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O'Fallon, Missouri, "Mayor of O'Fallon, Missouri Admits He Purchased the Wrong Sound System for a Local Stadium, and Asks Aldermen to Budget for a Better, Quieter System" (Aug. 9, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the mayor of O'Fallon, Missouri admitted he purchased an inappropriately-loud sound-system for the "Little Rascals" baseball stadium. The system has caused noise complaints from residents around the stadium, and the mayor asked the aldermen to fund a new system; converting to the new system could cost $30,000-$100,000. Since the loud system was installed, the city has hired "a sound consultant, changed positions of the speakers and enacted a noise ordinance."

O'Fallon, Missouri, "O'Fallon, Missouri Enacts Emergency Noise Ordinance to Address Noise Complaints Directed At Baseball Field" (Jul. 22, 1999). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a noise ordinance was passed in O'Fallon, Missouri to address increasing noise complaints directed at a local ballfield. Noise registers in the high 90s at the field, and in the 50s outside of it; the new ordinance's limit is 93 inside the park and 50 outside. The city has hired a consultant to determine strategies for reducing noise, which may include replacing the speaker system in large part; the owner of the ballfield has said he is open to that possibility.

Oadby, United Kingdom, "Oadby, U.K. Resident is Dismayed that Noise from the Local Aerodrome Seems to Be Under No One's Jurisdiction" (Nov. 22, 1999). The Leicester Mercury prints a letter to the editor that expresses concern over noise from a local aerodrome. The writer is dismayed because no agency has any jurisdiction over the noise.

Oak Park, Illinois, "Technical Solutions to Acoustic Needs for Theater and Concert Hall Spaces" (Apr. 1, 2000). Entertainment Design published an interview about theater and concert hall acoustics with expert Rick Talaske of the Talaske Group, Inc. (Tgi) in Oak Park, Illinois. David Napoleon of Entertainment Design was the interviewer.

Oakland, California, "Authorities In Oakland California Vote To Expand Airport" (Dec. 17, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland port commissioners voted to move ahead with a $600 million airport expansion yesterday, saying the benefits of the project for the region outweigh the problems that added noise could cause for airport neighbors.

Oakland, California, "California's Oakland Airport Preparing to Expand" (Dec. 12, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland (California) International Airport will undergo a $600 million expansion intended to capture 50 percent more passengers within three years and to triple cargo traffic by 2010, port and city officials said yesterday.

Oakland, California, "Noise from Oakland Airport Enough Already; Residents Oppose Expansion" (Jan. 19, 1998). The San Francisco Examiner reports thousands of Alameda County residents, civic leaders and educators in the East Bay of California oppose the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport's plan to more than double the number of flights, passengers and cargo passing through Oakland over the next 10 years.

Oakland, California, "Forums on Airport Noise to be Held in San Francisco Bay Area" (Apr. 6, 2000). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco area Regional Airport Planning Committee is hosting a series of public forums on airport noise. For the first time, the committee will be dealing with public complaints about all three of the major airports in the Bay Area.

Oakville, Ontario CANADA, "Canadian Transport Agency Agrees with Citizens, Orders CN Rail to Reduce Noise in Toronto Rail Yard" (Mar. 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports after listening to residents' noise complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered CN Rail to reduce noise levels at a rail yard in Oakville, Ontario.

Oakville, Toronto, "Canada's CN Rail Begins Appeal of Order to Abate Noise at Oakville Rail Yard" (May 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports that Canada's CN Rail, which moved some noisy operations to its Oakville railyard in 1998, is appealing a Canadian Transport Agency order to reduce noise in Oakville. A citizen's committee supported the March ruling, which requires CN to monitor noise at the yard twice each month and submit a long-term noise reduction plan. The Federal Court of Appeals will now determine if the appeal has legal grounds, and in the meantime CN will perform noise measurements in compliance with the order.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, "NC Residents Seek Relief from Noise and Artificial Light" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Morning Star reports the Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet later this month to craft ordinances that regulate noise and outdoor lighting as neighborhoods expand on the North Carolina barrier island.

Ocean Township, New Jersey, "Ocan Township, New Jersey Resident Complains About Noisy Trucks" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that an Ocean Township, New Jersey resident is bothered by early morning noise from township trucks. Sandra Krug, of Holland Drive, told the Township Council that since an aging building was torn down in the road department yard on the corner of Beecroft Place and Larkin Place several years ago, the noise of trucks rumbling to life in the morning is amplified. The township maintains that construction of a new building has been held back by NJDEP regulations and testing.

Ockbrook and Borrowash, United Kingdom, "Ockbrook and Borrowash, United Kingdom Resident Gathers 500 Signature Petition and Support of Parish Council In Asking for Noise Control Along the A52" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a resident near Ockbrook and Borrowash, U.K. has gathered 500 signatures and the support of the parish council in calling for noise control along the A52.

Odessa, Florida, "Flordia Ball Field Too Noisy for Neighbors" (Feb. 3, 2000). County planners approved a private citizen's request to play ball on the field he bought. Now the owner finds himself beset with noise and land use violations, putting him ad odds with local officials because night activities disrupt the peace and quiet of his neighbors, and the field is not zoned for night games.

Ogunquit, Maine, "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.

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, "Noise Wall Will be Built in Japan to Mitigate Noise Near U.S. Air Base" (Feb. 26, 1998). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that Japan and the U.S. agreed Thursday to build a concrete noise wall north of the U.S. Kadena Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in order to ease noise pollution near the base. The noise wall will be paid for by Japan, the article notes.

Okinawa, Japan, "Okinawa Governor -- Wary of Residents' Noise Complaints and Upcoming Summit -- Proposes Less-Populated Site for U.S. Military Heliport" (Nov. 22, 1999). The AP Worldstream reports that the governor of Okinawa, Japan has proposed a new site for the heliport currently located on a local U.S. Marines Base. Residents around the base complain currently, but some officials in Naga, the new location for the heliport, are upset that the public there wasn't consulted.

