August 2, 2011

Greetings from GITA

Here comes Emily.  That means it must be August.

Last night Juan and I spent a rare evening away from the restaurant.  We discovered a new movie theatre in Boca Raton.  It’s called the Living Room Theatre and it’s on the campus of FAU at 777 Glades Road. It’s really a terrific place.  They serve wine and beer and food, some of which you can take into the theatre.  The four theatres are very fresh and clean and have large comfortable seats.  And when I went to pay I was shocked to find that it was $10 for the both of us.  (That was a Monday – Tuesday Special.  Regular Price is $9.50)  They’ve been open since November and the staff couldn’t have been nicer.  One wonders if it is designed as a money making endeavour.  There were two other people in our theatre for the 9:30 show.

The four films currently playing come from Argentina, The Netherlands, Italy and the UK.  Not a Super Hero Spectacular movie among them.  We saw the Italian Film called La Doppia Ora, The Double Hour.  It was a pretty interesting film.  All in all a great experience.

The Gita Dinners have been very well attended during the summer.  Many of our members choose to return in the summer when things are quieter.  We’re always pleased to see old and new faces.  Hope you can make it next week.

We thank you all for your good wishes and continued support and hope to see you very soon.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, August 8, 2011

The Gita Dinners for the past few months have been very well attended and we’ve had some fun.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at this month’s dinner on Monday, the 8th of August at 7 PM at Primavera Restaurant. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Dixie and east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door.  There is currently space available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there.


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE.  Our largest  individual round tables seat a maximum of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats are reserved.  You can make a reservation by simply responding to this email.  When you make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I probably didn’t get your email.


Primavera is continuing it’s Special $15 Taste of Primavera Menu for July which features a variety of appetizers and entrees available for a special price.  This special menu is available nightly  and Saturday ’till 6 PM.
Primavera is also offering daily special Happy Hour drink prices at the bar until 7 PM. Hope you’ll take advantage of these great deals.

And remember Primavera can provide a variety of banquet services.   So when you’re planning a party plan on talking with Giacomo at Primavera – 954-564-6363.


The Opera Group generally meets monthly at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas.  The group, is, however, taking a summer sabbatical and their opera viewing will resume in the fall. For more information or to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]


The Ballet Group generally meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.  The Ballet Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park.  Here again, to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]




Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at 700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct on Tuesdays and Carl Cronrath, Manager of the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club, directs on Saturdays.   All games are charity games, masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES  The Italian Language class is taking a break for the summer but classes will resume in the Fall. The classes are still free to all under the GITA patronage. Instead of a fee, we invite participating students to make a donation, 100% of which goes to Tuesdays Angels. Since we revived this class in Oct 2009, we have donated over $700 to Tuesdays Angels due to the efforts of our volunteer teacher, John Ritter, and the generosity of our students. For more information or If you’re interested in attending classes please contact Bobby Caruso at [email protected]


Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at 954-446-5666.

The July Real Estate Statistics for the month of June show that home sales rose again in June, while prices were more uneven.  Broward County had 1,274 existing homes change hands in June,  up 6 percent from a year ago.  The County’s median has been up and down so far but shows a 9 percent increase from June 2010.

Sales in Broward and Palm Beach Counties have increased in every month since January.  Broward’s median price in June was $196,000, up 26 percent from a year ago.  The county’s median has been up and down so far in 2011, while Palm Beach County’s median has been down consistently during the first half ot this year.

Palm Beach County’s median price was $204,900 in June, down 12 percent from a year ago.
Statewide, sales rose 4 percent from a year ago, while the median price of $138,000 was off 2 percent.  The median means half the homes sold for more and half for less.

Mortgage rates are at rock bottom.  Rental rates are rising.  Inventory of single family homes is very low.  Banks are now required to respond promptly to short sale offers.  It’s time for you to buy something. Call me.


I read a couple of very good books in last month.  The first was LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean.

The paths of the great American robber barons were paved with riches, and though ordinary citizens paid for them, they also profited. The author, Les Standiford, has written a book that reads like a novel.  This is a remarkable story about a remarkable man who was determined to perform the almost superhuman feat of building a railroad from the mainland to Key West at the turn of the century. An extraordinary man and partner of John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company, Flagler had the vision to build railroads to link this backward territory with the rest of America. LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE shows how he masterminded the nearly impossible engineering feat of spanning more than 100 miles of ocean and islands to reach the southernmost tip of the Eastern Seaboard.  When asked how he intended to span the miles of open water for his railroad he suggested that, as with the Roman Aqueducts, they first build an arch, and then another arch, and then another, and eventually they’d end up in Key West.  And in spite of incredible obstacles, not the least of which were a couple  of hurricanes, they did.  The book even includes a bit about Hemingway when he was in Key West during the famous Labor Day Hurricane of 1935; the most powerful storm ever to hit the US. A really well written adventure yarn.

The second  book was written by Patti Smith and titled JUST KIDS.  Both Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe were born in 1946 and met in New York City in the 60’s.  They  shared a loving and poverty wracked life together in Brooklyn and Manhattan and eventually moved into the  legendary Chelsea Hotel, where so many artists lived and thrived.  This is the book that Smith promised Mapplethorpe she would write about their life together  It is a fascinating account of his evolution as an artist and ultimate discovery of his amazing talent as a photographer.  Patti, meanwhile, transformed herself from a modest poet to an international rock star.  It’s an interesting account of what the crowd that I was not a part of was doing in Manhattan in the 70’s.  Wild times.  Good book.


Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the website just let me know.

The Gita website is undergoing some face lifting and may, at times, be unavailable.


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.


Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away extravagant prizes. There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose to promote their business in this most entertaining way.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all on the 8th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Castelli Real Estate Services
The Title Company of South Florida


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