HP Community Connection by President Shirley Kafka
May 29, 2020
At the time I am writing this article (12:15am) it is calm and peaceful. I am yearning for my bed knowing I will be able to sleep through the night. The thunder, the storms, will be non existent for several hours. I will not be receiving phone calls that the canals are dust or the grass is baking. Our conversations this week changed to weather related items rather than the looming virus.
The other topic of chatter has been the news that after two weeks our cafe is once again reopening. The dinner delivery service started last night. It was successful considering residents only had one day notice. Orders can be placed from 9:00am to 11:00am for same evening delivery at the cafe’s number, 561 499 9888.
This morning I set my alarm for 8:30am. I wanted to be first. I had the menu in front me. I had my blue card in front of me. I had the telephone number in front of me. At 8:45 I proceeded to dial. I know—we were told 9:00am but who listens around here? I sat and dialed, and redialed, and redialed, and redialed. Nothing would be left for my husband and I. I just knew it!! At 9:35 I heard a familiar voice. “Lori, good morning.” I could hear the ringing of the telephone in the background. She was calm but I felt rushed. I was excited. (Doesn’t take much these days.) I WAS going to order salad with raspberry wine dressing. I ordered honey mustard. I WAS going to order pecan crusted chicken or salmon. I ordered chopped steak. I rarely eat meat but it was the grilled onions and mushrooms that enticed me. I WAS going to order double green beans. I ordered mashed potatoes. It’s fun and it takes away 5 minutes of your time.
The end of this story is that our delivery arrived at 6:15, still warm. It smelled wonderful. It was delicious and best of all, I have half left for tomorrow. The people that I know and ordered this evening all proclaimed the same thing—-they will continue to order dinner from our very own cafe. One of my friends didn’t realize this was available six days a week. Her prayers have been answered.
Cafe Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm with available seating or take out.
Monday to Saturday. CLOSED Sundays.
Dinner Orders: 9:00am to 11:00am (561 499 9888)
Delivery Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Eat, Manger, Essen, Mangare, Taberu, Yest, Comer, ENJOY!!
Residents, please note that private landscapers are not allowed to do work here at HP. We do not need broken sprinklers, or damage done to homes. Thank you.
We have always received complaints about the driving habits of people here. Our signs are slowly being replaced and are higher. With that there will be no excuse for not stopping at the stop signs because “I didn’t see it.” Check your speed. It won’t be long before tickets will be issued by the local police.
Residents, prior to leaving to go north, all flower pots and gardening decorations need to be brought inside your units. Make sure some one has your key in case of a hurricane and access is necessary to your home.
Phases Two and Four:
The carports will be cleaned and new lights installed during the month of July. If you are planning to be away from HP and leaving your car here, we ask you to leave a car key with a neighbor so it may be moved.
EXTRA EXTRA. EXTRA.
Michael Levine, Snowbirds Plus, and Residents.
It is most gratifying to report that the amount donated is now $15,000. Thank you again.
We were finally given the dates of availability for the Covid-19 testing. The lab will be here on Tuesday, June 2nd. Please take note of the following:
Phoenix Health Rising and Alliance Laboratories will be providing COVID-19 and respiratory panel testing. The testing site will be a drive through site, which is designed to provide a high level of safety for testing participants, the community and staff.
Testing is covered by Medicare and all third-party health insurances with NO ADDITIONAL COSTS to participants.
No referral and no symptoms required but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
One registration per person however up to two people can be in the same vehicle.
Register online starting today. More time frames will open up as registration time slots fill up
Please check your emails or ask your friends for updates on the opening of our facilities.
(6 feet; masks; 6 feet; masks; )
Shirley Kafka, President, HPA
Friday May 15, 20220
Friday May 8, 2020
This week I learned a new word from two different sources. It’s a new Yiddish word “Oysgezoomt.” For the many who do not speak Yiddish, it means over-exposed to, fatigued by, exhausted from, bored by, had it with………………ZOOM!!
Personally, I have fallen in love with Zoom. All of our meetings are now on Zoom. I sit by my computer in my comfortable chair; my feet are resting on the computer tower; I don’t have to travel and look for parking anywhere. I am settled. I call in on the I.D. The ONLY time I have a problem with connecting is when I am dealing with HP. I can’t see an individual; they can’t see me; they can’t hear me; I can’t hear them. “Unmute” they all yell. I did. I keep trying. Is it me? It’s someone who is knocking me off, I’m convinced of this. My doorbell rings. It’s Ann from Campbell coming to rescue me. It’s the social distancing rule.
How is she going to help me? We play catch. We manage to get my cell phone to her. She plays with it. We are now only about 3 hours late in commencing the meeting (o.k. I am exaggerating. It’s for dramatic purposes.) Ah finally, by accident only, I am functioning.
