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The Elyria Court House debacle , tax PAY ers PT3

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Part One – The Background

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/the-elyria-court-house-debacle-tax-pay-ers/

Part Two – A History

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/the-elyria-court-house-debacle-tax-pay-ers-pt2/

In 1940 the County Commissioners decided the dome was unsafe and they took it down BUT they were in the midst of a campaign to have the whole building destroyed and replaced by WPA financed building http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration
In fact, those same commissioners tried time and time again to take down the building..
pdf file of the information here
courthouse info

and here courthouse info2
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Heman Ely deeded the land to be used for the purpose of a “permanent court house”. A building that cost $200,00 in 1881 which in today’s money is the equivalent of $4,545,454.55
But it seems over the years this grand dame of Elyria has suffered much at the very hands of those who were her supposed caretakers :
In September 2012 the Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/09/09/Lorain-County-Courthouse-s-future-uncertain.html

carried the call from Commissioner Tom Williams:

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“It’s deteriorating. The grounds are in bad condition,” said first-term Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams. “The building itself has mold in it. It’s just an old building now. I wouldn’t say it’s historic anymore. It’s more of a liability for the county.”

Although two of Lorain County’s three commissioners insist they have no interest in razing the old courthouse, Mr. Williams says something needs to be done to halt the building’s decline, and demolition may be more “cost-effective” than renovation.

And the Judges, well they have made their remarks ( time and time again)
Judges: Put old Lorain County Courthouse on death row
Filed on June 12, 2014 by Brad Dicken

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi told the county commissioners on Wednesday that he was “appalled” by the state of the old Lorain County Courthouse, which houses the county’s Adult Probation Department.

“What I saw over there wouldn’t be appropriate for a probation department in a Third World country,” Miraldi said.

Miraldi said he and other judges toured the building earlier this week and saw black mold, asbestos, a broken elevator and numerous other problems in the more than century-old building.

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Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, who also took the tour, referred to the old Courthouse as “that pit” and said there were serious air quality problems inside.

NOTE all photos sources Lorain County.

Two Miraldis of the same mind apparently. Ah! the minds of men – and the what were they thinking department?.

First the caretakers of law and government abuse her over the decades by lopping off her head so to speak, denigrated her worth and beauty and then over the years tried to further finish her off by abusing her insides so terribly that she is no longer the once beautiful and proud icon of law and order.

She has become institutionalized with sea grass wallpaper , her beautiful tile work ripped up, hardwood floors covered with industrial carpeting an ersatz icon of faded glory not even good enough for the third world!

And some how this is “her fault”. And the taxpayer is paying to sort out the mess ONCE AGAIN !
Moot’ order over courthouse keys now vacated Filed by Brad Dicken

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/29/moot-order-keys-now-vacated/

The commissioners met with their newly hired lawyer Monday in executive session to discuss their options and prepare a reply.

Because Burge has rescinded his court order, there won’t be an immediate need for a hearing, Kalo said. The judge potentially could have held the commissioners in contempt of court for refusing to follow his order.

Commissioner Tom Williams said he wants to end the feud as soon as possible so both sides can stop paying their lawyers.

CHANDRAED NOTE The Judges have Hired Subodh Chandra and the taxpayers have paid out $50,000 retainer fee- expenses of approximately $33,000 so far – is that part of the $50,000 – this taxpayer hasn’t had an answer from Mr. Lubbe Lubberes

County Prosecutor Dennis Will, who normally represents both the commissioners and the judges, has removed his office from involvement in the dispute.

I’m hoping we can open up the lines of communication and try to come up with some agreement instead of taking this to court,” Williams said.

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We are now in the COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION AND I WILL TRY MY BEST TO ADVOCATE ON THE PLIGHT OF THE DEFENDANT ‘ THE LORAIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE- ELYRIA OHIO!
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PHOTO SOURCE:Elyria In Vintage PostcardsBenjamin J and Anne Fische Mancine - Arcadia Publishing – Amazon Books

TO BE CONTINUED………..

July 30, 2014 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

The Elyria Court House debacle , tax PAY ers PT2

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http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/the-elyria-court-house-debacle-tax-pay-ers/

Let us look at the history of this once glorious building and how she came into being. Was her promised construction the reason Elyria became the county seat? It seems so!
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http://home.windstream.net/thehickories/lchistory/

Heman Ely, the founder of Elyria and leading proponent of establishing Lorain County, offered to donate land adjacent to the park he had given to Elyria. In addition, he offered to donate $2000 toward the construction of a permanent courthouse, to build a jail and sheriff’s residence behind the courthouse, and to build a temporary courthouse to use until the permanent structure was completed.

Edmund West signed a Declaration of Trust (Feb. 14th 1823) that when Ohio organized Lorain County he would convey land Heman Ely had given him (back on 22 February 1822) to the Lorain County commissioners. Ebenezer Lane, on another receipt dated 14 February 1823, stated that he was given a deed between Heman Ely and Henry Brown for lots 1-2 and 6-7 to cover a bond to raise $3000 for Lorain County court buildings.

You can find more of the Heman Ely story here :

https://www.elyriaschools.org/ElyriaHistory/1803-1818.html

It was a big thing back in the days of this new country, now forming its own government apart and distanced from England; they knew full well the importance of “law”- “justice”
and “accountability”. This United States was founded upon the rules of law.

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 51 (1788)

It was important the edifices built for government and the judiciary were of an imposing, solid-and impressive design as they were the icons of the ideals of democracy. This new country and her laws had to be seen as stable and long-lasting. The architecture of the day was the “marketing ” to the population of stability, a government for the people etc. the populace needed reassurance this government of the United States of America would be seen to last and be successful, the bricks and mortar of the new government were a way of reassurance to the population.

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Photo Source http://www.elyriaschools.org/ElyriaHistory/1818-1830.html

1828 The first permanent county courthouse was begun in the public square. It was red brick with a bell cupola and fireplaces in each room. Heman Ely donated land and money for this building

But in
1881- A new County Courthouse was finished and was the largest and most elegant building in Elyria. It was built of local Amherst sandstone.

