Aberdeen Country Club News

The Club is always initiating a few new and en-gaging activities for its members. Recently COLOR WAR attracted the enthusiastic participation of 400+ members in innumerable events over 3 weeks, end-ing with a super reception and closing ceremony. Coming early next month ABERDEEN ON STAGE will be presenting “The Best of Times!”, a musical Broadway review in the 60s, 70s and 80s, performed with our own talented club members. Last year’s performances were sold out and we expect the same results this year. We look forward to seeing more productions by ABERDEEN ON STAGE in the near future.

Have you heard of Aberdeen’s DANCING WITH THE STARS? You must have! It was the newest fun event at the Club. Three male club members and three female club members, were selected as novices on the dance floor. They volunteered to take months of dance lessons from professionals and then to dem-onstrate their dancing at the Club event with their professional teacher/partners for the coveted “Mirror Ball Trophy.” We will give you the results in our next issue.

Despite the constant bickering and disagreements on television, in our newspapers and the internet about the national political scene, here at the Club peace reigns this time of year when an election is held for positions on our Board of Directors. This year three candidates were elected, to wit: Richard Haar and Jay Levine were reelected and David Hollander was elected. Congratulations with our best wishes for success!

What else has been happening at the Club lately? Club activities have been as busy as ever. Some of the activities not mentioned previously include the Ladies’ Golf Member/Guest Tournament (one of the most successful), followed by the Men’s Golf Member/Guest Tournament and the conclusion of the Adam & Eve Golf Club Championship. Both of the Member/Guest Tournaments were presented mag-nificently.

Tennis members had the St. Patrick”s Tennis mix-er and Round Robin. The Club held a Table Games Fair to assist members to learn or refresh game skills in various card games. The Lynn U. Conservatory of Music held its annual Concert at Aberdeen again with its ever-talented musicians in another exciting evening of fine music. “Play for Pink” Day with golf, tennis and cards dedicated to Breast Cancer Aware-ness held in February with fantastic participation by our members was the most successful charitable event ever held at the Club!

Late March and April bring the Easter Egg Hunt and an Easter Extravaganza Dinner and the celebration of Passover with a Seder Dinner. Another Show-time Series will be presented with Jimmy Keys entertaining. The Men’s Golf Club Championship and the Women’s Golf Club Championship Tournament swill be started with the Finals to be completed. The Women’s Closing Day and the Men’s Closing Day Tournaments are also scheduled for April. For Tennis players the Battle of the Sexes will be followed by an Exhibition BBQ at the Beach Entry Pool. Clubs and Classes will be continued.

For anyone interested in joining us at the Club, call our Director of Membership, Rose Cizner, at the Club office at 738- 4903, ext 325.


The Auto Insurance Game

By: Dr. Patricia Williams (Muirhead)

I was shocked but not surprised when I received my auto insurance renewal notice. No accidents, no tickets and yet the premium was 25% higher. This is typical of most insurance companies. They reward good driving records with higher premiums. When you call and ask them why, their stock answer is, “our costs have risen.” If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Unless a premium is lower (and once this actu-ally did happen), anytime I receive an auto or home insurance renewal notice, I submit it to various agen-cies for the lowest bid. Currently, I work with 4 agen-cies. One of the agents who knows me well, will ac-tually shop the insurance policy before sending me the renewal notice advising me that such-and-such company will offer me a lower premium than the company I’m currently with.

This morning I contacted the 4 agencies to ask for an auto insurance quote. All 4 came in with quotes 25% to 27% lower than my current policy. Ironically, 2 of 4 quotes were from the same company I am with now.

Following are other lessons I learned that are part of the Insurance game.

1. Never leave your credit card on file with an insurance company. They will charge your card for the renewal premium and send you the receipt as a fait accompli.

2. Don’t sign up with a company that offers only 6-month policies. My experience is that for the second 6 months of the year, your auto insurance premium will be significantly higher. Go with a company that offers a 12-month insurance policy.

3. Check for duplicate coverage. For example, if your auto manufacturer or AAA covers towing charges, you can decline your insurer’s coverage for this service.

4. Check for unnecessary coverage. The agent for my new policy reviewed my old policy to make sure I would have equivalent coverage. She noticed I had been paying for coverage from work loss. Very interesting since my husband and I are both retired.

