Singing Santa Driving Union Beach, N.J. Residents Nuts

UNION BEACH, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Residents along Lorillard Avenue in Union Beach are in the holiday spirit, but not enough to deal with a 6-foot mechanical singing Santa that one resident put on display. LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports

Jill Patella said she put up the singing Santa because it was the last gift she got from her husband who died three years ago.

“This year was the time,” she said. “He would have wanted me to live life again.”

Meanwhile, the neighbors are growing angrier by the hour.

“It’s literally 12 to 13 hours a day,” Mark Dittman said. “There’s no consideration for the neighbors. We’re very into the Christmas spirit, but this is ridiculous.”

  • jack

    Anyone else think it’s funny how stereotypical it is for this to happen in Jersey?

  • Luke

    This mechanical device reminds me of wind chimes and Muslim calls to prayer. All three are grossly inconsiderate of neighbors, and should be moved inside, to stay.

  • Jill Patella

    To set the record straight, this is not about “my husband is dead, so I’m going to put up a 6 ft. Santa to drive everyone nuts” The first 3 years following my husbands death, Santa sat in a box because I couldn’t care less about ANYTHING! This is the way my home has ALWAYS been decorated when we lived in Arizona where it’s not 28 degrees and the windows are closed. You CANNOT hear this Santa inside your home, everyone that has been here can’t even hear him by the street. As you get closer to my porch, you start to hear him. My next door neighbor, who lives a lot closer to me than the Dittmans came over while the news was here and told me that she can’t hear him in her home. I have many neighbors, but there hasn’t been any other complaints besides this one across the street. I don’t play him for 10 or 12 hours a day, that is just one person saying that, it doesn’t mean it’s true. I decorated this year because I felt it was time to move on, start living life the way I used to and this is the way life used to be. My Arizona neighbors loved Santa, but I lived in a totally different neighborhood. It was an upper middle class neighborhood and EVERYONE decorated their home inside and out. One person asked why I would put him outside..maybe because he’s an OUTSIDE decoration and I don’t run him day and night! He does shut off after a while and he stays off for long periods, too. The people who commented about destroying my property? Shame on you! The only reason why he sounded loud on T.v. was because they had the microphone right up against the speaker! Why would I put him outside when I’m not out there to enjoy him? Why would you decorate at all outside then? Why do people put up lights or put a wreath on the outside of your door..why put anything out there?? He does shut off, he doesn’t run 10+ hours a day, and this is NOT about putting up a Santa BECAUSE my husband died..I put him out this year BECAUSE I finally survived my deep grief! Also, the complaining neighbor NEVER once came over and complained to me, she actually went to the police station IMMEDIATELY!! Happy Holidays..I’d wish you all a Merry Christmas but I wouldn’t want to offend anyone :) P.S. I’m not a Muslim, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I was born and raised a Roman Catholic!

    • K. Johnson

      Madam, the light from most Christmas decorations can be irritating enough. Compulsory sound from any source, Santaclause or garage band or boom box, is an even greater imposition.

      I’m fairly sure that if any of my neighbors caused noise like that, I’d ask a policeman to take care of it. You never know what you’re going to get in these situations, but you can reasonably suspect that a person who makes noise is not going to have full command of common courtesy. The police are trained to handle — well, nuisances.

      Shut him off an keep him that way. Common courtesy. Don’t repay your neighbors’ apparent lack of courtesy with more of the same.

      • Peace on Earth

        To be fair, the only time I’ve heard the Santa is during the news reports. I haven’t been in the neighbors’ home when the news reporters weren’t around. At this point, this is a he said/she said situation. Maybe they can hear him inside their homes, maybe they can’t. But at the time of Peace on Earth, I’d turn the sound off if there were complaints–especially if she can’t hear it in her own house anyway. Everyone could still see the decoration. It’s called COMPROMISE–a word that seems to be lost on today’s society.