Okinawa, Japan, "US Base Too Noisy for Okinawans: Court Action Taken" (Mar. 28, 2000). The Mainichi News reported a story about jet noise from the US Kadena Air that has prompted over 5,500 residents near the base to sue the Japanese government and are asking for 6.2 billion zen in damages and calling for a ban on night flights after 7pm.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma City Transportation Department Approves Noise Wall Where It Was Previously Said to Be Unfeasible; Change Of Heart Reflects New Uses for Road and New Noise-Dampening Materials" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a 1,300-foot, $250,000 noise wall along a section of Interstate 44. The commission originally considered the wall as part of a 1990 highway contract. "Changes in the operation" of the road, as well as new noise-dampening materials have now made a noise wall possible.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma City Threatens Legal Action to Stop Night Noise from Dig Operation" (Mar. 24, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports Oklahoma City Council members said Wednesday they are willing to go to court if necessary to stop overnight dirt work near a northeast neighborhood.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "State of Oklahoma on its Way to Final Passage of Boom Car Law" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed an anti-car stereo noise bill. Final language needs to be drafted on the bill, however, and it may not pass during this year's legislative session. The Senate passed the bill in March by a vote of 26-17.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma School Children at Risk from Noise and Traffic from Interstate" (Feb. 2, 2000). In a column of the Daily Oklahoman, a letter to the editor stresses the need for state or local officials to put up a wall against noise and possible safety hazards posed by traffic on Interstate 44, which runs 100 feet from the playground. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma City Councilwoman's Fight Against Noise Said to Interfere with Development" (Mar. 22, 2000). According to the Daily Oklahoman, an Oklahoma City councilwoman's fight against noise prompted other council members to delay any change in the city's noise ordinance because they are worried that inner-city development may suffer because of it.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Proposed Amendment to Oklahoma City Ordinance, Designed to Reduce Nightclub Noise, Causes Concern Among Business Owners and Some Residents" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Sunday Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City Councilwoman Amy Brooks has drafted a proposed amendment to a city ordinance as a result of complaints from many of her Ward 2 constituents about late-night bar, nightclub, and restaurant noise in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Some other residents, and many business owners and concert promoters, strongly oppose the measure.

Okolona, Kentucky, "Road Extension in Kentucky Town Leaves Some Residents Unhappy" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that about 70 people went to the Okolona, Kentucky fire station last week to examine the final design plan for the road extension to Jefferson Boulevard. Although there was widespread opposition to the extension earlier, many residents seem to have accepted the plan, the article says. However, some residents still oppose the extension. Meanwhile, officials from the Jefferson County Public Works Department said hearings will be held to explore the types of noise barriers that could be erected between the road extension and the residential areas.

Olathe, Kansas, "Effective Buffer Zones Between Commercial and Residential Areas Critical in Olathe, Kansas" (May 20, 1998). The Kansas City Star published an editorial about city officials response to problems plaguing Kansas' Olathe Station. It is the editor's opinion that stronger rules for development are needed to prevent future difficulties with noise and lighting between commercial and residential districts.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, "Maine Residents Object to Noise from Salvation Army's New 1,421 Seat Pavilion" (Aug. 5, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports on opening night of The Salvation Army's new pavilion in Old Orchard Beach, the noise was already too loud for neighbors. The group received a summons from police to appear in court for violating the town's noise ordinance.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, "New Ampitheater In Residential Maine Community Concerns Neighbors" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports that the Salvation Army is building an ampitheater in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Residents are concerned about the noise and traffic the facility may bring to the community.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, "Maine Residents Cry "Extended Use"; Object to Concerts at Revival Site" (Mar. 17, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports a third meeting moderated by town officials failed to alleviate residents' noise and traffic concerns about a new outdoor amphitheater in Old Orchard Beach.

Oldsmar, Florida, "Residents in Florida Neighborhood Want Relief from Traffic Noise; Officials Say Noise Barrier is Unlikely" (Jul. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that residents in Oldsmar, Florida who live along the new State Road 580 want a noise barrier built to shield them from traffic noise. The new highway runs as close as 20 feet to some people's homes at the end of what were previously dead-end, wooded streets. Meanwhile, officials say a noise barrier would be too expensive for the neighborhood, but they are considering other options such as landscaping.

Olmsted Falls, Ohio, "Ohio Airport Neighbors Oppose Runway Extension on Noise Grounds" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that residents and officials in Olmsted Falls, Ohio are opposed to the proposed extension of runways at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, saying that the plans will increase noise over a village already plagued by too many low-flying jets. More than 300 residents, as well as officials from Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, gathered last night to discuss the airport's expansion plans.

Olmsted Falls, Ohio, "Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Fights Noise and Expansion at Cleveland Hopkins Airport" (Jul. 6, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports residents and public officials in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, have been working together to prevent more aircraft noise from the planned expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Olmsted Falls, Ohio, "Letter Says the FAA Fails to Protect Citizens' Interests in Expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport" (Jul. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer published the following letter from Matthew Englehart of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. In his letter, Englehart questions the employment of the firm hired to study the impact of expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Englehart also criticizes the FAA for failing to provide checks and balances for airport planners. Mr. Englehart writes:

Olmsted Falls, Ohio, "Residents Question Environmental Impact Report for Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins International Airport" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that Olmsted Falls, Ohio residents and officials say that an FAA environmental impact report is faulty and needs revision, and say that the noise consulting firm for the airport has a conflict of interest because it already works for the airport. The airport "wants to build a 9,000-foot northeast-southwest runway at the northern end of the airport and lengthen an existing parallel runway." Olmsted Falls residents say they already get enough noise and pollution from jets, and don't want the expansion to make worse.

