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Happy Holidays
Happy New Year


The Monthly Association “411”

General Manager Andrew Surdovel
General Manager
Andrew Surdovel
Board President Eileen Bendis
Board President
Eileen Bendis
December 1, 2017 - In the next month or so, you will receive a questionnaire and a ballot regarding choices for balcony railings and balcony flooring. We’ll inform you of balcony railing options with costs, renderings of the building with glass railings and the existing picket railings. We will also provide a description of the various balcony flooring options, pictures of the tile and knock down finish. There also will be a section on the optional removal of hurricane shutters - with costs and a form for indicating which shutters should be removed.

Impact Glass Balcony Door
Impact Glass
Balcony Door
All unit owners should replace the wooden balcony door with an aluminum impact glass door. Christine (in the office) is compiling a list of unit owners requesting that their doors be changed to an impact glass door. We are aiming for 100% compliance.

Welcome Back Christine
Welcome Back Christine
Security is getting very efficient with the package notification and parking passes. We now register all visitors via the computer instead of in a hand-written logbook. Any visitor with a car will be given a parking pass to place in their automobile. If you are expecting a guest or guests, please complete the Entry Instructions section under the Maintenance heading on the left-hand side of the web page. The Management Office and Security personnel will be aware of their arrival. Registration for overnight guests remains on hard copy forms. Monthly financials will be posted on the website along with the monthly Regency Report and minutes of all Board meetings. Again, our
Concierge Plus website is 1regencytower.com.

Rusting Water Heater
Rusting Water Heater
Leaking Water Heater
Leaking Water Heater
We are in the midst of compiling the unit hot water heater list. As stated before, decrepit water heaters can cause massive damage if they leak to floors below. Letters will be sent to each unit owner deemed to have a bad water heater. If the heater is not replaced, the unit owner will be responsible for all potential damages.

Pool Expert Emmanes Tarius
Pool Staffer
Emmanes Tarius
Pool Expert Freddy Jimenez
Pool Staffer
Freddy Jimenez
Our office Administrative Assistant, Christine, is back from her knee surgery and ready to tackle the parking decal change. Please see Christine for a new parking decal that will replace the existing one and will identify your parking space in the garage. Those of you that park outside also need to register your car and be provided with a decal. If you purchase a new car or change your license plate, notify the office.

Liz Urbano
Liz Urbano
The maintenance staff is working full throttle. They completely remodeled the Receiving Room and it looks fabulous. Maintenance has taken on the task of painting the Laundry Room and the Management Office and replacing the ceiling tiles. The next step is to replace the floor tiles with tile that is the same as that in the lobby. We are modernizing Regency Tower step by step. Our in-house staff is now servicing our pool; we have terminated our contract with the pool company. Congratulations to our Pool/Maintenance staff, Emmanes Tarius and Freddy Jimenez, who both are now certified Pool and Spa Operators. The pool is heated by three efficient heat pumps, maintaining the water at the required temperature. The pool looks great.

The Annual Budget Meeting will be held in the Rendezvous Room at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017. As a reminder, your Limited Proxy, which was included in the packet that contained the proposed budget, is to be placed in the “RESERVE PROXY” box, returned via email to 1regencytower@gmail.com, faxed to (954) 566-0048 or mailed back to Regency Tower Office at 3850 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. Please vote.

The Holidays are on our doorstep. We are in the midst of decorating our beautiful lobby with a new 9-foot tree and exquisite decorations. Thanks to Liz Urbano and the Decorating Committee. The staff of Regency Tower wishes you a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas.


 
Eileen R. Bendis Andrew Surdovel
Board President General Manager
 

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Sneaking a Peek at the New Lobby

Nancy Lynn Seltzer
Nancy Lynn Seltzer
December 14, 2016 - The appearance of our lobby area has been the subject of passionate discussion since well before a sizable majority of owners selected one of several interiors crafted by accredited design professionals consulting with the Decorating Committee. Although project renderings were sent to association members, some residents had difficulty envisioning how the drawings they perused on the fly several months ago gave rise to the improvements currently evolving onsite. As the common area renovations began to take shape, intrigued residents grew increasingly curious about the end result.

To help dispel confusion about the project's aesthetic objective, prior to presenting a project update at the December 12, 2016 Budget Meeting in the Rendezvous Room, Decorating Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer staged two additional graphic displays of the completed lobby area. For those of you unable to attend, our intrepid Decorating Chair also forwarded them for posting on the Regency Tower website.

Click on each picture below for an enlarged view.

 
View from the Front Entrance View from the Lobby Security Desk
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Ask your realtor how an updated lobby impacts the value of your home.

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Annual Holiday Fund for Employees

The Holiday Season has once again brightened our lives, providing an opportuninty to share our blessings with those who help maintain our home and protect our families. We are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2016. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff for their ongoing efforts to make living at the Regency Tower safe, comfortable and pleasant.

The total amount received will be divided among all members of our staff. Although many residents give more than the suggested minimum of $100, anything you contribute will be greatly appreciated. These distributions are solely funded by your generosity, and are never subsidized by association resources. We thank you for your timely response to this request.

Please make your check payable to the “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” and deposit it into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk. If you are not in residence, please mail your contribution addressed to: Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund by December 1, 2016 so that distribution may be made at the Employees’ Holiday Party in December.

Our committee wishes you and your family a joyous Holiday Season, as well as happiness and good health throughout the coming year.

Please keep in mind that many of our employees extended themselves far beyond their respective “job descriptions” before, during and after every emergency. Their actions contribute heavily to moderating the inconvenience and damage costs for the hundreds of problems that pass unnoticed because THEY DO THEIR JOB SO WELL. This is an opportunity for each of us to personally show our gratitude and reward their dedication. Please DON’T ALLOW IT TO PASS without having done so - editor

Employee Holiday Fund Committee

Ofelia Alleguez
Shirley Hopkins
Cathie Lenz

Message from the President

October 5, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Board President Eileen Bendis
Board President Eileen Bendis
New and Old Cooling Towers
New and Old Cooling Towers
October 5, 2016 - It gives me great pleasure to announce that our two major infrastructure projects are now complete. This has been a long process, with the official launch on
February 16, 2015 with the Board of Directors meeting held to agree to impose a special assessment. The only open item is our receiving notice that the cooling tower permits have been closed.

Yes, there were naysayers, yes, there were complaints. Nevertheless, there was a majority who understood and appreciated the necessity and showed patience, cooperation and gratitude.

I want to especially thank the Vice President of the Board of Directors, Eric Berkowitz, without whom none of this could have possibly be done in the organized, budgeted way it happened.
Vice President Eric Berkowitz
V.P. Eric Berkowitz
No one stood a chance to compete against his knowledge of our building and his persistence in negotiations. We are so fortunate to have him on our team. He never failed to define of the projects and always took the time to sit with anyone to clarify procedures.

General Manager Kande Lewandowski
General Manager
Kande Lewandowski
Secondly, I have to thank our General Manager, Kande Lewandowski. Her knowledge is beyond compare. Being an Army Veteran, she worked as a heavy wheel mechanic and went head to head many times with contractors and engineers. She shocked them with her knowledge. As our Staff Accountant, she also had eyes on both the check book and the budget.

Our building is 46 years old. Like it or not, we must maintain it. Roofs get old, paint gets old, furniture gets old - just like in a house. As an example, I had to replace a bathroom sink fixture. It was brand new 12 years ago but it got rusty and I had to buy a new one. As I have said, time and time again, please check your A/C units and your hot water heaters. If they are more than 12 years old, they probably need to be replaced before they leak into the unit beneath yours. It's not fair that unit owners are inconvenienced from the negligence of others.

Again, thank you for your cooperation and please be patient as we undertake the upgrades to the building's common areas. A more detailed report on the cooling tower project will be forthcoming from Eric.

Eileen R. Bendis

Board President

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FP&L: Playing Fast and Loose with the Juice

Click to Florida Power & Light August 22, 2016 - Regency Tower residents recently received an enigmatic notice from Florida Power & Light. In short, it explained that our electricity would be temporarily interrupted on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. for an estimated 3 hours. The company further admonished that this was an “approximate start time” and the interruption may have begun at any time within the hour. On Monday, August 22nd, shortly after 1 PM, a playful FPL bureaucrat sent the identical message to scores of owners, only this time citing the date as Tuesday, August 30. ALACAZAM! Less than 24 hours before the scheduled outage, they changed the date.

