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Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes getting her shit together …


… at her shit-hole!  Aka her 21 Sigel St. property in Green Island. Hooray!!! Finally!!!

I drove by Konnie’s Green Island two-family “house” yesterday! Looking better! Front windows (once broken) – now replaced. Side yard – once garbage-choked –  now home to just one toilet!!! One toilet! Yipee!!!

Did the miracle happen cuz Konnie and Jim were dragged into Worcester Housing Court by City of Worcester inspection and code depts?

Or was it due to the fact that Wendy Diaz, sloppy first-floor tenant, has permanently decamped to Florida and Konnie kicked out her remaining loser relatives – her son and nephew? So … no one home on first floor! New, non-slob tenants coming soon??!

Meanwhile, Maryann, second floor tenant, is still incommunicado. She has never made trouble. She is 79 years old and needs help!  Her place is a dump. Hope Konnie and hubby Jim do right by frail senior citizen Maryann and replace her toilet, fix her water faucets and install a heating system ASAP!

But this is a step in the right direction!

– R. Tirella

21 Sigel Street update‏

By Rosalie Tirella

Worcester City Councilor Konstantina (“Konnie”) Lukes and husband Jim – owners and landlords of Green Island’s 21 Sigel St. – are evicting tenants Wendy Diaz and Family.

Wendy Diaz has been vacationing in Florida, missing a few housing court appearances. If Wendy can afford to pay for the plane fare to Florida, she can afford to buy City of Worcester yellow garbage bags into which she needs to place her family’s garbage.

No heat in Diaz apartment, as a gas pipe broke and had been red tagged by the gas company. Diaz nephew and son still at Sigel Street apartment heating the place with electric space heaters.

…. Wendy Diaz’s grandchildren, babies really, were removed from the apartment and are in foster care. A good thing. A few days ago she told me they were now living with family members. Bummer.
Maryann was visited by a health worker who asked her 10 questions and deemed her fit to live at 21 Sigel Street. Does agoraphobia mean anything to anyone any more? Elder anxiety over new situations, etc.? Couldn’t someone sign up Maryann for Meals on Wheels, at the very least?

Maryann has no apartment heat. She has always heated her apartment with electric space heaters.

Maryann is in lock-down mode. Won’t see or talk with anyone.
There was a handyman doing a few repairs to 21 Sigel St., but the Lukes were slow in paying him for his work. So…no money, no hammering! PAY THE MAN WHAT YOU OWE HIM, KONNIE! Bring your apartments/property up to code. Make them liveable and then charge more rent to cover contractor costs.

21 Sigel Street = Dysfunction Juntion!!!!!!

College Hill and Holy Cross College: Nothing’s changed and it’s getting worse!

By Ron Chiras

Promises!!? – [Worcester] Housing Court: orders landlords to reduce numbers in apartments out of code. 10 Boyden by Dec. 31st – students still there. 125 College St. – since 2000 has been breaking the law- no permits to add attic apt. – ordered to reduce numbers – extra students still there. The same at 21, 23, 26 Caro St.- 11 and 13 Boyden. We know this will not stop the unruly parties in apartments and in the streets.

—–Worcester Police – keep their promises – will not arrest students. The poor kids (they are running the show). Keep the same non-working policy of the Holy Cross detail “patrolling” the Hill. BUT, they don’t seem to be working with the Holy Cross campus police, off-campus or responding to the neighborhood’s cry for help. They say students are not breaking the law in the streets, so they can’t arrest them. Can you believe it?

—–Holy Cross – no control of off-campus students – giving the college a very bad rep.
Supposed to enforce on-campus code of conduct, off-campus, (WE were encouraged) HOW? Holy Cross said the Campus police!

Beautify the neighborhood by tearing down houses that have been unoccupied for 10 years, then letting students park cars on that land. What gives? We realize landscaping won’t come till spring. But allowing more party parking!?


January 18, 2010 – Holy Cross students start returning to school for Spring semester. Four Holy Cross owned houses have been torn down over the Christmas break to help “beautify” the street. Students begin using the land to park their cars.

January 22, 2010 – Party weekend on Caro St. – as usual. Worcester Police Department and Holy Cross campus police were to work together. No way. WPD seen in cruiser, 20 feet away from unruly students who were shouting, drinking outside in freezing temps after midnight. No action taken. NO campus police seen anywhere off-campus.

January 29, 2010 – “Things” get worse. Reported – party at 3 City View St. – Holy Cross-owned. Saturday into Sunday morn. Noise heard at Kendig and Davenport streets. Also, partying in the street between 125 and 138 College St . Neighbor reports staggering drunks, shouting-swearing by dozens of students going between houses. Sound familiar? WPD seen going by the students two times and they did nothing. This was after midnight in freezing temperatures. No campus police seen anywhere off campus.