An Invitation of the Hollywood B. Civic Assoociation

 Hollywood Beach Civic Association – HBCA – Invitation

Invitation from Frank de Risi, President HBCA



The Hollywood Beach Civic Association (HBCA) and other civic and business organizations covering the barrier island are hosting the Hollywood Redevelopment Agency ( CRA ) for a general public meeting to seek feedback on the beautification project for the area south of Hollywood Blvd.

This is our chance to let the CRA, their consultants and the City know our priorities, expected quality, timely completion, safety concerns and other key aspects.

Our presence at this meeting will signal that the community will be following this project closely and with great expectations.

Here the  details:


For more information contact Sarita S.: tel.: 954-2980

Parking will be free

Refreshments courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

Frank Risi, President of HBCA


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Mark Faber on the post about the Lobby Statue return

Mark Faber on the post about  the Lobby Statue return

Mark Faber  in 9/3/2019 writes:

About article    “Look who is back:The beloved Lobby Statue” (a recent post of August 2, 2019):

It is very easily to make the residents of Aquarius very happy.

Do you remember the story written by famous Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem?

A man lived with his wife, six children, mother, and father‐in‐law in a one‐room house. So he went to the rabbi and complained, “It’s crowded!”

So the rabbi said, “Take in your goat, cow and chickens.” “Oy,” thought the man, but followed the advice. Soon he returned to the rabbi and said, “It’s a thousand times worse!” So the rabbi said, “Let out the goat, cow and chickens.” So he did.

Then he returned, a happy man, and said, “Thanks, Rabbi. We have plenty room now.”

Mark Faber


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Hurricane Dorian skips Aquarius but…

Hurricane Dorian skips Aquarius but…


It’s not the time to lower your  guard. Some intermittent high winds may be cause for concern. Hurricane Dorian castigated areas of the Bahamas at a very slow-moving pace. Here is an estimate of  the hurricane’s path continues if it continues its  slow movement:

For Aquarius residents that have their shutters up or their windows boarded up with plywood for protection a good view of the outside is available from cameras installed in the neighborhood.

Most cameras offer quite a clear view of the Aquarius surroundings.

Click Here or


The Sun of London has a streaming camera. This camera follows the path of Hurricane Dorian. It shows the areas that are currently being affected by the storm:  check it out

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Movie Night: POMS like in pompons

Movie Night: POMS like in pompons


 Wednesday August 21,  2019 7:00.   At 6:30 some wine and popcorn as usual. Aquarius Free Library

With Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Perlman, Bruce McGill and more. Directed by Zara Hayes. Released July 2019

The critics did not give Poms the best reviews. The audience has a much better opinion. You must check it out and decide by yourself.

Rotten Tomatoes audience score 76%.  IMDb Metacritic score 36/100.

Viewer opinion


11 May 2019 | by sdmcxianSee all my reviews

Take your girlfriends, take your moms, take your hubby’s & daughters! THIS is a hidden gem! You will laugh out loud, stand up & cheer and shed a lil tear.


Click the arrow and watch the teaser-trailer.

POMS is an uplifting comedy about a woman (played by Keaton) who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, including Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver.



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Are you ready for new COMCAST TV and Internet? August 6, 2019

Are you ready for new COMCAST TV and Internet bundle of services at Aquarius?

August 6 in the Green Room


On August 6th COMCAST representatives will be available to answer questions and deliver new equipment in the Green Room of Aquarius.

As announced back in June of 2018, the Aquarius Condo. Association signed a new 5-year contract with COMCAST. The details are in  this post of a year ago. If full details are needed, check out the new contract here.

Basically, Aquarius residents will get included in their regular assessment (maintenance payment) internet connection, high definition (HD) and the basic equipment included. So, there will be no additional fees for rental of Digital Video Recording (DVR), Set Top Box and Modem-Router for internet access.

The TV channel line-up remains the same with more than 150 channels and music channels. The premium service will include HBO. Showtime is no longer in the contract.

What is not included and will represent additional cost?

  • Internet Speed higher than 60 MB
  • Premium channels like Showtime, Starz, Foreign Language channels
  • Land Line Telephone service and Security service.

All these can be added if desired. If not, the COMCAST individuals monthly bill should be zero, nada, zilch, nothing.

Currently the Aquarius C. A. pays about $ 29.00 per month per apartment unit. Under the new contract the monthly charge  will be about $ 79.00, plus taxes and fees. This year of 2019 there will be no impact on the Regular Assessment- Maintenance budget thanks to an agreement signing bonus offered by COMCAST.