Would it surprise you to learn that FP&L is one of the State's most despised monopolies? In its most recent antic, FP&L used its airtight control of the State legislature and PSC to further a fraudulent ballot amendment called "Smart Solar", which would constitutionally penalize the use of solar power in Florida. That said, a temporary outage will still take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd - since we also scheduled a full load test of the emergency power system, hoping to avoid the need to inconvenience everyone twice. Fortunately, this will only take an hour or so. However, on Tuesday, August 30, FPL will be back, and clobber us with the outage originally scheduled for August 23.

FPL Transformer Vault
FP&L Transformer Vault
What the company didn’t explain is that while the power is off, FP&L technicians will be installing equipment upgrades in their garage-level “vault”. FP&L typically maintains easement rights to a secured area in most multi-family buildings. Called a vault or transformer vault, this enclosure with fire-resistant walls, ceilings and floor is rated as a mechanical room and is only accessible to authorized FP&L personnel and Fire-Rescue officials. Built to FPL’s specifications, the vault houses company-owned transformers and related equipment that converts primary voltage that enters the building to a lower secondary voltage that can be used by Regency Tower customers.

Before FP&L technicians can safely upgrade equipment in the vault on Tuesday, August 30, they must first turn off the juice. The estimated 3-hour outage is a “Hail Mary” projection of how long it will take their technicians to complete the transitional upgrades. On Thursday, August 18, 2016, FP&L performed a similar upgrade in the Ocean Club Condominium at 4020 Galt Ocean Drive (three buildings to the north). Although they sent identical “3-hour” notices to Ocean Club unit owners, their 10 a.m. outage lasted for 5 hours, ending at roughly 3 p.m.

Here's what you need to know. When they cut the power, our emergency generator will kick in. It will operate one elevator, limited emergency lighting in the common areas and the building's fire pump. Since the domestic water pump and the condenser water pump will not be operational, there will be no running water and no air conditioning during the outage. The garage door will remain open, enabling owners with garaged vehicles to drive in or out of the garage during the outage.

To prepare for this inconvenience, you should turn off your air conditioner by roughly 9 a.m. You may also want to fill your bathtub and sinks with water to enable your toilets to flush. Keeping your refrigerators and freezers closed throughout the power outage will help preserve your foodstuffs. Telephones plugged into electrical outlets won't work during the outage while those powered by telephone outlets will function properly. Check the battery in your cell phone. All deliveries, repairs, and housekeeping appointments should be rescheduled. Our best advice is GET OUT BEFORE 10 A.M. - go to the beach, go shopping, go to a movie, visit the library or drop in on a friend.

SPEC Structural Engineer John Evans P.E.
SPEC Engineer John Evans
Click to Fischer Electric website When initially apprised of the FPL plan to cut the power on August 23rd, we decided to take advantage of this opportunity by running another full load test of the new emergency power system – the second in as many months. Project engineer John Evans and electrical contractor Chuck Fischer will be in attendance. The power will still be cut at 10 a.m. - only by us - not FP&L. By examining the back-up power system in operation, we will have another opportunity to verify that the new components are functioning efficiently. Discovering hidden glitches under these circumstances is vastly preferable to learning about them during an unplanned outage at 3 a.m. Since the system was already inspected and approved by the City, successfully tested for warranty activation by the manufacturer’s representative, and thoroughly vetted by the electrical and structural engineers during prior full load tests, this outage will serve as a final gateway to release the contingency, take possession of the warranties and close out the permit.

To our chagrin, FP&L will return on August 30th to finally upgrade the vault transformers - or so they say. Evidently, the outage was postponed because FPL had installed a vault subfeed that they forgot about - WHOOPS! Efforts to learn why they were oblivious to their own handiwork were ignored. The lesson that we all took from this debacle is that FP&L answers to no one - a fact of life long known to consumers who watch FPL ram rate hikes past a narcoleptic PSC despite tumbling production costs. Unfortunately, there is little we can do when our power company plays fast and loose with our lives. So - we will suck it up and prepare for a second round of "Life in the Stone Age". Unless of course, they cancel again!!!





Thank you for tolerating this FP&L nonsense!

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Regency Tower 2016 Annual Meeting & Election

Board President Eileen Bendis
Board President
Eileen Bendis
March 28, 2016 - On March 23, 2016, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 6 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and welcoming new Regency Tower residents, Board President Eileen Bendis proclaimed “This is not a Board of Directors meeting, this is your meeting.” Although the lack of a Quorum obviated the regulatory need for Meeting Minutes, Secretary Fern McBride took informal notes which will soon be posted online. President Bendis imparted that a regular board meeting would be noticed and convened in the near future, in which committee reports would update construction progress as well as Decorating Committee suggestions to improve the aesthetic impact of our home and increase the value of our investments.

Distributing Sand onto the Beach
Distributing Sand onto the Beach
Following brief opening comments, Bendis invited questions and declared open discussion. In response to an inquiry about whether the beach renourishment had been completed behind Regency Tower, it was explained that the County contractor would make a final pass along the Galt Mile beach to install dunes. An official from the Broward Natural Resources Administration (the County agency charged with managing the Segment II renourishment) met with representatives from every beachfront Galt Mile association to discuss the placement of dunes and beach vegetation on their respective beaches.

Spreading Sand Across the Beach
Spreading Sand Across the Beach
The dunes will help absorb the massive amount of wave energy transmitted during a storm surge event, helping to buffer beachfront structures from the kind of damage sustained along the east coast during Hurricane Sandy. Although the dunes are planned for construction at an elevation 11 feet above sea level, they will be mildly graded and rise about one or two feet above the beach floor. Topped with dune vegetation (sea grass, sea oats, etc.), their placement behind Regency Tower will not impair beach access or ocean views. Once the dunes are completed, project crews and equipment will be relocated to beach access sites south of the Galt Mile, as the replenishment continues to Sunrise Boulevard.

Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez
Ofelia Alleguez
While awaiting the election results, roughly 30 to 40 attending residents casually discussed a variety of issues among themselves. A few hours later, Bendis introduced Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez and thanked Committee members Pat DiSebastion, Charles Ghayad and John Laprade for performing the tedious job of inspecting ballot envelopes, deciphering marginally legible entries, tallying votes while adjudicating the validity of ballot anomalies (too many votes, wrong signature, etc.).

Having completed the ballot review, Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez submitted the results to determine who would fill the three open seats. The ballot data and voting totals are as follows:

  • Ballot Information

    • Ballots received - 147

    • Valid Ballots - 136

    • Invalid ballots - 11

  • Voting Totals

    • Abe Ben-Aviv - 88

    • Eric Berkowitz - 95

    • Malek Beydoun - 29

    • Ron Lenzi - 55

    • Eugene Sicoli - 80

After welcoming returning board members Abe Ben-Aviv, Eugene Sicoli and Eric Berkowitz, President Bendis convened an organizational meeting to select Association officers. Each nominee was unanimously seated by the board. They are as follows:

  • Association Officers

    • President - Eileen Bendis

    • Vice President - Eric Berkowitz

    • Secretary - Fern McBride

    • Treasurer - Steven Faigin

Notwithstanding the voting totals, the election was a testament to all of our candidates, who offered to commit their time, effort and talents to improve our lives, a knowingly unrequited sacrifice. As such, we owe our friends and neighbors - candidates Ron Lenzi and Malek Beydoun – a debt of gratitude!


Annual Holiday Fund for Employees

The Holiday Season has once again brightened our lives, providing an opportuninty to share our blessings with those who help maintain our home and protect our families. We are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2015. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff for their ongoing efforts to make living at the Regency Tower safe, comfortable and pleasant.

The total amount received will be divided among all members of our staff. Although many residents give more, a minimum of $50.00 is suggested. These distributions are solely funded by your generosity, and are never subsidized by association resources. We thank you for your timely response to this request.

Please make your check payable to the “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” and deposit it into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk. If you are not in residence, please mail your contribution addressed to: Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund by December 1, 2015 so that distribution may be made at the Employees’ Holiday Party in December.

Our committee wishes you and your family a joyous Holiday Season, as well as happiness and good health throughout the coming year.

