TOBAY Notebook: Leaf Blowers and Noise Law

Also, "Kids of Distinction" deadline approaching.

Oyster Bay Town Clerk issued his annual reminder regarding the hours of operation for leaf blowers.

“Few things are more disruptive to the tranquility of an early morning or a lovely spring or summer evening than the distinctive ‘vroom’ of a leaf blower,” Labriola said.

The town's Noise Ordinance addresses many concerns about noise pollution ranging from radios and home audio systems to loudspeakers and signaling devices such as horns and sirens.

Under the ordinance, the hours of operation for leaf blowers are restricted to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and national holidays, Labriola said.

The hours apply to landscapers as well as individual homeowners. To report violations, residents should contact their local police precinct or the Town’s Department of Public Safety, which can reached by calling 677-5350.

Kids of Distinction Deadline Aproaching

The deadline for the scholarship program is quickly approaching. Applicants must submit a completed application is April 15.

In it's eighth year, "Kids of Distinction" Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding young people who have been active in exceptional endeavors in their community. 

Six Oyster Bay youngsters were honored for their commitment to their communities. The event is sponsored by the town Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. Co-Founders Robert A J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick.

The Kids of Distinction program focuses on activities participated in outside of school. These activities should have, in some way, benefited the community. Nominees are placed in two categories, those currently in fifth through eighth grades and those in grades nine through 12.

Nominating forms can be obtained at Town Halls North (Oyster Bay) and South (Massapequa), as well as at local libraries. Nominating forms can also be found on the Town’s Web site, www.oysterbaytown.com. Winners will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board and will be presented a $500 scholarship

"Eggstravaganzas" planned for 2 town parks

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor invites residents and their families to celebrate springtime at the town’s second-annual Eggstravaganza & Spring Festival.

“Last year was the first year the town hosted this free event, which features fun activities for youngsters, including a petting zoo, crafts, a plant your own sunflower seed project, bouncies, games, prizes, popcorn and cider,” Venditto said. “This year, the event has been expanded to two parks to make it more convenient for residents to join in the fun.”

The Eggstravaganza & Spring Festival will be held Saturday, April 14, at Woodbury, and on Saturday, April 21, at Marjorie R. Post Community Park, Unqua and Merrick Roads, Massapequa, from 1-4 p.m. Both events are rain or shine.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services, Cultural and Performing Arts Division (CAPA). For more information, call CAPA at 797-7925 or visit the Town’s Web site, www.oysterbaytown.com.

Vin NY April 01, 2012 at 04:31 PM
What about dogs barking and street parking?
Tom April 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Street parking? What are you referring to?
Coleen Caruso April 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Are the laws the same in the City of Glen Cove?
Nancy April 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Barking dogs can be a real annoyance. Especially when they are just left outside and are barking for no good reason. As far as the leaf blowers go....I can't stand it when they just keep blowing it into the street or on your property. I have been home and watched them do it. Then they deny it. They should have to clean up all the debris that they blow out in the street. Some do, but most don't.
Vin NY April 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Street parking in residential areas. Drive down Elm Ave or Smith St. It's a joke. U can barely get one car down the street. The driveways are empty and all the tenants park in the street. It's become a hazard.
Tom April 03, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Sorry. I read this in the Plainview Patch and didn't realize you were in Glen Cove.
Tom Terrific April 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Regarding leaf blowers... How about banning them entirely from Memorial day until the end of September? Why is it that, seemingly, every lawn maintainer feels that every single blade of grass or every speck of leaf matter must be blown away? And during the summer months these things do nothing but kick up dust. Use 'em for spring clean-up and for autumn leaf removal, and that's it! Better yet, reintroduce yourselves to a g-damn rake and a broom.
CFried April 04, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Nancy September 10, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I'm just rereading this post about the landscapers using blowers not before the hours of 8 am on weekdays and 9 am on weekends. Is there any ruling about leaf-blowing landscapers blowing the debris onto a neighbors lot or into the street? I see this being done all the time and find it quite annoying. If it is not picked up and just blown into the street or the neighbors it comes right back where it started from plus to others who didn't have it to begin with. Then when you approach them and mention this they either "no comprende" or point to someone else. It's a pet peeve of mine. I feel they should pick it up and cart it away.


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