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Here’s The Scoop … A Different World …

March 31, 2010 by Barbara


“A Different World
Bucky Covington

We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead based paint
No child proof lids no seat belts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets and still here we are, still here we are
We got daddy’s belt when we misbehaved
Had three TV channels you got up to change
No video games and no satellite
All we had were friends and they were outside, playin’ outside

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

School always started the same every day
The pledge of allegiance then someone would pray
Not every kid made the team when they tried
We got disappointed and that was all right, we turned out all right


No bottled water, we drank from a garden hose
And every Sunday, all the stores were closed



It was a different world

[Thanks to 2step for lyrics]”

Dear Readers…. Timing is everything inside  and outside of politics…and it was particularly amusing when the very day this writer strolled into THE mega-baby store aka Babies R’Us located 20+ minutes away in the  western “burbs” to see the plethora of innovative and profitable inventions that cover every aspect of a new baby’s wants…needs and overall protection … which could be “over” protection when it really comes down to it!… Thus, the amusement in the timing of hearing the song  “A Different World” on my FM -HD radio on my new friend Cybex #1…..(prev. posts)…

There is a seat that sits the baby and stops he or she from doing the classic “weeble” moves as they are learning to sit up…No more will the new parent have to sit behind them or surround them with pillows as they invariably go all “wobbly” and end up slow-motion falling to the left…the right or backward like a bowl of jello!… No these youngins will never have to endure the Polaroids of their early mishaps due to large heads and not enough oomph yet to hold it altogether…They’ll be sitting on a chair that stops them from that embarrassment… Perhaps it’s a sign that it’s time to sell your Prozac stock as the lack of early falling over for this generation must surely mean anxiety levels will drop later in life for these lucky chair owners!…Yep, I purchased one in green with the matching tray attachments ….Don’t get me started on “attachments” ….”Attachments” are the bread and butter of baby manufacturers…the more of them the better …it’s like buying a new car!…

They have a “spa” for the baby…no resemblance to a bucket is this invention…On the box it looked like the old commercials that offered to turn your plain pink 50’s era bathtub into a “whirlpool” bath even though the water still only reached halfway up your thighs…and your knees were bent due to lack of length and don’t forget the noise level was set at jackhammer!… On this one “Nana” took a pass…

Swings no longer go only back and forth…they go sideways…and vibrate and …yep attached are toys….Just how many different toys can can one play mat hold?…As many as you want to pay for and in whatever motif …still gender based…which is surprising in to see that is still enforced…….

Baby strollers are also “attachment” crazed… First comes the stroller ….then comes the car seat that “attaches” to the stroller…with the “attached” base that stays in the car(s)……and don’t forget the vibrations…For what is life without feeling good vibrations 24/7?… (Umbrella strollers are relegated to the very end of the aisle sort of like a Yugo in a room full of  BMWs and Volvos)…

Want to carry the baby around hands free?……No slings (baby’s necks and large heads have been in the news of late…tragedy for many who used it before 4 mos.)…But carriers are lined up ….for the front …the back and for the guys… Cribs are no longer just cribs…they turn into beds…junior beds ….twin size beds …even sleigh beds…It only requires buying the “attachments’…. Matching dressers have changing “stations”… You don’t want to show your age by asking about changing “tables”…They do still make them… and they too morph in future years…becoming a desk…that is if you purchase the highchair that later becomes the chair to the “stations” desk!…

Diaper bags…again the choices are aplenty…with familiar names such as “Columbia” …and other adventure gear companies logos prominent on the front……Some smart marketing people realized they can mark up the bag with their name on it …It offers the buyer is a  little less chagrined when “He” walks with it sans his own bag that use to stow his old “adventure ” gear!… Special bottles…with or without insert bags…special nipples…and an assortment for those who want to be “green” and use “green” plastics that have none of  whatever it is that the “green” buyers think will seep into their new baby’s very being if it so much as touches their lips…

Electronics for all this paraphernalia that rivals the top of the line Cuisinart Food Processors sitting on your granite counter top …It’s for sterilizing everything from bottles to nipples to pacifiers….(We all know it’s really for the 1st child only…For child #2…3…and 4 …it’s sufficient to pop in your own mouth…stick it under the faucet or apply the 10 second rule!)…. If you purchase them all……you will end up with a counter full of them…and your food processor won’t be seeing the light of day for quite some time to come……

Monitors are a must!……No such thing as privacy for baby.anymore…..There’s a camera that monitors its every move…it even tells the temperature in the room…and then there’s the Angel Care device that monitors for breathing…and the alarm that goes off after any sort of delay…If the mothers and grandmothers are to be believed it is a must for it went off and saved the baby….real or unreal…it’s scary enough to be a must buy if you ever want to avoid the “Terms of Endearment” re-enactment with Shirley McClain pushing and prodding the baby sure it is breathing….

More protection comes with saving the baby’s umbilical cord…purchased online ….if you can afford it…It’s to have in the future for anything that comes this baby or its siblings way…To be used for regenerative medicine that is sure to be standard medical practice in their lifetimes…

Babies no longer sleep on their stomachs …that was in the 80’s…(just like no epidurals)…. We were told it was required to keep the baby from choking if it spit up…as the “experts” were sure babies were unable to turn their heads…It was also to keep them from having a flat head…Now that’s a no-no…backs are the way to go… The “experts” now say those same babies who could not turn their head if they spit up cannot move their heads enough and that might have led to the increase in SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)…

They have pre-packaged “swaddling”…No need to learn how to do it with a blanket from the knowledgeable maternity nurses…and they have “sleepers” that look like a small size “sleeping bag” with arms instead of blankets…The thinking is these babies that cannot turn their heads can somehow move the blankets up over their heads and suffocate..HUH?… No matter they still seem to make sense…

The mattresses have 2 sides …one for the crib and one for the Junior bed…because the mattress for the crib is like a rock…again to prevent suffocation we are told… Sheets have made a big leap forward they now unzip from the corners and the sides…No need to undo the entire ensemble each time the baby …acts like a baby!…

There are mobiles wind up and battery operated and then there are “learning centers”…to start the baby on its way to that early admission to that private pre-k with the waiting list …Baby Einsteins one and all….no down time…for these little ones once they leave the womb!…

There are CDs…videos …and books …..All of them selling the latest theories of raising up this child…There are lactating experts…and child rearing gurus….and they all have one thing in common…expectant parents …who are ready… willing and able to buy what they are selling…all in an effort to get it right ….and give their children what we all want for them …a childhood worth remembering….

It’s definitely…”A Different World”…One that comes with a lot of love ..a lot of excitement and anticipation…and of course a lot of charges on the credit card!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … “Dust Bunnies” …Need To Be “Swept” Out As Well …

March 31, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers…When the voters “swept” out the Mc-Furth “Gang”…not all the “Gang” members left the “building”…There are “Dust Bunnies” still left in Town Hall…and as everyone knows about “Dust Bunnies”…They always seem to cling to each other and grow in size ….While you cannot see them lurking in the corner… they are there…they muck up your “clean house”… as they “stick” together ….

In this case the “Dust Bunnies” are Town Manager Esther Colon, Asst. Town Manager John Olinzock , Town Clerk June White and the Town Attorney”… They have “stuck” together since the election and are continually mucking up efforts to move forward in the town…

They are either incapable or  unwilling to contact the Commissioners on their cellphones… Instead the Town Clerk wastes days trying to reach them at home or by calling their wives…Case in point, was the ill-conceived and inconvenient first Round Table on Monday morning which lasted all of 18 minutes… The Town Clerk had in her possession a list of dates from Comm. Sasser and we hear most if not all of the other Commissioners…For some reason she could not correlate them to come up with a date for all 5 to attend after normal work day hours …. So the Commissioners unable to speak to each other due to Sunshine assumed they would all be there at 9:30 am Mon. morning …At least one Commissioner believing he was the last one called and the holdup to having it … rescheduled his jobs to attend and accommodate …One of the Commissioners found out the Friday before while attending the A1A Scenic Highway event and one had no idea there was a meeting until Saturday afternoon…Comm. Sasser was left last minute to rely on an astute fellow Commissioner to give him an excused absence at the meeting because he did not have ample time to offer one up beforehand…(Mayor Minnet did make that motion immediately upon convening the meeting)… Vice Mayor Dodd finding out that the full dais would not be assembled and being at a disadvantage as they all were due to it being the weekend sent a one-way communication to the Commission stating his opinion and intention… The Mon. morning meeting was held …(prev. post)…and as expected it was deferred after VM Dodd made a motion to do so… The Mayor asked the Town Clerk to look at Comm. Sasser’s e-mail dates after Town Clerk White stated he could not meet on Mon. April 12th..While the Commission waited (June White apologized stating she had so many e-mails …more on this to come)…She read the dates and as anyone could decipher from her own words….Comm. Sasser’s dates did not include the 12th. as being a date he was unavailable…..The Mayor asked her to read them again and she did with a noticeable chip on her shoulder …The Mayor pointed out, as did VM Dodd that indeed Comm. Sasser was available on the 12th…The Town Clerk said another Commissioner was unavailable…The Mayor said we’re all here who can not make it?…Comm. “Clueless” Clottey said she guessed she could rearrange her schedule…(“Clueless” told this writer long ago her hours are her own, and she could travel to all her time-shares and work at any hour)…The Town Attorney was at the table as well and from beginning to end (all 18 minutes)…she bent over backwards to assist Town staff with getting them off the hook…Why?… One of the few times Clottey spoke up she tried (unsuccessfully) with the assistance of Town Atty. Trevarthern to put a “pin” in VM Dodd’s one-way communication…Oddly (as is her usual style) Comm. Clottey pointedly addressed her “take” of one- way communication needing to go through the Town Clerk to Comm. Vincent …HUH?… Trevarthen lamely said while it is not a legal requirement it “adds a layer” of protection if anyone ever takes the communicator to task (Sunshine claim)…VM Dodd was not going to fall for these two or back down……..He stood his ground and stated that he has done this 3 times before ( advised he was allowed this type of 0ne-way communication without fear of violating Sunshine by the former Town Atty. Abbott) in the last 2+ years and seeing that it was a weekend he felt he had no other choice…and would continue to do so…How could he have gone through the Town Clerk over the weekend in any event? ….Why in the world would he trust the Town Clerk to get it out correctly?… The Town Atty. again was “off”, in this writer’s opinion in telling the Commissioners that if they called that morning (Mon. morn before 9 am) and said they could not or would not be there …having no quorum the meeting would be canceled…How responsible would that have been…and what a field day the “spin” would have been if 3 Commissioners did that!.. In any event the “Dust Bunnies” were clinging together in Jarvis Hall that morning and it appears they came in the door that way!…

From the start these new Commissioners have made it clear they operate in a business manner…an up- to- date organized manner…a electronic communications manner…That is why they are all successful in their businesses …. It was a big part of the allure to elect them in order to make a change from the antiquated and inferior “business as usual” aspect of this Town…All are computer savvy and are finding they are way ahead of the Administration and staff…The “Dust Bunnies” are slow to catch on preferring to follow the head “Dust Bunny” and clog up the system to  thwart these “Dust Busters” …They are trying to retain their control …keep safe within their comfort zone…It is not only the lack of fast communication that should be done by cellphones or texts to each busy Commissioner for quick, reliable and timely responses…but a tug-of- war for e-mailed scans of important information versus Town Manager Esther Colon’s incessant “memos” placed in their “boxes” in Town Hall…It matters not if the Town receives the request by e-mail…the Town (TM Colon) still replies in paper…Each day the Commissioners are faced with “memos”…upwards of 20 – 40 pages  each day… The Commissioners are being held “hostage”… in having the up- to- date information…. depending on what time and what day they make it in to collect the memos!… How sick is that!..  It goes like this….Comm. A. goes in on a Tuesday morning …picks up his/her “stuff” …and leaves … Comm. B. makes a run to Town Hall and picks up his/her “stuff” Tuesday afternoon…Even with picking it up in the same day …odds are Comm. B. has more information (some important and some not so much) than Comm. A. just because he/she made it in later in the day…  Furthermore…If Comm. C. doesn’t make it in until Thursday… well forget about it!… Comm. C. is totally out of the “loop”!… Town Manager Colon does this “memo”action on everything from a one line response to a 4 page request/ opinion/direction for the Commissioners to call a supplied list of elected officials to vote against a certain bill coming before the Senate and the House!… WOW!… What to do instead……That’s easy…SCAN!… The Town Manager’s secretary only needs to scan the “memo: and send it to all Commissioners at the very same time with a click!……BUT…that scan should definitely, in this writer’s opinion exclude the Town Manger’s request/opinion /direction for the Commission to do anything!…(She should not be political)….How simple…How Green!…And the result…all Commissioners have the same influx of information at the same time wherever they are…without being tied to come to Town Hall!…(Take note …. next Town Administration!)..I wonder if this was how Obama felt going into the White House ?…

It’s ongoing with an Asst. Town Manager John Olinzock …He can hardly contain his “Pissy” behavior …(prev. posts) at the podium during meetings and up close and personal….The latest for JohnO was when he wanted a new Commissioner to deal with yet another staff scheduling blunder and told the Commissioner to contact the condo who were given the go ahead by JohnO himself to use the Jarvis hall on Sat. April 3rd to  inform them that Jarvis Hall would be used for Easter By The Sea and the kids!… The Commissioner was not going to fall for the Asst. TM’s “pissy” action and called it like he saw it…that it was for the Town to remedy the situation… (This Comm. said he was observant while sitting in the audience for the last 2 years and he must have observed JohnO alright!)……JohnO was not giving in easily though and brought it up yet again to the Commissioner, again the Commissioner stood his ground…….In the end JohnO sent a letter to the condo informing them …although never owning up to the self inflicted blunder….In the Commissioners boxes was the following “memo”to show JohnO had done the deed…It included 3 pages….