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Elyria Court House with cupola

One can imagine the pride Elyrians must have felt watching this wonderful edifice rising from the ground – majestic , purposeful and making a statement of “law” “democracy” and “success” carved out of a wilderness.

Apparently an architect was hired- Elijah E Meyers

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Elijah E. Myers (December 22, 1832, Philadelphia – March 5, 1909, Detroit) was a leading architect of government buildings in the latter half of the 19th century, and the only architect to design the capitol buildings of three U.S. states, the Michigan State Capitol, the Texas State Capitol, and the Colorado State Capitol

The years passed, discussion in 1937 came into play as to the deteriorating metal structures on top of the court house. Therefore , man in their wisdom, decided sometime in 1943 to take off the beautiful dome and with it Lady Justice-

Lady Justice is seen as a blindfolded woman in a toga holding a sword in one hand and a balance (or scales) in the other. She is seen as the epitome of fairness and moral force, and is usually intended as the icon of Judicial Systems. In Roman mythology, she is known as Justitia. In Greek mythology, she’s known as Themis (the goddess of divine order) and her daughter, Dike (who carries scales). In Egyptian mythology, she’s known as Maat, and later, Isis. The Greek goddess Nemesis, as the goddess of vengeance, was the goddess who carried the sword, and the Roman goddess Fortuna (which means “fate”) was the goddess who was blindfolded. As an amalgam of all of these symbols, Lady Justice represents a goddess of divine order who balances fate and vengeance, and collectively represents justice internationally.

It was probably more cost-effective to “remove” than refurbish- Step one in the decline of “reason- perpetuity and pride.

However, in 1975, even without her “top”, Lorain County Court House was deemed still significant enough to be added to the National Historic Register in 1975.

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Lady Justice has apparently disappeared from her court house and the court house has been left to a sad fate at the hands of “justices”

to be continued……….

July 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

The Elyria Court House debacle , tax PAY ers

Playing catch up the best coverage of the hand bags at dawn or gavels galore between the tenant ” Lorain County Common Pleas” and the landlord Lorain County Commissioners can be found in the Elyria Chronicle and Brad Dicken by Line

Judges: Put old Lorain County Courthouse on death row

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/12/judges%E2%80%88put-old-courthouse-death-row/

Commissioners, judges engaged in deadlock over building access

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/25/commissioners-judges-engaged-deadlock-building-access/

Evan Goodenow also filed a story for the Chronicle

Commissioners say plan to move Probation Department too costly

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/19/pair-oppose-possible-move-justice-center/

But it was the article by Lisa Roberson of the Chronicle that sent this “that woman” off on her own perspective of the taxpayer who will end up paying the “lawyers for both sides now “

Lorain County judges hire legal counsel in probation department dispute
My take found here on the judiciary jousting of 2014

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/chandra-cha-chinging-away-county-coffers-and-how-it-is-done/

On July 18th, since things had gone quite quiet I sent an email to Tim Lubbe the “spokesperson for the judges and the probation dept”
for just how much money had been spent by them on Chandra , the attorney He had seemingly done his usual PR in the media opening volley -

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2014/06/lorain_countys_old_courthouse.html

Chandra is very good at that media manipulation tact, been there done that and seen it before.
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Not wanting to take anyone else’s perspective whether it was the judges take or the commissioners take – I decided – since it had gone quiet- to see for myself.

I made arrangements as a “taxpayer” to take the tour. Of course as luck would have it the day scheduled also happened to be the day another ” legal fisticuffs ” took off . By noon that day ( Friday the 25th of July) was the deadline and my appointment was for 11:00 am.

Photo source United Artists

Photo source United Artists


I wondered after reading all the articles of mould , asbestos , strange smells would I need hazmat gear to enter and now the added worry of being caught in the High Noon deadline as an innocent taxpayer.

County commissioners said Thursday they will defy a court order issued by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge requiring them to turn over the keys to all doors on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse by noon today.

It was therefore with some trepidation I returned to the Elyria Court House, I say returned because 20 years ago I was there on jury duty. ( please note they never asked me back ;)

I sat on the bench watching the foot traffic , the day was one of those sparkling feel good weather days. If I concentrated on the building itself, ignoring the sounds of the traffic, as the church bells rang out the hour I could almost imagine what it must have been like for those who had walked this way in an earlier time. Perhaps, they too had rested under the trees on a summer day when this once beautiful edifice was the pride of a new government and not carrion to be fought over

Elyria Court House  with  cupola

Elyria Court House with cupola

To be continued

July 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm 2 comments

History Demo ‘ed -Another Rehabbed- Pt2.

PART ONE The Demo!

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

heneryhamiltonPhoto Mark Teleha

The Gow House ( which ironically enough) remained in the Gow family until its demise- sitting empty and forlorn for decades- was on the corner of 4th and Hamilton. 4th Street was not always 4th street it was once named “DUANE Street” and at the end of and opposite to is the Duane Building- another historical structure that was rehabbed

https://www.ohiohistory.org/state-historic-preservation-office/state-historic-preservation-office-awards//2012/duane-building

duane In 1908 or there about Lorain ( known for changing names – Black River Township- Charleston Village – Lorain) street names also underwent a revamp .

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/07/lorains-street-renaming-plan-may-1908.html

A little east of the Gow House on the opposite side of the street another of Lorain’s professional people built his home – – the address was 231 Duane Street.( circa 1903) His name was Frank Coleman and in the 1898-99 phone directory he had an office at 203 Broadway. There is no longer an office a 203 Broadway or indeed his later office at 426 Broadway or for that matter a trail for 356 or 360 Broadway

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Lorain Map circa 1874
but you can imagine an enterprising young man, as so many others did in this neighborhood, building his home within walking distance from his place of work.
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In fact, he made the Lorain’s Prominent Lawyers listing in the 1903 Lorain. Ohio by George H. Teague

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Frank and his wife Agnes lived in his home on Duane ( now 1031 4th Street) until he moved in 1937 ( his wife Agnes was no longer recorded -assumption is – she had passed)It looks like Frank ended up owning two lots 187 – and 188
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His home was sold on after 1936 ( probably after his wife passed.) to one Isadore Baer.

