Matthew Berdyck’s Poison In The Grapes – The Battle For Castle Homes

Castle Homes, famous for being the home of the Castle Homes Crapper, who pooped on nineteen cars and became a viral sensation in the process, featured in over 50 international media outlets, is also home to an EPA Superfund toxic waste site called Summit Equipment & Supplies, a scrap yard which polluted the local neighborhoods and waterways.

The short film about Superfund site received no media attention, other than a short news piece, where WEWS asked the community one set of questions, about the PCB’s in Nesmith Lake, and delivered a news piece about illegal dumping, which none of us had been interviewed about except Mary Martin.  Even though she was featured first in the interview, she was actually interviewed last and asked a different set of questions.

During the release of the film three separate petitions were run to numerous State and Local Ohio officials, and the Akron Beacon Journal.  1000+ signatures were gathered.  850 current and former residents gathered on a Facebook Fan Page to demand answers to the seemingly high level of cancer and other illnesses in quiet residential neighborhood..

In the end, The Akron Beacon Journal issued no response.  Recently resigned Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic also failed to issue a statement.  His replacement, Garry Moneypenny who was head of Akron City Counsel at the time was ousted as mayor after only ten days in office.  He resigned after he sexually assaulted a city employee, to “celebrate becoming mayor.”

Ten months after the film was released Berdyck was investigated in, 2014, by the EPA for the scene in Poison in the Grapes where he went into the Region 5 EPA office.

He was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Nesmith Lake is currently has an eating ban on the fish and sediments are contaminated with PCB’s.

If you’d like to know more about Superfund sites or the incident in Castle Homes please go to and read the Death Water Writing Piece