Archive for October, 2015

Politics – Park- Reservation- and a Presidential Candidate

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November 3rd will find the local election upon us- I will be glad when it is over! I suppose the “characters of change” will find something else to rail about subjecting us to their Neolithic form of debate .

I worry for this community, as to the bottom feeding blowhards that have surfaced through the muck and mire of politics. Although, I have to admit some of the you tube antics/ music( music??? may not be the proper description ) and sign placements did give a few chuckles. Pity the characters get in the way of a decent debate ! To be expected I guess, the form of debate around here seems to be of the name calling , concrete and windows type. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/hurled-through-the-window-retribution-who-done-it-lorain/
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I was researching through my back hard drives this morning for something I had saved on what is now known as Veterans Park. You see the little park that has witnessed so much

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/the-history-park-1812-201-hundred-years-a-recorded-city-park-veterans-park-lorain-ohio/
and barely missed the “wrecking ball” back in 2005 due to “politics” has now been designated a Lorain County Historical Landmark Site .
That little park from whence this city was platted finally has its due!
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The respect for this little green space wasn’t always the case – her story can be found here
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/veterans-memorial-park-thanks-for-the-memories/

WoM Logo  by  Scott Baklar

WoM Logo by Scott Baklar


As I researched through those files, I came across a post from the now defunct WoM Blog. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/revisionist-history-by-omission/

ED NOTE: I am irritated as I look for items I know were recorded and researched on that old blog – no longer available

. But I did save some things. One such post was written by Scott Bakalar ( and myself) in February 2006, when the then Editor of the Morning Journal John Cole was trying his damnedest to bring senior citizen housing to the little park- he and his cohorts had also tried to give away acreage to the Shawnee and it is all to be found in that WoM post
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There is a lot of information in that document , not only about the little park, the wheeling and dealing of politics and a certain Mr. Terry Casey
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Mayor Foltin’s email to Terry Casey 2005

Re: John Cole, longtime editor of the local newspaper. “I feel he should be briefed early (even in the next week or two) with the understanding that we are in very early stages and he will be the first to know if anything happens and when it becomes public,” Foltin wrote Oct. 11 in an e-mail to Casey. “He can personally squash any nay-saying and ensure broad community support.” – PD 3/5/05

http://www.clevelandmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=E73ABD6180B44874871A91F6BA5C249C&nm=Arts+%26+Entertainemnt&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=1578600D80804596A222593669321019&tier=4&id=2E5CA2B54BA14FAA8895242044261F67


If nothing else works, the Eastern Shawnee could file an aggressive claim for far more land than they actually need for casinos, threatening the state with millions of dollars in reparations. Then, the tribe could drop the claim in exchange for approval to open casinos.

“So the Indian gaming just gives us a few other options,” says Foltin as casually as if he were discussing dinner plans.

You could almost call that blackmail. And you’d think Foltin would worry about losing his Republican allies. He’s not. “The sense that I’ve gotten is that they aren’t mad at me,” he says. “They understand why I have to do this.

ED NOTE: THEY are presumably Republican Foltin’s political party comrades in arms! I didn’t and never will understand why this community spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to become a “reservation” but apparently the politicians understood!

WoM Logo  by  Scott Baklar

WoM Logo by Scott Baklar

Starting off a firestorm of wheeling, dealing, controversy and spending of taxpayer’s money. The fact that National Capital One (in whose direction we were pointed) and Terry Casey, spokesperson for National Capital One who had a less than a sterling reputation was never mentioned in the editorial. In fact although Dayton, Cleveland newspapers carried the story of Casey’s “faux paux” I could never find mention of that fact in any of Cole’s Editorials. The fact that National Capital One has pleaded guilty to securities fraud has not had any mention in any editorial I have seen since. And oh yes! the very person to whom Cole’s ability to “squash” was touted was that same Terry Casey in the infamous e-mail from Mayor Foltin.

Now Mr. Casey whose past in my opinion was iffy certainly
casey, terry l – Columbus News Index http://www.columbuslibrary.org

Mr. Casey was the executive director of the Franklin County Republican Party when he fell on his sword and took the blame for a system that laundered campaign contributions and went on to be investigated by two elections agencies.

went on to bigger and greater things –

http://www.plunderbund.com/2015/05/11/kasich-self-starter-political-operative-agency-appointee-terry-casey-breaks-bad-again/
he was appointed by {our} Ohio Governor Kasich ” For a self-described long-time Republican operative and self-starter like Terry L. Casey, who Gov. Kasich appointed soon after he was sworn-in to lead the state’s Employee Relations Board at a yearly salary of $66,997

caused some further issues

Governor_John_Kasich

Mr. Casey’s filing on May 12, 2014 with the Ohio Ethics Commission lists sources of income that include The Ohio Republican Party, Summit County Republican Party, State of Ohio and Simon Tanger, developers behind the Delaware County outlet mall. Those familiar with Gov. Kasich and his brand of take-no-prisoners politics, understand exactly why he would hire public officials with prior conviction records like Matt Borges and Terry Casey. They’ll do the dirty work.