Please keep in mind that many of our employees extended themselves far beyond their respective “job descriptions” before, during and after every emergency. Their actions contribute heavily to moderating the inconvenience and damage costs for the hundreds of problems that pass unnoticed because THEY DO THEIR JOB SO WELL. This is an opportunity for each of us to personally show our gratitude and reward their dedication. Please DON’T ALLOW IT TO PASS without having done so - editor

Employee Holiday Fund Committee

Ofelia Alleguez
Shirley Hopkins
Cathie Lenz

Regency Tower Election 2013

March 21, 2013 - On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Regency Tower unit owners held their Annual Meeting. In a refreshing variation on a theme, instead of conducting a Regular Meeting while the Election Committee relentlessly crunched scores of ballot envelopes, President Eileen Bendis reformatted the down time to a Q & A, with meeting attendees vetting association issues with board members while tendering suggestions.

Interactive Digital Set-Top Box
Interactive Digital Set-Top Box
When asked about the purpose for the Comcast event scheduled for the next day, President Eileen Bendis and Vice President Eric Berkowitz explained that a digital set-top box is required to access some of the additional features included in our new bulk television plan. In units wherein the televisions are all connected to small Digital Adaptors (DTAs), Comcast technicians would provide and install one interactive digital set-top box at no charge, enabling residents to enjoy eight HBO Channels, hundreds of free movies and On Demand - all at no additional cost.

Conducting an association fire drill was suggested, to better prepare residents and employees if faced with the need to evacuate the building. Although participation would be voluntary, it would serve to help train employees and provide responding residents with insight into the association’s emergency procedures.

Following Manager Dwight Lyons’ review of completed and planned improvements to the bicycle racks, members proposed donating seemingly abandoned bicycles to charity, including those that remain unregistered despite repeated warnings that they would be subject to disposal.

Residents were reminded that, while corporate entities are precluded from unit ownership, units can be placed in revocable or irrevocable heritable trusts. The association must be notified whenever title is transferred, identifying one person charged with exercising the unit’s voting interests among multiple owners.

Cabana on Regency Tower Beach
Cabana on Regency Tower Beach
Also discussed was the prospect of buying chaise lounges or chairs for placement on the beach. President Bendis explained that the main obstacle is space. In addition to the existing cabana sites, nearly a quarter of our Galt Mile beach was lost to storm surge during Superstorm Sandy and severe tidal erosion in the subsequent weeks. A suggestion to pull out the beach landscaping along the seawall to make room for the furniture was dismissed offhand since it would violate State Law. An FDEP permit is required to alter the beach landscape and current agency policy is to add, not remove, berm and dune vegetation to better anchor the remaining sand.

After the informal discussions, Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez announced the voting totals, which are as follows:

  • Ballot Information

    • Ballots received - 131

    • Valid Ballots - 127

    • Invalid ballots - 4

  • Voting Totals

    • Eileen Bendis - 110

    • Steven Faigin - 113

    • Barnard Larkin - 41

    • Richard Robins - 108

    • Joan Sapik - 96

Unit owners roundly welcomed new board members Steven Faigin (Unit 1011), Richard Robins (Unit 1601) and Joan Sapik (Unit 708) as well as Eileen Bendis, who retained her seat. The new board immediately set about selecting the Association's officials. Each nominee was unanimously seated by the board. They are as follows:

  • Association Officers

    • President - Eileen Bendis

    • Vice President - Eric Berkowitz

    • Secretary - Joan Sapik

    • Treasurer - Steven Faigin

Notwithstanding the voting totals, the election was a testament to all of our candidates, who offered to commit their time, effort and talents to improve our lives, a knowingly unrequited sacrifice. We owe them all a debt of gratitude!


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Anotherfrom
the Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer
Nancy Lynn Seltzer
February 10, 2011 - The December 4th "Happy Hour at the Tower" rocked! Naturally curious Regency Tower residents, having heard about the informal Lobby Party in September, made it their business to check out the Holiday Season second event. They weren't disappointed.

On February 13th, the Social Committee is hosting their 3rd Regency Tower wing ding. From 10:30 AM to 1 PM, the Rendezvous Room will become "Valentine's Day" central, as Nancy Seltzer's minions lay out the welcome mat to any and all of her Regency Tower neighbors. Participants in the Sunday morning Champagne Brunch will find themselves knee deep in Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers - perfect post-constitutional libations. In addition to the standard morning brunchfare of eggs, ham, bacon, bagels, etc, the Social Committee kidnapped a Brunch Chef to manage the Omelette Station. That's right - AN OMELETTE STATION! Of course, anyone impelled to bring their own bottle will be welcomed with open arms. There will be no charge to attend (and enjoy) but donations from those of you with a well developed sense of social equity are always appreciated.

WAITAMINUTE! Nancy lays out the Benjamins for these blowouts. At the December event, resident generosity almost reimbursed our gracious host for basic costs. If times are tough, we don't want a dime! Eat, drink and tie one on! However - if you are able - toss a few bucks her way. It would be wonderful if our contributions offset her expenses, don't you think?

The event will take place on Sunday, February 13th from 10:30 pm – 1 pm. Satisfaction is GUARANTEED!!!

So - come get some at the Sunday morning
(day before)
Champagne Brunch!

The Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer, (954) 290-3398
Committee Chair

Annual Holiday Fund for Employees

The Holiday Season is upon us and, as is our custom, we are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2010. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff for everything they have done during the past year to make living at the Regency Tower safe, comfortable and pleasant.

The total amount received will be divided among all members of our staff. Although many residents give more, a minimum of $50.00 is suggested. We thank you for your generous response to this request.

Please make your check payable to “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” and deposit it into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk. If you are not in residence, please mail your contribution addressed to: Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund by December 1, 2010 TODAY so that distribution may be made at the Employees’ Holiday Party on Friday, December 17th at 12 Noon. If you've overlooked contributing due to the many distractions that accompany the seasonal Holiday hubbub, FEAR NOT - YOU CAN STILL SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION! A second distribution will follow shortly after the New Year!

Our committee wishes you and your family a joyous Holiday Season, as well as happiness and good health throughout the coming year.

Please keep in mind that many of our employees extended themselves far beyond their respective “job descriptions” before, during and after every emergency. Their actions contributed heavily to moderating the inconvenience and damage costs faced by our Association during and after each hurricane and tropical storm, when the garage door or an elevator is on the fritz, during every flood, when daylight savings time makes our doors neurotic, and during dozens of other instances that pass unnoticed because THEY DO THEIR JOB SO WELL. This is an opportunity for each of us to show our gratitude and reward their dedication. Please DON’T ALLOW IT TO PASS without having been heard from - editor

Employee Holiday Fund Committee

Fern McBride
Carole Rigney
Jim Rigney

Afrom
the Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer
Nancy Lynn Seltzer
"Due to the few overall responses received for the Holiday Season Party we will instead be holding a holiday themed Happy Hour at the Tower in the lobby.

The Regency Tower Social Committee will supply, beer, wine, soft drinks, finger foods, paper goods, cups, music, and cocktail mixers for those who wish to bring their own bottle. There will be no charge to attend but donations to the Social Committee are always welcomed.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 6 pm – 9 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!"

In Short, our Lobby will become central!

By the way, Click Here to check out pictures of the September 3rd "Happy Hour in the Tower".

The Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer, (954) 290-3398
Committee Chair

The Social Committee Announces

Happy Hour
in the Tower

On Friday, September 3rd at 6 PM, the Regency Tower Social Committee will kick off "Happy Hour in the Tower" in the Lobby. The event will take place on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 PM. If possible, BYOB (bring your own bottle) and any simple appetizer or snack (chips and dip, etc.). See you there!

ALL ARE WELCOME so...
Come on down and join the fun!

The Social Committee

Nancy Bartholomew, (954) 290-3398
Committee Chair

Help Save the Galt Mile Reading Center

Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
The
Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center serves as a portal to the world for literally thousands of local residents. Broward County’s Herculean budget deficit has placed the tiny storefront branch of the huge Broward County Library System on the chopping block. In a frenetic marathon to offset the Property Appraiser’s projected 15% drop in the County’s tax base, County Commissioners are gouging away at libraries, parks, animal shelters and other “non-critical” services loosely characterized as “quality of life” expenses.

Vice Mayor Ken Keechl, our District 4 County Commissioner
Vice Mayor Ken Keechl
Since the county’s net cost to service the Center’s 124,280 annual resident visits and 88,140 items checked out each year costs less than 51¢ (51 cents) per visitor, no other county service remotely approaches the inherent cost benefit. In exchange for contributing 26% of our annual tax outlay to County coffers, Galt Mile residents receive almost nothing from Broward County. In fact, our county tax contributions actually subsidize neighboring jurisdictions that use BSO services. We enjoy no local county parks or recreational resources and even fund our own beach maintenance and security. The sole dedicated County resource organized uniquely to enrich life in our community is the Galt Mile Reading Center.

