"Good neighbors keep their
noise to themselves."
The NPC Search Feature enables you to quickly find
information related to your area of concern. For example, if you are
interested in finding communities that have or are considering a ban
on leaf blowers, type in the words leafblower ban. If you are
interested to learn more about active noise cancellation technology,
type the key words active noise cancellation. If you are
interested in knowing about noise in your community, type your city,
state, or country. The search will return the headline or title, as
well as the number of times the word or words occurred in the text.
Just click on the headlines or titles that you find most interesting,
and use the "Back" to return to the Search Page.
For some word searches, like leafblowers, there may
be variations of the word, such as leaf blower, leaf blowers, and
leaf blower. To be assured that you find all occurrences, you
should include all variations. Do not type any words twice, however.
The following would work: leaf blower blowers leafblower
You may further refine your search using the and,
or, and and not.
Typical multiple word searches search for the occurrence
of any word listed (they use the or function). Some of the
occurrences of these words may have nothing to do with what you are
interested in, however. For example, if you are interested in
learning about airport noise in New York, and you type airport new
york you will find information about airport noise in New York.
You will also find information about many "new" products, "new"
ordinances, New Jersey, New Mexico, New England, etc. You will also
find information about hundreds of other airports.
To better refine your search, use the word and
between each word. For example, airport and new and york.
And and or are the most common searches you are likely
In a few cases, the search might return too much
information. In the above example, you still might find information
about a new airport in York Pennsylvania. If there were so many
entries about York Pennsylvania that you could not easily find what
you wanted, you could further limit the search by typing new and
york and airport and not pennsylvania.