This Is our Village

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IS IT LEGAL?

An elderly neighbor of mine was recently in a traffic accident at the corner of North Drive and Glencoe here in the Village. The vehicle he was driving and another vehicle collided, and he ended up being taken to the hospital by the Medics ambulance service. His vehicle, in the street (North Drive) and considered unsafe to operate, was ordered towed away by the police. My neighbor was in the hospital two days and is now slowly recovering at home with in-home nursing care.

My neighbor INSISTS that the police had no right to tow his car away because, being in the Village, it was on private property. I cannot imagine this is right, for how in the world (to think of only one justification) would we ever get our Village roads cleared of damaged vehicles if this were the case?

Can anyone tell me (chapter and verse, if possible) what the law is concerning this situation?

30 Days or 10 Days for Approval by Associations

This is a question relating to Louise Gersons' article in the latest issue of The Reporter. Who determines whether as Association has 10 days or 30 days to approve or dis-approve an applicant for a purchase or rental? Is it determined by the Associations By-Laws or by Chapter 718? And is it a fact that the applicant is automatically approved if the Association does not act on the Application within the time mentioned? Randall is probably the one to answer this on a legal basis. It seems as tho not too many are aware of this and it should be known by all Associations.
Thanks for any info.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AT & T MARKETING IN CENTURY VILLAGE

Hi all,
We have received a number of calls in UCO about AT & T aggressive marketing of products in Century Village. Salespersons, often in pairs are knocking on doors around the dinner hour and making presentation to sell our unit owners Digital Telephone service, High speed INTERNET and Television products. Taken jointly, the AT & T system is branded U-Verse.

A bit of background is in order; some 10 years ago, UCO signed an agreement, allowing AT&T the right, at some time in the future to come into Century Village and market their products. This right extended for 15 years from the time of signing, and thus has 5 years to run. In return for this right, AT & T paid UCO a significant sum of money. While a non-disclosure clause forbids me from stating the amount; it is in the six figure range.

Any unit owner interested in a copy of the Agreement may, of course, come to UCO for a copy.

Of particular importance is the fact that while the Agreement gives AT & T access, the Agreement specifically forbids Door to Door solicitation; thus these aggressive tactics are forbidden.

UCO will identify senior management at AT & T and put them on formal notice of this violation of the Agreement, but in the meantime, Association Boards must be vigilant in protecting their buildings from these tactics.

All unit owners must be further aware, that signing up for U-Verse will NOT relieve them from paying the Bulk Comcast Cable monthly fee.

Please do not rush to sign any contract without taking time to research the consequences!!

Dave Israel
President
United Civic Organization

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND RESIDENTS IN CENTURY VILLAGE....REMEMBER, WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

FRANK and BARBARA

Saturday, November 20, 2010

PER USUAL

My UConn football team is playing tonight and as per usual it's on ESPNU.
I have another word to go with the U. Not only that THE FLORIDA GATORS
ARE PLAYING AND IT IS ON "PAY PER VIEW??????? What is it with Florida TV.
I never had this problem in Connecticut???? Why in Florida????

Thursday, November 18, 2010

RUN, RUN, RUN

It's that time of year when we post many requests for biographies of candidates for UCO officers and members of the Executive Board. You will find great satisfaction helping your friends and neighbors in Century Village. There are two vice president openings and ten spots for members of the executive board. It's as easy as pie to apply.... just bring your bio to the UCO office to the attention of the Nominating/Search Committee. As vice president, you must live in Century a minimum of nine months. As an executive board member, you not only must live here a minimum of nine months, but also volunteer to serve on two committees. See,
it's as simple as that. Just make sure your bio is typed neatly giving us information about your activities in the Village and a short resume. A picture must accompany the bio. Give this your immediate attention.............TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT.

PLUGGED IN COMPUTER DUCK

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No electric duck, but how about a USB duck?
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Electric Outlets for Ducks


I answer my own question, yes there is electric provision on Duck Island, (temporarily turned off.)
Our invasive weeds are pretty, what if we let them replace our grass? Less grass cutting! Actually if they keep spreading we may have no choice. 10 years ago I never saw these flowers in Florida.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BAGELS FOR FREE - CONDOS FOR SALE

Edible Gardens Workshop

Learn all about growing and preparing heart-healthy vegetables and fruits at a free workshop offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension. The workshop will include presentations on gardening tropical fruits and vegetables, their nutritional value, as well as a demonstration on how to prepare them. Participants will also be able to taste the prepared dishes.
Participants must call (561) 233- 1742 to register.
What: Edible Gardens Workshop
Where: Cooperative Extension/IFAS559 N Military Trail, WPB Exhibit Hall A, rear of gardens
When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Directions:
http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/1110/11_10_10_gardens.htm

