This Is our Village

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lassi Come Home

Mango Lassi Recipe
1 cup plain yogurt

1/3 cup rose water, OK milk instead if you are not Indian
1 cup chopped mango (peeled and stone removed)
You really do not need sugar to taste
Put all into a blender and blend for 1 or 2 minutes, delicious.
Some people sprinkle with a little cardamom. Pfft!


As I was leaving the UCO Reporter office the other day, I came across a man working on the new gate to the Camden pool. (For those of you who don’t know, the Reporter office is at the Camden pool. You must go through the new gate to get to the office.)

I saw for the first time what everyone has been talking about: how you must pull down on the spring-loaded solid tube to unlatch the lock on these new gates to the public pools. I saw how the top of this solid tube is quite high, about 54 inches, I believe I’ve read. Operating as they should, I can see the new gates would keep out small children, which I suppose is their purpose. Kids over seven years old could probably manage the lock mechanism better than we adults.

The man working on the gate talked to me about it for several minutes. Completely aside from the difficulty many people have had in reaching the top of this activating solid tube, he said it was important for people to realize the gates are meant to ONLY SWING OUTWARD. This, he explained, is because there is another spring mechanism (which he showed me) that automatically shuts the gate. He was going around repairing all the new gates, tweaking this and tweaking that, because people in their frustrations had made them unworkable in one way or another.

When I went back to the Reporter office a few hours later, something had already failed. The gate was open, swung outward but not swung back to the closed position by the spring mechanism. Apparently the gate mechanisms break down easily.

I don’t know what the future holds for these gates, but if we are to keep them, I think several people suggested: outside and inside each gate have a sign that explains how to use it. Perhaps it should be partly pictorial. The sign should make it clear how to pull down on the solid tube, and it should also explain that the gate is meant to open only outward—AWAY from the pool enclosure.

Or—keeping in mind precocious five-year-olds who can read—would such a sign be a bad idea? The "how to," in any event, could be explained in the Reporter and possibly on channel 63.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Hi all,
Please see the Public Service Announcement (PSA) by Deidra Gibson, Emergency Readiness Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging. See the PSA at the following site:

Link also to be found in the sidebar, under Public Service Announcements

Dave Israel


Photo by: Ken Graff

Hi all,
It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Betty Lapidus, at Good Samaritan hospice, this afternoon; July 30, 2010.

Betty served in numerous positions of responsibility in service to her Association(s) and of course to UCO. She will be missed by many.

There will be no funeral here in West Palm Beach, but rather in New York, from which she originally came to CV.

There will be a Memorial Service here in West Palm Beach at a future time to be announced

David Israel


Hi all,
Detective Ken Burr provides some good advice to us all as to how to avoid common SCAMS.

Please see the video at the following site:

Also to be found in the sidebar under Public Service Announcements

Dave Israel

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


This is the entrance to the Waldman ex golf course. Do you think he is being extra helpful to politicians!
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Operations Committee disruption

Hi All,
At the Operations Committee meeting of July 27, 2010 one of our guests rose, unrecognized by the chair, and loudly proclaimed the UCO President and Chair of the Committee to be a Communist, and running a Communist meeting and further stated that his actions made Joe Stalin look like a pussycat! Arguably actionable speech in a public forum; and fully captured in Minutes of the meeting!

I am also advised that this same individual threatened the editor of the UCO
Reporter with unspecified consequences if the Reporter failed to publish her submitted articles! Also, fortunately documented and witnessed!

This outburst, because I attempted to reduce the incessant interruptions by a small group of disruptive persons, by limiting participation to one speaker in support and one speaker opposed to any motion prior to a vote being taken. This is provided for in our Bylaws.