Olympia, Washington, "Washington School District Gets Grant for Pilot Project to Reduce Aircraft Noise" (Sep. 18, 1997). PR Newswire released a press release that reports the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) will provide a grant of $165,000 to the Highline School District in Olympia, Washington for a pilot project to identify which schools could benefit from soundproofing to mitigate the impact of jet noise from the nearby airport. The money will allow the school district to begin the first phase of the pilot project, which will consist of surveying eight to twelve schools to determine which is the best candidate for an actual soundproofing project, the article says.

Omaha, Nebraska, "Developers of Residential Subdivision in Nebraska Purchase Racetrack to Eliminate Noise Problem" (Jun. 9, 1998). The Omaha World-Herald reports that developers of the Deer Creek subdivision in Omaha, Nebraska have purchased the Sunset Speedway at 114th and State Streets so that the presence of the track wouldn't deter residents from purchasing the upscale homes. The racetrack will close after its racing season in 2000, and owners expect to relocate the track to a new site.

Omaha, Nebraska, "Noise from Omaha, Nebraska's Ranch Bowl Concert Gets Show Shut Down; City Officials and Neighbors Call for Noise Reduction" (Jul. 23, 1999). The Omaha World-Herald reports that a recent concert at Omaha, Nebraska's Ranch Bowl, noise was loud enough to get the show shut down. After a warning at 7:30, police pulled the plug at 10 PM. The current ordinance allows for a $500 fine and 6 months in jail, and a new proposal would require a permit for all outdoor events. Other problems associated with Ranch Bowl concerts include illegally parked cars and litter, which the owner said he will address. The Ranch Bowl -- a popular bowling spot for years -- has a long history including visits from at least two American Presidents.

Ontario, California, "California City Awarded $1.5 Million for Airport Noise Soundproofing Program" (Jun. 17, 1997). Business Wire reports that the Los Angeles World Airports will award $1.5 million to the City of Ontario, California for implementing a sound insulation project.

Orange City, Florida, "Florida City Permits Early Mowing" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that residents of golf course communities may start their days a little earlier, thanks to a recent decision by the Orange City Council. Last week, the Tribune reports, council members agreed to allow golf courses to apply for an annual waiver of the city's noise ordinance, permitting early morning mowing of course greens.

Orange City, Florida, "Florida Retirement Community Fights Noise From Trucks" (Dec. 11, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that more than 100 people in Orange City, Florida who have taken to civic activism have a litany of complaints from loud trucks to speeding cars to the proliferation of all-terrain vehicles frolicking on vacant property nearby. This week, the Orange City Council promised to help.

Orange County, California, "California Planning Commission Endorses Airport at El Toro" (Nov. 23, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Orange County, California Planning Commission supported an environmental study of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station that suggests that the creation of a commercial airport would be acceptable.

Orange County, California, "California Residents Voice Opinions on Proposed Airport at El Toro" (Nov. 17, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reported that there seems to be little consensus concerning the proposed conversion of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to an international airport in Orange County, California, based on the following non-scientific sampling of quotes from area residents:

Orange County, California, "Proposed Conversion of California Military Base Draws Fire" (Sep. 29, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that residents don't believe that a draft environmental report -- which says the proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marines Base -- will constitute a good way of addressing noise, pollution, and traffic concerns in the area. They, and others, will have until October 15 to make comments, and County Supervisors will make a decision on the airport on the day before New Year's Eve.

Orange County, California, "Eleven Orange County, California Cities Regulate or Ban Leaf Blowers" (Jun. 2, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that although the City of Laguna Niguel, California recently rejected a proposal to regulate leaf-blowers, ten other cities in Orange County have imposed regulations, and one city has banned leaf-blowers. The article outlines how the regulations have been passed or rejected in some of the cities, and provides a list of which cities have regulations currently.

Orange County, California, "Debate Continues About Proposed El Toro Airport in California" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letters-to-the-editor from several residents in Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana, California regarding the proposed conversion of the El Toro Marine Corps Base into an international airport:

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California is Split Over New Airport at El Toro" (Apr. 23, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a proposed new regional airport at the site of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station near Irvine, California has divided the county. Supporters of the proposed airport, including the Orange County Board of Supervisors, say it would allow the county to become a major economic player in the region. Opponents say the airport will just bring more noise and pollution. They want to transform the base into a mixed-use urban center for the county. Many view the controversy as one of the most divisive and most important issues the county has faced.

Orange County, California, "CA Residents Fight for Sound Wall as Shield from Trains" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Orange County, California railroad noise has been a problem for many years, and residents have continued to push for noise walls in the area.

Orange County, California, "A California Superior Court ruling requiring further analysis of El Toro Airport impacts won't stop planning by Orange county: an interview with El Toro Master Development Program manager Courtney Wiercioch." (Jan. 15, 1998). The Irvine Citizen interviewed Courtney Wiercioch, Orange County, California's program manager for the El Toro Airport Master Development Program. The Citizen talked with Wiercioch concerning San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith McConnell's ruling last week that major revisions must be made to the county's environmental analysis of El Toro airport noise, traffic and passenger demand. The article reports that the ruling requires the county to make additional comparisons based on existing or known conditions, such as road improvements now funded or in place. Wiercioch said that the ruling is not viewed as a major setback and will not stop base-reuse planning.

Orange County, California, "Letters to the Editor Express Differing Views on the Proposed El Toro (California) Airport." (Jan. 11, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following letters:

Orange County, California, "Californai Residents React to El Toro Editorial" (Jan. 25, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letters to the editor in response to a January 18, 1998, editorial titled, "Clarity for El Toro."

Orange County, California, "Noise and Dust From California Development Projects Impact Residents" (Jul. 27, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that large and small construction projects in Orange County, California affect people who live nearby. The most common complaints from neighbors over construction are noise, dust, and aesthetics. The article goes on to briefly discuss each of these impacts.

Orange County, California, "Judge to Rule on Sound Limits at Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, California" (Jun. 10, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that Judge Robert E. Thomas is scheduled to rule on the validity of Orange County's noise restrictions at a hearing June 30. The ruling will be made in relation to Pacific Amphitheater, a 18,500-seat venue owned by the Orange County Fair.

