Tuesday, January 31, 2017

To read the latest edition of the CV Messenger  click here

CSI and the TV contract

Comcast is in the process of tendering another bid that
includes the usual cable TV service and OPTION to opt into WIFI if so desired. This means that those who don't want WIFI and don't want the added expense can keep their cable TV without being compelled to pay for WIFI.  

Comcast recently brought a new proposal to the negotiating table that gives CV'ers the option of installing WIFI or keeping cable TV only.
The offer came about due to the activities of The Messenger Club,. Not being happy with the Atlantic broadband proposal that was raising rates across the board to install WIFI in every unit, The Messenger Club contacted Comcast representatives who were surprised and concerned that their proposal was being turned down by UCO in favor of Atlantic broadband. Subsequently, Comcast indicated in a meeting with David Israel that they wish to revise their proposal and sweeten up the deal. It's looking better for Century village and looking a lot better for those who have no interest in WIFI or Broadband as proposed by David Israel.

One troubling aspect of the initiative is that CSI was contracted,(with a projected fee of $450,000.00) to provide negotiating services by David Israel, but there were no competing bids from any other company to provide this service. The Messenger club contacted CCG, a prominent telecommunications consulting company who said they would be more than happy to bid on the job.

David Israel stepped out of the bounds of his authority in bringing CSI to the table, he maintains that an old expired contract with CSI gives him the authority to engage their services. Our lawyers say NOT!
Follow the link at the bottom of this page to read the actual contract and the letter from our lawyer to David Israel.


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

So, those people that love Trump will make up an excuse for anything he does that is against the rights of its citizens. So their excuse is that the first thing he does is not what he wants to be done. First, he offers an outlandish executive order, then after the complaints, he backs it down to a normal order.

Baloney, he does not back down, he is all for his first order, there is no sneaky first offer then back it down to a normal order.

The thing that gets me is that his first order is recognized as a not normal order, then it is backed down to a normal order so we expect this anti-immigration order to change.

But what if it doesn't?

Secret meetings!

With David Israel, things go from bad to worse.

First, he says we have all the bids we need. Which means the only bid he took was Atlantic Broadband, nobody else was needed. Now we see the uninvited is being given a chance to tender their bid. Comcast is being given a chance to vote.

That's the way it should be.

So so far as I can see the great one has decided who he wants to supply the Village with TV,WiFi, and telephone. So he just allows this Company to be the only bidder. He also has advised the Committee that he wants the meetings to be secret.

So it becomes very clear. If Isreal wants it he is going to do whatever it takes to get it. If it means to pass it without a vote, he will do it. If it means to present and vote on it in secret, he will do it.

Apparently, the voting committee will not be allowed to vote on this.

Is this the way to run an important Committee?

The man is out of control.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dr. Herbert Schindler

I regret to announce the passing of Dr.Herbert Schindler. He was a long-time resident of Century Village and past President of Wellington A

He passed away on January 27. He was active in many of the activities in the Village. He lived  114 Wellington A

Funeral Arrangements
Star of David
2:30 PM 1/29/2016
Chapel & Mausoleum

He will be missed.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Don't be fooled. Atlantic Broadband is not the good deal that David Israel would have us believe

Just listen and read carefully and you will see that David Israel is trying, again, to pull the wool over our heads.

Above this post is a post of a letter sent by our lawyer to David Israel which basically points out to him that he is pushing a deal that is no longer viable with CSI.

And, of course, that is ignoring that the only Company that is bidding on this is Atlantic Broadband, and nobody else.

So what is actually happening here is that UCO has no right to strike a deal for anything else except for TV. They have no mandate to do anything else.

So the facts are this. This is a big deal. Israel is trying to force the CV Community to accept his plans for CSI payments, his plan for who we use for TV, WiFi and telephone access thru the TV Provider.

David Israel has no right to force us to take his favorite TV provider. He certainly has no right to force us to select his choice. He certainly has no right to deny bidding opportunity to Comcast and any other viable bidders.

So you may ask "Whats in it for David?" He is pushing real hard for this Canadian Company. Maybe too hard.

Attorney's opinion on The 15% payoff for CSI help!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

More Bad news about Atlantc Broadband. David Israel's favorite cable Company

Public Service Announcement

Staff Members, Potential Customers, and Cogeco Investors Beware.

This warning to the public will remain up until the problem is permanently fixed.

