This Is our Village

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Century Centaur

The Hippocrates Health Institute is just across the turnpike from Century Village. They love Hallow'een. There were new age fairies, godesses, and jingling belly dancers but they left early, leaving mostly hunks and yellow guy (he is a banana hunk). Norman Gitzen, the famous sculptor of the famous mermaid - center photo of collage, was intrigued by the idea of being the Century Village Centaur spokesperson. (1/2 person)
In addition to leading morning gallops,
he can make anything of metal, stone, or wood. A new look for CV don't you think! click to enlarge and see what Norman reads.
Many villagers swear by the health programs at Hippocrates

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Time Fall Back

Time to set back your clocks an hour (at 2am Sunday Nov 1)
synchronize your clocks here
Thanks to Mike for the link.

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Practical and Simplified Approach to Condo Rules

Jim Hart has kindly sent his latest article to the Blog. Jim has years of experience with condo issues through his experience as Past Vice President of Tri-County Communities Association (TCCA), Vice President of the Coalition of Florida Condominium Associations (COFCA), and director, Center for Community & Condominium Living.
You can find his whole article on the left side of the blog 'Save Many Condo Problems' under Cyberspace Articles.
I liked his idea to make bylaws more digestible: "The best thing any association can do is to produce a three or four page condensed version of those documents highlighting the more important and more frequently abused rules."
Has anyone tried this? Would you like to pass it along to us! We once had a newsletter that reminded residents of the most frequent problems. We need to do it again, and again.

CrimeReports Enhanced

October 30, 2009 - Palm Beach County, Fla., Joins the National Crime Map
Today, as Palm Beach County residents prepare to send their kids out trick-or-treating, the sheriff’s office announces a partnership with CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map.
Our security looking good. No relaxing.
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On Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., outside CV (between City Mattress and City Furniture), is a thrift store, Garage Sale Depot. Among the items on sale are a refrigerator with a door-set ice/water dispenser (only $100), ergonomic PC keyboard, Dockers men's shorts (sizes in the 30s), Armani suits (ladies'), and the game "Mystery Date," High School Musical edition (basketball hero Troy is the dream; drama teacher Ms. Darbus is the dud).

Questions for Bob & Dave:

1. Re UCO Safety Cmte, does it have reps from CERT, COPS, Security, CAM, WPRF? Do they work together and attend each others meetings?

2. To date which are pet-allowed bldgs.? (or as many as you know of)

3. How many computers does UCO have, all, for paid employees or vols?

4. How many people have access to a UCO computer, total all, shared or single?


Updated: I hear the Clubhouse will be closed some time in November (9-12) for the fumigation because wind conditions weren't right last time. Who is our fumigator anyway? I hear Hewlett does it without toxic chemicals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The media!

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer -
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A boil-water order is in place until Thursday evening for more than 300 households at the Century Village community in suburban West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County's utilities department said.

Water was cut from about 1:25 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., according to an advisory sent to the media at 8 p.m. Monday.The cutoff came after a contractor working in Century Village hit a six-inch water main. Workers set about replacing a section of the damaged main.

The order, which runs for 72 hours after service is restored, directs customers to bring all water that's to be consumed to a rolling boil for at least three minutes, then cool.

The affected areas of Century Village are Plymouth, Easthampton, Salisbury, Waltham, Norwich, Coventry, Sheffield, and Stratford, and the medical building, the release said.

Posted by elaineb at October 27, 2009 10:35 PM

Dave Israel

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I just heard that a number of associations here are under a boil water order. I don't know which associations, but just to be safe, everybody should buy bottled water. To be honest, is the local water here that safe?

CV Transportation

why arent bus schedules distibuted at the clubhouse? its much more accessible than taking, in
many cases 2 buses to get to uco-----claire z schneider

Monday, October 26, 2009


The Main Clubhouse is once again open. Play your cards; see your shows; give the guard who checks your ID a big hug. That is all.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

BLOG Statistics ending Oct. 24, 2009

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Hi all,
The graphic above shows a quick overview of the site operations in it's first month. We have had 625 unique visitors who have visited a total of 4014 times, and have viewed 7779 pages. Spread the word, and help make our new site a success.

Dave Israel

Officer's questions

It has been suggested that some of UCO officers answer questions presented by Bloggers.

I'm volunteering to do this with a few restrictions.

The questioner must be identifiable by the Blog administrators.

I reserve the right to forward the questioner to a different source hopefully better qualified to

answer the question.

There may be additional restrictions as the process evolves.