I would suggest that the behaviour noted above be stopped and that the "Loyal Opposition" come with ideas rather than disruption; in which case, the Operations Committee can return to less restrictive guest participation rules

Dave Israel

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

In 2009, at the end of July and beginning of August, the Division of Senior Services were at the Clubhouse so that individuals could sign up for assistance relating to their FPL bills. Certain information was required to register for this assistance. This was spearheaded by PB County Division of Senior Services.
Is this going to be facilitated again this year at our Clubhouse? Certain individuals within our community could use this credit, depending on their income of course. Please advise if this is going to take place again. Any information regarding this would be greatly appreciated by all as many individuals living here have no means of transportation to travel to the Government Center downtown for application of this very valuable and helpful program.


Can you identify the item seen above from side and top view?

Dave Israel

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Will they all hatch?

A challenge for our species expert. Billions of these are around the CV waterways just above water level. They stick on rocks and geotube. A clue – it’s on the ‘100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species List’.

These are our brown CV apple snail shells. That bright yellow one crawled onto my post by itself, it does have its own website,
Do you have your own website?!?
These extra pics and comments are tacked on days after first post ...
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

How To Do Florida Explore Florida online, find new activities. If you like peaceful nature, go to Episodes tab and scroll down to Gorgeous Florida, beautiful nature videos and only the first one has music, the rest have only sounds of nature. Mmmm!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Duckling Season

They have been warned about gators and that hungry guy with recipes at UCO.
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Shoreline Repair

Can there be an update of the shoreline repair, maybe in the UCO Reporter?
What percent is complete, is the entire shoreline to be geotubed?
Which budget is it in, how long may it be in budget? TIA.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gas Station and Days Inn

Does anyone know what the story is with the gas staion that is on the corner of Okee across the street from the West gate . It has been closed for quite a while. Also, I noticed that the old Days Inn near the Turnpike was torn down. Does anyone know what is planned for that piece of land?


One Vote Per Unit - Ad hoc Committee
Seated center: Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections, Palm Beach County. Flanked by UCO VP Phyllis Richland and UCO President Dave Israel.
Standing left to right: Randall Borchardt, Jackie Karlan, Bernice Zollar, Lori Torres, Olga Wolkenstein.
Phyllis Richland, UCO VP and Chair of the One Vote Per Unit - Ad hoc Committee; chaired a kick-off meeting of the newly reformed committee with the PBC Supervisor of Elections in attendance.
This was a very productive meeting, airing many ideas. Look for Phyllis's article on the process in next months UCO Reporter.
Dave Israel

Monday, July 19, 2010


Ships in 3–5 business days

A new translation of the 15th century version of Taillevent's LE VIANDIER, one of the first professional cookbooks. Includes recipes for heron, stork, peacock, eel, lamprey, etc., as well as more standard modern fare like veal, pork and chicken.

Dave Israel

CV Naturist Club

A petition by the newly formed Naturist Club making the members outdoor pool, Main Clubhouse ,a clothing optional facility (off season months only) will be making its way around CV shortly. Signing might give you that old liberated feeling .

P.S.Please don't shoot the messenger,.

Lighthouses and waves during VERY stormy weather

Lighthouses and waves during VERY stormy weather

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Battery Radio Tuning

What are the best channels to listen to weather news on a battery radio (during power outage) during storms? NOAA weather radio is 162.450 but is that AM, I cannot find it. During Wilma many stations turned on automatic music and went home, so no weather news. The PB Post listed about 35 stations!
I think you can buy special radios tuned to NOAA. Any advice. TIA.


I've had this peahen sitting on my air conditioner for about three days. If anyone has seen her mate, kindly comment. Transportation included!

Don't eat basa fish!

Check out this video for fish you wouldn't want to touch!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Golf Course

Rumor has it that the Zoning Board has approved the building of townhomes and condos on the Golf Course. Can anyone verify this?

Paint Gun

These people have offered to design a new pool lock --

Are You a Technophobe?

