This Is our Village

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Approaching the end of the year, this seems like a good time to express our thanks to those in UCO for all they do for us as individuals and associations. We have a rather strange and sometimes awkward arrangement in Century Village WPB: 309 autonomous associations except for certain (limited) rights and responsibilities we have ceded to an administrative body called UCO, whose board of directors consists of representatives from the 309 associations. It's a pretty unwieldy set-up, but we do the best we can. UCO itself, and its subsidiary the UCO Reporter/Channel 63, is run almost entirely by association volunteers.

These volunteers deserve a great amount of thanks. They put in endless hours making life run smoothly for the rest of us. There would be no Century Village without them.

The buses only run because volunteers on a committee make the often-changing arrangements with the bus company. Security only exists because volunteers have made arrangements with the successive security companies we have hired. The COP volunteers are a deterrent to crime in the Village. Volunteers work with WPRF to smooth out the recreational facility operations under the complicated "Triple Net Lease" agreement we have. Volunteers in Investigations help our associations avoid selling and renting units to  those who can't afford to live here. Volunteers in the Insurance Department make it possible for associations to be covered by several different kinds of insurance, all needed, at the lowest available cost. (Amazingly, thanks to Toni Salometo and the Insurance Committee, the Brown & Brown insurance premiums will be considerably LESS in 2015.)

I could go on and on. At the end of a year, our volunteers deserve to take a bow and we to give them a big thank-you. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014


My prior post regarding the Uniters Club was a grievous error on my part for which I apologize with deep regret.
Dave Israel

Friday, December 19, 2014


I sent an email to our Treasurer, Howard O'Brien asking for the Total sum of the bonus for our paid employees and what line this was coming from in the budget.  My reply was This information is confidental and priviledged...I was not asking for individual names, just an expense amount for the bonus.  Is it also a secret to know what officers voted for this bonus? I am sure if they felt they are doing the right thing they would be glad to say so.  I will be at the next officers meeting...and will ask this same question..

Thursday, December 18, 2014


See Treasurer O'Brien explaining how to pay your taxes online - Thanks Howard.

Drag the little progress dot at the bottom to 5:50 (minutes : seconds) the segment runs to about 7:05.

Dave Israel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ABDI going away?

What is going to happen when new security take over? Will we still have ABDI for gate and buying tickets?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Delegate Assembly Gone Amok” was a smash hit on all our heads at CV.

According to Lanny and others, at Clubhouse the Act II Community Theater’s “Once Upon a Time—A Fairy Tale Gone Amok” was a smash hit.  That was a great show.  Lets keep amok players on the stage at an evening performance.

Please DO NOT let the Malcontents hijack another Delegate Meeting as they did in December.  Keep these "amok" people quiet with the fairy tales they tell by having PBSO present and visible.  

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Roberta Boehm-Fromkin, Chair of the Nominations Committee, long-time resident and contributor to Century Village, passed away recently, having taught us the value of fair-mindedness, generosity, competence and humor. We will always remember her with fondness and respect.

Ruth Bernhard-Dreiss, member of the UCO Executive Board and the Nominations Committee, will be the new point person for nominees submitting bios for the March 2015 election.  

The committee urges concerned unit owners to run for UCO office. Submit your bios by February 6, 2015 to Ruth at  Nominations from the floor made be made at the February 6 Delegate Meeting if the nominee is present.

Positions Open: 2 for Vice President, 10 for Executive Board

Officers and board members who moved into their positions because of someone’s departure do not have to run in 2015 unless the term of the person they replaced expires in March

Bio: Max. 250 words for Executive Board, some flex for VPs, bio to include Name, Building Address, Education, Work Experience, Military, Century Village Experience and UCO Experience

Election: March 6, 2015 at 8:00am in the Clubhouse

Get involved in your community!
Run for UCO office!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Mark Friedman, an Attorney with Becker & Poliakoff was assisting UCO in the re-write of UCO Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The letter below signed by Mr. Solomon and Mr. Grossman, expresses the belief that there is a Conflict of Interest, and threatens referral to the Florida Bar Association. Becker & Poliakoff, in consideration of the "perception of a conflict"; did Indeed recuse themselves.
This has had no effect on our document revision project, as we have already selected another Attorney.
As a point of interest, Mark opined that there was no conflict of interest, as Indicated in his letter to the Justice for Residents organization (Mr. Grossman), which may be found just below the petition letter.

