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Worc. City Councilor Mike Gaffney mouth-piece, Aidan Kearney, is Turtle Boy…the court paperwork proves it…(Aidan’s pissed off Lauren Larson, deep-pocketed Mama of Hampshire College student)

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I tot I saw a Purdle Boy!!! So, swue me! pic:R.T.

Turtle Boy unmasked!!! Here’s the court paperwork (public record)…filed a few days ago. I’ve made some sections bold. – R.T.

1685CV01794 Larson, Lauren et al vs. Kearney, Aidan et al

Case Type
Equitable Remedies
Initiating Action:
Injunction
Case Status
Open
Status Date:
11/30/2016
File Date
11/30/2016
Case Judge:
DCM Track:
F – Fast Track
Next Event:
12/06/2016

Party Information

Larson, Lauren – Plaintiff

Alias

Party Attorney

Attorney
Giunta, Esq., Michael P
Bar Code
543768

Address
LeClairRyan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110-2602
Phone Number
(617)502-8200
Attorney
Kenneally, Esq., Kevin G
Bar Code
550050

Address
LeClairRyan
1 International Place
Suite 1110
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8220
Attorney
Roche, Esq., Michael P.
Bar Code
639357

Address
LeClair Ryan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8223
More Party Information
Commodore Builders Corporation – Plaintiff

Alias

Party Attorney

Attorney
Giunta, Esq., Michael P
Bar Code
543768
Address
LeClairRyan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110-2602
Phone Number
(617)502-8200
Attorney
Kenneally, Esq., Kevin G
Bar Code
550050

Address
LeClairRyan
1 International Place
Suite 1110
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8220
Attorney
Roche, Esq., Michael P.
Bar Code
639357
Address
LeClair Ryan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8223

More Party Information
Kearney, Aidan – Defendant

Alias

Party Attorney

More Party Information

Turtleboy Enterprises – Defendant

Alias

Party Attorney

More Party Information
Events

Date
Session
Location
Type
Event Judge
Result
12/06/2016 02:00 PM
Civil A
WOR-4th FL, CR 20 (SC)
Hearing on Preliminary Injunction
Reardon, Jr., Hon. James G

Ticklers

Tickler
Start Date
Days Due
Due Date
Completed Date
Service
11/30/2016
90
02/28/2017
Answer
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Served By
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Filed By
11/30/2016
152
05/01/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Heard By
11/30/2016
181
05/30/2017
Rule 15 Served By
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 15 Filed By
11/30/2016
152
05/01/2017
Rule 15 Heard By
11/30/2016
181
05/30/2017
Discovery
11/30/2016
300
09/26/2017
Rule 56 Served By
11/30/2016
330
10/26/2017
Rule 56 Filed By
11/30/2016
362
11/27/2017

Final Pre-Trial Conference
11/30/2016
481
03/26/2018
Judgment
11/30/2016
730
11/30/2018
Docket Information

Docket Date
Docket Text
File Ref Nbr.
01/30/2016

11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P Giunta, Esq. added for Plaintiff Commodore Builders Corporation
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P. Roche, Esq. added for Plaintiff Commodore Builders Corporation
11/30/2016
Case assigned to: DCM Track F – Fast Track was added on 11/30/2016
11/30/2016
Original civil complaint filed.

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11/30/2016
Civil action cover sheet filed.
2
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P Giunta, Esq. added for Plaintiff Lauren Larson
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P. Roche, Esq. added for Plaintiff Lauren Larson
11/30/2016
Plaintiff Lauren Larson, Commodore Builders Corporation’s EX PARTE Motion for Temporary Restraining Order
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11/30/2016
Endorsement on Motion for Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Order (#3.0): Other action taken Short order of Notice to issue, returnable 12/06/2016 at 2:00pm in courtroom 20.
12/01/2016

The following form was generated: Notice to Appear Sent On: 12/01/2016 10:10:41
Case Disposition

Attorneys have bullied legal advocates – including this one!

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Fair play – the AMERICAN way pic:R.T.

By Gordon Davis

Many opposing attorneys have bullied legal advocates with the threat of “practicing law without a license.”

The issue has come up in several of the cases I am working on:

In my lawsuit against Turtleboy, his lawyer, Margaret Melican, threatened to have me investigated for practicing law without a license.

