Bangor: Ofelia's sued over loan repayment disagreement

Nov 29, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Bangor Daily News

“We have no problem making $350-a-month payments”

By Judy Harrison Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - Bangor Daily News An elderly Bangor man has sued Ofelia's Community Resource Center, its director and two others in Penobscot County Superior Court alleging that ... via Bangor Daily News

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Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#23 Dec 3, 2008
I lied. I did come back. I've come back to defend my own honor. I work as an accountant and an IT specialist. I'm a student at the University of Maine. I study dead and modern languages and history. I live alone with a cat and several fish, and the most that I can say of my hobbies is that I enjoy reading and gardening and giving dinner parties. Apart from a propensity for enjoying the society of older men, mostly because people of my own age have nothing to speak of interest to me, that is my character. I give over 10% of my income to assorted charities - notwithstanding that I am an atheist. And I have spent time with Sergio and Blake, and invited them to my home to help me set up my Christmas tree (and hannukiot, and my pagan decorations, just to honor all traditions, whether I believe in them or not) with Sergio's daughter and goddaughter. Sergio is a parent. A good parent. Blake is also a good parent. And untraditional though their family may be, I enjoy spending time with them because the love they have for their children is so clearly evident. I spend time with them because I have never had a coherent family of my own, and because they have welcomed me into their own family, in a sense, and are accepting of my faults (of which I no doubt have many). I spend time in Sergio's studio because he has a stream of interesting ideas in his head, and I talk to Blake because he is an excellent foil to Sergio's exuberance. They have seen the opposite spectra of life, they share it freely with me, and I always find myself intellectually challenged by them. This, too, is my character. And disparate though our experiences may be, I always find something to discuss with Sergio and Blake. If you'd like to indict that behavior, by all means do so, but don't tell people of my dubious character without 'knowing the facts' about me.
sickos

Keene, NH

#24 Dec 31, 2008
housefrau wrote:
Maineres are very niave.<quoted text>
Quote from blake"all mainers are stupid"
that is exactly why they moved here to get away with their sick ways!!!
THETRUTH

Keene, NH

#25 Dec 31, 2008
DISGUSTED from brewer, you seem young and blind and proudly like the unexceptable attention they give you.
and proof is for the law to intervien but dont mean that they are good at hiding it and do it plus
i know the best volunteer they ever had and i trust that person more then them and i saw him work more then they ever did in that thrift store.
plus people that seen them do that immoral act are trying warn people. so when we tell the truth
and it saves one its worth the effort to tell the truth, but hopefully this saves more then one!!!!

and if i knew what my friend went throw living with them i would have helped him get out but thats how good they are at liying he was blinded by there lies and felt pressured by them sergio, and harold aka as blake to do things he did not feel confortable ever doing.
Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#26 Jan 20, 2009
Young and blind. Yes; having lived in major cities in Europe and the United States, having managed my own life for the better part of 10 years, having managed my education for the better part of 10 years. That's young and blind, huh?

And I showed Sergio this site. We went through and figured out who each poster was. And if those same people who call Sergio and Blake child molesters would like to have their own characters assassinated, by all means, I am happy to oblige. To wit: BrickOven OpenNite Mic. The mother with the baby at her breast, the beer on her dashboard, and the joint in her mouth. I refrain from naming this person, but she should recognize her own description. As well as her husband who was forbidden to take the stage because of inappropriate material. And some of the other posters having adulterous twosomes and threesomes, indulging in cocaine, heroin, and other recreational substances. Those are fine, upstanding citizens to be passing judgment on Sergio and Blake.
free speech baby

Bangor, ME

#27 Mar 19, 2009
shup up, pass the buck, whatever. pd'd not going to do anything about this. they can't even stop the junkies in this town- they say talk to your landlord about it. cute world we live in huh? speaking of the shaw house connection..the director was dating sergio..or was it blake?
Flash