5. Ask your insurer if you can lower the premium by reducing coverage on certain items. For ex-ample, you might have “stacked” coverage on un-insured motorists. What does this mean? Let’s say you insure 2 vehicles and you have coverage if hit by an uninsured motorist of $250,000 each person and $500,000 each accident. If your insurance is “non-stacked” the coverage is as specified. If it is “stacked” and you’re insuring 2 cars, this increases the coverage to $500,000 each person (2 x $250,000) and $1,000,000 (2 x $500,000) each accident. You pay a higher premium for “stacked” insurance.

6. If you are a good driver and have not had any claims within the past few years, you might consider increasing your deductible (for example, from $500 to $1,000). This will lower your premium.

The take-away message: Treat insurance policies the same way you would if you purchase a car, a home or a pair of jeans. Shop around for the best deal.


Brittany Lakes

What is for dinner? A question we hear or ask just about every day.

What is for dinner? What if you did not know where your next meal was coming from. What if you did not have warm clothes, blankets or air conditioning for those very hot Summer days!

What if your children and elderly parents went to bed hungry each day!

As we live and enjoy our life in Aberdeen, hundreds or perhaps thousands of people living close by in our town of Boynton Beach are without food and a place to live. Less than 2 miles from our homes, down Boynton Beach Boulevard is the Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach. Many of our neighbors and friends are consistent volunteers there.

Dee started volunteering there three years ago. When her husband Ed, saw how good Dee felt helping these families and individuals, he started volunteering once a week as well.

Living in the middle of such affluence we sometimes forget that not everyone is so fortunate. Ed refers to what they do as a “Stress Buster.” Now Fred and Linda have also started to help. Many others followed.

Local businesses are very helpful by donating food items, clothes, blankets, and much needed funds. The Sun Sentinel reported a study that shows the benefit of helping others less fortunate, often having lower rates of depression and higher level of physical wellbeing.

The next time you are asked what is for dinner think of what you can do to help your less fortunate neighbors as well.

If you are interested to talking to Dee and Ed email me and I will put you in touch … judit.unger7@ gmail.com.


Sharing with Sheffield

The theme of this column came to mind recently when I went through some personal disappointments and found myself crying over them. I have cried over many serious losses in my life, but not over some-thing like lost opportunity or regret. Where was the strength I thought I had! And while I chided myself for foolish behavior, the tears flowed. Big revelation; I felt better back in control, hopeful and ready for a second beginning. Conclusion? It is all right to cry – and that applies to men and women.

Misconceptions about crying is that it is a sign of weakness. Crying is stigmatized by both sexes. If she cries it’s because she is unstable or weak or seeks at-tention. If he cries he’s a wimp, a pansy, or not manly enough. These generalizations encourage both sexes to submerge and cover up their feelings.

People who ignore sadness, pain, insult, fear, even overwhelming joy and pride, cheat themselves of an important facet of life. Crying isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that you are human and mindful.

According to an article in the January 2016 “Centenniel Quill,” crying has several positive effects:

Tears remove toxins that build up from stress.

Crying can elevate mood. It lowers a person’s manganese level. Manganese causes emotional disturbance: anxiety, nervousness, aggression.

Crying lowers stress. Suppressing tears contributes to high blood pressure, heart problems, and pep-tic ulcers – all stress-related illnesses.

Tears release feelings. They release negative emotions as well as happy, joyous ones. They drain the overflow, and create a more stable emotional state of mind.

Crying is therapeutic. It stimulates our brain’s endorphin release, the “feel good” hormones that act as a natural pain killer.

Crying helps you connect with others. Being vulnerable is the best way to connect with a partner,  friend, or group. The ones who matter will appreciate how up front you are.

Weeping helps you accept a loss. Losing a family member, friend, partner, or even a pet is one of the worst things a person can go through. Words often do not suffice. But time with dear friends and family do.

Some quotes on the subject:
* “Tears speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and unspeakable love.”

* “Tears are the words my heart uses to explain whenever my smile can’t cover my pain.”

* “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed so that we can see life with a clearer view.”

* “God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain. God did promise tears, strength, and good friends to give us com-fort.”

* “Ever had a memory sneak out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks?”

* “The deep sorrow or great joy that has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.”

* “When you were born you cried. And the world rejoiced while your mother shed tears of joy.”


Important Announcement For Our Readers

The New York Times started in 1851 and for 145 years it only had its print edition. When, in 1996, something called the “internet” starts to be used by the general public and the Times realized that it needed to be there as well. So it set up a website. Over the next 10 years, the paper would see a decrease in circulation as more people got their news online. In 2006 the Times reduced the size of the paper by 6” to save $12 million per year.

