North-end neighbors no longer adversariesWritten by Scott McKimmy | | email@example.com
North Toledo residents Tom Szych and Harry Works have managed not only to mend fences over an ongoing dispute between their families, they decided to remove one altogether.
Szych, who said he still wrongly receives flack for the Toledo riot, built a fence last year that led to major problems. He became upset with Works’ fiancée, Amelia Gray, for driving into his yard and for the kids damaging the fence, raising trouble and harassing his dog.
Works said he was not at home during that time, but after returning from an absence, he and Szych since have decided to make a truce and take down the fence.
“When I put the fence up, it caused a major problem, and it went from there,” Szych said. “Things just flared up, and things just got out of hand.
“Since [Works has] been around, there hasn’t been the problems; there hasn’t been the kids hanging out and such like that.”
Works said he thinks the reconciliation should send a message to the community about getting along regardless of race. He said since his return, he has been trying to reconcile with Szych, and neither has been pointing fingers.
“I guess when I was away, there were some difficulties with my children and his children,” Works said. “We came to an agreement that if my children are disrespectful or do anything out of the way, he tells me, and if his kids do anything out of the way, I tell him.”
The two reached their accord after Works discovered his van windows broken by vandals. Szych came outside to offer assistance, according to Works, and they began to talk. Part of the agreement was to remove the fence before June 3, which was wedding day for Works and Gray.
“I don’t know why or how it started, and it doesn’t matter,” Works explained. “The end result is that we’re getting along; we reconciled our differences.
“We both simultaneously said, ‘Lets squash this mess and get along as neighbors.’”