1.-February 3, 2010

“Dear Mr. Bee

Upon review of your application for use of Jarvis Hall, Town Administration gives approval. Consider this correspondence the permit for use. Please pick up a key for the entrance from Town Hall in advance of the event. As is requested of all users of the facility, the Town requests that it be left in the condition that it was found.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you need additional information or have any questions regarding the use of Jarvis Hall.

Sincerely John E, Olinzock

Assistant Town Manager

CC: Esther Colon, Town Manager

Mayor & Commissioners”

BC….Hmmm. so if the election had turned out differently…would the Asst. TM have directed Silverstone/Evans or Couriel to contact Mr. Bee to move his meeting?…Not a chance!…

2.-“March 29,2010

Re: Use of Jarvis Hall- Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dear Mr. Bee:

Due to the wishes of the Town Commission to utilize the Commission Chambers in Jarvis Hall for the annual town sponsored Easter Egg Hunt event, your  meeting on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010, at 10:00 am will be relocated to the Senior Center in the same building.

Please do not hesitate to call us regarding this last minute change if you have any questions.

Your cooperation in this matter is very much appreciated.

Sincerely John E. Olinzock

Assistant Town Manager

CC: Esther Colon, Town Manager

June White, Town Clerk

Mayor and Commissioners”

3.-The 3rd page of the “Memo” was a copy of the April Jarvis Hall calendar showing the 10:00am-12:00 pm annual meeting condo association..

BC- Again, “Dust Bunnies”… First, the Asst. TM should have been aware of the conflicting date request from the get-go…so should the Town Manager and the Town Clerk…Second, the condo located at 4636 El Mar Drive is a small condo…and last but not least, despite dropping the ball and clearly being unable to admit the Town had done so…JohnO knew on March 15th there would be an Easter By The Sea Event that day…He chose to take no earlier action to inform the condo in ample time…It is also quite interesting to find note that the April Jarvis Hall calender included in the March 29, 2010 memo shows no name for the condo…Hmmm…Without the condo’s name it led to the assumption it was a large condo in need of the hall…In fact the condo is rather small in size…..and it seems to this writer a move to the Senior Center portion of the hall will not impede their annual meeting…. Other than that…why no deposit?…And come pick up the key?…Again, Hmmm…Is it who you know when it comes to both?… Comm. Vincent had to call the Town Atty. in order to use the hall and get the key when he wanted it for the first Easter Volunteer meeting!…OUCH!… The Town has not stopped there with trying to impede the event …..The Town Manager and Asst. JohnO …tried to give the event chairs…half of the allotted $3000 Easter budget…(They were called on it by the chairs and the Mayor/VM)….and “piecemealed” certain Easter items suddenly being “found”….after it was stated by the Administration that the Furths took all the decorations saying they were theirs…(prev. post).. This too is something that needs looking into after the Sat. event… If the Town Pays for the paint and the wood etc…(Easter receipts/CIC website photos) and the event chairs/volunteers paint the wood…who owns the finished product?… Seems to this writer it would be the Town (taxpayers)….The Town also messed up online with the event by stating egg stuffing (it was too late to get the pre-stuffed ones ) would be on Saturday the 27th..It was last night…And it you look at the Town website on the right side it states “Easter Event Help Wanted!”…as if they are having trouble getting volunteers…Not so!… Help is plentiful and many are first time volunteers still “stoked” and wanting to participate in the Town after the “landslide” election!…This year we are told, is a return back to the event being held in front of Town Hall (and inside Jarvis thus the condo move)….as it was in 2007 and before…We hear many are thrilled with it going back to a small hometown feel ….with no blaring bullhorns…firetrucks…No overwhelming extravaganza…it will be a time for children… grandchildren and tourists of LBTS and those close by Town to participate … enjoy and go home…(photos to come after the event) …From what this writer has seen …. the renderings from Wayne of Interior Digs…all I can emphatically say is “Cristie and Marc WHO?”… The Easter By The Sea event will be the event that assures all July 4th and Halloween will also be better than ever…despite the repeated “clumps” of “Dust Bunnies”…

The “Dust Bunnies” have slowed down the process not only day- to- day but they have slowed down the process of getting the Resolution of  protocol and procedures in place…and any action to be taken to clean up the “Dust” left behind once and for all!… That should come soon after we get through the next 11 days …  with the rescheduled Round Table on Mon. April 12, 2010 at 6 pm… The next day, with the Regular Commission Meeting on April 13, 2010 at 7pm…and the second Round Table that must come ASAP after that!…

In the end….one thing is for certain….these “Dust Bunnies” ….will be “Dust in the Wind”…

more to come….
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Here’s The Scoop … Chicago … Shamrock Shakes And Ponytails …

March 30, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers … No more single day “Chicago” posts…as I was neglectful and time pressed with pressing LBTS posts and everyday life to post …So for now time to time updates will have to do…

Continuing on where I left off on day 7 ….Cybex #1 (treadmill #1 out of 5) and I are now old “friends”… We meet everyday…and have moved from a straight out fast paced walk to going at an incline that “mocks” walking up hill…The benefits of that are to increase the momentum for a quick and rapid decline of the “computer seat” that came from more sitting in front of the computer than walking the “hills” of LBTS!… So far so good …Although my new scale (the one that brought the reality of too much baked goods consumption and taking a pass on revving up the endorphins) has a malfunction …A display snafu that shows an incomplete digital number…and you can’t have that when you need to see the numbers go down…(creeping up…that’s another story )…The dreaded call to the company I purchased it from with the expected “call the manufacturer” response…Surprisingly it turned out so well I thought I should go play the lottery…A few simple questions and the Rep. said they will send  out a new one…They don’t want the first one returned (Whew! Since I have not yet found the local post office/UPS )..  I was advised to put it wherever old scales go…Hmmm…Where do old scales go?…

As I faithfully and passionately walk the Cybex”cline” …I am really catching up on country music and new names.who are making it on the radio..It’s akin to the new athletes from figure skating to football  that escape my recognition…I am still stuck way back with names that are (if their lucky) now sports commentators to sports commentators …. or doing commercials…

While the downside to radio (still Ipodless) is usually the commercials …(HD radio still succumbs to them)…. for this writer they are providing some of my best entertainment in going down memory lane..Yes, still!…One was a commercial with Mike Singletary (speaking of old time familiar football players) “hawking” car dealerships in the norther suburbs nearby where I grew up and lived until 16 years ago…The one that really got me smiling though…Shamrock shakes at McDonalds! I had to laugh at this one…as I remembered back to the first year in Florida when St. Patrick’s Day rolled around…My husband found out that in South Florida (at least in our neck of the woods) there were no Shamrock shakes…and no recall of having any knowledge of their very existence…. As much as he tried to describe the “classic” Shamrock green shake to each McDonald employee he came in contact with in the month on March…he made no headway…  just receiving a lot of vacant stares and move along mister “snickers”……But here in Chicago they are still going strong …for a limited time…til next year!…

Observations come often with time at the gym…The “factions” …there’s the yoga crowd…the swimming class groups…the glider aficionados …weight training- spot exercise fanatics…the  obligatory “walkers” who seem to walk back and forth in “preparation” to get on with it but never seem to quite get on to it as they “stroll” the “aisle”as the rest of us sweat…

It’s a time to observe who reads the signs and actually participates and sanitizes the equipment after each use for the next in line who might not want to become so closely related to the prior participants DNA… Watching the overwhelming number of members as they haphazardly walk away thinking perhaps their sweat doesn’t count …Then there’s those “posers” with the pseudo spray of disinfectant from the community spray bottle applying it with swift skimming single wipe in order to have followed through for appearance sake only…As for me, I spray before and I spray after double time and double…triple sprays to keep my sweat to myself and others at bay with a new baby on the way… I figured after I needed to get the H1N1 shot to be around the soon to arrive granddaughter, so this is a no-brainer!…

Prominent in all workout locals…is the ponytail….What is it with “ponytails’?… Are ponytails a woman’s “tree rings”?…Could be …I think maybe you can tell the “circle of life” from where a ponytail is located on the female gender  …You start out in life with one or two way up on your toddler head like antlers…(usually lopsided antlers)…and as you approach your teens and twenties…it slowly starts inching its way down…(2 “pigtails”, in this writer’s opinion need to be left for the toddlers…and no it’s not ok to wear em’ into your 40’s and call it a “southern” thing!….”Daisy Duke” is no ones’s reality!) …Somewhere around 30+ the “tail” is slightly above the neck…and after that, unless you’ve gone the way of  head hugging short…aka “Supercuts #5″….it never ever goes above neck high … Any higher on a senior gal just looks like a flashing neon light of denial ….Botox, lifestyle lift or full out plastic surgery it doesn’t make it right!.. And while we’re on the subject of ponytails…let’s address the subject of accompanying bows……. Ladies, come on….those too need to be left to the Sesame Street contingency! … Bad as it is to see a senior missus with a misplaced ponytail…add a bow, any bow…any size…any color…  and all that comes to mind “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane” …Need I say more?…

With my ponytail firmly planted in the age appropriate location…Cybex #1 is awaiting my return … for there are more “hills” to climb and more observations to come….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Lake Colon & Other “Floods” … In Lauderdale- By- The- Sea …

March 29, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers …. looks like more than water is getting a “rise” out of us in LBTS … Take this morning as the Commission…well at least 4 members of the Commission met briefly in Jarvis Hall…It was a meeting put together by a Town Clerk who was incapable of of putting together the schedules obtained by  all and to find a day to have a night time Round Table…Inexplicably she still could not even do so when faced with 4 of them sitting in the same room and an e-mail we are told was sent to her last Thursday night specifying dates from Comm. Sasser who was absent due to a work obligation …..Once she was called on the carpet for it…and after what we hear what might have been a record for the shortest such meeting in the history of the Town …it was re-scheduled for Mon. April 12, 2010 at 6 pm…Hmmm….(Still not 7 pm?)… We need to go by word of mouth because the Town website was also down and as of this hour no online video is available for viewing!… Chalk it up to why this new commission needs to follow suit of all new commissions and start cleaning house…sooner rather than later in this writer’s opinion…

UPDATE… We received the BSO “Event Report” from March 1, 2010 and March 2, 2010 …concerning the exchange that was reported online by a reporter for the Spanish Sentinel…(prev. post)…I have spoken to several people about the translation posted from using Google” and the inflammatory/unsubstantiated claims made by both the former Mayoral Candidate Joe Couriel and the Reporter …I have been told by one that the Spanish version does not say “lawsuit” ..that “the Cuban” is not exactly correct …and that there is contained a portion that was a “vulgarity” that could not be put in print…that no translation could pick up… Another point picked up by the same person was the end of the article where Couriel states he is a “peaceful man”… LBTS BSO Chief Llerena has confirmed that he has not spoken with the Reporter who wrote this “sensationalistic ” article… Another person who is fluent in Spanish said the translation was pretty accurate…No matter it was still a one sided newspaper article printed with no research to back it up from the feedback we are getting!…We have also been told that Couriel took his house off the market…Was it a “political ploy” to coincide with this article or did he price it $200,000 to high?…OUCH!…

The Reports…


Page 1- “Broward Sheriff’s Office Event Report”  Hencken, Michael 15589  Disturbance o3/01/2010 Monday time-18:30 To 19:00 Incident Location 4400 Block N. Ocean Dr. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 33308 Location Public-street/alley/sidewalk Report Date 03/01/10

