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  • Korean War veteran fights to keep flagpole in Greenfielf neighborhood

    10/25/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 57 replies
    WTHR ^ | 10/23/14
    A Korean war veteran in Greenfield says his flagpole stands for freedom. His homeowners association says the flagpole breaks the rules. The dispute stems from American and Missing In Action flags in Robert and Judy Willits' front yard. The couple moved to the Fieldstone neighborhood last Christmas. This summer they installed the flagpole. "It means a lot to me. We fought for that flag," Robert Willits said. Both Robert and his brother, Lester, served in the Korean War. Robert was injured. Lester never came home. "Lester is still there. So I'm going to keep it up," Robert Willits said. Last...
  • Vet Could Lose Home For Displaying Small US Flag In Front Yard

    06/27/2014 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A veteran could lose his home because of a small American flag he has placed in a flower pot in front of his home.
  • Veteran may lose home over flag fight (Florida)

    06/24/2014 6:46:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    WTEV-TV, CBS 47 Jacksonville ^ | 6:02 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 | Erica Bennett
    The Stars and Stripes are at the center of controversy. At least at Larry Murphree’s home. “I want it to go away. It’s such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me,” he explained. “They” is Murphree’s homeowner’s association. He’s lived in the Sweetwater community for years, and been at odds with the HOA for more than two. All over a flag. The veteran decided to put one in his flower pot, and has been fined as a result. “They just sent me a letter that says I owe them around $8,000 and they put a foreclosure lien...
  • Blind Woman Suing Nudist Community that Told Her to Get Rid of Service Dog

    02/28/2014 8:11:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 28, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Blind woman suing nudist community that told her to get rid of service dog In 2011, a medical condition caused Lutz, Florida woman Sharon Fowler to lose her vision. Legally blind, she had to acquire a service dog, named Laura. Ms. Fowler and her husband, Craig, moved into the Paradise Lakes Condominiums complex in 2012 with Laura. However, after they had settled in, Sharongot a letter from the property’s management that was very upsetting, as WTSP 10 News reports. She was told that because Laura, a black Labrador, was over the 25-pound weight limit, she needed to go. This, despite...
  • DeBary man battles HOA over Lady Liberty statue

    02/04/2014 6:41:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Fox Orlando ^ | 2/3/14 | Keith Landry
    A DeBary man is at odds with his homeowner's association over a 7-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.   The DeBary Plantation HOA wants Lon Neuville to remove the patriotic display, but he says he's not going down without a fight. The property management company says this is not about Lady Liberty; it is about having the same rules for all 1,300  families who live at the subdivision.  The homeowner says the HOA approved his statue and then changed its mind, and he will fight to keep it in his yard.           "Several people have told me they...
  • Woman Doesn’t Join HOA, So It Seizes And Sells Her House

    11/20/2013 2:45:59 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 116 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 11/15/2013 | Laura Northrup
    If I’ve learned anything from this site over the years, it’s that homeowners’ associations are evil and to be avoided. Sometimes you don’t have a choice, though: the home of your dreams or basic neighborhood amenities require it. And sometimes, as one Kentucky woman discovered, not joining the HOA means you can lose your house. If that sounds farfetched, well, a quick look through the Consumerist archives shows us that it’s happened before. In one horrific case, a man set his house on fire after a court awarded ownership of it to his HOA over a dispute regarding…unpaid dues and...
  • Miami Shores Sues Village Over Veggies (ban on growing food in garden)

    11/19/2013 12:17:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | November 19, 2013 12:27 PM
    A Miami Shores couple is taking the city to court over veggies. For 17 years they grew vegetables in their front yard. But last May, Miami Shores’ Code Enforcement officers inspected Hermine Ricketts and husband Tom Carroll’s property and informed them that they were breaking the law by having a vegetable garden in front of their home. … Miami Shores passed an ordinance that went into effect last May which banned front yard vegetable gardens. The city threatened Ricketts and Carroll with fines of $50 a day, or about $1,500 per month, if they did not uproot the garden. Unable...
  • Trayvon Martin wrongful death suit settled (one million dollars)

