This Is our Village

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...
Witnessed
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" <thecvmessinger@gmail.com>
To: "nathan, george" <gnatrx7@comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, November 3, 2014 3:05:14 PM
Subject: Why Worry?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW MET VS OLD MET THERE IS NO COMPARISON ( IMHO )

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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.
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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!
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Dave Israel
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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?

WHAT A "NIGHT AT THE OPERA"!

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 - 7 NOVEMBER, 2014 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE




                      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.
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Dave Israel
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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

DELEGATE MEETING PROCEDURES. NEEDS TO BE SAID AND SAID AGAIN!

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

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - NOVEMBER 2014

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Dave Israel
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SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT IN OUR THEATER

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Dave Israel
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SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE OFFICERS MEETING



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

SECURITY CONTRACT

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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!
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TREAT THESE PANDA CUBS

Warning

 This is the Warning that comes up when I go to Malconts blog.

This Connection is Untrusted

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.myvillageblogger.blogspot.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.
Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.
What Should I Do?

If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“A FAIRY TALE GONE AMOK" IS RIGHT.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

This summer while up north, I received e-mails almost every other day about the Act Two Community Theater’s upcoming rehearsals, for I was being sent the same notices being sent to the cast members of “Once Upon a Time,” the play they are performing on December 8. It seemed they were rehearsing with a vengeance (and eating almost as often, I might add). They were learning their lines, changing the script, now incorporating dancers, now painting backdrop scenes, and (having made the round of the thrift stores) even making their own costumes. What was I going to find when I got back to the Village?

I found out on October 15 when I attended their dress rehearsal. For a small group of mostly amateurs, performing now for only a little over a year, they are putting on an extravaganza. Did I say small group? It’s not so small now; it’s up to 26 players, almost as many as took part in the Resident Show.

The play is about Cinderella. Simple enough, yes? Well, not so fast, for this is a slightly different Cinderella. Cinderella is a fairy tale, and when you get into the Land of Faerie, anything can happen, including the intrusion of OTHER fairy tales, which is what happens here.

It will help to watch the first part of the play closely. Do you remember your old fairy tales—Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Beauty and the Beast? Do you recall The Wizard of Oz with the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good? Do you remember the curses and the remedies? Watch for these signs of FAIRY TALE MIX-UP.

Listen carefully to the narrator as the play proceeds. There is a surprise ending, but I will leave it to you to find out if it is a happy one, for Cinderella nearly goes off the rails.

Act Two Community Theater has the use of Classroom C for this production, so hopefully there will be plenty of room for everyone who wants to attend. Remember, the actors and stagehands for the most part are not professionals; they are past their prime and the sets have been cobbled together. Cut them some slack! They are your neighbors having a good time and hoping you do, too.

The show is on Monday, December 8, 2014, and starts at 7:00 p.m. Sit down, get comfortable, let yourself drift back into the World of Faerie, and enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Re The Paving & Lawsuit
We had a meeting with the paving contractor. We were told that to have a perfect job they would have to dig up the old paving and start over. The delegates in their wisdom took the cheap route and had the paving done over the existing then pavement. As a result the cracks came back. We got what we paid for. Why people are suing when we were told the cracks would come back is amazing. Some people have nothing better to do with our people's money.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Malcontent Blog

When I try to go to the Malcontent's Blog or myvillageblogger etc Avast, which is my virus protector gives me this message. I think they know something!

This Connection is Untrusted

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.myvillageblogger.blogspot.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.

Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.
What Should I Do?

If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

IS ONE-VOTE-PER-UNIT A GOOD IDEA?


A lot of the folk in the Village think “one vote per unit” would be a good idea, and that the UCO bylaws should be changed to include this. Some apparently think it would not be a good idea. Some of us, myself included, don’t exactly know what those favoring one-vote-per-unit MEAN by it. One vote per unit is clear enough, but one vote about what? Who gets to be UCO president? Who gets elected as an officer—and if so, what officers? All of them or only some? Would it extend to electing Executive Board members? Might it extend to voting on certain important ISSUES?

I’d like to get clear on this much first. Then, in the light of how far one-vote-per-unit applies, consider whether it’s a good idea.

If we do think it’s a good idea, then we need to think through the mechanics of administering one-vote-per-unit. Would it be workable? Can unit owners vote by mail? What controls would be needed? Would we need professional help? How expensive would this be?

Of course our one-vote-per-unit would have its parallel in the oft-cited suggestion of voting for US president (and vice president?) by popular vote. Many people favor such a change, but the founding fathers thought it wise to give the states more than zero say in this decision. They also questioned whether the average voter was sufficiently informed and possessed of good judgment to make a wise choice, and provided an “out” through the Electoral College. This would seem to parallel the question for us: Are unit owners (as contrasted with delegates) too out of touch with UCO operations to vote sensibly? Or, thanks perhaps to improved communications, are our owners now better educated in Village affairs?

