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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




Ground Breaking for New Irrigation System

In This Issue 



Condo News


■ A life is saved in CVE p. A1

■ Sy Blum, Associate Editor of the Reporter writes about his take on OCCUPY Wall Street. p. B13

■ Lea Kennedy is the new administrator taking over the position previously held by Eva Rachesky. p. A28 ■ A reminder by Ira Somerset that there are exit gates and cameras at all three exits from the Village. p. A7 ■ Representatives from the Deerfield Beach Recycling Program once again explain which bins to use for the various recyclables. p. A8 ■ The Master Management monthly fee will remain at $113. No increase for 2012. p. A9 ■ Annual COOCVE dues will remain at $8.00 per unit to be paid by the Condo Associations in January 2012 at the COOCVE Office. p. A3 ■ The Recreation Committee is planning to hold a Super Bowl Party in the Clubhouse Party Room. p. A7

City, County and MM officials participating in the Irrigation Ground Breaking Ceremony.

Text by JUDY OLMSTEAD, Photos By JULES KESSELMAN and JEFF GRAVES On Monday, November 7, 2011, Master Management held a ground-breaking ceremony for Century Village East’s new irrigation system. Executive Director, Al Smith, opened the ceremony which was held on Century Boulevard near the Main Gate. The entire event was video-taped

and will be available on our website. Ira Somerset thanked everyone for their hard work in putting together the project and introduced the politicians and key players to an audience of approximately 50 people. The system is being constructed by Treasure Coast Ir-

rigation LLC and the work is expected to take approximately three years. Tom Balling, President of Treasure Coast was on hand to meet everyone and outline his goals for completion of the project. Kristin Jacobs, our County See GROUNDBREAKING pg 5A

■ There is a special book sale at the Library from December 5, 2011 through December 9, 2011. p. A20

Clubhouse Defibrillator Saves Life of Village Resident

■ Jack Frank, Grantham E, was chosen as Man of the Year by the Senior Men’s Club of Cote St. Luc, Quebec. p. B5

On September 8, 2011, two defibrillators were donated to the Clubhouse by the volunteer staff of the Reporter and two months later, on November 10, 2011, one of those defibrillators was used to save the life of Paul Surrette, a resident of Lyndhurst J. Paul was playing tennis at the courts behind the Clubhouse when his heart gave out, leaving him with no pulse. Residents Bruce Feldman and Mike McCraw started CPR and worked on reviving him while others called Security and 911. Security officer Joan Dimaio, Supervisor Mandy Richardson, and Assistant Director Thomas Marullo, upon hearing that an AED was needed at the tennis courts, ran down the stairs, jumped the Clubhouse pool fence and shocked the heart attack victim several times, continuing with chest compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation by Direc-

■ The Parnesses continue their trip through Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. p. A42 ■ Don’t forget to apply for the Low-Income Senior’s Additional Homestead Exemption if your total household income is less than $26,203. p. A31 ■ Check the books in your home – they could be growing mold. p. B33 ■ The fastest-growing population is those of us over 60. p. B15


tor of Security Andre Vautrin and Athletic Director Christina Ellis until the paramedics arrived. The paramedics were slow in arriving, possibly unsure where the courts were or how to reach them, but with the help of fellow residents and a well-trained security team, Paul Surrette survived the heart attack and is doing well, back home at his Century Village residence. The need for defibrillators was recognized by Steven

Fine in his dual role as President of COOCVE and Editor of the Reporter, almost a year ago. Working with Al Smith, Executive Director of Master Management, Eva Rachesky, Executive Director of DRF, Inc., and Kent Security, the AED’s (defibrillators) became a reality. Money was donated by the Reporter and approval was given by the Board of Directors of COOCVE. As Paul Surrette would attest to, it takes a Village to save a life.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for 2 AEDs donated to the Clubhouse by Reporter Staff on September 8.





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COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting COOCVE Board of Directors Meeting, November 15, 2011 Ed Gallon, 3rd Vice President called the COOCVE BOD meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence. The Sergeant-of-Arms confirmed that a quorum was present. Minutes A Director moved and it was seconded to waive the reading of the minutes from the October 18 meeting. Since there were no corrections or additions, the minutes were accepted by a show of hands. Sheriff’s Report The Sheriff reported that a person was arrested on October 17 for loitering on the grounds near Prescott J. He mentioned that renovations will be made on the Hillsboro Bridge beginning December 4 through 23 and the bridge will be closed during the evening hours starting at 10 p.m. During this Holiday season, please be aware of your surroundings. When shopping be sure to lock your vehicles and do not leave any valuables inside your vehicles in plain sight. A resident asked about the recent breakins to the outgoing mailboxes in Ventnor and a break-in in the Newport area. The Sheriff stated those break-ins were not on his log sheet, but he will look into it and discuss them with Security. President’s Report

Ed Gallon introduced the new Clubhouse Administrator, Lea Kennedy. Lea stated that she is excited to be here at CVE and is looking forward to a great year. Mr. Gallon suspended the COOCVE Board meeting so that Joe Sachs, Chair of the Nominating Committee, could ask the Directors of COOCVE, the voting members of MM, for any nominations from the floor. There were no additional nominations from the floor, and Mr. Sachs declared the nominations closed. Mr. Sachs stated that there are eight candidates running for MM; four of the candidates were interviewed by the COOCVE Executive Committee on November 15: Mel Schmier, Norman Bloom, Felicia Prince and Irving Ginsberg. The four other candidates are: Norman Wilkin, Gloria Olmstead, Harry Chizeck and Dick Ciocca. Mr. Sachs announced that the COOCVE Nominating Committee will host a “Meet the Candidates” event on December 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the Activity Center – Room A. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. Mr. Gallon then reconvened the meeting of the COOCVE BOD. Correspondence - Nothing to report Treasurer’s Report – Bernice Schmier For the month of October there were expenses

of $8,799.75. There was a net loss of ($8,799.75) as no income was received. Total assets as of October 31 is $292,839.28. Committee Reports Budget and Finance Arlene Roth, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, moved to approve the COOCVE budget for 2012 as proposed by the Budget and Finance Committee. Everyone here should have received a copy of this budget. The annual dues will remain at $8.00 per unit. Motion seconded. Fran Stricoff suggested that COOCVE designate a Committee for selecting charities for all charitable donations in 2012. Judy Schneider questioned the fees for videotaping and stated that two of the meetings cost a total of $1,800 for the year. Ms. Schneider requested that the Budget Committee look into additional bids for the videotaping services. Ms. Schneider asked how much the total amount outstanding in lawsuits is against COOCVE. Mr. Gallon stated that he cannot disclose any information on the lawsuits. Mr. Schachter asked how we can approve a negative budget. Ms. Schmier stated that the expenses are greater than the dues we collect, we have approximately $292K to use to offset the deficit. Mr. Schachter suggested including that money as a line item in the budget. Ms.

DECEMBER 2011 Thursday , December 8 (Date Change) 9:30AM CVE Master Management Activity Center Board of Directors Room A

Schmier agreed and stated it would be done. The Directors voted, by a show of hands, and the motion was passed. There were six votes against approving the budget. Recreation Committee Danielle LoBono Ms. LoBono again welcomed the new Clubhouse Administrator, Lea Kennedy. She reminded residents not to eat in the Clubhouse and in the Theatre. If you have not purchased show tickets, please do so as there is a terrific line-up scheduled for the 2011-2012 show season. Old Business - None Mr. Gallon called on Fred Zucker to discuss his motion. Mr. Zucker moved to change the voting dates of this body (COOCVE BOD) to one date, the third Tuesday in January. Seconded by Arnold Paglia. Mr. Rosenzveig stated that this was already brought before the Bylaws Committee and it was voted on and defeated. Bill Morse moved to table this motion and Mel Schmier seconded. The Directors voted by a show of hands and the Motion to table passed. Joe Rubino moved that the Broward County Ordinances for 40 year inspections of buildings be referred to the COOCVE Contract Committee so information and recommendations can be given to building associations. Don Kaplan seconded. The Directors voted by a show of

hands and the Motion passed -- there were two no votes. Dan Glickman moved that this Body (COOCVE) approve that the COOCVE Executive Committee put on the agenda, at the next meeting, a motion to discuss satellite dishes and WiFi in CVE. Motion seconded. Mr. Glickman explained that this motion was passed at the COOCVE Executive Committee meeting on 11/14. The Directors voted by a show of hands and the Motion was passed. New Business - None Open Mic: Ce Baskin suggested that COOCVE look into adding additional defibrillators to add to the security rovers’ vehicles. We saw first hand how valuable these defibrillators are as it saved a life of a resident on the tennis courts. A resident reminded the community that you cannot put plastic bags in the recycle bins. He also asked if there could be a central location in the Village where residents could take their florescent bulbs for recycling. Mr. Gallon suggested they speak to MM. A resident responded that Home Depot recycles florescent light bulbs at no charge. Motion to adjourn at 11:15 a.m. Respectfully Submitted, Ed Gallon 3rd Vice President

JANUARY 2012 Monday, January 9 9:30 AM COOCVE Executive Committee Activity Center Room A

Monday, December 12 COOCVE Executive Committee

9:30 AM Activity Center Room A

Tuesday, January 10 Recreation Committee

9:30 AM Main Clubhouse General Purp. Room A

Tuesday, December 13 Recreation Committee

9:30 AM Main Clubhouse General Purp Room A

Wednesday, January 11 Council of Area Chairs

9:30 AM Activity Center Room B

Wednesday, December 14 Council of Area Chairs

9:30 AM Activity Center Room B

Thursday January 12 CVE Master Management Board of Directors

9:30 AM Activity Center Room A

Tuesday, December 20 COOCVE Board of Directors ELECTION DAY

9:30 AM Main Clubhouse Party Room

Tuesday, January 17 COOCVE Board of Directors

9:30 AM Main Clubhouse Party Room

CVE Reporter Deliveries, December 5 and 6, 2011 and January 9 and 10, 2012

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The Mayor’s Message By PEGGY NOLAND, Mayor/ City of Deerfield Beach With the promise of a New Year in the air, what better time could there be for me to update you on the progress of our beautiful city? This information is something I’m Assistant to the Editor quite familiar with, having Betty Schwartz just delivered the 2011 State Editorial Staff of the City Address at the first Sy Blum Judy Olmstead Wendy Rosenzveig Betty Schwartz annual Deerfield Beach Open Activities Editor Government Public Safety Sandy Parness Day, held at the Mitigation Production Operations Center. It was a Sid Goldstein Christie Voss wonderful community event. Photo Journalists If you didn’t have the opporSid Birns Jules Kesselman Gloria Olmstead Fred Safran tunity to attend, be sure to be Advertising Consultants there in 2012! Susan Dove Estelle Sabsels My comments at the event Office Staff were focused on the “big” Lori Benoit, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Carol Carr, Susan Dove, Claire Eskind, Rhoda Jarmark, Estelle Kaufman, Sandy Parness, Toni Ponto, picture. There is so much that Betty Schwartz, Estelle Sabsels, can be said about our ac complishments, but the only Staff Cartoonist Prepress Technician way to appreciate them is by Alan G. Rifkin Christie Voss Alvin Sherman 1913-2000 comparing them to our challenges. In FY 2010, the City of Columnists and Regular Contributors Shelly Baskin, Sid Birns, Norman L. Bloom, Sy Blum, Herb Charatz, Marion Deerfield Beach: G. Cohen, Richard William Cooke, Harry L. Katz, Jules Kesselman, Dory Leviss, Harry Liner, Dr. Norma Locker, Pauline Mizrach, Deerfield Beach Mayor · Had the third lowest Peggy Noland, Gloria Olmstead, Judy Olmstead, Lori Parrish, Charles Parness, Dr. Sylvia Pellish, Phyllis Pistolis, Commissioner Marty Popelsky, Eva emergency reserve balance in Rachesky, Wendy Rosenzveig, Bernice Ruga, Irving Ruga, Betty Schwartz, Broward County Helene Wayne, Carl Weitz, Lucille Weitz, Jerry Wolf, Robert Winston, Len Witham, Janice Zamsky. · Counted on property taxes for almost half of general Business Manager Steven H. Fine fund revenue Circulation Proofreaders · Faced an 18% drop in Outside Pubs, Inc. Sy Blum Carol Carr, Barbara Turner Sid Goldstein, Estelle Kaufman, property taxes Toni Ponto, Wendy Rosenzveig, Despite these challenges, Betty Schwartz 2012 will mark the beginning The CENTURY VILLAGE EAST REPORTER is published monthly and disof a long-range plan for the tributed, without charge, to the residents of Century Village East, Deerfield Beach, Florida. It is published for the edification of said residents, and concity’s future. Allow me to tains reports of the monthly meetings of the corporations, Board of Directors and its Committees, as well as news, bus and theater schedules, and contribbreak down the elements that uted articles of current interest to the residents. The Condominium Owners Organization of Century Village East, Inc. contributed to this plan. a.k.a. COOCVE, a not-for-profit corporation, its officers, directors, editors, It’s come to my attention staff, any committee people are not responsible for typographical errors or misrepresentations in any advertisements or article. They are not responsible that some of you may not be 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 necaware of one of the most imessarily the opinion of COOCVE. Acceptance of advertising for products or services in no way constitutes an official endorsement of the product. portant decisions made by the City Commission during the Information to contributors: The Reporter reserves the right to edit, 2011-12 budget process – the accept and refuse articles in the interest of brevity, clarity and the appropriateness of subject matter. lowering of the city’s property 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 Editor-in-Chief STEVEN H. FINE

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 As time draws near to elections (Tuesday, 12/20/11) for Master Management & Recreation Committee, the voting member of COOCVE has the responsibility of casting their votes for the officers that will help to shape the future of our Village in years to come. There is a lot to consider. Not only do you, the COOCVE director, vote for those who you think will do the most diligent job but also you must talk to the people in your individual associations and find out who the people who elected you to the position of COOCVE director would like to have in office. There are several ways for directors to gain information about the candidates. One way is to attend the ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum. Have the candidates answer your concerns. There are several

people running for office who have been in office for a while. If you read the minutes of the meetings in the Reporter, then you know how they performed in the office they held. Choose wisely. Remember that those seeking the positions are volunteers. They all intend to do what is necessary to make the Village a better place to live. After all, isn’t that what we all want? The irrigation upgrade is off and running. Many city See PRESIDENT, pg 13A


tax rate by 15 percent. Deerfield Beach was the only city in Broward County with a rate decrease this large. By now, most of you have gotten your tax bill and have noticed that it is less than last year. Your bill is less because the Commission lowered your tax rate. In past issues, I have written about the other factors that are paving the city’s future, such as decreases to spending, a new vision for public safety due to the Fire merger with BSO, and the hard work and sacrifices of city employees. One of my proudest moments during my speech was when I read the list of accomplishments over the past year. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was. Cove Shopping Center Improvements ~ Hillsboro Streetscape ~ Quiet Waters Ball Park 10th Street Linear Trail ($200,000 grant) ~ Mayo How-

ard Park Fitness Trail ($75,000 grant) Ocean Way Sea Turtle Friendly Lights ($450,000 grant) Tivoli Sand Pines Preserve ($50,000 grant) ~ South Beach Renourishment 10th Street and Ocean Way Improvements ~ Main Beach Parking Lot Expansion Riverview Restaurant site purchase to enhance Sullivan Park Pioneer Park Master Plan ~ Pioneer Park Boat Ramp ($193,500 grant) Pier Entrance Redesign (now underway) ~ Bike lanes on Hillsboro Bridge A1A Improvements ~ Cove Gardens street improvements I want to thank my fellow Commissioners for working together as a team for the betterment of Deerfield Beach. There are times when we agree to disagree, but I know that every person on this City Commission always has the best interest of Deerfield Beach in mind. I must also thank the City Manager and City staff for their vision. Finally, I want to thank you, the residents of Deerfield Beach for entrusting us to serve. As always, if you have something on your mind, please feel free to contact me through the City Manager’s office at 954-4804263, or via email at web. I wish you a peaceful holiday season.

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.