Person Reporting  Couriel Joseph Alfred- Race  White -Sex Male -DOB 05/ xx/ 47- Age 62- Ethnicity Hispanic Origin -222 N. Tradewinds Ave, LBTS Florida 33308- home phone xxxx cellular phone xxxx- Employment /School N/A

Mentioned Marchelos Elias- Race White- Sex Male- DOB 08/xx 68- Age 41- Ethnicity Non-Hispanic- Origin 4400 N. Ocean Dr. Lauderdale by the Sea Florida 33308- cellular phone xxxx

Page 2- Mentioned Silverstone James- Race White- Sex Male- DOB 10/xx/ 60- Age 49- Ethnicity Non-Hispanic Origin- 278 Miramar Ave, Lauderdale by the Sea Florida 33308

Page 3- “On March 1, 2010 at approximately 10:10 pm Josepph Couriel and James Silverstone came to the BSO Lauderdale by the Sea District Office requesting to file a police report. Couriel said that at approximately 6:45pm, he was campaigning at the intersection of Commercial Blvd. and Ocean Drive where he felt harassed and intimidated by supporters of opposing candidates who allegedly blocked the sidewalks. He added that he was spat upon by Elias Marchelos but did not wish to pursue it.”

signed by Michael Hencken 15589 and Sgt. Thomas Palmer 8217



Page 1- “Broward Sheriff’s Office Event Report”  Pickell, C. 5282  Disturbance o3/01/2010 Monday time-18:30 To 19:00 Incident Location 4400 Block N. Ocean Dr. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 33308 Location Public-street/alley/sidewalk Report Date 03/02/10

Person Reporting  Marchelos Louis-  Race  White- Sex Male- DOB 06/xx/68- Age 41- Ethnicity Non Hispanic Origin- 4400 N. Lauderdale By The Sea Florida 33308- cellular phone xxxx- Employment/School self-employed-Business Owner- Employment address 4400 N. Lauderdale By The Sea Florida 33308-Residency Full Year- Drug influence no- alcohol influence no- work phone-xxx- Relationship of Offender other- Extent of Injury none-Injury Type N/A-

Mentioned Couriel Joseph Alfred- Race  White -Sex Male -DOB 05/ xx/ 47- Age 62- Ethnicity Hispanic Origin -222 N. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale By The Sea Florida 33308- home phone xxxx cellular phone xxxx- Email address unknown-Residency Type Full Year- Residency Status Full Year

Page 2- Mentioned Silverstone James- Race White- Sex Male- DOB 10/xx/ 60- Age 49- Ethnicity Non-Hispanic Origin- 278 Miramar Ave, Lauderdale by the Sea Florida 33308- no phone #s-Email unknown

Page 3- “On 03/02/10 at approximately 1000 hours, I met with person-reporting Louis Marchelos at the BSO Lauderdale By The Sea District Office, in reference to a disturbance incident that occurred on 03/01/10. <Original Case #LS10-03-00012P>.

Marchelos stated the following:

On 03/01/10 at approximately 18:45 hours, Marchelos was approached by Joseph Couriel and James Silverstone, on the sidewalk, located at 4400 North Ocean Drive. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida and attempted to provoke him into an argument. Marchelos denied the allegations that he spit on Joseph Couriel. Marchelos provided me with a copy of a video that was taken by his wife on the date of the incident. The CD I received from Marchelos was placed into BSO property for safekeeping. Marchelos was issued a case card.

signed  D/S Pickell 5282 and Sgt. Douglas Brown 10925 3-3-10”


From the looks of it, it’s just another  McFurth “Gang” style “Incident” when the BSO report does not match with their hyped P.R. spin!…Just chalk this ” Slur” Report up along with the Moe Mcintee “Roach” Report.. (prev. post)…and the VFD Dep. Chief Jerry McIntee “Suicide” Report and Supplement … (prev. posts)…After all is said and done (?)….thank your lucky stars….they did not win this election!…


We hear the Town decided to allow a Condo to have their meeting in Jarvis Hall on April 3rd the same day as the Easter-By-The-Sea Event…and keeping up full throttle with his “Pissy” behavior to the new Commissioners…the Asst. Town Manager we hear, wanted a Commissioner to call and work out the mistake with the condo rather than have staff wiggle their way out of yet another major scheduling blunder!…We are also told at the meeting today, the Asst. TM was more concerned with the Condo having sent out their info and setting the meeting up rather than “the kids”…OOPS!… We heard one observer in the hall when this exchange took place this morning was quite taken aback at the “sudden” about face by the Administration over who trumps whom…He recounted to this writer a time not so long ago when his organization was given “the boot” at the last minute for a “shade session” and he had to await the arriving members to say the meeting was canceled!…. Is there any chalk left to chalk it up to just another JohnO “Pissy-fest?”… YIKES!…

Thanks to the Roving Photog!…

more to come…..

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop … The Neverending Versions Of The May 4, 2009 Suicide Story Still Add Up To The Same Conclusion ….

March 28, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers… This writer has obtained the “Supplemental” to the BSO “Investigative Action Report ” aka the May 4, 2009 Bel Air suicide report concerning former Vice Mayor/former VFD Dep. Chief Jerry McIntee…

I have re-posted the chronological order of the previous BCbythesea posts along with links to the Town video/minutes …. the Sentinel….the BTSFuture and BTSTimes for their articles online….If you are familiar with it and just want the “Supplemental” scroll all the way down…

After the “Supplemental” this writer will show why in this writer’s opinion this former Dep. Chief should not be allowed as a “First Responder” in any town…The nail in his coffin comes from the wife of the victim in her interview on Oct. 14, 2009! This was the very interview requested by none other than former Vice Mayor/former VFD Dep. Chief McIntee himself … YIKES!….


BCbythesea post May 4, 2009….

“From the BSO……

At approximately 5:50 PM today we received a call of a possible shooting at
xxxx SE 15 Court in LBTS. Deputies found a xx year old white male with a
gunshot wound to the head. It appears to be self inflicted, per our protocol
the BSO Homicide and Crime Scene Units will take over the investigation. The
victims wife and x year old daughter were home at the time but did not
witness the shooting. They were not injured

The victim was transported to North Broward Hospital where he died a short
time later.
No media were on the scene—-

BC- Neighbors reported the road was blocked of for a time…not knowing why…

We hear VFD was also on scene…why is the question they are asking…after seeing the Deputy Chief….

BSO has been busy of late….

Our sympathies to the family….”


BCbythesea post- May 12, 2009 …

“Previously posted…5/4/09 a suicide in the north end of town…in Bel Air….a resident shot himself and a call went out …This writer obtained the BSO incident report yesterday…and found in the narrative a most disturbing discovery….


Treijs, Guntis 9714

On 05/04/09 I responded to xxxx SE 15th Ct. in the Town of Lauderdale By The Sea., in reference to the call of shots fired, possible suicide attempt. Upon arrival, I observed a Voluntary Fire Department’s (VFD) vehicle in the driveway. I met with the Complainant xxxxx, xxxxxx and VFD Assisitant Chief Jerry McIntee inside the house, talking in the living room. xxxxx, xxxxxx advised that her husband xxxxx, xxxxxx just shot himself and is in the master bedroom at the end of the hallway.

Dep. Pickell, Dep. Eason and I went back to the master bedroom, where I observed a white male xxxxx,xxxxxx laying on his back in bed, with a shotgun to the right from his head. There was a large quantity of blood behind subject’s head. xxxxxx arms were trembling. I immediately secured the handgun in the trunk of my patrol vehicle. American Medical Response medics arrived at 1716hrs and started CPR on the subject, transporting the subject to the North Broward Medical Center at 1738hrs, followed by Dep. Hincken.

Crime scene log maintained by Dep. Eason. BSO Crime Scene Detective Hawkins responded at 1820hrs, weaponwas turned over to the crime scene unit. Broward Sheriff’s Offcie Victim Advocate Ruby Ferguson responded to the scene at 1939hrs to assist the family.

There is no call history at this address per dispatcher. The gun was checked on teletype, there was no record for the gun as per records teletype. BSO Aggravated felonies Det. Mellies responded at 1749hrs and Homicide Det. Carmody responded at 1925hrs to the scene. Copy of this repoert was forwarded to the BSO Homicide Division.’

It was signed by Officer Treijs and his Supervisor Sgt. Palmer….





‘On EMS assistance calls such as attempted suicides, gun shot wounds, etc, when instructed to by dispatch, or by a LBTS-VFD Officer, responding members shall remain outside and away from the immediate scene until law enforcement arrives and has requested assistance.’

‘ Always make sure your scene is safe. Your safety always comes first.’

‘ Do not approach any unsafe or questionable scene until the police have approved our entry.’

‘ Plan, Observe and React on all scenes’

BC- According to this BSO incident report….the BSO Deputy found Vice Mayor/Dep. Chief McIntee’s car in the driveway when he arrived….He found VM/Dep Chief McIntee already inside the house with the victim’s wife…and then went to find the victim in the bedroom with a loaded gun….still alive…The Deputy removed the gun…with AMR coming to perform CPR…

That seems to go against the VFD-SOP for dealing with such an event.

If the response back from the VFD is that the McIntee is an Officer, that “just doesn’t fly” (a favorite McIntee response)…not with a dispatch of “shots fired”…

Questions should be asked about this latest independent action by VM/Dep. Chief McIntee especially being done in a non- VFD event…. that clearly called for BSO to be first on scene …

It’s bad enough that he (McIntee) shows up on scene and proceeds alone for fire calls…and shows up unwanted on medical calls …but to inject himself on a police call with this type of dispatch.. not only seems to violate the VFD’s rules…but could have greatly aggravated the situation …for the victim and the police…..

This one should be straightened out!…

more to come…”


BCbythesea post Sept. 25, 2009 / link to By The Sea Future below- (check for archived 9/25/09 edition)…

“Dear Readers… The pile-up of bad actions are coming at an accelerated pace for Vice Mayor McIntee …. The By- The- Sea- Future newspaper is out today and Editor Mark Brown’s front page story is one that caught the eye of this writer last May  when this incident took place. (prev. posts….VFD cat.) This article will surely resonate among the Town’s voters when they make their decision for Commissioner next March!…. It contains key information from the  BSO Investigative Action Report that confirmed the Vice Mayor was (in this writer’s opinion) negligent in his actions on that day as the LBTS-VFD Deputy Chief  “First Responder” on scene for an apparent suicide that took place in his neighborhood…Mr Brown lays out the chain of events… from the 911 call…..Vice Mayor/Deputy Chief McIntee’s  actions after receiving that call on his radio and the series of  bad decisions he made ….He did not follow VFD procedure to wait for the BSO and chose to enter the scene knowing there was a gun per dispatch. He entered the room knowing a gun was in there with a child and a woman following him and he decided NOT to provide any first aid as a First Responder possibly altering the outcome of the gentleman’s death!…  Will the wife decide to sue him, now knowing he did not assist her husband as he was obligated to do as a First Responder?…Why didn’t the VFD Fire Chief immediately suspend McIntee pending a full internal investigation of his actions?….Why didn’t the Town Manager ask the Chief to remove McIntee as she did recently with the VFD Battalion Chief ? ( We all know that she has the authority to do so.)….Will Town residents want this VFD Deputy Chief to be allowed anywhere near their homes on 911 calls after learning about this incident?…

Here’s is some additional information….

The VFD Incident Report (prev. post ) which includes the CAD report……. (VM/Dep. Chief McIntee acknowledged this was how he heard the call in his BSO interrogation).. ..

VFD Incident Report 2009-1400474-000/ The Incident was on May 4, 2009/ The VFD Report was made on May 8, 2009 (Dep Chief McIntee arrived per report at at 17:12:35 )





BC- Remember this Readers as you read on….. Dispatch informed McIntee over and over again that the man was unconscious and breathing and had a gun…also the VFD report narrative has NO narrative made by Dep. Chief McIntee…

The BSO Event Report was made on May 4, 2009… LS09-05-00054….it included the following narrative by BSO Deputy Treijs…(BSO per report at arrived 17:13)

” On 05/04/09 I responded to 2036 SE 15th Ct. in the Town of Lauderdale By The Sea, in reference to a call of shots fired, possible suicide attempt. upon arrival, I observed a Voluntary Fire Department’s (VFD) vehicle in the driveway. I met with the Complainant XXXX, and VFD Assistant Jerry McIntee inside the house, talking in the living room. XXXX advised me her husband XXXXX just shot himself and is in the master bedroom at the end of the hallway.

Dep. Pickell, Dep. Eason and I went to the master bedroom, where I observed a white male  XXXXX laying on his back in the bed, with a handgun to the right from his hea. There was a large quantity of blood behind the subject’s head. XXXXX arms were trembling. I immediately secured the handgun in the trunk of my patrol vehicle. American Medical Response medics arrived at 1716 hrs and started CPR on the subject, transporting the subject to North Broward Medical Center at 1738 hrs, followed by Dep. Hincken.