Is your idea of "face book" a high school yearbook? Is your idea of "my space" your room? Is your idea of "amazon" Wonder Woman? Are you reading this site through something other than a computer? Have we got an email service for you: Celery! Just the facts: It works with a fax machine. Click here for more. (I am not a spokesman for the company.)

Theater Review

Irv Rikon viewed Secret Order at the Caldwell Theater. Details at the sidebar or click on the link below:

Friday, July 16, 2010

CV Life Pie Chart

Now I forgot where I saw this!


Hi all,
Having fielded a number of complaints about the new "self latching, self locking" pool locks; permit me to assure you all that UCO is in contact with WPRF and the Health Department in an attempt to solve the problem.

We are reaching out to a number of sources to help gather facts regarding your experience with the new locks.

I am well aware that a not insignificant number of our residents are being severly impacted by these new locks. We were driven by new Code requireing that these devices be self actuating; and we were concerned with potentially expensive citations from Code Enforcement officials; as this Code was passed in May 2009.

It is noted, that while the Code is specific about the parameters of the locking requirements, no specific brand is named, so alternative options will be explored.

Additionally, UCO is aware now that some of our residents are in effect being denied access to Rec. Facility pools, due to an inability to operate the locking system. We have had, also, a number of pool goers who could not let themselves out of the pool area.

Please be assured that we are working with WPRF to arrive at a solution which will meet code and also not impact residents access or egress.

Comments welcome, especially personal experience with new lock.

Dave Israel

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Hi All,
CV Theater season 2010 - 2011 show previews are now available for your viewing pleasure. Click on the following link button:


Also to be found in the sidebar.

Thanks to WPRF and the Channel 63 team for the video.

Dave Israel


Hi All,
A representitive of the State Attorney's Office has recorded a PSA looking for volunteers from our Village. Click on the following button:

State Attorney's Volunteer Program

Or on the same button in the sidebar.

Check it out, it looks like a very interesting opportunity.

View the video and then if interested call Debbie at 561-355-7492.

Thanks to the Channel 63 team for the video recording.

Dave Israel

2010-11 Entertainment Season

Along with others I had the opportunity to view the Trailer of the up coming season's
programs, this past Tuesday..It contained many familiar faces ( those that have
appeared here in the past )in addition to several that have not..
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, is my conclusion, however in view of the current Policy
Since 2003, I have participated in this program, however after learning of the
Policy change,at an Operations Meeting, last Summer( 2009 )and having had the
misfortune of dealing with multiple illnesses/surgerys/etc.,could not attend several
of the presentations,and either donated my tickets,to acquaintances (for my friends
had already pre purchased)or our seats were left unoccupied...Therefore it is
not in my best interest to participate at this time.. I do believe circumstances
such as I have described,or situations such as confinements ( at home, nursing
facilities etc.) automatically be given a addition, we too should be
offered the OPTION,of accepting the replacement talent, for a cancelled show,
or the return of our money....Either way, We PAY..

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


'Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm,

she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If

you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal... If you give her a smile,

she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to

her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Hi All,

When I was made aware that there were some issues with our COP unit, I ask VP Phyllis Richland to attend their meeting with only 10 minutes notice.
Phyllis took the message that UCO fully supports COP and will make every effort to publicize the efforts of these volunteers who are a key component in our Security Triad.
Thanks are due for her rapid response.
Phyllis has arranged a meeting with PBSO officers to discuss what we can do to revitalize the COP unit here in CV.
So, the imminent threat of the demise of COP in CV is highly premature, as we have already had additional volunteers; please consider stepping up and volunteer for COP to enhance the security of our village.

Dave Israel


Our Association has a mango tree in back of one of
our condos. To our amazement this year the mango tree
has tripled the number of mangos on our tree. The unit
owners of our association have waited patiently for
the mangos to ripen but there is a culprit (or maybe
more than one) who has been stealing our mango even
thought they still have not ripened. Doesn't anyone
have a conscience anymore. If they had asked... we are
generous people and we would of told him to take a
few and enjoy eating them.
Nutmeg I added photo of raccoon evidence, they can always find the one ripe fruit on an unripe tree. OMG that one looks perfect.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Glades Premieres Tonight July 11 at 10 p.m.