An End to Aggravation? To the Editor: After I wrote my article in last month’s Reporter about foreign “call centers” of big companies, I mentioned the subject to my cousin in Boca. He suggested an idea that just worked for me. When phoning a call center, ask where they are located. They will probably say “off shore” or “in the Pacific.” Tell the person firmly, “I want a call center in the U.S.” It works because I just did this when I called the bank of my credit card. Voilá! – end of problems, hopefully! JANICE ZAMSKY Cambridge D Smoking at the Tilford pool To the Editor: Tilford pool is the only one in Century Village where

smoking is permitted. Why is this so? It is the only pool in the Village run by Master Management and until recently, the pool rules were consistent with all Village pools, enforcing a ban on smoking. Master Management changed that rule over the summer. Now smoking is permitted anywhere on the small grounds of the Tilford pool. In these times, when smoking is being restricted more and more in public areas, why would Master Management reverse that policy? Are they not aware of the detrimental effects of second-hand smoke? Do a handful of smokers have more rights that the rest of the community? In the past, smokers had stepped outside the fence to have a cigarette. While the smoke was still evident to other pool-goers, this at least

was a consideration to the majority of people who are non-smokers. Now there is no escaping the smoke and smell. This sitting area around the pool is small and bordered by buildings, which doesn’t allow the smoke to dissipate. Tilford pool now attracts more smokers since it’s the only one in Century Village to allow smoking. Pool rules throughout Century Village should be consistent, no matter who manages the space. And certainly smoking should be something restricted, rather that added, in any public location. To do otherwise is to ignore the health issues and the wellbeing of our community. NANCY SEGAL Tilford X See MAILBAG, pg 10A

Bridge Closed for Renovations on Hillsboro Blvd. FIN #412493-4-52-01


Bridge Closed for Renovations on Hillsboro Blvd. During fall 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will perform bridge renovations underneath and inside the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge. This work requires the bridge to be closed at nighttime, Sunday through Thursday, for a three week span, beginning Dec. 4. and ending Dec. 23 (Please note, the bridge will not be closed Friday or Saturday nights). During bridge renovations, all traffic crossing the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will be detoured to the Palmetto Park Road Bridge via U.S.1 or A.1.A. Bridge renovations include: 

High pressure water cleaning

Sand blasting

Painting steel beams underneath bridge

Work will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.


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Commissioner, praised the Village for moving forward with a system that is so important to water conservation in Florida. Our opening line was that, “It takes a Village to raze a system.” Other speakers included Jocelyn Frank, Vice-President of Wells Fargo Bank, who worked diligently to help us with financing and Todd Mohler, Director of Design, Masuen Consulting, LLC who will stay on the project to its conclusion. Charles DaBrusco, Director of Environmental Services with the City of Deerfield Beach, thanked the Village for doing its part in delaying salt water intrusion into our canals which will help him immensely. Also on hand were Stephen Bell, Staff Hydrogeologist with South Florida Water Management District, Chief Pete Sudler of BSO Deerfield Beach, our City Commissioner, Marty Popelsky and, most important, the members of the Irrigation Committee of Master Management. Anthony Falco, chaired the Committee, which also included Mel Schmier, Ira Somerset, Don Kaplan, Dan Glickman and




Fred Rosenzveig. As the various speakers explained, the entire irrigation system will be computer controlled. Our electric usage will be cut in half. The amount of water used will be driven by weather stations that will be able to tell how wet the soil is and when and how much water the plants and landscaping need. It will conserve Florida’s water resources and improve the appearance of the Village now and for many future generations of owners. The cost of the project is included in the current Master Management coupon and there will be no special assessment to pay for it. Walter Magenheim has been hired as Project Manager to oversee the work being performed by Treasure Coast. This new system will cover the entire Village, exclusive of recreation property, and the hundreds of complaints, through the years, of brown grass and water spouts should be a thing of the past. The ground breaking was a big occasion and recognized by the City of Deerfield Beach as a huge step forward for the thousands of citizens who reside here.

Bridge renovations are never easy for residents and business owners living in or around the construction zone. The project team appreciates your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Project Office Location: 275 Commercial Blvd. Suite 260 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954.218.2955

Audience viewing groundbreaking

Nighttime Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge Detour

Palmetto Park Rd

I-95 US 1 (S.R.5)

Hillsboro Blvd (S.R.810) Detour Route Bridge Construction Zone

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Ocean Blvd.





Village Minutes

COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting Minutes of the COOCVE Recreation Committee Meeting, November 8, 2011 In attendance: Shelly Baskin, Maureen Dougherty, Nancy Giordano, Don Kaplan, Danielle Lobono, Rita Pickar; and representing DRF: Eva Rachesky and Dan Cruz; Bay Management: Lea Kennedy; Absent: Donna Dowling. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence at 9:30 a.m. on November 8. Minutes Don made a motion to waive and accept the minutes from the October 11 meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Chairman’s Report Nancy announced that Bob Dolson has been hired as the new Maintenance Manager to replace Dan Cruz who will be leaving at the end of this year. Bob is familiar with CVE as he has previously worked for Master Management and has experience with irrigation and contracts. Bob will be starting November 15 and will be working closely with Dan through the end of the year. Nancy welcomed Lea Kennedy, the new Clubhouse Manager who replaced Eva Rachesky. Lea is on site and is working at CVE full time. Nancy mentioned that Recreation will be working with two budgets -- a two month budget for November/ December 2011 with DRF and a full year 2012 budget with Bay Management. Nancy made a motion to accept the summary budget for two months -- from November 1 through December 31, 2011. Don Kaplan seconded. Motion passed unanimously. DRF Reports - Lea Kennedy/Eva Rachesky and Dan Cruz Profit and loss There was a loss of $2,222.19 for October 2011. Clubhouse Roof During the past week, several leaks were discovered and a contract has been signed with Campany Roof-

ing Company. They will be coming out this week to make the necessary repairs to the theatre roof. Nancy stated the major change in the contract is to have the roofing company inspect the roofs twice a year instead of once. Hearing Impaired System Lea mentioned that three bids were received for the system and JMD Productions has been chosen for a total cost of $32,500. The JMD bid will allow residents to use regular batteries in the headsets. Norma stated the cost of an individual headset is $218 and explained that the charging unit will hold eight (8) headsets and will use regular AAA batteries acting as a back-up in the event the charge did not hold. Norma will confirm that residents will not have to purchase individual chargers if they purchase a headset -- they will be able to use regular batteries. Nancy stated that they are looking at a system installation date of early December. Eva mentioned that the Infrared System was not the only system that the Committee researched -- they also researched the Loop System, but felt that the Infrared System was the better choice. Nancy mentioned that if residents have the new hearing aide with the t-coil, a loop will be provided to them, if not, headphones will be available for residents to use. Stage floor The theatre stage floor has been sanded and resurfaced due to the water damage from the hurricane. Dan stated that this will probably be the last time the floor can be resurfaced. It is recommended when the floor needs replacement, to look at installing a black Las Vegas type floor which has less glare and maintenance. Health Club The replacement mirrors have been scheduled for November 17th. Stairwell lights The lights in the stairwell areas have been upgraded. Electrical Issues -

Bill & Joe The Handy Men CVE Resident 954-574-9303 Counter Tops Made To Order Plywood & Formica Closet Shelving - Bifold Doors Tile, Screen & Sheetrock Repair. Kitchen Cabinet Doors Replaced. Can Do Anything That Does Not Require A License. Section 9-127 Broward Code.

There were two outages -- one was in-house and a week later there were issues with FPL. The first outage was when the Clubhouse lost power completely. The second outage lost one out of three phases. The generator transfer switch was damaged and the repair will cost approximately $4,400. Also damaged was the theatre frequency drive and the fountain pump -- we will be installing additional phase monitors which will shut down all the equipment after one minute when a line goes down. When there is a power outage, everything will need to be reset -- in the long run this will save money on damages due to power outages. Elevator The hydraulic pump was leaking and is being repaired -- the part is on order. Danielle asked about the panels on the elevator and Lea stated that a work order was issued and it will be fixed. Lea mentioned that because the elevator was out of order, security was notified and a shuttle system was put in place for residents attending bingo. Lobby Fountain The lobby fountain motor burnt out and should be working by 11/9 -- this was not related to the power outages. Broken Valve The Clubhouse had to be evacuated, due to the water being shut off, from a broken check valve and pipe leak in the janitor’s closet which flooded the first floor main entrance. Saunas Men’s and women’s sauna issues are on-going. Dan stated that phase protections have been placed on the saunas because the power outages did affect the starters. It was also determined that the sensors/contacts were placed too close to the heating element, thus turning the unit off. They have since been readjusted and the sensors/ contacts were replaced. HVAC issue The HVAC issue in the exercise area was shut down and the bearing was replaced. Indoor heat pump The indoor heat pump has been replaced - there are now two new heat pumps. Indoor pool A yearly flush was performed on the indoor pool to remove all the buildup of oils/lotions which make the water cloudy. The water was removed, refilled and a shock treatment was performed. Indoor pool heat exchanger, Dan mentioned that he met with the engineers and finalized the drawings and or-

dered the heat exchanger for the indoor pool. The engineer will be providing the drawings to the Board of Health and permits will be obtained. An install date of early December is targeted. Job Descriptions Job descriptions and evaluations have been provided for Lea and the Committee to review. Clubhouse Landscaping Flowers and mulch have been installed around the Clubhouse. Nancy mentioned that the new lawn maintenance contract has been awarded to Maximum Services. The main issue was with the landscaping at the satellite pools. Nancy stated that included in the contract with Maximum is fertilization and flower plantings twice a year. Janitorial Services Eva mentioned that the janitorial services contract has changed and the new janitorial company is Glow Cleaning Plus. Nancy stated that Glow has already ordered new paper towel and tissue dispensers which is included in the contract and will be changing from liquid soap to foam in all the restrooms. Danielle suggested that log sheets be posted at the satellite pools so that we know when the pools were cleaned. Eva mentioned that they will also be resealing the tile on the floors at no extra charge. Pool furniture The re-strapping of furniture at four pool areas has been completed. Eva stated that with all the changes from the EPA, the vinyl strapping does not last as long and Mi-Lor Casuals said that the chairs should last approximately five years. Nancy stated that every year there will be an inspection of the pool furniture so that repairs can be done on an as needed basis. Rita asked residents to please make the Recreation Committee aware of any issues with pool furniture at the pools. Dan stated that Glow Cleaning will also have a schedule and when they pressure clean the decks they will also be wiping down the furniture which will be more often than in the past. Nancy stated that as part of the janitorial contract, every pool will be closed for a 1/2 day to get a thorough cleaning more than once a year. Berkshire pool - Stress joint, diamond-brite, deck repair and drainage at Berkshire pool is underway. Richmond pool - The pathway has been repaired at the Richmond pool due to the heavy rains.

Bocce Court Building of a second Bocce Court by Fast-Dry is scheduled for mid-November. Dan stated that two bids were received (third bidder never responded) for the lighting for the Bocce and Petanque Court -- the price difference is approximately $13,000. Because of the large difference, Dan was asked to get a couple more bids for this project. Rita suggested that Lea contact the Bocce and Petanque organizations and let them know that lights will be installed this year so they can plan accordingly when making the schedules. Silk Plantings New silk trees and plantings have been replaced around the Clubhouse. Eva stated that the plantings were about seven years old and we salvaged what we could. The silk plantings were not cleaned properly and the prior janitorial company reimbursed us for $800 of the $1,200 cost for new plantings. Lea spoke with Glow Cleaning and discussed the proper cleaning of the silk plants. Restaurant Eva has signed off on permits for the golf course to move forward on the remodeling of the restaurant and refurbishing of the restrooms. Nancy mentioned that they will be meeting with the Golf Course to discuss what is being done and what the meaning of a restaurant is in the State of Florida -- the Committee’s main concern is that residents of CVE have a restaurant on the property and not a grill for golfers. Old Business Clubhouse Bench Two benches have been approved by the Canadian Club donors and Eva is working on the location and getting prices for the pads to support the benches. Preventive maintenance By next month Dan will provide the Committee with an inventory of all the preventive maintenance work. Markham pool Misting fans have been ordered for the Markham pool area. Theatre Nancy reminded residents that there is no eating allowed in the theatre or any of the card rooms. Audit - The audit is ongoing. Tennis Courts Danielle asked Dan to look into replacing the benches at the tennis courts as they have no backs and are very uncomfortable. See RECREATION, pg 10A





Village Minutes

COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting COOCVE Executive Committee Meeting, November 14, 2011 The Executive Committee meeting of November 14 was called to order by COOCVE 3rd Vice-President Ed Gallon at 9:30 a.m. He led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence. Minutes Joe Rubino moved to waive the reading of the minutes from October 10, 2011. Ce Baskin seconded. Mr. Rubino mentioned that the following addition needs to be made: In his discussion about the amendments to the bylaws documents being posted on, it was omitted that they would be posted by the end of the year. The Committee approved the minutes by a show of hands with the change noted. Mr. Gallon stated that this has already been completed; the amended bylaws documents have been posted. President’s Report Mr. Gallon reminded residents to change their ACH/ Direct Debit payments with their bank, from Cen-Deer to Bay Management -- forms are available in the Staff office and the COOCVE office. Nominating Committee – Joe Sachs Mr. Sachs distributed to the Committee, copies of bios for candidates running for the open positions for Master Management. He then called on the candidates to present themselves to the Committee. Those candidates that were present were: Mel Schmier, Norm Bloom, Felicia Prince and Irving Ginsberg. The following candidates were not present: Gloria Olmstead, Harry Chizeck, Dick Ciocca and Norman Wilkin. Mel Schmier provided the Committee with a summary of his accomplishments. He stated that he has been a full time resident for almost 17 years, served on the BOD of Oakridge V and Cambridge E, as a COOCVE Director and is currently completing his forth year as a Director of MM. While on the Board of MM, he served on the Planning, Legal and Transportation Committees, Executive Director Search Committee, the Bylaws Committee and the Irrigation Committee. He has written several policies while serving on the MM Board, including the Ethics Policy, Anti-Nepotism Policy and the right of all Directors to have access to all documents and records of the Corporation. Mr. Schmier stated that if he is re-elected, he would continue to use his experience and training in planning, budgeting and contracting to help provide

community services to CVE. Norm Bloom provided the Committee with a summary of his accomplishments. He stated that he is experienced, dependable, reliable and a people person. Mr. Bloom stated that he currently holds six positions at CVE; on the BOD at Oakridge, is a Delegate to COOCVE, is on both the Master Management and the Reporter BOD and is the Treasurer for both Boards. Mr. Rosenzveig stated that Dick Ciocca, who could not attend in person because of his wife’s recent surgery, wanted everyone to know that he was very willing to attend by speakerphone but this was not arranged in time. Felicia Prince provided the Committee with a brief summary of her background. She stated that she is currently the President of Farnham O and has been the Treasurer for the past two years. She is also the President and Event Coordinator of the Social Single Club. She mentioned that she is extremely organized. Being a team player, Ms. Prince is very comfortable with listening to the position and ideas of others. She stated that her skills in organization, planning, coordinating, problem solving and working within a budget will be an asset to the Board of MM. Mr. Kaplan asked if she has received anything from MM explaining what the position is. Ms. Prince responded, “ no,” but has read the minutes of MM’s meetings. Ms. Giordano asked if she has ever attended MM meetings or read the MM documents that are on the website. Ms. Prince replied that she has not attended any of the meetings and was told

that she would be given a copy of the bylaws. Irving Ginsberg provided the Committee with an overview of his background. He stated that he has been a unit owner at CVE since 1998, as a snowbird, and five years ago became a full-time resident. Mr. Ginsberg was President of Upminster D for five years and served on the COOCVE Advisory Committee for two years. Mr. Kaplan asked why he wants to be on the MM Board. He stated that he wants to run for MM so that he can maintain the pleasant lifestyle we are experiencing and to assist in the future growth of our community. Mr. Kesselman asked if he has ever attended MM meetings. He replied that he has been to several meetings in the past. Mr. Joe Rubino stated that this is a useless requirement as part of the MM bylaws and they should change their bylaws because all candidates do not show up. We either interview all the candidates or none of the candidates. Mr. Rubino urged MM to remove this requirement from their bylaws. Ira Somerset clarified that it is the Executive Committee of COOVE who is interviewing candidates. It is not a requirement that the candidates show up; it is a requirement that this Executive Committee interview and recommend. If there are issues with the timing, then people can be nominated from the floor at the November COOCVE BOD meeting. The bylaws state that the Executive Committee will provide their recommendations to the COOCVE Directors at the November meeting. Mr. Somerset agreed with