Seems to me there is a lot to consider. I hope we don’t rush to judgment on this, but give it time to be thoroughly discussed. That takes time in a large group such as ours. Maybe the blog would be a good forum for hashing this out?




 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WI-FI HOT SPOTS - HIGH INSECURITY - IS IT WORTH THE RISK

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Those Associations who have jumped on the Wi-Fi Hotspot bandwagon, may not be aware that their good friend Comcast is listing their name and location on the Internet for all to see. See the following  FYI:
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REF:  http://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/ (PLUG IN 33417 IN THE SEARCH WINDOW)
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Wellington A Condo Association Incorporated
114 Wellington A,
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
xfinitywifi
Indoor
         Government / Library / Other
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Coventry J Association Inc.
240 Coventry J,
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
xfinitywifi
Indoor
Office Building
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BARBARA BUSINESS INC
200 Dorchester I,
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
xfinitywifi
Indoor
Government / Library / Other
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WINDSOR A ASSOC
16 Windsor A,
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
xfinitywifi
Indoor
Government / Library / Other
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What this "Government / Library / Other" is all about, I cannot begin to imagine.

Now for a few thoughts as to what this blatant violation of your privacy may lead to:

1)    The most obvious problem is that outsiders, now that they know where you are,  will connect to your public gateway and hog the bandwidth and slow down the Internet connection speed of your authorized users, like from across the street in the trailer park. 
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2)    Another obvious issue is that visitors might be able to interact with computers and other devices on your personal network (wired or wireless) since everything connects to the same gateway device.
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3)    People locate Comcast hotpots via an Xfinity app or through the Xfinity hotspot locator site. (see above) I would be concerned about my address being broadcast by the app or the website.
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4)    What if a guest,(or a unit owner in your building) using the Internet connection in your Association, does something illegal (like download pornography)? Something so bad that law enforcement agencies get involved. This has come up many times before and is, perhaps, the most important reason not to share your Association Internet connection. To the outside world, all computing devices in your Association look the same. That is, they share a common public IP address (an IP address is the unique number that identifies a single entity on a TCP/IP network). Nothing I have read says that XFINITY WiFi guests are assigned their own public IP address. If they are not, anyone offering the service from their Association, runs the risk of men with guns knocking on their door, for the illegal actions of one rogue guest, or owner.
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5)    And even if Comcast can relate any illegal activity to their customer who was a guest on your home router at 9:56pm on Tuesday, would you trust one of the most hated companies in the U.S. to have your back in this case? That there are no detailed explanations of how this works just makes one more doubtful. 
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6)    Finally it must be noted, XFINITY WiFi is not limited to Comcast customers, making the task of identifying the real perpetrator of illegal activity that much harder. 

7)    There are two ways that anyone can hop onto your Association system: a free trial and a short term access pass. Bad guys with stolen credit cards can get online for an hour ($2.95), a day ($7.95) or a week ($19.95). Bad guys without a credit card can use two free sessions of an hour each. 
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Please do not risk the dangers of this Internet horror story waiting to happen, wait for and vote for real and secure Village wide Wi-Fi
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Dave Israel
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Friday, October 3, 2014

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY OCTOBER 3, 2014 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


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Delegate Assembly 10-3-2014 p1 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Delegate Assembly 10-3-2014 p 4 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Condo Expo recommended at Delegate Assy

http://www.pbcondohoaexpo.com/




I have attended for 2 years, excellent, saw presentations on reserves, and concrete, among many others. The program is good reference for all contractors and businesses that serve condos with the latest methods.  Information available in 100 booths.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"SNOWBIRDS GET THE VOTE ON UCO BUDGET"

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Is my Post title premature, perhaps but I hope not wishful thinking.
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Tomorrow, a very important vote is on the Agenda; the Bylaw change  if approved, will move the date for presentation and acceptance of the UCO budget from the current October, to January.
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This simple act, will shift the debate and vote, to a time when the CV Seasonal Residents are present in force and may actively participate.
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Such measures, to engage some 50% of our unit owners in very important business of our Village is long overdue!
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Delegates, please give this Bylaw change serious thought coming up to our Friday Delegate Assembly meeting; and then, show up and vote.
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LIVE FEEDS MOVED TO SIDEBAR

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In response to a suggestion by one of our Bloggers, I have moved the live video feeds for Channel 63 and the Okeechobee gate cameras to the sidebar.
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This will allow current Posts to come to the top of the BLOG and reduce the down-scrolling to read them.
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To readily read the video feeds, you may expand them to full screen by left clicking on the little white rectangle at the lower right of the video frame which has a smaller black rectangle inside it.
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This will also make for greater convenience when additional video feeds become available.
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I would greatly appreciate your comments on this change.
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Welcome to our snowbirds and new owners and residents!

