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Letter: 'The BRCC Teaches Us That Promises Are Meant to Be Broken'

Neighbors of Black Rock Congregational Church -- which is undergoing construction and blasting -- air their grievances.

Happy New Year neighbors!  

When the Black Rock Congregational Church appeared before the Town they made very passionate statements about how the Church listened to neighbors' concerns and going forward would continue to go out of their way to be a good neighbor. They promoted the fact that the new Church would become the first LEED-certified church in the state. As neighbors, we had to accept the decision of our Town officials and make the best of the situation.  

However, here is what has transpired since then…  

In October, the BRCC broke ground and twelve men of the Church “after 10 years of prayer and perseverance” each placed a stone in front of the present Church to celebrate the ground breaking. The stones were "stones of remembrance," based upon a passage in the Bible when the leaders of the 12 tribes each took a stone from the bed of the Jordan River."  

How symbolic when a few weeks later, the vibrations from shattering stones were felt throughout the neighborhoods.  

Two days before Thanksgiving a letter appeared in our mailbox from the Church blasting company informing us that we had less than 24 hours to set an appointment for a blasting inspector.

Happy Thanksgiving, neighbors.   

Two days after Christmas, a knock on our door from the same blasting representative informed us that blasting would commence within the hour and continue everyday for at least two to three weeks. The blasting registered that day from .17 to .44. The house shook and Christmas ornaments fell off our tree.

Merry Christmas, neighbors.   

Since then, we have been told that the blasting has registered to as high as 1.0, but legally they can go to 10.0! Yesterday the blasting was so loud that it caused the dog to howl and hide under the bed. We were also told that a neighbor’s septic system was cracked from the vibrations.

Happy New Year, neighbors.  

Not once has the BRCC directly informed the neighbors of the construction timeline. Have you driven by the Church? While the building may be green the property has been deforested and digging is very close to the “protected” conservation lands. If the vibrations cause a dog to hide, what has happened to all the other “creatures” of God?  

For two months I wrote to the BRCC with no response. I was told I had the wrong email address, however, they do know where we live and could have done right by neighbors by preparing us as promised.

Sadly, while God teaches us to keep our promises, the BRCC teaches us that promises are meant to be broken. So please, BRCC stop telling us that this construction is God’s will. This is an act of men.   

Beth and Joe Taccogna

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield Old Timer January 11, 2013 at 04:02 AM
"(and apparently grammar)" Says the Kettle Calling the Pot Black! LOL!! Paragraphs Are Your Friend LT! ROTFLMAO!!
brian kelly January 11, 2013 at 04:42 AM
i live directly across the street from the church and i haven't heard or felt anything. this is clearly anti christian discrimination!
Jim Eastwood January 11, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Hey "old Tiimer" We meet again !!!!!! Thanks !!!! Local Townie and others who are complaining Get a Life !! What would you do in the real world ????? Where construction is the Norm. You are upset about the Construction ???Haha Just take a ride 1/2 mile south on Black Rock Tpke--Look and then listen. Having a CHURCH built in your neighbor hood ain't so bad !!!!!! Consider the alternate !!!!!! How would you like yur Local gas Station there to go 24 hours and become a "Mega Station" STOP the typical FAIR ???? Field NIMBY ism
Local townie January 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Since when is asking for common courtesy anti-Christian? Hyperbolic slurs seem much more appropriately placed in that category.
Joe T. January 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I am sorry but you folks need to take a step back and stop being so very defensive because it is your church involved. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it is BRCC doing this. Do you seriously think that as a homeowner I wouldn't object to any developer running roughshod over a neighborhood? Because it is a church does that condone bad behavior that would certainly be subject to criticism from someone else? Should I just sit by and accept it as "God's will" that our property can be damaged, houshold items broken and our family pet terrorized. How dare you categorize us as anti-christian. I am a practicing christian and you need to realize that christianity is a possibility without being a member of your church. It is exactly because of christian values that I find the lack of honesty and adherence to promises and commitments so disappointing. This project is a construction project plain and simple. The fact that it is the construction of a church gives it no loftier standing and does nothing to eliminate their responsibility to the community. As a christian you should understand this. Christianity is not in the building - it is in the actions of the individuals and the community as a whole.

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