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===[http://www.suglaw.com/attorneys/elliot-h-berton Elliot H. Berton, Esquire] of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates===
 
===[http://www.suglaw.com/attorneys/elliot-h-berton Elliot H. Berton, Esquire] of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates===
 
====''...you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough...''====
 
====''...you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough...''====
During a recent "Information Meeting" where vendors were presenting information while Mr. Blaustein worked ran the slide projector for them, a homeowner asked for information on how these Vendor's proposed multimillion dollar project would affect her financially.  Being completely honest and brave, she said as an owner, she may not be able to continue to live here due to the financial burdens this project would place on her.  She would like to act in a responsible manner, perhaps selling before the additional bills start coming in.  After all, she confessed, you can't squeeze blood from a stone, I may simply not have the money.<br /><br />
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During a recent "Information Meeting" where vendors were presenting information while Mr. Blaustein ran the slide projector, a homeowner asked for information on how these Vendor's proposed multi-million dollar project would affect her financially.  Being completely honest and brave, she said as an owner, she may not be able to continue to live here due to the financial burdens this project would place on her.  She would like to act in a responsible manner, perhaps selling before the additional bills start coming in.  After all, she confessed, you can't squeeze blood from a stone, I may simply not have the money.<br /><br />
Mr. Burton Elliot, Esquire, who the board paid to attend this meeting (at what cost?), helpfully replied: '''"when I work collections for my clients, I tell them that of course you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough and to make sure none of it is your own".'''
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Mr. Burton Elliot, Esquire, who the board paid to attend this meeting (at what cost?), helpfully replied: '''"when I work collections for my clients, I tell them that of course you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough and to make sure none of it is your own".'''<br /><br />
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This vendor should have been made to immediately apologize to all homeowners for his crude and thoughtless statement, if not simply fired.  Our Board of Michael A. Blaustein, William Horst, David Keating, and Eileen McAnally, they sat their nodding their heads.  Mr. Burton and Mr Blaustein were clearly on a first name basis; one of many experts that Mr. Blaustein asks for direction on being a board member.
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=== '''Michael Blaustein's Letter - Living in Willistown Knoll'''===
 
=== '''Michael Blaustein's Letter - Living in Willistown Knoll'''===
 
Anyone wondering about this association only needs to read Mr. Blaustein's recent letter which he sent to most but not all of the homeowners within Willistown Knoll.  Mr. Blaustein was running for election (he had been previously appointed to be a Board Member by his friends on the Board).<br /><br />
 
Anyone wondering about this association only needs to read Mr. Blaustein's recent letter which he sent to most but not all of the homeowners within Willistown Knoll.  Mr. Blaustein was running for election (he had been previously appointed to be a Board Member by his friends on the Board).<br /><br />

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1 Elliot H. Berton, Esquire of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates

1.1 ...you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough...

During a recent "Information Meeting" where vendors were presenting information while Mr. Blaustein ran the slide projector, a homeowner asked for information on how these Vendor's proposed multi-million dollar project would affect her financially. Being completely honest and brave, she said as an owner, she may not be able to continue to live here due to the financial burdens this project would place on her. She would like to act in a responsible manner, perhaps selling before the additional bills start coming in. After all, she confessed, you can't squeeze blood from a stone, I may simply not have the money.

Mr. Burton Elliot, Esquire, who the board paid to attend this meeting (at what cost?), helpfully replied: "when I work collections for my clients, I tell them that of course you can squeeze blood from a stone, you just have to squeeze hard enough and to make sure none of it is your own".

This vendor should have been made to immediately apologize to all homeowners for his crude and thoughtless statement, if not simply fired. Our Board of Michael A. Blaustein, William Horst, David Keating, and Eileen McAnally, they sat their nodding their heads. Mr. Burton and Mr Blaustein were clearly on a first name basis; one of many experts that Mr. Blaustein asks for direction on being a board member.

2 Michael Blaustein's Letter - Living in Willistown Knoll

Anyone wondering about this association only needs to read Mr. Blaustein's recent letter which he sent to most but not all of the homeowners within Willistown Knoll. Mr. Blaustein was running for election (he had been previously appointed to be a Board Member by his friends on the Board).

The direction that Mr. Blaustein and friends have taken with this Association is whether to borrow $7 million to $10 million dollars to make questionable architectural changes to the homes. This will oblige owners to repay $35,000 to $50,000 each. If some owners cannot pay, the owners who can will need to pick up the difference. Consult owners? Work towards a consensus owners, comparing alternatives? Never, not when we have a Board willing to defer to their "experts". That is the Board's duty!

