Posted on 28 March 2013 by LeslieM

To the residents of Century Village East (CVE)

Dear Editor:

I was hurt and offended when I returned from a cruise to find that I and the entire CVE Master Management (MM) Board of Directors had been recalled two days earlier. It was particularly galling that the members of the Board of COOCVE (Condominium Owners Organization of CVE), my neighbors, could not wait for my return to allow me to speak against the false accusations that were made at a hastily-called meeting of questionable legality by those who would then themselves be nominated to replace me, my [fellow] officers and the rest of my board.

I don’t believe the 140 members who voted to remove the Board and myself represented the true feelings of the community. Much was made of the urgency to buy the Hillsboro Pines Golf Course – but no matter how much my enemies may have made of it, good business judgment required that a Bank Appraisal, which I had already initiated, be obtained before beginning negotiations. I would never act without due diligence and the concurrence of the Board of Directors. It took the former Board members (who led the ‘coup’) 4 years to decide to spend $7 million on the new Irrigation System, but they couldn’t allow a few weeks for me and my Board to complete our due diligence and formulate a plan of action before spending millions for the golf course.

It is unforgivable that the COOCVE Board acted in such a hasty manner and allowed rumor and innuendo to replace facts when making such a momentous decision. I doubt that many of the 15 members of the deposed MM Board, all of whom were elected by the COOCVE Board over the past 3 years, would ever again have any interest in volunteering to serve a community where a lynch mob mentality could be so easily provoked. I certainly would not. And as for those who planned and instigated this takeover, you have set a terrible precedent and done great damage to the image and well-being of the community.

Anthony Falco

Century Village East

Deerfield Beach


Passover and Seder

Dear Editor:

[Sundown on Monday ] marked the beginning of Passover and the Seder.

While we all come from different faiths and backgrounds, each of us can learn much from this Jewish holiday commemorating the struggle of the Jewish people over 3,000 years ago, their emancipation from slavery in Egypt, receipt of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and establishment of their homeland in the Promised Land.

The eight-day feast of Passover is a time when Jewish people reflect upon the story of their ancestors and retell it, parent to child, to ensure that the love of liberty is passed on from generation to generation.

The Jewish people’s liberation from tyranny is not so different from ours as Americans. Our Founding Fathers fought the British monarchy so that we could enjoy the fruits of our labors and the liberties they believed were inherent to all human beings. But today, too many of us have lost sight of this, and our freedoms seem not to be cherished as they should. This is abundantly evident in our political system that seeks to take away the very liberties enshrined in the Constitution — the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and more.

So, as we wish our Jewish friends a happy Passover, let us also reflect on the freedoms so many have fought to preserve in our own nation, and ensure that the love of liberty is passed on.

Lt. Col. Allen B. West USA (ret)

Palm Beach Gardens

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