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

MARCH 2012

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VOLUME 35, NUMBER 6

Attention All

CVE Residents

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND

A TOWN HALL MEETING The Clubhouse Party Room Thursday, March 22 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In This Issue 

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Condo News

Features

■ Residents’ Town Hall

■ Determination and the will to survive is the key to recovery observes Karen Caplan p. A39 ■ Heroes honored at Ashby D Installation Dinner p. B2 ■ Len Witham is askin’ directors to be respectful to the volunteers of our Village p. B13 ■ I Remember Mama – a short story about a short woman who was long on wisdom p. A37 ■ A memorable day at Vizcaya for our Nature Club p. B1 ■ A wartime romance, as told to our Janice Zamsky, is March’s Feature of the Month p. B7 ■ Dr. Sylvia Pellish reports on America’s crumbling infrastructure p. B13

Meeting set for Thursday, March 22 p. A1 ■ Clubhouse Administrator, Lea Kennedy, resigns p. A12 ■ Fifteen thousand cars pass through Security in an eight-hour timeframe p. A13 ■ Raphan’s review class for board member certification attracts 235 residents p. A1 ■ Century Village East builder, Irwin Levy, bids farewell p. A17 ■ Board of Directors approve donation to several organizations that provide services for CVE residents p. A3 ■ Fundraiser Dance for American Cancer Society organized by the French Alliance Group. p. A19

Over 230 Attend

Raphans’ Review Class By FRED ROSENZVEIG, COOCVE Advisory Committee Chairman/2009-2011 Photo by FRED SAFRAN   consistency, and much dediMeetings, Elections, Official An event sponsored by the Records, Annual Operating COOCVE Advisory Comcation to the job of directing Budgets and Reserves, and mittee on February 9, attractthe activities of their parFinancial Reporting. ed 235 enthusiastic residents ticular association. To those This was the Raphans’ who attended the three and people still considering run12th course given at CVE a half hour Board Member ning for their Boards, it was over the past three years, Certification Program in the an introduction to the serious each attended by 150 plus Clubhouse Party Room. They responsibilities they will face. represented Associations from participants.  Our feedback Bill and Susan’s FREE “We all over the Village. As always, indicates that both new and Speak Condo” programs old board members have the program was humorous, are also available at KG&B benefitted from the knowlinteractive, and fun, while Law and Learning Center edge and experience of these being highly instructive about very talented instructors, their in Margate on a year-round good condo governance. humor, and the wit in the way schedule. To register, or for A 20-question quiz was they answered the myriad reviewed at the end of the more information, you may questions put to them. We class, after which particicontact them at 954-486-7774 pants received Certificates of are truly grateful for the or via email at braphan@kgoutstanding contribution Bill Completion. blawfirm.com and sraphan@ & Susan have made to raisAll participants received kgblawfirm.com. ing the level of knowledge a 36-page booklet on Board To see a comprehensive and competence among CVE Member Basics. Topics inlist of course offerings from cluded Negotiations, Business Board members and owners. the FREE “We Speak Condo” The classes have contributed Judgment, How to Identify series, please go online to a widespread awareness in and Avoid Fraud, Strategies to: http://www.canfl.com/ the Village that Board memfor Collection of Delinquent pdfs/KGB%20Master%20 bership is a serious business, Accounts, Board & CommitCourse%20Listing.pdf which demands knowledge, tee Meetings, Membership

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COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting – February 21, 2012

President Steven Fine called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Mr. Fine led the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence. The Sergeants-ofArms confirmed that there was a quorum present. A director moved, and it was seconded, to waive the reading of the minutes from the January 17 BOD meeting. There were no corrections or additions, and the minutes were approved as submitted in the Reporter. Sheriff’s Report – None President’s Report Mr. Fine spoke about teamwork, and he related it to the story of Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. Jeremy is a graduate of Harvard, a very smart and humble young man who never once took credit for himself and has always thanked his coaches and his teammates for his success. CVE is also a team. The residents of the Village need to work as a “team” so that together we can accomplish what needs to be done in the Village. The COOCVE Board consisting of Steven, Charlie, Bob and Ed are very

capable and always available to answer questions and assist residents in the Village. Mr. Fine mentioned stickers that are being placed on cars in the Village. These stickers state, “You are illegally parked, and you will be towed within 48 hours by order of COOCVE.” Mr. Fine stated that COOCVE has no authorization to say that, and the wording on this is wrong. You most likely are illegally parked and should move your vehicle but COOCVE cannot tow any vehicle from Association property. Mr. Fine also commented that the WiFi Committee is moving forward on gathering information on WiFi and satellite dishes in the Village. The Chair of the Committee is Bob Gravatt, along with members Dan Glickman and Fran Stricoff. Every year COOCVE provides a donation to organizations that assist residents in CVE. A director moved to approve COOCVE to donate $1,000 each to the following organizations: Clubhouse Library of CVE, Broward Meals on Wheels, Northeast Focal Point, CVE Symphony Orchestra, Deerfield Beach Fire and

Thursday, March 22 Residents Town Hall Meeting

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Rescue; a director seconded the motion. Motion passed. Treasurer’s Report – Bernice Schmier For the month of January, expenses incurred were $7,767.69 bringing the Total Equity balance to $336,276.27. Correspondence – None Committee Reports: Website Committee – Caryl Berner Ms. Berner stated that she is working on updating the cvedb.com website. The mission statement is as follows, “To have the community of Century Village understand which organizations take care of what and who should ask what at what meeting.” Please forward to Ms. Berner any suggestions or comments pertaining to the website. Recreation – Nancy Giordano Flea Market: The third annual Flea Market will be held on Saturday, February 25 (rain date February 26); residents can sign up in the Staff Office. You can bring your own table or rent a table for $10 in the Staff Office. To date, there are over 150 vendors signed up. Food and beverages will be available and proceeds will benefit CVE



Mini Relay for Life. Old Business – None New Business: President of Cambridge A, Hyman Shoub, presented the following motion, Moved that the attorney for COOCVE investigate the possibility of having a general waiver for all volunteers and to recommend a protection clause which should be included in the various insurance policies. There was no second. Mr. Fine stated he would like to pursue this but would need to discuss it with legal counsel and gather additional information before voting on the issue. Announcements: If anyone needs food for

Passover, please call Sydney Cohen at 954-428-2386 or Young Israel at 954-571-3904. A Resident Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse Party Room. Representatives from MM, Recreation, Seacrest and East Coast will be there to answer any questions. A Harwood Area Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on February 27 at the South Lyndhurst pool. Motion was made to adjourn at 11 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Steven Fine, President

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The Mayor’s Message By PEGGY NOLAND, Mayor/ City of Deerfield Beach This month I’m writing about a topic that has recently come to the forefront in Deercvereporter@hotmail.com field Beach and the Village Editor-in-Chief – unpermitted construction. STEVEN H. FINE Do you know what types of Assistant to the Editor home improvements require Betty Schwartz a permit? The truth is many Editorial Staff people do not. For the record, Sy Blum Judy Olmstead Wendy Rosenzveig Betty Schwartz any interior or exterior work, Activities Editor except for paint and floor covSandy Parness ering, requires a permit. Production This is not a new concern, Sid Goldstein Christie Voss and it should not be taken Photo Journalists lightly. The reason for codes Sid Birns Jules Kesselman Fred Safran and permits is to make sure Advertising Consultants work is being done propSusan Dove Estelle Sabsels erly—not only for you, but Office Staff also for your neighbors, and Jo Anne Abens, Lori Benoit, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Carol Carr, anyone that purchases your Susan Dove, Claire Eskind, Rhoda Jarmark, Estelle Kaufman, Sandy Parness, Toni Ponto, Shirley Ravich, Betty Schwartz, Estelle Sabsels home after you. This is particularly important in multi-unit Staff Cartoonist Prepress Technician buildings like those found Alan G. Rifkin Christie Voss in Century Village, where Alvin Sherman 1913-2000 improperly installed electrical Columnists and Regular Contributors Shelly Baskin, Sid Birns, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Herb Charatz, Marion G. or plumbing in one unit could Cohen, Richard William Cooke, Harry L. Katz, Marvin Hershorn, Lea Kenbe the cause of an incident nedy, Jules Kesselman, BSO Sheriff Al Lamberti, Sandi Lehman, Dr. Norma Locker, Dr. Virginia McIntosh, Pauline Mizrach, Barbara Nathan Marcus, that damages or destroys an Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland, Gloria Olmstead, Judy Olmstead, Lori Parrish, Charles Parness, Dr. Sylvia Pellish, Phyllis Pistolis, Commissioner entire building. So, why don’t Marty Popelsky, Bernice Ruga, Irving Ruga, Betty Schwartz, Al Smith, Helene Wayne, Stan Weinstein, Carl Weitz, Lucille Weitz, Jerry Wolf, Robert Winston, people apply for the approLen Witham, Janice Zamsky. priate permits when doing Business Manager home improvements? Three Steven H. Fine of the biggest reasons are to Circulation Proofreaders save money, to save time, and Outside Pubs, Inc. Sy Blum Carol Carr, Barbara Turner Sid Goldstein, Estelle Kaufman, to appease a contractor. Toni Ponto, Shirley Ravich, Due to numerous com Wendy Rosenzveig, Betty Schwartz plaints about unlicensed work The CENTURY VILLAGE EAST REPORTER is published monthly and distributed, without charge, to the residents of Century Village East, Deerfield in the Village, in mid-January, Beach, Florida. It is published for the edification of said residents, and conBSO conducted a commercial tains reports of the monthly meetings of the corporations, Board of Directors Official publication of the Condominium Owners Organization of Century Village East, Inc., 3501 West Drive, Deerfield Beach, Fl 33442 Phone: (954) 421-5566 Fax: (954) 421-9269

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. a.k.a. 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.

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

From the President By STEVEN H. FINE, President/ COOCVE First, I would like to applaud the Board of Directors for their overwhelming support of the motion to award donations of $1000 each to the following organizations: Clubhouse Library of CVE, Broward Meals on Wheels, Northeast Focal Point, CVE Symphony Orchestra and Deerfield Beach Fire and Rescue, all of whom provide many services for the residents of Century Village as well as residents in Broward County. The official vote count was 153 for and four opposed. Our generosity will be much appreciated. Speaking of generosity – thanks to the Canadian Club for donating two benches at the Clubhouse. The irrigation project is moving along very well with few disruptions to our normal activities. This massive project will take a few

years to be completed and it appears that Treasure Coast is well equipped to bring it to fruition. The issue of mailboxes being targeted by Identity Thieves is of epidemic proportions. The practice is widespread, particularly in South Florida condos and apartments. Most outgoing mailboxes are extremely easy to pry open with a $2 screwdriver. The ring of ID thieves are looking for copies of See PRESIDENT, pg 27A

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vehicle observation point in Century Village, to identify illegal commercial vehicles and contractors. Commercial vehicles with visible violations were stopped and detained to determine their business inside the complex. Broward Sheriff’s deputies from the Deerfield District Traffic Unit and Tactical Deployment Team, as well as the Broward County Licensing and Enforcement Unit conducted investigations and enforcement for various violations. Code Enforcement inspectors obtained information from each violator about the nature of their business, as well as their destination in the Village. A Code Enforce-

ment inspector also accompanied a Deerfield Beach Building Services inspector, patrolling the complex to identify in-progress construction activities and building permit violations. The three and a half hour operation was very successful, resulting in: 26 violations cited by Broward County Licensing and Enforcement 8 arrests by BSO Deerfield Beach District 10 28 traffic citations by BSO Deerfield Beach District 10 5 vehicles towed 2 red tags for non-permitted construction by Deerfield Beach Building Services While this collaboration between County and City agencies produced positive results, we need citizens to be involved in this effort too. If you have concerns that a city code is being violated, contact Code Enforcement at web. code@Deerfield-Beach.com or 954-480-4250. As always, if you have something on your mind, please feel free to contact me through the City Manager’s office at 954-480-4263, or via email at web.commission@ Deerfield-Beach.com.

The Mail Bag

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

Security Breach? To the Editor: Ever since the barbed wire has been removed from the fencing surrounding the Village, there have been too many incidents of trespassers jumping over the fences. The incidents that we are most aware of have occurred on the SW 10 Street side but may have also occurred along other boundaries. Some of the violators have been apprehended, others have not. There has been an inordinate amount of police activity around the Village over the past several months because of this problem. This can be easily verified simply by checking with Kent Security and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Century Village, being a gated community, has had its security compromised with the removal of the barbed wire. It is now too easy for anyone to jump over a simple six-foot, chain link fence and gain illegal access. It would be in the best interest of this community to give serious consideration to erecting a type of fence that is not readily scalable and does not invite intruders.

Saving Money on Your Condo Insurance To the Editor: Rising cost in insurance can put a burden on your fixed budget. My insurance agent brought this to my attention. If you live at Century Village, go to the office of COOCVE, which is located next door to the Reporter newspaper. Ask the COOCVE helpers to give you the Commercial Mitigation Verification Affidavit Report from the Florida Building Code for your condo building. Take this mitigation report to your insurance agent and ask if you can lower your insurance premiums. This report should do the trick. COOCVE’s office help are extremely busy, so if you get the report make a copy and give it to your president to share with fellow condo owners. Not all insurance agents will tell you this, but the good agents who are looking out for you, will do just that. If you have resistance from your insurance agent, I would suggest looking around for another agent. My agent saved me close to 20% in premium cost. Nice saving for about an hour’s work.

A Fearless Rescue Effort To The Editor: Kudos to the courageous two BSO Deputies and four Firefighters/Paramedics who risked their lives to pull a CVE resident out of her submerged car in a canal near Ashby D on January 27, 2012. Their bravery, quick thinking and rescue skills are remarkable. The rescuers were able to restore the victim’s pulse on the way to the hospital but unfortunately she died two days later. We take these heroes for granted, but they are right here, on the western edge of our Village, on call 24/7 at the Fire Rescue Station. BSO Deputies also respond speedily to any emergency. All these public servants (Deputies and Fire/Paramedics) deserve our respect and cooperation ALWAYS. The life they save may be YOURS! We may be safe from street crimes in our gated community, but vehicular incidents (involving pedestrians and drivers alike) continue to be the enemies within the gates of our Village.