Bangor, ME

#28 Mar 21, 2009
Gather round kiddies, yes "disgusted", sergio, and blake...you too. I tell you what, let's take the gloves off.
Hello all, my name is Flash host of the "BRICK" open mic night at the Union Street Brick Church every Thursday night from 7-10pm. It's only a $2 donation & is open to ALL acts & ages. It's been going on now for 10 years & hosted by myself for almost 4 of those. ANYONE who thinks or knows of ANY illegal or 'inappropriate' conduct at the USBC should direct their concerns to Pastor Witting or to the BPD.
On one hand we have several people making accusations against sergio & blake (which can be partially substantiated by myself but only to the things I actually WITNESSED. Unfortunately the accusations of statutory rape & inappropriate behavior concerning minors has but 'only' been made by SEVERAL UNDERAGE KIDS...but without pictures or DNA evidence it is hard to PROVE now isn't it? No matter how MANY victims/minors are telling the SAME story. But we all know they're ALL lying right?), & now we have someone with the aka "disgusted" spewing BS in retaliation like they think they know what they are talking about. For instance, your comments concerning me, my wife, & the "BRICK"; The woman you question is a fine mother who has hosted that open mic for almost 4 years making everyone sound great doing their sound while setting up, making coffee, recording, singing, playing guitar, putting up with musicians, & raising 2 children in the process including yes (OH MY GOD!!!!) breastfeeding while doing it all, now THAT part is true. It's pretty amazing to see actually. As far as the "beer on the dashboard & the joint in her mouth", though colorful, it's a lie. The beer is in the fridge at home & she has NEVER smoked a joint during open mic. Now about her husband who you said "...was forbidden to take the stage because of inappropriate material." Hahahahaha, by all means there Sherlock, do tell when this has EVER happened? Hey, at least I'm not a child molester & a liar and I've NEVER been accused of such either.
As far as the accusations against sergio and blake, just remember...if it walks like a duck...Iím sure some thought those boys were lying about those priests too.(cont.)
Flash

Bangor, ME

#29 Mar 21, 2009
Now let's examine the facts we DO know; There have been MANY reports of inappropriate behavior against both sergio and blake in relation to underage kids & friends of mine. blake (a homosexual, though there is nothing wrong with that as far as I'm concerned in itself) committed adultery & impregnated a married woman with 2 kids. They lie to get into establishments for their 'charity' work. They are TERRIBLE bookkeepers & were way behind in their payments to keep the ofelia's on central street. They committed many violations of city code & lied to keep the building open as long as they did. Even being as far behind in their payments as they were, they still managed to 'party hardy' MANY nights at local bars. They were sued for unpaid loans & committed MANY other 'little infractions' like letting unlicensed drivers drive the van, allowing underage drinking & drug use by minors, etc. Hell, sergio used to keep a bag of weed behind the counter for his underage volunteers & my friend sold them coke MANY times.(cont.)
Flash