      • Steve Haven

        Come on and ThInK for just a minute K. Johnson and others… Do you really think that this Santa is over on her porch screaming Christmas songs and greetings at the top of his “lungs”? No. It is probably making 1/10 the sound of just one family dog along the street. It’s obvious the so-called “neighbor” is just looking to complain about anything.

  • Charles U. Farley

    All that santa needs is some 12 gauge accompaniment.

  • Ames

    Sounds like you are making a threat to Americans…..perhaps you’d better “watch it”

  • Will D

    I love annoying my neighbors. I hope that my wife would do something like that for me after I pass.

    • Cathy dixson

      I bought one of those Santas for my sister a couple of years ago and it you leave it on singing, eventually it will stop. Another quality product made in China.

    • Jim Davies

      I hope your wife has to do that very soon moron.

      • Will D

        Are you threatening me? Sir you are a buffoon, a boob, a nincompoop, a fool, an imbecile and a moron.

    • Abaddon

      That’s hilarious! Sing, sing a song, sing it loud, sing it strong!!!! Hahahahahahaha! lol

  • ED357

    FREEDOM IS……………..






    HO HO HO ! ! !

    • Get Real

      Freedom is….
      Being able to sit in your own living room without having to listen to some automated Santa sing the same six songs over and over….
      STFU, SANTA!

      • ???

        I have my doubts that the founding fathers had a mechanical Santa singing the same loop of songs over and over in mind when they wrote the first amendment.

      • nunya

        No freedom is enjoying our right to free speech and moving if you dont like the law where you live facist.

  • Silent Knight

    “all we are saying is …..give PEACE a chance.”

    • elementary

      this santa goes to eleven

      • Patrick

        Awesome spinal tap reference

  • Dr. Peter Venkman

    Singing Santa’s, Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

  • DBnD

    Can someone please explain this to me? What is the point of playing music OUTSIDE your house if you are inside? If, as she claims, the neighbors can’t possibly hear the music inside their houses, then it’s highly unlikely she can hear it clearly inside her own house. Therefore, what’s the point? Who’s she playing it for? The squirrels?

  • Blizz

    Another example of someone who doesn’t care about other people besides themselves. Leave it up but at least leave it off or on for a few hours.

  • kramer

    WOMAN put it in your living room happy festivus

  • Irony Mike

    She may like the present her husband gave her, but I’d like to think that if it was bothering my neighbors, then I could exercise a little Christmas spirit by turning the volume down and restoring some “peace on earth” in my neighborhood.

  • DaBigO

    This person has NO consideration or respect for others, clearly. Why don’t all of the neighbors, who are fed up, get together & NICELY speak to this woman? Why not come to a happy medium? I don’t get it. I wouldn’t ever put up with this. I’d have taken a bat to Santa’s head and beaten him like a red-headed step-child already.. Just sayin’… Happy Holidays! :)

  • harkin

    In switzerland, you can no longer yodel because it offends muslims. In NJ, you can play an annoying santa half the day.

    • Pete

      Actually that was in Austria

    • JustME

      I’m not Muslim, but I have to admit that yodeling is kind of annoying.

    • Jerry

      Only until it offends the Muslims.

      • 123

        How about a yodeling Santa?

      • Nickletoot

        I bet the Santa owner IS a muslim.!

      • Alan

        Maybe a singing Santa on a prayer rug would satisfy the grinches

  • Gonzalo Fargenkneipper

    Get an Ali Baba to fly a plane into her house. She’s obviously an infidel Christian.

    • Satans Claws

      You ‘sir’ … get a lump of coal, for that comment !

    • shari

      Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, non christians and christians in name only celebrate santa claus.

      If she were a real Christian she would love her “neighbor as much as herself” and turn that stupid santa off!

      • nunya

        And since you are using Christian standards will you abide and not judge? No, I did not think so. Now go of and think of some clever mental gynastics to justify your hateful self. I judge you bigoted, by my standards not Gods.

  • Htos1

    Lol!How ’bout just unpluging him @10:00pm?

  • Mike D

    Just turn the volume down – for cryin’ out loud !

  • texanndol

    Santa sounds great….

  • texanndol

    I love it!!!! We need more Christmas spirit….