JOYCE DOBKINS Farnham E

COL. AL TERWILLIGER, Harwood B

JANICE ZAMSKY Cambridge D


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COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting, February 13, 2012 The Executive Committee meeting of February 13 was called to order by COOCVE President Steven Fine at 9:30 a.m. He led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence. Mr. Fine welcomed the new Area Chairs and Vice Chairs to the meeting: Philipe Dufresne from Cambridge, Gene Goldman from Grantham and Sheldon Pierce from Ventnor as well as new Board member Sandy Schmier, Secretary. Mr. Fine also welcomed back Rhoda Jarmark. Minutes Joe Rubino moved to waive the reading of the minutes from January 9, 2012. Don Kaplan seconded. Since there were no corrections and additions, the Committee approved the minutes by a show of hands. President’s Report Mr. Fine mentioned that at a recent Community Appearance Board meeting, several buildings from CVE presented their paintings for approval. Grantham A stood out as they submitted a computer image of what their building will look like after it is painted, rails that are not capped or painted in matching colors. Mr. Fine showed the image to the Committee. New standing committees are now being formed. If you are interested in serving on any of the Committees, please stop by the office to sign up. On Thursday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Party Room, there will be a resident’s Town Hall Meeting. A WiFi Committee has been formed with Dan Glickman, Bob Gravatt and Fran Stricoff to look into the possibility of installing WiFi and Satellite dishes into the Village. Mr. Joe Rubino reminded Mr. Fine about correspondence that he received regarding videotaping of the meetings. Mr. Rubino read a letter written by Judy Schneider regarding the termination of all persons associated with the

tapings of the Area Chair and COOCVE Executive meetings. In summary, the letter stated that she did her best as a volunteer to ensure that these meetings were always presented on channel 98 and cvedb.com as well as making sure that the pricing for this was prudent. The total cost for taping and uploading of the two meetings was $150. She stated that she did not feel authorized to make a decision on compensation when the volunteer, who was taping the COOCVE Executive meeting, asked to be compensated; therefore, he contacted Mr. Fine. Ms. Schneider wrote that she did not receive any compensation for these tapings. Mr. Fine stated that he replied to this letter, stating that volunteers work for no compensation. After being asked on two occasions to provide compensation to this volunteer, he decided to use another videographer for the same price. Because there is a cost to videotape and stream the meetings onto the website, Mr. Fine will be looking at the number of hits that are received to see if the meetings are being viewed. The following buildings have not paid their COOCVE dues which means that they cannot be members of COOCVE: Durham V; Farnham M; Lyndhurst J; Newport A; Oakridge N, U, Prescott F and M, Tilford E,K,M,P; Upminster H, Ventnor B and E, and Westbury I. The dues are $8/unit/year. Committee Reports Master Management – Anthony Falco Irrigation: The irrigation project is on-going. Over 42,000 linear feet of mainline pipe has been installed. Next week the 12” piping will begin to be installed. The project has 196 road crossings and over 40 have been completed. Weather permitting, by the end of March, phase 1 will be completed with the mainline pipe. Security: Currently working on an issue with the computer software and recreation, Mr. Falco stated that he will

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speak with Mr. Vautrin about Charles Goodman and why he did not contact Ms. Colon on the incident at the pool. Mr. Fine applauded Security and BSO for a great job on the illegal contractor sting operation; 13 arrests were made. Bar code readers have been installed at the West and Military Gates and the guards have been instructed to let the readers work. If you see or have any issues, please call security to report any incident. Bus Benches: All bus benches have been installed; lock tabs are on back order and should be completed within the next month. Comcast: Dan Glickman continues to work on Comcast issues as well as billing issues. Perimeter Hedges: Approximately 300 perimeter hedge plants will be replaced once the rainy season begins. Mr. Parness stated that speeding is still an issue in the Village. He asked Mr. Falco to look into another alternative, to have our existing security guards handle speeders. Recreation – Rita Pickar The pools are open to anyone at any pool; guests are to be accompanied by a resident. There has been a tremendous amount of vandalism at the satellite pools, such as feces smeared over the walls, towel dispensers being ripped open, towels being stolen and/or stuffed in toilets/urinals and someone recently broke the stall door by hanging on it. If CVE residents want recreation coupon cost to remain the same, we need to police the areas. Ms. Redisch stated that a lot of debris (concrete) was left at the Berkshire pool and an enclosure was to be installed around the two heaters; it has not occurred. Ms. Pickar stated that they are working on the enclosure as well as new fencing around the pool. Ms. Redisch also stated that Lea Kennedy was going to replace a pipe on the side of the pool, which was already repaired but it is still leaking. Ms. Pickar stated she would look into it and speak to Ms. Kennedy. Civic and Cultural Committee - Rita Pickar Flea Market: The third annual Flea Market will be held on Saturday, February 25 (rain date February 26); residents can sign up in the staff office. You can bring your own table or rent a table for $10 in the staff office. To date, there are over 100 vendors signed up. Food and beverages will be available and profits will benefit Cancer Research. Area Chairs Ashby: Joe Sachs; Mr. Sachs stated that he was upset to see Mr. Mark Bogan in the Report-

er. About six years ago, he told us he would provide us with documentation on money he collected for us which was never done. Mr. Fine stated this is being addressed with our attorneys. Mr. Sachs also asked if Mr. Gilson and Ms. Adams could let the community know how much they are suing COOCVE for. Mr. Fine replied that they are invited to any of the meetings to discuss that issue. Mr. Sachs also reminded everyone that at the next Area Chair meeting (February 15) an election for the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will take place. Berkshire: Naomi Redisch; Flags have been placed on the grounds How are they going to mow the lawns? Mr. Falco stated that they will work around the flags. Ms. Redisch also stated that she provided Mr. Parness with a listing of Presidents and recently received a phone call from COOCVE asking for this information. Mr. Parness stated he would look into it. Cambridge: Philipe Dufresne; Followed up on a letter that Mr. Shoub sent to Mr. Fine regarding the pool at Cambridge. Mr. Fine replied that this has already been discussed with Mr. Shoub; the area has to deal with the pool issue. Mr. Falco stated that Mr. Shoub contacted him; he has a petition circulating and his idea is to sell the circle that belongs to Cambridge to MM for $2. He wants MM to install a pool and charge everyone to use it, and MM would maintain the pool as they do Tilford. Durham: Joe Rubino; The COOCVE BOD meeting has not been on cvedb.com for the last three months. Mr. Fine stated that the disc was corrupt; it will be on next month. Can we please get a copy of the 6-month calendar for upcoming Board meetings? Mr. Fine stated it will be put in the COOCVE mailboxes. Ellesmere: Marjorie Campbell; Can you explain why Guy Sheer, who was handling our MM foreclosures, was asked to turn all his records over to Patrick Murphy? Mr. Falco stated that when Mark Bogan was the attorney for MM he selected Guy Sheer to handle foreclosures; Patrick Murphy then took over. This only applies to MM liens and foreclosures. The foreclosure process takes a very long time. Mr. Murphy has sent registered letters asking for Mr. Sheer to turn the files over so that they could pay him for the work that was completed. Quite a bit of money has been collected that Mr. Sheer may be entitled to if he shows that he did the work, but he

doesn’t seem to have files to prove this. Mr. Falco suggested that Ms. Campbell visit Mr. Sheer’s website to get information on the foreclosures that he is working on. Farnham: Dan Glickman; nothing to report Grantham: Gene Goldman; nothing to report Harwood: Joe Rudnick; Hardwood I is still complaining about having small garbage bins that seem to blow over. Mr. Fine stated that many associations have enclosed the bins at a very small cost and suggested that Harwood look into it. Islewood: Rhoda Jarmark; Has made three attempts to have an area meeting and no one has shown up. Mr. Fine replied that there are many areas that are having that same issue and would be happy to discuss it with her. Keswick: Philip Norris; Can we have a wireless system for this meeting? Mr. Falco stated he will look into it. Lyndhurst: Don Kaplan; Mentioned that the ID office will be closed on February 15 to upgrade the computer system. Children are continuing to live in the Lyndhurst D building, what is being done? Mr. Fine replied that COOCVE is working on this. There are no street markings, and it is very dangerous at night on the road from Century Blvd. to the Lyndhurst North pool through to the South pool and out onto the Blvd. Mr. Falco stated he would look into it. Markham: Judy Olmstead; nothing to report Newport: Rita Pickar; nothing to report Oakridge: Jules Kesselman; Has Oakridge N and U been called regarding their dues? Mr. Fine replied that they were called. Mr. Fine reminded everyone to crush cartons before putting them into the trash bins. Mr. Kesselman reminded everyone that Recycling pick-up is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Wednesday is newspaper pick-up; Monday and Thursday is garbage pickup for hi rises; Tuesday and Saturday is garbage pick-up for garden apartments; Bulk pick-up is on Wednesday. He also mentioned that the new Vice-Chair for Oakridge is Donna Capobianco. Prescott: Robert Gravatt; Mentioned that there are three street lights out on West Drive near the s-curve. Mr. Falco stated that he would look into it. Richmond: Cecile Baskin; See EXECUTIVE, pg 10A


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COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting, February 14, 2012 In attendance: Shelly Baskin, Donna Capobianco, Donna Dowling, Nancy Giordano, Don Kaplan, Rita Pickar, representing Bay Management; Lea Kennedy, Clubhouse Administrator and Bob Dolson, Maintenance Manager; Steven Fine, representing COOCVE. Absent: Susan Dove. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence at 9:30 a.m. on February 14. Minutes Donna moved to waive and accept the minutes from the January 10 meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Chairperson’s Report Nancy discussed the vandalism at the satellite pools. Recently a bathroom stall door was pulled off, new paper towel dispensers broken into and the towels stolen, feces smeared in several pool house restrooms. This issue must be addressed and the Committee is looking at ways to stop the vandalism in the community. The vandalism is occurring in the evening hours and has mostly been found in the men’s rooms. The Committee is currently discussing either locking the restrooms earlier in the evening, placing cameras at restroom entrances and replacing paper towel dispensers with electric dryers. This is costing the community a lot of money. If residents see anything suspicious, please call security immediately. Bay Management Reports Lea Kennedy/Bob Dolson Lea Kennedy reported that the January profits for the theater was $12,229.26. The upcoming show, Kimika, will be held on February 29 at 8 p.m. There are three types of headsets available for residents to purchase for the movies and theatre. The stethoscope model is very popular and also works if you are not hearing impaired; cost is $204.03. The regular headset model is $187.84 and also works if you are not hearing impaired. Another is the Loop system which works with the t-coil hearing aids, and the cost for this model is $223.93. If residents would like to purchase a headset, please stop by the staff office by February 24 and place an order. Headsets are available for use the night of a show with proper I.D. Classroom Policy: If residents are not satisfied with a class, refunds will be made after one class. This has

been a long standing policy and is still in effect. Eating policy in the Clubhouse: Lea reminded everyone that only hard candy and water allowed in the Clubhouse, there is absolutely no eating allowed. The Committee is looking to set up an additional room, other than the Party Room, so that when residents have meetings they can bring in food. Area Chair Notification: Currently working on an email list of all Area Chairs. Lea Kennedy asked that all Area Chairs pass along emails they receive to their Presidents so that everyone will know what is going on with as much notification as possible. Monthly scheduling: This information has been provided to the Committee. Pool water: A policy is in place for pool water testing which exceeds all CDC standards and an inspection was performed at the Clubhouse. Someone recently asked about the filtration system; if someone is swimming under water can they get caught in the filter/drain? Lea responded that the Clubhouse pool was switched over to a gravity system which eliminates this concern. Pool certification: The staff is being crosstrained in as many areas as possible and recently a maintenance worker passed the pool certification class. We now have four maintenance workers certified to take care of the pools. ADA compliant fences: Bob reported that sliding gates are not permitted under the code. To comply with the code, all gates must be self-

closing and hinged outward, which is what our gates are. He also reported that the Berkshire fence was installed around the pool heaters. The gate around the Berkshire pool is still in the permit process with the City. Rita stated that Berkshire’s Area Chair reported at the Executive meeting that there is still a lot of debris (concrete) left around. Bob replied that the vendor has been called to take care of it. Website updated: The website is being updated and links are being posted onto the website. Don asked if it is still the responsibility of MM to repair channels 98 and 99 when there are issues. Yes, MM is responsible for the servicing of the channels and Recreation is responsible for the content. There were a number of problems with channel 98, which have been resolved and now there are some issues with channel 99 that are being looked into. Clubhouse Benches: The Clubhouse benches that were donated by the Canadian Club were dedicated and the signs have been posted. The Board was disappointed as they would have liked to be a part of the dedication and to personally thank the Canadian Club for their donation. Tennis court windscreens: The windscreens have been received and installed. Lea stated that she will discuss the sizing with Donna C. before the next order is submitted. Tennis Benches: The benches have been received and installed at the Clubhouse courts and additional benches will be coming. Nancy asked Lea to be

sure that the old benches are recycled at other pool houses. Richmond Pool: The storage room has been cleaned and is now well organized. Lea stated that one to two pools will be completed each month. In the upcoming weeks, Lea will be visiting all the pool houses and by our next meeting she will have a schedule and completion dates for the cleaning of all pool houses. Walking path: Bushes in front of the walking path at Clubhouse have been trimmed and “stop” signs have been painted on the ground. Lea reminded walkers and bicycle riders to obey the stop signs when in the walking path. Don stated that there is a hose near Cafe Zen being run from the restaurant across the parking lot; this is a tripping hazard for residents. Nancy stated that issues with the golf course are being addressed. Heat Pumps: Four commercial grade heat pumps and heat exchangers have been installed at Berkshire, Markham,

Richmond and Grantham pools. Rita mentioned that the Newport heater is running very loud. Lea replied that she will have someone look into it. Feeding Birds: Lea reminded residents that they cannot feed any animals i.e. birds/ducks in CVE. Signs will be placed at Berkshire, Upminster and Richmond stating “Do Not Feed The Animals.” Don suggested installing another sign on the West Drive at the bridge. Nancy replied that it is MM property, therefore Recreation cannot place any signs there. Pressure Cleaning: Glow Cleaning Services has pressure washed the second floor entrance, Clubhouse external walls and the outside pool and restroom areas. They will also be sealing the grout in the restrooms. Rita stated that if your pool is closed for cleaning, residents can use another pool in CVE. Donna C. mentioned that there has been a stain on the See RECREATION, pg 10A


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Council of Area Chairs Council of Area Chairs Meeting, February 15, 2012 The Area Chair Meeting for February 15 was called to order by Area Chairperson, Don Kaplan at 9:30 a.m.  Mr. Kaplan led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Roll call was taken and a quorum was present. Elections Mr. Kaplan opened the floor for nominations for the Council of Area Chairperson. Jules Kesselman nominated Don Kaplan for Area Chairperson. As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and without objection Mr. Kaplan was declared elected unanimously. Mr. Kaplan then opened the floor for nominations for Vice Chairperson. Phillip Norris nominated Joe Sachs for Area Vice Chairperson. A resident nominated Charlie Parness and Mr. Parness declined. As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and without objection Mr. Sachs was declared elected unanimously. Mr. Kaplan stated that available in the COOCVE office is the 2012 Area Chair List with contact information. Mr. Boxer suggested that notification to all Area Chairs be made well in advance when an election is taking place. Mr. Kaplan responded that an announcement was made at the January Area Chair meeting as well as being in the COOCVE bylaws where it states that the Area Chair election be held at the February meeting. Minutes Joe Rubino moved to

waive the reading of the January 11 meeting minutes. Joe Sachs seconded. Since there were no corrections or additions, the minutes were approved unanimously by a show of hands. Solid Waste and Recycling Committee - Felicia Prince and Jules Kesselman New MM Board member Felicia Prince provided an overview of the Committee to the Area Chairs. She stated that Jules Kesselman will handle all complaints and she will be educating residents and making sure that the bins are properly placed for pickup. There will be a monthly notice in the Reporter discussing updates and issues on Waste Management. On April 3 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Clubhouse parking lot, there will be a mobile shredding unit; please pass along this information to your residents. Bulk pick-up is to be placed out on Wednesday evenings for pick-up Thursday morning in the designated areas only. Do not place next to, in front of or behind dumpsters. No contractor or renovation material can be placed out for bulk pick-up. If it is, your building will be charged. Mirrors and glass must be broken up in small pieces and wrapped up before being thrown out in the garbage dumpster. Please do not throw away your recyclables in plastic bags; they are not allowed in the recycle bins. Plastic bags can be recycled back to Publix. Jules stated that flyers can be picked-up after the meeting to be placed in all buildings.

