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Susan L

Worcester, MA

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May 23, 2012
 
I am so upset about this. I would travel the 50 miles to this shop, have brought many friends to North Adams to experience this shop. We would often have lunch and spend the day walking around the area and SPENDING money in North Adams. I think the city of North Adams should be ashamed of themselves and make it right with Tala's
Jill Laurello

Adams, MA

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May 23, 2012
 
It's so sad to lose such a sucessful and wonderful business in this city. My family is lucky to own one of Tala's beautiful quilts. My son was critically ill for almost a year and Tala donated one of her quilts to benefit us and help us fund some of our travelling costs since my son was far from home for so long.
We were lucky enough to have our names put in on one of the raffle tickets and we won.
It's so unfortunate that this problem was known about for years and was ignored. It could have saved the store and all of her wonderful fabric. Expecting her to sell moldy fabric to her clients is unacceptable.
your the idiot

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
So instead of playing the poor victim why doesn't Tala sue the landlord/city for destruction of her raw materials, valuable inventory and for lost business?
A jury would be only to happy to award Tala a bundle for the city's negligence.
Wouldn't it just have been better if she got renters insured herself on her shop. How is the city liable she rented the place. People that rent and carry no insurance can only blame themselves same as with home owners that carry no insurance.
its all good

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
Jill Laurello wrote:
It's so sad to lose such a sucessful and wonderful business in this city. My family is lucky to own one of Tala's beautiful quilts. My son was critically ill for almost a year and Tala donated one of her quilts to benefit us and help us fund some of our travelling costs since my son was far from home for so long.
We were lucky enough to have our names put in on one of the raffle tickets and we won.
It's so unfortunate that this problem was known about for years and was ignored. It could have saved the store and all of her wonderful fabric. Expecting her to sell moldy fabric to her clients is unacceptable.
If she knew it why did she ignore the problems also?
blackbird

Williamstown, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
it sounds like she did what she was supposed to do when the problem began. she shouldn't have had to wait for a simple fix to end it. it seems this all could have been avoided for the cost of a simple fix.
I believe she does has recourse to sue for lost income and such. I sure hope the city doesn't end up in court over this. negligence is not something that is easy to fight. and yes, if she were insured it would have been covered but there should have been no need after the problem was first discovered. I understand that money is tight but will this make it even tighter? I bet one month's rent would have covered the cost. how many months will the space be empty? it has already been unrentable for some time. and now, for much longer I think.
sad for all involved...including the community.
Mold

Clifton Park, NY

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May 25, 2012
 
The city knew for years, not Tala.
its all good wrote:
<quoted text>If she knew it why did she ignore the problems also?
JBTheif

Williamstown, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
Jill Laurello wrote:
It's so sad to lose such a sucessful and wonderful business in this city. My family is lucky to own one of Tala's beautiful quilts. My son was critically ill for almost a year and Tala donated one of her quilts to benefit us and help us fund some of our travelling costs since my son was far from home for so long.
We were lucky enough to have our names put in on one of the raffle tickets and we won.
It's so unfortunate that this problem was known about for years and was ignored. It could have saved the store and all of her wonderful fabric. Expecting her to sell moldy fabric to her clients is unacceptable.
Wasn't there a City worker named Laurello recently arraigned on theft charges?
clarification

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
Actually... insurance policies generally exclude mold and do not cover mold. Obviously Tala insured her inventory. This was spelled out in detail in the recent Transcript article. I imagine that $250 would have covered the gutter repairs. So far the city has spent $15,000 in cleaning the mold rather than spending $250 up front. Drive by heritage state park.... the negligence is pretty clear. The city should not be in the landlord business. The mold was in the basement... she did not rent the basement.
condemned

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
blackbird wrote:
it sounds like she did what she was supposed to do when the problem began. she shouldn't have had to wait for a simple fix to end it. it seems this all could have been avoided for the cost of a simple fix.
I believe she does has recourse to sue for lost income and such. I sure hope the city doesn't end up in court over this. negligence is not something that is easy to fight. and yes, if she were insured it would have been covered but there should have been no need after the problem was first discovered. I understand that money is tight but will this make it even tighter? I bet one month's rent would have covered the cost. how many months will the space be empty? it has already been unrentable for some time. and now, for much longer I think.
sad for all involved...including the community.
I hear that the building still smells like mold.... I wonder if the building will be condemned. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the city decided to condemn the building After the park is sold. I'm sure we will keep getting more details as time goes on. I can't imagine this not going to court.
Shocked

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
To all you haters out there...

