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Controversy on Neighborhood Christmas Lights

posted Dec 15, 2017, 6:53 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Noel Houston


    It’s holiday season and everyone is in the Christmas Spirit. People are decorating their homes with lights, filling their yards with blow-ups, and buying Christmas trees for their homes. But residents in one Connecticut neighborhood aren’t feeling the spirit.

    The Halliwell family, who is responsible for the local light display have drawn over 30,000 visitors. They allow visitors to tour with no charge and accept donations which go to the Shriners Hospital for Children located in Springfield, Mass.

    Neighbors of the Halliwell family have circulated a petition with 45 signatures asking the town police department to do something about the Christmas lights display.

    "They are requesting some sort of action from the town to minimize the impact to the community," Lt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield police told FOX61.

    Besides the Christmas lights, the Halliwell family also included multiple train sets, a small chapel, and a sleigh where visitors are able to take and pose for pictures. Critics have said that the display creates parking problems in the neighborhood.

    The Halliwell family has said that they are actually working to appease the concerns of their neighbors. They’ve cut back on their hours and also lowered the voltage of the lights so that they aren’t so bright, and they lowered the music.

    The Halliwell family has also stated that it was hurt that none of their neighbors came to them before sending around the petition. Nadine Losquadro, the resident who submitted the petition told the Connecticut Post that the event, with its high traffic and limited parking presents a “significant public safety concern for our neighborhood.”

    Although the petition may include 45 signatures, everyone in the neighborhood wasn’t upset over the lights.

    "I love it," Jim Smith, who has helped the Halliwells break down the display at the end of the season, told FOX61. "With all the kids coming and the people coming it doesn't bother me."

Uploaded on: 12/1/17

Edited by: MR

Sources: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/28/christmas-lights-display-in-connecticut-sparks-controversy-in-neighborhood.html