Friday, October 30, 2009

SAVE MANY CONDO PROBLEMS - BY: JIM HART


Special to Century Village Owners

Knowing Your Association Rules Saves Many Problems
By Jim Hart

It is no secret that our area is growing at the fastest rate ever and with so many new residents moving into Condominiums, Co-Operatives, and Home Owners Associations we should pay attention to learning the rules.
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RULE # 1 for the Community Association should be to understand that virtually NO ONE is in a position to understand the association "DOCUMENTS" written in lawyers’ English. Almost everyone I know simply puts them away with the other papers they receive at closing. No one impresses upon them that those papers are the LAW of the Association.
The best thing any association can do is to produce a three or four page condensed version of those documents highlighting the more important and more frequently abused rules. I know of associations who have done this at a minimum of cost and they even go so far as to have the new owner sign a statement to the affect that they have read these rules and understand them. Can you imagine how much grief this one little item can save for both the association as well as the new owner.
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RULE # 1 for the new owners is to become familiar with the association rules and one of the best ways is to write down a list of questions and ask for a meeting with a member of the Board of Directors to address your questions.
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Some of the questions might be along these lines: How early in the morning or how late in the evening can I use the laundry room? You see here, some associations have laundry rooms very close to living spaces. I do not drive, can I let someone with two cars use my parking space? Why can't I put all of my trash in one container, wet garbage, newspapers, cans and bottles? I own my apartment, why can't I let friends use it when I am not there? Why must I leave a key in the office? Why do I have to let the exterminator in my place each month? Why can't I hang some flower pots on the outside wall of my apartment? Do I need permission to enclose my patio with jalousie windows? And on and on.

I think you get my message and for all of you newcomers, "WELCOME".

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW - BY: IRV RIKON


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
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BY IRV RIKON
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TWO PLAY REVIEWS TO OPEN THE 2009 - 2010 SEASON
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Our local theatrical season has opened with two masterworks, one old, one a World Premiere, therefore brand-new. We'll start with the World Premiere first.
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Take your seat at FLORIDA STAGE in Manalapan. The time is the present. The setting for Seth Rozin's Two Jews Walk Into a War is the partially-destroyed chapel of the only remaining synagogue in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the very opening of the play, a bomb or shell hits the house of worship, destroying more of it and causing the two men in what's left of the building to scurry. An unlikely subject for a comedy, which this is, it's also poignant and mesmerizing, faultlessly acted and directed, with onstage effects that can boggle your mind. In short, FLORIDA STAGE's World Premiere production is a show not to be missed.
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The comedy begins at the outset, because the two men hate each other and hurl insults as though to prove it. The poignancy likewise comes early, because they realize they are the only two persons left of their "community". They'll have to work together to salvage whatever they can. Perhaps somehow they might even "re-populate" Jewish Kabul. But this is a thought-provoking play. Like everything else around, their beloved Torah, the sacred first five books of the Hebrew Bible, has been destroyed or at very least has disappeared. If God is to save them, don't they need the Book? One of the men has memorized the Torah; the other finds paper on which to write, so the former dictates to the latter, and the creating of a new Holy Book is begun.
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But what does God say to his now-tiny community or, for that matter, to any other? Why is this said in one paragraph or sentence and something else in another? Or why does God omit His ideas altogether, implying something or possibly nothing? Throughout all this, two men bicker, one dictating, the other writing Holy Writ, each disagreeing as to the meaning of God's words and, even, questioning the punctuation separating the words.
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The play's men are Jewish, but the scope of the play is universal. What is a "community"? When God speaks, what is said? What does He say when He remains silent, as with the Holocaust? Is there a God? These are heady subjects even in a philosophy or theology class, but the odd thing is that, as audience, you never stop laughing. This play is funny! Yet it's also heart-warming and, ultimately, sad.
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The acting? Superb! One expects great Jewishness from AVI HOFFMAN who, after all, wrote the popular Too Jewish and Too Jewish, Too! The real surprise is Scottish-born GORDON McCONNELL, who deserves another best-actor Carbonell Award for his role here. Everyone associated with this production deserves an award. As for Mr. Rozin, who wrote the work, in my humble judgment, he easily moves to the ranks of one of America's best contemporary playwrights.
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Whatever your religion, or if you have none, this is a play to see.
If laughter is what you like, you'll appreciate this. If you love brilliant acting, rush over to FLORIDA STAGE. Here's the season's first real theatrical treasure, and it runs until November 29. (For tickets and additional information, telephone 585-3433 or (
www.floridastage.org )
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House has been recognized for over a century as being a landmark play and one of the most influential ever written. During the 1960s, leaders of the Women's Liberation Movement heralded it. Nora leaves her husband and children and slams the door. Bang! Now PALM BEACH DRAMA WORKS in West Palm Beach is reviving it. Although the drama is long by today's measurements, its story actually begins sometime earlier. Nora's husband Torvald, a banker, had been ill. To affect a cure, he'd been advised to get away. But he lacked funds. Unbeknownst to Torvald, Nora had forged a signature in order to obtain a loan for him, thereby saving his life. Now the man from whom she procured the loan wants a position in her husband's bank. If he fails to get what he wants, he will expose Nora. The truth is eventually revealed. Torvald, hidebound, uptight, is totally revolted by the woman he has always treated as a "doll". Now he scolds, chastises, humiliates her. She can take it no more. She leaves, slamming the door. Bang!
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At a time when American women are equal to men and, indeed, during this economic downturn, when they are frequently a family's breadwinner, Ibsen's masterpiece can seem antiquated. It's not. This is a Norwegian play, a WESTERN play. Around the globe countless women are still regarded as "dolls" or sex slaves or whatever it is the men in their lives will make of them. A Doll's House would not be welcomed in conservative Muslim countries.
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Unfortunately, this production is flawed. At the beginning, director William Hayes has Nora (Margery Lowe) flutter about the stage, her nerves on edge for fear of what may come. By the time her fears are realized, she is flat-out hysterical. That isn't Ibsen's Nora. It's the director's. Ibsen's Nora was level-headed when she forged a signature. She had options. She chose one, a risky one, but she chose it. At the end, she again has options: to stay and live with this insufferable man, to whom she is as a puppet to a puppeteer, or to go. A long time ago, if push came to shove, she knew what her choice must be. Slam the door. Bang!
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Even a flawed production of Ibsen warrants a look-see if only for the reason, after Shakespeare, Ibsen was arguably the greatest playwright who has yet lived. Moreover, the acting here is always interesting and good, despite the fact I question how the work is interpreted. The costumes and stage set are excellent, and you're free to put your own spin on Ibsen's words, so go. Closing date is November 29. (For tickets and additional information, call 514-4042 or online: (
www.palmbeachdramaworks.com )

