This Is our Village

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BLOG NAME TO CHANGE

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Hi all,
I have been advised by W.P.R.F., Inc. that their legal department wants the Century Village brand name to be removed from the BLOG.


It is not a real problem, but I would like to ask all of our BLOG members to suggest new names for the BLOG in the Comment Stream.


One idea I have been considering is monetizing the BLOG (yes, that would mean ads) and turning it over to the UCO Reporter. Perhaps then re-naming it to something like "UCO-Reporter-in-Cyberspace.wpb.blogspot.com" but this would probably require a vote of the Delegate Assembly.


So, please give this some thought and respond with a comment.


Thanks,
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Dave Israel
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Florida Consumer Newsletter - July scams


You can sign up for the Florida Consumer Newsletter http://app1.800helpfla.com/newsletter/
and the July issue http://www.800helpfla.com/newsletter/2012/072012.html covers 'government' scams and variations that sound official. Good to know the latest!
Personally - I have received 6 email versions of 'Pay your July bill online' pretending to be Comcast. Comcast is looking into this latest phishing attempt.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Don't Miss Olympics


Watch on our Channels 3, 42, 56 or online - http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/nbcolympics (catch events you missed, something good from Comcast), youtube various, and www.wikihow.com/Watch-the-Olympics-Online

Friday, July 27, 2012

ORGANIC PRODUCE - DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME

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As a non driver, I am always interested in simplifying my life ---and sometimes it is difficult for me to shop for organic produce ---I am now getting that delivered thru:
www.palmbeachorganics.org    

There is a one time joining fee for this co op and then you have choices of delivery frequency and size of basket ---on tues afternoon, the available produce for the week is listed - it's not a pick and choose ---and you may not get everything on the list ---initially, you answer questions about your likes and dislikes and you can indicate each delivery if there is something you don't want ----I have been very happy so far ---and just thought maybe there is someone out there in blogland who may be interested or know someone who would like this service.  I'll be baking plum bread tomorrow!  I am usually asking for help or answers - nice to have something to offer
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BOIL WATER ALERT LIFTED BY PBCWUD

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We are advised by the Palm Beach County Water Utility Department that the Boil Water Alert is lifted.
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Dave Israel
President
United Civic Organization
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WATER SERVICE RETURNED - BOIL WATER ALERT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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Repairs to water system completed at 10:25pm.
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Boil water until further notice.
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The boil water alert will continue until the Department of Health has completed water quality testing.
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Dave Israel
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President
United Civic Organization
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EMERGENCY WATER SHUT OFF AND BOIL WATER ALERT

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EMERGENCY
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We are advised by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department of a main water pipe break!
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Water will be turned off in the entire Village from 8pm - 11:30pm this evening July 25, 2012!
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Upon return of water service, there will be A BOIL WATER ALERT!  until further notice; possibly as long as 48 hours.
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This applies to any water consumed; bring water to a rolling boil for one minute.
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Watch this BLOG, and Channel 63 for any additional information.
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Dave Israel
President
United Civic Organization
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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISIT TO CENTURY VILLAGE - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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Part one
Introduction - Barbara Roth
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation - Rabbi Brad Foxman
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Part two
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Max Lubin - Obama Campaign Staff
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Part three
Congressman - Ted Deutch
DNC Chair, Congresswoman - Debbie Wasserman Schultz
UCO President - Dave Israel
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President of The United States - Barack Obama
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 Videography - Scott Rachesky and CSPAN
Video Rendering - Ed Black
Upload to Vimeo - Ed Black
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

CENTURY VILLAGERS INTERVIEWED ON WPBF TV PRIOR TO PRESIDENTIAL VISIT

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Thanks to Mike Minckene of Sheffield I who sent the following link:
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Dave Israel
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Thanks

After a very exciting week, it is time to thank many of the people who worked to make this a successful visit of the President.


