Maxwell House residents start petition to silence Holy Trinity church bells

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 10:03 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 1:07 AM
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Some residents of Augusta’s Maxwell House apartment complex say they can’t endure the hourly ringing of bells from nearby Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

A petition with about 75 signatures, most of them appearing to be Maxwell House residents, is circulating, demanding the church silence the bells for violating the city’s noise ordinance.

Robert Tyler lives at the apartment complex in the 1000 block of Greene Street while he receives treatment for a stroke at nearby Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. He signed the petition, despite saying he’s accustomed to loud noises as a former long-haul truck driver.

When the bells strike on the hour, “it scares me,” Tyler said.

“Buildings should respect buildings, just like trucks should respect trucks,” he said.

Robin Clarke has lived in Max­well House, which serves low-income adults, for about four years. Grilling steaks behind the complex Thursday, Clarke said she hadn’t signed the petition but wished she could.

“When that bell rings, it rings in my bedroom like it was on the dresser,” Clarke said. “If somebody could just turn it down a few notches.”

Clarke said the sound is probably worse for residents such as her who live on sides of the T-shaped high-rise facing the church.

“All the noise is echoing off of it,” she said.

Richmond County sheriff’s Maj. James Griffin, who investigates noise complaints, said he was unaware of any complaint against Holy Trinity. The city has a noise ordinance, but Griffin said he’s never been asked to apply it to church bells.

Calls requesting comment to the church’s priest, the Rev. Vasile Bitere, were not returned Thursday. A church member who would not give his name said the bells have been ringing for a century and aren’t breaking the law.

Irene Whitehead, who has lived at the complex for three years, said she doesn’t mind the bells.

“It’s kind of spiritual,” she said..

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/29/12 - 11:21 pm
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Get over it.

Like the priest says, they have rung for a century. The were ringing when Maxwell House was built, and ringing when you petitioners moved in.

I just don't understand people who move in next to something they don't like, then want the thing they don't like to change. Baloney!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 11/29/12 - 11:35 pm
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Just remember,

The tax paying church members are paying your rent. Every time you hear the bells, just remember that.

ctchpln
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ctchpln 11/29/12 - 11:52 pm
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You have got to be kidding!

People complain about beautiful church bells ringing and they have no complaints about those confounded boom boxes on wheels!!

allhans
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allhans 11/30/12 - 12:51 am
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Its anotherday has it right.

Its anotherday has it right. The church was there long before the whiners were..

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 11/30/12 - 06:02 am
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Awesome

Grilling steaks in low income housing. I'll trade you my mortgage and train track for bells, low rent and steaks right now. It's not like you have a job to wake up to. Let's sign a petition to move you at your expense.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 11/30/12 - 06:33 am
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Yet another assault on
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Yet another assault on Christians. Arm yourself brothers, this is just the beginning.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/30/12 - 07:59 am
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Wait a dang minute here

Ringing every hour....now that would be a little much for me....soften them during the week & let them ring out on Sunday......I like to hear them too..BUT not every HOUR!

Tullie
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Tullie 11/30/12 - 08:07 am
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Augusta resident said:

Grilling steaks in low income housing.

We have not had steak in..I can't even remember when, off hand. We rarely get beef unless it is on sale since it has gotten so expensive and she lives in low income housing and is grilling steaks. That is just awesome..and other words that can not be used here.

Buy some ear plugs next time you go to get some steaks.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/30/12 - 08:07 am
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See What I Meant

by my post on today's R&R reference Ken Rayburn. It has started.

The complaining FEW are demanding changes to the MANY of Americans. We will bend to them. Why?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/30/12 - 08:16 am
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cgee

Because the ringing hurts my ears....after I have had a few ..:):)

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/30/12 - 08:47 am
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Maybe

When I was a kid I remember a resident jumping out the window there. Maybe it was the "bells".

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/30/12 - 09:50 am
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Whine whine whine

A sensible judge hearing this case will likely be thinking what a bunch of Whiners. These people would even complain a swimming pool is too wet.

Remember
Give PC Whiners an inch and PC Whiners will take the whole social fabric spool every time.

What will they be whining about next:
Parades,
Downtown PC events?
Road traffic?
Hymnals being heard outside the Church Door on the street?

Augusta-Richmond Co. Commissioners
Trend lightly the wrong decision or wording will cost taxpayers
a Large Lawsuit. As a South Sider, I am tired of paying taxes to support the "Latest Want's and Demands" of the PC Crowd and the lawyers that seem to have a "System" going on downtown.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/30/12 - 09:57 am
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It could also be looked at as

Economic Torture. - reminding those, under the surrounding bridges, that it is time to get up, find a job. Or that they wasted another hour of life doing nothing but talking to fellow friends along the Railroad tracks.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 11/30/12 - 10:20 am
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GET OVER IT!

