This Is our Village

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THANK YOU, GEORGE FRANKLIN.


I have just finished proofreading George Franklin's safety article for the August issue of the Reporter. (Yes, I know it isn't even July. We're that far ahead on some things, though!)

I am just so struck by George's care for the people of this Village. What a service he has rendered us in his columns and articles alone. His particular concern is for the more elderly among us. He doesn't want you to be cheated or hurt, your car stolen or your apartment burglarized. His columns invariably begin with "Hi folks" and end with "Be safe out there." You can tell he loves us and wants us to be well and safe. When we need a little chiding, he gives us a little chiding. George is a former law enforcement officer—with a great heart, I should say.

George's August column is about carjacking for one thing. Carjacking can be a brutal crime, and you can be hurt, not to mention have your car stolen.

Thank you, George, for all you have done and do for this Village.


UCO OPEN MEETINGS - JULY 2017

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SPECIAL SECURITY COMMITTEE MEETING - JUNE 21, 2017

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

PHASE II ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENT - REFLECTION BAY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT - FORMER GOLF COURSE

Hi all,
The following link leads to an in-depth Environmental assessment of the former golf course.

https://goo.gl/4KCSdx

It is not know at this time what impact this report will have on the Reflection Bay development - if any.

It is possible that the Florida Department of Environment Protection may supervise the mitigation of the property.

Dave Israel

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CONDO BOARD QUESTION

Is there any mandate for a Condo Board Member to be a "deeded" owner of a unit within that condo? If so, where is that requirement found?

Monday, June 5, 2017

DELEGATES APPROVE ATLANTIC BROADBAND CONTRACT IN ROLL CALL VOTE

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On June 2, 2017, after much vigorous debate, our Delegate Assembly approved the Contract with Atlantic Broadband for bulk video and optional Internet and Telephone. The vote was 95 in favor and 80 opposed.
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The signing of the contract will occur shortly
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AB - Vote Results from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

Thanks to Franco for the video clip
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Dave Israel
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

KUDOS TO TWO

Like many others here, I receive Dave Israel's update e-mails on what is going on in the Village. Dave calls these reports Information Forward Initiatives. (Talk about "Armyspeak," that's a mouthful for you!) One of the things I look forward to the most is Donald Foster's weekly CAM report. It's concise and right up to date on the progress of things big and small needing repair and maintenance in CV. The photos with notes are a big help, too. (Don't change a thing, Donald.) It's amazing how much work is going on right under our noses, and with our CAM's reports we get the straight skinny, not pool and bus rider guesswork. THANK YOU, DONALD.

One of Donald's photos showed one of our new buses with Bob Rivera's colorful Century Village sign on it. I saw the same bus "live" parked outside the Clubhouse on Friday. It is BEAUTIFUL. I love the tropical scene and the script printing. (Some would have preferred one of the block printing choices, I'm told, but I like the script.) What a professional job. THANK YOU, BOB, and I hope you are doing better in the hospital. You have been and are still going through some ordeal. Why don't you send Bob a card, guys—the address is Kingston Hospital, 396 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SECURITY COMMITTEE - LIVE IN CYBEPSPACE - jUNE 2, 2017


CONSIDER THE SOURCE

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On Friday, June 2, our Delegates will be asked to approve a marvelous Atlantic Broadband contract for bulk video services and optional Internet services. This contract (two years in the making), beats their competition in financial terms and in terms of entertainment content!
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Despite the superiority of the Atlantic Broadband offer, there will be a few Residents who will rise in opposition, simply because they are considering their own needs rather than the needs of the Village.
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Who are these few nay-sayers? They are the people who are suing us (me), they are the people who stay up all hours of the night on the Internet suggesting that UCO (me) are Nazis, Fascists or other sorts of reprobates. They are the people who publicly spew the foulest sort of language. They are the people who squeal and shriek to disrupt meetings - You know who they are! They talk much, but contribute nothing!
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So, on Friday, when the best entertainment package we have ever had comes up for a vote, just note who gets up to trash it-and consider the source, and then, please ignore their diatribe and vote to approve the Atlantic Broadband contract.
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Those of you who elected us - have trust in your choices - know that we exercise the highest degree of fiduciary responsibility - enable us to provide the best for the entire Village.
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Dave Israel
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Friday, June 2, 2017

