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Not in Our Neighborhood! Families Protest Group Home



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    Neighbors are fighting the plan to bring a group home for troubled teenage boys to Bristol.

    "It actually all started with a rumor," said Ryan Greenier about a proposed group home coming to his Bristol neighborhood.

    But the neighbors did their research. They say Klingberg Family Centers has put a deposit on the home at 63 Maxine Road, with the intention of using it as a home for troubled teenage boys.
    "I was told that there are six they are looking into, and people should have the right to know," said Jim Ray of Bristol.
    The group was originally looking at a house on Southdown Drive, but apparently backed off because it didn't suit their needs.  Neighbors there had the same complaints as those living near the proposed location on Maxine Road.
    "As a mother of two young children, I don't feel safe knowing there could be teenage boys who have these types of emotional, sexual disorders and other types of behavioral problems," said Amy Jakobeit of Bristol.
    Since this is the second time neighbors are outraged over the company putting a group home in their neighborhood, more lawmakers have stepped in. They want the state to change its laws.
    "The law basically allows them to just to in fact, come into the town, what I call under the guise of midnight madness. Go to sleep, its midnight, you wake up in the morning, and it's happening," said Bristol Mayor Art Ward.
    "This is not the kind of home that should be used. It's wrong, and our laws need to be looked at," said State Representative Frank Nicastro, D-Bristol.
    They're hoping to get the law changed to require a public hearing before a group home can go in any neighborhood. On Maxine Road, families say they'll be fighting this till the end.