I can understand if the bells are ringing between 10 PM and 6 AM but any other time GET OVER IT. That church and many others has been around and ringing for much longer than they have been complaining about it. I have lived in an apartment before and I am sure those who walk heavy annoy the tenant below them. I am sure those who have animals barking annoy the other tenants. I am sure that flushing the toilet at all hours of the night is annoying. I am sure the sound of sirens is annoying but I would much rather hear them and know they are behind me or on the way to save a life then for them not to turn them on and take an unsuspecting life. There are a lot of things about life that are annoying.... BUY SOME EARPLUGS AND GET OVER IT!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/30/12 - 10:40 am
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It really isn't the "PC crowd" who are whining

It's the people who have become accustomed to living as children, ie, having all their needs met by others and not having more than the most minimal responsibility for their lives--ie, not breaking the law.

But we do have the PC crowd to thank for these whiners; they are the ones who created this dependency and who continue to encourage all Americans to trade their civic pride and personal liberty for nanny state control.

These people are children with bad attitudes. They should be handled with that reality firmly in mind.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/30/12 - 11:01 am
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My 2 cents

If you are living someplace FOR FREE AND ON THE BACKS OF OTHERS, and if a 70 piece marching band comes through your living room EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR, you should be required BY LAW to count your blessings and KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/30/12 - 11:11 am
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Lets start a petition

Against allowing the Maxwell House to start a petition.

;-)

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/30/12 - 11:22 am
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Who of us (the working

Who of us (the working people) care what the people on the dole think. I know I don't. The bells are pretty. Some ring near my house but I don't hear them much because I am out working. Poo on the residents that complain. Fix me a steak for lunch Robin. I will be there about 12:30 pm

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/30/12 - 11:23 am
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Bingo

Bingo, JRC. The bells bother them because they sit around the apartment building all day long instead of being productive in society.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/30/12 - 12:01 pm
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Listen daddy, everytime a bell rings another
Unpublished

angel gets his wings. What does commissioner Matt think of the noise? Or does he even live in that Telfair residence? More trouble for the Greeks. They cannot get a break.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/30/12 - 12:03 pm
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Send some sugary Greek sweets over the Section 8 tower
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That will produce more nap time.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/30/12 - 12:43 pm
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Ringing bells

thank the Lord that you can HEAR the bells - how many deaf people would give a lot to be able to hear them. And, if you live in a place long enough you tend to not hear them anymore - gotten used to it. My clock chimes on the hour and half hour - I don't hear it anymore, after about 40 years, but I DO hear it if it has stopped ticking!! Odd but true.

grinder48
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grinder48 11/30/12 - 12:43 pm
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EBT
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Wonder if those steak were bought on an EBT card? I can't afford steak because my taxes are so high to pay for people on food stamps who eat better that I can ...

Tullie
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Tullie 11/30/12 - 12:56 pm
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JRC2024

Fix me a steak for lunch Robin. I will be there about 12:30 pm

Nominate this for best post of the year :o)

Jake
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Jake 11/30/12 - 01:29 pm
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Church Bells

Church bells in the night are a comforting sound to me. While in this small village in France in 2007, I was awakened by the sound of church bells from this centuries old cathedral on Good Friday. The window was open and it made me feel good to hear the bell toll the time. Sometimes I would sleep through the bells. I liked the fact that while in bed you could tell what time it was. I suppose that is how some folks long ago would know what time it was.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/30/12 - 01:58 pm
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Wow, I totally missed the

Wow, I totally missed the obvious when I first read the article; a bunch of freeloaders or semi-freeloaders complaining about the surroundings.

Could the "entitlement" mentality be epitomized any more effectively?

athome
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athome 11/30/12 - 02:15 pm
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Church bells? Really? They

Church bells? Really? They make beautiful music. Enjoy them.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/30/12 - 02:22 pm
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Good comments today. I sincerely hope

that the whiners are reading them. I certainly don't have a problem with the elderly and disabled getting assistance (there but for the Grace of God...), but a little gratitude is certainly in order, as is a recognition of one's good fortune at living indoors and having a grill for the steaks.

Whining about church bells isn't gratitude.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/30/12 - 03:01 pm
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Obsession

I can just picture in my mind some of these residents sitting outside in their folding chairs, watching Robin grilling steaks, enjoying a cold beverage or two, and playing "one-upmanship" games with their fellow residents out there. One says, "Those bells sure are annoying." Then one says, "Yeah, they woke me up ten o'clock this morning." The third says, "I can't fall asleep just worrying about the next time they will ring." And so on and so on.

When you begin to turn a perceived annoyance over and over in your mind, when you obsess about something, you let it take over your conciousness and your percieved problem becomes bigger than you are. It is a sickness.

This hysteria over the bells reminds me of the mass hysteria at Terrace Manor school where the staff and teachers and parents are convinced the building is killing them even though three scientific agencies tested and declared the atmosphere acceptable in the building.

Edgar Allen Poe did not like bells either, and you see what happened to him and his obsessions.

ridesbrd
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ridesbrd 11/30/12 - 03:38 pm
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This absolutely made my day,

This absolutely made my day, Maxwell house residents GRILLING STEAKS can't handle the poor little bells ringing next door. WHY DONT YOU MOVE THEN, oh wait you can't afford to. lolololol

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