Info, thx to Edythe Pekin

Breakout



Remember tonight, Tuesday at 5pm at Bellantes, Bloggers get together. Puns, positive plans, and pie.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

THE BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE - OWNERSHIP RESOLVED

Hi all,
There has been some question as to the beautiful landscaping on the path to Hastings Clubhouse. Specifically, as to who owns the property that the bridge spans and that just North of the canal spanned by the bridge. Well, Elaine and I have resolved all such questions under the project name "Midnight Mapper"! The following scan in will provide graphic evidence of the dispositive result:
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The picture at the top of the scan in shows a red box which includes the bridge over the canal. this 30 foot wide strip goes East to Haverhill Road and as you can see above belongs to Winky Utilities, nee Century Utilities, Inc. (Obviously belonging, by route circuitous to Mark Levy) This is a drainage right of way.
Note now in the text portion below the photo the following statement, I will translate the abbreviations:

"drainage right of way lying South of and adjacent to 12th. Street Extension"

Mystery solved, if 12th. Street had indeed been extended West of Haverhill, this is the strip of land it was planned for. Hence, this piece belongs to Palm Beach county. I suspect that neither Mr. Levy nor Palm Beach County will object to the beautification effort!
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Dave Israel
QED

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Its Puss Caterpillar Season



Known as Puss, asp, woolly slug, various names but the most poisonous in the USA ! do not touch, there are spines of venom under the fur. How cute and only 1” long. When touched, these poisonous spines break off in the skin and cause severe pain. Most often found on oaks and citrus. In Florida there are two generations a year, one in spring and the other in fall. Some people experience severe reactions to the poison released by the spines and require medical attention. Others experience only an itching or burning sensation.

On the other hand, the golden-silk spider is harmless (to you), including legs it is as big as the palm of your hand. They are gentle and tremendously beneficial because of all the insect pests that they eat.


My photos, yes these critters live right here
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Friday, November 12, 2010

TEMPORARY REC. FACILITY CLOSURES

Hi all,
We are advised by W.P.R.F., Inc. That the Shuffleboard courts will be closed this weekend and also that there will be no electricity available on Duck Island.

Please excuse the inconvenience, the facilities will be operational as soon as possible.

Dave Israel

Who ARE These Guys?

Your grandkids know who these people in the news are, but if you just glance at the headlines and you barely watch the news, you are lost in a lot of small talk. Here goes...

Lady Gaga, pop singer, said to be the new Madonna. Made headlines when she wore a meat dress. Click for her Wikipedia story. Click for her music video.

Demi Lovato, a Disney princess from their zitcom Sonny With a Chance and telemovie Camp Rock. Made headlines with a trip to rehab and footlines with rumors regarding same. Click for her Wikipedia story. Click for her music video.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Annual Blog Get Together




CV Blog Get Together
Keep the date, Tuesday Nov 16th at 5pm at Bellante’s Pizza Buffet.

Located on the NE corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Haverhill (next to Babies R US), 4869 Okeechobee Blvd.
Everyone welcome, bring a friend, before people scatter for their holidays. We will pry Dave away from his computer for an hour or two.

Do not eat pizza for a week then you will be READY for anchovies, or Alfredo, or 10 more.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

RESIGNATION OF UCO OFFICER

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UCO Treasurer resigns
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Due to circumstances that have occurred, Dorothy Tetro has resigned from the office of UCO Treasurer.
This was her decision to end her service and we wish her well.

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Dave Israel
President
United Civic Organization
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STATE ATTORNEY PSA ON ELDER CRIME PREVENTION - MICHAEL McAULIFFE

Hi all,
The Palm Beach County State Attorney, Michael McAuliffe stopped by in UCO to deliver a PSA on prevention of Crime against Seniors. He was video taped by our Channel 63 team. See this short, but important video at the following site:

http://cvbitbucket.blogspot.com/2010/11/state-attorney-psa-on-elder-crime.html

Also linked in the Sidebar:


Dave Israel

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - NOVEMBER 11, 2010 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

Hi all,

Thanks to the Channel 63 team, the Delegate Assembly video is now live on this BLOG.

Click here:

http://cvbitbucket.blogspot.com/2010/11/delegate-assembly-november-05-2010.html

Or in the Sidebar.