From Glenn GarvinMiami Herald Television Critic - "Finally, a TV show set in South Florida that really gets us: not just our pretty beaches but all the thing that make us unique: our contempt for tourists, our disgusting vermin-ridden swamps, and most intrinsically, our unfocused but profoundly homicidal rage. Ladies and lunatics, I give you A&E's new cop drama The Glades. Watch it, then kill or disfigure someone near and dear to you." Watch the video here as well -

The Glades Premieres Tonight July 11 at 10 p.m.

Also check out The Glades on A&E Facebook page for more information, more videos!

Yes, Muck City, Muck Bowl, Muck murder ... Everything we have loved about Carl Hiaasen and Frank Cerabino, can we get a Santeria goat sacrifice in the parking lot (sorry Frank).

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Hi all,
The decision to fence equipment areas and change the gates on the W.P.R.F., Inc. pools was not a capricious act of the Operations Committee. The changes were driven by The Florida Administrative Code which, in this case, became effective in May of 2009, with a Drop Dead Date of May 2010. The total cost of these changes was circa $11,000.00. Those interested in keeping up to date on these issues should make it a point to attend the Operations Committee meetings. Those Associations with Private pools on our CV Campus can expect to hear from your inspectors in due course as regards these changes.

Dave Israel

The particular Code reference for these changes is: 64E-9.006 FAC


And the following extracts apply.

(e) Equipment Enclosures, Area or Rooms – Equipment designated by the manufacturer for outdoor use may be located in an equipment area, all other equipment must be located in an equipment room or enclosure. Plastic pipe subject to a period of prolonged sunlight exposure must be coated to protect it from ultraviolet light degradation. An equipment area shall be surrounded with a fence at least four feet high on all sides not confined by a building or equivalent structure. A self-closing and self-latching gate with a locking device shall be provided if necessary for access. An equipment room shall be protected on at least three sides and overhead. The fourth side may be a gate, fence, or open if otherwise protected from unauthorized entrance. Any fence or gate installed shall use members spacing that shall not allow passage of a 4 inch diameter sphere. An equipment enclosure shall be lockable or otherwise protected from unauthorized access. This access security shall be installed on all pool equipment areas by one year from the effective date of this rule for those that do not presently have a similar level of security. The equipment enclosure, area or room floor shall be of concrete or other nonabsorbent material having a smooth slip resistant finish and shall have positive drainage, including a sump pump if necessary. Ancillary equipment, such as a heater, not contained in an equipment enclosure or room shall necessitate an equipment area as described above, which shall also be installed by one year from the effective date of this rule.

(h) All public pools shall be surrounded by a minimum 48 inch high fence or other substantial barrier approved by the department. The fence shall be continuous around the perimeter of the pool area that is not otherwise blocked or obstructed by adjacent buildings or structures and shall adjoin with itself or abut to the adjacent members. Access through the barrier or fence from dwelling units such as homes, apartments, motel rooms, and hotel rooms, shall be through self-closing self-latching lockable gates of 48 inch minimal height from the floor or ground with the latch located a minimum of 54 inches from the bottom of the gate or at least 3 inches below the top of the gate on the pool side. If the self-closing self-latching gate is also self-locking and is operated by a key lock, electronic opener, or integral combination lock, then the operable parts of such locks or openers shall be 34 inches minimum and 48 inches maximum above the finished floor or ground. Doored access points from public rooms such as lobbies or club houses need not be through gates. Gates shall open outward away from the pool area. A latched, lockable gate shall be placed in the fence within ten feet of the closest point between the pool and the equipment area for service access.
Instead of a fence, permanent natural or man-made features such as bulkheads, canals, lakes, navigable waterways, etc., adjacent to a pool may be permitted as a barrier when approved by the department. When evaluating such barrier features, the department may perform onsite inspections, and review evidence, such as surveys, aerial photographs, water management agency standards and specifications, and any other similar documentation to verify at minimum, the following: the barrier feature is not subject to natural changes, deviations, or alterations and is capable of providing an equivalent level of protection as that provided by a structure, and the barrier feature clearly impedes, prohibits or restricts access to the pool.
Screened pool enclosures must be hardened on the bottom three feet. Fencing consideration shall be given to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Publication No. 362, March 2005, guidelines available from; or the Florida Building Code, 2007 with 2009 amendments, sections 424. – 424. Safety Covers that comply with ASTM Standard F1346-91 (Reapproved 2003), titled Safety Covers and Labeling Requirements for All Covers for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, and available from , do not satisfy this requirement.

