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New Jersey Pays 70K to Settle Ancora Harassment Lawsuit

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

July 26, 2010

Social worker, Frances Vadas, 50, filed a lawsuit against Ancora and psychiatrist Peter Quintieri, after Quintieri asked her to demonstrate the “Love Seat,” a sex toy Quinteiri sells through a website as a side business.

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A Short History of White Haven Center

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

June 13, 2010

White Haven was originally constructed as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1901 and later became Pennhurst State School Annex No. 2 in 1956 as a means to lower the population at Pennhurst State School. White Haven was designated as the center for Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

In 1960, the name of the institution was changed from “Pennhurst (Annex No. 2)” to “White Haven State School.” The following year, the school was divorced from Pennhurst and operated under state supervision. In 1962, the name was amended to “White Haven State School and Hospital” and again in 1964, the institution changed its name to “White Haven Center” as it remains today.

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, four of the nine state centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities have been closed since 1986. Successful lawsuits against the federal and state government, such as Haldeman vs. Pennhurst, and an increasing awareness of human rights and self-advocacy also contributed to the closure of most state schools. The remaining five state centers are Polk, Ebensburg, Selingsgrove, Hamburg and White Haven and have stopped admitting new residents – most residents are age 58 and older.

Currently, The Office of Mental Retardation, established in 1972, is responsible for the operation of mental retardation programs including White Haven.

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Utah Mental Health Leader Dies

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

July 19, 2010

Mark Payne was a leader in Utah’s mental health community as a psychiatric technician and later became Utah State Hospital’s Superintendent. He passed away on Saturday at age 54.

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Mayview State Hospital Sells for $505,000

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

July 19, 2010

Mayview State Hospital was appraised at $7.8 million but would cost another $13 million in remediation, so it sold for $505,000 to Aloe Brothers, LLC.

The Aloe Brothers’ proposal included a technological, industrial and business park featuring a lot of amenities to attract companies to the area, plus a greenbelt area adjacent to a nearby South Fayette park.

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Man Rapes and Kills Girl at Abandoned Holy Land

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

July 19, 2010

A nineteen year old man (Francisco Cruz) has been charged with raping and killing a sixteen year old girl (Chloe Ottman) after the two walked to a closed and decaying religious attraction, Holy Land.

The eighteen-acre former religious attraction is on a hillside overlooking Waterbury, Connecticut with replicas of Bethlehem and Jerusalem made from scrap wood, chicken wire, sheet-metal and other materials. It closed years ago, but its fifty-foot cross is still illuminated at night.

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Explorers Create Underground Club in Paris Catacombs

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

July 15, 2010

Paris police were on a training mission in the catacombs when they set off an alarm with the sound of barking dogs. Inside they found a theater system, seats carved into the rock and a liquor bar. They called the bomb squad in for a shady looking cous-cous maker.

‘La Mexicaine de Perforation’ is devoted to making abandoned places a theater for new experiences. It’s one arm of a larger clandestine organization called UX, or Urban eXperiences, which has more than a hundred individuals in 10 different groups devoted to such activities.

Broadly speaking, they’re part of a movement called Urban Exploration. If you look up “Urban Exploration Montreal” online, for example, you’ll find a blog called infiltration.org, a “zine about going places where you’re not supposed to go.”

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Topeka State Hospital Cupola Gets Permanent Home at Library

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Interesting article…

Someone from the Topeka and Shawnee Country Public Library asked the demolition crew if they would let her have the copper cupola that was resting on the ground. They did. So, she gave it to Susan Marchant, Special Collections Manager and Topeka historian. Susan was so thrilled it brought her to tears as she grabbed everyone in Administration to show it off as she cried some more. A display is currently underway at the library, and the main attraction? You guessed it.

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