Bangor, ME

#30 Mar 21, 2009
So I have an idea...let's ALL sit down. sergio, blake, YOU "disgusted", the city, the police & DA, DHHS, all of the ex-volunteers, & ALL of the the people accusing them or ANYBODY of anything & get this ALL out in the open. Let's find out the truth, the guilty should be prosecuted & the victims served justice. And for those who want to know about us, I invite EVERYONE to come on down to the "BRICK" any Thursday night to see for yourself what we do & what we do for music, creativity, the arts, & this community in general. We have NOTHING to hide. Then you can tune in my radio show every Saturday night from 8-10pm EST. called 'Sessions' on WERU FM. 89.9 in Bluehill 102.9 in Bangor and listen to all of my other "inappropriate material".
Also, I invite YOU PERSONALLY "disgusted" to meet me privately so we can discuss this further. I'm interested where you received your 'facts', but that would entail you actually having guts which remains to be seen. I'm also interested in YOUR skeletons. Just because some have bought into sergio & blakeís BS doesnít mean the voices of their accusers should not be heard. And in response to all of those wondering why the police haven't done anything...good question. From what I know, one of the former minors accusing sergio HAS been in contact with the police, yet they drag their heels & look the other way because with only verbal evidence & their nightmarish memories to substantiate their claims, there isn't much they can do. But, from what I understand there are pictures unless sergio at least had the 'common sense' to have destroyed them by now. Question, how many of YOU out there have been sexually, physically, &/or emotionally abused yet for whatever reason you did not report it? There are many reasons for this aren't there? Embarrassment mainly ESPECIALLY by teenage boys who find it 'unmanly' to recall such things let alone tell anybody about it. Finally sports fans, do you know what is even more potentially frightening than finding out bad information about someone on the internet? NOT finding anything about people on the internet. Try Googling 'sergio ramos''blake manz' or 'ofelia's' & see what comes up. Why not ask them how & why they ended up in Bangor, ME.? I mean, with their accomplishments there should be a long line of links & stories about ofelia's right? Then a good question might be,'why hasn't the Bangor Daily 'NEWS' at least done a story on the accusations? But as they say, "It's not WHAT you know..." And it is obvious sergio & blake have a few connections in the right places. I mean think about it...if the catholic church can cover up sexual abuse for so many years, do you think it is really that difficult for sergio & blake? The ones that sat down with my wife & I asking us if we could run the store for awhile while blake was being investigated & possibly prosecuted for sexual misconduct? Ask our government if it's possible to manipulate people into scoffing at the truth (9/11, Iraq's WMD, Gulf of Tonkin incident, USS Liberty, JFK, etc, etc, etc.) But I DO know this, there are many people who go their entire lives without EVER being accused of molesting a child, or in this case, molesting SEVERAL children. Mark my words...it's not a question of 'if', it's a matter of WHEN. But make no mistake nikki/"disgusted" & those who refuse to open their eyes, the truth WILL come out, & I'll be right in the front row to see it...oh & my "beer drinkin', pot smokin', breastfeedin'" wife as well as our 2 breastfed, healthy, extremely loved & well taken care of children. Even if you don't have kids you should be concerned, VERY concerned. The problem & most disgusting/disturbing thing being, it is OBVIOUS too many in postions of authority have not been concerned enough to actually have DONE something about it by now. And just for the record, I NEVER make up stories about people just because I don't like them, I am only interested in the truth & justice, YOU should be too.
Flash