    08/05/2013 3:28:37 PM PDT · by dennisw · 90 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | April 6, 2013 | Rick Moran
    <p>A wrongful death suit filed by the parents of black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been settled, according to documents filed in a Florida court yesterday.</p> <p>Trayvon Martin's parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.</p>
  • Denver neighborhood bans children from drawing chalk art on sidewalk

    06/21/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | June 21, 2012
    Denver mom Sarah Cohen says drawing sidewalk chalk art is one of her three-year-old daughter Emerson's "simple pleasures in life.""It's definitely better than video games," Cohen told KCNC. However, the homeowner's association in Cohen's neighborhood feels differently. They say Emerson's drawings -- usually of hearts and flowers -- are distracting and offensive blights on their community."My initial reaction was, 'You have to be kidding me," Cohen said. The association, called Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, temporarily banned children from drawing on sidewalks, saying anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment is not allowed on shared spaces.They...
  • Home Owners Association Said He Cannot Fly the American Flag.

    05/21/2012 8:52:14 AM PDT · by econjack · 22 replies
    email | May 20 2012 | unknown
    When his HOA said he couldn't display the American Flag, this was his response: I don't have further detials, but I kinda like the guy...
  • Lesbian Couple FAKED Hate Crime By Painting Their OWN Home With 'Kill the Gays' To Frame...

    05/18/2012 7:29:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 18, 2012
    Lesbian Couple FAKED Hate Crime By Painting Their OWN Home With 'Kill the Gays' To Frame Neighbors After Spat Over Dogs 18 May 2012 [Pic in URL] Caught: Aimee Whitchurch, 37, left, and Christel Conklin, 29, right, are accused of forgery, false reporting and criminal mischief A lesbian couple that claimed their neighbors spray painted 'Kill the Gay' on their condo are being accused by the police for doing the deed themselves. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Colorado has issued a warrant for Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, for forgery, false reporting and criminal mischief. In October...
  • Homeowners could pay in Trayvon Martin killing

    04/01/2012 8:39:19 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 80 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/2/12 | Mary Shanklin
    SANFORD, Fla. — The people who could end up paying the financial price for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin are, ultimately, the homeowners of the Retreat at Twin Lakes development, say specialists who deal with homeowners associations. If George Zimmerman, their crime watch program captain, is charged with and convicted of killing Martin, the community's association and property management company probably will be sued by the victim's family over the way the program was established and operated, said Donna Berger, a lawyer who specializes in homeowners association law. "They may wind up getting sued and getting hit with hundreds...
  • Tracking the Source of the Poo

    03/22/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    PetMD ^ | 3/12/12 | Jennifer Coates, DVM
    I am currently witnessing a neighborhood drama that I’m sure plays out on a daily basis in communities across the country. Neighbor A is originally from Wyoming. This probably means nothing to most of you, but having lived in that state for a while, it conjures up a specific archetype for my family — a person who prefers to keep to him or herself but is friendly when forced into proximity with others and figures that laws perceived to be absurd or overreaching are not worth following. This doesn’t present much of a problem in Wyoming where there are more...
  • 911 Tapes of George Zimmerman Killing Trayvon Martin Released

    03/21/2012 8:54:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 85 replies · 4+ views
    opposingviews.com ^ | 20 March, 2012 | Mark Berman
    Police in Florida have released audio tapes of 911 calls regarding the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch volunteer. George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a confrontation inside Zimmerman's gated community in Sanford, Florida last month. Zimmerman claimed it was in self-defense, but Martin did not have a gun. Following accusations that the shooting was racially motivated, the Justice Department announced Monday that it would investigate the shooting. "He committed no crime. My son wasn’t doing anything but walking on the sidewalk," Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton said on the "Today Show," adding...
  • NH Woman Sued For Planting Flowers In Her Front Yard

