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A military veteran currently suffering from brain cancer is getting denied the ability to have a wheelchair ramp installed to his apartment by the owners because “it will take too many parking spots”.

I want interlocking fields of fire people. Be professional but make yourselves heard

Good Ol Daves LLC
(413) 253-2304

Eagle Crest Property Management
55 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

413.253.0799 (fax)

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A disabled veteran is in desperate need of a ramp to get in and out of his Chicopee apartment, but the property owner is putting up a fight.

The Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center has offered to install the ramp for Kevin O’Brien, but the property managers say it can’t be done.

According to the O’Brien family, the property management company said the ramp would detract too many parking spaces from the other tenants.

O’Brien joined the military when he was 17 years old. He was stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield when his military service was cut short after doctors found a malignant brain tumor.

“I was in the military for seven years, and I got brain cancer,” O’Brien said. “Now I have some issues walking and doing stuff.”

The Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center has offered to install a ramp for Kevin to help him get in and out of his apartment in Chicopee.

Right now, he uses a walker and a wheelchair to get around, which O’Brien said has been difficult.

The VA has also provided O’Brien with an electrical wheelchair that he hasn’t been able to use.

“The ramp is important because it’s hard to get the electric wheelchair up the stairs because they’re so heavy,” O’Brien said.

The O’Brien family said the owners of the property, Good Ol Daves, LLC, doesn’t want a ramp to be built.

“They feel they’re going to lose too many parking spaces,” said Betty O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien’s mother and full-time caregiver. “He’s been through so much already, and to have this on top of it. We’re not asking for them to pay for it, the VA is going to pay for it. We’re not asking for them to install it or maintain it, we’re just asking for permission to put it.”

Western Mass News reached out to the property owner and even visited the address listed on the deed.

We also left numerous messages with the property management company, Eagle Crest Property Management.

All questions went unanswered.

The O’Brien family said the ramp, which would be semi-permanent, could be built in a day and taken down in a day if O’Brien were to move.

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Sinko De Mayo

The 5th of May is celebrated by Mexicans, and Americans, because a battle Mexico had with France. It is sometimes referred to as The Day of the Battle of Puebla. It celebrates the Mexican army’s surprise victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The 6,000-strong French army attacked the much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 2,000. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, then considered “the premier army in the world”.

Back in 1861 Napoleon ordered his troops to invade Mexico hoping to establish a French friendly base in the Americas. Mexico owed France money so Napoleon figured it was a no brainer invasion since Mexico was poor and weak. Mexico was weak due to the Mexican American war and the Reform War. (Wikipedia)

At least that is what the history books say. However, myth is often based in partial fact. The real reason for the battle was because of Mayonnaise. Since corn was abundant in the Americas the French developed an insatiable desire for corn charred on hot coals, smothered in spiced mayonnaise and cheese. However, they ran low on mayonnaise. A fleet of ships, coming from France loaded with mayonnaise, got caught in a severe storm. All ships sank with a tremendous loss of life. This is known as “Sinko De Mayo.

The French knew that the Mexicans kept a large supply of Mayonnaise in Puebla. The attack was planned and it began at dawn on May 5th. The superior French forces were defeated as they say the rest is History. (That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it)

So in honor of Cinco (Sinko) de Mayo I’ll give you a version of Mexican street corn. Its called street corn because it is sold by venders in the streets of Mexico.

grilled street corn


olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 Mexican crema (you may substitute sour cream)
1/2 cup finely crumbled queso fresco (Mexican cheese), feta cheese (Greek Cheese) or goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (you may use a minced garlic clove*)
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
4 ears shucked corn
1 lime, cut into wedges


1 Set your grill for indirect cooking. For a charcoal grill that means hot coals on half the grill. Gas grill turn on half the burners for a hot and cold zone. Let the grill heat up for 10 to 15 minutes then clean and oil the grill grates.

2 While grill heats up, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed.

3 When grill is hot, lightly coat corn with olive oil, place corn directly over hot side of grill and cook, rotating occasionally, until cooked through and charred in spots on all sides. If some of the corn chars faster than the others, move it over to the cool side of the grill to keep warm while the others char.

4 Move charred corn to a plate, slather all over with mayonnaise mixture, coat corn with crumble cheese and serve with lime wedge.

Perfect Burger

grilled veggie burger

Perfect Burger from Kingsford


1 pound beef brisket point ground
½ pound boneless beef short ribs ground
½ pound boneless ox tail ground
9 slices bacon thick cut
6 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter softened
6 burger buns
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper

Burger Baste

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup soy sauce

Bacon Rub

1½ teaspoons chili powder
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar


Mix the ground beef brisket, short ribs and ox tail together completely. Then, form six patties, approximately 1/3 pound each, and refrigerate until needed.

Using Kingsford® charcoal, build a fire for direct grilling and preheat to 400°F. While the grill preheats, mix the Burger Baste ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside.

In another small bowl, mix the Bacon Rub ingredients, and then season the bacon liberally. Once the grill is preheated, place the bacon over direct heat and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until the bacon is charred and brown.

While the bacon is cooking, season the burger patties with salt and black pepper. Place the patties over direct heat and cook for 3½ minutes on each side, while basting every couple of minutes. Place a slice of cheese on each burger during the last minute of cook time and remove the patties and bacon from the grill. Discard any remaining Bacon Rub and Burger Baste.

Lightly butter the face of the burger buns and place them over direct heat with the grill lid open. Cook for 30 seconds or until the face is light brown and toasted and remove from grill. Place cheeseburgers and bacon on buns


Silly Sunday

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Here is how it works: Laugh and Link Up!

Post a joke.
Link Up with the URL to your joke in the Linky Tools Widget.
Read my joke.
Leave a comment to tell me how much you enjoyed my joke.
Try and visit a few others participating in Silly Sunday.

National Police Week


Sunday, May 10—Saturday, May 16, 2015

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

blue light candle

The color blue is symbolic of “PEACE”
By displaying your blue light(s) you send a message that you support America’s Peacekeepers, your light is guiding them to safety, and you hope the year will be peaceful. Shine it for the holiday season or let it shine all year long.
Project Blue Light is a nationwide recognition of those Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It began in 1988 in Phila when Dolly Craig wrote a letter to Concerns of Police Survivors stating that she would be honoring her late son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Gleason, during the holiday season by placing a blue light in her window. In 1999 the Horsham Township Police Department planted a tree in Deep Meadow Park on Horsham Road as a memorial to those officers. The evergreen tree is decorated every holiday season with 1,000 blue lights representing all Law Enforcement Officers. We would like to ask each of you to please consider placing a blue light in your window during the holiday season to show your support for your police officers.

I am asking all my visitors to place a blue light in their window, or blue bulb in their porch light, for 1 week. Let your local police officers know that you support them.

Feline Friday

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Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is..

1) post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute)
2) go up top to the menu bar and click on the Feline Friday code
3) paste the code under your cat picture
4) add your name and link

That’s all there is to it! Be sure to check back every so often and visit all the Feline Friday bloggers. Also, please leave a nice comment on their blogs. Nasty comments will be deleted!