Bangor, ME

#31 Mar 21, 2009
So I have an idea...let's ALL sit down. sergio, blake, YOU "disgusted", the city, the police & DA, DHHS, all of the ex-volunteers, & ALL of the the people accusing them or ANYBODY of anything & get this ALL out in the open. Let's find out the truth, the guilty should be prosecuted & the victims served justice. And for those who want to know about us, I invite EVERYONE to come on down to the "BRICK" any Thursday night to see for yourself what we do & what we do for music, creativity, the arts, & this community in general. We have NOTHING to hide. Then you can tune in my radio show every Saturday night from 8-10pm EST. called 'Sessions' on WERU FM. 89.9 in Bluehill 102.9 in Bangor and listen to all of my other "inappropriate material".
Also, I invite YOU PERSONALLY "disgusted" to meet me privately so we can discuss this further. I'm interested where you received your 'facts', but that would entail you actually having guts which remains to be seen. I'm also interested in YOUR skeletons. Just because some have bought into sergio & blakeís BS doesnít mean the voices of their accusers should not be heard. And in response to all of those wondering why the police haven't done anything...good question. From what I know, one of the former minors accusing sergio HAS been in contact with the police, yet they drag their heels & look the other way because with only verbal evidence & their nightmarish memories to substantiate their claims, there isn't much they can do. But, from what I understand there are pictures unless sergio at least had the 'common sense' to have destroyed them by now. Question, how many of YOU out there have been sexually, physically, &/or emotionally abused yet for whatever reason you did not report it? There are many reasons for this aren't there? Embarrassment mainly ESPECIALLY by teenage boys who find it 'unmanly' to recall such things let alone tell anybody about it. Finally sports fans, do you know what is even more potentially frightening than finding out bad information about someone on the internet? NOT finding anything about people on the internet. Try Googling 'sergio ramos''blake manz' or 'ofelia's' & see what comes up. Why not ask them how & why they ended up in Bangor, ME.? I mean, with their accomplishments there should be a long line of links & stories about ofelia's right? Then a good question might be,'why hasn't the Bangor Daily 'NEWS' at least done a story on the accusations? But as they say, "It's not WHAT you know..." And it is obvious sergio & blake have a few connections in the right places. I mean think about it...if the catholic church can cover up sexual abuse for so many years, do you think it is really that difficult for sergio & blake? The ones that sat down with my wife & I asking us if we could run the store for awhile while blake was being investigated & possibly prosecuted for sexual misconduct? Ask our government if it's possible to manipulate people into scoffing at the truth (9/11, Iraq's WMD, Gulf of Tonkin incident, USS Liberty, JFK, etc, etc, etc.) But I DO know this, there are many people who go their entire lives without EVER being accused of molesting a child, or in this case, molesting SEVERAL children. Mark my words...it's not a question of 'if', it's a matter of WHEN. But make no mistake nikki/"disgusted" & those who refuse to open their eyes, the truth WILL come out, & I'll be right in the front row to see it...oh & my "beer drinkin', pot smokin', breastfeedin'" wife as well as our 2 breastfed, healthy, extremely loved & well taken care of children. Even if you don't have kids you should be concerned, VERY concerned. The problem & most disgusting/disturbing thing being, it is OBVIOUS too many in postions of authority have not been concerned enough to actually have DONE something about it by now. And just for the record, I NEVER make up stories about people just because I don't like them, I am only interested in the truth & justice, YOU should be too.
Flash

Bangor, ME

#32 Mar 21, 2009
housefrau wrote:
did you enjoy watching?<quoted text>
i'm sure about as much as the ones being taking advantage of.
havefuninprison

Bangor, ME

#33 Mar 21, 2009
housefrau wrote:
did you enjoy watching?<quoted text>
Yeah, probably about as much as those being taken advantage of, but thanks for asking. How about you, do you enjoy naive people? What about child molesters and liars? What about wolves in sheep's clothing? Or a 'community' and a system where not only is this kind of behavior an 'everyday occurance', but that it can be allowed to continue and defended by the very community in which it is occuring. Bottom line, the ones who are making the accusations are your fellow Mainers, the accused are from...? Hmmmmm, do you REALLY know where they are from and who they are? What, you only believe people you think you 'know'? Tell me, what does 'community' mean to you and will you admit when you find out you are wrong? Remember, there are people who still defend Bush.
Flash

Bangor, ME

#34 Mar 22, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
Young and blind. Yes; having lived in major cities in Europe and the United States, having managed my own life for the better part of 10 years, having managed my education for the better part of 10 years. That's young and blind, huh?
One last thing to you concerning this 'rationalization & justification' for your blindness...though you may not be 'young', one's education and amount of worldly travel does not equate to your potential for ignorance. ANYONE can be deceived, that is not what defines a person's character or their ability to judge others. One of the many things that define a person is what they do when presented with the truth. "For none are so blind as those that refuse to see." People much more intelligent than you or I have been deceived by much greater perpetrators. The difference being I prefer to not make the same mistake more than once. You being a defender of the rights of women should understand better than most, yet for whatever reason you choose to side with and be blinded by these transients. What is it that makes you so 'convinced' it isn't true even though so many have said it is? Just because you haven't yet seen it for yourself? I was RIGHT THERE several times when sergio & blake BOTH LIED and they were DAMNED GOOD AT IT. And though I personally have not seen anything 'sexual'(depending on your definition) I HAVE seen sergio stradle a 17 yr. old kid (boy) and blake with a 17 yr. old's head in his lap stroking his hair who then took him to his house for the night. But we are WAY out of line for believing anything sexual ever happened eh?
Truth is