GOP consultant Terry Casey denies plotting with Kasich against Libertarian challenger
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/09/30/gop-consultant-terry-casey-denies-plotting-with-kasich-against-libertarian.html
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Hopefully, Gov. Kasich, who is running as a Republican for the President of the United States, looks into the history of his appointees a little closer- should he succeed! Mr. Casey , for one, cost this community a great deal of money and polarized a community – along with the politics and press of the day .

Let the political rhetoric begin a new for November 2016 – but I for one will be glad when Tuesday in Lorain has come and gone!!!!

Yes! the seething, rotting, writhing , distorted views of political pundits comes and goes but a little park survives– hopefully so will the voters sanity – although I must say some seem to have lost it already- their sanity that is 😉

Washinton ave park one

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October 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Lorain’s Lost Housing and Political Machinations

machinationsThe last days of Lorain’s election are bringing out the sound bites of political machinations .

I don’t get involved in the who is who – vote for- aspect BUT I have heard over and over again both in the real media and social media the surface knowledge of Lorain’s Housing being used as fodder for the “vote for me” campaigns .

Unfortunately, I am of the opinion neither Mr. Tim Carrion (IND) or Ms. Jesse Tower (REP) have looked at the housing issues in-depth. These issues have become mythered with politics and this will sound good to the voting public campaign rhetoric !-Lorain deserves educated observations and decisions not sound bites for print.

Ms. Tower stated in the Chronicle Telegram article yesterday
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/10/26/ritenauer-taking-no-chances-with-campaign/

Tower said the $100 inspections are unfair to property owners and reduce housing sales, increasing blight.

“The government should be there to help the residents, not to hinder the residents,” Tower said. “If you want to buy a falling-apart house, then why is the government telling you not to buy it?”

I am afraid I emphatically disagree- I have fought blight and have gone before government committees and courts in Ohio and Washington DC with regard to blight and blighting neighborhoods. – $100 housing inspection costs DO NOT Increase Blight – far from it !
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/remember-the-staubach-report/

Oh! Ms. Tower , you are much mistaken in the fact the majority of Lorain substandard homes were being purchased by people wanting a home – for the most part these “old houses” were being traded back and forth by LLC’s and “property managers”. They are listed in this link
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/

and some more out of town-ers are still causing issues to families – read it and weep.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/the-follow-up-a-tale-of-two-houses-city-council-loraine/
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Every single person who wishes to purchase a home in Lorain should be assured their property meets “minimum standards of safety”. $100 for an inspection is cheap to make sure a child goes to bed without the threat of a faulty furnace, a mother and father know the plumbing will not haunt them and lead paint is not an issue.


Mr. Carrion also had his say

Of the vacant homes, 171 were graded D and 95 graded F. The study recommended demolishing all the D and F buildings. However, Carrion said there should be greater focus on rehabilitating homes.

Mr. Carrion for your edification
http://www.wrlandconservancy.org/pdf/LorainVacantPropertyInventory.pdf

“If some things need to be torn down, let’s do it,” Carrion told Young Tuesday. “But you can’t just take a wrecking ball to everything. Some things need to be salvaged.”

Unfortunately Mr. Carrion – easier said than done. Using Federal/ State funds has some serious rules and repercussions ( as mentioned when Lorain broke the rules and bent them in “previous years under the old Community Development Dept) and they frown upon rehabbing a house for 30 , 40, 75 or $100 thousand when Lorain’s market value for homes, in these older neighborhoods, are selling for 10-22 thousand – thanks to a lot of bank dumping and LLC’s.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

LaurelPatriot

Lets take a wander through some business practices here in Lorain. One property management company JB Patriot Properties ( Jerrod Biebrick- who appeared before Magistrate Cook last week-
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/housing-court-and-you-lorain-continued/

I did a quick check of only 40 properties of the 80 Mr. Biebrick stated he owns- of those 37 are delinquent in their taxes for over $150,000 dollars total.

I can’t see where any attempt was made to pay down the taxes in the years he has owned the properties. Also, look at the sale prices of just one page from the auditors site –
( sale prices listed far right)
sale prices biebricresk

These properties have taxes owing on them for years – The property he states on his articles of incorporation on the 11 LLC’s he holds is 1101 34th Street.