Melican’s threat was hollow, as the venues in which I practice do not have a requirement of being a lawyer to represent clients. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) allows non-attorneys to practice through the initial investigation. The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and respective Housing Authorities do not require representatives of clients to be lawyers.

As a rule, all courts whether State or Federal, require representatives of clients to be lawyers. Of course, a person can represent himself as pro se. For both of my cases, Davis vs. Turtleboy, and Gaffney vs. Davis, I am a pro se party.

A lawyer’s value is found in his knowledge of court rules and legal concepts.

It is easy to confuse evidence with a charge or count. For example, in State courts denial of Federal FMLA cannot be a charge – but it can be evidence of bias. What lay person is familiar with the Courts’ rules for Interrogatories and their one year cutoff date?

Once, during an Investigative Conference at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) a lawyer for United Parcel Service (UPS) asserted to the Hearing Officer that I should not be allowed to represent my client. The Hearing Officer ignored him. The lawyer made the assertion a second time, and then the Hearing Officer said the Commission allows non-attorneys at this stage of proceedings.

It came up again today when I joined a blockade of a bank auction of a foreclosed house. The main organizer, Lori, told me of how a bank attorney shouted in court that she would face criminal charges for practicing law without a license. She was not sitting at the Defendant’s table, but in gallery.

The bank’s attorney was practicing intimidation and bullying.

For all of the cases in which the Worcester Anti Foreclosure Team (WAFT) supports homeowners, the homeowners are pro se. They represent themselves.

According to Lori, the banks’ attorneys have declared war on WAFT.

Why, I wondered, as the banks’ attorneys get paid either way. She said that with the approximately 34 cases of foreclosures being defended by pro se homeowners, the banks’ attorneys have to work harder and make relatively less money.

The law about licensed lawyers is applicable to disbarred attorneys or to someone who falsely represents themselves as an attorney.

I am not an attorney.

It has been my experience that there is a courtesy that other court officers extend to lawyers that is not extended to pro se parties. Many lawyers call each other “brother” or “sister.” If you are pro se, expect to face disrespect. I recall a case in which I shipped a box of papers to an attorney. The papers in the box were not stamped with a number, and I asked that the box be shipped back to me. My adversary refused and told me to come and get the papers. So I had to go to Boston and get a 40-pound box of papers.

I suppose all is fair in love and law.

Trial of the four Worcester Black Lives Matter demonstrators – an update

By Gordon Davis

In Court Room 14 of Worcester District Court four protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement were arraigned today for disturbing the peace.

Their charges stem from the demonstration in a cross walk that ran through part of the Kelly Square intersection in Worcester.

At the arraignment each of the four defendants pled “not guilty” and was released on their own recognizance.

The attorneys for the respective parties agreed to a pretrial hearing date of July 19, 2015, at which possible resolution could be discussed, as well as evidential issues.

The City of Worcester ordinance under which they were charged is the following:

§ 1. Disorderly Behavior No person shall engage in fighting, threatening or violent or tumultuous behavior; or conduct that creates a riotous commotion and excessively unreasonable noise so as to constitute a public nuisance; or conduct that creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition; which behavior or conduct has the purpose of causing public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, and which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.

The defense attorneys indicated that a possible defense is the element of the ordinance that calls for “legitimate purpose.”

The reasoning is that the protesters were exercising their freedom of speech.

This is a constitutionally defined legitimate purpose. According to one of the defense attorneys, several courts have upheld freedom of speech as a legitimate purpose.  

The term is not defined in the Worcester City ordinances. A different defense attorney indicated that might be other defenses.

Each of the defense attorneys indicated that he would file a motion to dismiss before the July 19, 2015, pretrial hearing.

Re: Worcester Wonderland blogger = Claude Dorman (writing as Will WW) filing false police reports

Claude Dorman, the Worcester Wonderland blogger (Will WW), leaving the Worcester courthouse last month.

Claude (Will WW) filed two (TWO!) reports with the Worcester Police Dept. on Steve, a man he has never met, a man who has never caused Claude any harm, a man for whom Cluade created CRIMES. False, false, false. Here is a portion of Steve’s letter to the attorney general’s office re: Claude Dorman (Will WW) of 38 Sever St., Worcester. I have made some sentences bold.   – R. Tirella:

  1. In the redacted letter of January 9, 2013 shown at M-135 the blogmaster wrote: “I have filed two incident reports with the police.” I believe this is directly related to question of my discharge. I would like copies of any police reports [XXXX] has in their possession regarding this information.