Keene, NH

#35 Mar 28, 2009
Flash amen to you thanks for shedding some light on this. I see you know them as we do.I do not make up stories either. I the most fun and laid back girl you would ever meet.Sometimes I really wonder how people can even sleep at night. One of Sergio's way of doing things is nothing new to society, he sleeps with all the right people to get away with whatever sick crap he and his partner want to get away with.
Truth is

Keene, NH

#36 Mar 28, 2009
havefuninprison wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, probably about as much as those being taken advantage of, but thanks for asking. How about you, do you enjoy naive people? What about child molesters and liars? What about wolves in sheep's clothing? Or a 'community' and a system where not only is this kind of behavior an 'everyday occurance', but that it can be allowed to continue and defended by the very community in which it is occuring. Bottom line, the ones who are making the accusations are your fellow Mainers, the accused are from...? Hmmmmm, do you REALLY know where they are from and who they are? What, you only believe people you think you 'know'? Tell me, what does 'community' mean to you and will you admit when you find out you are wrong? Remember, there are people who still defend Bush.
I am a witness to the crime of the sickest events I would like to forget and we have no proof! I do have many copies of papers on blake aka harold and sergio about their past problems with drugs and why the kids got taken away from Sergio in the first place and they moved here on the way to Canada.The funny thing about someones past though it always comes back.
NIAVE MAINAH

Norridgewock, ME

#37 Mar 29, 2009
Ah ..... you can feel it..... the tension in a room with either of em.........I went to one of the Artsy Fartsy wine and cheese extravaganza's and thought wow this is cool . THE BRICK open mic at OPHELIA's . very cool idea . But it became apparant that anyone who wasn't a young male or an old art collector you were either ignored or almost shunned away .Now this was an earlier evening event so we brought the kids( as ophelias was kid friendly we thought ).This is a THRIFT SHOP RIGHT? MY KIDS ARE AWESOME IN PUBLIC (and theres 4). Sergio constantly tellin my kids stay out of the food...HUH??? PUT YA FOOD AWAY THEN. And Im not gay (dont care if u are,im not). But I reaally felt like they wanted a certain person there . Young male artists and older $$$ art collectors . I never went back .And in weeks following heard everything posted here AND MORE from a reputable (in my opinion) source .And the thought that they provided wine and cheese parties to loosen up a couple notches on some dudes belt makes me wanna puke .And some young confused dude might thinkin gettin a blowjob when your all hammered would be pretty nice .AND LACK OF JUDGEMENT MAY PUT SAID WEENIE IN WRONG MOUTH...(GOT ME?). SOMETIMES WE ALL MAKE BAD JUDGEMENT AND WAKE UP NEXTA SOMEONE WE MAY NOT HAVE IF WE'D NOT BEEN SO F'D UP......I HAVE. Imagine wakin up next to a man and you are straight and you barely remember whats happend but you KNOW SOMETHIN DID!!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Truth is

Keene, NH

#38 Mar 29, 2009
The whole family is so really messed up. I heard Sergio's daughter is about to have a baby and moved to Maine.She knows how messed up her two dads are and still thinks it is just great. When we told the whole family in Arizona what Sergio does here,they just said they would kill us with a 9mm if we told anyone and laughed at us.
NIAVE MAINAH wrote:
Ah ..... you can feel it..... the tension in a room with either of em.........I went to one of the Artsy Fartsy wine and cheese extravaganza's and thought wow this is cool . THE BRICK open mic at OPHELIA's . very cool idea . But it became apparant that anyone who wasn't a young male or an old art collector you were either ignored or almost shunned away .Now this was an earlier evening event so we brought the kids( as ophelias was kid friendly we thought ).This is a THRIFT SHOP RIGHT? MY KIDS ARE AWESOME IN PUBLIC (and theres 4). Sergio constantly tellin my kids stay out of the food...HUH??? PUT YA FOOD AWAY THEN. And Im not gay (dont care if u are,im not). But I reaally felt like they wanted a certain person there . Young male artists and older $$$ art collectors . I never went back .And in weeks following heard everything posted here AND MORE from a reputable (in my opinion) source .And the thought that they provided wine and cheese parties to loosen up a couple notches on some dudes belt makes me wanna puke .And some young confused dude might thinkin gettin a blowjob when your all hammered would be pretty nice .AND LACK OF JUDGEMENT MAY PUT SAID WEENIE IN WRONG MOUTH...(GOT ME?). SOMETIMES WE ALL MAKE BAD JUDGEMENT AND WAKE UP NEXTA SOMEONE WE MAY NOT HAVE IF WE'D NOT BEEN SO F'D UP......I HAVE. Imagine wakin up next to a man and you are straight and you barely remember whats happend but you KNOW SOMETHIN DID!!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Flash

