PERHAPS, THE LATE Rodney King’s famous line uttered during the Los Angeles riots (1992) “Can we all just get along?” still offers value in any community today.
Take, the Gate City, for example. Our population of about 88,000 strong mainly consists of decent, hardworking folks who play by the rules and take pride in their homes, condominiums, apartments, etc.
When I moved to my new home a few years ago, Scott, next door, cautioned me that if I thought I was a princess, I was in the wrong neighborhood. That wasn’t gonna fly here. It was a safe and lovely area, but he implied that it was proud working-class, no one put on airs and people enjoyed playing hard here when they had the chance.
Scott was pretty accurate. Being an avid outdoorsman, he likes tinkering with his big toys (boat, Skidoo, all-terrain vehicle, etc). Sometimes, he wakes me up at odd hours, like revving his Skidoo in July for the heck of it or going fishing at 4 a.m. as he loudly tosses gear into his boat.
Yeah, I want to hit him over the head with a frying pan, but he is also the same fine neighbor who has given me non-toxic weed killer to obliterate my dandelions, brought me fish he caught, made me strawberry shortcake and more.
I don’t know many people on my street, but they appear to be respectable folks.
An interesting example happened a month ago. A newer homeowner in the area decided to mow his expansive lawn on a Saturday morning. I like the scent of freshly cut grass -— except it was 6:10 a.m. I jumped out of bed awakened by the sound and wondered who would have the nerve to perform the decibel-droning task at that hour.
The next time I heard the neighbor mowing on a Saturday, it was after 7 a.m. I’m not sure if anyone advised him, but I appreciate that he chose a more appropriate hour.
Every city and town has noise ordinances, and here, these laws are enforced by the Nashua Police Department. For example, when the city is performing work in a residential zone, these are the rules:
“There shall be no construction or demolition in any residential zone as defined in Chapter 190, Land Use, or within 600 feet of any dwelling unit in the City of Nashua by any person, other than what is deemed emergency work by the Director of the Code Enforcement Department and work authorized by the Director of Public Works, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday through Friday, and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday and holidays.”
I have always found that the city strictly adheres to the ordinance.
As far as residents are concerned, Chapter 201 on Noise, has several paragraphs on “Noises created by or emanating from motor vehicles, Prohibited acts and conduct and Violations and penalties.”
I found this interesting nugget: Prohibited — “Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, or singing on the public streets, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in neighboring premises.”
I don’t know about you, but these days, I hear it, don’t always like it but ignore it. Hey, I’m not perfect, either, but I am a team player.