New Gates & Locks

I went to Dorchester pool yesterday and saw that there was a new gate with a new lock on the top of the gate. Someone told me to open the gate you pull up on top and it opens. Another told me to pull down to open. With the gate still open I tried both ways to no avail. This morning I went back with camera in hand. Two women showed me that when closed you push down and shove gate open. One woman needed both hands to push down. I was told it was a new law about locks. Okay, so what was wrong with the old gate, nothing. This is smaller so the cart doesn't come in with the pool maintenance person. I am strong and not too short. How does the person in the mechanical wheel chair get in, the person who needs the cane to steady themselves, the short person? Oh, they don't need to come to the pool anymore as they can't get in or out. We have some of the above who come to Dorchester. Who picked this particular lock? Certainly no one who was thinking of the elderly or infirmed who may live here and want to go to the pool. I don't think the law said, buy this particular lock and what was wrong with the fastener on the last gate? It could have been moved up a bit higher so all the children who are running around here loose cannot reach it. What a waste of money and no thought to the person who is elderly and infirmed!!!!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Need Assistance?

For you or your neighbors:

1. V.P. Phyllis Richland at UCO (683-9189) has completed the Florida DCF Access Basic Training also known as Community Partners Access Training. This allows her to help those who need aid in applying for food stamps, Medicaid and assistance with paying utility bills. She can help those who qualify to fill out the applications on the computer in the privacy of a closed door environment and submit it right away. There is no record of that application at UCO. Once it is submitted it goes to the agency and from there within 24 hours you can call the agency for a status of your application. No one in her office or anywhere in UCO ever sees it again. This is a service for those of you that have no computer.

2. Congressman Ted Deutch or his representative will be in our Clubhouse, Classroom A at 10am – noon, on Monday 7/12, and on 8/2. They will take questions, concerns, etc., from Villagers attending. This is an excellent opportunity to let our politicians know what we need and expect from them. Typical questions that they often work on include:
Cutting through red tape or resolving problems with federal benefits. Immigration. Federal Grants. Social Security. Medicare. Veterans Benefits. Postal Issues. Public Housing. Assistance with any other federal agency
You can also contact his district office at 561-732-4000 if you need help.

3. Century Village Fund. Call Jean Dowling 640-7606 for info on the CV Fund assistance possibilities.

4. And on your computer search for Benefits Check-Up

Becker & Poliakoff Webinar on new Condo Laws

Hi All,
Please click on the following link to view B&P Webinar on Changes in the law effective 1 July, 2010:

Dave Israel

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Left click on image to enlarge.
This Notice of Public Hearing, concerns a fence to be constructed, between the MedicalCenter parking lot and Stratford.
All concerned please take notice.
Dave Israel

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Public Notice sign?

Does anyone know what the Public Notice signs posted around the Medical Center are all about?

