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For nearly 25 years, Evan Wile has been trying to build on his waterfront land (sandy lot at right), while Jeffrey Horvitz, his neighbor on the property next door (left), has been trying to stop him. ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

For nearly 25 years, Evan Wile has been trying to build on his waterfront land (sandy lot at right), while Jeffrey Horvitz, his neighbour on the property next door (left), has been trying to stop him. ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Trouble with Your Neighbours?

It Can Always Get Worse

These Wealthy Neighbours have been at War for Nearly 25 years

In a Beachfront Enclave North of Boston, the Battle has been Waged with Harsh Words, Pricey Lawyers, and Smelly Porta Potties

Twenty five years ago, a few dozen people gathered at an oceanfront estate in Beverly Farms with breathtaking views of the Atlantic and Great Misery Island in the distance.

The three-story, 18,000-square-foot mansion, a jewel of the Massachusetts Gold Coast, oozed history through its handsome brick facade. It had been built in 1910 for Mary Leiter, the widow of a Marshall Field co-founder ? and in a hurry. She wanted the estate she?d dubbed Edgewater ready for President Taft?s annual visit to Beverly, where the corpulent commander in chief had his summer White House. In 1950, the property was bought by the family behind another storied business, the Ames Shovel Company.

By the early 1990s, though, this sprawling slice of heaven had fallen on some tough terrestrial times. The couple who had bought Edgewater from the Ames family lost their financial footing and then lost the property to foreclosure. The gathering in the summer of 1991 was actually an auction that would determine the mansion?s next owner.

In the crowd was a 41-year-old by the name of Jeffrey Horvitz, an art dealer and scion of a wealthy Ohio family. Embroiled in a bitter divorce from a former ?Gold-digger? dancer for Dean Martin?s show, Horvitz was relocating from Florida and looking for a fresh start. He and his estranged wife had two young daughters, one of whom was disabled. They had agreed to move to separate homes in the Boston area, largely because of the quality of its schools and medical facilities.

Also in attendance was another 41-year-old, a self-described townie from Weston named Evan Wile. He had learned the construction trade from his father and was enjoying success as a developer of luxury homes who was willing to swing for the fences. He was living in a Charlestown condo with his fianc?e, and together they were scouting for their dream home.

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What would National get for a pig hunt with Paula?

The pommy tory party has managed to auction off shoe shopping with Theresa May for an awful lot of money.

A mystery bidder paid more than ?17,500 for a shoe shopping trip with Theresa May at Tory’s annual Black and White fund-raising dinner.

The dinner raised far in excess of its ?3million target and was hailed as one of the most successful fund-raising events in the party’s history.

The opportunity to go shoe-shopping with the Home Secretary, which included tea and a ?500 voucher for store in Bond Street, central London, was one of the star lots and bidding continued until after midnight. Mrs May is renowned for her leopard-print kitten heels and diamante patent brogues.

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Money for old rope

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A piece of the rope that was used to execute former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein has been put up for auction with the latest bid standing at $7 million.

The current owner of the morbid object is Iraqi politician Dr. Mawaffak al-Rubaie, who led the dictator to his death. Read more »

Public Service Notice: Charity Auction supporting Women’s Refuge for Mother’s Day

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Auckland Market Flowers have a charity auction at Trademe with proceeds going towards the Women’s Refuge.

This auction is for a $100 bouquet from Market Flowers Auckland delivered to Mum every month for 12 months (The first delivery being Mother’s Day this Sunday). All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Women’s Refuge to support the truly great work that they do.

This Mother’s Day, give Mum something a little bit different and extra special that she can enjoy for the whole year, make her smile each month with a beautiful bouquet of seasonal flowers, carefully crafted by our senior florist.

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It’s a good cause, bid away at the auction and score some massive brownie points from the missus at the same time.

 

Last Chance for Valentine’s Day Charity Auction

More than 10,000 people have viewed the auction. The auction closes tonight at 7:30pm.

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Each week in New Zealand, 12 babies are born with broken hearts. This Valentine?s Day, you can help these little hearts, while sharing your own with the one you love, through this amazing charity auction!

It?s the?$1k charity bouquet, 10 Dozen (120) premium grade NZ red roses that?s going, going, gone, starting at only a dollar reserve.

This exquisite bouquet (incl. Auckland delivery) is being donated by Market Flowers Auckland with all the proceeds from the auction going to @Heart, a wonderful organisation who focuses on those who are living with a childhood heart condition that has existed from conception or as a result of rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy, or Kawasaki disease.

Childhood heart conditions hits close to home for a number of our staff here at Market Flowers Auckland which is why we?re all looking forward to raising as much money for @Heart as we can.? Read more »

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Support this charity for Valentine’s Day

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Each week in New Zealand, 12 babies are born with broken hearts. This Valentine?s Day, you can help these little hearts, while sharing your own with the one you love, through this amazing charity auction!

It?s the?$1k charity bouquet, 10 Dozen (120) premium grade NZ red roses that?s going, going, gone, starting at only a dollar reserve.

