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|Lexington resident raises concerns about cell tower exposure||USA|
|Contamination level: Feeling violently sick all the time.|
|Author: Dave Walko||Created: 10 May 2012||Updated: 10 May 2012||Viewed: 4300 time(s)|
|His fourth-floor apartment is located about 40 feet from the building's cupola, which houses a cell tower.||This case file has 1 entry and has been commented by 1 person|
|When Dave Walko retired, he planned to move to Lexington and live a quiet life with his wife Sophia.||Created: 10 May 2012|
|Lexington resident Dave Walko, 64, stands in front of the Muzzey High Condominiums where he lives. His fourth-floor apartment is located about 40 feet from the building's cupola, which houses a cell tower. Walko is appealing the Zoning Board of Appeals decision to allow AT&T to add three more antennas to the site.
Antenna Lay-out plan: LINK: http://media.wickedlocal.com/lexington/celltower.pdf
Lexington —When Dave Walko retired, he planned to move to Lexington and live a quiet life with his wife Sophia.
Seven years ago, he purchased a fourth-floor unit in the Muzzey High Condominium complex at 1475 Massachusetts Ave. after interviewing with the Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB). The former director of athletic development for Boston University, Walko was an athlete in his own right.
“I was playing international basketball (on the over-40 Team Watertown). I was in prime shape and I was doing fine,” said Walko, now 64.
Soon after moving in, Walko discovered there was a network of cell antennas “hidden in the cupola” — the dome rising from the roof about 40 feet from his bedroom.
Three years later, he developed cancer, which he believes was related to exposure to the cell tower.
Walko beat his cancer in 2007 but said living so near to the cell tower has exacerbated an existing condition. Walko, who is hypersensitive to the frequencies emitted by cell phones and computers, said he cannot use a cell phone or sit at a computer without experiencing discomfort, with symptoms ranging from headaches to atrial fibrillations.
“It’s terrifying,” he said. “You shouldn’t have things mounted where people are living 40 feet away.”
Walko said had he known about the existence of the cell tower, he never would have moved in. “Why wouldn’t [LexHAB] disclose this?” he said.
Representatives from LexHAB could not be reached for comment.
Walko said he feels unsafe in his own home and nobody in the community is doing anything to help him.
So he is taking matters into his own hands.
Walko has filed an appeal in Middlesex Superior Court alleging the Lexington Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) failed to adhere to the town’s zoning bylaw in a May decision to grant AT&T a permit to add three more antennas, in addition to three already installed in the building’s cupola. The cupola also houses antennas for cellular providers T-Mobile and MetroPCS, according to Jim Goell, chairman of Lexington’s Communications Advisory Committee (CAC).
LINK: Zoning bylaw regarding wireless communication facilities: http://www.ecode360.com/10530963?needHash=true
Map of cell towers in Lexington: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215423790209191277950.0004a9c6dfa683a0532f6&msa=0
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