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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WHY A 10-YEAR BROADBAND CONTRACT?

A question I had hoped to address as a "P.S." in my "Why Broadband?" article in the July Reporter was why it may be difficult to negotiate a contract for less than ten years. Unfortunately, my "P.S." didn't quite make the publication deadline.

People point to the fact that ten years is a long time to be locked into an expensive telecommunications contract in this fast-moving communications age, and it is. But here's the difficulty, which those on the Broadband Committee understand: A large part of the reason the communications vendors want a long-term commitment is that they invest a lot of their resources (read: money) into the set-up of a system. In other words, their expenses are front-end loaded.

Take, for example, Atlantic Broadband's recent preliminary proposal. On the "front end" they would be paying to dig a trench to carry their fiber-optic cable in the ground a distance of about 60 miles—all the way from North Miami to here. Can you imagine what that will cost them for permits, engineering studies, negotiations, labor and materials? It's not exactly as though the construction would be taking place out in the hinterlands. To recoup their expenses and make a reasonable profit over, say, only three years would necessitate charging us an astronomical per-year amount. For OUR sake it pays to spread the initial cost out over several years.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

THE VALUE OF CV BROADBAND

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Benefits of Municipal Broadband Service

Andy Berke, the Mayor of Chattanooga (Tennessee) recently shared the benefits his city enjoys from municipal broadband services. The Tennessean reported:
"A pioneer in municipal broadband, Chattanooga developed its fiber network in 2010 with a combination of Federal funds and bond issues. The high-speed access led to direct and indirect economic gains and has been profitable."
Municipal broadband, a/k/a community broadband, is an affordable high-speed Internet Service Provider (ISP) built by the city, town, or municipality. It paid the cost to install fiber-optic cables to every home, not only to luxury buildings or select high-rise offices. A public-private partnership or third party may operate the network. Every resident and business that wants municipal broadband can sign up and easily get it; just like water, electricity, and gas services. Residents use municipal broadband for entertainment, education and online classes, remote work and tele-commuting, video conferencing, home-based businesses, new business startups, and more.
Mayor Berke listed the benefits Chattanooga enjoys:
"In the past three years, the city’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.1 percent from 7.8 percent and the wage rate has also been climbing. Volkswagen’s presence has boosted the manufacturing sector and 10-gigabit speed internet has fueled wage growth, Berke said, speaking at Fiber to the Home Council Americas conference at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center... “It changed our conceptions of who we are and what is possible,” Berke said... Downtown has doubled its residents and landlords often advertise gigabit speeds that are included in monthly rents... "
Other towns in Tennessee have installed municipal broadband services, including Tullahoma and Clarksville. How fast is 10 gigabits? It is the fastest service currently available.
The bottom line: 10-gigabits is a far, far faster than the 25-, 50-, or 100 MB broadband speed you're probably getting from your current Internet Service provider (ISP). Electric Power Board (EPB) provides the municipal broadband service in Chattanooga. Besides the blazing 10 gigabit speed, it also offers slower speeds.
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If this can be done in Tennessee, why not here in Century Village. Improved property value, improved communication, putting Century Village on track to a new and improved future!

Thanks to Les Rivkin for reference to the article.
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

joining the 21st Century @WPBCV

This is the only conclusion I could come up with that anyone in Century village would not want to join the 21st century... I imagine this is their thinking:


"Yep, it's time to start x-ploring outside the cave. Why, They's a whole new world out there!
They invented these little call boxes, kinda like our telephone but they ain't got no wires and there ain't no crank to get the operator to make your calls. They's call 'em cell phones,, and you can call anyone you want without yelling' too loud. Why they can hear ya clear across the county and you don't hafta even get yer voice all horse!
Why they even have these things that make noise kinda like the old victrola, but instead of the ol' 78's, they's are small silver disks and ain't got no grooves and make some really beautiful music and sometimes some awful noise they call rap or something. They got some of the same kinds disks that you put inside a box next to some new fangled TeeVee thing and they come out with them moving pictures. In color even! And them new fangled TeeVee's sure don't look like the TeeVee we had. Why they's more like going to the picture show at the old Bijou Theatre and almost as big!
They have a box on the desk with a TeeVee like thing and what looks like a typewriter but lays kinda flat and there ain't no place to roll up the paper into. They calls it a KEYboard. Tho' I ain't seen no keys, just a bunch of numbers and letters and some funny symbols and squiggly lines.
They even have that's smaller and fold in half and even one that you touch it with your finger and it does all kinds of things... They called that on a tablet... but I ain't seen no ten commandments on it so I ain't for sure how it could be's a tablet.
They said it work on something they's called a Why Fie. I don't know what a Why Fie is, but it must be something really small, cause I ain't never seen it. They's touch a bunch of letters on this here tablet and it come out with all sorts of information and stories and even some of them picture shows we saw on them new fangled TeeVees.
But I just don't know... All this new stuff out there and I ain't got no clue how to use them, so maybe I'll just go back in my cave and maybe they's just go away. "

