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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

larryF January 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Whaaaaaaa,get a life,lets question people's beliefs because we are slightly inconvienenced a couple times a day,whaaaaaaa!This town is full of cry babies
Jim Eastwood January 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Good Morning All Larry Good Staement !!!!! May be we might have allowedd a shoping mall to be built there !!! Been on Lower Black Rock Turnpike lately ??? Talk about "Stones Being Tossed !!!" And I would rather listen t a Chuch Service then the endless Beeping of horns from Spoiled Fairfield shoppers !!! As for Deforsetation Have you been on Rt 58 near the resivor lately ???? Take a ride then complain !!!!!! I am GLAD it's a church rather than a fiasco of a sopping center or bretter yet Town Building !!! Count you blessings !!
fairfield newcomer January 10, 2013 at 05:50 PM
The Rt 58 damage is from the hurricane, you can hardly compare that damage to the deliberate removal of trees to erect a building.
Fairfield Old Timer January 10, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I agree Larry! What a bunch of babies! Maybe the church should be built to include all of the trees inside the new structure! That they won't have to clear the lot to build the new structure! Maybe people who build McMansions can embrace the same idea to Save the Trees!!!!
Two Frugal Fairfielders January 10, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Those of you who don't live in the vicinity of the blasting, and who don't have to endure the process, have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. And Fairfield Newcomer is 100% right--the RT 58 damage is due to Hurricane Sandy.
Jim Eastwood January 10, 2013 at 07:30 PM
To All G what a surprise !!! The storm !!!!!! Look the work will be done in short order !!!! What do you want anoher shopping mall ??? Stop complaining it could be a Lot worse !!!!! Try a little understanding !!!!
Joe T. January 10, 2013 at 08:06 PM
For those of you commenting, I am sorry you have completely missed the point. The BRCC owns there property and they arey are entitiled to want to make improvements. During the approval process they gave assurances to the town regulatory departments that they were making every effort to be good neighbors and trying to be as cooperative as possible. When the town issued their approval we accepted the decision - but still expect the BRCC to be bound by common courtesy. That has not happened and that is the complaint. So please do not characterize this as crying over spilt milk - it should not be too much to ask to abide by the golden rule.
Joe anon January 11, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Weird, we live around the corner and we can't feel a thing when they blast. Looks like someone wants a free handout....why blame the church for something you've known about for going on 6 years.
Joe January 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
It seems that nothing the church can do short of moving out and shutting down completely will appease this couple, who have made it their mission to complain endlessly about everything the church does. Everything the church is doing has been approved by both the Wetlands Board and the Zoning Board after extensive review, from tree removal to grading the soil, to blasting and so on. But I suppose that is not adequate enough to appease those with the predisposition to complain about everything.
Fairfield Old Timer January 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM
LOL!!! Joe T. = PWNED!!
Democrat For Life January 11, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Jed -- The Church is very fortunate to have such loyal supporter, however, before you judge us why not give Ken Brix a call and ask him how often we've complained since the decision. Ask the Pastor next door about how we as neighbors helped one another during and after the hurricane. The fact is they agreed to communicate with neighbors and the dialogue is now open.
Local townie January 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Asking for reasonable notice about disruptive activities is not the equivalent of asking for a handout, nor is it evidence of complaing "about everything." I'm a bit taken aback by the harshness of the commentary on here, we can all always work on improving our courteousy (and apparently grammar). Since when is the standard whether something could be worse? No one is talking about a shopping center or the fact that deforestation happens all over the country everyday. Nor is it reasonable to assume that the authors live in a newly constructed "McMansion." I find it odd that someone living right around the corner could possibly think it is believable that blasts of that magnitude would not be felt. It is nice that some people have such strong loyalty to their faith organization, but it seems as though some of you could use a refresher on the teachings of how to treat others.
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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