 

  1. In his letter to you, [XXXX] stated: “However, the IT Department did have such documents and provided them once this letter was received and a search was done to ensure all responsive documents were produced.” If I have not been given ALL the IT documents in [XXX]’s possession, I would like [XXXX] to state that in writing. If they have other documents I should be sent copies.

 

  1. Chapter 149 Section 52C contains a loosely written phrase that a personnel file must include “any other documents relating to disciplinary action regarding the employee.”
  2. Unfortunately, the state legislature did not define what “documents’ meant in this context. Nor does the Code of Massachusetts Regulations. I could not find any advisory on the Attorney General’s web site.

The central focus in this matter is my use of the company computer. That was the basis of the decision to discharge me and suspend me. I would therefore like to narrow the focus to those relevant emails can be retrieved at the least expense of time to [XXX]. I would like to request that {XXX] provided the following:

  1. Copies of emails to [XX] and [XX] from the IT department on the investigation.

 

  1. Copies of emails from the IT department to the HR representatives present where I was suspended.

 

  1. Copies of the emails between [XXX] and [XXX] discussing the decision to suspend and terminate me. This are key documents regarding my discharge and ultimately were the records on which the decision was made.

 

I request that [XXX] submit an evidence log, listing all the files above it has, which ones were released, and their grounds for not releasing them

Thank you! I am attaching list of the documents in this letter, in the event you want to send it to [XXX] asking them the documents to me.

Sincerely yours,

**********

DOCUMENTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS ORDERED TO BE RELEASED BY [XXXXX]  TO STEVEN R. MAHER.

 

  1. Internally produced [XXX] studies, which evaluate the allegations by Mr. Dorman, be they written or electronic.

 

  1. Identify the HR representative who wrote the handwritten notes on M-151 and M-152 and the date they were written.

 

  1. Any police reports [XXX] has in their possession regarding Steven R. Maher.

 …

Claude Dorman’s (the Worcester Wonderland blogger’s) OTHER BLOG and his bad habit

…  It’s not just me. Claude Dorman, the Worcester Wonderland blogger, has a history of writing horrid letters re: people he hates and then sending them out to folks. Sometimes not using his name or address but using other people’s names and email addresses. Blatantly illegal. Dorman, who lives at 38 Sever St., has done this to local biz folks Billy Randell, Bob Bourrassa and even former City Councilor Dennis Irish.

Irish told me of the time Claude contacted him about a tax abatement on his house at 38 Sever St. Irish forwarded his info. to the proper folks.  Claude didn’t get what he wanted from the city and so  he sent out a bunch of horrible letters about Irish to city leaders. Irish was upset. He said the letters were filled with lies. He, like half of Worcester, can’t wait for Claude to sell his house and move out of the Elm Park neighborhood. (Irish lives NEXT DOOR to Claude! Imagine living next door to Claude Dorman!)

Well, now we know. Claude has a history of doing this. He wrote hundreds of horrible reviews about local handyman Bob Bourrassa (who may move back to the area, just as Claude moves out!), another imagined enemy. And he has sent out toxic letters about Bill Randell or me to folks, using Bill Randell’s email address – or mine!

Just found out that when Claude bought his house on 38 Sever St., a week or two after the sale, he was contacting city officials, etc about more parking for him near his home. Well, Claudo, you moved across the street from Becker College – a school with kids and dorms. What did you expect? Over the years Dorman has  harassed his Becker neighbors, calling the police on the Becker students 70+ times – in one day.

Clearly Claude Dorman, the Wonderland blogger, is mentally ill.

To learn ALL ABOUT CLAUDE, check out this very insightful (and funny) Claude Dorman website:    http://claudepdorman-worcesterwonderlandetal.blogspot.com/

 

–  R.  Tirella

 

Worcester Wonderland blogger Claude Dorman, 38 Sever St., Worcester, in court again!

Yup, guys and gals, ol’ Claude Dorman, the Wonderland blogger (aka Will – tall guy in this photo) was in Worcester court again, re: his blog! Case continued to September! We will report all the news here! He really is an abusive fellow! He just can’t believe we outed him and changed his life (he’s moving/selling his home; doesn’t write nearly as viciously about folks in town before we outed him; has skipped the poison re certain festivals, people, places; won’t write anything about his likes/dislikes/personal life – like he used to. No vacation pics!!!)