Now the fun begins. I can only see the person speaking. I do not know whether there are 10 or 1000 listening. I bring out my papers and bring the meeting to order. While others speak, I am reading the Sunday comics on my desk. How would anyone know differently? All who can see me think I am drinking water. I am sipping flavored teas. I don’t wear makeup. Later I hear “You look so tired. You need to relax.” They should have told me during the meeting and I would have grabbed a 5 minute nap. My battery is low. I have to go to the kitchen and charge the phone. I plug it in and stand while the meeting continues. It’s only two hours into it and the agenda is still long. I can put the phone down and escape to the bathroom. I’m hungry. When I open the fridge, should I have fruit or chocolate? I need to be discrete. Chocolate slides down whereas I will need a fork for the fruit. I am running a meeting. I must show some decorum.
After 2-1/2 hours it’s over. Meeting adjourned. I have 20 minutes before the next Zoom meeting and an hour before a Zoom seminar. I am “Oysgezoomt”.
Once again, a reminder to remember our cafe on premise. They wait for our calls and we wait for our food. Please help in these tense times. Don’t forget our cafe family.
Please look for notification from our exercise classes. We have the following two new additions:
Wednesday at 2:00pm Balance
Thursday at 2:00pm Chair Yoga
At this moment, our status with anything pertaining to the virus remains the same. I am making the same request as last week. Please do not call or email me with virus issues. You are being kept up to the minute with any news received. I am certain if not tomorrow or the next couple of days, the governor will make announcements that will change South Florida’s status.
Anyone needing to be tested for the virus can call 561 804 0250. The testing site is on Jog Rd. at the Civic Center.
Today I received a call indicating that someone is spreading RUMORS about our May 17th lecture. Did you know we are having 500 people in our theater for a show? The concerns of people, and rightfully so, are “how will we sit? We didn’t get tickets. The clubhouse is closed.” NOT TRUE. NOT FACTUAL. All information is in last week’s article. We are having a lecture on Sunday, May 17th at 11:00am. The speaker is Dr. Robert Watson. This event is compliments of Jim Yarmus and the Social Club. Refreshments of your choice will be served in your home. It is for HP residents. And exactly how will you watch? ZOOM. IT’S NOT ANYTHING OTHER THAN ZOOM. Details will be in next week’s Community Connection.
The Snowbirds Plus Club has been gracious enough to organize a Community Fundraiser. Donations will be distributed to our cafe workers; food pantries; First Responders. You received emails this week with details. Needless to say, it is your choice whether to contribute. All recipients will be advised the funds come from the Huntington Pointe Community. For further information, call Michael Levine at 561 499 8783. The response has been wonderful and we should be feeling proud.
Masks, gloves, masks, social distancing, masks……………….
Please note the following BOD dates:
Tuesday May 12th Agenda Meeting 2:00pm
Monday May 18th BOD General Meeting 10:00am
Brought to you by no other than ZOOM, OF COURSE.
Be safe, be cautious, and be well.
May 1, 2020
Did I just write May 1st? It can’t be. I had the entire month of April to take advantage of being home to complete tasks. Not one was done. I kept thinking I had plenty of time. I had time to eat, to talk on the phone, eat some more, catch up with several emails, snacks of course, sleep a little later, and decide what to eat again. Time indeed does march on.
Speaking of eating, once again I would like to remind you that our cafe is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. PLEASE do not forget about them. Enjoy lunch, bring home a few dinners, but keep them going. It’s very difficult for the staff, some of whom have been furloughed until they are back in full business. The convenience of having them here so we do not have to cook sums it all.
I will now give you warning. If you care to take my advice, grab your favorite beverage, be it coffee, water, tea, a soft drink; find a good snack or pick up lunch from the cafe; sit in your most comfortable chair; and get ready to read a novel rather than an article. My choice of drink would have been a chocolate milk shake—-not a thick shake whereby your cheeks pucker but one that is smooth and rich.
The exercise classes seem to have worked out the kinks from the first week and many are enjoying the experience. Classes are available to every resident at no charge.
Many seek alternate ways of exercising. Those that opt for the outdoors, please take note of the following:
–The most important rule is that bicyclists ride WITH traffic and walkers walk AGAINST traffic. This should be done on the sides of the roads or streets, not in the centers.
–You can run or walk side-by-side with appropriate social distance but when you see someone approaching from either behind or in front, move into single file formation until everyone has passed.
–Slow or pause at intersections. While cars should stop you cannot always assume they will.
–Be aware of your surroundings and don’t get distracted by music or conversations on your phones.
We now have a special lecture planned compliments of the Social Club and Jim Yarmus. Jim approached me and offered their cancelled program for the enjoyment of Huntington Pointe. Thank you. Please save the date and mark the following information on your calendars:
Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Place: The Comfort of Your Home Refreshments of your choice served.
Zoom I.D. 89776857464 (Telephone connection 312 626 6799)
Lecture Topic: AFFAIRS of State
AND THE SPEAKER IS NON OTHER THAN THE BELOVED DR. ROBERT WATSON.