Mr. Rubino that it probably should be changed in the near future. Mr. Basil Hales stated that this is very important and should be addressed and changed. Ms. Nancy Giordano stated that she is disappointed that the candidates, who are running for the first time, did not show up. The Committee doesn’t get to interview new candidates as we already know candidates who are re-running for the MM Board. Mr. Sachs stated that resumes of all candidates (Recreation, MM and COOCVE) who submitted their names will be printed in the Reporter. He also stated that there will be a Meet the Candidates meeting to be held on December 7 at 1 p.m. in the Activity Center -- refreshments will be provided. Committee Reports Recreation – Nancy Giordano Nancy stated that the Committee approved an infrared system for the hearing impaired. The system will be installed in the theatre during the first week in December. Headsets will be available for residents to use from the Staff Office, providing they present their CVE ID, which will be given back when the headset is returned. If residents have the newer hearing aide with the t-coil, a loop will be provided for residents to use with their hearing aides. If residents want to purchase their own headset, they may do so and the cost is approximately $150-$200. Bids are still being received for the headsets. Health Club mirrors will be installed November 17; therefore the club will be closed for 24 hours. The indoor pool received a yearly flush; a new indoor heat pump was installed and a heat exchanger will be installed which will regulate the temperature to 89 degrees. The pool furniture re-strapping project has been completed. Nancy stated recent defibrillators that were installed in the Clubhouse

saved a life of a resident on the tennis courts this week. The fire rescue thanked Christine and security for the terrific job they did! Nancy again reminded residents that there is no eating allowed in the Theatre. Naomi Redisch asked when the Berkshire pool will be completed. Ms. Giordano replied that a lot of work is being done at the pool -- it should be completed by the end of November. Ms. Giordano announced that there will be the first annual super bowl party held in the Party room. This will be catered and residents will be able to bring in their own alcoholic beverages -- watch for announcements in the Staff Office and Reporter. Civic and Cultural Committee - Nancy Giordano Christmas Pageant - December 8, 2011 -- The pageant is being presented at the First Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale at 6:30 p.m. Seats are in the mezzanine and are $45 which includes transportation. Flyers are available in the Staff Office and there are only 11 seats left. Master Management – Ira Somerset Mr. Somerset stated it is nice to be back and welcomed all the other seasonal residents. On Monday, November 7, MM had the groundbreaking ceremony for the irrigation system project and there were many dignitaries on hand to witness the largest project since CVE was built. The ceremony can be seen on the website www.cvedb. com. MM has hired a project manager Walter Magenheim for the irrigation project. He was introduced to the Committee and stated that the project will begin on Thursday, November 17. He stated that this is a state of the art system that is being installed and will take approximately three years to complete. MM will be advising Area Chairs and Presidents in ample time See EXECUTIVE, pg 10A





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Council of Area Chairs Council of Area Chairs Meeting, November 9, 2011 The Area Chair Meeting for November 9 was called to order by 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. Joe Rubino moved to waive the reading of the October 12 meeting minutes. Norm Kaplan seconded. Since there were no corrections or additions, the minutes were approved unanimously by a show of hands. Rita Pickar introduced the new Clubhouse Administrator, Lea Kennedy to the Area Chairs. Recycling Program Don Kaplan introduced Mario Reboa and Cheryl Miller from the City of Deerfield Beach Recycling Program. Ms. Miller reminded residents that only single family homes can put all recyclables in one bin. The green dumpsters are for your garbage; blue dumpsters are for cardboard and for newspaper only and the roll carts are for single stream recyclables such as: magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paper, envelopes, cereal, shoe and tissue boxes, soda can carri-

ers, soft cover books, old files and folders, all plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, aluminum, steel and tin cans, drink, juice and creamer boxes and milk cartons. There is a cost for bulk trash pick-up which is construction debris. The shredding program takes place the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at the recycling drop off center, 401 SW 4th Street. The cost is $10 for 1-5 boxes/bags and $20 for 6-10 boxes/bags. The shred truck will be on site at CVE in December, date to be announced. Durham Mr. Joe Rubino mentioned that during the last couple months there has been discussions about the 40 year inspection and Seacrest Services would look into it. He suggested that this be put before the COOCVE Contract Committee so that they could look into it for us. Mr. Kaplan asked Bob Gravatt to speak with COOCVE. Farnham Mr. Norm Kaplan stated that he recently received an e-mail from Charlie Parness stating that it is a requirement of every Area Chair to hold association meetings at least three times a year. They then must submit a copy of

the minutes to the COOCVE President and Chairman of the Council of Area Chairs and failure to do this is possible grounds for dismissal. Mr. Norm Kaplan stated that he does have the required meetings but does not have a secretary so minutes cannot be produced. Mr. Don Kaplan replied that he mentioned to Mr. Parness that this letter was not acceptable and he will discuss it again with him. Harwood Mr. Rudnick stated that the road in front of the bus stop at Harwood D needs repair. Mr. Kaplan suggested he call MM and speak with AJ Bock. He also stated that there is a resident who lives in Harwood D and is partially blind. When she is in the crosswalk trying to cross the main road, the cars do not stop. Can anything be done? It was suggested that he contact the City for them to put a sign up. Mr. Kaplan stated that they may not do that because CVE is considered private property. Keswick Phillip Norris asked about the plans for building a new golf house. Mr. Kaplan stated that Recreation and Cen-Deer will be meeting with the owners of the golf course to discuss opening a restaurant

since Cafe Zen has closed. Richmond Ce Baskin asked again about the status of installing the high hat light near the Richmond tennis courts. Mr. Kaplan suggested that she follow-up with MM. Swansea Bill Epstein stated that there is a live wire down near the Real Estate office. Don Kaplan suggested that he contact FPL. He also mentioned that his area would like to put a bicycle rack near the bus bench. Mr. Kaplan stated that a permit is required and suggested he contact MM for guidance. Tilford A Director asked if the no smoking sign at the Tilford pool, which was removed by MM, could be replaced. Mr. Kaplan stated that she should speak to Al Smith at MM. Mr. Glickman asked the Recreation Committee what the policy was at the other pool areas? Mr. Kaplan responded that smoking is not allowed at any of the satellite pools. Open Mic Mr. Kaplan congratulated MM on the groundbreaking ceremony that took place on Monday, November 7. The MM Board, along with the Irrigation Committee and lo-

cal dignitaries from Deerfield Beach were present during the ceremony. A Director asked about the status of the white fly treatments. Mr. Glickman suggested that residents call their service provider as there is no charge for white fly spray treatment. Steve Kittredge also mentioned that he has treated the buildings by spraying at no charge -- there is a charge for the granules. Phillip Norris inquired about business vehicles who are parking at CVE as well as the cherry picker that is parked in the Oakridge area. Ms. Lobono replied that Presidents of buildings are allowing residents to park their business trucks on the premises. The Committee is working on this issue and has been asking residents who have advertising on their vehicles, to use magnetic strips to cover-up the advertising. Caryl Berner mentioned that Relay for Life is starting again -- the date has not been determined but will be sometime in March 2012. If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Committee, please contact Ms. Berner. 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 Minutes of Master Management Board Meeting, November 10, 2011 President Ira Somerset called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. on November 10, 2011. In attendance were: Reva Behr, Caryl Berner, Norm Bloom, Dan Glickman, Anthony Falco, Gene Goldman, Bill Goddard, Jules Kesselman, Fred Rosenzveig, Alan Schachter, Mel Schmier and Ira Somerset. Via Telephone: Dick Ciocca; Absent: Harry Chizeck, Judy Olmstead. Staff present were Al Smith, Executive Director; Donna Childrey, Office Manager; AJ Bock, Business Manager. Minutes Gene Goldman moved to waive the reading and accept the minutes from the meeting on September 8. Bill Goddard seconded. Motion passed 121; No vote: Caryl Berner. Financial Report – Norm Bloom/Donna Childrey The CVE Master Management Financial Report, prepared by Donna Childrey, was distributed to all Board members and discussed in detail. For the month of November the Total Income was $981,433; Total Expenses were $1,127,921; Net Loss was ($146,488). YTD Total Income is $10,247,165. Total Expenses are $8,489,194; Net Income is $1,757,972. Cash on Hand is $3,618,191; Total Assets are $4,492,005; Total Liabilities are $922,130 and Total Equity is $3,569,875; Prepaid Dollars are $304,607. Overdue accounts receivable from unit owners is $733,571, representing 573 unit owners. Mr. Bloom asked the Board to direct any questions to him regarding the financials and not to the office so that the disruptions can be minimized. Al Smith stated that there is approximately $633K owed to MM and that MM should see the bulk of that money when these units sell. The problem is that we don’t know when that will happen. Harry Chizeck and his team are doing a great job in collecting monies that are under 90 days overdue. Mr. Glickman asked if there could be a better understanding in a monthly report of what is happening with the properties that make up the $669K 240 units. Mr. Somerset stated that we will provide that information to the Board. Fred Rosenzveig moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read, Reva Behr seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Presidents Report – Ira Somerset Mr. Somerset thanked the staff as well as Anthony

and Reva, for carrying the workload over the summer. On Monday, November 7, MM had the groundbreaking ceremony for the irrigation system project and there were many dignitaries on hand to witness the largest project since CVE was built. The gate security enhancements are almost finished as the software is being installed this week. The system will be tested this week, security guards will be trained and the system will then be put into operation which will take approximately two additional weeks. Mr. Somerset reminded residents that there are gates on all the exit lanes - please drive slowly when exiting the Village. On Sunday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Le Club is presenting “Sterling” - a Caribbean Steel Band. Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased prior to the show night at CVE Master Management’s office or at the Le Club Box Office on the night of the show. Eight-seat table reservations are also available. Dress is casual and you can bring your own adult beverages and snacks. CVE Master Management will provide glasses, ice and mixers free of charge. Elections for the MM Board will be held on December 20. The Board has rotating positions each year and five positions are up for election. Nominations may be made by picking up an application at the MM office, filling it out and returning it to the front desk. You can also be nominated from the floor at the COOCVE BOD meeting on Tuesday, November 15. All MM documents describing the responsibilities of a Board Member are posted on under MM Documents. The MM Annual Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in the Clubhouse Party Room. This is a time when residents can come and ask questions or make comments to the Board. The Board has worked hard to reduce costs this year and thereby not passing the utility tax increase to CVE residents. Executive Director’s Report – Al Smith Mr. Smith introduced the new irrigation project manager, Walter Magenheim. Walter holds a master plumber’s license and a lot of experience in horizontal construction which is what this irrigation project is. Walter will be providing monthly progress reports at the MM Board meetings.

Al Smith discussed the financial effect of the 2012 coupon. The proposed 2012 budget was prepared based on maintaining the 2011 coupon rate of $113.00 per unit per month. While using this number as a basis for the 2012 budget, funds are somewhat limited for new projects but there are funds available for projects that the Board deems essential. These projects will be finalized during tomorrow’s (11/11) budget workshop. Efforts to maintain the existing coupon rate were made partly because the coupon was increased $9.00 per unit per month in the 2011 budget. Reva Behr moved to approve the 2012 coupon at $113.00 per month. Gene Goldman seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Bill Goddard moved to approve the proposal from American Recycled Plastic, Inc. for eighty (80) bus stop benches for a total amount of $38,125.23. The purchase will be funded with the 2011 project funds. Alan Schachter seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Business Manager’s Report – AJ Bock Safe Technologies: Work continues on schedule. Completion date has been extended for two weeks to download information into the new system. S & B Painting: Painting of

Le Club, MM and the pool area was completed, an eight year material and labor warranty was included. Five Star Paving: Completed the October scheduled road patching in Cambridge, Berkshire, Hillsboro Exit, Richmond, Farnham, Harwood, Oakridge and Century Blvd. All eighty bus pads have been poured and signed off by Deerfield Beach City inspectors. This entire project was completed within three weeks. Eighty new bus benches have been ordered and will be placed on the pads. Estimated delivery will be in three weeks. Seacrest Services, Inc.: Seacrest Services has completed the front entrance landscaping. Committee Reports - None Old Business - None New Business - None Members’ Comments Dick Ciocca asked when the candidates physically have to appear before the Executive Committee and the COOCVE BOD for the election. Mr. Somerset stated that Mr. Parness is chairing the meeting and you should address your questions to him. The Executive Committee is interviewing candidates next Monday, November 14. Fred Rosenzveig stated that he was delighted to see at the irrigation groundbreaking such a high level of support

from the County and City officials. Their attitude towards CVE seemed very favorable. They also seemed pleased with what we are doing. Caryl Berner asked if we would be discussing at the MM meeting tomorrow (Nov. 11) smoking at the Le Club pool. Mr. Somerset replied that if it is brought up at the meeting and there is time; we can certainly discuss it. Ms. Berner stated that as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority, she is looking to implement no smoking at the Housing Authority. She is also going to try to implement this at CVE. There will be free meetings and medicine available for those who want to quit smoking. Gene Goldman stated that he was very impressed with the knowledge that Commissioner Kristin Jacobs had on the irrigation system and the impact it will have on CVE. Dan Glickman mentioned that in Roberts Rules of Order it states that the Treasurer’s Report does not require a motion for approval. Also, approximately one year ago, this Board voted in addition to notifying the MM Board when a special meeting is called, to notify the President of COOCVE and the Council of Area Chairs. Mr. Somerset replied that the Treasurer’s See MASTER, pg 10A

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to make any adjustments to parking and traffic patterns through e-mail, at monthly meetings, in person or by whatever means possible to get in touch with residents. Mr. Magenheim stated that the crews will most likely work between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and the first area will be Tilford. The gate security enhancements are almost finished as the software is being installed this week. The system will be tested this week, security guards will be trained and the system will then be put into operation. The bar code will then be able to be used at all three entrances. Mr. Somerset reminded residents that there are gates on all the exit lanes -- please drive slowly when exiting the Village. Cameras have also been installed, so for those residents who do not stop when they damage the crossbar, you will be solicited and charged for it. On Sunday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m., Le Club is presenting “Sterling” -- a Caribbean Steel Band. Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased prior to the show night at CVE Master Management’s office or at the Le Club Box Office on the night of the show. Eight seat table reservations are also available. Dress is casual and you can bring your own adult beverages and snacks – CVE Master Management will provide glasses, ice and mixers free of charge. Elections for the MM Board will be held on December 20 -- the Board has rotating positions each year and five positions are up for election. Nominations may be made by picking up an application at the MM office, filling it out and returning it to the front desk by tomorrow (11/15). You can also be nominated from the floor at the COOCVE BOD meeting on Tuesday, November 15. All MM documents describing the responsibilities of a Board Member are posted on under MMDocuments. The MM Annual Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Clubhouse Party Room. This is a time when residents can come and ask questions and make comments to the Board. Mr. Somerset announced that the Board has worked hard to reduce costs this year and thereby is not passing the utility tax increase to CVE

residents -- the coupon will remain the same at $113/ month. Mr. Kaplan asked if there is a listing of individuals who can rent space in the Activity Center. Mr. Somerset stated yes, we do refuse residents for inappropriate usage. Advisory Committee Fred Rosenzveig The COOCVE Advisory Committee announced that they will be sponsoring two new interactive condo classes at CVE, January 12, 2012. Frequently Asked Condominium Questions; 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. in Room GP-A and February 9, 2012 - Review Class; 1 p.m.- 3 . Room GP-A. Both of these classes are being presented by Bill and Susan Rafan. Design Committee - Naomi Redisch Ms. Redisch announced that all the members of the Design Committee have resigned. Ms. Redisch asked that all Area Chairs, speak to their building Presidents about coordinating the paintings of their buildings -- it is recommended that soft and muted colors be chosen. Area Chairs Ashby: Joe Sachs; Nothing to report Berkshire: Naomi Redisch; Mentioned that there will be a mandatory inspection of all buildings when they are 40 years old. Ms. Redisch stated that her building just spent $2,500 for an inspection. Mr. Kaplan asked when do we need to do this? Ms. Redisch stated that every building must be inspected when it is 40 years old. Cambridge: Jim McLear; Nothing to report Durham: Joe Rubino; Joe Rubino moved that Broward County’s ordinance for 40 year inspections of buildings be referred to COOCVE Contract Committee so information and recommendations can be given to building associations. Don Kaplan seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Ellesmere: Marjorie Campbell; Not Present Farnham: Norman Kaplan; Nothing to report Grantham: Fran Stricoff; Asked again about having a speaker to discuss WiFi in the Village. Nancy mentioned that she will call the representative and coordinate with Don Kaplan for them to come to the December Area Chair meeting. Harwood: Joe Rudnick; Not present Islewood: Rhoda Jarmark; Not present Keswick: Philip Norris;

