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Fight for the right of land enjoyment

Organized by: Joe Coletta

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On the date of October 10th, 2010 a massive 60 ton oak tree tragically fell onto the right side of the property 316 South Providence Road after a miscalculation by David Coletta’s son Fred. The damage affected only half the house; allowing David to quickly make the other half livable whilst also removing the tree. The total cost of that alone was close to $10,000. David quickly proceeded to place a Federally Approved modular home on the property to ensure himself and his four youngest children (David Jr, Joseph, Christian, Michael) a stable environment to continue daily life in. The township of Nether Providence immediately initiated with a bombardment of actions against us not seeking professional help; they not knowing nor asking us about our family acquired skills in all building trades. We planned to do the work ourselves and make a project/learning opportunity, however reprimanded because we didn’t intend on doing repairs on our property that WE purchased and WE actively pay taxes on the way THEY wanted us too. They continued to take court action until finally on June 27th 2012 Judge Proud (who is also our Neighbor) signed an injunction for David and his four sons to immediately vacate and remain off of the property. Mind you we still own and our obligated to pay taxes and upkeep the property; just not allowed the enjoyment of our land the 14th Amendment guarantees us. The property has fallen into complete disarray and the once comfortably livable and attractive modular home has not only been weathered down and damaged but also broken into and robbed taking thousands of dollars’ worth of personal belongings and household appliances. Adding together Legal fees, additional living expenses due to the insecurity of a place to stay, and other costs; the total amount spent is $277,000. That is of course before adding the cost not yet determined from personal belongings and irreplaceable family treasures that were either ruined or stolen due to our inability to protect or retrieve anything on the property. In this 5 year long dispute we have stayed strong and displayed rigor; however funds are starting to decrease rapidly and this is not something we are giving up. Everyone has a right to their property and we will fight to protect ours. You can help with a donation of any amount. A SMALL donation can make a LARGE impact.


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Joe Coletta

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