Over the past weekend, you may have noticed, the leaves all changed color and a ton of them were falling around your neighborhood. And because we don’t want a ton of leaves in the yard, the sounds of leaf blowers have been revving up around the area. I don’t know about you, but to me, that is one of the nice sounds that Fall is here.
That is also why I love living in the Midwest.
If you lived in Boston, you may not have neighbors who enjoy the sound of leaf blowers as much. Specifically, the Citizens Against Leafblower Mania (CALM), who are the typical East Coast-types…grumpy and full of rules.
So what happened? Not unlike here, the leaves changed and fell off the trees throughout the month of October, so as you would expect, the leaf blowers came out…and the calls to the police began. 320 calls, specifically. This group, CALM, has created a city ordinance against gas-powered leaf blowers between Memorial Day and Labor Day an all leaf blowers before and after that day can be above 65-decibels.
Karen Bray, a member of CALM, explains her hatred of the dreaded leaf blower,
“They have a high-pitched, screeching whine,” Bray expressed. “They raise your blood pressure. When you’re in your home office, it’s impossible to think. The quality of life has been very decreased by the overuse of leaf blowers.”
Here is what is interesting, they majority of the calls were made by a small group of people, like 15 people made 42% of all the calls according to the Newton police.
The local CBS affiliate heard about the stink over the leaf blowers and went to Newton to find out more.