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Struggling homeowners can get help from agency
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:56

The Fair Housing Center, a private, non-profit civil rights agency dedicated to ending housing discrimination in northwest Ohio, is also a HUD certified housing counseling agency that works with homeowners facing foreclosure, said Lisa Lawson, of the Fair Housing Center.

“We work with people who are facing foreclosure. We got into that because there was so much predatory lending in the City of Toledo, primarily, but certainly elsewhere. The foreclosure crisis is now spreading because of that. We work with people to get loan modifications, and we also have some grants available right now for people who are behind in their mortgage,” said Lawson.

People have to meet certain criteria to be eligible, she added.

“Of course, the agencies or whoever gives us the money, tells us who qualifies. We do have some grant programs available right now. We’ve completed around 135 loan modifications for folks. People who are going through our program are saving an average of $150 per month. That’s a lot of money that stays right here on our community, if you multiply that out times 135. That’s to say nothing of the grants we’ve provided. They also see an average interest rate reduction of about 4.5 percent. So it’s amazing. We’ve put more than $8.5 million back into our community over the life of the loans for people who have those.”

 
Talented East Toledo artist Bernie Andrews passes
Written by Melissa Burden   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:47

Toledo has lost an important and prominent member of its art community

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and members of VFW Post 250, in East Toledo, have lost their beloved commander.

Bernard “Bernie” Kirk Andrews, 59, of Toledo, passed away June 20 at his home. Andrews had been diagnosed with colon cancer in August of 2009, after a tumor in his colon had ruptured.

Andrews was born October 5, 1950, in Toledo, to Lewis and Dolores (Sweet) Andrews.

After graduating from Waite, Andrews went to culinary school at Owens Technical College and served an apprenticeship at Belmont Country Club, his father, Lewie, said.

 
Appeals court ruling - Ag society not liable for fair queen actions
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:37

An appeals court has upheld a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court which ruled the county’s agricultural society isn’t the employer of a county fair queen and isn’t liable for her actions in a 2008 auto accident she was involved  in while driving to another fair.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled the Ottawa County Agricultural Society didn’t control which activities Ariel Estes, who was crowned queen of the county fair in July, 2008, chose to attend as fair queen or how she was to transport herself to the events.

Estes, in her deposition, said she had picked up the runner-up and was on her way to pick the second runner-up when the accident occurred. The three were to represent Ottawa County at the Seneca County Fair.

According to court records, her vehicle crossed an intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Dennis Hutton, who was injured as a result of the accident.

The common pleas court in September, 2009 dismissed Hutton’s claims against Estes’ parents for punitive damages and negligent entrustment.

 
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