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John Garrant

3 Days on and already a complaint!

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This is long - but worth the read.

I got home today and there was a note in my door asking me to call someone. Well, I called and the guy down the street said he doesn't like the traffic in our neighborhood, bla bla bla. He asked me why I didn't "inform him" what I was doing. I replied that I didn't think I had to. I tried to understand his concerns but told him I wasn't breaking any laws.I told him I have been working closely with the police and they have been on extra patrols in the neighborhood because of last years problems with vandalism. I also told him that I was the one trying to get a street light, etc. etc. etc. He then said he had been to the police and they basically told him there was nothing they could do because I wasn't doing anythng wrong. I guess the police told him that he would need to go to the town manager next. Well, the town was behind me last year too (ha ha ha) by offering up a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.

We live in a residential neighborhood block and there are woods between all the houses. He's a few houses down on another street and nobody even stops in front of his house, they just drive by!

I now started to pick up some aggrevation in his voice,but I kept a good tone and tried to stay positive. I asked himwhat the wanted me to do, and if he was trying to get me shut down. He replied "well, since I probably won't get you shut down, a compromise with hours would be a start". I said that I would grant his request and cut my hours short during the week.

He then said to me that "it wasn't a good idea to attract media attention", bla bla bla. (I have been on the news a lot!) I then threwback that I have been collecting for charities.

He started getting more aggrevated, but totally against my personality I kept quiet & calm. The last thing I needed was for the media to pick up a story that I was telling someone to go pound sand!

I politely reminded him that if he tried to shut me down it would attract so much MORE media attention that he would be bothered personally by them, rather than just traffic.

to be continued...

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HE KIND OF SOUNDS UNSTABLE YOU MIGHT WHANT TO WATCH HIM SOUNDS LIKE MIGHT TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO YOUR DISPLAY

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John,

Been there, done that, baked that cake and ate it (as you probably know).

You're on the right track. You have compromised a bit, which will hopefully at least show good intentions. When we compromised and I posted all the details here a couple years back, a few folks basically said I was an idiot (well, not really, but close) and should be INCREASING my hours and making things even more annoying, just to pi$$ them off further. That's the sort of attitude that will eventually get cities to draft regs that get displays like ours banned.

What you want to do is do anything reasonable to be cooperative, without undermining the spirit of your display. That way the city knows you made an effort, and you'll look like the good guy and the neighbors the scrooge.

Ever since our incident (2 seasons ago now) I'm wary of turning on the display at all. Nothing like a good old Scrooge next door to deflate our Christmas balloons but good.

Good luck to you...

-Tim

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I went to the neighbours houses this past weekend with a gift in hand ( just a small gingerbread house/ candle purchased from a local Bargain Shop ) and explained to them of the possibility of crazy traffic and I apologized in advance if some people used their driveways to turn around. All seemed pretty excited about the display and assured me that they didn't mind and thanked me for the gift and talking to them .

We'll keep are fingers crossed that someone dosen't reneg on their possitive attitude.

Ken Gelinas

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UPDATE 11/29/06 6pm.

I talked with the Chief of Police today. He confirmed that my neighbor made a complaint but also told me that I wasn't doing anything wrong. I found out that this guy has also written a letter to the town selectmen trying to get me shut down. I called the secretary for the selectmen and she conformed that also. Shewas well aware of who I am and advised me to submit a letter to the selectmen in response to the neighbors letter, that way they can be read at the same time.

Again, the selectmen posted a $500 reward last year, so I am hopefully they will tell this guy to go stick it.

Hopefully this will get on to next Monday nights agenda. I will be attending the meeting along with afew neighbors and bunch of town people who are in favor of me :)

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Sorry about the problems you are having with a neighbor. Hmmm is it possible he is the one that set it up to have your display vandalized last year?

Good luck with the meeting and I am sure they will be on your side.

Peggy

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Hey john

If i was you i wolud also contact my attry about this man and then if worse comes to worse file a TRO on him to not contact you in ANY way what so ever !!!

-Drew

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Peggy13 wrote:

Sorry about the problems you are having with a neighbor. Hmmm is it possible he is the one that set it up to have your display vandalized last year?

Good luck with the meeting and I am sure they will be on your side.

Peggy

I was thinking the exact same thing...:?

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