In any case he moved alone in 1937 to 918 Washington Ave. This is interesting, because as with his previous home history, 1031 West 4th Street -
Landlord – Ed Watling ( foreclosure???) -and then First Federal Savings and Loan ( again on my street)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

this home too followed a pattern becoming all to familiar in this neighborhood.
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and now we have at last the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp rehabbing Frank’s 110 year old home.

But 918 Washington Ave. his new domicile seemingly repeats the history of the older homes we see dumped and devalued every day – in more ways than one: What started as a piece of “old house history” has taken me once again on the dumped and devalued road of this neighborhood. .

NOTE: Readers take a good look at this photo ( you may want to come back to it later and compare to 1031)
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As with Frank’s family home on Duane/4th – his next home (918 Washington) also went the way of home ownership- to rentals and landlords and banks and “ losing in value”.

For instance this 918 Washington property once again is a poster child of what happens when ‘banks apparently make poor business choices” WE end up losing in these older neighborhoods, deemed historic by the state, if not the city, as neighborhood property values fall due to the “sale prices “ of the homes

NOTE bear with me the following is a little confusing

In 7/11/2011- 918 Washington (0201004114016 ) the next house Frank Coleman lived was recently part of a deal with three other properties -

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1014 Long Avenue- 2055 E 29th Street -434 9th Street purchased by First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc Lorain ( there is that name again) the sale price listed $106.000 for those properties to REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC North Ridgeville agent and principle – Scott A. Russell
6486 Ridgeview Blvd.N. Ridgeville, OH 44039- this LLC is apparently still active according to the State of Ohio.

NOTE: However, I did some further checking on the 4 parcels that were worth apparently $106,000. to First Federal Savings and Loan Association Lorain and found-
918 Washington was sold for 10,500
1014 Long sold for $5,000
434 9th sold for $15,900
2005 E 29th- $8,500

So, if my math is correct, after the sale of all four properties First Federal Savings and Loan took a loss of $66,100 dollars and recouped just $39,900 – a loss of 60%-on the dealings with REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. That isn’t exactly screaming healthy business practices to me but what do I know , even the price of milk going up effects this “investor” in Lorain.

Back to Frank
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Frank Coleman then moved on to 1031 9th Street in 19391031 9th And yet another “sale loss drop dump- this his 3rd home was not a First Federal house for sale- commodity this time it was AMTRUST BANK A doing the honors and another LLC picking at the dying carcass of “homes”
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2005 property sold for $70,000 dollars bank got it back for $28,000 in 2008 and 20 days later sold it for 13,500 to Brian Fuller who transferred it to his LLC NEW AGE REAL ESTATE LLC ( owning 6 properties)( Avon Lake)
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Frank Coleman seemingly did not move offices much always in the 300 block of Broadway. In 1942 the last we have found to date on Frank he had moved to 306 9th Street
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This home has been owned by Baker Homes of Vermilion since 2005 but considering it is another “century home” ending up as another rental can the tale be much different???? If you want to know more a trip to the recorder’s office and look up OR Volume 1220- Page 142. I would bet you will find a similar history!
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But back to Frank’s original home and the “rehabbing of this old lady. She has suffered through the years modernization of the 50’s and 70’s and turned from a single family dwelling to a triplex rental. She even had to suffer the ignominious treatment of having her beautiful solid wood carved doors

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( what was left of them- there seemed to be a lot of doorways with no doors) – having the outside surface covered with cheap crappy plywood – stained to look like wood) – what were they thinking?????? ) and even worse yet 1960″s paneling put over the outside of the doors!

1960’s paneling covering the door!
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The other side of the door

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Our hearts sank as we toured the property, as would Frank Coleman’s had he been around to see what they have done…………

TO BE CONTINUED…………………
NOTE:
The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am 4 comments

HypNOTic Regression – the Session- Pt 2

The diagnostic box- self- portrait  Chris Ritchey

The diagnostic box- self- portrait Chris Ritchey

Part One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/hypnotic-regression-the-session-pt-1/

The therapist did her utmost to relax me- the room was large – open and airy – sunlight filtered in . A warning to my daughter not to get too relaxed herself as we went through the process

There had been a discussion, rather lengthy, as to what role “imagination” plays in the past life regression “happenings’ . This was very similar to what is written in the blog Eric J Christopherhttp://www.ericjchristopher.com/about-2/meet-eric/

http://www.ericjchristopher.com/what-past-life-regression-really-is/

Imagination is the gateway to the soul.” This is true for past life regression. Your imagination launches this inner journey. The past life information then starts coming to you slowly and feels like you’re making it up. However, research shows that it may be an actual past life, a metaphor, or a mixture of both. To the degree that you focus on whatever impressions your intuitive guidance shows you without analytical mind commentary, is to the degree that you’ll move deeper into the experience

I was directed to a large comfortable chair with large ottoman. I was extremely at ease , comfortable and very willing. I did what I was instructed to do with my breathing and felt totally relaxed – my arms felt a little heavy and there was a little tingling.

I could hear everything, I could feel the sunshine on my face from the windows. BUT there was an issue, for me at least. Not having had any experience with this sort of thing, I listened to the therapists voice, which was pleasant but as she took me down the “path” through the gateway – that was fine but she then took me to a meadow filled with flowers. Of course, what popped into my brain was the Wizard of OZ, Dorothy and the fields of poppies .
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Poppy Field ( near Gayton UK- 2014) Photo Molly Housego
We then went up a mountain path , and although probably quite spiritual and relaxing to the therapist I was thinking – I don’t want to do this climbing the mountain- it is hard work climbing a mountain , I would get all hot and sweaty and not something I particularly would want to do.

She then tried various other situations, going down stone steps, getting on an old train , describing the train. My “imagination” was filling in the blanks re the train- she obviously hadn’t been on British rail and was describing something from the Wild, Wild West show-

That brought in visions of the old tv show, so my relaxation became less relaxed as my conscious brain was wondering what ever happened to the actor Robert Conrad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Conrad.