Those Primarily Responsible for the Atlantic Broadband Security Problem Include:

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Richard J. Shea - Current CEO

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Edward Holleran, Jr. - Vice President, Industry Relations

The two people above are primarily responsible for creating the security problem at Atlantic Broadband Cable. They have created a security mess for their entire company. Not only are they responsible for the breaches of security for their residential, commercial customers, and also anyone who communicates by email to or from them, but also their very own employees and legal department. Those consumers (commercial and residential), & employees at risk are located in the following regions: Florida, Maryland, Delaware, South Carolina and Central Pennsylvania. Our legal department has sent their legal department several notices outlining SERIOUS security problems. Those security problems consisted of breaches in their office sending us personal information, personal emails of their registered customers both commercial and residential, and also including government agencies, financial institutions, and more. They have ignored evidence sent to them and have not fixed the problem permanently. They created this security problem since the day they opened their business, and have been fully aware all along, meanwhile their security problem has only grown. We would expect that a cable company operator would take the full action to see to it, that their cable consumers private and confidential information (residential and commercial), employees and company as a whole, are secure as possible. This is something they have failed in. Knowing beforehand of opening their business that the security of their consumers would be in jeopardy, shows a disrespect for consumer security.

Also Note:
Our legal department has also sent evidence of this security problem to Cogeco legal department. In fact, we have also been the unwilling recipient of an email from Cogeco to the sister cable company as well. I have also tried contacting the President of Cogeco by phone several times, and emailed details, however, he has not returned any of my calls or email. Cogeco has been fully informed by our legal department that they have purchased a billion dollar company (Atlantic Broadband Cable) that has never been secure since the day they opened their doors for business.

Below are just a few of the many, many, email we have received. (Click thumbnails to enlarge)

Note I have not bothered to print all of these complaints.
As the owner of the official website AtlanticBroadband.com I have unwillingly received Staff Medical Insurance Information, Financial Information & Documents, Account Information, Consumers Identification Cards Scans, Legal Documents, Security & Privacy Agreements, Work Orders, Commercial & Residential Account Holder Information, Support Tickets, Passwords, Secure email, and much much more, with Consumers Information either to, from, or carbon copied; the following staff (as well as others not listed) at Atlantic Broadband Cable:
  • Richard J. Shea - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Edward Holleran, Jr. - Previous CEO - Now Vice President, Industry Relations
  • David Isenberg - CFO - President and Chief Revenue Officer
  • David J. Keefe - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Almis J. Kuolas - Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
  • Sam McGill - Vice President and General Manager, South Carolina and Maryland/Delaware
  • Denise Paine - Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Services
  • Thomas Roundtree - Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Debra Miller - Accounts Payable at Atlantic Broadband
  • David Mcbride - Atlantic Broadband Construction Coordinator
  • Edwin Zambrana - Atlantic Broadband Construction Coordinator
  • Chris Bubalo - Director of Commercial Sales at Atlantic Broadband
  • Tom Costa - Commercial Sales Director at Atlantic Broadband
  • Chuck English - Director Technical Operations
  • Natalie Kurchak - Marketing Manager
  • Jeremy McMasters - Director of Network Engineering
  • Jackey Voltz - H. R. Generalist at Atlantic Broadband
  • Ed Winklarek - Technical Operations Manager
  • Dale Albright - Atlantic Broadband Branch Manager
There are much more not included in this list. 

*Note: If you contact the cable operator, or work for the cable operator, and ask if there are a security problem and you are informed there is currently not a serious problem, it is highly recommended you get their name, or employee number, as well as log the time and date of your discussion for your own personal records. 

Together with consumers, we will make the internet a safer place. Customers come first, and more importantly their security. Until the cable companies fix their security problem, this notice will remain in place. We have also submitted our complaint to Consumer Affairs

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More about the UCO secret meetings

I have 16 pages of customer complaints about customer service by Atlantic Broadband. This you may like to know is the favorite Cable Company of David Israel. Apparently, he is up to his neck with the complaints he gets at his regular Cable Committee meetings. He is now about to make his meetings private and secret.

The better to keep out the citizenry and other rift raft.

More Bad News from the UCOs

Watch the latest advisory committee meeting. It looks like the whole meeting was about making it harder for residents to get information from UCO. concern was expressed that requests for information are onerous and frivolous. We would think that UCO should concern themselves with making it easier for residents to get information instead of looking for ways to make it harder. Mr. Israel stated that information must be made available, except in the case of "our" lawyers opinions on cases where litigation is being pursued against them. I would like to correct Mr. Israel's assumption that those lawyers are "HIS" lawyers. They are in fact OUR lawyers. Our money pays for them and they are representing US.