Residents Enjoy Reading Center
Residents Enjoy Reading Center
While the beach is the heart of our neighborhood, this mini-library is certainly its soul. Arguably the most popular local resource on Galt Ocean Drive, it has provided battalions of mostly elderly residents with a convenient location to research almost anything, meet with friends or simply log in some quiet time. Most of the locals are on a first name basis with every staffer, including temporaries and substitutes. Five regular staffers help the 2,390 residents that visit the Center each week locate “New York Times” best-sellers, DVDs of foreign films, health-related audio books or search Google for exotic recipes. Often unable to finish enjoying their selected resource by closing time, library clientele check out 1,695 items each week. Whether enrolled in a Senior Self Defense class or Introduction to Computers, Galt Milers that perceive the mini-library as their community center keep the sidewalk planter in front of the Reading Room filled with fresh flora. Visiting authors review their works, local poets recite their creations and culture groups celebrate their unique ethnicities. Despite its modest designation as a “Reading Room”, since the library is networked into the massive Broward library system, it is a doorway to the planet.

County Commissioner Lois Wexler
County Commissioner
Lois Wexler
Misinterpreted local media reports have given rise to baseless rumors that the library has already been saved. The well publicized lease signed for the library space contains a not so well publicized escape clause that allows the County to break the lease with six months notice - a clause found in no other County leases! Vice Mayor Ken Keechl, our District 4 County Commissioner, has informed us that the Reading Room will remain “at risk” until the final budget is approved at the September 28th Broward Budget Meeting. During the September 14th Budget Meeting, a proposed County budget was rejected because it raised the millage rate. To protect the Galt Library from a last minute defunding recommendation at the final meeting - possibly from Commissioner Lois Wexler - Commissioner Keechl asks that local residents attend “en masse”.

Tee Shirted GMCA Library Supporters at 2009 Budget Meeting
Galt Mile Library Supporters Pack
Last Year's Broward Budget Meet
Since the terms of their union contract (Local 1591 of the Amalgamated Transit Union) will simply rotate the unit’s 5 staffers to other County positions, closing the Galt Reading Room will yield a negligible budgetary benefit. Given the purely political underlying rationale for selectively closing OUR Reading Room, Keechl has made it clear that “Only a convincing show of local support will keep the doors open.” Along with submitting thousands of petition signatures and resolutions of support from every Galt Mile Association, he said that local residents need to attend the final budget meeting as a deterrent to capricious closure motions.

In response, City Commissioner Bruce Roberts has arranged for a bus to transport Library supporters to and from the Tuesday, September 28th Broward Budget Meeting - at no cost. It will leave Southpoint at 3 PM and travel north along Galt Ocean Drive, boarding passengers near their buildings. To reserve a seat on the bus, please call (954) 489-9430. Participants will receive a “Save our Library” tee shirt and button to wear at the meeting (optional). For additional information about the community demonstration of support, Click Here. To learn more about the issue surrounding the prospective library closure, Click Here.

Be a Hero! Please call (954) 489-9430 and join the Bus Party!

The Galt Mile Community Association and

Friends of the Galt Mile Reading Center

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“Hunger is no Day at the Beach”

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP)
"Hunger is no day at the beach"
January 29, 2008 - We are pleased to be a part of a campaign to reduce hunger in Broward County. The Regency Tower is a sponsoring member of the Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive!!! From February 1st to February 29th, please bring in your bag full of non-perishable contributions to support the good work of the
Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP). The CFP feeds over a million meals to the hungry of Broward County each year!

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) needs YOU!
Fill the bag & your HEART
This is the second year we are participating in this laudable effort. Last year, the Galt Mile neighborhood donated more than two and a half tons of food and sundries. In a friendly community competition, Regency Tower placed third in the amount of food donated per unit (2.7 lbs/unit) and fourth in the total amount of food donated (548.5 lbs). Since the number of participating associations has increased this year from 8 to over 20, the projected Galt Mile collection goal is 15,000 lbs of food.

Families are Fed by the Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) and YOU!
Hungry Families are Fed
Donations of canned meats and fish (tuna, Spam, ham, chicken, sardines, Vienna Sausage, etc); canned fruits; canned vegetables; canned meals (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti & meatballs, etc); soups (canned or instant); peanut butter & jelly/jam; dried milk; beans; pasta; rice; cereal and paper & plastic grocery bags are always needed. Baby food and baby formula (powdered or canned) and diapers of all sizes are also huge needs. Just as they get stocked on the shelves, they go right out. Also, donations of hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, conditioners, soap, toothbrushes, razors, and shaving cream help those living on the streets and barely making ends meet.

This year, they will also accept cash/checks. Every dollar contributed will be credited as 1 lb. of food towards the association's food total. Checks should be made out to “Cooperative Feeding Program”. The CFP can leverage your dollar by purchasing food for 18 cents per pound. Your $$$ will go a long, long way!

Please deposit your bagged food & sundry donations in the office.
THANK YOU!!!!!!

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Employee Service Awards

Vincent Laino, Heather O’Neal, Candace Browm and Marcelin Prudent are Commended
Vinny, Heather, Candace and Marc are Commended
July 21, 2007 - Regency Tower nurtures a tradition of recognizing the dedication demonstrated by employees. Commemorating having successfully completed their first full year of service, the Board of Directors awarded Gold Service Pins and congratulatory letters to four members of the Regency Tower family on Friday, July 6th. The ceremony was attended by their fellow employees and members of the Board.

Dott Awards Marcelin Prudent
Marcelin Prudent
Representing the Association, President Dott Nicholson-Brown consecutively called upon Marcelin Prudent, Vincent Laino, Candace Brown and Heather O’Neal to receive their accolades. As each presentation was made, Dott read the following acknowledgement of the employee’s acheivement:

Attending Board Members
Attending Board Members
“Please accept our sincere congratulations and this commemorative pin in recognition of your first anniversary with The Regency Tower Association, Inc. Dependable employees like you have helped to make The Regency Tower one of the best condominiums on the Galt Mile.”

Well Done Cake
"Well Done" Cake
At this point, each letter was tailored to reflect the employees' job title, expressing their supervisor's satisfaction with their efforts and a recommendation that their empolyment continue. Each letter ended with:

“On behalf of the Association, we extent our best wishes to you. We are certain you will continue to improve and celebrate more years here.”

Dott Awards Vincent Laino
Vincent Laino
Dott Awards Heather O’Neal
Heather O’Neal
Dott Awards Candace Browm
Candace Brown
 
Fellow employees celebrate awards
Fellow Employees Help Celebrate Peers Recognition
 

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Hurricane Preparedness

Sales Tax Holiday

Governor Charlie Crist OKs Sales Tax Holiday
Governor Charlie Crist
Governor
Charie Crist signed House Bill 211 into law on April 30th authorizing Florida’s third annual 12-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness. Taking a cue from plan originator former Governor Bush, he characterized the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday as an important part of instilling a “culture of preparedness” in Florida. Governor Crist scheduled the tax break to coincide with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. “I urge all Floridians to take advantage of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday so that every person is prepared for the possibility of a storm. We have learned from experience that prepared residents and communities are key to surviving and recovering from hurricanes or other natural disasters.” Governor Crist encouraged all Floridians to update their disaster plans and to use the tax holiday during the first 12 days of June as an opportunity to restock their disaster supply kits. “As public awareness of this tax holiday continues to grow, we are encouraging Florida retailers to prepare for even greater demand than last year. While we hope for a quiet hurricane season, the tax holiday will help give Floridians the opportunity to be prepared for any possibility.” said Governor Crist. Florida Retail Federation officials and representatives from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Publix and Winn Dixie attended the bill signing. The holiday is expected to save Floridians almost $25 million in sales taxes.

List of Tax-Exempt Items

The following is a list of the specified items that will be tax free. If the sales price of a qualifying item exceeds the allowable threshold amount (listed below), the tax exemption will not apply and the total purchase price is subject to tax.

