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,  dfinke@hotmail.com   




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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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Come to Zumba!

Come to Zumba

Every Wednesday Zumba class at the Cascade Room.
Inez Felipe, the instructor.
Come to have some fun.


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Movie Night: Mary Poppins RETURNS – Th 4/2/19

Movie Night

Tues.  April 2,  7:00 PM Aquarius C. Library

Mary Poppins Returns

♦ Arrive by 6:30 for some wine and vodka. Make new friends among our neighbors.  Projection starts 7:00 pm

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Bob Marshal    Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda  & many more

Tomatomer 78%, Nominated for 4 Oscars, AARP: Best intergenerational movie

From Rotten Tomatoes:   … After Michael (the father, Whishaw) suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. … 

Official Trailer      Mary Poppins Returns:


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North Tower Balconies Inspections March 29, 2019

North Tower Balconies Inspections March 29, 2019

The Aquarius Management Office announces inspections on several balconies of the North Tower. Balconies of lines 05 and 07 but not all of them are in the list. Please see if yours is listed and grant access as it is necessary.




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Bohemian Rhapsody – Movie Night Th. March 14

Bohemian Rhapsody –  The Rise and Fall of Freddie Mercury

Movie Night Thursday  March 14, at 7:15 PM Aquarius Condo. Association Library

Arrive by 6:30 for some wine and  vodka. Make new friends among our neighbors.

Bohemian_Rhapsody_posterThe story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).  IMDb

Won 4 Oscars including best actor Rami Malek. Another 27 wins and 61 nominations. See more awards as listed by IMDb.  Audience Score 87% Rotten Tomatoes.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. Rotten Tomatoes

This is a film that generated a lot of controversy. Queen true believers think the film could to better. Nevertheless it is a great entertainment.

Official Trailer – 31 million views   2019

Queen – We Will Rock You (Live at Wembley 11.07.1986)   1.5 million views

Queen – Live at LIVE AID 1985/07/13        191 million views


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Aquarius S. Assessment 2017 loan amortization: true-up needed

Aquarius S. Assessment 2017 loan amortization: true-up needed

Open Letter to Mr. William Coleman, A|P Director of Condominium Operations

Aquarius, February 20, 2019

Dear Bill

The Aquarius Management Office recently sent an email message to the owners. It was a reminder of the amortization schedule of the loan for the Special Assessment 2017.

The table of quotes used was the same as used at the outset of the Special Assessment 2017 after the loan contract was signed with the lender Banco Popular. At that time, it was agreed that after 24 months of ‘interest only’ introductory payments, a true-up would be computed and new quotas would be established and charged.

The reasons for this true-up are:

1. The “interest only” quotas were established on the assumption that Aquarius C.A. would borrow the entire loan amount of $15 million. That was not the case. The payments have been made in accordance with the completion of several construction stages.

2. The amortization schedule quotas should reflect the same assumption. However, A good number of Aquarius owners preferred to make a full payment at early date to cover their entire SA 2017 share. At least $3 million have been deposited. Therefore, the outstanding loan to be paid can never be more than $12 million.

It is understood that the total obligations incurred will consume the full loan amount of $15 million, but it is of vital importance to charge the owners  the actual amount of interest based on the outstanding loan amount.

It is necessary to make a realistic true-up that reflects the actual obligation of Aquarius C.A. with the lender. This will result in adjustments that are fair for all.

I trust that Aquarius C.A. owners will count with your good offices.

Best Wishes

Cecílio A. F. Berndsen, Apartment 1005 N


Aquarius Special Assessment of 2017
Schedule of Payments  



Fun time. Just a song from 1966. Let’s take a break and sing along:

“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” is a pop song musically composed by Lee Hazlewood and first written and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It was released in February 1966 and hit #1 in the United States and United Kingdom Pop charts. Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, and industrial.

The quality of the video could be much better. Nevertheless we still can enjoy the song.

Two comments from YouTube:

♦  This video. This era. Those legs. Jesus!   by Alex Zable

♦ I sing this to my elderly mom when I help her walk with her walker. I say, “Are you ready mom? Start walkin’.” We both laugh, and hopefully she doesn’t break a hip. by ‘insername125’

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Aquarius Celebrates: International Women’s Day March 7

Aquarius Celebrates: International Women’s Day
Thursday March 7, 2019


“Gender equality is not a women’s issue. It is a human issue. It affects us all”

At 6 pm starts the celebration at Aquarius. Live entertainment with Sveta



Garlic and Dill Potatoes

Greek Salad


Main Course


Chicken Mushroom and Pepper

Salmon Piccata

Coffee and Dessert


$ 35.00 all inclusive food and entertainment. Reservations are very important because of limited seating.