Harvey Masef stated that many people are placing contractor material out for bulk pick-up in the middle of the night. How do we know who is placing it there and how will we know what building to charge? Felicia responded that it is an issue that we are working on. If you see anyone doing this, please let us know and if residents are remodeling, please be sure to tell them that contractor material is not allowed in bulkpick up or the garbage bins. Gene Goodman stated that there is a large recycling drop-off center located at 401 SW 4th Street in Deerfield Beach. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sat from 7:30 a.m. until noon. FPL Provided an overview of their services to the residents such as a Home Energy Survey. A Home Energy Survey is a great way to find out the energy efficiency of your home. If you qualify, an FPL Energy Expert will inspect your home and provide tips on how to maximize your home’s energy-efficiency as well as provide solutions specific to your household needs and review programs and incentives that may be available to you such as 62 Plus Program, On-Call Program and Budget Billing. To set up an appointment call 1-800-DIAL-FPL. Jules Kesselman mentioned that there are many FPL lights out in the Village, what can be done? FPL suggested residents call MM and inform them to be aware of the situation so that a work order can be submitted to FPL. Abe Trachtenberg stated that 50% of the residents are snowbirds and they turn their power off completely which is dangerous for mold build-up; can FPL notify building Presidents that residents are doing this? FPL stated that they cannot do that; FPL can meet with Building Presidents and state what FPL recommends residents do prior to leaving for the summer. Basil Hales stated that in the Tilford area, if they do not hear an air conditioning running, their attorney sends the resident a letter stating that they are in violation of the documents as there are rules pertaining to mold and keeping the air on. Judy Schneider stated that FPL had a program where FPL came and installed installation in the attics of the garden apartments, is the

program still in place? FPL replied that if a building qualifies, it is still available for buildings that have an attic access. Norm Kaplan stated that it could not be done because firewalls were put back in the attic two years ago. Don Kaplan stated that we cannot answer that, it is up to each building to contact FPL for an inspection to see if they qualify. A resident asked what is the temperature recommended by FPL for residents to set their thermostats on before leaving for the summer. FPL recommends that residents set their humidistat to the “on” position and raising the temperature to 82-83 degrees. Areas: Swansea: Bill Epstein asked for assistance in installing a bicycle rack in front of Swansea A/B. Mr. Kaplan suggested they call their property manager. Ventnor: Charlie Parness recently invited Andre Vautrin to speak at their area meeting and suggested everyone have him at their area meeting as he was very informative. Website Update Ms. Berner stated that she will be updating the CVE website. If anyone has any information such as flyers, events, photos and presentations which they would like posted, please email her at carylberner@yahoo.com. Recreation - Rita Pickar Flea Market: The third annual Flea Market will be held on Saturday, February 25 (rain date February 26); residents can sign up in the staff office. You can bring your own table or rent a table for $10 in the staff office. To date, there are over 100 vendors signed up. Food and beverages will be available and profits will benefit Cancer Research. Satellite Pools: Ms. Pickar discussed the vandalism at the satellite pools. Recently a bathroom stall door was pulled off, new paper towel dispensers were broken into and the towels stolen and feces smeared in several pool house restrooms. This issue must be addressed and the Committee is looking at ways to stop the vandalism in the community. If you see someone vandalizing the areas or raising the temperature on the pools, please call security. A resident asked who is responsible for the bus service. Mr. Kaplan replied Master Management is responsible

for bus transportation. Ms. Pickar also stated that there is now an express lane at the ID office. Color tickets will be given out based on the number and type of questions you have. Seacrest Basil Hales asked Mr. Kittredge to please provide copies of all Tilford election reports for 2012. COOCVE - Steven Fine A Residents Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Party Room. He mentioned that a WiFi Committee has been formed which consists of Dan Glickman, Bob Gravatt and Fran Stricoff. The purpose of the Committee is to gather information on WiFi and Satellite dishes. There are still some buildings that have not paid their COOCVE dues: Durham B; Farnham M; Lyndhurst J; Newport A; Oakridge N; Prescott F and M; Tilford E, K M and P; Upminster B, P and H, Ventnor B and V and Westbury I. Security Norm Kaplan asked Security about an issue in the Farnham area where a young woman, with no ID, is allowing her friends and boyfriend to enter the Village. This has been going on for over a year. Mr. Vautrin stated they are aware of the situation and are working with the detective on it. Mr. Hales asked about the issue with Mr. Goodman. Mr. Vautrin stated that all the information is with the detective and it is being worked on. Abe Trachtenberg mentioned that his bar code was not working, so he went to the I.D. office to get a new bar code; it still did not work. Ms. Pickar stated that the current systems in the ID office and security are different. Residents need to wait at least 24 hours for the information to be uploaded from the ID office to the Security system. Master Management and Recreation are currently looking into a solution to this issue. Mr. Fine asked for an update on David Lychinsky. Mr. Vautrin stated that he is currently living with his grandmother in Ventnor P, there is no further information on this case. Old Business - None New Business - None A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11 a.m. Submitted by, Don Kaplan


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Minutes of Master Management Board Meeting Master Management Board Meeting – February 16, 2012 President Anthony Falco called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. In attendance were: Caryl Berner, Norm Bloom, Harry Chizeck, Dan Glickman, Anthony Falco, Gene Goldman, Bill Goddard, Jules Kesselman, Gloria Olmstead, Judy Olmstead, Felicia Prince, Fred Rosenzveig, Alan Schachter and Mel Schmier; Absent: Reva Behr; Staff present were: Al Smith, Executive Director, Donna Childrey, Office Manager Presentation of Resolution: Gene Goldman presented the Resolution to Ira Somerset. Mr. Somerset thanked the Board, the previous Board and the community for their confidence and support during the last several years. Open Mic: Hy Shoub, President of Cambridge A: read a letter asking Master Management to take on a project to build a pool in the Cambridge A and B area because it is dangerous to cross Century Blvd. Abe Trachtenberg: In the Durham area of C, D, E and H a light is needed in the center. There are several cracks and lines that need to be re-painted in the center of the roadway. Also, between X and Y buildings there is an area to the pool that needs assistance with clean-up. Mr. Falco suggested he direct these requests to AJ Bock in writing. Minutes: Gene Goldman moved to waive the reading and accept the minutes from the Board Meeting on January 12; Alan Schachter seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Mel Schmier moved to waive the reading and accept the minutes of the Executive Board meeting on January 22; Alan Schachter seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Financial Report – Gloria Olmstead The CVE Master Management Financial Report, prepared by Donna Childrey, was distributed to all Board members and discussed in detail by Gloria Olmstead. For January the Total Income was $978,702; Total Expenses were $1,612,283; Net Loss was ($633,581). Cash on Hand is $3,269,806; Total Assets are $4,237,105; Total Liabilities are $1,353,955 and Total Equity is $2,883,150; Prepaid Dollars are $523,045. Overdue Accounts Receivable from unit owners is $803,009.03 representing 725 unit owners. Bill Goddard moved to

accept the Treasurer’s Report; Alan Schachter seconded. The Board voted and the motion passed unanimously. President’s Report – Anthony Falco Irrigation: Approximately 48,000 linear feet of pipe have been installed. The first pump is scheduled to be installed in the Tilford area on March 15. Tunneling under the roads (direct boring), is being done so that the roads are not torn up; there are 196 crossings in CVE and 54 have been completed to date. This is a threephase project with Phase One being completed by the end of March (weather permitting). Security: All gates are operational and guards are being re-educated. There are approximately 15,000 cars processed every day going through CVE. The swipe machines and bar codes are working, and residents need to be patient when going through the gates. Benches: Bus Benches have been installed and will be secured with tie downs. Committees: The Committees that were appointed have begun their work and have done a lot in the last few weeks. Al Smith and Patrick Murphy had an educational meeting with new Board members; all Board members were invited to attend. Perimeter Hedge: Approximately 300 perimeter hedge plants will need to be replaced and will be completed during the rainy season. Dan Glickman mentioned that there are two separate databases being used for the gate enhancements, one by Security and one by the ID Office. Is there any plan to have one database? Mr. Falco replied that they will be meeting with Recreation on February 24 to discuss this matter. Executive Director’s Report – Al Smith Gene Goldman moved to approve the agreement between CVE Master Management Company (CVEMM), Inc. and Avirom and Associates, Inc. for surveys and legal descriptions of various parcels within Century Village East and to authorize the Executive Director to execute the same; Fred Rosenzveig seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Mr. Kesselman asked what the surveys are going to be used for. Mr. Smith replied that the surveys are going to be used to redesign the crosswalks and roads at Cambridge and Westbury to fill in the medium to make a safe is-

land in the center of the road. This will include guardrails and sidewalk relocation. Committee Reports: Solid Waste and Recycling Committee – Jules Kesselman and Felicia Prince Jules Kesselman will be handling complaints from the Village and working with the City while Felicia Prince will be educating residents, writing monthly articles in the Reporter and translating the signs into French. Ms. Prince stated that an onsite mobile shredder will be at CVE on April 3 in the Clubhouse parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon. Residents are continuing to throw their plastic bags into the recycle bins; this is not allowed. Residents also must remember to break up all cartons before placing them in the recycle bins. Mirrors and large pieces of glass must be broken up into small pieces, wrapped and thrown into the garbage bins, not recycle bins. Mr. Glickman suggested when writing articles in the Reporter to differentiate between the two-story and four-story buildings, as well as installing signs where the recycling bins should be placed. Mr. Goldman thanked Felicia for her presentation and applauded her efforts for communicating this information to us. Comcast Report – Dan Glickman The Committee met, and Mr. Glickman mentioned that he has been fielding many phone calls regarding the disconnection of services due to a bill that has not been paid. He stated that Master Management pays for these services and residents should not be disconnected; Mr. Glickman is working to rectify this issue with Comcast. Real Estate Committee – Judy Olmstead The Real Estate Committee is working together with the Collections Committee, Treasurer Donna Childrey and Seacrest. The Committee received notice that $196K has been collected since 2009 as a result of estoppel letters. This year 21 bar codes have been reinstated as a result of the Collections Committee’s efforts (Harry and Irene Chizeck and Caral Falco). There are now 402 residents that owe less than $300 which the Committee now will contact. The arrearage is in pennies because it currently includes interest and late fees. Ms. Olmstead explained that the $803K includes late fees

each month so for the last two years, approximately $175K of the $803K were late fees so the total number is decreasing. We are requesting, from Seacrest, a new line item which states, arrearages, late fees and interest collected so it can be determined what amount is in arrears and the progress that is being made. Ms. Berner thanked Judy for her presentation and the work she has done on the Committee. Public Relations and Communications Committee – Bill Goddard and Caryl Berner The first meeting for the Committee will be held on February 17. Ms. Berner stated that the Committee is working on updating the current website www.cvedb. com and making it more user-friendly. If anyone has information that they would like posted on the website, please contact Caryl Berner. Old Business – None New Business – None Good and Welfare: Judy Olmstead read a letter sent to Anthony Falco from Congressman Ted Deutch. Dear Mr. Falco: Congratulations on your position as President of Master Management in the Century Village Deerfield Beach Community. I look forward to meeting you in the future. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to assisting the residents in the Village. If I may assist you or any of the residents in your community, please do not hesitate to contact me. My Broward County Director, Theresa Brier, visits the community for a traveling office once a month (last Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Clubhouse Recreation Committee Office) and is available to constituents with federal-related matters. It is truly an honor to represent the constituents in the Village. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of assistance to you in the future. My main district

office is in Boca Raton, and I also have community offices in the Margate/Tamarac City Halls. I look forward to staying in touch. Very truly yours, Ted Deutch Harry Chizeck thanked Judy for her efforts and assistance in getting a better control of delinquent accounts. Anthony Falco thanked all the committees for their work in the last two months; everyone has done a great job. Mr. Falco asked that all committees submit a written report so that a record can be kept of the work being done. Felicia Prince thanked Kent Security for the quick response to an incident in her building yesterday (2/15). Fred Rosenzveig stated that he was a witness to a drowning in one of the lakes. It was evident that there wasn’t proper life-saving equipment to get someone out of a car that is driven into a lake. Mr. Rosenzveig would like to see if any of the first responders have any equipment that can assist in something like this. Caryl Berner thanked the Hockbergs for their generous contribution to Relay for Life and presented them with t-shirts. Relay for Life coupon books are still available. Please contact Caryl Berner to purchase them. Dan Glickman The Irrigation Committee (D. Glickman, A. Falco, F. Rosenzveig and M. Schmier) continue to do its due diligence, as it has in the past, by attending the weekly construction meetings to understand what is going on and to make sure the project is on the right track. Announcements: The next MM Board meeting will be held on March 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center. Motion to adjourn was made at 11:30 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Anthony Falco

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floor in the women’s locker room ever since the floor was installed. Lea replied that Glow tried to remove the stain and will call Red and Blue about it. Express Lane: Express lanes have been setup in the ID, ticket and classroom offices; ticket office is blue; ID is green and white and classroom is red. Green in the ID office is for quick items and white is for everything else. ID office: The office will be closed on February 15 for training and installation of new computer software. Pool Signs: All mandated signs by the County have been installed at the pools. Transfer switch and procedures: An emergency procedure and manual has been put in place when brown outs and power outages occur in the Clubhouse. Lights: In the Lyndhurst area, light L19 and L5 have been repaired. A general light monitoring schedule has been implemented. Bob stated that he has contacted Seacrest Services to work out a program for us to use their bucket truck to repair lights. Lights at Bocce and Petanque: Still in the permit process with the City. Donna C. suggested writing a letter to the Commissioner stating the delay in the process. Tunnel Lights: It was determined that there was not adequate capacity in the circuit to use the lights that were purchased for the tunnel; new lights and fixtures have been ordered. The lights that were not used will be placed at another location. Mr. Fine stated that a representative from FPL will be at the Area Chair meeting and asked Bob to

attend the meeting. Shuffleboard Court: The shuffleboard lights have been repaired several times and keep going out because water is getting into the fixtures. Bob will be getting estimates to upgrade the lights and will provide them to the Committee. Outside Wall Sealing: Four proposals have been received for the outside wall sealing: Red and Blue ($12,700); J.B Painting ($10,975); Special Forces ($7,350) and S&S Painting ($9,500). Donna C. moved to allow Bob to proceed with the decision on the water seal between Special Forces and S&S Painting contingent on the result of the Special Forces color test. Don seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Nancy asked Bob to contact the Committee when the sample is up for them to review. Pest Control: Recreation presently has six contracts with Orkin in various combinations of lawn/ shrub fertilization, white fly, interior Clubhouse, pool deck and insect control totaling $22,106/year. Bids were solicited from Maximum Services for fertilization and white fly treatment for $6,900/ year. Bids were solicited from JP Miller and Sons for interior and pool pest control for $5,100/year. Rita Pickar moved that we cancel the six contracts with Orkin and go to a combination of Maximum Services at $6,900/year and JP Miller and Sons for $5,100/ year for pest control services. Don seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Norma stated that there will be one remaining contract with Orkin through 2014 for termite services. Old Business Audit: The audit is ongoing. Results will be shared with the residents. Flea Market: The third annual Flea Market will be

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held on Saturday, February 25 (rain date February 26); residents can sign up in the Staff Office. You can bring your own table or rent a table for $10 in the Staff Office. To date, there are over 100 vendors signed up. Food and beverages will be available and profits will benefit Cancer Research. Movies: On March 1, movies will begin at 7:30 p.m. WiFi at Satellite Pools: Lea mentioned that a meeting has been scheduled with Comcast for today (2/14) to discuss the proximity for cameras at the pools which will tie into the WiFi project. Norma stated that WiFi will be implemented prior to March 1 at all satellite pools. Mr. Fine stated that COOCVE has formed a Committee to have WiFi installed throughout the Village. He asked Lea to share any feedback or information pertaining to WiFi with the COOCVE Committee so that both entities are on the same page. Bay Management Coupons: Residents will not be incurring any late charges due to problems in receiving coupons from Seacrest. MM Meetings: Shelly asked on the status of having quarterly meetings with MM. Nancy stated that a schedule is being worked on. Misting System: Don asked for an update on the installation of the misting systems. Nancy stated that this will be implemented in the summer and Markham pool will be the first pool tested. New Business: Tennis updates: Donna C. stated that there was a tennis incident at Swansea on January 27. Two security guards requested that the tennis players leave immediately to remove windbreaks at the tennis courts. Why is maintenance being scheduled

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not present Swansea: Bill Epstein; nothing to report Tilford: Basil Hales; Charles Goodman who is out on parole has been seen in Century Village. Mr. Hales stated that his unit was sold and he is getting into the Village with an old ID card. He stated he has called the sheriff about this issue. Mr. Fine suggested that if someone is threatened, you should call BSO. Mr. Falco also stated that he would discuss the issue with Security. Upminster: Ann Rifkin; Has Upminster H belonged to COOCVE in the past? Mr.

during the times when the tennis association is using the courts? Lea stated that she spoke with the vendor, Fast Dry and Kent Security about this incident. Vendors need to schedule a time for routine repairs/maintenance prior to coming into the Village. Don stated that the Committee should have received a copy of the letter and that copies of future correspondence should be provided to the Board. Pro Court: Donna C. explained a problem that is occurring on the designated pro court, the furthest court on the right side behind the Clubhouse, where lessons are given from 8 a.m. - noon. She stated that because it is a multi-court environment that the pro uses many baskets of balls, the issue arises when the balls fly onto other courts becoming a trip hazard. Donna C. suggested that the Committee look into either a rolling net or move the Pro Court to Newport since that is a single closed court. Rita stated that moving the Pro Court to Newport is the best solution and most cost effective however, a schedule must be posted with dates and times that the court is reserved for lessons. Donna C. stated that several incidents on the tennis courts have been received. Nancy stated that the Committee should be receiving copies of all incidents that occur. Rita suggested that Lea survey the tennis courts along with Donna C. and provide the Committee with a report of what work needs to be done to improve them. Security: Steven Fine stated that at the Executive Committee meeting this past week, a resident stated that he had donated a painting to the Clubhouse and that it was stolen. Lea stated that she is aware of the situation and has spoken to Eva Rachesky about it. The resident donated the

