Despite outcry, Christmas house owner light show a no-go

Full story: Newsday 142
Peter Walker was excited that later this year he and his wife, Lori-Ann, would bring their daughter, Emma Grace, to see the elaborate Christmas lights at the home of fellow North Babylon resident Andrew Spadafora. Full Story
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Hillary

Bellmore, NY

#2 Jul 13, 2009
Hey maybe he can get an Obama bailout? No?
Hey

Scarsdale, NY

#3 Jul 13, 2009
Why is this a story? Did he contact newsday? I like decorating too but I have to cut back like everyone else...unless of course someone wants to pay my electic bill.... Don't worry Long Island, there are other houses around
common sense is dead

East Setauket, NY

#4 Jul 13, 2009
$41000.00 for bulbs & labor? He's a truck driver ? It must be me.
No Comment

Bronx, NY

#5 Jul 13, 2009
Hey wrote:
Why is this a story? Did he contact newsday? I like decorating too but I have to cut back like everyone else...unless of course someone wants to pay my electic bill.... Don't worry Long Island, there are other houses around
It's not about the house with lights. It's about the tradition of going there, the hundreds of stuffed animals he hands out to all of the children that visit and all of the money he donates the children's hospital without ever asking for a dime other than a possible donation for the hospital. I doubt he contacted Newsday, chances are one of the thousands of people that appreciate his efforts did.
No Comment

Bronx, NY

#6 Jul 13, 2009
common sense is dead wrote:
$41000.00 for bulbs & labor? He's a truck driver ? It must be me.
It is you. He's not a truck driver, he owns his own contracting business.
LATENIGHTGUY 2

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jul 13, 2009
No Comment wrote:
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It's not about the house with lights. It's about the tradition of going there, the hundreds of stuffed animals he hands out to all of the children that visit and all of the money he donates the children's hospital without ever asking for a dime other than a possible donation for the hospital. I doubt he contacted Newsday, chances are one of the thousands of people that appreciate his efforts did.
Let the family cut a check to a Childrens Hospital..any one of them.
This is NUTS !
LATENIGHTGUY 2

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jul 13, 2009
Hillary wrote:
Hey maybe he can get an Obama bailout? No?
I suggest stimulus checks to those in need (ONLY those in need) around the holidays-instead of a LIPA BAILOUT !
Merry Christmas

Shirley, NY

#10 Jul 13, 2009
The Spadafora family does such a beautiful job for over 20 years. They have spent thousands of dollars & made Christmas special for so many people. The presents that they hand out & the $$$$ they donate to Schneiders Childrens Hospital comes from the heart. Not to mention the time (months) they spend preparing this, but also working it on the holiday while the rest of us are spending time with family enjoying.
liner

Rocky Point, NY

#13 Jul 13, 2009
"Despite outcry, Christmas house owner light show a no-go"

Somehow, we'll all have to find a way to manage.
Ex-Oak Beacher

Stanton, KY

#14 Jul 13, 2009
Thanks for the memories and good luck.
LI Bri

Huntington, NY

#15 Jul 13, 2009
He should setup a web cam and then charge like $1 for unlimited viewing privileges. People from all over the world would pay the $1 knowing some of the money is going to charity, they'll visit the site once for about 1 minute, and then never come back. He'll make million$.
Jim from Middle GA

Warner Robins, GA

#16 Jul 13, 2009
while I appreciate the spirit of what he does, going into debt where it takes you till July of the following year is irresponsible.
Martha Stewart

Mcdonough, GA

#17 Jul 13, 2009
Clark Griswold has nothing on this guy. But seriously, all the money he spent could've made a nice additional donation, and the neighborhood wouldn't look so tacky.
Ponderous

Bronx, NY

#18 Jul 13, 2009
Nothing wrong with taking a break. It will be appreciated more next year.
long island insanity

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Jul 13, 2009
Good to see the peanut gallery spreading the hate as usual.
Hey

Scarsdale, NY

#20 Jul 13, 2009
No Comment wrote:
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It's not about the house with lights. It's about the tradition of going there, the hundreds of stuffed animals he hands out to all of the children that visit and all of the money he donates the children's hospital without ever asking for a dime other than a possible donation for the hospital. I doubt he contacted Newsday, chances are one of the thousands of people that appreciate his efforts did.
I may get it if it was November, but July? Who of those thousAnds of people happened to guess he was not decorating?? It is very nice that he donates the contributions however he is not the only house on the island to do so. From the story it appears he is looking for a benefactor
Screwed taxpayer

Bethpage, NY

#21 Jul 13, 2009
Some people are so cold hearted and just don't give a damn and I say screw you.The Spadafora should be proud of what they have done and I hope it doesn't come to an end.
You gotta be kiddin

Atlanta, GA

#22 Jul 13, 2009
I don't care who you are, this is a damn shame. I bet I saw this house when I was a youngster. Hopefully something can be done to help save one of LI's mini-traditions.
shortstuff

East Hampton, NY

#23 Jul 13, 2009
I'm sure his neighbors will be relieved- can you imagine ahving to live with that kind of noise and disruption for 4 months a year. There are other ways to raise money for charity.
SLAP CHOP

Huntersville, NC

#24 Jul 13, 2009
Hey wrote:
<quoted text>
I may get it if it was November, but July? Who of those thousAnds of people happened to guess he was not decorating?? It is very nice that he donates the contributions however he is not the only house on the island to do so. From the story it appears he is looking for a benefactor
The timing of the story does suggest that a bailout is the reason for this story to come out now. He probably begins his over the top display in 4-6 weeks and hopes this 'advertisement' generates a benefactor(s). My wife has a co-worker who lives halfway down the block from this house and she's glad that the end has come to this yearly 'horror'.

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