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Board of Directors of COOCVE Meets THIRD TUESDAY of the Month at 9:30 a.m. in the Party Room Official Monthly News/Magazine of the Condominium Owners Organization of Century Village East, Deerfield Beach, Florida

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Candidates for U.S. Congress Speak at Century Village Text by JUDY OLMSTEAD, Photos by JULES KESSELMAN On Friday, March 26, 2010, three candidates for U.S. Congress, Jim McCormick (Independent), Ed Lynch (Republican),

and Ted Deutch (Democrat) spoke to the residents of Century Village East for the purpose of introducing themselves and answering

Moderator –Donna Dowling

In This Issue 



Condo News


■ New County ordinance limiting watering to two nights a week may cause Seacrest layoffs unless we can get variance relief. A9

■ Remember changing to snow tires in the winter? Stan Weinstein recalls the good old days when service stations gave service.A32

■ By-Laws Committee proposes amendments to be voted on at the June BOD meeting. A3 ■ Sheriff representative reports no crime in the Village during the month of March. A13 ■ Congressional candidates speak at the CVE Clubhouse. A1 ■ As hurricane season approaches, its time to prepare. Charlie Parness offers some helpful tips. A19 ■ COOCVE Corporate Counsel Pat Murphy report on current litigation and its status. A3 ■ Unit sales are higher here than other Century Villages. A6 ■ Comcast difficult to communicate with but some progress being made. A15

questions demonstrating their positions and opinions on current issues, including the health care bill recently passed by a Democratic Congress. Not surprisingly, Senator Deutch was in favor of the legislation and Lynch and McCormick opined that it will be too expensive and that seniors will be hurt by the cuts in Medicare spending. Donna Dowling, from Markham N, moderated the forum and questioned the candidates on their position on medical marijuana. All three, who had watched family members suffer from debilitating illnesses,

were in favor of the use of medical marijuana to relieve suffering. At a special election held on April 13, 2010,

L/R Republican-Ed Lynch; Independent-Jim McCormack; Democrat-Senator Ted Deutch

The COOCVE Advisory Committee Sponsors Condominium Courses for CVE Residents By FRED ROSENZVEIG, Photo by JULES KESSELMAN Bill and Susan Raphan from the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman gave their first of a series of six free condo courses at the Clubhouse on Thursday, April 16th, to 138 participants, who were all primed to learn more about Condominium Rights and Obligations.

the whole group, and almost everyone discovered some useful information they had not previously known. The program explained the basic rights of owners to possession and peaceful enjoyment of their unit, and to an undivided share and the right to use common areas

■ Marion Cohen reports CVE Symphony Orchestra Guild raised $10,000 for the CVE Symphony Orchestra.B30 ■ Sy Blum reports on LeBron James’ remarkable tale of rising above adversity, hardship and racism to become one of the greatest basketball players of this generation.B3 ■ Mother’s day gift choice made simple by Reporter staff’s Betty Schwartz. B19 ■ Beautification contest winners chosen by Committee of the Nature Club. B1 ■ Ben Franklin did not discover electricity according to Len Witham. B14 ■ A snowbird complains packing can be hazardous to your marriage. A37 ■ Herb Charatz remembers his schoolyard days. A35

the Democratic candidate, Ted Deutch, was elected to finish the term of retired Democratic Senator Robert Wexler.

Bill and Susan Raphan from the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman “Raise your hand if you think that a condominium is a democracy”, Bill began. “It’s not a democracy, it’s a corporation”, he told the group. It’s a business and has to be run as such, by those whom you elect to make decisions for you. Bill encouraged participants to ask questions on all the topics he covered. The program was engaging and very interactive with a quiz at the end for

and association property. They also have a share of any surplus money, the right to vote, and the use of cable if there is a bulk contract. We learned that if you rent your unit, you retain your voting rights, but you lose the rights to use common areas, as your rights have transferred to your tenant. Bill said that under Florida Statute 718, no member of the association has the right to represent the

association, meaning that you can’t direct the maintenance man working on association property. Every owner has the right to run for election to the Board of Directors, and to serve on a committee, no matter how long they are in residence. Any minimum residency requirements which are in our documents are no longer valid. Anyone believing their candidacy has been unfairly rejected, or that the election is not held in the proper manner, can file a complaint with the DBPR. They may require that a new election be held. Bill informed us that the DBPR investigators’ purpose is not to punish the board, but to educate and correct them, so that they learn to follow reasonable and legal procedures. Bill said that those who complain about their boards should not complain, if they don’t run for the board, or attend meetings, or serve on a committee. Many owners have the “toos” – too busy, too ill, too seasonal, etc. He then went on to explain the difference between two types of meetings, membership meetings and Board meetings, and gave the notice requirements and rights involved with each. Statute demands there must be one budget meeting, and one general meeting per year. See COURSES, pg 12A




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COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting April 20, 2010 President, Steve Fine called the meeting to order at 9:34 a.m. Mr. Fine led the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence. The Sergeants-of-Arms confirmed that a quorum of Directors was in attendance (117). Joe Rubino moved to waive the reading of the Minutes of the previous Board Meeting of March 16, 2010. Fred Rosenzveig seconded. Mr. Fine asked if there were any corrections/ additions – there were none and the Directors approved the minutes by a show of hands. Sherriff’s Report - Deputy Cathy Kinstler There were no incidents in CVE for the month of March. Correspondence – Bernice Schmier – read two letters received by Steve Fine. Letter from Ken Barnett – Dear Steve and Gene, due to work-related reasons, I won’t be able to serve on the Reporter Board in the coming year. Serving on the Board and especially working with both of you and the other Directors was very rewarding for me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. All my best to everyone on the Board and the staff of the CVE Reporter. Sincerely, Ken Barnett. Steve will announce at the May

meeting the nominees for the COOCVE Board of Directors. Letter from Gene Goldman – It has been an honor to serve on the BOD of the CVE Reporter Inc. over the past several years and as its President this past year. I want to thank you as Editor in Chief, Charlie Parness as VP and Ken Barnett as Secretary and Treasurer for all of your kind help and support. Due to personal reasons that need my attention, I need to cut back on some of my activities, at least, for a while. Therefore as you plan the slate for the new Reporter Board for the coming year, I respectfully request that you do not include my name as a nominee. The Reporter has made great strides in the years that you have been its leader; I wish you great success ahead. Sincerely, Gene Goldman. President Report – Steve Fine Mr. Fine thanked Gene Goldman and Ken Barnet for their volunteer work as Board members of the CVE Reporter. Their dedication and professionalism will be missed. The BOD of the Reporter will be meeting on Wednesday 4/21 at the COOCVE office at 10:00am for the purpose of temporarily replacing the

two resigned officers. A meeting of the shareholders of the CVE Reporter will be meeting at the next COOCVE BOD meeting. At the Reporter BOD meeting the bus shelter program will be discussed. Mr. Fine addressed the two motions that were passed at the February 16th COOCVE BOD meeting. The first motion was: “that MM provide the COOCVE BOD with a written report of all MM’s current litigation and its status. To answer this, Mr. Fine invited MM and COOCVE Corporate Counsel, Mr. Patrick Murphy. Mr. Murphy discussed several pending lawsuits including; Ventnor B Condo Association vs. COOCVE, MM and Plastridge Insurance Agency; Ventnor B Association vs. MM, Comcast and Adelphia, MM vs. Century Services, Inc., also working on a number of foreclosure and collection cases. The second motion was to have MM provide to this Body its plan for hurricane activities in sufficient detail for individual condominium associations to plan. Mr. Fine stated that MM’s role will be to make every effort to open roads, man the gates, keep the buses running and


do necessary repairs on COOCVE/MM buildings. The rest of the property belongs to the associations. Mr. Parness addressed the Board and asked that all Harwood area COOCVE Directors and Alternate Directors see him immediately following today’s meeting. This meeting is to organize a unit-owners meeting to elect a Harwood area chair and vice chair – there will be no election. Treasurer’s Report – Bernice Schmier Expenses for March were $4,572.59; Expenses for January –March were $28,740.69 which leaves a net balance for March of $338,816.96. The only income is bank interest on a CD and will provide that next month. Advisory Committee – Fred Rosenzveig The 1st condo session was held last Friday with 138 registrants. The next course will be on April 30th – Condo Committee Finances. Donna Berger will be hosting Boot Camp next January - Basic Condo Association. By-Laws Committee – Mr. Parness Mr. Parness discussed the proposed amendments. They will be published in the Reporter and a vote will be taken at the June meeting. The Amendments on Area Chairperson will: 1. Legalize the recognition of Area Vice Chairpersons



(not in bylaws now) 2. Require documentation on proof of their election. 3. Require area chairs mandatory meeting with the areas’ unit owners. The Committee proposes amending the bylaws as follows: (Note: the words underscored are additions to the bylaws) Article IX – COUNCIL OF AREA CHAIRS Sec 9.1 There is hereby created a Council of 21 Area Chairs representing each area in Century Village East, to be elected by the unit owners of the area from among such areas total number of directors or alternate directors to COOCVE for a term to commence the following February 1st. “The Area Chair elections shall take place in January”. The area unit owners shall also elect an Area Vice-Chair from the COOCVE directors or COOCVE alternate directors of its area in the same manner as the election of the Area Chair. The Area Vice-Chair in the absence of the Area Chair from their area, will be entitled for all the rights, duties and privileges of an Area Chair, including representation on the Executive Committee and the Council of Area Chairs.” Sec. 9.1A “An Area Chair or Area Vice-Chair must provide a copy of the election meeting minutes as proof of election. The minutes are to be presented to the COOCVE President in order to be certified as elected.” See DIRECTORS, pg 8A




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The Mayor’s Message By PEGGY NOLAND, Mayor/ City of Deerfield Beach Editor-in-Chief STEVEN H. FINE Assistant to the Editor Betty Schwartz Editorial Staff Seymour Blum Judy Olmstead Wendy Rosenzveig Betty Schwartz Activities Editor Sandy Parness

Production Sid Goldstein Christie Voss

Sid Birns

Photo Journalists Jules Kesselman Al Miller

Advertising Consultants Susan Dove Arlene Fine Estelle Sabsels

Office Staff Norman Bloom, Seymour Blum, Carol Carr, Susan Dove, Arlene Fine, Rhoda Jarmark, Estelle Kaufman, Sharon McLear, Barbara Orenstein, Sandy Parness, Toni Ponto, Betty Schwartz, Estelle Sabsels. Staff Cartoonist Prepress Technician Alan G. Rifkin Christie Voss Alvin Sherman 1913-2000 Columnists and Regular Contributors Shelly Baskin, Sid Birns, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Mary Catherine Castro, Herb Charatz, Marion G. Cohen, Richard William Cooke, Senator Ted Deutch, Arlene Fine, Max Garber, Gilbert Gordon, Harry L. Katz, Louis Kaufman, Jules Kesselman, Richard Koenig, Rosalind Lerman, Dory Leviss, Dr. Norma Locker, Pauline Mizrach, Deerfield Beach Mayor, Peggy Noland, Gloria Olmstead, Judy Olmstead, Lori Parrish, Charles Parness, Dr. Sylvia Pellish, Phyllis Pistolis, Commissioner Marty Popelsky, Eva Rachesky, Bernice Ruga, Irving Ruga, Betty Schwartz, Gloria Shomer, Helene Wayne, Carl Weitz, Lucille Weitz, Jerry Wolf, Robert Winston, Len Witham, Janice Zamsky. Business Manager Steven H. Fine Circulation Outside Pubs., Inc. Barbara Turner

Proofreaders Seymour Blum Carol Carr, Sid Goldstein, Estelle Kaufman, Toni Ponto, Wendy Rosenzveig, Betty Schwartz

The CENTURY VILLAGE EAST REPORTER is published monthly and distributed, without charge, to the residents of Century Village East, Deerfield Beach, Florida. It is published for the edification of said residents, and contains reports of the monthly meetings of the corporations, Board of Directors and its Committees, as well as news, bus and theater schedules, and contributed articles of current interest to the residents. The Condominium Owners Organization of Century Village East, Inc. aka COOCVE, a not-for-profit corporation, its officers, directors, editors, staff, any committee people are not responsible for typographical errors or misrepresentations in any advertisements or article. They are not responsible and assume no liability for the content of, or any opinions expressed in, any contributed articles which represent the author’s own opinions and not necessarily the opinion of COOCVE. Acceptance of advertising for products or services in no way constitutes an official endorsement of the product.

It’s hard to believe that the lazy days of summer are right around the corner. In South Florida, this is traditionally a time when life slows down a bit, as tourists and seasonal residents migrate to other destinations. For the City Commission and city staff, this is one of the busiest times of year, as preparations for the upcoming budget are already well underway. Many cities in South Florida are facing declining property values and increasing costs, and many families are struggling financially as well. As always, the city’s overriding objective is to maintain the level of service and contain the costs to residents. With this in mind, the city is proactively preparing for this year’s budget. On April 29, the City Commission held the first in a series of budget work sessions to begin to work on this year’s financial challenges. The sessions are open to the public and are held at the Public Works Facility, located at 401 SW 4th Street. To receive notice of when the meetings will be held, visit and sign up for E-Subscriptions. Or, call the City of Deerfield Beach at 954480-4200. In this unprecedented financial climate, it is

Information to contributors: The Reporter reserves the right to edit, accept and refuse articles in the interest of brevity, clarity and the appropriateness of subject matter. Residents are advised to check with the person they are hiring to be sure they are licensed and insured. Due to space limitations, the CVE Reporter reserves the right to limit the length of all Minutes submitted. Strict priority will be given to Motions, Actions taken, and Information disseminated at the Meetings. Full copies of the Minutes can be obtained from the relevant Committees. -BOD CVE Reporter, Inc.

From the President By STEVEN H. FINE, President/ COOCVE It is that time of year when most of our seasonal residents have left the Village for the next six months. Even though half our unit owners are not in the Village, COOCVE, the Reporter, Master Management and the Recreation Committee are still working to improve the quality of life in CVE. Master Management has hired a very well qualified Executive Director. We wish him the best of luck in his effort to repair the deteriorating infrastructure that had been ignored for many years. At the Reporter BOD meeting April 21, I reported that it is time we move forward with the erection of bus shelters to give our bus riders a safe haven to relax while waiting for their ride. The Board agreed. Don Kaplan was asked and agreed to head up a fact

finding committee so that we may start this project as quickly as possible. Speaking of the Reporter, as you may recall, COOCVE Attorney, Pat Murphy rendered an opinion last year that the Editorial Board referred to in the COOCVE bylaws are interchangeable with the Board of Directors referred to in the Reporter bylaws. For that reason, the only procedure for electing the Reporter Board is found in Section 12.1 of the COOCVE See PRESIDENT, pg 12A


important for us to look at new approaches to business as usual. With this in mind, an efficiency team comprised of city staff has been meeting for the past several months to generate ideas for costsaving measures. Also, City Commissioners and city staff recently completed revenue enhancement training facilitated by the Florida League of Cities. There will be much more on the budget in the coming months. It will be an arduous process, but together, we will get through it. On a final note, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention an incident that happened in our city a couple of months ago. On March 17, a female student at Deerfield Beach Middle School was brutally attacked at the hands of

a student from Deerfield Beach High School. This occurred just a few months after another Deerfield Beach Middle School student was set afire by several of his classmates. I cannot begin to tell you how saddened I am by these incidents. I firmly believe that the city needs to become part of a movement to address this senseless violence that we are seeing from our youth. In this light, I held a Youth Violence Round Table for the Mayors of the 14 other municipalities whose children attend Deerfield Beach schools, and I also invited law enforcement representatives and school administrators. Your Commissioner, Marty Popelsky also attended the meeting. I want you to know how touched I was when he mentioned the outpouring of support from so many of you living in the Village. Total community involvement is an important part of this process, and I welcome the involvement of Century Village residents as we move forward with our plan. As always, if you have suggestions, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through the City Manager’s Office at 954-4804263, or via email at web. commission@Deerfield-Beach. com.

The Mail Bag

y far the most popular and widely read segment of our publication is the Letter-tothe Editor columns. We encourage letters that enable our readers to “sound off” on any subject. However, we will not print letters from the same person on the same subject in two consecutive issues. Also, letters must be from CVE residents, must be signed and, if possible type-written double-spaced. Please include your phone number. When we receive letters about applicable contracts, please remember the Reporter does not endorse any single company. Residents are free to make their own choices each year. Criterion for letters that will not be published: Letters in poor taste, demeaning and vastly untrue.

Girding to Retain Library Services To The Editor: Spring 09, in light of anticipated County budget reductions, Broward County Library Director Mr. Robert Cannon listed several branch libraries, including Century Plaza (CPL) for closure under one dire budget scenario. Concerned patrons began circulating petitions to retain CPL.  Broward County Friends of the Library circulated postcards to go to Commissioners and encouraged residents to attend budget workshops as silent witnesses who value libraries. Leaders of the Condominium Owners Association of Century Village East (COOCVE) pledged that they would assert leadership to support our library.  When that didn’t happen to my satisfaction, a group of advocates formed our Movement for CPL.

Leaders included Nancy Hart, Roslyn Nehls, Bob Bender, Ed Gallon and Dan Glickman. Within a month this group organized more than 100 patrons who attended support meetings, circulated petitions, contacted Commissioners, brought the County Executive to CVE, and prepared mobilizations to budget hearings. COOCVE President Mr. Steven Fine offered buses for that purpose. With the leadership of Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, the only Commissioner courageous enough to support a modest raise in taxes for public services, the final result was that no libraries were closed. However, Sunday hours were reduced, the County Library Administrative staff was reduced by 90 positions and the budget reduced by 8.5%. Over the past three years nearly 300 positions

have been eliminated and the Library Division budget has been reduced by 30%. Without another outpouring of citizen support in the forthcoming months, we may expect severe cutbacks in services Countywide and at Century Plaza in the coming year. BOB BENDER Keswick C Be a Good Neighbor – Get Involved To the Editor: On March 24, late in the afternoon, I was in the Clubhouse on my computer. My car, a 09 Toyota Camry, was parked in the first row of the parking lot. I returned an hour later and found my whole back bumper scraped. I am sure that someone saw this mishap and was shocked that there was no note from someone who lives here in See MAILBAG, pg 12A

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Village Minutes COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting April 13, 2010 In attendance: Shelly Baskin, Nancy Giordano, Danielle Lobono, Ronald Popp, Bill Schmeir, and Steve Fine representing COOCVE. For DRF: Eva Rachesky and Dan Cruz. The meeting opened with a 20 minute slide show presentation from Commercial Energy Specialists (CES). The representative from CES, Al Mendoza, introduced himself and Adriana Cooper, Regional Manager for Southeast Florida. Mr. Mendoza stated that they were here to speak about a saline chlorination system and the energy package that they are proposing with it. Mr. Mendoza stated that his company has been in business since 1983. CES has provided supply and support treatment programs for municipal pools and large systems such as Wet ‘n Wild and Disney. About 10 or 15 years ago CES also began working with condos and hotels. Mr. Mendoza said CES was introduced to Dan through the engineering company working on the CVE pools. They had worked with the engineers on a City of Pompano project and a Nova Southeast project. He explained that CES is a master distributor which means they can supply services at a better price. Also, they are the factory service center for the equipment they provide with a warranty center that services all their equipment. He indicated that CES has established longevity and stated that 20 years from now they will still be servicing the equipment they have sold, just as they are still servicing equipment that they installed 27 years ago. He went on to describe and explain the dynamics of the system they are proposing for Century Village. The salt system and energy package that is being proposed is a green system. The system is automated so that chemicals, water levels and water temperatures are monitored through a

computer and adjusted as needed. Mr. Mendoza went on to describe the various aspects of the system and how it will benefit CVE in savings, environment and use and operation. At the conclusion of the presentation, Nancy opened the meeting with the roll call and then stated that there was a correction to the minutes from the March meeting. It was reported that the sound system for the Party Room had been installed, but that is not correct. The installation should be completed by Wednesday, April 14th. Nancy made a motion to accept the minutes from the March meeting with the correction. The motion was seconded and passed. Chairperson’s Report Nancy said she wanted to thank the Flea Market Committee for their help and the residents for coming out and making the Flea Market a success for the community. She also expressed appreciation to Café Zen On The Green, who sold hot dogs at the event and donated $500 to help the residents of Ventnor B. In addition, John Whalen donated water to be sold, with those proceeds also going to Ventnor B. Nancy thanked those residents that donated items to be given to Women In Distress, and she extended appreciation to Kelly Sorkin, who works for Master Management for volunteering and gathering the donated items to take to Women In Distress. Nancy said the Flea Market was such a success that they are already planning for another next year. Nancy said there is a problem at the Clubhouse parking lot. She said residents are treating the parking lot as a used car lot, parking vehicles with “For Sale” signs posted on the vehicles. She commented that it looks terrible and detracts from the Clubhouse; vehicles will not be sold from the Clubhouse parking lot.

The Recreation Committee will be holding a quarterly meeting with the Area Chairs on May 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the GPA room. Nancy stated that she expects everyone on the Recreation Committee to attend this meeting. She remarked that she goes to the Area Chair meeting every month and is the only one from the Recreation Committee to do so. She feels all Recreation members should be at this quarterly meeting and should arrange their schedules for this. Nancy stated that the bus for the “Casablanca” dinner theater performance in the Boca Century Village has been filled. The bus will pick up the residents at the Clubhouse at 5pm for transport to Boca and return them to the Clubhouse after the performance. Correspondence Nancy Giordano read some correspondence received by the Recreation Committee. 1) Rosalyn Sigle asks if the dance and show held on Saturday evening could occur on different nights. She writes that often residents who would like to attend both, have to opt for one or the other since they are held on the same night. 2) Judy Olmstead requests that 30 of the 182 chairs at the Markham pool be placed in storage during the summer since there is a reduction in the number needed for residents during the off season. Eva said that it can be done and she will get a count of the number of chairs and lounges at Markham and can have some of the chairs stored. Shelly stated that he thought this should be done at all the pools if there is room to do so, as the stored chairs would be protected from the elements. Dan said there are only seven laundry facilities that can be used so space is limited but that they can store some. 3) A resident from Ventnor wrote to request a bus shelter be placed at the old bus depot to protect residents waiting for the bus. Nancy said she had spoken to Steve Fine about this and invited him to speak. Steve said two years ago, through the CVE Reporter, he had offered to donate a bus shelter for the bus parking lot but was told that a more substantial structure with restrooms was being considered. He asked why the bus depot location was changed. Eva explained that moving the bus depot to the front of the Clubhouse enabled residents to have easier access to the Clubhouse rather than having to walk all

the way across the parking lots. 4) Roz Nehls wrote to complain about the brick work and irrigating being done around the tennis courts at the Clubhouse. She stated that it is expensive and wants to know who would use it. She also commented that there are cracks reopening on the Clubhouse outdoor pool deck and is concerned about the potential for injury and possible litigation. Nancy said these items are scheduled to be covered later in the meeting. Anna Martin of Newport area writes that as a snowbird, she is interested in being able to register for classes via mail as we do for shows. Registration for January classes occurs in December and, since she comes down in early January, she misses the opportunity to sign up for the classes being offered in January. Eva stated that she is not sure this would be feasible; we do not have a system that would accommodate this; class registration is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis; also, the alternating alphabet system is used – A thru M first one month and N thru Z the next month. Class flyers come out shortly before registration takes place and residents queue up to sign up for the classes. Eva wondered how they would be able to affect a “level playing field” for all residents. Nancy asked her to look into this as she feels it is something that should be considered. DRF Reports Eva Rachesky and Dan Cruz March Profit & Loss for theater: Eva announced a profit of $6,295.89 for the theater and reminded everyone that the profit made during the season goes into the Recreation Operating Fund and is used to offset the theater losses incurred during the off season. Estoppels fees: Total to date $27,125.00 (Dec. 1, 2009 – Mar 31, 2010) which means that apartments are selling. Eva said Deerfield is having the best sales of the four Villages. Finalization of card procedures (lost ID card and guest passes): New owners are not charged for their ID card. For lost cards, the fee has been changed from $20 to $10 – you get a temporary ID for five dollars (which gives you time to see if you can find your ID), if you don’t find your ID it will cost an additional five dollars to replace your lost card. This is for the first lost ID, if you

have multiple replacements then the charge for replacing a lost card is $20. Everything else stays the same; if your card is stolen there is no fee if a police report has been filed; misuse of your ID can result in loss of Clubhouse privileges; continued misuse can result in confiscation of your ID card for an indefinite period of time. For guest authorization procedures, the time frame has been removed in an effort to make it easier for buildings to enforce their rules concerning guests. There was some discussion about the issues of guests and rentals. Eva said that if the building board doesn’t approve a guest, they will not be able to get an ID. The ID is intended to provide access to the recreation facilities, although some do use it to facilitate coming into the Village itself. Billiard room credenzas: have been refinished and delivered. Mezzanine chairs for laptop station area: have been recovered and delivered. Party room sound system delayed again: Eva remarked that, as mentioned earlier, the sound system isn’t finished yet but hopefully will be done this week. Prices for code upgrades for indoor/outdoor pools: Dan said he has two proposals with one more coming. Knox Pools’ bid for the indoor pool is $25,100 and the bid for the outdoor pool is $16,775; Pamper Pool Services bid for the outdoor pool is $15,975 and the indoor pool bid is $8,970; the third bid will be from Ultimate pools. Dan says they are all qualified companies. The Knox Pool bid is higher because they proposed extra work not specified by the engineer’s report. Dan has spoken to Knox Pools to request they re-present their bid following the engineer’s proposal only. He said he should have all three final bids for the next meeting. Bids for renovation of indoor pool (diamond brite, coping and flooring) and renovation outdoor pool (diamond brite, expansion joints): Nancy stated that since the indoor pool ceiling needs to be repaired it, seemed a good time to consider the possibility of doing the whole package: coping, diamond brite, floor, and ceiling. Dan explained that the ceiling damage is because the 89-90 degree temperature of the water in the pool creates great humidity; concrete absorbs See RECREATION, pg 11A