So, what was the purpose of this exercise, I leave that to our readers to answer.
Dave Israel

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Roberta Fromkin

Roberta Fromkin was president of the Wellington G Board of Directors for many years.  She also served as co-president of Wellington Federation.  She served on the Executive Board of UCO and chaired the Search and Nominations Committee.  She also served on several committees. Roberta never said no!  She was a tireless worker, a great person and most importantly my best friend in the Village.  She will be sorely missed and CV has lost one of our finest residents.

Joyce Reiss


Monday evening’s presentation in the Clubhouse of the Act II Community Theater’s “Once Upon a Time—A Fairy Tale Gone Amok” was a smash hit.

Arriving with my neighbor Terry French in what I thought was plenty of time (a half hour early), I found it was not. A line of people extended from the Classroom C door around the cubicle in the front lobby with the two guards. Luckily we got seats. The much-larger Classroom C—booked because of overflow audiences for the first two Act II Community Theater performances in second-floor Classroom B—was still not large enough. About 75 people had to be turned away. Apologies from all the Act II personnel to all who didn’t get to see the show. Hopefully the group can reserve an even larger facility (it will have to be the theater because the party room won’t work for shows) for their next production.

Would the performance be up to what this eager crowd anticipated? I would say it was—in spades. I thought the actors, which included four dancers, did extremely well considering the fact they are past their prime, ranging in age from 57 to almost 90. Most of them have not acted professionally; many have never acted before. Some of them struggled to learn their lines, I happen to know, and they did learn them for the most part, very well.

The brainchild of our talented Kitty Gragg, “A Fairy Tale Gone Amok” was exactly what this show was. It was about Cinderella—but was it? With great hilarity, characters from Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales were soon getting into the mix. But it all came together. Not only did Cinderella marry the prince, but the two false princes (from other fairy tales) fell in love with Cinderella’s stepsisters, and even the evil stepmother found her “true love” in Geppetto, the creator of Pinocchio.

The audience, to me, was amazing. They caught on very quickly to what was going on and were laughing and applauding constantly. When the Big Bad Wolf, from Little Red Riding Hood, came onstage and sang in a threatening manner to Cinderella, the audience began spontaneously clapping in rhythm with the song. Later, something sad happened to one of the characters—I forget exactly what now—and the audience, in empathy, actually moaned.  I couldn’t believe how INTO the story and the performers the audience was. This, Kitty told me afterward, in turn helped the actors do better.

I could go on to cite hilarious moment after hilarious moment and name those who did so well in the play, but space won’t permit here. Suffice it to say, “Once Upon a Time” was a treat for us all. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Dave Israel

READ IT AND WEEP: Comcast sued for turning home Wi-Fi routers into public hotspots

For those who screwed up the Wi-Fi vote last week, here's what you have left us with, opt out building Wi-Fi.

Two East Bay residents are suing Comcast for plugging their home’s wireless router into what they call a power-wasting, Internet-clogging, privacy threatening network of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The class-action suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of Toyer Grear and daughter Joycelyn Harris, claims Comcast is “exploiting them for profit” by using their Pittsburg home’s router as part of a nationwide network of public hotspots.
(Read more at the web address below)


Dave Israel

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Remember Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Dave Israel

Saturday, December 6, 2014



It is with great sadness 
That I notify you of the passing of our dear friend

Funeral is this monday at 10:00am
Palms west funeral home
State Rd 7 just south of okeechobee Blvd.

Dave Israel

Broken Water Mains

For any association that has broken water mains on their property the people to call to come and repair them is Palm Beach Water who we pay our water bills to. One association called UCO. Does UCO have plumbers? Everyone should know that water mains belong to the Palm Beach Water. We had a problems and they came to repair their pipes. Ed Ross is trying to blame David Israel for his own lack of knowledge. He should be more informed before he blames others.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Get your options sheet at UCO, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Our program improves every year, improved coverage, reduced price! there is no substitute.
Dave Israel

Insurance Presentation 12-4-2014 p2 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

Insurance Presentation 12-4-2014 p3 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


It is with great regret that I notice the passing of long time CV Resident Barbara Shapkin.
The funeral is scheduled for this Thursday, Dec. 4th at 10:00 a.m. at
Royal  Palm Beach Memorial Gardens,  
5601 Greenwood Ave. West Palm Beach
Phone: 561-848-8659
    Go via 45th Street past St. Mary's Hospital to Greenwood Ave. and turn left and go a few blocks it is on the left.
Dave Israel

Monday, December 1, 2014


officers meeting 11-26-14 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

We Are Suing Ourselves

To answer Gary on the other blog that we are not suing ourselves. Should we win this lawsuit of yours the insurance company pays out a sum of money.  The next premium year they up the insurance premium to recoup that money or cancel our insurance so we are left to look elsewhere for more expensive insurance as all insurance companies will know about the payout. That is how insurance works. They never lose!