An item making it next to impossible to petition for a change in the bylaws was next. ( term limits got an honorable mention) they want to change it so residents need 117 ( previously 35 then 75) signatures from delegates to get any changes considered, and if the advisory committee or the officer's committee don't like it, then it doesn't go to the delegates for a vote. It seems a bit hypocritical when David Israel repeatedly brought up term limits until he got his wish and got them repealed.

They also want to stop any member of the executive of any club from being allowed to vote on any committee. We have to wonder which club they are worried about. Could it be the Messenger club? What are they worried about and what do they want to keep quiet? It was an interesting and revealing discussion, especially when committee members expressed concern that club executives may be privy to information that the committee would rather not reveal. What information is that? What happened to the promise of transparency in the administration's dealings?


With the Election of Donald Trump and his cabinet, they are now going to OWN it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Warning: Atlantic Broad is Trouble

Do we really want Atlantic Broadband as a service provider?

let's not get blindsided by a fifty-seven million     dollar sucker punch.

Should Century village enter an eleven year, fifty-seven million dollar contract with Atlantic Broadband?

Even though the proposal is for an eleven-year term. Signing now means that Century Village is going to be under the terms of the contract until 2030. That's thirteen years!

Atlantic Broadband operates in a few states in America but is owned by COGECO, a Canadian company, who are a major player in the Canadian market. In light of the movement to keep American business and dollars in America, it doesn't make a lot of sense to consider sending our business to a foreign company when there are so many American companies struggling to keep money and jobs at home.

We contacted Comcast who were surprised that their bid was rejected in favor of Atlantic Broadband and are unaware that a vote is planned for the March delegates assembly to accept Atlantic Broadband's proposal.

The representative claimed that it's not necessary to rewire the village with eight million dollars worth of fiber optic cable as the present co-axial cable has more than enough capacity to carry the needs of the village for the foreseeable future. Eight Million dollars plus the three million dollars "gateway fee" being handed to UCO for signing up makes this deal look "too good to be true" . Anyone who believes that the three million dollar "gateway fee" is not going to be recovered by Atlantic Broadband in fees to customers (that's you and me) has a loose grip on reality.

Past activity is a good indicator of future performance when deciding on a service provider. We discovered some troubling issues when we looked at Atlantic Broadband.

Links to customer comments and reviews are posted on our website. Log in and follow the links for a revealing and shocking look at what present and former customers are saying. The comments are disturbing and put Atlantic Broadband in a different light than what the administration and Atlantic Broadband reps are claiming
Rating services place Atlantic Broadband at one star out of five due to poor customer service and consumer complaints.

Downdetector .com gave Atlantic Broadband the lowest rating possible. Downdetector is an internet tracking company who keep an eye on outages by internet providers and post current and historical figures reflecting their performance
Did "Team Dave" do their homework and investigate this company before deciding to go with them. Apparently not! It is hard to believe that if they had taken a look they would contemplate doing business with them.

The comments allege everything from deceptive business practices to lousy customer service and outright fraud. A lot of customers expressed frustration in their attempts to resolve problems, and claim that it nearly impossible to reach technical assistance over the phone, and claim that Atlantic Broadband has the worst service department they have ever seen.

In light of these shocking revelations about Atlantic Broadband, it would be a folly to enter into an eleven-year contract with them. It would be a huge mistake to enter any agreement with them if only half of the allegations in the postings are correct.

Signing an eleven-year contract with Atlantic Broadband leaves the village in the precarious position of contracting with a company who allegedly are offering dismal performance. The fact that they are offering the service at a lower rate is not the only consideration. The cheapest is not always the best and usually is not good enough.

