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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Seacrest Formulating Strategy for January Takeover By MARK WADE, President Seacrest Services As the New Year approaches, we at Seacrest Services are excited and are gearing up for a great opportunity and the beginning of a new relationship between Century Village East Deerfield and Seacrest Services. While understanding the large scope of services needed for a community of your size, we are quite confident we can fall back on our experience and the quality service we have been providing Century Village West Palm Beach for almost thirty years. With all of this in mind, we have already begun the task at hand from the factory ordering of vehicles, to current negotiations for our base of operations facility. During the next few months, things will continue to ramp up with the imple-
mentation of our strategic plan for your community. As I have spoken to so many of you in the past, the outline of our plan is to use Century Village West Palm Beach as a training ground for the future employees of Century Village East Deerfield. I am happy to say that this plan is already in place and actually ahead of schedule. Target dates have been layed out and our primary goal is to
have every employee assigned to the Century Village East property extensively trained at our West Palm Century Village location beforehand, insuring a seamless transition beginning January 1st. Along with this training, we are blending a mix of our current and experienced employees to create a winning team for your community. As the New Year draws closer, we will continue to move forward with each component of our strategic plan and will remain committed to making this transitional period as smooth as possible for both the Board of Directors of each Association and the residents at large. To this end, Seacrest managers will be scheduling area meetings for the Board of Directors in See Seacrest, pg 3A
We got a Soaking Text and Photos by JULES KESSELMAN Tropical Storm Fay came and went without any damage, which I could see in Century Village. Though, we had some leaks in our condo, the only real casualty was the monthly COOCVE meeting. The Clubhouse had been closed since 5 PM the night before.. The trolleys and the Broward County Transit buses ran all day with just a few passengers coming to the closed clubhouse and then leaving on the bus they came on. I did see one brave couple get off the trolley and board the BCT bus to Town Center. I hope they were open.
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Giovanni’s Restaurant Temporarily Closed By: JUDY OLMSTEAD On Sunday, August 24, 2008, a resident of the Newport area in Century Village, while dropping off his passenger in front of Giovanni’s restaurant, accidentally hit the gas pedal of his automobile causing the vehicle to barrel through the double glass doors, destroying the entire seating area of the restaurant.
and the concrete column on the other side of the walkway and drove straight through the double glass doors. His vehicle was stopped when it hit the concrete wall and window on the other side of the room. Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured. The security guard, Craig Magalnick, was fortu-
The Devastation gave John Giovanni a big headache. The accident occurred at approximately 1:10 p.m. just seconds after Pam DiNucci, wife of the owner, and their daughter, Tiffany, walked out of the building so that Pam could move her car. Less than twenty minutes earlier, approximately 14 customers were sitting at tables in the restaurant area. Somehow, the driver missed the chain link fence around the clubhouse swimming pool
nately posted on the side of the walkway closest to the pool and out of harm’s way. John DiNucci, owner of the restaurant, had left early that day, but is now making every effort to move forward with repairs and reopening the restaurant primarily for the benefit of the residents of the Village. Just ten days earlier, on August 14, 2008, a similar See Giovanni’s, pg 3A
The trolleys and buses ran mostly empty all day.
IN THIS ISSUE: Board of Directors ..................... 3A starts on Village Minutes........................... 4A Mayors Message........................ 6A starts on Letters to the Editor.................... 6A starts on 14A Condo News.............................. starts on 14A News & Views............................ starts on Consumer Interest...................... 24A Political Scene............................ 25A Our Commissioner...................... 25A starts on 27A Remembering the Past.............. starts on 33A Up Front/Personal...................... Feature of the Month.................. 2B Health Matters............................ 3B starts on Observations............................... 12B starts on You Should Know........................ 16B starts on Arts/Entertainment...................... 19B
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Happy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5769
(Guest, Companion, & 30 day) Will Now Be Issued By The
I.D. Office They Will No Longer Be Available at The COOCVE Office
Seacrest COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting August 19, 2008 Editorâ€™s Note: Due to Tropical Storm Fay, the Clubhouse did not open August 19th. The next scheduled BOD Meeting is Tuesday, September 16th.
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December as the final items such as; accounting, janitorial, maintenance and landscaping services will be reviewed and calendars of services discussed. With over thirty years of experience in full service Community Association Management and Maintenance, we at Seacrest are excited to bring your community the level of service it deserves, and look forward to doing so for many years to come! Thank you once again for the opportunity, Mark Wade, President Seacrest Services
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incident occurred in a parking spot in Westbury. In that accident, the driver again inadvertently hit his gas pedal and drove over the curb stop through the grass and bushes, stopping only when his vehicle hit his own front door. There was minimal damage to the building in that accident and the driver was not injured. A third accident occurred on August 16, 2008, when a resident of one of the Ventnor areas was traveling on the road between Ventnor A and B, side-swiped a bush and lost control of his vehicle, turning it over at least two times. He was taken to the hospital with arm and head injuries. A fourth incident, involving residents of Century Village, occurred on August 7, 2008 when a resident of a building in Westbury rear-ended a vehicle entering the front gate and side-swiped the bushes nearby. After telling the driver of the first vehicle to pull over, the driver of the second vehicle drove away, driving through the grass to park his vehicle in front of his unit. Security followed him and blocked his vehicle until the Broward sheriff arrived. The driver of the second vehicle could not immediately be located because he had left his unit through the back door.
Important Meetings - September and October 2008 SEPTEMBER 2008
Monday, September 8 9:30 AM COOCVE Executive Committee Activity Center, Room A
Wednesday, October 8 9:30 AM COOCVE Executive Committee Activity Center, Room B
Tuesday, September 9 Recreation Committee Wednesday, September 10 Council of Area Chairmen
9:30 AM Clubhouse Room A General Purpose Room 9:30 AM Activity Center Room B
Tuesday, October 14 Recreation Committee
Thursday, September 11 CVEMM Board of Directors Friday, September 12 QUARTERLY MEETING Area Chairman and CVEMM Board of Directors Monday, September 15 QUARTERLY MEETING Recreation Committee and Area Chairman Tuesday, September 16 COOCVE Board of Directors
9:30 AM Activity Center, Room A
Monday, October 15 COOCVE Executive Committee
9:30 AM Clubhouse Room A General Purpose Room 9:30 AM Clubhouse Room A General Purpose Room
Thursday, October 16 CVEMM Board of Directors Tuesday, October 21 COOCVE Board of Directors
9:30 AM Clubhouse Room A General Purpose Room 9:30 AM Activity Center Room A
9:30 AM Activity Center, Room A
9:30 AM Clubhouse Party Room
9:30 AM Clubhouse Party Room
The CVE Reporter Is Now Delivered Directly To All Buildings By Outside Pubs, Inc., On Monday Or Tuesday, Prior To The Second Friday Of Each Month. Copy Deadline For All OCTOBER 2008 Meeting Minutes, Due By SEPTEMBER 22nd Meeting Minutes Must Adhere To Format As Outlined By The Reporter Board of Directors Resolution Of April 21,2008
Village Minutes Council of Area Chairmen August 13, 2008 In the absence of Area Chairman President, Joe Rubino, Vice Chairman Clarence Diggs presided. over the meeting. Clarence Diggs immediately objected to the presence of Anthony D’Amato a representative from Seacrest. Clarence and James Quintano of Century Maintenance felt that there was a conflict of interest, because of some information he had to give to the Area Chairmen. V.P. Diggs asked him to leave the room during the meeting and come back after 11.00a.m. He said that he had another appointment at that time. COOCVE President, Ira Grossman objected, saying that he had been invited to the meeting. James Quintano said that his information was only for the Area Chairman and not to be shared with his competitor, Seacrest. Reporter
Editor, Steven Fine stated that the information would be in the minutes of this meeting in the September Reporter. The Seacrest representative left the meeting. James Quintano then told about a new chemical approved by the state to combat the White Flies, that have infected both the Ficus hedges and trees in South Florida. He asked that we should pay for the chemical and they would do the spraying. This was objected to by many in the audience saying that Schedule A included the cost of the chemicals. Roslyn Nehls, the area chairperson from Lyndhurst had a copy of Schedule A. It states: “Provide complete spray program designed to combat and control insect, fungus, weeds and plant disease. The spray program shall cover all lawns, hedges,
plants and trees (3) times a year, plus spot spraying as required.” James Quintano responded, that this was an epidemic. Master Management President Charlie Parness stated that spraying for any reason was covered by Schedule A and that Century was responsible to do that at no extra charge to the Village. James Quintano finally backed down and said that Century would do the spraying at no extra charge. Editor Steven Fine asked if this would be done before their contract ends December 31st. Quintano said it would and would get back with a schedule as soon as the chemical is purchased. When asked if the chemical was injurious to anything other than the White Fly, Quintano stated that this chemical was not harmful to anything else.
Master Management Commentary By: CHARLES K PARNESS, President/ Master Management Roadway Paving Policy The Master Management Board of Directors, backed by legal opinion, has established as Policy that Master Management is responsible for the maintenance and repair of ALL roads in CVE. What we will be doing is evaluating all roadways and based on need, we will do whatever is necessary for the safety of these roadways. Master Management will determine if, when, and where these repairs will be done. This policy covers roadways including those known as parking streets. Each condo should be aware that they are still responsible for the condo’s parking areas. Previous administrations had differing policies on what roadways Master Management would be responsible for. One recent policy had Master Management only responsible for the main roads plus those roads which had both a street name and which the trolleys rode on. You would think that a simple reading of the Master Management documents would suffice. Not quite. The documents are very complicated and include statements which were unclear or seemed to contradict other statements. That is why, we had our attorney thoroughly review all pertinent documents before advising us. At times, the parking areas adjacent to a roadway also needs repair. The most expeditious repair method would be to do both roadway and parking area at the same time to provide a seamless pavement. This can be done if the
specific condo association agrees to pay for the parking area repair. Resident Communication As you should know, every Master Management meeting is open to the public. The meetings are held in Room A of the Activity Center (behind LeClub) at 9:30 a.m., on a Thursday, five days before the COOCVE Board of Directors’ meeting. In addition to letters mailed to us, and notes you can hand at the office desk, we provide residents the opportunity to address the board. Unfortunately, we usually have a crowded agenda, and with fifteen board members offering opinions and ideas, we sometimes run out of time. I have offered to stay after our regular meetings, with any board members who are able to do so, to hear residents present their problems or suggestions. This year we will conduct a Master Management Open Meeting for all residents to address the board. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. in the Party Room at the Clubhouse. New feature The Master Management
meetings are now being video-taped and starting with our August meeting, these meetings will be aired on Channel 98. Competitive Bidding Last year while participating in a Master Management meeting, we found that one company was continually being asked to purchase and install pumps. I raised the question as to how come we were not trying to obtain competitive bids. The total cost of contracts and work orders that went out without competitive bids over the years was in the millions of dollars. That is your money! How much of it was wasted? We have heard arguments that company “X” always gave us a good price or that we use company “X” because we know them, or we use company “X” because it is easier than looking for another company. In 2007, when the board had mostly new members and a new leadership, the policy of this board was changed. We now insist, and demand competitive bids on virtually every contract and work order. How does this affect you, the resident? The answer is simple – competitive bidding means that we are looking at not one company, but several companies competing for our business. And when people compete, we can measure the price versus the quality and quantity of their product and services. This ensures that you are getting the best service for the best price. Although your condo operates under different rules than
Bill Dellinger stated that there were still many outstanding insurance and Century account payments. The residents are notified each month. Brenda Pomposello of Grantham asked about the surplus at the end of the year and how to get it once Century leaves. She was told that she could request it at any time or wait till November and would be sent a check upon her request. There wouldn’t be much left in December that would go into January. It was not explained what would happen to that money. Complaints were made that Shalom Tree Service were cutting trees and not picking up the branches. Bob Kratchoff, the Director of Operations was going to be asked to look into it. Norm Kaplan the area chairman of Farnham complained that the pumps in his area are not working properly
and that Ashby D has the water running all the time. It was explained that it is a different pump and that Century knew of the problem in the Farnham area.. Keswick Chairman, Philip Norris got a laugh when he asked why the meeting has to be so confrontational. He also asked about the two garden apartment buildings in his area that have not signed with Seacrest and will Century take care of them? Quintano stated that he did not know what will happen in January. Roslyn Nehls complained about the muck in the canals and Quintano said he knew of the problem and that they were taking care of it as fast as they can. Clarence Diggs .mentioned that the West Drive looked very shabby and that something should be done about it. Meeting ended at 10:35 AM
either Master Management or COOCVE, the same principal applies whenever you have a costly project. Even if all the bidders came up with similar prices, when you make your selection, you know that you are getting a fair price. Since you the residents pay the bills, competitive bidding saves you money. Director of Operations: Bob Kratchoff The job of the Master Management board would be very difficult if we did not have a Director of Operations. For example, some of the many tasks that he is involved in include discussing and planning issues on paving with directors Jules Kesselman and Anthony Falco, working on an RFP with directors Donna Capobianco and myself, carrying out the plans by Reva Behr and our Beautification Committee, including plantings as well as new signs. His job also includes supervising the clearing out of the pharmacy area, so that renovation work by The Reporter can begin. Other aspects of his job are to perform the hourly flow meter readings, and monitoring the contractors we employ. For example he has to meet with Century Maintenance to remind them to adhere to our contract with them regarding trimming hedges or the spraying for white fly disease. Bob also has to monitor and see about daily and long-term repairs and maintenance of LeClub, the Activity Center, the gate houses, the Tilford pool and tennis courts, as well as our offices which we share with COOCVE and the Reporter. Recently he followed up on a resident complaint regarding
trolley #157 since he is also our primary contact with the trolley company, as well as meeting with Jack Kornfield and me on hurricane preparedness. We often get complaints from residents about what they think is Master Management property, but which is actually their own. Bob resolves many of these through a computer program which clearly outlines the boundaries of each condo. Bob also arranges for the repair of bus parking shelters and benches, and supervised the removal of the myriad number of stop signs throughout our Village. In addition to responding to me for information requests, Bob has to respond to the fourteen other directors as well as provide responses to many resident letters. Bob is on the job.
Respectfully Submitted by Jules Kesselman
Village Minutes Board of Directors of Master Management August 14, 2008 President Charles Parness called the meeting to order at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 14, 2008. In attendance were Reva Behr, Donna Dowling, Jules Kesselman, Jack Kornfield, Bill Morse, Charles Parness, Donna Capobianco, Anthony Falco, Mel Schmier, Ira Grossman and Susan Koser; via phone, Ira Somerset and Marilyn Lane Guest present was Robert Kratchoff, Director of Operations. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the President called for a reading of the Minutes of the last meeting, of July 10, 2008. Several directors called for a motion to waive the reading, as the Minutes appeared in the August 2008 issue of the CVE Reporter. There were no additions or corrections. Treasurer’s Report - Bill Morse The CVE Master Management Financial Report prepared by Bill Morse was e-mailed to all Board members and discussed in detail. For the month of July, Net income was $20,290; Total Income was $695,706 and Expenses were $675,416. For the YTD Jan-July Net Income was $187,935; Total Income was $4,917,259; and Total Expenses were $4,729,324. Assets were $2,113, 570; Liabilities of 1,151,827 and Total Equity was $961,743. Net status of assessments receivable from monthly coupons is that there is now $88,343 in arrears coming from unit owners; Net status of prepaid assessments from coupons is $368,122 in prepayments from unit owners. President’s Report Charles Parness The Reporter is in the process of moving to the pharmacy space. The room has been cleared and is now ready for renovation by the Reporter. Renovations should begin shortly and take about 2-3 weeks. All renovation will be paid by the Reporter. Irrigation Project A meeting was held with Mike Perkins and area chairs and vice-chairs to meet one another and enlist their assistance in the survey and design phase. He will be visiting every section and view the grounds around all buildings as well as speaking with the chairs and building presidents to see what is working and not working as well as their plans for any future gardening and planting. Bar Code Replacement A new procedure for replacement of barcodes started this week. The old procedure required residents
to visit the ID office and then visit the Master Management office to have the bar-code installed. The new procedures allow residents to phone into the ID office and then visit the offices to have the replacement bar-code installed. Charles Parness also stated that on Thursday, December 18, 2008 the second annual Master Management Open meeting for all residents will be held at the Clubhouse in the Party Room. Angel Torres from United Security addressed the Board and mentioned that he submitted a request for an increase to the Board. Charles stated that the Board will review what he submitted and if they have any interest it will be brought up under New Business. Correspondence - Susan Koser Letter from Daniel LoBono, Newport H– concerned about having enough security on the evenings the Democratic Club meets and issued a complaint about the Number 2 trolley. Sheila Labella, Newport G – has a problem with the weekly watering of her lawn. Donna Winston, Westbury F– complaint about Comcast eliminating the WPB channel 5 news. Carol Berner, Cambridge F – does not think we should allow unauthorized people into village without security measures and wants to know the cost of all stop signs that were put up and taken down and wants other signs put back up. Committee Reports Transportation Committee - Donna Capobianco Donna Capobianco discussed in detail the Transportation Committee Report which was sent to all Board members for review. 1. All 90 series bus service ends in January 2009. 2. One BCT bus will run on Hillsboro Beach to 441 and will stop in CVE starting January 2009; Hillsboro buses will not stop inside any shopping center – street stops only; BCT is no longer willing to contract with CVE and is no longer offering any options 3. BCT cutbacks are county wide. 90 series route ridership ranks among lowest in county. 4. BCT offered CVE the opportunity to explore community bus service with Deerfield Beach. City agreed to provide community bus routes only if CVE and BCT paid for everything. Given city budget cuts, City would not participate in cost sharing; Community bus part-
nering with City and BCT came out higher in cost than private company bids - Community busses are not an option. 5. CVE current inside trolley service demanded more money or will go out of business. CVE was forced to currently pay more; vehicles are non-ADA and will not be upgraded in future; residents complaining – step height. 6. MM Transportation committee sent out RFP’s for private companies to bid on inside and outside routes. Donna Capobianco spoke with Nancy Giordano from the Recreation Committee and Nancy assured Donna that there is no reason that the Committee would not approve the use of the Clubhouse as a depot for busses. Any new company we hire might need space to keep vehicles, and office for a transportation person. There followed a question and discussion about the list of companies whom were sent an RFP and the bidding process. Donna Capobianco explained the process in detail and will provide a list of names of the companies which were sent the RFP. Transportation Fund Marketing -Donna Dowling Donna Dowling reported on the Community Partnership Program – a Swipe card. Over the course of a year, local merchants will provide a percentage of sales back to CVE which will help defray the cost of the new transportation to Master Management not the individual riders. Contact has been made with Target and Deerfield Mall Management. Currently waiting to hear from businesses, should have a report in the next week or two. Management Replacement – Donna Capobianco Donna Capobianco informed the Board that the RFP for Management Replacement went out and only one company out of five has declined. The bids are expected back by the end of the month. Gilson Legal Action Mark Bogen Mark Bogen briefed MM Board on the current litigation with Mr. Ross Gilson of Ventnor B. He is requesting over 10,000 pieces of data and thousands of documents from this corporation. The initial meeting is scheduled for August 21st at 9:30am. Also, beginning in September a member of Mr. Bogen’s staff will be working at CVE four days/week for a couple hours a day. Beautification Committee – Reva Behr
The committee is currently working on replacement signs for in the Village. Replacement signs for entire Village would cost approximately 48-50K. A sample sign was shown to the Board. Westgate Landscaping – Seacrest submitted a bid for the landscaping for all three gates, re-facing guardhouses, and signage for the front gate. Landscaping for all three gates comes to approximately $18,000. The Committee will be getting bids on these projects and report back to the Board. The entrance flag has been removed and will be replaced shortly. Waste Management – Jules Kesselman Recycling will continue to be picked twice/week during the summer months. Jules Kesselman read a letter from the City of Deerfield Beach asking residents NOT to place their bulk trash next to the dumpsters. It needs to be placed five feet from the dumpster. Operations - Dir. of Operations Bob Kratchoff Hurricane Preparedness Motion made that we hire National Group as Century Village’s disaster mitigation company. Seconded. After a thorough discussion and comments from the Board, the above motion was tabled and seconded until Board received answers from various questions/e-mails and financial numbers for the deductible. It was requested that Bob Kratchoff send a copy of the hurricane preparedness plan to all Board members. White Fly – Bob Kratchoff reported on the infestation of White Fly and that it is very bad at CVE. G&V Shalom addressed the Board and discussed the White Fly issue at CVE
as well as a member from Bug Off. Bob stated that the responsibility of this issue falls under the Century Management Maintenance contract-schedule A. Bob said that he spoke with CMM and they stated they would defer to a 50/50 proposition. But, in an Area Chair meeting, it was reported CMM stated that they would agree to pay for the chemicals and labor. It was also mentioned that the Golf Course be made aware of the white fly issue as they own a majority of the perimeter hedges as well as the City of Deerfield Beach. The Board then requested Mark Bogen to send letters to CMM, the Golf Course and the City of Deerfield Beach regarding this situation. Irrigation Design Group Mike Perkins will be on site evaluating the properties today (8/14/08) and meeting with Area Chairs. Project is currently on schedule. Old Business: A Motion was made to cease spraying for torpedo grass and hydrophelia along the perimeter of the canals, lakes, lagoons and all waterways for six months to see what the effect is. Seconded. (Passed 8:2). Bob Kratchoff will be contacting Aquatic Systems and make them aware of this motion. New Business: Jack Kornfield will submit to the Board a written proposal on a Corporate Discount program for the residents of Century Village. It was asked to inform G&V Shalom when cutting trees in the Village, to remove the tree cuttings immediately. Adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 11:30am. Respectfully submitted by Diane Davis
The Mayor’s Message
By Al Capellini - Mayor/City of Deerfield Beach
Editor-in-Chief STEVEN H. FINE Assistant to the Editor Betty Schwartz Editorial Staff Seymour Blum Judy Olmstead Betty Schwartz Activities Editor Sandy Parness Production Norman Bloom Sid Goldstein Christie Voss Photo Journalists Sid Birns Jules Kesselman Al Miller Advertising Consultants Susan Dove Arlene Fine Estelle Sabsels
Office Staff Norman Bloom, Carol Carr, Susan Dove, Arlene Fine, Bea Litner, Sandy Parness, Toni Ponto, Betty Schwartz, Gert Schwartz, Estelle Sabsels, Sandy Schmier Staff Cartoonist Alan G. Rifkin Alvin Sherman 1913-2000
Art Director Christie Voss
Columnists and Regular Contributors Shelly Baskin, Harvey Beaber, Sid Birns, Evelyn Bloom, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Mayor Al Capellini, Mary Catherine Castro, Herb Charatz, Marion G. Cohen, Richard William Cooke, Senator Ted Deutch, Arlene Fine, Jack Galit, Max Garber, Commissioner Steve Gonot, Gilbert Gordon, Rolf Grayson, Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Harry L. Katz, Louis Kaufman, Jules Kesselman, Richard Koenig, Rosalind Lerman, Jess Levin, Dory Leviss, Bea Litner, Dr. Norma Locker, Rosalind Mandell, Pauline Mizrach, Judy Olmstead, Nelia Panza, Lori Parrish, Charles Parness, Phyllis Pistolis, Commissioner Marty Popelsky, Eva Rachesky, Gloria Shomer, Rosalyn Spitzer, Helene Wayne, Carl Weitz, Lucille Weitz, Jerry Wolf, Robert Winston, Janice Zamsky. Business Manager Steven H. Fine
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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. Residents are advised to check with the person they are hiring to be sure he is licensed and insured.