Pinhole leak caused by a Bimetallic Corrosion Cell

When two different metals such as copper and steel are connected together, especially in the presence of moisture, the voltage difference, resulting from their differing physical properties, will cause an electric current to flow from the metal with the higher voltage potential to the metal with a lower voltage potential.
At the same time electrons flow on the metal from the one metal to the other. This is called a "bimetallic or dissimilar metal corrosion cell."
Recall that corrosion results from an electrical release of energy in the form of electrons and DC current from a metal surface, especially when moisture is present. If an insulating barrier has not been applied to block the flow of electrons along the metal surfaces, then, corrosion is assured.

The currents are small and corrosion sufficient to cause pinhole leaks takes time; but our CV infrastructure is reaching a point in its life cycle where such leaks are undoubtedly possible.
Proper and careful plumbing and construction techniques requires the application of high dielectric strength barriers (insulation) to every such union of pipes made of dissimilar metals (Steel and Copper). Modern installation of under sink traps usually employ PVC to avoid any such corrosion issues.

When our buildings were built was this problem carefully considered in plumbing all of our structures? Do we have any cases of copper pipes within walls or slabs coming in contact with REBAR or metallic studs? Look at your under sink traps; do you see copper pipe emerging from the wall joined with an old style steel trap?
Is this technical issue the cause of our epidemic of water damage and mold; I do not know for sure, but it is certainly worth looking into.

Dave Israel

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Questions on the new water cutoff valves

It is not clear to me from the photo in the November UCO Reporter just where the new recommended water cutoff valves will be located. The articles say it will be in a visible, feasible location next to the water meter. Does this mean somewhere in the pit with the meter and visible once the cover has been removed, or outside the pit and somewhere beside it? If the first, there wouldn't be a whole lot of difference between giving the new valve a quarter turn and turning the old valve from the outside to the meter the same quarter turn to shut off the water. "Legal" or not, a lot of folk shut off their water now by doing the latter.

I am assuming the new shutoff will be OUTSIDE the pit where it will be visible to anyone passing by. Where, though? Many homes have such a shutoff, but it isn't out on the sidewalk where people could trip on it, break it, or vandalize it easily. It is usually some distance from the meter, next to the house and out of the way. If our condo shutoffs are outside of but right next to the pit with the meter, won't they be susceptible to damage, either purposeful or accidental?

And couldn't this happen: A snowbird turns off his water using the new shutoff valve instead of having the valve in the pit shut off, either by himself or by the water company (which puts a lock on it keeping it in the shut position). He thinks he is safe, but by accident or on purpose someone turns his shutoff valve back ON, making the apartment susceptible to a flood. This might not be as far-fetched as one might think, because two neighbors are often served by meters and water pipes in the SAME PIT. It's not uncommon for one neighbor to confuse his line with the other's line.

Have these questions been thought through?

Lanny Howe

Friday, October 23, 2009


From Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press plays games with the notion that Blue Cross and a multi-state licensee of the name is monopolizing the health debate. According to Wikipedia, said licensee, WellPoint, is buying pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts. (Click on the title.)


From the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles: While Florida's myriad of license plates confuse drivers, New York's special tags are more organized. They allow motorists to stand up for their commitments on something more than a bumper sticker and say "I am New York (and you can too)!" Tallahassee, take notes (and click on the title).

Thursday, October 22, 2009


From The New York Times: A good reason why you should lower your voice (click on the title).


From Editor & Publisher: The web site for the Long Island newspaper Newsday will charge for access. If you're a subscriber to the paper or to LI Cablevision (the paper is now owned by a cable company), you can access it for free. Otherwise, you're limited to browsing the home page. (Click on the title.)


From Here are the details about upgrading to Windows 7 (click on the title for the full monty). XP users can buy an upgrade edition, even though they are skipping Vista; they just have to back up their files and programs; 7 will perform a "clean install" that wipes out everything in the hard drive. Vista users have to follow a path depending on what version of the program they bought.

Your Year in LIFE

Google Books has published the entire run of the most famous incarnation of LIFE magazine -- almost 1,900 issues running from 1936 to 1972. Love the Year In Photos issues.
So take a look, and see what was going on in the world the week you were born! were you in black & white?
browse all issues:

Includes search feature for Dave.
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Farewell my friend