    03/20/2012 11:26:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 71 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Boston WBZ-TV ^ | March 19, 2012 | Jim Armstrong
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – Kimberly Bois’ tiny front yard garden isn’t much to look at right now. But in a few weeks, it’ll be in full bloom, and every blossom will cost her dearly. Even though she says her builder gave her permission to do a little planting, the current condo board now says she’s in violation. They’re charging the Portsmouth, New Hampshire homeowner $50 a day for being so petal pushy. That fine has reached close to $6,000, plus the board’s legal fees.“It’s just not a happy place to live anymore for me,” says Bois, who planted the small...
  • North Miami Beach Woman Loses Condo Over $200 Balcony Assessment

    02/08/2012 9:04:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 | Willard Shepard
    She found out it's possible to owe nothing to the bank and lose your home anywayIn a tough housing market, many people are underwater on their homes. But it’s also possible to owe nothing to the bank and lose your home anyway, as a North Miami-Dade condominium owner found out. Christy, a woman who lived at the Jade Winds condo complex in North Miami Beach, said she owned her place outright and pad the condo fees automatically, but ended up getting kicked out over a $200 monthly assessment. Christy, who only wanted her first name published, said her trouble started...
  • What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution

    11/12/2011 2:34:34 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 23 replies
    The Independence Institute ^ | 11/11/11 | Rob Natelson
    Between 1764 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776 Americans produced a rich series of pamphlets and resolutions listing their grievances against the central government of the British Empire. As I have pointed out before, reading those pamphlets is very helpful in understanding what the Constitution really means. And ignorance of them contributes to common constitutional mistakes. These pamphlets are particularly useful in comprehending the Founders’ version of federalism. This is because the constitutional balance between states and federal government partly reflected what the Founders had wanted the balance to be between colonies and imperial government. One of the most...
  • Colorado Voters Reject Tax Increase to Fund Education

    11/02/2011 12:07:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 2, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It's not a good day for the left and you're not gonna hear much about this. The media is not gonna talk too much about this. Colorado voters have rejected an attempt to raise state income and sales taxes to fund education. ... With 38 percent of precincts reporting," that's when I printed this out, "Prop 103 was going down in flames across the state; 35% in favor of raising taxes, 65% against." What's the final number here? Da-da-da-da-da-da. It's about that. Sixty-five, 35% is about what it ended up. Also true in Denver. That was the...
  • Hollywood (Florida) asks neighbors to rat out each other's code violations

    10/25/2011 5:26:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | October 25, 2011 | By Tonya Alanez
    <p>It's like a traditional neighborhood watch, but instead of crime, volunteers will be on the lookout for grime. And they'll put neighbors on notice for basic problems ranging from overgrown grass and unkempt shrubs to parking on the lawn and putting trash out too early.</p>
  • Dad Fights Zoning Board's Order to Destroy Backyard Tree House

    10/17/2011 6:06:46 PM PDT · by Immerito · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    A zoning board in Fairfax County, Va., is standing firm in its decision to order a war veteran to destroy a tree house he built for his two young sons. County officials determined Mark Grapin, an Army aviation specialist, violated zoning regulations when he built a tree house in his backyard. “The boys wanted a tree house,” Grapin told Fox News Radio, explaining it was a promise he made to his 8-year-old and 10-year-old sons before he left for Iraq. “It was a commitment I made to the boys and, frankly, we should do our best to keep our commitments...
  • 'Fracking' protesters say drilling jobs not worth environmental risks

    09/20/2011 5:28:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | Sarah Hoye
    (CNN) -- Charlotte Bevins' long blond hair blows in the wind as she stands amid protesters, her eyes red and puffy from crying. Just four months ago, Bevins' brother, Charles, lost his life in a drilling accident in central New York. He was 23, a father of two small children. Gazing at the ground, Bevins tightens her grip on the handles of the baby stroller that cradles her young niece while hundreds of protesters lining the nearby streets wave signs and yell around her. No fracking way. No fracking way. No fracking way, the crowd chants. Bevins recently made the...
  • Manufacturing a Recovery. America Needs to Start Making Things again.