From the President By IRA GROSSMAN, President COOCVE Thank God, Tropical Storm Fay blew through Century Village without doing much damage to the community. The only setback was that Cendeer did not open the Clubhouse so that the scheduled COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting could not take place on Tuesday, August 19th. God willing, the next scheduled meeting for September 16 will not be interrupted. The Reporter has been undergoing a face lift. In spite of the ongoing changes to improve the product for the Village, the dedicated volunteer staff is working overtime to produce what many say is the best Community paper anywhere. Editor and Business Manager, Steven H. Fine told me he has a surprise
for the residents of our wonderful community which he would reveal at the October 21st Board of Directors meeting. We are anticipating a smooth transition by Seacrest Services in January 2009. We at COOCVE are looking forward to a more unified Village and we believe we are headed in the right direction. Haven’t you noticed that enthusiasm is a magic spark that inspires an entire department, company or a community? It breeds confidence and courage in everyone within it’s radius. Be enthusiastic about your job, about your condo and everything it stands for. Thank you Century Village. Ira Grossman, President COOCVE.
Hello everyone! The summer months are almost over and the budget has been received by the City Commission for acceptance. As I mentioned previously July allows the staff and City Manager to prepare the preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year. The Commission will have a workshop on Tuesday August 26, 2008 at 6 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the submitted budget. A small decrease in our tax rate is anticipated at this time. No increase to the fire assessment fee either. As mentioned before my major concern is next year’s budget and some expected shortfalls. At the last meeting the
commission decided to go forward with the funding ($17 million) for the expansion of our water plant. This is a positive move and will secure our future water needs and update our plant facility that is 50 years old. At my June letter I mentioned my concern about participating in a Federal study because Hillsboro was
not contributing. At that time with limited information we believed that there was only a small benefit to be realized by the Federal funds. We received more information and I requested that the commission should reconsider the vote. Therefore the commitment required by the City to participate in a Federal funded study was approved by your commission. This too will secure our position and help us if a disaster occurs. I hope everyone enjoys the remaining summer and I will talk to you again next month. Please don’t forget the primaries. Albert R. Capellini, Mayor Deerfield Beach, Florida
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.
The Atkins Schmaltz Diet
To the Editor: I just had to write to you after reading the Atkins Schmaltz Diet by Jerome Allen Gonicberg, in the June Reporter. I brought it to my family and friends in New York to also enjoy. We all laughed so much, it was so nostalgic that some made copies to send to relatives who live elsewhere, away from Brooklyn and New Jersey! Please keep his stories coming, they are priceless. Kudos to you, Mr. Gonicberg, you really told it like it was! Thanks for a hilarious column. -GLORIA BARRISH Newport G
Reporter on line
To the Editor: Thank you for putting the paper on line. I am sure all seasonal residents appreciate having the ability to follow the news relating to the Village. -IRVING AARON Cambridge E (Editor’s note: I have received emails and letters from many seasonal residents all echoing your sentiments. Thanks for your comments.)
You made my day, yes, you did! To the Editor: I enjoyed the June issue, Reporter Photos, the Olden Days, called Timeline of Brooklyn (1926 to the Present). Looking back to my Brooklyn Brighton Beach days where I lived for 34 years. Memories of that
street and time and remembering special days: the first Mermaid Parade, Coney Island 1983 which I attended; my favorite place—the many concerts and shows at the Academy of Music, including New Wave Festivals. My copies of the Timeline Photos are shared with friends and Steve, my son. -PAULINE MIZRACH Durham R
The sound system at the Clubhouse must be replaced. Everyone is aware of how awful the present system is. For years now, the response to this matter is “we’re looking into it,” but no results. This situation should be given a top priority, for what good is a show or movie if you can’t hear the voices or music. -EUGENE BEIN Lyndhurst F
The Years Fly By
To The Editor: Suddenly, I realize that I am about to become a senior senior citizen, soon to reach 90, an age not even fantasized years ago. My world is shrinking and there doesn’t seem to be many old friends around. This was brought home to me when my dear friend, Fran Lipman passed on. Everyone loved her, a sweet lady who wanted to help the whole world. Every person, every cause she wanted to help and did. She was the Good Health Lady for the CVE Shuffleboard Club and also the Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary. Always smiling, very energetic attending exercise classes,
playing shuffleboard, dancing, card games, and shows. It was my good fortune to spend about 10 years with her on cruises, trips to Italy, Alaska, summer camps and weddings, bar mitzvahs, with her large and lovely family and with mine also. She even watched baseball games with me and became a Marlin fan. Fran was short in stature but everyone who knew her agrees, large in heart. Her three children, six grandchildren, sister and brother and other relatives and friends and I will miss her. May she rest in peace. -MAX GARBER Upminster M
Where is the United Nations?
The recent brazen attack by Russia against its small neighbor Georgia was nothing more than a bully attack to prevent a competitive pipeline from completion. It further acted as a warning against an array of smaller former satellites of the Soviet Union, which Mr. Putin apparently tries to resurrect. If any other less powerful country would have done anything like that, the UN and the Executive Council would have been in endless sessions issuing resolutions and more. It becomes clearly evident how little the world and the behavior of some nations have changed since the end of the Second World War or the cold war and how precarious our globe remains. -ROLF GRAYSON Richmond A
Village Minutes COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting August 11, 2008 President Ira Grossman called the meeting to order at approximately 9:30 a.m. Chairmen of thirteen of the twenty-one Areas attended, in addition to COOCVE President Ira Grossman, Vice Presidents Steven Fine and Jim McLear, and SecretaryTreasurer Ken Barnett. President Grossman invited the other COOCVE officers to address the meeting. Steve Fine took the opportunity to tell the attendees that the Reporter is in the midst of its planned move, and expressed optimism about both the Reporter and the Village in the coming year. Ira then introduced Anthony D’Amato of Seacrest, and invited all attendees to speak in turn. Ira opened up the discussion by noting that unit owners need to change any outstanding authorizations we’ve given our individual banks to pay Century Maintenance or Master Management, and asked how do we go about that. Mr. D’Amato explained that in November, Seacrest will send out notices to the Associations about the new payment process, including forms for unit owners to authorize
Seacrest to debit our bank accounts for our payments to the new Association bank accounts. Steven Fine stated that the September Reporter would publish an article from Mark Wade, President/CEO of Seacrest Services, Inc. detailing several aspects of the transition. Seacrest plans to discontinue the use of drop-boxes for payments in the Village, in order to avoid delays and errors in posting payments, but Ira asked D’Amato to see with his superiors whether they couldn’t keep the drop-boxes, in view of the strong sentiment of many at the meeting in favor of keeping them. D’Amato of Seacrest emphasized that payments would first go into each Association’s own bank account, and any interest would accrue to the benefit of the Association. Seacrest strongly recommends that the Associations direct to the Seacrest-managed account all regularly scheduled payments, which Seacrest will then allocate to the different payees, as well as to Seacrest itself. Seacrest would be able to debit the Associations’ account only upon authorization from the Associ-
ation’s President, which would require Seacrest to present to the Association the underlying invoices that it will pay. A number of Chairmen noted that their buildings currently collect themselves the annual building assessments, and also handle other payments themselves such as for the laundry room and pest control. Mr. D’Amato recommended that we let Seacrest handle all our regular payments, and we’ll see that things run better. For example, he noted that by law, condo associations generally cannot force members to pay more than a quarter in advance, whereas we have been charging members for insurance and for the building assessments annually, which could make collection of a portion of our past dues unenforceable. Seacrest will also send out the overdue notices, until the delinquency reaches the point at which we turn it over to our lawyers for foreclosure. While Associations can choose not to have Seacrest handle their payments, they will pay the same service fee to Seacrest either way. Seacrest has already taken
over the payment management for Associations that previously used Century Maintenance (Bill Dellinger). In January, Seacrest will meet with each Association to gather its operating budget as far as what regularly scheduled payments the Association needs to make during the year. Based on this review, Seacrest will calculate a single quarterly coupon amount for each
unit owner to pay. Seacrest can also make recommendations to the Associations, such as how much reserves to maintain, but it is each Association’s decision on what to charge. Around 10:30 a.m., all Chairmen having had an opportunity to speak, the meeting was adjourned. Respectfully submitted by Ken Barnett.
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COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting July 8, 2008 Meeting opened at 9:30 a.m. In attendance were: Bill Schmier, Shelly Baskin, Danielle LoBono, Nancy Giordano, Donna Dowling, Don Kaplan, and for DRF: Abby Koffler, Eva Rachesky, and Dan Cruz. A motion was made and passed to waive the reading of the minutes from the June 10 meeting. There was a discussion on submitting to the Reporter a summary of only the minutes and actions of the Recreation Committee meetings and not the entire verbal statements. Nancy Giordano will look into contacting the scribe, who does the minutes for Master Management, to see if she is available to attend and scribe the minutes for the Recreation Committee meetings. After this discussion, a motion was made to summarize all Recreation Committee meeting minutes for the Reporter to include actions and motions. Motion seconded and passed. Correspondence - no correspondence. Chairman’s Report Temporary ID – If someone comes in with an old ID card, the corner is cut off so that the office knows that they were warned to get a new ID card from the ID office. In order to issue a temporary they need
to go to the ID office so they might as well get a new one. There are a still quite a number of people who have not turned in their old ID cards. Committee Member Reports Lyndhurst South Pool – A fresh coat of paint has just been applied to the deck and it is already showing some peeling/chipping from dragging the old metal pool furniture. We need to look into some other way instead of painting every three to four months. It was mentioned that the installation of pavers will help prevent this issue. It was requested that a schedule of the painting and installation of pavers be made available. A committee member mentioned that Channel 98 is the same as Channel 12. Donna Dowling mentioned that Channel 95 is now becoming Channel 98 and when this is complete a notice will be sent out. Also there are some problems with Channel 99 – MM is aware of this and is working on getting it fixed. Nancy Giordano discussed and reported on the financials of the Recreation Committee. Projected figures for 2007/2008 budget; projected revenues - $4,985,000; projected taxes and insurance $840,162; projected operating
expenses - $4,748,788; projected net income $236,000. DRF Reports Abby Koffler reported that there was a loss in the theatre for the month of June of $1,700, which is typical for this time of year. On the agenda under old business, Jeff Chester had asked that we establish a relationship with Harris Conservatory. Abby looked into this and they have been out of business in the music department for over two years. They are strictly a ballet school. Eva Rachesky reported that the Party Room carpet has been replaced. The repair to the dance floor is scheduled for later in the month at no expense to Recreation Committee. The air handler is due to be repaired but we are currently waiting for a crane to be scheduled. A notice will be provided when this repair is to take place so that an announcement can be made on Channel 99. The concrete and asphalt repairs have been completed on the circular front. Specs sheets were provided to Seacrest in the meeting, but we have not heard back from them. We were notified from the inspector that all propane tanks in the ground from the laundry facility need to be
removed. A bid has been received and it is approximately $13,000 to remove eight tanks. Pool house plans – Received the sealed plans so they are ready to go out and get bids with the Committee’s approval. Dan Cruz mentioned that he reviewed the plans and has the plans for the plumbing, mechanical and electrical but is still missing the handicap ramps for both locations - Grantham and Markham. We are currently looking at the project being completed by the October timeframe. Markham Well – currently working on obtaining a consumption permit. Approval for eliminating ramps for pavers – Grantham, Ventnor and Markham. Cost for Markham pool deck pavers is approximately $60,000 for coping and pavers. Cost for Grantham pool deck pavers is approximately $45,000 for coping and pavers. There seems to be an issue with the pavers at the Newport pool where they have sunk. Dan explained that they are taking care of this by installing gutters and the water will then drain onto the grass. It was mentioned that the darker color pavers are very hot and would be best to consider using lighter color pavers. A question was raised as to how much more money would it cost to install the pavers at the Markham pool instead of Ventnor pool?
It will cost approximately $15,000. After a thorough discussion, Nancy Giordano made a motion to approve the plan to get bids on light colored pavers for completion of the paving project at the Markham and Grantham pools for the 2007/2008 budget for approximately $105,000. Motion seconded and passed. Ashley pool sign – sign has been missing since the pool was painted. The committee discussed the changes to the sign which were as follows; removing from the sign no weapons by the pool area and adding to the sign; security phone number, no motorized scooters by the pool area and no smoking in the pool area. After a thorough discussion, it was asked that a new proposal be submitted to the Board at the August meeting to redo all the pool signs and not just the Ashley pool. Pool Furniture – The Board had a discussion regarding the purchasing of new pool furniture for the following pools; Berkshire, Lyndhurst South, Markham, Oakridge, Upminster and Ventnor. All pools will then be equipped with new furniture. After discussing and reviewing the different types of pool furniture, Nancy Giordano made a motion to purchase new pool furniture, basket weave/ cross strap design, at a cost of $102,690 plus tax and shipping, with a one year manu-
SEPTEMBER 2008 facturer’s warranty and extra skids will also be provided. Seconded and passed unanimously. The designated smoking areas are currently in place. We are waiting to move some overgrown trees from the Clubhouse pool area to the Richmond pool area. It was asked that an additional ashtray be put at the Lyndhurst North pool area. Nancy Giordano discussed the additions to the 2008/2009 special project list. The HD video for theatre and extra equipment – this is done and this will be installed by November 1. Ladies and Men’s locker room renovation; upgrade lighting on ground floor clubhouse, replace carpet on ground floor, expansion of exercise area, replace party room and locker room air handlers, replace theatre air handler and frequency drive, replace air handler for main floor hallways, clean and reseal exterior of clubhouse, painting of clubhouse pool deck, painting of Grantham and Ventnor pool decks, Ashley and Lyndhurst N bathroom renovations, new pool furniture – already completed. The committee will review these recommendations. Photo Lab – It was recommended to use this as another general purpose room. The only expense would be to remove a wall, all but one existing sink and put vinyl or carpet on the floor. A quote will be prepared and discussed at the August meeting. Unfinished Business – Copies of the Reporter in the Clubhouse – copies are currently in the DRF office and staff office. Moving the free newspaper stands back to where they were, near the Tennis Courts A work order will be made to have this completed. Liens were discussed. It was asked that Board members be kept abreast of lien issues. This discussion was tabled Overtime pay for recording of COOCVE and MM meetings - It was mentioned that Jeff Kessler wanted all the meetings to be taped and aired on Channel 98. There will be an overtime cost to pay for this and it would need to be approved by MM and COOCVE. For budget purposes, we need to be sure this is approved. The discussion was tabled. Trees at Richmond Pool – in process Sealing of pavers – in process Inventory of pool keys – in process Update of dress code in Clubhouse – After a lengthy discussion the board tabled it for the next meeting. Remove traffic tape at tunnel entrance - will be removed shortly Update on Seacrest contracts – provided them with specs, but still have not heard back.
Master Management agreed to pay for flow meters for clubhouse pumps Handball and Basketball half court – Dan to get a price for this and get back to Board Gazebo stands – committee would like to get bids to purchase barbecue’s/tables/awning for residents to reserve area for entertaining Maintenance of Bocce courts – completed Installation of TV in office – Nancy will get a price of 42” LCD Golf course using party room – on hold Schedule of videos to be shown on channel 98 – tabled for next meeting New Business A motion was made to remove Mark Bogen as counsel for the Recreation Committee. Motion seconded. During the discussion, Nancy Giordano read an e-mail she received from Jeff Chester: “Please inform the committee that Mark Bogan and Mark Levy have agreed to pay $15,000 for the expenses related to the real estate office. Furthermore, he
agreed to pay the expenses for the next three years.” After a lengthy discussion, Nancy will send a copy of this e-mail to the committee members and get figures for the next three years so that the committee can make a decision. The motion was tabled for the August meeting. A committee member brought up a discussion to remove Jeff Chester as Chairperson, since he is on medical leave and appoint Nancy Giordano. This is so that another Vice Chair can be elected to assist Nancy. After a very brief discussion, Nancy and other committee members stated that Jeff has done a remarkable job in the past year and this was not necessary. A comment was made that a renter is holding club meetings here and if this is allowed. A committee member will be looking into this. Phil’s trimming service will be trimming the trees over the canopy stands. A question was asked if you need to have Board approval if renting/occupying a
unit in a non rental building – Yes, all rentals must be Board approved. There was a request made to fix the outside area of the Richmond pool. It is in very bad shape and needs some attention. This area is near the
low end of the pool closest to the steps. Next months recreation meeting is August 12. Meeting adjourned at 12:00. Submitted by Recreation Committee
Condo News News & Views By JUDY OLMSTEAD
First, I would like to clarify a statement made in last month’s News and Views column. In order to make sure that there is one summer resident available to vote at COOCVE meetings, one of your directors or alternate directors who is a snowbird should submit a written resignation and then (under Section 4.12 of my association’s By-Laws) a new director can be elected by the association’s Board of Directors. To my knowledge, the COOCVE By-Laws do not deal with the resignation of a director or alternate and, therefore, if there is a resignation midyear, that opening may be filled by the Board. It is not by appointment as stated in my last column. In addition, COOCVE needs to be notified of the change so that he or she can be counted towards a quorum and allowed to vote. I have verified with Nancy Giordano, acting chairperson of the Recreation Committee, that any resident with a valid ID may bring a guest to the clubhouse at any time. Previously, either Security or the ID office would sell a daily pass for $2.00 to attend shows at the clubhouse. Because it caused more problems and paperwork than the income
merited, the rule was changed several months ago by Motion and vote at a Recreation Committee meeting. There were several minor incidents reported by Security and the BSO. Two bicycles that we know of were stolen. In one case, a bike was taken and replaced with a smaller bike. In the second case, the chain was ripped apart but, coincidentally, the victim had a run-in with one of her neighbors on the same day. He, apparently, is a trash collector and was ruining the laundry and storage area with all his trash which resulted in an argument and one unit owner calling the BSO. One of the problems with each building being its own Association is that the Boards may feel that their hands are tied in dealing with residents that are possibly mentally challenged or otherwise cause
problems for their neighbors. It is believed that the application fee paid by potential buyers will actually be used, once Seacrest comes on board, in order to have a criminal background and credit check performed. While it was nice to get the $100.00 fee returned to the building, that fee turns out to be much higher when a resident is approved who has caused problems elsewhere or who cannot or will not pay their building fees and then is judgment proof because of high mortgages and other debts. Another issue I have heard mentioned more often lately is the subject of pets. One incident, where the BSO had to be called, involved a bird making so much noise that one resident ended up hitting another resident. Birds have traditionally been allowed because the By-Laws say no “walking pet or animal on the condominium property or within the confines of his unit.” I do not know how the courts have or would interpret that description. This provision is found in Section 12.1 of the By-Laws governing my Association, under the heading “BY-LAWS RELATING TO USE AND DECORUM. RULES AND REGULATIONS.” Under Section 12.1 p., even if the pet is not a “walking pet or animal,” “no other pets may be kept
without the written consent of the Association” and, no animal or pet may be harbored within a unit that would create a nuisance to any other unit owner.” The determination that an animal or pet creates a nuisance is made by the Board and is conclusive and binding on all parties. Now I am not giving legal advice, but anyone with these issues can look at their building documents to deal with these problems before they escalate into physical or verbal attacks. In my opinion, it is unfortunate that the courts in Florida have been allowing unit owners to maintain pets under an emotional well-being argument even if the pets create a nuisance to their neighbors. The Florida judges apparently do not care if you have to listen to a dog barking all day in the unit next to yours or if you can’t breathe because you are allergic to cats. There are condominiums all over Florida that permit animals, but this was not supposed to be one of them. After writing this column for several months and hearing from other residents, it is my thought that after COOCVE and Master Management solve some of the more pressing issues that we inherited from Trinchi, we should figure out a way to unite the Village and give authority to COOCVE to bring
uniformity among the Associations. This also seems the time to mention that the new amendments to the Florida Condominium Act require all candidates for office to certify that they have read the building documents and laws governing their associations. Jeff Chester offers classes in reading and understanding the Declaration, By-Laws, and statutes. More Board members and officers should take advantage of what he has to offer since they are confusing. A copy of the 2008 Condominium Act and Administrative Code can be obtained by calling 1-800-226-9101. For all other inquiries call 1-850-4881122. In July there was another incident with an aide stealing a resident’s charge cards and opening new accounts in his name. Obviously, with so many aides in the Village, the majority are honest, just as most of the residents here are honest, but the aide issue is not going away. In addition, two residents reported large sums of money taken from their pants pockets left in the locker room at the clubhouse. While it is somewhat questionable why anyone would leave large sums of money unattended in this manner, petty crimes, such as this, can occur more often in the summer months when the See News, pg 16A
Condo News Cen-Deer – Most commonly asked questions By EVA RACHESKY
Administration/Cen-Deer Communities Office What type of attire is permitted at the Dances held in the Party Room? Shorts and skorts will not be considered appropriate attire and will not be permitted for the Party Room Dances year round. Residents wearing trousers, slacks, skirts or dresses will be welcome. Staff Office There are a lot of meetings and resident activities at the Clubhouse. How are rooms reserved for these meetings and activities? Rooms are reserved in the Staff Office Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Rooms can be reserved for resident activities, special events or club meetings. Also, Area Chairmen or Building Presidents requiring room reservations for their annual election or business meetings may come to the Staff Office during these hours to make their reservation and receive a reservation slip. Please Note: reservations insure the room will be available to the reserving resident for the time and date indicated on the reservation slip, and take precedence over anyone using the room at that time without a reservation. If there are any questions or disagreements about the use of the room please proceed to the Staff Office for resolution. ID Department When I am not in residence in Deerfield Beach Century Village East what procedures must be followed in order to have guests occupy my unit? 1. I will write a letter to the building president 2. I will state the name of my guest(s) 3. I will include the exact dates of the visit 4. The letter will be taken to the building president for approval & the building president will sign the letter and affix the building seal 5. The letter will then be brought to the ID Office for the pass to be issued to the guest(s) Note: You will have to call the guest(s) in at the front gate when they arrive at CVE Theater Do you ever show captioned movies specifically for the hearing impaired? We are happy to report that beginning in November we will be able to present captioning for our hearing impaired residents. The first viewing of each film run will be presented in captions. Please note that, since the scheduling varies, this could be either a matinee or an evening presentation of the film. Athletic Department Will lifting weights help me lose weight? Studies have confirmed that strength training, combined with cardio and/or aerobics exercise plus sensible eating habits will help individuals to
eliminate unwanted fat. Recreation Maintenance What is happening at the Grantham and Markham pools? As we mentioned in the July issue of the CVE Reporter, our goal is to try to inconvenience as few residents as possible when we perform large maintenance jobs. Since this is the lighter off season, a complete refurbishment of the Grantham and Markham pool bathrooms has been approved by the Recreation Committee and will begin September 1st. These pool areas will be closed for approximately three months and will be considered a construction zone. For their own safety, residents are requested to respect the construction barrier that will be placed around the two pools. While there will be some inconvenience to those residents who normally use the Grantham and Markham pools, the end result should be such that their pleasure and relaxation will be enhanced when they resume using these pools. Additionally, during the three month closure period there are the 13 other pools for residents’ use
located throughout CVE including the two pools located at the Clubhouse. Class Office Why was the Copa cancelled in August and September? The Copa was cancelled by the presenter, Ira Weisburd, because the attendance is very low at this time of year. The Copa will resume in October. Evening/Weekend Staff Office What if I have a room reserved at night or on the weekend and someone else is using the room? As noted in the Staff Office section of this article, residents having a problem with their room reservation and/ or use should proceed to the Staff Office for resolution. The Staff Office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week and is only closed when the Clubhouse is closed. If necessary, Staff Office personnel will engage Security in assisting with resolution of the situation. Ticket Office When do we pick up our Season tickets? Distribution starts in
October and any time thereafter. During season ticket distribution week, the Ticket Office hours are from 9a.m. – 11:45a.m. and 1p.m. – 4p.m. Numbers are given out beginning at 8am by the security guard in the game room. Number give out stops at 11:30a.m. (prior to lunch break) and at 3:30p.m. (prior to office closing for day). During Ticket Give Out regular tickets will only be sold one hour prior to show time. Valid IDs are required for each person listed on your flyer at time of pick up. For Ticket Give Out specific dates are designated according to the first letter of the resident’s last name. October 13: All apartments – last name beginning with A, B, C, D, or E October 14: All apartments – last name beginning with F, G, H, I, J, or K October 15: All apartments – last name beginning with L, M, N, O, P, or Q October 17: All apartments – last name beginning with R &S October 19: All apartments – last name beginning with T, U, V, W, X, Y or Z After Ticket Give Out the Ticket Office hours will return to the normal times: 9:30a.m.to 12 noon and 1:00p.m.to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.
