This Is our Village

Saturday, February 28, 2015

MARK FRIEDMAN BRIEFING - COMMON COLLECTION QUESTIONS

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Dave Israel
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UPDATED RENTAL AND PET FRIENDLY ASSOCIATIONS

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Hi all
In 2012, I published a chart of Pet Friendly Buildings. It was dated in 2010 and was one page long. It may be seen on this BLOG, at:

http://village-blog-and-chat.blogspot.com/2012/09/century-village-pet-friendly.html
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It turns out that this Post is the most often viewed Post on the BLOG, which contains some 3000 Posts in total.
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So, being that this information is of interest to many, our Investigation Department has updated this chart and expanded it to include Rental friendly Associations as well.
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Since this chart has expanded to 11 pages, rather than publish them here, I have uploaded it to the Google Cloud. The chart may be accessed via the following link:
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http://goo.gl/iEj00c
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This link will also be placed in the sidebar.
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Please, if you see errors, let us know so we may correct them. If you can fill in any of the blanks, also do not hesitate to let us know.
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Thanks
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Dave Israel
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

UCO ELECTIONS - CALL FOR COUNTERS

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Dave Israel
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PBSO BRIEFING ON IDENTITY THEFT AND SCAMS

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Dave Israel
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NOTICE OF PASSING - ROSA FABBRO

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Dave Israel
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Rosa Fabbro

Dear Fausto,
Please accept my heart felt sympathies on the loss of Rosa. She was a lovely lady and will be missed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

VOTING PROCESS

Perhaps the time has come for some changes, to the above.....in the past, the "Election Hour" has preceeded the Delegate Assembly, ( 8 to 9 AM) making it difficult for some, including myself...
What of the possibility of "Early Voting"?  A policy in effect for State, Federal etc., elections....The details to be explored( such as distribution of ballots to Association Delegates, return of same, in sealed envelope
with Association & Delegates names appearing on Face of Envelope ( for validation purposes)
The sealed envelope then placed in a "Lock Box" ( which would be placed in a secured location, UCO
Safe or perhaps WPRF's) and upon the Actual Election Day, the chosen committee could then continue
 the process...(The key to the Lock Box would be in the possession of the Impartial Chair.)
Any thoughts or comments?
Bettie Lee Bleckman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One of the NINE to avoid voting for March 6th

CV will be in TERRIBLE trouble if nuts like this person below who posts on the malcontent blog get in office.  With this post she joins Jerry Karpf who throws "Heil Hitler" salutes at Delegate Meetings.

From Queen Esther's Blog and Olga sez:

1 comment:

  1. David Israel IS a very sick man who is seriously mentally unstable. His followers have the same mentality of the ignorant masses who believed Hitler in the 1930's.
    Amen, to the malcontents who know better.
    Reply

Monday, February 23, 2015

MALCONTENT CANDIDATES FORUM - AN EXCERCISE IN DISRUPTION


Malcontent Candidates Forum – another exercise in disruption
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First of all it should be noted that the Malcontent Candidates Forum, is an utter nonsense event, not sanctioned by UCO, the Election Committee nor the Nomination Committee. The election, after all, is a UCO Election. It is my sincere hope, that no serious candidate will attend this ersatz fiasco.
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So, what do I mean by a serious candidate, simple, one with experience, intelligence and a track record of service to the Community. Following, in my opinion are the serious VP candidates in our March UCO Election:
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For Vice President
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Ed Black
Barbara Cornish
Fausto Fabbro
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Two of these, in my opinion should be elected, based on a proven track record of concern for our Village, and a high level of knowledge and experience.
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Now, let’s look at the candidates for Executive Board. It was a travesty when the Malcontents came to the Delegate Assembly of February 6, 2015, with lists of names of other Malcontents, so as to engage in a joke-fest of cross-nomination of absurd and unqualified Malcontent names, in an attempt to flood the Executive Board with disruptive people. I suggest that you vote only for the following candidates, again with a record of service to our Community:
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Suzie Byrnes
George Pittell
Myron Silverman
John Hess
Michael Rayber
Herb Finkelstein
Jackie Karlan
Jean Komis
Milton Cohen
 
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Thank you for considering this recommended slate of candidates, who I believe will work to lead our Community into the future.