    08/30/2011 2:24:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/30/2011 | Susan Hockfield
    THE United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board. Today, our most important task is to restart this virtuous cycle of invention and manufacturing. Rebuilding our manufacturing capacity requires the demolition of the idea that the United States can thrive on its service sector alone. We need to create at least 20 million jobs in the next decade to offset the effects of the recession and to address our $500 billion trade...
  • City shuts down yard sale for cancer victim

    08/18/2011 3:45:54 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 37 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18th August 2011
    A 64-year-old woman trying to raise money to pay for medical bills incurred in her fight against a terminal form of bone cancer has been told she must stop her garage sales or face a fine. Jan Cline has been selling off her belongings in the backyard for a few weekends after being diagnosed with a type of cancer that eats through her bones and makes walking extremely difficult. But as the bills for treatment pile up, city officials in Salem, alerted by a complaint from a neighbour, say she is breaking the law and have shut the yard sales...
  • Marine's parents sued over sign of support in their Bossier City front yard

    07/24/2011 12:03:31 PM PDT · by Clairity · 95 replies
    NOLA ^ | July 23, 2011 | AP
    A south Bossier City homeowners association has sued to force a family to remove a front yard sign supporting their son's military service because it violated subdivision covenants. The Burrs placed a large multicolored banner with a picture of their 20-year-old son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Corey Burr, and the phrase "Our son defends our freedom" in January after Corey Burr was deployed to Afghanistan.
  • Retired Marine sued by HOA can fly flags after all (Happy 4th of July!)

    07/03/2011 7:54:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7-3-2011 | Mike Morris
    <p>Just in time for Independence Day, a retired Marine will be able to fly his United States and Marine Corps flags without fear of fines.</p> <p>The Lakeland Village Community Association filed a lawsuit Dec. 9 against Mike Merola, who has a 20-foot flagpole in his backyard. The neighborhood association claimed the flagpole violated the northwest Harris County community's design rules.</p>
  • SA homeowner says HOA forced him to plant a yard in a drought

    06/28/2011 11:05:38 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    KENS TV ^ | 06/27/2011 | Joe Conger
    SAN ANTONIO --With 100-degree, hot, dry days, Armando Urdiales decided to plant a new lawn. Well, not really. It was his HOA, he said, that suggested it, after they found patches of dirt amongst the withered blades in his front yard. "That was the kicker for me. Really? You're going to tell me to grow grass in a drought," Urdiales said. The social studies teacher said after receiving two threatening letters in the last 60 days, he planted $150 worth of sod and started watering it. "Isn't there a better use of our resource--of our precious resource of water--other than...
  • Driveway Love Note Brings Trouble For Couple

    06/27/2011 7:25:27 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 49 replies
    WSBTV.com ^ | 27 Jun 2011
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- A public declaration of affection written on a Roswell family's property has them at odds with their neighborhood association. Resident Duden Yegenoglu said her father left the love note on her driveway for her mother. "He was washing my car one day about a month and a half ago, and he wanted to be cute, so he wrote 'Benur,' which is my mom's name, 'I love you,' on our driveway," Duden Yegenoglu told Channel 2’s George Howell. The pressure-washed message was written in all caps, inside a heart. Several neighbors said it was sweet, but while the...
  • U.S. Veteran Faces Legal Action for Flying American Flag

    06/26/2011 8:56:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    U.S. Veteran Faces Legal Action for Flying American Flag Published June 26, 2011 | FoxNews.com A retired U.S. Army chaplain is being threatened with legal action for flying the American flag in his front yard, the Daily Mail reports. Fred Quigley, 77, of Macedonia, Ohio, a minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told by the homeowners’ association that his flag violates the property rules. The association has offered to fly the flag at the entrance of the building development, but Quigley refused the offer. “If they can dictate to me that I cannot fly an...
  • Vietnam vet threatened with legal action for flying Stars and Stripes outside his home

