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AUGUST 2006

BOARD MEETING

A special meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 in the Meeting Room of The Regency Tower by the President.

Roll Call - The roll call showed the following Board Members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Fern McBride, Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone) and Pablo Verol. Louise Collins was excused.

President’s Report: Hallways Project History - Dott presented the following background report on the Hallway Project:

Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown
Dott Reviews Project History
“During 2003, the Board began receiving complaints about the hallways on four (4) floors. Families stated they wanted us to speed up the Hallway Decoration. Although previous Boards had established 8 year periods between Hall Decorating, this Board felt that too many assessments were being levied – (we were in the middle of the Paver/Driveway/Drainage Well Project.) – So the seven (7) of us voted that the policy would be ten (10) years. If any owners felt their floor was in such dire straits that they couldn’t wait 2-3 more years, they could proceed.

Since we always get three (3) Bids on all Projects, our original intent was to have 3 different designers present their ideas, set them up in the lobby, have owners select one and give the job to the designer who won the competition. I quickly discovered Design/Decorators don’t work that way. They will not spend time, effort or materials to prepare ideas for you unless they know they have the job. Reason: People take their ideas but hire a favorite person. During 2005, the complaints became more numerous but we had to postpone it due to the Air/Conditioner Riser piping becoming unsafe.

Liz Urbano Wins Volunteer Award
Liz Urbano
Donated Services
I researched and found that items regarding Hall Decorations were printed in the following editions of the Regency Tower Newsletters: 12/04, 2/05,
5/05, 6/05, 12/05 (Liz began), 2/06, 3/06 (Liz requested understanding for delay) and 2 months ago, May 6th, Liz stated she expected to have final plan by June meeting. Well, it’s July. But still she only took 3 ½ months to complete something started in 2004.

Over the weekend of 7/15 a wild rumor circulated regarding Liz’s design plans. I contacted Liz and requested she get info to me ASAP so I could get letters to owners correcting the rumors and I would need it out by 7/18 to give 14 day notice.

NOTE - Several of the persons signing the petition received a memo one week earlier stating they were past due on Hurricane Reserves and should pay before Decorating Assessment comes due in the next few weeks. Some have not paid quarterly Maintenance. Regarding expense and choice, Eric will discuss this. Signers of the Petition stated “in no rush.” Well, the majority of owners are in a rush, as mentioned since 2003.

The Chronology leading to today is as follows:

  • 2003-4 - Four (4) floors, 2–5–9–17, unsuccessfully attempted to get agreement from 11 owners to re-do their floors. (the 4th floor, which also applied for expedited floor rehabilitation, was successful at acheiving an agreement)
  • Sept 2003 - Board voted 10 year policy for decoration which included provisions for all who wished to proceed earlier to do so (see 9/03 Newsletter).
  • Nov/Dec 2004 - Lobby Designer Alan Derry surveyed building.
  • March 2005 - JSD Interiors surveyed building (Recommended by 17th floor neighbor) – We hired him.
  • May 2005 - A/C Riser project started – Decoration Project put on hold.
  • Oct 2005 - A/C Risers completed. Liz Urbano began coordination with JSD.
  • April 2006 - Due to non-performance by JSD, Liz stepped into his shoes.
  • July 2006 - Liz presented sample Design (within 3 ½ months).

Liz is the only one of the 3 who put the amount of effort into this Project without receiving one cent. Additionally she is not adding one penny to the charges each subcontractor gives her. Cindy will tell you we do not sign one check without the backup bill. That rule will continue for you too, Liz!

Lastly, I understand this is a hardship for some. I, too, have found it financially difficult during the past 6 years. However, it was necessary for this Board to practically rebuild this building – NOT BECAUSE WE WANTED TO – BUT BECAUSE WE HAD TO, FOR THE SAFTEY OF US ALL. Thank you.

Eric will now respond to other issues raised in your petition.”

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Hallways Project - Comparative Aspects Review -
Eric Berkowitz gave report addressing the methodologies used during the project’s implementation - focusing primarily on three issues - money, choice and professional input. Click Here to read the Comparative Aspects Review.

