2011-12-02 / Letters

Next, A Lawyer’s Letter

Dear Editor,

I am writing about the article that appeared in The Wave on November 18, 2011, “Neighbor’s Mind Numbing Noise Fight.” In your article James O’Conner states that he has been trying to get in touch with me for weeks; this is a total lie. I have had many conversations with him. Mr. O’Conner called me on Halloween around 8:00 at night to tell me the truck was making loud noises. (I had given him my number.) I immediately left a house full of family and friends to see what the problem was with my truck. Upon arriving on Beach 129 Street where my truck is parked, my refrigeration unit was on but could not be heard until I was five feet from the truck. The following day, as a courtesy, I brought my truck to Hart Refrigeration for service. I had the belts tightened and the unit serviced. That night Mr. O’Conner called again, but I decided not to answer because I realized that this man has nothing better to do with his time than to harass me.

After the article appeared in the paper I received many phone calls from Mr. O’ Conner’s neighbors defending me. One neighbor, whose home is directly behind my truck, called to tell me that he “NEVER heard any noise coming from my truck.” Everyone who called had one thing in common; they no longer speak to Mr. O’Conner. James O’Conner states that he “can’t even host anyone in my backyard because of the noise nuisance.” It has occurred to me that the reason he can’t host anyone is not because of the noise from my truck. In his interview with The Wave Mr. O’Conner tried to make Tommy Bulloch and me look like animals that have no sympathy or consideration for our neighbors. Nothing more could be further from the truth. ALL the neighbors who called told me that there is no issue with me, my truck or Bulloch’s. I reassured everyone who called that if there is ever an issue to please call me and I would be more than happy to move my truck to a different location on the property. Until one of them calls……………


Mr. O’Conner has been making a lot of comments about me that have no merits behind them. I ordered a sound level meter on the day the article appeared in the paper. I had the meter sent to my house the following day. That day, I took a couple of readings near my truck. The first reading I took was right next to my truck, it read 72.5 dB(A). According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a dish washer would register a 78dB(A) on the meter. Standing next to Mr. O’Conner’s fence the meter read 49.1dB(A), which according to DEP is lower than a normal conversation. Just for the record, in front of my house, it registered a 50.8 dB(A). Mr. O’Conner, it seems to me that most of the noise from Beach 129 Street is not coming from my truck, it’s coming from you.

Last week Mr. O’Conner wrote a letter stating that harassment was not his intent. Let me get this straight. You never once talked to Tommy Bulloch about the situation. You call to harass me and the one time I didn’t call you back you call DEP, the councilman’s office and Boar’s Head direct? But now you want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with me because you have a viable solution. Why didn’t you mention your “solution” to me the numerous times we spoke? Mr. O’Conner, what you have been saying about me has been a defamation of my character. The next time you have something written with my name or my family’s name, I promise you one thing. The next letter you will be reading will not be in The Wave, it will be from my lawyer.


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