Orange County, California, "Residents Hope Noise Ordinance Will Be Unaffected by Judicial Hearing in Orange County, California" (Jun. 10, 1998). Orange County Register reports that residents are worried about the $16 million settlement won by the Orange County Fair in a dispute over its purchase of the Pacific Amphitheater.

Orange County, California, "Researcher Tells California School Board Trustees That Noise Can Create Problems for Schoolchildren" (May 19, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that Gary Evans, a professor at Cornell University, spoke to the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees and the Orange County Acoustical Society in Orange County, California on Monday night on the topic of whether an international airport at the El Toro Air Station would create problems for kids exposed to jet noise. Evans said that chronic exposure to noise can lead to lower reading scores and hypertension among schoolchildren, but he added that there's no evidence yet that an El Toro airport would force kids to endure chronic noise exposure. The article notes that the school district opposes an airport.

Orange County, California, "Airport Foes Say Tests at California's El Toro Won't Show Long-Term Effects" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports opponents of turning El Toro Marine Base into a commercial airport say planned testing will yield inaccurate results while airport boosters say test results will reduce residents' noise concerns.

Orange County, California, "FAA Officials Hear Noise Complaints From Previously Unaffected Neighborhoods In Orange County, California and Concerns About a New Airport at Former El Toro Marines Base" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently addressed concerns over increasing noise in previously unaffected areas in Orange County, California. Residents also worry that a new airport at El Toro could make the noise problems even worse. FAA officials claimed that no flight paths, which take most jets over Orange County at 15,000 feet, have changed. The FAA would not comment on its opinion regarding a possible commercial airport at El Toro before Orange County supervisors complete a master proposal.

Orange County, California, "If Proposed Airport at Former El Toro Marines Base in California Is Not Approved, John Wayne Airport May Be Expanded; Expansion Could Exacerbate Problems in Newport, California" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that if the proposed airport at the former El Toro Marines Base in Orange County, California is not approved, John Wayne Airport may be expanded. Critics of that plan fear it would bring increased problems with environment, traffic, noise and property values. Some also believe that El Toro would help tourism and business in the area, although critics say that only select businesses would be helped while others were hurt.

Orange County, California, "Residents Near Proposed Airport at El Toro -- A Former Marines Base -- Want Nighttime Flight Curfews, Passenger-Count Caps, and Consideration of Noise Impact On Schools; Residents Closer to Nearby John Wayne Airport Say They Already Tolerate Noise, and Want El Toro to Share Some of That Noise Burden" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that while residents near the proposed airport at El Toro in Orange County, California are worried that noise will irritate them, residents around the nearby John Wayne Airport say they don't want the noise they already deal with to get worse: a situation that could happen if El Toro isn't built. Critics of the airport have pushed for a referendum that could require two-thirds majority support for the construction of the airport. They also note that noise will likely be worse at El Toro since El toro will have two long runways to John Wayne's one short runway. One neighborhood, already within 1,500 feet of a runway at John Wayne, worries that the community would be "demolished" if John Wayne expanded.

Orange County, California, "California Cable Company Gets A Break From Noise Complaints" (Dec. 16, 1999). According to the Los Angeles Times, a local cable company in Orange County, California will not be held accountable for noise and traffic complaints filed against it. The Orange County Planning Commission also granted the company permission to continue using its land in a residential neighborhood for least a few more months.

Orange County, California, "Residents of Orange County, California Are Concerned About Noise From Backup Generators Being Installed In Neighborhoods By Telecommunications Companies" (Jul. 13, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that a telecommunications company in Orange County, California is installing backup generators in residential neighborhoods. Area City Councils believe that noise from the generators as loud as a lawnmower will disrupt residents. They are also worried that, despite emergency shut-off valves, a car crash could cause an explosion at one of the desk-sized road-side generators. The company didn't use quieter battery backups because they wanted their generators to be able to run indefinitely.

Orange County, California, "200 Orange County, California Residents Demand End to Plans for Commercial Airport at El Toro Marines Base After Jet-Noise Tests Disrupt Their Lives" (Jul. 28, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that over 200 residents of Orange County, California packed a Board of Supervisors meeting to demand an end to plans for a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marines Base. Jet-Noise tests in June shook roof tiles and caused many residents to worry about safety and property values. The county's jet-noise expert was conspicuously absent from the meeting, as was noise data the County was supposed to have gathered at the test. Some residents of nearby communities downplayed the noise, noting that John Wayne Airport -- which may experience less traffic if El Toro goes through -- subjects them to more noise. Supervisors will decide on the project in December.

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California Board of Supervisors Hear Complaints from Recent Jet-Noise Testing at El Toro Marine Base" (Jun. 30, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that more than three dozen residents turned out with their children at the last Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to emphasize the effect that noise from a proposed new airport at the former El Toro Marine Base would have on their families. Recent jet-noise tests -- which included 25 jet takeoffs and landings -- disturbed many of these families. "My kids were outside playing when the test was going on, and they held their ears as hard as they could," said Aliso Viejo resident Rod Rangel of his daughter Chenoa, 8, and son Gabriel, 5. "It's wrong, it's wrong for our children. "

Orange County, California, "Columnist Takes Sarcastic Look at What He Asserts is an Overly Expensive, Unnecessary Jet-Noise Demonstration at Orange County, California's El Toro Marines Base" (Jun. 4, 1999). The Orange County Register prints a column, taking a sarcastic look at the $1.3 million jet-noise test at Orange County, California's El Toro Marine Base. The author Jeff Kramer asserts that the County has a knack for spending large amounts of money to reveal the obvious: in this case, whether a commercial airport at El Toro would cause annoying noise. He takes us through his own low budget survey of various sounds that are annoying.