BC- The BSO report says AMR arrived at 1716 hrs/The VFD report says AMR arrived at 17:15:15/ The AMR Town monthly report says they arrived at 17:12:35 …we have been told they arrived and stood down until BSO secured the scene for them to enter as their standard operating procedures dictates.. just as required in the VFD SOPs…(not followed by Dep. Chief McIntee)…


Page 2

WITNESS 3: Name: Jerome “Jerry” McIntee

Vice Mayor and Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief of Lauderdale By The Sea

W/M DOB 04/03/46

Address 4504 Bougainvilla Dr. (Work adress at McIntee’s request)

Telephone 716-868-8333

“Stated he heard a shooting call on his fire radio, when he went out onto his driveway he heard screaming from the victim’s house which is located approximately 400 feet from his house. He got in his car and went to the scene. He was told by XXXX that the husband had shot himself and was in the master bedroom not moving. McIntee said he entered the master bedroom with the victim’s wife and daughter following him and after taking a look at the victim he knew he was dead because of his color, he never checked for vital signs. McIntee then made everyone sit in the living room until the arrival of the police, which he said was almost immediate. McIntee said he hung around for a while with the ambulance company, then left the scene.”

Page 3


American Medical Response

Private company contracted by Lauderdale by the Sea

Telephone 954-491-7997

EMT Donald Anderson

EMT Robbie Salvino

“(They treated the victim at the scene and transported him to BDMC where he was pronounced dead by Doctor Burshan at 5:58PM) EMT Anderson stated the victim had faint life signs and he decided the victim should be transported to the nearest trauma center.”

BC- Deputy Chief McIntee said in his interview with the Sheriff that he did not check for vital signs…”he knew he was dead because of his color“…BUT the dispatch said he was unconscious and breathing…He did not act as a first responder…checking for rigor mortis or morbid lividity…and walked away from assisting the victim …The BSO report they entered the room to see the victim’s “arms were trembling” and AMR report the victim still  “had faint life signs” …We residents have been told the point of Deputy Chief McIntee or any VFD First Responder is to assist the patient until AMR is on scene…He chose to not do that!…That decision was on top of the decision he made to enter the scene, against the VFD-SOPs and to allow the family members (including this young child) to enter the master bedroom where he knew there was a gun and allowing her to again witness her father after he shot himself!… He was negligent and should be held accountable on every level!


“Negligence* – deviation from the accepted standard of care resulting in
further injury to patients.

* Duty to Act
o A contractual or legal obligation must exist.
o Formal – As part of First Responder’s occupation, they are
required to render emergency medical care.
o Implied
+ Patient calls for assistance and the dispatcher
confirms that help is being sent.
+ The First Responders are dispatched as part of the EMS
+ Emergency medical care is initiated for patients.
o “Legal” duty to act varies according to state law where
there are moral and ethical considerations.
o Specific state regulations regarding duty to act will guide
your decisions.
o Duty to act appropriately means following guidelines for
standards of care and acting as another prudent individual
would in that situation.
* Breach of the duty means failure to act or failure to act
* Actions or lack of actions of the First Responder caused the
physical or psychological injury/damage.”

more to come……….


BCbythesea post Oct. 14, 2009…

Dear Readers… For this writer March 9, 2010 cannot come soon enough!…Tuesday night’s Public Safety Discussion was just the latest “Deputy-sode” of McIntee muck and mire in the last three and a half years…… What is wrong up there?…

How can they sit up there and completely miss the mark …(pun intended)… on the substance of the story of the suicide which appeared first on this site shortly after the incident in May and again after the Mark Brown in-depth articles in the BTS Futures?…

How can they be so blind as to not realize that until Vice Mayor McIntee requested the police reports through the Town Manager as Vice Mayor (We know he cannot do e-mails but is he also incapable of doing public records requests…He did his e-mail request for the Mayor and Comm. Dodd as the VM through the Manager as well)…thus this report went to each of the Commissioners as well…Putting it on the agenda he made it part of the backup for the item further expanding its distribution which along with his statements on the dais made the Vice Mayor himself the FIRST person to publicly expose the name of the widow and her address!…

In what capacity was he speaking ?…If he was speaking as the Deputy Chief of the VFD he should have stepped down in front of the podium… and he should have been questioned by the commission as the rest of the public safety officers were….

This writer has watched over the years how this “Gumshoe” McIntee operates…You have to watch closely when McIntee does one of these numbers…and see how he diverts attention away from facts or self incrimination…it’s a trait that’s really quite well honed after 60+ years……Notice throughout this exercise McIntee never says his police report interview as witness #3 is incorrect…Notice McIntee never asks the Chief to ask BSO to re-interview him under oath and taped…He never does an “Esther Colon” and says “subpoena me”…”I won’t take the 5th”… Why because he knows the interview and the statement he made were true!…We have seen this before with past discrepancies…The McIntee on the dais…and the McIntee in the reports…Fl.Ethics Commission/ Fl.Elections Commission …and BSO… They’re always different… This time he put the onus on the widow…asking for the BSO to interview her…Having her taped for the interview with the “Editor” of the BTSTimes…Notice how he changes times… He arrived in 17 seconds per Chief Perkins at the podium…15 seconds according to the VFD Incident Report (270/300/ 400 ft. in 15-17 secs?)…Notice how he changes how many feet his home is from the suicide 400 ft…270 ft…300 ft…Notice how he says he heard the fire radio in the police report …In the 2nd version he was “directed to go there by the emergency dispatch” on his pager…knowing the only reason he and the VFD get these kind of call is because they have asked to be included on them as a practice…There is no need in a suicide to call the Deputy Chief of the local volunteer fire department to go to a suicide…Notice how he says he heard the woman screaming this time…this version from “around the corner”…inside her house…(is that possible?)…In his police statement he says the woman and the daughter followed him into the bedroom…Notice how he says “he made the decision to go in there and do whatever I could to help the woman”…was the house unlocked?…Did he break down the door?….Notice how he says “the gentleman had put a 45 caliber pistol to the side of his head and blew one side of his head off. He was lying in a position. There was no chance of recovery from. “I looked at him briefly 5-10 seconds,”…as opposed to his police report ” after taking a look at the victim he knew he was dead because of his color, he never checked his vital signs.”…He had time to decide it was a 45 caliber but not time to be the “First Responder” and do CPR….Notice how he says “I scooped up the daughter and the wife as they’re screaming and took them out of this terrible sight they were looking at and put them on the couch and consoled them as best I could.”…In the police report “McIntee then made everyone sit in the living room until the arrival of the police, which he said was almost immediate.”… He says from the dais “I got them to the couch and within 30 seconds the troops arrived. That would be the Chiefs, cops, deputies. They were all there., did a great job.”…But later when asked about entering against VFD SOPs (standard operating procedures) McIntee says ..” I was the first person there. They didn’t get there for a minute, minute and a half and if you think I’m gonna stand outside and with a woman and a kid screaming because I’m in jeopardy, the only life I’m jeopardizing is myself, you’re wrong.”…

McIntee used his usual tactics of comparing apples to oranges (with Jimmy-boy entering the fray in his comments)…by actually comparing a volunteer fireman entering a house where it was reported on the call “HER HUSB POSS SHOT HIMSELF…STILL LLONCONSCIOUS AND BREATHING UNCONSCIOUS OR STAB/GUNSHOT/PENETRATING TRAUMA UNCONSCIOUS OR ARREST (GUNSHOT!) HE HAS RECEIVED A GUNSHOT WOUND” …to the BSO bomb expert who entered the Hyperbaric explosion to save the little boy and his grandmother…with McIntee saying they gave him” a medal… (was that a hint to Jimmy-boy for as future agenda item?).. No gunshot reported at that explosion…and it was a policeman who responded to an explosion…not a volunteer fireman responding to a “possible suicide”…Notice how the little girl becomes the “baby”…and then he descends into a plug for the BTSTimes…an article coming next issue…a follow-up to the Truth “deflector” in the last issue?….He says “I never called her. I never asked for her cooperation”…Not quite what is being said in the background…He continues to ask the BSO Chief “to send somebody out to talk to her and release a sworn statement from her and then I can start looking for retractions.”…But later when the Mayor read the BSO Investigative Action Report (page 2) with his “Witness #3 statement” McIntee entered the master bedroom with the victim’s wife and daughter following him and after taking a look at the victim he knew he was dead because of his color”…. saying “those are pretty strong words and they came from you Vice Mayor”……McIntee countered careful not to implicate himself “No, they came from a Homicide Detective who is presently off sick and did not take any notes and who did not take any tape and who did not generate the report for 3 months.”..(Later when asked by Comm. Clottey about the 3 month gap from May to July BSO Chief Llerena replied it was “standard procedure” for death cases..Did the “seasoned police officer McIntee not know this?)… The Mayor did not back down…”So you’re calling this report [BSO] a lie?”… McIntee sidesteps and does not answer ..instead saying ” Well one of those reports I read Mayor was that I had my feet put up on the detective’s desk. He interviewed me in the fire station.”…McIntee could not say the report was a lie…because it is not…When the Mayor continued to push him on it…he further stepped aside from answering to again “offer up ” the widow…”and that’s why I’ve suggested the Chief [BSO] go interview the woman and get the inside story.”…But again did not offer up himself for another interview… The Mayor was strong and asked for “another investigation”..saying “Because looking at this information and reading what was in the original report we need to get to the bottom of this. We need to protect the citizens of this community and I would think Vice Mayor you would want that as much as I do.”…The Vice Mayor said “I do Mayor and I asked the the Chief prior to that dissertation to please do that.To contact…” (the woman…not him)…The Vice Mayor continued throughout to say the BSO was wrong in their investigation …He said he had asked for a “complete investigation” from BSO “Homicide” from her because “one of the problems was and she told us this was the day of the homi, suicide they talked to her and that night she was very distraught and they never went back to talk to her. I think they did this because it was a courtesy. It, they didn’t want to put her through that again and that made a lot of sense at the time….So according to McIntee BSO stopped investigating as a courtesy?… That’s a pretty serious charge against BSO…

Mark Brown the Editor of the BTSFuture had an opportunity to defend his reporting and himself after McIntee spoke first (not the “standard practice…usually public comment comes first)…He was steadfast after hearing McIntee say …”But when I read a description in a paper [BTSF] that is so opposite what happened it hurts and it’s evil and it’s slanderous. And I went to a lawyer and I’m, my aggressive moves that you heard yesterday [4 pm Comm. workshop “defamation” definition] in my initial statement and I’m not backing down. This was a hate filled article that did not tell the truth.” He was armed and ready with 6 reports all used for the factual information found within the pages of his publication …Mark also met with the widow after she contacted him. (He brought her the police reports, which she had not seen until he showed them to her) …Mark told the dais he was glad the Vice Mayor chose to speak first and said “If the objective was to try and discredit me, I’ll tell you right now that I stand 100% behind my story. Everything I wrote down is documented in the public records that are available to all of you on this incident including the Vice Mayor’s statements on this, and I’m prepared to defend my story at anytime and in any forum.” (scroll down to Public Safety discussion 7 a. Report on Suicide in Bel-Air) …Mark pointed out some of the content including the Vice Mayor’s statement and when he made the common mistake of calling it a “deposition” McIntee seized the opportunity to try and throw Mr. Brown off message by countering the mistake as ” untrue.”…Mark returned to pointing out the discrepancies between the 6 reports and the BTSTimes “version” along with this evenings statements made by the Vice Mayor. He said “I think there needs to be an investigation to find out why these stories are changing. But who’s gonna do it because you’ve got two commissioners with the VFD. The Town Manager hasn’t done any oversight of the VFD. She can’t do it. That leaves the State of Florida I think this commission should ask the Florida State Fire Marshal Office or the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to investigate this matter and find out why there’s these different stories now between the official reports and what we’re being told now.”…He went on about the Vice Mayor’s actions of entering the house and the Florida State Statute 112 concerning the Vice Mayor’s required assistance once he chose to become a “First Responder”…When Mark said the Vice Mayor said the man was dead …the Vice Mayor called out “point of order” saying “that’s an absolute lie,. I never said that, that’s an absolute untruth and another lie and you’re putting your foot deeper in it.”……The Vice Mayor said “I looked at him briefly , maybe 5-10 seconds sensed there was no hope.”..Mr Brown also knew from the VFD CAD report it said “DP12 ADV S7″…which is police “lingo” for dead…(it was odd because we hear S7 is not used by firefighters…must be more of that “seasoned cop stuff)… Mark continued after telling the Vice Mayor “It’s my turn to speak now I’ve listened to you.”…Applause came from the hall…..He spoke of the standard investigations done throughout the country in police departments and fire departments in reviewing the conduct of their members …The Vice Mayor he said should be treated the same way as a VFD firefighter who was suspended this past summer.. McIntee should be put on administrative leave pending the outcome…”If the investigators find he was negligent or otherwise violated the law then he should be put on trial or otherwise be held accountable for his actions.”….”It’s also time for this commission to pass a law that prohibits members of the VFD from responding to medical calls unless assistance is first requested by the BSO or AMR.”…The Vice Mayor had enough and called out “Time!”…the audience responded angrily…

