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Officials, neighbors concerned over garbage-filled yard in Chicopee

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Mattresses, piles of wood, tables and rugs fill one property on Chicopee's Narragansett Boulevard.

"Every time I go by it, I can't say on TV what I say," said Larry Dominick.

We talked to many residents in the area who are angry and in disbelief about the amount of trash in one of their neighbor's yards.

"This is not just a property value issue but it's a quality of life issue. The people who live behind it, can't even have guests over because they're embarrassed about the mess in their back yard," said Bill Courchesne.

A city official lives on Narragansett Blvd. City Council President George Moreau says he's also concerned.

"If the wood over there catches on fire, it's going to take out 3 or 4 houses," says Moreau.

He's concerned for the safety of kids, too.

"They have so many children over there that with this mess on the property and the kids walking in and out of that mess, I'm afraid that one of these kids is going to get seriously hurt," said Moreau.

The Chicopee Health Department issued a cease and desist order last month. The owners did not comply.

So, the Law Department will be taking further action.

"I see him do it all the time. Picks it up, he's gotta black pick up truck, and just brings it to the yard and just dumps it in his yard," said Dominick.

"Why did it not just go to the dump? Why is it coming here?," said Courchesne.

We found a Facebook ad online that the owner put out.

"We take anything and everything," the ad says. "We donate what can be reused to battered woman shelters and other groups. This is not a free service."

But, it's taken to their yard on Narragansett Blvd.

We called the number on the ad. But, the homeowner declined to comment.

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