  • Sammie Jo

    If she wants to hear it all day, then stick it in her living room. This is very inconsiderate behavior towards her neighbors.
    I used to have lights that played Christmas carols, I only played them for 2 hours a night, and kept the volume so low, you had to be standing in front of the hedge to hear it.

  • Cindy Dial

    Loud music: What’s the matter, don’t you like music?
    Loud barking: What’s the matter, don’t you like dogs?
    Loud Santa: What’s the matter, don’t you like Santa?
    What’s the matter, don’t you recognize the brilliant argument you’ve been using your whole life?

    • Mega24


  • Chicago Nick

    This is just for a couple weeks. Live in Muzzie land that crud goes on day in and day out 5 times a day and night.

    BOOOFREAKING HOO. Deal with it, Turn your kids freakin rap music up louder then.

    • JayD

      Here’s a thought–how ’bout NEITHER? Just because a singing Santa is less offensive than rap doesn’t mean the neighbors want to listen to it ’round the clock, either. There’s something to be said for PEACE on Earth. If the sound of her cutsey Santa is disturbing someone in their own home, they have a right to ask her to turn it off.

    • Harry Hodes

      I had a church near me that blared its electronic chimes every 15 minutes, 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. Somehow they equated it with freedom of religion and wouldn’t turn them down.

      • No Accountability

        So who was there first? Was the church already there when you moved in? If so, DEAL WITH IT, you made the choice.

      • Hmmm.....

        Makes me wonder. Did the members of the church live in the neighborhood? Or did they live across town where they didn’t have to deal with the ringing in their houses? Bet it did wonders for the property values.

  • Professor Frink

    If it were a statue of Muhammad then I’d bet a caravan of ACLU lawyers would be out front (alond with a bevy of NY Times reporters) defending her right to annoy the world.

    Dead husband, eh? I’d suggest an anotomically correct Santa and keep it in her bedroom. ACLU and NY Tmes would still be out front defending her right to “relations” with an illegal alien android (likely from China).


    • RedWhiteandBoom

      Well you have a valid point, but if it was a statue of Muhammed, she’d be dead right now

    • nunya

      Bravo. A true honest opinion if fact. Hats off sir!

  • doug

    This has something to do with the last 8 years, no doubt.

  • Delta

    It’s Bush’s Fault!

  • Jim

    Neighbors had one of these music playing Santa’s playing in their yard a few years back. Got shorted out and started a blaze that ruined two front rooms of their house. After repairs they put up another one and the Fire Marshall checked back to see how they were doing and blew his mind. They didn’t seem to understand that the damn Santa’s were defective! Dumb….Dumber…. Dumbest!

  • jabusse

    How about stuffing a rag in the speaker. Cost $0 still sings quirely and satisfies everyone. You don’t have to be a reocket scientist to find out where the sound is coming from. So just put a sock in it.

  • Bruno

    Steal it.

  • Gonzalo Fargenkneipper

    But if it was some foul mouthed black rapper with a “tude”, I’ll bet the neighbors would be “boppin” and offering up their daughters to him.

  • sailordude

    A singing Santa would drive me wacko, and I have lived the last several years next to a Mosque in the Middle East, at least they take a break with their loud speakered amplified prayer’s!

    • nunya

      When? Five times a day? They dont break from that. Stop trying to drop locations to sound smart. Its her freedom you defend(ed) suck it up buttercup!

  • Edward Sonner

    This is definitely George Bush’s fault. I am not sure why, but I am sure the Democrats will figure out why.

    • Carlos

      Just give them time.

      • RedWhiteandBoom

        Yup. In order to spread peace and equality, gotta ban Christmas–the state holiday instituted by W.

    • ron martin

      yep – the country was run into the ground from 2001 – 2008. deficits, unfunded wars, tax cuts that we couldn’t afford. the tax burden was shifted to cities and states who are all now nearly bankrupt as well. I’m sure that the stress killed this poor woman’s husband, which is why she has to put up this santa claus every year.

      how’s that?