Century Village in West Palm Beach is probably the best place to retire to.
We have it all for a great "price" .And you know what all is, entertainment, clubs/ organizations,film, health club,indoor pool and outdoor pools, tennis, racquet ball, shuffle board, pickle ball, , library, card room, billiards and on and on.
Now in this new winter season we also have the best weather.
I come to the heart of my post: this is your home and mine. I'm asking you to take pride in CV. 
Pride meaning keeping all areas clean, not only your private space, but all common areas. Keep the speed limit for everyone's safety including yours.  Be a courteous driver and stop for pedestrians. Say,"hello, good morning, good eve" to everyone you pass by. It doesn't hurt. 
Remember getting annoyed or angry at your neighbor only effects your physical health, which you care about, so you can live here a long and healthy time.And if you live here all year 'round you can also read this. 
Let's keep Century 5 star living place it is.


Thanks.Ruthie



Amendment #2 to legalize Medical Marijuana

Thisi is  not the "pot smoking " you did not want your kids to do. This is a serious health aid that will make life better for Floridians with serious illnesses. 
If you need convincing go to: www.silvertour.org or just google medical marijuana.
So, comes Election Day or your vote by mail ballot come vote YES on # 2. This is for your sake and 
Your neighbors and loved ones in Florida. 
Thanks.
CV Blog Front Page

I was wondering, if items such as "Channel 63 Camera Feeds" and "Okeechobee Gatehouse Cameras Live" could be moved to the sidebar after lets say a month of priority viewing. Expiring September 2015 is a little far.
 I am a follower of this blog and often use my iPad to see what's up. It has now gotten to the point that to view the most current blog postings, we have to scroll down almost two pages. I think that those who really need assistance to find these links can either ask on this blog or go to the side bars!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Woman shoots man at Century Village; victim’s condition unknown

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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/man-rushed-to-hospital-after-woman-shoots-him-at-c/nhW67/

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USE YOUR LOCAL CABLE FROM ANYWHERE ON EARTH - GO SLINGBOX

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Today I was asked a question, "why do I have to pay for Cable 12 months of the year, when I am only resident for six months per year?"
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OK! the reason is that we have a bulk contract with Comcast at a discount of some 65%, but this is based on 100% participation.
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However, you may, through a process called "place-shifting" , control and view your local Comcast video from any place on Earth, the device enabling this remote streaming is called a Slingbox:
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 slingbox placeshift
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This is well worth every seasonal resident looking into, you simply plug the data source into the Slingbox here, and control and view the video from anywhere!
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This is proven technology, so look into it and then maximize usage of your Comcast programming; and then terminate the Cable service at your remote location. 
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

BAR CODES AND SNOW BIRDS

I just read in the UCO Reporter that the first 100 applicants per day will be processed for bar codes for residents' vehicles. Who wants to get involved in that? Why not permit folks to apply via mail? Those of us who will not be in C.V. for the next few weeks or months can simply fill out the form that can be placed in the form section of the blog (the current form is for transponder), enclose a check, a copy of the registration and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The application can be processed and the bar code sticker can be returned in the envelope provided with instructions on where to mount the sticker. It seems pretty simple to me. No lines, no fuss, no muss and it takes the pressure off other residents who wish to visit UCO and get their sticker on the spot. Any misuse will result in the revocation of the sticker. Our time at C.V. is valuable. I, for one, do not want to waste a morning waiting for a bar code sticker. This is an easy fix. Please make it happen!

Friday, September 26, 2014

UCO OFFICERS COMMITTEE MEETING - SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

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Please let us know in the Comment stream what you think of this extension of the Information Forward Initiative.
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Dave Israel
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officers mtg 9-25 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RESIDENT POOL CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

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UCO MONTHLY MEETING CALENDAR - OCTOBER 2014

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Schedule is subject to change
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Dave Israel
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FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER PAULETTE BURDICK - HAPPY NEW YEAR

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1:21 PM (1 minute ago)

 

Paulette Burdick P.

1:21 PM (1 minute ago)
to Paulette
 
Dear Friends,
 
I just wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year.
 
Regards,
 
Paulette  
            Vice Mayor
County Commissioner - District Two

Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends!

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my Jewish friends a very happy and healthy New Year!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Remote code for SEIKI SE40FY27 LED TV? Anyone have remote code for this TV? 10178 did not work. THANKS