Hope Rural School at Monterey (2015)

Hpe Rural School holiday visit

Monterey has come to rely on a lively annual visit from children to launch the Christmas season in our adult community. And so it was that on December 1st, when a yellow school bus pulled up at the Yacht Club at ten a.m. and discharged the kindergarten class from the Hope Rural School in Indiantown. With their audience already on hand, eagerly awaiting their arrival, the children filed into the room adorned in red Santa hats and a charming combination of shyness and high energy.

Well trained in the words and gestures for each of their songs, the line-up of children concluded the program with "We wish you a merry Christmas!" They circulated among spectators eager with hugs and words of appreciation, when who should appear but Santa with a bag full of treats!

As explained by Sister Dooley, director of the school, Hope Rural School was founded in 1980 for the purpose of helping families of migrant workers and giving them reason to remain in the area. Schooling for the children, pre-kindergarten through grade five, as well as instruction in parenting has set the school apart from all others

For Monterey residents, admission to the program is an unwrapped gift for a child or a cash donation. The popularity of the event has grown to the extent that people who are not going to be in residence send gifts beforehand, so that this year brought the largest total donation ever.

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Halloween Dance Party 2015

MYACC Halloween 2015The Halloween costumes at Monterey consisted of very scary and even scarier outfits, including a flapper & Irish Leprechaun, a gorilla, a gangster and criminal, a  copa cabana showgirl, some hippies, plus a variety of spooky devils and goblins. Prizes for best costumes were awarded. First place went to Bill McIntyre dressed as a curvy playboy bunny, Rob Beanie the gorilla was second, and third place went to Marilyn Paul as a baby with a pacifier. Consolation prizes also went to Isabel Pendelton as Gilligan Islands Mary Ann and her daughter as a Unicorn.

The Sophisticats, the best band to ever play at Monterey,  had everyone up on the dance floor with a wide variety of musical selections. The crowd attending this party was a pleasing mixture of newcomers and longtime Monterey residents. The band was enthused with the Monterey crowd and loved playing for such a fun group. We had a great turn out and many volunteers helped with the Halloween decorations at the Yacht Club. Thanks to Nancy OBrien and Kim Ryan for organizing a wonderful social activity to start off the coming season with the promise of a delightful and  lively turnout for our future social activities.

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Dancing in Stuart

Dancing in Stuart, FLDancing in the Streets has for 28 years been the hottest summer event in Martin County. On Saturday the streets surrounding downtown Stuart shut down for a full day of live music, food, drinks, and vendors serving festival goers of all ages. Six stages hosting 23 local bands provided inspiration, and some people even dance. This popular annual celebration is Stuart's biggest fundraiser, with profits going to support free community events throughout the year by Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart including Rockn Riverwalk and Christmas on Main Street.

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Computer Safety

Computer Email Safety

Most computer attacks come from downloading infected email attachments, visiting questionable web sites, or clicking on unidentified links. Malware can even be inadvertently passed on by your friends and, further, spread unawares by you yourself through forwarding of infected eMail.

Be wary of any eMail that has been forwarded to you, especially one with one or more FWD’s in the subject line and those that contain attachments. Forwarding is one of the most common ways of spreading malware around the Internet, so do not let yourself become part of the problem by clicking on “Forward.” You should highlight and copy any text you want to pass along to friends and paste it into a newly composed eMail of your own. To protect your friends from "Internet web crawlers" never Forward an eMail with a bunch of your friends eMail addresses embedded in the eMail. It is prudent to protect your friends privacy and security by using the BCC (blind copy) feature on your eMails, unless it is important for a specific group to know who was copied on a transmission (e.g. BOD, MORA, etc.). Above all, be courteous to your friends and neighbors and do not send multiple eMails, to multiple recipients day after day!

When handling eMail, do not open mail from unknown senders. Do not download attachments from unknown sources. Do not click on embedded links you are not sure about. Do not click on any site offering free scans of your computer, or on any anti-virus program that is not already on your system. NEVER give out personal information such as your SS number, your bank account number, or any passwords, in an eMail, even though the request appears authentic like when a site looks just like your bank or Amazon or eBay, with a logo and everything. The site might be fake, however, and if you enter your log in and personal information it is being captured by bad guys for nefarious purposes. To protect yourself, never click any links in any emails you are not absolutely sure are legitimate. Always go to the specific site by typing the proper address (e.g., usbank.com, amazon.com, eBay.com) in your browser’s address bar from there you can safely log in and check your account or order status. Alternately, make a direct phone call to anyone requesting such personal information to verify the source and reason for the request. One of the most cost effective solutions for protecting your Window's computer comes free, directly from Comcast or ATT if they are your Internet Service Provider (ISP), simply download the Norton or McAfee software from their web sites. If you do not have your own ISP and use open Wi Fi connections (like the Club House) you can purchase Norton of McAfee independently or use the free Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials is supported on Windows 7, and Windows Vista. If you have Windows 8 or 10, Windows Defender is pre-installed, but we still recommend the use of Norton or McAfee. The wonderful expansion of personal computers, tablets and smart phones with access to the Internet has broadened and enriched our lives. Using your computer to stay in touch with family and friends, to surf the web for information, to shop and do your banking should be a pleasurable experience. Following these guidelines will help alleviate some of the anxiety and ensure you stay safe in cyberspace.

Chuck Bessey
October, 2015

Summer at Monterey

MYAC Summer Activities 2015

While Monterey's snowbirds have temporarily vacated in favor of the great north, our growing number of year-round residents are enjoying the sunny Florida weather. Activities at Monterey continue, but on a less hectic summer pace. The grill was a busy spot on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July providing for sold-out crowds at picnics where every table was filled. This year, a Fridays-at-Five byob cocktail hour has been added at which a group of twelve to forty assemble weekly under the canopy with appetizers to share.

The summer bocce league is in its third year and keeps adding players. Last year's eight teams have now grown to eleven, with 46 players competing on Monday nights. With notable resourcefulness, the players retire to the Yacht Club and play Corn-hole in case it rains. That way they can keep chalking up scores toward the championship, which ends the season a week after Labor Day with ribbons for the two top teams and a festive pot luck supper.

All the while, the golf course is getting a healthy dose of maintenance, the resurfacing of the parking/roadways is complete, and the new mall on Monterey Road, which is turning out to be quite beautiful, is viewed over the wall with anticipation of providing a home to some exciting high end retail shops.

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