FINANCIAL COMPARISON - ATLANTIC BROADBAND VS COMCAST - REVISED MAY 31, 2017

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This chart compares purely the numbers showing the cost of the two offers over life of contract. It is significant to note that over the life of the two offers, Atlantic Broadbands offer is almost $4 million dollars less. ($3,913,859.21). The critical difference is Comcast's iniquitous truck roll fee, the number of these Sixty Dollar truck rolls will escalate because of Residents lack of familiarity with the new equipment, which will require much customer education. The fee for Atlantic Broadband truck rolls is ZERO!
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Thanks to Ed Black for the analysis.
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OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING - MAY 30, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


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UCO REPORTER - JUNE 2017 EDITION - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


Thursday, June 1, 2017

IN DEFENSE OF A MAN'S REPUTATION


The following is copied word for word from "another" Village blog:

"Tuesday, May 30, 2017
WOW ! I just found out that Regan Anderson, the Atlantic broadband rep who is giving us a hard sell about Atlantic Broadband, was the Comcast rep who sold a cable contract to Century Village Boca Raton. Shortly after the contract was finalized he jumped ship and went to work for Atlantic. My source tells me that he extolled the wonderful virtues of Comcast to Boca. CV. Now that he has changed horses and gone to work for Atlantic he is talking out of the other side of his mouth."

I haven't the least idea whether it is true that Regan Anderson, the personable, NOT "hard sell" Atlantic Broadband rep, previously worked for Comcast as alleged by the unnamed writer's "source." (Boy, they like their anonymity!) But if true, must such a move be characterized as "jumping ship" and Regan be accused of "talking out of the other side of his mouth"? Is it not possible to like the company you work for and do a good job there, yet change jobs to another company in the same field without one being a "traitor"? Just yesterday I found that the salesman I always went to at Stewart Toyota left their employ to work for another dealership. This happens all the time, and often there are no hard feelings about it. In fact, my friend is missed at the shop. And so what if there is some dissatisfaction? That's normal. The above about Regan, typical of much on this other blog, strikes me as an unwarranted cheap shot at a man's character. For what purpose? To gain supporters for  Comcast? That's legitimate—but in this way? For the "purpose" of working against ANYTHING Dave Israel is for, no matter how beneficial to the Village? Ah, perhaps this gets closer to the bone: Throw the Village under the bus as long as we "get" Dave.




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

David why do you post-date your posts so that they stay at the top for days?

David why do you post-date your posts so that they stay at the top for days?  Someone glancing at the blog will see the same postings for  2, 3, or 4 days and think there is nothing new.  I just posted and thought I had done something wrong and did it again.  When it didn't appear a second time I scrolled down and there it was buried under 3 of your postings.  The top article is dated Friday June 2nd when it is only Tuesday May 30th.  Reason??.

Comcast does not charge snowbirds $5.00 for internet when they are not in Florida!!

I just read in the Reporter Comcast charges snowbirds $5.00 for internet when they are not in Florida!!  Not so.  I cancel it every April and reinstate it when I come back down in November.
The $5.00 charge is  for Snowbirds who have a Comcast phone and want the number held for them.
Those who do not wish to pay this charge just get a new number each season.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

IMPORTANT WE HAVE QUORUM AT JUNE 2 DELEGATE ASSEMBLY

Please remember, delegates, that it is vital we have a quorum at the June 2 (this coming Friday's) Delegate Assembly if we are to give Atlantic Broadband a chance at being our cable TV and optional Internet/phone provider when the present Comcast contract ends.

Those who tell you we can wait and wait are wrong and may know it in saying so.

Thank you.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

GET WELL SOON, BOB RIVERA

Hi Bob,
In case you should be reading this blog up in Kingston, NY, here is wishing you well there. We hope you make a speedy, but in any case complete, recovery in hospital.

I like your sign on the Plymouth Laundry. Knowing you had painted it on the laundry wall, nevertheless the other day in driving past it, I did a double-take for a second, thinking there actually was a clothesline there with a sheet hanging on it!

Lanny Howe

Saturday, May 20, 2017

COMCAST MODIFIES OFFER - ATLANTIC BROADBAND PRESENTS RED LINED CONTRACT LEGAL MARKUP

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The Officers of UCO met with Comcast on Friday, May 19th. 2017. We were eagerly anticipating a major new offer. Guess what, one major improvement was presented, the Video Bulk rate was reduced one dollar to $28.99 - distinctly underwhelming!!
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We also have in hand the Atlantic Broadband contract, which has been redlined for legal issues. Additionally, a number of our concern's have been addressed. This redlined contract has been sent to 1000 unit owners by Email.
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As this contract will be presented to the Delegates at the June meeting, any Delegate needing hardcopy of the Agreement, may obtain it at UCO.
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Delegates, know the issues, read the contract, be prepared to vote. Of course, if we receive a Comcast redlined contract, it will be Emailed and made available.
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Dave Israel

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

OPPOSITION TO TWO SUGGESTED BYLAW CHANGES

This blog discusses, and opposes, two of the 22 “Olga's ByLaw Suggestions” listed on page A5, bottom, of the May UCO Reporter.