Time came for the other Public Safety Officers to make their way up to the podium…First was LBTS-BSO Chief Llerena who would be facing his first head-on interchange with the Vice Mayor…(welcome to politics in LBTS Chief)…The Chief pointed out this investigation was never a homicide and there was never any indication of a suspicious death or any type of crime related to it. He explained the process of not taping or having sworn testimony statements in these cases. He said any issues of the VFD By-laws were not part of the homicide unit and they would not get into that… Well the Vice Mayor jumped onto that opening ..”Question for the Chief, there’s no crime here.” …Chief Llerena said “No sir, there was never any allegation of any type of a homicide.”…The Vice Mayor found just the way to go further away from his own role of entering the home contrary to VFD procedure and to keep off his “first responder” problem of not doing anything for the victim… He said he had asked the Chief to take the statement “from the poor woman, Is that correct?”…Chief Llerena said “Yes Sir,  I’ve been  authorized  by the Chief of Detectives to comment to the best of my ability on the case. So I can relay that concern back to the Homicide Division, we have a victim advocate.”…

Commissioner Silverstone chimed in giving Mr Brown some BFF (Best Friends Forever) swipes for the article…his paper and skewing the papers report saying that McIntee calling off the rescue of an injured man would have been breaking the law if it happened…He tried to initiate some verification of it being punishable from Chief Llerena but the Chief could not comment on the matter due to unfamiliarity with statutes governing firefighters…( the CAD report in the VFD Incident report the DP12 S7 and the VFD June monthly report that shows the “04-May-09 S.E.15 Street medical, cancelled by DPC12)… Getting nowhere Jimmy went to AMR Lt. Brooke Liddle to address this asking who could call off the medics…Mr Liddle answered only law enforcement can cancel or prohibit them from entering a scene…Jimmy said” it was impossible for this to happen. He [McIntee] doesn’t have the authority to do it and if he tried nobody would listen to him anyway ….”…Too funny…Since when did this ever stop the VM?…Comm. Silverstone decided to go for the paper in an attempt to portray the BTSFutures as “nothing but a political format, a platform to use, it’s obvious to me.”…He then stated he hoped the Vice Mayor would follow through with his “promise of seeing this to the end.”…saying this reporting was what was dividing the town…Hmmm….

Commissioner Dodd asked AMR Lt. Liddle and VFD Chief  Perkins the same question…finally getting to the reason …It’s nice to see a non-lemming in action…He asked each about their procedures for entering a “situation such as this”.. that AMR “are not allowed to go into the premises until cleared by BSO to do so”…The Lt. answered that is “standard AMR procedure.”…Comm. Dodd went further asking why the procedure was in place and he was told for the safety of the rescuer…Comm. Dodd said he had concern for the members of the fire department if they did not follow the same procedure…and went on to throw the Vice Mayor a bone about his days in Buffalo and his past a cop going  to similar calls..but he reminded the Vice Mayor that now he enters as a VFD Deputy Chief…He went on to put Chief Perkins on the spot to answer the same  question of procedures where a gunshot had been heard….Chief Perkins said ” Our procedures are the same as AMR. We have to stand outside until the scene is cleared by P.D., That’s the procedure” …It took from May to get the VFD Chief to admit the procedure was in place…Comm. Dodd asked what happens when “somebody doesn’t adopt that procedure?”…Perkins said the following ” Well, every call has a life of its own and Mr. McIntee made a judgment call and I weighed all the circumstances of what happened and I decided he did go against our procedure but it was justified.”…Comm. Dodd asked for more…”So that was the result of the internal fire department inquiry into this particular incident?”… Chief Perkins said ” Yes Sir, the decision came on me. I would either suspend him him for going against procedure or justify of. I felt he made a judgment and every emergency like that is a judgment call and because the woman was screaming, and there was a child involved. Yes it was against our procedures but they needed help.”…

What kind of internal inquiry was done and was the Town Manager informed in the process?…I sent a PRR to the VFD and the Town… The VFD responded…

Public Records Request
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:30 PM From: “Barbara Cole”
To: [email protected]
Chief Perkins, Cheryl : I am making a public records request for all correspondence , e-mails, memos or meetings between Town Manager Colon or any Town Staff and the VFD, Chief Perkins, Dep. Chief McIntee concerning the May 4, 2009 suicide incident on SE 15th St.
I am asking for any internal investigation report, documents on Deputy Chief McIntee ignoring VFD SOPs for entering a suicide scene against procedure. Chief Perkins acknowledged DP 12 did not follow procedure .
Please acknowledge this request.
Thank you Barbara Cole

Re: Public Records Request

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 3:08 PM


“Cheryl Louvaris” <[email protected]>


“Barbara Cole” <[email protected]>

Mrs. Cole,

We received your request; unfortunately we have no correspondence that you request.  The only report we have is the incident report in the CAD system which is now public information.

Cheryl Louvaris
Executive Secretary

Back to the meeting…The Vice Mayor took yet another opportunity to go off topic when the Chief mentioned he was on scene in 2 minutes…Ah Ha…McIntee said the BTSFuture said the Chief was not there for an hour…”That’s an absolute untruth.” said McIntee…The Chief said he was there and “I’m dealing in facts.”…But which facts…The Chief in the exchange with McIntee states he has dispatch arrival times of AMR 3 minutes 8 seconds/ Perkins 2 minutes and McIntee 17 seconds….The VFD Incident Report states on page 2  for DP12 (Dep. Chief McIntee ) Apparatus Dispatch Date and Time 17:11:51/ Apparatus Arrival Date and Time 17:12:35 / Response time 0:00:15 ….For C12 (Chief Perkins) “Apparatus Dispatch Date and Time 17:12:29/ Apparatus Arrival date and time 17:12:37  The mistake of the Perkins arrive on scene time was the “Arrive facility date and time 18:08:29″…it was an honest mistake…..Back to Comm Dodd…(McIntee was interrupting throughout the item and he carried on his behavior the rest of the evening…Time for the gavel!)…. Comm. Dodd asked about suspending people for going into a building without permission from BSO…asking AMR what they would do…The response “administrative leave”…He felt that should be a lesson for Chief Perkins …This is where McIntee said he was first…by a minute to a minute and a half and was going in no ifs, ands or buts ….He went on to try and engage the BSO Chief to compare a policeman going into a fire…and felt quite invigorated when Chief Llerena said “that would be a judgment call he would have to make.”…but the caveat was “we don’t have any specific policy”…VFD does…as stated by the Chief…McIntee was not deterred by this mere “detail” …this is where he went for the “medal”…the “hero got for going into the Hyperbaric explosion scene…

No wanting to be left by the wayside Jimmy-boy could not resist…he asked Chief Perkins if he [Jimmy]was allowed to go in the water to save someone drowning..The Chief said “Yes, you are.”…Comm. Silverstone puffed up and said “Do I need permission from anybody?”.. The Chief said he did not…but he said “you do need to contact dispatch to let them know so we all know that you’re in there”…Aw shucks…Jim was not going to let this bravado go “Just for the record if I see somebody out there, I’m going out. If I hear somebody screaming  and I’m the first one there I’m gonna do something about it. If I can. I’ll make a judgment call obviously.”…You go Jimmy…you go!….

Commissioner Clottey had another chance to deal with a police issue… and she showed where she’s spending her free time lately (eeny….meany…miny…MOE)…saying it was unfortunate to “put a resident in our community through this.”…(The widow now lives in another town)…”But I do have a question of the Police Chief” (we held our breath, deja vue)… She followed the Vice Mayor’s lead about the May to July date on the investigative report…and it was explained by the BSO Chief as standard … Comm. Clottey said “I also have another question. When you have somebody commit suicide who’s not a public figure in any way shape or form is it common to put the family through something like this?…Chief Llerena just got a dose of “Cluelessness”…and answered “I’m not sure what you’re referring to?…Comm. Clottey “I mean the publicity is it common?”…Chief Llerena “That’s improper for me to comment on. That’s not part of the Sheriff’s office. In terms of the investigation it’s routine, it’s unfortunate but we do have to interview some of the victims and witnesses. That part of the investigation is very routine.”

Comm. Dodd stated a public statement containing the information about the investigative procedures might have alleviated the need for this exercise…the Mayor agreed but still trying to dodge the bullet of public opinion the Vice Mayor went off  point by inferring Comm. Dodd wanted the in-depth report of the event…when what Comm. Dodd and the Mayor wanted was just what Mark Brown wanted. Some real  accountability and real action taken concerning a member of our town contracted public safety provider who breaks the rules….no judgment call just the rules in black and white….for as the Town Manager said the evening before… there is no gray…

What happens now…well, the Future comes out on Friday…and you can bet the “Truth Deflector” will be ready, with laundry marker in hand …The Chief of the VFD who spent a long time one on one with Mark Brown after the exchange will be doing some fancy footwork to yet again deny his words to the “opposition” of the “Mc-Gang”…The Town might get my PRR back to me before next month and they may have more info than the VFD. …The Town Manager will continue to ignore this very real public safety issue…that effects us all and it should become a factor in her evaluation next Tuesday……

We have a rogue VFD Deputy Chief who believes he is above the VFD bylaws… and continues to believe his actions…are judgment calls that ONLY jeopardize him…we strongly disagree!….

Remember voters…..If your judgment call is to give him 4 more years with his BFF Jimmy-boy Silverstone (Batman and Robin)… Vice Mayor McIntee won’t just be content acting like the Police…he will be the Police in LBTS……  and that will jeopardize us all!….

more to come….


BCbythesea post Oct. 15, 2009…

Dear Readers …At the Tuesday night Commission meeting in Jarvis Hall was the reporter for the Sentinel that covers our town……She must have decided that McIntee had opened the door for the paper to do a story now that McIntee had gone on the record in this open Town Hall meeting and proceeded to all but outright accuse the BSO of not doing their job in the May 4, 2009 suicide investigation, questioning  BSO on the statements written in the BSO investigative report for not telling the actual  sequence of events in interviews with both the widow and McIntee himself…. There are a some very important details left out of the reporter’s story though … perhaps due to space… I will add them below…..(also-prev. post scoops cat.)…

‘”LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has reopened its investigation into a suicide, in response to a request from Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee.”

(BC- Actually McIntee only asked for the investigation to be reopened for the widow…not him…Will BSO do a full investigation?…Make sure to investigate McIntee…Chief Perkins…AMR….and the neighbors…as well as the widow and the daughter to see which version was truthful BSO’s or McIntee’s.)

“On May 4, a 45-year-old man with health and financial problems shot himself in the head at his residence on Southeast 15th Court, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office reports.”

“McIntee, a former Buffalo, N.Y., police officer and currently deputy chief of the town’s firefighting contractor, said he received a page about the emergency and drove to the house where the victim lived with his wife and eight-year-old daughter. McIntee went in before Broward Sheriff Office deputies arrived, even though the fire department’s rules prohibit entering a crime scene until police secure the location.”

(BC- According to McIntee’s statement to BSO …version #1…on the day of the incident and in his “interview” as “Witness #3” he states he heard it on his fire radio not his pager…that change was made in McIntee version #2…. He admits entering in both version #1 and #2… despite the VFD- SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] prohibiting this action)

“I would do it again,” McIntee said, “when you have a woman and baby screaming.”

(BC- The “baby was 7 years old…and McIntee admits he would again break the VFD -SOP spelled out in the VFD By-laws)

“He raised the discussion at Tuesday’s commission meeting because, he said, the widow asked him to discuss the events after the bi-weekly By The Sea Future newspaper published a story on Sept. 25. McIntee said he wanted the investigation reopened to counter the newspaper’s account.”

(BC-The By The Sea Future wrote their story using the all the BSO reports…along with the VFD  and AMR Reports..6 reports in all…containing version #1….McIntee on the dais Oct. 13, 2009 never says his version #1 was wrong ..He sidesteps by saying it is the widow who says it was wrong…He tells version #2 on the dais …but never says outright version 1 as “Witness #3” was inaccurate…and never demands that BSO to retract his version #1 statement )

“Fire Chief Robert Perkins said McIntee was not penalized for not following the rules.”

