…and there goes the neighborhood.

Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Every night before going to bed, Gail Nagle, 64, checks on her boyfriend, Armand Viollete, 74, to make sure he is comfortable. Last Thursday, she was horrified with what she found: dozens of cockroaches scurrying over the bed.

“I told him to get up and get out of the bed. There were roaches everywhere,” Nagle said yesterday. “He lifted the mattress, and there were more.”

Viollete is blind and suffers from bladder cancer, chronic back pain and a heart aliment. Nagle is also legally blind and undergoes dialysis treatments three times a week for kidney disease. But her failing vision can detect motion. The crawling swarm of insects were unmistakeable.

The couple have lived in the Lowell Housing Authority’s 399-unit Bishop Markham housing projects on Gorham Street for five years. They said they want an affordable, clean apartment.

“We are not here because we want to be,” Nagle said. “We are here because we have to be.”

Yeah that’s just what we need.  More “roaches” in our low income housing.  They don’t just become a burden for their neighbors; they become a burden for the entire city.  It all starts with them playing their little roach music at all hours of the night, hanging on the stoop peddling their drugs (That’s not racism…that’s a fact).  Then you’ve got the regular roach domestic disturbances to deal with.  And just when you think you’ve gotten used to their antics, someone complains that their little roach schools aren’t good enough and then we’re busing their little roach children off to Belvidere and Highlands on our dime.  It’s a story as old as time.


~ by Tobes on December 15, 2010.

One Response to “…and there goes the neighborhood.”

  1. I read about the latest Matt Grimard arrest today and I got a little misty-eyed with some MMC nostalgia.

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