I will never remember or even know many of the background people who worked on this project so first I will thank all the unsung heros who will know who they are even if we don't. From security to the cleaning crews, there are many who went the extra mile this week.  Thank you


Now for our UCO President, David Israel,  whom I was so proud of when he got a special thank you from the President for the excellent introduction.  For Ed Black (Security Chair) who worked night and day all week, just doing what needed doing.  For Barbara Cornish who filled the shoes of four VPs.  Three being out because of illness, surgery or away.  They didn't plan to be gone this week but it happened and Barbara picked up the gauntlet and ran with it.  Eva Rachesky, whose home away from home, was invaded by aliens from the government, running miles of wiring from here and back again.  The rules went through many changes as the days went on and all of these people rolled with it and got it done. It was done remarkably well.


One of my big thanks is for an office staff that is techniclly adept.  This is such a bonus for our UCO office.  It has not been that long since we were using 20 column paper ledger books for investigation info.  For our staff to be able to talk to the government techies and understand what they were saying and then act on it accordingly is a wonderful wave of today's world.


Thank God for the rainy season and the landscaping crews that have made our village so beautiful. 
Thanks for  the paving company that made our roads good looking and so nice and smooth to drive over.  Thanks for all the buildings who take care of their associations and have painted and added plantings.  The village looks great and we have more green space than so many of the newer communities.  Thank God that we have not had any hurricanes that always set progress back as we have to recover from them.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Almost Famous


If you go to youtube you can search 'Obama century village'
or see Kisses and Hi-lights - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QWqrHmbK_s (best)
short, work for what we earn - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfsnox1iLkE
short, cut thru nonsense mute - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StBm3sXTF0Y
and Pat, Anita, and Barbara look great ;-)    

Friday, July 20, 2012

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) NEWS - BREAKING COLORADO NEWS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA VISIT

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The following audio clip is an NPR story about early breaking news on the Colorado tragedy and the visit of President Obama to Century Village. UCO President Dave Israel, and State Attorney candidate Dave Aronberg are interviewed:
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COLORADO TRAGEDY

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From the excitement and joy yesterday at Century Village to the pain and tragedy at century theater in Aurora Colorado.What a difference a day makes. Not even 24 little hours. May the healing of this massacre for those who have felt the pain be tempered with the grace of their God. I pray for all of them and I know the people of this village will also.

CENTURY VILLAGE BLOG REVIEWED ON WPTV - MOLLIE REYNOLDS REPORTING

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Mollie Reynolds interviews UCO President on how the President Obama visit was released to National Press via Social Networking on the Century Village BLOG.
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Dave Israel
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"Wild in Century Village"

 President Israel carries launch codes, or is it just his speech?

 President Obama wades into the wild-about-Barack Century Village crowd.






PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT

What a great day it was for Century Village.  President Obama was here!!!
Great thanks for all the hard work goes out to Dave Israel, Ed Black, Barbara Cornish and the entire UCO team of VOLUNTEERS who worked tirelessly and endlessly to make Pres. Obama's visit sucessful one AND IT WAS.  Many thanks also go out to Eva and her staff at WPRF for their abundant amout of hard work put into this occassion. 
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!!!  GET OUT THE VOTE FLORIDA!!!!!!

FLASH!! SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!


As Dave Israel said to debgeller in a comment to a previous post, we can use photos you may have taken of President Obama's visit. These can be of last night's get-together in the Clubhouse Party Room or of what you saw in the Village from the outside.

We have held up the August issue of the UCO Reporter in order to be able to include a special section on President Obama's historic visit on Thursday, July 19, to Century Village. To include your photos in this issue, we must get them from you immediately, like no later than today, Friday, July 20.

Please send to ucoreporterpix@gmail.com. Add any pertinent text, such as "Mailboxes being removed" or "Lineup of cars at the Haverhill Gate."


If anything of special interest concerning the President's visit occurred that you know about and we might not, you could also drop us a BRIEF line at ucoreporterwpb@gmail.com. But please, no later than today, Friday, for possible inclusion in the August Reporter.

We will be able to use only a small percentage of what is submitted, of course, but we appreciate your help.