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Dave Israel

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

HOW TO ENTER YOUR GUESTS AND PURCHASE CLUBHOUSE THEATER TICKETS ONLINE

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1) ENTER THIS URL IN YOUR BROWSER WINDOW: https://gateaccess.net/

The following dialog box will appear
2) Where it says (Select a Community), drop the menu and select CVWPB
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3) In the user name box type your telephone number that you registered with UCO for the CV call in system, include area code, with no spaces.
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4) You may obtain your password from the
WPRF ID Office at the main clubhouse. Enter it in the password box.
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5) Click on login


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Select Guest list tab to enter a guest, or select Buy Tickets Now to purchase tickets. No need to either call in your guest or come to UCO to purchase Gate-Passes.

FYI: Click on Entry Logs to see your guests back to 2008.
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Dave Israel
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MOVIE CHANGES IN MARCH 2015

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Dave Israel

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NEW SIGN APPROVED BY BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE

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Here is a proposed new sign for our Okeechobee entrance. This is a drawing by UCO VP Dom Guarnagia.
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Congratulations to the Beautification Committee for accepting this design for replacing the Okeechobee sign to our Village.
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It is important to know that much of the cost of the new sign involves complying with the County and State regulations concerning substructures, permits, and inspections dealing with hurricane standards.
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This project will now go to the Bid Committee.
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Your comments would be greatly appreciated on this design.
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Dave Israel
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Friday, February 13, 2015

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - FEBRUARY 6, 2015 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE



delegate assembly 2-6-2015- Part one,  from David B. Israel on Vimeo.


delegate assembly 2-6-2015- Part two,  from David B. Israel on Vimeo.


delegate assembly 2-6-2015- Part three,  from David B. Israel on Vimeo.


delegate assembly 2-6-2015- Part four,  from David B. Israel on Vimeo.


delegate assembly 2-6-2015- Part 5,  from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Video Rendering ..... CH-63 Team
Upload to Vimeo ..... Ed Black
Upload to BLOGGER .... Dave Israel
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

PBCWUD RELINING SEWER PIPES

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Wonder what those big trucks are?
 
PBCWUD has a contractor in Century Village completing a lining project that is being done to rehabilitate sewer piping.  The contractor's name is Lanzo Lining Services.  The map below shows the work areas that are being done
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Dave Israel
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A VOTING SUGGESTION

If you are concerned because of the overload of "opposition" candidates for Executive Board, here's one thing you can do: Vote ONLY for those you want to get in. You do not need to vote for the maximum number; in fact, this can hurt your cause.

Limiting your votes helps because it results in your "good candidates" outpacing all the "bad candidates" by (your) one vote. Multiply this by fifty or a hundred voters and it can be a pretty effective voting strategy.

If, on the other hand, you vote for five candidates you like and five you don't like, the five you don't like are simply keeping pace with the five you do like.

Let's say your vote was the last one to be tallied, and let's say that before your vote was counted, Candidate A (good guy) was trailing Candidate B (bad guy) by one vote. If you vote for both, Candidate A loses. But if you vote ONLY for Candidate A, it's a tie. And if two of you should do this and vote only for Candidate A, he wins.

I put a blurb on the blog to this effect two years ago during an election period, and the opposition cried "Foul! Unfair!" That's nonsense. It isn't unfair at all—it's perfectly legal and intelligent voting, and done all the time.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I need to answer a few of Esther's bashing our UCO people and how they are managing our village. She remarked facilities being closed for a long period of time. She must have never had to get a work permit. They take time to get. Two of the pools have been renovated beautifully, one after the other, Dorchester and Hastings. There may be others in the works that I don't know about. As for the crumbling roads. She must be driving on the swales. The roads I am driving on are not crumbling away. Yes they have cracks that we were told would come back as we went cheap on paving over cracks. I drive through the village and think how pretty it still looks (I first came to the village in 1971 when my mom lived in Wellington B.)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

CABLE BOX QUESTION

I am writing on behalf of a new resident who has not received the two devices to bring digital cable to her unit. If my memory serves me correct, each unit owner was given a digital box and a smaller box for their cable television. When this resident contacted Comcast to get the cable boxes she was told that there was an initial fee and a $2.99 additional monthly fee. She informed the representative that she resided in Century Village and that fee was included as one of the amenities here. The representative told her it didn't matter where she lived, the charge and fee applies. Can someone lend some direction for this resident? Perhaps a contact person who services our C.V. account? Thanks

Friday, February 6, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW UCO BUDGET!