#4 “2 – 2-year term limits for all UCO officers and executive board members. “
I oppose for these reasons:
UCO officers and board members are volunteers, not politicians;
they are not compensated, and too often criticized;
they do not award contracts – the delegate assembly does
they form no political parties, but run on their individual merits
are nine month minimum residents of Century Village, an intimate part of the constituency that elects them;
are immediately approachable (you might have to sit and wait at the UCO office);
the CV president, unlike any state governor or the POTUS, has no veto powers;
any bylaw suggestion, like the two discussed here, must undergo a rigorous five-step process before becoming an amendment: the president has no input.
Officers and board members cannot be delegates – they have no vote at delegate meetings
all candidates – incumbents and challengers – are given equal space in the Reporter and equal time in the forums.
The delegates know the candidates, and voting is 100% - not the (approximately) 56% in the 2016 presidential election. A small but active group cannot depend upon the apathy of others to elect a niche candidate.

#9. “. No resident of Century Village shall be a paid employee of UCO “. I oppose for one reason, or person, resident Mr. Donald Foster, our current LCAM (Licensed Community Association Manager).
First, to obtain his license, Mr. Foster had to go through a five step state required process (see below), including paying license and criminal investigation fees, completing an 18 hour course, and passing a three hour test.
Second, on the CV Blog website, he has posted weekly LCAM reports, with pictures.
Third, because he is a resident, he knows about, and solves, local issues: (a) got a volunteer to paint “LAUNDRY” on the laundromat; (b) knew about pedestrian dangers at the East Drive/Century Boulevard 4-way intersection and posted two colorful “Fl. Law: Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalk” signs; (c) put up warning reflective signs at the North/West Drive curve; (d) erected guard posts along the West Drive exit approach. His future plans include (a) working with president Israel on a 2018 UCO budget proposal to "refurbish and widen the heavily trafficked pedestrian walkway along the south side of Century Boulevard, connecting East Drive and Haverhill Road." (b) placing “Fl. Law” signs at all the pedestrian crossings, and (c) improving sight lines presently obscured by shrubs.
Mr. Foster's salary is less than half that of the previous UCO LCAM, who was not a resident manager, did not work on nights, weekends and Christmas, and put in half the hours that he does. As Mr. Foster notes, "Nobody expects me to put in a fifty or sixty hour week- I just like the work and the commute cannot be beat. I used to spend ten or twelve hours per week sitting on the Long Island Railroad or the E Train- now I am on the clock as soon as I exit my unit."


A committed and professional resident employee is a valuable asset for any association.

Richard Handelsman
166 Plymouth W

PS. In this week's (May 8) LCAM report (CVBlog), Mr. Foster notes that the “Leak at North Drive pump station was repaired on 5/4. Artificial hedges were installed over weekend.” Guess who installed those hedges, spending several hours under the Florida sun.


To receive a CAM license, Mr. Foster had to:
Step 1: Register for class: 18 Hour CAM License Course - $279 tuition. (Paid for by UCO) All applicants are required to satisfactorily complete 18 classroom hours of pre-licensure education
Step 2: State Application. a. Submit a license application to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation..include a fee of $223.50 payable to the DBPR. b. Register for electronic fingerprinting Cost of fingerprinting is $53.50.
Step 3. Attend the 18 Hour CAM License Course. The 18 Hour CAM License course must be completed in its entirety prior to taking the state exam.
Step 4: Submit your Course Completion Certificate
Step 5: Schedule and Pass the State Exam.The exam fee is $31.50 payable at the time of registration. A passing score is 75 out of 100 questions answered correctly.)








Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING - MAY 5, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


BROADBAND COMMITTEE MEETING - MAY 10, 2017 - CANCELLED

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Hi all,
I had expected the lawyer vetted and corrected Atlantic Broadband contract. Lacking this, I have cancelled the meeting. As soon as we have the contract, it will be distributed and a meeting will be scheduled.
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY MEETING - MAY 5, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


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DA 5-5-17-5 Part 5, from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

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Thanks to John and Kitty Gragg for video conversion services.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING - MAY 2, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


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BUS SCHEDULE CHANGES - WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

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WHETHER COMCAST OR ATLANTIC BROADBAND: TWO THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND


Whether the Village finally selects Comcast or Atlantic Broadband to be its TV cable communications provider, the following are two things to keep in mind in deciding whether to take their Internet or telephone options:

1. Taxes and Fees:
If you are comparing rates with your current Internet/phone rates after taxes and fees, add 15 percent to the CC or AB offerings to approximately cover their taxes and fees. You want to be comparing apples with apples.

2. POTS telephone line:
There is a value, especially to the elderly, in maintaining a POTS telephone service. POTS simply stands for "Plain Old Telephone Service" and refers to the old phone service you may have had in the past with AT&T or Ma Bell or other such telephone companies when your single phone line carried BOTH the electrical current (at a very low voltage) and the phone conversation. Remember those days? Some of us still have such a POTS phone service.

An advantage to keeping a POTS phone service is that you are less likely to lose service in a storm. Were you here during the three hurricanes of 2004-2005? Many of us in the Village lost power for a week or ten days in two of them, but our POTS telephone service remained working. "But I have a cell phone and that works when the power goes off," you may say. Yes, it usually does for a while, but then the cell phone needs to be recharged, and how are you going to recharge it if you have lost electric power? Unless you have the right kind of battery backup device, you won't be able to.

Aside from storm damage, remember that we are in an age of potential cyber attack where the electrical grid could be down for days (and let us hope only days). Today even POTS is not 100% safe from failing, but it is the closest-to-100% way to stay in touch with your friends and the outside world.

One further point. If you have POTS and your telephone instruments are hooked up to answering machine devices, because these devices are plugged into electrical outlets, you probably won't be able to use the attached phones if you lose power. The solution is to have one of your phones connected directly into a telephone jack.



Friday, April 28, 2017

UCO REPORTER MAY 2017 EDITION - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


MY CONCERN

As I see the proposals by Comcast and Atlantic Broadband drag out and seemingly never end, my concern is that we will be defeated by time.

I do not know what AB's real deadline for commencing work on getting fiber-optic to us is. They say they need 24 months prior to June 2019 (expiration date of our present CC contract), which would be this June. That would mean a final, signed contract, agreed upon in all points by both parties, done by then. Maybe they can plan on doing their fiber-optic work in less time, but then we are at more risk they will run short on time!

How near are we now to a real "deadline"? If the Delegate Assembly were to decide on CC or AB at the May Delegate Assembly, that decision, of course, is still NOT final. There would remain then many details, let us say maybe as many as thirty, to clear up with the chosen company and get into legal language agreeable to them and us. Let's look at two possible scenarios.

1. We choose Comcast at the May D.A. Comcast then drags its feet getting these details finalized while at the same time reneging on an important point or two we thought had been understood. The back-and-forth goes beyond the time when AB would have needed to start, so they are forced out of the running. Now Comcast has no competition, they are in the driver's seat, we find they renege on a lot (surprise, surprise), and we are stuck with an expensive bad contract.

2. We choose Atlantic Broadband at the D.A. We then get halfway through agreeing on the thirty details with them and ironing out an important point or two we thought had been understood but wasn't. It looks as though we will have an agreed-upon, final signed contract in time. Why on time? Because AB has no reason to drag its feet; it needs to get going. If this happens, all is well and good.

But what if two weeks after the D.A. vote, Comcast suddenly reenters the fray with an offer "too good to refuse"? What do we do? If we put AB on hold and get serious about the new CC offer, we may find ourselves a month later with CC having dragged its feet. SOME points have been resolved but not all. Another month is needed. You can see what I'm driving at: Comcast again accomplishes its goal of getting AB out of the running. Then, before there is a signed agreement, they can change their tune completely, and we are stuck with an expensive bad contract.

Perhaps at this point, having received many concessions from both companies, we should simply not be too greedy. Perhaps it is best we choose AB at the Delegate Assembly, and then, provided AB pulls no deal-breaker surprises, we should simply go with them rather than "take the bait" from Comcast. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

UCO OFFICER'S COMMITTEE - APRIL 27, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


ELEVATOR AT THE CLUBHOUSE IS OUT OF SERVICE (9 AM THURSDAY)

Hi all,
We are advised that the elevator has been repaired:

Eva Rachesky
1:19 PM (12 minutes ago)
to Rhoda, me
 
Hi Rhoda,

The elevator was not working this morning and has since been repaired.


