June 7, 2010

Greetings from GITA

I guess there’s no
question that summer has arrived. The recent 90+ degree weather and
afternoon thunderstorms ought to be pretty convincing. As a result the
garden looks great.

Many of our members are away for the summer but a terrific group of
stalwarts remain in town. Traffic at Primavera has been steady and we’re
happy to announce that we’ve had a rash of private parties in our
banquet rooms. Most of our guests have expressed their delight at our
new full liquor bar.

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

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, June 14, 2010

Last month’s dinner was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good
time. Our next dinner meeting will be next Monday, the 14th of June at 7
PM at Primavera. 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 people. Hope to see
you there.


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to tables
of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first
and last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When you
make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a
response I probably didn’t get your email.


Many of you have remarked that you didn’t realize that I was still very
active in the real estate business now that I’m involved with the
restaurant. Let me reassure you that I’m still working hard every day in
the real estate and title insurance business. Let me know if I can be of

And let me tell you of a recent experience. If you live in Palm Aire
Country Club Condo Association 2, which is the South Course Drive
Association, you might be interested in the behavior of your Board if
you’re planning on renting or selling an apartment.

I have a client who was hoping to rent an apartment in one of the
buildings. He was hoping to move in on June 1. We submitted the
application to the Condo Board before the 15th of April because we were
told they only handle these applications once a month and we were hoping
they would deal with it in April. This board seems to have a two stage
process. The first is a review by a screening committee and the second
is the actual approval of the full Board. This application was not
presented to the screening committee until May 20 and the full Board did
not approve the rental until May 26. This was five days before the
tenant wanted to move in. Until the 27th of May he did not know for sure
that he would be allowed to move in by the first of June. Try planning a
move with that much advanced notice. This was an applicant with perfect
credit, a flawless history, and an application submitted a month and
half before. I’ve been handling rentals for many years with many
different condo associations and this is the worst service I can
remember. And their justification is: “that’s the way we do it.” Nice!


Don’t forget we’re right across the street from The Rising Action
Theatre. The next production at the theatre is Mother/Son, which runs
through June 27. Dinner at Primavera and then the theatre turns out to
be a very nice evening. For ticket info call 943-815-8826 or visit
Rising Action Theatre. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays.


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas: Some live and others on
film. Having outgrown their previous venue The Opera Group now meets at
the Pride Center at Equality Park This new location is larger than the
previous venue. To get more information and to get your name on their
email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]


The Ballet Group 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.


Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club continues to meet on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at
700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct
these sessions. All games are now charity games. Triple masterpoints are
awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to
Tuesday’s Angels. All games are sanctioned by the American Contract
Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy
bridge, earn triple points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same


The GITA Italian language class (Classe Italiano) is taking the summer
off. The classes, which will resume in the fall, are free to all. In
lieu of charging a fee, and because the coordination and teaching is
performed by volunteers, the students are invited to make a donation to
Tuesdays Angels. If you’re interested in attending 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.


I found A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett to be well worth the effort.
An interesting collection of characters, some nice and some not-so-nice,
will keep your attention from the start.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is an entertaining book set in the
future after the oil is gone. The main character is a teenager named
Nailer who works on stripping copper out of the beached and useless
tankers on the Gulf Coast. It’s an interesting premise and a well
written book.

A Question of Belief is another fun book by Donna Leon featuring the
wise Comissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police

Chiefs is the first novel by Stuart Woods. It is an epic tale of life
and racial tensions in a small Georgia town. The novel spans fifty years
and the careers of three police chiefs and a crime that involves all of
them. It’s well crafted and keeps you interested from the first page.
It’s quite different from the later Stuart Woods books.

Have you read any good books lately?


Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found
on the GITA website. I apologize for the most recent dinner where there
occurred technical photographic problems. 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.


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 on the 14th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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