Thank you to the delegates who threw aside the baseless accusations of a few nasty, uninformed and disruptive seniors and FINALLY passed the UCO budget.

Monday, February 2, 2015

BRADY PASSES

BRADY PASSES

Ala Pippa Passes, by Browning

The year's at that season
When the playoffs are done.
In the Super Bowl battle
The football's been hurled.

We rejoice with good reason:
The Patriots have won;
They've beaten Seattle.
All's right with the world!

UCO EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVES 2015 - 2016 BUDGET - UNANIMOUSLY

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After a short presentation by UCO Treasurer Howard O'Brien, the Executive Board approved the draft UCO Budget for 2015 - 2016
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I hope that the more reasonable majority follow suit at the Delegate Assembly Meeting on Friday.
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Dave Israel
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ATTORNEY FEAMAN WARNS "DO NOT DESTROY RECORDS"

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Attorney Feaman, who is not counsel of record sent the following letter:
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You may see the Docket log for the Solomon & Karpf "self-suit" at the following link:
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SOLOMON & KARPF V. UCO & DAVID ISRAEL (LAW SUIT TWO) - DIRECT LINK TO COURT DOCKET
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Attorney Feaman is nowhere to be seen on this docket.
So, what is his connection to this case.
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Dave Israel
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADVISES - GET VACCINATED FOR MEASLES

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Levenstein, Philip

1:04 PM (6 hours ago)
to Alfred
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2015
Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111
Florida Residents Urged to Get Vaccinated Against Measles
~ Contacts of measles cases being followed in Florida ~
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is working with other state and federal officials to monitor individuals who may have been exposed to measles cases across the state. In the past two weeks, four cases of measles have been identified and reported among travelers with unknown or no measles vaccinations who visited Florida. Two cases involved international travelers.
"It's important all Floridians make sure they have received the measles vaccination because those who are fully immunized have very little risk of developing the disease," said FloridaState Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "The department is prepared to deal with any potential emerging infectious disease threat and is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents and visitors in Florida. Out of an abundance of caution, it is important for those who think they may have been exposed to measles to contact their health care provider for guidance right away.”
While there are no confirmed cases among Florida residents at this time, people who may have come into contact with infected individuals are being notified and counseled. The department continues to work closely with the medical provider community in an effort to maintain its current level of readiness to identify cases and respond to any diagnosed cases of measles in Florida.
"The smartest step any resident can take to protect themselves against this growing health threat is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Alan Pillersdorf, President, Florida Medical Association. "Vaccines are available at your local doctor's office and at all Local County Health Departments at a minimal cost or free. These vaccines are safe and play a vital role in creating a barrier between the human population and this virus.”
The most effective form of protection from this virus is through vaccination. Children should be immunized against measles with the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age. People with underlying health conditions should discuss with their health care provider to determine the need for additional booster doses. The department encourages all Floridians who have not been immunized to get vaccinated immediately.
"In Florida, more than 93 percent of kindergartners are vaccinated against this potentially life threatening virus,” said Dr. Tommy Schechtman, President, Florida Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Palm Beach County). "But in a time when vaccines are readily available and safe, every child who can be, should be vaccinated. It's our best defense against this re-emerging healthcare threat and one any responsible parent or guardian should want for their child to keep them healthy.” Measles is very rare in countries and regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. There are still sporadic cases of measles in the United States because travelers who are not fully immunized can become infected before or during travel abroad and spread the infection to those who are not protected by the vaccine.
Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious. It can be transmitted from four days before the rash becomes visible to four days after the rash appears. The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include the following.
  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)
Anyone who has these symptoms should contact his or her healthcare provider. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html.
The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts
Submitted by:
Philip Levenstein
FDOH – Palm Beach County
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Dave Israel
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Note: the following editorial was published in The Village Sentry, an E-Newsletter distributed to the residents of Century Village in Boca Raton and reflects solely the opinion of its publisher and not the management of CVW or Century of Boca Raton Umbrella Association or any of its officers.

