8, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that a new study in the Journal of Environment and Behavior by Cornell University researchers has found that loud noise can delay reading skills and language acquisition skills in children. Children cope with the loud noise by "tuning out" many sounds, including human speech, the study found.
Britain's Noise Pollution Officers Experience Violence and Aggression (May 8, 1997). The Evening Standard reports that Great Britain's "environment police," who deal with issues involving noise, food hygiene, bonfire smoke, litter, and dumping are increasingly experiencing violent and aggressive responses from the people they deal with.
It's Not Always Quieter in the Country (May 7, 1997). The Daily Telegraph printed an editorial in which the writer outlines why it is often noisier in the country in Great Britain than in the city, town, or suburbs.
Electronical Devices Get Louder, May Even Cause "Beep Phobia" (Apr. 28, 1997). The Nikkei Weekly reports there is a rising number of complaints regarding the electronic tones emitted from devices such as electronic games and pocket pagers. Mobile phone use is spreading from businesspeople to students, however the phone users themselves may themselves be susceptible to a form of "beep phobia", researchers show.
Technological Solutions to Noise (Apr. 23, 1997). ABC World News This Morning correspondent Jack Smith reports on two new technologies designed to reduce noise, one for the listener, one for the producer.
Noise Museum Exhibition Opens in London (Apr. 21, 1997). M2 Presswire reports in a press release that there will be an exhibition titled "Noise?" will open at the Science Museum in London on April 24, and will run till July 27. One of the features of the exhibition is research currently underway at the University of Southampton on active sound control, which is cancellation of an unwanted sound wave with another sound wave generated by a loudspeaker. The press release says that the exhibition is aimed at a general and family audience and explores many other interesting areas of noise research, including the production of quieter road surfaces and noise tags to monitor an individual's exposure to noise levels.
California Planning Commission Gives Residents 90 Days to Quiet Hens in Their Backyard (Apr. 15, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the planning commission in Thousand Oaks, California have warned that if two noisy hens don't quiet down in three months -- to ease neighbors complaints -- further action will be taken.
Island of Bali Gets Ready for Annual Religious Day of Silence (Apr. 8, 1997). Asia Pulse reports that the Indonesian tourist island of Bali celebrates the Nyepi holiday tomorrow -- the annual Hindu day of silence. Everyone on Bali is forbidden from leaving their homes or hotels, from making noise, and from using electricity for 26 hours, and local religious police patrol the island to make sure the rules are enforced.
Koala Bears Consume Sound Buffer in Los Angeles Neighborhood (Feb. 7, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that eucalyptus trees -- which provide a noise and pollution buffer between a major road and residents residents in Los Angeles -- will be cut by the Los Angeles Zoo, who owns the trees. The cut -- which will provide eucalyptus leaves for five koalas and encourage new growth -- was opposed by neighbors, one of which stood in front of the chainsaws to try and stop the zoo from cutting anymore than the 230 they have already cut.
Noise Pollution Invades Airport Departure Gates (Oct. 26, 1996). In this opinion piece, author Adam Hochschild decries the lack of quiet in airport departure gates. For Hochschild, the sources of noise pollution are the continuously sounding television sets, mounted out of reach of anyone who would like to turn off the sound. Hochschild believes he is not alone in feeling annoyed by "force-fed TV," citing those travelers who would like to talk, read or work while waiting for their flights. He believes unwanted noise should be regulated. In public places, Hochschild likens the unwanted noise from TV to the pollution from cigarette smoke. But, the author notes that the noise from unwanted TV can't be sucked away like cigarette smoke by a good ventilation system. Many communities place restrictions on noise from jet skis, leaf blowers and snowmobiles. What about regulating the unwanted noise from television sets? With special rooms or designated areas for smokers, why not a special room in airports for TV watchers?
Environmental Group's Study: Air Pollution from Airports Goes Largely Unchecked (Oct. 19, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that a Natural Resources Defense Council report says that airports -- such as John Wayne Airport in the Los Angeles area -- put out air pollution that does not receive the attention it deserves. This is a major concern in the already smog-prone area.
Increasing Air Tours Pollute Our National Parks (Jul.1 1994). National Parks Magazine reports that an increase in tourist air flights, in conjunction with other air traffic, is destroying the peace and solitude which many seek when visiting national parks. More than 100 of the 367 units of the National Park System are being negatively affected by air traffic. The flights are also disturbing the parks' wildlife. Government officials are just waking up to the cause of preserving the peace in our parks. The controversy lies in the fact that the parks do not employ or control the flight operators.
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