Fine replied yes they have. Where can I get new posters about trash pick-up? Mr. Kesselman stated they are provided to us by the City and will get additional posters to give out at the next Area Chair meeting. Ventnor: Sheldon Pierce; nothing to report Westbury: Carmen Colon; Please correct my phone number that is printed in the Reporter. Mr. Parness replied they will fix it. Recently there was an altercation in the pool area because someone from another pool area was there. Security was called and came to the pool area. Ms. Colon called Security to find out what happened and still has not

painting when Ms. Rachesky was here and it was hung in the back of the indoor pool area. Sometime in October, Ms. Rachesky noticed the painting was missing. The Committee asked how can something this large get past security? Nancy stated that she will be contacting security to discuss this issue and why security is not questioning anyone with artwork or large bags leaving the Clubhouse. Synagogue: Rita stated that the Synagogue, who has been meeting in the Activity Center for the past 25 years, was told by Master Management that all items being stored in the Activity Center must be removed. Rita asked the Committee if there is any area that can be provided to the Synagogue for them to store their books, podium, etc. Nancy stated that she had sent Lea an email asking if they could use part of the Ventnor pool area to store these items. Lea stated she will look into it and get back to the Committee. Ceramic Building: The ceramics teacher will be clearing out her items from the building shortly. Announcements Area Chair Meeting: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center Master Management Meeting: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in Activity Center COOCVE BOD Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Party Room Relay for Life: Will be held on March 17, 2012. Ms. Berner stated that they are selling coupon books for Relay for Life at a cost of $20. If anyone is interested, please contact Caryl Berner. COOCVE Town Hall Meeting for Residents: Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Party Room A motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 11:29 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Nancy Giordano received a return phone call. Mr. Falco stated he would follow-up with Mr. Vautrin. Also, many residents are renovating their apartments and dumping their garbage into the bins. Mr. Fine stated that they are not allowed to do that. Contractors are required to remove the trash. Mr. Falco stated that sanitation will tag any item that is not household garbage and then charge the building. Mr. Kaplan stated all satellite pools are available to any resident of the Village. Old Business: None New Business: None A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 a.m. Respectfully submitted by, Steven Fine, President


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Master Management Commentary By ANTHONY FALCO, President

Time is passing so quickly and some residents will be making plans to leave us shortly. We at CVEMM hope that your time spent here was all you hoped it would be. At Master Management we are striving to keep moving forward with all planned projects with your safety and your quality of life in mind. Benches – The Bus stop benches are currently being secured with stainless steel straps for your safety. Lighting – Please be our eyes and assist us by

reporting any lighting outages around Century Blvd. All lights have numbers and it would be helpful if you notified us of these numbers so FPL can go directly to these polls and replace/repair them. Pot Holes – If you see any potholes on our roadways please advise us of the exact location so they can be repaired. Please email A.J. Bock our Operations Manager at abock@cvedb.com – describing the exact locations that need our attention. In our office at 3501 West Drive – in the lobby, there are forms available for you to complete

regarding any suggestions or complaints you may have for us to address. Irrigation - Our biggest project is well underway. About 1,000 ft. a day are being installed. This week crews are working on 12” pipe between Oakridge and Newport. We are on schedule and making progress. In order to cross roads with pipe our contractor has chosen to tunnel under our roadways and bridges in order to expedite the flow of traffic. There will be 196 road crossings with 350 lines of pipe going through them. The machine being used is a horizontal

directional boring machine which generates 35,000 lbs. of thrust and 5,000 lbs. of torque. What this means is that it can penetrate anything in Century Village. All the existing irrigation lines that are being broken are being repaired as we move forward. With the purchase of sophisticated equipment the breaking of water/power lines has been kept to a minimum. Security – Security at our gates is ongoing. In our busy season our three gates are processing 15,000 cars in an eight hour time frame. Our guards are courteous and respectful

and I would ask all of you to be the same. Please slow down and allow the cameras to do their job. Now all guests can go through all gates which will take the pressure off the main gate during our busy season. Comcast - Our cable conversion has been completed and everyone should have their new boxes installed. If not, please contact Comcast directly at 1-800-934-6489. It is an honor to be able to serve this Community and I will continue to be available to anyone who would like to speak about their concerns. Compliments are always welcome.

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Coalition for CVE Homebound It’s Time to Say Goodbye By MARION G. COHEN The Coalition for CVE Homebound has been in existence since 1986. The organization has enabled hundreds of CVE residents to remain living in their condos by providing assistance with homemaking, personal care, respite care or live in care. The Coalition has subsidized the cost of these services. But at a recent executive board meeting it was determined that charges for coverage of services rendered have tripled over the years, and we can no longer subsidize these expenditures. On September 22, 2011 the executive officers tendered their resignations to Sharon Ross, Executive Director of the Broward Homebound Program and notified the President of the Broward Homebound Program, Vincent I. Deluca. I personally want to thank Toni Ponto, Vice President of the Coalition, Marilyn Lane, Secretary and Publicist of the Coalition, and Mary Mahoney, jack of all trades, for their loyalty and endless and spirited cooperation. Sadly I recall the words of Stella Lass who in 1986 wrote in her diary…”This year I started my last adventure, my last great effort to create something lasting and contributing to the welfare of many.”

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To the Homebound program we say a sad adieu. CVE Homebound filled a need Providing aid for residents in many ways The daily help was well received Enabling lives to be filled with peaceful days A helping hand, a friendly smile Someone to talk to for a while Aid with chores long left undone

Clubhouse Policies Clubhouse Policy on use of Clubhouse Parking Lot for Overnight Parking There has been discussion over the use of the Clubhouse parking lot recently. The policy is that anyone using the Clubhouse parking lot overnight must fill out a form with the Administration Office at the Clubhouse prior to that date. You will then receive a paper from Administration which is to be placed on your dash board. This process is being used so that properly parked vehicles can be identified and distinguished from those that are

not; also this process provides Administration and Security notice as to how long the car will be in the parking lot. To also clarify: Please note that the Clubhouse parking lot is not to be used to park second vehicles. Recreation Policy Highlight of the Month No food or Drink In the Clubhouse (Exceptions: hard candy and bottled water) Please keep candy in pocket or purse until needed. Please dispose of wrapper/ water bottle promptly and properly.

A walk outside in fresh air and sun Homebound funds came from generous donations Time and effort of others ran the organization This organization cannot pass Without a few words about Stella and David Lass; Sidney Feinberg too Their tireless efforts were unbounded Thirty years ago Coalition for CVE Homebound was founded Recipients of Homebound help will grieve But now is the time for the organization to leave. ~ LILLIAN MANDELMAN

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Condo News CVE Description of Exercise Classes Low Impact Aerobics Low impact aerobics is a low intensity workout designed to help you condition the cardio respiratory system by using a diversity of exercises. The class starts with 30 minutes of Aerobic workout followed by 15 minutes of weights and 10 minutes of abdominal work and stretching. Low Intermediate Aerobics: Intermediate to Advanced This has been created for those requiring more intensity and more challenge. Body Toning & Weights: All Levels This is a total body toning which helps those with problems of osteoporosis and muscle density loss. (You must bring your own weights and rubber tubing.) Beginner Belly Dance : All Levels Exercise to Belly Dance Music and learn basic Belly Dance moves. This class is for the dancer at heart, but not ready for show biz. A 1x3 yard Chiffon veil is required. Chi Gung: All Levels A variety of ancient exercising that involves special breathing to stimulate external muscles, and help you with arthritis and balance. It is considered one of the first stages of Tai Chi, This can be done sitting or standing. Tai Chi: All Levels A series of slow, graceful low impact movements developed thousands of years ago in China. It helps with balance and posture. Chair Stretch: All Levels This is a gentle approach to Yoga focusing on exercising both the body and the mind, through stretching, breathing and relaxation. All are done standing and sitting. Arthritic Aquacise: Beginner This is an easy to follow class, focusing on building flexibility, balance and strength to increase joint mobility and range of motion. Swimming This class is provided for those who don’t know how to swim. We show basic techniques and the ability to enjoy the outdoors in South Florida in a better way. We offer beginner and advanced classes. Aquacise: All Levels Get in the pool and enjoy an invigorating class that gives you cardio respiratory conditioning. It also helps you with any arthritis symptoms by reducing the stress of joints. (You must have a noodle.) Ball Sculpt: Intermediate and Advanced Enjoy a class built to improve core muscle stability, balance and strength. This class incorporates a combination of different techniques, like Pilate’s strength training and abdominals, to give you a full body workout. Pilates: Beginner and Intermediate Pilates is a way of connecting the whole body and mind through proper breathing and slow, controlled movements to help you develop core abdominal strength and a leaner body by lengthening and stretching the muscles without building bulk. Zumba: All Levels This is a mix of Latin dance and fitness moves worked into a high energy aerobic workout geared to make you burn calories while dancing your heart out. So come Salsa, Cha-Cha and Merengue your way into fitness.

Line Dance An entertaining and fun class! With choreographic routines, that combine line dance patterns with other rhythms. Balance: All Levels Activities useful to improve stability and strength of the muscles needed to obtain better balance. Intermediate Belly Dance Learn Egyptian Cabaret Style Dance Routines. Must have at least one year of previous Belly Dance Training .This class is for dancers who want to perform in the March Recital. Some type of inexpensive costume will be needed for the show. Easy Stretch This is a beginners approach to yoga with low intensity forms of stretching, combining mind and body to relieve stress and rejuvenate your spirit. It is a blend of traditional posture or forms and techniques to increase body awareness, flexibility, balance and strength. Yoga Stretch This class is designed for those at the intermediate level to engage in the endless benefits of the yoga practice by enhancing your mind/body, increasing strength and flexibility. Relax with Yoga: All Levels Yoga is a practical self discipline to gain mastery over body and mind, to increase strength, flexibility, balance, stamina and endurance in a positive mental atmosphere. There is special emphasis on proper breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. Chair Yoga Same great results as Relax with Yoga For People Who: 1. Have limited mobility 2. Have difficulty doing Floor Exercise 3. Have arthritis or other physical limitations 4. Are recovering from surgery *** Doctor Approval recommended*** Senior Fitness & Weights This is a program to increase strength flexibility and energy through weight lifting and cardiovascular exercises. (You must bring your own weights and rubber tubing.) Hawaiian Hula The hula is a Polynesian dance characterized by undulating hips with coordinating movements of the arms and hands. It is usually accompanied by drums and different instruments.

No registration necessary: You must consult your doctor before involving yourself in any exercise program. Aquacise classes will be cancelled if air temperature is 60 degrees or below. Athletic Classes are restricted to *CVE residents and renters only. You must have your resident ID card. Party room classes are more intense. Equipment Orientation is made by appointment only. (No phone appointments) This schedule is subject to change.


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Condo News COOCVE Appointed Committee Members for 2012 ADVISORY

BY-LAWS

GRIEVANCE

Robert Gravatt

Marj. Campbell

Joseph Sachs

Jim Luber

Fran Stricoff

Charles Parness

Charles Parness

Rhonda Pitone

Phil Goldenberg

Rhonda Pitone

Rita Pickar

Bob Gravatt

Robert Gravatt AUDIT

Charlie Parness

INSURANCE

Norman Bloom

Gene Goldman

Herman Shwide

Al Bakelman

Phil Goldenberg

Carman Nepa

BUDGET & FINANCE

CIVIC & CULTURAL

CONTRACT

Bernice Schmier

Nancy Giordano

NEGOTIATION

Danielle Lubono

Sue Popp

Maureen T. Doherty

Gloria Olmstead

Phil Goldenberg

Joe Rudnick

Miriam Sachs

Alex Oil

Arlene Roth

Bernice Schmier Rita Pickar Carol Carr Arlene Roth

Farewell CVE from Irwin Levy Dear Residents of Deerfield Century Village: I was the President and largest stockholder of the company that purchased a dairy farm in 1972, changed the zoning, developed the land and built all of the condominium units and the recreation facilities in the Deerfield Century Village. Most important was the creation of the lifestyle that made Century Village a desirable place to live. Our motto was: “We add life to your years and years to your life.” Companies that I headed for many years, and more recently headed by my son Mark with excellent staff, managed the community with the assistance and input of community leaders. I have continued to be involved as a board member of our management company. Pursuant to agreements that were documented thirty years ago, our relationship with the Deerfield Century

Village terminated on December 31, 2011, and another party assumed all of our rights and obligations for the remaining seven years. Our management company has agreed to book entertainment for Deerfield’s new managers should they and you want us to do so. On January 1, 2019, the unit owners will become the owners of the facilities and will be able to decide on the future management of the facilities and the community. Our management company continues to manage the three other Century Villages. From a personal standpoint, I feel as though I have lost a member of my family; and this letter is to say “goodbye” and offer my “best wishes” that you enjoy many years of good health and enjoyment living in a community and a lifestyle that I created.

~ Sincerely, Irwin Levy

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Ever wonder why your neighbor selected Seacrest Services to manage his property? Just ask. You’ll likely hear because of our reputation. Then ask why your neighbor continues to use Seacrest Services and you’ll find out that we’ve been South Florida’s most trusted, dependable and professional property management company for more than 40 years. Isn’t about time you experience our quality of work speed and professionalism for yourself.

“I am pleased to say that Jody has been fantastic and the grounds look great!! We gave Seacrest Services one year so we could decide whether to continue to work with them. Our expectations were met and we are happy to keep them as our management company!”

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Fundraiser Dance for American Cancer Society

If you need help with the purchase of food for Passover,

Where: Clubhouse Party Room When: Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Suggested (minimum) Donation: $5.00 per person DJ: Andre Fournier

EVERYONE Welcome!! – No Reservations Required Have fun dancing to Cha Cha, Rock n’ Roll, Line Dances, etc. All monies collected will be given to the CVE Mini Relay for Life Dance organized by the French Alliance Group

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TO APPLY FOR A TAX-SAVING HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION, YOU MUST HAVE COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS: FOR ALL APPLICANTS: • Florida Drivers License OR Florida I.D. Card; AND • Broward Voter Registration OR a Declaration of Domicile; AND • Social Security numbers of ALL owners. FOR RESIDENT ALIENS: • Permanent Resident “Green Card,” or proof of asylum, or INS

I-485 letter showing that application to convert to permanent

resident status is complete.

WE’RE COMING TO CENTURY VILLAGE IN DEERFIELD BEACH! ADDITIONAL TAX EXEMPTIONS ALSO AVAILABLE: WIDOW/ WIDOWER EXEMPTION: Bring copy of spouse’s death certificate, newspaper obituary, or memorial card. DISABILITY/VETERAN’S DISABILITY EXEMPTION: Ask us about the filing requirements for these exemptions. SENIOR’S ADDITIONAL EXEMPTION: Requires at least one owner be 65 as of January 1, 2012 and the total household adjusted gross income not exceed $26,203. (call for info on required documents) NOTE: HUSBAND OR WIFE MAY FILE ON BEHALF OF BOTH. 2012 HOMESTEAD FILING SCHEDULE

Century Village Main Clubhouse GP Room N When: First Thursday of each month 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, please contact the Outreach Department at

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Who Has your Key?

When your neighbor or a condo monitoring service checks you home, they often identify your key with your name and or unit number. It’s then put on a hook or in a drawer. If it should fall into the wrong hands or be lost, you will have big problems. Good Neighbor Condo Services, keeps your key in a locked key safe. It is identiÞed by a key code that can only be accessed by our staff. We also make sure you know when we are checking your condo with our realtime email reporting. CALL TO LEARN MORE!

SPECIAL CENTURY VILLAGE PRICE! *** Guaranteed Weekly Visits *** $25 per month **One Month FREE with 6 month signup!** Professional Service, Licensed, Bonded and Insured!

Dumpster Man Says: To keep our Village clean and green and reach our goal with recycling, place papers, magazines and catalogs, too, with those bottles and cans is what you should do.

CVE CLUBHOUSE LIBRARY Our seasonal residents are now departing for their Northern homes and we wish them safe journey and look forward to their return next season. Our CVE Library continues to function five days a week all summer. However, there is a need during this time for additional volunteers. If you can give three hours a week, in the morning or afternoon, please contact Ruth Nesselroth at 954-428-4294.