It was an exciting evening, wasn't it!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO APPEAR IN CV WEST PALM BEACH

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO SPEAK AT CENTURY VILLAGE CLUBHOUSE
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I am pleased to announce the appearance of the President of the United States at the main Clubhouse, Century Village, West Palm Beach, Florida.
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DATE: July 19, 2012
TIME: Doors Open at 4:15 pm
PLACE: Party Room
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Ticket needed for entrance.
Tickets are available on a first come basis.
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Tickets will be available at the ticket office in the Century Village Main Clubhouse on Tuesday, July 17  beginning at 5 pm. 
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5500 Century Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417.
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Dave Israel
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We set up our "Welcome President Obama" camp at 3:30 today on Century Blvd. ("We" meaning my grandbaby Elizabeth and I.)  We took some shots of the folks throughout the day and sent them to The Reporter... but just before the President arrived, the Secret Service requested we move to the clubhouse side of Century Blvd. Yikes. Poor Elizabeth... who held out all afternoon to see "Mr. BoBoma"... bless her heart, she is only a three-year-old... just pooped out. So we missed hm!!! But I am streaming him live on TV now, and am still so excited about his visit.

CALL FOR COVERAGE ASSISTANCE FROM THE UCO REPORTER

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Joy Vestal, Senior Reporter and Editor for the
UCO Reporter sends along the following:
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The UCO Reporter needs  pictures outside the clubhouse during the President's visit. We need  pictures of the President arriving at the clubhouse, his motorcade and crowds lining sidewalk waiting to get a glimpse of him. We are looking for  anything of interest outside. If you get any good shots bring them to the Reporter office, at the Camden pool on Friday.
JoyVestal, Co-Editor, UCO Reporter.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AFFAIRS OF STATE - MATTERS OF PROTOCOL - PRESIDENTIAL VISIT

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At this point, all available tickets for this signal event have been distributed, some 400 in total. So, this Post is for those who hold a ticket!
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Please understand, that there are Rules, with a capital "R"!
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1) Read the disclaimer at the bottom of your ticket; note that there will be a security scan of each person upon entry, so, do not come loaded with stuff; a camera is permitted.
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On Thursday, July 19, The Clubhouse will come under strict Security control by the Secret Service.
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On Thursday, July 19, National and International Press will move equipment onto the Island, satellite TV vehicles and other equipment. The parking spaces will be drastically limited, and any privately owned vehicle that attempts access to the island will be examined by Secret Service Agents.
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The best and principal way ticket holders must access the event is to drive to Temple Anshei Sholom, Park and board the busses which will shuttle you to the Clubhouse. Of course you will be bused back to Anshei Sholom after the event is over. Starting at 4:00pm Internal Busses will do there regular run continously picking up people with tickets ONLY!
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Finally, for those of you who were not able to obtain a ticket, we are attempting to have  this event carried in real time live on CVTV Channel 63. This has some degree of technical risk and may not be successful. Also NewsChannel 5 will be live streaming President Obama's Thursday arrival and speech on WPTV.com and the WPTV mobile app.
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Enter your questions in the Comment stream, and every attempt will be made to answer them in time.
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Please enjoy it, this is a once in a lifetime event for our Village
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Dave Israel
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hello To The Group

Greetings & Hello Everyone,
Please allow me to introduce myself:
I'm Larry, The Son Of Martin, From The House Of Bomse ( Larry Bomse )
I live in Century Village Pembroke Pines and operate the information website for our village.
Some of our information could benefit the Residents Of Century Village West Palm Beach,
As well as the Residents of Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach Villages.
We offer Free Food, 70% Discounted or Free Medicine, Free Transportation
And Free Apartment Cleaning. We also have information on the current shows at
All Of The Century Village Properties.
I have started our own blog but it's not anything like your wonderful Blog Here.
I see that i need to step up to the plate and get going with our Blog.
Youse Guyz have a wonderful Blog that i see everyone contributes to,
A job well done WPB  C.V., A job well done indeed.
Thank you for letting me into your world.
We look forward to contributing in any way we can
Providing useful information that all residents can use.
We have also added a link to you're WPB Blog on our website.
Its on the Left Side Navigation Tree, Above our Disclaimer, on the bottom of the nav tree.
Thanks again :Larry:
The Village Voice
www.century-village.net







 


Mary Lou Berger at Century Village West
This aerial photo of Century Village West in Boca Raton is taken from  the  49-minute video of Candidate Mary Lou Berger's star-studded appearance at  your sister village to the South.