Qualifying items selling for $10 or less:

  • Blue ice or those items sold as artificial ice

Qualifying items selling for $20 or less:

  • Any portable self-powered light source
  • Battery-powered flashlights
  • Battery-powered lanterns
  • Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)
  • Tiki type torches
  • Candles

Items Qualifying fo Tax Break
ELIGIBLE ITEMS
Qualifying items selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas containers and kerosene containers)

Qualifying items selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable (listed sizes only)
    • AAA-cell
    • AA-cell
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
    • 9-volt (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
  • Coolers (food-storage; non-electrical)
  • Ice chests (food-storage; non-electrical)

Qualifying items selling for $40 or less:

  • Any cell phone charger

Qualifying items selling for $50 or less:

  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits (items that are advertised or normally sold as a tie-down kit)
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps

Qualifying items selling for $60 or less:

  • Any cell phone batteries

Qualifying items selling for $75 or less:

  • Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Any carbon monoxide detectors
  • Any package consisting of two or more of the previously listed qualifying hurricane-preparedness items

NOTE: Battery-powered or gas-powered light sources and qualifying portable self-powered radios will qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.

Qualifying items selling for $200 or less:

  • Storm shutter devices (defined as materials and products specifically manufactured, rated, and marketed for the purpose of preventing window damage from storms)

Qualifying items selling for $1,000 or less:

  • Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve perishable food in the event of a power outage.

The Devil is in the Details

This special sales tax holiday DOES NOT apply to clothing, books, or school supplies. The sales tax exemption applies to each eligible item, regardless of the number of items sold on the same invoice to a customer. The exemption DOES NOT apply to the leasing of a qualified item. This exemption does not apply to sales of items within a theme park, entertainment complex, a public lodging establishment, or airports.

Articles that are normally sold as a unit may qualify for the tax exemption provided the individual items are specifically listed as tax exempt and the price of the package is $75 or less. When tax-exempt hurricane-preparedness items are sold together with items that are normally tax-exempt as a single set, unit, product, or package, and the package sells for $75 or less, the entire package qualifies for the exemption. When a package contains tax-exempt hurricane-preparedness items and it also contains taxable items that do not qualify for the hurricane-preparedness sales tax holiday, the full sales price of the package is subject to sales tax. The total price of items advertised as “buy one, get one free,” or “buy one, get one for a reduced price,” cannot be averaged together in order for both items to qualify for the exemption.

The sale of a gift certificate/card is not taxable. Eligible items purchased during the exemption period using a gift certificate/card will still qualify for the exemption, regardless of when the gift certificate/card was purchased. Eligible items purchased after the exemption period using a gift certificate/card are taxable even if the gift certificate/card was purchased during the exemption period. A gift certificate/card CANNOT be used to reduce the selling price of an item in order to qualify for the exemption.

When a customer purchases a qualifying item during the exemption period, then later exchanges the item for the same item, no tax will be due, even if the exchange is made after the exemption period. When a customer uses a store credit during the exemption period on qualified tax-exempt items, the purchase will be exempt from sales tax. When a customer uses a store credit issued during the exemption period and the tax-exempt period has expired, the appropriate sales tax will apply to the full sales price of the newly purchased item.

A customer who pays sales tax to a retailer on a qualifying item when no tax is due must secure a refund of the tax from the retailer and not from the Department of Revenue. When a customer returns a qualifying item during the period of June 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, and wants a refund/credit for tax paid:

  • The customer must produce a receipt or invoice showing tax was paid on the original purchase of the qualifying item, OR
  • The retailer must have sufficient documentation to show that tax was paid on the original purchase of the qualifying item.

Manufacturer’s coupons do not reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a manufacturer’s coupon cannot be used to reduce the selling price of a qualifying item in order for the item to qualify for the exemption. Store coupons and discounts do reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a store coupon or discount can be used to reduce the sales price of a qualifying item to the “allowable threshold amount” in order for the item to qualify for the tax exemption. Rebates occur after the sale and do not affect the sales price of an item purchased. Eligible items purchased during the exemption period using a rain check will qualify for the exemption regardless of when the rain check was issued. However, issuance of a rain check during the exemption period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually purchased after the exemption period.

A layaway sale is a transaction in which merchandise is set aside for future delivery to a customer who makes a deposit, agrees to pay the balance of the purchase price over a period of time, and receives the merchandise at the end of the payment period. For purposes of this exemption, qualified items will be eligible for the exemption if a retailer and a customer enter into a contract for a layaway sale during the exemption period, the customer makes the usual deposit in accordance with the retailer’s layaway policy, and the merchandise is segregated from the retailer’s inventory. If the final payment on a layaway order is made and the merchandise is given to the customer during the exemption period, that sale of qualified items will be eligible for the exemption, even when the qualified items were placed on layaway before the exemption period.

Rental of any of the items specified in this publication does not qualify for an exemption. For purposes of this exemption, eligible items purchased by mail order (including transactions made over the Internet) will receive the exemption if the order is accepted by the mail-order company during the exemption period for immediate shipment. When the acceptance of the order by the mail-order company occurs during the exemption period, the exemption will apply even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

  • An order is accepted by the mail-order company when the mail-order company has taken an action to fill the order for immediate shipment. Actions to fill an order include placing an “in-date” stamp on a mail-order or assigning an “order number” to a telephone order.
  • An order is considered to be for immediate shipment when delayed shipment is not requested by the customer. An order is for immediate shipment notwithstanding that the shipment may be delayed because of a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the company.

Click to Department of Revenue web site Shipping and handling charges are included as part of the sales price of the eligible item, whether or not separately stated. If multiple items are shipped on a single invoice, to determine if any items qualify for the exemption, the shipping and handling charge must be proportionately allocated to each item ordered and identified separately on the invoice. Repairs to qualifying items do not qualify for the exemption.

To speak with a Department of Revenue representative, call Taxpayer Services, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., ET, at 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800. For a written reply to your tax questions, write: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee FL 32304-2716.

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The Bingo Chronicles

Competitors Settle Down to Business
Competitors Settle Down to Business
Of all the organized special events enjoyed by Regency Tower residents during the year, nothing approaches Bingo for pure popularity. Every Monday night in the Rendezvous Room, scores of devotees roll in as they would any other social event. After some courteous patter and a quick look around the room, the participants adjust their mental state towards the evening’s activities. Once the games begin, if you don’t adhere to bingo etiquette, you will become the target of looks designed to maim.

Martha, Denise, Jean and Ray Gear Up
Martha, Denise, Jean and Ray Gear Up
An eerie silence falls over the 50 to 60 bingo players. A blond player visiting from another building drops her cane on the floor. All heads spin to the noise. She gazes back apologetically, as if to promise that it won’t happen again. Candace Brown, de facto hostess of this year’s Regency Tower bingo, scans the room, checking to insure that everyone is adequately carded and comfortably seated. She calls out the game. “This is a Tee”, referring to the shape the players must fill on their bingo cards in order to win. Martha Sellas turns to her table-mates and politely confirms, “OK, its time to quiet down!” Denise Derham nods in agreement. This is the last chance anyone has to speak or move. Once master bingo caller Tom Abdallah starts reading the bingo ball numbers, “Bingo Law” goes into effect.

Tom Abdallah Calls the Game
Tom Abdallah - Guru of the Game
The players fall into a trance of sorts. After each number is called, they either smile and say “yes” or frown and say “aw c'mon” - as if whispering to themselves. Until someone declares, “Bingo” or “I got it” the room stays encased in meditative Zen state. When a winner is claimed, Candace races to the claimant. “Hold your cards until I verify”. Her admonition is unnecessary. Everyone instinctively freezes as she calls out the numbers for verification. They don’t move. They don’t breathe. After all, these are Pros. When Candace announces gleefully, “We have a winner,” breathing resumes. The winners donate their ear to ear smiles to posterity, posing for Candace’s photographic history.

Candace Pays a Winner
Candace Pays a Winner
To any outsider, it appears that Candace is the central being from which the spirit of Bingo flows. Even though she provides everything from setup to breakdown that enables the weekly game, verifies the cards, and oversees the “bank”, she is NOT the great bingo Kahuna. While the players treat Candace deferentially in appreciation of her efforts, they entrust their fate to Tom Abdallah. Tom exerts a hypnotic net over the entire assemblage. He has the power to make anyone’s night a success. Their mood is in his hands. Every player in the room spends at least half the evening silently praying to Tom Abdallah, desperately pleading for B-14 or N-32. After winners identify themselves, they watch Tom intently as he confirms number after number. If he pauses, their eyes thin to slits, anxiously awaiting his official proclamation that they have been “blessed” by the bingo deities.

Tom Abdallah underwrites the success of Regency Tower Bingo. The soft-spoken gentleman who’s quick to smile is well-liked by everyone who knows him. When he booms out Bingo numbers, his command over the room is absolute. He is an irreplaceable asset, the primary reason why residents of neighboring buildings consider Regency Tower Bingo “the Main Event”.