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Village Minutes COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting April 12, 2010 Meeting was called to order by COOCVE 1st Vice President Charlie Parness at 9:35am. He led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence. Minutes Joe Sachs moved to waive the reading of the minutes. Jules Kesselman seconded and the motion passed. President’s Report As stated at the last meeting, pursuant to the bylaws there will be quarterly meetings between the Council of Area Chairs and the Recreation Committee in General Purpose Room A on May 20th at 1pm. As far as MM, it was discussed with Mr. Somerset and after reviewing both the COOCVE and MM bylaws it was determined that the existing procedure of meeting with the Council of Area Chairs, satisfies both the COOCVE and MM bylaws, therefore there will not be an extra quarterly meeting between the Council of Area Chairs and Master Management. Mr. Parness stated that the current signin sheet only lists the Area Chairs. It has been approved by the Bylaws Committee that the recognition of the vice-chairs, plus verification that you had an election and the requirements that you meet a certain number of times/year with your unit owners be included. This new procedure will be introduced at the COOCVE meeting, published in the paper and then discussed and voted on in June. Committee Reports Master Management – Ira Somerset Under the new watering restrictions that have been implemented by the County, Century Village is currently restricted to watering two days/week (Thursday and Sunday evenings). We are trying to work around this. In the meantime, residents need to understand that there is going to be less water and they should not be turning valves on. MM has been interviewing candidates for the Executive Director position and the selection will take place in the Clubhouse today at 3pm in GP-A. Ce Baskin asked about car washing. Mr. Parness stated that it is a building function and if it persists you should call security. Mr. Somerset responded that we are paying for the water coming out of the hoses but more importantly any oils going on to the ground and into the drains and the ponds will produce an oil slick and oil

pollution will produce large fines. Mr. Kaplan stated that with the two day/week water restriction, he read in the paper that Seacrest will go around the other days of the week and clean the heads of the association’s irrigation. So far, he has only seen this done on Seacrest buildings. Mr. Somerset stated that he will look into this. Recreation – Nancy Giordano Referenced that the parking lot in the Clubhouse is not a place for residents to park their cars/motorcycles that are for sale. Boca Century Village is hosting A Night at Casablanca on April 19th. Cost is $30 cash only, for dinner/show and transportation. Signups are at the office. Budget and Finance – Gloria Olmstead The Committee held a meeting in March and will meet again in the summer to determine a budget. Advisory Committee Fred Rosenzveig The Advisory Committee held a meeting on April 6th. The first series of condo courses starts this Friday, April 16 from 1-4pm in Room GP-A beginning with Condominium Rights and Obligations. The second series of condo courses will start on November 18th beginning with Condominium Elections and the next five courses will then start January 13th through February 10th, every Thursday from 1-4pm in Room GP-A. These courses are Condominium Rights and Obligations, Basic Finances, Serving on a Board of Directors and Rules and Regulations. Boot Camp for Board Members offered by Donna Berger will be held the end of January. The next meeting will be Monday, April 19 at 10:00am in Activity Center. Mr. Parness stated that Rita Pickar and others will be working on updating the Officers and Directors manual which will supplement what the Advisory Committee is doing. Civic and Cultural – Nancy Giordano The Committee held their first meeting and discussed some issues on the agenda such as: hurricane responsibilities, Over 90 Party, which will be held on December 12th, and Senior Olympics. Mr. Parness reminded all COOCVE Committee Chairs to advise him when their meetings are, so that they can be posted. Area Chairs Ashby– Joe Sachs - spoke

about stains in the pool area at Grantham. Ms. Giordano stated that it has been taken care of and asked in the future that she be contacted directly. Berkshire – Naomi Redisch – discussed paving issues in front of Berkshire C & D. It was paved but perhaps not pitched properly, as it is not draining. Mr. Somerset stated that he will have someone look into the issue. Durham – Joe Rubino – Asked about the status on the reports from motions which were passed at the Executive and COOCVE BOD meetings regarding a litigation report and hurricane plans from MM. Mr. Somerset stated that COOCVE is a separate corporation and they made a request of MM and MM will have to make a determination whether they are going to respond as a policy statement – it was simply an inquiry that MM received. Mr. Parness stated that COOCVE cannot order MM to do anything. Regarding hurricane cleanup, Mr. Parness stated that as the roadways were cleared, in the past, MM had ground up all stumps and branches. He also stated that he has been in contact with National Group and Seacrest and will be setting up a meeting within the next several weeks to see how we can be better prepared for the residents. Mr. Somerset stated that MM will do what they can to open the roads and have security back in place and provide services that are MM’s responsibility. Associations are responsible for their own property and residences. Mr. Goddard stated that the Contracts Committee is currently looking into various contractors for hurricane clean-up. The Committee will then make the information available to the residents. Mr. Rubino also commented about the communication at CVE. Channel 99 and the Reporter are the main sources of communication and important meetings need to be posted on CVEDB under Hot Topics and not Special Events - this needs to be coordinated and better organized. Ellesmere – Majorie Campbell - Stated that she is concerned about hurricane preparation for the people for Ellesmere. Mr. Parness stated that they will be printing hurricane preparedness procedures in the Reporter. The Civic and Cultural Committee will be putting out a hurricane

preparation package for all residents. Grantham – Bill Goddard Stated that they are gathering various general contractors in the area for hurricane clean-up. The Committee will then will publish their findings. It will then be up to each individual Association to hire who they want to hire. They will not recommend a particular company, but will give you enough choices. Keswick– Phillip Norris - Thanked Nancy for taking care of the bus parking area. He mentioned that a resident at a bus stop waved down a bus on Friday and the driver did not stop. Mr. Somerset stated for any situation that occurs, they need the time, date and location so that we can go back to the transit company. Mr. Glickman stated that he can be reached at home 954-421-6259 and at the MM Office 954-421-5566. Lyndhurst – Roslyn Nehls - Spoke about the brick walk installed around the tennis courts, cracks/loose cement around the pool area; removal of the minibus stop sign at the exit of Westbury; missing and/or painted over mini bus/trolley signs; bench project. Mr. Somerset stated that the exit stop sign near Westbury was removed by a resident and is being looked into. The bus project will be resumed this year as there was difficulty with a concrete contractor. Newport – Rita Pickar - Concerned that rules are not being followed with respect to satellite dishes. Mr. Parness stated that they are in violation on the roofs. Building associations can designate common areas for common purposes, provided they are not a wind hazard or are removed when people leave. Richmond – Ce Baskin Asked about the repainting of the street signs – Mr. Somerset stated that it has been put on the back burner. She also mentioned a sign missing in front of Berkshire showing the upcoming areas

as well as an update on the sidewalk at the East gate. Mr. Somerset stated that the City is no longer interested in putting in a sidewalk as they do not have funding. Ce Baskin also stated that MM does not live within their budget. Mr. Somerset stated that they do live within their budget as they allocate money, plan for repairs and do what they need to do in the Village. There has been no maintenance on anything which is why everything is falling apart. Ms. Baskin asked about permits and when permits are needed. As of July 1, any change to a unit requires a permit, with the exception to painting and floor covering. Mr. Rubino stated that a document stating “What Work Needs Permits”. This document was printed in the Reporter and should be sent to all Area Chairs. Tilford – Basil Hales Stated that about 1½ years ago Charles Goodman was charged with 10 felonies in Century Village and he was just sentenced to state prison for one year and a day with two years probation. Ventnor – Charles Parness - Attended a building party – “Farewell to the Snowbirds”. It is a very nice idea and would like to share the idea with all Area Chairs. Westbury – Bruce Gursey - Stated that approximately 12 trolley signs have been painted over/vandalized in the Westbury area. Mr. Somerset stated that it seems that there is vandalism going on and the transportation committee will look into this. Open Mic Arnold Paglia – Stated that it would be helpful if the trolley number was put on the back and side of all trolleys. Joe Sachs moved to adjourn the meeting at 11:15am. Bill Goddard seconded. Respectfully submitted Diane Davis




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Village Minutes Council of Area Chairs April 14, 2010 Meeting was called to order by Council Chair Joe Rubino at 9:35 a.m.  He said the meeting was being videotaped and we now have a scribe, Diane Davis, for our monthly meetings.  He thanked the COOCVE Board of Directors for providing a scribe as requested. Solid Waste and Recycling Marnie Rosen from the City of Deerfield Beach spoke about the city’s recycling program.  She said if there is an area which requires additional containers or the containers are too far away for residents, to call her at 954-480-1420.  The recycling center, which is located on Martin Luther King Blvd. south of Hillsboro, is open Monday to Friday 7:30 to 4 and Saturday 7:30 to noon.  They accept fluorescent tube lights, old paints, metal scraps, motor oil, filters and electronics. The following questions were asked and Ms. Rosen’s answers follow: Jeff Chester:  “What preparations has the City made for securing the rolling carts for recyclable material during a hurricane?”  It would be up to the associations’ maintenance companies to secure all containers.  Charles Parness:  “Is the Village going to be receiving any rubberized containers?”  A few have been ordered, so call Ms. Rosen and let her know where they are to be placed.  Rita Pikar:  “If a concrete dumpster pad has been broken during bulk trash pick-up, what can be done?”  Please call Jules Kesselman

so he can make a report to Ms. Rosen. Charles Parness:  “Contractor material occasionally gets dumped and is not picked up.  How do we find someone to pay for it?”  There are stickers on most dumpsters that state, “No Contractor Material”.  It will not be picked up by the City until it is paid for.  Bill Goddard:  “Is it possible to set up a shredding day on site for the Village?”  We do it once a year and we just did it here on April 1.  Shredding is done at the recycling center the second Saturday of every month. Harold Mansfield:  “How do we dispose of batteries?”  Everyday batteries such as A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt are safe to put in your garbage.  Rechargeable batteries for cell phones, tools and cars should be taken to the drop off center. East Coast Maintenance James Quintano had nothing to report and there were no questions. Seacrest Services Tony Perez had nothing to report.  Questions were asked and his answers follow. Fred Rosenzveig:  “Are hurricane preparedness notices sent to all buildings?”  The Seacrest notice was sent to buildings served by Seacrest. Jeff Chester:  “Has Seacrest made plans to secure recycling containers during a hurricane?”  Seacrest will look into this. Charles Parness:  “With the new watering restrictions, how are men being deployed?”  They


are cleaning all heads and making repairs for all buildings, not just Seacrest buildings. Cee Baskin: “Is there going to be weed applications?”  Applications will be put down this month.  COOCVE President Steve Fine said that he is attending meetings and keeping his finger on the pulse of the Village during his wife’s health problems. Master Management Vice President Dan Glickman said they had been told that since Broward County passed their irrigation ordinance, any variance for CVE would have to come from the County and not SFWMD.  Watering days are now Thursday and Sunday evenings.  One week all fronts will be watered, the next week all backs will be watered. Questions were asked and his answers follow. Don Kaplan:  “When will the satellite pool areas and MM property be watered?”  Remy from Seacrest replied that these areas are watered after all association property. Steve Fine:  “With the hiring of an Executive Director, is MM going to continue with the service of AJ and Mike Mahaney?”  AJ Bock replaced Bob Dolson in a position we have under contract with Seacrest and Mike Mahaney will not be continuing any further. Jeff Chester:  “Two comments--first, it seems as though MM is top heavy as they will now have an Executive Manager, Business Manager and four office personnel on salary. Second, since Broward County is now in charge of variances and restrictions and with only 15 minutes of watering once every two weeks we might want to scrap the idea of replacing the irrigation system.  The water provided under irrigation is a supplement, not primary irrigation.  So why spend $10 million on a system and $375 thousand on a contract when it is not enough.” Don Kaplan:  “Since SFWMD has told us the quantity of water we are allowed to use and with Broward taking over variances, do we still have to comply with SFWMD?” SFWMD still will only allow a certain amount or volume of water we can use. Cee Baskin:  “Regarding Comcast negotiations, is that being done by a lawyer and will it be done by July 1?”  Proper instructions have been given for return of the

equipment if you don’t want to pay for it. Our attorney is working with an expert consultant in the field of cable television. Joe Rubino:  “Since Andre Vautrin from Kent Security is here, let’s take time to discuss a security problem in the Village.  It happens when family members stay in units without the owner in residence, without proper paperwork and neighbors calling in the guests.”  Mr. Vautrin said he was well aware of the problem and was working with various entities to find solutions to these situations.  A suggestion was made that the Advisory Committee look into this matter to give buildings ways for stronger enforcement.  Another suggestion was made to develop a program to keep call-in information longer than 24 hours.  It was estimated that there are 400 to 500 call-ins made each day. Don Kaplan:  “Associations need to know how security can help them in specific situations.”  A procedure book is being worked on and we expect it to be available shortly.  If security is needed there is a special number to call for the rovers-954-596-8551. Cee Baskin:  “When will all the gates be synchronized under one computer?”  MM is currently working on that. Fred Sherman:  “Is the Executive Director MM is hiring in the budget for this year and at what salary?”  It is in the budget at a six figure salary.  There is an overview of the Executive Director as a Hot Topic on Recreation Committee Chair Nancy Giordano provided information from the committee’s meeting the previous day.  Guest authorization procedure has been completed and requires approval by the building Board of Directors before the ID Office issues passes.  If a unit owner loses their ID card, the charge for the first time has been reduced to $10.  The committee is also looking into salt chlorination and solar heating for area pools. Jeff Chester asked that the committee look into providing parking spaces at the Lyndhurst North pool.  He also asked about the use of wells for recreation property irrigation and Ms. Giordano said they are continuing on this program. At 11:10 a motion was made to adjourn. Submitted by, Joe Rubino


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Sec. 9.1B “Each area shall have a unit owner meeting with either the Area Chair or Vice-Chair who are required to convene and hold such meetings at least three times a year. A copy of the minutes of such meetings shall be given to the COOCVE President and the Chair of the Council of Area Chairs. Failure to meet these requirements are possible grounds for dismissal and such charges shall be handled as set forth in Section 8.10”. Section 10.1 Executive Committee Replacing,, “the Twenty-one (21) members of the Council of Area Chairmen” with “, the Twenty-one (21) members of the Council of Area Chairs” Sec. 11.10 “…at least quarterly with the Council of Area Chairman” replacing the word “Area Chairman” with “Area Chair.” Good and Welfare: Harvey Westbury C – asked about the election process for nominating Directors of The Reporter. Mr. Fine stated that the bylaws call for the COOCVE President to submit his list of candidates. Andy Ross – Stated that there is a member on the Advisory Committee who does not vote. Harold Mansfield – Made a recommendation for the BOD to look into streaming the meetings on the CVEDB website. Mr. Fine stated that he will look into it. Jules Kesselman – mentioned that there was no Secretary present at the Area Chairs Election meeting. Mr. Parness stated to do the best you can and just provide motions and actions. Carol Garcy – Asked the Treasurer for the Balance and what are the dues collected for from the area chairs. Mr. Rosenzveig stated that he asks for $2.00/ person which is used for gettogethers and any expenses that the area has. Rhonda Pittone – Why can FPL come in the area and do work without letting us know. Mr. Glickman stated to Call Security if you are unsure as to who and why they are here. Joe Sachs – Stated that money collected from area chairs was spent for coffee and that has since stopped, and asked Joe Rubino to bring it up at the next Area Chair meeting. The Directors adjourned the meeting at 10:11am Respectfully Submitted, Steve Fine, President

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Village Minutes Minutes of Master Management Board Meeting April 15, 2010 President Ira Somerset called the meeting to order at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 15, 2010. In attendance were: Caryl Berner, Norm Bloom, Dick Ciocca, Anthony Falco, Dan Glickman, Bill Goddard, Gene Goldman, Jules Kesselman, Jack Kornfield, Bob Marcus, Fred Rosenzveig, Alan Schachter, Mel Schmier and Ira Somerset; Harry Chizeck via telephone Guests present were: A.J. Bock, Business Manager; Michael Mahaney, Consultant Advisor and Kelly Serkin, MM Administrative Assistant Mr. Somerset introduced the new Business Manager, A.J. Bock. Open Mic: Rhonda Pittone – spoke about Town Center bus and watering of the buildings. Roslyn Nehls – spoke about the missing mini bus stop sign at exit of Westbury, painted over mini bus/trolley signs and bus benches. Joe Sachs – spoke about the need to move forward replacing the current

irrigation system. Mr. Somerset explained that the new County ordinance was more stringent than that of SFWMD and that the County was now responsible for enforcement of irrigation rules. The ordinance limits watering to two nights a week. Our irrigation system is incapable of putting out the amount of water it takes to water this Village completely in the two nights. The best we can do is the fronts one week and the backs the next week. In the meantime, the crew will do maintenance work on the system. If we don’t get a variance or find a way to work around this restriction by the time the maintenance work is completed, Seacrest will probably lay them off, which will make it more difficult for us in the future. We have been trying to get in touch with Kristin Jacobs’ office to see if they can help as well. The Westbury stop sign was removed by a resident and a new one has been ordered. The new sign will state “trolleys must stop

at intersection”. The other signs are a fading issue and they will be replaced. One of our board members has just completed an inventory of the signs, benches and pads and we plan to put the Bus Bench project on the priority list for next year, if not sooner. Mr. Glickman responded that extending the East Route to 5pm will not happen right now –it is a matter of dollars and maintaining the schedule as well as stops on Hillsboro Blvd. The BCT is only allowing one stop on Hillsboro Blvd but since J&J closes for approximately three months, July-Oct, it is still being reviewed. Financial Report – Donna Childrey The CVE Master Management Financial Report was distributed to all Board members and discussed. For the month of March 2010 the Total Income was $900,696; Total Expenses were $794,741; Net Income was $105,954. YTD Total Income was $2,701,914; Total Expenses were $2,517,184; Net Income was $184,729.

Total Assets were $2,320,364; Total Current Liabilities were $1,346,011; Total Equity was $974,353. Cash on hand is $1,555,913. Prepaid Dollars were $497,248; Overdue accounts receivable from unit owners is $343,694 representing 720 unit owners. Donna Childrey spoke to the BOD about a real estate software program to assist in locating information on a unit owner such as mortgage info, tax roll, comps, and liens. Fred Rosenzveig moved to license the real estate software product for one year at a cost of $187/ month for two users. Jules Kesselman seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Executive Summary – Mike Mahaney Mr. Mahaney stated that he is in the process of finishing up some items, that he enjoyed working at CVE and thanked everyone for their assistance. Mr. Somerset mentioned that Mr. Mahaney’s report on the golf course was sent to the Board for their review. Ms. Berner mentioned that there was a Planning and Zoning meeting on golf courses last week which was very informative. Minutes Bill Goddard moved to waive the Minutes of the Board Meeting on March 11, 2010. Alan Schacter seconded. It was noted that two Board members, were omitted in attendance Norm Bloom and Bill Goddard. Their names were added to the copy sent to the Reporter. Ms. Berner stated that there was a discussion on the management advisor which was omitted. The Board voted unanimously to accept the minutes as corrected. Fred Rosenzveig moved to waive the reading of the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on 4/12/10. Gene Goldman seconded. Mel Schmier stated that the wording was incorrect in the approved motion and submitted a correction… ”Mel Schmier moved to authorize the President or his designees to offer to Al Smith the position of Executive Director of CVE Master Management Company, Inc. within the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors and to negotiate an employment agreement for the approval of the Board of Directors, pending attorney review.” Dick Ciocca seconded. The Board voted to accept the minutes as corrected. Motion passed 12-1 (no vote: Jack).

Presidents Report – Ira Somerset The Masuen contract is at their attorney. A meeting was held with Mr. Philip Azar, Loss Control Expert from Philadelphia Insurance, who explained about loss prevention and mitigation, then inspected our facilities. His presentation will be posted when he sends it to us. Mr. Azar will be sending us a report of his findings so we can take steps to reduce our risks. To enhance communications, we will post notices on CVEDB and Channel 99 and email them to Mr. Rubino to forward to Area Chairs. Kent Security reported a drastic improvement with the staff this month. Internet Protocol cameras were installed at all three gates and in rover vehicles. Response time is down to five minutes for the outside rover. The rover can be reached at 954-596-8551. Traffic has slowed down with one minor accident reported as well as a small car fire outside the west gate. There were several reports of falls. MM received a letter from the owners of the golf course withdrawing from the conditions in the letter of intent. Neither party has any obligation to the other. Mr. Somerset stated that he received an e-mail from Mr. Parness, 1st VP of COOCVE regarding two resolutions that were passed at the COOCVE Executive Meeting and then by COOCVE: Joe Rubino moved that MM provide the COOCVE BOD with a written report of all MM’s current litigation and its status. Jack Kornfield moved to provide the information as to the current status of litigation that MM is involved in with the content of the case number so that residents can follow it. Dan Glickman seconded. Gene Goldman asked for a friendly amendment to post the information on our website, only the case number, name of case and name of court. Amendment accepted. Motion passed 13-1 (No vote: Harry) The second resolution was: Mr. Kornfield moved to have MM provide to this Body its plan for hurricane activities in sufficient detail for individual condominium associations to plan. Mr. Kornfield moved to provide this information. No Second. Mr. Somerset stated that the city would come in and clear the main roads and if See MASTER, pg 10A




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they don’t, MM would bring people in to do that. Master Management’s responsibility is their buildings, the roads and getting security up to speed. Everything to do with the buildings is each individual association’s responsibility. The City stated that they would take care of evacuating people if the proper information is provided to them. Summary of legal actions - Firewall lawsuit- Mr. Murphy filed motions to dismiss and demand for defense and indemnification to Comcast. Comcast cable agreement- Mr. Murphy is communicating with legal counsel for Comcast. Century Maintenance Lawsuit- made a claim for breach of contract. Ventnor B– lawsuit filed, MM is being defended by Travelers. There are approximately 99 foreclosures that have been identified. Harry Chizeck left the meeting at 10:45am Business Manager’s Report – A.J. Bock RFA # 304 - After a discussion on White Fly

treatments by Mr. Bock, Jack Kornfield moved that we do not treat for white fly at this time. Caryl seconded. Dan Glickman moved to table the motion not to treat. Gene Goldman seconded. Motion to table failed (8:4). Fred Rosenzveig moved to approve the proposal from Seacrest Services for white fly treatment as specified in their proposal at a cost of $11,829.45 plus fees and tax. Dick Ciocca seconded. Mr. D’Amato clarified that this treatment is guaranteed for one year and the hedge will be retreated if needed during the year at no cost. 10:2 (No vote: Jack, Caryl; Bob Marcus abstained). RFA # 305 - Electrical repairs at main gate house. Gene Goldman moved to approve Reef Electric to replace the broken light fixtures at a cost of $1,396.00 plus permits. Jules Kesselman seconded. Motion passed unanimously. RFA # 306 - Pool heaters at Tilford Pool. After a discussion on the Pool Heaters at the Tilford Pool, Fred Rosenzveig moved to approve the proposal from Cool Team for the Heat and

Cool commercial grade pool heater units for $9,400. Dick Ciocca seconded. Motion passed 12-1 (no vote: Jack) RFA # 307 - Miscellaneous paving. After a discussion on roadway repairs, Fred Rosenzveig moved to have Five Star Sealing and Paving repair 32 roadway locations for a total of 1,232 yards for a cost of $23,606 plus permit fees. Dick Ciocca seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Jack Kornfield moved to have a 5 minute recess. Bob Marcus seconded. Motion failed. Committee Reports Irrigation Committee – Anthony Falco Anthony Falco stated that the Masuen contract is with their attorney. He also read a report from Mr. Carew, who is with the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division of Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department. Mr. Carew attended the presentation by Treasure Coast and reported on it. In response to questions by Ms. Berner, he presented his views on reusing the existing PVC piping at CVE (not a good idea). Mr. Glickman asked that the Irrigation Committee wait to meet with Masuen until the Executive Director is on Board on May 3. Mr. Kornfield began to make a motion relating to irrigation which the chair ruled out of order. Mr. Kornfield appealed the ruling of the chair. Dan Glickman seconded. The ruling of the chair was upheld (9-2) (No vote: Dan, Jack). Comcast Committee – Dick Ciocca The committee is currently not meeting until all legal ramifications have been completed. Old Business Fred Rosenzveig moved that “Board Members” public acts of opposition to approved policies be censured by this body, and that Board Members be asked to choose between (1) resigning from the Board of CVEMM, leaving them free to publicly criticize accepted decisions and activities of this organization as they choose, or (2) remaining a Board member of CVEMM and therefore committing to desist from public opposition to its approved policies. Gene Goldman seconded. Mr. Glickman stated that this motion is out of order and should be brought up in New Business; the chair ruled that Mr. Glickman was out of order. Dan Glickman appealed the ruling of the chair. Jack Kornfield seconded. The ruling was sustained by the Board 9-3

(no vote Caryl, Dan, Jack). Dan Glickman moved to table the motion. Jack Kornfield seconded. Motion to table failed: 3-9. The Board then voted on the original motion which was passed 9:2 (No Vote: Dan and Jack; Abstain: Mel and Bob). Mr. Kornfield asked about the status on the motion passed at the February BOD meeting asking for a draft of a business affidavit. Mr. Somerset stated that he will follow-up with Mr. Murphy on that as he was working on other major issues that the BOD asked him to work on. New Business Mr. Goldman moved The Corporation hereby adopts Roberts’ Rules of Order regarding the comportment of the members of its’ Board of Directors. As a reaffirmation of those rules and for purposes of clarity, the Board of Directors adopts this policy. POLICY on COMPORTMENT: Roberts’ Rules of Order, Chapter XX, section 61, sub-section ‘Offenses Elsewhere than in a meeting…’ provides for the imposition of disciplinary action by the Board on any member who acts in a manner that tends ‘…to injure the good name of the organization, disturb its well being, or hamper it in its work.’ Further, ‘…behavior of this nature is a serious offense properly subject to disciplinary action, whether the bylaws make mention of it or not.’ The following actions are offenses for which CVEMM BOD members can be called to order and sanctioned (reference RR, CH. XX, Disciplinary Procedure): Publicly arguing against motions that have already been debated and passed by the CVEMM BOD and are in the process of being implemented. Example: Publicly arguing against projects passed by the BOD as the wrong approach and a waste of money. Calling on the COOCVE BOD to demand that CVEMM buy a product or service that the CVEMM BOD has already rejected. Making negative remarks at other public events that injures the good name of CVEMM. Communicating, without authorization by the BOD or the Officers, with outside agencies, individuals, and companies on CVEMM business. (See MM Bylaws Article 13) Example: Independently making appointments with outside vendors or persons to meet CVEMM officers, or independently going to governmental agencies and officials and discussing CVEMM policies and other

governmental policy vis-à-vis CVEMM, without authorization or permission. Requesting or soliciting information and adding a statement similar to the following: “Although I am a member of the MM Board of Directors, I am not writing in that capacity”. Discussing and criticizing CVEMM business and policies, and criticizing any positions or actions of CVEMM officers or its BOD, in meetings of bodies and agencies outside CVEMM, or in public forums like blogs or mass distribution e-mails. Example: calling on COOCVE to order CVEMM to provide information; criticizing CVEMM policies and challenging the CVEMM President during an Area Chairs’ meeting; using a blog or other means of public communication to criticize the CVEMM President’s actions, board decisions, or to make demands of the board or officers, etc.” Fred Rosenzveig seconded. After a detailed discussion, the Motion passed 10-2 (No vote: Dan and Jack) Anthony Falco moved that from this day forward, there be a security guard present at MM’s monthly meetings for the entire meeting to act as a sergeant–at-arms and take direction from the Chair only. Gene Goldman seconded. After discussion the motion failed 6:7. Jack Kornfield moved that CVEMM solicit bids from qualified companies to bring CVE pumping stations up to the requirements of the SFWMD in a safe manner, and, because of the size of CVE, to control the pumping stations remotely, with the requirement bidders give options (for example, for the reinstallation of poorly installed pumps and the upgrade or repair or replacement of unsuitable or damaged pumps). Bob Marcus seconded. The chair ruled this motion out of order. Jack Kornfield appealed the ruling of the chair. Bob Marcus seconded. The ruling was sustained by the Board 10-2 (no vote: Jack and Bob) Alan Schachter asked the BOD when replying to an e-mail received from another BOD, to only “reply to sender” and not “reply all”. Bob Marcus moved that the process and recommendations in the document entitled Updating the Century Village East Irrigation System; A Professional Pragmatic Approach dated April 11, 2010 be followed. Jack Kornfield seconded. The chair ruled the motion out of order. Bill Goddard moved to adjourn at 1pm, Alan Schachter seconded. Respectfully submitted, Ira Somerset

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Village Minutes Reporter Board of Directors Meeting April 21, 2010 Attendees: Board Members – Wendy Rosenzweig, Judy Olmstead, Don Kaplan, Luella Reaume, and Charlie Parness Guests: Steven Fine, Jim McLear, Norman Bloom, Jules Kesselman, Caryl Berner, Marilyn Lane A quorum being present, Vice-President Charlie Parness called the meeting to order at 10:00 am. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of February 23, 2010 was approved. There were two resignations from the Board (President Gene Goldman and Treasurer Ken Barnett) as read at the April 20, 2010 COOCVE Board of Directors meeting. Acting under Bylaw Section 7 Vacancies, the board has the right to fill vacancies. Charlie Parness proposed filling these two vacant positions with Norman Bloom and Jim McLear. There being no other proposed candidates, the board unanimously approved adding the two candidates to the board. Charlie Parness then


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the moisture which results in deterioration. Eva said that to do the ceiling, the pool will need to be drained and scaffolding set up. Because of the need for scaffolding, the ceiling repairs will cause damage to the deck and to the interior of the pool’s surface. The drains now required by code for both pools will also have to be installed. To put in the required drain for the outdoor pool, the pool will have to be emptied and the concrete deck will have to be cut. Eva stated this will cause damage to the deck, coping and pool surface which will have to be repaired. Dan said that a resident had requested ramps which would be very costly for the Village pools. There was some discussion about the difficulties and safety issues involved; Dan informed the Committee that the City of Deerfield has passed the pools for ADA code requirements. Dan went on to explain the requirements for the drains and the pump needs for the pools. Nancy said the committee will be reviewing the proposals. Eva said the expansion joints on the outdoor pool deck are in place because concrete expands and contracts. Dan explained that pavers have been used in the satellite pool renovations because if work needs to be done, you can just take up the pavers and then put them

proposed the election of Norman Bloom as Treasurer. It was unanimously approved. On the position of President, Charlie Parness suggested that the position be left vacant until after the COOCVE Board meeting in May, at which time the entire Reporter board will be elected. No one disagreed. Steven Fine, Editor of the Reporter stressed the need for an additional person to assist the Editor-in-Chief as a secretary/assistant. Steve proposed that we hire an individual (not a resident of CVE) at $13 an hour. This would cost about $230 per week. A motion was introduced by Judy Olmstead, seconded by Luella Reaume, and passed unanimously. Don Kaplan discussed his efforts on bus shelters to be built with donations from the Reporter. A full report will be given at the next meeting. There was a discussion on continuing the policy of accepting ads from nonlicensed contractors.