COOCVE Appointed Committee Members for 2008-2009 By IRA GROSSMAN
GRIEVANCE Chairman-Kathy Richards James McLear Bernie Parness BUDGET & FINANCE Lloyd Berrin Nancy Giordano Elaine Kesselman Gloria Olmstead CIVIC & CULTURAL Bob Bender Jack Kornfield Barbara Nathan-Marcus Judy Schneider
ADVISORY Jeff Chester Irving Ginsberg Marilyn Lane Harvey Masef CONTRACT Arthur Dove Anthony Falco Caral Falco Marilyn Lane Judy Olmstead Filippo Russo Joe Sachs
INSURANCE Jeff Chester James McLear Karen Wade BY-LAWS Chairman Jack Kornfield Eugene Goldman Bruce Gursey Fillipo Russo Ira Somerset AUDIT Chairman Al Bakelman Bruce Gursey Gloria Olmstead Bernard Pittinsky
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locker rooms are often empty between classes or our buildings have fewer people going in and out of their units. Don’t take money to the pools or locker rooms and don’t leave your doors unlocked. This may be one of the safest places to live, but no one can guarantee that no crimes or thefts will occur. I have just learned that my yahoo mailbox has been blocking all of my incoming mail from Seacrest, so if you have written to me and received no response, please try again at judy327@ comcast.net instead of my address at judycve@yahoo. com. In July my Association hired Seacrest to handle the financials until January and to do some repair work on the building. I hope to have a report on Seacrest in next month’s paper, but so far I am impressed with their service. I would also like to hear from unit owners who have had roof inspections performed in order to receive discounts on their condo unit insurance. The Citizens mitigation verification affidavit included in the notebook received from COOCVE entitled us to receive a discount on the master insurance which was reflected in the insurance payments we made last January. My insurance agent has not been clear on what, if any, discount I would receive if I have an inspection performed for condo insurance purposes so I have not done this. If you have had another inspection performed and saved money as a result, I would appreciate feedback from you so that I can spread the word to other residents. You can leave letters for me at the Reporter if you do not use email.
Condo News Protecting the Community and the Fair Housing Act By MARCY L. KRAVIT, AMS The events of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks have led to increasing security concerns for community associations. Because of these security concerns, greater attention to the safety needs of community associations is a priority for boards, managers, staff, and security personnel. Increasing surveillance and alarm systems, implementing identification badges and other precautionary security, including advanced screening of prospective residents should be required. Because of these changing times and public policies emphasizing homeland security, the board of directors has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of the community. It is now necessary to focus on detailed background information from all prospective applicants prior to occupancy in community associations.Section 718.112(2) (i) of the Florida Condominium Act provides that an association may charge a transfer fee (up to $100) if the association, in the condominium documents “is required to approve such transfer.” Further, the Condominium Act specifically exempts from the
definition of official records: “information obtained by an association in connection with the approval of the lease, sale, or other transfer of a unit.” Florida’s condominium statute recognizes that an association may “approve” (and therefore presumably disapprove) unit leases or transfers, and that potentially sensitive information obtained in connection with the approval process should be protected from other unit owners’ rights to review that documentation. Florida’s courts have also upheld the right of an association to approve unit transfers. In 1975, in a federal court case called Chianese v. Culley the court upheld an association’s right of approval, based upon the fact that the declaration of condominium required the association to provide an alternate purchaser in the event that it disapproved the sale of a unit. Therefore, most declarations of condominium contain a provision which requires the association to furnish an alternate purchaser (or itself purchase the unit) if it disapproves a prospective purchaser. Warren Plant, of Renters Reference is an expert
on conducting background checks for over 27 years for condominium associations. In explaining his perspective in regard to this subject, Warren states, “One, I am pro-association, use common sense and deal with these issues every day. Two, if the condominiums couldn’t protect themselves from problem residents, they would be the dumping grounds for rejects from rental housing and criminals. Three, why then do the association documents give them the right to approve or disapprove? Four, why then does the Florida Condominium Act state that if they have the authority in their documents to approve or disapprove and if they have the authority to charge a fee, they then can charge a fee not to exceed $100 per person (other than a husband/wife or parent/dependent child) to offset their expenses in the approval process?” Plant expresses, “Most Association attorneys don’t run across applicant screening or the Association trying to “reject” someone, so they don’t deal with this issue very much and are not on the same page as I am. Many are
very “Marvin Milquetoast” or wishy-washy...if you do it, you might get sued. If I hit somebody with my car I’ll get sued, but that doesn’t stop me from driving.” Michael Chapnick is an attorney with the firm Chapnick Community Association Law, P.A. He is the firm’s managing shareholder and is dedicated to the representation of condominium associations, homeowners associations, cooperatives, timeshares, and deed restricted communities in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. With both individuals having extensive knowledge on this subject, they were presented with questions that relate to the screening process and rights of the association. It is advised you consult with your background screening company and attorney prior to making any decisions regarding this subject. Enclosed are their opinions based on their experience. Can an association deny an applicant due to a bad credit report? Plant: “Quite often yes... if the negative accounts on the credit report are relatively recent and there are a good number of negative accounts. It shows that the individual does not honor legal financial contracts, obligations, and agreements; that is his character and will he then have any
respect for the association’s rules and regulations, and restrictive covenants? Probably not because he doesn’t care about something that is going to impact him for the next seven years of his life... his credit report and credit history. In Florida, mortgage brokers are only licensed and not regulated like banks and credit unions. We have seen them approve people for mortgages when you wouldn’t lend the person a penny. They sell the mortgages to get new money in to lend out again. They could not sell these mortgages if the paperwork showed bad credit, so they change the figures! Halfway through this year, there have been more foreclosures in 2006 than all of last year! The mortgages get paid, the taxes get paid, the attorneys get paid, and what’s left for the association? Units are no longer appreciating to give the association the ability to collect any delinquency and what is rightfully owed to them. We used to say, if they have been approved for a mortgage then credit information is nice to know and can’t be used, but that was when there were only banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions issuing mortgages. It’s a whole different ballgame now.” Chapnick: “Associations See FHA, pg 22A
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do not have an inherent right to deny an applicant for purchase or lease based upon any factors. Typically in older declarations, if an association desired to reject a prospective purchaser, the association would have an obligation to either purchase or lease the unit, or to provide an alternate purchaser or lessee acceptable to it. The purpose of this requirement was to prevent associations from unreasonably prohibiting unit owners from selling or leasing their homes. However, some association’s governing documents, particularly in recent years, have been amended to allow associations to reject proposed purchasers or lessees “for cause,” without triggering a corresponding obligation on the association’s part to purchase or lease the unit (or to provide an acceptable alternate purchaser or lessee). The causes that would permit an association to reject a proposed purchaser or lessee are generally set forth in the declaration, as amended, and include such reasons as the proposed occupant has been convicted of a felony, has a history of failing to comply with rules and regulations in that or other associations, providing false information on occupancy applications, or has a history of financial instability (generally only applying to proposed purchasers). For those associations without the authority to reject a proposed occupant ‘for cause,’ where the association has the obligation to
purchase or provide an alternate purchaser (or lessee), the danger in rejecting, besides discrimination allegations, is that a prospective purchaser with financial resources may force the association to purchase multiple units until it finally gives in and approves the occupant (as in, the prospective purchasers continues to enter purchase agreements each time a unit is put on the market). For associations with the authority to reject a prospective purchaser for cause, the danger is that the guidelines for rejecting a proposed occupant will not be consistently applied, and that allegations of discrimination will arise.” What if they are preparing for an upcoming special assessment and the applicant does not prove to earn adequate funds to qualify for the obligation? Plant: If the Association has already passed a special assessment, this should be made known in the Estoppel letter or in some other fashion to the prospective buyer. The mere contemplation of a special assessment does not come into play because it hasn’t been approved. I would caution you about disclosing it because if a buyer backs out of the deal and the association doesn’t special assess, then you have infringed on the unit owners right to sell his property and caused him financial harm. Many associations that we screen for have amended their documents to state what a prospective applicant/owner’s annual income must be in order to
purchase and own a unit; some even have a minimum credit rating score now in their documents!” Can an association deny an applicant if they have a history of unacceptable conduct or failure to comply with rules in a previous community? Plant: “Yes, if you have the problem documented. Noise complaints, rules and regulation violations, not getting along with neighbors or the Board, non-payment of rent, maintenance, special assessments, mortgage, taxes, etc. which demonstrates that they are not qualified to live in a residential community setting with the same requirements of behavior and requirements.” If a person presents false information or misrepresentation on their application, can they be denied? Plant: “Yes, especially if the application form specifically states that any falsification, misrepresentation, or omission of information will result in their automatic disqualification.” Can a sexual predator or a person with a felony charge be denied? Plant: “Yes, especially if the application form specifically asks whether they have ever been convicted of or pled to a crime and they do not answer it completely and accurately. Besides, there are Florida court cases that state that the board may not act in any manner that would endanger any of their residents; that they must protect the welfare and well-being of their residents. I would rather
be judged by a jury being sued by a criminal (who will have no jury appeal) than defend myself from an innocent unit owner (or one of his guests or invitees) who was harmed by a criminal who had a propensity to commit such a crime.” What may be the repercussions if an association refuses an applicant? Plant: “Most Associations have the right to approve or disapprove a renter. On the other hand, if they do not approve a prospective buyer and the unit owner has followed proper procedures as described in the association’s documents to demand the “right of first refusal,” then the association must find another buyer or buy the unit at the same terms and conditions or approve the original purchaser, usually all within 30 days. However, we have a wonderful Florida court case called Coquina Club v. Mantz that says based on an application submitted, if the person is not qualified, there is no right of first refusal or any other obligation on the Association. With the proper background check conducted, the proper application form used, the association can rely on this court case to protect themselves. As you saw in the responses above, I underlined “not qualified” and “disqualified.” We instruct our customers to never say rejected, refused, denied, not approved, etc., but rather say that based on the application submitted and the background check conducted they were not qualified and the applicant has been afforded an opportunity to find out why they are not qualified from the company that conducted the background check.” Chapnick: “Under Federal, State, and local fair
housing laws, it is unlawful for associations to discriminate against proposed occupants on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, familial status, sexual orientation, and the like. If an association with the authority to do so desires to reject a proposed occupant, it must take special care to ensure that the criteria for screening applicants is uniformly applied, and that objective standards are observed. The “screening interview” can be particularly dangerous for associations, because it can open the door for an association to ask inappropriate and possibly discriminatory questions.” “To be safe, the “screening interview” should not be a time for an association to question a prospective occupant, but rather, should be a time to meet a proposed occupant that has already been approved, and to advise of the association’s rules and regulations (and answer any questions that the proposed occupant may have). All relevant questions should be included on the application for occupancy (which should be reviewed by association counsel for compliance with fair housing laws).” Plant: “You want your application form to contain hold harmless clauses for the Board, Officers and Management in the applicant screening procedures and for any determination made by the Board.” “There are basically five areas of disqualification that we use in our correspondence with rejected applicants: 1) The use of the unit by the prospective buyer or renter must not conflict with any rules and regulations or restrictive covenants 2) Any significant falsification or misrepresentation of information on the application 3) Any problematic behavior or non-compliance with requirements as a resident elsewhere 4) Criminal record causing a threat to the welfare and well-being of the other residents 5) Bad credit” There are other internal issues within the association such as if a unit owner owes any money to the association, they may not rent their unit until all financial obligations are paid in full. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission from the Editor of the Florida Community Association Journal dated November 2006. It puts clarity to many concerns of Condo Board members in our Village.
Condo News CVE Transportation Update By: DONNA CAPOBIANCO, MM Transportation Committee Chair BCT cutbacks are countywide, not just in Deerfield Beach. The 90 series routes rank among the lowest ridership in the county, so it is not cost effective for the BCT to keep them operating. Starting in mid-January, only one BCT (Broward County Transportation) bus will enter CVE. This bus will run on Hillsboro, from the Beach to 441 and NOT stop inside any shopping center. It will stop out on the street only. All our residents will pay as they go on this bus, as the BCT is no longer willing to contract with Master Management. BCT is no longer an option for Master Management. The BCT, suggested we explore an opportunity for Community Bus service with Deerfield Beach. Community buses are a partnership between a Broward city and the BCT, where the BCT provides vehicles and the city pays all operating expenses, i.e., driver wages and benefits, fuel, insurance, etc. In a meeting on July 16th, the day after the July COOCVE meeting, Master Management held a meeting with the BCT, the Deerfield Beach City Manager, Michael Mahaney, the District 3 Commissioner, Marty
Popelsky, Donna DeFronzo from NE Focal Point and Danielle Sylvester representing County Commissioner Kristin Jacob’s office. The City Manager agreed to provide Community Bus service as long as CVE and BCT paid for everything. We asked BCT to obtain bids from private companies on the same route structure proposed for Community Bus, to see a cost comparison based on hourly rate. Community Bus partnering with the city and BCT came out higher in cost than private company bids for the same route examples. As CVE would have to cover those costs, we learned Community Buses are not an option. Compounding the BCT issues, our current inside private trolley company demanded more money to cover fuel costs or it would likely go out of business. There was no provision in our contract to allow this, but we were forced to pay more and have been paying $5,000 more a month since June. This vendor’s vehicles are non-ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant, and the vendor expressed no intention of upgrading them. We receive many complaints about the trolleys
and have learned many of our residents cannot ride them because they cannot step high enough to get on them. Given both the BCT and trolley issues, the Master Management Transportation Committee has sent out a Request for Proposal to private companies to bid on inside and outside routes. There are several considerations as we go through this process. Some of these are: 1. Greatest ridership is to Deerfield Mall and NB Med Ctr. 2. Lowest ridership is to Town Center, Pompano Citi Center and the Beach. 3. What are trade-offs if cost of accommodating all current stops is too high? 4. What will be the impact on our low-income seniors and local businesses dependent on CVE customers? 5. Can Master Management partner with local businesses to help defray the cost of private service. 6. Master Management must make decisions by October as budget due in November. Commissioner Popelsky stated that some BCT buses would continue to run.
Master Management asked to be placed on the August COOCVE meeting agenda to provide the Directors with what they know and answer questions. Ira Grossman informed us at the Aug. 14th Master Management meeting that the COOCVE executives decided we will not be allowed to speak. They decided transportation is
not a COOCVE issue. Given this decision, the committee will do it’s best to keep the residents informed by reporting at Master Management meetings, posting reports on CVEDB.com, in the Reporter and on channel 98, as our meeting was video taped. Submitted by: Donna Capobianco, MM Transportation Committee Chair.)
A Message From Security
Discount on Home-owners Insurance
By ANGEL TORRES, Security Manager Century Village is a big community and we need your help to keep it safe by being alert at all times. 1. Report all suspicious individuals or activity to security no matter how small, call 954-421-3552 or 954-596-4411. In an emergency or if the situation warrants it, call 911 first, then security. 2. The top lock of your unit is the most secure way to lock your door. When the top lock is not in the locked position it is visible from the outside. This will encourage someone to pick your bottom lock, which can easily be done in a matter of seconds. 3. Since it is so easy to quickly pick your bottom lock, please make sure you keep the top lock, also known as a deadbolt engaged at all times. This includes when you’re at home, doing laundry, checking the mail or leaving for the day. 4. Do be aware of distraction thefts. This is when someone arrives at your door and identifies himself or herself as an official, or representative from a utility company
or building inspector. They usually work in pairs. Upon entering that unit one person distracts you while the other person goes into other rooms taking valuables. Check their I.D. from your window, if you are suspicious call security at once for assistance. 5. Use care as to what roommate, service provider or companion you give keys to. Keys are easily copied, unless you install a lock that prevents someone from making a copy without your authorization. Please consult your local locksmith for additional information on locks with this protection. 6. Do not make your vehicle a target, in or out of the village. Always lock the doors and do not leave valuables where they are visible and inviting. 7. When shopping, do not leave your pocketbook in the shopping cart which can be easily taken by someone while you are busy selecting items. In the past, the sheriff’s department has responded to numerous calls of this nature in shopping areas.
If you have autho-
rized an I.D. card for a roommate, service provider or companion, please make sure you retrieve it and turn it into the I.D. office upon termination of the relationship. 9.
To make you vis-
ible to motor vehicles at night, when walking bring a flashlight with you or wear reflective clothing. Bike riders should also wear reflective clothing and make sure their bicycle is equipped with reflectors. 10.
Please call in all your
guests and make sure they have your proper address and name upon arrival to prevent inconvenience and delays at the front gate. This includes taxi cabs or limousine service. Your help in following the above will help keep you safe, make Century Village a safer community to live in. REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO 954421-3552 OR 954-596-4411.
By: CHARLES K. PARNESS
Some insurance companies will give you a credit up to 35 % on your homeowner’s insurance, if you can give them a completed mitigation form. This completed mitigation form “Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form (1802 dated 07/07)” can be obtained for $50 per apartment. First, check with your homeowner insurance broker to see if they will give you a rebate . Second, call roof inspector Don Meyler 954-971-0512 to obtain this form. I understand
a visit to your apartment may be required. There is no guarantee that the $50 you spend will get you a premium reduction, but everyone I have spoken to has received a discount. When you call him, ask about a method to protect your inspection fee. Please note: There are others who will also provide this form and you may use them. Prices vary from $50 to $85 per apartment).
Consumer Interest “Ask Lori…Parrish on Appraisal”
Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Answers Your Questions… “Market is Down, But Florida Law Increases Assessments” Dear Lori: I own a small condominium. After checking my property record on your website, I noticed my Just Value has dropped $20,000 but my Assessed/SOH Value still increased 3%. Why do assessments increase in a down market? S.G., Fort Lauderdale, FL A little known quirk in Florida law will mean almost 400,000 homeowners in Broward County will see their property tax assessments go up – not down – this year. The higher assessments come despite the fact Broward properties dropped on average 4.8% in the past year, a dramatic reversal after years of doubledigit gains. In 1992, the 3% “Save Our Homes” tax cap became law. But in 1995, Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Florida Department of Revenue approved a rule during times of declining real estate market
value. The “recapture rule” requires property appraisers to raise the assessed value of a Homesteaded property by the 3% annual cap level until it reaches the same amount as the market value. A taxpayer automatically receives “Save Our Homes” protection starting the year after first obtaining a Homestead Exemption. This law limits the increase in assessed values for properties receiving the Homestead Exemption to no more than 3% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The limit does not cover new construction or construction that was not taxed before the “Save Our Homes” limit applied
to a particular property. It also does not apply when the property sells – because the new owner starts the limitation all over again once he or she qualifies for Homestead Exemption. The “recapture rule” may cause your taxable value to rise even if your market value dropped from last year. Because property values generally increase over time, the current down real estate market represents the first time the “recapture rule” will have wide effect. The bottom line: Talk to your State Senator and State Representative if you believe this “recapture rule” should be amended or repealed. Sincerely, Lori Parrish, CFA If you have a question for the Property Appraiser, please email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to her at the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. (August 2008)
PROPERTY APPRAISER EXTENDS OFFICE HOURS FOR TRIM SEASON
BCPA Offices also to open for 3 Saturdays to help working families (Fort Lauderdale) Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish announced special office hours to assist taxpayers during the “Truthin-Millage” (TRIM) season of August and September. “Our office is mailing over 755,000 notices of proposed property taxes and to better accommodate the schedules of working families, our offices will be open additional hours to assist taxpayers,” said Parrish. The Main Office located in Room 111 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 South Andrews Avenue, is always open weekdays (M-F) from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. – but we are extending hours and will stay open until 7:00 PM on weekdays during September 4 -19, 2008. The Main Office and the Plantation Office will be open for special weekend hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on three Saturdays: August 23, September 6, and September 13. All commercial, residential and tangible personal property valuation questions must be directed to our main office. Condominium appraisers are assigned to both offices during this period. The West Broward Branch Office is located in Suite 111-A
at 1 North University Drive in Plantation and is open weekdays from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Property Appraiser does not set tax rates or collect taxes. The Property Appraiser is responsible for ensuring the fair assessment (value) of all properties and applying all exemptions and classifications. The TRIM or proposed property tax notice is designed to inform taxpayers of their 2008 property assessments, exemptions and proposed tax rates from each governmental entity. These notices inform taxpayers of their rights as to both challenging property assessments and speaking out at various governmental budget hearings. Any taxpayer who seeks to challenge a property assessment or late file for a qualified property tax exemption should file an appropriate value or exemption petition on or before September 19, according to rules set by the Broward County Value Adjustment Board. For further information on assessment, exemption and valuation appeal process, please visit www.bcpa.net or call 954.357.6830.
from other projects I was able
to obtain a total of $340,000.00 for additional lifts. Safety should always be the first consideration. This is a reminder to all garden apartment buildings in the Village. The Chief of our fire department instructed you to upgrade your system to be hardwired. Please make sure that your building is safe. I do intend to run again for Commissioner of District 3. I wish to continue to serve the Village as well as the other areas that make up District 3.