      • Paul

        Taxes SHOULD be shifted to cities and states. It isn’t the responsibility of non-local taxpayers or the federal govt to be redistributing the wealth. States like CA have been going broke for years due to their own stupidity in promoting high taxation and big social programs. I know it’s more intelligent-sounding to blame Bush — unless your audience has an IQ in triple-digits.

      • richardsh

        Ron, Ron, Ron….

        You take a story that has nothing to do with national politics and inject your political bias into the story and tried to make it relevant. You failed.

        Hey Ron, what happened to 2009 – 2010? You didn’t mention those years. During the space of those 2 years, 5 trillion dollars was added to the national debt. That amount is even higher than the debt accrued during 2001-2008. Should I repeat that number to you? And let’s not forget who has been running the House of Representative and United States since January 2007. (hint: their party name begins with “D”).

        And how do you like those new TSA procedures Ron? I bet if the TSA were rolling their hands around inside your pants during the time between 2001-2008, you would be OUTRAGED. But, I guess it doesn’t matter now though, because you’ve got your partisan blinders blocking any critical thinking.

        I’d call you an idiot, but I don’t think that would be fair to other idiots.

        Keep you partisan blinders on Ron. Always blame the other side and never actually look for real answers. That way you’ll never have to do any critical thinking on your own – which apparently you don’t seem to have.

        P.S. I don’t normally argue with idiots. But your post is the poster child for what is wrong with this country. Merry Christmas.

  • wcgreen

    Not much of a report. It doesn’t state if the residents can hear the singing in their houses or if it is only audible when they are in their yards near the property line or if the Santa is blaring its carols through hidden speakers. Does its noise break local noise ordinances? Which “12 to 13 hours” does it sing?

    Hard to judge the nuisance factor without facts.

  • James E. Unger

    In my village, we call the cops when anyone blares amplified noise at any time of the day. Such amplification is an invasion onto your property by noise.

    After the cops visit, the offenders don’t repeat the offense. The cops layout the particular codes and penalities.

    • bob


    • Ken

      In your “village” you call the cops when anyone blares amplified noise at any time of the day? You sound like a lot of fun!!!!

      • nunya

        Its called ‘choice’ we choose to live in ‘villages’ and your obvious distain shows you most likely live in the city and like people telling people what to do. See, again its about choice. I dont live here to have ‘fun’ I live here to rest and enjoy my life. Fun, lololol, thats funny in itself…. Here, have some more kool aid!

    • Pete Freans

      Village? Where do you live, Middle Earth? Maybe Bilbo Baggins can help.

      • nunya

        And you, what are you twelve? Go troll your sisters room for used profelatics, when you see the broken one, youll understand how your whole family got here.

    • GavInTucson

      You waste the police’s time on such nonsense? Wow, get a life, and let the cops get back to worrying about actual crimes, and not your petty smallness.

  • Mark Douglas

    As someone who can’t stand two of his back stabbing neighbors (one tried to help the other steal real estate from me this year using adverse possession statutes), I love this. I want one for my house!

  • HippyJoe

    So lady your husband is dead.?? And you remember him BY DISPLAYING a six foot richard-head that blabbers for 12 hours a day?? May I suggest counseling?

  • Scrooges

    She’s reaching out for some companionship, be nice take her some cookies talk to her tell her nicely how you feel…if you don’t talk to your neighbor don’t be complaining, because you’re being a scrooge!
    My neighbor plays Christmas music outside from 6 pm until he leaves for work in the morning…I don’t talk to my neighbor, I know he’s looking for attention because nobody will talk to him but, I don’t let the music bother me!

  • Luca Brasi

    If she doesn’t hute that thing I wil send the godfather and he will take careof itl

    • HM Phobe

      That’s right – there’s too much “huting” going on out there.

  • Al

    Anyone who puts up a noise maker within earshot of anyone else is inconsiderate.
    If the noise continues for hours, that person is a jerk and should have a dozen hyperactive chimpanzees chained to their feet.

    • GavInTucson

      Sorry, but I had to LOL at that one. It’s an image I won’t be getting out my head all day.

