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New cemetery rules in Middletown upsetting some visitors

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Controversy has come up in Middletown because members of a cemetery board are enforcing some rules that are getting some people upset.

Balloons, pinwheels and wind spinners are going to be a thing of the past at the Calvary Cemetery in Middletown.

Also, a total of only three items will be allowed on a gravesite.

Paul Arnaoutis visits his mother’s grave and has edging that he will need to get rid of by next month.

Others will have to take out trees, bushes and hanging planters.

The cemetery entrance has the paperwork for plot owners to take, which said the board will enforce the rules but it is unclear exactly how they will be enforced.

A cemetery board member told Eyewitness News that when people die, no one takes care of the cemetery.

In a statement, the board said “Unfortunately, over the years we have seen even more plots where the rules have either been forgotten or ignored, resulting in overgrown, unkempt and less than sacred ground."

This is the same cemetery where statues and other memorabilia were stolen not too long ago.

The owners of the plot put in a hidden surveillance camera to catch the thief

That camera is no longer allowed, and many people said they aren’t happy about what is to come.

“It's a way for people to mourn and make up for certain things and if that's their way of doing it - and they do conform to the height than why not," said Judy Pehota.

“It's like blight, you take care of what you would take care of your home," Susan Thomas said.

The rules will be enforced starting in August.

Real or fake flowers are still allowed but they can’t exceed 15 inches out from the gravesite.

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