Noisy college students major problem for residents

EWING, N.J. - September 27, 2011

"I've had it. I'm sick and tired of it. I worked all my life to live where I'm living now and now I have to put up with this," Kemper of Ewing, New Jersey said.

Residents say a month after classes resumed at the College of New Jersey, so has the noise on several streets from rowdy students living in off-campus rental houses.

"Loud, talking, music, car doors, horns, speeding in the street," Ewing resident Pat Valentine said.

Residents complain of vandalism, dumped garbage, and rude behavior from renters and groups of students roaming the streets.

"They just talk loud and they use profanity and by the time you call police, apparently they aren't able to catch them," resident Roy Mack said.

There are about 100 rental houses in the Ewing Park-Braeburn section occupied by students from TCNJ and Rider University, kids who neighbors say drink and party 'til all hours of the night.

Neighbors say they've been dealing with these issues for decadesm, but have had enough and are now demanding the township do more to crack down.

We're addressing these issues, we have certainly clamped down

Mayor Bert Steinmann says police have been taking complaints seriously.

"We've issued close to 70 or almost 80 underage drinking violations to these youngsters," Steinmann said.

The mayor says police and local inspectors have just completed training with noise monitors. Anything over 50 decibels at night and violators will be ticketed.

Some students think residents are overreacting.

"I understand where they're coming from, but it seems like they're going out of their way to find a way to get us," TCNJ student Sal Colangelo said.

Officials say they will also continue enforcing the "Animal House" law that holds landlords responsible for unruly tenants and hope students will get the message so their neighbors can get some peace.

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