A Dark Cloud Down the Hill
Such stories are terrible to hear:
Gail Corvello figured that if she and her neighbors held out for about five years, they would be able to get out from under the nightmare of the soil contamination in the Bay Street neighborhood that has had a stranglehold on their lives since 2002.
She was wrong.
On Friday, Corvello will say an emotional goodbye to the last of innumerable children she has nurtured in her home-based child-care center on Bay Street over the last 13 years. …
Now both Corvello and her daughter, Becky, 23, have auto-immune connective tissue disorder. They suffer from severe joint pain and must take steroids and pain killers. Last spring, illness forced Becky to drop out of graduate school at the University of Rhode Island, where she had been studying molecular biology. …
They’ve cashed in their retirement savings, losing 30 percent of the net value, and making settlements with creditors. …
Her husband was working two jobs until he got hurt and was out for 10 weeks, she said.
The family has applied for an Environmentally Compromised Homeowner (ECHO) loan — a program established last year with the Tiverton neighborhood explicitly intended to benefit, and I hope it’s sufficient. I still can’t help but wonder, though, why concomitant infrastructure wasn’t set up for private donations. Why the emphasis on government aid to citizens rather than government’s facilitation of citizens’ helping each other?
As I’ve previously suggested, other approaches to the problem would likely have yielded better results.