Orange County, California, "Controversial Flight Demonstration at Orange County, California's El Toro Military Base to Take Place Saturday" (Jun. 4, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that a flight demonstration at Orange County, California's Marine Base which is intended to show the public what a commercial airport at the base would be like will take place Saturday. Critics claim that the demonstration is misleading because planes will be lighter and there will be relatively few flights. Also, some fear that the demonstration is not safe, since the two flight paths to be used are deemed to dangerous by the nation's two pilot unions. The article then lists the schedule for takeoffs and landings.

Orange County, California, "First Day of Jet-Noise Demonstrations in Orange County, California Met with Mixed Reactions from Residents" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that after the first day of $1.3 million jet-noise tests at the 4,700 acre El Toro Marine Base in Orange County, Florida, neighbors were mixed in their reactions. Today will be the second day of the demonstrations, which are designed to help people make up their mind as to whether to support a commercial airport at El Toro; the proposed airport could handle up to 28.8 million passengers each year by 2020. Critics say the tests are worthless because only under-loaded planes are using unrealistic flight paths, and air traffic is no comparison to an actual commercial airport.

Orange County, California, "Pilot Reveals Details of Why Orange County, California's El Toro Airport Jet-Noise Demonstration is Deceptive" (Jun. 3, 1999). The Orange County Register prints an editorial by George Serniak, a pilot with a major airline, which gives specific reasons as to why a jet-noise test at Orange County, California's El Toro Marine Base will be deceptive. He notes that the demonstration, purported to show residents what a commercial airport at El Toro would sound like, will use only one arrival path and two departure paths; he further notes that most often pilots and air-traffic controllers determine the safest, most efficient 'visual approach', which follows no prescribed flight path. He says that contrary to the impression that one arrival path will give, "arrivals will blanket the majority of south Orange County residential areas."

Orange County, California, "Residents in Orange County California Debate Proposed El Toro Airport" (May 30, 1999). The Los Angeles Times printed letters to the editor against the opening a former military airport to commercial traffic in Orange County.

Orange County, California, "Residents in Orange County, California Have Mixed Responses to Jet-Noise Demonstrations at El Toro Marine Base" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that after jet-noise demonstrations at Orange County, California's El Toro Marine Base, residents have mixed reactions. One resident said "When it went over, I just thought, 'I'm moving... this is no way to live." Another claimed they were"within tennis ball-throwing distance from them." Still others worry about peripheral problems like traffic, pollution, and congestion. Conversely, some admitted the noise wasn't as bad as they expected.

Orange County, California, "Weather Remains Biggest Threat to Jet-Noise Test at Orange County, California's El Toro Marines Base" (Jun. 4, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that weather may be a problem for the morning flights scheduled in a jet-noise test at Orange County, California's El Toro Marines Base. FAA regulations say the flight must be scrubbed if clouds are below 3,000 feet or visibility is under three miles; Marines removed electronic equipment from the airport that would have allowed landings in 'foul weather." If the first flight is scrubbed, it will be sent to Ontario International Airport and attempt another El Toro landing at 4 PM.

Orange County, California, "Editorial Writer in Los Angeles Asks Those Affected By Airport Noise to Accept It For the Good of the Community" (May 14, 1999). The Los Angeles Times editorial staff printed an article asking citizens of Orange County, California to accept the "sporadic and short duration" airport noise as many people accept freeway noise. The author tried to appeal to the reader's desire to "travel the world and share with our fellow men and women our cultures."

Orange County, California, "June 4-5 Jet Noise Test at El Toro Marine Base in Orange County, California Set; Supporters Say It Will Give Residents a Taste of an Airport, Opponents Say It Will Mislead" (May 13, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that a test of commercial jet noise at El Toro Marine Base in Orange County, California has been scheduled for June 4-5. The test is intended to give residents in southern Orange County an idea of the noise they would face if the closing marine base becomes a commercial airport. The test will include seven types of jets taking off from two runways between 7 AM and midnight. Opponents say that since frequency, times of day, and length of the demonstration will all be less than an actual commercial airport, it will be misleading.

Orange County, California, "FAA E-mails Reveal Administration's Concerns About a Potential Airport at Orange County, California's El Toro" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that after FAA e-mails were released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, it is clear that the FAA has serious concerns about safety and efficiency of any airport that was approved at Orange County's El Toro site. A largely ignored alternative plan, called the V-plan, was praised in the e-mails; the plan would use north and south runways to send planes over the least populated areas.

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California Grand Jury's Decision Last Year to Allow Local Bans of Leaf Blowers Has Resulted In Only One Half-Hearted Local Ban" (Nov. 21, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that although the Orange County, California Grand Jury proposed a ban on leaf blowers earlier this year, only one locality has followed suit; one other requires registration of the machines. The columnist believes that the real solution is pressuring manufacturers to make quieter machines, or using the old-fashioned rake.

Orange County, California, "Cities Near Proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California Rezone Land for Schools and Residences In Hopes that Those Properties Will Further Discourage Airport Plans" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that cities near the proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California are encouraging residential and school development near the site. Officials hope that by allowing noise-sensitive developments to move near the airport, the airport project will be more likely to be abandoned due to concerns over noise. Some disagree, saying that building schools is "a tacit acknowledgment that the noise won't be that bad."

Orange County, California, "Recap of the Summer Events Surrounding a Proposed Commercial Airport at the Former El Toro Marines Base in Orange County, California" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports on the events of the summer that have surrounded a proposal to establish a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marines base in Orange County, California. The definition of community to be affected by the outcome is defined as the County populace instead of the commmunities immediately surrounding the base; this places distant communities in control of airport approval. After months of debate, the Board of Supervisors decided to vote on the proposal in May after the planning process is further along. Shortly after, a citizen petition qualified a ballot initiative that would require a two-thirds approval for expansion of airports. The initiative will be voted on in March, and so the Supervisors' vote may end up being subject to citizen approval.

Orange County, California, "Orange County Airports Topic of Heated Discussion" (Feb. 6, 2000). The Los Angeles Times printed letters of complaint about John Wayne Airport and whether air traffic should be rerouted to nearby proposed El Toro airport, which is not yet constructed. The letters are printed in their entirety.