During the transition to the new contract COMCAST includes a one-time only installation of the new equipment. This usually includes cables inside the apartment. The installation is not white-gloves. The cables are installed in a rather visible way that most of us are used to. The advantage of this free service is that a change in location of a TV set or a better position of the Modem-Router will not represent additional cost. If COMCAST is called later on to change the location of the equipment there will likely be and additional cost. COMCAST policy is that the internal cables are property and responsibility of the occupant.   A general comparative view of the new contract and the old one is in this post (click here)

Some questions frequently asked:

  • What are the advantages of the new contract with COMCAST?
    Besides internet, HBO, High Definition, and no charge for equipment rental the service will include the new operating system of COMCAST called X1. X1 has voice recognition, improved searching, integration with telephone land-line (must be a Comcast line) and security systems.
  • I don’t like the cables all over my home. How to avoid them?
    A professional “fishing” specialist must be hired. It is a task of not very high cost and may be worthwhile. It is not provided by COMCAST. COMCAST offers another solution: wireless TV and internet connection. The owner needs to purchase from COMCAST some small “pods” that are installed around the house and only require electric power. They are TV and internet service extenders.
  • I can’t meet the COMCAST people August 6. What to do?
    It is possible to make appointments by phone. It is also important to know that the transition period given by COMCAST ends November 30th., 2019.  This is particularly helpful for our residents that are out of town.
  • Do I really need to have the equipment installed by COMCAST?
    If you wish you can do the installation yourself. COMCAST provides instructions that very often are easier than, for example, IKEA instructions (this is supposed to be joke).
  • I like sports. My wife likes “Game of Thrones” does X1 help?
    Yes,  once the programs have been recorded the content of the DVR may be accessed from any TV set. On demand programs also can be accessed from any room. The name COMCAST uses for the DVR is “Any Room DVR”.
  • How many hours can the DVR hold?
    Many hours. Usually there are no space problems. If this becomes a problem, a few recommendations: (1) Use  “on demand” more often,  so no recording is needed.  (2) Limit the number of episodes being recorded. Two episodes usually are enough. If this does not help, please answer the question: Aren’t you watching too much TV?
  • What do I do with the old equipment?
    Please be very careful. Try to return all equipment as soon as possible. Make sure you get a clear bona fide receipt. Avoid billing problems by returning all old equipment.
  •  I don’t have a computer and I don’t care for internet service
    The internet service provided by COMCAST is also the support for the phone landline service. Also there are very interesting and inexpensive devices that may interest you. One of them are the smart speakers that answer questions like: What time is it? What is the weather forecast? Play Frank Sinatra for me. The other kind are the  inexpensive tablets. One that comes to mind is the Amazon Fire 7 inches. It does a lot of things a computer can do but is easier to use. Sometimes Amazon sells these devices for $29,00. Besides your guests will love to know that now you have internet service.
  • When will COMCAST  remove cables hanging around the building? When will COMCAST cover those terrible cables coming out of the shields?
    This is a question that could be directed to the BOARD of Directors. Some people are asking these questions since last November, but the no good job remains like that: Not good.












Boring, but important: The Agreement of Aquarius with COMCAST

2018 09 01 Bulk Comcast Contract searchable






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Look who is back: The beloved Lobby Statue

Look who is back:
The beloved Lobby Statue

After spending a few days and suffering the assault of the sun, salt and wind the Lobby Statue  is back!

Some call it  Pocahontas, others say it is the  Aquarius symbol.

Many residents are very happy to see the statue back in the Lobby of Aquarius. 


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Aquarius 4th. of July Celebration 2019

Aquarius 4th. of July Celebration 2019

Check out the City of Hollywood fireworks ( 9 pm) and festivities details bellow


City of Hollywood event schedule

HOLLYWOOD, FL – All are welcome to celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday on Hollywood Beach on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular 4th of July Celebration. Sponsored by the City of Hollywood Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts and the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency-Beach District, this annual event features entertainment beginning at 5:00 p.m., highlighted by a dazzling offshore fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

Event schedule:
• Johnson Street Plaza: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Social Media Station. Gather your friends for a photo opportunity in front of the photo wall then share on social media using the hashtag #HollywoodFL

• Hollywood Beach Theater:
• 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. DJ Music
• 7:30 p.m. Official Welcome
• 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performance by 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard

• Offshore fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m.

Magaritaville  Program

Fourth of July- Fireworks, Live Entertainment and more!

July 4 @ 12:00 pmJuly 5 @ 12:30 am

Celebrate this July 4th at the City of Hollywood Fireworks, and the BEST place to see them is at Margaritaville!

Party right up to the 9pm fireworks! Start with a full schedule of festivities including multiple party locations and the most Free Live Entertainment of any South Floridian destination. Then continue the party after the fireworks with a dine, drink and dance celebration featuring even more live entertainment!

Here’s our day-of roster:

– 12-4PM – DJ BLIX will be mixing it up at Landshark Bar & Grill’s 2nd floor beach roof terrace

– 5PM-9PM – live music at the Hollywood Beach Theatre (directly beside Landshark Bar & Grill)

9:30PM-12:30AM – Let the traffic go, and let the good times flow! Head inside to Margaritaville Restaurant where South Florida’s very own Deep Fried Funk Party & Dance band will be playing all of your Top-40 R&B and Pop favorites until past Midnight.


Excited? WE ARE TOO! Make sure to arrive early or take a taxi / Uber, as parking fills quickly due to this largely-sought location to watch the fireworks. See you out there!


July 4 @ 12:00 pm
July 5 @ 12:30 am


Hollywood Beach (Beside Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort)
1098-1000 N Broadwalk
Hollywood,FL33019 United States
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Did you know Norman Raven?

