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SHREWSBURY, Mass. -- Two senior women who tied themselves to a crab apple tree to protest its removal say they're being evicted from their senior housing complex.

Women Who Tied Selves To Tree Evicted

Seventy-four-year-old Lee Perrone and 65-year-old Pat Henry were protesting the Shrewsbury Housing Authority's decision to cut down the tree to make way for a trash bin. The women say the housing authority is now retaliating against them.
They told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that their notices say they are being evicted because they obstructed a tree removal service. A third woman who also participated in the protest said she did not receive an eviction notice because she sat with the other women after the tree removal company left.

A Worcester attorney has filed a court action to try to stop the evictions.

The executive director of the housing authority declined comment.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17555896/detail.html
 

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Senior Citizens Win Fight Over Tree

Pair Tied Themselves To Crab Apple Tree

SHREWSBURY, Mass. -- Two elderly women who tied themselves to a crab apple tree to protest its removal have rescued the tree and saved themselves from eviction.

Seventy-four-year-old Lee Perrone and 65-year-old Pat Henry spent several days tied to the tree at their elderly housing complex, challenging a decision by the Shrewsbury Housing Authority to cut it down to relocate a trash bin. After their protest, they received eviction notices.

On Monday, Perrone, Henry, and a third woman who was threatened with eviction for violating the complex's policy by keeping a chair on her porch met with Housing Authority members. Their lawyer, Christopher Uhl, said the housing authority agreed not to evict the women and said the crab tree will stay put.
Tenants will also be allowed to keep chairs and other items on their porches, as long as they don't block safe exit.

A final vote is still needed from the Housing Authority's board.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17583994/detail.html
 
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