Open Microphone: Jules Kesselman asked for a donation for coffee for the poll workers. A motion was made by Judy Olmstead, 2nd by Charlie Parness for a sum not to exceed $20 per election, and was passed unanimously. Caryl Berner spoke about ads from unlicensed contractors. We will look at the current ad application form and add a space for advertisers to add their license number. Caryl Berner spoke about the Cancer Relay Team, which we are sponsoring. A vote was taken on allowing the name CVE Reporter for this team. Approved: Judy Olmstead and Wendy Rosenzweig opposed. The next meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday May 20, 2010. Meeting was adjourned at 10:50 am. Minutes respectfully submitted Charlie Parness.

back down. However, it is too costly to have pavers for the entire pool deck at the Clubhouse. The plan is to use the pavers as expansion joints when they would also enhance the appearance of the deck. Nancy asked about the time frame for the pools. Dan said it would be about a month and a half for each pool; they will try to do one first and then the other, so both pools won’t be down at the same time. Outdoor fountain repair complete: Eva said to replace the fountain would have cost around $20,000 but they were able to have it repaired for $5,500. Water levels going up and down cause the pump to pick up sediment, so it will need to receive regular maintenance. Bill asked if the fountain runs 24 hours a day or is shut off at any time. Dan said they have found that the motor lasts longer and works more efficiently if left on all the time. He said the motor is designed to operate continuously without using large amounts of electricity. Waiting for permits for lighting in front of tennis courts: the permit will be for installing PVC pipe with wiring; lighting for petanque and walkways will be done at a later time and would include a new electrical panel. The lighting for the walkways will be for safety since residents walk to and from their buildings to the Clubhouse and lighting would make it safer for them. Irrigation in the Tennis

area: Dan said landscaping and irrigation is being done all around the Clubhouse. There is existing irrigation that is being rerouted to provide better coverage and sod will be laid. Paver path complete at Clubhouse tennis court: people were walking on the gravel or cutting across the tennis courts to get to the seating area. The rocks are a trip and fall hazard; the pavers have been put in place to provide safe access to the tennis seating area. They also add to the beautification of the Clubhouse area. Architectural plans for a handball court: have been delivered and permits will be pulled so they can move forward. Prescription drug disposal date/site: Broward Sheriff’s Office will have an Rx disposal drop-off on June 18. Two officers will be at the top of the circular drive of the Clubhouse to accept residents’ old or unused prescriptions. In return, residents will receive a $5 gift card. Parking behind Clubhouse to be revamped: Eva said she has met with the Committee, golf course and the restaurant. They are all attempting to work out a parking and traffic flow arrangement that will be safe for everyone. Danielle stated some objections she had with regard to vendor parking in the back of the Clubhouse, as well as to a staff member’s parking in an authorized parking spot in

the back. Danielle did indicate that she was aware that this staff member had health problems. Eva responded that the Committee had given this staff member/resident permission to park there. She said she will comply if the Committee wishes to rescind this permission. Nancy confirmed that the Committee had previously given permission and also had approved the vendor parking. Nancy said this issue will be discussed at another time. Old business Lyndhurst pool permits: Dan reports they have the permits on the Lyndhurst North pool. Dan advised that the permits now have time limits set on them. He said he will have bids by the next meeting. Ventnor pool irrigation: Dan reports that they have applied for permits to do the irrigation at the Ventnor pool. Grantham pool rust problem: Dan acknowledged that the system to prevent rust from irrigation had not been put in place at Grantham pool. He said that it is now being installed and that cleanup is continuing. Markham pool: Dan said the plantings at the Markham pool area are doing very well, they are green and healthy. He said as progress is made at the other pool areas, they will be the same. New Business Ficus bushes at Newport pool: Nancy says there is a large open space in the hedge surrounding the pool area.

She requests that some sort of planting be done in that area to improve the appearance. Eva said that since there is no irrigation there, she has been waiting for the rainy season to begin before putting in any plantings. Nancy requested that this be taken care of now. Summer pool maintenance: Danielle asked Dan when the summer maintenance program for the pools would be starting. Dan said he would be going around with the new maintenance supervisor this afternoon. He said they would reverse the order this year and begin with the Newport, then Oakridge and Ventnor pool areas and move on from there. Columns on theater stage: Shelly asked if the columns that were placed on the stage for individual performances would be used again. Eva responded that they are normally used during off season and will reappear. Restaurant parking: Shelly expressed some concerns about the parking issues at the restaurant. Nancy said they are trying to resolve the problems but it is very difficult. Ron pointed out that no arrangement will work until residents start paying attention to what they are doing, reading the signs and following the parking/traffic instructions. Nancy reviewed the dates and times for meetings scheduled over the next few weeks. Respectfully submitted Meredith Harris




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Village Minutes Master Management Special Board Meeting April 23, 2010 President Ira Somerset called the meeting to order at 9:35 am. In attendance were: Caryl Berner, Norm Bloom, Harry Chizeck, Anthony Falco, Dan Glickman, Bill Goddard, Jules Kesselman, Jack Kornfield, Fred Rosenzveig, Alan Schachter, Mel Schmier and Ira Somerset. Roll call Dispensed with the usual formalities. Purpose – To accept the Employment Agreement of the Executive Director of Master Management President Ira Somerset gave the following introduction: I would like to apologize to you for the short time


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bylaws. Therefore, during the COOCVE BOD meeting on May 18, I will temporarily recess the COOCVE meeting and convene a meeting of the Shareholders of the CVE Reporter, Inc. The Shareholders will elect a new Board of Directors of the Reporter for the coming year. Please make every effort to attend the meeting. If there is no quorum, then the Board will not change until we do have a quorum. The Advisory Committee held a very successful forum in the Clubhouse with Condo-

that you had to review the agreement. As a quick review, we hired Connie Hoffmann of The Mercer Group to do an abbreviated search for an Executive Director for Master Management. Preparatory to the search process, she helped us with the job description, brochure and the employment agreement. That involved working with the Board to define the powers and responsibilities of the position. All of that was done and we selected Mr. Al Smith for the position. In the meantime, we sent the draft agreement to our attorney for review. There were several additions and modifications to the agreement, but none affecting the duties, authority, Ombudsmen Bill and Susan Raphan. The Bylaws Committee has proposed a few bylaw amendments, which will be voted on at the June BOD meeting. All of our standing committees are working for us. Us, meaning you and me! Let’s support them by giving them a compliment when you see them. A few kind words go a long way. Let’s face it they are volunteers, so we know they are working for the right price. It is your Village! It is rewarding when you become the solution to the problem.

conditions of employment or other stipulations of the board. The changes related to the non-payment of benefits if the Executive Director dies while in our employ, incapacity of the Executive Director, the indemnification section (Section 8), a section saying that this contract cannot be weighed against us because we wrote it, and some additional massaging of the text to make the English better and the meaning clearer. A motion to adopt this agreement and to authorize Mr. Somerset to sign it on behalf of Master Management was made by Mel Schmier, seconded by Fred Rosenzveig.


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the village. Most of us take pride in our cars; cleaning and polishing them. The thought that someone can destroy personal property and then ride off without a thought definitely annoys me. I thank our CVE Security for their considerate response and for taking the time to write a report. Thank you Maeva, Sam and Andre of Kent Security. BARBARA PARNES Newport V Thank you for a job well done. To the Editor: A recent building project was completed at Farnham P. The building reports that the painting crew did a superior job. We thank East Coast Maintenance & Management for a job well done. RAY COLLINS


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Your Village wants you. To the Editor: On April 23, 2010 CVE moved forward when MM hired an experienced Executive Director. Many owners have high hopes that he will help improve the many deficient infra structures because previous administrations did not fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to invest in timely repairs. The irrigation has to be renewed and modernized; the roads have to be repaved, along with many other projects that need attention. CVE has made progress though. Since SEACREST took over the majority of the buildings, the Village looks

Mr. Kornfield raised a point of order that the meeting announcement said the agreement would be sent in PDF format and it was in fact, sent in another document format. The point of order was rejected by the chair. Because a question was asked about the final amount to be paid, that information was passed around to board members with the admonition that the information is confidential. After additional questions, Mr. Glickman moved to call the question. Seconded by Mr. Rosenzveig. Motion passed (For: 11; Opposed: Mr. Kornfield) Vote on the motion to

so much greener and well cared for. Recreation is working on the pools, one by one. Many Presidents have started to improve the building’s antiquated elevators, and gardens throughout the Village are being made more colorful with flowers and plants. Some buildings are painted in Florida colors instead of the white that was the norm for the past 30 years, and the Advisory Committee is educating board members in condo matters, by offering free classes given by members of the Ombudsman’s office of the DBPR. The Civic and Cultural Committee is working on hurricane preparedness, while also organizing a party to honor our 90 plus young residents. We had our first annual FLEA MARKET which was a huge success. The By-laws Committee is in the process of reviewing those By-laws which are obsolete. There is still so much to be done, and CVE needs more volunteers if it is to maintain its forward momentum. Certainly there are many of you out there with valuable experience in many different fields. Even though we all came here to retire and have a good time with the many activities available to us, it is essential that we all do our share. It would be beneficial to the Village if more owners would lend a hand, and become involved. Please consider helping out wherever you see a need. “Your Village needs you.” MIRIAM SACHS

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accept the agreement: Motion passed (For: 11; Opposed: Mr. Kornfield). Ms. Berner suggested that an ethics policy is important and desirable and should be signed. Meeting adjourned at 9:46 am. Respectfully submitted, Ira Somerset, President


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Members have the right to speak on topics dealt with at a board meeting, subject to reasonable rules. With a petition from 20% of owners, everyone has the right to add an item to a board meeting agenda, and a meeting must be called within 60 days of receiving such a request. If the proposed association budget is more than 15% higher than the previous budget, owners have the right to present an alternative budget for consideration at a meeting. Bill Raphan then dealt with access to official records, which must be kept for seven years, and one year for election material. After receipt of a letter of inquiry, the board has 30 days to give a substantive written answer (60 days if sent to a lawyer). Any request for examination of official records must be by certified mail with return notice. Records may be examined by one person or their representative, with a board member present, and they may then request copies of particular documents, at their own expense. There were many other topics covered, and Bill and Susan gave detailed answers to questions. Many of those attending expressed interest and appreciation for the way the program was conducted and for the valuable information. All attendees were provided with either written documentation on the Statutes or with a CD including references to relevant court cases. There are five more free courses in this series, held Fridays 1-4pm, from April 30th through June 4th. They are meant for everyone, not just Board members. Anyone can sign up at the Clubhouse Staff Office, or even at the door, space permitting. There will be a repeat series starting November 18, on condo elections, when a mock election will be conducted. The next five courses will be held on Thursday afternoons, from Jan. 13th to Feb. 10th, 2011 to also accommodate our seasonal residents. Signup sheets are available in the Clubhouse Staff Office.

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Condo News News and Views By JUDY OLMSTEAD In April’s issue of the Reporter, I wrote about the success of the Flea Market held by the Recreation Committee. Inadvertently, the name of Danielle LoBono was omitted. Danielle also worked tirelessly to bring this event to the residents of the Village and should have been recognized and thanked along with the other members of the committee. I know that I appreciate hearing your kind words of appreciation for my articles, but I would like to applaud Betty Schwartz, Sidney Goldstein, Seymour Blum, Toni Ponto, Sandy Parness, Susan Dove, Arlene Fine, Estelle Sabsels, Norman Bloom, Rhoda Jarmark, Estelle Kaufman, Wendy Rosensweig, and Sharon McLear who work daily behind the scenes to produce the Reporter and who are not complemented or recognized for their contributions to its success. We are going to have a serious problem with irrigation this summer. Seacrest Services is sending a letter to all association

presidents informing them that we have not been able to obtain a variance permitting us to water four nights a week. This will result in just two complete waterings a month. Seacrest has suggested that we contact our city and county representatives. If you look at our Commissioner’s column and Mayor’s column in this issue, you will see how you can contact Marty Popelsky and Peggy Nolan, respectively. Our County Commissioner is Kristin Jacobs and she can be contacted at 954-337-7002 or Call them and tell them what will

happen to our landscaping if we cannot water at least four nights a week until Master Management does something about updating our irrigation system. The good news from the Sheriff’s representative at the COOCVE meeting was that there was no crime in the Village during the month of March. There were some incidents reported to Security, such as an

individual exposing himself at one of the pools. Security was able to track down the individual and discuss the matter with him. Don’t forget to call Security if you notice any incidents occurring on or around your buildings. In fact, there was a minor accident where someone hit and dented the perimeter fence near one of the Ventnor buildings and left the scene. There was also the usual

report of a granddaughter taking over a unit without the building’s permission and a report of a disruptive party going on in a rental unit. Finally, one of the rovers stopped and questioned an individual walking around at 1:30 a.m., but the individual was just a resident taking a nighttime stroll. It is nice to know though, that the rovers are doing their jobs conscientiously.

Broward Sheriff ’s Department Sponsors an Exclusive CVE Drug Drop Off Program By ARLENE ROTH You can contribute to our environmental safety and receive a $5 gift card to CVS Pharmacy or Walmart for your efforts. On JUNE 18, 2010 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the CVE Clubhouse (where the buses drop you off) Sheriff’s Deputies will be collecting unused and expired prescription drugs as well as expired and unwanted over the counter drugs. When these drugs are disposed of by throwing them

into the trash or down the drains or toilets, they pose a threat to our environment and the ecology of our earth. By throwing them into the trash, they may wind up in the wrong hands. THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL COLLECT THESE DRUGS AND DISPOSE OF THEM PROPERLY. Deputies will collect the drugs when you drive through at the Clubhouse Bus Stop Area and from the CVE buses where you disembark.

They will give you your reward. Come early while supplies last! Please show your concern for our efforts to preserve our environment and help prevent prescription drug abuse by joining Operation Medicine Cabinet, a prescription take-back program sponsored by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and United Way Commission on substance abuse. This event was coordinated by Deputy Cathy Kinstler and Eva Rachesky

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Condo News PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS TO BE VOTED ON AT THE COOCVE JUNE MEETING Amendments on Area Chairpersons The amendments will: 1. Legalize the recognition of Area Vice-Chairpersons (not in Bylaws now) 2. Require documentation on proof of their election 3. Require area chairs mandatory meeting with the areas unit owners. We propose amending the bylaws as follows: (note: the words underscored are additions to the bylaws) Article IX - COUNCIL OF AREA CHAIRS Sec. 9.1 There is hereby created a Council of 21 Area Chairs representing each area in Century Village East, to be elected by the unit owners of the area from among such area’s total number of directors or alternate directors to COOCVE for a term to commence the following February 1st. “The Area Chair elections shall take place in January.” The area unit owners shall also elect an Area Vice-Chair from the COOCVE directors or COOCVE alternate directors of its area in the same manner as the election of the Area Chair. The Area Vice-Chair, in the absence of the Area Chair from

their area, will be entitled for all the rights, duties and privileges of an Area Chair, including representation on the Executive Committee and the Council of Area Chairs.” Sec. 9.1A “An Area Chair or Area Vice-Chair must provide a copy of the election meeting minutes as proof of election. The minutes are to be presented to the COOCVE President in order to be certified as elected. “   Sec. 9.1B “Each area shall have a unit owner meeting with either the Area Chair or Vice-Chair who are required to convene and hold such meetings at least three times a year. A copy of the minutes of such meetings

shall be given to the COOCVE President and the Chair of the Council of Area Chairs. Failure to meet these requirements are possible grounds for dismissal and such charges shall be handled as set forth in Section 8.10“. Sec. 10.1 Executive Committee Replacing “the Twenty-one (21) members of the Council of Area Chairmen” with “the Twenty-one (21) members of the Council of Area Chairs” Sec. 11.10”…at least quarterly with the Council of Area Chairs” replacing the word “Area Chairman” with “Area Chair.”

Free Condo Courses (Repeat Series) Sponsored By COOCVE for 2010 By FRED ROSENZVEIG There will be one course on Condominium Elections, November 18, 2010. The other five courses in the series will be offered Thursday afternoons from January 13 through

February 10, 2011. There are sign-up sheets available now in the Clubhouse Staff Office for those who want to preregister for one or more courses.

Master Management Announcement CHANGE OF ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU HAVE MADE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR PHONE NUMBER OR MAILING ADDRESS WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM CENTURY VILLAGE. THIS WILL HELP US KEEP YOUR MAILING INFORMATION CURRENT. NAME:_______________________________________________ CONDO ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER: ________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ SUMMER MAILING ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________ PHONE #:____________________________________________ EMAIL:_______________________________________________


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Condo News Recreation’s Most Commonly Asked Questions By EVA RACHESKY Administration/Cen-Deer Communities Office What is Direct Debit / ACH and how does it work? Residents who sign up for Direct Debit (also referred to as ACH) have authorized Cen-Deer Communities to draw the monthly payment from their checking account each month – freeing the resident of the need to keep track of payment dates, amounts and the need to mail the payment each month. Payments appear on the resident’s bank statement as Century Village ACH. Staff Office What is the procedure for admitting Speakers or Entertainers to Club, Area or Building meetings in the Clubhouse? In order to have a speaker or entertainer admitted to the Clubhouse for a function, a “Speaker Pass” is needed. Residents can pick up the “Speaker Pass Form” in the Staff Office, Monday thru Friday – 9am to 5pm. When the form is filled out and returned, a Clubhouse Speaker Pass will be issued. It is the responsibility of the Club/resident to provide the pass to their guest. They will also need to call Security at

the main gate to have the person admitted into the Village. ID Department If a unit or vehicle is disposed of (sale, foreclosure, inheritance, etc.) is there a special requirement concerning the identification items that have been assigned? A $25 fee is charged for every unreturned ID, guest pass, bar code, windshield sticker or gate pass. These fees are incurred when a unit and/or vehicle is disposed of through sale, inheritance, foreclosure, etc. When a unit is sold – or passed on to inheriting family – the IDs, etc. of the former residents should be returned to the ID office or turned in to the title company handling the closing. In a like manner the bar code and parking sticker must be scraped off and returned as well. If these items are not returned by the time of closing the monies due will be withheld from the seller’s funds. Theater I have seen people eating in the theater during movies & shows. Is this allowed? Absolutely NOT! There is no eating anywhere in the Clubhouse, with the

exception of scheduled activities in the Party Room. Bringing snacks, candy, etc. into the theater is not only disturbing to other residents attending, but will also cause insect and rodent problems. Athletic Department I have seen people skating and children playing on the tennis courts – is this allowed? Only tennis related activities are allowed on the tennis courts; using the court as a playground for children – using skateboards, rollerblades, bikes, etc. – is not permitted. Also, when on the courts proper tennis attire is required; this includes shirt, shorts and tennis shoes but excludes black sole sneakers. Please contact Security to report abuse of courts 954- 421-3552. If you have questions about reserving a court please contact the Staff Office in the Clubhouse 954-428-7095. Recreation Maintenance We need your help in maintaining the CVE pools! Several of our pools have been freezing up and having equipment breakdowns due to someone tampering with the temperature controls. We are asking residents to NOT change the temperature

settings – they are set at the proper temperature and when someone changes the setting, whether up or down, it creates problems and can cause the equipment to perform inadequately or stop working all together. The resulting ‘down time’ for the pool is an inconvenience for residents and is an additional expense. Class Office How are refunds for classes issued? Refunds are only given under two circumstances: The Class Office cancels the class due to lack of registration or illness of the instructor. A student has a medical reason for not being able to attend the class. Refunds will not be issued if you take a class and decide you don’t like it. If you are requesting a refund for the reasons stated above, you must make your request by the second class of the session. The refund process begins during the third week of classes. The Class Office will call those students due a refund once the funds are available for pickup. This is usually around the fifth week

of classes. Evening/Weekend Staff Office How late are the Staff Office and Clubhouse open? The Evening Staff covers the Staff Office and Clubhouse activities scheduled weekdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The indoor pool & locker rooms are closed at 9 p.m. to enable cleaning staff to restore the rooms to order before the building closes for the evening. The exercise rooms are open until 10 p.m. Residents will generally have access to most other areas of the Clubhouse until approximately 10:30-10:45 p.m. when the Security staff starts to check on the rooms and lock them up for the overnight hours. Ticket Office Attention: All Residents participating in the Advance Season Ticket Program Residents wishing to receive the 2010/2011 brochure must use an envelope provided by the Ticket Office and pay $2.00 which includes postage. YOU MUST HAVE EXACT CHANGE.

Master Management Commentary By IRA SOMERSET Traffic has decreased, telling us that many of our seasonal residents have left for the summer. Although there is more seating availability in restaurants, discount meals have returned, and the roads are less crowded, the work continues here in the Master Management office. We have signed an agreement with Al Smith to be our Executive Director. His job description and resume are posted on www.cvedb. com. Mr. Smith started on May 3, though we have been communicating with him regarding challenges facing Century Village. Reminder. We do not have a final agreement with Comcast, so if you want to be sure that you won’t pay the $2.99 per month after June, please return your Comcast digital converter box (and adapters). We are working on these issues:  Executive Director – Our first priority is getting Al Smith onboard and fully oriented to our documents, our challenges and our methods of operation.  Arrearage – Century Village, as many other communities, is having an increase in the number of unit owners that are in arrears. To minimize our costs and to encourage those in arrears to make payments, our volunteer collection department researches the

accounts that are in arrears, makes phone calls and speak directly to owners to try to collect the monies before we have to turn the accounts over to our attorney, reducing our collection costs and the need to place liens and even foreclose. Although they have been quite successful, there are still a lot of delinquent accounts. Irrigation project progress – This is the contract with Masuen Irrigation for the design of the irrigation system. The contract calls for Masuen to meet with the Board, answer questions and discuss alternatives in the design and layout of the system. Once they have addressed the concerns and questions posed, they will begin the design phase. During that phase, they will be in contact with the contractor we hire to work with them to provide input as to materials, costs, alternative approaches, etc. The Master Management Board contact will be in touch with Masuen throughout the design process; the Board will review the progress at the 50% and 100% stages. If we are not satisfied, the contract allows us to request a redesign of the project. Once we are satisfied, Masuen will write the bid documents and we will send out requests for bids on the project. There has been a lot of

rhetoric in blogs, in emails and at poolside regarding the irrigation system. Having spoken with and received opinions from experts ranging from independent irrigation contractors to well-known irrigation design firms who have visited Century Village and seen our system, I can assure you that this is a very complex situation with no simple remedies to satisfy the needs and desires of our community. Simplifying a bit, our community has asked for an irrigation system that will supply water for now and the future. People want to replace the beautiful ficus canopy we had until Hurricane Wilma with flowering plants and ornamental trees. Of course we encourage all plantings to be “Florida-Friendly” and have minimal water requirements. To address

some concerns, first, there are explicit and implicit code requirements to be satisfied. Second, it has been stated by all of the experts that the system we currently have was not designed to provide enough water for all of the area that we need to irrigate now (approximately 450 acres of grass, trees and flowers) within the time constraints of the codes and ordinances. Third, our community has expressed a desire to have lawns, trees, flowers and grass. This preference has been reinforced many times. Fourth, we have made every effort to address the questions and concerns expressed by board members and others. However, the overwhelming majority of residents want an irrigation system that will provide a more efficient and effective irrigation system. This is what we, as a board, are attempting to do. Comcast – What’s been happening? We have been trying to convince Comcast to honor its contractual obligations, under the 2004 contract. However, they have sidestepped the issues and, more recently, have not been readily available for meetings and conference calls. We have been emailing the corporate secretary in Philadelphia, which seems to have helped us make some progress. We held a conference call with their attorney, an engineer

and the area VP. It appears that they are now willing to do some things to meet the contract, but they need to work out some of the financial aspects. Stay tuned, as they say.. Paving – Paving is a continuing maintenance item, given the age and lack of maintenance over the last 30 years. Probably due to the wet summer and winter, and the cold weather this winter, the pavement is deteriorating faster than expected. We will continue to repair it with patches. The long-term plan is to resurface the roads once the irrigation system has been installed and ATT and others have finished their in-ground installations.  Perimeter Fence – Repairs have been started by Floyd fence, and should take about six weeks for them to work their way around the Village.  Perimeter Plantings – Tropical Growers is working with Floyd Fence, going ahead of the fence crew to remove dead materials, then following them with plantings. These are the 2600 Cocoplum plants that the Board chose to fill in the gaps in the ficus hedge. Cocoplum has a coarser leaf with reddish coloration. Finally, we head north for the summer very shortly. I wish you all a good summer, free from hurricanes and other disasters and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.




