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Last updated 11/18/2020

Century Village

WPB 

By Lenore Velcoff

(11-19-20)

Some exciting things are happen-ing here in the Village. The bil-liards room is open, but with some restrictions (room capacity 12- 2 players per table, bring your own billiard stick). Ping Pong at Hastings Clubhouse. – 2 players per table, bring your own paddle and balls. The wood shop is now open with limited occupancy. The Hasting’s gym is open with limited capacity and self-sanitizing equipment before and after use. No showers or dressing areas are available.

Sometimes good ideas blossom even in this time of the pandemic. My friend Dorothy called to tell me that her church was having a Thanksgiving meal prepared and packaged for take-out at a very modest donation. She asked if I would be interested in purchasing this dinner and sharing the holiday with her at one of our pools. Outdoor dining is all the rage. I loved the suggestion. She also asked me to talk to some of our mutual friends if they might like to join us. The idea appealed to our friends and they asked could they invite some other people. The number grew and grew but to ensure social distancing, we stopped the number of people at 18. Dorothy would pick up all the dinners at her church (with the help at some volunteers there) and then drive over to the pool where some of our attendees would help her distribute the dinners. I arranged to have our maintenance people set up several large tables with the chairs placed appropriately spaced. We informed everyone that masks had to be worn before and after eating. I am bringing Prosecco so that we can all toast a Happy Thanksgiving.

Remember - "Of all possessions a friend is the most precious." – Herodotus

(11-5-20) 

Will our snow-birds be coming back as the number of Covid-19 cases climb? Slowly, is the answer here in our community. Some from New York have chosen to drive down I-95 while others have opted to fly at odd hours with less people on the flight. As Burt Reynolds said, "Florida is a very healing place."

Transportation, Security, Advisory, COP, CERT, Insurance, Beautification, Bids/Infrastructure, Operations, Officers, Finance and Executive Committees all will hold regular meetings in Classroom C. Our maintenance crew has replaced old water coolers with non-touch water coolers - two in lobby; two next to elevators. Just stand in front of one to trigger the water.

There will be several "back to normal" activities come December 1. The indoor pool will reopen – there will be free recently released movies in the theater 5 times a week (albeit at 25% capacity or 275 people). Additionally, several other activities will be available in the clubhouse – billiards, ping pong, the wood shop and the card room (with tables set at social distancing). Of course, masks will be required in all the venues and hand sanitizers will be available.

Just a reminder for those considering alterations to their units - there are publications instructing owners of projects that can be done in a unit without a permit and types of construction that require permits. Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. If you do not adhere to these laws, trouble follows.

Remember "Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans." – John Lennon

(10-22-20)

With the start of Phase 3 – Step 1 now in effect in Palm Beach County, some things have changed here in the Village. Bocci and shuffleboard are now open as are the Hastings Pools. Picnic Island is open but no barbequing. For you readers, the library is open by appointment. Just call the Ticket Office and someone will escort you. Please wear a mask. You will have 15 minutes to make your selections.

Everyone knows Dom. DOMENIC GUARNAGIA. You see him at meetings, at UCO and you call him when you have a building problem.. But most of you do not KNOW Dom. He was born in Boston and lived there the first 68 years of his life. He has a B.S in Education and a M.Ed from Boston State College and a C.A.G.S. in Urban Planning, as well. He was in his twenties when he met the Irish colleen, Kathleen. She was and still is the love of his life, 57 years later. Since moving to Century Village, Dom continues to live by his belief that he was put on this earth to DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEONE ELSE EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE. He is a Vice President in UCO and has served on the Executive Board, Operations Committee and Chairperson of the Bids and Infrastructure Committee since its inception. To this quote by Bob Marley, "Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?" Dom can certainly answer, "YES."

"Being upbeat is the key to life." — David Frost

(10-8-20)

With Phase 3 opening in Palm Beach County, the Village continues to be vigilant with caring for our people. Glow Cleaning Plus performed a special deep cleaning of the UCO Office, with emphasis on disinfection of desktops, counters, plumbing fixtures, doors, and other "high touch" areas. Floors were scrubbed and windows were cleaned. All surfaces were treated with an electrostatic fogger, containing a virucidal product. All this was done for the benefit of those who volunteer there and for your sake, so that you don’t have to be afraid to visit there with your condo problems or your special needs.

The old adage "good things come in small packages" certainly applies to 4’11" Aline Friedman, who this week is celebrating her 102nd birthday. Aline was born in New York City during the 1918 "flu epidemic" and attended public schools there. She was a dynamo who climbed the ranks of Saks Fifth Avenue where she became a financial executive. Aline was a world traveler who visited every continent except Antarctica. She visited Russia, and China & Israel twice. She marked this special occasion with her caregivers Ana, Yanetta, Debbie and her devoted niece, Gail Weiss, who flew in from California to be with her aunt. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALINE.