Dave Israel

Monday, November 8, 2010

CHECKOUT THAT USED CAR

Carfax Carfox
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Are you considering a used car? Do you know how to find out if it has been in a accident, or had it's odometer rolled back? Well, the answer is by it's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
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This can be found inside the driver side door, or on the dashboard, visible through the driver side windshield!
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With the VIN in hand, visit the following URL:
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Enter the VIN in the designated box, thus accessing a National Database, and you will find out if the car has ever been  in an accident, been damaged or had the odometer rolled back!
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It just takes a few minutes and you may save yourself lots of trouble and expense later!
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Dave Israel


Saturday, November 6, 2010

FESTIVAL FLEA MARKET - NOVEMBER 22,2010

There will be TWO BUSES to the flea market on the 22nd. Everyone will be called on the first list and also the waiting list for your addresses. We will the fax them to the Flea Market so you can get coupon books without waiting on line. The buses will leave promptly at 9:30am. If you have any questions or you can not make it.....PLEASE call Barbara at 640-9789

THANK YOU, David Israel for the second bus.

Paper boys and more ..

Thanks to Marc for finding extraordinary photos of Hagop Garagem - search for many more links. Every face tells a story.



Rouge your knees and roll your stockings down. Part 2, must watch full screen, vivid photos. Oh no! a fox fur with head!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muLiKk1DKYU&feature=related

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Who are these girls?

The Blog has become CV Condo College of info. Now for a little relief -
Just another day of jump rope, if you think the middle is impressive wait ‘til you get to the end. Is that a grizzly bear in the audience?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

unconfuse me re cable box

re info about Jan roll out cable boxes----are these to replace the boxes we had installed last go around or additional boxes for second televisions (that we had expected last jan) ---thank you

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WHY GEORGETOWN TEXAS?

Hi all,
From the inception of our BLOG, we have had consistent heavy visits from the city of Georgetown Texas. I have wondered why. Finally I did some research this evening and I have the answer. One of the oldest and most venerable Age Restricted communities is located in Georgetown Texas. it is Sun City the Del Webb community.
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It would be nice perhaps to establish a "sister city" relationship with Sun City and exchange some of our experiences as Senior Citizen communities. So, we in West Palm Beach Century Village would enjoy hearing from Sun City residents. If you Sun Citians would like, please forward Email correspondence to me at nsasigint@comcast.net and I shall post interesting stuff on the BLOG.
Here is some WIKI data on Sun City:
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Sun City Texas is a 5,300-acre (21 km2) age-restricted community located in Georgetown, Texas (United States), a city 35 miles north of Austin off I-35. It is part of the chain of Sun City communities started by Del Webb. Residency is restricted to persons over age 55 (except in the instance of guardianship and marriage) and the community is generally oriented toward retirees.
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Sun City Texas is made up mostly of single family dwellings, but also has duplexes. It is legal to drive golf cars on the streets in the development and most shopping has special parking slots for same. There are golf courses, hobby shops, pools, lakes for fishing, and many other recreational facilities. There are clubs for almost any interest or hobby including crafts, computers, sewing, cards, investments, and dancing. The community's close proximity to Southwestern University provides access to a variety of additional cultural activities. And, of course, the thriving city of Austin is nearby providing a variety of urban activities and the surrounding Hill Country region provides many opportunities for outdoor activities.
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Although the community attracts residents from all over the country it has proved especially popular with retirees from the Upper Midwest because of the lower cost of living and relatively mild climate. Murray Wier, a former college basketball All-American and National Basketball Association (NBA) player, is a resident of the retirement community.
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Dave Israel

BECKER & POLIAKOFF TO EXPLAIN CHANGES IN CONDO LAW

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Dave Israel

CONDOMINIUM REFERENCE DATA NOW LIVE ON BLOG

Hi all,
At the recent visit by the Condominium Ombudsman, he provided a CD full of updated Condominium reference material. We have uploaded this data to the INTERNET cloud and provided links to each subject in the sidebar. See referenced data as follows:

ASSOCIATION RESPONSIBILITIES
CONDO COMPLAINT PROCESS
CONDOMINIUM BUDGETS AND RESERVES
CONDOMINIUM ELECTIONS
CONDOMINIUM FINANCIAL REPORTING
CONDOMINIUM INSURANCE
CONDOMINIUM LIVING
CONDOMINIUM TRAINING MODULE - EDUCATIONAL
CONDOMINIUM TRAINING MODULE - LAWS
GUIDE TO PURCHASING A CONDOMINIUM
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Simply click on the Sidebar links to view information, the data is presented in Power point slide show format, or in Adobe .PDF.

The Condo training modules, and the Power point slide shows, are fully searchable, and constitute a superior research tool.

Dave Israel

Monday, November 1, 2010

Reminder

The Comcast cable box in your unit remains the property of Comcast. Don't believe me? Ask UCO. If you move out of CV, bring the box to the UCO office. It won't work in your new location.