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Leaf blower story kicks up some dust

Posted by mwoolhouse September 28, 2007 01:55 PM

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(Globe staff photo by Pat Greenhouse)

NEWTON

Newton Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan recently proposed a ban on leaf blowers in the city, citing the noise and pollution they cause as a widespread problem. The Boston Globe received dozens of e-mails on the issue, mostly from residents concerned about noise and dust they kick up.

"Good for Newton for appreciating the effects of the noise, dust, and other particulate matter on health, quality of life, and safety, especially for children," Cambridge reader Stephen Tournas-Hardt wrote in an e-mail to the Cambridge City Council and the Globe.

National Public Radio also weighed in with a report on the controversy.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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