Saturday, September 24, 2016

We got an unprecedented response to our recent articles decrying the imposition of more condo fees to pay for internet service we don't want.
Everyone wants to know what they can do to help put an end to plans to install WIFI/Broadband services and avoid the raise in fees that is planned to fund it.
To simplify things and make it easy for you to add your voice to the ranks of the growing opposition we decided to collect signatures for a petition and present it at a delegates assembly.
All you have to do is click on the link below and your name will be automatically added to the list.


PETITION
We, the undersigned, are opposed to any plan to install village wide wifi/broadband in Century Village West Palm Beach.
We are aware that UCO has no mandate to pursue or negotiate any contract in this matter.
We want:
All negotiations regarding mandatory internet services be terminated immediately.
The Broadband committee be disbanded immediately.
A statement from the administration be published and recorded in the minutes of the delegates assembly that plans and intentions to install mandatory  village wide WIFI/broadband services and raise fees accordingly have been abandoned. 
By adding my name to this list I confirm that I am a resident of Century Village, West Palm Beach. Florida. 



Click here to SAY NO T WIFI/BROADBAND



The Century Village Messenger Club, Century Village, West Palm Beach, FL 33417


Sent by thecvmessinger@gmail.com in collaboration with
David Israel's WI-Fl plan puts his hands deeper into your pockets.

Despite clear evidence of overwhelming opposition, David Israel is forging ahead with plans to initiate broadband WI-Fl service in the village. The new plans outlined at a committee meeting calls for increased rates for a package of     internet or telephone   and cable T.V. services.
Atlantic Broadband representatives were queried at the meeting about the scope and the costs of the proposed project. It is clear that an original proposal included the ability to choose TV itself or additional services for each individual association. Those choices were withdrawn because of David’s passion to Wi-Fi the village despite not having the authority as is clearly stated in the bi-lateral agreement. The issue of universal Wi-Fi has been turned down several times by the delegates. In actual fact, it is not up to the delegates as a group to approve universal Wi-F. It falls to each individual owner because of our core documents. A recent Florida case underscores that fact.     A recording of the meeting can be heard by opening our website (www.centuryvillagemessengerclub.com) and clicking on the audio player in the top right corner of the homepage.

Our calculations based on figures presented by Atlantic Broadband reps proposes an additional cost of $25.00 a month per unit over and above the $33.00 fee we pay now for cable TV service. Doing the math puts the total additional cost of the ten-year contract at around $24,000,000.00.
That’s a princely sum of money to lay out for a service that   most residents don't want , and it's a bit disconcerting that David Israel would entertain any idea of initiating WI-Fl or broadband or anything else with an enormous outlay of money without a  legal authority to do so while  subjecting UCO to a possible lawsuit.
An article explaining the plan is published in the latest edition of the CV MESSENGER which is posted on our website.
Opposition for the plan comes from among others the many snowbirds who are opposed to paying extra fees every month for a service they will use only for the few months they are in residence. Then there is the residents who will be compelled to pay but don't own computers, don't know how to use the internet and show little if any interest in it.
Notices that Broadband committee meetings are being cancelled for one reason or another are posted with a not too surprising frequency. Without committee meetings plans are being formulated in the dark with little or no input from residents.
Standing back and allowing David Israel to continue in his crusade for WI-Fl can only lead to higher monthly fees attached to each and every condo in Century Village. Rosy predictions that condo prices will be enhanced by the addition of WI-Fl don't add up when one considers that one of the first things prospective buyers investigate is the cost of monthly fees they will be taking on with the purchase of an unit.
HIGHER CONDO FEES = LOWER PURCHASE APPEAL.
Some associations in Century Village have already installed WI Fl in their buildings at an average cost of $5.00 a month per unit and are not tied into a ten-year contract. Many other Associations have opted out based on prior failed efforts to force this folly upon the village. Many other unit holders are   experiencing difficult financial times and paying for a frill they do not want is a nonsense.     Compared to the $25.00 a unit proposed by David Israel's plans it's not hard to see the fallacy of Israel’s plans
The bottom line is that David Israel has no authority to negotiate a contract. His plan takes away any choice you may have in choosing service, and the increases in fees will be mandatory and universal.


