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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Connecticut Man Close to Death, and Doesn't Like It

From the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican American:

Woodbury headstone dispute refuses to rest in peace

Sunday, July 24, 2005

By Paul Singley

Copyright © 2005 Republican-American

WOODBURY -- There are people who find it hard to understand John Novak, who continues to crusade to have graves in the cemetery across the street from his house moved away from his property line.

Novak maintains his request is justified.

He built his home across from the newest section of North Cemetery and believes headstones are too close to Washington Avenue, which separates his home and the cemetery. Despite being told otherwise by town officials, Novak claims the stones are in violation of town zoning regulations, and he wants them moved.

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Town zoning regulations say anything considered a "structure" cannot be placed within 50 feet of a road, and there is nothing that stipulates what a "structure" is. Because of this, Novak believes the gravestones are "structures," and that they should be moved at least 50 feet from the road.

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I propose a compromise: Leave the graves where they are, and seize Novak's land by eminent domain. Then put up a Wal-Mart, because we know they don't mind building on or around cemeteries.

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