#1- Tala DID have insurance. In the state of MA, insurance agency's do NOT cover mold and don't have to. That is why in this weeks Transcript article it talked about how Tala met with Gail Carridi to talk about why and how can insurances not cover something such as mold and get away with it.

#2- Tala is NOT playing a poor victim!!!! She has been on the phone NONE STOP SINCE JANUARY trying to get help with trying to find out if her fabric is ruined or not which it IS! and is trying to get recourse!
City Is the Theif Here

North Adams, MA

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May 25, 2012
 
JBTheif wrote:
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Wasn't there a City worker named Laurello recently arraigned on theft charges?
I think the city stole way more from Tala!
Get Your Facts Straight

Adams, MA

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May 26, 2012
 
JBTheif wrote:
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Wasn't there a City worker named Laurello recently arraigned on theft charges?
Actually it was for scrapping junk metal that the crooked plumbing inspector told him it was ok to take and that case was dismissed. Another crooked city employee, Norm Rolnick!
Alcom not too bright

Pittsfield, MA

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May 26, 2012
 
Here we go again, another Alcombright screw up.

It could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to the taxpayers, thanks to Alcombright's negligence.

What a tool.
Funny

Springfield, MA

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May 26, 2012
 
Alcom not too bright wrote:
Here we go again, another Alcombright screw up.
It could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to the taxpayers, thanks to Alcombright's negligence.
What a tool.
I love your comment. Sad truth.
Sounds Fishy

North Adams, MA

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May 26, 2012
 
JBTheif wrote:
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Wasn't there a City worker named Laurello recently arraigned on theft charges?
This sounds like it was the Mayor who wrote this comment! Who else could take a story about a family who lost one of their twin infant boys and turn it into something so nasty!?
Jill Campedelli- Laurello

Adams, MA

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#19
May 27, 2012
 
Really I would appreciate it if my family and my twin boys were left out of this. We've been through enough.

Thank you
Sounds Fishy wrote:
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This sounds like it was the Mayor who wrote this comment! Who else could take a story about a family who lost one of their twin infant boys and turn it into something so nasty!?
chbpod

East Greenwich, RI

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#20
May 27, 2012
 
LEAVE JILL AND HER FAMILY ALONE!!!!
oh no

Great Barrington, MA

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#21
May 28, 2012
 
Her husband should have put up the gutters and billed the city. When I've told the City I would do the work myself instead of waiting for them to do it, it got done quick...
by them!
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Great Barrington, MA

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May 28, 2012
 
It was either after hurricane Nicholas or Katrina that my insurance company sent out a notice that water damage and mold damage would no longer be covered on my business insurance, and my home insurance. My agent said to pick up flood insurance from the government. I don't think they cover mold either. what can we do?
otherside

Chicopee, MA

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#23
May 29, 2012
 
Shame on the advocate for allowing a one-sided biased story. Consider who is writing the story. This article was written by Bill Donovan who is a pro Barrett supporter and has written several articles against Mayor Alcombright. Donovan led a campaign for Vincent Melito against John Barrett before flipping. Donovan also accused Robert Cardimino of trying to run him off the road with his truck when he was a city councilor. Donovan was not reelected and moved to Adams. Tenants are responsible for their own commercial or residential insurance. Did Donovan explain the city had the material tested by independent businesses and it came back negative? The Transcript did. Did the reporter ask for proof of communications between the city and Tala’s or is he accepting one side without asking the other? The Transcript got comments from both sides. Is it the cities’ fault that Tala’s did not have full coverage for mold on their insurance? The Transcript wrote Tala’s insurance doesn’t cover mold. Tala’s had low rent for a long time and now expects the city tax payers to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars of material that is tested fine. Donovan didn’t mention the Heritage Park has been falling into disrepair for over twenty years. The park has been near empty for decades making little income to cover repair costs. Donovan wrote against proposition 2˝ last year. He supported city cuts over keeping employees that serve this city. That included those who maintain buildings. The city doesn’t have the funds to renovate the park and voters didn’t support extra spending on those buildings. This is what happens. The mayor wants to sell it to private developers who can restore it and get it back on the tax roll. The tenants in the Heritage Park know this. Once owned by a private developer the rent would go up. That’s a good time to leave if a business isn’t doing well. Getting cash on the way out is a bonus.

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