Call me with any questions or ask how you can help. As your Commissioner I want you to feel free to contact me in any way you need assistance. City Office Phone: 954-480-4218 City Assistant Phone 954-480-4263 Home Phone: 954-427-7272 Regards & Good Health Marty Popelsky
ity study, several alternatives called for bus lanes for SW 10th Street. However no bus routes even exist along the corridor. With shrinking resources and greater demand on our transportation system, building larger roads through our residential community is not the answer. Second, the City Commission will begin budget workshops in the month of August. This is an important
time for residents to find out how their city taxes are being spent and what the fees are for the coming year. I have already requested that the water fees be addressed first. If you recall, the city raised your water fee by 38% earlier this year. The stated reason was because of a shortfall in revenue due to water restrictions placed by the water management district. At the time, further water restrictions were predicted and with an already 22% shortfall, our consultant stated that a 38% increase was needed. Well, no further restrictions occurred, and in fact were lessened. Water consumption and therefore revenues increased, thus residents should have had their rates reduced. That did not happen and I don’t expect that those who passed the
rates to begin with will make an effort to rectify this mess. Unfortunately, those who want the higher rates will offer new excuses on why rates should remain where they are. This is an unconscionable situation. Your elected leaders should be fighting to protect you against unjust rate hikes. Commissioner Popelsky and myself voted against these water rates and I will fight to reduce rates as we prepare for the new budget. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and enjoyable season and I look forward to sharing information with you in the future.
My presence in the Village
By MARTY POPELSKY, Commissioner District 3 What’s doing at City Hall At the commission meeting of August, 19th, 2008 the commission approved the grant plan for 2008 to 2009 respectively. This means we in District 3 will receive approximately $80,000.00. The grant department will start the process of determining the procedure in which the grants will be handled. I will keep
you informed as to how and for what projects the grants will be used. An example would be more elevators in the village. More funds will be released for projects as time goes on later this year. This past year unused funds from other projects were obtained for the Village and we all benefited. The original amount granted
was $112,000.00 for our lifts. After looking at unused funds
From the Commissioner
By STEVE GONOT/Commissioner, Deerfield Beach I would like to update you on a couple of matters of importance. First, on June 12, 2008 the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) met and reviewed the Southwest 10th Street Connector Feasibility Study completed by a consultant for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This study was completed at the request of the City of Coral Springs to look at the section of SW 10th Street that connects the Sawgrass Expressway and I-95, abutting Century Village on the south. The Feasibility Study in essence showed that what the people of Century Village and the rest of Deerfield Beach already knew, was
that it doesn’t make sense in dollar and cents. The feasibility study looked at five alternatives as well as a no build alternative. What the study showed without even looking at the intangibles and the most important factor, the quality of life issue was that all but one alternative was cost prohibitive, especially with our limited transportation resources. As your representative on the MPO, I will fight any and all attempts to have an elevated highway along SW 10th Street. I, along with Commissioner Jacobs have been critical of FDOT’s focus of building more roadways instead of placing more resources into mass transit. In the feasibil-
Doing it the hard way By NELIA PANZA
When I was 10 years old, my parents rented a small private house in Yonkers, New York. The area was beautifully kept by all who lived there and the Hillview Reservoir, which was across the street from our home, became a bigger and better backyard for my brother, Petey who was 9 years old. Petey’s passion was climbing trees, walking on or climbing fences and rolling down hills with his eyes closed (so that it seemed he was blowing in the wind). Once that got boring, his aim was to climb to the top of a tree, then find out who was brave enough to climb higher than he. Since my brother was a year younger than I, it was my responsibility (according to my parents) to make sure he doesn’t get hurt. I was told, over and over again, “If Petey gets hurt, he won’t get spanked, but you will, because that means you weren’t watching him.” “Why can’t he play with the boys on the block? They play stickball, go roller-skating, ride their wagons or their bikes and sometimes they even just roll down the hills – with their eyes closed. They play with other boys, not their sisters. There are things I want to do too!” “What you want doesn’t mean a thing,” my father replied. “He’s your brother, you’re older and you have to watch him, like it or not!” “But I want to read books, draw pictures or jump rope… what about me?” “It’s not what you want, it’s what your mother and I want that counts! Capisce?” (understand?) “And when am I going to do what I like to do?” “When you’re married, you can do whatever you want… with your husband’s permission. For now, you do what I tell you! Now, go look after your brother and make sure he doesn’t get hurt…unless you want me to get my strap!” So – any free moment, especially when school was closed for holidays or vacation, I had my assignment. Petey, being a sly fox, kept climbing higher and higher, then, while I tried to reach him, he would jump off the limb he was swinging from and leave me trying to move from one branch to another until I finally managed to work my way down. One day, he climbed way high up because he had discovered a bird’s nest. “Petey, I can’t climb that high and I’m tired. Get down! Now!” Looking down at me, he taunted, “You’re just a big scary-cat…you can’t climb because you’re too fat!”
This time I was really angry! I wasn’t allowed to go to the library because reading books put bad ideas into your head and I couldn’t go to anyone’s home because my brother was my responsibility, while my mother cooked and cleaned. I should consider myself lucky because I was out playing, instead! I finally gave in and quit trying to convince my parents of anything. Once I grew up and got married, my husband would stick up for me. How many more years before that blessed event took place – I wondered. And, if so, would I still be able to walk and run – mamma mia – the thought scared the heck out of me! One day, it seemed Petey thought he had a parachute on his back and climbed the highest trees possible. It was
extremely hot, I was deadtired and I was wondering how and when I could run away from home – for good! I was exhausted! As my brother waved from the top of a tree – he thought he was an angel, I guess. While trying to keep my eyes on him, I misjudged the space between one limb and another. All at once, I felt myself falling to the ground, full speed ahead! I hit it full force and for a while I was so stunned I didn’t know what had happened. Looking around, I saw blood oozing from my body! My dress was soaking wet, my legs and feet were covered with blood and I felt as if I was going to pass out. “Petey, help me! Please – I’m scared!” He quickly climbed down the tree and as he stood, staring at the blood soaking my clothing and my body, he
yelled, “I’ll get Mama – I’ll be right back!” I passed out and when I came to, not only was my mother leaning over me, crying, but several neighbors had come to see what had happened, when they heard Petey screaming, “Ma, I don’t know what’s happening but Nelia fainted and she’s urinating blood all over the place!” Even though we couldn’t communicate with the neighbors – they didn’t understand Italian and we were so shocked at what had happened that it was difficult to think in English.” The neighbors helped to carry me home, wrapped in a neighbor’s blanket. I fainted and when I came to, my mother, lying next to me, in her bed, was stroking my face and kissing me. All I could think of was how come she’s not crying? I turned to her and asked, “What’s happen-
ing to me? I’m scared – all this blood coming out of my vagina!” She stroked my hair and smiling, she replied, “You’re not a little girl anymore.” “How come?” “Well, now that blood comes out of your…it means you’re a woman!” “Just ‘cause I fell out of a tree?” “Honey, you’ll be bleeding every month from now on…just like all women do. You see, you’re not a little girl anymore – you’re now a signorina (young lady). As I tried to understand what she was telling me, I looked at her smiling face, cuddled in her arms and asked myself, “Who would have imagined that this morning I was a little girl, and now, just because I fell out of a tree, I had become a signorina – what a difference a day makes!”
An Englishtown tale By BOB WINSTON
Englishtown is a small New Jersey town with historical ties to the American Revolution, but now it is more noted for what residents and visitors refer to as, The Auction. Arguably, it is one of the largest flea markets in the United States but there is no question, that it is the largest such market in the Garden State. Roaming through the hundreds, more likely thousands, of displays was like going on a treasure hunt. The offerings are primarily castoffs that have outlived their usefulness. However there are occasions when a purchaser could find a one-of-a kind article. In such instances, it is more than likely that it made its way to Englishtown by way of the heirs of the newly-deceased, kind of like a modified estate sale. I like most of the Englishtown flea market regulars were addicts. We were forever seeking that elusive oneof-a-kind pot of gold. There is karma about Englishtown. It constantly revitalizes the bygone years with resources that are seemingly inexhaustible. It is like the old, faded snapshots in your photo album but with a major difference. Englishtown resuscitates the old stuff with new old stuff each week. What’s more, unlike photos, most of the old new stuff is threedimensional. Dante, my best friend, and I made monthly pilgrimages to the market. It was a ritual that we had been doing for years. Like I said, you could find anything, and everything, there. Old furniture, used clothing, military memorabilia, pots, pans, paintings, jewelry, tools, you name it, but mostly junk, except for those very rare occasions when, maybe, in your dreams you’d find a first edition of War and Peace, a signed autograph picture of Ty Cobb, a five-carat diamond ring mistaken for costume jewelry or an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. More realistically, though, what you would find is junk, but who knows. Dante, jokingly, claimed that if you knew the right people and where to look, you could even buy a slave at Englishtown. “Look,” I said to Dante, “why don’t we each go our own way and meet back at the car, say in two hours?” I always enjoyed Dante’s company. He was a real character, sometimes bizarre, always funny, but like me, he understood that Englishtown lent itself to solo explorations. So, he agreed. I began my adventure by looking through some old
78 rpm phonograph records, Victor, Decca, Vocalion and Bluebird. Too bad my stereo system could only accommodate CD’s and tapes, not phonograph records. It was apparent to the vendor that there would be no sale. He moved on to other browsers who had quickly filled the space I vacated. I made a few purchases, an old iron, a screw driver set, a Moxie bottle and an Eversharp fountain pen in its original case that still had the manufacturer’s guarantee, stating “Guaranteed not for years, not for life, but guaranteed forever.” The warranty wasn’t worth much since the company had long since ceased to exist. I lost track of time. Looking at my watch, I became aware that the two hours that Dante and I had agreed upon was nearly up; and I had seen only a fraction of what the market had to offer. Returning to the car, I caught sight of an old photo album that was laying haphazardly among some Look, Life, Liberty, and Collier’s magazines. I could not resist viewing its contents. The seller was a seedy-looking guy, in his mid-fifties, maybe early sixties. His four or fiveday beard blended with his grayish black hair, which fell in all directions on his head. I wasn’t really interested in evaluating his appearance except for the fact that I was downwind to a musty smell. At first, I thought it was him, but it wasn’t body odor. It was more akin to the smell of a basement or attic that had been shut off from the rest of the world for years. It was possible that the stench came from the aged materials on the table. I was right. “Hey dude, if you’re interested, make an offer ‘cause I want to close up.” I grunted under my breath. He was about to say something but the arrival of new browsers required his attention, and he left me alone. I welcomed his departure and looked through the album. It was quite large. The cover was a faded black, somewhat marred but otherwise, in pretty good condition. It obviously had been well cared for. I opened it and noted a signature, written in an elaborate cursive style, Abigail Lewis, Freehold, New Jersey, March 1893. I know a little about antiques, not too much, but it’s commonly known that age, in itself, is not the only standard for gauging its value. In many instances, it is often the least important. With this thought in mind, I continued going through the pages. The contents were displayed in
chronological sequence. The earliest images depicted a young man in military garb. The pictures were captioned with dates and sometimes, with other identifying notations. I have a pretty good background in American history and was able to categorize most of the contents into specific time periods. It progressed roughly around the time of the Spanish-American War and was an historical account of several generations of a family. A wedding invitation, circa 1908, announced the union of Abigail Lewis to William Augustus Cooper. Pages later, there were several military photographs, World War I vintage. Written captions identified several photographs as Lieutenant William Cooper, a nice-looking man, stern and proud in his officer’s uniform. Yellowish newspaper clippings from the New York Times, Boston Globe and New York Daily News, proclaimed the end of World War I, “The war to end all wars.” More photos showed a toddler, William Cooper Jr., circa 1919, dressed in his very finest Sunday garb and being held by his grandparents, Abigail and William Cooper, another generation. I hastily skimmed the rest of the album. The vendor was getting testy. More photos of a motor car that looked like a 1930’s model, several more pictures of Jimmy, now quite a bit older with a caption, “At the Beach, Asbury Park, 1937.” There was William Cooper Jr., again. This time he was in a marine uniform, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1943. I realized I was already more than 30 minutes late. Looking toward the peddler, it was obvious he was annoyed. “Are you interested dude? I wanna go home!” “I’m interested but just give me a couple of more minutes.” He cursed under his breath. I couldn’t blame him; he already had most of his goods packed and was ready to go. I reached what I hoped I wouldn’t, the last page and an obituary. William Cooper, M.D. died on April 28, 1964. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Abigail, a son and several grandchildren. There were three full paragraphs about his life from his early days to the present. It was a passing pageant. Since this was the late seventies, I’m certain she too must have passed. One could only speculate as to how this album made its way to the Englishtown Auction. I strongly suspect that it was the remnant of an estate sale and no one wanted it, until today. Historically, it probably had some value, but not an extraordinary amount. Maybe it would be of some
interest to a local Historical Society. My feeling was that it was more personal than historical. I was going to buy it, and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. A voice nearby shouted, “How much?” It took me a second or two to realize the voice was mine. I was very late getting back to the car. Dante was there, waiting patiently. “Well, you really must have had a good time, what did you buy?” Hesitating for a moment, I said, “Looked for an imaginary slave, no luck, so I settled for a Moxie bottle.” “That’s it? What’s that bulky package under your arm?” “Some old pictures I thought
I might be able to use, sort of an impulse buy.” He didn’t press me, and I didn’t offer any more information. The evening turned very cold. I told my wife that I thought it was fireplace weather. She nodded in agreement. I used some old photographs and a cardboard cover from an old album to kindle the dry logs. The fire quickly caught. “How was the auction?” I poked at the wood with the fireplace tongs and watched as the flames turned the last of the photos to ashes. “You know, what could you expect? The same as usual, just a lot of other people’s garbage.” To myself, “Rest in peace Abigail.”
Too much of a good thing By JERRY WOLF
In 1957 we went on a fishing jaunt to Acapulco, Mexico, to catch a big run of sailfish. We stayed at Las Brisas (breezes) a pink little cottage with a private swimming pool and a pink jeep we could drive into town with. We were told that the Indians came to fish at night. During the day we noted Mexican families on the beach by the bay with little kids playing in the sand and splashing in the water. Friends who went there recently told us the bay is contaminated and nobody goes to the beach nor splashes in the water anymore. Acapulco isn’t deserted though, because, at high tide, stalwart young men dive from a high cliff into the Pacific and you just can’t beat Acapulco’s tequila. I hope the same thing isn’t going to happen to Costa Rica’s Pacific. In the last few years people have come to our magnificent beaches, enjoyed them, and told their friends about them. Others came and raved about them, a new airport opened up to take tourists there and there has great demand for luxurious lodging. Just as the forty- niners rushed to Sutter’s Mill in the 1840’s, developers have swarmed all over the Pacific coast, creating just what every one wants – a tropical paradise. Lovely resorts were built and even a 20 room condominium constructed right above high tide at Jaco Beach. Trouble is there isn’t enough water to flush the toilets. It’s no big deal during the rainy season, but dries up during the dry season which lasts from December through May. Another beach, called Tamarindo has had to have waterrationing and this is only the middle of the drought. A wiseguy, the manager of the Alegre Papagayo resort, sneaked drains directly into the ocean. This was discovered by the sanitary com-
mission and it was abruptly closed up. Four hundred tourists from the USA and Europe were expelled and had to scurry to find lodging elsewhere. What a disgrace! I noted in our newspaper, La Nacion, that there is water rationing at Tamarindo Beach, a few miles away from Jaco. So many wells are being dug that the aquifers are drying up. Too much of good thing! While I’m on the subject I must convey to you a perfect example of too much of a good thing. On our 1957 fishing jaunt to Acapulco we had to rent a boat to troll for sailfish which were reputed to go to more than a hundred pounds. At dinner at La Brisas, we met another couple who were after the same billfish run. They agreed to split the $28 cost of the boat with us. Unfortunately, the other couple and my wife were suffering from Montezuma’s Revenge, a double ended disease. This left me and my iron stomach to take out the boat single-handed. All alone in the cockpit I landed a big sailfish which the captain hoisted on his mast to show other fishermen our success. Since it was early in the afternoon I went for and landed another big one. These struggles took place under a tropical sun, but I felt it was worth it as, since the captain had tied all three fish up I felt gratified that, at least, some poor peon would have a good fish dinner. To my chagrin, I found out at the dock that the locals didn’t eat sailfish as more delicious species were available. Too much of a good thing?
The Show Must Go On By PAULINE MIZRACH
Fans old and new, including me, still take vicarious romantic journeys with a group of popular entertainers. The Rat Pack, remembering the most famous lineup: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop who appeared together in many films and on the stage in the early 1960’s. Despite its reputation as a masculine group, the Rat Pack did include female participants, including Shirley MacLaine, Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland. The Rat Pack was formerly organized around Humphrey Bogart and a younger Frank Sinatra and was originally called The Holmby Hills Rat Pack; this was a reference to the home of Judy Garland and Sid Luft and served as a regular hangout for the group. Judy Garland later had stickpins made for them in the shape of rats with rubies for eyes. Thus, The Rat Pack was born. In the 1960’s the group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford,
the brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy. The Rat Pack was a term used by journalists and others and it remains the lasting name for them. I remember my Rat Pack days in the 1950’s and mid1960’s. As a result of Peter Lawford’s relationship to Kennedy and Sinatra’s connections to the Mafia, the group campaigned for Kennedy and the Democratic Convention. Concerning the group’s reputation for womanizing and heavy drinking, Joey Bishop stated in a 1998 interview: “I never saw Frank, Dean, Sammy or Peter drunk during a performance—that was only a gag. These guys had to chase broads-they had to chase ‘em away.” The Rat Pack often performed in Las Vegas, Nevada and were instrumental in the rise of that city as a popular entertainment destination. They played an important role in desegregation of the hotels and casinos in the early 1960’s. Sinatra and the others would refuse to play in or patronize the establishments which would not give full service to African-American
The Depression Era By NELIA PANZA
During the depression years, the entire family had to help earn money to supplement my father’s income. He was the sole support of six people and his salary was only $23 per week. Until a way out was found, my father used to ask our neighbors if there were any old clothes they didn’t need because he wanted to send them to our relatives in Italy. What he didn’t tell them was that we went through whatever items he was given and, if anything fit us, we kept them for ourselves. We could not afford to purchase new clothing. One day I wore a pair of donated slippers to school. My own shoes had worn out and it was either wearing
the slippers or having my father cut off the ties of my old shoes so they would fit for a while longer. In class, my teacher approached me and said, “You can’t wear these to school, these are for home.” “I don’t have any other shoes.” I replied, “and I didn’t want to miss school – so – I had to wear them.” She didn’t say a word and I continued to wear my slippers everywhere. About a month later, as Thanksgiving Day was approaching, she said I was to go to the auditorium by myself and to give the note she handed me to the teacher in charge there. I did as she asked and was told to sit there with the rest of the group. The students
entertainers, including Davis. They had no idea this band of five would make entertainment history. When I lived in Brooklyn at this time, I made many trips to Atlantic City by chartered buses with senior groups. We stayed at the Breakers hotel. Most days we walked or took jitneys to explore the neighborhood known as the inlet. One of my days wandering alone in the Harlem black area, I enjoyed an afternoon show with Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. There were many tourists who came pouring into this small, off-beat location. This was a Once in a Lifetime Show. Recently I visited my son Steve at Long Branch, New Jersey and I took a local bus to Atlantic City for the day’s outing. I walked along the old familiar paths that I experienced and loved in my Rat Pack days, Once in a Life time Days. Revival and Updates: In 1987 Sinatra, Davis, and Martin embarked on a world tour entitled Together Again. The tour had difficulties: Martin’s son had died in a plane crash earlier that year. Martin left the tour after only three shows and was replaced by Liza Minnelli.