Mary Lou Fans Out Her Jackpot
Mary Lou Fans Out Her Jackpot
The evening slowly crescendos to the big game. Candace announces that the night’s largest purse is at stake, sixty five dollars. Everyone buckles down, checks their cards and eyes the competition. “This is an H”, says Candace, again referring to filling the B line, the O line and the center horizontal line. Tom starts calling numbers, slowly at first, then falling into a rhythmic cadence. After the first few minutes, each player follows Tom’s call with a nervous glance around the room, grateful for the silence that reprieves them for one more call. Inevitably, someone mercifully breaks the tension by yelling, “I have it!” Up jumps Candace to check the winning card as Tom affirms each number she calls out. “We need a picture of the Grand Prize winner,” exclaims Candace as she reaches for the digital camera.

Last Bingo Night of the Season
Last Bingo Night of the Season
The players shake off the strange bingo mindset that temporarily whisked them into an alternate universe. Some realize that they need to use the rest room. Others stretch and offer a muted oath to select better cards next time. There is a collective sadness as the winners and near winners file toward the exit. This is the last game of the season. Each bids farewell to Candace and Tom, sincerely grateful for many weeks of stimulating entertainment. They split up, some heading to the elevators and others to the front door and Plaza South, Playa del Mar, Riviera and other neighboring buildings. They all promise to return next year, when Candace Brown and Tom Abdallah resurrect the 2008 edition of Regency Tower Bingo.



Board Election Results

The official results of the elections held for the four positions on the Board of Directors on March 13, 2007 are as follows:

CandidateVotes
 
Iris Anastasi  95
Dott Nicholson-Brown  99
Dee Lanzillo102
Ron Lenzi  40
Robert Nagle107
Joyce Ramey  37
John Veitch  45

These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the Election Committee:

  • Ofelia Alleguez, Chairperson
  • Mary Ann Donaghy
  • Ron Forment
  • Jim Rigney
  • Martha Sellas

The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board, Fern McBride.

Ofelia Alleguez Election Committee Chair

Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP)
"Hunger is no day at the beach"
March 16, 2007 - The Regency Tower is a sponsoring member of the Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive!!! From March 15th to April 11th, please bring in your paper shopping bag full of non-perishable contributions to support the good work of the
Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP).

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) needs YOU!
Fill the bag & your HEART
The CFP feeds over a million meals to the hungry of Broward County each year!

Donations of canned meats and fish, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meals, soups (canned or instant), peanut butter & jelly/jam, dried milk, pasta, rice, cereal and paper & plastic grocery bags are always needed. Baby food and baby formula (powdered or canned) and diapers of all sizes are also huge needs. Just as they get stocked on the shelves, they go right out. Also, donations of hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, conditioners, soap, toothbrushes, razors, and shaving cream help those living on the streets and those just making ends meet.

Please deposit your food donation in bag provided in your mailbox.
THANK YOU!!!!!!

Regency Tower Employee Holiday Fund Report

Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl, Heather and John
Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl
Heather and John

Contributions from owners and lessees to the Employee Holiday Fund 2006 totaled $10,150.

The amount of $10,150 has been disbursed to the following employees using a formula provided by the Association that takes into consideration their salary and length of employment.

AdministrationMaintenanceSecurity
 
Cindy HanusMontcalm GibbonsJohn Kouzios
Candace BrownMarcelin PrudentVincent Laino
 Johnny SalaDorothy Manboard
Maintenance Heather O’Neale
 SecurityCarlos Pereira
Ernest Alvery Carl Richardson
Nesly BoraNick CoutoupisChristian Stallings
Edison FigueroaJames EdmistonJose (Joz) Victor
 Jerry Garcia 

The Committee would like to thank the owners and lessees who contributed for their support and generosity to our employees.

Ofelia Alleguez, Chair
Marian Custer
Fern McBride

2006 Employees Holiday Party!

Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl, Heather and John Chill out and Rock the House!
Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl
Heather and John Stopped Clowning Around Long Enough to Pose for this Shot

Chris, Carl, John and Joz are part of our Security family
Chris, Carl, John and Joz - Security Buddies
December 30, 2006 - The men and women that work for Regency Tower nurture a special dedication to our home. This level of commitment is a two-way event that only flourishes in certain environments. The combination of equitable, merit-based advancement, mutual respect, ongoing peer review, effective technical support and institutional courtesy have helped mold the capable individuals that work here into a team. The personal relationships they've developed with the people that live here - and one another - have helped mature this team into a family.

Regency Tower Staffers Clown Around While Posing for Portrait
Staffers Clown Around and Pose for Portrait
Due in large part to the relentless efforts of John Sala and Carlos Pereira, our maintenance and security departments compare favorably to the best in the neighborhood. However, each and every employee has helped to coalesce their respective departments into close-knit and highly versatile units. While John and Carlos provided the leadership necessary for this transformation, their team members have displayed the ability to seamlessly compensate for one another and demonstrate real pride in their effectiveness as a unit.

Employees and Residents Share the Magnificent Spread
Employees Share the Magnificent Spread
Those that power our home have a history of responding to emergencies by sacrificing their safety to promote our own. During every hurricane, employees worked with resident-volunteers to perform a wide variety of emergency functions above and beyond any job descriptions. Those of us in residence during these events witnessed their having performed emergency repairs to blown out windows and doors, clearing the decks of dangerous windblown debris and providing assistance to homebound neighbors. Our employees softened life without water, electricity and communications during Hurricane Wilma. As compared to most of our neighbors, we uniquely benefited from the “unusual level of commitment” demonstrated by our employees who worked double and triple shifts to help maintain vital services to those in need. Since they were relieved of their responsibilities once the storm evacuation was ordered, their contributions to our well-being were voluntary – performed primarily in return for little more than our gratitude! This behavior more closely approximates that of a friend than an employee.

Liz and Heather Chow Down
Liz and Heather Chow Down
On December 22nd, we were afforded the opportunity to return the favor. At the annual Employees Holiday Party, we try to show our appreciation for the dozens of courtesies given every day, both small and large, that extend beyond their regular job responsibilities. The party is the culmination of efforts to this end. Fern Mcbride and Ofelia Alleguez co-chair the
Employees Holiday Fund Committee, which collects donations from any Regency Tower resident seeking to return something to our employees for improving our lives on a daily basis. The proceeds are distributed at the annual party according to a formula that considers the employee’s length of service. (Funds collected after the party are subject to a secondary distribution held specifically for that purpose.)

Employees Trading Off Party Gifts
Employees Trading Off Party Gifts
In a repeat performance of the wonderful party she threw last year, Margie Nagle organized every aspect of the party, arranging for food, refreshments and entertainment for the guests of honor. Aside from some minor assistance from others, Margie created a bash that fully expressed the collective gratitude of the Association for its valued employees.

The party is historically comprised of three major activities. At the outset, everyone graces the huge buffet to load up on the excellent assortment of prepared victuals. With full plates, the attendees find a seat and settle into some serious eating - blissfully undisturbed by beeping buzzers or ringing telephones. Volunteers such as Marty Rivas and Rafael Alleguez manned critical posts, freeing the staff to enjoy themselves.

Margie Nagle Enjoys the Magnificent Spread
Party Planner Margie Nagle Enjoys Spread
Once the invited guests are no longer hungry, phase two of the party cranks up. A table groaning under the weight of dozens of gifts becomes the center of attention. One of the most important responsibilities of the hostess is to devise new and interesting ways of distributing the gifts. (These gifts are incremental to the funds collected from our residents for general distribution.) The table gifts are donated by Board Members and others as additional tokens of their appreciation for the daily efforts of our employee family.

Dott Clowns with John, Liz and Joz
Mark Sneaks up on the Guys
To enhance this top-flight fête, Margie devised a new format for gift distribution that took everyone by surprise, including her! During an occasionally confusing process, dozens of gifts were repeatedly passed around the room. After a time, Margie initiated another game more familiar to the quests.

Fern, Iris, Dee and Bob Watch the Presents Fly
Fern, Iris, Dee and Bob Watch the Gifts Fly
A lottery determines the order in which participants select a gift based solely on its wrapped appearance. Once selected, the gift is opened. The person that selects the next gift can either keep it or trade it for any other previously opened gift. As the most attractive gifts are slowly revealed and identified, they travel through many sets of hands, setting up a dramatic series of covetous victories and defeats. Participants and onlookers are equally entertained by watching developments unfold. By the end of the game, every participant has a gift and a good time.