During the summer, trees were planted on Century Blvd and they have since died, will they be replaced? Ira Somerset stated that any trees planted by MM come with a guarantee and would be replaced if they did not survive. Lyndhurst: Don Kaplan; Nothing to report Markham: Judy Olmstead; Not Present Newport: Rita Pickar; Not Present Oakridge: Jules Kesselman; Mentioned that a high rise in Oakridge A and Berkshire B have dishes on their building. Ed Gallon stated that he would look into this. Don Kaplan read the following: Item 9.4 any modification or installation of electrical wiring, television antennae systems or connections; whether inside or outside the unit or in any manner change the appearance of any portion of the condominium property. No unit owner may cause any material puncture or break in the boundaries of his unit without written permission of the lessor, the association sponsor. Prescott: Robert Gravatt; Nothing to report Richmond: Ce Baskin; Nothing to Report Swansea: Bill Epstein; Nothing to report Tilford: Basil Hales; Mentioned that there are children living in the Lyndhurst D area -- can someone from COOCVE look into this? Ed Gallon stated he would look into this. Upminster: Ann Rifkin; Not present Ventnor: Charles Parness; Not present Westbury: Carmen Colon; Not present New Business: None Open Mic: Directors voiced their concerns about satellite dishes being installed on their roofs. They all state that it is in the documents and clearly state that it is not allowed. Dan Glickman stated that the declaration of condominium can be amended. Mr. Glickman moved to discuss these topics -- satellite dishes and WiFi in the CVE at a future meeting, including back-up material. Joe Rubino seconded. Motion passed 1 no vote and 1 abstention. A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11 a.m. Respectfully submitted by, Ed Gallon 3rd Vice President


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Report was not approved; it was accepted. Reva Behr congratulated everyone on the groundbreaking of the irrigation project. Jules Kesselman stated that there was a benefit concert for veterans at Le Club last night (Nov. 9) which was poorly attended. Mr. Somerset stated that MM is not the publicist for functions at Le Club; MM only makes it available for


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LightingShelly asked about the outside lighting on the first floor near the entrance. Dan replied that the lights have been ordered and they are currently in the process of hiring an electrician to install them. He also stated that the Richmond pool lights have been out for over a week -- Dan stated that he will look into it. Name Tags/Shirts Lea stated that the name tags are being ordered today (11/8.) The bulk of the shirts are in and we are waiting for XL shirts for the maintenance workers. Don mentioned that on Monday, November 7 the MM Board, along with the Irrigation Committee and local dignitaries from Deerfield Beach dedicated the irrigation project in a groundbreaking ceremony across from Swansea. New Business - None Announcements


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Recycle To the Editor: A few years ago I owned a flower shop in California. A good friend helped me out on the major holidays. Being somewhat of a recycling nut, I was always nagging her to stop throwing her soda cans in the trash. It didn’t work. She couldn’t be bothered. What did work was when I told Elsa, a 70-something grandmother who absolutely doted on her grandchildren, “Think

residents to use. Announcements MM Annual Town Hall Meeting - December 6 - Party Room MM Board Meeting - December 8, 2011 MM Board Elections - December 20, 2011 - Party Room (during the recess of the COOCVE BOD meeting) Motion to adjourn was made at 10:45 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Ira Somerset

Area Chair Meeting - November 9, 2011 Master Management Meeting - November 10, 2011 COOCVE Executive Meeting - November 14, 2011 COOCVE BOD meeting November 15, 2011 Christmas Pageant December 8, 2011 -- The pageant is being presented at the First Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Seats are in the mezzanine and are $45 which includes transportation. Flyers are available in the staff office. Nancy stated that the electronic debit authorization form for maintenance fees from Seacrest Services is located in the staff office. Seacrest will be mailing these forms out to every resident. A motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 10:50 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Nancy Giordano

of your grandchildren’s future!” She changed her ways immediately. Every time that I take out the trash here in the Village, I always see things that should be in the recycling bin: bottles, cans, plastics, newspapers, cardboard. C’mon people, the bin isn’t that far away! Or is it that you, too, cannot be bothered? PAUL CHAPMAN Farnham E




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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officials attended the ground breaking ceremony last month. While we may not see an immediate improvement in the look of the Village, we should in a few years. No sooner did we put two new AEDs in the Clubhouse in September, two months later one was used to save a life. Talk about good timing. Those who assisted in the effort did a great job. Thank you all.

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF CENTURY VILLAGE EAST, DEERFIELD BEACH As previously announced, on January 1, 2012, BAY MANAGEMENT CORP. will assume responsibility for the operation of the Clubhouse and recreational facilities at Century Village East, Deerfield Beach. Consequently, monthly payments which have been issued to Cen-Deer Communities shall, beginning with the payment due January 1, 2012, be issued to BAY MANAGEMENT CORP. This means all ACH/Direct Debit payments for Cen-Deer will be automatically canceled December 31, 2011. If a resident is making payments through their bank the resident must notify the bank of this change. Residents will be provided with the 2012 coupons by SEACREST, via mail on, or about, the last week of November. These coupons will be printed on colored paper to distinguish them from the current 2011 Cen-Deer coupons. Payment envelopes will be provided. Also included in the mailing from SEACREST will be: 1. the forms necessary to set up automatic bank payments (ACH/Direct Debit) for those residents who currently use this method and those who may want to do so going forward 2. directions for those who may want to avail themselves of the credit card payment option which will be offered beginning January 1, 2012 3. the name and phone number of a person at SEACREST assigned to assist residents with the process The Cen-Deer/Recreation Payment Drop Boxes at the Clubhouse will remain, but the signs will be changed in January to reflect the new company BAY MANAGEMENT CORP. For anyone needing guidance regarding these changes, assistance and necessary forms will be available in the Cen-Deer/Recreation Office; come in or call 954428-6892.


Legal Update re: Case: Ventnor H adv. Broward County Civil Rights Division on behalf of Schleifer - United States District Court Southern District of Florida Case No. 11-61203-Civ To date, the county has not commenced any discovery (i.e. taking of depositions of any witnesses). We preserved the testimony of Mr. William Lourenso, the former president of Ventnor H and the person who had most knowledge, by videotape deposition, regarding the overall situation with the unit owner and her dog to show to a jury if need be. Unfortunately, Mr. Lourenso recently passed away. We are in the process of scheduling the unit owner for her deposition and that of other favorable witnesses. This particular unit owner had not been fulfilling her monetary obligations to the association and despite repeated requests, she failed to respond and ignored her obligations. Consequently, the association placed a lien against her unit and she again failed to respond or pay her monetary obligation. Therefore, the association instituted a foreclosure proceeding, served her with that lawsuit and she again failed to respond in any manner. The association has now obtained a default against the unit owner and is contemplating the best alternative to resolve these pending issues. It is the association’s understanding that this unit owner is attempting to sell the property and move from the premises. Given all of the above, negotiations with the county attorney are being undertaken to see if a mutually satisfactory conclusion can be obtained for all concerned. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Holiday Season. See you all soon. Over and out.





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2012 Adopted Operating Budget

Income - Revenue 4101000 · Monthly Maintenance Fees ($113.00/month) 4106100 · Medical Center Rental Income 4106350 · Activity Center Taxable 4106360 · Activity Center Nontaxable 4109000 · Bar Code Sales 4310000 · COOCVE Admin. Overhead Reimbursements 4320000 · The Reporter Admin. Overhead Reimbursements 4400000 · Interest Income

$11,536,848.00 $64,248.00 $5,000.00 $1,000.00 $5,500.00 $48,000.00 $54,000.00 $4,500.00

Total Income - Revenue


Expense 5200050 · D&O Insurance Deductible 5201000 · Data Processing 5201111 · CVEMM Meeting Minutes Scribe 5201112 · CVEMM Meeting Video 5201113 · Business Software (Real Estate) 5201115 · Miscellaneous Professional Services 5201120 · Office Salaries 5201130 · Telephone 5201140 · Office Dues & Memberships 5201150 · Office Electric 5201160 · Office Food & Meetings 5201170 · Office Insurance 5201171 · Worker's Comp Insurance 5201175 · Licenses and Permits 5201190 · Office Postage 5201191 · Office Shipping 5201201 · Office Repairs, Maintenance & FF&E 5201202 · Computer Repairs & Maintenance 5201210 · Office Security 5201220 · Office Supplies 5201245 · Equipment Rental 5201250 · Bank Service Charges 5201260 · Exterminator 5201270 · Flowers, Fruits & Gifts 5201280 · Janitorial 5201305 · FICA Employer Taxes 5201320 · FUTA Expense 5201330 · Florida SUTA Expense 5201350 · Property Taxes 5201370 · Federal Income Taxes 5201410 · Utility Tax - Water 5201420 · Utility Tax - Electric 5201340 · Payroll Processing 5203200 · Auditing Fees 5203300 · Legal Fees 5205100 · Water 5205200 · Sewer 5205300 · Garbage 5205410 · Seacrest Contract 5205420 · Irrigation System Maintenance 5205430 · Irrigation System Operation 5205500 · Aquatics & Weed Control 5205600 · Gen. Village Area Maintenance 5205601 · Tree Crowning/Maintenance 5205620 · Main Gate Repairs and Maintenance 5205630 · West Gate Repairs and Maintenance 5205640 · East Gate Repairs and Maintenance 5205650 · Other Miscellaneous Security Gate Expense, Flags, etc. 5205800 5206050 5206175 5206150 5206300 5206100 5206200 5206210 5206220 5206600 5206700 5208600 5208100 5208320 5209100 5211600 5211700 5211900 5212200 5212400 5212600

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Animal Control Road Repairs Sidewalk Repairs Road Signs Bus Stop Pads and Benches - forty (40) Traffic Signals (Electric) Electric - Guard Houses Electric - Outside Lighting Electric - Pumps Telephone - Guardhouses Other Security Gate Expense Website Trolley Service Cable Television - 2012 Coupon Security Guard Service (Kent Contract) Le Club Supplies Le Club Telephone Le Club Repairs & Maintenance Le Club Security Tilford Pool Repairs, Deck & Lighting Maintenance Tilford Tennis Court Repairs and Maintenance

5212700 · Le Club Events 5220000 · Emergency Expense and Disaster Recovery 5321000 · Irrigation Replacement Project Debt Principal 5322000 · Irrigation Replacement Project Interest 5340000 · Entrance Gate Security Improvements 5360000 · Le Club Lighting and Landscaping Renovations 5370000 · Seal and Re-Stripe Le Club and Office Parking Lots and Drive Ways 5400001 · Roadway Replacement FY 2015 - 2016 Stipulated as Only Use of Funds 5400002 · Le Club and Office Interior Finishes and Carpet 5400003 · Main Gatehouse Renovations 5400004 · East Gatehouse Replacement 5400005 · West Gatehouse Replacement 5400006 · Century Plaza Exit Security 5400007 · Storm Drain Culvert Condition Analysis 5400008 · Preserve Fire Potential Mitigation 540009 · Landscape Design - Replace Ficus Trees - Major Roadways 540010 · Landscape Design - Three Entrances 550000 · Budgeted Unspent Carryover Total Expense

$100,000.00 $25,000.00 $2,400.00 $7,200.00 $2,010.00 $546.00 $265,400.00 $20,000.00 $1,500.00 $25,300.00 $3,500.00 $73,000.00 $3,300.00 $6,000.00 $3,000.00 $250.00 $10,000.00 $1,500.00 $2,600.00 $6,500.00 $5,200.00 $4,000.00 $500.00 $500.00 $87,000.00 $20,300.00 $2,123.00 $15,000.00 $200.00 $27,000.00 $140,000.00 $12,750.00 $3,800.00 $15,000.00 $120,000.00 $1,400,000.00 $1,300,000.00 $618,000.00 $68,700.00 $80,000.00 $408,700.00 $35,000.00 $120,000.00 $10,000.00 $8,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $500.00 $900.00 $110,000.00 $1,000.00 $3,000.00 $28,000.00 $75.00 $5,200.00 $80,000.00 $42,000.00 $4,000.00 $3,000.00 $6,500.00 $1,380,600.00 $1,875,750.00 $1,452,600.00 $500.00 $725.00 $25,000.00 $1,500.00 $10,000.00 $8,000.00 $4,000.00 $200,000.00 $1,307,800.00 $50,110.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $8,000.00 $306,288.00 $50,000.00 $35,000.00 $65,700.00 $65,700.00 $38,200.00 $29,669.00 $20,000.00 $10,000.00 $10,000.00 -$600,000.00 $11,719,096.00

CORRECTION Error in November issue of the Reporter. Please note that Rita Pickar is a member of the Recreation Committee and not the Vice Chair. Donna Dowling is the Vice Chair of the Recreation Committee.


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Master Management Commentary By IRA SOMERSET, President/ Master Management I have recently completed my term as a Director of Master Management after serving this community on that Board for nearly five years, including one as vice-president and nearly three as president. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you, and I am grateful for that opportunity. In looking back over my term on the Board, I am amazed at the steps we have taken based on my initiatives and support from the board. I realize that I was fortunate to win a place on the Board at a critical time in our history, but I believe my leadership and foresight has been the impetus in being able to accomplish all we have accomplished. For those who know me, you are probably surprised at my talking about “me” rather than “we” or “us.” Well, I am surprised, too, but I am writing my last column and writing it from my heart. I believe that I accomplished a lot here in Century Village and that has set us on a path which will allow us to repair and rebuild the neglected infrastructure and

most importantly, not allow it to decay again. I started to make a list of the projects initiated under my vice-presidency and presidency, but it is too long to include here so I will simply list a few of what I consider the most significant. In terms of administrative matters, tearing MM apart from Recreation and COOCVE so each organization would operate as it should; bringing transparency to MM’s operations; bringing professional management to MM in the form of the Executive Director and Business Manager; bringing decision-making back to the Board from a single person; listening to residents’ and employees’ suggestions; reinstituting the Annual Town Meeting; adding an Open Mic segment to board meetings and answering the questions posed; videotaping and posting the videos of meetings on our website; bringing a better understanding of what MM does for our residents and owners, and making every effort to keep MM within those

bounds. As far as accomplishments in maintenance and operations, I will let the condition of Century Village speak for itself. I have been accused of being a workaholic and obsessive, simply because I have consistently worked 60+ hours a week at whatever I have done most recently during my years with Master Management. The work had to be done correctly, legally and in accordance with our documents. I have always put my commitments first. If I gave my word, I kept it no matter what the personal or financial cost. When I served as a vice-president and as the president of Master Manage-

ment, my responsibilities to Century Village came before personal pleasure or convenience, simply because you had entrusted this organization to me. Many times I was unable to go places or attend events because I had meetings or work to complete. That was fine with me because I thought my work for the community was more important than sightseeing or taking up a hobby. My wife always supported me and said she was happy as long as I did what I wanted to do (and maybe because I was not home to bother her.) Throughout my terms in office, I have been the subject of much criticism, both personal and work-related. I have always tried to listen and find the objection, and then evaluate the situation. Sometimes I agreed, sometimes not; but if I see a way to improve what I do or who I am, I try to incorporate it into my life. What does all this mean? It means that I try to lead by example, by providing information and encouraging the board members to evalu-

Nomination Committee Calendar 2011-2012 NOMINATION COMMITTEE CALENDAR 2011 - 2012 Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday

Nov. 7, 2011 Nov. 14, 2011 (Exec. Com.) Nov. 15, 2011 Deadline for COOCVE Nov. 21, 2011 Nov. 28, 2011 Dec. 5, 2011 Wednesday December 7, 2011 Meet the Candidate – Le Club 1:00PM Dec. 12, 2011 (Exec. Com.) Dec. 19, 2011 Tuesday December 20, 2011 MM & Rec Election CH-PR 9:30AM Dec. 26, 2011 Jan. 9, 2012 Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012 COOCVE Election CH-PR 9:30AM

Tuesday Dec, 20, 2011 Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012

MM & REC Election Election for COOCVE

Wed. Dec. 7, 2011 Meet the candidate Joe Sachs/Election Chair

ate matters for themselves, ask whatever questions they choose, and vote as they determine is in the best interests of Master Management and Century Village. Some board members seem to have come to the conclusion that what they see as my shortcomings has eclipsed my value to Master Management and to Century Village. I am not so egotistical that I believe no one can do the work I do or that they cannot do it better. I am sure there are people who can do it much better and I welcome them to step forward and do so. At this time, the views of those board members have hardened, the result is evident, and it has a negative effect on the operations of Master Management. As a result, I have decided to end this rancorous relationship and remove myself from the race. I want to thank each of you for your support during the last five years. Master Management has accomplished a lot, but most importantly, it has started down a path of following the rules behind its documents and becoming a professionally-run business. I leave with a great sense of pride for all that we’ve done to modernize Master Management, to embrace a more business-like approach to its work and to enhance this community with completed projects as well as those that have been in the planning stages in the last few years which will come to fruition in the next several years. I will always look fondly upon my time with Master Management, take pride in what we have achieved and for what will be achieved as a result of our work for these last few critical years, and look forward to continuing to serve this community wherever I have the opportunity.