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California Supervisors Change Maximum Noise Levels For Areas Surrounding John Wayne Airport While Questioning Why Airport Changed Maximums in Previous Years Without Consulting a Judge" (Jan. 25, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reports that Orange County supervisors approved changes to maximum noise levels near John Wayne airport, and questioned why a district judge's permission for such changes had not been consistently sought in the past.

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California Fair Agrees Not to Extract Legal Fees from Two Neighbors Who Opposed Them In a Losing Lawsuit Over Noise from a Fairgrounds Amphitheater" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Orange County, California Fair has agreed not to hold two neighbors to their 'responsibility' to pay $52,000 in legal fees. The two neighbors had joined the losing side of a lawsuit that claimed an amphitheater was sold to the fair when it was known to be unusable due to noise restrictions. When the company who sold the theater settled and the neighbors did not, the neighbors were shouldered with the legal fees. If they don't appeal the ruling, the legal fees will now be waived.

Orange County, California, "Orange County, California Plans to Maintain Noise Rules at John Wayne Airport When Original Agreement Expires, Regardless Of Whether El Toro Airport Becomes a Reality" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reports that Orange County, California officials plan to keep noise rules at John Wayne Airport in place even after 2005 when the original regulations expire. It remains unclear whether this plan will be feasible. Residents near John Wayne worry that if the proposed El Toro airport isn't built, John Wayne could grow dramatically.

Orange County, California, "Numerous Letters to the Editor on Orange County, California's Proposed El Toro Airport Argue For and Against Airport, Criticize Commissioners for Secretive Activity, and Discuss Measure that Would Require Citizen Approval of Infrastructure Like Airports and Jails" (Jan. 9, 2000). The Los Angeles Times prints several letters to the editor which argue for and against the validity of a noise report on the proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California, argue for and against Measure F that would require citizen approval of public infrastructure like airports and jails, and criticize airport commissioners for secretive activity.

Orange County, California, "Proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California Subject of Debate Over Effects on Property Values" (Mar. 12, 2000). The Orange County Register in California published an editorial by Wallace Walrod, vice president for research and communications of the Orange County Business Council. Walrod presents reasons why property values of homes close to a proposed airport at El Toro might actually increase, rather than decrease as many opponents claim. A vote on the county-proposed airport could take place in November.

Orange County, California, "California Residents Protest Rezoning in Community Because of Noise and Traffic Congestion" (Mar. 28, 2000). According to the Los Angeles Times, a new citizen group is protesting the rezoning of land from residential to commercial because of traffic congestion, additional light and noise. The article said an environmental impact on the rezoning sparked controversy in the community.

Oranjestad, Aruba, "Proposed Racetrack in Aruba Opposed By Environmentalists" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Associated Press Worldstream reports that a proposed $15 million racetrack in Aruba is being opposed by environmentalists concerned about air pollution, noise, and the possibility of the track's weight and vibrations collapsing a phosphate mine below the track. Environmentalist supporters will honk their car horns at certain times on Monday, and sport T-shirts and bumper stickers. The Environmental Director in the area said the mine shafts are strong enough to support the track, and claims that the regular wind on the island will reduce noise to the level of a vacuum cleaner

Orchard Park, New York, "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.

Orlando, FL, "Orlando, FL Journalist Bemoans Country's Increasing Volume" (Jun. 13, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune ran an opinion piece by reporter Kate Santich, who worries people are too accepting of this country's increasing level of noise.

Orlando, Florida, "Florida Columnist Sneers at Sailboats" (Sep. 1, 1997). Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed an editorial in which the writer says it's disgusting to see sailboats cluttering up the beautiful Florida lakes, and that they should be banned in Orange and Seminole counties. He also argues that it's a lie that sailboats produce no noise or pollution and use free energy.

Orlando, Florida, "Florida Residents Prepare For New YMCA" (Dec. 17, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that county commissioners in Orlando, Florida voted to sign a 50-year lease with the Central Florida YMCA and contribute $1.9 million toward the new fitness center in Blanchard Park. Area residents worry about noise and are concerned over the loss of their park.

Orlando, Florida, "Florida Residents Call for Noise Pollution Reduction Inside Stadium" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Len and Barbara Bergeson, residents of Merritt Island, Florida, regarding noise pollution at an Orlando Magic game:

Orlando, Florida, "Orlando Homeowners Reject Hotel Proposal from Universal Studios on Grounds of Traffic and Noise" (Nov. 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a group of Orlando, Florida, homeowners challenged Universal Studios Florida and won. Using increased traffic and noise pollution as issues, the residents persuaded the city's planning board to deny the theme park's application to build a hotel and golf course near their homes.

Orlando, Florida, "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.

Orlando, Florida, "Editorial Advocates Regulations on Jet Skis in Florida" (Jul. 18, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed an editorial that argues that Florida communities should place restrictions on Jet Skis, or personal watercraft, and enforce the regulations. Otherwise, the editorial says, a ban could lie ahead.

Orlando, Florida, "Florida Officials Pave Way for Large Development by Prohibiting Future Residents From Suing Over Aircraft Noise" (Jul. 28, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that the City Council in Orlando, Florida voted on Monday to approve an agreement that mostly prohibits future residents in a project known as Vista East from suing nearby Orlando International Airport over airplane noise. The article explains that the council's action paves the way for the $500 million residential and commercial project to begin.

Orlando, Florida, "Noise, Crime, and Traffic Will Rise while Property Values Fall say Neighbors of Florida Naval Center Slated for Redevelopment" (May 17, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Florida residents who live near a naval center slated for redevelopment are worried about noise, along with declining property values and increased traffic and crime.

Orlando, Florida, "Orlando Airports Strive to Avoid Lawsuits about Noise from Residents of New Development" (May 20, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority wants to advise would-be residents of the soon-to-be-developed Naval Training Center property: Don't forget about the planes.