1011 34th Streetjb

1101 34th Street- purchased in 2009- for $10,900- from yes another familiar bank- US Bank NA- even has taxes owed on those prestigious corporate offices – the real estate tax for this “building” is $711.22 cents per year and owed is $3,791.24 – ( YOU DO THE MATH how many years of back taxes???)

Can you honestly believe if the county foreclosed on these properties the amount of money that would be needed to rehab them would be available ?

Oh Yes !I can just see it now – properties whose highest sales price- per my example Mr. Biebrick was a mere $17,500. Yes! I can certainly see the state and federal programs throwing money into any one of these properties – I THINK NOT!!!! nor would I want them too.

These examples do not take into account the George Schneider properties( 37 of them in the demo line)
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/
the Lew Strnad properties – the wheeling and dealing , trading and dumping going on before January 2014. Oh! there are more out there believe me – I look at them every day in this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood.

Let us look at the most recent demolitions and how they got to be razed- this was not the fault of this city it is the fault of business practices that I believe are at the very least unethical.

1223 W 6th Street. Lorain made the front page of the local media
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http://www.morningjournal.com/article/mj/20150804/NEWS/150809843
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/08/05/lorain-demolitions-off-to-a-smashing-start/

This home was demolished at a cost estimated for each demolition of $25,000 – the neighbors cheered – but HOW did we end up demolishing this property?

The county acquired it through non-payment of taxes in the amount of $12,883.05- the yearly taxes were $692.16 –
tax history 1223res

This is not a case of some poor out of work family unable to keep up with their taxes.

This property was purchased by yet another LLC EAI Investments
EAI investments
EAI LLC info

THEY didn’t pay the taxes.

Perhaps Mr. Ernest and Alice Iseminger couldn’t afford to pay their taxes- One would have to wonder if that were indeed the case since Mr. Ernest Iseminger was in fact (according to LinkedIn) during his time here in Lorain County Vice President, Development and Alumni Affairs Oberlin College and is NOW –
Vice President, Advancement and External Relations at Claremont McKenna College.
His wife, Alice- the Owner, Seniors Helping Seniors Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area Individual and Family Services

Now I think they could have managed to pay the less than $700 a year in taxes on this property. According to the neighbors, the day I watched the home being demolished, it was rented out and left to its own decay.
history 1223photo

So EIA Investments -it seems – rented it out- and the non payment of property taxes continued to climb – and now WE the taxpayers ( because this is where the money ultimately comes from – ) pay to have the property taken down. I certainly hope the Lorain County contacts EAI Investments and the Isemingers to recoup some of these costs. ?

UPDATE: I heard back from the county re the actual cost of demo on this property
This particular unit was demolished at a cost of ~$11,000.00. the rear unit on the site cost ~$8000.00.
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so the total of all structures is $19000.00.Cost includes, legal, title exams, asbestos survey, abatement, demo and site restoration

This is just an example of the nine properties mentioned in the article 3 were bank foreclosures ( Citi Bank and Fannie Mae) two possible deaths – and 907 W 9th under the name of Jeremy Brogan – Mr. Brogan is still listed as owning property according to the Lorain County Auditors site
Brogan listingsres

My concern is the lack of knowledge both by politicians running for office and the citizens of this community as to the real business of “affordable housing” in Lorain. I don’t think we can afford the business practices of – buy it cheap- rent it out- forget the taxes- and walk away . Because according to Prosecutor Will and County Treasurer Mr. Talarek from the Chronicle

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/09/26/judge-enters-payment-plan-pay-back-property-taxes/

The county has stated via Mr. Wills the prosecutor in the article fro
Will said when he first took office in 2005, the county took a much harder line on trying to collect back property taxes than it does now.

He said that once the property market headed south, many of the properties lost value and it became harder to foreclose and subsequently sell the properties for enough money to justify the expense.

Property that is foreclosed on must be assessed, and the county must try multiple times to sell it at sheriff’s sale.

“It costs a lot of money to foreclose on a house,” Talarek said.

If the land doesn’t sell, Will said, it could become state property and it could be sold at an auditor’s sale, but it would be unlikely to go for enough to cover expenses, let alone the back taxes.

“Sometimes it becomes counterproductive to be aggressive,” he said.

And those in the businesses of “walk away ” rentals KNOW THIS! And now Ms. Tower and Mr. Carrion hopefully you know it too. Lorain’s housing is more than a sound bite !

October 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm 8 comments

Housing Court and You – Lorain- Continued

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As promised, a continuation of Lorain’s Housing Court.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/the-housing-court-and-you-lorain-part-one/

Let us first get some housekeeping out-of-the-way!