This exquisite bouquet (incl. Auckland delivery) is being donated by Market Flowers Auckland with all the proceeds from the auction going to @Heart, a wonderful organisation who focuses on those who are living with a childhood heart condition that has existed from conception or as a result of rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy, or Kawasaki disease.

Childhood heart conditions hits close to home for a number of our staff here at Market Flowers Auckland which is why we?re all looking forward to raising as much money for @Heart as we can.

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Support this charity for Valentine’s Day

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Each week in New Zealand, 12 babies are born with broken hearts. This Valentine?s Day, you can help these little hearts, while sharing your own with the one you love, through this amazing charity auction!

It?s the $1k charity bouquet, 10 Dozen (120) premium grade NZ red roses that?s going, going, gone, starting at only a dollar reserve.

This exquisite bouquet (incl. Auckland delivery) is being donated by Market Flowers Auckland with all the proceeds from the auction going to @Heart, a wonderful organisation who focuses on those who are living with a childhood heart condition that has existed from conception or as a result of rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy, or Kawasaki disease.

Childhood heart conditions hits close to home for a number of our staff here at Market Flowers Auckland which is why we?re all looking forward to raising as much money for @Heart as we can.

Market Flowers Auckland and @Heart would also like to ask everyone who visits the auction or perhaps gets outbid to have a heart this Valentine’s Day and consider making a donation via the @Heart website. Your donations would be greatly appreciated and go a long way to making a huge difference in the lives of many kiwi families. ? Read more »

Is it Mallard?

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Flight of the Conchords tickets are being scalped on Trade Me. There is only one thing I want to know…is Mallard doing the scalping…he has form ripping off kids.

The Flight of the Conchords went to great lengths to stop it happening, but tickets to their shows are being sold for more than twice the face value online.

One of the promoters of the New Zealand tour said the only way to stop scalping was to change legislation.

When the in-demand tickets to the comedy duo’s show went on sale, the band and their promoters adopted a strategy to prevent potential scalpers bulk-buying tickets to later sell for a profit.

But already two tickets to one of the Auckland shows have sold for $636 – more than two and a half times the most expensive ticket.

Currently there are 12 auctions on Trade Me and nine have already closed – though some are for more than one ticket – just a tiny proportion of all the available tickets, said Paul Ford, spokesman for the online auction site.

Last night bidding had reached $450 for two tickets to one of the Wellington shows. The auction closes on Sunday.

How about “The End”?

A woman is auctioning the skin of her ass for a tattoo on Trademe:

A Lower Hutt woman says she has no nerves about a stranger paying to pick what she gets tattooed on her bottom.

The Trade Me auction “YOUR tattoo on my Bum!!”, listed by Tina Beznec, says the winner can get anything tattooed on her posterior for posterity.

“You might think I am crazy for doing this! But yes, the winner of the auction gets ANYTHING they like tattooed on my bum!”

The 9 x 9 centimetre spot on either cheek could be used for a marriage proposal, business promotion or just “awesomeness”, she said.

Twenty per cent of the winning bid would go to a charity of the bidder’s choice and Tina would keep the rest.

“I deserve it, I have been made redundant twice over the past year,” she said in the listing.

The auction, which runs until Friday, January 20, has already received more than 30,000 views.

No wonder Mallard isn’t taking the hint to quit, with easy, skanky, hotties like this available on his door step for tapping.

Perhaps the The Whale Army should buy the rights to tattoo her tushy and we could put “Trev’s Bitch” on her arse.

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Help keep the No sign alive

Fundraising is progressing well, help us win the NO sign so we can shove it in Winston’s face repeatedly during the campaign.

Winston?s original?NO sign is up for auction by the press gallery tonight, with the proceeds going to the families of CTV and Press employees killed in the earthquake.

Thanks to the 58 people who have already pledged a contribution towards our bid to win the NO sign. I?m pleased to report we have now raised enough money to outbid the Prime Minister who said he would bid $5,000. Superb.

However there may be other bidders.?Winston has said he will not bid for the sign, but as we know with Winston ?NO? means ?YES?. I?ve heard a rumour that the?Spencer Trust may bid for the sign, and if they win the auction, then the sign will be burnt to ashes quicker than Helen Clark?s forged painting was!

So please keep those contributions coming. The more we get, the more likely it is we will win ? plus the more money gets raised for families of those who died in Christchurch. It?s a win-win.

As I originally said, if the framed sign is won by Whale and me, we will ensure it turns up to as many of Winston?s meetings as possible. It will be wonderful. We?ll just have someone silently holding it up at the wave back of the room ? no need to heckle or interject ? it will be a silent reminder to people ?about how he lied to the media and the public repeatedly.

After the election, our intention is to then permanently loan it to the Backbencher pub opposite Parliament, where it can be displayed permanently ? along with a statement providing context for it.

Pledges can be?e-mailed to me. We?ll supply payment details tomorrow, if we actually win it.

 

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