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Neighbors’ Petition Could Shut Down Family’s Massive Christmas Lights Display

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A longtime Christmas lights display at a Connecticut home has neighbors running out of patience, according to WTIC.

The "Wonderland at Roseville" Terrace brings more than 30,000 visitors during the holiday season, which causes parking problems. So, 45 residents of Sawyer Road, which connects to Roseville Terrace, have signed a petition.

"They are requesting some sort of action from the town to minimize the impact to the community," said Lt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield police.

Police have posted signage permitting parking on only one side of the street during evenings through the holidays.

"We are going to increase patrols," said Kalamaras. "We have the traffic unit that will go out there and assist with traffic on the high-volume days."

The Halliwell family, who built the display to over 350,000 lights over 18 years, is also working to appease the neighbors.

"We've cut back on our hours and we've also lowered the voltage of the lights so they will not be as bright with also lower the music," Mary Halliwell, who has built up the display with her family.

But, the Halliwells are hurt that the neighbors didn't come to them before sending a petition.

"Why don't we all put up lights? Let's really make it a neighborhood to really bring the people around," said Gene Halliwell.

Those signing the petition declined to speak with WTIC. But, not everyone in the neighborhood is upset.

"I love it," said Jim Smith, a Roseville Terrace resident, who has helped the Halliwells break down the display. "With all the kids coming and the people coming it doesn't bother me."

The Halliwells don't charge admission but donations over the nearly two decades have totaled in the tens of thousands. All the money going to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Springfield.

6 comments

  • Jack

    Instead of going this route, you talk to the neighbors and visitors….arrange to park in a parking lot of a closed business and bring people through on foot or train being pulled by a PU truck or even tractor…it can be solved neighbor to neighbor.

  • nicole day

    this is just sad! Its once a year people ..let them continue bringing joy to those who visit there! and it raises money…I feel bad for the family that theyre surrounded by a bunch of Grinches!

    • warningfakenews

      So, say when you’re coming home or going out, you’d be OK tacking on a half an hour more each time you leave or come home – for a month or more? There are other people’s lives to consider here, not just what they want to do.

      Maybe someone this joyous will move next door to you and begin clogging up your street with slow moving traffic every night. Imagine 1000 vehicles driving slowly past your house every night.

  • warningfakenews

    Perhaps the best way to solve this is to have a homeowner’s association in a private development where everyone agrees it’s OK with them that someone does this every year- before they buy a property in the development.

    Property rights don’t extend to the denial of your neighbors to access their own homes because of traffic congestion you’re causing. I’m with the neighbors on this, even if they donate to the Shriners, who do great work for children.

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