Dave Israel

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING - APRIL 25, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


CONDO LAW AND BOARD MEMBER CERTIFICATION

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PHYLLIS RICHLAND AND JENNIFER CUNHA
                          INVITE YOU TO A BRUNCH AND LEARN
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CONDOMINIUM LAW LEGAL OVERVIEW
and  BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS
May 24, 2017 @ 9:30-11:30am
Century Village Craft Room
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Breakfast will be provided!
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Seating is Limited - RSVPs required!
Please call 561.231.0640
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Jennifer may also be reached at:
Jennifer M. Cunha, Esq.
601 Heritage Dr., Ste 424 · Jupiter, FL · 33458
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING - APRIL 19, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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NEW BUSES ARRIVE - GRAPHICS CONTEST TO BEGIN

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Here are pictures of the new buses. Note that there are two distinct sizes, the larger buses have built in cubby holes for grocery bags and storage for walkers. This Post is to announce a contest for graphics to appear on the bus exterior. Send your design to ucopresident@gmail.com, or bring it into UCO.
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To the left is the big bus, with built in cubby holes for grocery bags or other small items. Also, there is a special compartment for walkers.








Below is the smaller bus.
So, create a design for these new buses that is appropriate for Century Village. Something bright, and colorful.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

THE DECISION ON BROADBAND


HOW THINGS ARE SHAPING UP

It has been a long journey for the Broadband-Cable Committee and our residents in deciding which company to go with for the next ten years—now whittled down to  Atlantic Broadband (AB) or Comcast (CC). In the past 13 days since the March 3 Delegate Assembly a lot has changed. At that time, Comcast having finally agreed to allow Optional Internet, we thought the two Internet proposals had come near equalizing. They had not. See below.

On April 6, the Computer Club hosted a presentation by Atlantic Broadband, open to everyone, in Classroom C. This was followed by a "vigorous" discussion period, says one attendee. A day later, following the April 7 Delegate Assembly, there were consecutive presentations by AB and CC in the Party Room, which was packed with residents—and again, they were each followed by vigorous discussion periods. Comcast in particular was taken to task for (1) their insistence on charging about $60/month for Optional Internet if not signed up for at a unit owner's FIRST opportunity with no intervening opt-outs; (2) requiring UCO, the associations or their management companies to handle the record-keeping of the aforesaid opt-ins and opt-outs (an accounting nightmare for us);  (3) charging about $60 for many service calls; and (4) quietly increasing their monthly charge for TV so the difference between their charge and that of AB came close to $4.00.

After repeated assertions that these were Comcast's "bottom line" concessions, we found they were not! Comcast once again "sweetened the pot" somewhat with respect to items 1, 2, and 4 above—but not item 3, which has been a source of complaints with many people under the present Comcast contract.

The Reporter staff discussed the matter at their April 11 open meeting, and at the end took a vote. Not a single hand went up in favor of Comcast, while every hand went up in favor of Atlantic Broadband. It is unusual for the Reporter to take an editorial stance on an issue, but because this matter is so important, we may do so in the May issue.

Then on April 12 the Broadband Committee met once again. Despite the partial concessions Comcast made, the Committee voted unanimously in favor of the Atlantic Broadband proposal. There was a sense that the Committee was NOT happy with Comcast dragging out things, their unclear answers to questions, and pulling surprises—in contrast to Atlantic Broadband's straightforward, generous proposals and clear answers to questions. That was my take on things, at any rate.

Now the Officers will discuss the matter, then the Executive Board, and finally the Delegate Assembly—quite possibly at the May 5 meeting, where a final vote may take place. Time is of the essence, for Atlantic Broadband will soon be out of the running.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Comcast has to go

This mornings internet outage convinces me even more that comcast has to go. along with billing issues.

Friday, April 7, 2017

DID THE STRAW POLL GO THE RIGHT WAY? YOU BE THE JUDGE!!

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ATLANTIC BROADBAND VS COMCAST - WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ATLANTIC BROADBAND - THE ROAD TO THE FUTURE

Atlantic Broadband, the way of Century Village's Future.



Gee Linus, I'd hate to give up on my ol' faithful TV set, But times are changing and sooner or later you just have to change with them.