So I guess Claudo is upset with us …

Too bad, Claudo!

– R. Tirella

Worcester’s foreclosure crisis: What you need to know to save your home

By Grace Ross and Worcester County families

In 2006, Massachusetts with Worcester frequently in the lead began to see an ever-increasing number of foreclosures. While the crisis grew, many engaged in the blame game. Worcester had gotten into the breech early, but did not want to face how fast it was going to snow ball. Early reports that the problem was subprime mortgages with bad terms taken mostly by lower income, new borrowers, led some to blame the borrowers.

The first major case brought in Massachusetts Supreme Court where one of the best judicial minds in our state got to review the standard sub-prime mortgage documents (and his ruling was upheld by the rest of the Court). And he found the problems were unequivocably caused by inherently unfair practices by the big mortgage companies. Mortgage companies were not regulated like the rest of the banks, the loans they provided were not in any way comparable to traditional prime mortgages, and, as Justice Gants pointed out, were specifically structured to trap borrowers.

Those of us who have waded into the nitty gritty of what was happening to our neighbors in this mess found the truth to be the opposite of what we were told. Now the shannigans of the largest financial players in the world are splashed across the headlines but we heard it first from the grass roots.

Some of the people who went searching for the real story, real answers and continue to do so, are your neighbors who make up the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team.

And what were those stories? And what can we tell you to do if your story sounds like one of these? Read on …

Ann Kamarauskas

We got the house, me and my sister, when my mother passed. We took out a couple small mortgages – we wanted to take a mortgage to get stuff done around the house, because it is very old. Given our credit report, a friend, a broker said the only one we could go through was Full Spectrum Lending, part of Countrywide. Then I needed a car so we did a re-mortgage. But they said we had to take out more than I wanted because of my sister’s debt. So that was when it went into Countrywide and they put it under my sister’s name. This second time, unlike every time before where they asked for our paystubs, checking/bank account statements and all this financial paperwork like our taxes, this time they didn’t ask for anything – I thought it was weird but I didn’t know anything – I figured maybe they had all our stuff on file.

We got the mortgage and that time, the lady came over – we’d always gone to a law office before so we didn’t know what was going on. The lady kept saying she was in such a rush. My sister notices that they have her name spelled wrong all the way through. So the lady is all pissed off and rushing, they have to go through all the papers, the lady crossing off the s, my sister writing in the z.

I had not had problems paying the mortgage before but we started having problems paying this mortgage. Where my sister works, she doesn’t make $4,333 we found later they put on the mortgage and she told them she does not work in the summer. So we went back to our friend, the broker, to see if she could help us renegotiate our loan. She said “wow, Barbara makes a lot working down at the middle school.” I said, “What are you talking about?” She says, “ according to this paperwork, she makes over 50 grand per year!” “She’s lucky if she takes out 21 thousand per year,” I told her.

She ended up calling them and saying,“I know what you people do to get people mortgages.,” She was yelling at them, “I own my own mortgage company I know what I am talking about.” But nothing came of it.

After that I got laid off in 2009. And my sister couldn’t keep doing the payments. We just kept calling countrywide, no reply. Then we heard about loan modifications, we kept filling out paperwork. We ended up driving down to Dedham. They went over our paystubs, bank accounts, tax stuff. They said we would be the first on their list to do a loan modification. They would not take my paperwork only my sister’s.

They said, “you’ll hear from us 2 weeks.” But we didn’t hear and kept calling; our paperwork kept changing hands. Then they kept asking for new paperwork again and again.

Then we got a letter for October 2010 saying they were foreclosing April 8th. We called and they called their loan officer, called back and said it was postponed but we don’t know what happened.

Ann comes every first and third Weds, 5:30 pm at the Pleasant St. Network Center to WAFT meetings. We will see what we can do. She might be able to afford a modified loan if they count both her and her sisters’ income and bring the house value down to closer to today’s values. She has a friend who can re-appraise and if we can get the bank to send out the “Net Present Value” letter which is supposed to come with a loan turn down, then we can figure out why the bank sasy they cannot afford it.

ALSO, we wonder why letters from the lawyers and the court were sent on behalf of a bank that only owned the loan many months later! And then, maybe we can get something done about why Countrywide put down the wrong income for her sister in the first place!