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Condo News Coalition for CVE Homebound By MARION G. COHEN If you subscribe to the Sun Sentinel, you are aware of their “Trust Betrayed” series, which pointed out the shortcomings in the screening process for caregivers that we must have to protect our most vulnerable, particularly our elderly, infirm and disabled populations. In an article written by Larry Polivka, PhD, scholar in residence at the Claude Pepper Foundations in Tallahassee, he states that in managing Florida’s fiscal crisis, state lawmakers are looking for ways to tighten the state’s budget belt by investing in those programs that are proven effective and provide the greatest return by avoiding other costs. He thinks long term care for the elderly and disabled is one area where such investments can be made. Given Florida’s status as the state with the largest percentage of residents 65 and older, Florida has an opportunity to become the national model for the costeffective delivery of long-term services over the next several decades if we invest smartly now and for the next several years. Unfortunately, funding

for most of these programs has been cut, even as the number of frail elders needing services has grown. Florida now has more than 30,000 individuals on waiting lists for community services. Many of these people end up in nursing homes at much greater expense to the state than if they had received home and community-based services. Living amongst the residents of Century Village are those who are in need of the services of the Coalition for the Homebound, which provides in-home services to our frail and disabled residents. This service permits them to continue living independently AT HOME and thereby avoid institutionalization. To help our residents who cannot afford to meet the full cost of care, the COALITION FOR CVE HOMEBOUND supplements the limited funds that some patients require for assistance. The sole purpose and goal of the Coalition is to raise funds from concerned, compassionate villagers to help defray the financial burden of the recipients of this care.

Medicare does not cover dayto-day custodial services. Once a year, an appeal letter is sent out to every household in Century Village, requesting a donation to this cause. The Broward Homebound, the umbrella organization for the Coalition, has for the past two years handled the mailing of this letter, but has encountered difficulty in getting the assistance of volunteers to perform the task this year. This delay has caused many problems which heretofore we have not encountered. We thank those contributors who have not waited for their annual letters and have submitted their donations. Listed below are the names of contributors of $25 or more. We thank you for your thoughtfulness. Unfortunately, there is not sufficient room to list the names of other donors, but we do appreciate your kindness in supporting your less fortunate neighbors. $50 Ester Berman $25 Daniel and Betty Eisenberg, Mary and Ramey Fletcher, Rita Gottlieb, Elaine Mellen, Julia Reynolds, Patrick and Marlene Sponsler.


Irrigation Update By ANTHONY D’AMATO, CVE Operations Manager On March 15, 2010 the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board instituted year-round landscape irrigation water conservation measures to better protect South Florida’s water resources. Local governments may adopt alternative landscape irrigation ordinances based on local water demands, system limitations or resource availability. The impact of this new restriction will greatly affect Century Village East; Broward County is restricting to only two days a week watering, which would mean to you the residents two complete watering cycles per month due to the manually operated system constraints. Rest assured Seacrest is working diligently as we are exhausting every effort to obtain relief for the Village. Listed below are the measures that have been taken to seek relief to date. March 10, 2010 submitted variance, seeking relief from Broward’s Year Round Rule to South Florida Water Management District. March 29, 2010 Received notification from SFWMD that the Governing Board reviewed the variance request and due to Broward County imposing the year round rule we would have to seek approval from Broward in

order for SFWMD to move forward with the variance request. March 31, 2010 Made contact with Broward County and discussed our request and were advised that they have no current provision to approve variance requests at this time and would consult their legal council. April, Master Management contacted local officials requesting help in seeking relief from the ordnance. Current, as no specific governing body has provided any relief from the order, Seacrest is experimenting with a multitude of optional irrigation schedules in effort to gain approval to water four days per week under the premise of using building letters as odds and even addresses. In accordance with the county restrictions, our irrigation team is onsite Thursday and Sunday evenings from 4pm-12 midnight to distribute the maximum amount of water allotted under the current guidelines. If we do not obtain approval for the proposed alternate schedule, the entire Village will only be watered twice per month in its entirety. In the event this becomes a reality, we urge you to call your state and local representatives.

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Condo News Hurricane preparedness By CHARLES K. PARNESS, 1st.Vice President/ COOCVE Hurricane coming - what do you do? Stay Calm Secure your home Gather Supplies Establish a safe room Tell family/friends and neighbors where you are staying Remember: Hope for the best; Prepare for the worst! 1) What to do before a hurricane? A) Early Warning First, what is the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning? Simply this, a hurricane watch means the hurricane may hit your area within 24 to 36 hours, while a hurricane warning means it is likely to hit your area within 24 hours. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued: 1) Listen to the recommended radio stations for information and instructions. Radio stations with a 24 hour warning system. AM WFTL 1400; WRBD 1470 FM WKIS 99.9; WAXY 105.9 Hurricane information can also be obtained from: BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION PHONE: 954-831-3900 2) If your porch is screened, remove all furniture or loose objects. They could be damaged or become missiles causing even more damage. If you have chairs or other items outside your apartment, get them inside if possible. If the furniture on your screened terrace is too large to move, protect it with plastic sheets or tarps. B) What to do before the hurricane strikes: Whether you stay at home or not, be sure you have some cash on hand. If the hurricane knocks out the power, it would disable ATMs, disrupt or halt banking services and the use of credit or debit cards. You will need it to buy gas, food, supplies and medication. i) Staying at home - make sure that you have: A week or more supply of medication, A stocked First Aid kit An adequate supply of food that will not spoil and canned goods (and a hand canopener); also bottled drinking water. See Supply Check List A full tank of gas in your car. Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting Usually the water supply will not be interrupted, but to stay on the safe side, fill your bathtub with water. Unless you make a great effort to totally disinfect the bathtub, be on the safe side and only use it to flush your toilet. Also purchase extra bottles of drinking water and/or fill clean containers with drinking water. Close all your windows

(and storm shutters if you have them). C) In the probability that you will lose electricity from 5 to 10 days, make sure you have working flashlights and a good supply of batteries. Supplement this with battery lanterns which are easier to read by. A battery operated radio is also recommended. In addition to providing information, it can lessen the tension during the hurricane and its aftermath. You might also consider getting some small battery operated fans. After all, we are in Florida. ii) If you leave your home for another apartment or shelter, we suggest you set the circuit breakers to the off position. Make sure your building officers know where you will be. iii) The Clubhouse is NOT a hurricane center and will be closed. iv) Mass Transit - buses will continue to run as long as the authorities deem it safe. v) Our mini-buses will continue to operate for four (4) hours after the hurricane warning is issued, or until it is obvious that there are no more riders. At that time, the mini-bus service will be discontinued. For any questions, call 954-791-2505 or 954-695-7777. vi) Special Needs Shelters If you have certain medical problems, you may require a Special Needs Shelter, but you must pre-register for it. You may need to complete the form with your doctor or health care professional. Details can be obtained from the county Emergency Management office or call Elder Helpline at 1-800-9635337. You must bring all your medical supplies and equipment to the shelter and be accompanied by your caregiver. You might need to bring a sleeping bag or folding cot. vii) Assuming you will be without electrical power, and it poses a health problem for you or a fellow resident, you can make arrangements for special assistance with Broward County by calling 954-357-6402. viii) If your loved one(s) suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24hour help line at 1-800-272-3900 or their Safe Return number 1-888-572-8566. These are tollfree numbers. Make sure they have an identification bracelet or a Safe Return bracelet. If you cannot obtain one, then create a handmade one with name, telephone number and address on it. ix) If you are frail or handicapped and cannot board our mini-buses you might call Broward County Special Services Shelter at 954-5372888.

x) If you live alone, try to join with a neighbor and share the same apartment during and after the hurricane. Again, let your building officers know where you are. If you know of a neighbor who is alone, immediately after the hurricane, contact them. They may need assistance, and even if they don’t, your call will be most welcome. 3) What to do during the hurricane. Go to the safest area in your apartment.. Stay indoors until the all clear is given. Stay away from all windows during the storm, and keep them closed. Do not use tap water, it may be unsafe. If you remain at home during the hurricane, turn off all appliances except lights which will reduce the chance of overloading circuits when the power is restored. Always assume you will be without power for some time. 4) What to do after the hurricane has ended. Do not be fooled by an apparent end to a hurricane. There could be a period of calm for up to an hour, after which high winds will again occur, sometime from a different direction. Stay where you are, and be safe. If no damage has occurred, maintenance personnel will turn on the utilities and check to see they are operating properly. When it is deemed safe, the Clubhouse will be reopened. If you now need emergency care, and do not have a working telephone, hang a brightly colored sheet (not white) on the catwalk rail or from the top of your door. Never touch fallen or lowhanging wires under any circumstance. Stay away from puddles having fallen wires in or near them. Beware of weakened roads and bridges. Watch out for tree limbs and porches that may collapse. Listen to local radio stations. Unless you hear that the water is safe, boil all tap water for drinking or cooking. When the hurricane is over, but power has not been restored. If you have emergency cooking facilities such as a propane stove, do not use it indoors. Move it to a catwalk, sidewalk, or any safe outdoor area. If you use it indoors, in addition to the danger of fire, a poorly ventilated propane stove can emit dangerous fumes If you have a workable phone, call the police or utility immediately to report hazards. This could include downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, or overturned or leaking gas tanks. After a hurricane, phone lines should

be reserved for emergencies. Do not clog phone lines to report interruptions in gas, electric, water or phone service. They know it. Just a comment on phones - many residents use cell phones or electric base phones in their apartments. These are fine except that they all use electricity. The best plan (if you can do so) is to have at least one land-line phone in your home that does not rely on electricity to operate. The utilities know where and to what extent these outages are. FPL’s restoration priorities are first to repair damage to their facilities that produce power, and their main transmission lines Then they target restoring power to critical services such as hospitals, fire and police stations. Their final focus is on individual customers, but they will first try to restore power to the greatest number of customers. Every hurricane is different, but during the last hurricane, many CVE residents were without electrical power for nine days, and one or two buildings for even longer. Another word of caution: if you are keeping food cool using bags of ice, do not immediately discard the ice. When the electricity is restored, your troubles may not be over. It is not uncommon, for transformers, other equipment or electrical lines to fail once again depriving you of electrical power for a few minutes or an entire day. After the power is restored, check your food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out. The last hurricane left many roads and trolley routes blocked. After the hurricane is over, mini-bus service cannot be back to full schedule until these roads are cleared. Supply Check List Food/Water & Related Items Plan on a 5-7 day supply. Non-perishable foods: ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; canned/ bottled beverages; dry foods such as crackers Drinking water - at least one gallon per person, per day Soaps and detergents Disposal eating utensils (avoid wasting water washing dishes) Paper towels and tissues; extra trash bags Personal Products Toilet tissue; adult diapers (if necessary) Toothpaste, Mouthwash. Deodorants Medication - at least a two week supply Protective Equipment First aid kit Bleach (for disinfectant purposes) Other Supplies Matches (waterproof container) Tarps or plastic sheeting Extra batteries (various sizes

to match radio, lantern needs) Battery operated fan File of Life This is useful any time, but may be even more important during a hurricane crisis. The file of life is a list of life-saving information to be read by emergency-personnel, when they are attending you or your spouse. The list is usually posted on your refrigerator. It will assist the Broward County emergency teams or fire rescue units in providing quick and correct treatment. There is no charge to obtain the File of Life for Broward County residents, and it is provided by the North Broward Hospital in cooperation with TRIAD. For the free File of Life, or more information, call Health Line at 954-759-7400. Additional Tips - During and after the Hurricane Do not use sterno for cooking. It cannot cook food, and is not recommended as a hurricane item you should have. Do not use anything flammable. Avoid using candles. They can tip and have caused fires. Lanterns and flashlights are so much safer. Avoid stocking up on foods that spoil. Never listen to rumors. During the hurricane, keep windows closed. If you have drapes, curtains or blinds, keep them closed. Immediately after the hurricane, it is only human to want to go out and see what was damaged and what was left untouched. Please stay indoors. Following or during a hurricane lull, there are damaged branches and roofing material everywhere, which could tear loose at anytime, and make you a victim rather than a survivor. Don‘t wait until the last moment to get your supplies or medication. Many stores will have closed early, or may have run out of the supplies you need. This also applies to getting gas. While more gas stations now have small generators to operate their pumps, do not take a chance and get this done as soon as possible. Avoid long lines, and visitations to gas stations that have run out of gas. Preserve the cold in your refrigerator as long as possible, by not opening the door unnecessarily. Before you lose electricity, set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. If you have a freezer, separate or within a refrigerator, keep it filled. A full freezer stays colder longer. A general rule - DON’T GET CAUGHT SHORT! Millions of people survive hurricanes by using their heads, planning what has to be done, and doing it. You too will be a survivor.




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Consumer Interest “Ask Lori…Parrish on Appraisal” Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Answers Your Questions… “How Are Down Market Properties Reassessed?” Dear Lori, I was reviewing properties on your website and I

don’t agree with the posted valuations. I believe some of the properties listed don’t reflect the current real estate market conditions.  How

often are properties reassessed and posted on your website?                         J.M. Hollywood, FL Florida Statutes require all properties in the state to be reassessed every year.  Property assessments in Florida are done a year in arrears with January 1 being the statutory date for determining the annual assessment (i.e., what the property was worth as of January 1, 2010).  This means your 2010 assessment will be based on the qualified sales in your neighborhood (excluding non-arm’s length transactions and other “disqualified” transfers) from January 1, 2010 back through January 2, 2009. The 2010 assessments currently displayed on the property record pages on our website www. are preliminary numbers.  Those values will change frequently online as we make various adjustments until they are finalized.  The real 2010 assessments – based upon the overall decline in

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By MARTY POPELSKY, Commissioner District 3


First, I want to thank everyone who completed and mailed back their US Census forms. Deerfield Beach benefits tremendously when residents fulfill this simple deed. Eligibility for Federal, State and County funding are all tied directly to population counts. At press time, the City of Deerfield had already surpassed its previous mail participation rate from 67% in 2000 to 68% in 2010. Forms are still being counted, and I am confident that this number will continue to grow. The City Commission has begun the difficult task of working on next year’s budget. As always, we will try to keep services up and taxes down. We all have to tighten our belts and make it work. We did it last year and will do everything in our power to do it again. As we move forward with our budget, I would like to see more of our citizens participate by attending City Commission Meetings. What happens there affects your life. CITY NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS Electric Assistance Available for Seniors The N.E. Focal Point Senior Center is now accepting appointments for assistance with your FPL bill. To be

eligible you must: Be at least 60 years old Have a written past due, final or disconnect notice from FPL Show Florida photo identification Show proof of income for all household members You must meet the income requirements You can apply for assistance by APPOINTMENT ONLY. For more information, call Heather Felice-Flood, Information and Referral Coordinator at N.E. Focal Point Senior Center, at (954) 480-4441 or (954) 480-4449. This June: Moonlight Melodies Concert Series Returns It’s that time again when you can bring your beach

chair, and beach towels to sit beneath the balmy summer breeze and enjoy the beautiful sounds of our Moonlight Melodies Concert Series. You won’t want to miss it. Mark your calendar, call your friends and make sure you capture all the great performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Cultural Committee, these concerts are held in front of the Main Beach Parking Lot on select Friday evenings throughout the summer. For more information on dates, call 954-480-4433 or visit Property Tax Exemption Assistance at City Hall Tues., May 18, 11:30 AM 1 PM City Hall, 150 NE 2nd Ave. Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office sign-up event for Homestead, Senior and other property tax exemptions. Held every third Tuesday of the month through 2010. Documents required to file a Homestead Exemption include: A current Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card, and a current voter registration card or declaration of domicile. Non-US citizens must also provide proof of permanent residency. 954-357-6035 ~ Remember that I am your only full time Commissioner. I am always here to assist you in any way I can. Call me any time, and I will be glad to help you resolve your problems. City Hall Office 954-480-4218 City Assistant Phone 954-480-4263 E-mail: Regards & Good Health Marty Popelsky Your District 3 Commissioner

We have reached the halfway point of the 2010 Legislative Session, and with a month already under our belt there have been many tough issues that my colleagues and I have had to examine and cast important votes on. Of these many issues, I had no trouble voting against Senate Bill (SB) 6 – a bill that devastates our public education system and places a target on our teachers. This bill which would simply bandage an underlying problem without seeking a cure to the disease, ties teacher pay to student performance and imposes further burdensome testing on our children. As the father of three children in public school, I find there to be no profession more noble than teaching.  Unfortunately, the State of Florida continues to express gratitude to our teachers by hampering their ability to have a positive impact on students in the classroom, through standardized testing, low pay, and limited resources.  SB 6 requires End of Course assessments to be created for subjects not currently assessed on the FCAT.  It removes teacher tenure and long-term contracts in favor of yearly contracts.  According to supporters of this bill, teachers will be evaluated on the “learning gains” of their students which is evidenced in the

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Remembering a (Mostly) Pleasant Experience By LORAINE BERNZWEIG When my mother died, my father came to live with us. Dad had been permanently disabled since I was a child from an earlier injury to his back. Fortunately, he had secured a total disability policy from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company many years earlier, and from the time that he had to stop working (somewhere around 1934) to until he died (1980) he received a monthly payment from that policy, which also paid a death benefit of $25,000 when he died. Since Dad was also legally blind, it was not feasible for him to live alone, and so it came to pass that he joined my young family and me in Freehold, NJ. When my husband’s niece came to live with us, we had added a room and bath behind the living room of our small colonial home. That room was originally for my husband and me, but when Dad arrived we

assigned it to him since the stairs would not have been an option. Dad was born and raised in Philadelphia where he attended the prestigious Central High School (which at the time was certified to award bachelor’s degrees, and which Dad received with a major in Classical Studies.) In my home, there were four young minds for him to mold, although the eldest was already a freshman in college. I was working with some psychologists in an office no more than two miles from home, and I went home regularly to provide lunch for Dad and to check up on him. Most of his time was spent either listening to sports on the radio, or listening to the talking books provided by the government. When it was time to order books, we would read the list of those that were available, and their small descriptions to Dad. If the words “sexually explicit” appeared, he would ask for

that book. After some time, we became aware of an international program called Youth for Understanding, and met some youngsters from Germany, Sweden, and other countries. We were very impressed with these teens and decided that we would host some as well, which would mean that they could check up on Dad when they got home from school each day. Almost before we knew it, Tero was our houseguest. He came from Finland, and was the most delightful youngster. We learned that he like to play hoops and provided him with his own basketball as a welcome gift. When we peeked into his room the first night, he was sleeping with it in his arms! A few days later, Per arrived. He was not meant to be with us, but his original host family had backed out. The few days turned into the entire year! Four of my

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Confessions of a Car Nut: Memories of an Old-fashioned Gas Station By STAN WEINSTEIN As you all probably know from prior articles I have written, I have some pretty memories of the way things were about 50 years ago. I was always fascinated by our neighborhood gas station/ repair shop. I would rush there after school and pump some gas from the oldfashioned globe style pumps. I do remember that $2 bought you 5.6 gallons of HIGH TEST gas. High Test was just a fancy name for premium fuel, which was also called Ethyl. I believe it was called that because of some additive

that it had which gave it more octane. The more expensive cars such as Cadillacs and Oldsmobile 98’s required it. Occasionally someone would say fill ‘er up which amounted to the staggering sum of $8 or $9. That was a lot of money back then. An oil change, filter and grease job was only $8. Hey, if someone driving a beat up old jalopy asked for high test, I didn’t belabor the issue, I just pumped it. These old time gas stations really earned the title of Filling Stations ‘cause indeed that’s what they were! For

a buck’s worth of gas you had to check the oil, wash the windshield and the rear window as well. You also had to check the air pressure in the tires if asked and be a storehouse of vehicle maintenance knowledge. Some stations had their service station attendants wear uniforms and hats with the brand name logo and your first name embroidered on the shirt. I was just the kid who came around to help out so I did not rate a uniform. I would get a cast off shirt that would make me ROY, EDDIE, JIM or HAROLD for the day. I made about $.75 a day in tips. That was usually 3 quarters from three different generous motorists who appreciated my willingness to do all of the above with a wave and a smile. This particular station also had a big burly mechanic named Gene who looked like a hit man. He was charming once you got to know him. To my father, he was nothing short of a mechanical genius and a saint. He had more grease on him than most of the cars he worked on. I once saw him dressed up on a Sunday and

found it hard to believe it was the same person. A couple of blocks away a new kind of gas station opened up one day. The attendants all wore white uniforms, filled your tank and gave you stamps to paste in the book. When the book was filled you could redeem it for free gas. To draw you in, they also gave you free water glasses or dishes. All they did was sell gas, some unfamiliar brand, and offered no mechanical services. I believe this was the forerunner of today’s gas stations which usually have convenience stores attached to them. This is great if you want a cup of coffee or snacks but if your car isn’t running right they can’t do a thing for you. The old-time gas station did it all. And sometimes even had a soda machine. Imagine - $2 or $3 fixed a flat – the gas station attendant took if off the car, mounted the spare and repaired the tire which required pulling out the tube and patching it. If you’ve never seen it done it was quite a time-consuming operation. They had to hoist the tire onto a machine, break

the tire away from the wheel, and after patching the tube, put it all back together again, balancing the wheel in the process. This was a labor of love as no service station ever made any profit on this sort of thing. That’s why today there are tire shops. I remember the winters in New York where people would have their snow tires mounted and the regular tires removed. I don’t remember what they charged but I know it was somewhere between eight and ten dollars. And if you were a steady customer, and they had room on the inside tire rack, they’d write your name with yellow chalk on the sidewall of the tire and keep your tires in the garage until the spring for you at no extra charge! Those were the days. Just a suggestion – as the hot and sticky weather is fast approaching, it would be a good idea to have your car checked out to insure trouble free summer driving. Check the belts and hoses, make sure the AC is cold enough and your tires are properly inflated.

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We Three Part I By ROBERT WINSTON I was the oldest one of the three, and not quite eighteen. World War II had ended in August, 1945, our school experience, more recently, about two months earlier. The date was July 27, 1946, an innocuous date under normal circumstances, but these were not ordinary circumstances. The letters arrived at our homes simultaneously, and the messages were identical: “Thank you for your application for enrollment in the upcoming freshman class at Boston University. Although under different conditions, we would be pleased to accept you as a student, our freshman enrollments are such that we cannot accept even very qualified applicants. You are of course, welcome to apply for admission next semester, however I regret to advise you that this situation is likely to continue through 1948. Our very best wishes for success in your future educational endeavors.” Sincerely, Addison Wesley Dean of Admissions, Boston University We were realistic. Although we were hoping for a miracle, we knew deep down, that wasn’t going to happen. World War II was over, and millions of returning veterans were taking full advantage of the GI Bill that guaranteed them a college education. This was understandable, and had we been born a few years earlier and survived the war, we would have been among the first to apply for admission. Our options were very limited. Ignoring both of us, Earle took a final bite of his corn beef sandwich. The Beach Delicatessen was noted for its overstuffed lean corned beef sandwiches, and most people in the know frequented it often. Earle washed down his

food with his still half-filled glass of orange soda. The jukebox was playing “There’ll be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin, when the Yanks go Marching in.” The idea of “no war” hadn’t yet taken hold, and nationalism was still running at an all-time high. Mercifully, a Perry Como love song followed, bringing back the reality of 1946. Irwin, Earle, and I left the deli and walked the two blocks to the beach. Paul Gorin was leaning against the railing that separated the sidewalk from the sand. Paul was several years older than we, a nice guy, not overly bright, but a personable okay guy. Not too long ago, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. Earle asked him what’s going on, more as a courtesy, than an interest. Irwin and I gave him a friendly slap on the back, and asked him pretty much the same question. “Just hanging out, waiting for the next semester to begin.” “Where are you going,” I asked. “BU (Boston University,) second year already, got into their education program. Hard to believe I’m going to be a Phys. Ed. Teacher.” Irwin, who had graduated cum laude from high school, smiled and said, “good for you, Paul.” We all nodded our approval and good wishes. We left and walked toward the other end of the boulevard. Not much was said; it was hard to hide the obvious envy we shared. Irwin broke the silence. “We were born too late to be drafted, Paul timed his birth perfectly.” Get real, I thought, Paul had nothing to do with it. Maybe Paul was luckier to come home in one piece,

than being born in time to be cannon fodder. I was working in the collection department of Jordan Marsh, a Boston department store, making stupid phone calls threatening legal action to credit deadbeats. Both of my friends had equally bad jobs. The general consensus was that we were screwed. That’s how we ended our walking sojourn and went our separate ways, feeling sorry for ourselves and having no ideas as to what to do next. I got up the following morning earlier than usual. The truth of the matter was that the unnerving event of yesterday had contributed to a sleepless night. I arrived at Jordan Marsh an hour before my starting time. I made my way to a small coffee shop not far from the department store, took a seat at the counter, and still depressed, ordered a cup of coffee and a donut. “How are you doing?” I looked to my left, where the voice had come from. Sitting there, was an army sergeant, outfitted in his full regalia - ribbons, medals, the whole nine yards. I didn’t feel much like talking, but answered anyway. I thought to myself going back a year ago in time, I in civilian garb, would have been more out of place than he was at this time. “Do you want the expected usual answer, or the truth?” “Start with the truth,” he said. I related my feelings, which I felt pretty much reflected that of my friends. He listened intently, not commenting, not interrupting just listening. After awhile, I looked at my watch. I had ten minutes to get to my job, and got up to leave. “Hey, man,” he said,

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shaking my hand, “I’m Sergeant Jim Brady, I’m the senior noncom of the recruiting station next door.” He reached into his valise and gave me several recruiting documents. “Look this stuff over, and give some to your buddies. If you want to talk, I’m next door every day, sometimes even on Sundays, 9:00 to 6:00.” I thanked him as I shoved the material, without looking at it, into my jacket pocket, and left. After work, I managed to get a seat on the crowded subway train that would, as usual, whisk me home in less than a half hour. Having nothing else to read, I took out the material that Sergeant Brady had given me earlier. The papers romanticized military service, and played up the patriotic aspect of service to the nation. Then something else caught my eye, something I had never even thought of before. Here was information worth discussing with my friends. If I had interpreted what I read correctly, it could very well be life-altering for us. I called Irwin and Earle that evening, asked them to meet with me, and showed them the Jim Brady enlistment documents. Irwin was adamant, arguing, “The draft is over. Why join the army, are you crazy? What’s so remarkable about this? Absolutely nothing!” Pointing out sections of the army documents, he continued, “All it says is that we could enlist for a minimum of two years, serve our country, maybe learn a trade and at the end of our stint, unless we screw up, we’ll receive an honorable discharge.” “You’re missing a major point,” I countered. “It also says that the government will

pay for any college credits we complete while serving. Even though these would be correspondence courses, the credits would be transferable to many participating colleges, and carry the same weight as if we took the classes on campus.” “Look”, I said, “even Boston University is listed as one of the cooperating schools. There are at least three dozen colleges that are participating in this off campus program.” Earle picked up the thought stream. “Nothing is going to open at the colleges before ’48. What if we did sign up for two years? In two years we’d be out and we would have transferable college credits, veteran status, and an honorable discharge. It sounds like it may have possibilities.” Irwin was still skeptical, insisting this was a crazy idea. “Between cleaning latrines and following the orders of a Neanderthal, we may find time to do the necessary correspondence work. Hey listen, if you guys are determined to put your lives on hold for two years . . . oh what the hell, I’ll go with you and speak to what’s his name …Jim Brady, but don’t expect me to sign anything.” It was suggested that I call Brady and make an appointment for all of us. “Don’t make any commitments, just an appointment to talk, nothing else,” Irwin cautioned. This seemed to be a partial win for Irwin and he was satisfied. The next day I made the call. Brady remembered me, and suggested we meet at Fort Banks on Sunday. He said he’d make all the arrangements, including genuine army food at the mess hall.