Mary, from Salisbury G, passed away this morning, at 78, exactly 5 weeks to the day of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Early in September, her three children drove down from northern New Jersey, to take her back home with them.
Mary was a wonderful friend and neighbor, firm in her political convictions, and a generous volunteer at a local geriatric center where she "pushed" wheelchairs 3 days a week.
I can still see her eyes light up every time she talked about her children and grand-children. Her favorite hobby was "scouring" rummage stores to hunt for yarn for a crafty friend, or for used clean towels for another who made bed pads for cancer patients, or for anything a friend might casually mention in conversation.
Mary was a bit of a kleptomaniac when it came to paper Dunkin' Donuts or McDonald... wherever we'd stopped to eat. Although she had plenty in her pantry, she would pick up a few "extras" and stuff them in her purse. I joked with her many times that all she would get for Christmas were huge packages of paper napkins... Her answer was: "I just can't help it."
Every time I look across the street at her white front door and her partially lowered shades, I'll remember her smiling face and those laughing eyes.
Mary often mentioned that she was eager to join her beloved husband Louie in Heaven. I so dearly hope that she has and that she will rest in peace.
Live each day as if it were your last...
Many blessings,

Mankoff knows CV!

If you have Google home page try the new artist designer themes, maybe a 100 distinct artistic styles, the more you scroll the better they get. I chose Bob Mankoff for today, he is so sophisticated CV (except for a couple of characters!). Click on pic to enlarge and find Playboy bunny.
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From The Los Angeles Times: Going on the Internet may help make you smarter! Of course, it doesn't say what web sites you should visit, so it's safe to assume that going on won't do it. In any case, the article (click the title) says that general web surfing will stimulate your brain.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


In another thread, Mike asks; "What is Petanque"

Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃ːk]) is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (jack). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass or other surfaces. Soft sandy beaches are not suitable. Similar games are bocce and bowls.
The current form of the game originated in 1907 in
La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France. The English and French name pétanque comes from la petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ] in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats [ˈpɛ taŋˈka], meaning "feet together"[1] or more exactly "feet anchored".
The casual form of the game of Pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. There are about 375,000 players licensed with the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FFPJP) and some 3000 in England.

Description, thanks to Wikipedia.

Sounds like just the game for you Mike!

Dave Israel

Petanque is baack in season


Please meet everyone at the Sommerset Petanque Courts NEXT Friday to open the season at 9:00 am

Thank you all


From Believe it or not, the Weather Channel is going to show movies! Don't be too alarmed; they're weather-based movies, starting with The Perfect Storm (click link for story). Don't laugh: Cartoon Network is showing live action movies that are borderline cartoons.


From the Sun-Sentinel: Every October, we get female breast cancer awareness up the wazoo. Yes, there are people who still don't get it if somebody wears pink in solidarity. Some guys get it as well (click title for story). As for prostate cancer, what guys do get: They only get it because they don't have enough sex. Ever notice that the men who catch it tend to be conservative?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Where are the heated pools in CV. What is the temp of the water in the pool to be maintained at.


Save our $$ - STOP Cutting Palms

According to Code and experts NONE of our palms need trimming, it only makes money for landscapers. Trimming increases palms need for water and fertilizer. See Jarriel currently overpruning near the CV 4-way. Someone talked us into this because they made no hurricane money!

Pruning Palms
GREEN FRONDS – Do not remove ANY green fronds especially above the horizontal.
YELLOW FRONDS - Avoid removing, these still feed the plant.
BROWN FRONDS - OK to remove if desired.
SEEDS & FLOWERS - OK to remove if desired.
Palm canopies should be 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock
Over-pruned palms look terrible and could attract pests. Edward F. Gilman UF IFAS.

[PDF] Getting Ready for the StormsFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
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Rumors are flying all around CV that during a tour of the new Clubhouse before it was
opened to the people of CV that the presenter of the tour made a statement during the
tour that this Clubhouse will never have to worry about termites. If this rumor is true
I would think that an investigation of the proposal of the company involved in this type
of work should be conducted by UCO plus etc. and search to see if there is any truth to
the rumor and take action if needed.

Monday, October 19, 2009


What if we had crosswalk signs that could really be seen like the ones at City Place that clearly state that State Law mandates that you YIELD to persons in the cross walks. Maybe that would slow drivers down


Do you have $60 to kill (the price will go up after today)? QVC is offering a Jessica Simpson designer handbag that I know you'll like! Why? It comes with a ID flap to hold your CV card so you don't have to scrounge through a pile of junk to find it. It also has a J-shaped fob (bonus if your name begins with "J") to hook your keys on. The bag is lined with genuine faux leopard. (Simpson is the same singer-actress from the movie The Dukes of Hazzard famous for saying stupid things on MTV.) To see the bag, click on the title.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Vistor Regulations

What is the rule making procedure regardings guests in CV and the use of facilities, i.e. pool, etc.?
Who makes the rules and who votes on the rules? Are they ever published or ever open to discussion?

