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Residents Blow Whistle on Fan Party Houses

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"When owner is approached, he says he 'wouldn't live in this dump' and has given the middle finger salute to at least two respected ladies on the block when they have complained about the noise."

"The students … have been repeatedly (approx 24 times between August 1st, 2005 and today) asked to lower the volume on their boom box … and not to play the electric guitar in a manner that causes the floor boards to vibrate throughout the day, yet they persist."

About 30 party houses have been reported thus far to the Fan District Association. The information is kept by Richmond Police, who inform their officers of repeat offenders.

The object of the party house registry is not to quash all Fan festivities, says Brett Burnum, president of the Fan District Association. "I'm a young guy, I'm 28," Burnum says. "I'm not that far out of college that I don't appreciate a good party."

But when one apartment's residents are throwing a huge bash twice a week, he says, or when activities are going on that could be "life-threatening to the actual people at the party," police need to know about it.

Party houses are a perennial problem, says association Vice President Mike Rohde. Once, he says, they were only found east of Lombardy Street. "They're now all over the Fan."

So far, there are no plans to publish the party house directory for the benefit of those without plans Saturday night. — Melissa Scott Sinclair

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