By: Marty Bodwicz, Editor
controversy continues at condo
of The Huntington Herald
October 31, 2002
Loretta C. Kichard is pledging to continue
to fly the American flag in front of her condo unit and has no intention
of paying a fine for demonstrating her patriotic spirit.
A controversy over displaying the Stars
and Stripes at the Sunwood Condominiums off Bridgeport Avenue made national
headlines last week after the homeowners association implied in a letter
it might fine residents $5 a day for flying the flag.
Several personalities from a Hartford
radio station, WWYZ-FM, traveled to Shelton last week and collected money
to pay the $5 a day fines if they were imposed on Sunwood Condominium owners
flying the flag.
An official statement posted this week
outside the condo office appears to retract the ban.
"It's terrible," said Kichard. "I can't
get over it. I'm very patriotic. They're not going to tell me to take the
flag down. I don't intend to move it."
Before the condo association's October
meeting, a letter was mailed to all 168-unit owners, outlining when the
American flag could be flown in front of their homes.
"The flag of the United States may be
displayed on the exterior of a unit on the following days only: President's
Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Sept. 11 and Veteran's Day,"
the letter said.
In addition to Kichard, at least three
other condo owners are flying the flag on a regular basis at their Sunwood
Kichard, 79, said she is particularly
upset about the flag controversy because her deceased husband, Andrew,
fought in World War II, and her son, Andrew Jr., was a Vietnam veteran.
Kichard has lived in the Sunwood condos
for 13 years, and except for this controversy, she said she has enjoyed
living there and has no intention of moving.
The condo association has not fined the
residents flying the American flag.
No one at the condominium office answered
the door Monday morning. But there was a written statement posted on the
wall outside of the condo office.
"The primary purpose and intent of the
notice was to address numerous other aesthetic issues at Sunwood," said
association President Paul Lupo in the statement.
"To the extent that flying of the American
flag was addressed in the notice, the intention was to specify various
holidays upon which unit owners could fly the American flag without prior
approval, as per the declaration and by-laws [of the association,]" the
Association officials appear to backtrack
on the by-laws with the following posted statements:
"Unit owners with association approval
who wish to fly the American flag at all times may of course still do so.
"With respect to the American Flag, the
intent was to encourage those unit owners who have displayed torn, tattered
and faded American flags to replace or remove them. The association strongly
encourages residents to display the American Flag with proper care and