  • hank

    What a selfish woman! Shameful.

    • DBinVA

      I doubt she’s selfish. In fact, she probably figures she’s sharing with the neighbors. She just doesn’t understand that what’s music to her ears my be noise to another.

  • Deborah

    Did anyone ask her to limit the time it’s on? If not, perhaps she’s under the impression the neighbors like it.
    I do like the suggestion she put it in her house though. I’m guessing that if it were in her house & she were home all day, Santa’s vocals would be getting breaks.

  • htnkd

    Christmas is over in a few weeks– everybody needs to lighten up– we have annoying stuff in our neighborhoods but you know what– in a few weeks they are put away– I find it hard that you can hear this Santa in your houses— Maybe some of you need to go over and talk to her about when a good time would be to play this– I know one neighbor who plays Christmas music every year outside on his porch from Thanksgiving till New Years– everybody has gotten used to it– it is all recorded songs– kind of nice going to work and hearing this

  • fratafella

    It’s a muslim plot to alienate people against Chrismas!!

  • clam fist

    I like the Santa. It sounds awesome!

  • Joe

    Leave it to NJ to not be able to solve a simple problem. She’s probably sleeping with the mayor.

  • otto


    Should we now be reporting if my gosh-darn neighbor keeps stealing my newspaper every morning. I complained to the police, but they refuse to taser him. News at 11.

  • Sal

    What happened to “disturbing the peace” ordinances?
    Why don’t cops enforce those anymore?

    • Joe

      I agree Sal. For some odd reason noise ordinances are not enforced. Barking dogs, leaf blowers and lawn mowers are an example. For the taxes people pay in NJ you should be able to hear a pin drop and the over paid police in small suburban towns should keep people quiet!

      • nick

        simple, use electric ones or just use scissors or a push mower that uses the energy from pushing to spin the blades. come on people think green, i mean not only is the noise annoying to humans, but think of the bunnies, the birds, the moles, the beetles and the lady bugs. We have to be considerate of nature, they have rights to…………. GOOD LORD PEOPLE WE HAVE TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING……

        Im not a liberal just impersonating one gives me a headache.

      • Justin

        Care to elaborate on how you’re going to keep your leaf blower and lawn mower quiet?

      • sleeping-in

        I’ll tell you how to do it. First go on your computer and make a form. Have cI’ll tell you how to do it. First go on your computer and make a form. Have some writing about what kind of problem it is, a place to fill in what time it started and ended, and the date. Put a bit title at the top about noise level in the illegal range, or what ever. Then fill out a new form for every day and fax it to the police department. They will have a formal complaint in hand and can do something.
        In my case, I sent a copy to the home-owner association. The dog who woke me up at 5AM on Memorial Day moved out soon after.

  • Dumba Merican

    This will definitely escalate to violence. The “over-the-top-loud-and-tasteless-holiday-decoration” related assaults have been increasing every year. Santa gonna be taken out!

  • Practical Guy

    Does it have a volume control?

    It’s only six feet tall. how about putting it in the living room next to the tree or fireplace. You know – where Santa belongs.

  • Flynn

    This is idiotic. She can’t set the thing on a timer to play for maybe four or five hours a day? There’s a fine line between honoring someone’s memory and purposely alienating the neighbors — who are going to be around for the other 11 months of the year.

    • DBinVA

      Hear hear! I have a friend who LOVES knick knacks that play songs and make noise. She has this irritating bird statue that plays a few bars of the song “Sing” by the Carpenters repeatedly until it’s turned off. One evening when a group of us were over at her house, she turned on the bird. After about 15 minutes everyone in the room was gritting their teeth. As soon as she left the room, someone grabbed it, looking for the switch to shut the thing up. She walked back into the room and seemed dejected that we’d turned it off. “You don’t like it?” she asked. We told her gently that, after hearing the same tune repeatedly for that amount of time, we were a bit tired of it. Please don’t blame the neighbors if they are weary. They have to live with this on a day-to-day basis.

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