NOTICE OF CENTURY VILLAGE MISSING PERSON

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JEANETTE HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS SAFE!
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June 21, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact:      PBSO Dispatch 688-3400

Media Advisory

PBSO is Seeking the Public’s Assistance with Locating a
Missing/Endangered Adult
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Jeanette Gennino.  Jeanette, DOB: 5/25/1925, walked away from her residence of 287 Chatham N, WPB, yesterday (6/20/16) at 4:00 pm, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Jeanette is 5’01”, 110 lbs., has brown hair and brown eyes.  Her clothing description is unknown.

Jeanette suffers from dementia.  She requires oxygen and uses a walker to get around.  She DOES NOT have her oxygen with her.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detectives consider Jeanette Gennino to be a Missing Endangered Adult.

If anyone should come into contact with Jeanette Gennino they are urged to contact PBSO Dispatch at 688-3400 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

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Dave Israel
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

UCO MEETINGS - JULY 2016 - REVISION 3

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Dave Israel
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NOTICE TO MOVIE GOERS WHO TAKE THE BUS FROM CLUBHOUSE

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Dave Israel
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF MEETINGS

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Barbara Cornish
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - AUGUST 2016 - REVISED

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Dave Israel

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - JULY 2016 - REVISED

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Dave Israel

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - JUNE 2016 - REVISED

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Dave Israel

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY 2016 - NEVER FORGET

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Dave Israel
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Sprinkler Opt-Out ....... Handrail Opt-Out ?

It appears that many associations are moving forward and beginning the opting-out process regarding the requirement to retro fit sprinkler systems into their buildings.
During a couple of delegate/officers/ operations meetings, when the subject of opting out of the requirement to retro fit buildings with sprinkler systems; opting out of the handrail requirement was piggy backed with the sprinkler issue.
It seems as if the hand rail opt out option has now become a non-issue.
If you look at the form, DBPR CO 6000-8, (above) which is Page 6 of 9 of the UCO Operations 2016 Fire Sprinkler Opt-Out as of May 3, 2013.pdf (located in the sidebar of the blog) is shows a box that can be checked to opt out of the handrail requirement. Why aren’t more associations using this option to opt out of handrail requirements?
Why wasn’t a boiler plate “Written Consent not to Retrofit for Handrails” form created in the same format of the opt out of Sprinkler retro fit form and included in the instructional packet?
I am not criticizing the creation of the instructional packet, it’s a great help, but I am confused on why the attention to the handrail option has disappeared.
Any informational response from the community is appreciated.

Monday, May 23, 2016

ELECTRONIC VOTING - A TECHNOLOGY WHOSE TIME HAS COME - NOW ENABLED IN LAW

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There are lots of non-trivial moving parts to this. Consult your attorney before jumping into the pool!
UCO will have Mark Friedman in to conduct a briefing on this process.
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Dave Israel

Sunday, May 22, 2016

UCO MONTHLY MEETINGS - JUNE 2016

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Dave Israel
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UCO MONTHLY MEETINGS - JULY 2016

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Dave Israel
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UCO MONTHLY MEETINGS - AUGUST 2016

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Dave Israel
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

OPT OUT OF FIRE SPRINKLER BY WRITTEN CONSENT - ANOTHER WORKING AID - WHAT IS YOUR FCTMH FILE NUMBER?

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In the process of opting out by written consent, one of the forms you must send to the Florida Division of Condominiums, Time Shares and Mobile Homes is DBPR Form CO 6000-8 - Retrofitting Report for Condominiums. Near the top of this form, you must enter the five digits of your Association FCTMH (Florida Condo., Time Shares and Mobile Homes) File number.
 