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Schoolyard Remembrance By HERB CHARATZ It was many years ago. I think back to my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The section was East Flatbush and friends were abundant. There were girls and boys who lived on my block, and ones that I became friends with in school. Also there were fellows who would come down to our schoolyard from different neighborhoods to play softball against my team. We had a busy time in the summer months. Ball playing was the main activity, either on an empty dirt lot near us where we practiced or Winthrop Junior High

School’s concrete fencedin area where we played organized games against the visiting teams from other parts of the borough. It was great when we were able to get the larger court for the day. There was a smaller court next to the other court. The larger one was the court of choice because the smaller court had obstacles in the outfield. Each team elected one of their teammates to go down to the schoolyard very early on the day of the game, in order to claim the court in the name of their team. Since I was an early riser and lived right across the street from the school, it was

not surprising that my team elected me to claim a court for them. I felt responsible for not letting my team down. I set my alarm, and also alerted my mother who was always in the kitchen early preparing breakfast for the family. It was a busy time for all of us, since my brother was home from Lowell Textile College for the week. We were all busy that Friday; my mother was in the kitchen preparing Friday night dinner, my sister was going out shopping with her girlfriends, my brother was hanging out with his friends, who he had not seen for almost half a year. My father was working and I was in the schoolyard as usual, playing baseball or basketball. It was while my friends and I were talking about Saturday morning that I was reminded to make sure I was the first one to get the big court. Friday night came, and my family sat down for supper. It was terrific that my older brother was home for a week from college. At the table I happened to mention that I had to be down early in the schoolyard so my team could have the big court. The winning team got 2 softballs and $20 in cash for winning.

We would take the winnings and put it into the treasury. We were saving up for club jackets with our name on front and the club name across the back – it was our dream. It was then that my brother dropped a bomb on me. He and his friends were getting together in the morning to play two games, and each player was putting in $10 and the substitutes who would be called in if someone got hurt and had to come out of the game also had to kick in with money. There was going to be a least $240 in the pot. The first game was for the money and the second game was just for fun. For the second game, each player would be mixed up between the two teams just for the fun of it. He looked me straight in the eye and in a very serious voice said, “There is no question that no matter who gets there first, the older guys are going to get the preferred court.” I went down early anyway because many times a bunch of younger guys would go to the smaller court just to hit some balls and fool around. Now it was going to be my job to guarantee that my team would have the smaller court, at least, and

not have to go to an empty lot. We would lose face to the neighboring team that was coming to play us. I sauntered over to a bunch of the young kids fooling around on the court and told them that I happen to know my team was planning to use this court and, in a serious voice said, “There would be no question about it.” That did it! They dispersed within minutes, leaving me there to claim the court. It was a great day since I felt mature in the way I had handled the problem, and as it turned out, both my brother and I were on the winning teams. The local people who showed up to watch caught onto the fact that both brothers were winning and cheered for us even more. The biggest thrill was watching my brother’s face when he learned that I gave up only four hits. It was obvious that he was proud of me. The thrill of us both getting the attention of the crowd, and winning our games, made my day, and I wore a big smile because of knowing how well my team had played and how well I played as the winning pitcher. What a memory!

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Sounding Board Volunteer Spotlight Photo & Text by Barbara Nathan Marcus Meet Ginette Beauvais: Ginette was born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada, but lived “all her life in Ville Lemoyne, a small town on the south shore of Montreal. It is completely French,” she says. Her mother tongue is French, but because her town was so small she went to a nearby town, St Lambert, to go to High School, and it was there that she learned English as well. As a mother, homemaker and full time worker, it took her six years to receive a CMA at night with the Government of Canada. Ginette lived in Ottawa for 17 years, working at different positions, moving up the ladder as a Government of Canada employee. At the age of 40, she was divorced and moved back to Ville Lemoyne, where she took the position of Financial and Administrative Regional Advisor for Revenue Canada, Quebec Region. She had a “high up” position,

as they say in government circles. She retired from the government 14 years ago at the age of 50, after 21 years of employment. Ginette tells me she met her husband, her “soul mate” when she was 42 whilst they were playing bridge. They have been together for 21 years. They golf, fish, and play bridge; “they do everything together.” This very spiritual woman has spent the last several years helping people to understand themselves. She believes “whoever you are, you create your own reality. We can choose what kind of life we are going to have.” (I am for that!!!) She started painting in 2004 and after copying masters, developed her own methods of painting and has participated in and won an international competition. Ginette is Secretary/ Treasurer of her building. “In

my building, I feel a sense of obligation to volunteer.” It is important. She has been in charge of Art Expo since 2005. “I do Art Expo because I have fun doing it. (I have a wealth of experience doing so much more.) I like being with people. Me, I am lucky, nice things always happen to me. I spend many hours at meetings for Art Expo. We have a working committee of 15 people plus 110 people (the weekend of.) It is a great organization. Eva Rachevsky and her staff go out of their way to make things happen for us.” Ginette relates she has her plan and schedule on the computer. Jerry Cooper has developed a file for her. “People are happy to volunteer for Art Expo,” says Ginette, “each particular one is making it better and better. I hope that everyone will come to see the results of our work: Art Expo on March 5, 2011!”

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The Art of Remembering By SHELLY BASKIN During my travels over the last few years, while being “out and about,” friends have stated that “I remember your article mentioning soldiers eating SOS in the field; in the rain; in a three compartment tray.” And, “I did that too.” “I recollect your essay mentioning shooting at Maggie’s drawers during rifle practice” during Infantry training in the U. S. Army. I also “shoveled snow with an entrenching tool because the Lieutenant wanted to keep us busy.” I recall you writing about going to a Doctor’s office and getting there on time only to

recall the expression “Hurry up and wait.” Or, that trip to a fast food restaurant where the customer must ask for “Sweet and Low” located in a secret place behind the counter. I remember someone recommending a top-notch physician in Swenson’s after overhearing my conversation, while he was woofing down a burger deluxe and a coffee. One guy came back from a cruise and also “could not find my cabin because I thought it was on the starboard side when I left for breakfast and the ship must have reversed course.” And, “it took me an hour to find

my wife as she was jogging on deck fifteen and I couldn’t figure out how to get back there.” Also, “the Ladies room is on starboard on deck twelve—where the heck is the Men’s room?” Certainly not next door. Stories about pets of the past. Dogs, birds, and squirrels were remembered by a few. Articles concerning sailing, skiing, and biking were recalled and counted as their own as all our lives may not be all that different from others. Today, a woman was entering the dollar store and asked what happened to the

“Rag Shop” that was at the same location a while ago. I remembered my article and quoted from it. There was not too much response from people shopping for “rags.” A gentleman recently read my thoughts on the “Art of a Yo-Yo.” He called. He came over. He brought his yo-yo from years past. This guy was good and we shared similar stories and experiences of when we were younger. One of the great things about living here in the Village is that meeting people is easy and interesting. All one has to do is mention an article “penned” and I am

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A Visit With My Granddaughter By JANET ROTHKOPF I eagerly awaited the call from my daughter, Karen, saying that she and Kaitlyn, my granddaughter, had finally landed at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport. I hadn’t seen them in two months, and I couldn’t contain my excitement. We circled the airport five times, and finally the call came. “We are here,” my daughter said. For days John and I had shopped for food, sleeping bag, more food, an air mattress, a different air mattress, more food and birthday fixings to celebrate Kaitlyn’s third birthday. Despite the fact that they would be in Florida for only three full days, my refrigerator was full to capacity to meet “Princess” Kaitlyn’s every culinary desire. For weeks we watched the weather report. “What is the weather ten days from now,” I would ask as we got closer to the arrival date. We agonized when the forecast was for rainy weather, cheered when the newer forecast said clear and sunny, and kept our fingers crossed to ensure that the good forecast stayed that way.

For weeks we looked into things for Kaitlyn and Karen to do. “How about Wannado City?” I asked my sister. “It really sounds like fun.” Barbara said “No, she is much too young for that!” “How about Lion Country Safari?” “Too far,” said Karen. “Gumbo Limbo is nice, it is a very beautiful nature preserve and at 2:30 each day, they explain about the fish and turtles in the tanks. They even let the kids feed the fish. Karen replied, “Nope, that won’t work either; she will be napping at 2:30.” Butterfly World, too boring for a three year old. Parrot Jungle, Monkey Jungle, too far! We finally decided that when they came, we would find just the right venues. Now they were finally here, and John dropped me off to retrieve them. There was my lovely, slim daughter, sitting on a bench with Kaitlyn. And there was Kaitlyn, long brown shiny pigtails swishing around her head, wearing a pink top, blue jeans and tiny gym shoes on her tiny feet. As soon as she saw me, her face broke into a giant smile, as

A Snowbird Complains: Preparing for Annual Migratory Flight Northward

she ran toward me. That smile was definitely worth the wait, and I was putty in her hands. She could have asked me for the moon, the stars and the sun, and they would have been hers. Every morning when she woke up, she would come running into the living room and jump into my arms or on to the couch right next to me, with that lovely smile radiating from ear to ear. We did many things in those short three days. We went to the beach, the pool, Sugar Sand Park, the Palm Beach Zoo, had her birthday party, played with play doh, read many stories and just had fun. It was an idyllic time. Wow! Stop the presses! Let’s tell the truth - it was not all fun. A three year old wants their way all the time and Kaitlyn - my sweet, perfect Kaitlyn, was no exception. She was a miniature Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, times ten. When she got angry, she would clench her fists, stiffen her body and scream at the top of her lungs. Karen was very good at calming her down, but she still had those darn temper tantrums. At the Palm Beach Zoo, this little scenario unfolded:

as the females load up every available piece of luggage or box (which the shipping companies will only be too glad to transport for a healthy fee, of course). If you ship your car, you can load it up to your heart’s content. However, if you leave your car here, as we do, you have big problems. Airline surcharges on each piece of luggage have resulted in big husband – wife arguments in our household! Therefore, packing is not just a tiring physical activity, but it can be hazardous to your marriage! One final tip: invest in an inexpensive luggage scale, or if you’re frugal, use your bathroom scale. You don’t want to have an unpleasant surprise at the airport: more surcharges for overweight baggage, a sure guarantee to trigger a husband’s bad temper. After we’re all safely and happily ensconced in our northern abodes, we can relax until Fall – when we have to go through the same process again (but, in reverse – migrating south.) Bon Voyage!

to come in with her. The problem was that Mommy didn’t have a bathing suit with her. Temper tantrum again. Finally, “I am hungry, I want to eat.” So off we go back to the cafe, where she wolfed down an entire hamburger, some fries and a drink…..a huge meal for such a peanut of a girl. “Kaitlyn, time to use the bathroom.” “I don’t want to.” Temper tantrum. “Kaitlyn, time for your medicine.” “I don’t want it.” Temper tantrum. “Kaitlyn, time for bed.” “I don’t want to,” and on and on. In between these tantrums, she was charming, delightful and darling, but I am really glad that I am a grandparent instead of a parent. My poor daughter always looked exhausted, distraught and worn to a frazzle. Me? I had fun observing it all, and was glad that at the end of the day, or three days to be exact, I could recuperate in my quiet condo with my husband and look forward to another visit next year. Hooray for grandchildren and for their parents who are responsible for them!

She Deserves a Medal!

By JANICE ZAMSKY Our digestive systems finally having returned to normal after the trauma of Passover matzo (i.e. cement), we snowbirds now face a bigger problem: getting ready for the annual migratory flights back to the North. The condo has to be closed up. Everything must be spotless. The tiniest crumb or morsel of food can be a temptation for tiny guests to gather – uninvited, of course. However, the most daunting task is the packing! This subject has frequently been the butt of comedians’ jokes. Let me tell you, however, packing is no joke! It’s not just a matter of stuffing suitcases so full that they barely zip, but it becomes a big decisionmaking time: what stays and what goes. Ladies, if you are undecided about some outfits or articles, take them. A woman can never have too many clothes or accessories! If the husbands complain, just tell them: “Okay, I won’t take those items. If I need them, I’ll just go out and buy new.” That usually stops the masculine harassment

“What do you want for lunch, Kaitlyn - a hamburger, hot dog, or grilled cheese?” Karen would ask. “I am not hungry.” “O. K., then it is time to go home.” “No, I want a cheeseburger.” “You said that you are not hungry. We are leaving.” Temper tantrum. “On the way out, we passed the water fountain for the children to play in. So Karen asked Kaitlyn, “Do you want to play in the fountain?” “Yes,” she nodded her head. “Let me put you in your bathing suit.” “No, I don’t want to,” Kaitlyn said in a whiney voice, her once smiley face quickly transforming into something menacing, as she was revving up for a full tantrum. “Well, if you want to play in the fountain, you have to wear a bathing suit,” Karen said. Finally, with bathing suit on and sun screened all over like a basted turkey, Kaitlyn was ready for some action. She loved the fountain for all of three minutes as she danced around and around the water, with a great big grin on her face. But then she wanted Mommy

By NORMAN L BLOOM Last month, on April 3rd, my wife and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary. We did it in style. We set aside a full week in our busy schedule and went to the lovely, small, island country of Aruba where one of my two daughters and her family were waiting for us at a fabulous resort. My daughter’s two children are 21 and 17, but to us they are still kids and our first two grandchildren. We love spending time with them. But how did we manage 50 years? We both have always made the effort to make the other happy. It pleases both of us to find or do the little things that our partner relishes.  Something as simple as bringing home the type of cake she prefers for breakfast without being asked, or, in her case, making me a special dish for our Thanksgiving meal each year, although I am the only one who likes it. If we have a secret to our long term marriage, it is probably as

simple as that. But continuing to always be considerate, even when angry, is not a natural reaction for me as it is for Helaine. I had to work at it consciously, and I am sure I did not do it well all the time. To add to my faults, I have always been a multi-tasked person. I am most happy when I have several activities going on at the same time. For instance, I am on the Board of our Building where I have just stepped down as President for the last five years. I am now on the Executive Board of CVEMM and on the Board of Directors of the Reporter, and I am the Treasurer of both of those Boards.  I am on the Board of Directors of COOCVE and I am the Chairman of the Audit Committee. I also write and do volunteer jobs for the Reporter, and I am partners in a condo watching service with 60 clients who have to be visited every other week. Is it any wonder then that my wife loses patience

with me? I call Helaine, “Lanie” and, for good reason, she calls me ForchrisakesNorman.” It seemed that almost every one of our acquaintances who heard of our impending 50th Anniversary told me that, she deserves a medal for putting up with me. So, I searched the internet and found a company that would send me a replica of the gold medal and ribbon, from the Olympics, and I had it engraved as follows: OLYMPIAN SUCCESS HELAINE BLOOM 1ST PLACE GOLD IN SURVIVING 5O YEARS OF NORMAN I presented Helaine with her medal at our Anniversary dinner in Aruba. She is my rock, my one and only, and I could not envision my life without her. I love her with all my heart and soul and I am glad she got a kick out of her medal. I have to agree she deserves it!




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Phyllis’ kitchen By PHYLLIS PISTOLIS Tuna Cheese Green Bean Casserole 1 can tuna – drained 1 can of green beans w/ half the juice 2 slices American cheese Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook on medium heat until cheese is melted. Makes a good low calorie lunch for two. Salad for Two Lettuce 1 cup cottage cheese 1 cup crushed pineapple (w/juice) 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted and cubed Mix all ingredients and enjoy! Lo Cal Potato Casserole 8 small red potatoes, boiled 2/3 cup low fat cottage cheese 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes ¼ cup of skim milk ½ cup chopped green onions or chives Salt and pepper to taste Slice potatoes into a bowl. Combine with cottage cheese, parsley, milk, green onions (or chives), salt and pepper. Put into a greased casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serves two. Spiced Hot Tomato Toddy 1 cup tomato juice Pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon 1 cup unsweetened orange juice In a saucepan combine tomato juice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and add orange juice. Pour into a mug and garnish with an orange slice. Makes two servings and is only 74 calories per serving!

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Fiction The Traveling Soup By ANITA A. CARUSO

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first night of Passover. I am a butternut colored pot, with two brown side handles and brown trim lid. I am filled to the brim with my ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, (who I call â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;?) homemade chicken soup, which is inhabited by loads of sliced organic carrots, celery and her famous delicious knaidels, or if you prefer matzo balls. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m warming up on the electric burner, but not too much, as I am being transported to an unknown destination and I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;? to burn herself in the transition. Here she comes looking beautiful, and all dressed up for the occasion. My lid is being secured with sticky tape spread across in five different directions. Enough already! You can be sure I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be spilling any of my soup. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the car and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being wedged tightly into a deep carton on the back floor. My owner is not taking any chances with this precious cargo. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a towel under me, and another one over me.

Hey! I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going. This drive is taking a while. Wait weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stopped. What, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being carried to another carton in the back of an SUV, towels and all. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re off again, only this is a shorter trip. Here I go again, being carried into a strange house. Oh! Oh! There are two sets of stairs and a landing between them. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this, an electric chair life? How convenient. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being placed, carton and all, on the lift and away I go. This is fun! My tape is being removed. Ah! I can breathe again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;? places me on a burner, and starts the slow business of getting me to the perfect temperature for consumption. The first course is chopped liver and gefilte fish. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;? takes a ladle and proceeds to fill nine soup

bowls with her magic potion and places one knaidel in the middle surrounded by the carrots and celery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hold one without vegetables,â&#x20AC;? she is told. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like vegetables?â&#x20AC;? I thought. I could hear from the kitchen the oohs and aahs about how delicious it was, another success for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majesty.â&#x20AC;? When it was time to leave, my lid was re-taped. I was placed in the carton, only this time I was a little less than half full, and I was placed on the chair lift for the descent to street level. This was the best part of the evening for me. After being placed into the back of the SUV again, we took the short ride back to where our car was. What? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being carried into their house. Why? Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we just go home? Oh, they want some

of the soup. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for you, but now you have to remove my tape again. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting some of their cooked chicken in return. How nice. On with the tape again, and I am being carried to our car and placed in the original carton, no towel over me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late now and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;? is carrying me, hopefully for the last time, into our condo. She wants to replace me with a smaller pot but is too tired to make the transfer. She removes my tape and places me on the top shelf of the refrigerator. I have been transported seven times in one night. I bet a record has been set. I fall asleep cradling the remaining soup till morning where I will have to give it up to a smaller pot. I can hardly wait to see what next year brings.













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1/1 Highrise Units Swansea B Location, Fully Furnished, 1st Fl., Enclosed Patio Durham A Ground Fl., Steps To Pool & Club House, Stall Shower Durham A Tiled Front To Back, Encl. Patio, Fantastic Water View Harwood C Beautiful Water View, Enclosed Florida Room,

$49,900 $45,000 $44,500 $42,850

1/1 Garden Units Westbury G New A/C, Enclosed Tiled Patio,Laminate Floors & Tile$38,000 Tilford C 1/1 Gr. Fl. Nice Water View In Front, All Tiled $35,000 Tilford S Move Right In, Fully Furnished, Newer Appliances $34,900 Farnham L Reduced!! Reduced!! 1st Fl. Totally Updated, Tile $34,900 Tilford M Gr. Fl. Quiet Area, All New 18”Ceramic Tile, New Paint $34,000 Ventnor D Newly Tiled Front To Back, Freshly Painted $24,900 1/1.5 Highrise Units Oakridge A Charming Spotless, Majestic Water View Newport U Totally Renovated, Granite Counter Tops, New Vanities Berkshire A Updated Kitchen, New Cabinets, Newer Appliances Berkshire A Walk To Plaza, Updated Cabinets, Newer Appliances Berkshire A 2nd Floor Tile On Diagonal, New Appliances Newport H Unit Has Stall Shower, Unit Requires Some Work Newport S Beautiful Serene Lake View, Newer Appliances Newport N Water View, Fully Tiled, Ready For Quick Sale Newport N Wonderful Location, Close To Pool & Tennis Courts Westbury F Water View, Tiled, Furnished, Near Pool & Plaza

$69,850 $49,900 $49,900 $49,900 $48,000 $45,900 $44,900 $44,850 $39,000 $79,000

1/1.5 Garden Units Durham H Totally Updated, New Kitchen, New Appliances Swansea B Location, Location, Fully Furnished, 1st Fl. Encl. Patio Farnham J 2nd Fl. With A Lift Installed, Corner Unit, Rentable Farnham I Beautifully Cared For Condo, New Appliances Prescott A Affordable Unit, Needs Some TLC, Newer Appliances Prescott A Affordable Garden Unit, Needs Some TLC, 2 A/C’s Newport L 1st Floor Corner Unit, Totally Redone, Open Kitchen Tilford S Beautiful Little Condo, Home & Garden Type Lyndhurst C It’s All Here, Water View, Encl. Patio, All Tiled Oakridge C Decorators Delight, Gr. Fl., Encl. Patio, Preserve View Newport A Beautiful Condo, Built In Micro, Glass Top Stove Farnham L Great 1st Floor Location, Glass Encl. Patio, Newer A/C Oakridge S Tiled Front To Back, Enclosed Patio, Needs TLC Westbury J Move In Condition, Fully Furnished, 2nd Fl. Corner Upminster F Just Move In, Steps To Pool & Plaza, Lift Installed Westbury C Currently Rentable, New Berber Carpet, Extra Clean Oakridge R Clean & Bright, Ready For Quick Sale, Walk To Pool

$50,000 $49,900 $49,900 $49,900 $34,900 $59,900 $59,900 $59,000 $45,900 $44,900 $39,900 $39,850 $34,900 $34,900 $34,900 $34,900 $34,000

Upminster F Desireable, Bright, Airy 1st Fl. Condo. Furnished Westbury C Rental Bldg., Beautiful Condo, Updated, Newer Appls. Farnham Q Low Priced Gr. Fl. Needs TLC, Unfurnished

$29,900 $29,000 $24,500

2/1.5 Highrise Units Grantham E Newer A/C, Upgraded Bathroom, Roll downs On Patio Swansea B Geometric Tile Floor, Newer A/C, Steps To Plaza Newport Q Totally Furnished, Encl. Patio, Ready To Move In To Ellesmere A Gr. Fl. Enc. Patio, Clean Unit, Golf Course View

$65,000 $59,000 $49,900 $64,900

2/1.5 Garden Unit Newport O Corner, Gr. Fl. Steps To Tennis & Pool, Clean, Bright Tilford N Bright Corner, Water View, Fully Furnished, Rentable Prescott L 1st Fl. Corner, A/C Handler Replaced 5/2009 Farnham G Lovely 1st Fl. Garden, Fully Furnished, Priced To Sell Ventnor M Lift Installed & In Place, Steps To Pool & Tennis Harwood J 2nd Fl. Corner, Bldg. Just Painted, Tiled Patio Farnham Q 1st Fl.Corner, Cherry Wood Flooring, Formica Counters Newport E Gr. Fl. Bright & Airy, Enclosed Florida Room Newport V Tile On Diagonal, Water View, Designer Furniture Ventnor Q Corner, Rentable Bldg. Tile & Laminate, Come See

$55,000 $52,000 $49,900 $54,900 $50,000 $49,900 $49,000 $39,900 $39,000 $59,600

2/2 Highrise Units Lyndhurst J Steps To Pool, Walk To Club House & Buses $174,990 Harwood E “Rare Find” Executive Model, 2X2 Marble Tile $169,900 Oakridge F Totally Renovated, Tile, Open Kitchen With Granite $159,000 Farnham O Upgraded, Water View, Newer Kitchen, Stone Counters $129,850 Grantham C Remodeled, Granite Counters, Brand New Appliances $129,000 Lyndhurst K Corner Private Location, Completely Redone $129,000 Ventnor G Corner, Spacious & Clean, Country Club Living $115,000 Keswick C All White Tile, Pretty Furnishings, Enclosed Patio $ 99,900 Oakridge D Renovated Luxury Condo, Private Preserve View $ 99,850 Oakridge U Location! Location! Best Water View, Encl. Patio $90,000 Oakridge U 1st Floor, Wonderful Water View, Fully Furnished $90,000 Upminster J Reduced, Screened Patio, Golf Course View $89,900 Oakridge F Excellent Location, Fully Furnished, All Tiled $84,700 Ventnor G Corner, Completely Redone, New Kitchen With Window$89,000 Oakridge D Bright, Airy, Nicely Decorated, Beautiful View $87,500 Ventnor G Country Setting Overlooking Golf Course $85,000 Berkshire E Price Reduced For Quick Sale, Water & Golf Views $81,500 Richmond F Priced To Sell, Light, Bright, Airy Condo Encl. Patio $79,850 Ventnor O Great Location, Needs Some TLC $72,500 Ventnor O Wonderful Location, Across From Pool & Tennis $71,500 Oakridge D Move In Condition, Fully Furnished, Preserve View $69,900

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2010 Beautification Contest Winners By SHELLY BASKIN

The eagerly awaited annual beautification contest was announced in January. This year each building interested in entering was asked to submit three to five photos of their landscaping, front and back, to include Florida type plants that require little water from the City; plantings and trees that could flourish mostly on the rainwater received. Each High Rise and Garden building that entered photos was inspected by

a committee of the Nature Club. The best ones chosen were then inspected by a different committee to select first and second place winners. The winners are: High Rise buildings – Ventnor H and Richmond F, tie. Garden buildings – Tilford B, winner, and Markham S, runner up. Each of these buildings will receive a monetary award to be used for their landscaping improvements and a plaque

High Rise Tied for first place Richmond F

AARP Honors Class Coordinator Text by CARI SONDIKE Photo by JOE GRAF AARP of Broward County awarded a service certificate to Teresa Sherwood of the Class Registration Department in the Clubhouse for her important work in scheduling and registering students for the AARP Driver Safety Program. The Driver Safety pro-

gram is given monthly in the Clubhouse and is open to all CVE residents. Teresa’s work in scheduling, registering and collecting fees is vital to this important community service. AARP thanks Teresa for all her hard work. The award was presented by the instructor Cari Sondike.

with the names inscribed, courtesy of the Nature Club. We thank all who entered and appreciate the hard work and pride that went into their effort. After all, the important point is that beautification of the surrounding areas and the enjoyment we receive from the landscaping, wherever it may be in the Village, reminds each of us that there are no losers – only winners.

