Richard Homsi loses appeal, Gilford garage must go

CONCORD — After nearly four years, the New Hampshire Supreme Court may brought Richard Homsi's legal feud with the Governor's Island Club Inc. nearer an end by upholding a court order requiring him to remove the foundation of a detached garage, which he built contrary to covenants imposed by the club.

Homsi's property at 84 Summit Ave. lies on the mainland side of the bridge leading to Governor's Island in Laconia. However, in 1992 a prior owner became a member of the Governor's Island Club and subjected the property to its covenants and restrictions of the club, which are attached to the deed. In April 2012, Homsi ran afoul of the covenant prohibiting detached living units when he proposed building a detached garage topped by a cottage to create additional living space.

When the club objected, Homsi began construction without its approval and the litigation began. In December 2013, the Belknap County Superior Court ruled that Homsi, despite conforming to the Laconia zoning ordinance, was in violation of the covenants and awarded the club nearly $46,000 in court costs and legal fees. But, the court stayed enforcement of its order, requiring Homsi to remove the foundation of the garage to allow him an opportunity to present a plan to the club that complied with its covenants.

When none of the plans conformed to the covenants, the Governor's Island Club returned to Belknap County Superior Court, where, in June 2015, Justice James D. O'Neill III ordered Homsi to remove the foundation from his property and awarded the club $31,158 in additional costs. Homsi appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Governor's Island Club acted in bad faith when it rejected his plans for his property. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld O'Neill's ruling that the club acted in good faith in rejecting Homsi's plans since they did not comply with the covenants.

Meanwhile, Homsi is continuing to appeal the decision to award $45,713 in court costs and legal fees to the Governor's Island Club along with an attachment against his property for failure to pay his dues to the club since 2011. Like Groucho Marx, who quipped he would not belong to a club that would have him as a member, Homsi has unsuccessfully sought to quit his membership, which one member told him was "a life sentence."

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Ted Cruz evokes evangelical fervor at Tilt’n Diner

TILTON — Following a vision of the apocalypse with a promise of salvation, Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told a crowd sandwiched between the booths and tables at the Titlon Diner yesterday afternoon "it's now or never, we're at the edge of the cliff" and and urged his listeners "to continue this awakening, this revival."

Cruz, who had not set foot in New Hampshire for two months, began a five-day, 17-stop bus tour of the state on Sunday, riding momentum gathered in Iowa where recent polls indicates he is pressing, if not overtaking, real estate developer and reality television personality Donald Trump at the top of the GOP field. In Tilton, Cruz was introduced by former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, who called him "awesome" and "electrifying," as well as "a liberty Republican" and "proven conservative" by Bill O'Brien, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Smith said Cruz "takes the issues seriously, but not himself too seriously."

Positioning himself as the most conservative candidate in the field, Cruz opened by saying that after his eight years in the Oval Office "a lot of reporters and editors will have checked themselves into therapy." He said he will rescind every "illegal and unconstitutional executive order" issued by President Obama, launch an investigation of Planned Parenthood, instruct federal agencies to curtail the "persecution of religious liberty," "rip to shreds" the nuclear accord with Iran and move the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"That's day one," he remarked. "What about Obamacare?" someone shouted. "That's coming."

Cruz went on to say he would "repeal every last word of Obamacare," put an end to Common Core, rebuild the military, stay the hands of the "alphabet soup" of federal regulatory agencies, "not weaken or degrade but utterly and completely destroy ISIS," and introduce a flat tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

"We're losing our country," Cruz declared, "If this administration has its way, we lose America." He spoke of "a spirit of fear and timidity in Washington" common to both Republicans and Democrats. He remarked that all the Republican presidential candidates call themselves conservatives, but warned "ignore what they say. You shall know them by their fruits," he said, quoting the Bible.

Cruz likened the present state of the union to the waning days of the Carter Administration, which was followed by the Reagan Revolution. Can we do it?" he asked. "The same thing is happening again," he said. "We're not prepared to go quietly into the night. If we stand as one," he continued. "We will restore that last best hope for mankind, that shining city on the hill that is the United States of America."