This was my third time attending the proceedings. It is punishment in and of itself having to sit in a stuffy, airless room with people coughing, hacking, sneezing and other odoriferous issues , stacked like sardines in a can. Word of advice don’t try fanning oneself you will get more than a fresh breeze
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source Obit

source Obit

To be fair, those that haven’t got a seat are allowed to go and wait in one of the other courtrooms until their case is called . I think if Warren Finkel, the chief architect of Lorain City Hall, wasn’t already deceased he should be fined for poor design at the very least. Each time I have attended there has been a large number of people sometimes 90 people on the docket , hopefully I have just been unlucky.

The other issue, frustrating to all, including Magistrate Cook ,was the number of times the software went “walk about” or the computer glitched- 4 times by my reckoning in 2 hours.

Purely from the standpoint of an observer, and I may be under a misconception here,it looks to me as if the defendants who have an attorney present go first on the docket.

The people who have abated their issues seem to come next .I am pleased to say there were, on all three times I attended, a great many people who had abated their issues , the system seems to be working in that regard.

Apparently , abating issues does not save you from “Court Costs”. The mere fact the city had to go through the paperwork, sending out for inspections and going through the process( even if your violations were now abated) doesn’t save you from court costs. That is, unless the city has had their own issues- ( that happened more than once every one of those court dates- imho too frequently ) My first day in court August 12th had Magistrate Cook admonishing the Prosecutors office with ” sloppy work”.


NOTE: A word to the wise if you get a notice from the Building Dept with regard to violations , take care of them , let them know you will take care of them in writing – ( get that all important paper trail) . In case you end up in Housing Court

1. If you have abated your issues- according to the Prosecutor- you then sign the document electronically as does the Prosecutor and you go across the hall with your paperwork and pay the court costs

If you haven’t abated – you have three choices, Not Guilty as which time you are set either for a pre- trial or a bench trial and choose a date in the future ( this also gives you more time to abate your issues before your next appearance) NOTEI have been told every time this happens the Building Dept has to once again re inspect the property again and may be required to appoint an attorney for you ( the City of Lorain that is)

2. No Contest which means you didn’t admit guilt but then again you don’t disagree- This ends up with a fine and court costs -to be paid across the hall

3. Guilty– same as above- the highest amount fined was $250 plus costs

If there are circumstances in your life where there are problems with taking care of the issues – contact the Building Dept, explain the problems and put it writing with a projected date you will be able to adhere and after you have finished call for a re-inspection and get the paper work the violations were abated .

Keep that paper trail, mistakes can and have happened.

Don’t wait until you are summoned to court because you will face a probably 3 hour punishment of sitting in that claustrophobic courtroom and I am sure the Building Dept. employees don’t enjoy sitting there session after session either .
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Garage Sales BewarePeople of Lorain YOU HAVE TO GET A PERMIT FOR A GARAGE SALE- I WAS TOLD THEY WERE FREE- BUT IF YOU DON’T GET ONE – YOU WILL BE OUT OF POCKET – FINE PLUS COURT COSTS


Magistrate Cook, is very personable and runs a fairly relaxed courtroom. I am not sure how I feel about that- one the one hand it did break the ordeal of having to sit there generally listening to procedure and helped with the tension. He is charming, concerned , empathetic, patient , has a sense of humour and usually deferring to the Prosecutor as to fines etc. A great deal of the defendants were less than knowledgable as to the process and it seemed he took that into consideration. Magistrate Cook certainly is not Judge Raymond Pianka

Source   Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer

Source Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka is ratcheting up the costs for absentee property owners who spread the damage from the foreclosure crisis. They will have to pay neighbors for economic losses caused by their neglect. http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/08/cleveland_housing_judge_requir.html

BUT on the other hand this chatty chat does somewhat cheapen the due process and personally I would like to have seen a less obliging courtroom in some of the cases I witnessed, but maybe that is just me who is used to the British Courtrooms where calling out compliments and chat at least on two occasions from those waiting would have been seen as disrespectful to the process of law.

Magistrate Cook, did make it quite clear YOU not your spouse has to attend court when summoned , unless of course you have an attorney speaking on your behalf – However, the two that did feel his wrath were not penalized due to their “names not being accurate on the paperwork “ in the first place!