Hulls Cove, ME

#39 Mar 30, 2009
You see, because I just have one question to ANY of you who supposedly 'support' sergio and blake. On what freakin planet is it acceptable for ANY adult (ESPECIALLY 2 that are gay, supposedly 'helping' the community, and 'employing' underage volunteers) to be in ANY way sexual or to even suggest such with minors (at ANY time) OR adults while at work? When you work with kids you have to be ESPECIALLY careful in how you behave and the words you use around them. Even more so when it has to do with an organization that is so in the public eye. The acts that I personally witnessed if witnessed by a cop, a customer, a child, or by ANY person that has any sense of decency, morality, or the law knows that what they've done (have obviously done before and are probably STILL doing) is completely unacceptable. I don't care how 'innocent' they may have thought it was. For either of them to 'not know' that what they were doing was wrong is BS too. Like I said, let's all sit down and discuss this, I have NOTHING to hide. But they won't do it will they? And neither will you "disgusted". Cowards, to pray on children is the lowest of the low. To think I believed in the two of you. I volunteered my time, I helped make the first 3 months of functions at their Central st. location a success with their "First Friday" functions, I was sergio's "right hand man" (no pun intended) since before they opened. I had keys to ofelia's and my own desk. We helped get that place open. Because MANY people believed in their 'cause' and many of us who are sincere about it still do. So answer me this, if their cause is so nobel and their actions so innocent...why have so many disassociated themselves with them? Tell me how far any adult (gay or straight) should be able to get stradling or stroking the hair of a 17 yr. old boy or girl with their head in my lap at a party with alcohol and weed? And that's the MILD stuff...you have to ask, why hasn't the BDN done a story on this?
Flash

Hulls Cove, ME

#40 Mar 30, 2009
"...head in THEIR lap..."

I started to write, "How far would I get..."

I'm sure you get the point...
TrUthMas

Hulls Cove, ME

#41 Mar 30, 2009
As long as so many are finally speaking out...Just thought it might also be interesting to some to know that the former director of Shaw house (who is gay and was "let go" due to allegations? of inappropriate behavior on the internet) provided many of the underage volunteers to the man/men he was dating at the time (also gay) Sergio and Blake.

The scene: A 17 yr. old boy (let's call him Billy, a boy who has already been abused by an alcoholic mother and is living in a shelter for troubled teens) coming 'home' from volunteering at a certain food cupboard/thrift store/art gallery because the judge ordered him to do community service after he got busted underage drinking...

Case worker: Hey Billy! How was work today?

Billy: Well, other than being stradled by my gay, male, 30 something boss on the couch...smoking a joint upstairs, and having a couple beers after work...pretty non eventful thanks.

Case worker: Hey! Now THAT'S what I call community service!

Brought to you by O FEEL YA'S, serving communities and minors across America since the good ol' days in Arizona.
JJD

Parsonsfield, ME

#42 Mar 30, 2009
They are now DBA "The Exchange" in Hampden, located at The General Store (resale shop). I wish I knew about their history prior to consigning items. I have not been paid, nor have they returned the many items I gave them to sell. I now know this has happened to others. After 3 months of getting the runaround, perhaps it is once again time for them to "tell it to the judge". They are poor business men at best.

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