“This” went on for quite a while trying to get me to relax, actually ” this” had the opposite effect – it was taking me “out of the relaxed state” .
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Finally, after an attempt of describing what was happening on a “big television screen” – for me segued into the old movie the Quatermass and The Pit and the jumping Martians scene being viewed from the brain of one of the characters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_and_the_Pit_(film)

As I said this way of getting me to go deeper was having just the opposite effect. I stopped the session and said – this really isn’t working for me-

but as I opened my eyes, her face was genuinely crest fallen and I felt badly for her .

Maybe it was my fault ? Was I subconsciously fighting her?

No! the more I thought about it then and indeed now I truly believe I was already in a state where I could be regressed, at least as far back as my childhood, her descriptive speeches in trying to get me to a place where I believe I was already only this was not being recognized and the “leading” me had the effect of bringing me OUT of that state.

After another little bit of walking some more and into a cave- I felt sorry for the therapist. I felt I was being a tad bit obstreperous, so when we went into a cave and in darkness- I was told there was a plinth and asked what was on the plinth -I remember thinking OK let me go with this scenario – I said:

There was a silver chalice on the plinth-

What was in the chalice?-

red wine

- What was I a man or a woman- I said

a woman by my hands and forearms

( but then again I could’ve been a young thin male- when you think about it) but I said

woman – I was in a robe ( dark, with long flowing sleeves, a heavy material)

Asked to describe my surroundings, I said

the background behind the chalice was in flames.

I was then asked to pick up the chalice and take it down a corridor, describing the corridor , the door I was entering , what was the room like I was entering ( I have been in too many old castles, me thinks, because I believe I pictured rooms I had seen in this life.
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I know I didn’t really want to continue this ” story line” so I consciously had it had it vanish into light.

Next stop was supposedly the 17th century but I ended up in the 19th century – describing a London Cabby circa 1890 -
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I know my I was thinking consciously of my grandmother and the tale of her father and mother being taken out for the evening via the Hansome Cabs-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansom_cab

- and so the tale of waiting outside the Covenant Garden Opera house, in the cold and wet , even to what I was wearing , the steam rising in the dank night air from the horses nostrils and my happy chubby wife at home . I filled in all sorts of details as to this chap- from being a war veteran with a bad leg , the coarseness of his coat but you see I rather think it was my conscious imagination because the detail I got wrong was -I was sitting up front and we know ( at least I do now) having done a little research the cabbie sat at the back :)
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Source:http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/archives/photogallery20/page1.htm

So surely , if I had been that cabby I would have known that fact the cabby – sat at the back. I truly felt I was making this up as I went along- ironically because I felt bad for the therapist. She woke me up but I was already awake- I let her go through the rest of the sequence for her sake .

I have to say, I felt rather guilty, because she was sure we had reached a bit of a breakthrough. I listened as she explained certain conclusions. Thanked her and left-

Assignment - Chris Ritchey-CIA

Assignment – Chris Ritchey-CIA

My conclusion : I was part way into the trance, maybe a different technique other than the one this therapist used may have helped me go deeper and find some answers. I felt if the focus had been on me and my life when I was initially so relaxed instead of journeys up mountain, on trains and into caves things may have ended differently.

I am a storyteller at heart and when I have an audience I will “tell the story” even if I am the one paying the “admission price” . BUT then again :


The past life information then starts coming to you slowly and feels like you’re making it up. However, research shows that it may be an actual past life, a metaphor, or a mixture of both. Eric J. Christopher

I believe the incidents I describe were out of my fertile imagination or too much television in my youth and not remembrances.

However, that being said I wouldn’t poohoo the practice – this particular session didn’t work for me and honestly I don’t have the money to “explore” further as I said it doesn’t come cheap. But should the opportunity arise as well as cash I would delve into it a little more deeply. Until that happens I will chalk it up to an interesting experience and read up on self-hypnosis !

http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Self-Hypnosis

Note: I have purposely not given the therapists name – I still do not have enough information to draw any conclusions as to her abilities- What I do know is that she was the only one willing to be witnessed and that says a lot.

July 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Kinks- Past – hyphenated- Lorain- Loraine Pt 5

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Teddy Roosevelt: “No Room in This Country for Hyphenated Americans”
Address to the Knights of Columbus
New York City- October 12th, 1915

Part One http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

Part Fourhttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/kinks-all-in-a-name-a-carta-and-constitution-a-trojan-horse-part-four/

Therefore, not finding a non- hyphenated group upon which to acclimate into the Americanization of Loraine- I chose to use the common denominator of Lorain. I put my focus on Lorain- after all it was going to be HOME- and I would have something in common with others who also chose to make Lorain their home!

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We had purchased our “starter” home( in which we still reside) in an old neighborhood; one unfortunately that was in decline. We saw the house in the dark, my husband fell in love it with it and made the offer before I had even seen the basement!

I drove to the house the next morning , I still liked the house but soon realized this was not “upmarket” and the neighborhood was having issues. But then I thought:

well this is America and I don’t know too much about American neighborhoods and post codes ( zip codes)

and there by started the journey of “finding out about Lorain” a mock English Tudor and me.

I soon realized just like the lack of theatre locally , there was a drought of information that could be found about Lorain- there was not at that time a formal Lorain Historical Society , no computers, the library evidenced the most information and yet I knew just by walking around this old neighborhood, the architecture, the layout of the streets, the hodgepodge of different styles there were stories and history.

Palace before restoration 1978 - New Lorain

Palace before restoration 1978 – New Lorain

It was the theatre and saving one that found me getting my “Lorain” feet wet- the preservation of the Lorain Palace Theatre- with the ladies that lunched-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/ladies-of-lorain/

Barb McGregor , Mary Lou Connone, Ruth Calta Lori Hoke, Barbara McGregor, Corky Bruck, Charlotte Zakowski, Jane Baran, Jane Norton, Lou Kepler, Alice Weston, Phyllis Pfaff, Sally Bobel , Lilly Yuzon, Sally DeLuca , Mirium Schneider , Darlene Brown , Mrs. Robert Bostwick, Mrs. Dave Herzer , Carol Kramer, Frances Cellozzi, Marie Bonaminiooand so many others including Sandy Prudoff ( our first meeting) .