 Ed Grossman and Neil J. Moore

Thursday, September 22, 2016

They are spending our $769,000,000


 Myron Solomon, an outspoken, no-nonsense kind of guy, attended the recent emergency meeting of the Operations Committee to object to UCO's actions in handing over $769,000.00 to WPRF to replace the broken down air conditioning units on the clubhouse.
He was immediately assailed by the President, David Israel, and threatened with removal from the meeting for speaking his mind. Despite the threats, Myron stood his ground and spoke his piece. His contention that UCO should not be compelled to pay for the new units was pretty much ignored by the committee and his request that the issue be resolved through arbitration was just as readily ignored.
Kudos for Myron for being one of the few people willing to step up and object to what he sees as an unwarranted spending of our money without any consultation, inquiry, discussion  or documentation.
Myron went on to say that the committees' failure to seek arbitration and proceed with their intention to hand over our money without further discussion leaves no alternative other than the launching of a lawsuit to clarify the issue.
You should hear the recording of the meeting by clicking on the link below and play the recording on the audio player on the homepage of our website.
The Messenger Club is currently reviewing the Millenium Agreement. which requires a minimum and the addendum to the long term lease.  Details will be published in a special edition of the CV Messenger which will be published shortly. Stay tuned !
click here to hear the recording of the meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wi-Fi costs per David Israel

David Israel's WI-Fl plan puts his hands deeper into your pockets.

Despite clear evidence of overwhelming opposition, David Israel is forging ahead with plans to initiate broadband WI-Fl service in the village. The new plans outlined at a committee meeting calls for increased rates for a package of internet or telephone and cable T.V. services.

Atlantic Broadband representatives were queried at the meeting about the scope and the costs of the proposed project. It is clear that an original proposal included the ability to choose TV itself or additional services for each individual association. Those choices were withdrawn because of David’s passion to Wi-Fi the village despite not having the authority as is clearly stated in the bi-lateral agreement. The issue of universal Wi-Fi has been turned down several times by the delegates. In actual fact, it is not up to the delegates as a group to approve universal Wi-F. It falls to each individual owner because of our core documents. A recent Florida case underscores that fact. A recording of the meeting can be heard by opening our website (www.centuryvillagemessengerclub.com) and clicking on the audio player in the top right corner of the homepage.

Our calculations based on figures presented by Atlantic Broadband reps proposes an additional cost of $25.00 a month per unit over and above the $33.00 fee we pay now for cable TV service. Doing the math puts the total additional cost of the ten-year contract at around $24,000,000.00.
That’s a princely sum of money to lay out for a service that   most residents don't want , and it's a bit disconcerting that David Israel would entertain any idea of initiating WI-Fl or broadband or anything else with an enormous outlay of money without a  legal authority to do so while  subjecting UCO to a possible lawsuit.

An article explaining the plan is published in the latest edition of the CV MESSENGER which is posted on our website.
Opposition to this plan comes from among others the many snowbirds who are opposed to paying extra fees every month for a service they will use only for the few months they are in residence. Then there is the residents who will be compelled to pay but don't own computers, don't know how to use the internet and show little if any interest in it.
Notices that Broadband committee meetings are being cancelled for one reason or another are posted with a not too surprising frequency. Without committee meetings plans are being formulated in the dark with little or no input from residents.

Standing back and allowing David Israel to continue in his crusade for WI-Fl can only lead to higher monthly fees attached to each and every condo in Century Village. Rosy predictions that condo prices will be enhanced by the addition of WI-Fl don't add up when one considers that one of the first things prospective buyers investigate is the cost of monthly fees they will be taking on with the purchase of a unit.

HIGHER CONDO FEES = LOWER PURCHASE APPEAL.
Some associations in Century Village have already installed WI-Fl in their buildings at an average cost of $5.00 a month per unit and are not tied into a ten-year contract. Many other Associations have opted out based on prior failed efforts to force this folly upon the village. Many other unit holders are experiencing difficult financial times and paying for a frill they do not want is a nonsense. Compared to the $25.00 a unit proposed by David Israel's plans it's not hard to see the fallacy of Israel’s plans.

The bottom line is that David Israel has no authority to negotiate a contract. His plan takes away any choice you may have in choosing service, and the increases in fees will be mandatory and universal.


 Ed Grossman and Neil J. Moore

Sunday, September 11, 2016


A QUOTE FROM DONALD TRUMP:

“I will be the greatest “JOBS” president that God ever created.”

ARBEIT MACHT FREI was the sign at the entrance to Auschwitz and other labor camps. It means, “Work will make you free.”

Need I say, more?

Trump has many apologists.

How come the question about Trump and his latest pronouncements cause the Trump supporters to feel the need to explain his meanings? What is it about Trump that he can not explain a simple thought simply?

 What is it about Trump that causes many of his supporters to support him even though they feel that he needs to be explained and translated?

What is it about Trump and his supporters that ignore the truth of the matter and complain about things that were not said or mentioned?

What is it about Trump that he says one thing, clearly, and his followers immediately take it upon themselves to translate it into another meaning? Some of it wrong and insulting some of it backed off and less so.