Orlando, Florida, "Neighbors North of Orlando International Airport Will Hear More Noise for Next 6 Months" (Apr. 12, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Orlando International Airport will begin resurfacing a portion of one of its busiest runways today, sending more noisy jets over the airport's neighbors to the north.

Orlando, Florida, "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.

Orlando, Florida, "Universal Studios May Be Planning a New Theme Park In Orlando, Florida; Residents, Already Burdened By Firework and Roller-Coaster Noise From Nearby Parks, Remain Wary" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Orlando Business Journal reports that Universal Studios may be finalizing development plans for part of a 2,000-acre property in the area, though they say they have submitted no development plans. They asked an Orange County development committee to revise their minutes, which suggested that Universal had submitted some form of development plans. Universal has generated noise complaints in the past, and has attempted to mitigate the noise in question.

Orlando, Florida, "Endangered Florida Manatees May Be Injured By Boats In Part Because They Can't Hear Low-Frequency Sounds; Some Want a High-Frequency Alarm, Others Say Harassing Animals Is No Way to Save Them" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that when protected manatees of Florida are killed by boat propellers, the reason may be that the manatees can't hear the boats. Some want to add high-frequency alarms to boat motors to warn manatees, but others say that the noise may do more harm than good by continually harassing the animals.

Orlando, Florida, "Residents Predict More Noise and Isolation with Florida I-4 Expansion" (Mar. 21, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports while the effort to rebuild Florida's Interstate 4 focuses on alleviating rush-hour traffic, residents along the highway fear increased noise, and isolation created by sound barriers.

Orlando, Florida, "Orlando, Florida Resident Upset that Realtor Didn't Mention Future Growth at Leesburg Airport" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel prints a letter to the editor from an Orlando, Florida resident. The author is upset that growth -- which will increase commuter and corporate jet overflights near his house -- at the Leesburg Airport wasn't mentioned when he bought his house three years ago.

Orlando, Florida, "Florida Editorial Says Noise is Noise According to Who Makes It" (Feb. 19, 2000). A tongue-in-cheek editorial in the Orlando Sentinel Tribune posed the question "when is noise really noise?"

Orlando, Florida area, "Resident Says if Florida Airport Allowed to Grow, Noise and Safety Problems Will Worsen" (Aug. 3, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Robert Betts, a Lake Mary, Florida resident, regarding noise problems from the Orlando-Sanford Airport:

Orlando, Florida area, "Florida Resident Challenges Newspaper to Investigate Aircraft Noise Issue More Thoroughly" (Jun. 15, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Doug McGrigor, a Maitland, Florida resident, regarding noise levels from aircraft at the Orlando Sanford Airport:

Orlando, Florida area, "Noise and Safety are Both Problems with Orlando Sanford Airport" (Jun. 15, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Edward Thomas, a Lake Mary, Florida resident, regarding noise and safety issues at the Orlando Sanford Airport:

Orlando, Floridaj, "Orlando, Florida Airport Advisory Group Approves Rule to Notify Prospective Home Buyers of Aircraft Noise If It Has Been Recently Rezoned Residential" (May 15, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that an Orlando, Florida airport advisory board approved a rule that would notify prospective home buyers of aircraft noise if the land was previously not zoned residential. Orlando's two airports are voluntarily adopting the rule to avoid expensive noise abatement measures in the future that have cost airports like Atlanta $400 million. Some buyers will be asked to sign waivers saying they won't sue over noise, while

Osaka, Japan, "Japanese Rail Firms Agree to Take Steps to Cut Noise" (May 1, 1997). The Daily Yomiuri reports that the operators of two railway lines connecting downtown Osaka, Japan and the Kansai International Airport have agreed to introduce noise-reduction measures this year, in response to complaints about increased noise.

Osceola County, Florida, "Florida Power Plant's New Location Promises Less Noise" (Jan. 14, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reported that when Reliant Energy came to Holopaw residents for the second time and told residents that its proposed 460-megawatt power plant would hum no louder than their refrigerators, residents told company officials it would still be too noisy.

Oshawa, Ontario, "Community in Canada Angered by Barking Dogs" (Mar. 11, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that Oshawa residents are angered by the recent City Council decision not to prosecute barking dog complaints

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, "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.

Oslo, Norway, "Norway Labor Laws Outlaw Church Bells" (Dec. 18, 1997). AP Online reports that state noise regulations have made it illegal to ring steeple bells in Norway.

Oslo, Norway, "Muslims in Oslo, Norway Allowed to Use Loudspeaker to Broadcast Calls to Prayer" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Associated Press Worldstream reports that a neighborhood council in Oslo, Norway has granted permission to the World Islamic Mission to broadcast calls to prayer on outdoor loudspeakers every Friday.

Ottawa, Canada, "Overnight Flights at Macdonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa, Canada is Citizen's Main Concern" (Apr. 2, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen ran the following letter clarifying a published opinion regarding the expansion of Ottawa's Macdonald Cartier airport in Canada.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Ottawa Area Considers Airport Expansion" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that more than 200 area residents expressed concerns last night about expansion at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "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.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Festival in Ottawa Should be Subject to Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 16, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen printed the following letter-to-the-editor from John Taylor, an Ottawa resident, about the noise from loud music at the city's Italian Week festival:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Ottawa Plans Airport Expansion" (Dec. 6, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that due to increased demand, the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Canada will need to expand soon. Citizens are concerned about noise traffic and the expense of the new facility.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "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.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Canadian Native People Disturbed by Noise From Military Jets" (Sep. 23, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Mike Boychyn, a Scarborough, Ontario resident, regarding the nuisance of military flights to the native Innu people:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Residents Beneath Ottawa Airport Flight Path Fear More Noise After Expansion" (Mar. 28, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen reports that residents living near the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa, Ontario are afraid that the $250 million airport expansion project that includes a new terminal will bring more airline noise, especially over communities such as Barrhaven.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Residents Say Ottawa Airport Expansion Plan Failed to Consider Them" (Mar. 29, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen reports that residents in neighborhoods near the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport outside Ottawa, Ontario say the airport authority failed to consult them when deciding on a major expansion plan. The expansion will decrease the quality-of-life of residents Nepean neighborhoods like Barrhaven, residents say. In addition, they say the airport authority did not consider plans that would route some aircraft over unpopulated areas.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Air Cargo Conference Held in Ottawa; Some Industry Members Say Ottawa Could Become Secondary Air Cargo Hub" (May 16, 1998). The Ottawa Sun reports that the 7th annual International Air Cargo conference ended yesterday in Ottawa, Ontario. Some industry members said the Ottawa International Airport could be a location in the future for a secondary air cargo hub. But airport officials aren't sure that's a good idea, the article says.

Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, "Editorial Laments Ottawa's Noisy Spring" (May 12, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial lamenting spring's double-edged sword: warmer weather and more daylight bring more noise.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, "Canada Should Pay More Attention to Noise Pollution" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Ottawa Citizen printed this letter to the editor regarding jet noise over residential areas. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Overland Park, Kansas, "Community Development Committee in Overland Park, Kansas Approves Ordinance That Would Limit Hours for Home-based Auto Repairs" (Apr. 8, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports that Overland Park's Community Development Committee has approved an ordinance to restrict outdoor auto work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in an effort to curb neighborhood noise and frustrations.

Overland Park, Kansas, "City in Kansas Considers Setting Curfew on Home Car Repairs" (May 30, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports that City Councilors in Overland Park, Kansas will discuss implementing a curfew that would end home-based auto repairs at its Monday meeting. The proposed ordinance is intended to curb the noise, light, and fumes that come from late-night auto repairs.

Overland Park, Kansas, "Overland Park, Kansas City Council To Limit Volume on Car Stereos" (Dec. 11, 1999). The Kansas City Star reported that the Public Safety Committee of the Overland Park City Council directed the city's legal staff to find an ordinance that will limit the noise levels on car stereos in residential areas.

Oviedo, Florida, "Florida Resident Calls Airport Noise Progress, But Notes He's Losing His Hearing" (Apr. 19, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Bruce Olson, an Oviedo, Florida resident, regarding aircraft noise, especially in the Orlando area:

Oxnard and Camarillo, California, "California County May Privatize Two Airports Under a Federal Pilot Program" (Oct. 4, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that Oxnard and Camarillo airports in Ventura, California may be sold or leased to private companies by local officials. The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing the plan under a pilot program that is trying to determine if private ownership of airports could be a way to deal with decreases in federal funding. The FAA will accept five airports nationwide for the pilot program,

Oxnard, California, "California Town Drops the Idea of Regulating Leaf Blowers" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that Oxnard, California City Council -- which was considering restrictions on leaf blowers because of noise and pollution issues raised by residents -- has decided instead to encourage a dialogue among landscapers and residents to develop a compromise solution.

Oxnard, California, "California City to Consider Limits to Leaf-Blowers in Response to a Pastor's Campaign Against Them" (Jun. 28, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that church pastor Jim Bain of Oxnard, California has launched a campaign against leaf-blowers, saying the machines plague asthmatics and emit ear-splitting noise. Bain has collected about 65 signatures on an anti-leaf-blower petition, and in response to the issue, the Oxnard City Council will discuss restricting leaf-blowers at a meeting Tuesday.

Oxnard, California, "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.

Oxnard, California, "Environmentalists and Mobile Home Park Residents in California Oppose Plan for Minor League Baseball Games" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that a minor league baseball team wants to play on a field at Oxnard College in Oxnard, California. Residents worry that noise and traffic would result from their base there. The team, the Pacific Suns, planned to talk with college officials on Tuesday but the issue was postponed until next month's trustees meeting.

Oxnard, California, "City Council Approval Clears Way for New Highway 1 Interchange in Oxnard, California Despite Concerns About Drainage, Noise, and Traffic Problems" (Jan. 15, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports that despite lingering concerns about construction noise, traffic snarls and other issues, the Oxnard City Council has approved measures that could clear the way for a new Highway 1 interchange at Pleasant Valley Road. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an environmental study and an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to build the new interchange and eventually reroute Pacific Coast Highway off Oxnard Boulevard to Rice Avenue.

Oxnard, California, "Two Calif. Airport Authorities to Share Noise Abatement Manager" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports California's Oxnard and Camarillo Airport Authorities plan to create a position and a program to deal with complaints about noisy airplanes.

Oxnard, California, "Letters to the Editor From Oxnard, California Say Expansion at Oxnard Airport Is a Bad Idea" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Ventura County Star prints several letters to the editor on the subject of noise from Oxnard Airport near South Fremont, California. One letter worries about safety at the airport, and says that no expansion should be allowed for this reason. Another letter states that expansion is "in direct conflict with the joint powers agreement and at the expense of the homeowners and residents in the area of the airport." A third letter says that another regional airport -- Camarillo -- should be considered as an option for handling increasing air traffic.

Oxon, United Kingdom, "Head of the Virgin Empire Holds Annual Party For Employees, Draws Numerous Noise Complaints" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Press Association Newsfile reports that a party in Oxon, U.K. held for all Virgin employees around the country drew many noise complaints. A spokesman for Virgin said that when one environmental health officer showed up to note the excessive noise, the volume from music was turned down immediately. The spokesman apologized for any nuisance that was caused to residents.

Ozello, Florida, "Residents of Ozello, Florida Ask for More Restrictions on Noisy Airboaters" (Nov. 17, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints a letter to the editor on the problem of airboat noise in Ozello, Florida.

Ozona, Florida, "Florida Developer To Commercialize Tranquil Residential Area: Noise is Major Concern" (Jan. 13, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reported on commercial developers' buying up the remaining land around this once tranquil town.

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