PALACE PLAYERS-
Top row left to right Casey Wolnowski- Loraine Ritchey- John Handyside- Sally Deluca – Dan Deliman – Jean Schaeffer- and I have forgotten- anyone know?

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Jean Schaeffer took me under her wing – I met her at the Chef Henri Dinner Theatre and she decided I needed to be involved in Lorain and you just couldn’t say no to Jean . I have been involved in Lorain ever since.

shirley  valentine

I have made a nuisance of myself to all of the administrations. I started by storming into Mayor Zahorec”s administration ( 9 months pregnant) when Elio Jacabozzi declared no city worker or their families could attend City Council meetings . Incensed when I read the notification given to my husband I ranted on to Mayor Zahorec ( in my best British at the time) about freedom of speech , American Democracy etc. the policy was changed.
ore piles
You see, my husband now worked for the City of Lorain ( Communications) and I was at a meeting speaking against the ore piles- that didn’t go down to well- fresh perspective of ( you don’t put great heaps of ore to mar a beautiful harbor and river) but they didn’t listen and acquired those ore piles; it took decades to get rid of them. I continued to try my best for Lorain no matter the Mayor, no matter the cause- just to bring to do what I could for my “home”.
Key_to_the_City_of_London,_Charles_Lindbergh
Under Mayor Krasienko I was given the “Key to the City in 2010

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/the-key-to-the-city-a-thank-you/

twelth night
Lorain is still hyphenated , now sometimes into the halves and quarters. I have been battered and bruised ,called names as I continued the journey trying my best to preserve, promote and support Lorain. Lorain’s earliest green space and the saving thereof caused such angst.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/

St Mary's
I even advocated for the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s 7th street,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/charleston-village-letter-mj/

A church and priest Father Dan Divis who are not thought of with any fondness after their enabling of pain to this family.

I have tried to be an American non hyphenated by being a Lorainite, to assimilate, to do what the people who settled this community did to put Lorain ahead of hyphenation.

The older I get (life circumstances and hyphenated people) have found me changed since 2009 . I find myself drifting back into wanting my culture around me – those that think, understand and relate without explanation how I “work”, to be around MY cultural and religious heritage . Only here I am totally outnumbered , those are few and far between.
chrisart collage
When my son was dying, that dreadful, dreadful day – I was surrounded by the grating voices and the “our way ” bullying of the Italian – Polish- German- Hispanic Roman Catholic- American controllers Vyka, Lombardi, Gonzales, Gott, Zaworksi-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/

Your name was RITCHEY , NOT – Lombardi , Vyka , Gonzales, Gott or Zaworski . You were taken to their faith and their closure, denying your family even the “time of your interment in their selfishness.”

As someone said

“it is like Chris’ family didn’t exist”

I desperately reached for my cell phone in those minutes after being told my son was probably brain-dead, whilst Lombardis sat there dry-eyed, stone faced , without a tear – worrying I wouldn’t pull the plug- messing further with their already laid our plans. I left the room to call a cousin as I was surrounded by “self” – ishness, inhumanity and without depth of human feeling as a mother and father lost their son, a sister lost her brother. I thought I would totally melt down if I didn’t hear an English voice- he was a life line in that instant.

chrismeresglow1 With what happened to this family – the might of one hyphenated group trampling all over the culture and religion of another has not sat at all well with me , as longtime readers of this blog can attest. It does not fade but then another English trait long memories for injustice and tenacity.

Our wishes and our beliefs, culture overridden by the “hyphen-aters”. I watched as the “spoils” from a fundraiser were distributed with cloak and dagger secrecy by the mother Sue, of the clan Lombardi, and her banker husband Tim and sisters Zaworski and Gonzales. Nothing done that was technically illegal but in my opinion I found what happened to that money morally reprehensible.It was so against any upbringing I had experienced. Again, this left a bad taste in my mouth morality missing, but not apparently to those of the various “family culture”.
The bad taste in my mouth lingers.


I am still at sea – my caring of Lorain has diminished too – if I could run away I would – but wherever I went in the world I would take my untenable pain of loss with me.

There is no place that would ease and I have so much here to love ( those of my own) and they are now my place of respite and love. THEY ARE MY HOME OF MY HEART-THEY ARE THE ONES WHO “KNOW’ AND UNDERSTAND WITHOUT NEED OF EXPLANATION- THEY ARE MY CREED AND CULTURE NOW- AND IT IS FOR THEM I EXIST.The small group of “true” friends that “know” our pain without being told.

I now let others advocate for Lorain . I SOMETIMES WRITE BUT WITHOUT THE PASSION OF CARING IF THE OUTCOME IS FAVOURABLE TO MY THOUGHTS – IT IS WHAT IT IS-
I will keep my commitment to those projects started and to protect them as I wrap myself up in this little old neighborhood Charleston Village - that is who I am my culture of following through against all odds.

BUT – I WON’T take on anything else – I no longer get to get emotionally involved in Lorain – it is time to find a peace where I can . a hyphenated culture AND PEOPLE totally at odds with my own has won out leaving a bad taste for those cultures and religion who have cased such pain – I TOO, AM NOW HYPHENATED

Me and the Kinks lost to history !

Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate  Dan

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate Dan

God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
God save Mrs. Mopp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_That_Man_Again

and good old Mother Riley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mother_Riley

We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

Oooh…
We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

God save the village green!

June 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm 5 comments

Kinks- All In a Name- A Carta and Constitution- A Trojan Horse part four

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Part onehttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

It was very lonely here in Lorain, although I did meet friends through the Canadian Legion, one especially has been my friend for 40 years and has put up with me and supported me even in those early days. I have met some wonderful “hyphenated- American Lorainites and some who are the very dregs of their respective hyphenated culture .

So here I was at a loss – when I realized I did share something in common with Lorain- THE NAME -MY NAME (which was also spelled incorrectly Loraine as opposed to Lorraine, both named after the area in France.)

My focus then became Lorain and for decades I tried to promote Lorain ( my new home – the home and birthplace of my children) whilst trying to keep what was the best of being English and or British.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta
King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C.
Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr Cameron recently pronounced the values of the British when dealing with the Trojan Horse Scandal and the 800 anniversary of the Magna Carta ( upon which the US Constitution is based) http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/magna-carta-cornerstone-us-constitution

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27853591

Mr Cameron, British Prime Minister said “British values” included: “A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law.”