Marty

My wife and I split up like 15 years ago. I had refinanced the house. I had been doing fine.

Then my business went under in this economy– self-employed. That was when I went into depressed and stop being able to make the payments, anything. They kept sending mortgage bills, then Harmon Law got involved, saying they were going to foreclose.

So then Chris, my neighbor who was a member of WAFT got my name off the listing of foreclosure auctions and came by. He said I should come by a WAFT meeting. That got me hooked up with Jen & Luz – realtors who are part of WAFT.

I was going through bankruptcy at that point and my lawyer said not having the mortgage on the bankruptcy would be much better in the long run. By then, Jen & Luz had found me a buyer.
The bank had put the original auction off; they had given us a date by which to sell the house by. That time was just not long enough for the sale to go through, the buyer needed more time to get financing. So they threatened to auction it again.

So last minute we went and got a bankruptcy from the court. That made the auction not legal. WAFT came and protested and that stopped the auction process. This meant we were able to sell the place and fully pay off the mortgage. It was ridiculous that they were willing to get less money through the auction instead of the full amount through my signed Purchase & Sale. It made no sense.
We got that small bankruptcy dismissed but went with the full bankruptcy which I needed.

I wonder now if that sale was the best way to go. Wells Fargo could never prove they had the note. Maybe now that all the illegal actions of the banks have come out in the paper, I wonder if I should have stayed and made them prove they own the note instead of selling the property.

Marty was really lost until we worked together but he always willing to stand up and help someone out. He worked to get a buyer to pay off the bank. When they would no longer wait even though it was just a couple of weeks and tens of thousands more pay-off for them, Marty worked to get a bankruptcy and have WAFT folks come protest to stop the auction.

We know more now. You should look up all the mortgage, assignment, complaint paperwork on the Worcester Registry of Deeds website. And now that it is public, that many of the banks swore to affidavits they never read, claim ownership of mortgages where there is no proven chain of ownership going back to the first filing, missed dated paperwork – we wonder what justice is there is in cases like his: even if we show they did not own the mortgage and were sending him letters threatening a foreclosure they had no right to, he did a private sale…

Charity

I bought the house in 2003 and went through the broker and then Fast Choice. That was sold to CitiMortgage. When things started going bad and I was still working, I kept trying to remortgage. They said I was making too much. Then when my income went down some, they said I made less so they would take the application over the phone. Then they would sit on it; by the time you call again, they send you somewhere else. Finally I became sick last April. I kept telling them about the workers comp when they kept calling for the payments.

But one group there did not know what the other group was told. Finally I went to Neighborworks – they took my papers and bills and we sent it to Citi; they said they would get back to us in a few weeks. Then it was a few months; they want all the paperwork over again. And after we faxed all of this paperwork, finally a woman from Citi called, wanted the worker’s comp & financials and said not to talk to anyone else; we faxed everything else. Then we get the paper for the auction date April 1st. I left messages.

Finally, she called in early March and said the underwriter said they cannot do anything without a return date to work. I have to wait for my employer to find light duty so they declined me.
I met WAFT on Sunday, the auction was the Friday before. Chris came by and told me something I didn’t know: “you can stay even after foreclosure.”

I got this notice pinned to my door four days after the foreclosure giving me ten days to move out or all my things would be declared abandoned and removed. Thank God, the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team came to my door. My heart was pounding. I had gotten boxes, terrified that at any moment the realtor would arrive to move my stuff out.

Of course, once WAFT knew about the notice pinned to Charity’s door which illegal pressured her to leave immediately, we called the Attorney General’s office. They had sued realtors, agents for the banks, who did this elsewhere in Massachusetts. Once we found out it violated Charity’s right to stay until a court evicted her, did not give her a chance to try to negotiate rent, we went and protested the Realtor (see story in last In City Times). But WAFT took action and now notices telling people they can stay till a court evicts them have been posted and …

Now I just heard from Tony, the realtor. He was very nice now, no more harassing calls. And he said he would tell the bank that I want to stay and pay rent and talk to them about the leak in the roof.
Charity has been a fierce voice since she found out about her rights and has joined WAFT. We look forward to helping her stay in her home with a fixed roof. And if she get her work figured out, she want to try to re-purchase!

