Monday, June 30, 2014

Build Baby, Build!

Developers, WPB City Commissioners and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). What will happen if West Palm Beach keeps adding hi-rise buildings to the water front and beyond? This is actually Fortaleza, Brazil: 1975 and 2011.

Friday, June 27, 2014

PBC Commissioners decided to allow development of closed Mizner Trail golf course... 5-2

New homes can rise on the closed Mizner Trail golf course near Boca RatonPalm Beach County commissioners decided Thursday, after years of developers and residents fighting over what to do with the land.
The final say, however, may come from the courts. The commission's decision to allow 252 homes is expected to spawn a legal fight over the future of the old golf course that snakes through the Boca Del Mar neighborhood.
The golf course owners have been pushing to allow development on the land since the course closed in 2005.
But through the years, a large contingent of nearby residents has been trying to protect the open spaces and golf course views they thought would always remain.
Neighborhood groups opposed to building on the golf course have said they would go to court to stop development.
"We will not go quietly. We will fight for what's ours," Boca Del Mar resident William Vale said.
Even though the County Commission rejected past building plans for the Mizner Trail golf course property, this time commissioners in a 5-2 vote decided that new homes should be allowed.
more --
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-mizner-golf-vote-20140626,0,1103823.story 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

50 Shades of Greens

I cannot resist a snappy headline.
If you like your plant-based nutrition with humor Dr Greger is your doctor.
Watch Dr. Greger’s latest video sharing his latest research about the role diet can play in preventing, treating, and reversing our top 15 killers.  He delivers valuable information in an entertaining format. It’s worth watching!!

NutritionFacts.org, a virtual encyclopedia of nutrition information and current research data with a new video daily. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Six-month Parking

When you leave your wheels for months to the tender mercies of CV drivers, please note. Parking on a curve, or at the end of a row*, or next to intersection* can work out badly. Get permission for center of straight row if possible. One such double bad **.  Someone's sudden turn and avoidance of oncoming traffic - CRUNCH.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Free Speech, NOT Free Screech

Best headline ever in the UCO Reporter.
Here is part of Robert's Rules on Decorum in meetings.
"All remarks must be directed to the Chair. Remarks must be courteous in language and deportment - avoid all personalities, never allude to others by name or to motives!
If at any time the chairman rises to state a point of order, or give information, or otherwise speak, within his privilege, the member speaking must take his seat till the chairman has been heard first. When called to order by the chair the member must sit down until the question of order is decided. If his remarks are decided to be improper, he cannot proceed ..."

Friday, June 20, 2014

Temkin Customer Service Ratings

For the second year in a row, USAA earned the highest score in the Temkin Customer Service Ratings. USAA’s banking business took the top spot and the company’s insurance business tied with Amazon for second place in the ratings. Rounding out the top 12 companies in the ratings are Chick-fil-A, Publix, H-E-B, USAA (credit cards), credit unions, Starbucks, Costco, QVC, and Trader Joe’s.
The prize for the worst customer service goes to Comcast, which earned the lowest two scores in the ratings for its Internet service and TV service businesses. As a clear sign of collective customer neglect, Internet service providers, TV service providers, and health plans earned 11 out of the bottom 13 positions in the ratings.

The remaining companies with the lowest Temkin Customer Service Ratings are Highmark (BCBS), Time Warner Cable (TV service and Internet service), Coventry Health Care, Charter Communications (TV service), Verizon (Internet service), HSBC (credit cards), US Airways, Qwest (Internet service), Cablevision (Internet service), CareFirst (BCBS). 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Participation

Obviously .. Blog Part 2 needs more cats and kittens. My grandchildren fostered a pregnant cat and voila! No you cannot adopt these stair/stare guys, people were standing in line for them courtesy of Facebook.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Library Drop Box - Car Drop

Yesterday a patron at the Okee Branch Library left her car, w/keys, purse, and wallet at the curb and took a few steps over to the Outside Book Drop. Two young guys jumped into the car and took off. Vroom!