In order to assist all Associations in finding this number, UCO has prepared the following list of Associations and the corresponding File Number, I hope you all find this useful. A copy of this list is available at UCO.
Please advise of any questions in Comment stream.

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Dave Israel
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AN IDEA FOR CHANNEL 63


CHANGE IN USE OF THE NEWS TICKER
Not too long ago I noticed a news ticker (moving horizontal bar with information) on Channel 63. It carried the weather.

When I saw this, I thought that this would be the perfect place to instead list the special programs on Channel 63 taking place for the next seven days.

The programs are listed in the Reporter, but it takes time to find the right page for this, and with the newspaper being a monthly, the information has often changed. The programs are also listed on Channel 63 itself, but it's a nuisance to wait until this comes around.

If the news ticker carrying the weather I saw a while ago instead carried the days and times of the programs for the next seven days, I think this would make life a lot easier for those who would like to watch Channel 63 but have been frustrated in not knowing when the things they want to watch are showing. With the news ticker, want to know what's on Channel 63 and when? Just turn to 63 itself and you'll have it in seconds.

As for the weather, who needs the weather on Channel 63 when there are so many other better sources for this?

People have worked long and hard to bring us what we have on Channel 63, but I think it is fair to say that our community channel has not been an overall big success. As I see it, the two big drawbacks to Channel 63 have been (1) the lack of special programs and (2) not knowing when the special programs are on. Seems to me this "news ticker" solution would take care of the second problem. (Obviously the tape would have to be kept up to date.) Then with more residents tuning into 63, interest in our community channel increases, and—who knows?—this might then provide the impetus for more programming to be worked up.

What do you think, those of you who may know more about this than I?

Save a life of one you love , a neighbor, or a friend

On Tuesday  May 17th Century Villagers have an opportunity to take CPR instruction in our Club House. Here is an article from the Web that explains it fully.

By Rick Ferrante
Founder and President, Home Care Services Santa Clarita
According to the American Heart Association, around 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to administer CPR. 
These statistics are rather alarming, and there is an easy solution. CPR can help save the life of someone you love, or the life of a complete stranger, if you only take the time to learn. 
Emergency situations are difficult for everyone, but there is always a way to help. Learning CPR training will not only give you the ability to save someone’s life, but it will also give you the confidence that you may need to step in and help during an emergency. 
As 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, the value of CPR training is always increasing. Taking a course from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or even from an organization in your area can reduce some of the deaths that are caused by cardiac arrest each year. 
Cardio pulmonary resuscitation is not as scary as it sounds. It is easy to learn and will give you the confidence to perform in a high-risk situation. Learn CPR today and be ready for all kinds of emergencies. 
You can sign-up at the UCO office, the Club House entrance.
Please help a neighbor and yourself.
Thank you, Ruthie Berman

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FIRE SPRINKLER RETROFIT - OPT OUT BY WRITTEN CONSENT - IMPROVED FORMS PACKET

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Following is a link to a more complete set of forms which will assist our Associations to Opt-Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit. This packet of five forms will assist Associations to complete the process with minimum inconvenience:
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This link will also be placed in the side bar of this Blog, under the heading of "Interactive Forms"
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For your convenience, this packet when downloaded will provide a live interactive Adobe format, allowing you to enter all requested data on the computer using the keyboard.
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Please advise in the Comment stream, if you note any errors, or if you have any questions. Advice in the preparation and use of these forms has come from licensed attorneys and knowledgeable Century Village residents. I have attempted to provide a simplified and correct procedure, thus any errors are my own.
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Clearly any questions of law should be referred to your Association Attorney. This packet, will be provided in hard copy at the Friday meeting of the Delegate Assembly.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION RETURNING TO CENTURY VILLAGE

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 SOCIAL SECURITY REPRESENTATIVES RETURN TO VILLAGE

DAY:...Thursday, (And every fourth Thursday thereafter)
DATE:.... May 26, 
TIME:....10am-1pm

There will be representatives from the Social Security Administration in the Main Clubhouse available to help with any questions and/or concerns that you may have regarding your Social Security. Please sign up in the ticket office with Christy to facilitate the number of representatives that will be needed.  
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Dave Israel