Asking for votes and support, Cruz urged his listeners to "pray for our country," then cited Chronicles II 14:17, where the Lord tells Solomon "If my people ... will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land."

OUT of The Park!! - Sox fans relive the glory days

 

Bill ColbyBill Colby sits in his “Fenway Park” room filled with the history of American Baseball. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun) • LACONIA — Bill Colby grew up idolizing the Boston Red Sox and their "Impossible Dream" season of 1967, when they captured the imagination of baseball world with their rise from a second division doormat to a contender in a four-way race for first place which saw them win the American League pennant on the final day of the season behind stellar pitching by Jim Lonborg and the timely hitting of Carl Yastrzemski.
"Lonborg and Yaz were our heroes growing up," says Colby, who has converted a basement room at his Pleasant Street home into a replica of Fenway Park with one wall showing the scoreboard at the park in the eighth inning of the second game of the 1967 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with the Sox leading 5-0 and Lonborg working on a no-hitter.
"I stopped it right there, just before Javier got the double that broke up the no-hitter," says Colby, who is died-in-the-wool baseball fanatic, a word which was originally used to describe followers of the sport in the late 19th century and was later shortened to "fan" by sports writers.
Colby would later go on to pitch for Laconia High School, graduating in 1975, when the team he pitched for suffered a 1-0 loss in the playoffs, and later pitched briefly at Plymouth State College. He never lost his love of the game and up until several, years ago was still pitching for the Laconia Blue Sox in a senior men's league.
These days he is still as fascinated with baseball as ever and the basement room is filled with all kinds of Red Sox memorabilia, including complete sets of baseball cards for teams dating back to 1950. The walls are painted with painted with views of the grandstands at Fenway and the stands are peopled with familiar faces, including Colby himself, his wife and his sister.
And the Fenway room is the site of weekly meetings of members of a fantasy baseball league, Strat-O-Matic, which Colby says was started in 1961 by Hal Richman, who has a Lakes Region connection, having attended Camp Winaukee on Moultonborough Neck in the 1950s.
"It gets me through the winter," says Colby, who has been playing the game since 1971 and who competes against other members of the Lacuna High School Class of 1975, including Randy Brough, head librarian at the Laconia Public Library; Steve Booth, who teaches law at Southern New Hampshire University; Bill Irwin of Irwin Marine and Russ Jones, a martial arts teacher, as well as Colby's younger brother, Curt, and Casey Brough, the son of Randy Brough.
The game is based on statistical research and game development methods are implemented with the intent of replicating athletes' abilities as accurately as possible, giving the gamer the feel of making managerial decisions.
Currently, the group, which meets regularly on Thursdays, is replaying the 1970 season and there's a big surprise as the White Sox, who finished with a losing record that season, are leading the American League East standings.
"That's not likely to happen very often and something like the Mets winning the World Series in 1969 is really unlikely in this game, as it's all based on statistics and the Mets that year didn't have high batting averages or on-base percentages," said Colby.
He said the weekly gatherings, which have been going on for several years, are often more like class reunions than competitive events, and says "my wife is a saint for letting me indulge my sports fantasies."
Like the Red Sox team of 1967, which lost to the Cardinals in seven games, Colby said he has known his own disappointments as a baseball player.
"When we played Keene in 1975 and were behind 1-0, I came up to the bat with the bases loaded and no one out and struck out on three pitches." He recalls that Keene went on to beat Manchester Memorial 3-2 in the he title game and that Memorial's big hitter was Steve Balboni, who later went on to play in the major leagues for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals.
He said his older brother, John, who played football, basketball and baseball for Laconia, was a member of the Laconia High School team which in 1972 defeated Keene 2-1 in the championship game and that his brother's two-run single in the seventh inning was the winning hit.
He recalled that Jim Bobotas and Gary Harbour were big home run hitters for the 1975 team he played on, which was coached by long-time Laconia High School coach and athletic director Soc Bobotas.
"I've always loved the game and still can't get enough of it," says Colby, who is looking forward to baseball training camps opening soon and another season of Red Sox baseball which he hopes will see them return to the World Series.