Mr. Blaustein did not extend the courtesy of providing copies of his letter to the people whom he was criticising but that is par for the course from Mr. Blaustein who once again during this election reminded us that he once worked for E.I. Dupont (what have you done lately?).

Please read the letter below. There will be more to come on this website regarding Mr. Blaustein's "track record of accomplishment for the Association." This will include financial mismanagement, abrogation of his Board responsibilities to Vendors (a theme in his letter, the board doesn't think for themselves, they follow what "experts" tell them to do), and failure to act in fidelity to the governing documents and Pennsylvania Law

Sadly, living within Willistown Knoll has become a miserable experience for many if not the majority of owners. Another them of the letter, it is all about Mr. Blaustein and his friends, not the people who live here. Given that mult-million dollar contracts are soon to be signed, all rather suspicious that Mr. Blaustein and friends think they must continue being on the Board; welcoming no outsiders as it would interfere with their unanimous position.

Here is Mr. Michael A. Blaustein's letter in full.

April 14, 2016
Dear Fellow Homeowner,
We are in the midst of an important Board of Directors election at Willistown Knoll. It is important not because of the personalities involved, but because of the candidates' positions on what constitutes good governance of our Homeowners' Association. I am writing to ask your support for effective governance that is consistent with our Declaration and Bylaws, best practices, and common sense by casting your vote for Bill Horst, Eileen McAnally, and me-incumbent Directors with a track record of accomplishment for the Association.
Our Declarations and Bylaws have a lot to say about governance, including the Duties of the Board> "It shall be the duty [emphasis added] of the Board to act as fiduciaries for the Association in the administration, operation, and management of the business affairs of the Association and the Property." [Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 1. ] Our documents list numerous specific duties of the Board, including budgeting, maintaining those property elements the Association has responsibility for, collecting fees and assessments, and enforcing the rules and regulations of the Association. The documents also enable the Board to obtain and rely on the support of "accountants, architects, engineers, legal counsel, Manager... " in performance of its duties.
Two candidates have proposed that "consensus" be a primary principle of governance in Willistown Knoll for "big decisions" or "weighty matters." Besides the fact that this notion does not appear in our governing documents, it shouldn't be supported because it is vague and impractical. This is not to say that the Board does not consider homeowners' needs/wants when making decisions, big or small; after all, we were elected to represent all of you. However, making decisions through homeowner consensus presents unmanageable challenges, starting with: What is meant by deciding through consensus? Does it mean that a Special Meeting should be convened for every decision over a certain threshold? What would the threshold be? Does it mean that a vote, subject to a 25% quorum requirement, should be taken on issues at those meetings? Does it mean that the vast majority of the homeowners who understand and support the governance principles of the HOA should turn over power to a vocal minority who happen to be engaged on one issue or another? If a quorum is not achieved and consensus is not reached, an all-too-likely event, does it mean we do nothing?
I don't know the answers to those questions, but I do know that the current Board is committed to fulfilling, not abdicating, our duties; we view them as required, not optional. In fulfilling our duties, we have continuously sought out guidance from professionals on best practices and content. We are not perfect, but we are always learning.
As President of the Board, I have had the opportunity to lead a strong Board of Directors over the past year. We came together in a cloud of controversy after the 2015 election. We proceeded to capitalize on the diversity of experience from our work in the government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors and with backgrounds including human resources, finance, marketing and sales, information technology, business management, and science. On the most challenging issue the Association faces-siding replacement- it was important to me that the Board reach a unanimous conclusion about the path the Association would take. To ensure this, we revisited every report and observation, reconvened the Stucco Committee, reengaged our engineers and experts, and arrived at the conclusions we have communicated to the membership. This is how a Board committed to fulfilling its duties operates.
I appreciate the opportunity I have had to serve the Association, and I hope you will give me, Eileen, and Bill the opportunity to continue to work for you.
Sincerely,
Michael Blaustein

3 Management Company:

PENCO Management, Inc

Staff Person Position
Debbie Marchiano Community Manager
Steve Enrey, CMCA®, AMS® Vice-President
Bobbie Castellotti President

4 Licensed Attorney Performing Collections & "General Counsel":

Holly L. Setzler, Esq. :Landis & Setzler, P.C.

Ms Setzler provides collection services for Willistown Knoll and many other clients of the Associa Mid-Atlantic Management Corporation, She was referred to the Association by Associa Mid-Atlantic Management Corporation roughly a decade ago.

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