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

CENTURY VILLAGE CLUBS - AMENDED

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL COURTNEY @ 640-3120

Friday, October 9, 2009

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - NOVEMBER 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS

Local Phone Nos. Area 561-

UCO Office

683-9189, fax 683-9904
UCO Reporter
683-9336, fax 683-2830
Visitors Call-In System
689-1759
WPRF
640-3111, fax 640-0075
Clubhouse (Main)
640-3120
Hastings Fitness Center
687-4875

Police, Fire, Ambulance
911

Sheriff non-emergency
688-3400
Fire non-emergenc
712-6555
CV Security talk/Emergency
689-0432
CV Security Ranger Car
459-0740

MEDICS
659-7400
Senior HelpLine
211

Apogee Management
572-2188
CMC 641-1016
Gallagher Management
704-2196
Pruitt Management
432-3076
Seacrest Management
697-4990
Wright-Superior
845-7702
ECM Appliance Services
586-3739
Palm Tran
841-4287
Tri-Rail Transit
1-800-874-7245

Homestead Application
355-2622
Voters Information
656-6200
Drivers License
681-6333
Tag/Reg/Handicap tag
355-2622

Florida Power&Light
697-8000, 1-800-468-8243
Palm Beach Water Dept.
740-4600
AT&T Repair
1-888-222-3000
Comcast Install Tech
847-4792
Solid Waste Authority SWA
697-2700
Okeechobee Library
233-1880
P.O. Haverhill
686-9402
Master Gardener Mounts
233-1750

Columbia Hospital ER
863-3900
Good Samaritan Hospital ER
650-6250
JFK Hospital ER
642-3751
Palm Beach Gardens Hospital ER
622-1411
Palms West Hospital
798-3300
St. Mary's Hospital ER
650-6250
Wellington Regional Hospital
798-8500
WPB VA Medical Center
882-8262
Hospice of Palm Beach County
1-800-287-4772
Alzheimer's Crisis Line
1-800-394-1771

Pop-A-Lock 659-6736 or 888POPOPEN
We Key 686-7831

Nuisance Alligator Hotline
866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286)


Sunday, October 4, 2009

PUBLIC RECORDS, LAW , STATUTES AND CODE RESEARCH

Determine who actually owns a Property

Property Appraiser Public Access; Palm Beach county


http://www.pbcgov.com/papa/aspx/GeneralSearch/GeneralSearch.aspx
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Determine if a person has paid their property taxes:

Tax Collector, Palm Beach County

http://www.pbcgov.com/eTax/eTax/property/re_search.aspx
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Check the Sheriff’s Booking Blotter for the past year, in Palm Beach County.
http://www.pbso.org/corrections/index.cfm?fa=blotter
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Research the State of Florida, all Counties for a wide array of Documents.
https://www.myfloridacounty.com/serv/MyFloridaCounty/ORI/Order?thisPage=MyFloridaCounty.ORI.Order.state.Start
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Research the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Minutes and Videos.
http://www.pbcgov.com/countycommissioners/bcc_meeting_videos.htm
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Research the Code Enforcement Division of Palm Beach County.
http://www.pbcgov.com/PZB/CodeEnforcement/
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Research the Federal Courts via the PACER site (Public Access Court Electronic Records) ; an account is required.
The PACER service provides on-line access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for PACER.
http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
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Florida Condominium Ombudsman.
http://www.myflorida.com/condos/index.shtml
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Case Party search of the 15th. Judicial Court of Palm Beach County.
http://courtcon.co.palm-beach.fl.us/pls/jiwp/ck_public_qry_cpty.cp_personcase_setup_idx
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Uniform Land Development Code, Palm Beach County.
http://www.pbcgov.com/PZB/uldc/content/index.htm
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/content/getdoc/2952da22-ba08-4dfc-9e45-2d7932a803ea/Obtaining-Criminal-History-Information.aspx
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Minutes of the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court, various venues.
http://candcminutes.mypalmbeachclerk.com/PPPortal/agenda/webcast.aspx
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Licensing Portal: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
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Clerk and Comptroller Online: Palm Beach County:
http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/
Look up your Documents:
http://oris.co.palm-beach.fl.us/or_web1/or_sch_1.asp
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Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. (Sunbiz)
http://www.sunbiz.org/index.html
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United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/
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Florida Statutes.
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Index&Title_Request=XXXVI#TitleXXXVI

The Condominium Act – Chapter 718, Florida Statutes
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Current Elevator Renewal status, State of Florida Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation
:http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/elevators/documents/elrenew.pdf
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Palm Beach County; Permit Tracking:
http://www.pbcgov.com/prstatusandinspections/frames.aspx
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"Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act" (617 Florida Statutes) Applies to UCO & all CV Condo's.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0617/titl0617.htm&StatuteYear=2005&Title=%2D%3E2005%2D%3EChapter%20617
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Florida Commission on Human Relations (Lists all 55+ Communities) - Each Association is considered a community. All age restricted Associations are required under law to be listed.

http://fchr.state.fl.us/
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Arbitration Decisions - Table of Contents lists subject matter alphabetically- See how the 'Division' has previously ruled on condo matters which may be of interest to you.

Jan 1992-Aug 1997 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Sep 1997-Aug 2001 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Sep 2001-Jun 2005 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Jul 2005-Dec 2005 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Jan 2006-Jun 2006 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Jul 2006-Sep 2007 Final Order Subject Matter Index
Oct 2007-Sep 2008 Final Order Subject Matter Index
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Budgets & Reserve Schedules - A comprehensive "How To" manual Published by the 'Division'. All Association Treasurers should read this manual!

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/lsc/documents/budgets_and_reserves.pdf
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Cyber Citizens for Justice, Inc. - A website with great links, commentaries, and condo related articles.

http://www.ccfj.net/
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Division of Corporations - Look up your condominium's NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATION ANNUAL REPORT which lists all officers and board members. (Click "Search our Records"; "Inquire By Name"; type in the Corporate Name of your Association.)

http://www.sunbiz.org/

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Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes

Division Home Download Files FAQs Forms Publications Statutes and Rules
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Florida Building Code:

http://www.floridabuilding.org/BCISold/bc/default.asp

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Social Security Death Index  Interactive Search:

http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi


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CLUBHOUSE THEATER OCTOBER

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - OCTOBER 2, 2009

Hi all,
Here is the Delegate Assembly Video for October, 2009.
I hope all our Snowbirds enjoy it, but of course, all are welcome:
Dave Israel

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OCTOBER MOVIES

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The Great Buck Howard
Comedy • Tom and Colin Hanks, John Malkovich • PG • 90 min
Tue, 9/29, 1:45Thu, 10/01, 6:45Sun, 10/04, 1:45Mon, 10/05, 6:45Tue, 10/06, 1:45
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Romantic Comedy • Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy • PG-13 • 104 min
Thu, 10/08, 6:45Sun, 10/11, 1:45Mon, 10/12, 6:45Tue, 10/13, 1:45Thu, 10/15, 6:45
Duplicity
Romantic Drama • Julia Roberts, Clive Owen • PG-13 • 123 min
Sun, 10/18, 1:45Mon, 10/19, 6:45Tue, 10/20, 1:45Thu, 10/22, 6:45Sun, 10/25, 1:45
The Soloist
Drama • Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr. • PG-13 • 117 min
Mon, 10/26, 6:45Tue, 10/27, 1:45Thu, 10/29, 6:45Sun, 11/01, 1:45Mon, 11/02, 6:45



Whenever available, Tuesday matinee movies are shown with English subtitles.

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