    06/27/2011 10:20:34 AM PDT · by Immerito · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A 77-year-old Army veteran is being threatened with legal action for flying the American flag in his front yard. Fred Quigley, of Macedonia, Ohio, a retired Army chaplain and minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told his flag violates his homeowners association's rules on flagpoles. As an alternative, the association offered to place the flag at the entrance of the development, but Mr Quigley refused. ***** Mr Quigley's lawyer Gerald Patronite said the association has no right to stop his client. He cites a 2003 state statute that addresses the homeowner's rights in such a...
  • “Soak the rich” losing popularity

    06/03/2011 7:45:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | June 3,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps this will feel a little counterintuitive after seeing today’s jobless numbers, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Gallup’s latest poll on soak-the-rich tax policies show that Americans are less open to redistributionism than at the peak of the pre-Great Recession economy, with a plurality rejecting “heavy taxes on the rich”: Americans break into two roughly evenly matched camps on the question of whether the government should enact heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth in the U.S. Forty-seven percent believe the government should redistribute wealth in this way, while 49% disagree, similar to views Gallup found...
  • HOA Wants Kids Banned From Playing Outside

    03/31/2011 1:21:36 PM PDT · by Abathar · 80 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | March 31, 2011 | unknown
    EDGEWATER, Fla. -- A Central Florida homeowners association is preparing to vote on banning children from playing outside. The revamped rules and regulations are being considered by the HOA at the Persimmon Place subdivision on North Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater. The neighborhood consists of 48 townhomes surrounded by a parking lot and little room for children to play. "I think it's ridiculous. I think the kids should be allowed to play," a resident said. "I think people forgot what it was like to be a kid and want to go outside and play," said resident Shawna Magee, who is fighting...
  • Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.

    02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 73 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA
    UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.
  • Are Homeowners Associations Too Powerful?

    02/17/2011 12:33:34 PM PST · by MissTed · 30 replies
    Y100 ^ | 2/17/11 | John Julitz
    The debate is over how much power an association should have and Harvella Jones, President of the National Homeowners Advocate Group, says associations can serve a purpose, but they've gone too far. “My goal is to stop the foreclosures because they don’t have the right to take our homes for maintenance fees when the Constitution does not give them the authority,” says Jones. Jones adds some associations have been compared to the mafia for how they act. “That is how they operate sometimes and sometimes they use strong arm methods to shut you down when you start complaining,” Jones says....
  • Pennsylvania Man Ordered to Remove 24-Foot Cross From Lawn

    02/15/2011 12:59:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 15, 2011 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    BALDWIN, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to remove a 24-foot illuminated cross from his front yard following complaints by his neighbor, who claims the act of faith is actually an act of revenge. Carl Behr, 24, of Baldwin, Pa., received a notice on Monday ordering him to remove the cross within five days or face a penalty. But Behr plans to fight the order at a Baldwin Borough meeting late Tuesday. "It's all about my faith, and some people are trying to turn this into a real circus," Behr told FoxNews.com. "They're going to get a...
  • A (too) high-flying flag? Marine vet's 20-foot flagpole has homeowners association filing suit ...

    01/08/2011 6:14:39 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 38 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Jan. 7, 2011, 4:49AM | MIKE MORRIS
    A Marine Corps veteran is being sued by his Cypress-area homeowners association because the flagpole on which he flies the United States and Marine Corps flags does not meet his subdivision's design guidelines. Mike Merola and his lawyer, Lee Thweatt, say this is a classic case of overreach by a nitpicking homeowners association. Lakeland Village Community Association says it is seeking to enforce its rules evenly on all residents. Standing in his backyard in a black T-shirt bearing an eagle and the American flag, the 60-year-old Merola called that argument "a lame excuse." After his application to erect a 20-foot...
  • Homeowner’s Fight Involves Flag Tied to Tea Party