I do not know if the car was recovered, STAY ALERT AND CAUTIOUS. Park properly and lock up.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Water Ready for Hurricane/Apocalypse




I went a step beyond the store-jugs-of-water advice. I have a Lifestraw in my go-bag.
Dirty water? Have a drink. LifeStraw is a purifier that provides instant access to safe drinking water with no need for electricity, chemicals or running water. The system is more effective than boiling water and doesn't require as much time or energy.
Search online for Lifestraw, they can be bought in many places, the one below has an extra good deed.
http://buylifestraw.com/buy-lifestraw  Buy a LifeStraw online. Your order will be fulfilled by Eartheasy.com. For each LifeStraw® water filter you buy, one school child in Africa receives clean water for an entire school year.
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Blogmeister butts in:

LifeStraw in Action
Both the family and personal models of LifeStraw eliminate sediment, bacteria and parasites from drinking water. The personal filter can stop particles measuring 0.2 microns -- small enough to filter tiny bacteria and parasites. Both models have filters that eliminate 99.9999 percent of the bacteria and 99.9 percent of the parasites present in the water. (As we said, only the family version can filter out viruses .002 microns.) It's important to note that both versions don't remove heavy chemicals or salt, so don't go sticking your LifeStraw in arsenic-laced water and expect refreshment.

Small Amoeba = 90 Microns 
Staph A = .5 Micron
Average Virus = .005 Micron
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Dave Israel
 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bob Hope

Requested by Vet
HOPE THIS WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR HEART. This is a tribute to a man who DID make a difference.

ON TURNING 70
'I still chase women, but only downhill.'

ON TURNING 80
'That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.'

ON TURNING 90
'You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.'

ON TURNING 100
'I don't feel old. In fact, I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.'

ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER, BOXING
'I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.'

ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR
'Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover.'

ON GOLF
'Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.'

ON PRESIDENTS
'I have performed for 12 presidents but entertained only six.'

ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER
'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.'

ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
'I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.'

ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY
'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.'

ON HIS SIX BROTHERS
'That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.'

ON HIS EARLY FAILURES
'I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hurricane Preparation

Excellent presentation yesterday in Party Room, by CERT, Fire Dept. PB Emergency Management, initiated by Anitra, Thank You.

If you missed it or need more info go to www.readypbc.org   Very thorough.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Whining for a Committee

Would you believe you can go to UCO committee meetings, they are OPEN meetings.

My story: In 2013 I was in hospital when committees were populated in March. When I returned I did not whine for special attention, I just attended meetings and I gave my opinions. I had plenty UCO experience, but for someone who does not, what could be better. 
Do not whine and blame just go to the meetings and get experience. We know one person will not go but at least many others will not be misled by her.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Medicare Advantage Cuts

Because people cannot afford health care they are reducing benefits #$%^&*
"The latest cuts are the consequence of a slowdown in the overall growth of Medicare spending — some of it owing to reduced utilization of medical services as a result of the slack economy. The Medicare program recently told the private plans that, since per capita costs are trending lower than prior estimates, the feds are now assuming that Medicare Advantage will take another cut in 2015, on top of existing reductions."
Please email and call your US Senator and Congress for help.

For the whole article read/click:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2014/01/06/more-cuts-in-store-for-medicare-plans-heres-the-options-that-will-shrink-most-for-s

Monday, June 2, 2014

How to Set Rear‐View Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots


And daily complaint - Every time I start to back out of a handicapped spot (I am in motion!) someone walks close behind me. Next car will have one of those annoying beepers.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Scam Time

Don’t click on links inside of emails like this! 

You have a payment of $500 waiting in your PayPal account! All you have to do is click here!”
Dear, unpaid beneficiary ...
Sincerely you are lucky person
I have important cause that I'm “funding”, and need your support.
Sob story about being stranded somewhere, and needing money.
Your application has been approved” email
You are a winner” emails
I have good news about your FREE GIFT
Warning that local loan interest rates have hit rock bottom
Do you want to help an married women expose her cheating spouse
Make money sue someone.
An alert that a sex offender has moved into your neighborhood.

If you really are concerned there’s a warning, hover over the link and check the URL in the status bar on your browser. What you’ll discover is that it goes to some silly dot-com URL that you probably won’t recognize, not some .org or .gov URL like you’d expect if it came from a legitimate agency.

The reason these are still around are that they work, on charity, greed, forgetfulness, and fear.