There since have been many acts in the Sin City era of Las Vegas, featuring celebrity impersonators performing on the stage with musical accompaniment. One such show, The Rat Pack is Back, included tributes to Frank, Sammy, Joey, Dean and The Casino Plaza Theater in Las Vegas. These are a few Rat Pack films I have enjoyed: Some Came Running (1958) Oceans Eleven (1960) and remade in 2001 Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Live Concert Albums: The Rat Pack Live at the Sands (2001) The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (2003) The Rat Pack on Stage: Las Vegas (2004) The Best of Dean Martin: The One and Only, DVD, VCR (2008) The Rat Pack Legacy: All the players are gone now. It was one of my favorite entertainment groups for many years. Joey Bishop, the last surviving and longest lived male Rat Pack member, died October 17, 2007, at 89. I miss you all, greatly and I remain a long-time loyal fan from my Rat Pack Days.
were of all ages. I could not imagine what was going on. My name was called and the teacher in charge escorted me to an area behind the stage. There were several other children sitting on benches, having their foot measurements taken by a man who was surrounded by a pile of shoe boxes. My foot was measured, a pair of brown oxfords with laces placed on my feet, and I was told to get up and walk around, to see how they felt. I did as I was asked. When the shoes were removed, I put my slippers back on. The gentleman came toward me and handed me the box with the shoes. I shook my head No. He said, “Take them, they are yours.” “I don’t have money to
pay for them,” I replied. “You don’t have to pay for them, the school is giving them to you.” I could not believe it! They weren’t pretty shoes but they were new and mine! I was escorted back to my class and when I arrived home that afternoon my family could not believe what had happened. But that was not the end---every year at Thanksgiving time, I was given a new pair of shoes---yes, the same brown-laced oxford, but at least the toes did not have to be cut out---ever! These days, I still have a weakness for shoes, pretty ones, but I have never forgotten my long ago buddy, Buster Brown
By JERRY WOLF In 1940 there were no televisions or computers and vaudeville was passé. We did, however, have the movies and the State Theatre was right in front of our apartment. It was convenient for my father’s drug store as we got the people going to and from the State. The kids called it The Itch, but it was a misnomer because I saw such treasures as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind and Of Mice and Men ad infinitum. In those days a quarter was a quarter and admissions in those turbulent times before we entered World War II was something to think about before spending it. To entice viewers to spend their quarters, the movie houses gave away free dishes and offered contests. One of those contests was Borah Minivitch and his Harmonica Rascals pushing Hohner Marine Band harmonicas. The teenagers flocked to the musical show for a matinee price of fifteen cents and many of us bought the harmonicas. I talked my father into buying one for me. Since he had failed to interest me in playing the violin, which he played so well, he offered to invest in my musical career. Of course, I played at the contests every week, but I always lost. One hot summer day in August, when most of the young people were away at camp or swimming at Palisade Park, or taking a ride in the family jalopy (Merit gas sold for 18 cents a gallon), there were only two of us, Gee Gee Belfioren and me. Here was my chance for glory! Gee Gee played My Old Kentucky Home, poorly I thought, and I tried to wow them with Oh Suzanna. The M.C. Goirah Minivitch announced the winner “First prize goes to Gee Gee Belfiore!” I lost again. There was no second prize. I kept at it, though. I have a mind like a sponge. If I heard a melody, I would remember it as long as it was in the key of C. I tried a big harmonica with a button, but I didn’t have the patience to remember when to push it. Instead I wrote out a list of about fifty numbers that I could play without preparation, but I had lots more left in my head. Some Thursday nights at the clubhouse you could hear my group TNT, or Thursday Night Talent, lead by smiling Mary Anne Surrette. You could watch a bunch of aging hams sing the oldies, tell risqué jokes, (some not so risqué) as well as me, of course, looking for requests.
Sounding Board The art of the handbag By SHELLY BASKIN
Ladies. Remember the handbags at Alexander’s? What colors and styles. Suede handbags from Italy at ten dollars a pop ranging on the color scale from fawn to mauve; from wine to chocolate; from burgundy and rose to periwinkle and melon. Whatever happened to brown, blue, and tan? I began my retailing career almost five decades ago in the meat and potato’s departments of Men’s, Boy’s, and Little Men’s - now known as Toddler’s. How pleased I was to deal with the young people
and their parents, selling and merchandising what I considered interesting goods. Having to change stores, and wanting to be closer to home, as I was getting married to the lovely Cecile, I also had to change departments. I moved from my beloved male section to the dreaded female area of the store – Handbags. Better and Budget Handbags. Better and budget women. What a move. Should I leave the company? Should I jump in the lake? I stuck it out and that move changed my career and my life. Fun,
interest, action, sales, people, promotions, recognition; all from the Handbag Department? Yes. Sales were constantly through the roof. Dealing only with women, now was key. Old and young, rushing, running, arguing, refunding, pushing, pulling, and yelling. But I learned to deal with them; an experience not to be denied, but to be appreciated and cherished. Women are and were, I found, different than men (in their shopping habits). Men buy anything. Women need color, style, looks, feel, material, size, and most of all, the recognition from others. In short, they needed the right handbag, the correct bag. If anyone has referred to a handbag as a pocket book recently please leave the room now. They are handbags. They may be purses if smaller. They were, in the past, made of different materials such as peau de soie, silk, beads, and straw. Some were made of aluminum. Remember the lunch pail bag with the pictures glued and shellacked on? I do. They were great sellers. Bags were and are in different sizes and styles – the north-south bag, the east-west bag, (both self explanatory), feed bag, shoulder strap and
clutch bags, beach bag, hobo bag, signature bag, dress, casual and, of course, the Mama bag. Materials were varied, too. Plastic became vinyl. Or leather look. Or faux leather. Can you tell vinyl from leather? Not easy today. “Did you see my new leather bag?” “Yes, honey, only doesn’t it have a shiny, plastic look?” Men, you are not much better. Remember the Nehur jackets and suits? How many did you own? I had a few. That style was worse than any handbag - and, those colors. To a man, his hat is his castle. To a woman, her handbag is her life. Many will shop for a new one every week or at least every month. They have their particular shape and style. Women parade their bag around like a proud mommy with a month old newborn. Did you ever see some that place their bag on the table, facing front, and with the handle in the proper position as if to show the newest style to all, while a man may throw his hat under the chair? Women are also very particular. They prefer one in a box from the stockroom, about 200 yards away. The one on the selling floor is usually scratched, handled,
fingerprinted, soiled, loose threaded, or they need it as a gift. More bags have been given as gifts than champagne at a wedding. I don’t know, my wife never got a handbag as a gift. “Can you get me a new one in a box, from the stockroom?” “Sure, lady, but the stockroom is on the second floor.” “That’s ok. I’m in a rush, but I will wait. Please hurry. I have to pick up my child at school.” Anyway, I started up the ladder of success into store management. Handbags, though, became a way of life to me. It was my introduction leading into women’s fashions. And, above all, women’s attitudes; mental toughness, feline agility, and sometimes, but not always, femininity. One learns a lot about women in the Handbag Department. One learns of their likes, dislikes, temperament, and personality. But one never learns enough. We move on. We proceed in life. We get by. But, mostly, we learn that we can never figure them out, or even get close to the ball park. Actually, who wants to? Take them as they are. Each one, different, wonderful and charming. Each in her own way and style. Just like their handbags.
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Mind Boggeling By SANDI LEHMAN
After much procrastination and I am not really a procrastinator, it was time already for me to mail the package of my hand-made knitted baby sweaters to my dear friend and neighbor, Lila, that I promised to send to her. Lila makes the most beautiful dolls and then submits them for charity. I promised Lila her new dolls would not be naked much longer. Well, I had to get to the Post Office that Saturday in August before 1 p.m when they close. From my co-op in Sheepshead Bay I raced over to the Post Office wearing my sunglasses, my white shorts and navy top and sneakers with my bag in hand with the baby sweaters to send. I got to the Post Office about 12:30 p.m. and tried to put the items in a paper envelope, but to NO avail. It didn’t fit, so the kind Eurasian postal worker gave me a card board box and told me to hurry and put my package in there and the address where it should be shipped. I proceeded and rushed before the 1 p.m. closing of the Post Office when I realized I couldn’t find my favorite sunglasses that I knew I took off when I put my reading glasses on to write the correct name and address of the package being sent. I looked in my small handbag, no sunglasses. I emptied my pockets, no sunglasses. I said to the postal worker that I must have left the sunglasses on the open window when he retrieved my package. He looked, the other postal workers also looked all over. There was still a line of customers waiting to be served and again I asked, “Did anyone see a black pair of sunglasses with white frames?” No, no one saw them. Everyone hearing my desperate plea of searching also looked on the floor and on all the counters at the Post Office. Then one smart postal worker also in the search, screamed out loud, “I found your sunglasses, lady, it’s sitting on your head!” Well, lo and behold it sure was sitting on my head! Can you imagine how embarrassed I was and how stupid I felt! The case of the missing sunglasses was solved as I walked out meekly into the street. How could a smart ass like me be so dumb as I smiled to myself. Well the next day I called my friend, Marvin, also a resident of CVE and told him about my story and he started to laugh. I thought he was laughing at me but he wasn’t and proceeded to tell me about the exact same time, almost 1 p.m. on Saturday, he
was doing some cooking and couldn’t for the life of him find his kitchen dish towel that he always hung near his stove. He said he looked all over where the devil was his kitchen dish towel? He revealed he was going nuts saying to himself, “how could I lose a dish towel when I always had it hanging in the same place.” After almost losing his mind he looked upon his left shoulder and forgot he had used it while cooking and momentarily forgot he placed it on his shoulder, a la Emeril Lagasse style. We both had a good laugh at these senior moment events that took place to both of us at the same time in two different locations!!
Reflections of a snowbird – moving on in life By JANICE ZAMSKY
Life is never static. Something is always changing (sometimes predictably, mostly unpredictably): people’s ages, health, finances, relationships, weather. Approaching our eighth decade (I did say approaching not at!) of life, my husband decided it’s time for us to stop driving between Wisconsin and Florida (a 1,500 mile commute each way). I fully share one-half of the Interstate highway driving (however, my hubby does not let me cruise here in South
Florida), but he is the one who schleps the heavy 30” suitcases (remember – I’m a bargainaholic) in and out of the car at our motel stops on the road. His back, evidently is more arthritic than mine and he complains the long ride really makes his spine hurt. He had reckoned that it is time for these snowbirds to fly on our semi-annual migration. I love the motoring travel, savoring the Outlet-Mall billboard signs, upon which sighting, I urgently proclaim
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the need for a pit stop. It is still difficult, besides the transportation issue, to make the seasonal transition between up North (Wisconsin) and Down South (Florida). Packing and unpacking are a challenging time and energy consuming chores. The day will come, as it has with many people, to make a major decision: stay in Florida 12 months or 12 months up North. That will be a horrific decision
to make. Right now we are enjoying the best of both worlds: all the perks of living in CVE, plus a tropical paradise during the winter months and, then, a temperate, hurricane-free Northern summer, enjoying our grandchildren. When the time comes to make a permanent 12 month decision, it will be mindboggling. We’ll not be deciding with our hearts, but it will be Father Time who will be dictating the choice! In the meantime, these snowbirds
will continue to enjoy the pleasures of the two different worlds. We’ll spread our wings, ready to soar in flight with open minds to adjust to the challenges of our ever-changing lives. Of course, flying will necessitate my acquisition of a brand-new credit card to accumulate free airline mileage points. Having an addiction for bargain hunting, I’ll be working astutely on this new project!
Our Special Wedding BY HERB CHARATZ
When our granddaughter, Robbin, became engaged to Drew, she announced her wish for an elegant wedding, deluxe, with all the trimmings. Her father’s offer of an equivalent amount of money was unacceptable. She had dreamed of herself in a white gown, with train and veil, as long as she could remember, and now at 27, she yearned for her dream to come true. And Drew, surprisingly, was all for it as well. This was to be a romantic adventure for the two of them to share and they did, down to the minutest detail; from the selection of the hall, the band, the florist, etc. (You have no idea how many etc’s there are connected to a wedding!) All of these decisions had to be accomplished while both were working full time and both were taking advanced courses in their chosen fields. If ever there was a test for a couple to prove their worthiness for their license to wed this was it. Robbin kept us informed as their myriad of decisions were made. I would listen to each conversation between the bride and her grandmother, as she related the many options presented to them – the hall, for instance, required many meetings with the caterers for selection of each of the hot and cold hors d’ouvres, additional stations for the cocktail hour, the entrée choices their guests would enjoy, other courses to round out a perfect meal, open bar, etc., etc., etc. And this was just the meetings with the caterer! I was exhausted just listening and was convinced that they were doing much more than was necessary. How difficult could it be to pick a few things to eat? I said nothing to anyone because I did not want to rain on my granddaughter’s parade, but inwardly I was annoyed at all the pomp and circumstance. Of course, from the moment we arrived in New Jersey we got on the merrygo-round – starting with my tuxedo fittings. Honestly, there seemed to be such a fuss when all I had to do was to try on a suit. First Sandy said the legs were uneven. How foolish that sounded to me! But when I stopped answering back to voice my annoyance and actually looked in the mirror – I saw that they were right – the right leg was longer than the left and really did require fixing. Now they were checking out the shirt – well, what could go wrong with a shirt? Surely, they were making more of this than was necessary. Oh wait – those black studs had to fit over the buttons on the shirt – how does that work? Let me have a try at it…I am all thumbs and cannot manage to do it by myself. Sandy, of course, in her calm manner
gets it all done – and the wrist stubs she put in look terrific. Now I’m anxious to see the vest…do all the buttons close? Not the bottom one – pay attention or you’ll forget. The jacket has a different set of rules for me to pay attention to. Top button closed for pictures but left open to walk down the aisle. Will I remember what to do when the time comes? I think I started to realize how important the details were at this point. At last the big day arrived. The bridal party had their hair done by expert hairdressers and professional makeup artists. Sandy was absolutely stunning in her gown and I really felt special in my tux; we were ready for the red carpet, just like the Academy Awards! The sight of my granddaughter in her bridal gown
took my breath away. Her sister, Courtney, as maid-ofhonor was a knockout. My three daughters and sons-inlaw rivaled the celebrities we generally admired walking the red carpet. Picture our 2 ½ year old granddaughter, Danielle, in a gown and five year old Julien, in a tux. The room, so carefully chosen by the bride and groom was a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. Even the rabbi was a special choice. Robbin felt very close to Rabbi Kantor with whom she grew up and who had conducted her Bat Mitzvah and guided her through Hebrew High School, after which she went away to college and the rabbi retired and left the state. Robbin was determined to locate him, which she did in Washington, D.C. and brought him to New Jersey to perform a more meaningful ceremony. In addition to his well-chosen words the bride and groom expressed their own vows. Their sincere, open expression
of love for each other set the tone for the rest of the night. Love was in the air and we were all part of this romantic adventure. The service of the staff was to be commended. The centerpieces were lovely, the food was superb and plentiful, the band was exciting and followed Robbin’s instructions as to what to play and what not to play. Her taste proved to be right. The dance floor was filled to the brim every time the band started playing. I, of course, Mr. Negativity, did not choose to be a part of this gyrating mob. Although Sandy kept inviting me to dance, I opted to sit at our designated table and observe the proceeding. Sandy finally gave me that look which meant I had better get up on the dance floor. Well, the minute I did, one of my daughters took my arms and we started to move to the beat of the music and it felt wonderful. We got involved with the other dancers on the
floor – formed a circle and did a hora. What fun! There I was, having a ball on a conga line, weaving in and out of the tables. Next I was joining everyone to sing and dance It’s a Celebration! And then I waltzed with my Sandy. The wedding took on a different dimension. It was, indeed, the romantic adventure the bride and groom wanted it to be. And it was important for each aspect to be just right. My sister, who attended from Brooklyn, called the next day to tell us that everything was amazing. She said, “Each ‘t’ was crossed and each ‘I’ was dotted.” She went on to say that each detail was perfection. When I thought back and remembered how negative my thoughts were as I listened to the planning stages of these details I became truly philosophical. I came to the conclusion that there are many things you have to do, not with your head, but with your heart.
Her Name Is Olivia By RUTH COSNER
Speaking for myself, I love my three grandchildren unconditionally. However, I bond with one special one, Olivia. In July while attending a senior program in San Diego, I caused my own accident— stumbling over a stanchion in the parking lot at the college. My granddaughter Olivia and her husband C.J. had came up the first weekend from Palm Springs where they work and live. Bidding them farewell after a glorious weekend, I fell, fracturing my nose, knee cap and other debiliting contusions. I could not resume the program nor could I fly home. The following day I returned with Olivia and her husband to their home in Palm Springs. During the
week that I spent at their home, the trauma had diminished. I have to say that I had not been so loved and nurtured in many years. Since I had a major problem eating and chewing Olivia, an organic veggie, prepared the most delectable soups and concoctions coming by at lunchtime to make sure that I ate. In spite of this unfortunate circumstance, I truly relished the closeness and loving given to me by this extraordinary young couple whom I now see only once a year. I flew back to Florida for ongoing treatment with a strong sense of contentment and an uplifting experience. And so, dear seniors if your immediate families reside in South Florida you are truly blessed.
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Trip to Senior Summer School
By BETTY SCHWARTZ Assistant to the Editor Vacation time means another trip to Senior Summer School. And again I am going to Madison, Wisconsin where I had been two years ago. It is a lovely city; the weather is perfect and the location just great. Right outside the dorms are all kinds of shops and restaurants, and it is within walking distance to the Capitol building and to a beautiful lake. When we arrived and went up to our rooms I was surprised. Were they expecting basketball players? The beds were so high that you would need a step stool to climb up on them. Needless to say each evening I had to vault on to the bed and slide off in the morning. I worried about the other seniors – but fortunately there were no casualties. We noticed groups of young Chinese children. I asked one of the leaders about them and he told me that there were about 57 children ages nine to fifteen and all from the same private school near Shanghai. They were here for six weeks to learn English, and the parents shelled out $6,000 for each child. The children seemed to have a love of fruit and ice cream as they ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, filling their plates full of watermelon particularly. They were very polite and we enjoyed seeing them. I was surprised at the people who attended Summer School as they were mostly in their 70s, 80s and 90s – some with walkers, some with canes. It is amazing that these people still wanted to travel and attend classes. Some of the professors mentioned the fact that they enjoyed lecturing to the seniors as they learned from them. At any lecture there was great participation; you would see hands raised, asking questions, answering questions, giving opinions. Obviously the thirst for knowledge is never diminished. Some of the older students who obviously were used to taking cat naps during the day were taking these naps during lectures. On one particular day I couldn’t help but take a picture of the entire front row sleeping. These are the same people who attended the class on Human Sexuality. This was a class that started out talking about nutrition and then went on to biology showing the various body parts. The instructor (who was a doctor) explained graphically about these body parts and how they affected the individual. Then there was a trip to the store to buy sex toys. And these 70, 80 and 90 year olds eagerly went to see what it was all about. Guess you are never too old.
There was a class on Shakespeare. I am not a fan of Shakespeare, but wanted to see if I could possibly appreciate some of it. I was very pleasantly surprised as the instructor explained the plays, etc in such a way that I was able to really understand them, and I found that I very much enjoyed the class. Other topics were The Past and Future of U.S. Foreign Policy, Environmental Politics, Opera and much, much more. There was one gentleman, age 92 who never napped and was always alert. He was the first one to raise his hand giving intelligent answers and opinions. What a joy to see someone at that age who is so with it.
There were tours; city tours, boat trips, botanical gardens, museums, band concerts and a wonderful visit to the farmer’s market where there were blocks and blocks of vendors selling the most wonderful fruits and vegetables. One of the highlights of my trip was a visit of my son, daughter in law and granddaughter who drove in from St. Paul, Minnesota to spend the weekend with me. We had a lovely visit and also did some sightseeing. Now that I am going home I’m already thinking of where I shall be going next year. Well there is a whole year to ponder this and at the end of the year I shall have an answer.
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By CHARLES K PARNESS
Ventnor and several other areas. Most of the published rules we have seen are in Bill 995, but some rule changes are under HB601. One of the new condo rules says that both a husband and a wife may not serve on the condo’s Board of Directors. While this is a well-intentioned rule change, it creates major problems for many condos in CVE. In garden condo
Bill Raphan Answering Residents Concerns
buildings especially, with 24 or less apartments to draw from, the number of residents willing and able to serve is limited. I know of one building where a husband and wife from two apartments all serve on their Board. Under the new rules, two of the four would have to resign. Another issue that was discussed was drywalls. This is not really a new rule but one that always raises questions. Suppose a second floor water heater leaks, and the water damages the first floor apartment below it. The damage to the first floor apartment is the responsibility of the first floor resident. However, if the drywall is damaged, it is the responsibility of the Condo Association to repair the drywall. This is further complicated if there is negligence on the part of the second floor resident. In that case, through legal action, the damages suffered by the
first floor resident might be recovered from the second floor resident. Similarly, the Condo Association can also take legal action on the cost of the drywall repair. One change involves Board member abstentions. Under the new rules, if a Board member abstains, the vote is not counted as a yes or no vote. Another big change is air conditioners and heating
equipment. Under the current law, the Association is not required to insure any air conditioning and heating equipment or air conditioner compressors that service only a single unit, whether or not located within the unit boundaries. Under HB601, this is all changed. The Association will be required to insure air conditioning and heating equipment, including all air conditioning compressors. Now here is a big change! The Association shall require each owner to provide See Ventnor, pg 15B
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Grandma Annie, Part 11 (with Grandpa Benny) By GLORIA DONNELLY This writer did not intend for this narrative to become a litany of poverty, deprivation and misery. It was simply the reality of the times. The beginning of life in America, for the millions of new arrivals reflected these conditions.
