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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

FIRE SPRINKLER RETROFIT - OPT OUT BY WRITTEN CONSENT - IMPROVED FORMS PACKET

UCO has received many questions on the issue of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit. This Post, first Blogged on May 4, 2016 is being brought up to the top, for those who have not opted-out and wish to do so. The deadline is December 31, 2016. Time is tight, but it is still possible.

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Following is a link to a more complete set of forms which will assist our Associations to Opt-Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit. This packet of five forms will assist Associations to complete the process with minimum inconvenience:
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For your convenience, this packet when downloaded will provide a live interactive Adobe format, allowing you to enter all requested data on the computer using the keyboard.
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Please advise in the Comment stream, if you note any errors, or if you have any questions. Advice in the preparation and use of these forms has come from licensed attorneys and knowledgeable Century Village residents. I have attempted to provide a simplified and correct procedure, thus any errors are my own.
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Clearly any questions of law should be referred to your Association Attorney. This packet, will be provided in hard copy at UCO.
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                                                                   Dave Israel
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY - PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE - NEVER FORGET

                                                                                         
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Dave Israel
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Friday, December 2, 2016

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - DECEMBER 2, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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By: Laurent
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By: John & Kitty Gragg.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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MAY YOU ALL HAVE A PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING
AND LET THERE BE PEACE IN THE VILLAGE...BE THANKFUL.
HOW LUCKY WE ALL ARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WONDERFUL
VILLAGE
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Frank & Barbara Cornish
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Sidewalks or street, life or death?

Before someone get killed or injured, Let everyone know, sidewalks are for walking and even riding bicycles, STREETS are FOR MOTOR VEHICLES!!!!
Lately, too many people are walking in the street with their backs to oncoming traffic and dressed in dark clothing.
Does someone need to die before anyone says anything about this?
This is not just a resident problem, it is caretakers and visitors also. three or four times, I have seen people walking along the street talking on their cellphones while having their back to traffic.
IF YOU SEE THIS HAPPENING, BLOW YOUR HORN AT THEM, maybe then they'll get the hint.

OFFICERS COMMITTEE MEETING - NOVEMBER 23, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


officer meeting 11/23 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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By: John and Kitty Gragg
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

5K WALK/RUN MEETING - NOVEMBER 18, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

5k Walk Committee Meeting - November 18, 2016 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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BID COMMITTEE MEETING - NOVEMBER 17, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


UCO Bids Committee Meeting November 17, 2016 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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ALFRED FERRARO PASSES

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It is with great sadness that the United Civic Organization reports the passing of beloved CV neighbor and Clubhouse Guard, Capt. Al Ferraro. Al always had a big smile and stood ready to help any and all Clubhouse visitors. He will be greatly missed.
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Dave Israel
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HONOR FLIGHT - VOLUNTEER, GET ON BOARD

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Organizational Meeting
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DAY:...............Wednesday
DATE:.................December 7, 2016
TIME:.......................1pm
PLACE:.............Classroom C - Main Clubhouse
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Dave Israel
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BROADBAND COMMITTEE MEETING CANCELLED

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The Broadband Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday,  November 9, 2016 is cancelled.
 
We will reschedule when the most recent data is available from Atlantic Broadband.
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Dave Israel

Friday, November 4, 2016

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - NOVEMBER 4, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE


Delegates Assembly - November 4 2016 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

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Re: HIGH SPEED INTERNET

Hi David, it's Mariel,

My Comcast $41. dollars a month is so slow, I have time to cook dinner & eat it before the page boots up. Yes, Dave, do what you can to get us up to speed as quickly as you can. We're all getting older by the minute here, even those who need to be dragged along in the 21st century. Thank you for all you do for us. It is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

IMPROVEMENT OR REPAIR, THAT IS THE QUESTION

I don't understand why my friend Gary Olman insists that replacing the Clubhouse air-conditioner is obviously a capital improvement (and thus a WPRF expense) and not a "repair" (which apparently according to our Triple-Net Lease, UCO must fund). He's very tough on Dave Israel on this issue, who Gary claims has effectively sold us down the river.