Open Discussion - The floor was opened to give the owners an opportunity to voice their concerns. A question and answer period followed between the owners, Liz and the Board.

Vote on Special Assessment for Hallway/Elevator Lobby Areas -

  • The President requested a motion regarding the assessment.

  • Bill Tennenbaum made the following motion: In order to maintain the standards of The Regency Tower Association, I move that the Board of Directors vote a Special Assessment in the amount of $436,487.00 to fund the renovation and decoration of the Hallway/Elevator Lobby areas.

  • The motion was seconded by Iris Anastasi and unanimously approved.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Pablo Verol and seconded by Eric Berkowitz to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 a.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

AUGUST 2006

A Celebration of Life Helen Quinlan

The Irrepressible Helen Quinlan, Regency Tower’s Resident Angel
Our Helen Quinlan
August 12, 2006 - Mrs. Helen Quinlan, one of the beating hearts of Regency Tower, passed away on July 26, 2006. Her matchless spirit provided the engine for our
Poem and Joke Page, universally spread cheer and imprinted everyone fortunate enough to have loved her with treasured memories. May she rest in peace.

Helen’s funeral took place in Chicago, where she was interred adjacent to her beloved husband, Roy. Click Here for some biographical background of our Helen Scanlon Quinlan. A Memorial Mass was held on August 10th at the St. Pius X Church at 2511 N. Ocean Boulevard (A1A).

Following the Memorial Mass, a brunch in celebration of her life took place in the Regency Tower Rendezvous Room. Starting at 10:45 AM, the brunch was well attended by friends and neighbors in Regency Tower, the Galt Mile Community Association and loving family members.

Sympathy and condolence cards may be placed in her Mailbox (Second Class Mail Slot) # 1903.

 

Regency Tower Renaissance Man


Pablo Verol

Pablo Verol, Regency Tower’s Resident Artist
Our Pablo Verol
!!! Renaissance Man !!!
August 20, 2006 - On August 13, 2006 Regency Tower lost one of the architects of its communal spirit. A cornerstone of our Association family, Pablo Verol’s contributions to our home were legion. The aggressive optimism with which he met challanges distinguished him as a natural leader. Upon recognizing this some 15 years ago, his friends and neighbors enthusiastically empowered Pablo to represent their interests. As his other relevant strengths revealed themselves, it became evident that Pablo was uniquely qualified to help them maintain their lifestyle while improving their home. His intelligence, sense of fair play, strong technical background and proclivity for speaking his mind bolstered his dedication to resolving conflicts between or on behalf of his neighbors. Recognizing the value of this talented self-proclaimed “Loose Cannon”, they repeatedly drafted Pablo to participate on the Board of Directors. During his six terms of service, his remarkable adaptability enabled him to cooperate productively with the wide variety of personalities serving with him.

Dott Nicholson-Brown presenting award to Pablo Verol for Mediterranean Mural
Dott Recognizes Pablo for Mediterranean Mural
The lion’s share of Pablo’s notoriety was not a function of his elected popularity, but his universal accessibility. Pablo was eminently conspicuous at every building emergency. During his tenure as our unofficial ombudsman, virtually every resident had occasion to request Pablo’s assistance with some issue. As a result of personally touching the lives of so many, he transformed constituents into supporters and neighbors into friends. As with a small town doctor, everyone took comfort in knowing that Pablo was a phone call away.

Click to Broward Art Guild web site An accomplished artist, Pablo adorned our home with a plethora of personal creations. His Mediterannean Mural brightens the garage elevator lobby and his Aquarium Alcove bids all who use the main entrance a warm welcome. His regal avian crest copper sculpture hovers over the Board of Directors at meetings and small florals grace our common areas. Pablo helped recreate the paver crown on the swimming pool deck and the concrete one over the north lobby entrance. As a teacher for the Broward Art Guild, Pablo structured and conducted a class designed to excite children about art.