To see more aerial views  use the link below to see "Mary Lou Berger at Century Village, Boca Raton.

                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Blake Piha
Century Village, Boca Raton

CVW residents with Mary Lou Berger and State Representative Irv Slosberg
CVW's Melissa and Mary Lou Berger

Firefighters for Mary Lou Berger
Fire Rescue Captain John Fisher

Congressman Ted Deutch

Property Appraiser Candidate Robert Weinroth

CVW Democratic Club President Marvin Manning and Memeber Mike Limongelli with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw


CLICK ON the following link to see a 49-minute video of Palm Beach County Commissioner Candidate Mary Lou Berger's appearance at Century Village West in Boca Raton on July 15, 2012 with Commisioner Burt Aaronson, Cong. Ted Deutch, State Rep. Irv Slosberg, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Property Appraiser Candidate Robert Weinroth and a helicopter view of CVW on YouTube:

Fred Hadley, Publisher: The Village Sentry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yg-Ml7jY-g&feature=youtube_gdata_player 

Fred Hadley, Publisher
The Village Sentry
TheVillageSentry@comcast.net

Monday, July 16, 2012





Here's an idea. I upgraded my old "gold" lined kitchen cabinets. I replaced the golden, worn out hinges with new chrome hinges and pulls. I filled in the gold lines with a white primer, then red paint. I used my "Mr. Eraser" to get off the excess paint. (I'm not the neatest painter in the world.)  My kitchen accessories are all red colors, so it looks great! The cost was under a hundred bucks..

Power Outage Idea


I have a friend who used her Solar Lights inside the house at night when the electric power went off during a hurricane. She stuck them in jars and bottles and said they gave off plenty of 'free light' in each room. She put them outside in the daytime and brought them back inside at night for several days while the power was off. They are safer than candles and cheaper than batteries.
Thanks Grace 

We've been spotted



What and when is next, no notice on board. How not cost effective is this parking re-striping!
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

WI-FI SURVEY

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WI-FI SURVEY
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UCO is conducting a Wi-Fi survey. We have uploaded an Interactive form to the cloud, follow the link:
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To access the interactive form, drop the "file" menu and click "download".
Fill out the form, save it and Email the completed form to
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ucopresident@gmail.com
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Dave Israel
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

An old friend sent me this ....

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

Friday, July 13, 2012

COOPERATION - PART 2


Pat would like to thank all for their kind words. 
I believe everyone in the community should get along. Why the hatred? On election day you lose. Big deal. You lost – tighten your belt, smile and get along with whomever won the elections, even if you did not vote for them. 
Once again thanks to all especially Joy Vestal.
From Pat Sealander  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

TO ALL UNIT OWNERS

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 I Trust that all delegates would give feedback to the unit owners after attending a delegate meeting . Unit owners would be appalled if they knew that a few owners ( one of interest owns 5 units) are trying to become the new leaders of CV.

If they have witnessed as I and many others have at the delegate meetings there is reason to fear for the future of our village. There is a obvious lack of ability and leadership skills and there is no one served but those whose goal is to self serve . Very scary!!
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YES, COOPERATION IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL AT UCO!

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In case you didn't notice at the last Delegate Meeting that was Pat Sealander taking notes for myself, the Recording Secretary. Because I just recently had hip replacement surgery I am not mobile and cannot at this time fulfill my duties. I asked Pat, who by the way was my opponent in the election, if she would fill in for me and without hesitation she said yes! YES! some of us still know how to get along, work together and do what is necessary to help our Village. Thanks Pat, I hope I will be able to return the favor, if not to you directly, but to someone else who may need my help.
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Joy Vestal
UCO Recording Secretary
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

CALL FOR UPRIGHT CITIZENS

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As many of you are aware, there is an effort in progress by a few malcontents, to get yours truly Recalled from the Presidency of UCO! They are circulating a petition and attempting to get our Residents to sign it. The Bylaws require 35 signatures in order to trigger a hearing.
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I have received reports that some of these folks have been seen intimidating others in order to obtain their signature; this is of course ethically and morally repugnant.
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I herewith call upon anyone who witnesses such intimidation to write a report describing this event in detail, include Who, What, Where, When...Etc. Date the report and sign it before a Notary.
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Such reports will be very helpful to me at the Recall hearing.
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Stand up and be counted, don't let them take us back to the good old days.
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Dave Israel
President
United civic Organization

AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY - SHOW US THE MONEY

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This should calm the Manufactured Panic expressed at the Delegate Assembly. We have clearly $826,683.70 projected for all of 2012. Rest Easy, we can pay our bills without Mortgages, line of credit usage, or SELLING the  UCO building!
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Do not permit a few malcontents to lead the Village down the wrong path!
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Dave Israel
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Great Holocaust Secret



A great many Jews know the story of how the Danes rescued 8,000 Jews from the Nazis by smuggling them to Sweden in fishing boats.
Very few Jews, know the story of how all 50,000 Bulgarian Jews were saved. Not a single Bulgarian Jew was deported to the death camps, due to the heroism of many Bulgarians of every walk of life, up to and including the King and the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

In 1999, Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti Defamation League flew with a delegation to Sophia to meet the Bulgarian Prime  Minister. He gave the Prime Minister the first Bulgarian language copy of a remarkable book, "Beyond Hitler's Grasp," written in 1998, by Michael Bar Oar, a professor at Emory University . (A Bulgarian Jew who had migrated to Israel and then to the USA ).
This book documents the rescue effort in detail. The ADL paid for and shipped 30,000 copies to Bulgaria , so that the population could partake in the joy of learning about this heroic facet of their history.
This story is clearly the last great secret of the Holocaust era. The story was buried by the Bulgarian Communists, until their downfall in 1991. All records were sealed, since they didn't wish to glorify the King, or the Church, or the non Communist parliamentarians, who at great personal risk, stood up to the Germans. And the Bulgarian Jewish Community, 45,000 of whom went to Israel after the war, were busy building new lives, and somehow the story remained untold.

Bulgaria is a small country and at the outset of the War they had 8 million people. They aligned themselves with the Nazis in hopes of recapturing Macedonia from Yugoslavia and Thrace from Greece . Both provinces were stripped from them, after World War I. In late 1942 the Jews of Selonica were shipped north through Bulgaria , on the way to the death camps, in sealed box cars. The news of this inhumanity was a hot topic of conversation. Then, at the beginning of 1943, the pro Nazi Bulgarian government was informed that all 50,000 Bulgarian Jews would be deported in March. The Jews had been made to wear yellow stars and were highly visible.
As the date for the deportation got closer, the agitation got greater. Forty-three ruling party members of Parliament walked out in protest. Newspapers denounced what was about to happen. In addition, the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Krill,  threatened to lie down on the railroad tracks. Finally, King Boris III forbade the deportation. Since Bulgaria was an ally of Germany , and the Germans were stretched militarily, they had to wrestle with the problem of how much pressure they could afford to apply. They decided  to pass.

Several points are noteworthy. The Bulgarian Jews were relatively unreligious and did not stand apart from the local populace by virtue of garb, or rites. They were relatively poor by comparison to Jews in other countries, and they lived in integrated neighborhoods. Additionally, the Bulgarians had many minorities, Armenians, Turks, Greeks, and Gypsies, in addition to Jews.
There was no concept of racism in that culture. The bottom line here is that Bulgarians saw Bulgarian-Jews as Bulgarians, and not as Jews. And, being a small country, like Denmark , where there was a closeness of community that is often missing in larger countries. So, here was a bright spot that we can point to as example of what should have been.

The most famous of those saved was a young graduate of the Bulgarian Military Academy . When he arrived in Israel , he changed his name to ...Moshe Dayan.

A little story about book keeping

Many, Many years ago as a very young bride, I had a little booklet that contained about 12 envelopes with titles like, rent, utilities, food, insurance, etc, etc....  Every week I took our paychecks and divided them up into these envelopes.  When bill came due I had the money in the envelope.  It worked.


I then matured somewhat and opened a checking and a savings account.  I developed a yearly budget, divided it by 12 and deposited that amount of money each month.  The only other account I had was for savings which came first and maybe the precious little extra I might have.  This method worked much better.  Ir was easy, secure, and much easier to use.