Did you know Norman Raven?


Norman Raven was a resident of Aquarius. He was very active in the Aquarius Community and belonged to the Board of Directors a few terms. He had a good number of friends in the property. Here is an eulogy  published in the front page of the South Florida Sun Times by Debbie Finke a long time associate and  friend of Norman.


“Normie will be in our hearts every day and we will never forget how kind hearted he was to everyone he knew. He al­ways fought for the un­derdog – and found that silver lining that has not always been easy – in the real estate market”

Debbie Finke, Longtime Friend/Associate,  South Florida Sun Times, May 23rd, 2019

‘Normie’  Was Indeed One Special Man
Local Realtor Norman Raven Touched So Many Lives – Worldwide

Talk about the real estate market and Norman Raven could go on for hours. Speak to him about travel and his pas­sion for life – and he would fill several volumes.

On May 3, at the age of 69, the man who was admired and adored by many, suddenly passed away – and the shock waves were felt from the United King­dom, to Europe and here in south Florida.

The man who was up front, charming and very witty – and had established himself as someone who clients could trust for over five decades – passed way too soon, and the news was met with so much sadness from those close to him.

As part of the highly successful Raven Team – Sue Ward Homes, Inc. -where he and longtime associate and dose friend Debbie Finke brought over 80 years of combined experience in the competitive real estate market, Norman Raven was indeed that dose of reality at a time when many needed that pick-me-up.

Born on March 27, 1950, Raven’s passion for travel and always looking for the best in people, his passing while va­cationing in Spain was felt by those dose friends and family members, who ‘There was never a day since we have known Norman that he was not there for all of us,” Finke recalled. “He was affectionately known by his friends and family as ‘Normie’ – and always had a big smile on his face, and if you felt down in any way, he would do his best to cheer you up and make you smile.”

Norman Raven was a caring and generous man and always made sure his family and friends were on the right path. A brilliant business man, best friend and partner to both Finke and Johnny Yianni, he was a practicing Real Estate & Sales Agent in America for 25 years. He has been a practicing Member of the Royal. Institute of Surveyors in Chigwell, England for roughly 50 years.

“Normie will be in our hearts every day and we will never forget how kind hearted he was to every-one he knew,” Finke said. “He always fought for the underdog – and found that silver lining that has not always been easy – in a real estate market.”

Raven, who had been in the industry for 49 years, continued to have more domestic and foreign real estate experience than anyone you will find.

When the South Florida Sun Times spoke with Raven this past December, he talked about the real estate market in a way only a positive and optimistic person could.

“In the past, rumors have circulated about the market being stale, but we don’t think that’s the case,” Raven pointed out. “Look around, there are new properties going up all the time. You learn to be creative and understand that finding a south Florida location for the value you still can get, is like no other place, anywhere.”

The important thing to understand is that even when there are obstacles standing in the way, Norman and Debbie continued to find creative ways to keep their clients satisfied.

When it came to international property, Raven had that firsthand experience – as someone who continued to travel throughout Europe, mostly in Spain and the United Kingdom – telling clients and those who would listen about the best deals and what properties/locations were hot.

Because of his love for south Florida, having a home in Pembroke Pines, and working with Finke for over two decades as part of the highly successful Raven Team, there was so much respect for knowing all about the market, following current trends and staying ahead of the competition.

“Our success was based on the fact that we cared and worked around the clock to make our clients happy,” Finke explained. “Both Norman and I had clients and repeat clients who we placed in that perfect home or property – and that is some-thing that we both cherished and remembered always.”

Norman Raven is survived by Ann Raven, his sister Elaine Forman and his brother-in law, Stephen Forman, his son, Jonathan Raven, his daughter Rachel Shababo, Norm’s son-in-law, Daniel, his son Jamie Raven, his 8 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and numerous family members and friends.


Debbie Finke,   




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Mother’s Day At Aquarius – May 10th, 2019

Mother’s Day Celebration at Aquarius – Friday May 10th, 2019  6:00 PM


Show with Sveta and family style dinner, $ 35.00


  • Garlic and Dill Potatoes
  • Greek Salad
  • Latkes

Main Course

  • Chicken Mushrooms and Peppers
  • Ravioli Alfredo or
  • Salmon on Dill Sauce

Coffee and dessert

Prix fixe: $ 35.00

It is very important to make reservations, please call

  • Emma Smith  (656) 220-1150
  • Larisa Mitnistky (917) 952-6292 or
  • Acqua Bistro (954) 589-1796




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Green Book: movie night at Aquarius Wed. 4/17/19


Green Book

Movie Night 

Wednesday, April 17 at  6:30 Happy Hour (popcorn and Pinot Grigio), 7:00 pm Projection Starts.  

Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly’s deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads. Rotten Tomatoes – Critics Consensus


A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. With Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.


Acclaim: Won 3 Oscars, another 50 wins and 89 nominations according IMBb.  8.3/10 IMDb, 92% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score.


Aquarius Movie Night pipeline of coming attractions:

Of  Gods and Men

A Start is Born 

Keep tuned in we will try to let you know the time and the day.


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