again, many residents of our village were very lucky. Those who
received their first vaccine in January, received their second
vaccine last week. Our thanks go to Commissioner Gregg Weiss,
UCO President David Israel, Eva Rachesky CEO WPRF and Donald
Forster, LCAM who put the works in motion .and many people who
worked hard to get our residents vaccinated. Additional thanks go
out to the Department of Health Nurses Aides, Platinum Security, the
National Guard and the UCO volunteers who worked diligently every
day of the operation, as well as Glow employees, Nurses and CNA's,
the CERT Team and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Of?ce. for a
well-organized and safe experience. Several members of the National
Guard were stationed in the Party Room of our clubhouse to ensure
our safety and there was even an ambulance outside, just in case.
Three thousand villagers have now been inoculated.
have lived in Century Village for thirty years and yet, I have never
visited what should be advertised as one of W. Palm Beach’s
stellar attractions – Mount’s Botanical Gardens. What a
beautiful spot, outdoors, and packed full of unusual flora.
Importantly, it is handicapped accessible. They have 14 acres with
over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants including
Florida native plants, exotic tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms,
roses, cactus and bromeliads. There are 25 separate gardens –
everything from Windows on the Floating World to an Edible Garden.
grandson, his wife and I visited this gem on a Saturday when there
were many cars in their parking lot. But never fear - social
distancing was easy because the area is very large and you rarely
passed anyone. Of course, everyone wore masks. There is an admission
charge, but well worth the money if you enjoy the great outdoors.
live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and
adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if
only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharlal Nehru
this Pandemic, do you find yourself feeling bored and isolated? I
don’t, and here is why. I have a telephone, and a big fat address
book. I keep in touch with the people that I know, here in my
building, in the Village, and with out of town friends and relatives
from far and wide. .I only talk about pleasant things; the Sun,
Moon, stars, flowers, birds, grandkids, books, the latest space
launch, TV programs, hobbies. We gossip a bit, too. As long as the
subject is pleasant and positive.
about the news, politics, or any other unpleasant thing is strictly
forbidden. I try to keep the spirits of my friends and relatives up
by telling them my "original joke of the week", which is
often a lighthearted observation or prediction that often
"comes true". My amazed audience thinks that I have ESP!
the show, "Annie"? She said, "The Sun will come out
tomorrow, you just wait and see!"
above is from Avis Blank, a ninety-something year old
resident of the Windsor section of the village.
-- feeding wildlife is not allowed here. Feeding ducks, squirrels,
and any creatures that are wild endangers not only those creatures
because they become dependent on people, but also the people around
you. The animals change their behavior because they are no longer
afraid of people. So says Gena Etheridge also a resident
it’s intermission for live theater, great entertainment is still
available at Century Village Theater! CV At Home Series continues to
offer free video performances that you can view right on your
computer or internet device. During the week you will receive an
email announcing the video performance along with a short
description. The following day you will receive the viewing internet
link at 8 pm. This video performance will then be available for
viewing for the next 48 hours. The response to this program has been
fantastic and if you are not already taking advantage of it, you can
do so by subscribing to the email list/ Call Clubhouse for
Village WPB Residents 65 years of age or older, including seasonal
and foreign residents, received the first round of the Moderna
vaccine at the Village Clubhouse with the second round of
"booster" vaccinations approximately two weeks after the
first round. Residents started lining up at 6:00 a.m. in their cars
for reservations for appointments beginning at 8:00 on Monday and
continued on Tuesday until 3,000 appointments (all that was
available) were given out. Century Village I.D.’s were required.
There is no cost for this vaccine. The vaccine was administered on
Wednesday-Friday. This was NOT a "first come, first
served" event; there was no outdoor lines or crowding.
to Dom Guarnagia, one of UCO vice-presidents, a very
unusual situation is occurring, unnoticed, in many condos throughout
the Village, unseen until it is too late and with undesirable
damages. During a very wet Spring and Summer, many who neglected to
hire an observer to check their condo periodically (no less
frequently than twenty (20) days), will find upon their return that
MOLD has compromised the fabrics on couches, lounges, pillows and
kitchen cabinetry. Unfortunately, Condominium Insurance does not
cover situations like this, if your condo has not been watched by a
person who is deemed responsible and kept a record of visits to
corroborate the visual inspections. Today, as you read this article,
many have not and will not return for the winter season and damages
will continue to proliferate. So, remember to keep your air
conditioning on and be sure to have a condo watcher.
Hagel III is a management consultant who says, "There's an
interesting trend that occurs in times of mounting pressure and high
uncertainty, which is that it's a natural human tendency to seek out
people that agree with us, that are similar to us because it's a
source of comfort in a world that's so rapidly changing."
to our CAM, Donald Foster, Andre Legault, a Canadian CV unit
owner, has worked closely with Scott Musser, Regional
Director at Cano Health, to coordinate COVID-19 testing for
returning Canadian CV residents. Forty Canadian CV residents are
scheduled for courtesy testing at Cano Health, which is located at
the CV Medical Building with more to come.
again, our diverse population here in the Village will be
celebrating New Year’s Eve in different ways. Our Italian
neighbors, on December 31, celebrate the feast day of San Silvestro.
Food-loving Italians mark the occasion with a delicious meal, but
there are special requirements for a New Year's Eve dinner. The main
course should include both lentils and pork: Lentils represent
wealth, while pork symbolizes life's richness.
