After a seven-year foreclosure fight and a half-dozen eviction attempts, the owner of 2-4 Dufton Road finally was removed from his partially boarded-up property yesterday under the watchful eyes of local police and deputies from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Joe Boyer, who has lived in the residence with his wife and two daughters since 1988, originally was foreclosed on in 2008. He fought the eviction through the courts, winning appeal after appeal. Most recently, he filed a bankruptcy claim, which also delayed eviction. The town, meanwhile, sought to have the exterior of the property cleaned up, as neighbors complained about blight.
The bankruptcy claim, however, recently was discharged and the latest eviction appeal was rejected by a judge yesterday morning.