Canterbury Communique

Greetings from the Canterbury community! Yes, it’s December, the month of the Winter Solstice, and the month of festive holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kawanzaa.

New Year’s Eve, also known as “Sylvester” in both Europe and Israel, will mark the end of what has been a memorable year. A tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign and election, Britain’s departure from the European Union, the Syrian refugee crisis, the spread of the Zyka virus, the death of Shimon Peres and Elie Wiesel, the award of the Nobel Prize for literature to Bob Dylan, and Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration were amongst the notable events of the year. Needless to say, it is our hope that many of the problems encountered in 2016 will be resolved in 2017!

On the local scene, the Canterbury Board of Directors continues to work hard to improve the community. Many thanks to Ellen Nesin, Carol Collins, Lou Levy and GRS Management representative Jose Armstrong for their dedicated service. We also extend Belated Birthday Greetings to Marjorie DeMartino (mother of Carol Collins), who celebrated her 92nd birthday on Oct. 28. It should be noted that Marjorie is the author of the children’s book “Freddie the Turtle”, in which she also did all of the illustrations. Sylvia Goode (Suzanne Thaler’s mother) also celebrated her birthday in October. At 102, Sylvia, who had always been musically inclined, is still playing the piano and singing. We wish Marjorie and Sylvia a very Happy Birthday!

In getting to know our neighbors, we continue with our plan to spotlight a different Canterbury resident each month. This month, we prevailed upon Joan Lassman to share an interest or life-experience with us. Joan submitted the following narrative:

“Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t approach us with that famous question. They’ll see us together, do a double take, point, smile and stare. Then they’ll ask: ‘Are you two sisters or twins?’ We can’t help but laugh and respond, ‘Both.’ Being a twin draws a lot of attention.

“My twin, Jean and I have come to realize over time that we are part of an amazing subculture based on a bond that’s deeper and different than that of any other. An incredible world of ‘we’ and never ‘I.’ People ask all the time what’s it like to be an identical twin? What’s it like to have someone who looks and sounds exactly like you? A double, a clone, a kindred spirit? For me, it’s been a wonderful blessing! Being a twin means never being alone or being lonely. A unique camaraderie which connects us both physically and emotionally. Not just having the same face but the harmony of our laughter, the synchronicity of our walk and the communication of a single glance are just a few of the many traits of our common kinship or as we like to call it ‘Twinship.’

“Growing up we did all the fun twin things most people ask about. We dressed alike and often switched places, as well as classes in school. We always enjoyed playing tricks and practical jokes on people. Come to think of it, we still do!

“Unlike non-twin siblings, growing older hasn’t just brought us closer together it has helped us understand the closeness we’ve always had. It has also meant, always having an unconditional, best friend. So if you see me and my best friend around the community, please say hello and don’t worry about getting our names right, we both always respond to either.”

In closing, we want to thank Joan for sharing a significant life-experience. She and her twin, Jean, are indeed fortunate to have such a warm and meaningful relationship. We also want to extend Season’s Greetings to all our Aberdeen friends and neighbors, and wish everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SAFE NEW YEAR 2017!

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Greetings from the Canterbury Community! It’s already November, and we’re looking forward to what promises to be an eventful and exciting month. A new President will be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November, and, hopefully, he/she will be the one of our choice. We’ll also honor all of our veterans on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Daylight Saving Time will end Nov. 6, and we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of the month. For sure, it’s going to be a stimulating time of the year!

Our newly elected Canterbury Board of Directors continues to work on improvements to the community, and we thank them for their enthusiasm and dedication. We also want to recognize one of our residents, Lou Levy, who was the guest speaker at Book Club II’s October meeting. “Molokai’o” a book about leprosy, was the selection of the month. Lou, a retired officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, specialized in the treatment and control of leprosy for most of his career. A medical doctor with a Ph.D. in pharmacology, he did extensive research in the field. He ran a research laboratory in San Francisco, worked in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and, upon retiring to Israel, established a research laboratory at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. When asked to tell us about the disease, he submitted the following narrative:

“Leprosy is a contagious disease caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae, a “cousin” of the organism that causes tuberculosis. The infection is transmitted from the patient to his uninfected contact via the respiratory route, much as in tuberculosis. The infectious patient broadcasts the organisms into the environment with every cough and sneeze; the contact becomes infected by inhaling the organisms. The great majority of people infected with M. leprae do not become clinically ill – i.e. they have an “inapparent” or “subclinical” infection, as is the case in infection with the tubercle bacillus. Only a small fraction of those with a positive patch test become ill with tuberculosis.