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By DONNA CAPOBIANCO Any CVE condo associations interested in learning more about joining together to form a Multi-Condominium Association, please email me to request a special presentation be arranged. I would be happy to arrange a date and place to present what I have learned and the positive implications to our Village. As background, you

may research my findings by visiting the CVEREPORTER.COM and see CVE Simplified articles published monthly since November 2010. In the meantime, if any two or more associations are already considering joining together and would like assistance, please do not hesitate to email me at:






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From the Office of the Executive Director of Master Management By AL SMITH, CVE MM Executive Director On November 7 CVE Master Management held a groundbreaking for the Village’s new irrigation system in the Cambridge area of the Village. Members of the CVE Master Management Irrigation Committee were joined by the Honorable Kristin Jacobs, Broward County Commissioner, District 2; the Honorable Peggy Noland, Mayor, City of Deerfield Beach; the Honorable Marty Popelsky, Vice Mayor/Commissioner, City of Deerfield Beach, District 3; Chief Pete Sudler, Broward Sheriff’s Office; Mr. Charles DaBrusco, Director, Environmental Services/Engineering, City of Deerfield Beach; Ms. Jocelyn B. Frank, Vice-President/Principal Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo, N.A.; Mr. Steve Bell, Staff Hydrogeologist, South Florida Water Management District; Mr. Todd Mohler, Director of Design, Masuen Consulting, LLC; Mr. Tom Balling, President, Treasure Coast Irrigation, LLC, and guests in displacing the first shovels full of soil for the largest new construction project since the Village was built in the early 1970s. A film of the groundbreaking and official’s comments may be viewed on the CVE website at Delivery of equipment and material, including miles of HDPE pipe, will have begun by the time this article goes to press. All four of the Tilford tennis courts have been closed in preparation for receipt and storage of the equipment and material. At least three of the four tennis courts will be used as a staging area for the duration of the project and the

fourth tennis court (behind the Tilford pool) may reopen, if it is not required for staging, after repairs to the court surface have been completed. Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 21 in the Tilford Area of the Village with the location and marking of underground utilities. Project management, project supervision, and construction personnel from Treasure Coast Irrigation, LLC have been on site since November 14 in preparation for construction. Also on November 7 CVE Master Management added a new staff member, Mr. Walter Magenheim. Walter holds a Master Plumber’s License and has years of experience in horizontal and vertical

construction, including the twin towers of the World Trade Center, as well as all facets of project management. Walter has held the position of Operations Manager with Hilton Hotels and the Sawgrass Mills Mall, in addition to eleven years with Broward County’s Facilities Maintenance Division as Plumbing Supervisor and Maintenance Superintendent. Walter will be the Construction Project Manager and the owner’s representative during construction of the irrigation system. As well as managing the system construction, Walter will act as the liaison between the project and the residents of the Village, keeping Building Presidents, Area Presidents, Area Chairs, and residents informed of what’s going to happen, where it’s

Walter Magenheim going to happen, when it’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen, and when it will be done. Walter will also provide monthly project reports to the CVE Master Management Board of Directors at their monthly meetings

and periodic updates in the Reporter. Walter will become a familiar face in the Village and will provide assistance in minimizing disruption and inconvenience. Please join us in welcoming Walter to Century Village.

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Condo News 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


or visit us online at LORI PARRISH, CFA Property Appraiser

CVE CLUBHOUSE LIBRARY We welcome back our seasonal residents and look forward to seeing you when you visit our library.

Overstocked Book Event For a special contribution of $2.00, you can choose up to five (5) books from our sale shelves. This event will take place Monday Dec. 5 through Friday Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. And don’t forget to check out our boutique as well.






Election Date Tuesday December 20, 2011 for MM and REC All candidates running for election for 2012 are invited to the MEET THE CANDIDATES EVENT which will be held in Room A, Activity Center on December 7 at 1 p.m. and sponsored by the 2011 COOCVE Nominating Committee. Candidates will be sitting along the table and will be called one by one to come to the microphone, facing the audience, to speak about themselves and their policies for five minutes and convince us why we should vote for them. At 4 minutes and 30 seconds there will be a signal to announce that the candidate has 30 seconds left to speak. At the end of their presentation, people from the floor will be permitted to ask questions and candidates will have to answer briefly, 2 minutes or less. Only one question per person will be allowed. On election day, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, each candidate for MM and REC, will have four minutes to speak without any questions taken from the floor.


Norman Bloom


Harry Chizeck Shelly Baskin Joseph Dick Ciocca Donna Capobianco Irving Ginsberg Maureen T. Doherty Gloria Olmstead Susan Dove Felicia Prince Nancy Giordano Mel Schmier Danielle Lobono Norman Wilkin

CVE MASTER MANAGEMENT CANDIDATES (5 openings- 3 years each) NORMAN BLOOM - I have lived in the Village for seven years and am a year-rounder. I served for five years as the President of Oakridge D. I am currently on the Board of Directors of Master Management and serve as it’s Treasurer. I am on the Board of Directors of the CVE Reporter as Treasurer and am a regular contributor to its pages. HARRY CHIZECK - I have been a resident of Century Village since 1995. In 1996, I became President of Westbury E and continued in this position even after moving to Berkshire C in 2001. In 2002, I became Vice-Chair of the Berkshire Area and gave up the presidency of Westbury E. Subsequently, I became the Area Chair of the Berkshire Area and President of Berkshire C. I have served as a Board member of Master Management for the last seven years, presently, being the Chair of the Collection Committee. Before retiring, I worked for the Federal government in the Department of Defense as a Casualty Officer. I retired from the Air Force Reserves with over 40 years service. JOSEPH DICK CIOCCA - During my 10 years of residence at Berkshire C Deerfield Beach, I have served Century Village as Secretary/Treasurer of the Berkshire Area. Currently, I serve on the COOCVE Board of Directors, five years; Chair of the COOCVE Insurance Committee for three years; on Master





Management Board of Directors for three years; Chair of the Master Management Comcast Committee for three years; on the Board of Berkshire C for six years. Currently, I am National President of the National Association of Prudential Retirees, a non-profit group of thousands and am active on legislation to protect retirement benefits for all Prudential retirees. I am a Board Member for NRLN, a national, non-profit organization for retirees of large corporations all over the U.S., such as telephone companies, auto industry, airline and insurance retirees. I am Board member of Young Israel of Deerfield Beach and founder and Chair of the Board of the YIDB Men’s Organization. IRVING GINSBERG - Scholastic Achievements: I graduated from City College with a BBA in Accounting and became an Insurance Broker. After a number of years, I entered the academic world as a NYC High School Teacher until my retirement. Twelve years ago, my wife and I became condo owners and four years ago became permanent residents. I was President of my Condo Association for five years and served on the COOCVE Advisory Committee for two years. I wish to serve on the Board of Master Management for two reasons: to maintain the pleasant lifestyle we are experiencing here and to assist in the future growth of our community. GLORIA OLMSTEAD - I am a full-time resident of Century Village and serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Markham K Condominium Association, COOCVE Director, Secretary/Treasurer of the Markham Area and Chair of the COOCVE Budget Committee. I also volunteer for the Reporter. Prior to moving to Florida, I was employed by U.S. Steel Corporation at their headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA for 40 years, working in various accounting departments, with the last 10 years in Real Estate Accounting. I have an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Point Park College. As a member of the Board, I will strive to maintain the structure of the Village as economically as possible. FELICIA PRINCE - Current President of Farnham O Board of Directors. Past Treasurer of Farnham O Board of Directors. President and Event Coordinator of the Social Singles Club. Retired School Coordinator of The Project Arts Program at P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, NY. Being a team player, I am comfortable with listening to the position and ideas of others and willing to compromise, but can also be assertive when necessary to help bring a project to a favorable conclusion. My skills in organization, planning, coordinating, problem-solving and working within a budget will be an asset to the Board of Master Management. Education: Baccalaureate Degree from NYU School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, Master Degree from Queens College. MELVIN SCHMIER - Full-time resident of CVE for almost 17 years. I have served on the BOD of Oakridge V and Cambridge E as a COOCVE Director and am completing my fourth year as a Master Management Director. I’m a graduate of the Bronx H.S. of Science and City College of NY. I completed a 33-year career as a physical scientist for the U.S. Navy, involved in research and development of propulsion systems for underwater vehicles. I was senior scientist, principal investigator and contract monitor on many multi-million dollar programs and served on program advisory committees for the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. If re-elected, I will continue to use my experience and training in planning, budgeting and contracting to help provide community services to CVE in an effective and efficient manner, at a reasonable cost, consistent with the safety, security and convenience of our residents. NORMAN WILKEN - Education: BA in Economics from Brooklyn College, MA in Guidance and Personnel Services from NYU, Professional Certificate for Administrator from Hofstra University. Experience: Social Security Administration Clerk, Teacher of Math and Reading, Guidance Counselor at JHS and HS, Administrator of Adult Evening Program for Equiv. HS Diploma, Sales and Customer Services for cable television. I would enjoy the challenge of working with Master Management.






(4 openings each 2 years term)

SANDRA ADLER - Objective: Seeking a position on the Recreation Committee to help our neighbors enjoy our community to the best advantage that we can offer to them and have more resident involved. I moved to Century Village 11 years ago having lived on Long Island, New York and then in Rockville, Maryland. I have been involved in many aspects of community workings, mainly with corporate and individual travel as I have been in the business since 1978. I have served as a Board Member of my building for the past three years and am very proud of what we have done, not only to totally upgrade the building but to have many of our residents involved. I feel there are many things that can be done in our community as there are so many younger people coming in and need a reason to feel connected. I am still working part-time from home and my office. I feel that many older residents who cannot get out on their own as having no transportation need to be made to feel they are part of our community and do and see what we can offer to them. SHELLY BASKIN - Past President of Richmond F for five years. Currently Secretary for the past two years. Currently serving fourth year as member of the Recreation Committee. Past President of the CVE Nature Club and Program Director, six years of service. Monthly columnist to the CVE Reporter, The Sounding Board, five years. Current Deerfield Beach Arboretum volunteer worker, landscaper and Publicity Director, five years. Current member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.) COOCVE Director for five years. DONNA M. CAPOBIANCO, PH.D - Current CVE Affiliations: 2005 current: BOD, Oakridge V (current President); 2006-2009: BOD, Master Management (Director and President). Currently: PT Faciliator IOORR Memory Game™/Remodel Consultant. 2002-2003: ECPI College, VA Recruiting Coordinator. 1996-2001: Trader Publishing Company, VA. Director, Electronic Media, Management Development/Executive Coach. P&L Responsibility/$14 million budget; 1984-1995: U.S. Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Training Specialist. P&L Responsibility/$2 to $50 million budgets 1981-1984: VP Marketing, Scudder Funds, MA; P&L Responsibility. 1978-1981: Boston Financial, MA. GM Marketing and Administration, Director, Training; P&L Responsibility/$3 million budget. MAUREEN DOHERTY - My past reports are: I owned my own full-service salon outside of Boston. Attended Bunkerhill College for computers and word processing. Was bonded by IDS American Express. Had leads and access to all accounts all over the world. Worked for Prime America. Was involved in real estate and was a representative for Market America. Am a member of The Legion of Mary, working with the sick, to be there when they need me. SUSAN DOVE - I have been living in Century Village for 11 years and am on the Board of the Tilford B Association for the past five years. For the past six years, I have been working at the Reporter as an Advertising Consultant and Collection Clerk. I’ve been on the Nominating Committee for five years and belong to the United Order of True Sisters as Correspondence Secretary. I also belong to the Red Hats Society, ItalianAmerican Club and the 65 Social Club. I delivered Meals on Wheels in Century Village for six years. I would like to be on the Recreation Committee to help them to continue the good work that is already being done by the Committee. NANCY GIORDANO - Work History: 1984-2005 IRS. Current History: Chair of Recreation, Chair of Civic and Cultural – Over 90 Party, COOCVE Director, Secretary/Treasurer Newport Q. Recreation: Ensure the Committee functions effectively and meets responsibilities. Review contracts to ensure a quality product. Represents the Committee at meetings and with residents to optimize customer service. Ongoing improvements to our Recreation facilities. Installation of an infra red/loop system for the hearing impaired. Working with Bay Management to ensure a smooth transition. With my leadership, we have completed major renovations without raising our coupon for three years, including 2012. DANIELLE LOBONO - Background and Experience: Four-year member of CVE Recreation Committee, three years as Vice-Chair. My Committee watchdog position monitored all monthly expenses, using experience as a bookkeeper for 35+ years. Involved in all Committee budgets and bids. On Decision-Making Team for renovations at satellite swimming pools and Clubhouse interior/exterior pools and Locker Rooms. Member of Interior Decoration Team for new Clubhouse furnishings and accessories. Liaison with Recreation Committee and Entertainment Director. Organized and presented first CVE Talent Show in 2009 and Emcee for 2011 Talent Show. Current member of COOCVE Parking Enforcement Committee. Former member of Deerfield Beach Code Enforcement Committee.





Election Procedure Director(s) and/or Alternate(s) (if the Director(s) has not signed in) will be given a ballot as soon as they sign in at the Board of Directors meeting. This will enable voting to take place immediately following speeches by the candidates. After all of the candidates have been presented, Directors will be called to five tables set up for this purpose in the front of the Party Room. The 2011 COOCVE Nominating Committee, chaired by Joe Sachs, will be stationed at the tables assigned to collect ballots for designated Areas. Picture IDs of each Director will be verified and each Director will then put his or her ballot in a box. The Alternates will then be called and the same procedure will be followed. This will speed up the time needed to collect and tally the votes. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Voting Tables Areas No. of Voters

Table 1

Rita Pickar

Norma Weiner

Table 2

Philip Goldenberg

Jim McLear

Ashby, Berkshire, Cambridge, Durham


Ellesmere, Farnham, Grantham, Harwood,


Islewood, Keswick

Table 3

Toni Ponto

Nikki Lieberman

Lyndhurst, Markham, Newport


Oakridge, Prescott, Richmond, Swansea


Tilford, Upminster,Ventnor, Westbury


Table 4

Betty Schwartz

Estelle Kaufman

Table 5

Fran Stricoff

Marjorie Campbell

Bill Epstein

Run-Off Election Possible

In accordance with the Bylaws, Sec. 8.7, election shall be by a majority of the votes cast. If there are two or more candidates for any office not receiving a majority of votes cast, a run-off election shall be held immediately between the candidates who received the most votes (depending on the number not receiving a majority.) The candidate(s) receiving the most votes in the run-off election shall be declared elected. Every Director and Alternate should remain in the Party Room until the results are declared.












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Recreation’s Most Commonly Asked Questions By LEA KENNEDY, Administration/Cen-Deer Communities Office I have heard that there are changes to Recreation. What are the changes and how does it affect us? Services and amenities in the Clubhouse and other Recreation areas will remain unchanged. However, the owners of the Recreation Facilities have exercised their option to operate the facilities themselves. Cen-Deer/ DRF will be bowing out at the end of December and the new company, Bay Management, will be responsible for Recreation beginning January 1, 2012. There will be no change in staff, with the exception of the administrator. Eva Rachesky has taken the opportunity to transfer to the West Palm Beach Century Village. Lea Kennedy is the new Deerfield Administrator and is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone. As announced in previous Reporter issues, payments after December will be made out to Bay Manage-

ment. Those residents using direct debit can come into the Administration Office (Cen-Deer) to fill out a new form authorizing Bay Management to withdraw the monthly Recreation payment from their bank account. Payments will be processed for Bay Management by Seacrest Services. The Recreation employees wish to take this opportunity to wish Eva well and thank her for her untiring devotion to the Deerfield Century Village, the residents and to her staff in the Recreation departments. Staff Office Are there any restrictions on room reservations for building meetings during the season (November thru March)? With the expansion of class and club offerings, room availability has become limited. We will accommodate as many building meetings as possible; however, all recreational related activities take priority. “In Season”

room reservations will be confirmed beginning the day after Labor Day dependent upon availability. 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 and 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 We have found broken seats in the theater – where should we report this?

