This morning, The New York Post reported that Gere felled up to 200 trees on his property, without a permit, to make room for a horse paddock (the actor is a passionate equestrian).
Rather than seeking the proper channels and permits, he hired someone to cut them down," R.J.Marx, editor of the Record-Review, a local paper, told The New York Post. "He's generally a good neighbor. It was out of character."
Gere and Lowell restored an old farmhouse on their property and turned it into a bed-and-breakfast called the Bedford Post. In addition to the inn, which opened last July, the establishment boasts a yoga studio and a restaurant recently hailed by Esquire magazine as one of the best new restaurants of 2009.
But that was no comfort to rankled residents. "This is a town where money isn't an issue. What matters are good manners and caring about the community," another local told The Post. "I'm not sure what he was thinking."