What is it about Trump that causes him to say one thing today and tomorrow say the opposite?

What is it about Trump that leaves him to say one thing to-day and then when the opposite turns out to be true he will grab that position and claim it as his own, to the death. Denying all proofs to say otherwise?

What is it about Trump that denies all his lies? That he will deny all proof of his lies even though they are irrefutable?

And more importantly what it about Trump's defenders that drive them to deny all proof of lies or better yet to deny all proof that Trump is lying and has lied? And more, how about the thought that Trump's lies are sooo... big that can he can not be called on to answer for them?

What is it about Trump that causes Good Men to accept his outrageous lies and do nothing?

What is it about Trump supporters that cause them, when under attack, to immediately change the subject and attack Hillary and her Emails?

I think I have heard all I can stand about the Emails!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Messenger #24






Disrespect for the flag, fans and the American people

For a while there, the great one was allowing me to comment on his blog. But, no more. Only members of his exclusive club can comment. So if I have something to say I will say it here. ITMT I rescind his right to comment here!

So, I do have something to say. First off, as much as I hate it, I agree with Lanny Howe, hit them where it hurts the most, in the pocketbook. These guys have forgotten where all their success comes from.

And while I am at it, I will say the Short man has forgotten where and how his success came from. So that is going to change. Quickly.

No More Delegate Assemblies

So, what has happened to our beloved Delegate Assembly? We have had 4 in a row with nothing happening. We did not even have enough delegates to hold a legal vote.

Ever wonder why?

The reason is obvious enough. The delegates are tired of being pushed around. They are tired of being told what to do and when to do it. Those arrogant statements, which keep coming, has annoyed the delegates enough so that they don't bother to show up. So, without the right number of delegates, we don't have a quorum and so we don't have the right votes available for a vote.

So, what is the solution?

We have to get rid of that arrogant President of UCO. That self-centered President of UCO. That Conceited President of UCO

This has to be done and done soon. The way things are going we will never have a quorum. If he keeps this up we will soon see a loss of the Assembly as a functioning voting body.

Then, what are we going to do?

What is the problem with the lack of information concerning what is going on with our lakes? What is going on with the lack of information concerning our roadways?

Nothing. I keep hollering about the lack of action by UCO on the roads and lakes. This is their mandate to take care of the infractures within Century Village. To see that our quality of life stays as grand as it was at the start.

They are failing miserably at this job!!

We made a big mistake in electing him and his coterie this last election. The next time around it will change.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nazis abuse of power in our Associations

STOP THE CONDO NAZIS ABUSE OF POWER... 

GET INFORMED! GET CERTIFIED. AVOID LAWSUITS.

Require your Board to attend. OCTOBER 18th click on the link and get the info on Palm Beach Condo and HOA Expo. www.pbcondohoaexpo.com

Thanks to Bob's Blog for this.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Is this possible at Century Village, WPB?


Ain’t technology great? Watch this short Video and you will be in wonderment. How could this happen?

Joseph Stalin said,”It’s not who votes.  It is who counts the votes”

STEALING THE ELECTION??? DOES IT HAPPEN ??????
This is a video of ordinary election workers checking the "machines". 
You will be glad that you took the time to watch.

 

 
 This could explain a vote count in a precinct that is higher than the number of people within that precinct.


Provided bCarole Szepesi 

To Tow or NOT to tow?

So, I see the great one has decided to expand on his querulous answer to towing or not to tow? His answer answered no questions at all. His answer only raised more questions. What is it about this man? Can he not answer a simple question with a simple answer?

His answer raises as many questions as we started out with. Maybe more.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Yikes!!!

Written and Posted by Neil Moore 

The frustration of dealing with your HOA board of directors is a common problem across the United States. Here is a list of the most common problems associated with HOA's .

Fraud by Property Management and Condo Board of Directors. This tops the list. There is a constant stream of corrupt officials being caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Proxy forgery by Board of Directors this is particularly prevalent with absentee HOA board members.

Changes to By-Laws and using forged proxies to approve.  Especially when elected officials do not attend meetings or the board is dominated by a few people 

Lack of communication from Board of Directors. We hear this complaint all the time 

Lack of transparency by Board of Directors and Property Management. Directors keep residents in the dark for fear of exposure of incompetence or mismanagement.

Misuse of Reserve Funds. commonly employed for "special"projects by officials.

Special Assessments and no explanations. This is used as an excuse to raise condo fees, sometimes to cover shortfalls in the budgeting caused by mismanagement or outright fraud.

The increase of Maintenance fee and no explanations.  The real reasons for raising fees may be unacceptable.