Dott Clowns with John, Liz and Joz
Dott Clowns with John, Liz and Joz
The third and final activity is the distribution of collected donations. The donations made by scores of residents often determine the extent to which our employees are able to share the holiday spirit with their families. Fern and Ofelia - as well as the Board of Directors - want to thank every resident who helped to improve our employees’ holiday through their generous contributions.

Smilimg Cyndi Digs In
Smiling Cyndi Digs In
The party clearly demonstrated that our employees don’t just punch the same time clock, but sincerely care about each other. While the events were fun, the success of the annual Holiday Party draws more on the camaraderie between staffers and their sense of being a part of something worthwhile and rewarding. With the input and oversight of Dee Lanzillo and Dott Nicholson-Brown, Carlos and John have done a remarkable job developing their staffs. Margie Nagle’s annual Employee Holiday Party is an excellent stage for seeing the extent to which their personnel have knitted themselves into a family – our family. For a clearer understanding, Click Here to see pictures of the party on our Photo Page (Click on each thumbnail to get a larger view).

To peruse a plethora of party pictures, Click Here to the Regency Tower Photo Gallery.

Employees and Residents Enjoy a Holiday Meal Together
Employees Enjoy Their Holiday Together

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Congratulations!

Employee Service Awards

Carlos Pereira

Security Chief Carlos Pereira
Security Chief Carlos Pereira
A Gold Service Award Pin along with a congratulatory letter and comedic “Sleep in Any Saturday or Sunday” card was presented to Carlos Pereira for completing one year of service as Chief of Security. By the way I wish I had a picture of Carlos and Jim Edmiston going on their knees on Saturday, November 4th to assist the Pool Attendant in digging out chaise lounges and cabanas buried deep beneath the wet sand from overnight High Tides. This was truly giving service “above and beyond”. Carlos left his home to come to the building and help. We thank Carlos and Jim. Johnny arrived later to help, so before he says “what about me?” –Thanks to Johnny also.

Dott Awards Nick Coutoupis
Nick Coutoupis
Dott Awards Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia
Dott Awards Carl Richardson
Carl Richardson
 

Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown presented Service Award Pins to the following employees:

  • Nick Coutoupis for completing five years of commendable service
  • Jerry Garcia for completing one year of commendable service      
  • Carl Richardson for completing one year of commendable service

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The Regency Tower Social Committee Invites You to
an Evening of Theatre


The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Performing Arts Center Proudly Presents

Wally's Cafe by Social Committee

A Comedy in Two Acts

Directed by our own Pat DiSebastian

Social Committee Proudly Presents Wally's Café
The Social Committee Presents Wally’s Café

John Sala, Cindy Hanus, Fern McBride, Gheorghe Paunescu, James Edmiston and Edison Figueroa Mug it UP!
On behalf of Regency’s Board and Residents, Fern McBride bestows tokens of Appreciation upon John
Sala, Cindy Hanus, Gheorghe Paunescu, James Edmiston, Edison Figueroa and Montcalm Gibbons

The Best on the Block!

Wally’s Café is a gag-filled comedy
Home of the Wallyburger
Wally’s Café is a gag-filled comedy by the authors of MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON (Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick). Its about a couple who run a diner 60 miles from Las Vegas. In 1940, their only customer is a footsore Illinois girl hitchhiking to Hollywood and certain stardom but ends up staying as a waitress. Years later she returns in a limousine to bail out her old friends. This play is a classic!

Tickets must be purchased in advance
Make checks payable to "Regency Tower Social Committee"
All checks must be received by Sunday, December 9, 2006.

We can car pool!

For more information, please call Jim or Pat DiSebastian at 954-630-3339.

Margie Nagle, Chairperson & Guru, Social Committee - (954) 563-3034

The Social Committee would like to organize a
Bridge Group
We would meet on Monday Afternoons in the Rendezvous Room starting on January 8, 2007. If interested, call Jean Veitch at 954-564-3771

Let’s Get Together
Meet Our Neighbors
and Have Some Fun!

Jean Veitch, Chairperson, Bridge Committee

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Employees Holiday Party!

Gheorghe, Diana, Annie, Phil, John, Joz, Karl, Cindy, Edison, Tom, Montcalm, Carlos, Jerry, Jim and Nick Chill out and Rock the House!
Gheorghe, Diana, Annie, Phil, John, Joz, Karl, Cindy, Edison, Arthur, Montcalm, Carlos, Jerry, Jim
and Nick Stopped Clowning Around and Stuffing their Faces Long Enough to Pose for this Shot

Bill Tennenbaum, Barbara Verol and Margie Nagle Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labors
Bill Tennenbaum, Barbara Verol and
Margie Nagle Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labors
December 23, 2005 - On December 16th, a party project spearheaded by Margie Nagle honoring the finest employees in the Galt Mile neighborhood came to fruition. The party was attended by board members, residents and employees - the ladies and gentlemen that quietly make our lives easier, keep our home safe and maintain the Regency Tower machinery kicked back and cut loose.

Regency Tower Staffers Clown Around While Posing for Portrait
Staffers Clown Around and Pose for Portrait
Margie was joined by Candace Brown in throwing the annual year-end employees party. They organized a sumptuous feast and decorated the Rendezvous Room in preparation for the event. Gifts were purchased for distribution to the honored guests. Ofelia Alleguez, Dee Lanzillo, Barbara Verol and Fern McBride assisted the organizing team with project resources, food and support. Rafael Alleguez relieved Carlos at the Security Desk and Joe Cippola manned the Receiving Room, allowing 100% attendence by building staff. Bill Tennenbaum helped arrange the chairs and tables. Iris and Joe Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz and Pablo Verol took advantage of the opportunity to soak up a free meal and enjoy the entertainment.

Employees and Residents Share the Magnificent Spread
Employees and Residents Share the Magnificent Spread
The entire Regency Tower roster of employees attended the fête. John Sala, Gheorghe Paunescu, James Edmiston, Edison Figueroa and Montcalm Gibbons from our Maintainance Department were the first to arrive as they were already working in the building. Since only two Security personnel are on duty at any given time, the others drifted in, commuting from their homes. Security Chief Carlos Pereira was joined by Assistant Chief Nick Coutoupis, Joz Victor, Diana Tibe, Karl Richardson, Jerry Garcia, Arthur Gordon and Phil Nadeau. Working until a few minutes before the party, administrative staffers Cindy Hanus, Anne-Marie Griffin and occasional office volunteer and party co-organizer Candace Brown showed up at the 12 Noon start time.

Joz Victor Entertains Fellow Employees and Residents
Joz Victor Sings
At the party’s outset, guests meandered about - reviewing the extensive buffet, the holiday decor and a table groaning under the weight of dozens of mysteriously unidentifiable gifts. The main buffet was arranged on a table set up for that purpose. A second dessert buffet was organized atop the Rendezvous Room’s service counter along with refreshments and fresh hot coffee. Within minutes, the entire guest list filled their plates (the first of several servings) and found seats around the long tables set up by the windows.

Gift Display Table
Gift Display Table
After evryone plowed through several return visits to the buffet table, Security’s Joz Victor started receiving requests to sing. Joz is an entertainer. He’s cut several CDs and performed at clubs and functions throughout South Florida. Many Regency Tower residents are familiar with Joz’ talents. Responding to numerous requests by residents, Joz had invited any interested residents to attend a showcase earlier in the year. This group of tough critics bestowed rave reviews upon their versitile Security Guard! After a blizzard of requests, Joz graced the audience with a selection from his extensive multi-lingual repertoire.

Employees and Residents Share the Magnificent Spread
Employees and Residents - Good Food and Good Company
Once the applause abated, distribution of the gifts was announced. This is historically done through a game devised several years ago for this purpose. Participants are randomly assigned undisclosed numbers. According to this lottery-style selection of numbers, participants select gifts from the display table based solely on the appearance of the decorative wrapping. Once the gift is chosen, opening it finally reveals how well its owner selected. The person with the next number also selects a gift from the table and opens it. This is where it becomes interesting. The person can either elect to keep the selected gift or force a trade with anyone who previously selected a gift. This format, essentially dependent on our greed and covetousness, propels the best and worst gifts through a dozen sets of hands before finally coming to rest. The key to the format’s level of excitement is to offer gifts that vary widely in desirability.
Candace Brown and Mom
Dott with Party
Co-organizer Candace
During years in which there was a wide disparity in the value and utility of the gifts, every selection was followed by a trade.
Project Organizer Margie Nagle
Project Organizer
Margie Nagle
When, however, the gifts were roughly comparable, most participants would opt to keep whatever they selected. This year, most people were content to remain with their first selection. At the end of the final selections, however, John Sala lowered the boom on Security’s Diana Tibe - absconding with a crystal vase she was hoping to take home. Sorry Diana! Despite the game’s “dog eat dog” formula, watching the drama unfold is as entertaining as participating.