Birmingham Mail
Photo Sourcehttp://www.birminghammail.co.uk/

Unfortunately, England is now having to deal with a diversified culture and “hyphenation ” as to different values and the taking over of England by “immigrants” who have stamped their culture full square on their “new home country” – Very few have followed the creed “the when in Rome” and to assimilate into a very British way of life and using the “free to be me and let it be” values of England.

The Trojan Horse Scandal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trojan_Horse

Operation Trojan Horse was an organized attempt by Islamists to co-opt schools in England and run them according to their beliefs and ideals.[1][2][3] The name, based on the Ancient Greek legend, came from a leaked letter of questionable authenticity discovered in March 2014, alleged to be from Islamists in Birmingham, detailing how to wrest control of a school and speculating about expanding the scheme to other cities. Around a month later, Birmingham City Council said that it had received “hundreds” of allegations of school takeover plots, similar to those illustrated in the letter, some dating back over 20 years. Tahir Alam, the chairman of the Park View Educational Trust which runs six schools in Birmingham, was found to have written a 72-page document for the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007 detailing a blueprint for the “Islamisation” of secular state schools.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10900955/Trojan-Horse-plot-driven-by-same-warped-Islamic-extremism-as-Boko-Harams-says-Tony-Blair.html

The alleged Islamic extremism seen in the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in schools in Birmingham is the same as that practised by Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist network,

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13809501

Tony Blair has said.
The Trojan Horse ‘plot’ to bring hardline practices into Birmingham classrooms is part of a global extremist movement stretching from Britain to Africa to the Far East, the former Prime Minister claimed.
Six Birmingham schools are in special measures after the education watchdog found they had fallen into the hands of bullying governors who had sought to narrow the curriculum and exclude non-Muslim pupils.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27766291

Look in the classrooms of the new “free” state-funded primary schools, for example, and you will find a higher proportion of pupils come from an Asian background (35%) than a white British heritage (32%)……………

Reading the EFA review, it appears almost that the Muslim ethos of a school is evidence of “extremism”. The loudspeakers which broadcast the call to prayer, the fact that 80% of girls were wearing white headscarves, the school fundraiser for Syria – even though these were not necessarily a cause for concern in themselves, they were listed under a heading that suggested the Park View Trust schools were not doing enough to promote community cohesion.

It is vital that we make this distinction between religion on the one hand, and political ideology on the other. Time and again, people equate the two,”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658033/Be-British-Cameron-tells-UK-Muslims-PM-issues-powerful-new-pledge-combat-extremism.html

Worrying to the British government is the number of ” British Muslims” who are now becoming “home grown terrorists”

A lethal new class of British jihadi: Second fanatic in ISIS recruitment video went to same Cardiff college as the first and once dreamed of becoming prime minister. Now he says: ‘Muslims who don’t join us will die a painful death’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664668/A-lethal-new-class-British-jihadi-Second-fanatic-ISIS-recruitment-video-went-Cardiff-school-dreamed-prime-minister-Now-says-Muslims-dont-join-die-painful-death.html#ixzz35fm4ZgZy

TO BE CONTINUED…..

June 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

Kinks – On being a hyphenated – American part three

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Back to the series of an immigrant trying to immerse herself in America and the “American” way of life in Lorain, Ohio

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

after I was so rudely interrupted by “topical news” of Judges, taxpayers http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/chandra-cha-chinging-away-county-coffers-and-how-it-is-done/

and Point of Sale, Lorain.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/history-view-lorain-can-you-see-what-i-see/

Lorain – How did I end up here? The bus broke down as mentioned in part two.

My young husband never one ( at that time) to let the grass grow under his feet whilst waiting for a replacement bus looked up electronic establishments, called one , got an immediate interview and thus we became Lorainites.

My  Dad and I happier times

My Dad and I happier times


And I tried, so help me I tried, to immerse myself as my father had suggested into the American Way of life and style. However, that was more difficult than he ever imagined it would be . You see I came into a hyphenated community .

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/history-view-lorain-can-you-see-what-i-see/

Apparently in Lorain you were Italian- American, Afro -American, Native-American- Irish -American , Polish American, Dutch- American, Scottish – American, Hungarian- American, German- American , French -American, Croation- American, well you get the picture! Lorain, celebrates her hyphenated diversity with a large “ethnic festival” attended by thousands. Lorain will be celebrating this week the Polish Community poland

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lorain-International-Association-Festival-Bazaar/223402224350863

flags

Rarely does Lorain celebrate being American, Oh! Veterans Day, Memorial Day , they come together as Americans after disaster strikes- our fighting men and woman are classified as American – no hyphenation then and this week during the USA world Cup we are the “Americans” . But the diversity of the team is discussed by the USA ” newscasters, “he is part Cherokee” .

You can see my dilemma, as when I took my
American citizenship test (that is correct you are tested, at least you were)I was specifically told by the Department of Immigration and Naturalization

“there is no such thing as a “hyphenated American” you are now a citizen of the United Sates of America !

, how could I become solely American as required by my father and the US government when the Americans in the community were hyphenated? What exactly does it mean to be
American?

Which group should I go with , the Italians, the French, the Irish, the Germans, errrr no that would have been too much to ask of an ex pat Englishman/woman. Funnily enough I didn’t find any hyphenated “English- Americans” or British -Americans.
raising of te grand union flag

I suppose a little war in 1776 didn’t make being “British” too popular- maybe we “English” felt more comfortable being low-key and becoming non- hyphenated Americans . All I know is I couldn’t find any hyphenated “English – American” closest was the Canadian Legion but they were mainly, Irish Welsh and Scottish at the time. I was at sea.

I have never been one for organized religion but in strange country and city where every one was hyphenated I looked for a familiar church- I was Church of England – or an Anglican – in fact I was brought up as Low Church on my mother’s side .