My trip to the court on October 21st was due to the fact Kaja Holdings were up before the bench one more – Readers will remember Kaja Holdings
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/the-follow-up-a-tale-of-two-houses-city-council-loraine/
Kaja Holdings Lorain
However apparently their attorney Lei Jaing is no longer acting for them and a new attorney is in place therefore a continuance until December 9th, these properties have been in the hopper now for how many months- since the first of the year on some of them – ( the beginning of the process)

All was not lost because there were one or two people I recognized from previous blog posts on my mega landlords and their impact on our neighborhoods.
1st up Gustav Krause POS foreclosure
1621v E.36th Street- 1621 gustav

but we know Gustav Krause and his LLC -FGSK PROPERTIES LLC of old from the September 2012 post, before the death of George Schneider.

Gustav Krause looks to own 12 parcels and the tax bills are sent to a PO Box number 395 as well- along with property owners of David W Carter/ Red’s All American Recycling fame.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/

And I had my issues with Judge Mihok and leniency that same September 2012
George Schneider (Appeal)ing Properties- or where’s the judgement? Pity the system didn’t do something when they had the chance because we would be left with the mess we have now
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/george-schneider-appealing-properties-or-wheres-the-judgement/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/who-holds-the-key-george-schneider-david-carter-gustav-krause/

Imagine my interest when another landlord – multi property owner and holder of “thatwoman blog fame” Jerrod Biebrick
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/trash-to-the-treasurey-time-to-pay-for-your-garbage/
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/03/30/lorain-county-habitat-humanity-seeking-new-home/
Biebrick, owner of Patriot Property Management, said he owns about 80 rental properties in Lorain and has been buying building materials at the store for two or three years.
Landlording in Lorain is a big business ( Housing Choice Vouchers alone)
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-4/

For instance according to Ms. Carter of the LMHA
“housing choice vouchers alone pump 1.4 MILLION A MONTH
into Lorain County but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!

and Mr. Biebrick apart from his 80 properties certainly has a plethora of LLC’s
Biebrick LLC
A quick check on just 4 of Biebrick’s many properties he owes on just those 4
over $23,000 dollars – I would hate to see what his tax bill is like on all 80 odd- I went through picking out randomly and every one had taxes owed that I checked – including the one for which he had to appear

4095 Laurel
Annual Real Estate Tax: $908.54
Current Special Assessments: $0.00
Delinquent Special Assessments : $0.00
Unpaid Taxes: $2,105.41
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $3,196.89
Total Taxes Paid to Date: $0.00

4332 Laurel
LaurelPatriot
Annual Real Estate Tax: $260.06
Current Special Assessments: $0.00
Delinquent Special Assessments : $412.14
Unpaid Taxes: $2,957.42
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $3,737.32

Those names just keep cropping up and unlike most of the people who were homeowners, some having no clue how the process works these multi- property owners have appeared before and KNOW the system– the excuse of “didn’t know” and the “post office is at fault” excuse left one wondering what would have happened in Judge Pianka’s courtroom

Last up was a Mr. Dessie Cheers– he had sat there right from the beginning and seemed to have at least 5 separate issues on his properties and it seems he has more than building violations!

According to the Auditors site his property of 419, Kentucky , 1530 Fillmore, and 1538 Fillmore he owes a cumulative amount of $19,588.04 in unpaid property taxes, that is not the case on his “own home” – just saying- this court of public opinion finds this “IFFY”

419 Kentucky

419 Kentucky

Annual Real Estate Tax: $1,186.76
Current Special Assessments: $0.00
Delinquent Special Assessments : $1,137.02
Unpaid Taxes: $5,152.10
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $7,785.61
Total Taxes Paid to Date: $0.00
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1530 Fillmore
Annual Real Estate Tax: $1,223.06
Current Special Assessments: $306.00
Delinquent Special Assessments : $375.89
Unpaid Taxes: $4,037.42
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $6,220.21
Total Taxes Paid to Date: $0.00

1538 Fillmore

1538 fillmores
Annual Real Estate Tax: $867.16
Current Special Assessments: $306.00
Delinquent Special Assessments : $993.91
Unpaid Taxes: $3,196.81
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $5,582.11
Total Taxes Paid to Date: $0.00

Something very wrong here Lorain-

To Be Continued…………

October 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm 8 comments

The Dunce’s Cap- green, yellow, red – singling out the children

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It has been many years since I watched my little 2nd grade daughter stand across the street , tears falling down her cheeks, holding her tummy as she lined up to go into Irving School.
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Holding my hand up with total honesty, I hated the fact that every day of the week for months I had to turn my children over to the personality , thoughts and teaching ability of people who were comparative strangers. I breathed a sigh of relief when K- 12 was over and done with.