I'm not an attorney and I am not an expert on our Triple-Net Lease, but to me a capital improvement is when you add something new or intrinsically significantly better. If the Clubhouse DIDN'T HAVE air-conditioning and we added air-conditioning, that would be a capital improvement. If your condo's roof needed replacement after 18 years, and you replaced it with essentially the same kind of roof, that would not be a capital improvement.

Am I wrong?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

HIGH SPEED INTERNET IN EVERY UNIT - THE CHOICE WILL BE YOURS

Cerabino: Debate over WIFI at Century Village is a new modem of strife


Posted: 6:03 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

It’s not easy for people who are ahead of their time.
Galileo’s breakthrough celestial theories got him locked up. Jackie Robinson’s entry into an all-white baseball league got him taunted and booed. And David Israel’s move to bring high-speed internet to every unit in Century Village is getting him mocked as a man pursuing “pipe dreams” at others’ expense.
Israel, the president of the condo association for the sprawling West Palm Beach condo complex, has always been a little more tech savvy than the average resident there. And his efforts to bring Century Village into the current century is not going over so smoothly.
“WIFI and broadband are something new that residents should get a chance to consider before agreeing to opt in,” wrote Neil J. Moore, the editor of the Century Village Messenger, a newspaper that frequently criticizes Israel’s leadership. “WIFI was soundly defeated twice at the delegates assembly and our sister village in Boca Raton gave it the heave ho after spending a ton of money on it.”
By Israel’s estimate, about 25 percent of the residents in Century Village’s 7,854 units are using internet service on a daily basis. Some of the buildings in the condo complex have what Israel considers inadequate and underhanded hookups using the existing Comcast wiring.
“Another company came in here and wired up service. The buildings have one 100 megabits box that serves 80 units,” he said. “It works OK if all you’re doing is sending an email to your grand kid, but once all those people start streaming Netflix movies it’s going to crash out.”
You see? Israel’s imagining a day when Century Villagers are going to be gobbling up so many megabits-per-second from streaming services on their theoretical future 4K flat-screen TV sets and portable electronic devices, that they’re going to thank him.
But right now, he’s just getting a lot of grief from residents who like paying just $5 a month for internet service, no matter how slow it is.
Or as resident Gary Olman put it: Israel is “imposing his WIFI dream on us without permission.”
The wireless internet debate has become germane because the condo complex is negotiating a new 10-year cable TV deal. And the company, Atlantic Broadband, has agreed to install a 100-megabits-per-second box in every Century Village unit as part of cable-TV package for the entire Village.
Century Villagers would be getting quite a deal: Cable TV, including HBO, would be $27 a month, and the option to include high-speed internet service would be another $17 a month.
“Everybody is charged for cable,” Israel said. “It’s part of our basic agreement.”
And spending $17, instead of $5 for real high-speed internet is a bargain, he said, far less than the going rate outside the Village.
“We’re not forcing it on anyone,” he said. “But this would give everybody here the option to have WIFI in their apartment.”
There’s a “Say No to WIFI” petition circulating in the Village, and also — oddly enough — on the Internet through a Facebook page. There’s also a Village blog where some residents are venting.
“Out of our 24 units, only 8 have computers out of which 2 only use it for Solitaire,” wrote resident Dan Gladstone. “Our very senior owners, the 97 years old tops them all, do not care for the 21st-century electronics.”
I suspect in another 10 or 20 years, this debate will seem quaint.
But for now, the 20th Century soldiers on in Century Village, despite its trail-blazing leader, who is getting a taste of what it’s like to be too forward-thinking for your own good.
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Dave Israel
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TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING - NOVEMBER 1, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

UCO Transportation Committee Meeting - November 1, 2016 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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thanks to Franco
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UCO EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING - OCTOBER 31, 2016 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

UCO Executive Board Meeting - October 31, 2016 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Thanks to Franco for Videography
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Sunday, October 23, 2016