Make sure, as you throw those things in the bin, the plastic bags that you bring, do not also go in. Place only newspapers in this bin to be stacked along with cardboard boxes both opened and flat. Bulk items go out only on Wednesday night for pickup on Thursday and they're then out of sight. A message from your Waste and Recycling Committee JULES KESSLEMAN FELICIA PRINCE


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....Proudly Serving…. Century Village...

561-414-3747 ● 954-540-6976

Realtors are Residents of Century Village! “Nous Pouvons Vous Aidez En Francais Aussi” We hope that Everyone had a Wonderful Holiday Season ! We are truly looking forward to working with all you Buyers And Sellers during 2012! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! Your Realtors,

Frank & Carol +

Get the Red Carpet Treatment with Carol Masciantonio Realtor

Frank Murphy Realtor

Realtor Over 250+ Condos “FOR SALE” In Century Village $$$$ ASK HOW WE CAN SELL YOUR CONDO! $$$$

Please View Below A Few Of This Month’s Featured Condos!

Garden

High-Rise

1 Bedroom / 1-1½ Bath

2 Bedroom / 1-1½ Bath

1-1½ Lyndhurst L

Charming Condo with nice View!

$29,700

2-1½ Swansea A

1-1½ Oakridge R

Move-In Condition. Enclosed Patio!

$29,900

2-1½ Cambridge B Desirable 1st Floor. Great Water View! $70,000

1-1½ Tilford S

Absolutely Elegantly Upgraded/Furnish $40,000

1-1½ Grantham D CORNER. Walk To Clubhouse! 1-1½ Westbury D

CORNER. 1st Floor. Central A/C.

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2-1½ Harwood E

!!!!!!!!!!!Spectacular Water View!!!!!!!!!

$35,900

2-1½ Grantham F

Great Location! Near Clubhouse/Pool. $52,500

$25,000

2-1½ Ellesmere B

Terrific Golf View From Florida Room! $68,000

2-1½ Harwood D

CORNER, Beautiful Water View!

2 Bedroom / 1-1½ Bath

2-1½ Westbury D

CORNER. Enclosed Patio. Water View! $43,900

2-1½ Durham S

CORNER 2ND FL Serene Water View! $ 41,900

2-1½ Upminister A CORNER. Fabulous Updated Condo!

High-Rise 1-1½ Ellesmere A

$50,000

1 Bedroom / 1½ Bath

Large Patio with Fabulous Golf View! $41,500

1-1½ Cambridge C Terrific Water View! Great Location!! $42,900 1-1½ Harwood E

Enjoy Lake View From Florida Room! $36,900

1-1½ Harwood C

Totally Remodled! Lake View!

$75,000

1-1½ Cambridge G Beautiful Water View! Move Right In!

$37,500

1-1½ Cambridge E Water View! Tiled! Rental Building!

$37,900

1-1½ Ashby D

Magnificent Water View! Renovated!

Walk To Houses Of Worship! Furnished. $49,900

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Beautiful Condo! Pergo Floors.

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Wonderful Location! Near Pool/Tennis!

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Golf Course View! Near Club House ! $62,000

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Private Preserve & Garden View!

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Richmond C Luxury. Golf Course & Water View!!!!! $64,500

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Rental Building! Tiled! Crown Molding! $67,850

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CORNER. Incredible Golf Course View! $79,900

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checks, credit card payments and other forms of personal information. Mail fraudsters seek information that can be used to apply for credit cards or loans, such as a victim’s name, date of birth and existing bank account numbers. Some thieves wash written signatures and amounts from stolen checks and reuse them.

The thieves usually hit the boxes the night before or early morning. There are several recommended precautions we can take. Invest in lighting around mailboxes, reinforce box locks, and install security cameras. Also, never leave mail in an outgoing box after hours. Kent Security is well aware of the issue and they are watching it closely. Our official website CVEDB is getting a long overdue face lift. Master Management’s Caryl Berner is working on the project in an effort designed to improve the look, to make it more user friendly but mostly to have the ability to access more information for the residents of CVE. Video streaming of all of our meetings will be easily accessible. Our attorney Pat Murphy has just informed me that it appears that a favorable resolution of the dog issue will be forthcoming. As soon as it happens, you will be notified Our annual residents Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 in the Party Room at the Clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All residents of Century Village are invited. There will be representatives from all of the Village entities; COOCVE, Master Management, Recreation Committee, Seacrest, East Coast, etc. This is your opportunity to publicly voice your concerns. We at COOCVE look forward to seeing you.

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$69,900 Don’t forget to move your clock up one hour on Sunday, March 11. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Recreation’s Most Commonly Asked Questions Are residents allowed to bring food – sandwiches, etc. – into the Clubhouse to eat? Food is NOT allowed anywhere in the Clubhouse or pool areas. The ONLY exception is the Party Room. However, bottled water and hard candies are allowed but candies should be kept in your purse or pocket until needed; wrappers and bottles should be disposed of promptly and properly in the trash receptacles placed in the rooms and corridors. Did our recreation payments increase for 2012? NO! We are pleased to inform our residents that, thanks to the combined efforts of the Recreation Committee and Bay Management, we were able to hold costs down; therefore, the recreation lease payments did NOT increase for 2012. Staff Office When the other offices are closed, can I get IDs and pay my recreation fee at the Staff/Information Office? No, only guest IDs can be purchased in the Staff/Information Office after regular business hours. Permanent IDs, payments and account questions have to be addressed in the appropriate office Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and unusual occurrences). Staff/ Info Office can provide office hours for ID & Bay Management/Administration. 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 I have seen people eating in the theater during movies & shows. Is this allowed? Absolutely NOT! There is no eating anywhere in the Clubhouse, with the exception of scheduled activities in the Party Room. Bringing snacks, candy, etc. into the theater is not only disturbing to other residents attending, but will also cause insect and rodent problems. Athletic Department What is the proper footwear for the exercise and equipment area? It is very important that appropriate shoes be worn when doing any kind of exercise. Appropriate footwear would be tennis/athletic shoes with lace up or Velcro fastenings – residents should NOT be wearing flip-flops, high heels, sandals, sneakers without backs or any other type of street shoe or boot. Shoes

Cool Around Inc. Air Conditioning Service,

Repair,Installation,Maintenance -A/C CHECK-UP -Check Coils, Motors and Compressors -System Diagnostic

-Drain line Cleaning -Leaks Check -Check Freon level -Filter Check -Cooling and Heating

Call Andrei: 954.445.5564 Licensed and Insured Lic.# RA-13067482

ATTENTION RESIDENTS! GUEST PASS PROCEDURES HAVE CHANGED Residents may use their resident ID to admit no more than two (2) guests to the Clubhouse.

should be in good condition (i.e. the shoe tread should not be worn/slick). Recreation Maintenance Who cleans the pools and what are their credentials? What is the procedure for cleaning a pool that has feces or other organisms? We have full time staff dedicated to cleaning all the Recreation pools. These staff people are trained and certified pool technicians that know how to maintain a healthy pool environment. We require our pool techs to take state certified courses in order to be licensed. Part of the training our maintenance staff receives is how to treat a contaminated pool; they know the proper procedure for cleaning a pool that has feces or other organisms present, how much pool chemical must be added and how long the pool must stay

When can I buy show tickets on the weekends? The box office is closed during the day on the weekends and advance tickets are not sold in the evening or on the weekend. The box office opens 1 hour and 15 minutes before each show to sell tickets for that show only. At this time, residents can buy tickets for themselves and for as many guests as they wish, provided there are seats available. Ticket Office Is there a website that can inform residents about shows? Yes, the website is www. cveevents.com and anyone can access information about the current month’s theater offerings; this includes movies, as well as shows. When you find something of interest, it is suggested that you contact the Ticket Office (954-428-7470) to confirm that there are no changes to the published schedule.

closed when dealing with organisms in the pool. The County Board of Health regularly inspects the CVE pools and there has never been an issue with the Board of Health due to the efforts of our proactive, experienced staff. Class Office How do you find the instructors that teach the wide variety of classes in the Clubhouse? We are always on the lookout for interesting subjects and finding qualified instructors can be challenging. We rely on referrals, word of mouth and contacts with other retirement communities. If you have any ideas for classes and/or instructors don’t wait– bring your idea or information to the Class Office now. Evening/Weekend Staff Office

Century Village Recent Sales AREA Cambridge

Durham Farnham

Grantham Keswick Markham Newport Oakridge

Prescott Richmond Swansea Tilford Upminster Ventnor Westbury

Building Cambridge A Cambridge A Cambridge A Cambridge E Cambridge G Durham A Durham J Farnham C Farnham I Farnham O Grantham F Grantham F Keswick C Markham H Markham O Newport U Oakridge C Oakridge C Oakridge F Oakridge V Prescott G Richmond C Richmond E Swansea B Tilford D Tilford L Upminster F Upminster J Ventnor F Westbury B Westbury D Westbury H Westbury H

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Price 25,000 59,000 42,500 35,000 41,000 32,500 24,900 17,000 25,500 55,000 42,000 32,000 68,000 32,500 21,000 40,000 32,000 28,000 60,000 57,800 37,000 47,000 64,000 31,500 29,900 22,000 25,000 45,500 13,500 32,000 19,000 42,500 35,000

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Condo News Attention: CVE Residents The Reporter welcomes all items for the In Loving Memory Section. Please send via email to cvereporter @hotmail. com or fax to 954-421-9269 or hand deliver to Reporter office, ATTN: Gloria Olmstead.

Ducks Run AMUCK! We have been asked by a resident, “Is it OK to feed the ducks?” NO! Feeding ducks causes them to lose their fear of humans; they become accustomed to being fed by residents and will approach people, sometimes becoming aggressive. There have been reported instances of residents being attacked by aggressive ducks, some of which are quite large. In addition, feeding them interferes with their natural diet and encourages them to remain in the area and continue to be a nuisance. The end result is that they swim and poop in the pools and make a mess everywhere. Duck feces is a health hazard and an inconvenience to everyone; particularly those who enjoy the pool facilities, as the pool area has to be closed, cleaned and the pool treated for feces. Remember – food in, equals something unpleasant out!


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Consumer Interest

Black: The New Stainless Steel By DANIEL LONGIARU Last weekend I was in the middle of my daily trip to the local “home store” (the inevitable consequence of a remodel project in its latter stages), when I noticed an attractive refrigerator sitting near the entrance. In front of it was a sign in large handwritten letters that read: “FREE STAINLESS STEEL UPGRADE”. Now this I had to check out. The prime directive of every home makeover/flipping/ buying/selling/trading/renting show on cable TV mandates that all kitchen appliances must be stainless steel. I have seen episodes of these real estate orgies in which a woman rejected an eight bedroom, 11,000 square foot mansion with ocean views, offered for fifteen thousand dollars, because it didn’t have stainless steel appliances. (The husband subsequently appeared on a reality crime show as a prime suspect in the disappearance of his steel obsessed wife.) In spite of overwhelming evidence that I was committing a home makeover felony, I selected black

appliances. This choice was a no-brainer: stainless steel comes with about a 30% price increase over its humbler, color competitors. I simply can’t see paying several hundred bucks just to get a permanent installation of kindergarten finger-paintings in my kitchen. (By the way, aren’t fingerprints stains?) The only concession I made to this expensive surface choice was inside the dishwasher. This doesn’t count with style Nazis because it’s invisible 98% of the time. The reaction of my family, friends and even total strangers to my choice has been so virulent that I sometimes think it would have been worth the extra money to spare myself the umpteenth repetition of my “In Defense of Black” speech. Once the subject of my remodel comes up, the appliances confrontation is inevitable. It goes something like this: “So you got stainless steel, RIGHT?” “Uhhhh.... no, actually. I got black.” “Black?? BLACK??! You got BLACK APPLIANCES?” If the conversation is occur-

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ring in a public space, this is the point where people start turning around to take a look at the idiot who wants his kitchen to look like a funeral parlor. “Oh come on.... what’s so great about stainless steel anyway?” “Oh you poor demented fool! Haven’t you watched HGTV? Don’t you know that steel appliances can increase your resale value by tens of thousands of dollars?” And now it seems I could have avoided all of this conflict without paying an extra penny. But then I looked more closely at the home store display and discovered that, like most advertising, it wasn’t as simple as it appeared. On top of the fridge were the prices for the three versions of the model in question: STAINLESS STEEL: $1199 White: $1199 Black: $1199 It was true that no premium had to be paid for stainless steel, but that was because the price of the less desired models of color had been raised significantly to match that of the steel-clad version!

It was the perfect advertising ploy: tell the literal truth while leaving the lies unspoken. There is nothing particularly remarkable about this approach; politicians and used-car salespeople do it every day. But will it work? I have every reason to believe that it will. I suspect that, like the hula-hoop craze, the stainless steel mania is abating. It’s the nature of fads. Whoever came up with the “no premium for stainless steel” concept no doubt saw some disturbing sales figures and realized the hit the refrigerator food-chain would take if people only bought appliances that had, in effect, a 30% discount. The only answer was to raise the prices of the non-stainless steel items. But how to do that when all of the retailers are constantly screaming that they have the lowest prices in town? The answer, of course, is magic. Or to be more precise, sleight-of-hand. If a magician doesn’t want you to see what he or she is doing with her right hand, make the audience look at his or her left hand instead. In this case, distract the shopper with the seemingly great bargain of

offering stainless steel at color prices so they won’t notice that the price of the latter has just gone up very steeply. Ask a car dealer whose been in business, say, for 40 years whether he’s ever raised prices and you might get him to concede that he did it once during the Great Inflation of the 1970s. Really? So how come I can’t buy a car for four thousand bucks like my father did when he bought a new Pontiac Catalina in 1972? In spite of this undeniable fact, the dealer would be telling the literal truth. GM didn’t raise the price of a Pontiac Catalina. Instead, they slapped a new name on a reworked body, enclosing better bells and whistles, placed it upon the same chassis as the Catalina and sold it for 30% more. All that the appliance food chain needs now is one or two reality crime shows featuring a husband wanted for questioning in his wife’s disappearance because the real estate deal of a lifetime that she passed up had stainless steel in the kitchen.

MOBILE ON SITE PAPER SHREDDING

A SINGALONG AFTERNOON OF FOLK SONGS FROM GOODNIGHT IRENE AND BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND, TO TUMBALALAYKA. CANADIAN FOLK ARTIST JERRY GRAY, WINNER OF MANY LIFETIME AWARDS, BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS & THE ONTARIO AND CANADIAN GOVERNMENTS. WHERE? CLUBHOUSE GPA ROOM (2ND FLOOR) WHEN ?

THURSDAY MARCH 8 3 P.M.

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RELIVE YOUR LIFE, AS YOU SAT AROUND A CAMPFIRE & SANG THE MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE.

Bring your bags or boxes of papers to be shredded. Papers may be stapled or held together by small paper clips. No plastic bags or large metal clips.

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Consumer Interest

“Ask Lori…Parrish on Appraisals” Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Answers Your Questions… File now for the LowIncome Senior’s Additional Homestead Exemption! Dear Lori: Last year my mother forgot to return the senior renewal postcard your office mailed to her home.  I understand she will need to re-apply.  What are the eligibility requirements and how does she apply for the Low-Income Senior’s Tax Exemption? J.W., Hollywood, FL This year our office mailed over 27,000 senior renewal notice postcards. The renewal card requires the taxpayer to sign and timely return it to our office. If your mom did not receive one, she can re-apply for the Low-Income Additional Homestead Exemption, which applies

only to the County’s portion of the taxes and City taxes for residents of cities that also adopted the additional exemption.  This exemption saves the average Broward senior nearly $300 each year in property taxes.  In order to qualify for the Low-Income Senior Exemption for 2012, applicant must be 65 years of age or older as of January 1, 2012 AND have a combined household adjusted gross income for 2011 not exceeding $27,030. If your mom qualifies for this exemption, please follow the easy filing steps listed below: If You File An Income Tax Return: 1.      Complete Part (A), Part (C) and Part (D) of the

Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household. 2.      Submit the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household to the Property Appraiser on or before March 1, 2012. 3.      Submit a copy of your 2011 Income Tax Return Form

Congressman Ted Deutch  

Traveling Office Hours At the Century Village Clubhouse    An assistant from the Congressional Office and State Senators Office will be available to meet with you the last Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Recreation Committee Office Ground Floor of the Clubhouse   If you need any assistance with Medicare, Social Security, immigration or any other federal or state related issue please visit the Clubhouse traveling office. 