Christeen

I bought this house with my own money & a regular mortgage. When I had to refinance, my same broker put me in a subprime mortgage – I had no idea. I was shocked when I suddenly got a bigger bill!
In the fall of ’08 when they foreclosed, they started immediately trying to force me out. Two days after the auction, someone was outside mowing the lawn. Then I heard someone banging on a door. I checked the front door. I went to the back door, opened it and this guy was there.

He said, “You’re lucky you were home and opened the door because I was ready to bust the knobs off your doors.” I replied, “What do you mean your going to bust my door knobs off? I at least have thirty days here.” He said “well, I am just doing what I was told to.” “How are you going to come at nine in the morning, people have lives, people are at work; why don’t you come like at five, six o’clock when people are home from work?”

I got letters, visits, phone calls. It turned out to be a local realtor who harassed me for the bank to get me out.

I got lucky and ran into the WAFT at a community event. They taught me that the lender’s people could not force me to leave, that they had to repair when there was flooding and life-threatening mold built up. They supported me to call code and force the lender to make the home safe for me, my son and grandchildren till we moved.
Meanwhile IndyMac started trying to evict me thru the court (the only way they can legally evict). But it was weird because we had a deed showing that Deutsche Bank owned the property.

The lawyer from Harmon Law said it was IndyMac and argued even when we showed her the deed. Eventually IndyMac stopped the eviction; then the same lawyers started over again as Deutsche bank.
I always thought that was weird. How could they not know who owned it when they went to evict me? How did they prove they owned the property? With WAFT’s help, I fought them. And when they finally settled for me to move out, I got two and a half times as much money as what they had ever tried to get me to take when first harassing me to move out.

I tried to negotiate renting, talk to them about the mortgage – they NEVER responded.

Now today, I have paperwork showing IndayMac did not have clear ownership of the mortgage when they foreclosed!

You know what this has put my family through? This Experience has been extremely Detrimental to my family’s health…mentally & physically: Heartache, Distress, Deep Depression, Behavioral issues with my children in school, Self-esteem, feeling like a Failure. All in all, 1000’s of families are going thru the same situation. In all actuality, it boils down to: the bank, MY bank, the one you think is on your side & there to help you, they didn’t!

They never responded & didn’t even own the loan any more! I am fighting the illegal foreclosure and I want a fair settlement since they never had the right to foreclose!

Christeen showed us the power of connecting, learning your rights, and fighting for decent treatment with the support of others. She found out she did not have to leave right after the foreclosure, that they cannot legally call, drop by and harass you to leave. And when they take you to court, the lawyers cannot lie about who owns the property. She got repairs when there were serious health threats to her baby grandchildren and got time for her son to finish out the school year before they moved.

And now she knows she was one of thousands in Massachusetts that may have had their home illegally foreclosed by banks. And she’s still fighting. It will never make up for the investment she had in her home but she won’t be a victim.

M (asked that her name not be used)

Problems started after we refinanced to do major repairs on the house (a four family: all our family and one unit rented). It was in 2004 and an adjustable rate mortgage but we figured we’d be able to refinance again into a fixed rate; that was the goal. The broker suggested we do that because at the time that was the best rate we could get.
We got the loan, did the repairs. Once we got closer to the date for the rate adjustment we reached out to banks for a new mortgage but we couldn’t get one because by then we were upside down; the value on the home had gone down!

For years now the loan is much more than the house’s value. So we tried to find help to refinance because we knew there was no way to afford this mortgage. We had income. We tried directly with Wells Fargo for a loan modification but they said their investor would not do it because we were current.

So we went to NACA 2007 (worked with them through 2011). We also went to Oakhill. Same story: bank said there was no incentive to work with us because we were current.

In July ’09, I became unemployed – our renters allowed us to still pay the loan through til May 2010. Between losing renters and my mother’s business having fewer children (because so many other people are unemployed), we couldn’t do it any more.
We attempted to work with Wells Fargo but kept getting stalled. We went to a special lenders day through NACA and signed with a Wells Fargo representative what I understood was a three month moratorium. In February, I got employed; I reached out to both NACA and Wells Fargo then with a full time income. They said I needed four pay stubs for them to even review. Inbetween that, we finally got the application in through NACA on March 15th. On March 17th we got the Harmon Law letter saying they were foreclosing.

It is important to note: we got the moratorium on October 31. Until that time Wells Fargo had been both the owner and servicer of the loan. In mid-November, they assigned the mortgage to Deutsche Bank and that is when Harmon Law started the foreclosure. We were unaware of this so through February we sent Wells Fargo money at the lower rate.

