This Is our Village

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING THE THREE VIDEOS BELOW ?


If you are attempting to view the CV BROADBAND, CHANNEL 63, or ADVISORY COMMITTEE videos below and you are immediately selecting the play arrow, you may receive the following message.
“An error occurred. Please try again later.”
Instead of first selecting the play arrow on the screen, select the TITLE of the video that is in capital letters and underlined (above the play button.) It will take you to another page. Then select that play button. I think it should work.

Thank you to all who put the videos together and thank you to all of the residents who attend those meetings.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CONCERNING OUR SHOWS: TWO NEEDFUL THINGS

From first-hand observation and from talking with those involved in our Clubhouse shows, there are two things I believe could use "cleaning up"—one quite literally.

1. The SOUND has been terrible. It nearly ruined the most recent show put on by the Act Two Repertory Theater after the actors and stage hands had put in months rehearsing. The sound, especially from the mikes the actors wore, just disappeared MANY times. One entire act was done without sound amplification, so all you saw were the beautiful costumes and the actors going through the motions. Realizing the handicap they were working under, the grateful audience applauded in mid-performance. Thank goodness for understanding patrons, but this ought not to be. Sound problems have plagued other performers in other shows as well. I don't know if the problem has been with the sound system itself or whether there is also an element of operator carelessness. I do understand we need better-quality mikes for the performers to wear. Can't WPRF, which is front and center on making Village improvements and beautifying things, fix this and spend a little money here?


2. I wouldn't have known this from where I usually sit in the theater, but some of those who have been on the stage tell me the stage floor is filthy dirty and never gets swept! Moreover, they say, there are "stickies" ALL OVER the floor showing where the performers were supposed to stand from innumerable past shows. This is what literally needs cleaning up from what I've been told, and kept cleaned up. Our performers should not have to work on a stage floor so ill-kempt. Has this just not been an assigned job? 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A WALL STREET CLUB SPECIAL!

Have you heard of Century Village's Wall Street Club? They are a keen group of residents who meet on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in Classroom B of the Clubhouse. Founded by Don Hecht in 2015, the club's object from the beginning has been to share insights on investing, NOT sell you anything. Don says he formed the club so residents, including himself, could pool their investing knowledge and learn from one another.

This club "special" is a showing of the film "The Big Short" at the Okeechobee Public Library this coming Wednesday, January 18 at 4:30 p.m. (in place of their regular meeting in Classroom B). The movie, which is highly rated and lasts about two hours, examines the reasons leading up to and behind the collapse of the US economy in 2008, now called the "Great Recession." Anyone may attend. Both the movie and membership in the Wall Street Club are FREE.

Sounds like a great take-in to me. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - JANUARY 6, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


Part 1 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
Part 2 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
Part 3 and End from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Camera work - Laurent - WPRF
Conversion and processing - John & Kitty Gragg
Upload to Blogger - Dave Israel
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BROADBAND Q & A

From a broadband neophyte, or  nestling, as Heinlein would say, several questions regarding Atlantic Broadband Services' “replacement of the Comcast contract (Broadband” (UCO Reporter, page A3)

Hi all, these are important questions, so I am going to respond here in red:
Please recall that the contract is under negotiation:
Dave Israel

According to the UCO Association Fees, also page 3, each condo unit presently pays $36.70 for “Cable”. Mr. Israel writes that “additionally” each unit owner will have the option of either Internet or digital telephone. “Total cost being $45.00/mth/unit”. I assume, then, that the $45.00 pays for either TV + Internet or TV + telephone.

Question #1: What is the charge for TV only, without Internet or Telephone? Still $45?

The current offer by Atlantic Broadband for TV only is $27.00 for some 300 channels including either EPIX or HBO. This includes an HD set top box, and up to two additional HD outlets.

Additionally, AB will offer 100Mbit Internet for $17.00/Mo. With Internet comes, instead of the HD set top box, a TiVo T6 HD box which can record up to 6 channels simultaneously. That TiVo recorder adds $1.00/ Mo. So, $27.00 + $17.00 + $1.00 = $45.00/Mo.
 
Question #2: Does the “digital telephone” include, as does my present telephone, all calls to USA or Canada?
The Telephone offer is off the table for Bulk services. Telephone will be available, outside of the Bulk agreement for $25.00/Mo.
 
Question #3. What would the additional charge be for both Telephone and Internet, assuming mandaory TV)?

As noted, Telephony in not available in Bulk, to many folks have cell phones, and do not want a Landline.
 
Question #4. Any possibility of just Internet and Telephone, no TV?

No, virtually everyone watches TV, a package without TV would have no chance of passing.
 
Question #5. Customer support? I see AT&T and Comcast trucks every day: what has ABS promised?

Atlantic Broadband is including a complete wire maintenance program, in the contract. No more Comcast truck roll fee.
 
Question #6. Will unit owners be able to split between/among providers; e.g. AT&T or Comcast telephone and/or internet; ABS TV?

If The Delegates approve the Atlantic Broadband offer, it becomes a common expense, like the Busses, Ambulance, Security,...Etc/..and all unit owners will be obligated to pay the fee.
Of course, anyone can purchase any individual services from any vendor they choose, but they will still be obligated for the Bulk Services fee.

Answers or explanations appreciated.