“He did go against our procedures,” Perkins said, “but I found he was justified.”

(BC- A Public Records Request made by this writer on 10/14/09 to the VFD for the “internal inquiry” the Chief said he did in answer to Comm. Dodd on 10/13/09 was never done. A response from the Executive Secretary of the VFD said the VFD only had the CAD report on the incident.)

“The night of the shooting, McIntee said he entered the couple’s bedroom, saw what had happened and moved mother and child to the living room.”

(BC- in version #1 McIntee says the mother and child followed him into the bedroom…In version #2 McIntee says the mother and child were already in the version #2 McIntee says he “swooped up the mother and the child…then “consoled” them in the living room)

“There was no chance of recovery,” McIntee said. “I looked at him briefly — maybe five, 10 seconds — and sensed there was no hope.”

(BC- The above statement was McIntee version #2)

“When deputies arrived, the victim’s arms were trembling, according to a Sheriff deputy’s report. McIntee is a training officer for the fire department but said he did not perform first aid.”:

(BC- This was in the BSO Police event report from the night of by the officer … McIntee is listed as having basic CPR only on the VFD Roster.)

“McIntee told Broward Sheriff Det. Raymond Carmody that he knew the victim was dead because of his color. McIntee also said he never checked for vital signs, according to Carmody’s report.

(BC- This was in the BSO investigative report done at the fire department…version #1.)

“When Mayor Roseann Minnet read from the report and asked McIntee about it during Tuesday’s commission meeting, he said, “That came from a homicide detective who did not take any tape or any notes and who didn’t generate this report for three months.”

“So you’re calling this report a lie?” Minnet said.”

(BC- McIntee never says it was a lie…he was careful not to say that …using the above description of the detective and adding the detective was now sick…and then expanding into the interview being at the firehouse and stories of what McIntee did by putting his feet on the desk…but never saying it was inaccurate.)

“Asked again Wednesday about this part of Carmody’s report, McIntee said, “I don’t know where they got that.”

(BC- WOW!… Talk about throwing down the gauntlet….McIntee the day after the Public Safety Discussion says he doesn’t know where BSO got his version #1 statement?…BSO better get this detective back from sick leave to answer McIntee’s response  to the reporter!)

“Carmody’s report also says that according to an EMT with the town’s ambulance contractor American Medical Response, the victim had intermittent vital signs and was treated and transported to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.”

(BC- This was contained in the AMR and BSO reports.)

“The shooting victim’s widow did not return several telephone messages and did not appear at Tuesday night’s commission meeting when McIntee asked the Broward Sheriff’s Office to reopen the case.”If there is any doubt as to what circumstances were at that event,’ McIntee said, “the widow can corroborate what happened.”‘

(BC- We hear McIntee tried unsuccessfully for the widow to appear…and again he ONLY wanted BSO to reopen the case for the widows version #1…not his!)

BC- What was also left out of this article was McIntee’s previous definition of defamation statement made the evening before at the LBTS  Town Manager Performance Review and his threats to the Editor of the By- The- Sea- Future for “slander”… Mr Brown and his newspaper have nothing to fear from the Vice Mayor……They used the 6 reports generated by the departments involved and can back up everything that was published… as McIntee well knows…Those reports became backup for the Public Safety Discussion item put on by Vice Mayor McIntee scroll down to item 7 a.

full text link to the Sentinel below…,0,4620664.story

more to come….


Oct. 20, 2009  (cont. 10/13/09 meeting) Commission Meeting – Comm. Comments – VM Mcintee


BCbythese post Oct. 23, 2009….

This paper was hastily put out early to accommodate the Vice Mayor’s and the Furth’s attack on the BSO… There is yet another story with another version about the May 4th, 2009 suicide in Bel-Air…and it is a stomach turner….The Vice Mayor who was the first one to publicly use the widow’s name has now put her picture and name in this edition…It opens up so many questions…and opens the door for BSO to respond and investigate even further…The story and the “Editor’s note” call into question the BSO’s ability to handle a crime..It accuses the BSO of being screw-ups from the time they arrived at the scene all the way to the final investigative report…It says BSO did not get the woman’s story right, did not get McIntee’s statement right…did not investigate properly with “no formal interviews conducted,  no recordings or official depositions taken, or written notes preserved to verify the witness statements”…because it was not a “homicide investigation”…OUCH!… How can residents of LBTS feel secure with the BSO if the BSO does not get this straightened out?… It is this writer’s opinion that going after BTSFuture Editor Mark Brown is just an aside to what McIntee is doing to the BSO Police…McIntee knows full well that with the investigation re-opened, the BSO cannot answer back until it finishes… Mark Brown should sue McIntee for his recent slanderous statements on the dais (Oct. 20, 2009 Comm. comments) when McIntee falsely stated Mr Brown pushed his way into the widows front door. The widow contacted Mr. Brown through his paper and set an appointment to meet with him in Pompano Beach…Mr Brown passed by her residence and she came out to see if it was him that drove past. Without her giving him directions and setting a time he would not have known where she lived. The woman was shown the police reports and Mr. Brown proved to her as he did for the readers of his article that he took all his information from the 6 official reports on the incident. He has nothing to worry about from any threat of a lawsuit from VM McIntee…Because unless you are a conspiracy theorist or you really do believe the BSO is inept…the reports from all of the BSO personnel from the day of the incident  up to the final release of the investigation 4 months later (which LBTS -BSO Chief Llerena said was standard practice in a crime) are the same…The story only changes from McIntee and the widow…and each new version (The “Truth Deflector/ Oct. 13, 2009 Comm. meeting/ Oct. 20, 2009 Comm. comments/ this issue of the BTSTimes) becomes more and more fanciful…pure comic book “superhero”stuff with a seedy underbelly that looks shamefully like McIntee using this woman for grand self promotion for his re-election in light of his dwindling support…

In the latest version…there is a picture of the Vice Mayor shaking hands with the widow in front of the Blue Seas (Furth’s motel and BTSTimes headquarter-Town Hall East)…So first we must ask…At the Oct. 13th meeting in Jarvis Hall VM McIntee is on the record saying the widow was already interviewed by “an Editor of the By The Sea Times”…that we now know was Cristie Furth…McIntee said it was recorded …Did he sit in on that interview?…Did he and/or Editor Furth tape the widow?… BSO better get that tape to verify this article…and protect themselves from this ongoing scandal… The story is written with quotations… and they are damning…she has changed the story significantly from the BSO police account (prev. posts )…saying this time around “When the suicide happened I started screaming  I’m sitting next to my husband’s body, just screaming at the top of my lungs and my 7 year old daughter is distraught…..” “I had already called 911 and standing over my husband’s body still screaming when, almost immediately Mr. McIntee came into the room and said “I heard you from down the street before I got the call” . He then got on his walkie talkie, called for assistance and tried to calm me down”… Well if you believe the widow…Jerry McIntee heard her screaming from inside his house approx. 400 ft. away around the corner while she was inside her master bedroom …BEFORE he got the call (was it on the radio or pager…in 2 prior versions)… If you believe this version and the previous versions of McIntee he must have broken into her house to get to the master bedroom (unless it was unlocked?)…Has BSO spoken to the many neighbors to see if the widow ever came outside the house when yelling for help?….In this version the paramedics arrive within 15 seconds…not even the “Truth Deflector” tells it this way…(they say 30 secs. for the BSO)…In this version McIntee is asked “Please save him”…In the prior versions McIntee admits he did not check for vitals and knew he was gone …in the police report it was by “his color”… on the dais Oct. 13th by the type of wound describing “his head half blown off”…This version makes McIntee’s lack of proper “First Responder” action even worse!… The widow states in this version “I had assumed when I looked into my husband’s eyes and saw the wound- that he had passed. Although he had a faint pulse there was no one home anymore, he was brain-dead.”…The Vice Mayor said he took no vitals, so how did the widow know there was a pulse?…If the widow is correct about a faint pulse it further causes trouble for McIntee not providing any aid for the husband!…According to the AMR and BSO report and McIntee in prior versions…he [McIntee] took the mother and child to the living room and they were not in the room when paramedics worked on the husband…and it was the paramedics who say they found a faint pulse…According to the prior versions the BSO came first…removed the gun and then instructed AMR they could come into the house…In this version the widow says the paramedics came first….It is sad to see the widow feeling the need to enter into McIntee’s politics and be used in such a way… It is disturbing to read  that after the incident a week later McIntee came by  offering “maybe  a ride on the fire truck for my daughter?”… The VFD took up a collection and a sympathy card…but we hear the BSO also collected approximately $3000 for the woman…Then it goes deeper around the bend in including comments about Maureen McIntee and the mutual loss of their dogs… There is nothing that can clarify why that would be included except campaigning in its lowest form …What needs to be remembered here is this…This poor woman went through a life altering ordeal…and what she does or does not remember from it is not the issue…How she felt Vice Mayor McIntee responded is not the issue…The issue is what VFD Deputy Chief McIntee did per the VFD SOPs when responding to a call as a VFD member and a “First Responder”… and what matters is that he says he will not follow the rules if he is faced with a similar call again…no matter how he hears it…by radio …pager or super human hearing!… What matters now to the residents of LBTS is to know if the BSO was correct in their response and investigations…or if McIntee is correct and the BSO was not!…

Link to BTSTimes …archived Oct. 23, 2009 edition


HERE IT IS THE OCTOBER 14,2009 BSO SUPPLEMENTAL… DATED NOVEMBER 2, 2009 … (CAPS are for discrepancies/inconsistencies/concerns)

It is a 4 page “Supplemental”…

On page 1 it contains the “Contact Information” of the “Victim” /”Witnesses-Civilians” who are the wife of the victim and “Jerome “Jerry “McIntee”…The Detective is Efrain O. Torres  #10690/ Date 11-2-09/ Supervisor is Sergeant Glenn Bukata #5199

Page 2- is the “Narrative”

“On Thursday October 15, 2009 at approximately 2:00 pm, I was directed by Sgt. Bukata to meet with xxxx xxxx and Jerome “Jerry” McIntee in reference to a follow-up investigation in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; it was concerning additional information.”

“At approximately 6:20 pm, I met with Jerome “Jerry” McIntee at the fire station in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and obtained a sworn digitally recorded statement. I advised McIntee that I was conducting a follow-up investigation in reference to a suicide that occurred at 2036 SE 15th Court. McIntee stated that he was sitting in his living room on the day in question and RECEIVED A PAGE over the volunteer fire department’s PAGER indicating that a subject was shot through the head and that it was a possible suicide. McIntee stated that he could hear a woman screaming as he exited his residence. McIntee indicated that he jumped in the “CHIEF’S” vehicle and drove around the corner where he observed numerous people out in the street in front of the residence, and could hear a woman and child screaming from inside the residence.”

“MCINTEE ADVISED HE MADE AN INSTANTANEOUS DECISION TO ENTER THE RESIDENCE AND PROVIDE AID TO THE VICTIM. McIntee stated that he entered the residence and followed the screaming coming from the bedroom on the left. McIntee advised that he entered the bedroom and observed a white male lying on the bed with an extensive gunshot wound to the head. McIntee indicated that there was brain matter and brain fluid all over the bed. McIntee stated that there was a woman and a small child screaming by the side of the bed so he escorted them out and directed them to a nearby couch where he sat them down and attempted to calm them. MCINTEE ADVISED THAT DEPUTIES ARRIVED ON SCENE WITHIN  30 SECONDS OF HIS BEING IN THE RESIDENCE AND TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE ”


“I ASKED MCINTEE IF HE EVER CHECKED THE VICTIM’S VITAL SIGNS  AND HE STATED HE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY. McIntee indicated that the victim’s eyes were rolled into the back of his head and he appeared deceased. McIntee stated that there was nothing he could have missed because the victim had brain matter on the LEFT side of his head ans that he shot himself with a “45.” McIntee advised that his main goal at that stage was to get “the poor daughter and wife” out of that room so they didn’t have to face the victim any longer. MCINTEE STATED THAT THIS WAS HIS WHOLE PURPOSE FOR BEING THERE. I started to ask McIntee about Detective Carmody’s report AND HE STATED THAT HE DOESN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT HE TOLD HIM. McIntee stated he SEEMS TO REMEMBER telling Detective Carmody that the victim’s eyes were rolled in his head and that HE WAS ALIVE; AND HAD A “SHITTY” COLOR. McIntee added the victim’s wife and daughter were in the residence when he arrived and not outside in the driveway calling for help, as previously reported by Detective Carmody. (See statement) ”

