Roseanne Di Guilio, Who Has Lived in a House That Straddles the New York/Connect

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Roseanne Di Guilio, Who Has Lived in a House That Straddles the New York/Connect


Roseanne Di Guilio, who has lived in a house that straddles the New York/Connecticut line since 1997, was surprised to learn that she no longer owns the half of her house on the New York side because her mortgage servicer failed to pay property taxes. Di Guilio said she was never notified, nor did she know that Putnam County foreclosed on the property. Her neighbor, Althea Jacob, bought the 0.2 acres at county auction in 2010 for $275 and now owns Di Guilio's living room, kitchen, and sun porch and part of her bathroom. Jacob never told Di Guilio, who continued paying upkeep and insurance until she found out the truth. Jacob then offered to sell her back the property for $150,000. She lowered her asking price to $35,000, but Di Guilio sought to have the New York Supreme Court overturn the foreclosure. The outcome is uncertain because she didn't bring the action within the two-year statute of limitations. [Westchester County Journal News]

Problem Solved

* Authorities concerned with large numbers of boarded-up homes in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area because of widespread foreclosures launched a pilot program to disguise the vacant houses by installing vinyl siding with painted doors and windows over the plywood. The program aims to upgrade the aesthetic condition of the buildings to reduce vandalism and improve nearby property values. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

* Officials in Lee County, Florida, proposed cutting down forty palm trees along the narrow median of a Fort Myers boulevard, citing safety concerns. A vehicle could run off the road and hit a tree, resulting in damage, injury, and a possible lawsuit against the county, according to some officials, including county commissioner Cecil Pendergrass. Some residents insist the trees add more safety than danger by defining curves in the road and preventing head-on collisions. Even if the trees are removed, the county has no plans to remove light poles that share the median with the trees. [Fort Myers's WBBH-TV]

Tourist Traps

Now that affluent Chinese have become big-spending travelers, the China National Tourist Administration announced it would document "uncivilized" behavior by travelers abroad who have "tarnished" China's image and need to "learn a lesson." Inappropriate behavior includes violating customs, destroying public infrastructure and historic sites, causing disturbances on public transport, and participating in gambling and prostitution. The agency said it would compile reports from local tourism bureaus, media reports, and the general public and keep records for up to two years. …

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