Thank you for any information.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interesting and Unusual Facts

A peanut is not a nut or a pea, it's a legume.
A pound of grasshoppers is three times as nutritious as a pound of beef.
A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
A single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919, when the company went public, would have been worth $92,500 in 1997.
A teaspoon of neutron star material weighs about 110 million tons.
A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Friday, October 16, 2009


I attended the class on how to use the Comcast remote. Here are some things to remember:
  • There is a red button marked "Guide" on the left middle that will access an onscreen TV guide. You can use that to program the VCR.
  • If you use the big red button to turn on and off every device and things go wrong (you must pay attention), use the little buttons on top of the button (that is, use "Cable" to turn on the box and then "Power").
  • If you accidentally turn on Channel 1, use the channel button on the right to switch to another channel. The category marked "Free Movies" really is free.
  • Don't throw away the other remote (the one that came with the set); you will need it as well.
Dave is hereby welcome to amend this message.

Golf Course Town Meeting

October 16, 2009

Re: Town Meeting for Information about Golf Course Property

Yesterday I went to the Town Meeting to hear all the information that I could about what is to happen to the now closed golf course. Both sides did credible presentations and I had some questions for each side.

This is when the meeting turned into bedlam (a crazy place) and all control, manners and tolerance ceased. The Judge that was brought in to moderate the meeting was totally useless. I find it hard to believe he ever controlled a courtroom. He did not set guidelines for the Q & A part of the meeting. He did not stop any of the rudeness that happened.

At this point JV took it upon herself and decided to control the meeting herself. She would not allow Mr Waldman, who had been introduced as part of the team but was sitting down in the front row, to answer a question that had been asked. This is when the pro-active committee members started yelling and making derogatory remarks about or to anyone they thought did not agree with them. People were lined up at the microphones supposedly to ask questions but it seemed that most of them came with a printed agenda which they read. At this point people seemed to lose patience and most started leaving.

The meeting became a disgrace to the Village. There is no excuse for the rudeness and yelling that went on. This was not a voting meeting; it was supposed to be an information meeting so people could clarify questions that they had.

The main question that I wanted to ask was: What does the pro-active committee want to do with that land? If is pretty clear that it will never be a golf course again. The Village did not buy that property when the price was reasonable and they had the chance. They themselves talked about a 2 million dollar course restoration somewhere in the area. I do not believe that the people in our village are willing or able to spend that kind of money, let alone buy the property that is not for sale and then put several million dollars into it to turn it into a money losing business.

I hope when the snowbirds come back, they can come to a Town Meeting that would be a help to them and not a free-for-all like yesterdays.


From the Sun-Sentinel: The Florida Legislature is proposing law mandating the riddance of paper and plastic shopping bags. The next time you're in Publix, buy a dozen or so of those canvas bags while they're cheap, because after the law is final, the price is going up! (CLICK ON THE TITLE.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Hi all,

here in Florida, and other locations, Nationally, Comcast uses a 10 Gigabit Ethernet system (10GigE) , called a CRAN, Converged Regional Area Network.

The Converged Regional Area Network, or CRAN allows all voice, video, and Internet traffic to go over a single network with redundant 10 GigE networks, we are talking a major multiplex of high data rates.
The speed of the connections are very fast. All devices on the Comcast network, regardless if it is a cable modem, digital cable box, VoIP modem, or whatever are connected to each other, from the demarc box of the home and outward, on a redundant 10 GigE optical network.
Such a network can provide network speeds far in excess of what Verizon's Fios offers with little upgrade by Comcast should they want to offer equivalent speeds.
All areas are being converted to the CRAN. The most apparent thing you will notice when you are switched, is the additional hops; you see the additional hops if you run a Traceroute on your INTERNET connection.
These hops have little to no effect on speeds or latency. The good news is; by keeping the traffic more internal ie. on Comcast proprietary networks, it reduces cost to Comcast and allows the subscriber to put a less detrimental affect on the network.
What does all this technical stuff mean; communications are complex, and sometimes, Stuff Happens!

Dave Israel
Cable Boy


The Comcast is out of order! From 3:00 pm today, all our screens are static. We called the company; they won't take our calls. Besides renting a video, what can we do?
Update: As of 5:45 pm, the cable has been fixed.


As of this Posting, there are some 500 tickets remaining for the Golf Course Town Hall Meeting.
The meeting is in the Clubhouse Theater, scheduled for 15 October, 2009 at 2:00PM.
There will be presentations by the Golf Course owners and by the Pro-Active not-for-profit Corporation to save our Golf Course. Following the presentations, there will be Q & A by our unit owners.
The tickets are free, so please pick up yours right away: Tell your neighbors; and Post this on your Bulletin Boards.
Dave Israel

Good Riddance

Wexler didn't represent us anyway.