The rosy predictions offered by the administration fall flat when a hard look is taken at how Atlantic Broadband is performing at present.
Century village has one shot at getting this right. Keep in mind that "Team Dave" have been previously taken in by slick promotions and glib sales campaigns. The "best deal ever" that was taken on by UCO for a security contract was quickly discovered to be a huge mistake that sent Ed Black (chairman of the security committee) and the rest of the "team" scrambling to rectify.Once this contract is accepted and Atlantic Broadband invests some eleven million dollars in infrastructure it may be too late to change course.
it's going to be up to the delegates to impose some common sense in this issue when it comes to a vote on accepting or rejecting Atlantic Broadband's proposal. David Israel is apparently blinded by his desire to achieve village-wide WIFI and is not listening when the village says NO, and is not looking at or is ignoring the writing on the wall. He may be willing to gamble millions of dollars of our money to get the WIFI he so desperately wants. The big question is whether or not CV is willing to gamble eleven years and fifty-seven million dollars to fulfill his ambitions.
We strongly urge you to take a look at the reviews
posted on our website before deciding what is best for the village. If Atlantic Broadbands proposal is accepted by the delegates are we looking at eleven years where CV residents will join the growing crowd of very unhappy customers. If you don't read the information and choose to ignore or deny the truth, get ready to duck when a fifty-seven million dollar sucker punch comes your way.
Read the reviews and you be the judge
The Century Village Messenger Club, Century Village, West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Sent by thecvmessinger@gmail.com in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BroadBand again

I have finally attended a Broadband meeting. When I do attend it is enough for me to pass the time of day with David Israel to get him to announce that he will brook no disruptions by me. He is bristling and ready to call the cops and have me ejected. All for the nerve of saying "Good Morning David". Sad.

I am in the middle of going over all of the literature that was passed out at this meeting and before. It is a lot.

One of the main things, I should say, are the lies, that are promulgated. It is that the $5 per month deal is stealing and is bound to fail as more users get on the one and only router.

The truth here is that we can not be stealing since this is a contract with Comcast. The supplier of the WiFi. The fact is in our 42 unit building we are using the smallest bandwidth offered. If in the future our requirements change we can buy more bandwidth as necessary.

So, it seems to me that the great one is so eager to sell his plan that he will lie to move it forward. This attitude is bound to fail.

I think Israel would do better if he was totally honest and transparent about his Broadband initiative.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Information request by a CV Unit Owner.

The below letter is posted here to inform the residents of our efforts to force David Israel to be transparent in all his dealing for the CV Unit owners

Mr. David Israel, President
United Civic Organization, Inc.
2101 West Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Mr. Israel:
December 27, 2016

I am hereby submitting a request for the following that were discussed at the December 14, 2016 Broad Band Committee meeting which I was in attendance. about the following which I questioned.

1. A copy of the CSI contract which you said is in force for any new carrier
2. A copy of all the competitive bids for the work.
3. A copy of the minutes that contain the approval vote for the above contract.
4. A copy of the Florida Statute that you quoted saying that the old CSI contract was still in

. The reasonable particularity for these requests are listed below:
• I want to discuss the results of these requests with accuracy to various other delegates as
well as the other unit owners within the village.

• I want to be able to determine if the execution of these contracts without the knowledge and approval of the delegate assembly are correct per the current by-laws.

• I want to review these documents with my attorney if the statutes and positions you are taking are within Florida law.

I am quoting Rod Tennyson's legal opinion as the propriety of my request and the way I sign this request.

I trust that it is unnecessary to direct your attention to Fla, Stat. 617.1602 (2) (b) & (d), which, provides in the relevant part that a member of a corporation is entitled to inspect and copy accounting "and any other books and records," nor to Fla. Stat. 617. 2103 (3)(b) which provides for the recovery of costs and attorney fee in the event an action is required to enforce our right as UCO members. Raffinan v. Philipine, Cultural Found:821 So.2d 1272.1274 (Fla, Dist.
Ct.App.2d Dist.2002)

Very truly yours,

Myron Solomon

Don't let them get away with this.

Now let me get this straight.

David and his team are trying to get a deal for tv and wifi and all that ..There is a three million dollar gateway fees that apparently Atlantic Broadband is going to give to UCO for signing up. Why wouldn't they just knock three million off the top of their proposed contract?

You would have to be pretty gullible to believe that Atlantic broadband isn't going to get it back in the form of monthly fees. So in effect, they are planning to take this money from the residents and give it to UCO after CSI gets their 300 Thousand dollars for brokering the deal..
(Closer to $400,000) 

Team dave is giddy with the thought that they will get a load of money to spend, They should think that maybe the residents would like to keep it so they can spend it on stuff they need, stuff like: food and medicine.

They should just reduce the fees and let the residents keep their money. What a scam! Don't let them get away with it!

Posted by Neil Moore