After 26 years of print-only publication, the Aberdeen Times has decided it is time to launch its own web site. This will allow you to read the Aberdeen Times wherever you are whether it is on your patio over a cup of coffee, up north during the summer or half way across the world while you are traveling.

With the gracious help of Philip Levine (South Florida Web Advisors), the Aberdeen Times is ready to enter the 21st century. On our new website you will be able to browse articles by community / column, view our advertisers’ directory, find out who writes the article for your community, and submit feedback / questions and perform a myriad of functions.

Philip worked with the staff of the Aberdeen Times to make sure we have a website that shines. Some of his local clients include the Aberdeen POA, Ashford Green HOA and COBWRA in addition to many other local organizations and businesses.

We look forward to this new era for the Aberdeen Times.

Please visit the new website today at https://www.aberdeentimes.org/.

Aberdeen Times Board of Directors


Spotlight Patient

Dr. Stuart Berger was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August of 2015 and as a result, had surgery to remove the tumor. The road to recover was nothing but lengthy, with its share of unexpected twists and turns. A three week stay in UF Health Jacksonville intensive care, a momentary inpatient rehab stay, and 2-3 months of outpatient rehab would be a true test of will and determination towards recovery.

After having the brain tumor removed, Dr. Berger developed memory loss, had difficulty paying attention, difficulty holding conversations with friends and family, decreased balance, strength, and endurance of his legs and arms. Dr. Berger participated in outpatient rehab services utilizing speech, occupational, and physical therapy. His personal goals were to return to the sport of golf and improve his short term memory. He was unwavering and diligent with his home program for each service and persevered to get to where he is today. Rehabilitation was not an easy task, but he rarely missed an appointment and would always come into the clinic with a smile, anticipating the next challenge.

Dr. Berger would never complain about challenging tasks and had the drive to continue even if he was frustrated. He exceeded all expectation for recovery and met all the therapy goals that were set for him.

Congratulation to Dr: Stuart Berger for graduating from Rehab Services!

Heather Barksdale, DPT, PT Sarah Mersch, MOT, OTR/L Christina Hampton, DPT, PT Stephanie Davis, MS, CCC-SLP


Waterford Watch

February was an active month in our community and we want to share all the events with you.

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed Valentine’s Day and remembered their loved ones. Gloria Ek was fortunate to have her son, Curtis, visit. We always count our blessings when family comes. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gloria Ek for serving as our community communication liaison via e-mail. She also deserves accolades for her involvement in the COP program for these many years. Thank you, Gloria.

We held our annual meeting on 2/16 and the following residents were elected to our board: Greg Van Brunt-Pres., Steven Ledewitz – V. Pres., Allan Nash- Treas., Howard Weiss-Sec. and David Kennedy-POA rep. We wish our board good luck as it tackles the is-sues to help Waterford flourish.

Greg Van Brunt, Pres., would like all residents who have any concerns to call Amy Higgins, APM(561-588-7210 ext. 216) or e-mail her at: ahig-gins@apm247.net. She will endeavor to resolve the problem within a 24-hour period. She will also be at the front entrance office, at the gate, every Thurs., 1-3PM.

A big “thank you” to Sidell Levine, Chair, Bernice Friedman, Susan Farber, Karen Rabinowitz, Cathy Goldenberg, Gloria Ek, Pam Koles, Carolyn Ruston and David Kennedy, our social committee, for an excellent pool party on Sun., Feb. 21, catered by Chef Costco.

The food was delicious, the multiple tables and chairs offered a cafe atmosphere and neighbors were happy to share the latest news and gossip with one another. On a sad note, Cathy and Rod Goldenberg are mourning the loss of Cathy’s father, Gaetano Ro-mano, after a long illness. Mr. Romano died of Feb. 25th surrounded by his loving family.

Jack Shilling was feeling poorly but is doing much better, Marilyn Miller, daughter of Gloria, had a fall and is walking around with her arm in a sling and Angela Laskowitz required stitches in her arm from a fall she had as well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all.

Please keep us informed of events in your life so that we can share you news with your friends and neighbors.

Our best wishes for a happy St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Purim.