Friday, November 28, 2014


Dave Israel

‘In Perpetuity’ Doesn’t Always Mean Forever By SAM ROBERTS 11:30 PM ET

Something to ponder for those fighting the Golf Course:
Copy and paste the link below.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Answer to Esther

 How dare you write on your blog that I called you anti-Semitic names. I also never called you a staggering drunk, a liar, until now, and thief. I am now calling you, Esther, a liar. I wrote on your blog that I think you are one of the nastiest people around and enjoy calling others names as you call me a moron. Yes there is a federal law against hate speech. Well reread your blog and see what hate is as you seem to spew it out. If, as you say, I am a moron, name calling, then all I can say to you is, it takes one to know  one.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Question about Guest Passes etc

There is a teenager who has been living in Century Village for over a year now. Officially the condo is rented by the parents but they live elsewhere and the teenager lives here, transforming the condo into a college dorm with all the shoot-them-up games that resonate all around. They are cheating and they know and have been warned, but... my question, though, is:

how can a teenager obtain a pass that allows him/her to roam around the Village at will and also reside full-time in the Village?

Apart from jumping the fence, he/she has to go through the gates.

Is there such a thing as a yearly pass for guests?
Are there temporary passes that can be extended indefinitely?
What part do the transponders/stickers play in this? Can a teenager, who is using a car with a transponder/sticker obtained  by the parents, slip through the gates EVERY DAY, and, at times, more than once a day, without raising flags?

I understand passes are source of income but I believe that they are primarily and exclusively issued to protect the Villagers who are entitled to live here from those who are not.

Contretemps at Congretation Anshei Shalom

Where the Malcontents go, Trouble always seems to follow:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From Gary's World Blog...
Earlier I posted a remark about how Marilyn G. challenged the right of Ed Grossman to be in theCONGREAGATION ANSHEI SHOLOM and ask to talk with the President. The following is the record as reported by a witness;
"I was present the morning is question. The question Marilyn asked what was Mr. Grossman doing here. This question was directed to our president of the congregation. Mr. Grossman who was greeting members of the congregation as they exited the sanctuary. Mr. Grossman I believe asked to speak to rabbi Korman. The rabbi may have told Mr. Grossman to see him at the conclusion of our services. Mr. David   Israel is not a member of our congregation and neither is Mr. Grossman. Congregation Anshei Sholom has never expelled anyone from our services. Anyone is allowed to enter and worship with us. Rabbi Korman may not have known why mr Grossman wanted to see him. I believe that rabbi Korman told Mr. Edward Grossman that the rabbi cannot get involved in village politics. After that several arguments broke out and i don't really know what else took place.   George m Nathan, member of the board of trustees of congregation anshei Sholom. I should have responded to this message much sooner.  I am trying to clear up old stuff and delete from my email list."

From: "The Century Village Messenger Club" <>
To: "nathan, george" <>
Sent: Monday, November 3, 2014 3:05:14 PM
Subject: Why Worry?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Well, I suppose this will ignite some friendly controversy. The Lincoln Center house is undoubtedly very nice, I have seen but one opera performance at Lincoln Center, I was not impressed. Thus, virtually all of my experience with New York opera was at the old Met located at 39th. street and Broadway. I attended the opera there from age 10 through age 16, and then was off to university.
The exterior of the building was nothing to brag about, but the key item was the acoustics, there was no garish stream of lyrics scrolling over the stage, and no microphones and over-amplification. The interior was designed, so that you could quite literally hear a pin drop on stage from the highest balcony, up near the ceiling. The photo above was taken circa 1937 (not by me). The house was magnificent!
Dave Israel

Monday, November 17, 2014

What happen to cameras of front gate?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

to trash or not to trash.

