‘Leaf’ us alone

By Nicole Taylor – 1851 Staff

On a normal day I usually set an alarm, but about half of the time I turn it off before it even signals because, lucky me, I have a different version of an alarm clock; a leaf blower, or four, screaming outside my window at 7:30 a.m.

Illustration by Brandi Johnson


I understand the landscaping team has a schedule, but I have a schedule too, and I would like to think that it involves sleep. As an RA who has the pleasure of being on duty until 2:00 a.m. on Thursdays, I do not want to be woken up with the sounds of high-powered leaf blowers and thrashing leaves against my window; which is on the ground floor of Woodland Hall.

I can’t imagine it’s just me though; what about the athletes that have practice every day and finally get to sleep in? The students who pulled
an all-nighter to present a huge project the next day? And what about the
poor kid who has a horrible head cold and sleep is his only remedy?

But don’t worry, the leaf blowers will make sure you wake up and stay awake until they are done, usually 10 to 15 minutes after they start, but by then, you won’t be tired anymore. You’ll just be a zombie. Isn’t that wonderful?

I am almost positive I speak for everyone when I say the leaf blowing is obnoxious and poorly timed. Why can’t the landscaping team leaf blow during common hours or later in the morning? Sure, it is likely they will wake some- one up no matter what time they do it, but is 7:30 a.m. really necessary?

According to the Newton Code Online, Newton’s code of ordinance, “the generation of any noise from all elec- tric motors and/or internal combustion engines em- ployed in yard, garden, or grounds maintenance is prohibited except during the hours of 7:00 a.m and 8 p.m. on weekdays.”

On weekends, the noise ordinance for motors and engines is between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. I believe that rule should apply to all days of the week, especially on college campuses. I am trying to manage my time, do my job, get good grades, and function normally. It is inconsiderate to make such thunderous noise at that time of morning, students need sleep and it is frustrating to be woken up early. Broken sleep does not benefit us. The leaf blowers need to either wait until 9:30 a.m. or come with a mute button.


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