This Is our Village

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Don’t Get Ripped off by Appliance Repair Scams

A wrench

Monday, July 27, 2015

The following is in response to Gary's blog on the subject of renters attending financial meetings:

Read that a little closer. Since renters have no financial interest in the village, why should they be in a finance meeting? They have no vote in any meetings. They are not represented in the delegate assembly, and as I once suggested to get at least one representative for renters and it was loudly shot down by everyone including your side of the political arena, then unless you are ready to get renter representation in the delegate assembly, I suggest all the hypocritical comments end. PRINT THIS.

the reason for the bold "READ THIS" is due to their habit of not printing my comments, although they CLAIM to not censor their blog except for language.

Monday, July 20, 2015

I must respond to Gary Olman's remark that the Delegates voted for no term limits without knowing what they were voting for. Does he take the Delegates for idiots? We all knew what we were voting for as it had been discussed. Gary Olman likes to stir the pot when it is empty.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Condo termination in Florida

If this video gets out to the wider public it will cause our property values to plummet! Would you buy in Century Village if you think that your condo could be dissolved?

Thank you Mr Grossman for advertising against Century Village

Friday, July 17, 2015


I agree with Gary Olman (see Bob Rivera's blog) that term limits is not "built into" normal voting. I don't know the history of term limits, but I do recall its becoming an Amendment to the US Constitution during Harry Truman's presidency, in response to FDR's having been elected to a fourth term as US president. Until FDR no president had served more than two terms.

Despite the fact FDR was a great president during World War II, there must have been sufficient agreement in Congress (three quarters of the Congress must ratify a Constitutional Amendment, I believe) that FDR's longevity in office was not a good thing. Whether this played into the decision, I don't know, but FDR did try to "pack" the Supreme Court, you may recall.

It is true, as Gary says, the incumbent often has the advantage of name recognition, but he (or she) also has the disadvantage of having made enemies, the more the longer one has been in office.

Note though, that term limits in this country would seem to be the exception and not the rule. Neither US senators nor US congressmen are subject to term limits, and Supreme Court justices serve for life. I think there should be good, solid reasons for having term limits in any particular situation, not just "We need to get rid of the old fogies" or "We need new blood." One reason the Founding Fathers decided on a six-year term for US senators was because THEY VALUED EXPERIENCE IN OFFICE. In his classic Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville, states this.

In our CV situation it is a small group sometimes called the "malcontents" who want term limits applied to the UCO officers. I believe their reasons are self-serving. A number of them have been voted DOWN by their peers. Term limits would increase their chances of being voted into office. Good volunteers have not been that easy to find here. Term limits may be applicable in some situations; I don't believe it is a good idea here. Let these people be elected to office the same way everyone else in CV has been, often starting with the Executive Board.

Channel 63 Missing

For those that have been wondering what happened to Channel 63, a power surge when the electric came back on from the outage that occurred on Saturday fried out components to the equipment that is used to generate Channel 63.  Please be patient as parts are being ordered and people are working at solving the problem.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Image result for finance committee meeting

DATE:..................JULY 22, 2015
Dave Israel

Sunday, July 12, 2015


This is just a quick thank you to Ed Black and the other UCO volunteers who directed traffic around the terrible accident at the Haverhill Gate on Saturday July 11th.  It must have been 100+ degrees in the late afternoon and Ed and others were directing traffic needing to enter CV back to the Okeechobee Gate.  Not a malcontent in sight, only grateful drivers!

Friday, July 10, 2015


Please consider donating to the school supplies program from the items on the list.
Bring items to UCO and thanks to our COP and of course to PBSO for sponsoring this program
Dave Israel

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I must respond to Esther's rants on this blog as I am not allowed on her blog. She calls
the delegates foolish and calls people names, myself included. She also does not write
the truth on her blog. She says the rover only drives around on the main road because
she followed it one day. The rover goes around to every pool and checks in electronically
as I have witnessed many times at the Dorchester pool on the north side of the village,
off the main road. She still complains about Sheffield O. Does she not know from living
in the village that each association is it's own business. UCO has no authority over her
association nor any other association. It is up to each association to be in charge of their units
not UCO. This woman ran for office twice and lost twice. Her students said she is a nasty woman who thinks she knows it all. If you read her blog you can tell she dislikes our leaders
and UCO and we are foolish. What a nasty individual.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Any Updates on W Fi?