I hope that is helpful, do not hesitate to Post follow up questions. We hope to have our Consultant Experts CSI present the entire entertainment package to Delegate Assembly on February 3, 2017.

Dave Israel

Friday, January 6, 2017

SECURITY COMMITTEE MEETING - JANUARY 6, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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UCO REPORTER MEETING - JANUARY 6, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

March 3, 2017 UCO Elections: Time to Run!

  
To kick off the New Year, the Search Nominations committee invites more of our smart, skilled residents to run for UCO office. We know you are out there ─ with all levels of computer, business, engineering, legal, municipal and other skills ─ and CV needs your participation and fresh ideas. Please submit your bio and run for UCO office!

·       Election: March 3, 2017
·       Positions open: 2 VPs, 10 on Executive Board
·       Eligibility: Any unit owner in good financial standing
·       Bio Submission Deadline: via email only by January 31, 2017 to ruthdreiss@comcast.net
·       Bios (Being Accepted Now): Name, Association, Office You Seek, Education, Work Experience, Military if applies, Association/UCO/CV Experience (250 words max for Exec Board, flex for VPs)
·       Nominations from the Floor: February 3 Delegate Meeting: Person nominating must be delegate, nominee must be present to accept
·       Candidate Statement Requested: Residency in Village for at least 9 months per year and willingness to serve on 2 UCO committees
·       Bios and photos to be published in March UCO Reporter delivered February 27
·       Election March 3 at 8 AM in Clubhouse followed by Delegate Meeting
·       Look for more information in the UCO Reporter, on Channel 95 and Our Village blog http://village-blog-and-chat.blogspot.com/


You can make a difference here! Run for UCO office!

PROGRAM & SERVICES - JANUARY 4, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


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Dave Israel
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

WISHING FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

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Dave Israel
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STOP BEFORE SOME GETS KILLED!

STOP MEANS STOP


 No matter how it reads, whether it says PARE, ALTO,
ARRET, HALT, OT JUST PLAIN STOP

YOU HAVE TO STOP!

A TICKET IS VERY EXPENSIVE. 
A LIFE IS PRICELESS!


IF YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY TO THROW AROUND, FEEL FREE TO DONATE TO A LOCAL CHARITY AND STOP BEING A LAWBREAKER. 

I GUARANTEE, THE FIRST PERSON HURT BY YOUR CARELESSNESS WILL WIND UP OWNING YOUR PROPERTY HERE AND ANYWHERE ELSE YOU OWN.

 Reposting this as is one again pertains to some residence that have either bad vision or bad judgment. STOP AT STOP SIGNS. don't be surprised if you get pulled over by the police, we'll be happy to take your pic and splash you on my blog under the listing of Local criminals.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year...

CHANNEL 95 IN ADVANCED OPERATIONAL TEST

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Our second Community Channel is in advanced beta test, running the most recent video of the Operations Committee meeting in a continuous loop.
There will be some tweaks, but we are very close. Do you have some good ideas for content for this new channel? Let us know in the Comment stream.
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Dave Israel
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Community Garden Club

Was there anything to report from the new Community Garden Club meeting a month ago.  Is is a club or a UCO cmte?   Thx.
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Yes! Here is a draft plan for the Garden:

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wishing all my friends and neighbors Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

HOLIDAYS!

Wishing all our friends and neighbors a..
Happy Hanukkah!..
Blessed Christmas...
Healthy and Peaceful New Year 2017!

Frank & Barbara

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

GLOBAL RADIO STREAMING

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Hi all,
I'm sure many will find this site interesting, it is an exercise in Global Radio Streaming. There are thousands of radio stations, represented by green dots scattered across the globe. Simply click on a green dot and an attempt will be made to tune in the station. Not all stations are available at all times. Have fun, but please don't stay up all night, as this can become addicting:
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Dave Israel


Friday, December 16, 2016

HOW MANY OF US HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTED DEVICE?

Lanny's question is a good one, but it does not go far enough. below is a graphic showing the number of INTERNET connected devices by year since 2012 and projected out to 2020. The INTERNET as a CV amenity is not just about Computers. INTERNET in every Unit is something that will increasingly add value to our property and pleasure and convenience to our lives. Look below the chart for a short list of devices that use the INTERNET.
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Statistic: Internet of Things (IoT): number of connected devices worldwide from 2012 to 2020 (in billions) | Statista
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Desktop Computer, Laptop, Mobile phone/Smartphone, Games Console, Portable media player, Tablet, Connected or Smart TV, E-reader. IP Security Camera.....Etc.
How many of us, our Children, our Grandchildren have one or more of these devices. Let's move into the 21st. Century. The choice will be yours.
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Dave Israel
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HOW MANY CV RESIDENTS HAVE A COMPUTER?

I've heard different guesses (and some assertions) on how many residents in the Village have a computer. I would estimate that about half of our association's 26 units have someone who uses a computer, but our association may not be typical—and neither may yours be typical.

This would be a nice thing to know for when decisions are being made about Wi-Fi and Broadband, etc. The number of computer users is growing, of course, but what is it NOW?


It occurred to me that one way to find out might be to have WPRF ask unit owners if they have a computer (which they use) when WPRF sends out their 2017 coupons. Ask owners to complete a simple YES or NO form and return it. Is it too late for this? Would this work or is there a better way? I think that unfortunately a good deal of guesswork about this has been going on.