Conflicts of interest with Service Providers.  Service providers have been known to overcharge , especially when they have to kick back to the contract holders.

Conflicts of interest with Superintendents, Property Management . Hiring family members or friends as managers is not a good idea. These positions should be awarded at arms length to avoid underhanded collusion.

No bidding process by Board of Directors in awarding contracts. it gets expensive if contracts are awarded without competition, and leaves the door open for corruption.

Board of Directors refusing to reply to Owner's correspondence. it's either corruption or laziness, either way, it's unacceptable 

No notification relating to servicing units ie. fan coil replacement etc. Someone's brother in law might need the extra cash for doing work that is not needed or approved by the owners.

Unauthorized entry without notification. You don't want anyone poking around in your home without your knowledge or consent.

Noise issues and other complaints are not investigated. in many cases, the complaints are lodged against the "in crowd" and are hard to pursue or get any relief.

Manipulations and deceit by Board and their supporting Condo Owners. It may not be just the board members who are incompetent or corrupt, the people supporting them and voting for them may have a stake in the game 

Fees attached to the unit for payment with no explanation. This is a great way to get some extra cash to hand off to friends or family members in the form of inflated contracts.

Implementing Rules and Regulations without notification to Owners. Rules are sometimes implemented as a way of punishing or deterring owners from speaking up.

Abuse of Power of Condo Board Members and Property Management

 The reason there is apathy among Condo Owners. Fear of retribution from Board of Directors. It can be anything from a refusal to include owners in decision making or membership on committees to outright harassment.

Smear campaigns if a Condo Owner complains. then ostracizing  or ridiculing are among the ways directors deter owners from attending meetings. labeling outspoken people as troublemakers or in the case of Century Village " malcontents ' is another tactic commonly employed by unscrupulous directors.Discrimination and slander go hand in hand with smear tactics.

Owners feel Powerless and have  no easy way to protect their rights. it can be expensive and time-consuming  to assert your rights through the courts. Owners either don't have the money or don't want to get involved in a long and contentious lawsuit.


Harassment and defamation of character. When you can't defend the issue , attacking  the character of the person raising it is a good way to avoid the complaint.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, you can take small comfort in knowing that you are not alone. The problems listed here are very prevalent among condo owners,The only way it can change is for honest and well-meaning people to get involved and monitor the activities of the board,then speak up and to listen when others raise issues that affect  you.

None of this applies to Wellington A, for sure!

And then there is the towing situation!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LIES, Lies lies


THE BIG LIE

It appears the UCO Reporter better known as “THE RAG," has again ventured into the dark dungeon of LIES.  It has allowed David Israel to profess, in his monthly column, that associations which have installed Wi-Fi are stealing from Comcast and are liable to be charged as a misdemeanor or imprisonment.  This is just another load of horse-shit   that his devious sick mind has conjured up in order to frighten the residents.  My association, as well as 30 or more had the courage and foresight to opt out of a village wide Wi-Fi and install their own at a saving of $33:00 per Internet user.  As of yet, we have not been sent to Devils Island nor been fined. We have not committed any crime.   David Israel in his perverse imagination has arrested us for having the courage to stand up to his demigod madness. Maybe it’s time; we begin to wonder what his motives are for pushing his version of Wi-Fi down our throats. Is it because as a former member of the National-Security Agency of Spies, he wants to get into the game again and spy on us?   -  We may never know, so for the time being, we will leave it and go on to the next subject.  

David’s column also accused us of being piggyback thieves. A Piggyback thief is a person who logs onto your open Wi-Fi without your approval.    At a time when a password was not required to use my Wi-Fi, Donald Foster our acting Cam and a personal friend of Ed Black and David, placed himself below my window at Northampton and secretly proceeded to use my Wi-Fi. He was stupid enough to brag about it on David’s Blog.  When David discovered it was illegal, he immediately erased it.

Now David has the audacity to accuse us of stealing when it was his friend the person he wants to become our paid cam that was the real criminal.

Das ist alles.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Latest Issue of the CVMessenger



Bits and Pieces 8/29/16

But the worst of all is Donald's claim that if he doesn't win the election is rigged. Get this logic. If the Donald loses then the Election was rigged. If the Donald wins then all is well. So, for the Donald, the election is a win-win. For the rest of us, well, you guess. 

So things keep changing. As far as Trump is concerned, his flagship thought, his main thought, his Immigrant plank is what? Does anybody know? Is this a pick and choose test? His main plank is so befuddled that even his surrogates are at a loss to explain it. Even Kellyann says his message is still the same, he has only changed his words. What?? So he has plans to explain it again this Sunday. As soon as he has thought it through. Maybe.