Century Village Recent Sales AREA



Berkshire A






Cambridge E






Grantham C






Harwood B






Lyndhurst M






Newport V






Oakridge B






Tilford K





Tilford Q





Ventnor C





Ventnor P





Westbury H







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Whenever a resident discovers a broken seat it should be reported to the ushers, or reported to the Staff or Cen-Deer Offices. Please bring them your ticket stub, when possible, and describe the problem so our Recreation maintenance staff can address the issue. Athletic Department Where is the Athletic Director’s Office located? The Athletic Director’s Office is located off the Strength Room. The doorway to the Director’s Office is on the opposite wall as you enter the Strength Room; however, our Athletic Director is most often to be found in the athletic area assisting residents or conducting a class. Recreation Maintenance We have seen signs posted at various pools saying the pool is closed for deep cleaning – what is this? Recreation has engaged a new cleaning company, Glow Cleaning. Glow will be servicing the Clubhouse, pool and tennis court areas. After an initial intense cleaning of all pools during the month of November, the pools will be on a once a month schedule of “deep cleaning.” For this one day, the pool will be closed so that the entire pool area and pool house can receive a thorough cleansing. Residents are recommended to use one of

the other pools in the Village on that day. Class Office Are the Copa dances returning this year? Yes, we are happy to confirm that the Copa dances will be back for the 2011-12 season beginning in December. Watch for Copa dance dates to be posted on Channel 99 and announced in the theater. Who can reserve a table for the Copa dance? We will reserve seats for parties of ten; one member of your party can reserve the whole table. Seating for a minimum of four can be reserved. If you do not have a group reservation, seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Ticket Office I was at the Ticket Office recently and observed people cutting in line – is this permitted? No, line cutting is not permitted and is unfair to those waiting their turn. If Security observes someone cutting in line that person will be required to go to the end of the line. Noncompliance can result in that person being escorted from the Clubhouse. The only time someone can come up and join someone in line to purchase tickets is if they are both residing in the same unit (i.e., they have the same address on their ID cards).

CONDO CLASSES 2012 By FRED ROSENZVEIG, Chairman, COOCVE Advisory Committee The COOCVE Advisory Committee is proud to sponsor two new interactive  condo classes at CVE, Jan. 12 and Feb. 9, 2012.  They will be given by Bill & Susan Raphan, formerly of the Condo Ombudsman’s Office, now State-wide Education Facilitators at Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger. These (noncredit) classes are free, and all CVE board members and residents are welcome. Both classes will be in the Clubhouse Rm. GP-A, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.   Please sign up in the Staff Office to reserve your place. 

January 12, 2012 Frequently Asked Condominium Questions Get the answers to the questions that are most frequently asked by unit owners, board members, and community association managers.  February 9, 2012 Review Class  A review of the Serving on the Board, Basic Condominium Finances, and  Condominium Meetings classes. Attendance at these previous classes is not required.


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








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“Ask Lori…Parrish on Appraisals” Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Answers Your Questions… Forgot to Renew or File your Property Tax Exemption? Dear Lori: I just received my 2011 property tax bill from Broward County. After calling your office to confirm my exemptions, I was told I forgot to renew my Additional Senior Exemption. I am 67 years old and eligible for the Additional Senior Exemption. Why can’t I have this exemption restored? M.W., Century Village, Pembroke Pines, FL We are receiving many phone calls from Broward senior citizens who were eligible to claim the LowIncome Senior’s Additional Homestead Exemption. This exemption saves, on average, $300 each year in taxes. To qualify for the Low-Income Senior Exemption, at least one Homesteaded owner must be 65 or older as of January 1, 2011 and the combined adjusted gross income of your household for 2010 must not

have exceeded $26,203. Some seniors have had their 2011 Senior Exemption removed due to non-receipt of the Senior Renewal Card or some 2011 first-time filers simply forgot to complete the application requirements, such as submission of their 2010 income tax return or 2010 Social Security 1099 Form. Unfortunately, the late filing deadline for all 2011 exemptions closed on September 19, 2011. State law (Section 196.011, F.S.) does not allow our office to late file for any exemptions after this date, regardless of any good cause reason for missing the late filing deadline. We work hard to ensure all eligible Broward residents receive the property tax exemptions they qualify for each year. In January, our office mailed a Senior Renewal Card to every 2010 Senior additional Homestead recipient. In April, we re-mailed a reminder to complete the Senior

set or collect taxes. We simply calculate assessments and grant exemptions to qualified individuals. The property bills are mailed out by Broward County on or before November 1 of each year to more than 400,000 property owners. If you need more information about your 2011 property taxes and payment options visit Card. In August, the annual “TRIM” notice was mailed to all Broward owners which listed all approved exemptions. If you did not renew your existing Senior Exemption for 2011 or failed to complete your application for a new 2011 Senior Exemption, you will need to re-apply for a new 2012 Senior Exemption, after January 1, 2012. Our office will be happy to help you obtain and complete the necessary forms. Remember: The Property Appraiser’s Office does not

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.

enue, or call the Broward Call Center at 954.831.4000. Sincerely, Lori Parrish, CFA If you have a question for the Property Appraiser, please email Lori at or write to her at the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.





My Presence in the Village By MARTY POPELSKY,Vice Mayor/ Commissioner District 3 The Village is buzzing with activity, thanks to the return of all our snow birds – a warm welcome back to you all. It’s the holiday season and I want to take this opportunity to wish you all great holidays. Speaking of prosperous, in last month’s article, I highlighted the many new businesses that have opened in the past few months, which is a good sign for our local economy. As we enter the busy holiday season, full of shopping and holiday meals, I want to remind you that every business adds to the city’s tax base. The best way to welcome new businesses is to patronize them, which I encourage you to do. The New Year brings hope

for a healthy and prosperous one for all. I feel certain that 2012 will be a good year for the City of Deerfield Beach and our residents as well. Again, Happy Holidays, and know that I am always available to help any citizen in my district. NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS Holiday Hours for City Operations In observance of the upcoming holidays, all City facilities (except for the International Fishing Pier) will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2. City Commission Meeting Schedule for December

The only City Commission meeting this month will be on December 6. The December 20 meeting has been cancelled. Kick Off of the Deerfield Beach Green Market The Cove Shopping Center, Hillsboro Blvd. at the Intracoastal December 11, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Along with a wide variety of produce, fresh flowers and booths selling greenish items, this market will feature vendors selling delightful and charming holiday gift items. Bring your favorite cookie recipe for our DFB Green Market Cookbook which will be published and available for the grand finale green market. For more information, visit www.DeerfieldBeachGreen- Beach Parking Permits Starting December 1, 2011, parking permits for 2012 will be on sale at City Hall from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The permits are only available to city

residents, who when applying for a permit, must, as proof of residency, have a valid vehicle registration and either a current utility bill or a voter’s registration card. Cost is $100 and permit is valid from the date of purchase through December 31, 2012. Remember that I am your only full time Commissioner. I am always here to assist you in any way I can. Call me any time, and I will be glad to help you resolve your problems. City Hall Office  954-480-4218 City Assistant Phone  954480-4263 Email:    web.commission@ Regards & Good Health Marty Popelsky Your District 3 Commissioner

Sheriff’s Report By SHERIFF AL LAMBERTI From the Roadways to Shopping Centers, BSO is Keeping You Safe This Holiday Season There is no doubt that the holidays are a time for celebration but if you are planning to attend holiday festivities where alcohol is served, do not drink and drive! You can injure yourself or others by recklessly getting behind the wheel after a few too many alcoholic beverages. At the Broward Sheriff’s Office, we recognize the need for proactive enforcement of Florida’s DUI laws to combat this potentially devastating crime – especially during the holiday season. Our deputies will be out in force to ensure the safety of the motoring public during the holidays and all year round. 

Sobriety checkpoints are a great deterrent, used by law enforcement, to protect our roadways from people driving under the influence. Center for Disease Control studies show that checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes and fatalities by 20 percent. The average stop time at a checkpoint is about the length of a cycle at a traffic light. Highly publicized sobriety checkpoints are a reminder to the public not to drink and drive and it removes potentially dangerous people from the roadway, so if you are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, know that we are doing it for your safety and the safety of the motoring public.

These are some additional facts about impaired driving: * Broward County ranks second in alcohol-related accidents in the State of Florida. * On average, in the United States, a person is killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes. * Each year the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrests about 1,500 motorists for driving under the influence. It’s not just on the roadways where you will find the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office keeping you safe. Too often, opportunistic criminals prey on holiday shoppers so our deputies are adding patrols in shopping centers and areas where holiday celebrations are taking place to deter

criminal activity. You can do your part to stay safe by following these simple tips: * While you are out making your holiday purchases, stay alert. * Park your car in a welllit area.

* Secure valuables inside your trunk or take them with you. * When you return to your vehicle, have your keys in hand so that you can quickly unlock the door and get inside.  * Never carry large amounts of money and if you go to an ATM for cash, do so during daytime hours and only in a safe location.  On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I wish you a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year! Remember, if you plan on celebrating the holidays this season and alcohol will be involved, designate a driver. Stay safe!


Phyllis’ kitchen By PHYLLIS PISTOLIS Peachy Chicken 3 chicken breasts, halved ½ c. flour salt & pepper 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. cooking oil 1 ½ c. orange juice 2 Tbsp. vinegar 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. basil ½ tsp. nutmeg 1 can peaches or apricots, halved and drained Shake chicken in bag with flour, salt and pepper. Brown in butter and oil. Place chicken in 3-qt. greased casserole dish. Combine orange juice, vinegar, sugar, basil and nutmeg. Cover and bake at 375° for 1 hr. and 15 min. or until tender. Baste often. Then place peaches or apricots between chicken pieces. Baste well and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes. Serves 6 Crustless Coconut Pie 4 eggs ¼ c. butter 1 c. sugar ¼ c. flour ½ tsp. baking powder 2 c. milk 1 tsp. vanilla ¼ tsp. salt 1 c. coconut In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Pour into greased 10-in. pie pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hr. Though there is no crust, the dessert bakes into a pie and cuts like one. Ginger Snaps 1 c. molasses ½ c. butter 1 Tbsp. ginger 1 tsp. baking soda 3 c. flour Boil together molasses and butter. Cool. Add ginger, baking soda and flour. Roll dough thin on a floured board and cut with cookie cutter. Bake at 350° for 8-10 min. Makes 4-6 doz.




Donna Summer, My Idol By PAULINE MIZRACH Donna Summer is an American singer/songwriter who was born in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is one of seven children and was raised by devout Christian parents. She began singing in church at a young age. In her teens, she formed several musical groups with her sister and cousin, imitating Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas in Boston. In the late 1960s, she was influenced by Janis Joplin’s albums; Janis was a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later formed the psychedelic group, Crow, as lead singer. Summer dropped out of high school, convinced that music was her way out of Boston where she always felt her-

self an outsider, even among her own family, who ridiculed her voice and her looks. The Trials and Tribulations – Moving On – In 1968 Summer auditioned for the Broadway musical, Hair. When the musical moved to Europe, she moved to Germany for several years, settling in Munich and began performing in several ensembles created by German producer Gunther – Yogi, Godspell and the Viennese Folk Opera. She sang as a member of the pop group, Family Tree. Eventually she made a deal with the European label, Groovy Records, and issued her first album, Lady of the Night in 1974. I catch Disco Fever – In the 1970s, Summer recorded many disco albums and gained prominence. She was the first artist and Grammy winner with three consecutive

albums on the U.S. Billboard charts. I look back at the time I lived in Brooklyn, and I remember Summer’s disco musical tapes. I requested her songs at celebrations and dances. I tuned into her sound style; I still do to this day. In 1972, she married Austrian, Helmut Sommer, and later gave birth to her daughter, Mini. She divorced Helmut because of his absences and other problems, then changed his last name to Summer. Summer would later be romantically involved with Brooklyn Dreams singer, Bruce Sudana. The couple married years after the release of Thank God It’s Friday, paying a singer to perform “hot” discs at a club. Her song, Last Dance, reached number three on Hot 100 which earned her a Grammy Award. Despite her musical success, she was

struggling with anxiety and depression and fell into prescription drug addiction for several years. Bad Girls and a break from disco – Following her recovery from prescription drugs, she worked on her next album with Morader and Bellotte. The album became a success with number one hits: Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Heaven Knows, Last Dance, Dim All the Lights and On the Radio. Summer later won her second Grammy Award as the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. To this day, Donna Summer remains my idol singer and disco queen. I look back to many years when I lived in Brooklyn and now in Century Village. I play her songs of my happy days and following her journey to fame. I hope to request one of my favorite renditions, Last Dance.

our upstairs window and see a big red glow above the distant city center. Our school was a very nice, modest elementary school called Grange Park. We didn’t get to see much of it, however. We spent much of the time in the school’s air-raid shelter, sitting on little benches in the dark with our feet ankle deep in water. But boy, did we sing! I think that’s where I got my strong voice. Our headmaster gave us very clear instructions in the event we heard an air-raid alarm on the way to school: “If you’re nearer to home when you hear the alarm, go back. If you’re nearer to school, continue to school.” You can be sure that we somehow managed to be closer to home almost every time the sirens went off! As children will, we found ways to have fun even in those anxious, terrible days. Instead of swapping comic books, we’d go out into the fields and pick up pieces of shrapnel from the bombs that fell the night before and trade them. My Dad was too old for the army so he joined the Home Guard (also called, appropriately, Dad’s Army). My job was to shine his boots for him. “Spit and polish, Mary,” he’d say. (MOM: do you want to say a little more about what Granddad did for the Home Guard?) One day my Dad came home from working in his allotment (This was a plot of land the government gave families to raise vegetables which were quite scarce.) He told us that he had been bending over a rhubarb

plant when a German Messerschmitt fighter strafed the area. Dad dove behind the bushes and saved himself. This was one of several instances where he made narrow escapes. One workday, on a break from his job as a steelworker, he was crossing the yard with his mug of tea with a pal when a bomb hit the next building. Everyone hit the ground. When the danger passed, Dad stood up but his pal was still on the ground, moaning. “Al, I think I’m a goner,” he called out. “I can feel warm blood all over me.” My dad looked down at him. “You silly blighter! It’s yer cuppa tea you spilled.” We kids had a good laugh at that story. It was not all humorous though, of course. One night, after an exceptionally heavy barrage, we woke to find a nearby house completely leveled. The entire family that lived there perished. We lived two fields away from what was then called Northolt Airport where most of the young airmen in the R.A.F. were stationed. As

they flew overhead in their Spitfires and Hurricanes we used to wave and yell, “Good Luck Boys!” These were the 17 and 18-year-olds of the R.A.F., famous for the Battle of Britain and praised by Churchill in a famous speech, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The war dragged on. A little sister and brother were born, so there were four of us kids. Mum lined up for an orange each on our ration cards. Then she would come home and we’d erase the mark and she’d go back, line up and get us four more! The way we lived seemed so natural to us, and I didn’t feel like I was suffering. We had enough to eat. We had our games and our friends. This was childhood. We didn’t know then, of course, that in Europe people were suffering so much more and of the horror that occurred there. Our parents kept us sheltered as much as they could and gave us all the love that brought us through. Thank you, Mum and Dad.

