December 20, 2014
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Messy house
Subject of court action

Cited numerous times for debris and unregistered vehicles, fined and ordered to clean things up by Municipal Court Justice Joel Gerstenblatt at a July 2011 court appearance, Marilyn Soscia of 49 Union Ave. is scheduled to come before the judge again on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at municipal court in City Council Chambers. “It got better for a while and then it just gets worse,” said a member of the city’s minimum housing division. She said the city “has tried to work with her” to no avail. Depending on Soscia’s plea and the judge’s ruling, there could be a trial and she could face additional fines and even imprisonment. Efforts to reach Socia and her attorney were unsuccessful. (Warwick Beacon photos)

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Thank you for calling attention to this scrouge. Evidently, Marilyn has a sympathetic lawyer, and others who think she deserves a break due to her having an untreatable mental illness of hoarding.

It is obvious that she will do no more than the bare minimum, on rare occasion (e.g. when it's convenient and the weather is just right, rare in RI), and that the city lacks both the desire and capability to deal with her.

FYI, she bought the house from another hoarder, who was just as bad, and was evidently a personal friend.

In addition to the unsightliness, neighbors have seen animals feeding on her mess (including rodents) when trying to barbecue, etc. Fortunately, the surrounding homes are much nicer than what you see above.

It's amazing that people have not taken this into their own hands, which could have a very unfortunate outcome (legally or other).

As for the City of Warwick- I understand this goes beyond the pay grade of those so appointed, but taxes are being paid for these types of occasional, needed services. My request would be for the city to continue to clean the property, putting a lien on her house once again, as needed. Eventually the city should be able to recover and sell the house, hopefully a tear-down.

Any efforts to punish or treat or continually postpone hearings will be a continued waste of time and resources. The homeowner is too sick, it's not the fault of those living around her, and the property presents safety hazards to the surroundings.

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