Get more, pay less, Isn't that what EVERYONE in the Village wants? The best quality, they most programming, the best service, FOR THE LOWEST PRICE???? So what is the issue? it's a no - brainer. Atlantic Broadband has it all.  MORE CHANNELS, More Premium Movie Channels, FREE SERVICE CALLS.
Face it, Sooner than later you will be getting a new TV and getting rid of that beast in your living room and bedroom. Wouldn't it be nicer being able to use all the features built in now? Forget comcast... they want you to pay $62+ for internet service if you aren't signed up initially and if you are a snowbird and shut it off even if you had signed up, you get charged the 62+ after you return. Comcast=A LOUSY DEAL. 

SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING - APRIL 4, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

TRANSPORTATION MEETING - APRIL 4, 2017 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

Sunday, April 2, 2017

WHY I AM NOW FOR ATLANTIC BROADBAND AND NOT COMCAST



THE TIME FOR BETTER OFFERS IS OVER IN MY JUDGMENT

When we took the straw vote at the March 3 Delegate Assembly, I was really undecided as to whether we would be better off under a new communications contract with Comcast or Atlantic Broadband. Over the previous several months, right up until the time of the Delegate Assembly, it had been back and forth between the two telecommunications companies—first one and then the other seeming to offer the better deal. I think many delegates were bewildered. They had had no TIME to digest final offers by the two. Both Comcast and Atlantic Broadband appeared to be now offering the long sought-after optional Internet, their prices seemed close enough, and Atlantic Broadband was the new kid on the block. I think some voted for Comcast on the grounds of "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." Even though a straw vote is not binding, I think in retrospect it was a mistake to ask for it at that Delegate Assembly. I don't blame anyone for voting for Comcast at that time.

Since the meeting, a number of points have been clarified. Perhaps foremost among them is the fact that "Optional Internet" with Comcast is not what we expected. Unless as a present owner, you sign up for Internet when the new contract starts, you won't get it for $20/month—or $30 or $40 or even $50. You will have to pay $62.30! That is more than I pay NOW to AT&T by about $20! I don't like the fact Comcast revealed this so late in the game. It makes me distrust them.

Moreover, even if you do sign up for Comcast Internet in the beginning (and stay signed up), they insist that the record-keeping be done by UCO, the associations, or the management companies. That's asking the impossible. The Comcast rep who was at the most recent Broadband-Cable Committee meeting would not budge on this point—nor the outlandish $62.30 charge.

There are several other reasons I now think that Atlantic Broadband is clearly offering us the better deal. You will find some of them in my article in the April Reporter titled "Down to the Wire with Comcast and Atlantic Broadband."

Will Comcast do another turnaround and sweeten the pot? If so, I doubt I would trust them at this point. They have known for several weeks now that we are on the brink of deadline, after which Atlantic Broadband would be out of the running because of their inability to get fiber-optic cable to us in time. Would Comcast LIKE that to happen? Think about it. CC could then pick up all the chips and have their way without the AB competition.
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ATLANTIC BROADBAND VS COMCAST

People complain at every assembly meeting that so and so can't afford another dollar raise. Well keeping comcast will be just that. it starts out at $32 and change, AB STARTS at $29, That is already a savings of $3 a month, that's an extra can of tuna to some, to others an extra lottery ticket. No, I really am not trying to be a wiseguy, I have eyes, I can see some of these same people claiming poverty going out to play in these "arcades". /their business, but don't claim poverty when you throw it away. There are some with legitimate issues, and if paying and extra buck here or there is hurting them, then Atlantic Broadband is the ONLY choice for them. Cheaper in price, better service, more bang for your buck. For those that say they only watch three channels, well, the rest of the village watches more, and you can stick to watching your three channels at a lower price. it's a win-win.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

April 1st, 2017

Sorry if I wasn't clear. The march on April 1st will start at 9AM in the Clubhouse party room,
first some breakfast, then a march around the periphery and back to the party room for an Open mike.
All are welcome. 
Century Villagers cannot sit idly by and watch everything we have fought for for 50 years  
disappear See the listing in the post before this one.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

CV DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO MARCH ON APRIL 1, 2017

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The Democratic club of Century Village and neighbors are having a march on April 1st. to continue to demand from the President and Congress the following:
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Protection of Social Security benefits
Medicare and Medicaid benefits
Equal pay for Equal Work
Support of Public Schools
Fair Immigration policies
Fair voting practices  
Right of Choice
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The following is the announcement we'd appreciate if you would send out.
All are invited to attend and participate.
to be able to get into Century Village:
get in touch with  Connie..ruthconnie@aol.com
Thank you,Ruthie
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Dave Israel
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