“At approximately 6:20pm , I met with xxxx xxxx at Gallupi’s Restaurant in Pompano Beach and obtained a sworn digitally recorded statement. xxxx stated that she was taking a nap in her daughter’s room and was half-asleep and heard a “pop.” xxxx stated that she yelled for her daughter and asked if she was ok and received a response that she was fine. xxxx stated that she “jumped up” and went to investigate the noise. xxxx thought that the noise might have been a balloon popping after hitting the ceiling fan or her laptop hitting the floor. xxxx advised she went to check on the victim who she thought was sleeping at the time and saw the gunshot wound. xxxx stated that her daughter was also in the room. xxxx advised that she”

Page 4- “ran into the kitchen and grabbed a phone and came back into the bedroom. xxxx indicated that she called 911 while her daughter was running around in circles in the room. xxxx STATED THAT MCINTEE LATER TOLD HER THAT HE HEARD SCREAMING FROM HIS RESIDENCE. xxxx ADVISED THAT DEPUTIES AND PARAMEDICS ARRIVED ON SCENE ABOUT “15 SECONDS” LATER. ”

“xxxx ADVISED THAT MCINTEE REMOVED HER FROM THE ROOM AND SAT THEM DOWN ON THE COUCH. I ASKED IF MCINTEE STAYED WITH HER THE ENTIRE TIME AND SHE STATED “NO.” xxxx INDICATED THAT MCINTEE LEFT HER ON THE COUCH AND RETURNED TO THE BEDROOM. xxxx STATED THAT MCINTEE WAS TALKING TO HER FOR 10-15 SECONDS BEFORE THE DEPUTIES AND PARAMEDICS ARRIVED AND WAS TELLING HER TO CALM DOWN.xxxx STATED SHE TOLD MCINTEE “PLEASE SAVE HIM, SAVE HIM.” I ASKED xxxx IF MCINTEE PROVIDED AID TO THE VICTIM WHEN HE ARRIVED AND SHE STATED “NO” xxxx stated McIntee told her, “You need to calm down, you shouldn’t be in there, you need to take your daughter and move out of this room.” xxxx stated that she was actually inside her residence, not outside as previously reported in Detective Carmody’s report.(see statement)


BC- There you have it… For all the mud-raking former VM McIntee made on the dais toward Mark Brown Editor of the By The Sea Future on Oct. 13th and 20th, 2009 …and the (defunct?) By The Sea Times interview by Editor/Owner  Cristie Furth with accompanying photo by Editor/Owner Marc Furth to try and make the former VFD Dep. Chief some kind of hero … (McIntee had compared himself to the BSO Deputy in the hyperbaric tragedy incident who received a medal for his heroic actions on the dais in October) …at the it turns out in the end…McIntee was anything but a hero that day… no ifs, ands or buts…courtesy of the victim’s wife’s statements!

In this supplemental report…we again see many inconsistencies, discrepancies and cause for concern…Among them is first and foremost McIntee’s statement to Detective Torres “MCINTEE ADVISED HE MADE AN INSTANTANEOUS DECISION TO ENTER THE RESIDENCE AND PROVIDE AID TO THE VICTIM.”….and that “I ASKED MCINTEE IF HE EVER CHECKED THE VICTIM’S VITAL SIGNS  AND HE STATED HE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.”…”McIntee stated he SEEMS TO REMEMBER HE ( the victim) WAS ALIVE; AND HAD A “SHITTY” COLOR.”….



BC- according to McIntee he was there to AID the victim…McIntee now states the victim was ALIVE….McIntee states he had NO OPPORTUNITY to aid the victim…..BUT….. the victim’s wife states he did indeed have the OPPORTUNITY when he went back to the bedroom! …..The victim’s wife further states she asked McIntee  to save her husband …and she states when asked by the Detective if McIntee provided AID TO THE VICTIM WHEN HE ARRIVED AND SHE STATED “NO.”…

Other items still of concern the timing of when the police/EMS came according to both the victim’s wife and McIntee…their 15-30 seconds do not work with their assertions of their time lines… Also the crux of why McIntee wanted this 2nd interview was to make sure the record was straight on where the victim’s wife and daughter were when he arrived and if they followed him into the bedroom… I cannot understand why none of the neighbors were re-interviewed …seems a simple way to get this straight…but that said in the scheme of things and what further damage the victim’s wife did  in any credibility McIntee was trying to hold onto in this situation…it seems an aside to the blockbuster statements made and recorded that McIntee did not offer any aid and did have the opportunity to do so…as he himself now states the victim was alive!….

In this writer’s opinion former Vice Mayor/former VFD Dep. Chief McIntee not only rolled the dice and lost big time a few months after this “supplemental”  was taken when he threw his hat in the ring for the VFD Fire Chief position….He rolled the dice and lost big time in asking for this “supplemental”!…It clearly states from both the victim’s wife and McIntee himself that he did not act as a “First Responder” as he had a duty to do once he walked through that door and broke the VFD standard operating procedures…

I am sure I will be asked why print this follow-up after the former Vice Mayor has left town for good?… That’s simple…because it is my hope that if he tries to join another fire department they will do a Google to find out what VFD Dep. Chief Jerome”Jerry” McIntee did not do on May 4, 2009… and think twice before sending him out as a “First Responder” in their town…

more to come…..

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop … March 29,2010 LBTS Round Table Meeting … The Table Will Not Be Full …

March 28, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers … Behind the scenes this current Administration is still acting out either as if the election was still going on or the past majority was seated on the dais… Case in point is tomorrow morning’s Round Table …The 1st Round Table for this newly seated commission…BUT… in yet another unilateral decision it appears as if not all the commission will be in attendance due to a Town Clerk that cannot seem to be able coordinate a time convenient to the commission…preferring instead to seat a quorum as if it were a special meeting and having it at 9:30 am in Jarvis Hall on a Monday morning … A time that precludes most of the working public from attending or watching and more importantly prevents all of the working commissioners from sitting at the table to discuss the items on the agenda!…It is this writer’s opinion that this can also be attributed to the Town Manager not scheduling the correct day for the swearing in…(prev. post) …If that had been done as it was required in the Charter ….we might not have been in this jam due to the holidays …Arghhhhh….

We will need to see what happens at the meeting as I have been told some of the commissioners are not happy about this arrangement … They made it clear from the outset that meetings needed to be after their workday hours during the workweek …One of the reasons many voted for these Commissioners was for them to bring a new perspective to the dais still being in the workforce rather than being retired….

Here is what is on the Agenda…all are deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting … The backup from this writer is in prev. posts under LBTS Agendas/Meeting for the Mar. 23, 2010 Commission Meeting both the Agenda/ and the after meeting posts…/also Mar. 29, 2010 backup is still online at the Town website…


a. Bocce Ball Court Expansion (Town Engineer James Barton) Deferred from

the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

b. Chamber of Commerce Roof Repair (Town Engineer James Barton) –

Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting -Vice Mayor


c. Tennis Court Lighting (Town Engineer James Barton) Deferred from the

March 23, 2010 Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

d. Schedule Capital Improvement Project Workshop (Town Manager Esther

Colon) -Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting -Vice

Mayor Dodd

e. Minute Procedure (Town Clerk June White) -Deferred from the March 23,

2010 Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

f. Discussion and/or action to have the Town Engineer research the traffic flow

on Imperial Lane to see if signage or a barrier is needed to prevent through

traffic from A1A from entering this street (Commissioner Birute Clottey)

Direction given at the January 26, 2010 meeting for additional information

(Town Engineer James Barton) -Deferred from the March 23, 2010

Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

g. Discussion and/or action for the Commission to give its final approval to the

final construction drawings for the EI Mar Drive beautification before

construction begins (Commissioner Stuart Dodd) Direction given at the

January 26, 2010 meeting to go before the Master Plan Steering

Committee -Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting

Vice Mayor Dodd

h. Discussion and/or action by Town Commission regarding Enforcement of

Parking Spaces surrounding Town Municipal Park (Assistant Town Manager

John Olinzock) Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission meeting –

Vice Mayor Dodd

i. Discussion and/or action regarding House Bill 561 and Senate Bill 1222

(Mayor Roseann Minnet) -Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission

meeting -Commissioner Sasser

j. Discussion and/or action regarding selection of a Chairperson for the July 4cn

2010 event (Mayor Roseann Minnet) Deferred from the March 23, 2010

Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

k. Commission Selection of Bus Shelter Design for the Two eligible locations

within Town for the Broward County Transit Shelters and Amenities Program

(Town Engineer James Barton) Deferred at the February 23, 2010

Commission meeting -Deferred from the March 23, 2010 Commission

meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd

l. Stormwater Master Plan Final Report – (Town Engineer James Barton)

Deferred at the February 23, 2010 Commission meeting -Scheduled for the

April 27, 2010 Commission meeting -Deferred from the March 23, 2010

Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd







EFFECTIVE DATE -Approved 1St reading on January 12, 2010 -Scheduled

for the June 22, 2010 Commission Meeting -Deferred from the March

23, 2010 Commission meeting -Vice Mayor Dodd


Will they or won’t they be discussed? …

Open to the public (no public comment) in Jarvis Hall …on Channel 78 Comcast/ online

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Here’s The Scoop … Want S’More?…

March 28, 2010 by Barbara

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Here’s The Scoop … Chief Scott Gooding Has A New Position…

March 27, 2010 by Barbara


(Chief Scott Gooding and Commission Scot Sasser  March 15,2010)

Dear Readers… It’s official …former LBTS-BSO Chief Scott Gooding will start on Monday as the new Chief of the Broward County Courthouse and Services!….He is taking over for LBTS Sgt. Palmer’s father….I am sure we all extend our warmest congratulations to Chief Gooding as he moves into his new post!….

A description from the BSO website…

“Broward County Courthouse and Court Services
Court Services serves Broward County’s main courthouse, as well as the west, north, and south satellite courthouses, the 540 Building (State & County Probation, Information Systems and Support Enforcement Division) and the State Attorney’s annex.
The district is responsible for the day-to-day security and operations of all circuit and county courts in Broward. Currently, this includes 84 judges, 11 magistrates, general masters and other court officials, as well as 1,500 criminal justice employees working in the main courthouse.
The 17th Judicial Circuit (Broward County) is among the busiest circuits in the state of Florida. An estimated three million people access the court facilities yearly. This circuit also files more criminal cases than any other state circuit. More than 63,000 defendants were processed through the Broward court system in 2005.
The district has an annual budget of $13.5 million that provides for 202 budgeted positions that encompasses Court Security, Court Deputy and the Court Liaison and Mass Transit Units. The district contracts with Wackenhut Security Services to provide security screening at the entrances to the main judicial complex as well as the satellite courthouses.”

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Here’s The Scoop … Former Mayoral Candidate Perpetuating “Racism” In LBTS ….. Spanish Online News Story ……

March 27, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers…This writer heard a few days ago that an article was being written based on accusations still be perpetuated by former mayoral candidate Joe Couriel and his CIC “Newbie” “Galpal” Liliana Pomerada…It is online …in Spanish  …it is translated by “Google”… So any mix-up you see with gender is from Google…as well as any misinterpretation in the translation….also due to the software program…

From the meetings and BCBTS 2/9/10 post…

“BTSTimes in 2007…

The audience was incensed and one resident screamed out in disgust, accusing the Mayor, the attorneys and the developers of being thieves! ( This resident is from Cuba and could not contain his anger towards this happening in his country.)… Yep, it’s him…Mayoral candidate Joe Couriel!…”

Feb. 9, 2010….

“At public comments resident Bob Schuyler spoke about that article and included the following statement “Then a local resident from Cuba called all involved thieves.”……

“Joe Couriel the Furth-CIC-endorsed candidate for Mayor came to speak and he said this as he ended his comments…” Um, thank you very much and ah, by the way I did call out thief. I was pro, very proudly removed from the audience at that time…..”

“….Joe Couriel acknowledges this writer wrote the truth in 2007.”…..

“Right after Joe Couriel, resident Chuck Gress was called to the podium to make his public comments which ended with this ” We’re a democracy and not a dictatorship. You want your like run by a Dictator move to Cuba. Ask yourself this, ask this, how many people are on the nightly news with stories being reported about them making rafts out of coconuts and plywood trying to paddle to Cuba?”

“Town Manager Esther Colon took the microphone “As a Town Manager, as a individual born and raised in this country with Cuban parents I take that statement to be derogatory! So maybe you need to read the U.S. Constitution. But any commissioner that allows residents to talk about ethnicity that is really sad!”