While World War 1 was raging in Europe, Benny and Annie’s domestic life settled into a more traditional arrangement. Benny continued working as a carpenter and Annie stayed at home raising the children, Alice and Irving. I doubt that she
ever truly embraced the role of an ordinary housewife but she tackled it with her usual speed and zeal. An excellent cook, housekeeper, seamstress and financial manager, her skills appeared effortless and infinite. To this very day, we still miss her potato latkes and blintzes. While I was at Publix, the other day, I bought some chicken breasts. As I was standing over my modern electric skillet, I reflected on cooking chickens the old-fashioned way. I remember sitting in my stroller and traveling for what seemed like miles going to the Kosher, fresh chicken market. Of course, no one dared take a bus for a nickel, not when you could walk for free. What a place! Crowds of women yelling, live chickens cackling, bloody butchers butchering, the noise, the fowl odors. After that experience, I
don’t know how anyone could eat poultry, ever. Between the shopping, the schlepping, the flicking, the cleaning and the cooking, a roast chicken dinner was an all-day ordeal. Ironically, those disgusting, odiferous birds tasted good. Today, it is a little difficult to discern the difference between the flavors of the chicken and the sterile, cellophane wrapping. Oy! Enough with the ramblings of a chronic foodie. During the roaring 20’s, the construction industry was booming and Annie decreed that Benny should be a boss builder, not a worker carpenter. She then established their own construction corporation. It truly was a mom and pop operation. Annie assumed all responsibilities for accounting, bidding, expediting, and negotiating with contractors and inspectors. The only task she did not perform was the actual construction work. She hired men for that job. I am certain that if necessary, she would have gone to the job site,
picked up a hammer or a pile of bricks and gotten to work. They began their entrepreneurial foray by developing a new area of Brooklyn called East Flatbush. Located between Flatbush, Brownsville and Canarsie, it was an idyllic spot to build. Benny had the opportunity to implement his own ideas on how homes should be constructed. He was especially innovative when it came to designing bathrooms. His bathrooms were all tiled, and included bathtubs and separate stall showers. Those shower stalls were the prototype for modern spa-type showers. The 1920’s were a good decade for Annie. She had her business, which prospered, and her own newly-built house, which included rental property, of course. She was a great believer in the financial benefits of rentals and she had her two little fat kids. In those days, before cholesterol and our irrational fear of food, an obese child was a healthy child. It meant that there was adequate food to eat. She used to make them drink whole cream! Milk did not have enough fat and calories for her purposes. Annie found her niche. She owned a business which she could manage, control, cajole, coerce and negotiate. She was quite a handler (business person), a very tough negotiator, in a male-dominated field. I guess the shonda (shame) factor escalated several more notches. Imagine, this little immigrant lady going toe-totoe with the men. I am still awe-struck by her chutzpah (unmitigated nerve). During Prohibition, Benny bought five gallon jugs of alcohol and concocted his own moonshine in the basement. I guess his homemade branfan (liquor) was quite a big hit with everyone he knew. It was illegal to produce alcoholic beverages for anything except personal use. In order to deliver the goods to his buddies, he wrapped the stuff in a blanket, put it in a baby carriage and went for a walk after dark, with the baby. Jews, as a people, are very superstitious and know better than to give a keynehore (no evil eye) in any situation. We can twist anything from a positive into a negative in order to keep the evil spirits away. After a period of great economic prosperity, rising stock prices and a booming business climate, the evil eye glared at America… and belched loudly. The residential construction industry died a quick, painful and costly death. The availability of credit evaporated, foreclosures increased substantially, banks failed, people lost everything and were out on the streets. Wall St. was a killing field littered with the bodies of stock market employees jumping out of windows. The unemployment rates reached levels that previously could not even be imagined. For the men in the construction trades, there was no work. Annie was involuntarily unemployed. She needed to find a job, fast. More to come.
Blueberries, A delicious bargain! berries delivers as much antioxidant power as five servings of many other fruits and vegetables! Blueberries are very high in proanthocyan, a wellstudied specific antioxidant that prevents an excess of free radicals. Blueberries are also high in healthy substances known as flavonoids , including anthocyanin. Anthocyanins, from two Greek words meaning plant and blue, are responsible for the intense blue and red pigments of blueberries. Over 60 scientific studies link the blue in wild blueberries to good health. Anthyocyanins have a different chemical structure compared with other common antioxidants such as Vitamin C. This unique structure makes them three to four times more potent than other fruits and vegetables. Although other red or purple fruits such as plums and strawberries also contain anthyocyanin, blueberries appear to have the highest concentration of this antioxidant among fruits commercially available in North America. Blueberries are promising nutritional weapons against disease. In today’s
Slowing Alzheimer’s By BRIAN SCHILLER Encouraging news! We’re just finding out that intellectual activity and health supplements aren’t the only ways to stave off the potential of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies funded from the National Institute on Aging have suggested that there may be hope in terms of slowing the effects of Alzheimer’s with the help of exercise. In the first study, utilizing MRI on 58-78 year old adults who engaged in strenuous aerobic activity, researchers discovered enhanced functioning in certain areas of the brain. Not only this, but these participants faired much better in being able to focus on goals and pay attention when compared to a sedentary control group. In a follow-up study, researchers examined the connection between brain function in almost 6,000 woman, aged 65 and over. And guess what? MRI results again yielded consistent information: Inactive woman were more likely to experience diminished cognitive ability than those woman who incorporated physical exercise
into their daily routine. Why is this so? Scientists suggest two possible reasons. It is believed that exercise either positively effects blood flow to the brain or impacts cellular reactions which cause the brain to respond better to chores.
world, blueberries are being heralded as a delicious weapon in the anti-aging, or as I prefer to call it, the graceful aging arsenal. In a study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, which appeared in the September 15, 1999, issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, rats were fed a blueberry extract diet, rich in naturally derived antioxidants. The rats showed fewer age-related motor changes and out-performed their study counterparts on memory tests. Although strawberry and spinach extracts also improved short term memory, only blueberries supported progress in navigation capabilities and overall co-ordination. This is important because aging often causes challenges with co-ordination and balance. In addition, rats in all the supplement groups had sufficient Vitamin E in the cell membranes of their brains, which increases cellular flexibility and repair. Holly McCord, RD, author of The Miracle Berry and Prevention’s Nutrition Editor says, “If you add one food to your diet this year, make it blueberries.” According to
McCord, blueberries are the “... single most ferocious food in the supermarket at halting the forces that age you.” Professor David Morgan at the Alzheimer’s Research Lab at the University of South Florida is also excited about the possibilities of blueberries. Morgan has worked with Tuft’s University on a transgenic model of Alzheimer’s disease and says he hopes the research he’s involved in proves that blueberries are the nutritional answer to disease and aging that they seem to be. With a scientist’s skepticism, he adds, “I doubt that our studies will show blueberries to be the miracle cure some people claim – but I hope they do. Blueberries are an affordable, healthy and delicious remedy.” To get an even better effect, choose organic blueberries whenever possible, to avoid the negative effects associated with pesticides. A good plan of action is to stock up on organic blueberries when they are in season, and simply put containers in the freezer to be used at a later date. They can be eaten as is, or added to healthy breakfast cereals, oatmeal or yogurt for a nutritious start to the day. Another great way to save
blueberries for a rainy day is to purchase a dehydrator and dry the fresh berries for later use. This is a good way to save many kinds of healthy fruits and vegetables for times when they are not in season.
A Swedish study at the Karolinka Institute backs this up, too. The Swedish research found that people who remained active with a regular cardiovascular and resistance regimen were 60% less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. Quite simply, fitness workouts can strengthen heart function,
increase blood flow, reduce body weight, lower blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol, and increase good cholesterol, all of which improves health and limits the possibility of disease associated with brain functioning. In laymen’s terms, the above can translate into better motor function, the
lessening of falls, enhanced memory, and communication adroitness. What is this research trying to tell us? Get to it Century Village! Walking, jogging, weightlifting, cycling, or swimming – these are just a few of the exercise alternatives that are good for you!
By ELLEN KAMHI, PhD RN Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. Native Americans used the berries for food and dye. They believed the five pointed star that forms at the end of the fruit signified that the tribal ancestors sent star berries as a spiritual gift. When settlers from England arrived in the northeast, local tribes taught them how to use the nutritious and delicious blueberry as part of their food staples. During the Civil War, dried blueberries and blueberry beverages were used as an important food source for soldiers. Antioxidants are substances that help protect our cells from damage due to free radicals - molecules that disrupt cell membranes, which can eventually lead to the effects of aging and disease. Among natural sources of antioxidants, blueberries are excellent. A study performed by The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts compared 40 common fruits and vegetables and found blueberries as the highest in antioxidant activity. One half cup serving of blue-
Try this Blueberry Smoothie: 8-12 ounces of Unsweetened Soy Milk or Organic Skim Milk One Scoop of Organic Spirulina or Barley Grass Powder 1 Tablespoon or Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ½ cup Organic Fresh or Frozen Blueberries 2 or 3 ice cubes Place all together in a blender, blend for One Minute and enjoy a Healthy, High Protein, Nutritious , Low Calorie Meal! Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, The Natural Nurse®, can be heard on radio daily. She is the author of several books, including WEIGHT LOSS, the Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide. Dr. Kamhi has been involved in natural health care for over four decades. She answers consumer questions at www. naturesanswer.com, and has a private practice on Long Island. www.naturalnurse. com 800-829-0918
Active CVE Republican Club New and regular members call for updated meeting information. Call or fax Ron Goldfarb at 954-596-5198. Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups. Free for families and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s. Locations in North, Central and South Broward. For a group in your area, call 954-726-0011 or 24 hr. helping hotline at 1-800-272-3900. 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 954-4286627 or Rose Vaupen 954-426-2392. Americans United for Separation of Church & State New chapter being formed. Primary mission is to educate public regarding constitutional guarantee of church and state separation. We are concerned about book banning, schools teaching religious theology disguised as scientific theory. For further information, call Barbara Miranda at 954-422-5958. AMIT (Americans for Israel and Torah) meets second Monday of every month at Young Israel Synagogue at 12:30p.m. AMIT is sponsoring a bus trip to the newly-opened Holocaust Museum in Hollywood on Monday,
November 17. For information about this trip call Dorothy 954-571-8673 or Norma 954-428-2386. For information, call Ellie 954-698-6075 or Norma 954428-2386. Art Club of CVE meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month (November thru April), from 10 a.m. to noon in Clubhouse Room GP-A. Membership is $12. We have interesting programs, trips & don’t miss our annual Art Expo on March 7th & 8th, 2009. For Information call Evelyn Bloom (October through April) at 954-428-3728. Astronomy Club will meet each month beginning Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in room E. A telescope will be used for observation. Call Norma 954-480-8938 or Jerry 954-4289381. 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 954-418-8895. B’nai B’rith Unit #2995 for Men and Women. For information, call Dave Polak at 954-420-0096 or Jack Galit at 954-428-6029. 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 954698-6184. Billiard Club of CVE If you are interested in joining, call Al Feinberg at 954-428-7624 for further information. Bowling Club of CVE meets every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Pompano Bowl, 2200 Federal Highway, Pompano. All welcome. Come join us and have fun. For information, call Betty Schwartz at 954-427-1157. Brotherhood Temple Beth Israel Monthly Breakfast Meetings second Sunday of each month. For information, Al Freiman 954-429-0663, Temple 954-421-7060. Broward Council of Na’Amat USA (formerly Pioneer Women) meets fourth Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Na’Amat Council office, 1721 No. State Road 7, Suite H, Margate. For information, call 954-327-0770. Broward County Support Group meets every Thursday in Clubhouse, Room C, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Broward Homebound Program your donations will enable elderly and disabled residents to live independently at home with dignity. For further information, call Diane or Marie at 954-786-2484.
Cameo Drama Club will meet again in December 2008. Meeting takes place the first and third Tuesday of the month in Room G. If you are interested in auditioning for a role in the next play, please call 954-570-8884. Canadian Club of CVE. The Canadian Club of CVE has been in operation since 1976 as a social club for Canadians wintering in Century Village, Deerfield Beach. In 2008-09, the regular monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, December 11, January 8, February 12 and March 12 at 10 am in the Club House party room, with an informative or entertaining program following a short business session. During the winter season, the Club organizes several social events, including a welcome brunch, December 14 and a closing Bar-B-Q on March 5. Outings to various activities, including an NHL hockey game on December 29 and a cruise January 23, are part of the activities. Membership is $5. per person per year. Registration takes place every Friday between 10 am and noon in the CVE clubhouse upper lobby beginning November 21. For more information, contact Co-President Dorothy Stober (Montreal 514-485-6362, CVE 954-426-4097) or Co-President Sidney Margles (Montreal 514-485-9388 or CVE, 954-596-0179).
SEPTEMBER 2008 Catholic Social Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Clubhouse room GPA. Open to all denominations. A Vigil Mass will be held at 6:15 p.m. every Saturday in Le Club Activity Center, Room A. Father James, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy will celebrate Mass. For further information, call Gloria 954-571-6925, Mary Ann 954-571-2266. Center for Group Counselingâ€™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 every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Room F, at Clubhouse. Demonstrations, lectures, competitions, instructions, exhibits, shows and field trips programmed. 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 954-426-3008. Choraleers CVE produced and directed by Cecile Berger, meets every Wednesday, 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse Party Room. We rehearse for a once a year concert in our theater. If you enjoy singing or play piano, join us. For information, call Irene Greenberg, President 954-426-0628.
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. We have Interesting programs and field trips. For information, call Norma 954-480-8938, Geri 954-3609725 or Rosalie 954-427-1593. Classical Civilization Club meets every Wednesday, alternating with the Egyptology Club, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse room C. Learn about all aspects of the Greek and Roman World. Call Lewis 954-421-8934. 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, four pack for $2, the Early Bird and Bingo Special $1. The Early Bird and Bingo Players Special each pays $75. BINGO WILL BE OPENED ALL SUMMER. 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 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 Magic Club Monday, 2 p.m., discussions Magic Learning, speakers,
discuss magic, conventions, demonstrations. For information call 954698-9334. CVE Mandolin Orchestra now meets every Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Clubhouse in General Purpose Room. Musicians who can play cello, viola or clarinet are invited. For further information, call Vincent Zappi at 954-428-1794. CVE Sewing Club meets every Tuesday from 10 am. to 12 noon in the Sewing Room. For further information, call Rita at 954-571-1645 CVE Shuffleboard Club meets first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse in Room A. Come join us for fun and friendship. For information, call Al at 954-421-8585 or Vito at 954-428-0925. 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. For further information, call Bea Guccione 954426-3540. For membership, call Jean Crown 954-421-8121 or Kitty Cole 954-360-7956. CVE Symphony Orchestra we welcome string musicians with orchestra experience to join our orchestra. We will meet on Sunday mornings during the season, starting November 5. For information, call Blanche at 954 4264513 or Ruth at 954 426-2028.
CVE Volleyball Club meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. and beyond, next to tennis court. All invited. Call Harry Liner 954-426-4853 or Harry Chizeck 954-426-3178. Dance With Us for Folk and Line Dancing meets on Tuesday from 12 noon to 2 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 Pompano Beach Highlands Park, 1650 N.E. 50th Court, which is two blocks east of Dixie Highway off 48th Street from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information Barry Cowen at 954-7259331, Gerry Gerstenberg at 954 9416689 or Roy at 954-429-9472. Deerfield Beach Democratic Club meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Le Club. Stimulating political discussions. All invited. Refreshments served. For information: call Bernie Parness President at 954 426 1284 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 Julie Bloom at 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 954-419-9647.
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.
Jet Setters Social Club Active, Jet Setters, widows, widowers and singles social club. Join a great NEW sophisticated singles group. Trips, dining experiences, plays, concerts, art museums, upscale shopping excursions, etc. No dues. For information call Lila 954-596-9949.
Nature Club will meet 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.
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.
Jewish War Veterans U.S.A. Post 265 and Ladies Auxiliary of CVE meets third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse Room F and G. Interesting informative programs. For information call, Al Freiman 954-429-0663 or Bea Lerman 954-421-3497.
Newbies Come and meet new people interested in social activities, dinners and trips. We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month from November to April, Room F, 7 p.m. For information, call Virginia at 954-426-9455 or Beverly at 954-428-3705.
Knitting Club of CVE meets every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Sewing Room at 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.
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.
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, call Ina Ciocca at 954360-0740.Please attend. For further information call Selma at 954-427-8674 or Pearl at 954-426-0189. 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 Temple Beth Israel. Refreshments served. Interesting topics. For information, call Gert 954-421-0945 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. For information call Mimi Lourenso at 954-725-5229. Come and meet new friends and help plan club “outings” to various park picnics, museums, restaurants, etc. The Hispanic Club started five years ago and has grown to 80 members from 18 countries. The President of the club is Judith Smith from Colombia, South America. 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 meets second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse Party Room. For information call Lena Radicella 954428-2184. JCP Red Hatters, Meetings-second Wednesday of each month in Clubhouse. Monthly outings planned. Requirement for membership is a red hat and purple dress/blouse must be worn to outings. For further information, contact Josephine Privitera at 954-425-7026. Jelly Belly Dancers Free Belly Dance lessons. Learn to Belly Dance for fun and exercise! All ages, sizes and shapes welcomed. No registration required. For further information call Sandy 954-421-2541.
L’Alliance Francophone CVE. Join more than 500 French-speaking residents of the Village, mostly snowbirds from Canada. The association was established in 1995. For information, call Pierette Pelletier 954-426-6132 or Raymond Babeux 954-428 4158. L’Alliance Francophone of CVE. Si vous parlez Français, nous avons de nombreuses activitiées á vous proposer. Si vous êtes interessé appelez Pierrette Pelletier 954-426-6132 ou Raymond Babeux 954-428-4158. 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 Eli Weisberg 954-427-4785 or Walter Reich 954-421-6875. Lets Talk meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse, Room E. 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 954427-7407. Na’Amat USA For further information, contact Marjorie Moidel at 954970-8609. National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) meets 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 Woman. Meetings are held at the Clubhouse, Room N, at 12 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, October through April. For information concerning the organization call Sylvia at 954-421-8870 or Arlene at 954-4274566.
New Horizons Church of Deerfield Worship Service 10 a.m., Sunday School 10:30a.m .For information call church 954-427-3045. 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. New York Retirees DC37: Meetings held at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 S. W. 18th St., Boca Raton. Next meeting to be advised. For information, call Mildred 954-421-8527 or Vinnie at 561-451-3643. 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 appointment. 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 Ilean Sylk 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 Rev. 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. Pflag (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7
p.m. to 9 p.m. in Clubhouse, Room F. For information, call Abe at 954- 5718448 or Dorothy at 954-422-8508. Philadelphian’s and Neighbors Club meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse, Room A starting in October through March. Entertainment at every meeting. Greet old and new friends. For further information call Selma Edelman, 954-421-6423 or her cell phone 954-675-3998. You can also call Bea Lerman 954-421-3497. Philosophy of CVE meetings is held each Monday in Room A at the Clubhouse at 7:30 p.m. All residents and friends are welcome. For details, call Dr. Bob Griffin 954-596-0463 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 served. Become a member. Information, Ruth Goldberg 954-427-5226 or Irene Greenberg 954426-0628. 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 954-428-3870. 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 Harry 954-426-3178. Sisterhood of Young Israel of Deerfield Beach meets at the Synagogue the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Interesting speakers, exciting programs and refreshments served. 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. Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel meets on second Thursday of each month at 11:30 am. A mini lunch is served followed by an interesting program. For further information call the Temple office at 954-421-7060 . Sixty-five Social Club accepting new members couples only, one of who must be 70 or under. For information, call Lillian Jaffe at 954-360-2941. Social Single is a social club for singles who are young at heart. We enjoy monthly outings, dinners, shows as well as monthly club brunches at local restaurants. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the Clubhouse, Room G at 7 p.m. For
SEPTEMBER 2008 more information, call Nermie at 954421-6931 or Sheila at 954-725-1521. SOCO (Symposium of Concerned Owners) meets the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Clubhouse. In-dept lectures and discussions with guest speakers. For information, call Jeff Chester at 954429-9285. SoftBall Players now forming Century Village teams. No age limitations. Call Ed Obeid at 954-421-2228. South Florida Gold Coast Chapter of Myasthenia Gravis support group meets 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 954429-0455. St. Louis Club of CVE meets the first Wednesday, every other month, beginning in August for lunch. For information call Sol Mitchell 954-4287497. Stained Glass Club meets 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 Thursday at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse, Room D. Residents are invited to have their stamps and coins appraised free of charge any meeting day at 10:30 a.m. Stock Market Discussion Club meets first and third Monday each month at 10 a.m. Room N. Exchange information about stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s and bonds. No fee involved. For further information call Jim 954-596-2233 or Bill 954-698-0423.
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 Janet Agmund 954 428 0711 or Goldie Witrock at the library 954-689-0207. Tai-Chi class held on Mondays and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Exercise Room at Clubhouse with instructor, John. Come join our class and get rid of stress Temple Beth Israel. is a Conservative Egalitarian Synagogue. Friday evening services, 7:30 p.m. Oneg Shabbat. Saturday, morning services 9 a.m. to noon followed by a Kiddish. Membership dues include a ticket for the High Holy Days. The temple library is open Monday thru Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All Village residents may borrow bestsellers, large print books, biographies, Judaica, etc. There is also an ongoing book sale. Canter Bell will resume his lecture series with musical examples by Jewish Composers on Broadway beginning, December 3 through Wednesday, May 6, 2009. The lectures are from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Temple, and are held on the first Wednesday of the month. The fee for the series is $10. For more information regarding membership and schedule of events, call the Temple office at 954-421-7060. Temple B’nai Shalom (Reform) Services are conducted every Friday at 8 p.m. at Le Club by Rabbi Alton M. Winters and new Cantor, Gary Sherman. Oneg Shabbat follows every
week. For additional information call William Schmier 954 428-8231. The Auxiliary meets the fourth Monday of every month at 10 a.m. For further information, contact Julia Bale 954 427 6669 or Bea Rosner 954 360 7760. The Theosophical Society of Deerfield located at 831 SE 9th Street, phone number 954-420-0908 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 954-3607080. TNT (THURSDAY NIGHT TALENT) OPEN-MIKE NOW at 6 PM. Residents meet every Thursday evening year-round, in the Clubhouse, Music Room A. Everyone who wishes is given up to five minutes to entertain us with songs, jokes, a musical instrument, a reading, a dance, a story, etc. Audience-only visitors also invited. All talent levels, ages, and languages needed. For further information, call Mary Anne Surrette, (954) 734-0095. Pianists-by-ear highly welcome.
United Order True Sisters meets every fourth Tuesday at Temple Beth Israel at 11:30 a.m. For information about this organization contact President Frieda Weiss, 954-419-9143 or Membership Chairperson Betty Swinkin 954-570-9526. Visionally Impaired Persons (VIP) meets the first Wednesday monthly in Room E at 10:30 a.m. We exchange information and have guest speakers. We also have a book club and plan trips to seminars. All are welcome Contact Janel Agmund 954 428-0711.. 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. We Care of CVE still available for supplies (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.) only. Contact Barbara Brown at 954-574-9675. . Wit, Wisdom & Humor information call 954-698-9334.
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 954428-6805.
Women Marines Association membership is open to women who serve or have served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp or U.S. Marine Reserves. Many people are not aware of our existence. For information, call Ruth Beisner at 954-428-1637.
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 954 427-0665.
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 561495-7378.