I don't really understand Donald Trump. I don't understand his changings. First, he opens saying we have to get rid of all the immigrants sneaking over our borders. Then he says, I didn't mean ALL the immigrants , just the ones that are criminal. No mention of his plans for our existing illegal immigrants. What are we to think?

Back to CVWPB, just what is wrong with our illustrious President? He has an article in the Reporter that is way off base. I don't think he knows of which he talks. I am talking about his warnings that those Associations that have opted to set up their own WiFi are doing something illegal. Not so!
We order the Association's Wifi and pay each month for its use. There is nothing hidden here.

Comcast is very happy with this arrangement. We are happy with this arrangement.The unit owners are happy with this arrangement.

The great one  is not.

His arrogance knows no bounds The reason for this is that he wants to sell us his Village wide WiFi system. We don't need it! We don't want it! Stop pushing David!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

A renters reply to Stu Richland's Condo Owners Bill of Rights article

Written and Posted by Neil Moore

Re the postings from Stu  Richland about Condo owners bill of rights: I think he is missing the boat on one important aspect. He writes about condo owners rights but neglects to mention Condo residents rights. Should the rights afforded the owners not be extended to any and all residents? The simple, but important rights Americans enjoy are in many instances left outside the gate of a community like Century Village. The community is actually a private business, what goes on here , and in many communities, is dictated by the owners. Non-owners would be left in the dust if a bill of rights is established for condo owners only. 

An important aspect of the rights of residents concerns the right to opt out paying recreational fees. There are instances of residents who are not interested, or are unable to use  the facilities and would rather not pay dues. The way things are at the moment: EVERYONE in CV.  IS COMPELLED TO PAY "CLUB DUES" whether they use the facilities or not. I can understand being compelled to pay for buses or security or other necessities, But recreation fees ? In the real world, we can choose to buy into gymnasiums or spend money on recreation. Not so in Century Village, You have to "join the club" whether you like it or not.A recent court ruling may change that, The court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who didn't want to "join the club" in his community.

Then there's the right to vote. Across America, voting rights are universal and are not predicated on the notion of land ownership.A growing segment of the population in Cv are disenfranchised by the "owners only " rule. It;s an absurd idea that just because a person does not own property they have no stake in the community.

There are other questions regarding the bill of rights issue. Topping the list is a UNIVERSAL BILL OF RIGHTS that encompasses all residents of Century Village.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Editorial 8/23/2016

So, the Great one, the loud one, the racist one, Donald Trump sees a conspiracy around every corner. Now is cajoling his followers to guard the polling sites in the fear of wrongdoing by the Democrats. What he is thinking, what he is saying, is that this is a good excuse to use when he loses the Election. Which is becoming more apparent as the day's pass?

I do not understand the hullabaloo over Hillary's emails. What is wrong? The New Times has been hacked, the Department of Defense has been hacked, T-Mobil has been hacked, even the Sony Corp. has been hacked. But not Hillary's Emails. So who is right and who is wrong? Maybe those who are screaming about Hillary's Emails should follow her lead before they get hacked!


Fear is in the mind of the beholder

Donald Trump has done it again. He has frightened all or most of the good and honest voters. He wants voting inspectors. He wants intimidation at the poles, he wants fear at the poles.

He hopes to have an excuse for losing this election (they cheated). or maybe he is hoping for fear to set in on the Democrats and he thereby will win the election.(he won't)

But I don't actually believe this. Trump can not steal this election, The best he can do is complain how the Election was rigged, (It wasn't)

The inculcation of fear into an election, especially a Presidential election hasn't been seen or heard from since the 1800's.

Just remember to great words of one of our great Presidents. "The only thing to fear is fear itself"

And I think that Mr. Trump is living in a world of fear and it is getting worse.

Now, listening to the TV News I see that he is walking back his original plan to throw all the immigrants out. Now he has changed his mind. He wants to soften his remarks on immigrants. He  wants to keep the immigrants here and make them good citizens. Good Lord, is there a Bill of Rights for immigrants?


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Help me, I fell and can't get up!!

So, what  is going on with the new Lifts at the Hastings Pool? The committee has been examining this for over a year now and nothing is happening. They have a quote for $28,000 each  for replacement and an extra $7,000 for storm proof glass, why the delay? Did they spend the money that we had put away for this project?

So far they had one near accident when an elderly lady with her walker was stuck in one of the lifts for 20 minutes.

What are they waiting for? Somebody to get hurt and we will face a major insurance claim and/or a major lawsuit?

There is a lot of trouble brewing here. Stop the delay. The claims will far outstrip the costs and savings you are looking for!