I received a complaint today, and actually doubt that too much can be done about it, but here goes anyway. The person spoke to me of the people that go around Dumpster diving.
The objection was in two parts, first was the hour of the dive... apparently around 11:30 pm. A man with a pickup going around diving in the dumpster, taking apart old furniture for the metal in it. He gave this person a fright and she apparently yelled for him to depart or she would call 911.
The second was that the person was diving in GARBAGE. Is there any legal way to stop this disgusting behavior?
Any suggestions?


I wonder how many others enjoyed  last night's "A Night at the Opera" performance at the Clubhouse. Aria after aria from many famous operas was sung by the four singers: a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor and a baritone. There were solos, duets, and at least twice all four participated. There was a good turnout, and it seemed the audience got increasingly caught up in it all, As the first few notes of some of the later selections were sung, the audience, recognizing what was coming, would burst into applause in anticipation. I thought it was magnificent and hope there will be many more such Clubhouse performances of grand opera selections. Bravo!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


                      Delegate Assembly 11-7-2014 PART 1 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

                         Delegate Assembly 11-7-2014 PART 2 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

                         Delegate Assembly 11-7-2014 PART 3 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

                           Delegate Assembly 11-7-2014 PART 4 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
Dave Israel

Friday, November 14, 2014

Answer To Esther

Esther that is your name. My name is Grace. Only the closest of friends call me Gracie and you are not. You use that name to make some kind of a point that only your small brain knows. You obviously did not understand what I wrote and answered in lies about what I said. My remarks about the paving were, there was a town meeting with the paving company. The man from the paving company told us that if we paved over the cracks, they would eventually come back. I guess you didn't bother to attend or you were not a resident at that time. He was very clear that any person could understand. It went to the Delegate assembly and the delegates voted the cheaper cost to cover the cracks and low and behold they came back. Do your homework before you make charges! Esther, you are no queen!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Below is a post from Elaine that if followed, would stop the silly and ignorant disruptions at Delegate Meetings (and maybe J. Karpf's demented Nazi salutes too).  It makes GREAT sense.  Just read it.

IMHO. The Delegate Assembly is a Board of 300+ Directors, it is their job to judge motions, projects, and plans for serving the village. These items have been researched and thoroughly vetted by UCO committees, Officers, and Executive Board. The Delegate Assembly deals with ideas that have been polished and refined.

There may be people with fantastic ideas, but they need to go thru the process. Do not fling ideas at the Delegates without backup and full of unverifiable claims. That only causes confusion and wastes time.

If you have a brand new idea for the village, please DO NOT bring it untested to the Delegate Assembly. Go to UCO where there is a great experience base and the historical searchable database, most ideas are not new. When the idea is properly organised the UCO system will move the idea/plan to the Assembly. Then maybe we can finish on time.
Also spare us from historical regurgitation and whining, we understand some people have unique sensitivities but we should not waste the time of hundreds of residents.

In plainer terms, if you have not bothered to prepare, read, listen, or attend meetings to gather information, the Delegate Assembly is not the place to go to square one with elementary questions, and a lot of whining about having the right to speak and demonstrate your ignorance.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Dave Israel


Dave Israel


This was a good way to see how well UCO has been running for some time now.  We don't get garbage slanted versions of what happened from Dave Israel haters on other blogs.

Some questions:

Why has the Southampton fence been delayed?    Well it seems the Boards at Southampton A, B and C do not have a clue as to their property lines.  This has been a years long problem.  NOT a UCO problem--a Southampton problem.  The Southampton deeds are a mess and their pool was installed without a county permit (no record of it). Is this a UCO problem?  NO, its a Southampton problem.  Where was the Board there all these years??  PB County will not permit a fence until these issues are resolved. 

Concerned with under 55 people living at CV?  Why not publish online the Associations (NOT UCO, the Associations) who rent or sell to under 55.  This is NOT a UCO issue.  It is an Association issue You can follow the under 55 trail easily to some of the Stratford Area Associations and some of the Norwich Area Associations and to others.

UCO is doing very well.  No money shortfalls.  Money in reserves.  Listen to the video recordings.

Monday, November 3, 2014


THANKS to Ed Black and his committee for a wonderful job on the new security contract , this is one of the best contracts for security that I have seen since I am here......Thanks Ed for the many,many hours spent on achieving this result for the village.....BRAVO!