April, we were sent the auction date – based on that we filed the complaint in Superior Court because we thought it was only fair that we complete this process before the auction was allowed.
I went to court the first time. No one appeared from the bank. The second time, we showed up again, the lawyer showed up and we agreed to put off the court date to mid-July. The lawyer said he would make sure that Deutsche bank sent the loan modification forms to me. Two weeks ago, we got notice that the auction had been postponed from May 11th til end of July. And I have just submitted them, sent them back to them.

This process has been a learning experience for me. Only since we got referred to WAFT, we found out that we aren’t the only ones in the situation. We are more empowered. You went through paperwork with us and supported us with court.

You guys are like the untapped resources. You guys do an awesome job. Only wish more people knew about you.

M and her family are amazing; they filed a complaint in Superior Court before they ever even found WAFT. Like many, they had a plan when they got refinanced into a loan they knew would be unaffordable when the interest rate increased two year later. But they had not planned for prices to drop. And being pro-active about seeking a loan modification, M found out – like thousands of others who have tried – that they won’t let you get ahead of the problem, they want you delinquent in payments and in trouble with income first.

But going to court with some legal guidance and support from WAFT, they have been able to go after a loan modification. Meanwhile, we want to know how Wells Fargo signed a legal agreement and then sold the mortgage to Deutsche Bank.

In each situation, we know the information WAFT has is making a difference. More importantly, though, we often find we need each other for support and even for public action and getting in touch with resources like the Attorney General’s office.

And there is nothing more important than the doorknocking WAFT members do every week to reach our neighbors whose homes may be listed on the new auction lists. During our outreach we often knock on doors of buildings that were auctioned two or three weeks previously, and very frequently we find the buildings empty – with both tenants and former owners gone. We know that “notice to quit” forms that look like eviction orders and “cash for keys” offers presented as the last best chance for getting some help with moving are parts of how this is being done.

We’ve heard many stories about banks that have failed to provide heat and essential repairs post foreclosure, and we have only heard of a few cases where the bank has informed tenants of their right to stay as tenants of the bank.

Together, we as Worcester residents are turning situations around when we can reach people in time. And we need more help not only reaching people but to pressure the banks not to empty out our City but come to reasonable resolutions with our neighbors

Why wasn’t the Dixfield Street wife charged?!

By Rosalie Tirella

District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. and the WPD mustn’t let the woman at 47 Dixfield St. get away with STABBING her husband’s Siberian husky – one of the sweetest dog breeds in the world! – to death.

Peter R. Ahearn, 40, of 47 Dixfield St., was arrested Saturday on charges of assault and battery. His wife, who had fled to a neighbor’s house, told police that she had killed the dog and that her husband had hit her in the head. Did she brutally kill the husky before or after her hubby whacked her in the head?

Personally, we don’t give a shit. Just charge the broad – take her to court, too, for God’s sake. Have her have to post bail and go through the court system … . And we hope PETA can provide her husband with a kick-ass animal rights laywer so that this sicko can serve jail time.

It seems the older we get, the more enamoured we become with animals (great and small) and the less passionate we are about human beings. For the police to arrive at Dixfield Street and see Mr. Ahearn Continue reading Why wasn’t the Dixfield Street wife charged?!

ELM PARK: A CALL FOR PRIORITY RESOURCES!

By Worcester District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller

On the day of park activist Nancy Alexanian’s adjudication for defacing Elm Park by writing “Fix the Benches + Stop Dumping Trash” on an already graffitied electrical box in the park, across from her home of 30 years.

Nancy Alexanian has lived across from Elm Park with her husband for 30 years. She is an active member of PREP+ neighborhood association. She has watched Elm Park over the years and been dismayed over the disrespect shown the park.

This summer after learning that the City was not allocating any significant resources into the park anytime soon and coming home to see someone dump bags of household trash into the park, Nancy decided to take action. She went across the street to the park and marked on the electrical box (that was already graffitied) “Fix the Benches + Stop Dumping Trash.” She was identified as the culprit, readily admitted to it, and was summoned to court for defacing public property.

Nancy herself does not condone her action. Those who know Nancy and who share her love of the park Continue reading ELM PARK: A CALL FOR PRIORITY RESOURCES!