I think the current UCO treasurer is using the budget envelope type of book keeping.  Her many different  checking accounts seem to confuse her as she has no way of seeing the whole process as professional bookkeeping would.  After her little prepared negative speech, she also is incapable of explaining anything.


I have no idea why we seem to reelect officers who have quit in a tiff when something did not go their way.  We deserve better.  We have qualified people who would do the job properly and professionally and work for the good of UCO and especially for the village itself.  This village is such a wonderful place why are we allowing a few negative people to overtake our meetings and positions of power.  We should be voting for people who are qualified to do the jobs and truly want the best for us.

Thank you


Thank you, David, for being such a good president, in spite of the ignorant harassment that you have been subjected to.  Thank you for being so on top of things and understanding them, that you can think on your feet and are ready with an intelligent, educated response to some of the foolish accusations.  Thank you for proposing the solution to paying for the Bath/Borden fix that our treasurer just glossed over and went for proposing an expensive mortgage.  Its too bad that she does not understand professional business accounting. Everybody in this village will benefit from your Presidency.


I would very much like to make a motion that the person who has caused us all the added permit expense be required to pay for these extra permits.  He continually puts down the paving which has been inspected and declared an excellent job.  He wants you to fall on your sword which is the ultimate hate speech.  I do not think that this group approves of anything that UCO has ever done.  When they get their turn at bat, I hope they are subjected to the same negative harassment.

Permit fees are a comin'

Ms. Tetro spoke of the coming Permit fees for the “re-opening” of Phase II, UCO office, and the additional OPENING of a permit (where none was previously required) for the walk-way that was repaved first, and the WPRF Hastings Pool area.


All of this was pursued by one who accused UCO of entering into a Paving contract without Delegate Assembly approval. Let's not forget that “RESERVES” are (for Condominium Associations) SPENT money! Why else would we have spoken for ten (10) years about placing Money into a Paving fund, unless we expected to spend it at some time. Even before the contract was signed, the Delegate Assembly was clearly aware of the Engineers report to begin the project immediately due to conditions in the Phase I area. Of course the Delegate Assembly did agree that all future expenditures should be explained at the presentation of the budget, and that is being adhered to.
However, when does UCO owe money for the one who complained, gave records of the four (4) paving projects, to the permit office that now causes all of us to PAY procurement and permit fees. The one did not elicit approval from anybody and is the only one responsible for these additional cost, that might have been mitigated if only the one asked for a meeting with officers and established the mandatory approval through the Officers, Executive Board and finally the Delegate Assembly.


Accordingly, should we have a motion that the one pay for the increased costs associated for this costly error in procedure, especially since he is so very concerned about the budget eight (8) months after the Delegate Assembly approved it. He never attended any meetings of the finance committee, but feels it within his personal capacity to spend our money without regard to the budget consequences.


If we pay this, we will have endorsed this process where anyone may create non-budgeted expenses for which we would be responsible. Would anyone expect to repair their auto, damaged in an accident, and then expect the insurance company to pay the claim without participating in review of the damages first. Why should the one.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - JULY 6, 2012 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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VIDEOGRAPHY.....Laurent.....W.P.R.F., Inc.
VIDEO RENDERING AND UPLOAD TO VIMEO.....Ed Black.....UCO
UPLOAD TO BLOGGER.....Dave Israel.....UCO
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It's a team effort, join our Geek Squad
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PLAZA EAST RULE - WHO PAYS FOR WHAT WHEN

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I have uploaded an interesting Declaratory Statement to the Cloud which is of importance to every Association Board Member and Unit Owner. It addresses the key issues of who is responsible for payment of certain Insurance casualties, when the damage is below the deductible, or no funds are available to make payment. The Declatory Statement may be read at the following link:


This document may also be accessed from the sidebar under core documents.
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Dave Israel
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Friday, July 6, 2012