The Sunny Shores

Everyone had a great time at our THIRTY PLUS PARTY! The day began with a complimentary catered deli luncheon sponsored by our Homeowners’ Association in honor of our “original settlers;” and to welcome our new homeowners. Everyone took advantage of the opportunity to mingle with their neighbors and meet the board. All of our former presidents attended (save one who sent her regards from up north) and our longest-standing former president, Marty Summi, regaled everyone with stories of his presidency. Palm Beach County Commissioner for District 3, Shelley Vana, presented each of our first homeowners with a Certificate and a long-stemmed rose, followed by desserts and coffee. Lots of photographs were taken by our resident photographer Barbara Ladd which will be available for viewing shortly. As Chairperson of the Social Committee, I would like to give special thanks to the following homeowners who worked very long and hard to make this get-together a success: Barbara Ladd, Diane Greenberg, Karen Inzerillo, Jane and Bill Palmese. None of this would have been possible without you.

On a more serious note, there was a vote last month to elect a new POA board. I voted on behalf of The Shores in accordance with instructions of your HOA board and following presentations made to our board by the 2 candidates who were seeking the presidency. It was disappointing to note that very few of our residents came out to hear the candidates speak. If you choose not to become knowledgeable of our community’s political process, you relinquish your right to provide your input to your governing authority, whether it be over the physical assets we own, the funding priorities of the Association or the services you receive.

Congrats to Jane Massi and Bill Palmese who tied the knot recently.

Newcomers themselves, they actually delayed their honeymoon in order to help plan and execute our Thirty Plus Party! All the best in your new life together.

Happy to see that Renee Rosenzweig has returned home after several weeks of extensive physical therapy following her recent accident.

Ray Crosby is undergoing therapy at home as well following his prolonged hospital stay. I know we all wish him a speedy recovery.

That’s it until next month. Happy Easter and “Hag Sameach Pesach,” a happy Passover.


It’s Happening in Dorchester

No, we are not pulling your leg as an April Fools joke. You should have set you clocks ahead and gained some more beautiful Florida sunshine … and spring will be here very soon! And so will the IRS to get your taxes. Albert Einstein said: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.”

But, among the good things happening here in Dorchester are the following:

– Phyllis and Sy Goldstein’s granddaughter, Brook Sabghir, was married Mar. 13th. She married a young attorney from Cleveland who works for a prestigious NYC law firm. Congratulations to the bride and groom and their grandparents.

– Congratulations also, to David Hollander for being elected to the Aberdeen BOD. We know he will be an asset.

– If you were among those who watched this year’s Oscars on TV, you may have seen the Barons daughter, Tracy Beckerman and her husband, Joel, on the red carpet. They were there because Joel is working on a project for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He is the celebrated composer for the corporate world with its sonic logos and for so much of what you hear on television every day.

– Dorchester held its annual meeting and election of BOD officers on Mar. 8th. Those elected to the board were Don Applebaum, Carol Baron, David Hollander, Steve Lippert, Jon Shaw, Beverly Zimmerman and Don Zide. The officers of the BOD are: Steve Lippert, President; Beverly Zimmerman, Vice President; Carol Baron, Secretary; Jon Shaw, Treasurer; Don Applebaum, Director, David Hollander, Director and Don Zide, Director.

They will work to make Dorchester an Aberdeen community that is responsive to the needs of its residents while being cost effective, beautiful and friendly to all. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all those who live here in Dorchester, as well as our guests and visitors, that there is a 20 mile an hour speed limit here. That is for the safety of all of us. We hope you will follow this rule.

In closing, I would like to remind you of what 90-year-old Regina Brett said and she wasn’t talking about tax audits: “Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it.”


The Ashford App

Transition from one editor to another can be challenging. As the new volunteer editor, I apologize, in advance, for a limited entry to the April Aberdeen Times.

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of long time resident, Shirley Scarf.

Most important is our welcoming our newest residents: Marcia Feinblatt and Laurie S. Whol. Kim and Scott Schneider are renting the home of Don and Helen Comer.

As for the established residents:
Jane Casden just returned from celebrating her daughter, Stacy’s, special birthday and her grandson Jake’s 15th.

Her next trip north will be to attend the bar mitzvah of Grandson, Dylan. Mazel Tov in advance, Jane.

Jane, as our landscape chair, has requested that Ashford residents be patient as we continue our efforts to refurbish and upgrade our common landscape.

As for this editor, the last of our winter season guests is flying out tomorrow (first week of March) and the first of our Spring visitors will arrive at the end of March and will be here when this issue is published. It is a delight to be able to share our paradise with family and friends.

As tax season nears, Neal Keitz will be heading north to see his clients. When he returns, we will begin our season of travel.

Please send your tidbits and news about your life in paradise by the first of every month. LLKONE@ AOL.com.