The reason my little girl was so upset was her 2nd grade teacher, a person who delighted apparently in sending a message to the class by “accidently” getting their hair caught in her bracelets among other pseudo teaching techniques such as pinching .
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My little girl was petrified, although she hadn’t had her hair caught, the threat was there as it happened to her little friends. This fear manifested itself physically , tests ( and some gastric tests that were not pleasant for the child or her mother ) were done. Discussion with the pediatrician turned up the child’s fear. Obviously , I contacted other mothers and two of us went to the principal, who naturally supported the “bracelet /bangle woman” .

” Oh! don’t read too much into this , children exaggerate, get things wrong, after all they are only six and seven ….. I will talk to the teacher yada…. yada…. yada .”


Not to be fobbed off, and since it was still warm weather, I stood under the open window of the classroom to hear and see for myself the teaching of this “bangle batterer” . The children weren’t exaggerating . And I, therefore, dealt with the situation, but I can still see that little face on those horrific school mornings .

Now, of course, discussions with friends, who too, have little grandchildren (we grandmothers tend to chat about our perfect grandchildren) and this green- yellow -red “card” or “table” way of teaching . I suppose this is the latest version of the dunce cap
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http://spdrdng.com/posts/dunces-corner-banned-but-how-did-it-all-start

So placing pupils in Dunce’s corner could breach a pupil’s human rights, say councils. This has been used as a punishment in schools since Victorian times. But the original purpose behind ‘Dunces’ was to help pupil to learn better.

In the 13th century, a Franciscan monk and philosopher, John Duns Scotus, developed a ‘duns cap’ to be worn by children who needed something to help them focus. Detractors of Scotus made fun of the cap. Over time the ‘dunce’s cap’ came to be associated with ‘stupid’ children, and was eventually misunderstood and used to stigmatise and make fun of such children

OH! I know from whence I speak- 1st day of school – 4 years old -taken from my nice warm home environment to a large classroom with desks- children crying . I still remember, over a half a century later, being singled out, made to sit on a stool in the corner ( no cap) as an example of bad behavior because I couldn’t stop crying. Miss Waters ( probably dead by now) was forever burned into my brain and I felt the pain of stigma and shame for the first time. A cuddle of understanding would’ve worked wonders or even a tissue , a positive distraction may have done the trick- but sitting on a high, hard, uncomfortable stool as an example to others what they would suffer was not the way to get a 4 year old to stop crying. roxeth manor

end of caning

My elementary school of the day and the school governors did not frown upon corporal punishment. The Head Master strolled the playgrounds with his cane- and not to help him walk – it was his caning stick for little back sides and or hands – and for the girls- a leather slipper.
caning

The end of caning and the slipper didn’t come into play in Britain until 1981 http://www.corpun.com/uksc8101.htm

Evening Standard, London, 30 January 1981The last day of the cane — beaten at last

And it wasn’t just England where the teachers wrath could be felt- Canada – New Brunswick was my next “schooling” experience- there you were controlled with the strap for misbehaving – this was not banned until 2004!

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The strap has also been used on minors in reformatories and in schools. The latter was particularly prevalent in Canada, applied to the student’s hand, until abolished in 2004, but there, in modern times at least, it was generally made of canvas/rubber rather than leather.

The other recommended teaching tool in Canada was the “shame basket” not having done anything worthy of the strap or paddle ( the paddle being given by the principal in the library) whereas the strap was dished out in the classroom.

Ah! Miss Green( also probably dead) you will live on in my memory- not for being a great teacher- but for that strap hitting my palms and the look on your face

No ! the shaming wastebasket stood next to the teacher’s desk. The wastebasket made of metal and quite large became the receptacle, not of papers and trash, but children who were thought less than perfect. You had to stand in the waste basket for the rest of the lesson – you are a “waste of space” lesson to be learned. I spent many an afternoon standing in the basket for “questioning” Miss Green.


And now same principle, different teaching tools, the green , yellow, red- Ok! I get it teachers need tools for behaviors – but who really sees the shaming of yellow and the punishment of red – the other little 5-6-7 year olds?

Are you telling me a professional who has obviously has been through the courses of “How to Teach” and has the diploma and student loans to prove their education- has to resort to shaming to get their point across? Ultimately, that is what it is shaming – whether it is a board with marked cards or tables at which the child has to sit for a predetermined length of time .

http://fairydustteaching.com/2011/01/no-more-green-light-yellow-light-red/

No More Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light Behavior Management Plan!
The Safe Keeper System

I have tried the famous Red Light Classroom Management plan that is used in classrooms across America. (Every child begins each day on a green light. Certain behaviors and choices will change their light to yellow or red. Usually, yellow and red lights had consequences attached to them like loss of recess and so forth.) As a behavior management tool, it simply did not work in helping children learn to make better choices. It did succeed in providing consequences for misbehaving children – an important fact! But those same children kept “misbehaving.” It was not teaching them new skills.