    09/01/2010 4:01:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 1+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | Aug. 30, 2010
    LAVEEN, Ariz. — Don’t tread on Andy C. McDonel. This year, Mr. McDonel began flying a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on his roof in this unincorporated area just outside Phoenix. The historic banner — which dates to 1775, when it was hoisted aboard ships during the initial days of the Revolutionary War — has been adopted by the Tea Party movement. But Mr. McDonel said that he had unfurled the flag for its historical significance and nothing else. He notes that the banner, the Gadsden flag, has been widely used over the years and was even featured on...
  • HOA- Property Owners Nightmare

    06/08/2010 4:45:49 PM PDT · by mprice0514 · 76 replies · 81+ views
    06/08/10 | M.Price
    Is there anything you can do if HOA is not keeping up their end of the deal?
  • Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt

    06/05/2010 8:22:44 PM PDT · by shezza · 40 replies · 1,196+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | May 28, 2010 | Nick Baumann
    Michael Clauer is a captain in the Army Reserve who commanded over 100 soldiers in Iraq. But while he was fighting for his country, a different kind of battle was brewing on the home front. Last September, Michael returned to Frisco, Texas, to find that his homeowners' association had foreclosed on his $300,000 house—and sold it for $3,500. This story illustrates the type of legal quagmire that can get out of hand while soldiers are serving abroad and their families are dealing with the stress of their deployment. And fixing the mess isn't easy.---snip---"It's ridiculous how much this is costing...
  • Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt

    06/01/2010 9:07:42 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 150 replies · 1,982+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 05.28.2010 | Nick Baumann
    Michael Clauer is a captain in the Army Reserve who commanded over 100 soldiers in Iraq. But while he was fighting for his country, a different kind of battle was brewing on the home front. Last September, Michael returned to Frisco, Texas, to find that his homeowners' association had foreclosed on his $300,000 house—and sold it for $3,500. This story illustrates the type of legal quagmire that can get out of hand while soldiers are serving abroad and their families are dealing with the stress of their deployment. And fixing the mess isn't easy.
  • Back from Iraq, Frisco soldier finds his home sold by HOA

    05/15/2010 12:20:51 PM PDT · by GeronL · 228 replies · 5,157+ views
    Dallas Mourning Snooze ^ | May 14, 2010 | David Schechter
    FRISCO — A soldier returned home from combat to find his Frisco home, which was owned free and clear, sold off by his homeowners' association. While there is a law to protect service members from financial disaster while they're off fighting a war, it is frequently broken. On dangerous missions in Iraq, Capt. Michael Clauer of Frisco was responsible for the lives of 130 soldiers. He had a lot on his mind. "You can't worry about what's going on at home," he said. "It's enough stress there the way it is." His wife, Mae Clauer, was under stress, too. She...
  • Flowers at center of suburban dispute [homeowners association threatened legal action]

    04/19/2010 11:40:34 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 956+ views
    upi ^ | April 18
    PLANO, Texas, -- A Texas couple says they've downsized their garden display of spring bluebonnets, a state tradition, after their homeowners association threatened legal action. Eddie and Melissa Smith's bluebonnet bonanza began five years ago with three plants from a local Plano, Texas, home-improvement store, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday. Explosive growth followed, and the bluebonnets spread over the Smith's entire lawn and jumped the sidewalk to curve around their corner lot, the newspaper said. "We didn't add more seeds, didn't fertilize, didn't water any extra," Melissa Smith said. "It was God's handiwork." But not everyone was a fan....
  • Europe's largest windfarm shut down after 14-tonne turbine blade snaps

    03/23/2010 6:15:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,327+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Europe's largest windfarm was shut down after a blade snapped off one of the huge turbines, operators said today. All 140 turbines at the Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor near Glasgow are being inspected by engineers following Friday's incident. ScottishPower Renewables said mechanical failure or a lightning strike could be to blame for the breakage, which it described as 'highly unusual'. The 150ft, 14-tonne, fibreglass blade broke off in the early hours in windy conditions and landed at the base of its tower.
  • Alliant Energy seeks 13.8 percent rate increase