  Please feel free to contact Congressman Deutch’s Broward Director, Theresa Brier at (954) 935-5378 with any questions or concerns.

1040 and W-2 for all persons residing in your home (excluding renters and boarders) to the Property Appraiser no later than June 1, 2012 If You Do Not File An Income Tax Return: 1.      Complete Part (A), Part (B) and Part (E) of the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household. 2.      Complete Lines 1-4 of the IRS Form 4506 and sign the form. 3.      Submit the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household, proof of age and IRS Form 4506 to the Property Appraiser by March 1, 2012. 4.      Submit a copy of your Social Security Statement (SSA 1099) to the Property

Appraiser no later than June 1, 2012. Our office staff will be happy to help you obtain and complete the necessary forms.  For more information about the Low-Income Senior Exemption or to obtain the necessary forms, please visit our website at www.bcpa.net or contact our Customer Service Department at 954.357.6830. Sincerely,  Lori Parrish, CFA If you have a question for Lori, please email her at lori@bcpa.net or write to her at the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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My Presence in the Village By MARTY POPELSKY, Vice Mayor/ Commissioner District 3 As you know, I am term limited and cannot run for reelection in 2013. I don’t think it’s too early to think about your next City Commissioner for District 3. If you have interest in representing District 3 or know someone who may be qualified to run, I encourage you to contact me; and I will be happy to provide an overview of what serving as a commissioner entails. This is the least I can do for the citizens of District 3 for whom I have served for the past seven years. One of the best ways to get a sense of what is required of an elected official is to become involved. If you plan to run for office, I encourage you to attend city commission meetings as a learning process. Another terrific way to become involved and learn about the city from the inside out is to apply to serve on a city board.

Many of the city’s advisory boards are currently in need of qualified members. If you are interested in serving on a board, visit the city’s website at www.Deerfield-Beach.com/ advisoryboards or contact me for further information. NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS Save Water, Save Money The City of Deerfield Beach is excited to be a partner in the Broward Water Partnership’s Conservation Pays rebate program, with a mission to save water, save money, and save the environment. Through the Conservation Pays program, water-saving toilet rebates and free incentives are being offered to qualifying residents. Even though utilities at the Village are billed on master accounts instead of individually, every drop of water conserved

means less money spent. The city is pleased to offer free, low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads for qualifying residents, and free pre-rinse spray valves for business owners. You must exchange your old showerhead in order to receive a new one. Incentives may be picked up Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1

to 3 p.m. at the Environmental Services building located at 200 Goolsby Blvd. For more information, call 954-480-4339. Also, there is still time for eligible residents to qualify for up to $200 in rebates by replacing your current toilets with new, high-efficiency models. Restrictions apply. Visit ConservationPays.com or call 1-800-270-9794 for more information. Deerfield Beach Green Market The Deerfield Beach Green Market, coordinated by the Deerfield Beach Cultural Committee, has come alive in the newly-renovated Cove Shopping Center with over 60 vendors selling a wonderful variety of fresh produce, bakery goods, meats, seafood and specialty food items. The biweekly market will be held on Sundays at The Cove from

Sheriff’s Report By SHERIFF AL LAMBERTI Move Over and Make Way for Emergency Vehicles Have you ever approached an intersection and heard a siren? Perhaps you have looked in your rearview mirror and saw flashing lights behind you. Chances are that you have passed an emergency worker or a law enforcement officer who pulled off the roadway with his or her lights flashing. You should be aware that in Florida the law requires that you move over, make way and slow down when approaching all emergency and law enforcement vehicles stopped on the roadway. The law known as the Move Over Act is designed to protect law enforcement officers, firefighters and other

emergency workers from needless, accidental tragedy. After 34 years in law enforcement and public safety, I have learned that driving, especially when responding to calls for service, is the most hazardous duty performed by law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service professionals. We at the Broward Sheriff’s Office are not immune to such tragedies. This past February was the six-year anniversary of the death of Deputy Ryan Seguin who was killed by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop. This tragedy and numerous other fatalities and injuries to emergency service workers could have been avoided had the driver simply slowed down and moved over. The Broward Sheriff’s Of-

fice strictly enforces the Move Over Law to help keep you and all public safety professionals safe. While on the roadway, please be alert, pay attention and remember the following: If an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind, put

on your turn signal, yield to the right of way, slow down or pull over. Once the emergency vehicle has passed, use your turn signal and carefully re-enter the roadway. On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour. If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. When arriving at an intersection where an emergency

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. For more information, email DFBGreenMarketInfo@gmail.com or call 954.592.3150. Below is a list of upcoming markets. Get To Know Deerfield Beach – March 11 Pets Are the Best – March 26 Grand Finale – April 1 Remember that I am your only full-time Commissioner. I am always here to assist you in any way I can. Call me any time, and I will be glad to help you resolve your problems. City Hall Office  954-4804218 City Assistant Phone  954480-4263 Email:    web.commission@ Deerfield-Beach.com Regards & Good Health, Marty Popelsky Your District 3 Commissioner

vehicle is approaching from the cross street, come to a complete stop and wait until all emergency vehicles have safely passed before continuing. If you are a driver who violates the Move Over Law, you can be charged with a moving violation which results in a fine and points on your license. More importantly, by violating this important law, you would be putting both yourself and a dedicated “first responder” at risk. On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I urge you to help protect those who are sworn to serve and protect you. Always remember to make way, slow down and MOVE OVER when approaching an emergency or law enforcement vehicle – it’s the law.


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My Own Cruise from Hell By SANDI LEHMAN Many years ago when I lived in New York, my single friends and I saved our money and went to Miami and checked into the beautiful hotel, The Fontainebleau, for our vacation. We decided to go on a boating trip to the Isle of Bimini on a small chartered boat. The sun was shining magnificently the morning of our departure and we gals all felt this was a great sunny day for our day cruise. Here we were, three single gals, dressed in colorful bikinis (we were all thinner then with nice sculptured bodies) ready for a fun day. The calypso band was playing away while the crew winked at us, three young gals dancing and swaying to the wonderful calypso music. We laughed and enjoyed the sunshine smiling down on us and we danced and danced away. It certainly wasn’t a big cruise ship of today’s proportion but a nice, big enough boat with a friendly crew and great music for us to be entertained until we would arrive on Bimini Island.

Then, all of a sudden, the skies became grey and cloudy. We sat down on the chairs at the round tables provided in the boat. The waves began to rock the boat and we seemed to be tossing around in our chairs. Up and down the boat rocked, and people were starting to get seasick and nauseous with every rock and roll of the ship. My friend, Judy, said to me, “Sandi, come over to my table.” I was standing up and holding on to another table nearby and I said, “Judy, wait until the next wave.” And sure enough, my chair slid across to my friend Judy’s table and, laughingly, I said, “You called.” While we laughed out of fear and nervousness, the boat continued to sway vigorously up and down. No longer was the beautiful, warm sunshine and calypso band playing as before but now all the passengers were hanging on to the round tables and sliding on their chairs. People started to moan and many became seasick

and began regurgitating all over, while desperately hanging onto the tables. I said to my friends, “I have to get some air,” and went out to the deck of the boat. Hanging on to the rail I felt a huge wave swell which nearly threw me into the ocean. I quickly ran back into the boat where everyone was so sick. I kept thinking to myself, “I don’t think I can survive another minute on this rocking boat.”

Then a miracle happened. On the loudspeaker the captain echoed, “Due to the inclement weather, we are returning back to Miami and everyone will receive a refund for this trip.” I was overjoyed. My friends and I smiled slightly to each other while looking at the older folks bent over at their tables clinging to each other. This was one of the happiest days of my life! We were returning to land,

land ho! My friends and I swaggered off the boat and received our refund. We practically kissed the ground and were so happy to be off that awful rocking boat. That night, a young man I met at the Fontainebleau Hotel several days ago called me and said, “Hi Sandi, are you ready to go out tonight? My friend said I could borrow his boat for a nice ride into the ocean!


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St. Urbain Street Heritage head was covered with a long fringed shawl; and when she let her hair down, we saw that it was very long, soft and white. It was a treat to watch her comb it! I never met her husband nor do I know whether he was alive at that time. He had abandoned the family many years before so this was certainly a tragedy not ever to be mentioned. It struck me as bizarre that when our first son was born, my mother wanted him named after her father. My Bubby never raised her voice. She was so soft-spoken that she encouraged a general feeling of calm around her. She died when I was 11 years old and I regret not being taken to her funeral. I always knew that I should be called Bubby when I became a grandmother! One could write a book about my Auntie Sophie who was the eldest daughter. She was a handsome woman who never married. Although she had the opportunity, the theory was that she was afraid of men and marriage. She seemed to be the head of the family and did most of the mothering because her mother was sickly. Although my grandmother puttered about in the kitchen, my aunt presided. I can visualize her in the dining room, holding a pot or pan in her hands, generously doling out our food. However, she was a worrier and might decide to take some of the portion back if it looked daunting and could possibly (shat you*) harm you.

By JOCELYN COOPER

My good friend and wellknown storyteller, Roslyn Bresnick-Perry, was born in a European shtetl. All her loved ones who didn’t emigrate were killed in WW II. Because she doesn’t want them to be forgotten, she always acknowledges their names in her stories. Inspired by Roslyn, I thought of family members who should be remembered: my grandmother, Bubby Shaindel Warshafsky and my mother’s three sisters – Sophie, Lily and Betty. They were immigrants from Eastern Europe; the aunts were mere children when they arrived in Canada. When I was a child, they all lived on the now-famous St. Urbain Street in a fourplex with the typical, unique-to-Montreal, curved outside stairs which were so treacherous in the wintertime! I loved visiting my grandmother but, by the time I knew her she unfortunately suffered from a serious heart condition. She looked like the quintessential Bubby of the old-fashioned stories, spending much of the day seated in her rocking chair in the dining room. It was the family room in those days. There was a full-length mirror near her chair, and when I was very young, I tried to quickly run around behind it to see if I could catch myself there! She was always dressed in long sleeves and skirts; her pale skin was nearly transparent. Most of the time her

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Auntie Sophie was an excellent seamstress and I was thrilled that she sewed all my party clothes. One of my favorites was a long sleeved, silver-grey taffeta blouse which changed colors when it moved. With it she made a royal blue, soft velvet skirt! I vividly recall wearing this outfit to a dance in Victoria Hall. She even made the coral gown for my Sweet Sixteen. Surely, how I felt in these clothes contributed to my good time! Years before, Auntie Sophie might be in the back of the house still with pins in her mouth finishing a dress while a date waited in the front room for my mother or one of her sisters. Auntie Sophie would come to visit or sometimes babysit for my sister and I. My parents were overprotective; though old enough to play cribbage with my boyfriend in the living room, Auntie Sophie was there to supervise us! One of her famous lines could be heard on such occasions. She was wont to say, (Ikh kim shoin du nit merr!*) “I’m not ever coming back here!” My father probably went a little overboard playfully teasing her. A few years later, it was Auntie Sophie who taught my husband and I to play bridge. If you know anything about the game, you’ll appreciate the bidding on this particular hand. When it was her turn to bid in response, she considered her cards for a while and then, looking at her partner, said or rather asked, “Host clobs?”* which translates to, “Do you have clubs?” Not a very orthodox way to find out! She was often seen holding a hand near her heart in a Napoleonic gesture. Sure enough, she too had a bad heart which eventually prevented her living the Biblical three-score-and-ten years. When I was told that she died, I was in the Laurentians spending the summer in our sister-in-law’s cottage with my little children. My mother was also very sick at the time and this has always haunted me. As sad as I was about the loss of my dear Auntie Sophie, I felt a twinge of guilty relief when I realized the news wasn’t about my mother. My earliest memory of Auntie Lily is that she took me to see Pinocchio, only the second movie I ever saw. She loved school but sadly, her father forced her out in the sixth grade to go to work. Auntie Lily always worked for furriers, among them A.J. Alexander. She stayed in that trade for many years, ably

becoming a forelady. During wartime, we lived with the St. Urbain Street family for two years because housing was scarce. (My parents had given up our flat and couldn’t find another one.) I would sometimes have breakfast with Auntie Lily and Auntie Betty which might include two items most people detest, boiled eggs and cocoa with the skin on top. I loved both and sharing in this early-morning ritual. These still rank as comfort foods for me! Auntie Lily married jolly Uncle Jack Matterman, a Merchant Marine Limey, who was lots of fun but they had no children. On one occasion, he made crepe paper hats for me and the guests at my birthday party held in their backyard. Our aunt was very close with my sister and I and so loving. Although steeped in Jewish immigrant life in Canada, she loved to secretly bring us Christmas stockings that my dad pretended not to notice. Innocently, we did enjoy it! In fact, she never arrived without something for me and my sister, even if it was only a chocolate bar. If I was not home, my little sister, Deena always left a piece for me. Although she was wonderful towards family and friends, we understood that my aunt was prejudiced against others not of our clan; it seemed so out of character. Near the end of her life, she suffered from dementia and I couldn’t deal with her change in personality. I’d go to the hospital and stay close enough to see my dear aunt but far enough away so that she didn’t know I was there. Auntie Betty was small and pretty and somewhat slowmoving. She was the baby and the intellectual in the family, an artist and an author. Of course, she was also a bookkeeper in order to earn a living. She did little art projects with me such as teaching me about perspective and how to draw a cube. She read her children’s poetry to me and once wrote a play for me

and my friends called Mother’s Day Off. What fun! When our school allowed us to produce it in the auditorium on a Sunday afternoon, we raised thirty dollars, half of which we gave to the Jewish National Fund and half to the Red Cross! We were only about 11 or 12 years old! Many years later, a schoolteacher friend of mine, the original production’s Mrs. Tweedlebaum, put on the play with her fifth grade students! Auntie Betty hobnobbed with other writers and belonged to a branch of the Canadian Authors Association. A file of some of her work is in the Jewish Public Library in Montreal while much of it has made its way to a box in our house as have some of her drawings on our wall. When Auntie Betty worked in an office near our home, she sometimes came for lunch with so many funny stories to share about the people at work. My sister and I loved those visits because she was so amusing. It did take forever to get through the meal! Her marriage was shortlived. She went out west with her husband where he had family but things did not work out. She eventually returned to Montreal without him. I rely on only my memories, though somewhat scant, because a child didn’t ask too many questions at that time. My only memory of Ben Spanner is that he smoked vile smelling Gitanes! Aunt Betty’s illness and subsequent death from cancer was terribly painful for her and for all of us as well. These women had a profound influence on me as I grew up. I appreciate their various skills, their personalities and their unsurpassed good natures. I’ve loved doing some of the things they had done. I enjoy sewing my own clothes and writing and painting are among my passions. No one could have bestowed more love on each other or on their nieces than they did. (They had a brother, David, who died young and the fourth sister was, of course, my mother, Rae Dlusy) *Yiddish


MARCH 2012

The Wonderful Hands

By BETTY SCHWARTZ, Assistant to the Editor My mother was often referred to as “The Wonderful Hands.” She was one of the most talented and capable women I ever knew. My mother could do just about anything, and do it well. She sewed beautifully, cooked like a gourmet, sang with a low, deep voice, almost like a man and played the piano extremely well. In fact, it was she who taught me to play the piano. In those days very few women attended college. Though my mother was so talented and intelligent, my grandfather made sure that her two brothers went to college. My mother, however, was sent to secretarial school which was thought, at that time, to be the road to a suitable career for women. Despite all this, my mother was an avid reader, naturally curious and always vitally interested in many different subjects. As I reached adulthood, we would often have interesting discussions although we did not always agree on everything. When I was a child and took dancing lessons, my mother made all my costumes, and they were always outstanding. When I became a teenager, she made suits for me which always looked professionally made. People were amazed when I told them that my mother had made them. Some years later she started a dancing school in our finished basement. I would demonstrate the dance steps, and she would play the piano. It was quite successful until she decided to move on to other things. When I went to junior high school, I became friends with a great group of girls. One day while discussing something interesting to do, we decided to create a newspaper. We called it The Mickey Mouse Herald. My mother drew a large picture of Mickey Mouse for the front page and did the typing of all the articles that we girls wrote. My column was a critique of the popular radio shows at the time. All the girls had their specific columns to write, and they wrote well. The paper, which we distributed once a month, was very successful and we sold it for a nickel to the kids at school. The teachers were quite impressed with

it and gave us all high marks, especially in our English class. When we left junior high, we all went to different high schools and unfortunately, lost track of each other. My mother was well ahead of her time when it came to preparing food. She introduced us to every variety of fruits and vegetables available. We had fish twice a week which was unusual at that time as most families complained when they had to have it once a week. We lived in a two-family house. My grandparents lived in the top unit, and we lived downstairs. Once a week my mother and grandmother would go to the market (there were no supermarkets then). It was about a two-mile walk, and I loved to go along with them. We would buy fresh chickens, fresh fish and of course fresh vegetables and fruit. I marvel now at how those two women would lug the heavy bags of food home for two miles with never a complaint. I was never given a curfew when I was a teenager. My mother’s philosophy was that if you were likely to get into trouble, you could do it just as easily at nine o’clock as at twelve o’clock so what was the point of a curfew. Most of my friends did have curfews so I really respected my mother’s attitude and never made her regret it. At the time that I married, apartments were difficult

to come by so, as was often the custom, we lived with my folks. For the three years that we lived with them, my mother did everything for us and never let me do anything, not realizing that she wasn’t doing me a great favor. Then we had the opportunity to move out. After three years, we were finally on our own with a thirteen-month old child. As I never learned how to cook, iron or take care of a home, the first morning that my husband left for work and I was truly alone, I sat down and cried as I didn’t know what to do first. Of course, in time I learned to manage; I had to! The one thing that I did inherit from my mother was that I am a morning person. I believe that if you get up early in the morning and get things done, then you will have the rest of the day to do whatever you please. In our neighborhood we had two movie theaters, one was the RKO and the other was the MGM. These theaters changed their programs twice a week. As my mother and grandmother were early risers, they would get their housework done early, and then go to the movies four afternoons a week. It gave them something to do, otherwise they would be knitting or crocheting. They were never idle. All this is why my mother was known as “The Wonderful Hands,” and I shall forever think of her that way.