There has to be a better way because if you are expecting “peer pressure” to work for you – I suggest you look at what is happening in this country – the more despicable the behavior the more people are “following” .

Bear in mind little ones in kindergarten, 1st , 2nd and even third grade don’t have agendas – they are trying to learn and they all learn at a different pace – they aren’t your enemy – they are in your care – little sponge like minds soaking in every day’s experiences- be careful what you do to that little person and the experiences you teach .

If you have a problem “call home”, email or send a note to the parent, stop categorizing these little ones – they need reading , writing and arithmetic, not being stigmatized.

The best teachers I had, were not of the punishing kind, they found my strengths and strengthened my weaknesses.

Thanks Miss Calder/ Mrs. McKay , Mr. Laidlaw and Mr. Lee because of you I Blog!!! Oh! yes, and I had Miss Green for Grammar – now all is explained !!!! Don’t get me started about “core math” being a product of the horrendous experimental “New Math in Canada ”
https://cms.math.ca/Events/CSMF2003/panel/oshea.pdf
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The name is commonly given to a set of teaching practices introduced in the U.S. shortly after the Sputnik crisis, in order to boost science education and mathematical skill in the population, so that the intellectual threat of Soviet engineers, reputedly highly skilled mathematicians, could be met.
Topics introduced in the New Math include modular arithmetic, algebraic inequalities, bases other than 10, matrices, symbolic logic, Boolean algebra, and abstract algebra These topics have been greatly de-emphasized or eliminated in US elementary schools and high schools curricula since the 1960s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Math

October 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm 10 comments

“Drop the Dead Donkey” are we still laughing?

Oscar Wilde, who opined in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life! ( with the exception of Drop the Dead Donkey !!!

Since I am addicted to Acorn TV , https://signup.acorn.tv/
I spend more time than would be thought healthy in front of the television, overdosing on English programming. I noticed one of the series was leaving the line-up. I hadn’t head of it , yet it had an 8 year run in the UK “Drop the Dead Donkey” – I have to wonder whether it was thought unsuitable for American viewing at the time , didn’t travel well in the 1990’s, – too close to the truth perhaps?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_the_Dead_Donkey

Drop the Dead Donkey is a situation comedy that first aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between 1990 and 1998. It is set in the offices of “GlobeLink News”, a fictional TV news company. Recorded close to transmission, it made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism. It was created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. The series had an ensemble cast, making stars of Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Tompkinson and Neil Pearson.

The series began with the acquisition of GlobeLink by media mogul Sir Roysten Merchant, an allusion to either Robert Maxwell or Rupert Murdoch. Indeed, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin note on their DVDs that it was fortunate for their libel lawyers that the two men shared the same initials. The series is mostly based on the ongoing battle between the staff of GlobeLink, led by editor George Dent, as they try to maintain the company as a serious news organisation, and Sir Roysten’s right-hand man Gus Hedges, trying to make the show more sensationalist and suppress stories that might harm Sir Roysten’s business empire.

dam dayresI started my viewing and yes, the show which started in 1990 was a bit dated. I found it fascinating to see Steven Tompkinson ( Father Clifford of Ballykiss Angel and ( DCI Banks) (PBS) as a very young actor portraying Damien Day the ambitious ,unethical reporter .
Yes, some of the comedy was a little forced and some of Tompkinson’s comedic timing a little off in these early episodes but my focus was of the “news events of the time”

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/13/how-we-made-drop-the-dead-donkey-andy-hamilton-robert-Duncan

Twenty five years ago – the subject matter topical of its day – of course a lot of the news that was happening at the time I recalled, as I went down through media memory lane.
The Invasion of Kuwait in 1990
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Gulf_War
we nervously watched our nightly news CNN and Peter Arnett giving us the night camera action and reporting controversy

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His {Peter Arnett} reports on civilian damage caused by the bombing were not received well by the coalition war administration, who by their constant use of terms like “smart bombs” and “surgical precision” had tried to project an image that civilian casualties would be at a minimum. White House sources would later state that Arnett was being used as a tool for Iraqi disinformation and CNN received a letter from 34 Members of the United States Congress accusing Arnett of “unpatriotic journalism”.

Who would have thought that 25 years later we would still be embroiled in the middle east mess and the area would still be on our nightly news feed. .