High Rise Tied for first place Ventnor H

Garden Honorable Mention Markham S

Garden First place Tilford B

Twice as Wonderful Text by CAROL CARDOZO Photo by JOEL WEINGAST

These amazing twins, Ann on the right of Berkshire A, and Bea on left of Cambridge D turn 97 years old on May 7. Both are still smiling every day, shopping for bargains, cooking fried onions, reading books, and loving life. The family feels so fortunate to still have them with us. They have both dealt with many a bumpy road. They have always been strong and independent. My mom and aunt kept busy in their younger

years sewing everything they wore, and probably everything the family wore also. Until they reached 90 they would take the tram to Publix to see each other. Today they rely on my cousin, Joel or myself or my two daughters living nearby. The twins were born in Brooklyn, NY on May 7, 1913. Bea Feiler was married to my wonderful father, Jack for 57 years. Sad to say I am the only surviving child. Bea has eight

Teresa Sherwood being presented award by Cari Sondike

L-R Bea Feiler, Ann Glass

grand-children and 11 great grand-children. Ann Glass was married to Sam Weingast for 22 years, and Abe Glass for 25 years. Ann has 2 children and two grandchildren. The twins still enjoy cooking, but mostly love just hanging out with the family. Their secret to long life is luck, great attitude, and living in a sunny, wonderful place called Century Village.




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Feature Of The Month Against All Odds By SY BLUM, Associate Editor (Editor’s Note: This month ‘Against All Odds’ by Sy Blum, is our Feature of the Month) It is very difficult to find anything positive in the news these days. Unemployment continues to be our Number One problem; the new Health Care law has as many critics as it has supporters, and for my dime, I do not believe anyone really knows how it will work out. Our deficit is well on its way to bankrupting this country. Despite all these negatives, there is one aspect of the American life style that continues to prosper. Of course, I am referring to the unabated popularity of sports attendance. Stadia and other venues, while adversely affected by the economic downturn, still draw respectable crowds. Major league attendance, which is easier to trace, is as popular as ever, despite sometimes obscene ticket prices. In my opinion, the reason is quite simple. In a word it is “escape”: escape from the demoralizing news that dominates the media, escape from the daily hassle to put food on the table, escape from worrying about your job (if you have one.) Hopefully, none of these problems concern the retired residents of our Village. This writer has always been an avid sports fan; growing up in New York City you just had to be to some extent. I, like most every other kid on the block, participated daily in any game that involved a ball. Today, I no longer have favorite teams, instead I revel in watching the sometimes unbelievable feats of major league athletes; be it baseball,

basketball, hockey, etc. Having participated in all these sports as a youngster, I can appreciate how difficult it is to perform at the major league level. So, at least to me, it would naturally follow that you would also be interested in where these super athletes come from and how they got from there to here. Most times it comes down to the law of averages: with millions of kids engaged in athletics, it just follows that there will be some who as a result of natural talent, parental encouragement, etc., would rise above the rest. It has always been thus. However, once in a great while, there appears on the sports horizon an individual whose talents go even above the norm for outstanding athleticism. Akron, Ohio, once the rubber capital of the world has deteriorated into a crimeinfested, worn out, rust belt city. It is a very difficult place to raise a child, especially if that child is an African-American. What follows is, to this writer, a remarkable tale of rising above adversity, hardship, racism and all the rest to become one of the greatest basketball players of this generation, and being only 25 years old, has yet to reach his peak. His name, of course, is LeBron James. Whether this means anything to you or not, his story will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling that is very rare in today’s cockeyed world. Born to an unmarried 16year-old in December of 1984, young LeBron was fortunate to have a doting grandmother

and a decent, albeit ancient home. However, his situation changed drastically, when the grandmother died at the young age of 41 and the home was demolished. What followed was pretty much the litany of the woes of many, destitute, poorly educated, too young, “child mothers” everywhere. Consider that mother and son moved a dozen times from the time he was five until he was eight! In order to make a living his mother Gloria, worked wherever she could find employment, which meant young James was sent to live with various other families during the week, and at various other times. To this day, LeBron James does not know (or probably does not want to know) where she went or what she did, but there was always food on the table. Nevertheless, at one point, young LeBron and his mother were so poor that while in fourth grade he missed one hundred school days because there was no money for bus fare! However, unlike most similar cases, while growing up he was always carefully supervised and watched. He was never allowed to associate with the gangs and hoodlums of the so-called “projects” in the crime-ridden sections of the city. In his book Shooting Stars he recalls lying in bed listening to the almost nightly sounds of sirens and gunshots. Fortunately, he had the ability to put these out of his mind. Young James managed to stay out of trouble by riding his bike all over Akron, but still stayed close to home,

wherever it happened to be, during his formative years. He was most fortunate that the two families he lived with (who had children of their own) were always concerned for his welfare. They had strict rules of behavior and made certain they were lived up to. Also they were sports oriented. And this is where LeBron James’ life really began. He was introduced to basketball at the tender age of nine. What followed is the story of Shooting Stars, a beautifully written book by James himself along with Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitizer Prize-winning author. Being of superior physical size and natural ability, he had little difficulty in learning and excelling in the game of basketball. It so happens that Dru Joyce, Sr., at whose home LeBron lived for a while was also a basketball coach. He decided to form an Amateur Athletic Union team with the nucleus made up of his son, Dru Joyce III, LeBron James, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee. They were known as the Fab Four; later to become the Fab Five when joined by Romeo Travis. This was never just another bunch of kids playing basketball. This team actually lived basketball 24/7. It became a way of life for them. They practiced every day and sometimes all day. As a result, they defeated almost any team they faced, including every team in their age group in the State of Ohio. Then they started traveling in Coach Dru’s ancient van to neighboring states with continuing success. Much of the book describes the action on the court,

which is not pertinent to the message of this column. Suffice to say that they were very successful against all comers and almost won the national championship. The team then became students at the almost all white St. Vincent-St. Mary Catholic School, much to the disgust of the Akron African-American community. To make a long story short, they finally succeeded in winning the National High School Championship. With no more basketball worlds to conquer and with high school behind them, the Shooting Stars disbanded with each going his separate way; most on to college. For LeBron James, who had already become a national standout, his future was clear. Right out of high school he entered the National Basketball Association’s draft and was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for more money than he ever dreamed of. Today, LeBron James is the world’s third highest paid professional athlete; just behind Tiger Woods and David Beckham. He is in so much demand that he has his own marketing company. He is married and at present has two sons. He shields his family from the public as much as possible. Through it all, unlike many other professional athletes, he has never been involved in any questionable conduct. He still loves Akron and contributes much to projects in his home town. The book is dedicated to his mother, Gloria: “To my mother, without whom I would not be where I am today.” Against all odds!




MAY 2010

101 Birthday Celebration

Markham Area Picnic

Text and Photo by BARBARA BROWN


The years quickly roll by and another birthday for Gladys Brown of Berkshire E. This splendid lady has reached her 101st year with a remarkable memory and a wonderful personality. We celebrated her day with a lovely luncheon at Chef Dooly with people from all the Berkshires attending I am looking forward to being with her on her 102nd. She has been an inspiration to me.

Gladys Brown

60th wedding anniversary L-R Solly Huberman preparing a Kosher meal for a guest – Shirley Grauer & Judy Olmstead. Every year the Markham area holds a picnic for its residents and guests. Close to 200 people attended this year’s event held on March 15, 2010 at Quiet Waters Park. The picnic committee included Ossie Rosado, Area Chair, Gloria Olmstead, Secretary, Donna and Millie Dowling, Solly Huberman, Carol and Louie Denzi, William Ranno, and Roland Lacroix. Judy Olmstead was caller

and organizer of the bingo, which was held before lunch was served. Donuts and coffee were available in the morning as the committee set up the tables, microphone, and stereo system. A DJ provided music and many people participated in the dancing. Lunch, consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, and barbequed chicken, was served at 12:30 p.m. with more than enough food for everyone. For the remainder of the afternoon,

everyone socialized, danced and had a wonderful time. Even the weather cooperated with a warm and sunny day. Markham area meetings are held the first Monday of each month in Room G of the Clubhouse and all Markham area residents are encouraged to attend. Ossie Rosado, Area Chair, works hard to keep the area together as a group and is always available to help association presidents.

Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, Marie & Joseph Mariotti of Ventnor D. They were wed on May 6, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY Buona fortuna (Good Luck)

Want To Take A Trip? passport should be gotten for sailing in the Caribbean.

UNITED ORDER OF TRUE SISTERS-From December 13, 2010 to December 18, 2010, on Royal Caribbean’s NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS (6 days/5 nights). Ports, Labadee, Haiti, Ocho Rios. Inside cabins, $349 per person, Category PR inside with window, $389, Outside cabins, $489. Includes: Port charges, all taxes and bus transfers. Insurance not included in the price. Deposit $100 per person, double occupancy. Final payment: 9-2010. An original or Certified Birth Certificate along with a driver’s license is needed to sail. If you need to fly back to the States a valid passport would be mandatory. It is strongly recommend a valid

B’NAI B’RITH -8 Day 7 night Caribbean Cruise aboard the Carnival Glory, December 5, 2010 to December 12, 2010. Ports, Sunday - Miami, Monday – Half Moon Cay, Tuesday – At Sea, Wednesday – St. Thomas, Thursday – San Juan, Friday - Grand Turk, Saturday – At Sea, Sunday – Miami. Inside cabins $630.00. Outside cabins $710.00. Balcony $890.00. Includes: Port charges, service fees and transportation from Century Village. For information contact Dave Polak, 954-420-0096.

L-R John Caliendo, Ozzie Rosado & Don Kaplan enjoying festivities.

Residents and guests enjoying themselves at Quiet Waters Park.

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Allspice By ELLEN KAMHI, PhD RN Allspice is a spice made from the dried fruit before it ripens that grows on the Jamaican Pimento tree. (Pimenta dioica). The leaves, berries and bark from this tall tree that grows in tropical areas are also used for medicinal purposes. The tree is a member of the Myrtacea family, and is kin with Cloves, Eucalyptus and Guava. Allspice is one of the most popular herbs around the world, and tastes exactly as its name states: like a mixture of all spices. Most agree that the unique flavor is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The Bush Doctors in Islands such as Jamaica call the herb pimento or ‘spice’, where it is used not only as a spice, but as a popular folk remedy. There are several categories of pain relieving substances, including anesthetics and analgesics. Anesthetics differs from analgesics; anesthetics produce numbness

by actually blocking pain in nerve fibers, while analgesics helps relieve inflammation. One of the most important medicinal applications of allspice is its use as an herbal analgesic. The oil is often rubbed into the temples for headaches. Bush doctors and traditional healers use it as part of an analgesic joint rub, which is massaged into painful joints and sinews. Many people report lasting relief. It is also mixed with wax or lotion and smoothed on the skin, causing rapid diaphoresis (sweating). This kind of application can break a fever associated with a cold or flu. In addition, native healers prepare an infusion (tea) with allspice and other herbs, to be consumed piping hot. This augments the ‘SPICE’ treatment, promoting rapid diaphoresis and detoxification via the skin. The oil contained in allspice is often used as an oral anesthetic. When placed

anywhere in the mouth, allspice will quickly produce numbing relief from toothaches, mouth, or gum pains. You can reapply to the afflicted area as needed. The active numbing ingredient is Eugenol, found in Allspice berries at a concentration of 95%! Many over- the-counter and oral preparations used in Dentistry today still contain Eugenol. Eugenol is a phenolic volatile oil with powerful antiseptic properties. It has been demonstrated to be antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral on a host of pathological microorganisms. These qualities have helped Allspice to continue to be useful in modern day dentistry. It numbs pain and kills microbes simultaneously...PERFECT! Many of the “Roots doctors” in tropical areas, use pimento in an herbal ‘Bush bath’. A large outdoor tub is usually filled to capacity with the herbs, and hot water is

added. A person then soaks in the tub, now filled with a powerful infusion. These baths have been demonstrated to be therapeutic for myalgia, arthralgia, fatigue, and chronic skin ailments, eczema and external infestations of lice and scabies. The volatile oils inhaled while bathing are antiseptic for the lungs and bronchi, and help in loosening and coughing up congestion. Even if you are not in the bush, a patient with upper respiratory afflictions can benefit greatly by making a ‘steam tent’ and adding volatile oils to it. The use of allspice for dysentery and parasites highlights another important use of the plant, due to the presence of antimicrobial substances in the plant as well as large amounts of tannins, which act as an astringent, absorbing extra fluid from the bowels. There is a commercially available liqueur, called

Pimento dram, made from allspice, which some people use for headaches and stomach distress. Its reputation as a carminative (intestinal gas-reducing medicine, reducing gripe or colic) and as a smooth muscle relaxant may indicate why allspice is also used for dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps). So, the next time you need an ALL PURPOSE remedy, reach for the Jamaican ALLSPICE. You’ll find it, as you reach into The Natural Medicine Chest. Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, The Natural Nurse®, can be heard on radio daily. She is the author of several books, including THE NATURAL MEDICINE CHEST. Dr. Kamhi has been involved in natural health care for over four decades. She answers consumer questions at www., and has a private practice. 800-829-0918




Active CVE Republican Club New and regular members call for updated meeting information. Call or fax Ron Goldfarb at 954-5965198. American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) Freedom Chapter of Deerfield Beach meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. in Temple Beth Israel. For further information call Rose Trugman 954428-6627 or Rose Vaupen 954-4262392. AMIT (Americans for Israel and Torah) meets second Monday of every month at Young Israel Synagogue at 12:30p.m. For information call Norma 954-428-2386. Art Club of CVE meetings are held on the second Friday of each month (November thru April), from 10 a.m. to noon in Clubhouse Room GP-A. Membership is $15. Come see our interesting programs; join our trips & exhibitions; look up our web site at http://artclubofcve. Artists and non-artists are welcome. For information call Claudette Roberge, President (November 2009 through April 2010) at 954-428-1005.

Ballroom Dance Club meets every Thursday in the Exercise Room at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at no charge. Singles and couples welcome. For information, call Ernie Feder 954418-8895. B’nai B’rith Unit #2995 for Men and Women. The following is a schedule of membership meetings for the year 2010. Membership meetings, September 23, 2010 6:30 p.m., October 21, 2010 6:30 p.m., November 18, 2010 6:30 p.m., December 23, 2010 6:30 p.m. Board meetings for the year 2010 are as follows: September 12, 2010 10:00 a.m., October 10, 2010 10:00 a.m. November 14, 2010 10:00 a.m., December 12, 2010 10:00 a.m. All meetings will be held in the Activity Center and includes board and membership. For further information contact Dave Polak 954-420-0096. Bible Study Group meets every Thursday in the clubhouse from 1 - 3 p.m. Study the old and new testaments. All welcome. For further information, call Roslyn Nehls at 954-698-6184. Billiard Club of CVE If you are interested in joining, call Martin Feldman 954-419-9477 for further information.

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Bowling Club of CVE meets every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Strikes of Boca (formerly Boca Bowl), Town Center Rd and Military Trail. All welcome. Come join us and have fun. For information, call Nelson at 561-865-3864. Broward Council of Na’Amat USA (formerly Pioneer Women) meets fourth Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Na’Amat Council office, 1721 N. State Road 7, Suite H, Margate. For information, call 954327-0770. Broward Homebound Program your donations will enable elderly and disabled residents to live independently at home with dignity. For further information, call Sharon Ross at 954-786-2484. Calling All Lois’s-The Lois Club is a group of women with their first name in common, who meet for lunch four or five times a year. There are 30 states that have Lois Clubs, the first chapter started in 1979. The club has a Lois song and a Lois Club Convention every year. Now, a Lois from Connecticut has come here to Deerfield to start her own Lois Club and welcomes all named Lois to join. For information call 954-425-6922. Cameo Drama Club meetings take place the first and third Tuesday of the month in Room G. If interested call 954-570-8884. Canadian Club of CVE. The Canadian Club of CVE was formed in 1976 through the efforts of Harry Arnold and Mike Marmer of Toronto, as a social club for Canadian winter residents of CVE. Its objective was to foster pride in our national heritage and to promote goodwill toward our host American neighbors. The Club also takes steps to promote and enjoy together various social activities as decided by its executive and membership. The club also has as its mandate the investigation of problems and/or situations peculiar to Canadians while domiciled in CVE and to seek possible solutions for these problems and/or situations. The major benefits of joining the Canadian Club of CVE is the friendship and camaraderie that develops through inter-action with fellow Canadians. Enjoy meetings, entertainment and outings especially designed with Canadians in mind. Many of these friendships endure from year to year, not only

here in Florida, but back home in Canada. Membership is only $5 per person for the year FOR RESIDENTS OF CVE. The first regular meeting for 2010-2011 will be on the 2nd Thursday in December. For more information, check the website at Catholic Social Club Catholic Mass Team meets every Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in Le Club Activity Room A, open to all denominations. Catholic Social Club Catholic Mass Team and Choir meet every Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Mass begins at 6:15 p.m. every Saturday, same room. Monsignor James, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church, is our Celebrant. For further information, call Mary Ann Braun at 954-571-2266.

Center for Group Counseling’s SAGES (Senior Adult Group Experiences) meets at the Clubhouse Room D, Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to share thoughts, feelings and concerns in a private confidential setting. It is open to everyone and is free of charge. For Information call Paul Greenwald, Ph.D. 954-483-5300. Century Camera Club meets the first & third Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. in Room F, at Clubhouse. Demonstrations, lectures, competitions, instructions, exhibits, shows and field trips are planned. All who are interested in photography are invited. For information call Jerry Raines 954 427 6785. Century Juniors Club of CVE. Active, couples only, social club meets at 7 p.m. second Thursday of each month in Clubhouse, Room N, accepting new members. For information call Harriet at 954426-3008. Choraleers CVE produced and directed by Bill Weinhaus, meets every Wednesday, 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse Party Room. We rehearse for a once a year concert in our theater. If you enjoy singing join us. For information, call Solly Huberman, President 954-4261379. City University of New York (CUNY) Alumni Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Room G in the Clubhouse. All CUNY graduates and their spouses are welcome. There will be no meeting during the summer. The next meeting will be held in November, 2010.. We have interesting programs and field trips.

For information, call Norma 954480-8938, Rosalie 954-427-1593. Clubhouse Bingo every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the party room. It is new and exciting and lots of fun. Only dabbers are used, no more chips. A six pack sells for $3, the Early Bird and Bingo Special $1. The Early Bird and Bingo Players Special each pay $75. Bingo will be played all year. For more information call David 954-428-2849.

Cornerstone Community Baptist Church, Pastor Bret M. Lovitz, Worship Services 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Wednesday Service 7 p.m., CCBC Youth Group 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., For information call 954-421-2530 CVE CAMERA CLUB- Bob Mulligan and Myra Mahl can be contacted for further information about this club. No phone number has been given. CVE Duplicate Bridge Club. Games Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse, Card Room B. For information, call Irving Ruga at 954-698-9741. CVE FISHING CLUB-Salt & Fresh water fishing. Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse, Room C 1st floor. For more information call Lucy Mel 954-684-6881. CVE Interfaith Prayer hotline: 954-571-1763 continuing the work of the late Geri Hope has Catholic and Jewish residents praying in their own homes from the same prayer list page. Call the Prayer line at any time to request prayer for yourself or others. Requests may be anonymous. Just state the specific need, with the name or initials of the person needing prayer. Miracles still happen. For information call Mary Anne Surrette at 954-734-0095. CVE Magic Club Monday, 2 p.m., discussions Magic Learning, speakers, discuss magic, conventions, demonstrations. For information call 954-698-9334. CVE Mandolin Orchestra now meets every Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Clubhouse General Purpose Room. Musicians who can play cello, viola or clarinet are invited. For further information, call Vincent Zappi at 954-4281794.

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CVE Sewing Club meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Sewing Room. For further information, call Rita at 954-5711645 CVE Shuffleboard Club meets first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse in Room A located on the second floor of the Clubhouse. Membership of $7 entitles you to free coffee and donuts, free lessons, use of club equipment, open play all season and social events. The first meeting of the 2010-2011 season will be held on Friday, December 3rd. Call Secretary Shelia Guernard at 504-231-2333 or E-mail Larry Norris at CVE String Chamber Group is open to capable musicians. Come and get a musical workout year round on Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the mezzanine (3rd floor of clubhouse) music library office next to elevator. For information call Blanche 954-4264513. CVE Symphony Guild supports our Symphony Orchestra. We are urging you to participate in their fundraising efforts. Meet the Board of the CVE Symphony Orchestra Guild at their meeting open to the public. You will be

rewarded with a wonderful musical program. Details of these fundraisers can be found in the flyer in the staff office or in the guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column in this REPORTER or on channel 99. Become a member of the GUILD. Support your orchestra! For further information contact President Bea Guccione, 954-426-3540. For membership in the Guild phone Kitty Cole, 954-360-7956. CVE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-Our 65 member orchestra practices on Sunday mornings during the season. We perform one concert each month from December through March including professional soloists. We are looking to add more 2nd violinists. If you are an experienced string player and would like to join us, please call Mary Ellen at 561295-5645. Mark your calendar for these concerts, December 8, 2009, January 19, 2010, February 23, 2010, March 23, 2010.

CVE Volleyball Club meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. and beyond, next to tennis court. Play started Monday, November 9, 2009 and will continue during the season. All invited. Contact Max Amichai Heppner 954-903-0567. E- mail:

Dance With Us for Folk and Line Dancing meets on Tuesday from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health Club. No Charge. For information call Gloria 954-480-6474 or Jerry 954-698-9240. Deerfield Beach Computer Club meets every Friday, except holidays, at Westside Park, 445 SW 2nd Street, which is off W. Hillsboro Blvd and M.L. King Blvd from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information call Barry Cowen at 954-725-9331, Gerry Gerstenberg at 954 941-6689 or Roy at 954-429-9472. Deerfield Beach Democratic Club meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., at the Activity Center. Stimulating political discussions. All invited. Refreshments served. For information: call Bernie Parness, President at 954415-5658. Deerfield Progressive Forum meets Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, in Le Club for lecture/discussion sessions on political, economic and social issues. For information call Roz Bloom 954-428-1598. Deer-Raton Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Bread Co. 296 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach. For





information call George Gsegnet 954419-9647.

District 65 U.A.W. (formerly South Florida Retirees) meets every third month on the third Tuesday of the month, 12 noon, at the Activity Center. Updated reports will be made on the 65 Security Plan. Please attend and bring new members. For further information, call Pearl Hill 954-421-7776. District Council 37 Retirees: Next meeting held at Temple Anshei Shalom, 7099 Atlantic Ave., Delray, 33436. For information call Chairman Vincent Socci at 561451-3643. Egyptology Club meets for group study, discussion and videos every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in General Purpose Room C. Future meetings will concentrate on the history, culture and art of Ancient Egypt. The club will continue with the video lectures by Dr. Bob Brier. For further information, call Golda 954-360-7377. Emunah of America meets third Wednesday every month at 12 noon in the Young Israel Synagogue in Century Plaza. Light lunch and interesting program. All cordially welcome. For information about this chapter call Ina




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Ciocca at 954-360-0740, Selma at 954-427-8674 or Pearl at 954-4260189. Friends of Deerfield Beach Arboretum 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Free tour of the Arboretum every Friday 10 a.m. and first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Seminars held at 7 p.m. in recreation room of Constitution Park. All seminars followed with an auction featuring plants, herbs and trees from our nursery. Refreshments served. All invited. Volunteers needed to help spread mulch, weed and participate in planting activities. For further information, call 954-480-4494. Hadassah Deerfield Beach meets monthly on the third Monday at noon at Activity Room B at the rear of LeClub. Use bus No. 5. Interesting programs. Final meeting of the season will be held on Monday, May 17, 2010 for installation of officers. For information, call Minerva Katz, 954-427-9902 or Adele at 954 427-4970. Hebrew Speaking Circle is formed to meet in the Clubhouse. For information, call Dr. Lee Lubin 954-428-8642. Hispanic Club meets at the Clubhouse every second Sunday of each month in Music Room A from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Come and meet new friends and help us plan club activities. For information call Judith Smith at 954-427-8248. Humanist of the Gold Coast meets at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. Exact date to be advised in future issue. For information contact Dr. Robert Griffin 954-426-5021. Italian American Club, your heritage, meets the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse Party Room. Join us for fun. Some of our functions: Pizza Parties, Picnics (the Italian Way), Trips, Lunch/Dinner Theatre, Guest Speakers and more. Contacts all year: Lena Radicella 954-428-2184, Lucille Carlucci 954421-2406 and Toni Ponto 954-4280286. JOIN, JOIN, JOIN. Jelly Belly Dancers TroupeMeets Wednesdays 6 p.m. in Health Club. Members are required to perform year round at various dance events. For more information call Sandy 954-421-2541. Jet Setters, CVE’s new club for widows, widowers and singles. Plans for various day trips will be discussed and members will be able to sign up for these events. For information call Lila 954-596-9949 or Sandi, 954-725-5895. Jewish War Veterans Post and Auxiliary 265 meets the 3rd Sunday

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of the month in the Activity Room C behind LeClub at 10:30 a.m. Show your support of our troops by joining and getting involved in our numerous programs benefitting our armed forces. Dates are May 16, June 20 (last meeting of the season). Installation of officers will be on Sunday, April 18, 2010. We need more JWV of Korea and Vietnam wars. Meetings start again September 19, 2010. For information call Kitty Cole 954-360-7956, Shirley Goldstein 954-480-8716 or Mickie Maurer 954-570-6342. Knitting Club of CVE meets every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sewing Room at the Clubhouse. We welcome beginners and experienced knitters and crotchetiers. If you have an “Itch to Stitch” come and have fun and make someone happy. Call Florence 954-698-9421. L’Alliance Francophone CVE. Join more than 800 French-speaking residents of the Village, mostly snowbirds from Canada. The association was established in 1995, offering great activities. For information, call Yvan Sinotte 954-425-4355 or Pierrette Pelletier 954-426-6132.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) meets the fourth Wednesday monthly at John Knox Village at 1 p.m. We are interested in protecting our federal pensions, COLAS and other entitlements. For further information and transportation, call Rita Daniels 954-428-9022. National Council of Jewish Women. Meetings are held at the Clubhouse, Room N, at 12 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, October through April. All welcome, non sectarian. Call Rhoda Bill 954-428-7606 or Sylvia 954421-8870 for further information. Nature Club will meet the third Friday of every month from November to April in Clubhouse Room A at 10 a.m. A different speaker is at each meeting and several trips each year are enjoyed by the members. These trips are to a variety of nature sites. For information call Shelly Baskin, 954-428-0634.

Newbies Come and meet new people interested in social activiL’Alliance Francophone of CVE. ties, dinners and trips. We meet the Si vous parlez Français, joignezst vous aux 800 personnes déjà mem- 1 Tuesday of the month from November to April, Room F, 7 p.m. bres de notre association. Nous avons de nombreuses activitès tres For information, call Virginia at diversifièès a vous proposer. Pour 954-426-9455 or Beverly at 954toute information appeler Yvan 428-3705. Sinotte 954-425-4355 ou Pierrette Pelletier 954-426-6132.

Lapidary Club members only, work every Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Lapidary Room. Supervisor must be present. Sessions will be added as needed. For information call Walter Reich 954-421-6875 or Victor Goldring 954-418-2174. Lets Talk meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse, Room N. Discussions, Daytrips, films will be topics of the day. For further information call Gladys 954-421-9232, Irene 954-418-9156, Shirley 954-4270951.

