Neigh­bors should prac­tice eti­quette when host­ing par­ties

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I live in a sub­di­vi­sion of sin­gle fam­ily and town­house units. The lots for sin­gle fam­ily units are .25 acres or less, with the town­home lots even smaller. Charles County or­di­nances are quite clear re­gard­ing noise lev­els in a neigh­bor­hood, but some neigh­bors do not un­der­stand nor care about the eti­quette of host­ing large par­ties in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood.

When plan­ning large par­ties, the right thing to do is to use a com­mer­cial or a public park venue. The noise lev­els of an out­door party may in­ter­fere with your neigh­bors’ right to en­joy peace and quiet at home.

This past week­end, I re­quested for a neigh­bor to lower the noise level, af­ter be­ing un­able to take a nap in my own home. Cer­tain peo­ple ei­ther ig­nore the re­quest or sim­ply raise the vol­ume af­ter a short while, even af­ter au­thor­i­ties have been called to reg­is­ter noise com­plaints. Ci­vil­ity mat­ters here folks. If you are go­ing to have a large party and know you will be play­ing loud mu­sic which might bother some­one else in a sub­di­vi­sion, you ought to do the right thing and rent a pavil­ion in a public park or ho­tel. To sub­ject your neigh­bors to your noisy party is rude and not neigh­borly. Not only that, but it is against county code, and against the by­laws of most home own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions to have such large loud par­ties. I am all for par­ties and hav­ing a good time in the sum­mer­time, but please re­spect your fel­low neigh­bors by hav­ing your large party in a more ap­pro­pri­ate venue, not your small home with noise that would dis­turb oth­ers. Thank you for read­ing.

Tom Baker, Wal­dorf

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