Recollections of a Child in Wartime Britain By MARY FELDMAN

I was about seven years old when my family moved from Shepherd’s Bush, right in the heart of London, to a street of newly-built brick houses in Hayes, Middlesex. It was 1939. I don’t know if we moved because my Dad knew what was on the horizon, or if he just thought that the country was a better place to bring up children. In any case, the answer was irrelevant to a seven-year-old. We loved the freedom to run and play in the large garden of our house. Better still were the streams and fields beyond, which beckoned “explorers” and little “Robin Hoods.” We had no idea what was to come. One day, my Dad dug a pit and put in a corrugated Anderson Shelter as a safe haven during air raids. The shelter was buried to the point where we had to stoop to enter. He painted the inside white with pink blobs so it would look homey for us kids. I remember sitting in our back garden on a balmy Sunday afternoon with my brother Don. Suddenly there were sirens – I’ll never forget the sound – the steady throb of Nazi planes and the whistling of the bombs dropping through the sky. We ran to the shelter, ducking our heads and then waited for the danger to pass. Eventually we got the “All Clear” that meant we could march back into the house. My Mum and Dad never came into the shelter with us. I think my Mum thought that if she were in the house it wouldn’t be bombed. Some nights, we would look towards London from





Green Plastic Garbage Bags By AVIVA RAVEL One Sunday afternoon my ten-year-old son informed me that a man was at the door selling green plastic garbage bags. “Why would anyone buy garbage bags when the paper bags from the supermarket are free? Please tell him we’re not interested.” I then recalled my father wrapping our garbage in newspapers and tying the bundles with white string. I had noted with pride that our bundles were the neatest on the block. “Who’s going to buy Kraft Dinner,” I said to my daughter as I examined the box in the supermarket, “when you can cook macaroni, grate the cheese, add milk and butter and get more for half the price?” Needless to say, before long I was buying green plastic garbage bags and Kraft Dinner. I was perfectly content with my Underwood manual typewriter. In fact I wrote my first plays on that friendly instrument, inserting three carbon sheets when I needed copies. But one day I couldn’t find a ribbon to replace the old one. My son said, “They don’t make ribbons anymore. Everyone’s using electric typewriters. All you do is slip in a cartridge…” “I want my old typewriter,” I moaned. But moaning didn’t help. I had no choice but to purchase an electric machine. Soon I reluctantly admitted the keyboard was easier on my fingers, one of which was showing signs of arthritis. “Get rid of the electric typewriter,” my daughter said a year later. “They now

have a word processor. You don’t type directly on paper but on a screen and you can easily move, erase, and edit your material. Then you save it on a disk that comes with the computer and print the work on a separate printer.” I wondered what she was talking about. I was soon to find out when a word processor was delivered to my home, courtesy of this said daughter who spent many tedious hours teaching me how to operate this monster. But I have to admit my AES word processor and I eventually became good friends. One day my husband came home outraged at what was happening in the world. “What now,” I asked, “another war?” “A woman came into Radio Shack and was furious that their remote wasn’t working properly.” “What’s a remote?” “You press buttons on a gadget that turns on the television, changes channels, increases and lowers the sound without you having to get up from your seat. One day people will be born without legs because they’ll stop using them.” “Don’t get so excited. This house will never have a remote.” A week later he happened to pass by the store and bought one just to see how it works. Each of my televisions is now equipped with a remote. “You’re behind the times,” my friend said. “You need a dishwasher.” “I have an excellent dishwasher at home - my husband.” “A dishwasher is faster and less work.” “I don’t need one.” This

time my son’s pal who was living with us at the time brought home a machine that came with a tube you attach to the tap over the sink. Load the machine, turn on the tap and the dishes are washed and dried. I haven’t been without a dishwasher since. One day the aforementioned friend noted with some consternation that I was grating potatoes by hand. “You need a food processor. It cuts, slices, chops, grates and mixes anything. All you do it insert the vegetables or whatever you’re making and press a button.” “My potato latkehs will not taste the same,” I said. I was wrong. The following Hanukkah nobody knew the difference. “Throw out the word processor,” my daughter said when I couldn’t obtain replacement parts. “We now have computers.” “What do computers do that word processors don’t?” “You still write on a screen, but now you can send and receive letters instantly. It’s called email.” “I like writing letters on paper and mailing them out. And I don’t like those ‘ballpoint’ pens they invented. A nib and ink make for better penmanship.” She was unconvinced. “You can also look up anything you want just by clicking the mouse.” “So what do I have an encyclopedia for? And what is a mouse other than this wee creature that squeaks?” “You can also create a web page so everyone can become familiar with your work.” “I thought webs were to catch flies.” She didn’t laugh. So I sat shiva for my word processor and acquired my first computer. A string of them followed: an HP, a Gateway, a Dell, a Lenova, along with printers sporting various impressive names like Samsung that connected to these computers via a dozen wires. When repairs proved to be too expensive, I was forced to replace each one since the new ‘improved’ computer didn’t cost that much more and had more features. My daughter, with enormous patience, showed me how to operate each one of these machines that I treated with the tender care one reserves for an infant. Now when I have a problem, I summon my teenage grandson to handle it. It’s obvious to every progressive household in the 21st Century that one cannot be without a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant, a hair dresser…and a computer maven. And so I became familiar with func-

tions such as esc, alt, delete, ctrl, insert, copy, paste, attach, cursor... I thought I had finally arrived at the technological age when my daughter suggested I buy a microwave. “What’s that for?” “To warm food.” “What do I have a stove for?” “A microwave is faster, and more efficient.” “No way will I buy a totally unnecessary machine that will become obsolete in a year.” However, children have their own ideas, and one day she appeared at our country home with her husband, baby and a microwave. “This is for you, Eema. And I will use it to warm the baby’s food.” How can a mother refuse a daughter’s gift? Today, due to circumstances beyond my control I live in three homes and on the counter in each kitchen sits a white microwave because how did I ever manage without one? Husband number two’s children sent us a Keurig which I had casually admired while visiting one of their homes. “This is very nice,” I said, “but I like my coffee pot.” “This machine creates one cup at a time; you insert a prepared little cup with the coffee of your choice and in exactly one minute the coffee is ready. No more washing coffee pots.” “I can do without it,” I said. But since they bought it already, we use it every day. Preparing coffee in my old coffee pot takes exactly one minute and twenty seconds. Think of all the seconds I save in a year. Here I’d like to say a word about the universal cell phone. When husband number one wasn’t feeling well, my children said I must have a cell phone. “Why exactly do I need one?” (I had no idea what a cell phone was.) “So you can phone Abba whenever you’re out in case he needs something,” “And what’s wrong with going into a telephone booth or a store to use the phone?” “Come on, Eema this is efficiency plus. And he can call you no matter where you are.” So I bought one. Now both husband number two and I each have a cell phone so neither of us gets lost in Century Village. If I forget my phone at home, I feel like I’m walking barefoot in a snowstorm, which reminds me of all those people who don’t know where they’re going unless their GPS gives them directions in the voice of their choice. How did we arrive anywhere before the GPS? Now there are many offshoots of the cell phone, all of which are foreign to me:

I-pods, I-pads, smartphones, dumbphones, Blackberries, Androids … that not only connect you with anyone anywhere but can take photos, pick up your e-mail and play your favorite music. I’m waiting for one of these contraptions to make a quick cup of coffee on demand. Then I’ll buy one. I’ll never buy a Kindle or a Nook. I like to hold a book in my hands, make a note every now and then in the margin, underline a passage or two, even cross out something that annoys me, (when I own the book) and insert markers between the pages for future reference. The other day I watched a woman ‘turning” the pages of her Kindle-book just by drawing her finger across the screen. Will wonders never cease? I also refuse to clutter my computer with devices I don’t want to understand: Facebook, blogs, and tweeting with a Twitter. Fortunately, my granddaughter assured me I don’t need any of these functions, at least not yet. And my grandson thinks that for my age I’m pretty good at the computer. Well, I can follow his meticulous instructions which I store in a little black book. I never leave town without it. Recently I watched husband number two’s grandchildren speak to their Dad via a contraption called Skype. (Who invents those names anyway?) The said Dad, who is overseas, appeared in person on the computer screen, and he could also see us. I for one will never get a Skype. No one is going to look at me at 7:00 in the morning. I admit I have withdrawal symptoms and suffer anxiety attacks when my computer refuses to compute, my cell phone goes into permanent mute, my microwave refuses to micro or my dishwasher floods. No, I can’t imagine cooking on my mother’s coal stove, but she sang in the kitchen when she prepared our food (I grumble) and washed the dishes by hand. “Look,” she’d say, “how wonderful! The water comes out of the wall! Back home [in Romania] we pumped water from a well and carried it in pails into the house.” My son and daughter occasionally remind me of the day I refused to buy green plastic garbage bags, while Kraft Dinner became the children’s favorite meal. Still, I cherish the memory of my father making those neat newspaper bundles of garbage, tying them carefully with a white string and setting them out on the curb. My question is: “Where do we go from here? And how much does a Kindle cost anyway?”





Renovating a L ife By LUCILLE C. WEITZ

Browsing through Barnes and Noble in Princeton, I picked up a book simply because I recognized the name of the author. Rachel Simon had written Riding the Bus with My Sister, an account of her journeys with her developmentally-disabled sister. The book became a national bestseller and then a TV movie, starring Andie MacDowell and Rosie O’Donnell. Her current book is called Building a Home with My Husband, a journey through the renovation of love. Survivors of home renovations love to share war stories. They tell harrowing tales of contractors who disappear for months midway through

a job. The final costs of their projects are always more than expected. But Simon’s book is as much about a renovation of the spirit as a rebuilding of walls and an opening up of rooms. As Simon tells it, the project changed her life. Simon shares her experience of turning the house she shares with her architect husband into a comfortable, light-filled sustainable home. Tearing down walls and clearing out cartons of mementos forced Simon, a sentimentalist from a troubled family, to come to grips with unresolved relationships while at the same time clarifying her purpose in life. It is that search for purpose that forms a running theme

throughout the book. By the end of the process, Simon has not only found her true home but also discovered what she was meant to do - listen to others and tell their stories. Simon says: “It’s because my life, I now understand, finds its purpose day by day as I sing with friends, talk with movers, care for my sisters, wave to my neighbors, share moments with strangers, struggle with my mother, comfort my husband, listen to builders, laugh with my father and remember those I’ll never know who shared my house. It’s a love of others and doing all I can to feel that we are not in our deepest selves alone.” Almost immediately, the

renovation became an emotional journey for Simon. Unhappy childhood memories began to surface as she began to rid herself of some treasured possessions. Her father, a teacher and her mother, a librarian, had divorced when she and her siblings were young. Her mother’s resulting depression took a huge toll on her children. She ended up speaking to a therapist who actually specialized in renovation. Simon realized how much in her life she had gone through; broken relationships and what she had done or could do to repair them. She realized that she had been acquiring a box of tools throughout her life and that she was now looking in

the box and seeing what was needed and remembering how to use them. Spending time with contractors, Simon talked to them about how much time they spent watching people go through emotional turmoil as the result of a project. She saw all these metaphors to relationships and realized that the language used to talk about relationships is construction language – “building up a wall” or “we’re wired differently.” What really helped in Simon’s case was that Hal, the “husbitect,” was prepared for many of the potential pitfalls. “He knew stuff happens,” she says. “He would talk me off the anger ledge.”

Blown out of the Kitchen By SANDI LEHMAN I’m a snowbird. I travel to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn every year starting in May so I can spend Mother’s Day with my daughter, son-in-law and my wonderful two grandsons Evan and Alec. As a snowbird when I return to my co-op in Brooklyn I check around the apartment. Is the sink dripping, is the toilet working, are the TV’s in good order? Yes, all seemed to be well. I see my old friends, get

acquainted with my co-op neighbors again, enjoy our swimming pool and my walks with my fiancé Larry on beautiful Sheepshead Bay. We walk on the boardwalk, go to Atlantic City enjoy both our relatives and have good times. Well, one morning I thought I smelled gas, presumably from my older gas stove. So I figured I’d turn on the burner to se if it was working. Well, all of a sudden I heard a blast explosion. The door to my stove blew

out, sent my trays which I used for cooking flying out of the stove onto my kitchen floor AND I actually was blown out of the kitchen bodily and thankfully into the arms of my fiancé Larry who caught me! What a feeling! Imagine getting a blast like that and flying out of the kitchen. I immediately called the gas company in Brooklyn. This episode happened on Labor Day, but the gas company arrived immediately along

Tropical Fruit By HELENE WAYNE

Publix shopping is always an experience, sometimes good and other times not my favorite thing to be doing. On this particular day, I was in the produce department talking to a very pretty lady. In her hand, she held an interesting small green object. To me it looked like a large grape or maybe a distant relative of a brussel sprout. It obviously had a hard shell because she was able to squeeze and crack it. Out came a little yellow marble, which she popped into her mouth and then spit into her hand. She announced it was bitter and not nearly ripe enough. “When I was a youngster down in the islands,” the woman explained, “I loved eating this fruit. We used to go into the woods and shake them off the trees. They grew

in bunches like grapes.” The package label for this unknown tropical fruit revealed that it was imported from the Dominican Republic. My companion identified the fruit with a long name which was not on the label.

Shocked, she looked at the price - $5. “When I was a kid they grew wild,” she told me. “We never had to pay anything.” During another visit to Publix, I asked the manager about this intriguing tropical fruit. Unfortunately, the

with a supervisor. They disconnected my stove and said I was quite lucky I didn’t explode with the stove. The only thing that happened to me physically was the shock of the ordeal, my arms and legs, my eyebrows and even my hair seemed to be singed by the stove explosion. Of course I couldn’t cook and use my stove, but lucky me, there are so many beautiful restaurants on Sheepshead Bay, but I did become an efficient user of the toaster oven

and my microwave. So when I return next May, I will start a renovation of my kitchen; new stove, new sink, paint job, new counter tops, back-splash and new flooring. I will have the prettiest red and white kitchen you will ever see. When I returned to Florida in October I learned my brand new air conditioner failed a test from Deerfield Beach inspectors. So here we go again. Florida style. But all is now in good working order. So, what’s next?

fruit was no longer there. The manager suggested the name “Marcello.” He had no idea what the fruit was called in the Dominican Republic. I decided that if I should ever see this rare tropical fruit again I would buy some, hoping that it was ripe enough. It

will be an adventure. I like to picture the fruit hanging from a tree in bunches and tasting absolutely delicious. Since living in Florida, I’ve learned to enjoy the many tropical fruits that are available to us. I look forward to adding this one to my list.

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The Art of a Gift By SHELLY BASKIN

“Dottie” is a name. We all have names; we all have monikers; we all are identifiable, by names and nicknames. There are interesting names, humorous names, fun names, modern names, and names we don’t prefer to live out our days with. “Dottie” is a nickname for Doris. Dottie is also a name that identifies a specific person, a specific personality, a specific oneof-a-kind friend. I first met her here at the Village. Most meet new friends and acquaintances almost daily. There are always interesting stories to share with new people, like Dottie are from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and circumstances. England was Dottie’s place, a proud country with a proud history. It is a country that is not unlike ours with its values and traditions and freedoms. Dottie told me a great deal about the UK, its people, and the countryside. Dottie takes from her vast experiences learned from her beloved English father and gives back encouragement to all who meet her.

Here in Florida, I learned that Dottie, like me, spent some years in Massachusetts, so we could share backgrounds. Her greatest strength is to impart to others her outlook on life, her positive thoughts, her zest for living. A year ago, for example, Dottie had a broken hip, in two places. Many others would have given up without a try. But not my friend. She had the operation, went to rehab, worked and worked, and within weeks she was up and around and appeared everywhere. Driving is her special interest and her get-a-way. She does no want to be stopped or interrupted in her journey. She has a passion for living, for being alive. Or, maybe, like some others, she is afraid to stop. “Life is good.” Whenever one sees Dottie, her greeting is just that. She tells everyone why that statement is true. “There is always someone worse off, always,” she points out. She knows it. Now, we all know it. And, we must learn to help and comfort the less fortunate. “To plant a garden is to believe

in tomorrow,” Dottie says. Other thoughts are, “be happy while living, because you are a long time deceased.” Another is “life is good, it beats the alternative.” A popular slogan, “live, laugh, love,” appears every morning with her tea and crumpets, “live, laugh, love.” Hopefully, you know Dottie, or will meet her one day. Be on the lookout for a woman with an outgoing personality that has something good to say about everyone. If you are of the faint of heart or if you are always dragging yourself and others down, you won’t see her. She appears as if by magic and may affect your life forever. Dottie joins me in wishing you, and your families and friends a most joyous holiday season. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, Feliz Navidad and a Joyeax Noel, and a healthy and happy year ahead. We wish you a friend like Dottie. That could be the greatest gift of all.