I see there is a committee called "Broadband." Is that the same as the wifi committee? Is there any new news to report on the wifi issue. It was extremely disappointing to see that initiative derailed by a handful of residents.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thank You......Mr. Levy

It was a pleasure to see you at our Delegate meeting and explaining to the people the truth about the situation  in Sheffield O and how they must have patience and be pro-active in their associations. I can see the love you have for the village and I know why most of us are so happy to live our senior years in Century village,  it is still a paradise to most.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Founder and Developer of Century Village, H. Irwin Levy will speak on current CV concerns of interest. He has agreed to appear at the UCO Delegate Assembly meeting of July 3, 2015. The meeting will be in the main clubhouse theater starting at 9:30am.
Dave Israel

A Wake Up Call

Term Limits again? Why are the so-called malcontents always so riled up for term limits? Term limits are right in front of their faces every time you go to the polls. Every time! They keep yelling for term limits and the delegates shut them down. Is it not obvious that Most agree? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Are there problems at UCO? Of course there are, but why not try offering solutions instead of causing more problems? Stupid lawsuits or Throwing everyone out of UCO and starting from scratch isn't a solution. Not likely. There aren't enough experienced people for that to happen. They say "term limits curb the potential for monopoly"... Well let's get off the Milton-Bradley Express Circuit come back to reality.
We are a village, not state nor a nation. Our village president serves a two year term, not a four year term as in our national office. If you don't want someone in office, don't vote for them. THAT is term limit. you can limit a person to a single term, as some of our national presidents, i.e. Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush. found out the hard way.
If the delegates vote for a candidate, then that is the will of the people. If your delegate didn't vote the way you wanted, then you need to take that up with your delegate and get a delegate that votes for their association.

We have much more pressing issues than the "I don't like David Israel" faction..
We have a MAJOR problem with Associations that "Don't care what's going on in the village, as long as I'm not affected". Let me tell you, YOU WILL BE AFFECTED.  When Century Village, a 55 and over community becomes Century Village Homeless Hotel located in sunny Western West Palm Beach, a slum for one and all... When crime starts to rise, and you begin to wonder, why didn't UCO do something about screening the criminal element coming in and out of the village?(Which by the way, is the job of the Association) You will start to wonder, "Why are my property values so much lower than what I paid to live here? Then you will begin to wonder why you have to sell below market value at bargain basement prices to the greedy developers trying to call themselves benevolent by renting to the homeless while they collect their $900-$1200 a month from the city or state. Money coming out of YOUR Taxes!!! No, they won't care that you will be forced to sell to some crooked developer for pennies on the dollar for what you paid.
What will you do? What will Mr. & Ms. Century Village do now? Become a shut-in? Worry when you want to go to the pool? Will you be afraid when you get accosted at the clubhouse, or on a bus on the way to Publix to get some groceries? Or will you just give up and sell at a loss and become the burden on your kids that you said you would never be? All because you don't care what happens unless it affects you...
Wake up my friends, it is going to affect you. Some more than others, but it WILL affect you ALL!

Monday, June 29, 2015


Watch for the squirrels.  Recently, we brought our car in for maintenance at our Hyundai dealer. The service man checked our battery and noticed a lot of stuff hanging down from the hood.  The squirrels got under the hood and destroyed the shield which would have caused a fire.  He told us we were very fortunate that they weren't rats or mice because they eat the wires and make a nest which happened to one of his customers.  They had to replace the wires which cost her a lot of money.

So, for those of you that are reading this blog, please periodically check under your hood, especially if you see squirrels around.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


As noted in my prior Post, actions are underway to stop certain activities at Sheffield - O. See the following extract, and read the full story in the Palm Beach Post. Also read the UCO Reporter for in depth investigative reporting. 

Dave Israel

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Is this what we have to look forward to?

Friday night (last week). It's Karaoke Night. People shuffle in, mostly regulars coming to sing or to hear the singers. Some come just to dance, some for both.
Usually people bring some sort of snack, maybe a drink or two.
We find that when food is present, our circle of friends increases. This is not a problem under normal circumstances. We don't mind sharing with our friends, and if anything is left over we offer to those around us.
The problem I have is when someone that looks like he spent the day on a corner begging for change is hanging around the Club House and starts begging for food IN the clubhouse from people trying to enjoy the amenities of living here without being accosted .
I have issue with beggars in the streets and feel there should be a city and county ordinance preventing it.
Some people make a good living doing it. I saw a woman the other day, that I see regularly on a corner with her husband or boyfriend. She usually works the corner without her teeth, looking down to emphasize her "sadness". I saw her walking out of a store, dressed very nicely, smiling with nice dentures carrying bags of clothes from the store with a couple of very nicely dressed kids in tow playing on their cellphones.
Looks like she makes a good living, making more than many in this village.

