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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 Page 7 Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Buddy Mangini Kiwanian of the Year 2011  i-,, Mayor Tom Menino hosted the "  Mayor's Breakfast f' L i t  last Sunday to a sold out crowd. After four terms in office the Mayor is as popular as ever. (Even the soda ban on city property hasn't hurt him) The breakfast held at the Logan Airport Hilton Hotel was a huge success with standing room only ... Heard St George Condo Owners aren't happy campers these days. A small legal matter pending against the St. George that could have been resolved at the onset of the problem ballooned into a major mega buck settlement, leaving condo owners bewildered and holding the bag. According to the story, one trustee allegedly coerced other trustees into refusing to settle a case despite their attorney's advice to resolved the suit as quickly as possible, and save attorney fees. Now condo owners must pay a special assess- ment on a suit that could have been avoided. Accord- ing to a source the board had two opportunities to resolve the problem, but one trustee allegedly influenced three out of four trustees not to go along with the recom-mendation. One woman, Joanne Bonura, wanted to settle and was overruled by others who allegedly believed the trustee to be right. People are now realizing Board of Trustees members have too much authority in presiding over cases such as this, and more often than not do not act in the best interest of the condo owners. According to some owners when you approach a trustee on an issue, the first thing an owner hears is, "I'm not getting paid, and this job is taking up my time!" So, I ask if that's the case, why do the same trustees run term after term for the seat??? Is it because they want to be in charge, and not for the benefit of the building??? At the begin- ning of the suit the insurance company was willing to pay all legal fees and the condo asso- ciation would be responsible for the settlement at that time. By refusing against the advice of their attorneys to settle, and. continuing the case despite being warned legal fees would mount up, and the insur- ance company coverage would run out. However, allegedly four trustees held firm! The reason trustees argued was if they settled with one, more suits may follow. Condo owners learned of the pending case when bits and pieces leaked throughout the building. The litigants prevailed and the Trustees in charge lost mega bucks on attorney fees, and settle-ment charges trying to defend the case, after insurance company money ran out. You be the judge as to whether Trustees acted in poor taste by not allowing condo owners to vote on whether to settle or con- tinue. What turned from an alleged $3,000 case into a $75,000 plus is irrespon- sible. The sad news is owners are now being held accountable to pay! Should a petition be circulated throughout the building to resign some trustees, or should condo owners swal- low the loss and move on???? ... Some are speculating when the Central Square Park is rehabbed, angle parking will be put in place. I don't think so, angle parking is dangerous, and especially in a heavy traf- ficked area such as Central Square ... Street cleaning began in East Boston. The streets are beginning to look a little cleaner. Soon flowers will be planted and it will begin to look like spring ... The Easter Bunny is coming, hopefully the weather will be good for Easter so the children can sport their Sunday best in churchY ... Happy Easter everyone! P00LLIJS FUNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceafiera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. 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