Japanese owners do the toshi no yu, the last bath of the year, which
offers a symbolically clean start as they flip over the calendar
page. Then they sit down for a steaming bowl of toshikoshi soba, a
bowl of buckwheat noodles said to bring good luck and longevity in
the coming year. But it's not New Year’s Eve without watching the
Kohaku Uta Gassen, a song contest with teams of performers against
each other in an epic battle that's timed to end just before
midnight. But not this year. All they can do is take a bath, then
slurp a homemade batch of toshikoshi soba while they stream
highlights of past Kohaku Uta Gassen performances.
of our French-Canadian resident still celebrate as their ancestors
did - by indulging in good food. It’s called le réveillon de la
Saint-Sylvestre. It’s at this feast that the French indulge in all
kinds of decadent food including lobsters, oysters, foie gras,
escargot and so much more. They accompany this feast with Champagne
– of course!
Hispanic friends, as the clock strikes midnight, believe it’s
customary to eat 12 grapes – one grape for each ring of the bell.
This tradition started in the late 19th century and the grapes
represent good luck and prosperity for each month of the new year
as we say good-bye to 2020 (and good riddance), "resolve to
keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host
against difficulties." – Helen Keller
HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR
we have such a diverse population here in the Village, each one has
certain food traditions that they follow for Christmas. Our
residents of Italian background celebrate Christmas Eve with the
Feast of Seven Fishes which reflects the observance of abstinence
from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. The meal's
components may include some combination of anchovies, whiting,
lobster, sardines, baccalà (dried salt cod), smelts, eels, squid,
octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams.
Hispanic residents also celebrate on Christmas Eve, when families
gather (not this year) to eat Iberian ham and a smorgasbord of
seafood. The evening of December 24th is when French families sit
down together to celebrate Christmas and enjoy festive French foods
and wines. If you’ve heard about French people eating long and
slowly, this dinner is the greatest example of this French custom.
They dine on smoked salmon and oysters with bran bread and (real)
butter, goose, foiegras (goose or duck liver pate), capon or turkey
stuffed with chestnuts and servings of vegetables such as green
beans cooked with garlic and butter and provincial herbs sautéed
wine is great and all, but the Germans do it even better with their
festive Feuerzangenbowle, or "Fire Tong" Punch. This
incredibly potent drink mixes strong rum and mulled wine to create a
fiery concoction that’ll burn your lungs going down, in the best
way possible. They’ll set it on fire before you drink it, too,
which is where it gets its name. The Polish people also celebrate on
Christmas Eve with recipes based on root vegetables, dried mushrooms
and dried fruits, potatoes and cabbage, local fish, and flour-based
pastries and dishes, such as kluski and pierogi.
of color, unlike white Christmas, doesn’t include fruitcake or rum
cake. Black Christmas is more pie-centric. The sweet potato pie is
the headliner, but it is not an after-dinner dessert. It is usually
placed on the counter and eaten before, during and after the
holidays. With our Canadian neighbors on Christmas Day a special
meal is prepared often including roast turkey, seasonal vegetables,
mashed potatoes, and gravy. Traditional favorite Christmas desserts
reminiscent of England include Christmas plum puddings and mincemeat
tarts. Christmas crackers are popular favors. A rich fruit Christmas
Cake is also a traditional Christmas sweet.
some of our traditions are different, we all wish A Merry Christmas
and a Healthy New Year.
reported by our CAM (Community Area Manager), Donald Foster,
on 11/18, representatives from the Florida Department of Health met
with UCO Officers to discuss plans to establish a Point Of
Distribution at Century Village for COVID-19 vaccinations. Also in
attendance were members of the Century Village Community Emergency
Response Team, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, WPRF, Cano
Health, and Medical Building Property Management. At this early
stage, Florida Health has very little solid information, such as
which vaccine will be approved for use, but this agency is already
preparing for the vaccination event by meeting with the various
local groups that will support this effort. UCO will update the
Community as more information becomes available.
alarming rhetoric in the Canadian newspapers, Daniel Cagne and
his wife, Christiane LeGault, who live in Quebec, wanted to
come back to their Century Village home. It was reported that anyone
from Canada who contracted Covid-19 while here in Florida would not
be allowed in our hospitals. They were also informed that the virus
restrictions were lax in the U.S. and Florida, in particular.
However, they decided to fly here anyway. There was some
inconvenience. Because of lack of demand, their usual flight into W.
Palm Beach was cancelled and they had to fly into Ft. Lauderdale and
then take an hour taxi north to their residence.
only restriction they encountered was having their temperature taken
before entering the airport and then again before going through
security. Though Air Canada had no social distancing planned by
blocking off the center seat or every other row, they did not have
to worry as neither flight or airport had many people. There are
some flights that are Covid-free by doing rapid-result testing
before allowing boarding, but not theirs. There international flight
experience protocols was extremely lax. Upon landing, there was no
one at the gate to admonish them about quarantining for two weeks.
to say, they are glad to be here enjoying our wonderful amenities.
Florida is a very healing place.
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
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.
- "Of all possessions a friend is the most precious." –
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."
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.
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.
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.
"Life is what happens when you’re busy making other
plans." – John Lennon
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.
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,
upbeat is the key to life." — David Frost
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.
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
keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent
that is to triumph over old age."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
next time, remember something Abraham Lincoln said, "Most
people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
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.
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.
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.
As the Dalai Lama said, "Happiness is not something ready
made. It comes from your own actions."
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).
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.
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
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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