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group an affiliate of the American Heart Association, meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Snacks will be served. Open to all cardiac patients and their families in the community. Located at 7300 Del Prado Circle South, Boca Raton. For information call 561-392-3000. Mr. & Mrs. Club Come and meet new friends and socialize. Ages 55-73. Monthly activities are being planned. For information, call Buddy at 954-427-7407. Na’Amat USA For further information, contact Marjorie Moidel at 954-970-8609.

New Covenant Church Celebration Service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Service and Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. For further information, call 954-781-3170. New Horizons Church of Deerfield Worship Service 10 a.m., Sunday School 10:30a.m .For information call church 954-4273045. New York Transit Retirees of Florida meets the second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Centura Park Clubhouse, 2395 N. W. 36th Ave. Coconut Creek. Keep informed of your pensions and medical benefits. For information, call 561-479-2149.

North East Focal Senior Center: Adult Day Care service, Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m .for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer or memory loss. Contact Mary Jo Bodnick, Case Manager at 954-4804463. Ballroom Dance lessons every Tuesday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., “Hot Topic” discussions every Tuesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Open Water Color Painting class every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Laura Newman at 954-480-4447.Silver Sneakers class by Humana first Thursday monthly from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Beginner Computer lessons offered one-on-one at $40 for six one-hour lessons. Contact Laura Newman 954-480-4447 for appoint-

ment. Vision Impaired Support group every Wednesday 12 noon to 1 p.m. Tai Chi every Thursday, 12 noon to 1 p.m.; Arm Chair Fitness every Friday, 12 noon to 12:30 p.m,; Stretching/Yoga Lite every Monday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Line Dancing ($4 donation) for beginners/ intermediates every Friday 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers required to demonstrate and assist in Floral Arrangements. Contact Claire Riccardi 954-480-4447. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 5201 N. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, Fl. Services Monday to Friday, 9 a.m., Saturday Vigil 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. by Monsignor James Parappally, Pastor. For further information, call 954-421-3246.

Parent & Adult Children Club meets the first Sunday of the month, Room F. This is a Social Club. Learn nutrition tips, exercise tips, meet new people, outings. The parent and adult child must come to the meetings together. If one does not live in the Village invite them to attend the meeting with you. For further information call Linda 954-725-3762. Philadelphian’s and Neighbors Club meets October through March. Entertainment at every meeting. Greet old and new friends. For information call Selma Edelman, 954-708-7799 or Irene Axelrod 954-418-9156.. Philosophy of CVE meetings are held the first and third Monday of every month beginning on November 2 in Room A from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings will consist of lectures and discussions. Possible topics will include history, the arts, music, humor, politics, science and other cultural themes. For details call Dr. Jerry Saxon 954-428.9381. Poetry Lovers meet every Monday 2 to 3:30 p.m. We read poetry, whick leads to the discussion of politics, religion, The meaning of Life and so on. Wise Up! Come, share and enjoy For further information call 954-5717148 or 954-571-7148. Pythian Sisters, Bright Star Temple #36 meets first and third Tuesday of every month at noon in the Activity Center, Room B. Interesting meetings. Refreshments will be served. Become a member. For information call Ruth Goldberg 954-427-5226 or Irene Greenberg 954-426-0628. Red Hatters Club, JCP Red Hatters meet the second Wednesday of each month in the clubhouse. Monthly outings planned. Requirement for membership is a Red Hat and Purple Dress, Blouse, Pants etc. must be worn on outings.

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For more information phone Josephine Privitera at 954-425-7026. Russian Club will be meeting every third Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the home of Galina Baraz, 2064 Ventnor P. For further information, contact Galina at 954-4283870. Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, Pastor Rev. Bryan Dalton, Daily Masses 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 7 p.m., Saturday morning Vigil Masses 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., Sunday Masses 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 6 p.m., Confessions Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., For information call church 954-427-2225. Scrabbleers meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room C at Clubhouse. All scrabble players welcome. Bring set if possible. For information, call R. Levin 954-427-4092. Selma’s Jewish Discussion Group meets first and third Wednesday of each month at Clubhouse, Room F at 10:30 a.m. All denominations welcome. For further information, call Pearl Keiler at 954-421-8719. Senior Volleyball for men and women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Volleyball Court, next to the main tennis courts back of the Clubhouse. Everyone who attends plays. Call Max Amichai Heppner 954-596-0484, E-mail: Sisterhood of Young Israel of Deerfield Beach meets at the Synagogue the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. There will be no meetings during the summer. Gift Shop now open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Everyone welcome. For further information call Helen Hagler 954-360-9939 or Tobi Kleiman 954-725-3776.

the club for you. We are a club that enjoys going to shows, museums, nature outings and more. We dine at local restaurants for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Our meetings are held the second Monday of the month in the clubhouse at 7 p.m., room G. For more information, please call, Frieda 954-429-1750 or Sheila 954725-1521.

SOCO (Symposium of Concerned Owners) meets the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Clubhouse. In-depth lectures and discussions with guest speakers. For information, call Jeff Chester at 954-429-9285. Soft Ball Players now forming Century Village teams. No age limitations. Call Ed Obeid at 954421-2228. South Florida Gold Coast Chapter of Myasthenia Gravis support group meets on the second Saturday each month at 1 p.m. at the North Broward Medical Center, I-95 and Sample Road. For information call Gladys or Evelyn 954-429-0455. South Florida Harmonica Club-Do you play the harmonica? Would you like to play in an active harmonica group? We are a performing harmonica club, often playing gigs. Our audience tells us that we are their best entertainment. We meet at the North West Focal Point Senior Center on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. The center is located at 6009 N.W. 10th Street in Margate, Fl. 33063. Please call Sam at 954421-5792 or Bea at 954-426-3540. Stained Glass Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month until April at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse Stained Glass room. For further information, call Harry Liner at 954-426-4853.

Stamp and Coin Club meets every 4th Thursday at 12 noon to Sisterhood of Temple Beth 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse, Room Israel meets on the second Thurs- C on the 1st floor. Residents and day of each month at 11:30 am. A guests are invited to have their mini lunch is served followed by stamps and coins there to sell, an interesting program. For further buy & trade. For more informainformation call the Temple office tion call Rafael Vance 954-421at 954-421-7060 . 8579. Sixty-five Social Club acceptStock Market Discussion ing new members couples only, Club meets the first and third one of who must be 70 or under. Monday each month at 10 a.m. For information, call Lillian Jaffe Room N. Exchange informaat 954-360-2941. tion about stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s and bonds. No fee inSocial Single If you are 70 volved. For further information years old or younger and feeling call Janine 954-428-2303 or young at heart, Social Singles is Hortense 954-429-1604.

Talking Book Club the JBL Library, in conjunction with the Low Vision Group in CVE is forming a monthly Talking Book Club. Each participant will receive the same audio book. A representative for the JBI Library will facilitate the book discussion once a month. The group will meet the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am. For information call Janine Pitch 954-428-2303 or Hortie Lawrence 954-429-1604. Tai-Chi. The class will be on Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Exercise Room at Clubhouse with instructor, Terry. Come join our class and get rid of stress




United Federation of Teachers/Retired Teachers Chapter Meetings at Temple Anshei Shalom, W. Atlantic Ave. West of Jog, Delray. For further information, call Hilda Cohen 954-428-6805. United Club No. 7 (Retirees of ILGWU & ACTWU) meets on the first Thursday or first Saturday of each month in the Clubhouse, Room N at 1 p.m. For information, call Bea Jacobs at 954 4270665.

United Order True Sisters. Meeting May 25th, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Will be held in Temple Beth Israel (ConRoom N, lower level Clubhouse, servative, Egalitarian) Services near Billiard Room. National Friday evening 7:30 p.m. with President of United Order True Oneg Shabbat. Saturday mornSisters will install incoming slate ing 9 a.m. to noon with Kiddush. of Officers for year 2010/11. Also Minyon Monday and Thursday donations will be made to two 8:30 a.m. Library Monday thru worthy Community Organizations. Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for all Village Residents. Ongoing All welcome. For information book sale, closed during July and contact President Frieda Weiss, August. Call Temple office for 954-419-9143 or Betty Swinkin, more information, 954-421-7060. Membership Chairperson, 954An Ice Cream Social for Mother’s 570-9526. Day will be held on May 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. Services for Shavuot Visionally Impaired Persons will be held on May 19 & 20. The (VIP) meet the first Wednesday Yizkor service will take place on May 20. For information, call the monthly in Room E at 10:30 office at 954-421-7060. a.m. We exchange information and have guest speakers. We also Temple B’nai Shalom (Rehave a book club and plan trips to form) Services are conducted seminars. All are welcome Conevery Friday at 8 p.m. at Le Club tact Rose Shanhan 954-427-1399 by Rabbi Alton M. Winters and or Elaine Bill 954-421-4652. Cantor, Gary Sherman. Oneg Shabbat follows services every week. For additional information call William Schmier 954 4288231. The Auxiliary meets the fourth Monday of every month at 10 a.m. For information call Julia Bale 954-427-6669 or Bea Rosner 954-360-7760.

Waves (Navy Gals) Meets every month on the first Saturday at 12 noon at the Olive Garden on Federal Highway in Ft. Lauderdale. For further information, call Eunice Westin at 954-427-7119.

The Theosophical Society of Deerfield located at 831 SE 9th Street, phone number 954-4200908 offers a free Sunday Speaker’s Forum every week from 3:30 to 5 p.m. In addition we have many interesting classes during the day and evenings, also without charge. To obtain a free quarterly bulletin call the lodge at the above number or Lillian Mayer, a CVE resident for more information about specific classes we offer at 954-360-7080.

We Care of CVE still available for supplies (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.) only. Contact Barbara Brown at 954-574-9675.

The Village Vagabonds Jazz band plays Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 in the Music Room A from November until April. For information, call Ted at 954-428-0578.

Workmen’s Circle, Branch 1051 meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday at South County Civic Center on Jog Rd. or information call, Miriam Guz 561-495-7378.

Women Marines Association membership is open to women who serve or have served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Marine Reserves. Many people are not aware of our existence. For information, call Ruth Beisner at 954-428-1637.




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The Sporting Life CVE Shuffleboard Social Club By HARRY KILFOYLE The fourth and final meeting of the 2009-2010 Season was held at the CVE Clubhouse with 16 members present. Treasurer Shelia Guenard reported the petty cash balance was $42.33. She also reported a bank balance of $633.88. The Treasurer’s report was accepted by the membership. The 2010-2011 executive

board will consist of President, Larry Norris, VicePresident, Dick Stewart, Treasurer, Shelia Guenard, Secretary, Harry Kilfoyle and Directors Branko Jovanovich, Alan Brigell and Frank DiLimbo. It was decided by majority vote to present next year’s shuffleboard champions with a certificate and a gift card valued at $40 for

first place, $30 for second place and $20 for third place. Competitive play in the 2010-2011 season will begin Jan.3 rd and end March 16th with a playoff featuring the top four players. Members of the public are invited to witness this United States Shuffleboard Super Wednesday playoff. A 50-50 draw winner will be announced and a cookout will serve hot dogs and drinks. Members can begin pre-competitive play in November and December prior to the 2011 season. The Clubhouse will be open in the mornings with members available for instruction and to answer questions about the 2010-2011 Season. The membership approved a membership fee of $7, a $2 increase over the 2009-2010 Season. The extra revenue will be used to promote a series of social events including jamborees

and open house events on non-competitive days. The first meeting of the

2011 season will be held on Sunday, Jan. 2 nd in Room A in the Clubhouse.

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Physical Fitness Text & Photos by SID BIRNS Have you ever heard the question asked of you....”now that you are retired, what do you do all day?” Most people will say, I don’t know exactly, but the day sure flies. Then when looking at the question a bit more closely, they might say, well, I have doctors’ appointments, do a little shopping, and attend a couple of classes at the Clubhouse. I never really gave it much thought, but the days go by real fast.  The key words here are...”the days really fly by.”   And, we seem to be busier now than when we were working. How does that happen? We all have the same problem.  I am involved in so many different projects, that I lose track of the days, and sometimes the weeks.

So, I decided to check it out with other CVE village residents. I roamed the Clubhouse, looked in at the gym room with all its modern day torture machines and then I checked the weight machine room. Then I looked into the aerobics room with ladies doing whatever it takes to stay in shape. Just about everyone here in the village is doing some kind of physical activity to keep their body supple and in shape. The only problem is that when I bend down, I hear ‘snap, crackle and pop and then I hear myself say out loud, oh my aching back.’  Well, so much for staying loose and supple. So, I decided to hit the walkway around the Vil-

lage....what did I see? I saw power walkers, some even on in-line roller skates, a couple of bike riders and then the just plain group talking walkers. Then finally, I checked out the pools....and let me tell ya, there are a bunch of true sun worshippers here... some so dark, you’re not sure if they are African Americans or native Indians. Six p.m. rolls around and the halls at the Clubhouse are quiet, all the activity rooms are quiet, so where are all the Village people.... home of course, having a ‘lite dinner of rabbit food’ all in the name of keeping one’s figure, just like when you were eighteen, right?

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The Routine By PAULINE MIZRACH One more day, I board the minibus at the Clubhouse in Century Village where I live. I look around for an empty seat near a window in a quiet space. I smile at familiar residents; my awareness has kicked in today. It’s my Reality World. “How are you doing?” More people are waiting at the next local stop as we ride through Century Village, the up and down signs. The driver picks up more passengers and their walking carts, placing the carts in front as we move along. “What’s going on today?” I ask one of the familiar talkers close by; my usual routine in the morning. The talkers are seated close to each other. I listen carefully, pay attention, converse, smile, nod or wave to others. Usually there is talking, laughing, giggling and more interaction among talkers as we go on. We talk about shopping for sales at various places at the Deerfield Mall: Dollar Tree Store, Target - open, spontaneous talk. The talkers discuss restaurants, doctor’s appointments, children and families over and over, their problems, changes in Century Village, complaints, people who have moved away to other facilities recently, or have passed on. Some use their cell-phones on the bus, talking loudly, so I am aware of their personal problems. Today, I feel tolerant as I smile and nod as we drive through the familiar paths up hill and down, around in Century Village. Laughter has the feeling of happiness from an outside view. It signals acceptance from a group riding on the minibus. The social interaction with others, interactions between different people in closed spaces, and some friendly, positive laughter may be contagious; may change your mood and can be positive feedback. It says you are not alone, as you cope with your daily routine and situations. Laughter, smiling and giggling can be catching as we ride on the bus. They can be good coping mechanisms to deal with some of the ups and downs,

and angry or sad situations in our day. Let the Good Times Roll On: The recovery programs and classes, which get you out of your condo! Norman Cousins, who suffered from arthritis, developed a recovery program. He used Vitamin C along with positive attitude, love, faith, hope and laughter induced by the Marx Brothers’ films. “I made the joyous discovery that ten genuine belly laughs had an anesthetic effect and gave me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.” He (Norman Cousins) reported

his experiences in several of his books My personal idea concerning laughter is let the good times roll again as I slowly step on the bus to shop. I pick and choose my way, selectively smile, nod and engage in some social conversation as we ride along. I listen and am aware of the new sales at the Dollar Tree Store, Publix, Target and Walgreen Pharmacy at the Deerfield Mall. I hope to get involved in casual conversation, smile and nod. I hope to stay in the flow. I am peaceful and relaxed

as I step off the bus at Publix. I check my credit card and picture ID card; pick

and choose my laughter. I’m getting out of my condo, just for today.











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I’m Just Askin’ By LEN WITHAM

There is a line in the movie Who Shot Liberty Valence that states “If the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And that’s just what has happened throughout history. There is a lot of information that we were told was fact that turns out to be just bull. So I’m just askin’ if you are aware of the following… Doubleday thrown out – Abner Doubleday did not invent the American pastime of baseball. A plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame gives this honor to draftsman and bank teller Alexander Joy Cartwright. Shocking truth about Ben – Ben Franklin did not discover electricity in 1752. It was already known by this time. The fact is Ben was just trying to prove the electric nature of lightening. He did and the lightening rod was created. Godless pledge – Our pledge of allegiance was written in 1892 by Minister Francis Bellomy and did not include the term “under God.” It was added to the pledge in 1954 at the request of President Eisenhower as

an in your face to the godless commies. So all far-right folks whose heads explode every time it seems the words will be taken out to make it more inclusive for American Hindus, Buddhists, atheists et al – now you know it wasn’t there to begin with. No Napoleon complex – Apparently Bonapart was of average height (about 5’7”) for his era. The confusion started with the fact that the French inch and the British inch were not the same during his time. Obviously the French was longer. Added to this, the emperor was usually painted while surrounded by his royal bodyguards who had to be exceptionally tall to be chosen for this honor. Marie didn’t tell them to eat it – The “let them eat cake” quote attributed to Marie Antoinette when told the poor of Paris were starving is false. The quote was merely attributed to a princess by writer Jean Jacques Rousseau. He wrote this in 1766 when Marie was only 11 years old, and not a queen. Burned up about witches – Although town fathers in

Salem, Massachusetts had an attitude about so-called witches, none were ever burned at the stake. All of these poor souls were hanged – except one who was crushed to death. Isn’t it amazing what some people do in the name of good citizenship? Founding fathers were spin doctors – Our founding fathers did not really believe that “all men are created equal.” Many of them owned a great number of slaves and many wanted only men who owned land to get the vote. And if you think “all men” meant humankind, consider that women had very few legal rights and were pretty much servants to their husbands. Columbus overly hyped – Chris did not prove the world was round. By 1350, most learned men and mariners knew the earth was a globe. There has also been recent evidence that the Vikings landed in the new world centuries before old Chris. However, his was the more important voyage because it started trade between the Americas and Europe, and of

course the genocide of the Native American population. Nero no fiddler – Beyond the fact that the violin was not invented, Nero was 30 miles away in his Antium Villa when the great fire broke out in Rome. He hurried back to conduct efforts to put out the blaze and ordered that food and shelter be provided to the poor survivors. That being said, he was still a wackjob and cruel leader even for his bloody times. CVE not founded by Wasps – By the sound of our

street names you’d think that CVE was founded by Lord Grantham Prescott and his wife Lady Ashby Lyndhurst. However, I have it on good authority that most of the founders and original residents were Jewish. So does anybody know how this happened? Was it a joke and inyour-face to the fancy gated communities? If you know the basis of our street names, please send a letter to the editor because I’d love to know. I still feel that I should be living in Goldstein E.

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The Sweetest Gift By BETTY SCHWARTZ, Assistant to the Editor The month of May, which gives us Mother’s Day, usually means the giving of gifts. The sweetest gift of all, in my estimation, is a box of chocolates. Every year when I receive my box of chocolates either from a local specialty shop or from another city which boasts a famous chocolate shop, I say “this is the best,” because I feel that it can’t get any better. And every year it does get better. It must be obvious that I am a confirmed chocoholic; I must have my fix every day. Now that the health mavens report how healthful having a piece of chocolate is everyday, I feel quite justified in indulging. After all I’m getting antioxi-

dants and enjoying it. The story of chocolate spans more than 2,000 years, but recent research suggests that it may be even older. We know that it began in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America where cacao first grew. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree. We always think of chocolate as sweet, but for about 90 percent of chocolates’ long history it was strictly a beverage and sugar didn’t have anything to do with it. Until the 1500s, no European had ever heard of the popular drink from the Central and South American peoples. In 1502 when Chris-

topher Columbus returned from the New World, he brought with him cacao beans to show Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. It wasn’t until the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs that chocolate could be imported to Europe where it quickly became a court favorite. Over the next 100 years the Spanish then the French discovered the most amazing thing that adding sugar produced a whole new taste and milk softened the spicy flavors. No longer was chocolate a bitter drink but could now be enjoyed hot and sweet much like the cocoa we drink today. In England, special “Chocolate Houses” opened in the

mid-1600s so anyone with money could drink chocolate. These were popular places to socialize, discuss intellectual topics and gamble much like coffeehouses would be later. The next innovation was solid chocolate candy, first created in 1830. During the 1800s and early 1900s, Stephen Whitman, Henri Nestle, Milton Hershey, William Cadbury, Harry Burnett Reese, Forrest Mars, and Theodore Tobler invented candies that still bear their names today and are loved by millions. The manufacturing of chocolate is a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States. We have watched chocolate

What’s Bugging You By HARRY L. KATZ The resourceful black rat, one of our most common resident animal pests, constantly amazes me. While it prefers arboreal sites for nesting, in trees and on roofs where it uses the air- conditioning shelter for protection, it does not hesitate to nest in the soil under the ground floor of our condos. They dig out one or more nest chambers about 6 or 8 inches wide under the concrete floor.

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animals, snails, slugs, or fish in the nearby waterways. They can also enter the garbage bins through the drain hole at the base and feed on a smorgasbord of food that we throw out. Not using plastic bags allows the odor to attract these rodents. Roof rats are phenomenal climbers. They have no problem climbing a wall. Once on the roof, they can establish a nest within the air-conditioning shelter. On the roof, they can smell odors coming out of the air vents and have no problem climbing down the vent if it is not covered with a screen. I have described in an earlier column my experience of having a black rat in my commode. In one of the buildings, this resourceful rat found a way to get inside the building. When the building was first built, wood stakes held the form lumber for the concrete floor. These were not removed. Subterranean termites, having eaten all the roots of the trees that were cut down to build our condos, and eating the roots of ornaments that we replace, now ate the wood stakes and the rats found easy access to

the apartments above. They found their way within the walls, climbing to the ceiling above the hallway. In one apartment they made a nest in this space. Getting their water from the condensation on the cooling coils and their food and water from the canal, they flourished. The ceiling was covered with a heavy layer of droppings, and the resident heard noises constantly. In another apartment, the rats gnawed the drain pipe under the bathtub and caused water to leak below. In still another apartment, the drain pipe that empties the condensed water to an opening outside the building was gnawed through. Damage to the plaster walls followed. This time it was because rodents need to sharpen their teeth on the tubing to keep them from growing too long. It took repeated visits by pest management people to set traps and to stuff metal mesh into the openings. It is not likely that our rat problem will go away easily. Rats reach sexual maturity in two to five months. Pregnancy lasts three weeks. The pups are weaned in less than a month and there are four to six litters a year, averaging seven young each time. Adults live up to a year. Be grateful that we have pest management people that can handle this problem.

begin as a primitive drink of Latin American tribes, become a drink associated with the elite society of Europe, was improved to become drinkable, and lastly become edible. Chocolate went from packed seeds of fruit from an exotic tree to cocoa and chocolate products and edible chocolate bars. So, grab a piece of chocolate and enjoy it while thinking back on the thousands of years of heritage behind your candy.

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A Rainbow Meditation By Ann Sumper Weinstein Everybody loves a rainbow and by now surely everyone has heard of meditation even if they haven’t practiced it. It has been shown scientifically that meditation, if practiced regularly, can reduce stress and even lower blood pressure. In short, it’s a good thing. This meditation, using the colors of the rainbow, is an easy, fun way of getting into the practice. First, find a quiet spot where you can sit and relax, away from the distractions of other people, TV, and the computer. Sit comfortably, unclasped hands relaxed in lap, legs folded or straight, back resting comfortably against the back of the chair. Take a few deep breaths, being aware of the breath going into and leaving the body. Mentally scan your body. If there’s an area of tension, breathe into it and let it relax. With eyes closed now, bring your awareness all the way down to the base of the spine. Imagine a little whirlpool of red energy spinning at the base of the spine. This is the root chakra (energy center), at the base of the spine. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel.” Now move a few inches up the spine to the second chakra, its color is orange. Again, visualize a whirlpool of orange energy spinning. Keep breathing. Don’t hold your breath. Moving upwards, we come to the solar plexus chakra, around the navel. This is where we get “gut’ feelings sometimes. The color is yellow. Imagine a warm yellow sun filling your solar plexus. Doesn’t it feel wonderful? Bask in the warmth of your inner sun as you move up to the heart chakra. Imagine a whirlpool of light green energy. Green is a very healing color. Spin your green whirlpool. Now bring your awareness to your throat chakra. The color is blue, also healing. Spin that whirlpool of blue energy in the communication center of the body. Now bring your attention to the forehead, slightly above and between the eyebrows. This is the third eye chakra. Imagine a whirlpool of indigo energy spinning. This is the seat of clairvoyance, or clear seeing. In ancient cultures, priests sometimes physically opened the skull to enhance clairvoyance. Moving upwards to the crown chakra at the top of the

head, visualize a whirlpool of violet energy spinning. Let the beautiful violet color wash down over the body in showers of light like a fountain. Now surround yourself with white light, which contains all the colors. Remain seated and relaxed in the light for a few minutes. Begin to come back gently. Become aware of the chair you’re sitting in and how your body feels. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Stretch a bit. Notice how you are feeling, hopefully a lot more calm and relaxed than when you started. Besides the seven main chakras (energy centers)

there are a number of minor chakras, some of which are located in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Sometimes walking barefoot on the sand or the earth feels very good as the earth energy is going into the chakras in the soles of the feet. Another meditation which is fun and easy to do is imagine yourself sitting in a grove of trees in the woods with your feet flat on the ground. Connect with the golden, molten center of the earth and draw that energy up through the soles of the feet, up into the body and out the crown chakra. Enjoy your meditations!



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Calling All Readers By GLORIA SHOMER Century Village has become very quiet. The parking lots seem almost deserted. The Clubhouse itself is readying for repairs that need to be done, and even the pools are almost empty in the afternoon heat. In my own building, almost fifty percent of my neighbors have gone home to resume their other lives in their summer homes. I miss them. In our library, now is the time for the usual summer maintenance. While we do not have as many staff, those of us that make CVE our permanent home, take on the daunting task of repairing books, alphabetizing the shelves, updating the different categories, caring for the plants and arranging the boutique. Our readers seem to enjoy staying in the library a little longer, while they select their volumes, lingering at our boutique (remember Mother’s Day is coming) and

deciding that some of our plants are absolutely irresistible. This allows us, the volunteers, to get to know our readers, to get to know their tastes, and to assist them in selecting a book they will enjoy. I love when the same people come back every Thursday afternoon and ask me to choose a good book for them. This is why I love volunteering in the library. This is my salary. While we are slowing down for the summer in the purchasing of new books, we still maintain one of the biggest selections straight from the pages of the NY Times Best Seller Lists. Please note, that as a “Friend of the Library,” you are allowed to reserve any of the current books, and will be called when they become available. You will also receive a free volume from our sales shelves. Another plus in joining our Friends List, is that you will be entered into

the monthly lottery. The prize, of course, is another free book. This month’s winner is Dolores Mathias, please come in and select your prize. Among the books that I have been reading is Richard North Patterson’s Eclipse. His latest volume gives us an unflinching look at the human cost of the worldwide lust for oil. This is a thrilling drama about an American lawyer who agrees to defend an African freedom fighter charged with murder. I had a little trouble getting into it, but as I read further, I couldn’t put it down. We eagerly awaited the release of Jodi Picault’s new book. Many of our readers signed up for it, even before we received it. It does not disappoint. The name of the book is House Rules. I couldn’t wait to put my name on that list. Another very popular author has brought back his

detective, Myron Bolitar. He is a celebrity agent who has improved his sleuthing skills after he correctly deduces that his urgent summons to Paris at the behest of an old lover isn’t about rekindling the flame. But he didn’t expect to find her the main suspect in the gruesome murder of her ex-husband. Therese swears her innocence, but does he believe her story, especially after a startling piece of evidence surfaces, baring her long-buried past? Myron seeks answers that will take him where he’s never gone before, in a country where nothing is as it seems. The reason that author Dan Brown calls Coben the “modern master of the hook and twist,” is evident in Long Lost, as the tension builds right up to its shattering climax. Picture yourself relaxing at the pool with any one of these books, a bottle of water by your side, and having all

the time in the world. Remember that our reading room is still a haven for those gentlemen whose wives have driven them out of the house. Even in the summer, we continue to receive the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. There are magazines and even some free books saying “take me home.” For those of you with poor vision, we have brought our new enlarger to its new location, prominently placed near our front door. What a blessing for those to be able to see letters from friends and family, pictures of grandchildren and other important documents they cannot read without such help. We continue to be open weekdays from nine to three. Please come and see what our CVE Library has to offer. I promise, you will not be disappointed.