In Loving Memory By Sedora Villa

Aura Suares The Hispanic Club of Century Village East lost one of their own on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Aura Suares was one of the pioneers of the Hispanic Club and will be missed immensely. Aura was born on May 6, 1922 in the Dominican Republic, the 13th of 15 children. She was a school teacher in her native country, a position she left to come to the United States to help her sister Consuelo take care of her daughter Katherine and later her son Erick. Aura never had any children but Katherine and Erick considered her their second mother. Aura and her sister Consuelo lived together in Newport; they never missed bingo, the Saturday night dances at the Clubhouse and the Hispanic Club meetings. She leaves behind a sister, a wonderful family and many friends, especially the members of the Hispanic Club. I will always remember her smile and hugs every time I saw her at the meetings. Our prayers to her family and we say, “Adios Aura, que Dios te tenga en la Gloria.” From your friends at the Hispanic Club.


John J. Chiorazzi On October 27, 2011, John J. Chiorazzi of Ellesmere D passed away at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy Rego Chiorazzi, daughters, Catherine Jorgensen (Harry) and Philomena Meisler (Kevin), two brothers, three sisters, three grandsons and three granddaughters as well as many other family members and friends. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War, earning the Combat Infantry Badge. He became a permanent resident of CVE in 2001 and was an avid tennis player. He also served as President of his building. He will be sadly missed.

In Loving Memory By JANICE ZAMSKY

Barbara Mazel Cambridge D resident, Barbara Mazel, passed away Monday, October 31. Funeral services were held in New Jersey. Barbara was a snowbird then became a permanent resident a few years ago. She lived in New York City, Queens and Brooklyn. In New York she taught the visually impaired, elementary school students and was a teacher trainer. Serving for several years on the Cambridge D Condo Association Board was another of her many activities. Survivors include two sisters and many nieces and nephews.






The Medical Profession By AVIVA RAVEL

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Jonathan Landau; I’m a retired salesman. Me, I get along with everyone; I never complain about a thing. Ask my friends, ask my wife but this evening I want to lodge a complaint against the medical profession. One day I wake up with a pain in my big toe so I call my G.P., Dr. Katz. The nurse says he can’t see me for two weeks. I tell her I’m in pain; I can’t walk so she says she’ll squeeze me in tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, I should take two aspirins and drink plenty of orange juice. Dr. Katz examines me. He thinks I may have a perpendicular convoluted upper carsolium. So he refers me to the eminent orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Klutz. I get a referral slip, the Medicare card goes “click-click”, and I limp out of the office. Dr. Klutz’s nurse says he can’t see me for four weeks. I tell her I’m in pain; I can’t walk so she gives me an appointment in two weeks. In

the meantime I should take two aspirins and drink plenty of weak decaffeinated tea. When I get to Dr. Klutz’s office, there are 60 people ahead of me. But, no problem, he has five examining rooms so I only have to wait 15 minutes. He looks at my toe and tells me I have cordonitis of the horizontal posterium and refers me to the eminent rheumatologist, Dr. Kitzel. I get the referral slip, the Medicare card goes “click-click”, and I limp out on a crutch. Dr. Kitzel can’t see me for two months. I begin to cry; the nurse gives me an appointment in four weeks. In the meantime, I should take two aspirins and drink plenty of apple juice. The pain is getting worse. Finally, I’m in Dr. Kitzel’s office; there are 50 people ahead of me. He has only one examining room so I have to wait four hours. The doctor rubs his chin and says I have a vertical coliosis of the fernicular nerve so he refers me to Dr. Koortz, the eminent neurologist. I get a referral slip, the Medicare card goes “click-click”, and I limp out

on two crutches. Dr. Koortz is glowing with a beautiful tan. I get an X-ray and a blood test; everything is normal. “Precisely what I thought,” he says. “You’re suffering from psychohysteria-foot-phobia.” So he refers me to Dr. Krahtz, the eminent psychiatrist, who studied with Dr. Anna Freud. I scream, “There’s nothing wrong with my head, but there’s something wrong with my toe!” He tells me to take two aspirins and drink plenty of grape juice. I get a referral slip, the Medicare card goes “click-click”, and an orderly carries me out to a taxi. I don’t want to go to a psychiatrist but I’m so desperate I call her office. The doctor can’t see me for five months; she’s going on a lecture tour. I yell at the nurse, “I’m in agony. If she doesn’t see me today, I don’t know what I’ll do!” The nurse says, “You’re having an anxiety attack with suicidal overtones. Come down right away.” At last I’m lying on the couch in Dr. Krahtz’s office. She looks me over and says, “I hear you are really suffering; let’s talk about it.” I

start to tell her about my toe but she says I mustn’t avoid the real issue. “What’s the real issue?” I ask. “That’s what we’re here to find out. Tell me about your relations with your wife.” “It’s not my wife, it’s my toe!” “Was your childhood difficult?” “It’s not my childhood, it’s my toe!” She promises to attend to my toe later but in the meantime, I must confide in her. So I tell her my wife has the radio on too loud while I’m watching Jeopardy and that disturbs me. I wanted singing lessons as a child, but my parents couldn’t afford them so I felt deprived. “Wonderful,” she says. “You’re opening up.” I glare at her. She tells me it’s normal to resent the psychiatrist during the first session but she thinks we’ll get along just fine and to see her replacement tomorrow. I cry, “My toe! What about my toe!” “I will refer you to an excellent G.P., Dr. Katz.” The Medicare card goes “clickclick” and an ambulance takes me home. The doctors have already made a fortune on my toe but

it still hurts. I call Dr. Katz and what do you think the nurse says? He can’t see me for two weeks! I tell her he’ll see me right now or I’ll report him to the Medical Association and CNN. The nurse tells me to come over right away. I call 9-1-1, and the police deliver me to Dr. Katz. He asks, “What’s the matter, my friend?” Now I’m his friend. So I tell him, “You sent me to Dr. Klutz, who sent me to Dr. Kitzel, who sent me to Dr. Koortz, who sent me to Dr. Krahts, who sent me back to you and my toe still hurts.” So he calls in his nurse and asks her to look at my toe; she says it’s a bit of an ingrown toenail. He tells her to look after it; the operation is over in 45 seconds. She bandages my toe, and I’m ready to limp away when the doctor says, “One moment please, you didn’t give me your Medicare card; doctors also have to make a living.” The Medicare card goes “click-click”. Thank you for your attention, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.






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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 8:00am in GP-N. (You must fast from midnight on). The health screenings will start at 9:00am and be followed by an interesting presentation from one of our experts at 10:00am. Here is a listing of upcoming topics: Tuesday, January 3 10am – Knee Pain Tuesday, February 7 10am – Healthy Heart


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 award winning NBMC Joint Replacement Center features newly remodeled private rooms, family centered patient education and group therapy. Presented by Dr. Bruce Janke, Medical Director NBMC Joint Replacement Center & Dr. Steven Naide, Orthopedic Surgeon. Wednesday ~December 7, 2011 6pm-7pm, 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


Join us as Dr. Ridwan Lin, Interventional Neurologist specializing in stroke treatment serves up some great ideas about lowering your risk of stroke. Special guest chef Robert Stanley will present a delicious demonstration/tasting and share a few recipes that are sure to become your new holiday favorites! NBMC is your Comprehensive Stroke Center, ranking in the top 5% nationally for stroke care. Presented by Dr. Ridwan Lin, Interventional Neurologist Thursday December 15, 2011 6pm-7pm 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


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


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


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

Look Good …Feel Better Cosmetics and Wigs

Last day of the month 10 a.m. until noon, Please rsvp to Linda Watson 954-786-5127 Must Be Registered To Participate!!

North Broward Medical Center 201 East Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 954-941-8300 Here . . . When You Need Us Most



00 Safety Check of Your Building

PREVENT FLOOD DAMAGE We will inspect each and every apartment in your building for only $19.00 per apartment. You will receive a complete computer read out of the safety (flood) status of your building. Includes: • Water Heater Inspection • All Valves • Toilet Condition (these can easily flood a building) Plumbing Report is Signed by a State Licensed Plumber This Report May Be Used for Insurance Purposes

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Electrical Inspection consists of the following: • The cover of the electrical box is unscrewed & removed to expose the internal wires and connections. These are examined for any deformities that might happen over the last 20 or 30 years. Florida's high humidity can be very destructive to these wires & connections.

Electricity causes vibrations: • Over a 20 to 30 year span of time, these vibrations loosen screws and wires within the box. These loose wires will shorten the life expectancy of your appliances and could cause a fire. • We tighten the screws and lugs and use No Lox if needed. • We also go to the electrical room where your meters are and perform the same functions. • In addition, we will change the batteries in your smoke detector.

PTM Electric, Inc. • EC13004084 Call Peter 561-351-5003 The City of Deerfield Beach is now demanding all water heaters, both regular and tankless, have permits. Two permits are required, one for electrical work, one for the plumbing work.

Electrical Permit The city is requiring an electrical permit and will inspect all electrical work performed.

Plumbing Permit The city also requires a plumbing permit and will inspect the plumbing to be sure we do not cause the building to be flooded.

Tankless Water Heaters Installed Includes both permits, all electrical and plumbing work complete with all parts. $1095.00

Regular Water Heaters Installed Includes both permits, all electrical and plumbing work complete with all parts. $875.00

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Travels with Sandy Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast - Part III By CHARLES K. PARNESS SORRENTO We had a walking tour of this small city. Our hotel where we stayed for the week was on a small hill. We saw an ancient Greek ruin in a gully about a hundred feet below the roadway. Some of the restaurants were on the cliff overlooking the beach. You left one piazza and walked down a narrow street into another piazza. As in most of the places we visited, statues are everywhere. One of our side excursions was to a small farm operated by six family members. They farm on a very steep hill (no surprise) and utilized every bit of land and every resource to its fullest. They grew olives and pressed them to produce virgin olive oil. We saw horses, goats, ducks, geese, pigs, guinea hens, and a few watch dogs. They had vineyards and lemon trees, and grew a variety of vegetables. It seems that lemon trees grow very well in that part of Italy, and we see them almost everywhere, even within a city. The farmers keep nets which they unfurl when the fruit (olives, lemons, etc) ripens and is caught in the nets before the fruit hits the ground. There are two types of lemons - the larger variety is cut up and used in salads, and the peel of ten lemons of the smaller variety, are placed in grain alcohol. The result is a 70 proof liquor called limongello. Their shop sold olive oil, wine and mozzarella cheese all of which were produced at the farm. Before starting our pizza and cheese making lesson, we consumed some of the farms products - wine, bruchetta, bread, cold cuts and cheese. We started off

with a demonstration on how mozzarella cheese is made. They start with milk, and after it is squeezed and strained to remove the liquid, the cheese is placed into boiling water and then formed into three distinct shapes. Everyone in our tour group put on a chef’s hat and made a pizza pie. We started with a pile of dough which each person kneaded into a flat pie shape, applied tomato sauce and added cheese, onions, olives, eggplant or any combination of ingredients. The oven, glowing at 900 degrees, baked each pizza in about two minutes, which became our lunch. Of course we had it with their homemade wine. I might add that we had wine at almost every meal, except of course breakfast. One thing we did not find out was what the natives had for breakfast, since every breakfast we had was at our hotel. POMPEII The city of Naples lies to the North and West side of the Bay of Naples. Just below Naples is Mount Vesuvius and the City of Pompeii. In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and the ash buried the Roman City of Pompeii. The ruins of the city were not discovered until the 17th century. A vast area of the city has been excavated, but due to the high cost of preserving what they uncovered and a bad economy, further excavations have been halted. The layout of the city was very impressive, obviously the fine efforts of some ancient city planner. We saw a villa within the city, with a large floor motif. To preserve it, what we saw was actually a copy, with the entire original floor

tile moved to a museum. The city of Pompeii was known for its bawdy character, and one of the outstanding visitor attractions was a house of ill-repute, complete with erotic wall paintings. We also saw two figures representing people killed by the fumes and buried in ash. What the archaeologists did was pour liquid plaster into a cavity in the solidified ash, and the result is a plaster cast of one of the Pompeii victims. From the local tour guide, we learned how people lived and worked in Pompeii. Since Pompeii was so large, and the temperature very warm, we thought the rest of the day would be easy, but it was not to be. That afternoon we visited the National Archeological Museum in Naples. This museum has the largest collection of artifacts recovered from Pompeii. We saw bronzes, ceramics, glass vases, jewelry, cameos, mosaics and paintings. The museum also had many steps, so there was no rest for the weary. After a while most of us discovered an elevator which made life easier. One of the things we saw was the actual floor tile of the Roman villa we had seen at Pompeii. The museum statues were of the highest workmanship, a hallmark of Roman culture. One of our side trips was to a Roman Villa at Stabiae. Affluent Romans had built villas just south of Pompeii. The burning ash and toxic fumes which destroyed Pompeii also destroyed these villas. One famous Roman - Pliny the Elder was on a rescue mission to Stabiae. Instead of taking off with the few survivors, he decided to stay overnight, only to fall victim to the toxic

fumes. On our tour of a villa, we enjoyed a lecture on how archaeologists discover facts about the lifestyle of the people who lived there 2000 years ago, information deduced from the artifacts they uncovered. The tour company which we have used many times before always set up a visitation with a local inhabitant. The tour group was then divided into three sections; our section had lunch in the home of former commercial steamer captain. We met his wife, daughter and two grandchildren. When Italy joined the European Union, the Italian lira was replaced by the Euro. This had some bad results in that gasoline prices are now much higher than our gas prices. We were told that in the North unemployment figures were much lower, but in this region of Italy with a large agricultural economy, the unemployment rates were about 14 percent and as much as 20 percent in Naples. THE AMALFI COAST We thought the scenery in Tuscany was breath-taking, but nothing compared to the Amalfi Coast. There are no words to describe the towns and small cities along the coast. They are at the top of cliffs or nestled on the sides of large natural clefts in the cliffs. The bus drivers had to be very skillful in maneuvering their vehicles up and down the hills on extremely narrow roads. On occasion, the bus had to pull over to let approaching vehicles pass. We drove through some of the coastal towns such as Positrano, Furore and Amalfi. Amalfi used to be a major port, but its prosperity declined and only 10,000 people reside

there. The jet-setters as well as many famous people had homes or villas in these picturesque locations. Along the coast we saw the Saracen Towers. These 14 towers were constructed to provide observation and defense against the Saracens and pirates who continually raided the coast. The town of Scala is noted for its music concerts. We visited the beautiful gardens and the heights which overlooked the sea. Later we drove to Ravello for lunch. Ravello has a small but significant memorial commemorating the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The towns are adjacent to one another. Although separated by an enormous canyon, they are connected by a roadway that runs on a narrow isthmus between the towns. The isle of Capri is in the Bay of Naples, just opposite the tip end of the Sorrento isthmus. The Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius often visited this island. Many of the high fashion shops have pictures of Jackie Kennedy. The funicular (a cable car that is pulled up a track) takes you to the top of the cliff. The shops along one street make one think of Rodeo Drive in California. We saw a belt in a store window that sold for over $300. A long walk takes you down to the Gardens of Augustus overlooking the sea on the other side of the island. We took a bus to Anacapri, which is at 1000 foot higher elevation than Capri. For the more adventurous, there is a ski lift car ride even higher than this spot. We did not visit the See TUSCANY, pg 43A





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Blue Grotto, but took a boat ride to three smaller grottos, and sailed through an archway in the bay. If you are a camera enthusiast, every second seems to cry out for a picture to be taken. The scenery is incredible, but that applies to almost every portion of this trip. We had a memorable farewell dinner in Sorrento, with one of the

tour group joining in the entertainment. On our return to Rome, we stopped at the Montecassino Abbey. This was a famous World War II site. The Abbey located on a high hill had a birds-eye view of the valley below, and was believed to be a great observation post for German artillery. After long deliberation the Abbey was finally bombed. After the war,

the Cathedral was totally restored. The Cathedral is unusual in that we did not see the customary stained glass windows, but the numerous paintings, frescoes and sculptures are what we would expect to find in a fine museum. The cathedral seems to be rarely used by the local population because of the great difficulty in reaching Montecassino. Rome was our final

stop and we had a panoramic bus tour of the city. Later a few of our tour party walked about the city. The limited time we had only allowed us to view the outside of the Coliseum. We ended our tour with another farewell party. Many of us went to bed early because of the early flight times the next morning for our return to the United States. The trip was exhausting

but we were all overwhelmed by the scenic beauty of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. As a measure of the attractiveness of this tour, I took about 1200 photos, and after eliminating those that were redundant or not quite right, we were left with 965 beautiful memories of our tour. We highly recommend this tour to everyone. The scenery is truly unforgettable.

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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Reporter December 2011 Volume 35 Number 3 Section A  

December Reporter Issue Section A

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