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

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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John Gagliardi - a Monterey Original, Celebrates a Century

John Gagliardi, a Monterey Original

John spent his youth in Ardsley, New York, the eldest of four children born to Joe and Filomena Gagliardi. He has been heard to remark that over the years he was the only one in the family whom his mother permitted in the kitchen while she was cooking, a stroke of good fortune which perhaps lent itself to John's own capabilities as a cook.

As a young man, John played baseball for five or six years in the Hudson Valley League, switching around infield positions, but mostly as a pitcher. During this time he allowed himself to be persuaded to go along on a blind date one evening. There he met a lively young woman named Veronica Baum, and in 1941 the two were married - a marriage that lasted seventy-three years.

Later, in New York City, John's career took a serious turn and he spent the bulk of his working years with Chase Manhattan Bank, from where he retired in 1980.

John and Vera made a short visit to see friends in Florida in 1971, and on impulse, since their friends had invested, they bought a condominium in a building not yet under construction in a complex called Monterey Yacht and Country Club.

When he first occupied 33H a year later, John found the golf course a sorry sight, with weeds and vines complicating the fairways, but having never played before, he took up the game with help and instruction from friends. He chuckles to recall that soon he was playing better than his teachers and continued for years playing every day.

John is pleased to remember some of his hardier pursuits here: Building over fifty concrete ramps for the handicapped... Pouring concrete pads in front of the mailboxes. ..Cleaning up the mess from the tornado of 1977 ... Retrieving golf balls out of the ponds ... Serving on the Board for seven years and as golf course ranger for twenty-five!

Now, with a well-attended party and two huge cakes as memories of his hundredth birthday, John likes to reminisce on his life in this most unusual and marvelous spot , where the Florida sun continues to shine and friends continue to stop by.

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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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St. Patrick's Day at Monterey

Monterey St. Patricks Day, 2015

Live music and a truly scrumptious dinner go a long way toward cementing a reputation for first-time organizers on Monterey's social scene. Add to that, Saint Patrick's Day is the one occasion that will never lose its stunning appeal for our citizenry. It was celebrated in high style on its own special day on the calendar - March 17.

Green, of course, was the color of choice, and shamrocks, the shape of the moment, as the crowd filtered into the Yacht Club at the beginning of the evening. And what a crowd it was! With lists of rentals and new owners in our community swelling, it was indeed a pleasant mixture of the new and the old Monterey residents who jammed around those round tables. A pre-dinner clutter of bottles and glasses along with some pre-recorded Irish music to set a tone for the evening's fare along with plenty of conversation and merriment.

TooJays' corned beef and cabbage, along with all the expected extras, cannot be beat. It was served up buffet-style by our own committee, and nobody went away hungry.

The live music of drums and three guitars provided by the Surfin Rascals found a most receptive audience on the dance floor, and the singer for the band truly livened up those songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Remember?

The sunset that evening was not one of the most spectacular, but what matter? Party goers aplenty took advantage of our fine dock to mingle in the fresh air down by the water.

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