    03/09/2010 10:50:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies · 503+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 03/09/2010 | David DeWitte
    Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers will be seeing higher bills this month to pay for the utility’s investments in green energy. The utility plans to ask state regulators for a 13.8 percent, $163 million annual rate increase today to pay for a new $468 million wind farm, and to improve its ability to transmit energy from renewable sources. The 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County is the first owned by Alliant’s Interstate Power & Light utility. It began operating in December, and has enough capacity to serve about 150,000 homes at full output. Improving the transmission grid to enable...
  • Underwear, Mountain Of Sand Angers Neighbors

    03/05/2010 8:37:25 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies · 2,007+ views
    WFTV ^ | March 5, 2010 | WFTV
    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A home in Volusia County is sparking outrage Friday. A homeowner has strung up women's underwear and built mountains of sand in the back and neighbors are desperate for help.
  • Ferrari-owner's dream garage grinds neighbors' gears **Must See**

    02/04/2010 11:19:27 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 70 replies · 3,137+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/5/10 | Bob Pool
    His pristine Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer" sits in the middle of Holger Schubert's living room in Brentwood, right next to stylish furniture, a built-in bookcase and a flat-screen TV that slides on tracks past walls of glass that frame an ocean view. But Los Angeles officials are about to slam shut forever the garage door that leads to the city's most extravagant parking space City planners have withdrawn permission for Schubert to use a bridge to connect his Ferrari's third-floor resting spot with North Tigertail Road. The ruling by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission tosses a mechanic's...
  • War hero wins flagpole battle

    12/11/2009 1:53:08 AM PST · by bogusname · 11 replies · 677+ views
    WND ^ | December 11, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    Retired Army Col. Van Barfoot was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for attacking three German machine gun nests and then three German tanks. He now will be allowed to continue raising Old Glory without having to face a lawsuit from thye Sussex Square homeowners' association near Richmond, Va.
  • Homeowner Explains 'Hitler' Graffiti; ... Upset With HOA

    12/09/2009 2:10:26 PM PST · by Daffynition · 58 replies · 1,539+ views
    ClickOrlando ^ | December 9, 2009 | staff reporter
    INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. -- A frustrated homeowner spray-painted a "Hitler" message on her own house to address an escalating tiff with her homeowners association, causing unrest among neighbors in the quiet community of single-family homes. Sheila Jones, the 45-year-old homeowner, said she wrote the graffiti because, "I am tired of being harassed by the homeowners association." The messages she spray-painted in large red letters on her home, located at 430 Emerald Drive, said, "Hitler would be a welcome neighbor here. Stop the harassment to my family." Another message said "Merry Xmas." Jones told Local 6 News partner Florida Today...
  • GOOD NEWS..Virginia Veteran Wins Battle to Keep His Flagpole in Yard

    12/08/2009 5:32:29 PM PST · by Doogle · 38 replies · 1,286+ views
    ap ^ | 12/08/09 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. — A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner's association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.
  • Henrico Medal of Honor recipient, 90, ordered to remove flagpole

    12/05/2009 1:34:25 PM PST · by StarCMC · 92 replies · 2,590+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 12/2/09 | Staff
    Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor recipient, is under the gun from his Henrico County community's homeowner association. In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion. ... There is no provision in the community's rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot's daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father's...
  • Virginia Homeowner’s Board Orders 90-year-old Medal of Honor Winner to Remove Flagpole, or Else!

    12/04/2009 2:17:59 AM PST · by bogusname · 85 replies · 2,500+ views
    CFP ^ | December 3, 2009 | Jerry A. Kane
    In a priority mail five-paragraph letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond has ordered Colonel Van Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face legal action. According to the letter, Barfoot would have to pay all legal fees and costs if the legal proceeding pursued by Sussex Square Homeowners Association is successful. Family members say Barfoot is the most decorated American combat veteran alive. He has been awarded more than 20 medals, including the Medal of Honor, The Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. This fall, his native...