Readers will recall …as Manager Colon so often says…there was NO slur or racist remark made that night…The audience was being riled up by a losing campaign and a losing Administration who thought they might have found something to turn their campaign around…

It was despicable on Feb 9th…..It was despicable on Feb 23rd… It was despicable when they tried to get more mileage out of it March 1st….but were prevented from doing so by the video of Pomerada and the police report that showed an encounter on both sides…all the way through to their Campaign Manager’s March 6th BTSTimes News Flash that was dismissed as to its accuracy with an e-mail sent to them by LBTS-BSO Police Chief Llerena concerning the statement they falsely sent out in that e-mail claiming the BSO was protecting them from their opponents….offering it up for validity for their claims… (prev .post 3/6/10)

An excerpt of Chief Llerena’s e-mail …which was never posted by the BTSTimes in a clarification or correction…

“From: LLerena, Oscar
Sent: Sat 3/6/2010 3:47 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: BST News Flash Clarification

Dear By The Sea Times Editor,

In response to your 06 MAR 10 “news flash”, I am pleased to see that our efforts to promote public safety are noted.

I also believe it important that you offer clarification to your readers regarding some of your statements, specifically, “Thankfully, BSO Chief Llerena has been overseeing this group to make sure the intimidation
stops and citizens are free to campaign without being harrassed [sic].”

As a result of the unfortunate incident on 01 MAR 10 at the intersection of A1A and Commercial Boulevard, we received reports of inappropriate conduct from candidates and supporters on both sides of this election. These disturbances quickly stopped once we were summoned and responded to the scene.

As I stated at the 04 MAR 10 Commission meeting, I urge all residents to accept responsibility for their actions and not let their emotions get the best of them during this political election. To state that the BSO Lauderdale-by-the-Sea district has been overseeing “this group” may lead a reader to mistakenly believe this is an instance of biased-based policing.

BSO does not tolerate biased-based policing, regardless of race, color, creed or political affiliation. The LBTS district strives to maintain the peace while protecting the rights of all individuals.

We are proud of the fact that throughout this election campaign, we have done our best to address any breaches of the peace, regardless of political affiliation. All allegations of inappropriate conduct or criminal mischief were addressed quickly and decisively. We have not been notified of subsequent campaign-related disturbances after the unfortunate incident last Monday.

Again, we appreciate when the public we serve recognizes our efforts to promote the public safety for the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

Best Regards,

Chief Oscar Llerena
Broward Sheriff’s Office
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea District”

Joe Couriel’s campaign and that of his running mates were based on fear-mongering …and falsehoods…and they lost big time 2-1…on March 9, 2010…. because of who they were running against and the full-out negative campaign they ran ….

In this writer’s opinion for this “professional” news reporter to take this story and publish it without getting all the facts before his deadline … he now joins the cast of “characters” (Couriel/Pomerada/Furths/ Silverstone/McIntee/ CIC/ LOWV’s Moderator Carol Smith/Town Manager Esther Colon/ Comm. Birute Clottey/ former candidate Marjorie Evans )…in putting a “black eye” on LBTS!….

This reporter obviously did not watch the 2/9/10 video or the 2/23/10 …..He must not have spoken to the Chief of Police…He did not speak to the Mayor and he did not speak to Mr. Marchelos until after he submitted his story…saying his deadline was that morning (Thur. 3/25/10)….

There were no series of “injuries” at any meetings or any outdoor confrontations…as Mr Couriel states in this story….

This writer has made a Public Records Request for the Incident Report…I cannot believe a BSO report would state ” the  Cuban” as is written in this story…(if it is not a Google translation error)….Also, there was no “lawsuit” that we are aware of … just a police report containing both sides of the complaints…
Public Records Request
Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:10 AM
“Barbara Cole”
[email protected]
[email protected]
Dear Chief Llerena,
I am requesting a copy of the police report for the March 1st incident at Commercial and A1A involving Joseph Couriel and Louis Marchelos.
I have just read a story online that was translated with Google.
If the translation is accurate there are a few statements I find disturbing.
The reporter states (again if the translation is correct) that the BSO Report refers to Mr. Couriel as “the Cuban”.
It also states that there were “injuries” at the Commission meetings and at the incident on March 1st.
Also stated is there was a lawsuit.
Please advise me when I can pick it up.
Thank you, Barbara Cole.
A link to the story ….,0,6472021.story?page=1

There were also no racist remarks made in Jarvis Hall on the 9th…Nope..just Liliana Pomerada throwing something at Chuck Gress who made his remarks during Public Comments ….those comments were taken out of context for this whole trumped up story….(prev. post)….including in this new article ….. where he was misquoted ….

The Reporter also wrongly states Joe Couriel was in the Korean War…(an insinuation made from the dais during the debate) …as previously posted Mr. Couriel was drafted in the Vietnam War and served in Korea…

This reporter needs to retract and clarify his story to retain any journalistic credibility….again, in this writer’s opinion….

As previously posted …..Joe Couriel has put his house up for sale (prev. post)…Question is…is it a ploy for more P.R. or has he realized what he has done by  escalating this “racism in LBTS” story?….He  has erased any contribution he said he made to this town when he ran?..In this writer’s opinion…..


THE POSTED STORY ….. w/link below…..

“Denuncian ataques racistas en Broward
Empresario cubano dijo haber sido víctima de ofensiva campaña al postular a alcaldía de Lauderdale By The Sea
Por Enrique Flor, EL SENTINEL
25 de marzo, 2010 ”
Puede comunicarse con Enrique Flor en el 954-356-4087 o en [email protected]
Broward reported racist attacks
Cuban businessman said he was the victim of an offensive campaign to run for mayor of Lauderdale By The Sea
By Enrique Flor, THE SENTINEL


March 25, 2010
A former candidate for mayor of the tourist city Lauderdale-By-The-Sea claimed she was victim of racist attacks with insults by Cuban immigration status – to the point of receiving spit in his face during the general election campaign of March 9.

Businessman Joseph Couriel, 62 and born in Havana, said the injuries occurred on several occasions, including in public hearings the city council, and were uttered by people suspected of supporting the Mayor Roseann Minnet, who eventually was re-elected.

“I said from ‘Cuba as a pin …’,’ Cuban returns to the island ‘or’ queer ‘among other insults,” complained Couriel, who migrated to America in 1961, when he was 14 as part of Operation Peter Pan, a shelter program for 14,000 children of parents who were opposed to Fidel Castro.

The climax of the attacks on the former candidate would have happened on March 1. According to the police report filed that night by the police Couriel to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Cuban was spat upon by Elias Marchel, owner of Greek restaurant Athena By The Sea

The aforementioned police report obtained by the Sentinel, argues that the Cuban had been being harassed and intimidated by supporters of opposition candidates while on a political campaign, at 6:45 pm that day, at the corner of Commercial Boulevard and Ocean Drive, where the restaurant is located.

“My fans were in the opposite corner and had been harassed, I crossed to where they were supporters of the mayor Minnet, and suddenly I began to be insulted, but I did not respond, I am a quiet man, until I spat Marchelo in the face, “said Couriel.

The Sentinel was seeking Marchelo version. A manager at the restaurant said the business owner was busy in a meeting, but would contact you later. At press time there was no response.

However, Marchelo Couriel denied having spit on a complaint by the next day the police of that city. The lawsuit alleges that he was Couriel Marchelo who “tried to provoke a discussion.” The report also argues that Marchelo surrendered to police a video taken by his wife on the facts.

For his part, Mayor Minnet – in response to a request by the Sentinel – said there were two reports of the same incident, saying more information could be provided by the chief of police of that city, because she was not when happened.

Regarding the alleged grievances in public hearings, Couriel said several of the insults occurred in the assignment of 9 February, but they were never registered, he said, because “were uttered out of the reach of video cameras in the room mayor
However, at that time, City Manager Esther Colon, of Cuban origin, was a warning to stop derogatory statements after the intervention of a neighbor who said “this (Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) is a democratic system, this is not a dictatorship, but they like to return to Cuba.

Another video of municipal meetings, February 23, recorded on audio and image Liliana Pomareda Couriel follower of asking the mayor to put a stop to racist comments.

“Freedom of expression is protected by the First Amendment (…) but please stop all this negativity,” said Pomareda, who maintained that Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a town (located between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach) with a Hispanic small minority that deserves to be respected.

Meanwhile Couriel, who served in the Army in the Second Infantry Division in the Korean War and then graduated as a business administrator at Florida International University, recalled that he had never before been the subject of such attacks.

“I’ve been married 39 years, I have a son and two grandchildren, and had never been treated this way,” said Couriel, whose furniture company in Hialeah offers employment to workers of various nationalities. “I decided to run for mayor because I thought it good to have an alternative, but what happened here is a total loss of respect,0,6472021.story?page=1

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Here’s The Scoop … Day 7 In Chicago … Time’s Up! …

March 26, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers….At the end of the first week in Chicago… Day 7 is the day of the 2 “Ts”… Tipping the scale  & hopping on the Treadmill… T-N-T …

As someone who has always known working out is a double duty commitment each and every day…I did something I never thought I would do….For the first time in over a decade I consciously made the decision to my put exercise routine on the back burner during this last LBTS municipal campaign…Something had to give with only 24 hours in a day…and daily long workouts…along with 3x a week weight training got the big heave-ho!…It’s a slippery slope when all that gets relegated  to the wayside … The expected results creep up like an unwelcome visitor from the past…First there’s the loss of muscle tone…and those little aches and pains … along with a surprising lack of limberness and of course the gradual weight gain that hardly seems so gradual when it is calculated at the end of 5+ months of sporadic workouts and “tastes” (maybe more than tastes) of what your host/hostess has put out to satiate the group ….But alas, avoidance can only last so long….and while the jeans still fit…which we all know is the true test for any woman when it come down to it ….and the “cookies are in”… literally……. The time of reckoning came a- calling with the arrival of the brand new scale delivered yesterday by UPS…It’s a floor scale that is calibrated like a doctor’s scale and it’s selling point is that it waits to show the dreaded number after you step off of it …I should have known this was not going to be a “friendly” scale when it showed up in the box with the full color picture of what was inside on both sides!  …What’s up with that? No outer box …No brown paper wrapping!…….As I picked it up I could swear the clerk had a look of either understanding all that comes with such a purchase…or it was that sort of look you get when you actually pick up and read the tabloids in the checkout line!…I signed for it …and carried it to the elevator hoping against hope that no one would zone in on the picture showing what was inside…..Safely inside the confines of the apartment I followed the directions in setting it up…batteries etc… but knowing full well no self respecting woman weighs herself after first thing in the morning…Unless it’s a doctor’s appointment or Weight Watchers… due to the dreaded 2-3 lb. gain as the day goes by….I waited until this morning to face the consequences of my decision made all those months ago…… I stepped up the to the “plate” (the scale)…stepped on it ….I waited as the directions said… and I stepped off…It worked just as it promised…and with every extra pound …all 14 of them…It said loud and clear  … you knew this day was coming!…

So, today I moved on…to the treadmill for the first of the 2 hour a day workouts that will make this 14 lb. “decision” a thing of the past……. That same drive that was behind the election will suffice in getting the pounds to go away… (Again, I’ve got to rectify what I helped create!)….I got my gear together  and entered the gym downstairs in my building…I used my brand new membership card..and signed in ….This is the same gym where Obama (His home is a few blocks away) was photographed coming to 3 times a day …I don’t know if he was on my designated treadmill …seeing no nameplate that said Obama walked/ran here….Luckily it was relatively  quiet this morning …Although I did appear to be “sandwiched” in between the 2 college  girls running next to me at full speed (7-8 MPH) with their coordinated colored Ipods powered up and firmly in their hands…and the “parade” of Senior (much more senior than I)  citizens coming from their morning water aerobics class in quite an array of eclectic bathing suit cover-ups that gave some real insight to each swimmer’s personality …..I powered up my non-Ipod…a newly purchased FM-HD radio which is all juiced up from being connected to my “hub” overnight…It came outfitted with an armband…and I purchased a set of new earphones that fit behind the ear with “buds”…I took a deep breath and hopped right up on treadmill #1 the one with CNN streaming to my right with captions in front and the sports channel to my left…..I pushed the digital on the radio until I  found the local country music station and began …one step at a time…increasing the speed as I listened to Urban, McBride and Garth Brooks… Yep, another flashback to a time long ago….This writer loves country music…I have since I was  19 and dating a boy named Marty ….His taste in music at the time was Pure Prairie League …. It was enough to lead the way for me to find and enjoy country singers from John Anderson to old recordings of Patsy Cline (she is simply the best, in my opinion)… The thing you have to understand about the old country music singers is they always sounded the same live or recorded… while too many times singers in other categories were all about the studio enhancement (not just Milli-Vanilli)…With my FM- HD music reasonably cranked…and CNN inches away… my journey back to wellness has begun…Day 1…begins on Day 7 in Chicago….It took 5 months to get this way and it will take at least that long to fight my way back… that’s a lot of country music …Tick…tick..tick….

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