Unidentified insect problem resolved

Snowbush Caterpillar - Spanworm
And its corresponding Moth.
In another Post, a request for identification of an insect is made. It would appear that the insect is pruning an Aegopodium Podagraria Variegatum, or Euphorbia marginata variant.
The mystery insect is identified above.
This is quite normal and should do no permanent damage to the plant.
Dave Israel


Denuded Snow on the Mountain, where are hungry peafowl when you need them.
Close up not working well! Sorry. Can anyone ID these.
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The End of COPS in CV

I called COPS this morning to ask if they could provide an article for the UCO Reporter to update the village on COPS. I was informed that the CV leadership of COPS is resigning at the end of July and tomorrow’s meeting could see the end of COPS in CV!
The regular meeting is in the Clubhouse Rm B at 9:30am 7/8/10 tomorrow.
They have volunteers to drive but not to lead our group. Without proper organization the Sheriff will take back our car (we only have one). We need more COPS to check on the ‘golf course’, this would be a particularly bad time to lose COPS.
Sorry I do not know more. Is there oversight or liaison at UCO? Has this issue been raised at a Delegate Meeting or other UCO meetings?

Evelyn Lebowitz supervises many COPS groups in Cypress Lakes, Golden Lakes, Bella Terra, etc, etc.

You would be most welcome at the meeting tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Where did the music go?

Monday, July 5, 2010

obnoxious owner/resident?

windsor I - bldg closest to windsor drive ---there is a man who has parallel parked a big truck w/ tow - and attached to tow a flat with some sort of canopied water vehicle - I am loath to say boat as it looks so raggedy and odd ---taking up 6 parking spaces - yes the spaces belong to windsor I ---this has gone on the last 3 days - goes/returns / now he is cooking on it and eating out there - I can't believe this is permitted ---and much less that security let him bring that piece of super long junk in the gate----who in their right mind would want to purchase in CV seeing that? what a lovely eyesore out my north windows. hmpf my mind tells me this has to be disregard of some regulation ---

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hi all,
With heavy T-storms threatening, I thought you might like a direct link to local weather RADAR.

Click on link in sidebar: WEATHER RADAR

Dave Israel

The Future of News on the Web

I have heard that an upstate newspaper was going to charge for Internet access soon if not now. Meanwhile, Newsday in Long Island already charges for web access to stories and features. I can read and link to Palm Beach Post online stories like this one, but the site doesn't have even its own native columnists (it does link to Jose Lambiet's "Page 2 Live," which is an expanded version of his local gossip column). If this is the future of "Pay Per News," then newspaper websites should have a two-tier system: free for regular news stories, then bring out the velvet rope and the guy with the hand out for rich material (columns, sports coverage, celebrity news, feature articles, the funnies).

Friday, July 2, 2010


Hi All,
For all of our Seasonal Residents, the Channel 63 Team presents the Delegate Assembly video.
Of course, all are welcome to view and invited to Comment.


Or the link in the sidebar
( DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - 07/02/2010 )

Dave Israel

Thursday, July 1, 2010


On several occasions, my attention has been drawn during mid to later afternoon hrs.,
while returning home, along Haverhill Road, from Okeechobee Blvd., to the East Gate
Entrance, of the village, of one of the above cars, exiting the Babie's R Us, shopping center, failing to use signals, both on Haverhill, and entering the Village,
driving in the center of both lanes, after passing the resident's entrance, gradually
easing over to the right lane ( 4 corner stop ) finally using the signals, indicating
a R turn, without a full stop ( slowing down ) and continuing along the East Drive
onto the North Drive.. It has always been my impression these Volunteers, were
there to set an example, as well as assist if needed....If they cannot implement
the basic road rules, as second nature, they should be "retired"

Free Fishing

Shoreline Anglers Fish for Free!
Florida residents are now eligible for a free shoreline fishing license beginning July 1, when purchased at a service center. S horeline fishing license s for Florida residents to catch saltwater fish from the shore or a structure affixed to the shore (e.g. dock or pier) cost $9 .00 last year . The Florida Legislature repealed the shoreline fishing license fee during this past Legislation Session.
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