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Menlo College and Menlo School PA System too Loud

Original post made by too loud, Menlo Park: Felton Gables, on Nov 14, 2009

Curious as to whether other Menlo Park and Atherton residents think the public address system at Menlo College and Menlo School football games etc is way too loud. In my case its so loud I hear it with all my windows and doors closed.

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Posted by Just wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I live on the row of hills west of the Alameda for many many years--the sound from every where rises up naturally from as far away as Redwood City and even Stanford.
I have no complaint about this at all --but I have noticed a BIG increase in loud speaker volume and EXTREEEEMLY bright lights in the last 6 or 8 months or so and have often felt sorry for who ever the neighbors are. Mostly I have noted this increase comming from Woodside Highschool-- Menlo Private Schools and Menlo Atherton.
Would there be any way to concentrate and to rotate which fields are getting the most heavy use so that tne neighbors might share out the intrusion and get a nice break in between????

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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Menlo School has 5 home football games.
Menlo College has 5 home football games.

That's 355 days without football noise.

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Posted by too loud
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm

To parent
It's not the crowd noise, it's the ridiculously loud public address system blasting into our homes. And it doesn't matter whether it's 5 days, or 60 days. One day loud enough to disturb the quiet enjoyment rights of the residents is a private nuisance. Would you approve if we were to come to your home and park our car at the entrance to your property with our car radio blasting away? Probably not, so show us the same consideration you expect. President Haight, the same goes for you - please show the residents some consideration.

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Posted by rational
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:09 am

I believe all schools were established part of neighborhoods when we purchased our homes. Traffic and noise come with the territory.

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Posted by Interested
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:33 am

Too Loud

I am not sure how you can equate someone purposefully annoying you by blaring their car stereo on your driveway with the noise of a high school football game which is not intended to annoy you personally.

When I first read your post I had assumed this was something you had to endure a few nights a week, not a few nights a year. Come on, give the kids a break, with all the problems our kids face today I think its great that they still want to get out and play football.

My ex neighbors used to hold a catholic mass in their back garden once a month. Since I am neither catholic or christian it did nothing for me except force me indoors on hot summer Sundays. I suppose I could have complained, but why. I liked my neighbors and it made them happy. Their pleasure far outweighed my minor inconvenience.

Some practical advise....Turn up the TV and be grateful these kids are playing football and not out looking for trouble.

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Posted by kids and schools supporter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I also think we need to give our schools and kids a break. I live near the St. Raymond's school, and every day at recess, I hear the noise from the kids on the playground every single school day. They actually produce quite a ruckus, and if I decided to let it bother me, it would. Instead, I think about all those happy kids having a good time out on the playground, and it makes me smile.

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Posted by too loud
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm

interested and kids and school supporters -
Me thinks you folks need to go back to school to learn how to read. My post in no way mentioned "crowd" noise from "kids", participants and fans of the football games. The only complaint was about the unreasonably loud public address system, which happens to be the only thing I hear coming from the playing field. Nice to get your facts straight before irresponsible responses.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

If you think the noise from a football game is loud (only 5 times a year)-take a look or listen to the leaf blowers. Everyday-they blow leaves and dirt from one yard to the next. We can hear them almost EVERYDAY of the week-from 7 am until late in the afternoon.

Here's an idea: if you as a neighbor-think the games are too loud-why not learn to use flags to communicate (like the Signal Corps) and then train the people who announce at the football games.

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Posted by Interested
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Too Loud

You should take your own advise. Nothing in my post suggests the noise is from the crowd, only that the noise is part of the football game.But no matter, its clear you would rather enjoy your misery, so carry on.

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Posted by wow
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:47 am

Wow Chris
That's an excellent idea for too loud. Why don't you take it a step further and teach all those leaf blowers who seem to annoy you how to use a broom so you can enjoy your weekdays. Or better yet ask your city council to ban them.

Why doesn't too loud just contact Menlo School and College and ask them to turn the PA volume down? Then the rest of us won't feel compelled to write these trite comments.

Too loud, next time pick the option to not allow anonymous responses and avoid the riff raff, me included.

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