Terrorism and the response of the media???? – Oh yes! that is still happening

The made up stories by the “top reporter/ anchor “??? – Yes! that too still happens
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The first fiction you’re probably familiar with. Last winter, Williams was caught for having repeated a tall tale about his experiences embedded with U.S. troops on a helicopter in the 2003 Iraq War. NBC removed him from the newscast and conducted an internal investigation; according to the announcement, the network found other (unspecified) examples of Williams’ “inaccurate statements,” most of them not on NBC News but “on late-night programs and during public appearances.”http://time.com/3926988/brian-williams-nbc-fired-new-show/

and not just in America
pet williams

http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/peter-williams-gets-bored-of-reading-screens-starts-making-news-up/
http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/peter-williams-apologises-2014022805#axzz3nuIXSw00

The talking heads of news delivery 1990


yes they are still with us they have become the satire

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Charles and Camilla and his wanting to be a tampon

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source not found

The tape’s notoriety was due to Prince Charles’s wistful remark that he’d like to be Camilla’s ”tampon”, to which she replied: ”You are a complete idiot … Oh, what a wonderful idea.” http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-original-hack-20110730-1i5k4.html#ixzz3nuzM9bpF
Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

as his conversations were hacked???? –

Oh yes…. a recent happening again

Did the News of the World scandal have its unsavoury beginnings in Camillagate, the phone-tapping ”scoop” that scandalised the royal family 18 years ago?

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The Clintons, and what jobs they would be give? How Hillary wanted to run Washington and had her heart set on the Presidency ( not a lot has changed there the 😉 A Bush Presidency??? It seems we are still in that familiar loop; older faces and now the brother faces.

Source   Wikipedia

Source Wikipedia


Mega millionaires like the disgraced Robert Maxwell and his hat in the political media and of course Rupert Murdoch oh yes! he and another mega millionaire still frothing at the mouth connection
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The relatively low-key Murdoch has long been turned off by Trump’s braggadocio. Photo: Reuters
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/donald-trump-surges-democrats-cheer-20150702-gi35kn.html#ixzz3nuHD3XMX

However, just today we find the headline News on BBC and the Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch” holding forth on Twitter ( twitter = twits)

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has sent a tweet suggesting President Barack Obama is not a “real black president”.

 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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In tweets praising Republican candidate Ben Carson, Mr Murdoch wrote: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34472397

One thing though, Gus- a wanna be gobbledygook Americanized salacious Chief Executive – making all the right political noises and over the top political correctness- – not much has changed in those 25 years either”

The unctuous Chief Executive of the company, and yes-man to Sir Roysten Merchant and an unwavering supporter of then Conservative Prime Minister John Major. A management stereotype, complete with clichés and clumsy metaphors, he swiftly transforms GlobeLink from a serious news network to a ratings-chasing tabloid channel

Ironically in a couple of shots in the 1990-1 series Gus had a above his desk in his office a photo of the twin towers. As I looked at that scene, who could have known those towers would 11 years later become a symbol of terror ……

Not much has changed it seems in the topical comedic world of our news and who gets the last laugh????

by Chris Ritchey

by Chris Ritchey

October 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

October 3rd- Life- Chris Ritchey

chrisart collage

They say when you drown your life flashes before your eyes. I drown every day in my tears but it is your life I see as I speak of the mundane, put on a kettle, vacuum- I am apart from life and the reality that is now my life.

Every mother I have spoken to , written to, and been in general contact with as to the place we find ourselves – those who have lost a son a daughter- has one thing we all share “we don’t want our child to be forgotten” as other lives move on, “we don’t want their name to be lost to the world, we want their existence to be noted” They lived and were loved.

My cathartic outlet has been writing about you , using your artwork , your photos, your take on life and that you existed, were a part of this world .

Yes, when I Google you I still get that damned disgracefully narcissistic obituary written by the Lombardis and family –
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/dec-4th-how-cold-is-cold-lombardi/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/vi-pers-chris-ritchey/

I had to put the record straight after I read that obit- it was not of my son. I fought out of the hell that surrounded me in those days of darkness , a terrible surreal time of death to write of you, I could not let their words- cold , devoid of you,to be the last written- you were so much more than their words. ….
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/my-only-son-chris-ritchey/

As I scan the images and words written after your death I find your life, too short, but still a part of present days. You evolve and add to the life information a keyboard click away….the search engines powering away through cyber space bring you once more to the fore.

It matters not that it is Google
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or Bing

Bingres
or Yahoo

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The days of your passing have turned into years but the “images” continue tell their tale, they flash by me as I scroll through the images of your life . I see laughter , tears, hope, continuation of life, love and talent . I also see selfishness and deceit by those that supposedly loved and cared, all written on a page that isn’t tangible and yet is there for those that search, not forgotten- just as you are there and never forgotten………. I love you and I know your love surrounds us still………….. croppedbreathes

October 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment


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