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age."

(9-24-20) 

The on-property Atlantic Broadband Cable Store, 5400 Fairway Street, reopened on 9/14. To ensure customer and employee safety, please comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols that have been put in place by ABB when visiting the store.

On 9/3, a CV unit owner reported a small gator in the Dover B parking lot. Florida Fish and Wildlife was called. A Conservation Officer responded, captured the gator, and transported it to a wild area in Western Palm Beach County.

There are approximately 7.800 condos in CV and at the present time there are 188 units for sale. The average time on the market is 133 days. It is definitely a buyers market but sellers are still getting 91% of their asking price.

Mark Friedman, Esq. informs us that on July 1, 2020, several statutory changes went into effect that are designed to give Associations some ability to address fraudulent requests for Emotional Support Animals - . Section 817.265, Florida Statutes, criminalizes fraudulent ESA requests.

Two V.P.s – Fausto Fabbro and David Boas now provide notary services at the UCO office for association business. Fausto also does watch battery replacement – no need to leave the Village.

"For me, it's that I contributed, that I'm on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That's to me the most important thing." Ellen DeGeneres

(9-9-20) 

On 8/17, Cano Health, at the CV Medical Building, opened. Started on 8/24, they will provide on-site COVID-19 testing to residents. Details for this courtesy service, including registration, are available at 282-2960.

With the Atlantic Broadband on-site Cable Store still closed, and with no reopening planned for the foreseeable future, CV residents must rely on the ABB Customer Service number (844-489-7509).

The synagogue on the grounds. Anshei Shalom, will be holding Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services. Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins before sundown on Friday, Sept. 18, and ends after nightfall on Sunday, September 20. Yom Kippur 2020 begins before sundown on Sunday, September 27, and ends after nightfall on Monday, September 28. For times of services, call 684-3212.

Push will get a person almost anywhere- except through a door marked "pull." That’s what I have tried to tell those who have broken our pool gates twice in 2 weeks necessitating costly repairs. Some people who live in condos seem to forget it is their money being spent for this unnecessary expense.

Until next time, remember something Abraham Lincoln said, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

(8-26-20)

Welcome Back to the new "now". Friends are special people in your lives. They are the ones we share our deepest secrets with. It’s good to send good morning wishes to friends to make them wake up with a smile.

A truly good person is not afraid to think from their heart. Kathy Beucler and Terry Lauricella volunteer on Thursdays at the Hospice Store, Joy Van Arnam makes beautiful, double sided masks and Kathy McCarthy continues to deliver to your door, delicious meals at a very low price.

The UCO office still operates with a skeleton staff for bar codes, gate/guest passes and Investigations. Only one person at a time is admitted. UCO committees meet - members only- social distancing. Glow Cleaning regularly fogger-sanitizes all of the buses and all passengers and drivers continue to be required to wear masks. The Atlantic Broadband dedicated customer service number for Century Village residents is 844-489-7509. The synagogue on the grounds, Anshei Shalom, has services on Friday night and Saturday morning. Our CERT’s (Community Emergency Response Team), led by John Hess, is ready if and when hurricanes occur.

Remember. As the Dalai Lama said, "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."


(8-12-20)

WELCOME to the new "now." While many of our activities have been cancelled, many of our amenities are still available. Our clubhouse is closed (No shows, movies or card playing), but our two outdoor pools there are open from 8:00 am-7:30 pm for swimming (no water aerobics). Though the number of swimmers are limited at any one time, we still have our area pools at Camden, Dorchester, Kent, Southampton and Somerset which are open and can be enjoyed by all residents of the Village. The five private pools are open (2 at Wellington, 1 each at Greenbrier, Golf’s Edge and Oxford for residents of those areas only).

Outdoor activities are encouraged as long as social distancing is maintained. NO shuffleboard, petanque or bocce, but YES to pickleball, tennis and racquetball, doubles play 7 days a week 8:00 am-6:30 pm. Aren’t we lucky. Even the gym at the Fitness Center is open from 7:00 am-3:00 pm 5 days a week with limited time (7:00 am-noon) on weekends. So physically many of our needs are met and we even have limited entertainment. On Saturday we have free, pre-recorded video performances available with a fabulous selection of artists.

Additionally, our on-site Walgreens Pharmacy is open 6 days a week and they even deliver. There is also a woman who provides non-processed, non-GMO dinners (very varied menu) for $5 per meal delivered to your door. Our UCO office is open, staffed by volunteers, who provide us with condominium services.

Of course, there are no visitors from up North and we all have to WEAR OUR MASKS. So, while life for all of us is very different with the Covid-19 pandemic, we will survive and thrive WITH A SMILE ON OUR FACES. So stay well and stay safe.

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