The city government wants to remind you to stop blowing on May 1st.
On May 9, 2008 the Rye City Council instituted a seasonal ban on leaf blowers, banning the use the the noisy smog spewing backpacks from May 1st until September 30th.
The ban applies to all residents except those living in the "R-1" residence district – essentially those with huge honking properties by Apawamis, Milton Road and down by the water in the area of Grace Church, Manursing and Stuyvesant. Non-residential entities – municipal properties, schools, religious institutions, membership clubs, golf courses, hospital, retirement communities, cemeteries are also exempt.
Everyone else breathe deep and grab a rake.