Sports CVE Bowling League By LOUIS KAUFMAN The merry-go-round keeps going and where it stops nobody knows. That just about describes how our bowling season was about to begin as of September 4th. Having been informed during the last bowling season that Boca Bowl would close in May of 2008, most leagues opted to go elsewhere including CVE. After some investigation and voting we decided to go to SpareZ on Sample Road. Granted, that you would have to be care-
Want to take a trip? AMIT is sponsoring a bus trip to the newly-opened Holocaust Museum in Hollywood on Monday, November 17. For information call Dorothy 954-571-8673 or Norma 954-428-2386. B’nai B’rith Deerfield Beach Unit 2995 is having a cruise aboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. This cruise is from December 1, 2008 to December 5, 2008. Ports Miami, Nassau, Cococay, Key West. Inside cabin, Deck 4, $390 p.p. double occupancy. Includes all port & service fees, transportation from Century Village. Further information and reservations contact Dave Polak, 954-420-0096 or Business Travel Service 954-7556800. Symphony Orchestra Guild For further information contact either Bea Guccione, 954-426-3540 or Marion Cohen, 954-4281315. United Order of True Sisters December 15-20, 2008 Celebrity’s Century (6 days/5 nights) Leaves from Miami. Goes to Key West and Grand Cayman. Prices $460 Inside Cabin, $560 Outside Cabin (pp dble occupancy). Call Jean Keats 954-421-6311 for reservations and further information. Note: All organizations are requested to send in their trip plans to the Reporter for the 2008-2009 season.
ful not to fall because of the way the floor was set up. The summer season began, adjustments were made and everything looked fine until we appeared one Thursday to bowl, as per our arrangement, but were stopped. They had another commitment and had to turn us away contrary to our agreement and our bowlers were angered enough to refuse to continue at SpareZ. I then visited Boca Bowl to find out what was happening and was informed that the Al-
ley would honor leagues from September to December after which it would close down. This would not be feasible. The result was that the merry-go-round stopped at the Pompano Bowl. The Alley put in many changes that satisfied us plus the chances of falling were lessened. I know that many of us favored SpareZ but since they violated our agreement, we had no choice but to make the change. That is the story. It has not been easy, but as the saying goes, all is well that ends well. See you September 4th at Pompano Bowl.
Nothing is forever By SY BLUM, Associate Editor
True. But, some things come close…like our ongoing dependence on foreign oil. For this final column of the summer season, I have thought and read a great deal on this most important subject and have decided to add my two cents. In trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, I have been most impressed by a statement by the President (or CEO) of Shell Oil during a Today show interview some months ago. The gentleman, who I believe was one John Hofmeister, succinctly stated that regardless of what steps are taken we will be using fossil fuel for a long time, probably longer than the lifetime of anyone living today. Given his lofty position in the Shell hierarchy, he certainly must know whereof he speaks. By taking it from there, we must be aware that the invention of the automobile has been greatly responsible for the way we live today. Proof of that is the fact that the skyrocketing cost of gasoline has affected our way of life and is
one of the many reasons for the economic problems we face. And that automobile and the whole automotive industry is built around the gasoline engine. If nothing else, the enormity of the problem (as of 2006 there were more than two hundred and fifty million passenger cars plus untold millions of trucks in the United States alone) is beyond human comprehension. And, of course, we must factor in the thousands of businesses: service stations, auto parts suppliers, etc. who derive their livelihoods from the automobile. It is intriguing to espouse the use of hybrids, electric cars, hydrogen power, etc. But the fact remains that some of these innovations to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil are either in very short supply or are still in the experimental stage, to say nothing about the tremendous cost of development. Let us take history as a reminder of what we face to replace the current gasoline engine. The first crude horse-
less carriage appeared about the beginning of the 20th Century. So it has taken more than 100 years to develop, produce and achieve the technological perfection that is today’s automobile. [Of course, this technological perfection could have been available several years ago were it not for the automotive corporations lobbyists’ successful manipulations of a compliant Congress to refuse to mandate better gas mileage even though that technology has been available.] Is there any reason to believe that changing to another type of automotive engine can be done in a much shorter period of time? I think not. Even if by some miracle an alternative to the gasoline engine were to be perfected tomorrow can you comprehend how long it would take to build and replace approximately four to five hundred million engines (and that is just in the U.S.A.)? Let us concede the foregoing as fact, which it is. So, what can we do to alleviate in some way the gorilla we have created. I have a few suggestions. Drastic situations frequently require drastic solutions. In
this writer’s opinion, a place to start would be to aggressively explore potential oil fields within our country or, at least, outside the volatile Middle East. As of this writing President Bush has taken the first steps. Now it is up to Congress to do its part. Yes, it will possibly destroy many waterfronts and beaches, etc. and will undoubtedly take at least a decade for any production. However, doing nothing will just perpetuate the present impossible situation. Then we should continue to purchase better mileage cars and relegate SUVs, etc. to the scrapheap wherever possible. (Admittedly, in some cases they do serve a purpose.) We have already cut back considerably on the discretionary use of our cars, so let us hope that continues. However, the growing use of golf carts and scooters is not the answer. Truth to tell, driving small cars for long distances is not very pleasant. Unlike Europe, where small cars are the norm, the distances Americans are forced to drive for whatever reason is not comparable to distances over there. As an example: the distance from Miami to Albany, NY is 1400 miles. It is interest-
ing to note that the distance from Paris, France, across most of Europe to Athens, Greece is only 1172 miles! Yes, this is a big country. One other factor that increases the necessity of using our cars so much is the scarcity of public transportation. This applies especially to the evisceration of Amtrak by President Bush. His refusal to allow increased subsidies (as virtually every other civilized country does) for this most vital service is a failure of the George W. Bush Administration. In conclusion, let me reiterate: the problem is our dependence on foreign oil. Therefore, I suggest that we use every means available to find other sources of fossil fuels (according to experts, we have so far only used one-quarter of the estimated supply) to tide us over while ongoing research be intensified to perfect another safe, preferably green alternative to the black gold that has been both the boon and the bane of modern civilization.
It Couldn’t Hurt By HELENE WAYNE
Between the television advertisements for drugs, the Today show kinda tells you how you should be living, you can add another. This one is the computer, butting into your way of life. TODAY, told me today how much money I need in order to retire, how long I should expect to live and what percentage of my current income
was necessary to live in the style that I’ve become accustomed to. The computer, (my personal one) tells me about all the health tests that I should be taking; how to prevent cancer and heart attacks and how to lose weight. You know the stories; I don’t have to bore you with them all. BUT, one of the prevent
heart attack e-mails tickled my fancy as it really made sense. I was suppose to send it to at least 10 people, I hope that 10 of you read this. No, this one is not about taking medication. It refers to the eating habits of people in other countries. Remember, when you were a kid, someone, probably your mother, told you that the Russians eat their soup at the end of a meal. That’s the theme of this e-mail. It says that you
(we) should not drink a cold or iced beverage after a heavy meal. It causes the grease (fat) to congeal and remain in your arteries. Have a hot or warm liquid instead. The suggestion sounded so logical, I thought I’d send it along to you. I also must admit, that my favorite course at a meal is soup, so this is perfect. I am the one who has a bowl of wonton as dessert in a Chinese Buffet, I guess I really am peculiar.
Ask my granddaughter. One night after an evening out we went to a Dunkin’ Donuts. I ordered soup, she looked at me and said, “soup at 11 o’clock at night?” I asked her “why not?” So, she ordered a soup too, and then asked for another. So, for whatever it is worth, I pass this on to you; do with it what you will. All I know is, it couldn’t hurt.
As I see it
by ROLF GRAYSON Prisoner exchange ? Another heyday for the media in speculations and predictions of how positively this latest (one of many) lopsided exchange this one between Hezbolah and Israel would impact. Like so many other exchanges in the past it followed a similar pattern where Israel returned several prisoners some of them convicted murderers, plus a number of dead soldiers for the remains of two kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldiers. The 30 plus days of fighting in Lebanon was precipitated
by the cross border kidnapping of these two Israelis, which caused many casualties on both sides resolved nothing except that Hezbolah became a dominant power in Lebanon and now received several important terrorists back to continue their activities. Among them Samir Kuntar a Lebanese who murdered an Israeli while his little girl watched and after that picked up this little girl and smashed her head against a pole until she too was dead. He returned to his native village and received a hero’s welcome.
In a recent private round table discussion on this subject with both men and women the cast majority opinion held that prisoners of this type should never be allowed to remain alive but to be returned in a prisoner exchange like ALL Israelis, in a coffin. While this frustrated knee jerk reaction is understandable, what these people seem to forget is that we are dealing with a culture who reveres death more than life when they kill infidels in the name of Allah. When a mother can rejoice in her child’s death who became a successful suicide bomber, all hope is lost until such demented devilish brainwashed opinions can
be eradicated. This Hezbolah exchange like so many others before it, although touted in the press as a breakthrough, is nothing more than theatrics played to the world arena by these well financed and shrewd terrorists. As long as these acts of terrorism are condoned or explained away by media and the self interest of trading partners in the UN debating society, there is little need or interest for those who sponsor these acts to change. These acts of violence will and can not change, to the contrary they will increase and become more wide spread involving other countries as long as they enjoy international impunity. The mastermind of the
hijacking of the cruise ship Achile Lauro in 1985 who killed a wheelchair bound American Jew by throwing him overboard was just released from prison by the Italians. Their duplicity of character is as old as modern history itself and has shown itself in two world wars but is overlooked by the western world because of the industry’s lifeline OIL. Maybe an opportunity for a reduction in mid eastern terrorism will present itself when the need for oil will diminish as alternate sources of energy are being developed and their strangleholds on the world loosens.
would have an angle, never both. I really thought I was on to something, until one day in the Malls, I discovered something. Yes, yes, it was a case of artificial evolution that was causing the shoulders to change angles, and what was more disturbing, women were using money to change the angles of their shoulders, and no one ever told them. It was Coach, Dior, the pocketbooks; you know all the ones with fancy names and prices that run in the thousands. The pocketbooks looked like valises or suitcases. They were carrying everything but the kitchen sink in them, weighing them down and putting a permanent slope to one shoulder. I went into one of the fancy, fancy women’s stores and tried to lift up an empty bag. My GOD, it weighed at least thirty pounds and nothing was in it yet! Are all women losing their minds, spending thousands of dollars to advertise some hokey Frenchman or pocketbook company for the privilege of carrying a suitcase around on their shoulders? They wear them like jewelry, a symbol of money, good taste, or stupidity. And what is even worse, they relegate last years bag to
the consignment store. After all, what woman wants to be seen with last years bag, when the new ones are twice as big, and cost more? I don’t remember all the names of the bags, but it reminded me of people who wear a T Shirt to advertise Adidas, and pay the manufacturer for the privilege! We men, who of course, are much smarter, do not carry or wear a suitcase on our shoulders to carry our wallets or money or ID’s around with us. Nor do we carry a complete change of clothing, hair spray, after shave lotion, razors, nail files, tooth brushes, toothpaste, underarm deodorants, hair brushes, appointment books, stuffed animals, diet bars, bottle water, and of course the ubiquitous cell phones (Ours are in our pocket.) It’s bad enough to carry a lap top computer hanging off one shoulder, and now that I think of it, I will have to measure the angle of the shoulder I carry it on. I also wonder if all those kids with backpacks to school will eventually fall over at 30 degrees to the perpendicular.`
Shoulders By JEROME ALLEN GONICBERG Being a keen observer of women who are always full of surprises, I noticed a strange phenomena about a year ago, with all the women I saw. Somehow, they all seemed to be stoop shouldered, some were right stoop shouldered and some of them were left stoop shouldered. I had never really paid much attention to shoulders, since there were so many other interesting parts of women to look at. I was fascinated with what I began to see, and while it was hard to look at shoulders after all the years I was studying women’s other parts (not on a scientific basis mind you.) I thought that I was on to something. I felt like a scientist who discovered that the shut down in women is called the menopause, and its relationship to the unusual use of air conditioners in winter to the chagrin of husbands who were always catching the flu. I began to question my male friends about it, not menopause, but the shoulders phenomena. To tell you the honest truth; they began to look to me like I was crazy. “Shoulders? What is it with you, Jerry, since when do shoulders excite you?” “Shoulders, what’s wrong with shoulders? Are you a shoulder maniac? I always thought you were a sex maniac.” “Jerry, I got a good psychiatrist you should see, ha, ha.” Ignoramuses, that’s what my nincompoop friends were. Something was definitely going on with women’s shoulders and obviously I was the only one who was aware of it. Was this a case of evolution that scientists have not been aware of? Were women changing their shapes, perhaps their bodies were becoming more angular? Were women becoming Amazons, a super race and no one had noticed it before me? Now I am not a doctor, but
I thought that if I could do a study of it, perhaps, I could be on my way to a Nobel Prize. Me, Jerry G., being invited to Sweden, or is it Cuba where they give out Nobel prizes? I would get the Nobel Prize for shoulders perhaps. One million dollars to carry on my research. All the major women’s clothing manufacturers would want my discovery of new dimensions of women’s bodies. I would be called on to check all the clothing that the models on runways were wearing and make suggestions. I would hope that it would not be a throw back to Joan Crawford who had the biggest and broadest shoulders in the movies. Somehow she always reminded me of a football player, a dyke football player, don’t you know? So I purchased a school kid’s protractor to measure angles. I began to go to places where women congregated in large numbers like the Malls. Man oh man, I never realized that there were as many shoulders to look at as the other things that women had, that always fascinated me, you know, their clothes. I began to pickup women at the Malls or at McDonald’s where they went for fine dining, and because the Seminole Casino was close and women are born gamblers, don’t you know, I began to frequent it. I noticed that 99% of them were not winners, and those women were always shrugging their shoulders (like tossing a coin) because whatever they won, they put back into the slots. So by shrugging their shoulders, I could not tell if one was more angled than their other shoulder. You know sitting at a slot and looking at a woman through a protractor to get the angles is not easy. After a while I was asked to leave, the manager asking me if I was some sort of a shoulder pervert. In my retirement village, at
some of the pools, I would try to hide the protractor I was using. It was not easy and the women would notice me staring at them using a protractor to measure the angle of the shoulder. I never told them what I was researching, but a few of the women were intrigued by the fact that I was looking at them through the protractor and they would walkup to me and invite me for a sit down cooked meal in their apartment. I learned that most of them preferred Swanson’s Frozen, and a few of them offered me Chinese that came in plastic carry out containers. I gave that up because too much General Tso’s was not that great after sitting in their Fridge for a week or two, and what I thought the green was broccoli, was not. Whenever I would go out on a date I always had my protractor with me and when I hugged the woman goodnight I would whip out my protractor and would measure the angles of her shoulders. “Cute, they would say, only my shoulders?” Believe me, it was difficult to hide the damn thing, but I was able to measure the angle that the shoulder was in relation to the perpendicular. I would use a door as a background to measure the angle against. Now a protractor is not a true angle of attack to measure a shoulder and it was especially difficult when the women were wearing a topless or a low-cut dress. It would distract me, don’t you know, hey, I’m a guy! But I managed to measure, what I call the angle of attack on some fifty women. But I never got excited over shoulders as they were never a sexual turn-on for me. It was only the angles that fascinated me. Some were perfectly level. And some of them would be like a 60 degree angle. The funny thing was that it was only one shoulder that
By PAULINE MIZRACH My two lovable seeds are called Pauline and Lee. I discovered them one day at the N.E. Focal Senior Center at a craft fair. My friend decided to take them home to see how they would develop together under one roof in his condo sink. Would his two new friends get along and survive? Compromise and share, nurturing each other although strangers? Could they live together in one oval, plastic container and not be envious if one received more attention and care? After all, they were complete strangers at one time, six months ago. Cautiously, my friend decided the two seeds could share one space. He would watch them and observe how their relationship evolved, like humans. The seeds would share the same space, situated close on one area in the sink. Two weeks later my friend noticed one seed outgrew the other one. Could they maintain their friendship? He wondered if they would become bored, living in the same oval dish. Would any change upset his two lovebirds? Emotionally? These days the seeds are friends; they have moved outdoors to a larger, compact home, and blend into their new surroundings, amid the cactus, ferns, and daisies. They have remained friends.
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evidence of the currently effective policy of hazard and liability insurance upon request, but not more than once per year. Upon the failure of an owner to provide a certificate of insurance issued by an insurer approved to write such insurance in this state, within 30 days after the date on which the written request is delivered, the Association may purchase a policy of insurance on behalf of the owner. The cost of such policy, together with the reconstruction costs undertaken by the Association but which is the responsibility of the unit owner, may be collected in the manner provided for the collection of assessments. Obviously there are many rules and dozens of questions for every rule that affect everyone in CVE. I conferred with our speaker, Bill Raphan; and I will try to arrange to have him speak and answer questions from all residents later in the year, either in Le Club or the Clubhouse.
Have you ever wondered about Columbus Day By ARLENE FINE
In the 15th Century most people considered the world to be flat. If you went too far, you would fall off the edge of the world to where monsters lived. If you look at old maps, you can see the words “and there, there be monsters”, written on the oceans which hadn’t ever been explored. There were very few enlightened men who considered that the world was round. An Italian, Christopher Columbus was one of these men. He wanted to find a faster route to Asia. England, Italy, and Portugal refused him money to try to find the passage he KNEW would be there. Finally, Queen Isabella of Spain, agreed to finance the trip—
provided that he conquer some of the mainlands and islands for Spain. In return he would receive 10% of the spoils, and be named Admiral of the Ocean Seas. On August 3, 1492, he left on his flagship the Santa Maria with two other ships, the Nina, and the Pinta. Early on the morning of October 12, 1492, a sailor aboard the Pinta sighted land, and at dawn’s light they landed on an island. They thought they had reached India, and so called the first people they met ‘Indians’. From these ‘Indians’ they learned that the island was called Guanahani, but Columbus christened it San Salvador and claimed it for
Spain. Columbus died a rich and famous man, but he never did find a shorter route to Asia and the Indies. In 1971 President Nixon declared the second Monday in October a national holiday. However, it was hundreds of years before that, that the first Americans observed Columbus Day. On October 12, 1792, a celebration in New York City honored the discovery of America by Europeans. The Society of Tammany, also known as the Columbian Order, hosted the event. At that time, the Columbian Order was a nationwide patriotic and charitable organization, dedicated to preserve the
democratic institutions, and opposed the Federalist Party. Later it was confined to New York City and identified with the Democratic Party machine there. The Tammany Society was often referred to as Tammany Hall after the name of its headquarters. In 1869 San Francisco’s Italian community held it’s first Columbus Day celebration. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison urged the country to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage. It was at this event that the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy was first recited publicly. In 1905, Colorado was the first state to observe the holiday, and the other states followed. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed October 12th, as Columbus Day, and we observe it to this day.
By BEA LITNER We need you! Dear Readers: Did you know that over 7,500 workers are necessary to assist our citizens with the voting process on Election Day in Broward County? Each worker is a part of our important democratic process by which we Americans select our leaders and have a voice in government. In order to participate, you must be a registered Broward County voter. You will need to fill out an application which you can pick up at any library or contact www. browardsoe.org. Show your community you care and become involved in your future. Be an Election Day and support worker. For questions about remuneration and additional information contact the office of Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of elections, P.O. Box 029001, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, 33302-9001 or at hotline 954-459-9911. Books by Mail Books-by-mail is designated to meet the needs of people who are homebound and are unable to use traditional library facilities. Materials are selected individually for each reader according to patron reading interests, or the reader may make specific requests. Materials are sent on a regular schedule. Books and magazines are delivered by mail in a zippered pouch with reversible address labels for easy mail return. Return postage (at special low library rate) is required. They may also be dropped off at libraries to avoid postage. Ask any library for an application. If you need large print books or videos, ask for a Large Print Books-by-Mail application. These are mailed as Free Matter for the Blind and do not require postage. You will need a Certificate of Eligibility for the Large Print which must be signed and certified by an authorized professional such as: Doctor, M.D. Optometrist, R.N., Therapist, Medical Social Worker or teacher. This certificate can be picked up at any library. Word to the wise It is wise to remember that we were created with two ears and only one mouth – so, we should listen twice as much as we speak. Send your queries and stories to Ask Bea at the Reporter.
The Joy of Rocking Chairs By NANCY GUERETTE
When I think of lace and flowers I think of another era; an age when people held dances, outdoor parties, and barbecues. Women wore crinolines and men were gallant. It was a less hectic, simpler time. People often sat on their porches, or in their homes. They let time slip away, while enthralled by the motion of their rocking chairs. A rocking chair conjures images of peace and love; a young mother rocking her babe, a pleasant interlude in her hectic day; a grandmother rocking her fussy grandchild. She sings to the child while the continuity of the rockers, puts the baby to sleep. On another porch, a grandfather sits smoking his corn cob pipe. He watches the unsettling clouds gather, as he rocks the afternoon away in his well worn rocking chair. The porch remains an informal living space for many families. The rocking chair has always been a part of it in a variety of forms. Because of their resilient strength, willow reed and rattan are suitable for porch furniture. It is exposed to the dust, rain, and changes of temperature not found inside the home. The flexible nature of the material makes it more responsive to body weight and movement than similar chairs made completely of wood. The history of rocking chairs is uncertain. It is believed that they are of American invention, because such a chair was not known in Europe until long after the Colonists settled in America. The most popular rocking chair is the Boston rocker. The term Boston indicates that most chairs of that origin were largely made in that city. It possesses one important feature. It is comfortable. It is also decorative and homelike. A chair like this, often lasts many years and is passed on from generation to generation. These chairs were first made around 1840 and have continued to be made, even today. As the rocking chair became more popular its form changed as well. In the early nineteenth century, chair makers began to look more seriously at its design. The seat was re-shaped and the back gently curved to support the lower part of the spine. The balance was also improved. Thus, the Boston rocker improved, continued in its popularity. Rocking chairs have often found a place in the White House. President John F.
