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By Morgan Leger

Outrage was on the rise again over at Holman Street in Lunenburg. Residents were up in arms over a scheduled birthday party on Saturday, Feb. 10. The negative reaction was not just at the party, but how it was being managed. 

A post on the Tenderness Gathering Place’s Facebook page, located at 300 Holman St., addressed a dog-themed birthday party. This post advertised sledding, a bonfire, live music and the possibility of ice skating (depending on the weather.) It went further, inviting family and friends, but also dogs with an optional fundraiser donation for the Fitchburg Dog Park and Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Leominster. Even though it was addressed as a low key gathering, the Facebook post was listed as an event, about 20 people were confirmed to be in attendance and about 85 were interested.

Property owner Daron Massey responded that the birthday was “listed as a party, but Facebook calls them events. We figured it would be an easier way for the RSVP, so we could plan ahead and take precautions.” 

This was the same place where a Unifier Festival was held last year, which had its reactions of praise from the attendants and negative reception from the residents.

During a Board of Selectmen meeting this week, in review of the party’s One Day Entertainment License, residents were against it citing they wanted to avoid a repeat of last year’s events, concerns over traffic on the narrow roads and possible noise pollution. 

Other neighbors, however, complained for different reasons. One resident asked for the zoning laws to be respected, inquiring whether the property was business or private. Another believed there were illegal activities being conducted with the Zoning Board contract and cited concerns that the applicant was broadening too much and felt this “party” was in violation of the Zoning Code. 

“There are several concerns I have over this,” addressed Holman resident Steve Weaver. “There would be no available room for proper parking, so the cars would have to be on the side of the street or on the lawn. I can imagine the amount of sledding injuries, as no child under five should be sledding and only strapped sleds should be used. If there was any sledding at night, the property would have to be lit up. I even believe this is a scheme to constantly run commercial events.”

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Holman Street residents upset over Birthday Party event