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The Good Old Days By HELENE WAYNE It was all about Banana ala Orange that brought back this childhood memory. If you’ve never heard anyone mention a dinner appetizer with this name, I’m not surprised. To start with from the very beginning, when I was very young (yes I was), I got to spend some time with a Grand uncle named Leo. He married a lady and her name was Leah. The two L’s made it easy for us kids to remember, put an aunt and uncle in front of those two names and we were in business, its euphonies. (Mark that word down for me. See? I do know big words, just don’t choose to use them in my articles.) Getting back to Uncle Leo and Aunt Leah, they lived in a very fancy apartment house in midtown Manhattan. I learned about all kinds of things that people do for the rich people they get paid to accommodate. The first thing was: there was a man standing by the front to open it for anyone going in. They called him a doorman. Inside, they had an elevator and there was another man who ran it. That was a big kick for my brother and I since our apartment building only had staircases. Whenever Uncle Leo visited us, we realized that all of the above and the quarter that he gave to Ben and I (for doing nothing) proved how rich he was. My brother squandered his twenty-five cents at the corner candy store. I saved

my quarters and used them for birthday presents for the family. I realize now how dumb I was. I always put his name on the gifts but he never shared his purchases from the candy store. Some Sundays, Pop would drive to Aunt and Uncle’s house and they would go out for the Sunday drive with us. (Now, I realize, if he didn’t have a car and chauffeur, he couldn’t have been so rich.) Towards dinnertime, Uncle would pick out a restaurant and treat us all. Since there were seven of us, obviously money was no object. He always picked out a fancy, costly place to dine. So now we get to Bananas ala Orange. On their menu, one of the appetizers was just that. I ordered it, and, of course, it turned out to be a sliced banana in orange juice. (Just what the name suggested.) To this day, I frequently have that for breakfast: it’s healthy, tastes good and I still use the fancy name for it. With all his freedom with the dollar bill, he had one idiosyncrasy: it was stealing the little coffee creamers. You know the ones that only held enough cream for one cup of coffee and everyone got their own? He stuck his coffee creamer in his pocket and would give it to one of us kids. I should have had foresight and saved mine, it would be in an antique now. Maybe I could really get rich selling it. But, he was always fun back there In the Good Old Days.


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The Art of Spelling By SHELLY BASKIN

English is a very difficult language to learn. Some say it is probably the most difficult and an impossibility to spell many words correctly. I don’t know about other languages, but spelling can be difficult in any language. Even in the early gradesmany, if not all, students had problems on the Friday spelling bees (a weekly quiz to be written on a narrow-lined pad of about four inches in width, maybe three). At P. S. 21, Miss King, our principal, would take a special interest in our weekly bees. “It is the foundation of all learning,� said

she. Right the word or write the word. The spelling has to be learned or memorized. How could you get a job if you cannot spell? I read the book last week. My hair is red. I can read the book. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Tawk or talk? Where did the l come from? Where did the w go? I am going, too. I am going to Canarsie. I am traveling two miles. That’s three examples of the same word. It is there. It is their book. Here I am. I hear you. Whether it is right. The weather is

not good. She is four years young. Fore, watch out for the golf ball! You are forty. He is fourteen. Do you want tea? Do you want to tee off? It is my honor. We request the honour of your presence. Do you see the sea? Is it spelled enough or enuff or enuph; or wrought or rawt; or could or cood or eighth or ayth? Some, or many, high schoolers don’t know the difference. Now there is spell check. Does it work every time? Do you want more? He has a few hairs (singular, almost). She has a lot of hair (plural).

Prayer of an Agnostic By STELLA LUFTIG God, thou knowest that I am growing older. Keep me from becoming too talkative and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome

habit of expressing an opinion on every subject. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point.

Give me the grace to listen to others describe their aches and pains. Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed, for my own aches and pains are increasing in numbers and

I see a hare (singular). I see a few hares (plural). She is shedding a tear. The tare weight is a thousand pounds – same letters, different meaning completely. The State Fair is at the park. What is the fare for this program? What about night, nite, knight? Is anyone still with me? Am I all alone? Why is school not spelled skool? I would (wood) be ready to give up or call it quits if not for my early years in P.S. 21. Today, with computers, we don’t have to rely on ourselves only a scientific calculator (calculater). Now

it is allowed in school. Abbreviations are understood by all on Facebook or in texting (the subject of a future essay). U R 2 GOOD 2 B 4 GOT 10. Or, you are too (two, to,) good to be forgotten. One must know which to use. Are you still confused? I have always been troubled by the many ways to spell Hanuka. Is that correct? Or is it Hannukah, Hanukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, or Channukah? Maybe I am losing it. Does it really matter as long as the thought gets through? Not if you want a decent job.

intensity and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. Teach me the lesson that occasionally I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not wish to be a saint (saints are so hard to live with!). But do not let me become a sour old person. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not

pushy; independent yet able to accept help gratefully. Free me of the notion that because I have lived a long time, I am wiser than those who are younger. If I do not approve of some of the changes that have taken place in recent years, give me the wisdom to keep my mouth shut. When the end comes, I would like to have a friend or two.

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A Singular Woman By LUCILLE WEITZ I have always thought that my mother was unique in that she was not the traditional Jewish mother. The housewifely arts were anathema to her – something that she pursued only to keep the body and soul of her family together. I recall a typical scene in the family kitchen: My mother sitting at the black and white-striped Formica table in our Brooklyn apartment, intent upon the book that she was reading, completely absorbed. The need to lower the flame under the pot of chicken soup boiling away on the stove was but a momentary distraction from the typical fiction that she read, favorites written by Fannie Hurst and Edna Ferber. This quality left me jealous of classmates who had mothers who operated sewing machines and created various attractive outfits for them that they displayed at school. Given our depression-era finances, our trips to Kleins and Ohrbachs in the City were rare indeed and I rebelled against the need to wear the same dresses over and over again. I often think of how much happier my mother might have been if she had been born into a generation such as ours which might have better appreciated her talents. Maybe she couldn’t sew a fine seam or enjoy baking a cake, but she could argue politics with the best of them. She could answer the questions on Jeopardy, a daytime quiz show popular at the time and a forerunner of the current one hosted by Alex Trebek. When I was in elementary school and frequented the local public library, she would have me charge books out of the library for her to read. She cautioned me to look at the publication dates of the books because if the books were published before a certain year, the chances were that she had already read them. I related this story to the rabbi who presided at her funeral, and he made that anecdote part of his eulogy. I was proud of the fact that although my mother was European born, she spoke completely unaccented English and had an extensive knowledge of the language. After

all, she had been in her upper teens at the time that she had arrived in this country. When I first took my exam to teach high school English, the proctor in attendance permitted the applicants to take the test home with them at the completion of the test. This exam contained 100 jawbreaking vocabulary words. When I checked the dictionary at home, I realized that I had missed 18 out of the 100 words. When I showed the list to my mother, she knew the meanings of some of the words that I had missed. My mother was not a good-

looking woman and was quite short in stature. The amazing thing is that she had a twin brother who was six feet tall. Upon their birth, her brother was nursed by their mother but she was fed by a wet nurse. Does something like this affect your future life and self image? I don’t know. One thing I do know, however, is that I loved my mother very much and I know that the love was returned. I was very saddened, both for my parents and myself, when their younger daughter (my sister) who

was Phi Beta Kappa, beautiful and talented, became a victim of mental illness. It affected my mother to such an extent that she developed a clinical depression and took to her bed, a situation I had never seen in all of the years of living at home. When I was in my 20s, my mother revealed a family secret to me: she was five years older than my father. All along, we had thought that they were the same age. Ironically enough, my mother lived to be 92 years old, and my father passed away at age 64.

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In Loving Memory By SANDI LEHMAN

Ester Hassan The Writers Workshop wishes to offer condolences to Mel Hassan on the passing of his beloved wife, Ester Hassan. Ester was an instructor in jewelry making at CVE and displayed many of her original jewelry designs in our previous art shows at CVE. We o f f e r s i n c e r e condolences to Mel Hassan and family.


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Everybody’s a Boy Scout in Heredia By JERRY WOLF

PRESENTS Spring Announcements FREE Lectures & Events

NEW! FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS EVERY MONTHAT CENTURY VILLAGE!

The First Tuesday of the month is FREE Health Screening and Healthy Talk Day! North Broward Medical Center is bringing you a FREE cholesterol/sugar screening to the first 55 people who register on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 am in GP-N. (You must fast from midnight on). The health screenings will start at 9 am and be followed by an interesting presentation from one of our experts at 10 am. Here is a listing of upcoming topics: Tuesday, March 6 10 am- Aging Gracefully from Your Joints and Spine Perspective, Dr. Steven Svabek, Orthopedic Surgeon Tuesday, April 3 10 am – Skin Health, Dr. Melanie Hecker, Dermatologist

IS HIP PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN?

Find out more about Anterior Hip Replacement using state-of-the-art technology. It’s less invasive, features a quicker recovery and helps get you back to being you again. The NBMC Joint Replacement Center features newly remodeled private rooms, family centered patient education and group therapy. Presented by Dr. Bruce Janke, Orthopedic Surgeon, Medical Director BHNBMC Joint Replacement Center Thursday, March 15, 2012 6 pm-7 pm NBMC Conference Center, 201 E Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. Reservations required due to limited availability. Call the Health Line at 954.759.7400 to reserve your space

Support Groups for the Community

ALZHEIMER'S & RELATED DEMENTIA FOR MORE INFO: 954.786.7392 Support group for SPOUSES and/or ADULT CHILDREN of those with Alzheimer's or related dementia – Every Tuesday from 10:30 - Noon in Neuro Resource Center Every Friday from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Neuro Resource Center Support group for ADULT CHILDREN of those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Neuro Resource Center DAY C.A.P.- Helps caregivers deal with special concerns of caring for a dependant loved one. Takes place over 4 consecutive days, four hours per day NIGHT C.A.P. – Same as DAY C.A.P. but held two evenings a week for two consecutive weeks from 6-9pm for adult children or working caregivers

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 954.786.7333 Support group for STROKE SURVIVORS and/or their CAREGIVERS 2nd Thursday of the month 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. followed by rehabilitative exercises from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Neuro Resource Center

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 954.786.2305 Support group for those with Parkinson’s Disease and/or their CAREGIVERS 2nd Tuesday of the month 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. support group and exercises in the Neuro Resource Center

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 954.786.2400 3rd Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the NBMC Conference Center

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS Spanish Speaking Women’s Cancer Group

1st Monday of every month Neuro Resource Center—off main lobby 6 p.m. Please rsvp to Patty Gonzalez 754-366-6219

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 1st Thursday of the month 6pm RSVP to Linda Watson – 954.786.5127

MEDITATION & RELAXATION GROUP Last Thursday of the month 6pm RSVP to Linda Watson - 954.786.5127

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I am overwhelmed by the kindness of my neighbors in Heredia, Costa Rica. We return for a few months every year to visit family and conclude business affairs. My Costa Rican wife (a Tica) brings Christmas goodies and good will. However, I am pushing 88 years (and look it) and find it hard to adjust to the change in traffic. Our Costa Rican house is built on what was a broad lane between coffee fields. But the sons of the coffee kings decided to sell real estate instead of their famous brew: hence, we are surrounded by homes with two car garages, and our lane is now a busy highway where cars whiz by.

At my age and assisted by a strong cane, I find it difficult to cross the very busy street. No matter, some kind of help will occur to get me across. I’ve been aided by men, women, pretty young girls, high school students, (some of whom are resentful if I refuse.) Of course I could refuse to get to the other side, but then I would miss going to the bakery, the butcher and the little store where I use their computer to communicate with my friends abroad. Here in the computer exchange the little seven-year-old son of the owner helps me to sit down carefully in my seat. How different are the pedestrians from the busy drivers who have no use for their brakes when driving past me

or little groups of high school kids who sometimes help me to cross the street safely. My wife uses a cane too. Recently she fractured her wrist and now wears a white cast. We are called veterans de guerra (VFW) as we stumble around but receive the same kind of treatment as a couple. It’s amazing how one or more people can stop a loaded bus or an immense eight wheeler to let us by. We do get pan handlers at our gate and sometimes help with a buck or two. Whether we do shell out or not, we are never berated or cussed. It’s always, “God bless you!” Don’t get the idea that it is all paradise, though. A few years ago Hilda went to the butcher and found

herself in the middle of a broad daylight hold-up by three young punks with a pistol. On a nearby corner is a grocery store that was held up and the crooks threatened the manager who was protected by a screen. They demanded the day’s take and when the manager refused, they shot him dead. I’m delighted to say that we love our neighbors and they love everyone else. Living in Heredia or, for that matter, Costa Rica has its drawbacks too. Because of the heavy rainfall during our six month rainy season, the curbs are very deep and one can’t just cross anyplace. Unfortunately, it takes us four or five hours of driving to get to the beach.

I’ve Got It Covered By SYLVIA KATCHER Our everyday world is filled with a hodgepodge of strain, stress, moments of joy and sadness and various experiences. Sometimes when I feel particularly harried, I try to think happy thoughts as Wendy advised Peter Pan to do; and I remember one incident that never fails to make me chuckle and laugh out loud. All I have to do is think of coleslaw, supermarkets, customer service and the effect is instant laughing gas. One day in the supermarket, I stopped at the Deli counter to get some items on my shopping list. It was extremely busy and for queue purposes, the customers were required to take numbers.