Wexler will resign seat to head Mideast center
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) will announce he is resigning his seat tomorrow to become head of a Middle East group, the
Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, founded by Slim-fast businessman S. Daniel Abraham, Hill sources say tonight.
Earlier: Jockeying for Wexler's House seat is already underway,
reports Josh Kraushaar.
Democratic foreign policy hands said earlier today that Wexler, an important early Obama supporter in Jewish Democratic circles, was seeking to transition out of the Hill to private sector work where he could make more money and pay for children's school tuitions, etc.
S. Danny Abraham is a long time associate and
supporter of Wexler from his Palm Beach district, major Democratic party donor close to the Clintons, and dovish pro-Israel philanthropist. The Middle East center Wexler will head is revived from an earlier incarnation. Among its past associates, Clinton-era DAS Toni Verstandig and Dan Rothem.
In a speech earlier this month on Middle East policy at the Center for American Progress, Wexler strongly
defended Obama's Middle East peace push.
More from the
Miami Herald and JTA.

Posted by Laura Rozen 11:06 PM


From The New York Post: The U.S.S. New York, the battleship made with steel from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, begins its maiden voyage to the city. (For more, click the title.)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hi all,

There are now five candidates for our Site Logo. (Four
Seals and the flags)

Please see these candidates in the sidebar and let us know your favorite choice.


Dave Israel

Monday, October 12, 2009


Don't go anywhere in Palm Beach County! For the best deals (and the most colorful pitchman this side of Crazy Eddie), go see Cal Worthington and his dog Spot!


Hi All,
Some colonies of termites have been found in the Clubhouse. Three qualified vendors were consulted and all agree that the entire building must be tented and treated.

This will be done on 19, 20 and 21 October.

The entire building will, of course be closed for those days

Dave Israel

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Florida outside the Village

For all the links not on the left side of this Blog.

Can we hire their graphic artists! Vibrant colors.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

A Real Pole Dancer

A Real Pole Dancer,This Guy Is Amazing.

Political Common Sense

Top Corporate Hate Web Sites

If you are missing nastynonymous try Top Corporate Hate Web Sites, if you are really hungry you can skip the cleaned up versions and drill down to actual sites, and there are more in sidebars!!

Forbes: “After checking out more than 100 sites with names like and, we rated the best of them on a scale from one to five in six different categories: ease of use, frequency of updates, number of posts, hostility level (angrier is better), relevance, and entertainment value (Hey! Angry and funny!).
The following sites---are the crème de la crème of online rage. Note that we substantially cleaned up some of the posts, editing out odd capitalization schemes, iffy grammar and plain incoherence. Apparently blinding anger does not go hand in hand with dotting your i's and crossing your t's. “

Hurry Up Snowbirds

Only 6 more water aerobic sessions at Hastings, wish you could hear the motion music and the laughter.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Universal Property Endorsement

What was the endorsement that UPC policyholders need to have--mentioned at the Delegate Meeting? Thanks.
Your BLOGMEISTER replies:

Per: Dan gladstone; Insurance Chair.

All HO Policy holders of Universal Property & Casualty Ins. contact their agent and have them add All Risk Coverage (Endorsement # H017320491R) on their policy for the extra cost of $31 annually. Dan will go into more detail on the Endorsement in the next UCO ReporterDan Gladstone can be reached at 712-1923

Decoder Ring Theatre

Decoder Ring Theatre - home of all-new audio adventures in the tradition of the classic programs of Radio's Golden Age.
The Red Panda and The Flying Squirrel - just how long ago was this? Nork where are you!
that Flying Squirrel is a tough cookie.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


This case is somewhat unique in that the driver knocked off the gate arm, stopped to think about it a few seconds and then drove over it.

Please stop, wait for the arm to come down and then proceed slowly.

Dave Israel



Dave Israel

Shiny New Signs

Is that a new guard house sign! go! wait! watch out - the gate arm! what does it say! stop! go! nearly hit the gate arm. For your safer reading.
All the new signs around CV are looking fine.
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Criticize Constructively

What do you think of our colors. The old blog was rust brown and sand, this blog was green and pink or tan for awhile, today we have the blue version.
The editors could shuffle the colors - different everyday (maybe not).
More items are being added on the left, definitely a work in progress. Feel free to comment, find errors of spelling or fact (I hope not). Not about 'CV info plus' though, its not ready at all.
Of course you can post and comment and chat in the blogging space.