PANIC MONGERING ABOUT MONEY AND POLITICAL KABUKI CRASH DELEGATE ASSEMBLY

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Phrase of the day - Political Kabuki
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An extremely stylized political show where the roles of the actors are as predefined as the outcome, the result being, even under the most extreme circumstances, only barely (if at all) recognizable as what can be considered reasonable discourse amongst educated men and women interested in the public good.
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Once again, as in previous months, many Delegates fled the Assembly in what appeared to be utter frustration with the activities of a few malcontents. In a prepared written speech, our Treasurer recited an often  told mantra about how UCO had no funds to pay for much needed repairs of a washout of the road at Bath and Borden streets; neither, according to the Treasurer can we make the final payment to the escrow account established for moneys owed to M&M paving, already overdue!
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Our Treasurer had the incredible nerve to suggest choices such as; we take out a totally unacceptable line of credit, or worse apply for a mortgage on the UCO building. One individual read a laundry list of so called malfeasances committed by the UCO President, another attendee actually suggested that we sell the UCO building and move UCO into the Clubhouse, as if over 4000 square feet of space was actually available in the facility.
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All in all the entire play was worthy of a Broadway satirical review; if only it was not so deliberately destructive to civil conduct of a business meeting between the Officers of UCO and the UCO Board of Directors! Be sure to catch the video which will soon be Posted to Channel 63 and this BLOG.
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Meanwhile, in a brief interlude of reason, the UCO President demonstrated that simple arithmetic projection of Budget line items, clearly showed surpluses could readily be extracted from various lines totaling over $250,000.00., which our Treasurer agreed could be done, but such an approach would not comport with her "philosophy" of handling money.
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Well, this is not a matter of philosophy, it's a simple matter of numbers!
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so once again I say to our delegates:
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1) Do not let those who wish to massively escalate our 2013 budget coupon get away with it, it is totally unnecessary, and from my point of view, dead on arrival!
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2) The Delegate Assembly is the UCO Board of Directors, Board members (Delegates) must not permit a few malcontents to chase  them away and bring UCO Operations to a halt; please remember these performances when you are called to sign a Petition of Recall, as they try to accomplish Administratively what they could not accomplish in the March election
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Dave Israel
President
United Civic Organization
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KEEP WATCH - IF IN DOUBT - CALL PBSO

Thursday, July 5, 2012

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - AUGUST 2012

SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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Dave Israel

Fish Kill II

Re post below, UCO is investigating the fish kill. Good ideas Samson. I have never caught one like these, are they carp?  Mostly 2”, largest I saw was 8”. Ibis and wood storks pick them up to show off but do not eat them.  Passersby notice water is really stinky, stained brown and slimy. I hope Fish & Wildlife will have an answer soon.  


Century Village Fish Kill

Has anyone noticed the hundreds of fish that are lying dead on the banks of our Century Village Lakes?  I know this phenomenon takes place in the winter when water temperatures drop quickly and the fish cannot adjust to the cold but I have never seen it happen during the summer months.
I may be wrong but I was thinking that the spray that is used once a month by WPRF to kill vegetation may somehow be linked to this fish kill by removing oxygen from the water while it kills the grass in the lake.  I know for sure that the spray has definitely changed the color and quality of the water from clear to dark brown but am not sure if it is also killing the fish at the same time.  After all DDT and Agent Orange were supposed to be safe also.  There are many other lakes in this area that are not fed by streams or have any natural runoff to a canal, and the water in those lakes are crystal clear.
I was just wondering if maybe we should not be using man made chemicals to treat our lake but instead use natural defenses to keep the grass down such as sterile carp which had been used here many years ago and did a wonderful job to defoliate the shore lines and at the same time keep our lakes beautiful and pristine.
Any ideas about keeping our lakes healthy would really be helpful especially if they reach the people who are making the decisions for all of us.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WHAT WAS THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET

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Dave Israel
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For those of you who are students of language, you may find it instructive to research why "s" is sometimes rendered as "f" in the above text, a relic of "the good old days"
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Declaration of Independence

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Declaration of Independence
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Here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence. This document represents a primary resource in understanding the history of America. The original spelling and capitalization have been retained. (Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)
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The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
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 Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --
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Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.
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The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.
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To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
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He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
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He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
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He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
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He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
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He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
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He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
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He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
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He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
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He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
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He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
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He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
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  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
  • For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
  • For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
  • For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
  • For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
  • For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
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In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
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Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
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We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
  •   New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
  • Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
  • Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
  • Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
  • New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
  • New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
  • Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
  • Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
  • Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
  • Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
  • North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
  • South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
  • Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776