Board in front of Pablo's Avian Crest Sculpture in Meeting Room
Board before Pablo's Avian Crest in Meeting Room
Pablo’s many friendships rarely included knowledge about his past. Incomplete chapters of Pablo’s history were ascribed Urban Legend status. Was he a plumber that survived a Nazi Concentration Camp? A wine steward from Boston? A Uruguayan engineer? Was he at Woodstock?

At Barbara’s behest, a private celebration of Pablo’s life was convened on Thursday, August 17th at the Jennings Funeral Home on Oakland Park Boulevard. The ceremony included tributes, reminiscences and remarks by many of Pablo’s friends and family. Pablo’s niece, Monica Roizner, delivered a eulogy that deftly filled in many of the blanks in his remarkable biography. Barbara and Monica have given their permission to publish his fascinating life story. It is as follows:


Pablo Verol

(1927-2006)

Eulogy
by Monica Roizner

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
Anonymous

Childhood in Romania

My uncle Pablo was born in Romania in 1927. His artistic talent emerged when he was a young child, when his classmates would give him pennies for drawings. Raised by his strict grandparents, my uncle Pablo discovered early that art was a good space. He recounted how, as a boy, he would hide under a table to escape his grandparents’ harsh punishment for some nonsensical offense and would start drawing. He never stopped drawing.

Adolescence in the Midst of War

My uncle Pablo was just an adolescent when World War II exploded in Europe. At the age when most teenagers are exploring young love and intellectual pursuits, my uncle Pablo endured the horrific atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. My uncle rarely talked about the war experiences. But as children my brothers and I would ask him about his severed fingers, and we learned about the grenade that almost killed him. We asked him about the number tattooed onto his forearm, and he told us how fate determined that he was not chosen to go to the gas chamber. Instead of making his concentration number a sole reminder of horror, my uncle Pablo made its ending digits 13 his lucky number. For years my uncle wore a charm with his lucky number 13 hanging from a chain.

When Europe was liberated, my uncle weighed the unbelievable low weight of 77 lbs. He started walking, not knowing where to, with no shoes and wearing nothing but rags. Partly automatic survival instinct, he took a belt and boots from a dead German soldier. This lead to yet another near miss with death, when American soldiers almost took him for a German, until they saw his emaciated body, his hand and the ID number.

Youth, Re-Birth, Art and Romance in Montevideo, Uruguay

Pablo & Barbara (Rosa) at December 2005 Employees Holiday Party
Pablo & Barbara (Rosa) at Holiday Party
My uncle Pablo immigrated to Uruguay in 1947 after reuniting with his mother in Romania. There, he met the love of his life, my Tia Rosa (Barbara). Family legends tell that when my uncle Pablo met Rosa as a 20-year old non-Spanish speaking “gringo” (the name Uruguayans would call the European émigrés coming to Uruguay after the war) he relied on his universal charm and romanticism to conquer her heart . Until he gained proficiency in Spanish, he mesmerized her by singing to her in many languages. By the way, Pablo spoke many languages including: Romanian, Hungarian, French, German, Spanish, English and Italian. One of the songs was about a lover who promised to “build a castle of rubies and pearls” for his lady.

Pablo at Opening of Billiards Room (which he decorated)
Billiards Room Opening
My uncle Pablo moved to Florida in 1991 with my aunt. He joined the Broward Art Guild and became a teacher. He loved introducing children to art, teaching them about the nuances of colors, shades, shapes and perspectives. But he talked to them about many things along the way: he talked to children about doing the best they could at whatever they did, without having to be the best. Pablo often described how his approach helped children excel by shifting the focus from competition with others onto what really mattered: the creative process of the individual. Pablo was active for years at the Regency Tower. As vice-president of the board he went above the call of duty. He put his heart and soul in improving the building and touched more than a few in need of assistance. As his health worsened over the last couple of years, he made a point of resisting bitterness and complaining. His poems taught us to “listen and see” the raindrops falling from the sky, the wind blowing through the trees, the crickets singing in the grass. In the midst of pain and discomfort, he wrote a poem entitled “I Count My Blessings”. There he tells us to remember him with a smile. My uncle’s absence feels like a black hole in our hearts. It feels like a very dark night but, as that as he would point to us, if the night is dark we can clearly see the beautiful stars.