Low church is a term of distinction in the Church of England or other Anglican churches initially designed to be pejorative (derogatory). During the series of doctrinal and ecclesiastic challenges to the established church in the 17th century, commentators and others—who favoured the theology, worship, and hierarchical structure of Anglicanism (such as the episcopate) as the true form of Christianity— began referring to that outlook (and the related practices) as ‘high church’. In contrast, by the early 18th century those theologians and politicians who sought more reform in the English church and a greater liberalisation of church structure were called “low church”. “Low church”, in an Anglican context, denotes the church’s simplicity or Protestant emphasis, and “high church” denotes an emphasis on ritual or Anglo-Catholicism.

For the life of me I couldn’t find even a “C of E” anywhere. The someone suggested that I need to look into the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer -Episcopal what ever was that? http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2011/06/church-of-redeemer-then-and-now.html
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I had heard of Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian etc. in my native land but Episcopal, no can’t say I ever heard of it. But there was probably a reason for that

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

Episcopal Church- USA
The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it separated from the Church of England whose clergy are required to swear allegiance to the British monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and became the first Anglican Province outside the British Isles

So here was I – without a non hyphenated culture in which to immerse myself, and even a church that was “missing”. What was a young immigrant to do ?

to be continued

June 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm 4 comments

Point of Sale , Lorain- A history – a result

taxpayerlorOld buildings have been much on my mind and that of the county in recent days and the legal options

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/chandra-cha-chinging-away-county-coffers-and-how-it-is-done/

Living in this , Lorain’s oldest neighborhood, I have watched the deterioration as bank dumped foreclosures were passed around and on and on until as perfectly reasonable homes that were built with pride are left abandoned to their fate.

buy swap sell

No longer, are they the homes they once were in this neighborhood but now a commodity , to be used and abused until they are no longer worth anything.

Some of our home-grown banks are the biggest culprits

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/

The Point of Sale will cause some large numbers of “in escrow dollars” and one has hit the headlines in the Morning Journal and all the kerfuffle of Wurmser front etc .

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140620/lorain-house-sets-record-with-45750-escrow-requirement

wurmser wrecked

AHHHHH!!!!, yes! that house- the Wurmser House – the house of mystery , the house on the “historical inventory register” . You can read all about the “history mystery” of that house here

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

Let us look at what happened after the tornado- when Wurmser

Henry Oswald Wurmser was a respected architect in Lorain and renowned throughout the state. He was responsible for designing many churches, businesses and residences.

lost one house
Tornado-5th Wurmser

and gained another -the current featured front page news and “poster child ” for the realtors, banks and landlords……

You see this house , like so many others passed from “pride of home to Mr. Wurmser” ( the probably date for this house is after 1924) and his family , a sale or two ( without Point of Sale of course ) a couple of foreclosures more purchasers who lost until what we have now !

property  search

from the MJ article

It appeared the home at 1348 W. Erie Ave. could have an escrow amount that is more than the house is worth.

The home is owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae.

Oh dear Fannie Mae- well Fannie and her buddy Freddy have caused a lot of “bad happenings with the 2008 sub prime mortgages (MORT old English for “death”) and we can certainly GAGE that with Fannie and the banks.

In the years before the crisis, the behavior of lenders changed dramatically. Lenders offered more and more loans to higher-risk borrowers, including undocumented immigrants. Lending standards deteriorated particularly between 2004 and 2007, as the government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) mortgage market share (i.e. the share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which specialized in conventional, conforming, non-subprime mortgages) declined and private securitizers share grew, rising to more than half of mortgage securitizations.

Dumped

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

And another one bites the dust in Lorain and you can see the drooling of the realtors to find the “bone of contention” as proof point of sale isn’t working –

NOTE: I would like to point out the homes in the article have been empty and for sale for a few years BEFORE the January 1st Point of Sale Lorain came into being- couldn’t sell them then either could you?

“It’s not wonderful in any sense of the imagination,” Myers said. “We have properties we can just not sell now. Everybody just walks away because nobody wants to put that kind of money in a house in Lorain.”

IN LORAIN – or just in Lorain’s oldest neighborhoods????

You see Point of Sale “isn’t about this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood or even Ward two and the areas that have deteriorated from homes that held families once upon a time and now hold vagrants, vermin and are the shopping places for copper!

THE POINT of point of sale is to stop in the rest of Lorain, that hasn’t experienced yet the bank dumps and slip shod workmanship as these house are passed around between property pimps from happening in Lorain’s other neighborhoods .

The rot has to stop somewhere - painful as it is and then just maybe the tale of 3620 Clinton won’t be coming to your ward!

My Poster Child of flippers and entrepreneurs
The history of a second chance

3620-clifton-house

Lisa wrote about 3620 Clifton January 13th of 2013

http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/as-seen-in-lorain-3620-clifton-avenue-and-the-second-chance/

http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/whatever-happened-to-3620-clifton-avenue/

In that article, it was mentioned that the owners of one of the houses on the demolition list were given a second chance to make repairs. Even though it was noted by Demolition Board member, 5th ward Councilman, and neighborhood resident Eddie Edwards that “Before the sale, the house sat empty for about five years, with its doors and windows open and generally falling apart…” and “The new owners also waited a year before taking action to repair it…” AND the Board went out to see this house for themselves AND took the Fire Chief with them AND talked to the unhappy neighbors – the owners have $17,000 and a plan and that was enough for the Board to grant them a second chance.

“According to this article, “…owners of 3620 Clifton Ave. will get another five weeks to make repairs to that South Lorain home. For a second week, the condition of the structure sparked the most discussion in the demolition appeals board meeting.”

Demolition Board of Appeals meetings are held during the week and are impossible for me to attend. At the meeting held February 28, 2013, the owners were given another month to continue their work on the property. They were granted this extra time because they had roofed and secured the house, plus cleaned up the yard. [

So here we are ONE YEAR and Three Months later and the flip is apparently a flop…..(

No point of sale when this property was purchased….. the house is still “curvy “, “sagging” and not so cute , no electricity and obviously no tenants except of the groundhogs.

June 2014 Canon 318-1

ps 3620

POS is not to make these old neighborhoods better it basically is to stop Lorain’s newer neighborhoods from deteriorating as we have done.