Make your reservation now with:

  • Emma Smith 665-22–1150   or

  • Larisa Mitnisky 917-952-62-97   or

  • Aqua Bistro 954-589-1796


Break time:

Viewer discretion advised. Some will find the language offensive. John Oliver comments on the 2016 International Women’s Day. Impossible not to laugh. Impossible not to think about  the progress still needed on gender equilibrium. Click the arrow and enjoy the clip.

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Change your toilet: City of Hollywood gives a $ 100 rebate

Change your toilet: City of Hollywood gives a $ 100 rebate


Toilet Rebate Programs

This post is a contribution of Joel Cohen to the Aquarius Community

Participation in this program has 3 winners:

  1. You: Get a new modern toilet and a rebate of $ 100.00

  2. The Aquarius Condominium Association: saves in the water bill (that all pay!)

  3. The City of Hollywood: less water consumption, modern appliances that avoid water waste.

The City of Hollywood offers toilet rebates for Single-Family, Multi-Family and Commercial Properties. 

Application Process

 Getting Your Rebate Is as Easy as 1-2-3! 1. Purchase and install a new WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilet (HET) in your property. 2. Download and complete the application.3. Attach the original receipt for the newly purchased toilet(s), a photo of the new toilet installed, and a copy of your most recent City of Hollywood water bill, to your original application (label all documents). Only fully completed applications, with original receipts, will be processed. Prior to calling to inquire about your rebate, please check your water bill. Please allow at least three billing cycles for your credit to show.Single-Family Toilet Rebate ProgramThe Single-Family Toilet Rebate Program is offered to qualified Hollywood residents as an incentive to replace pre-1992 toilets that use an excessive amount of water per flush (three or more gallons).

Residential utility customers who submit an application, with proof of purchase for the replacement of an older toilet, with a WaterSense certified toilet, may receive a credit to their water account of up to $100 per toilet; maximum of two (2) rebates. (Toilets purchased prior to October 20, 2010 for Single-family rebates are not eligible.)

Multi-Family Toilet Rebate Program

The Multi-Family Toilet Rebate program is designed for multi-family properties (e.g. apartments, duplexes, condominiums, and townhomes) built in 1992 or earlier and served by a single master meter. The goal of the program is to provide an incentive for property owners to replace older toilets that use more than 3 gallons per flush with high-efficiency WaterSense labeled toilets; maximum of two (2) rebates. (Toilets purchased prior to February 6, 2013 for Multi-family, master-metered buildings are not eligible.)

Commercial/Institutional Toilet Rebate Program
This Commercial/Institutional Toilet Rebate program is designed for businesses (e.g. Hotels, Offices, and Assisted Living Facilities) built in 1992 or earlier. The goal of the program is to provide an incentive for property owners to replace older toilets that use more than 3 gallons per flush with high efficiency WaterSense labeled toilets; maximum of ten (10) rebates, unless preauthorized. (Toilets purchased prior to August 26, 2015 for Multi-family, master-metered buildings are not eligible.)

Related Resources

Toilets purchased and/or installed prior to the start dates(s) of the corresponding appropriate program will NOT be rebated. The rebate will be applied as a credit to the master-metered water account; no checks or cash will be issued. Rebate disbursement to residents and/or owners of the unit is solely the account holder’s responsibility. This program is offered on a first come, first served basis, is subject to available funding and may be canceled, modified, suspended, discontinued or terminated at any time. For additional questions on the program, please call 954.921.3579 or email.

The City has joined the Broward County’s Water Partnership water conservation program known as “ConservationPays” to help inform residents about the importance of year-round water conservation. This multi-year program includes a media campaign to enhance awareness for water conservation in order to achieve the program’s goals of saving water, money, and the environment.

The City of Hollywood is proud to be an EPA WaterSense partner. The designation is part of a continuous commitment to protect our valuable water resources. Our multi-faceted, ongoing water conservation plan is aimed at educating the public to reduce their water consumption. Through these conservation efforts, aimed at residential andbusiness customers, we are working to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.


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