It is posted here to serve as a warning to our sister village to beware of small providers who promise the moon and then fail to deliver. We agree with UCO President Dave Israel's latest position called Broadband Services. That will be the future of TV and Internet delivery.

Lie-Fi: Who's Kidding Whom?

Editorial by The Village Sentry (CVW) Publisher Fred Hadley


In a front-page article in the February Cobrua Reporter titled "Century Village Boca WiFi System" DSL Express CEO Jay Brussels, above, makes a statement about the
performance of his system in Century Village West in Boca Raton that seem to contradict his June, 2012 proposal, second revision (reprinted at the end of this article).

In the February Reporter distributed to the associations on Friday and available online starting Monday,Brussels states: 

"The system is not designed for residents
to run their home-based businesses or for streaming movies."

However, in his 2012 proposal Brussels stated, 

"The system will be design (sic) 
to support up to 6,000 simultaneous users including all services such as VoIP (MagicJack)
and streaming video (Netflix)."

Mr. Brussels claims that "just over 2,000 devices" connect daily with 25-50 new users per week. It is disappointing that the system, operating at one-third of its design capacity, will not support MagicJack, which many residents use for free phone calls locally and to the nation and Canada. MagicJack is a "Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)" tool that should not require much in the way of bandwidth to perform acceptably.

DSL Express's 2012 proposal also called for "8 AM to 10 PMTelephone Technical Support," which is provided only from Monday to Friday. What about weekend support? If not
specifically excluded by the proposal, it should have been available since the May 20, 2013 rollout of the problem-plagued system.

It is time to rethink the possibility of replacing the current Wi-Fi System with a bulk-rate High Speed Internet deal that would require 100% of the units to participate,
just as with Cable TV, for a rate that was estimated to be in the "high teens" by a Comcast Account Executive when asked about it in 2012 by The Village Sentry.

We understand that not everyone has a need for Internet access in the village. Nonetheless we are sure that a majority of the 5,712 units are using Internet between the three
providers: Century Village, AT&T and Comcast. If over 2,000 are using the village system and another 1,000 (estimated) are using the mainstream providers, that's 53%, with more added each month as the demographic shifts to younger retirees.

By comparison, units in Century Village West are paying about $35 per month for the bus system that fewer than 30% (estimated) use regularly. That means that over two thirds
of the units are paying 14% of their coupon towards unused "transportation," or about $35 per month.

Why is that acceptable, but a bulk Internet deal is considered inappropriate, when it will cost no more than $20 and will serve an ever-growing majority? Unit owners without computers, tablets and smart phones will surely have visitors who will be able to log in on their devices using the supplied Wi-Fi-capable gateway, even if the unit does not have a computer or device of its own.

Internet access is no longer a luxury but almost a necessity in today's world. The great village Wi-Fi experiment has run its course. Complaints about drops, unreliability, slow speeds, the need to purchase a repeater which was soon rendered obsolete when the "improved" repeater came out, and too little tech support on too few days have become so common that the Chairman of the Cobrua Delegates Meeting may embargo further comments about poor performance. Now our village elders must consider the next step going forward.

If a bulk deal with Comcast is approved by the 16 associations, those already on Comcast will see a substantial price reduction. Those who are currently on AT&T will be transitioned at little or no charge to the lower-priced bulk High Speed Xfinity service. As a fringe benefit, all units will get a modem/router that will provide, at no additional charge, a private, secure Wi-Fi network in their apartments.

If enough users allow the optional second, public network to emanate from their "gateways," the entire village will be covered by outdoor Xfinity Wi-Fi that is logged on to once using the Comcast ID each subscriber will receive.

In addition, the Clubhouse coupon could be lowered by $1.30 per month per unit. What's your opinion? Should the current village CVW Wi-Fi System be retained? Or should
we move on to a more expensive but established provider such as Comcast or AT&T and use our numbers to get the best possible deal for all?