The Deli department had a good reputation; the food was fresh, service was courteous and you did not have to wait too long. The boss and his new helper served behind the counter. The boss was in his 60s, agile, alert and moved rapidly. It was apparent that he knew all the shortcuts as he boldly sliced the lox, cheese and bologna with skill and ease. His helper was obviously rattled by the mass of humanity on the other side of the counter; he was much younger but he was slow and confused. Another young man in his teens was behind the counter replenishing trays with delicious food, stocking loaves of bread and keeping things in general good order. The im-

patient customers were trying to get him to serve, but the boss gave him a disapproving glance. I remember having an inner gut feeling that it would be to my advantage if the boss would serve me. Of course, my number was called by the helper. I started reading my list: I had six items on my list and number four was coleslaw. The helper was so slow that I felt guilty and looked apologetically at number 21: I was number 20. When the container of coleslaw was threequarters full, I timidly asked the helper not to fill it up with too much juice. I told him I had a long distance to go and did not want to risk spillage. He looked at me knowingly and despite my pleas, he kept loading up the container. I put my hand up and without uttering a word, I made several attempts to stop him but he was determined to “fill her up.” In this very busy hubbub, with more than a dozen customers waiting to be served, he said, “Lady, don’t worry. See!” With that, he pressed the lid of the container tightly on the top and very firmly proceeded to secure the container. I did not say anything and just resigned myself to clean up the mess at home- I just wanted to exit quickly. The helper was not content to let me go without a back-up demonstration. With one upward sweep, he deliberately placed the container upside down over his head and said, “See!” Everyone was looking at him; shoppers with and without numbers stared. In one split second, one pound of coleslaw was unevenly distributed all over his head,

ears, mouth and globs of the goo were oozing all over him. The young teenager dropped a loaf of bread. The boss held his head in pain and said loudly, “Oh my God!” The helper was in a state of shock, but he was trying desperately to avoid the mound of coleslaw that had dropped to his feet. He was stepping in it. The boss stared at him, and the helper was literally shrinking and he finally disappeared. The boss looked at me and grabbed another container. He filled it up hastily with coleslaw and kept pouring juice into it. I offered no objection. He yelled, “What else?” I shook my head and indicated that I wanted nothing more. I forgot about item five and six on my list. At least half of the number holders were laughing and the others were staring in disbelief. The color in my face was turning from bright red to deep purple. I made a dash for the exit of the supermarket, and then I started laughing hysterically. I ran to my car and several people looked after me. I sat in my car for 10 minutes shaking with laughter; I did not dare drive. Although the Big Apple Supermarket was my favorite market, I did not shop there for some time for fear that I would not be able to control myself if I went in. It may be a coincidence but within two months, the Big Apple became Olinksy’s Supermarket, and the Deli counter had a new manager. I always felt that the boss had a breakdown and that is no laughing matter. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, if I see coleslaw, buy it, eat it or just think of it, I laugh out loud.


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Where There Is Life, There Is Hope By KAREN CAPLAN By NORMAN L. BLOOM My oldest of three grandsons, Michael Blair, is pictured here by his seat at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis last month. This is the second year in a row his dad, Andy, has given Michael this fabulous treat.   It was even more exciting for Michael this year as the NY Giants were participating.  He, like all the males in our family, is a big Giant fan.  Back when his Dad asked me for my daughter’s hand in marriage, I asked him if he was a NY Giant’s fan and a NY Yankee’s fan.  With affirmative answers, I gave him my blessings.  (Like that would have meant anything otherwise! But it was a nice gesture.) The trip was topped off when the Giants won the game on a lastminute touchdown drive by the Giant’s quar-

Michael Blair at the Super Bowl terback, Eli Manning. Check out a photo of Eli Manning next to a photo of Michael, definitely a resemblance. He is at-

Lifestyle By SAM GLASSMAN While I was sitting on my back patio, I noticed a flock of anhinga birds passed by Cambridge D. I also noticed a woman sitting in a folding chair reading a book – yes, it was one of those new electronic gadgets. Today it’s all about electronics. I myself, graduated this year from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 but I always keep a hard copy of all my emails and letters as a backup. My cell phone still has me baffled but I’m getting there. If the car runs, Publix carries the food I require and I get an occasional call from my children, I consider it a good day. Twenty years ago, I retired to Florida with the intent of never working again; I’ve kept my promise and only work when necessary. If something in my condo does not work, I try to fix it. The new HD cable is nice, and I have my internet connection operating okay. I hope you are enjoying the great activities available to you at Century Village. I went for a walk this morning and saw a nice lady get out of the pool at Lyndhurst South. She has been here for

38 years and attributes her health to fruits and four vegetables each day; I have been eating one apple, one banana and a few vegetables each

tending Lynn University right now for his freshman year. Could the next quarterback be undiscovered at this time?

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When I was faced with breast cancer, I tried to channel my energies into my favorite pastime which was drawing abstract art designs. I called the Wellness Center in Montreal where I took a therapy class. I worked with an art specialist on a one-toone basis. We chose magazine pictures that represented the positive feelings that I had about my illness. Then I took my abstract art to an open art studio class and would color my drawings in with others who were battling a disease. The Wellness Center became my escape. I learned how important it was to be positive, and the Center was also a tremendous support for my parents and family, which was very important to me. Having had this experience, I became a better person because I never gave up when the chips were down. I just got right back up with a renewed sense of strength, which I never knew I had. One stark lesson I learned is that life is very precious.

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day myself, although I do get a rotisserie chicken from Wal-Mart each week and a lamb chop or Omaha steak to improve my immune system.

We should never take our lives for granted. No matter what path our lives take, no matter how many valleys we fall into, it is important to get up every morning and thank God that we are alive. Then we climb the mountain. For if there were no valleys, there would be no mountains to climb. To use the clichés, “Every cloud has a silver lining,” and “A pot of gold at the end of a beautiful rainbow.” My pot of gold was determination and the will to survive. My surviving breast cancer brought my family closer together. I have no regrets for having my surgery and treatment because it gave me a second chance at life. And it’s not often that we get second chances. I thank God every day for the support of my family and friends. I hope none of you ever fall into a valley. But if you do, I hope you will think of my story and find the strength and courage to fight a little harder each day. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Retired

I used a juicer a few years back to give me a boost during the day but the cleanup after juicing three carrots, one apple and one green pepper

in a small glass, tired me out. I still think it’s worth $50 to buy a juicer and enjoy the fresh flavor two hours after each meal.


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My New Best Friend By JANET ROTHKOPTF My new best friend is not very chatty. In fact he says nothing at all. But we have many exciting adventures together. We go to places like Amsterdam, Shanghai, Vienna and Budapest just to name a few wonderful cities we have visited. We time travel too, to Ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, World War II and sometimes into the future. My friend is always teaching me something amazing, if I choose to learn. And he has introduced me to so many interesting people along the way, people like Henrietta Lacks, Frederick Douglas and Frank Zapperilli. My pal is a constant companion. Feeling down, feeling bored, feeling happy, he is by my side, enhancing my life. Never a dull moment

when in the company of this friend. He even helps put me to sleep at night! However, if he becomes too interesting, then I cannot sleep at all! At the Department of Motor Vehicles, he is there to keep me company while passing time to get my driver’s license renewed. I am at the doctor’s office, waiting interminably for the nurse to call me into the exam room. Then, more time to kill as I impatiently await the doctor’s arrival. My friend is there distracting me and keeping my anger in check. I have just put my granddaughter to sleep and look forward to watching TV, but I cannot work the myriad of remotes at my daughter’s house. My friend is there with entertaining diversions until my daughter and her husband return. I could go on and on, but I am sure you

get the picture. So who is this friend? It is my e-reader, the Kindle. Oh! I suppose that one could argue that it just contains books that I can get from the library. True I retort, but could they carry 3500 books or even five books on a long trip in just a mere 8 oz? Some of my friends say they would miss turning the pages of a book. Feh! It’s what is written on the pages that count, not the actual pages that one needs to turn, Bimbo! The Kindle does not talk back or make demands. However, it is not terribly cuddly or soft, does not take me out to dinner or tell me goofy jokes. Guess I have to rely on my husband for that. As everything in life, there is always the good and the bad. I’ll take the good…give me my Kindle, my new best friend.

By SHIRLEY RAVICH

“I don’t know.” Katie says no more, and we begin our walk but are immediately derailed by a large flowering red hibiscus tree. Sonia is entranced and begins gathering a few of the fallen blossoms. “How is Grandma?” Katie asks nervously. “The doctor says she’s in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. She can only say a few words and needs two people to help her walk from her bed to her chair. But she’s very peaceful and smiles a lot.” We are distracted by Sonia’s latest discovery – a waterway with a flock of ibises partying on the shoreline. She can barely contain her excitement and immediately wants to feed the birds but contents herself with watching a woman throw pieces of bread to the waiting flock. “This is so exciting!” Sonia exclaims. She can barely take it all in. Finally, we convince her to walk on only to encounter a row of sunbathing turtles. Sonia immediately begins a fabulous story about the turtles and insists that Katie finish it. “The turtles hear a squawky bird and decide to go back into the water and swim away,” Katie tells her. “Why?” Sonia wants to know. We move on. Finally, after numerous stops to admire the flowers, plants and wildlife, we arrive at Grandma Betty’s apartment. “Are you sure this is okay?” Katie asks again.

I nudge her up the stairs as Rose, my mom’s devoted caregiver of many years, welcomes us, giving Sonia a special hello. Without hesitation, Sonia enters the apartment and stops short as she sees Grandma Betty in her reclining chair, a blanket wrapped tightly around her. She is smiling. “Hello, Grandma,” Sonia says. My mother coughs, clears her throat and finally finds her hoarse voice. “Hello sweetheart,” she says. Katie is next, “Hi Grandma.” Her voice is shaky; there are tears in my daughter’s eyes as she bends to kiss my mother’s wrinkled cheek. “Hi sweetheart,” my mother croaks. I believe my mother knows her granddaughter and great granddaughter even though there are no words to prove it. I’m next; I hug and kiss my mother and feel her pleasure in my greeting. “Hello sweetheart,” she says, her voice barely audible. “I like your house,” Sonia tells Grandma Betty. She then proceeds to examine the many knick-knacks my mother loved and collected through the years but no longer recognizes. Sonia sits on the rug and begins a new game with the ceramic cat collection. She names each cat and invents stories for all of them. “This cat is sad,” Sonia announces. We ask why but are afraid to hear her answer. “He wants to go back to Wisconsin and

A Long Walk to Grandma’s House It is Sonia’s first visit to Florida. She is very excited and tells my husband and me, in her very grown up three-year-old voice, that flying is so much fun, especially takeoff. “The plane goes really fast down the runway and you go up higher and higher in the sky.” “You weren’t scared?” I ask. “No.” Sonia boldly shakes her head, ready for her next Florida adventure. My husband and I exchange surprised looks. How do we top this? Butterfly World? Jungle Island? Disney World? Sonia is our first grandchild and we want to make her visit a memorable one. After settling in at our Century Village garden apartment, we decide to explore the grounds and then walk to my 93-year-old mother’s nearby condo. The boys (my husband and son-in-law) opt for a swim at the pool. After a generous application of sunscreen, we set out – my daughter Katie, Sonia and I. “Are you sure this is going to be okay?” Katie asks nervously. She hasn’t seen Grandma Betty since Sonia was born and is concerned how my mother’s advanced Alzheimer’s might affect Sonia. “Don’t worry. It’ll be okay.” I promise. “Will she recognize me?” Katie asks. I know she is remembering the happy times she and my son, Nick, once spent with Grandma Betty.

see all the other animals. I miss my animals,” she says in a quiet voice. I think of her collection of stuffed animals and plastic animals and all of the stories that she created for them. “You’ll see them soon,” I promise. “But right now you’re in Florida and we’re going to have lots of fun and do all kinds of exciting things.” Sonia considers this, smiles wistfully and then says, “There’s lots of palm trees in Florida.” Soon my mother falls asleep in her chair and we tiptoe out, none of us saying anything. As we leave, childhood memories flood my mind. My mother and I are in our garden and she introduces me to every plant and flower as I see Katie do with Sonia. I especially love the four-leaf clovers and search for them while my mother sings: “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before.” The song

resonates in my memory, along with the hours we spent exploring a world where every flower and leaf has a place in my imagination. It takes us a long time to return to my apartment; and somehow, both Katie and I lose track of the hour and the next activity. We stay with Sonia in the moment for as long as possible. As we round the corner where my condo is, I suggest, “Let’s go swimming in the pool. Your Daddy and Grandpa are probably there or we could all go to the beach. Or, I know, there’s a park where they have beautiful butterflies and…” “Not yet,” Sonia announces. “First we have to go back to that magic tree.” “I’m glad we went to see Grandma,” Katie tells me as we near the flowering hibiscus tree. “I miss Grandma.” “Me too,” I tell her as we carefully, following Sonia’s specific instructions, gather the fallen red blossoms.


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One Dish Ground Beef 1 pound ground beef 1 cup chopped onions 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 cups chopped celery 1 cup uncooked rice 1 can (6oz) mushrooms (drained) ½ cup soy sauce 2 cups boiling water ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp garlic powder Brown meat and drain, reserving fat in skillet. Remove meat to 2 qt. baking dish. Sauté onion in reserved fat. Drain off fat and mix onion with meat. Add soup, celery, rice, mushrooms, soy sauce, water, salt and garlic powder, stir to combine.

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1/1 Garden Units

Markham E Gr. Fl. Unit..Immaculate..Water View..Tiled. Furnished. Encl. Patio $ 39,800 Tilford G BeautifulWaterView..Bright & Clean..Furnished..Rental Bldg. Patio $ 28,500 Ventnor A Lift In Place..Rental Bldg..Furnished..Encl. Patio..Just Move-In $ 25,000 Oakridge R Clean & Nicely Furnished..Across From Pool..Move-In Condition $ 24,500 Tilford L Unusual“U”Shaped Bldg.. Encl. Patio..Motivated Seller. Come See $ 24,500 Upminster M Charming Furnished.. 2nd. Fl.. Near Plaza Lift In Place. $ 24,000 1/1.5 Highrise Units

Ashby D Islewood D Cambridge B Cambridge B Cambridge E Cambridge D

Prime Area..Water View..Rental Bldg. Steps To Pool..Many Extras $ 64,850 Gr. Fl. Steps To Pool, Water View, Furnished, Encl. Patio, Rentable $ 54,900 1st. Floor.. Magnificent Water View..Immaculate..Tile & Carpet.. $ 49,000 1st. Floor.. Light & Bright..Water View..Encl. Patio..Great Bldg. $ 37.450 “Super Location”.Water View..Tiled..Encl. Patio. Rental Bldg. $ 41,500 SpectacularWaterView..1st.Fl.Furnished.Carpeted,ScreenedPatio $38,900

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Markham B Beautiful Condo..Water View..Just Turn The Key..Great Location $ 49,900 Newport P Open“Designer Kitchen”..Tile & Carpet..Rental Bldg.. Just Move-In $ 44,850 Oakridge R Walk To Pools..Country Setting..Ready To Move-Into..Encl. Patio $ 31,900 2/1.5 Highrise Units

Harwood D Newport Q Swansea A Newport U Cambridge D

WaterView..Totally Renovated..Tiled..White Galley Kit..A Must See $ 69,850 Open Kit.Totally Renovated..Tiled Flooring..Encl. Patio, Furnished $ 67,500 Move-In Condition..3rd. Fl.. Panoramic View From Patio & L/R $ 49,900 Fully Furnished..Updated Kitchen & Appliances..Walk To Pool $ 34,500 WaterView..Across From Clubhouse & Pool..Furnished..Encl. Patio $ 62,000

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Markham E Tilford A Upminster G Oakridge E Upminster G Durham N Prescott B Prescott G Harwood H Farnham J Upminster D

Great Winter Home..Encl. Patio..Water View..Spotless..Move-In $ 49,900 Wide Water View..Newer Stove & Refrigerator..Partially Furnished $ 49,980 Light & Bright Corner..Close To Two Pools. Ready To Move-Into $ 44,900 Great Location..Steps To Pool..Encl. Patio..Bldg. Has A Lift $ 42,900 Gr. Fl..Well Maintained Unit. Short Walk To “Plaza”, Furnished $ 39,500 1st.CornerNextToPool&Clubhouse..TubRemoved..ShowerInstalled $38,500 Fully Furnished Gr. Fl. Corner..Central A/C 3 Years Old..Priced To Sell $ 34,500 Corner Gr. Floor..Water View..Tiled..Furnished..Walk To Pool $ 59,500 Corner Gr. Floor. Walk To Clubhouse, Pool & Golf.. Fully Furnished $ 53,500 Corner Gr. Fl..Rental Bldg..Furnished..Near Pool..Extra A/C On Patio $ 39,900 Priced To Sell. Upgraded Kitchen, Laminate Floors..Tiled Counter $ 42,000

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