This will be funny, poignant, and apolitical. It will be first come first serve. Marvin has arranged for the capacity of 500 to join so there shouldn’t be any problem.
Once again we are requesting that you update your permanent lists for access to the gate. Only keep necessary people on them and call everyone else in as needed.
For those that booked shows sponsored by HPA please check your credit card account for your refunds. Look for Vendini for your credit. It is being done show by show and not in a lump sum. If you paid by check, refunds will be mailed to you.
On April 27th on page 5B in the Money Section of the SunSentinel
there was reference made to paying dues on closed amenities. Asked of expert Gary Singer, “Since I cannot use the amenities, do I have to pay my full monthly dues?”
“Yes. You must pay your maintenance dues. Your condominium is not a vendor, such as a gym in your local strip mall. You own a portion of the common areas in addition to your unit and are responsible for its upkeep. If you do not pay your dues, you could be liable for collection costs and could face foreclosure if you continue not to pay.”
Once again, should anyone feel the necessity to get tested for Covid-19, the Civic Center on Jog Rd. has a health testing center. The number for an appointment is 561-804-0250.
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND UPDATE
–Coronavirus scams are still surfacing. Report any suspicious calls or requests to local law enforcement immediately. Individuals in white coats knock on doors and advise they are from the CDC. THEY ARE NOT. Please do not answer the door and notify the police at once.
–As of this moment we still have had only three reported cases and unfortunately one them resulted in death. Should you have the virus please advise Marvin, Ann, or myself. This is for residents to be aware of the area as they may have been in contact with you or your surroundings. We cannot disclose your name or address without your permission or we will not be free from liability for our actions. I repeat, please let us know. Thank you.
–Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 2020-005 which calls for the reopening of certain public and community recreational facilities. The reopening of these activities is subject to STRICT GUIDELINES AND CONDITIONS. These activities are subject to compliance with the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) In addition, Palm Beach County has placed additional restrictions on each category.
–Of particular concern for community associations is the conditions the county has placed on reopening of tennis and other outdoor courts and pool facilities. Social distancing must be adhered to. Only single play is permitted on the courts. Congregating on the court or sidelines is prohibited.
–Locker room and shower facilities must remain closed. Restrooms, however, must be opened and must be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
CDC guidelines include social distancing which must be adhered to. Pool capacity must be limited to ensure social distancing and must maintain a distance of six feet apart. The burden is on the community association boards and managers to limit the number of residents permitted at any given time. Gatherings are to be ten (yes, 10) people or less.
–These guidelines may have to implement temporary rules to limit the time residents may use the courts and pool to permit other residents the opportunity to use them.
–Pool furniture (chairs and lounges) must comply with social distancing and restricted to the same limit of ten.
One or more facility staff or management must be present at each facility location to monitor and ensure compliance with the restrictions within this order.
Practically speaking, how many community associations are in a position to implement these requirements? Do we have personnel to oversee each facility? Are we prepared to clean and sanitize the restrooms and furniture on regular intervals? This will have an impact on community budgets.
Will residents be willing to wait in line, six feet apart, to enter the pool for an extremely limited time to take a swim and leave so another person may enter? It will not be a place for socializing.
The liability associated with re-opening without being in compliance could be a costly misstep. An official may enter at any time and we will be fined. I will refresh your memory to the time we closed our pools and received some opposition from the residents. The next day a neighboring community received a $2500. fine for being open.
Thankfully to date, we as residents have been fortunate. Our staff has been healthy. They are working with caution. Should they have to take shifts outside to monitor the recreational facilities and one gets sick, it means we will be left without workers as all would be put on leave. This would impact the entire running of HP. This is another scenario to deal with should we open too quickly.
There are many variables we have to consider. The board will be meeting this Monday at 11:00 am for discussion and ideas for when the time comes to reopen. The meeting is via Zoom, I.D. 83027815657.
Pin: 8302 781 5657
Sincerest thank you to an abundance of emails received in support of our board. Words are most encouraging and makes us even more determined to make this one of the best places to live. We are here to help and guide you in the best logical way possible.
Remember to wear masks and gloves. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Keep in contact with family and friends.
This past Monday I received photos of beautiful otters in the back of the canal on Mill Pointe Circle in Phase 3. In speaking to Hal, a member of Phase 3’s board, I mentioned that we had new residents in Phase 3 and would send him photos. His reply was so unique and made me laugh so heartily that I have decided to share it with you in hopes that you too will find it as funny as I did.
“Wow. I thought it was just one but it appears to be a family. I guess that’s a whole otter matter. There’s the motter and the fotter and even the baby dotter. Otterly amazing.”
We will keep you updated whenever we get news.
Wear masks, if not for yourself, for others. Be safe, be cautious, and be well.
Wake up!! You have finally come to the end of this week’s Community Connection.