Certain telltale earmarks discernible at the annual party accurately reflect how well our staff is gelling. The smooth operation of the three Association Departments depends heavily on teamwork and organization. While organization can be taught, teamwork is a quality that depends upon the individual team members demonstrating mutual respect and concern. It was obvious that our employees sincerely care for one another, take pride in the competent performance of their respective departments and consider themselves to be part of a family... one to which we all belong!

The gifts distributed at the party were incremental to those given by the Employees Holiday Fund Committee. Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez and members Fern McBride and Marian Custer wish to thank the many Regency Tower residents who contributed to the Employees Holiday Fund. Funds collected by the Committee were gifted to our employees in two parts. Whatever was collected by the date of the Employees Party comprised the first distribution. Since our employees are plagued by the same lack of cash that inconveniences most people after the Holidays, the funds collected and distributed AFTER the party were especially appreciated! Again, ♥ THANK YOU ♥ for helping brighten the Holiday Season for our valued employees.

♥ Ofelia Alleguez ♥ Fern McBride ♥ Marian Custer ♥

To peruse a plethora of party pictures, Click Here to the Regency Tower Photo Gallery.

Employees and Residents Enjoy a Holiday Meal Together
Employees and Residents Enjoy a Holiday Meal Together

Thank You!

Administrative, Security and Maintenance Staff Recognized

Fern McBride bestows thanks to John Sala!
John Sala thanks Fern for Gift
Regency Tower has the finest roster of employees in the Galt Mile neighborhood. With the exception of tasks that require specialized licensure, John Sala performs a dozen unique repairs every day that other Associations pay special outside contractors to accomplish. With the assistance of his talented crew, John keeps our 36-year old home in prime condition. In addition to being reliable, friendly, dedicated, and skilled, John, Gheorghe, Jim, Edison and Montcalm are a team, abetting one another’s individual strengths.
Fern McBride Presents Gheorghe Paunescu with Gift
Gheorghe Paunescu is very Happy!
Two of the main reasons that Regency Tower suffered less damage than many of our neighbors inure to our employees. Along with our Security Staff (Carlos Pereira, Nick Coutoupis, Jose (JOZ) Victor, Karl Richardson, Gideon Melford, Jerry Garcia, Jack Holthoefer and Phil Nadeau), our administrative and maintenance personnel carefully prepared the premises before the onslaught. Immediately following Wilma, maintenance staffers prioritized repairs to avoid incremental damage. For example, once we regained water, maintenance employees immediately emptied, cleaned and disinfected the pool, thereby preventing the algae bloom that plagued most of our neighbors’ pools. Their good planning and quick action obviated the expense of a professional detoxification or, as occurred in several Associations, a costly pool resurfacing.

Fern McBride Conveys thanks to Edison Figueroa!
Edison Reflects on the Irony of Life
After undergoing a series of incarnations, our Security staff has evolved into one of the best on the block. Residents who were here during Hurricane Wilma watched Joz Victor and Jerry Garcia collecting windows and shutters from the deck - while the winds were still blowing - to prevent their repeated collision with vehicles. Security personnel voluntarily pulled multiple shifts to compensate for their peers who couldn’t make it through the storm. Despite the lack of electricity, they continuously toured our darkened premises, checking on emergencies and helping residents endure the ordeal. New Chief of Security Carlos Pereira, a former Manager/Supervisor and Auditor, brings much-needed skills and experience to this critical position. With the help of Nick Coutoupis as Assistant Chief, Carlos has ironed out scheduling difficulties and contributed input toward an impending video security system upgrade.

Fern McBride Gave Montcalm Gibbons his Gift at a Later Date
Montcalm is all Smiles
Unlike many of our neighboring Association's employees, ours were here the first day after the storm - some even made it here during the hurricane. Our employees actions before, during and after the storm have demonstrated that they are deserving of our respect and gratitude. Much of what they did went far beyond their “responsibilities.” Our residents, whether here or not, all benefitted from their having gone the extra mile.

Fern McBride Gives James Edmiston Gift
Jim is Speechless as Fern Fades into
a Walgreens 1-hour Photo Shadow
When many of Regency Tower’s residents have a problem, they instinctively call Cindy Hanus. She embodies Regency Tower’s longterm institutional memory. Many of our newest and oldest residents exhibit a shared “dependence” on Cindy’s experience and accessibility. Cindy continuously greases our Association’s administrative wheels. Despite every Administration’s best efforts to systematize operations, things occasionally go awry. When they do, Regency Tower’s “human band-aid” is often the first person aware of the dilemma. More often than not, she quietly diffuses the problem - whether helping a resident, coordinating a repair or making an effective referral. With the recent addition of longtime resident Anne-Marie Griffin to relieve the enormous administrative burden, the office will persist in keeping abreast of the unrelenting demands made on them. Cindy and Annie established a communications network after Wilma, updating scores of nervous residents, here and abroad, about unit damage, building damage and recovery progress. They also served as the nerve center for maintenance and security emergencies.

Fern McBride Conveys thanks to Cindy Hanus!
Cindy Chokes Back a Tear
While an extraordinarily intense level of employee activity was highly visible just after the storm, it actually transpires every day. The reason most of us aren’t aware of the problems tackled daily by office staff, maintenance personnel and Security is because their efforts are mostly successful. Aside from occasional “creative agendas” designed to generate grist for the rumor mill, “problems” only become “news” when they aren’t resolved. The serene progress our residents have come to expect derives from the persistant efforts of our employees to achieve excellence.

In November, Regency Tower Board Secretary Fern McBride presented John Sala, Cindy Hanus, Gheorghe Paunescu, James Edmiston, Edison Figueroa and Montcalm Gibbons with tokens of appreciation from the residents and Board members. Earlier, new Chief of Security Carlos Pereira, Nick Coutoupis, Joz Victor, Karl Richardson, Gideon Melford, Jerry Garcia, Jack Holthoefer and Phil Nadeau were accorded similar recognition for tempering professionalism with amity - the key ingredients of an excellent Security Staff. While ostensibly given for excellent attendance and impeccable safety records, the gifts also embodied our gratitude for their dedication to our safety and comfort - not only when the chips were down - but day in and day out.

Congratulations!

Montcalm Gibbons

Montcalm Gibbons recieves award for 25 years of service in Regency Tower
Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown and Housekeeping Committee Chair
Dee Lanzillo Present Montcalm Gibbons with an Award for 25 years of
Dedicated Service in Regency Tower

Montcalm Gibbons has been a fixture in the Regency Tower Maintenance Department for more than twenty-five years. His always-courteous demeanor is a source of comfort to longtime residents who have come to appreciate his low-key disposition and cooperative attitude. In an attempt to demonstrate our gratitude for Montcalm’s dedication, the Board presented Montcalm with a token of the high esteem in which he is held. The presentation was made by Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown and Housekeeping Committee Chair Dee Lanzillo on behalf of the Board and every grateful Regency Tower resident. Click Here to read Montcalm’s description of his relationship with the Regency Tower and its residents in the Employee Profile section of the Regency Tower web site.

Pablo Verol

Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown Presents Board Member Pablo Verol with a Certificate of Appreciation while Standing before the Mural he Painted in the Garage Elevator Lobby
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown Presents Board Member Pablo Verol
with a Certificate of Appreciation while Standing before the Mural he Painted
in the Garage Elevator Lobby

As his many friends are aware, Pablo Verol is an artist who conveys the skills he’s honed to students in an art school on Federal Highway. He’s also served on Regency Tower’s Board of Directors for many years. Indications of how he combines these two important components of his life are strewn throughout Regency Tower. They range from small pieces such as the floral sculpture sitting on the Security Desk to substantial works like the sculpture that graces the wall of the meeting room, the “aquarium wall” next to the front entrance and the room-size mural that brightens the Garage Elevator Lobby. Pablo also designed the Regency Tower crown bas-relief above north entrance portico and helped transfer the crown logo on the swimming pool deck. On behalf of his many friends and neighbors, the Board presented Pablo with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his numerous unrequited contributions, all of which bring beauty into our lives and enhance our home.

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