Wednesday, April 21, 2010

XX Association - 2010 Info Form


Condo No. __________ Residents of this unit are:


and _____________________________________________

In case of EMERGENCY, please notify: _________________________________

Relationship __________ Address __________________________________

Phone No. _________________________________

And/Or: ________________________________________________________

FOR SEASONAL RESIDENTS - OFF-season information:

Address: ________________________________________________________

Phone No. ____________________________

All unit owners are required by Florida law, to carry HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. Please advise as follows:

My policy is held by __________________________________________
(name of Insurance Company)

The renewal date is __________________________________________
(month) (year)

2nd floor owners - Do you have a hatch to the attic in your unit? _______

SPECIAL NEEDS (need for insulin, cannot navigate stairs, kosher food only, oxygen dependent or other considerations in emergency i.e. hurricane, power outage, etc.)


E-Mail address if applicable _________________________________________

In my absence the local CONTACT/condo care person is:


** Please return or mail this information to __________­_______, WPB, FL 33417 Thank You

Friday, April 16, 2010


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Call your home owners insurance company to obtain 24/7 numbers to call in an emergency occuring during non-business hours.

Dave Israel

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


                                     ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

                                               BY IRV RIKON


The press release from FLORIDA STAGE in Manalapan reads "DR. RADIO, A Completely Original New Musical From the Directors of Cagney and Some Kind of Wonderful," two of last season's big hits. And it's true. Collaborators Christopher McGovern and Bill Castallino have created a sweet, enchanting musical play that cannot be pigeonholed into any category and defies easy description. To be sure, there is a love story of sorts, a singing psychic and a guy who springs up in the air every now and then, but in this tale, that's life.

The one-act play is set on Cannon Street, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The time is transitional. Radio is still king and is personified by Benjamin Weitz, a radio repairman otherwise known as Dr. Radio. But television is coming of age, and coming to Cannon Street is Kate Cuorecantare, who is planning to sell TV sets right next door to Dr. Radio's store. Then there's Peggy McAdams, bent on finding the gold she suspects old Mrs. McKeever left when she passed away, and of course that's to be found somewhere on Cannon Street. There's also Rudolpho Garcia, the guy who springs up in the air and chaperones Peggy when he's not leaping. Finally, the psychic, Madame Agnieska Pilchowa,

may not know all, but she breaks into song and dance whenever the opportunity presents itself, which is often. I told you, this doesn't fit into any category!

Despite that, Dr. Radio is such a fun play, one gets caught up with the characters and their screwball situations (as in a 1930s, early 1940s motion picture "screwball comedy".) Bill Castellino, who wrote the book, also expertly directs and choreographs. The one big dance number is sheer delight to watch, yet everything just moves captivatingly along. His partner, Christopher McGovern, wrote the music and lyrics, while also serving as musical director. For the record, orchestrations were handled by Glen Rovinelli.

The cast is marvelous. Wayne LeGette, who is Dr. Radio, returns to Florida Stage. Between visits, he's won several Carbonell Awards, and it's good to have him back. He has a wonderful singing voice. Margot Moreland, another multiple Carbonell Award winner, makes her Florida Stage debut as a persuasive television salesperson. Irene Adjan has three times won a Carbonell, and she demonstrates her golden talents here. Nick Duckart apparently has not yet won a Carbonell, but he will. One can't help but love him as Rudolpho. Finally, Elizabeth Dimon. If you attend local theater, you've seen her. Earlier in the season, she appeared in Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of Copenhagen. Not only does she have a host of Carbonells, she almost steals this show as the psychic.

In a season which has brought us a number of really good, even memorable musicals, here's another one to see. It's different from the all the rest, and that's a genuine part of its charm. Closing date is May 2.

FLORIDA STAGE moves to the Kravis Center beginning July 15, when previews commence for another brand-new musical entitled Low Down Dirty Blues. Closing date on that one will be September 5. For tickets and additional information telephone 585-3433 or online:

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010



                                              BY IRV RIKON

Passage of the health-care reform bill heralded a tremendous victory for President Obama, but the Democratic Party did not emerge a winner. Democrats publicly bickered among themselves, conservatives and liberals having conflicting ideas on what the bill should contain, while the two chambers of Congress proffered different versions before a compromise was reached, roughly a year after debate on the measure began. The final bill signed by the President numbered more than 2,700 pages, mainly the result of "pork barrel" insertions introduced by various Congresspersons.

Ask a Congressperson whether he/she had read the entire bill and understood it, you'd probably get one of two answers: "Yes, I did, and I do," or "No, I didn't, but my top aides went through it all." The reply to the first should be, "If you devoted that much time to reading this one bill, then you must have neglected other equally pressing legislation,"

and to the second, "But the electorate didn't vote for your aides. It voted for you. You're the one who should make the final decision based upon your knowledge and understanding."

The Republicans came off even worse. Not a one voted for passage. All the G.O.P. did was say "No" and complain about the bill's high cost. That complaint is legitimate. The country's budget deficit is enormous. As matters now stand, your great-grandchildrens' great-grandchildren will be taxed to pay this bill. Yet Republicans presented few viable alternative proposals and none that could be accepted as compromise. Political parties that win elections don't act like ostriches with their faces in the sand. They advance sound ideas for debate and discussion.

As for the Tea Party movement, its members completely misread history. The original Boston Tea Party was a legitimate rebellion against perceived tyrrany. Congress is not tyrannical. Nor are all our elected officials dishonest. All do accept "campaign contributions," without which they could not be elected. Every Tea Party candidate would lose without money to campaign. Money talks. Money creates the politics of corruption. That fact should be the reason for rebellion.

Consider the health care package; consider the lobbyists who walked the halls of Congress and openly or tacitly promised support to elected officials who voted their bosses' way: lobbyists represented doctors, lawyers, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical corporations, manufacturers of prosthetic devices and others I'm sure I've left out. Perhaps you spoke with your congressperson. Possibly you contributed to his or her campaign: $100 or $10 or $1. The combined lobbies contributed multiple thousands of dollars to get what they wanted. It's a form of bribery, only the media don't call it that for fear of being sued for liable. Money talks. In these days, when the primary goal of many elected officials is to be re-elected, and since most of the electorate learns of political candidates' ideas through paid political commercials disseminated via the mass media, money speaks louder than those voters who hold opposing points of view and cannot afford the advertising. Elections are not as much Democrats vs. Republicans as they are access to monetary power vs. the powerless. (And yes, I firmly believe in the capitalist system.)

The recent Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to spend as much as they are willing simply displays the ignorance of the Court majority.

Can something be done to change the situation? Over the long haul, yes.

Supreme Court appointees should by law be restricted to serving 20 years and no more. No one else is granted lifelong jobs. Why should they have the privilege? When the country was born, lifetime expectancy was 40 years or so. Now it's double that. Let's get more fresh air into the Court.

Political campaigns should be publicly funded. That would mean increased taxation, but it's worth the try in an effort to gain "honest" government. The media -- C-Span or something like it -- should be open to political debate during campaign years.

All money/financial bills should be written with a "Sunset" provision. Since such bills are ultimately paid by taxpayers and such bills often don't work but become boondoggles for the lawmakers, three years after

such a bill becomes law, it should be voted on again to determine if it is to be continued. I say "three years," but I note also that some of the provisions in the health-care law actually take effect in 2014, an election year. Legislators are not likely to vote against a money bill during an election year. Such votes on whether to continue or not continue a money bill should be taken during an off-election year, 2013 as in this example.

I have other ideas, but I have limited space in which to write, and I'm positive that YOU also have ideas. Let's have a discussion on behalf of good and honest government.

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