Mary Jo Rossetti Alderman-At-Large:Somerville Logan Air Traffic


I am ELATED to share with you the following:

Last month I was invited to speak before a Grad Class at BU Medical School. The topic of discussion – impact of quality of life on surrounding districts of Logan Airport. Many districts were represented and I have just learned that East Boston and SOMERVILLE have been chosen for their study!

The class is seeking YOUR input. It is a brief study, the details of which are attached in 2 documents. Let’s not lose this opportunity. Please reply to me as well as the e-mail noted in the overview document if you are able to help us. The few days involved to partake in this very easy study are fast approaching.

Yours in service,
Mary Jo
Mary Jo Rossetti

BU Student Project: Community-Based Research Assessing Noise Impacts on Sleep Disturbance
Students: Hanan Alzaim, Sharon Lee, Melissa Rodriguez-Vodak, Kirby Valentin Dear Interested Participant,
Please take some time to read through the following information for a class project conducted by graduate students enrolled at the Boston University School for Public Health. If you have additional questions about the project, please e-mail the students at
Study Purpose
The purpose of this project is to assess the relationship between residential noise exposure and sleep. The study will focus on residents living anywhere in East Boston or in one of three locations in West Somerville (Ball Square, Teele Square, or the campus of Tufts University). The study involves collecting noise using a phone app and filling out surveys related to sleep. The noise collection and survey period will target the week of April 5.
Participant Information
We will gather some basic demographic and home information in the survey. Any information gathered for this project will be confidential, and all information used for reporting purposes will exclude personal identifying information.
To enhance the success of this student project, participants will only be eligible if they:
● have a smartphone that supports the NoiseTube app
● can use the NoiseTube app to collect noise information on the evenings of April 5 to April 8 from
the consecutive hours of 10 P.M. to 7 A.M.
● sleep at some point between the hours of 10 P.M. to 7 A.M.
● have access to a computer and the ability to download noise data from the host site
( or provide permission to students to download noise data
● can take short surveys on the evening of and morning following noise sample collection
● are not taking sleep aids or other medications that can impact sleep (e.g. cold medicine,
antihistamines) during the study period
In addition to the above criteria, preference is for residents who do not currently have newborns or infants in their home.
If you are interested in participating and meet the above criteria, please contact us at Your participation in this class project will help students and community leaders better understand how noise influences sleep. We appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you


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