Leprosy has been controlled (i.e., transmission of M. leprae has been interrupted) in most of the world by the administration to the known patients of the antibiotic, rifampin, in combination with one or two other antimicrobial drugs. Each drug acts on the organism by a different biologic mechanism. The treatment, which is reasonably cheap and well-tolerated, and which is self-administered by mouth, is effective. Although deformities that have already resulted from the disease may not be reversed, the patient is rendered non-infectious by the first dose. And he may be considered “cured” after 6 months. Control may fail in third-world countries where access to the patients is often difficult.”

In closing, we want to thank Lou for sharing his expertise. We also want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. The words of Oprah Winfrey seem very appropriate at this time. “Be thankful for what you have: you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Canterbury Communique

By: Dee Levy

Greetings from the Canterbury community! It’s hard to believe that June, the month of the summer solstice, is already upon us. As promised in the last issue, we’d like to share some of our residents’ life-experiences, present and former careers, and significant happenings.

Yvette Camulli, a long-time resident of Canterbury, is currently a transportation coordinator for the Palm Beach County Jewish Family Services. Yvette is in charge of the enlistment of volunteers to transport senior citizens to their various appointments. The program is called “Kibitz and Ride,” and its catchment area includes Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Highland Beach. Volunteer drivers use their own cars and are reimbursed for mileage. Fingerprinted and background checked, the volunteers are scheduled to drive at times based on their availability and personal preference. “Kibitz and Ride” has been in place since 1999, and is open to all seniors, regardless of race or religion. For those interested, be in touch with Yvette, or call JFS at 561-852-3333. Yes, volunteering is a truly a way of giving back!

Ellen Nesin, new to the Canterbury community, taught primary school in Monticello, NY, for many years, and is presently serving on the Monticello Central School District Board of Education. Her daughter, Jessica, recently graduated from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor’s degree in classical piano performance. During spring break, Jessica met with the head of Collaborative Piano at Lynn U.; the appointment had been arranged by a professor to whom she was introduced at the Lynn U. Scholarship Recital at Aberdeen in March. According to Ellen, Jessica’s plan is to complete her Master’s degree in piano performance, followed by a degree in Collaborative Piano. There is a strong possibility that she will audition for admission to the graduate program at Lynn.

In closing, we wish everyone a happy and healthy month of June. “What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect day”. (James Russell Lowell).

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It’s been a long while, but we’re happy to be back in the fold. We’re looking forward to sharing news, interests and ideas with our neighbors and Aberdeen friends.


  • To Dee and Lou Levy, who are celebrating the recent birth of their 4th great-grandchild, as well as the forthcoming bar mitzvah ceremonies of 2 grandsons in Israel.
  • To Joan and Arnie Sinkin, who recently celebrated their daughter’s and son-in-law’s 25th wedding anniversary. Also, and to their delight, their son Joel has purchased a home in Bermuda Isle, and will be moving in this month.
  • To Suzanne and Mort Thaler, whose son, Warren, won the Aberdeen Men’s Singles Tennis Championship. The family is also looking forward to celebrating Suzanne’s mother’s l02nd birthday in October.

Welcome to the Neighborhood:

canterbury offers a hearty welcome to Joyce Petach, Ellen Nessin, Beth Klar, Jeannette and Alana Kugel, and John and Elena Koopman and family. We’re delighted to have you as neighbors.

In closing, and in the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” We plan to do both!

Editor’s Note: Welcome new author, Dee Levy, to the Aberdeen Times. Glad to have Canterbury on board!