Friday, June 19, 2015


"WPRF & UCO are closely cooperating in a multifaceted joint effort to counter certain events at Sheffield-O.
UCO in cooperation with Mark Friedman Esq. of Becker & Poliakoff is developing a presentation as to how you may legally prevent Condominium takeovers."
Watch for in-depth accurate coverage in the UCO Official Newspaper, The UCO Reporter.
Dave Israel

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Community Emergency Response Team
CERT Meeting - June 15, 2015
Main Clubhouse
Art Room
Dave Israel

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Watching Channel 63 on the website I viewed this slide:

The ID Office will extend its hours on: Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00am.

Not sure what the slide is conveying.

8:00 am to 9:00 am would be taking an hour away from the service.


Overlapping leases

I moved to Florida in January and Century Village WPB was my choice. Very Nice. I am renting an upstairs condo until I learn more about the condos and associations in the community.

My lease ends in October. If I find a downstairs condo in September and apply to the landlord and UCO for acceptance, and subsequently approved by the owner and association can I be an overlapping tenant of both condos for a period of 45 days?

Hi Mike,
Important point - UCO has nothing to do with your acceptance or rejection. Your Association makes this decision. UCO submits your application for investigation, but if you are moving to another unit in the same Association, another investigation is not necessary. If moving to another Association, they will require a new investigation.

What residence would my ID card be linked to and when do I take steps to change the address associated with the ID card?

The rule, is that your ID card, issued by WPRF is linked to your current Residence, Go to the ID Office when your old ID is near expiration, bring your Certificate of Approval from your new place of Residence, WPRF may want to see your new lease.

Secondly does anyone know if UCO is available to assist renters with questions like this one or is the main focus on landlords and condominium owners? Is there a specific person who may be considered a renter issues guru?

UCO will provide any assistance requested on such matters, and if the question is a legal one of Village wide relevance, we will obtain an opinion from our UCO Attorney.

Dave Israel


Thank you


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

With Deepest Sympathy

To Pat Sealander and Family,

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your Husband!

Frank & Barbara

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Comcast wifi installation in our association.

One of our unit owners has suggested installing Comcast WIFI throughout our association. Three routers would serve our 24 units. Apparently Coventry J has gone this way. I would like to know how well this system would support our association . During the Snowbird season we have 19 units who have Internet and using multiple devices. For example..laptops, tablets, e-readers, voip phones, video streaming Total cost would be $1,300 for installation and then $123. per month for service which equals to $5.12 for each unit owner. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Sent by Eva Rachesky - WPRF
Dave Israel

Saturday, June 6, 2015


I know we all have questions about what is happening at Sheffield O.

It certainly is not the best looking building--signs falling down, needs painting, porches used as bulk storage, etc.  However, drive just beyond to the Coventry area and the buildings along the north canal look as bad.

In end, absent or incompetent Boards at these buildings will ALWAYS win over anything UCO or WPRF can try.

I do not like the situation either, but ranting and misdirecting the REAL blame does not help.

Friday, June 5, 2015


Thanks to Elaine Brown for hours of research on the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) Web Site: 
The last column in the charts below show your expiration date, and those Associations which have expired will have to renew with FCHR, your management company should help you to accomplish this. There is a fee of $20.00 every two years. It should be noted that some 150 Associations have either expired or are near expiration. Some Associations have actually dropped off  the FCHR Web site. Don't risk losing your status as Housing for Older Persons under the HOPA (Housing for Older Persons Act)! Check your Association and if expired, re-register today.

Finally, please note, following the charts below you will find a Renewal form.

Dave Israel

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Book & Film Discussion

Thu, Jun 18, 2:00 pm Okeechobee Branch Library

Published in 1960, "To Kill a Mockingbird" was immediately successful and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. It has become a classic of modern American literature. Return on 6/23 to see the film followed by a brief discussion.
Participate in a lively book and film discussion of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.
(60 min.) Copies available at library
 Discussion guided by Century Village resident Dr. Richard Handelsman.