Pablo enriched our lives with his ideas, brightened our home with his art and filled our hearts with his friendship. Our renaissance man has become our legacy... and his contributions have become our inheritance.

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Meet Your Neighbor

AUGUST 2006


Helen Scanlon Quinlan

Unit 1903

Helen Scanlon Quinlan from Unit 1903
Helen Scanlon Quinlan
March, 2004 - Helen was born on October 17, 1907 on the west side of Chicago and was one of 8 children (7 sisters & 1 brother.) Her parents were both from Limerick County, Ireland. Her mother taught her how to sew, her oldest sister taught her how to embroider, and her father taught her how to tell jokes. She went to Chicago Teachers College inj 1926 for 2 years, which was all that was required and later got her degree at Loyola in 1932. Helen taught 1st grade in Chicago for 17 years, retiring in 1947. She has already attended her 75th high school reunion of which there were only 2 attending and the other has recently passed away.

Helen met her husband, Roy, in 1938. They dated for 2 years and on August 20, 1940 they were married. He retired from Glenora Farms Dairy in 1972 and passed away in 1975.

Helen travels as much as possible to visit her 90 nieces and nephews all over the U.S. She has been to every state in the U.S. except Rhode Island, Hawaii and Alaska.

Helen moved to the Regency Tower on October 1, 1977. Her wit is beyond compare and her intelligence is like no other. She can recite a poem or tell a joke at the drop of a hat. It takes a sense of humor and an active mind to be a successful senior in today's society, and that, my friends, is your next door neighbor, Helen.

P.S. Helen is our joke and poem contributor and we wish to thank her for making us laugh and think!

Helen Scanlon Quinlan

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Uruaguaian Candombe Drums
Uruaguaian Candombe Drums
My uncle studied art at the
Fine Arts School in Montevideo, Uruguay while working as a plumber to support himself and my aunt. He started exhibiting his art successfully and gained popularity in town. His paintings, sculptures and bronzes included Uruguayan icons such as Candombe drummers and Gauchos, seascapes, biblical and Jewish themes. But clowns prevailed. It seemed as if my uncle had found in the clown a meaningful symbol to express the complexity of human feelings. The vast collection of clowns that he painted often reflected the juxtaposition of a happy makeup painted over a nostalgic face. We often interpreted his love of the clown as a reflection of my uncle’s commitment to happiness and laughter over sadness.

The Boston Years: Hard Work, Accomplishments and Generosity

My uncle Pablo and my aunt Barbara jointly came to the U.S. in 1965. As a newcomer to Boston, he started working in entry-level jobs. In time, he became the chief wine steward at Pier 4 a landmark restaurant in Boston, where he supervised the ordering, storing, and serving of wine. My uncle Pablo also worked as manager of the European restaurant, another landmark place in the Italian neighborhood of Boston. His prolific art production continued for decades: his studio and the whole home were covered with paintings, explosions of color and details. Many more clowns, rabbis, Christ on the Cross, Greek epics, spacescapes, and abstracts.

Year after year, my aunt and uncle would spend the month of January in Montevideo. My brothers and I adored him. He made us feel special and showered us with gifts. But more than any amazing toy or outfit, it was his love, attention, humor, guidance and advice that sealed bonds stronger than blood. When my parents were having frequent fights, my uncle Pablo taught me a few techniques to deal with it: he taught me to distance myself, to imagine “switching channels” or just “turning off” what was happening. By the way, I am a licensed psychologist and these techniques would be considered today excellent cognitive behavioral strategies! My uncle had wisdom. And generosity. My brother Victor was brought on a dream trip to the U.S. at age 10 and it was my uncle who got him the electric train and his first computer.

When I came to the U.S. in 1986, my uncle opened his home and his heart to me again. He drove me around to drop the application packages for my Master’s and later for my Doctorate. He was there driving me whenever he could, and celebrating with me when I graduated. His support was there for my two brothers who were still in Montevideo. My brother Ricardo lived in his apartment as he transitioned to adulthood.

Fort Lauderdale: Kindness, Wisdom, and Lots of Humor