Let us look at the history of the other houses mentioned in the article from the POS Morning Journal

• 330 Connecticut Ave., $12,925; the auditor’s value is $98,680.
330 Connecticut
Ps 330

3204 Garfield Blvd., $19,400; the auditor’s value is $44,420.
3204 Garfield
ps 3204

• 704 E. 32nd St., $28,300; the auditor’s value is $54,350.
This property is owned by NEW SUNRISE PROPERTIES – WHO OWN 28 OTHER PROPETIES IN AND AROUND THE COUNTY
704 32nd
nEW SUNRISE

• 1502 New Mexico Ave. has an escrow amount of $40,500; the auditor’s office valuation of the house is $36,000.

1502 New Mexico
This one is now owned NOW by Veterans Affairs ( another possible foreclosure???
ps veterans affairs

There we have it out of the 4 highest escrow accounts 2 are owned by the “mortgage holders” ( which brings to mind poor business practices of the sub prime) and one non-profit agency.

As they say the rest of the story!!!!!

June 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm 11 comments

Chandra – Cha-chinging away- County Coffers and how it is done

Part One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

A Murder of Crows
taxpayerlor

or The Story of the Cash Cow of the County
chandra cowres

ATTENTION! Fellow taxpayer, you who are busy trying to earn a few sheckles in this rust belt of an economy , you who did your civic duty and voted in Judges and Commissioners and trusted them to “do due diligence” to the task appointed by your vote. We are seeing our hard-earned money spent on “attorneys” because the Judicial System and the ( County) Executive Branch cannot communicate.

The Court of Common Pleas, the only trial court created by the Ohio Constitution, is established by Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, and its duties are outlined in Article IV, Section 4.
Missing: mission ‎statement

with the Administrative ( Executive Branch) Lorain County Board of Commissioners ( whose mission statement also couldn’t be found as it kept coming up “error”.)

Not a good sign fellow taxpayers… Mission Impossible...

So let us see how this works- we are of course seeing our money go out of the county to Cuyahoga and to Subodh Chandra- Chandra has benefitted from the Lorain City and Lorain County squabbles big time-

CHANDRA

We ,the taxpayers, have poured money into his pockets. The Commissioners helped Mark Stewart to get the situation out of common sense and into to Chandra CENTS.

But hey! Chandra persevered and finally The city of Lorain caved. Of course the poor old city taxpayers were hamstrung you see our Cuyahoga attorney Anthony Calabrese was involved in another aspect of the judicial system.

Calabrese’s former law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to the city of Lorain, which had employed Calabrese and the firm during the years of corrupt activity. The Lorain City Council on Monday approved the deal, contained in a 10-page ordinance titled “settlement and mutual release agreement.”
The agreement “will be a great benefit to the city,” the ordinance read, “and the delay of lengthy litigation resolved amicably without delay to the benefit of the city of Lorain.”The $3 million will be made in two equal payments due Dec. 20 and Jan. 10, according to terms of the settlement.

We did get some of our money back with a settlement ( figured out by other attorneys and paying them a fee) so all was not lost – just reputations smeared, spin, hard feelings and confusion still reigns as to the CRA.
CHANDRA
But Chandra is on course for the race to who will give in first. His methodology is quite simple -

One he uses his contacts in the Plain Dealer and Cleveland news outlets to tell the tale- http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/03/17/hear-ye-hear-ye-all-rise-the-right-hon-public-opinion-presiding/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/09/cra-chandra-and-look-who-is-talking-too/

The headlines cause shock and awe – he then will use those same slanted until they tip over ” news” stories as part of his arguments in court.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/jaccuse-the-accusers-the-crap/

CHANDRA

That is what he does, and it has started - in fact the TAXPAYER is taken to task in the first volley found here:

Lorain County’s worst public building is no place for probation officers: “Hey, Taxpayer!” with Mark Naymik

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2014/06/lorain_countys_old_courthouse.html#incart_river

I was unable to access parts of the building documented by a photographer hired by Chandra.

and to further add insult to injury

It’s hard to believe spending a quarter of million dollars will produce a cost-effective, long-term solution in a building that needs so much. Taxpayers deserve a better option.

errr excuse me Mark – we, the taxpayer, aren’t given any options – we just cough up the money and choke…… and according to Channel 3 we, the taxpayer, keep a filthy house, errrrrr last time I looked we paid for maintenance and janitors- what happened??? But great spin Chandra we got our monies worth on that one!

The county house of filth

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/lorain-county/2014/06/19/probation-filth-lorain-county-black-mold/10873183/

CHANDRA Two – Chandra , apart from the media relations- will bombard the opposite number with huge paperwork requests ( all costed out to the case) Take note this time around county officials

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/accounting-enron-or-gov-enron/

“Because the county too- seemingly only keep records of monies paid to Chandra and Co- not the driving to and from meetings ( although Chandra does – he counts it in his invoices to us -the taxpayer- ( through the real estate account in the County coffers- He counts his hours and what it costs for him and what it cost for his assistant.) but apparently county government doesn’t. So I guess to get a true accounting of what it is costing I should ask Chandra he may have a better idea”

chachin

Now fellow combatants, since we will be paying for Cha- Ching Chandra and the opposing counsel, one would only hope the Commissioners find an attorney ( not of the character of Calabrese)
http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2011/09/arntsen-calabrese.html who can take on Chandra.

OH! OH! WHAT AM I THINKING- WE ARE PAYING FOR HIM/HER TOO!

Therefore , if that law firm is any good this could go well past a million dollar mark, wonder if they have media contacts they can use. Maybe the taxpayer could sell tickets to this Comedy of Errors and recoup some of the money spent by our “employees“.

So , the upshot is no matter how this turns out – we the taxpayer lose and the only thing we can do is remember how much those that started the Chandra Ball rolling as they fired the first “legal” salvo and spent the first dime of our money – at election time -

THEY SPENT NOT WISELY BUT TOO WELL!!!!!!

judges

NOTE: And whilst I am telling it to the Judge- Please judges – try to refrain from those probation sentences , help ease the workload for the probation department and maybe I wouldn’t have 82 in my neighborhood and 270 in the county!

http://www.drc.state.oh.us/OffenderSearch/results.aspx

June 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm 10 comments

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