Kennedy, in particular, is associated with the rocking chair, because his Doctor, Jane Travell, recommended that he sit in a rocker in order to ease back pain from an old back injury. At the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., the official portrait of the President, depicts him seated in that famous rocker. The publicity generated by Kennedy’s use of the rocking chair resulted in a resurgence of its popularity around the country. Presidents Harry Truman, Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley are some of the other twentieth century leaders who found comfort and relaxation in their rocking chairs. For the present, the rock-
ing chair is still connected in the public mind to the past. Nostalgia is still a strong force in the modern world. The rocking chair is a symbol of the olden days and such is subject to manipulation by advertisers and media. Television commercials which project old fashion virtues and wisdom employ rocking chairs as props valued for their authenticity. Historical Dramas of the American Experience often portray characters with rocking chairs. The rocking chair is a potent symbol in commercial advertising because the association with America’s past and present are immutable. Elderly people continue to claim the rocking chair as their favorite seat. It provides limited but stimulating exercise. It keeps the joints moving and allows for the shift of gravity for comfort during
long periods of sitting. The rocking chair is a visual link to the past. Its continuous use for over two hundred and fifty years makes it a physical link to the American past. No other furniture form is clearly American in, its invention, improvement and
promotion. We cherish this chair for the pleasure it gives, but also because it is peculiarity ours. In its plainest and exuberant forms, the rocking chair survives and continues to satisfy those who love comfort
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Anti-Defamation League (A.D.L.) By JACK GALIT
This organization is an offshoot of B’nai B’rith International (B.B.I.) that the leaders founded in 1913 when they realized that defamation of minorities in words or acts led to similar defamation of Jews. Defense of other minorities required quick action on all fronts, community, governmental, legal. As the years have gone by A.D.L. has instituted successful programs which have
been applied by state and local governments and their pertinent agencies’ departments. These agencies give them vital data for investigative and enforcement personnel to recognize discrimination quickly and methods to take actions, possibly before damage occurs. Educational programs are a large part of the actions A.D.L. has initiated. Several states/counties have in their
public Jr. high and high school Social Study classes, certain reality-type programs which A.D.L. has convinced education authorities to accept. In many programs teachers get career credits for their efforts. Many sheriffs/police chiefs have asked A.D.L. to include their deputies/patrolmen in seminars conducted from time to time regarding discrimination and
action necessary as followed. Due to A.D.L.’s research, data has been provided to enforcement authorities regarding white power group’s illegal activities and hate training camps and K.K.K. type clans have been broken and FBI has involved itself turning over their findings to the Dept. of Justice for action. A.D.L.’s investigative capability has been recognized by Interpol with whom it interacts and is also accepted by intelligence agencies in European countries and Central/South American
nations. However, the success of A.D.L.’s investigations everywhere has been met with increasing use of the Internet by hate groups and extremists to spread their venom and gain members. For these reasons A.D.L officers asks all of us to be more alert to hate or discrimination activity and notify its local offices for determination of follow-up action. The Internet has become a made-to-order source for our opponents, which must be dealt with by all Americans of good will.
CVE Clubhouse Library News By GLORIA SHOMER
This is a first for the Century Village Reporter. We have never printed a September Issue of the Reporter before. Living on Long Island, September brings back memories of cool evenings, days when it was a little too cold to go swimming, and shopping for school clothes so that the kids would feel good about going back to school (which had the good sense to begin the Wednesday after Labor Day.) Here I sit at the end of July, trying to write about the good things that occur in the typical month of September, in Florida. At least twenty five days out of the 30 we remain in ninety degree heat. The other five days it only goes down a little because of heavy thunderstorms, named tropical storms, and dare we say it, hurricanes with silly names. Of course we can always stay in our air conditioned houses, as long as the electricity stays on. The first official day of autumn takes place in September. When this occurs I start thinking about our friends who will be coming back. I start visualizing the traffic tie-ups when our snow birds are confronted with the new Target, Wal-Mart’s and Kohl’s. The days are beginning to get shorter, which I happen to like, and the staff in our library is gearing up for
the season. A very good thing that happened to me was the discovery of two new authors, at least new to me. We ordered a new book called the Knitting Circle. The author of this book is Ann Hood. Being a knitter myself, I loved the way she equated life lessons into the discipline involved into the formation of intricate patterns. Needless to say, I intend to order several of her books because this book left me wanting more. On July 25, 2008, Author and Professor Randy Pausch lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. There is a tradition at Carnegie Mellon, of a beloved professor delivering what they refer to as The Last Lecture. This is to showcase the Professor’s personal philosophy, and he knew he would indeed be delivering his last lecture. Though 400 colleagues and students attended, his real audience was his children. He wrote them letters, videoed himself playing with them and made tapes which spoke to them from his heart. The last lecture appeared on the internet, and the book landed upon best seller list where it still remains. Another piece of non fiction is called The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The author’s father was a charismatic but alcoholic man who greatly
preferred poker to gainful employment. His wife could barely be bothered to raise her children so Walls and her siblings were left to raise themselves. Remarkable for its lack of sentimentality and anger, it is a testament to the power of human determination. In retrospect, September wasn’t that bad at all! Our library is still open from nine to three. We continue to offer the latest best sellers at the reserve desk. We continue to have beautiful treasures on the shelves of our boutique. Many books continue to line our sale shelves. Please come in and take a look around. We urge you to update your Friends of the Library membership. The first of many books by the most popular authors are on their way. Tribute by Nora Roberts and Rogue by Danielle Steel are on their way. All you have to do is go to the reserve desk and sign up! You will be personally called when you are next on the list. Upon renewing your membership, you will receive a free book and you will automatically be entered into our monthly lottery. This lottery selects a name from the Friends list, and the winner gets a free book from our sales shelves. This month’s winner is Roslin Kur. Please come in and claim your free book.
Obituary of the Late Mr. Common Sense Internet Humor Submitted by SHELDON PIERCE
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved and old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain, Why the early bird gets the worm, Life isn’t always fair, Maybe it was my fault, Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies: Don’t spend more than you can earn. And reliable strategies:
Adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student but
could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for
assault. He began to lose ground rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his Daughter, Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his three stepbrothers, I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
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At the Movies - September By SANDRA PARNESS SMART PEOPLE-Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn. Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. Starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker. R 95 minutes. Playing Friday, September 5, 2 & 8 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 8 p.m., Monday September 8, 2 p.m. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS-How do you say goodbye to someone you can’t imagine living without? A young woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way. Starring Jude Law, Norah Jones, Natalie Portman. PG-13 90 minutes. Playing Monday, September 8, Wednesday, September 10, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 8 p.m. SEX & THE CITY-After moving in together in an im-
possibly beautiful New York apartment, Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big make a rather arbitrary decision to get married. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris North, Kim Cattrall, Candice Bergen. 148 minutes. Rated R for Adult Situations. Playing Friday, September 12, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 8 p.m., Monday, September 15, 2 & 8 p.m. GET SMART-Saving the world and loving it. Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 at his side in this film version of the hit TV series of long ago. Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson. PG-13 110 minutes. Playing Wednesday, September 17, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 8 p.m., Friday, September 19, 8 p.m. DEFINITELY MAYBEThree relationships. Three disasters. One last chance. A political consultant tries to explain his impending
divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. Starring Ryan Reynolds, An Nguyen. PG-13, 112 minutes. Playing Sunday, September 21, 8 p.m., Monday, September 22, 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2 p.m. YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN-Lather. Rinse. Save the world. An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. Starring Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Lainie Kazan. PG-13, 113 minutes. Playing Thursday, September 25, 8 p.m., Friday, September 26, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 28, 8 p.m., Monday, September 29 2 p.m. 10,000 B.C.-It takes a hero to change the world. A Prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter’s journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. Starring Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Omar Shariff narrates. PG-13 109 minutes. Playing Monday, September 29 8 p.m.
Too bad By HELENE WAYNE Yes, it’s too bad, you missed it. I’m talking about the Saturday night show at the Clubhouse on July 19th. We read the blurb in the Village Happenings for July. Why were they having a musician as the opening act and a singer as the main one? (though the singer came with very good credentials.) It really didn’t sound too appealing, so we checked the TV guide and the movie listings at the local theaters. After reading about their offerings, this was starting to sound better. For our one thin five dollar bill we went and got our tickets, in just the seats that we wanted to be in. Let me tell you, I don’t claim to have superior knowledge on piano players I just know what I like. I really liked this opener, his name was Walter Lean. He did things with that piano
that are indescribable. As far as I was concerned, he could have continued playing for me and let’s forget about the main act. You would have enjoyed listening to the reactions of the other people in the audience, they loved him. We hated to see him end and were sure that the main act could never live up to the enjoyment he gave. You got it, this main act singer was a fellow named Guy Rotondo and from his first utterance, had the audience in his hands. I wish that I had the capability of putting into words the reception that this small group of people gave him. He just carried us away. Unfortunately that hour of 9:45 p.m. arrived and it all came to an end, with the audience cheering, whistling and clapping. Clusters of people joined
together in the lobby and were bemoaning the fact that it ended so soon and that so few people had the pleasure of enjoying it. They felt so bad that all this excellence was wasted on perhaps just 100 or so of us. We all agreed that these two should be headliners, or at least in season acts. After all of this, we stopped down in the Clubhouse office where the staff and the ushers were. This whole routine that occurred in the lobby was repeated. They too all agreed that it was a pity that everyone in the Village missed this really perfect evening. So I say, too bad for you that you didn’t get there. Perhaps in the next couple of years they will have these two here again. We should all live and be well.
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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 library, local bookstore or from online booksellers. The Candy Bombers By Andrei Cherny, Putnam, 640 Pages, $29.95 The year was 1948 and West Berliners, suffering unspeakable desolation and a grimly hopeless recovery forecast following their World War II defeat at the hands of the Allies, suddenly faced another crisis. Food rations, which had been transported to the people of their ruined, war-torn city by Allied trucks, trains and barges, were prevented from entering Berlin by the Soviet Union which was seeking to exert total power over the divided city. This action set the stage for what will probably go down in history as one of the greatest human mercy missions of all time, the Berlin Airlift. In time for the 60th anniversary of the airlift, Andrei Cherny has published this fascinating story of the events leading up to June 24, 1948, and how, over the course of the following year, American and Allied pilots were able to successfully fly in to Berlin 4.6 billion pounds of food. Subtitled, “The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour,” the author describes how the airlift pitted the United States and the Soviet Union against each other for the first time and set the tone for the decades to come. Most poignant are the stories the author relates about how children, starved for scarce sweets, would line up by the hundreds under the planes’ flightpaths, their hands in the air ready to grasp for the pieces of candy pilots would drop down to them. In one amazing day – April 16, 1949 – about 1,400 planes flew in nearly 13,000 tons, an average of one plane landing every 62 seconds. The Berlin Airlift was an unprecedented undertaking that not only
saved lives but likely prevented the city from falling to the Soviets – and possibly changing history forever. An important and enormously satisfying read. The Film Club By David Gilmour, Twelve/ Hatchette Books, 225 Pages, $21.99 This sleek, potent little memoir will appeal to everyone who has been a parent, to everyone who ever had a parent – and to everyone who loves movies. Just about everybody. It was a bad time for author Gilmour. His fifteen-year-old son, Jesse, was flunking every subject at school. The kid was hopelessly unhappy, wildly depressed, cutting classes, shutting down, about to go off the rails. Gilmour is desperate so he offers his son an unconventional deal: His son could drop out of school – not even get a job, not pay rent – but there was a catch. He had to watch three movies a week – and his father got to choose the movies and they had to watch them together. Week by week, side by side, they watched the world’s best (and occasionally worst) films – from A Hard Day’s Night to Rosemary’s Baby, from La Dolce Vita to Showgirls. The films got them to talking – about girls, music, heartbreak, work, drugs, love, friendship – and opened doors to a teenager’s interior life at a time when a parent is normally shut out. Beautifully written, you ache for the parent, you hurt for the son – and you cry when their dicey relationship grows deeper and closer until the moment when they first fall into joyous, tearful hugs. Gilmour’s knowledge of old movies is impressive and vast. The way in which he uses each film he watches with Jesse as an object lesson in human behavior is an art. At the end of the book, Jesse turns his life around in a totally surprising way. His father looks at him and says, privately weeping, “You’re so cool, you’re so cool!” About this wonderful
book: It’s so cool! It’s so cool! The Three Trillion Dollar War By Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes, W.W. Norton & Co., 311 Pages, $22.95 The authors of this riveting new book have received wide acclaim, not just because they are both acknowledged economic experts – Stiglitz received the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2001 and Blimes is a Harvard University economist – but because, in The Three Trillion Dollar War, they lay out, in frightening detail, the true cost of the Iraq war, in money, in long-term human suffering, what it costs in oil prices and the irreparable damage the money spent on the war has done to our nation’s pressing homefront needs. The authors state that the war in Iraq has already cost the federal government and U.S. taxpayers close to 1 trillion dollars, some twenty times more than the amount initially predicted by those who made the case for invading Iraq. Subtitled, The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict, the book explains how, with the meter still ticking, the war is directly contributing to the weakening American economy, and why the true cost of the war is kept hidden from U.S. taxpayers. Among the issues the book
discusses is one of the saddest – the long-term cost of caring for our veterans. The authors chronicle the wave of health care and disability claims that threatens to overtake an overwhelmed and underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs and how veterans, upon their return home from Iraq, are forced to fight a second war, a war with the bureaucracy to get the benefits they desperately need and to which they are entitled. The costs of the Iraq war will live on for generations. Included in this essential book are ideas that will help insure that the U.S. never again enters into another mistaken, unnecessary, ill-conceived -and outrageously expensive, in both blood and dollars – such war. Disappearing Destinations By Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Handsen Vintage Books, 384 Pages, $15.95, Paperback Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing, ancient Incan city tucked away in the mountains of Peru, but it is rapidly being worn down by the thousands of feet treading across its stones. Glacier National Park is a destination long known for the stunning beauty of its ice floes, but in our lifetime it will have no glaciers due to global warming. In the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely in lush, verdant rain forests, logging is quickly
destroying the vast life-giving canopies. These worrisome facts drove experienced journalists Lisagor and Handsen to turn out this stunning recap of the most alarmingly fragile sites on earth, subtitled “37 Places in Peril and What Can be Done to Help Save Them.” Meticulously researched, the sites discussed are destined to undergo dramatic transformation – and many will disappear – in our lifetime. Among those sites is our own Florida Everglades. What seemed a perennially wet wasteland decades ago spelled opportunity for developers and farmers. Today, the hard concrete of such cities as Miami and Fort Lauderdale brazenly encroach on the pristine vastness of the ‘Glades. Miles and miles of citrus, papaya and avocado groves, as well as spreading fields of tomatoes, strawberries and sweet corn thrive in its rich, black soil, watered by man-made canals that were carelessly gashed through the verdant land, cutting the Everglades to half its original size. Bird and animal populations have declined by at least 80 percent and invasive plant species have crowded out Everglades natives. Disappearing Destinations is a thrilling guide to threatened destinations -- from the Boreal Forests in Finland to the Yangtze River Valley in China -- and what is being done to save them.
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SUDOKU Sudoku doesn’t require any special math skills or calculations. It is a simple and fun game of logic -- all that’s needed is brains and concentration.
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 37B
By CHARLES K PARNESS
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By CHARLES K PARNESS
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MONDAY 7/07/08 A.Bashkowitz/S. Bashkowitz – R. Silverman/C. Whitman 7/14/08 B. Zinovoy/H. Luber – C. Whitman/R. Silverman 7/21/08
E. Sohmer/A. Orent – H. Lieberman/B. Luber 7/28/08 E. Sohmer/G. Schulhoff – P. Tepper/C. Holtzman TUESDAY 7/01/08 G . Schulhoff/E. Sohmer – R. Silverman/B. Cordes 7/08/08 P. Tepper/F. Kilstein – D. Long/B. Cordes 7/15/08 B. Feldstein/B. Bronstein – B. Cordes/H. Luber 7/19/08 E. Sohmer/G. Schulhoff – B. Ruga/I. Ruga 7/22/08 E. Sohmer//G. Schulhoff – S. Babich/B. Weinberg
The Puzzler- #1 By: CHARLES K. PARNESS
By BERNICE RUGA
JULY 2008 SATURDAY 7/05/08 H. Lieberman/C. Holtzman – R. Davis/R. Silverman 7/12/08 E. Sohmer/G. Schulhoff – R. Davis/R. Silverman 7/19/08 P. Tepper/B. Weinberg – B. Bronstein/A. Orent 7/26/08 J. Crown/H. Lieberman – B. Ruga/I. Ruga
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The Legend of Change
Prose & Poetry
Change is a word with many faces; There are changes of all kinds. We can adopt a change of attitude, And even change our minds. We’ve changed our baby’s diapers, And with some folks we’ve changed places. Some people look in the mirror And wish they could change faces. We’ve changed our clothes and changed our shoes, And hopefully our underwear. We’ve changed hairstyles and shampoos, And the color of our hair Our bed linens must be changed, At least once every week. Some people undergo a change of sex, Others work out and change their physique. When a tire has a blowout, We would change it in a hurry. We’d have the other tires checked So we’d be spared the worry. We’ve changed our health providers,
And insurance companies; Banks and schools; jobs and careers; We’ve changed channels on TVs. Our surname might be changed On our wedding day. If we don’t like our birth name, We’ll choose a new one to Mom’s dismay. We’ve often had a change of heart, And even changed our tune. There’s something we see every month; The changing phases of the moon. Each year we can be certain That the seasons come and go. Summer changes into fall, The end of fall brings winter’s snow; Then springtime beckons all. We all encounter “change of life,” Women and men, too. How we fare when this occurs Depends on our point of view. There are such things as small change, loose change, and Making change; And “can you change a dollar?” We saw the change in movies From black and white to Technicolor. From birth we change toddler, Then puberty and teens. Before we know it we’re middle-aged; Then old age arrives upon the scene. Some folks dread any kind of change, It tends to terrify. They’re insecure in all they do; They wish that change would pass them by. An inevitable part of life is change; It cannot be escaped. Without it we would stagnate; Our lives could not be shaped. And so, we have one recourse— Accept change with peace of mind. It helps us to mature and learn, And makes life intriguing, we soon ﬁnd. - NORMA LOCKER
The Tale of the Deadly Matzoth Ball Let me tell you of a tale about a matzoth ball my friend, this old man had such a cough, It was to be his end.
His wife made a very hard matzoth ball and packed it full of love It would cure his cough with the hot soup, That’s what she was thinking of… She took out the matzoth ball It was heavy as a piece of lead, the matzoth ball rolled off the ladle and it hit him in the head. He passed right out after Coughing and coughing And then he rolled over and he died! His wife looked at him and the matzoth ball And then she cried and cried. They put the old man in a cofﬁn It was such a cold day outside. Then the Hearse crashed into a snow mound, the cofﬁn slid out and rolled down a hill right through the busy town. The cofﬁn went a sliding, crashing into the corner drugstore. Everyone ran after it all a pufﬁn when all of a sudden the cofﬁn ﬂipped open the old man sat up and said to the druggist, “Can you give me something To stop the cofﬁn!” - SANDI LEHMAN
Carry On Nobly My Sons
Rack-Em-Up If ever a game was deserving of fame Its blackball one ﬁfteen If you have any doubt Try it out You’ll soon see what I mean You’ve made your lows And have no woes Cause the eight ball’s hung and free But you could scratch And lose the match There ain’t no guarantee Now it’s a crying shame To lose that game It makes you want to scream But you’ll be back To try and run the rack How sweet it is a dream.
A gentle breeze ﬂows through me, then pauses It embraces me with a cool, tingling, sensation and whispers a soft melody It touches my being with a natural ﬂoating then ebbing. A feeling of peace and contentment invade my immortal soul. A being once more in harmony with nature. - NANCY A. GUERETTE
Or are we just another generation Leaving our calling cards We tried to contribute our share And we hope we were well received.” “Is it just a grand illusion An indentation in life’s expanse We have tried so hard to matter We trust the next generation remembers us.” “We attempted to leave our mark We hope we are recalled If we were given a passing grade Then we smile and thank you.” “Make the most of all the days given Try your best to contribute some good Remember us well Carry on nobly my sons.” - GEORGE SHEVELOVE
The Star The star Stationed on top Of the synagogue impaled changes its aspect according to the weather and the whim of the sky.
Harmony With Nature
“What’s it all about Where are we heading How can we cope Is it a grand façade”
Star of David bright and bold on a blue day conﬁdent that there really was a David of the psalms. Once on a dark afternoon I could see the ﬁne wires that held the star in its place as if God might be looking down through bandaged eyes wondering. - MURIEL FOX
I Am A Tragedy Queen Is it true that when my body dies, Everything I am and was dies too. I don’t believe it, I won’t believe it. The thoughts of hope, of love, concern for humanity, Will be buried with me and forgotten. This will not be so. For on my tombstone it will deﬁnitely have engraved, “Dory’s concern for humanity will never die. She was not beautiful, She was not brilliant, But, one idea she leaves behind is the Hope that peace and understanding of each other, Will be the cornerstone of life and hope As it was meant to be.” I take all the bits and small pieces of my life into eternity. There, I will continue what I fought for here on earth. Peace and love for humanity. - DORY LEVISS
Our 2008-2009 Season Has Many Broadway Musicals
A CHORUS LINE - THE COMPLETE BROADWAY MUSICAL
“MY SISTER’S AN ONLY CHILD”
THE PLATTERS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
MORE BROAD WAY BROADW MUSICALS DAMN YANKEES DIRTY DANCING SHOW BOAT I LOVE A PIANO
RENEE TAYLOR & JOE BOLOGNA IN “IT HAD TO BE YOU”
CAVENDISH CLASSICS SOL ZIM THE INK SPOTS FRANKIE KEIN & MANUEL ARTE ADBACADABRA THE MUSIC OF “MAMMA MIA”
These shows are only a sampling of the great shows coming this season. For a complete listing, please see the advanced season brochure available at the staff office by mid July. All programs are subject to change, and/or modification.
The Annual Resident’s Show
Our Theatre Will Feature Great Performers In The 2008-2009 Season
FREDA PAYNE “IN A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD”
TOMMY TUNE AND THE MANHATTAN RHYTHM KINGS
THE HAPPENINGS featuring BOB MIRANDA These shows are only a sampling of the great shows coming this season. For a complete listing, please see the advanced season brochure available at the staff office by mid July. All programs are subject to change, and/or modification.
Congratulations to Sherrill Bennett September’s Winner of the Good Neighbor Sam Essay Contest Dear Editor: Betty Schwartz of Newport N has to be one of the nicest people living in Century Village. When I moved here a year ago my husband and I knew no one. Unfortunately the residents in our building do not go to shows or dances and my husband and I are very sociable and like to attend the movies, dances and shows. I went to the pool and put up an index card stating that I wanted to play Mah Jongg and hoped that someone would call. Well much to my surprise, I received a call from Betty and she has just been absolutely WONDERFUL. She introduced me to another of her friends and they have truly become my friends. We have socialized with them and because of Betty, she has made living in Century Village a great experience. She’s always there for me – thanks Betty! Sherrill Bennett Newport O
Jumble Solution: 1) LAWYER 2) ALLIGATOR 3) PORRIDGE 4) GROWTH Answer:
Cryptogram Solution: Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made of, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. The Tempest
Century Village Deerfield Beach Theater Seating Plan PAGE 38B CVE REPORTER SEPTEMBER 2008
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