MAY 2010

Cooke’s Look at Books By RICHARD WILLIAM COOKE A monthly look at books of interest – new and, occasionally, not-so-new, fiction and nonfiction – currently available at your public libraries, local bookstores or from online booksellers.


By Jerry Potter, Instant, 215 Pages, $16.95, Paperback “Join me in a look through the eyes of a man trapped in a silent world, a world devoid of music and audible conversation; a world where birds don’t sing, children don’t laugh and dogs don’t bark. Look through the eyes of Danny Wilshorn, born without the ability to hear. See the world as he saw it.” So begins this remarkable book, a book that sweeps the reader deep into the hushed world of deaf people. As a young man, author Potter, who has normal hearing, devoted his life to working as a minister within the deaf community and now skillfully weaves the knowledge and first-hand experiences he gained into this touching narrative of Danny’s struggle for success and acceptance in a world he scarcely understands. The author writes, “Danny began to notice that everyone had something that he did not have. His father moved his mouth and his mother understood, then she moved her mouth. Sometimes his father moved his mouth when he was with Raymond and they both laughed. Danny wondered why. Even at his tender age, Danny began to feel that whatever made him different from other people also made other people dislike him…because that had something to do with the

mouth?” This heart-tugging scene is just one of many that reveal the gulf of misunderstanding that all deaf people have to deal with – and which prompts even Danny’s father to grumble, “I declare, Dell, to look at that youngster you’d never know he was deaf and dumb. Why did the good Lord have to punish us like that?” Della May, his wife, furiously reminds him that the term “deaf and dumb” is an insult, not only to Danny but to all people who happen to be deaf. In Danny, author Potter has created a character the reader cannot help but love. You will find yourself rooting for him every step of the way – as he confronts a challenging, sometimes frightening and always foreign world whose sounds and noise he will never ever hear.


By Robert Goolrick, Algonquin Books, 305 Pages, $14.95, Paperback Just out in paperback, this debut novel garnered breathless reviews and is now, in the words of one reviewer, “Burning up the paperback charts, blazing hotter than its own early-1900 sex scenes.” In reality, while lust is certainly one theme of the book, anyone wanting to read the book for its “sex scenes” will be totally disappointed as they are not only few in number, but tame. What has excited reviewers and booksellers is the riveting, thrilling story of love, madness and obsession that author Goldrick has created. Set during the bleak, foreboding, ominous cold and darkness of a late-1800s, snowy, smalltown northern Wisconsin winter, superbly realized by the author –

you can feel the freezing winds of a howling blizzard chill your bones as you turn the pages – the book tells the story of Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman who places an ad in a Chicago paper for “a reliable wife.” Catherine Lamb responds, saying she is “a simple, honest woman.” She is, of course, anything but honest. The only thing simple about her is her singleminded determination to marry Truitt and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving herself a wealthy widow. In the book’s opening scene, Truitt waits for her to arrive at the town’s lonely, desolate train station and, from that moment, you know things are going to go from bad to worse. Why? Because what Catherine Lamb does not realize is that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt has a plan of his own. Full of chilling twists and surprises, this book is, as The Christian Science Monitor declares, “A glittering, poisoned ice cube of a tale.”


By Michael Wolff, Broadway Books, 446 Pages, $34.00 His $70 billion global news operation includes the Fox Television Network, The New York Post, MySpace and, most recently, Dow Jones and its flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal – and these are just his U.S. holdings – yet Rupert Murdoch, this man of vast and unrivaled power, has been little known. Until now. Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff, one of the nation’s most influential writers about media, culture and politics has, in this new book – subtitled Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch – given readers a peek – including pages and pages of deliciously private, first-timerevealed details, both business

and personal - into what makes this media mogul tick. In dramatic detail, Wolff chronicles the astonishing growth of Murdoch’s giant media kingdom. He describes Murdoch as a Machiavellian titan, overbearing (but loving) father, love-struck husband (of a woman forty years his junior), and as the most cynical and brilliant newsman who has ever lived. Based on nearly 50 hours of one-on-one interviews conducted over nine months with Murdoch’s four highflying children (all being groomed to succeed their father in the family business), his current and former wives, his 99-year-old mother and his closest associates, Wolff offers a wickedly astute portrait of a man who inspires fear, venom, awe and fascination and who, at age 77, shows no sign of slowing down. His high-flying Fox TV Network – worshipped by conservatives, vilified by liberals has made Murdoch perhaps this generation’s most visible media emperor. For anyone with even a passing curiosity in today’s news and political culture, this book will be compulsive reading.


By George Hamiltion, Touchstone Books, 305 Pages, $26.00 George Hamilton is a Hollywood rarity – a star that never changed his name. His father was George William Hamilton, his mother’s name was Anne Hamilton – and, even after achieving stardom, the eternally-tanned, handsomely elegant, magnetically charming star retained his given name – George Hamilton.

But, as gossip maven Liz Smith warns, don’t let that engaging, smiling face fool you. “Hamilton is more substantial than his image. He is smarter, edgier and sexier than one might expect. And he lives to entertain you.” Smith could have added, “And he can write one heck of a book!” In the new Don’t Mind if I Do, Hamilton sets pen to paper and, in the process, provides a fascinating memoir, one that sets to rest claims that the man is nothing more than a pretty face that simply lucked out in the movie business. As the child of a Dartmouth-educated bandleader father and a glamorous Southern debutante mother whose marriage crumbled early on, George had a childhood filled with misadventures and challenges that his mother always seemed able to turn from tragedy to comedy. Her idea of changing the family’s fortunes involved a trip cross-country with three sons and a poodle in a Lincoln Continental, making stops along the way to search for husband/ father number three. And she was quick to recognize that George’s potential success lay in Hollywood. In this book, Hamilton regales with stories of friendships with Cary Grant, Brigette Bardot, Mae West, Merle Oberon, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland, Lana Turner and a host of others with whom he both partied and worked in television, on stage and in such classic movies as Love at First Bite, The Godfather, Zorro, the Gay Blade and many others. Hamilton shares his story with intelligence, heart and an unflappable spirit –all of which are evident in this eminently readable memoir.

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By: CHARLES K. PARNESS The Case of the Sneaky Eater: As you might know, except for the Party Room, the eating of food is not permitted in the Clubhouse. Three friends were playing pinochle in one of the card rooms when a security guard was passing the room. The guard noticed a wrapper with a partially eaten hamburger at the table where the three card players were sitting. Being conscientious, he questioned the card players to determine who had broken the rules. All three of the men denied that they had eaten the hamburger. Tom and Harry accused Dick of eating the hamburger, while

Dick said that Tom was the guilty one. The security guard could not get anymore out of them. Since he could not figure out who ate the hamburger, he sent them all off with a stern warning. In talking to the three card players, I found out that each of them had made one true statement and one false one, except the one who had eaten the hamburger. He had lied in both his responses. If the security guard had known what I found out, he could have determined who ate the hamburger. Who was the guilty party?






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There is really only one rule to Sudoku: Fill in the game board so that the numbers 1 through 9 occur exactly once in each row, column, and 3x3 box. The numbers can appear in any order and diagonals are not considered. Your initial game board will consist of several numbers that are already placed. Those numbers cannot be changed. Your goal is to fill in the empty squares following the simple rule above. 1. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each row. 2. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each column. 3. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each 3x3 box. 4. A complete Sudoku puzzle contains the numbers 1 through 9 in every row, column, and 3x3 box. Hint: Start with a square that only has three numbers missing. Look at surrounding squares and grids to see which numbers you need to fill that 3x3 grid. SOLUTION ON PAGE 27B



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A Snowbird Reviews By JANICE ZAMSKY There certainly have been many enjoyable shows this season at CVE. Some of these programs have appeared at local venues at much higher ticket prices. Recently, a gala revue of eleven performers appeared in Fort Lauderdale; seven of these stars performed here this season. Tony Orlando March 4 Starting March off to a spectacular beginning, Tony Orlando and his crew couldn’t have been more enjoyable. Tony is a dynamic, talented Mr. Personality who is celebrating his fiftieth year in show business. Backed by his enthusiastic six-piece band, Tony is the consummate entertainer who loves his audience as much as they love him! Orlando was not afraid to share the spotlight with band members who performed solo instrumental and vocal selections. There was even a harp in this talented band. The harpist, related Orlando, spoke seven languages, but not English! This brilliant musician not only performed a spectacular Malaguena but also constructed his own harp. Toni Wine, a resident of CVE, again performed in Orlando’s concert. A skilled keyboard artist and vocalist, she has composed hit songs and commercials. Concerning CVE, she proclaimed “I wouldn’t even consider living anywhere but here!” Some of the hit songs presented were Rose of Spanish Harlem, Stand by Me, Sweet Gypsy Rose, Johnny Be Good. Orlando is a showman brimming with talent and possessed of a great voice. He had the audience singing and clapping in rhythm, throughout his show. His finale Let it Be was followed by the audience’s thunderous applause and vocal ovation. Pure Piaf March 10 Accompanied by a pianist/ accordionist, a violinist and another accordionist, Britta Laree performed a one-woman musical revue based on the life of Edith Piaf. Known as the “little sparrow,” Piaf battled poverty, deaths of her baby daughter and her lover, and addictions as she rose to world acclaim. The dramatic narrative portraying Mme Piaf was interspersed with lovely songs that this chanteuse made famous (e.g. La Vie En Rose.) To the few folks who left at intermission, you missed the best part of the program. The second half of the evening was very dramatic and fea-

tured the best songs. Despite her great talent, Piaf lived her life mainly on the streets of Paris and was known as “Lady of the Night.” Laree gave a realistic portrait of Piaf’s life and career. Many of the songs were in French (much to the delight of our Canadian residents), but I still enjoyed the haunting melodies even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics. (Tickets at another venue - $45.) Forbidden Broadway March 15 In short, I would characterize this show as fast-paced, imaginative and innovative. The costumes were novel, some fabricated of odd materials. The enthusiastic cast could all act, sing and dance as they spoofed a large variety of popular shows. From Broadway to TV, this production did not escape the cast’s satire. Some of their witty versions included: Annie, In the Heights, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Cats and Man of La Mancha. Sesame Street and popular Disney shows were also subjects of this revue’s biting wit. Outstanding parodies of lyrics from Phantom of the Opera (Music of the Night) and especially from Fiddler on the Roof (really side-splitting) were extraordinary. I can’t decide who’s more talented: the performers or the script writers. What a delightful evening of theater! Dick Capri and Stewie Stone March 17 The main act became the opener because Dick Capri had another show scheduled after CVE. One of the original quartet from Catskills on Broadway, Capri had lots of rerun jokes, but he was funny and irreverent! His silent impressions were more original and clever than his jokes. However, I preferred the performance of comedian Stewie Stone. He also had some rerun jokes, but on the whole, Stewie seemed somewhat more original than Capri. He was the social director of the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills at one time in his career, and Stone recounted memories of this landmark institution of yesteryear. He touched briefly on more serious topics, which impressed me: first, he proudly proclaimed that he has been dry for 18 years; next, he expounded, very briefly, on the urgent and

dire need for universal health care in this country. Stone concluded his act with several “pearls of wisdom:” “One can lose material property, but no one can take your mind and soul away from you.” Despite the reruns, I found the whole evening most entertaining! Jake Ehrenreich in Concert March 25 Multi-talented Jake Ehrenreich began his show with a rousing Coming to America (ala Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen.) This performance featured songs and songwriters from Brooklyn, Jake’s hometown. This revue reached the caliber of a Tony Orlando show! Jake is not only a singer and raconteur, but also adept at every band instrument: drums, trumpet, trombone. In addition, this remarkable performer is fluent in Yiddish, Hebrew, Spanish and Italian, and sang some selec-

tions in these tongues. Despite a tragic family background, his parents were Holocaust survivors, and his mother and two sisters died of Alzheimer’s, Jake has worked hard to get to the top of the entertainment world. Yiddish theater is alive and well – thanks to Ehrenreich. He gave a most credible impression of the great Aaron Levedoff. Jake’s piece de resistance of the evening was his tribute to the late, venerable, Bruce Adler. Donning a white blazer and top hat, Jake sang and strutted through a spectacular Romania. It was like a reincarnation of Adler, only perhaps, bigger and better! What an entertainment genius! Needless to say, I heard no complaints about this show. (Price at another venue in Boynton Beach: $37 to $42.) Sophisticated Ladies March 27

A tribute to Duke Ellington featured four male performers and two female vocalists. Multi-talented, they could sing, and, boy, could they dance!. Backed by a great live band and film clips of Duke and his era, this show was another winner. The singer/MC was a riot with his comic schticks. The tap and soft shoe dance routines drew audience applause. It was great to see the men in tuxedos and the ladies elegantly gowned, unlike some who perform in blue jeans! Let’s not forget the music: jazz, swing and the blues. Some of yesteryears hit songs performed included: I’m Beginning to see the Light, Satin Doll, Never Treat me Sweet and Gentle, In a Sentimental Mood, Come Sunday, It Don’t Mean a Thing, Take the A Train, Missed You Saturday Night. It was a talented celebration of a bygone era.




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My Mother’s Day Gift

Would you believe, one day so long ago, I was a thief. I confess, I confess. I stole one dollar from my mother’s purse To buy her a gift. It would show that I loved her and always will so long ago. What to buy her for one dollar? Ah, yes, a red, red lipstick. ok so beautiful. uld love. I know now it was the furthest thing from her mind. It was what I really wanted for myself at the age of ten. Mama missed the dollar when she went shopping that day. She looked at me. No, it couldn’t be me. The lipstick was clutched in my hand. I couldn’t give it to mama. The store wouldn’t take it back. I wouldn’t dare to use it myself. Where to place it? Where to throw it? I threw it in the garbage can that Mother’s Day so many years ago.

MAY 2010

I ASK WHY What are wars all about I’m trying to figure it out As a veteran who saw the horror Of nations fighting for the almighty dollar? When shall we ever see A shining light to set us free When shall we be, a world of which we can be proud And yes, we can say it out loud? Wouldn’t it be nice to see nations Not bent on conflagration But a world full of compassion and understanding And not suspicion and ill-feeling. I would love to finally see before my demise A world yielding to compromise And not destruction and intervention I just ask for a little love with good intentions.


Woe Is Me

Cherish the memories which brought you joy;                    The birth of a baby girl or boy;                     Rubbing elbows with the hoi-polloi--                    The happy times; the carefree days. Cherish the warmth of a lover’s embrace;                     Melting snowflakes on a crimson face;                    The first time you won a marathon race;                    The award which came with endless praise. Cherish the time you learned how to drive.                    Your Mom was afraid you’d never survive.                    You fooled her because you stayed alive;                    Speeding rashly down the highways. Cherish the comraderie of friends;                    Holidays, vacations and long weekends;                   Your fascination with the latest trends,                   When you indulged in every modern craze. Cherish every memorable sensation;                    The wonders that fed your appreciation;                    Such times as your high-school graduation,                   When you entered life’s adult phase. Cherish the birthdays you’ve celebrated;                   The day your marriage was consecrated;                   Each time you’ve been congratulated                  And showered with bouquets.             Cherish all the time spent here;                  Each experience you still hold dear;                  The loves, the lives that you revere.                 Cherish the memories of all your days. - NORMA LOCKER

The fruit of my labors are strewn on the ground They spread slowly across the cement walk In zigzagging patterns As they move they mock me

What’s In Your Wallet It’s funny how money Has an attitude of its own No one wants to tell you How much money you have in your bank Now let’s be frank It’s really funny About how much money That you got Even in your wallet Or in your back pocket

The container at my side once full now empty Nothing left to enjoy What lies there is of use only to the sun Which now labors to dry what was wet Pocketing The cement walk disdains what covers it While my mouth would have joyously welcomed it I do love my pockets Life’s outcome is sometimes unfair not necessarily The spilled coffee weeps as do I. gold buttoned zippered - HOWARD ELLOWIS Velcro edged but big enough to wedge Song of Love a tissue a quarter You are in my dreams for days and nights, old black comb You are in my life, like sun and lights, and if I’m lucky Without you I’m losing my soul, one tightly folded And summer’s like a coming fall, semi-perfect Without you I cannot sing, work in progress Like a bird can’t fly without wings, poem. You are my angel and my star, Please, always be as you are, - SANDY WICKER Around me, creating mood, As fairy tales in my childhood.

The feelings that I save and store, Which make me richer even more, Fulfill my life and give you strength, Embracing you by loving hands.

Some carry hundred dollar bills Just to lift an ego But you never reveal your bank account Ain’t that right, Amigo?

My always endless love for you Is infinite like sky of blue, And deeper than the depth of sea, It always will be you and me.

Yet it’s quite a mystery about money And what you have in your bank, So, my friend, What’s in your wallet or your bank account?


When a friend asks you for money That you generously lend If he doesn’t pay you back He no longer is your friend. Yet when you buy a brand new car You brag how much money you paid, That’s hot, And we all talk about the Early Birds And the bargains that we got. Money is only a piece of paper Whether it’s a five, a ten or Twenty dollar bill But you never tell how much money You have in your wallet And you never, ever will. We all use credit cards That’s the new money game We buy more each day with plastic But having cold cash is not the same.


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MAY 2010

Hooray for The CVE Choraleers! By MARY ANNE SURRETTE The March 18 CVE Choraleers’ Show, INTERNATIONAL CABARET, brilliantly created, arranged and directed by CVE resident Bill Weinhaus, is still receiving rave reviews. The quality and professionalism displayed by the Show’s musicians, choral members, and solo performers were amazing. Some residents expressed surprise that so many of our CVE residents are still able to perform exceedingly well on the Big Stage of our beautiful Theater. Bill Weinhaus, producer, director, pianist and duet singer is one huge reason for the Show’s success, but one cannot discount the other amazing talent that we have here in our wonderful Village. Show performers were

both year-round and snowbird residents from all senior age groups. They came from different cultures and careers, levels of previous vocal training, and natural voice types and abilities. Together, they provided this year’s audience with such a joyous, exciting production of musical arrangements, that no one wanted the show to end. In case you missed it, here are some of the Show’s highlights. Violinist Ira Gutzeig, the only non-CVE resident performer, was amazing, both as a soloist and an accompanist, as were fabulous trumpeteer Ted Schneider, versatile percussionist, stage manager and Cantor Solly Huberman, awesome narrator and crooner Charley Fuller, much-loved and in-

spirational speaker and CVE Choraleer President Emeritus, Irene Greenber. The soloists, many of whom are French Canadians, just blew people away. Coloratura soprano Lucile Graveline, dramatic soprano Micheline Racine, Edith Pilaf –like contralto Nicole Goulet, exciting soprano Phyllis Waxman, versatile English Soprano Vera Quintalino, coloratura soprano Esther Abramowitz, accomplished soprano Marjorie Miller, fascinating contralto Bess Littman, accomplished tenor Bob Griffin, and “Irish Eyes” soprano B. J. Hlatko, all starred with multiple parts in the Program. C’est Magnifique; yes, they truly were magnificent. Dramatic stage soprano Esther Drucker belted out the


CVE LIBRARY NEEDS YOU The CVE Library needs volunteers who are here year round. If you can give three hours, morning or afternoon once a week, you will fill a great need. Call Ruth Nesselroth at 954-428-4294. Keep cool this summer - work in the library.

Movie Review May By SANDRA PARNESS I HATE VALENTINES DAY-A love story set in Manhattan, where a florist who abides by a strict fivedate-limit with any man finds herself wanting more with a new restaurateur in town. Starring Nia Vardalos, John Cobett. PG-13, 98 minutes. Playing Monday, May 10, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m. THE BLINDSIDE-The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw. PG-13, 128 minutes. Playing Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, May 13, 2010, 8 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2010, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 16. 2010, 8 p.m. AN EDUCATION-A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard. PG-13, 95 minutes. Playing Monday,

May 17, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8 p.m. IT’S COMPLICATEDFirst comes marriage. Then comes divorce. And then… When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship…but the complicated fact is they’re divorced and he’s remarried. Starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin. R, 120 minutes. Rated R for Adult Situations. Playing Friday, May 21, 2010, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 23, 2010, 8 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2 p.m. UP IN THE AIR-The story of a man ready to make a connection. With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: grounds him. Starring George Clooney, Jason Bateman, Sam Elliott. R, 108 minutes. Rated R for Adult Situations. Playing Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 8 p.m.,

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2010, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2010, 8 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2010, 8 p.m. CRAZY HEART-The harder the life, the sweeter the song. A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. Starring Jeff Bridges, James Keane. R, 112 minutes. Playing Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2010, 8 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2010, 2 & 8 p.m. LEAP YEAR-A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged. Starring Amy Adams, John Lithgow. PG, 100 minutes. Playing Sunday, June 6, 2010, 8 p.m.

exciting and unusual Blow Gabriel, Blow! to Ted’s trumpet and Bill’s piano; dramatic baritone Issie Greenfield presented the romantic Come Back to Sorrento; shakin’ contralto Cheryl Belanger led the chorus song Shakin’ the Blues Away; dramatic soprano Angie Goldberg sang the lovely Desert Song, with Bill, sweet contralto Fran Wexler sang China Town, unique soprano Sarah Staple entertained us with her rendition of Oi Mama, and yours truly played a comedic cameo role of a French actress who was an expert on Love. Comedic contralto Irene Rand, last year’s second-hand Rose, delighted the audience with her own rendition of In a Little Spanish Town. Other talented CVE Choraleers performers who starred in this year’s memorable Show were Selva Aronson, Amalia Concilero, Jean Fedor, Doris Freedman, Mildred Goldberg, Shirley Green (who also served as an artistic stage director), Carole Griffin, Murray Katz, Cy Koser, Sylvia Merovitz, Wanda Rand, Jeanette Resnick, Sondra Schmier, and Robert Wexler. Members Nancy Guerette and Steve LoRusso were ill and unable to participate, and Adeline Ziino had to suddenly fly home, due to a family emergency. Music is one of the Creator’s greatest gifts. Our listening to it picks us up when we’re feeling down;

singing to it helps us express our emotions in a marvelous way; dancing to it keeps the blood moving; and sharing our singing with our neighbors provides a certain kind of deep friendship that is unique and indescribable. This year, our President, Solly Huberman, invited professional makeup artists Millie and Donna Dowling to provide make-up services for our performers before the Show. What a wonderful convenience this was for a large number of our entertainers. I will close with a few “Choraleer secrets” for your most observant readers to note: If one happened to miss the Show, and did not purchase his own DVD, Channel 98 this summer will probably air the DVD of the Show for our viewing pleasure. If one likes to sing, he can join The CVE Choraleers at their first 2010-2011 meeting at 10 am on Wednesday, November 3, in the Party Room. Next year on March 10, 2011, one can enjoy yet another all-new, original Show by Bill Weinhaus and The CVE Choraleers.  (I already know the name of that show, but I am keeping that a secret. I will give you a hint, however. Both the first and last words of the show’s name start with the letter “K.”) 

Puzzler Solution: If the guilty party had made two false statements, and each of the other two had made one false statement and one true statement, then of all the responses there were four false responses and two true responses. There were three statements made. The first was when each of the three denied that they had eaten the hamburger. Since only man one was guilty, the first statement yields the two true statements and one false one. Since we know that only two of the men’s responses were true, obviously they are in this statement. What this means is that the rest of the responses to the remaining statements must be false.

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MAY 2010

CVE Symphony Orchestra Guild By MARION G. COHEN

Ballroom With a Twist, But Not of Lemon By SID BIRNS

The Board Members of the CVE Symphony Orchestra Guild concluded their 20092010 season on a high note. We had raised $10,000 for the Symphony Orchestra. We wish to thank our membership for their participation in our fund-raising efforts. Did you take our TRIP WITH A DIFFERENCE to Miami to hear Itzhak Perlman, one of the great violinists of our time? Did you join us when we attended the opera, Lucia DiLamermoor, or the performance of the Miami Ballet at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, or attended our day trip to the Florida Stage in Manalpan with dinner at Callaro’s Restaurant? Were you in the crowd that joined us for our fourth annual fashion show sponsored by Sondro Boutique located in the Cove? Again after a delicious luncheon, we were privileged to hear the delightful voice of Donna Capobianco and to view the tap dancing of Mitzi. The work of the Board of the CVE Symphony Orchestra Guild is just beginning. We are planning activities for the 2010-2011 Season. Theater,

ballet, opera are all the venues being investigated. And of course, we will have another TRIP WITH A DIFFERENCE. In recognition of all the efforts of the Board members for the current year, I am listing below their names and position on the Board. The residents of Century Village and the members of the Symphony Orchestra thank you. President, Bea Guccione; 1st Vice President, Gladys Miller; 2nd Vice President, Adele Weiner; Treasurer, Toni Ponto; Secretary, Rosalind Mandell; Graphics, Sy Gold; Publicity, Marion Cohen; Trips, Gladys Miller, Betty Schwartz, Lillian Mandelman; Membership, Kitty Cole, Gert Schwartz, Toni Ponto, Sy Gold, Pearl Tepper; Coordinator, Ruth Cosner. We are looking forward to another exciting new year musically speaking. If you are not a member of the Guild, won’t you join by contacting Kitty Cole at 954-3607956? Remember, all paid-up members receive a mailing of scheduled events early in the season. You have priority in joining our offerings before they are sold out!

For the first time in my memory, the show, Ballroom with a Twist, really got the audience pumped up. The show was truly fast paced, the dancing was exciting to the point that the players got

the audience on their feet and got them swinging and swaying to the music and tried to match the dancers on stage. Show over, the dancers bowed to a standing ovation...and on the way out all

I heard were comments like, “fantastic, wasn’t that terrific, did you ever see such terrific dancers, etc, etc.” And that’s how it was on a Wednesday night at the Club House.

New Bus Procedure for the West Route (to Deerfield Mall, etc.)

Guaranteed Seats 1. At the Clubhouse, tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis up to the seating capacity of the bus. 2.

When the bus arrives at the Clubhouse, residents with tickets will board. The tickets will be collected as you enter the bus. Note: This does not apply to the internal CVE bus system, only the external West Route.

• Mini Buses replace blue trolleys • Inside routes remain same • Express coaches run SHOW NIGHTS only � � from November through March

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