Trumbull's Political Poet: "Stern Village Lament"

There is a new Trumbull Housing Authority Board and the executive director will be replaced at some point.





                Carol Hudak

(sung to the tune of "Home on the Range")



Verse I

         Oh, give us a home,

          where civility roams,

          and Mommy H.

          is many miles away . . .



          Where seldom is heard,

          A stern and un-wise word,

          And our old commissioners

          have come back to stay.

          Oh . . .



          Home, home on Hedgehog Circle-Road,

          Where there's no longer peace

          if you're old . . . 

          We're not musty old fools,

          We're not political tools . . .

          O, you MUST leave Stern Village today.


Verse II

           We did nothing to you,

           To deserve this 'P-U'

           That you're dumping on us

           each and every way . . .


           We've got brains in our heads,

           And we're nowhere near dead,

            O, you MUST

            leave Stern Village, today.

            Oh . . .


Final Chorus:

            Home, home on Hedgehog Circle-Road,

            Where there's no longer peace

             if you're old . . .

            We're not musty old fools,

            We're not political tools . . .

            O, you MUST leave Stern Village,

                   -Muster your troops -

                   -Stop the pillage -

              Stop all the fuss and muss,

              AND JUST GO AWAY!!!


                      You MUST!

Edwin February 11, 2013 at 01:28 PM
There must be something behind this. I wonder if there's money to be made in a new or redevelopment of the property do they forced out the former board and want to also force out the director by publicly trashing him. Maybe it's a move towards privatization?
Carol Hudak February 11, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Interesting point, Edwin! Mr. Wise was respected and doing a good job. In order to force him out, they had to create grounds. Wed. P.M. 2/13/13 is a meeting at SV. Anyone troubled by this, pls. attend. On the docket is a Retainer Agreement for . . . you guessed it, the FS's law firm: Owens, Schine &Nicola, P.C. OSN will charge SV: $160/hr. for all atty. time $80.00/hr. for all paralegal time Extra charges will include: Filing, depositions, service of process fees, appraisals, witness fees, accountants fees, counselors, etc.- or, "being responsible for all costs which we (OS&N) may incur on your (SV) behalf." (!!) Hmmm. How much did former SV Atty. Musto, charge? OSN breakdown of fees for 1-11-13 through 2-06-13 is $4,032.00. This is cited as a 'courtesy,' since bal.due is 0. HOWEVER: Based on this 'courtesy' bill, OSN's involvement at SV might be very costly. On Wed.,when the OS&N agreement is accepted by the new hand picked Herbst commissioners, the $$$ clock will be ticking. ( Same as the NN sewer disaster, which ALL of us will pay 25% of.) SV charges are paid from residents' rents. What happens when OSN charges exceed SV's ability to pay? In light of NN sewers, this is a critical question. 'When 1 engineer would do, he hired a crew . . .' Based on. $4,000/mo for Jan '13, OSN could earn approx. $45,000/yr from SV. 'When 1 atty. would do, he hired a crew . . . ' P.U.!
Carol Hudak February 12, 2013 at 08:17 PM
8PM, Wed., SV-2/13/13. OS&N fee agreement, and more.
Carol Hudak February 14, 2013 at 05:51 AM
I was there tonight, and want to know why the chair and commissioners invited Ms. Polansky into an Executive Session. This is a violation. For a chairman who consistently stated how legally correct he wanted to be, this was a huge faux pas. Was the OS&N atty. aware of this? And, as expected, Ms. Polansky is a friend of the Herbst family. Was this interim position advertised, I wonder? In fairness to Ms. Polansky, she seems to have background which would serve her well. My criticism is this: if Ray Baldwin had done this, Herbst would have been all over him. But, again, when Herbst does it, well, it's ok. Good-bye, Mr. Wise and thank you. Good luck to you, Ms. Polansky. I wish you well.
Carol Hudak February 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM
BTW, I want to thank everyone who called and emailed their thumbs up! for this song. For some reason, it struck a deep nerve in town. Thanks for your enthusiasm and your compliments. In answer to your questions and requests, I'd say, yes, it's distinctly possible that you'll be hearing more of this song.
Kathleen McGannon February 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM
You tube comes to mind , Carol. You have a lovely voice!
Joan February 17, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Don't let the lemmings intimidate you, Ms. Hudak. We are lucky to have a talented political satirist in our midst. Humor is often the best way to counter those who take themselves much too seriously, especially when their actions have such a negative impact on so many.
TrumbullSr February 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Nasty Joey strikes the same note in every post. No talent here!


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