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MAY 30 — JUNE 12, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 11

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Up all night Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins June 3 FAITH 4

We have choices Citizen involvement key to reform COMMENTARY 6

Glad for grads Graduation parties bring on house cleaning ROBIN’S NEST 15

Vals and Sals PHIL MOSIER

Darren Miller, left, hands the megaphone off to Abbey Suits as the crowd cheers for participants crossing the Brookhaven Bolt finish line on May 17. Joining in the encouragement at the 7th annual 5K race are, Abbey’s sister, Mallory, behind Abbey, Fisher Rob, Madden Beck, back, Addison George, front, and other excited spectators. Area high schools honor top graduates EDUCATION 16-18

Police blotter

Find out where crime is happening in your area PUBLIC SAFETY 20

Noise ordinance now has ‘some teeth’

Residents want a walkable community

BY BOB PEPALIS

BY STEVE BURNS AND JOE EARLE

If a Brookhaven nightclub’s bass is pounding so loud that it wakes neighbors who are sleeping in their beds, the club may be violating the city’s updated noise ordinance. Noise plainly audible from 300 feet away also is prohibited under the changes made by the Brookhaven City Council at its meeting on May 27 at City Hall. The new ordinance applies to homeowners as well as business owners. Brookhaven residents who live near some local nightclubs have complained to city police for several weeks that the sound is so loud that they can’t sleep.

As they contemplate their city’s future, Brookhaven residents are telling city officials they want to preserve the trees and neighborhoods, and create a “walkable” community. City officials are developing long-range plans to guide future development in the community. In recent public discussions of the city’s long-term plan, residents have said they wanted to protect the residential character of the area and create a leafy community in which they could walk to neighborhood shops and restaurants. “People are worried about the building boom that’s going on,” said Stan Segal, chairman of the committee developing the city’s

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