Phyllis Neuberger – John Knox Village Keeps its Residents Safe

I was a 48 hour guest in the fifth floor “Egret” home in the Woodlands at John Knox Village

by Phyllis J. Neuberger

phyllis-neuberger-headshot-croppedIt took a Village…John Knox Village (JKV), to keep its over 800 residents safe and ready for Matthew, the hurricane that threatened Broward County and the entire east coast of Florida this past week. We lucked out, but I must praise JKV for its smooth handling of this potential crisis.

A friend moved into my apartment. She, and the over 100 residents living in villas, were forced to evacuate. Many went to stay with friends in the high rises; at least 65 others settled into the auditorium. They, along with staff, slept on cots and air mattresses, dormitory style. Before the track of the hurricane was known, every resident of JKV was in a generator equipped safe place with staff on hand to provided service, comfort and reassurance.

Those in need of air conditioning and/or oxygen were moved to the Woodlands, the newest, state of the art building with adequate generator support for its most vulnerable residents.

This unique nursing home/rehab center, called the Green House, offers person centered care. What does that mean? Does it really work? I had the opportunity to find out.

With a small wheeled suitcase I arrived on the fifth floor of the Woodlands. I rang the doorbell at the Egret home and was greeted by Cathy who said, “Welcome to our home, Miss Phyllis. We hope you will be comfortable here during your stay. Just let us know what you want or need and we will be happy to provide it if we can,” she said as she escorted me to 5110.

I settled into my own private room with bath, huge windows to the world, a large TV, clothes closet, dresser, comfy chair and a bed that could do everything but levitate. I plugged in my 1-phone charger and settled into a chair with a book. The television, volume on low, kept me informed about the oncoming storm.

About an hour later, the smell of cookies baking drew me to the large main area that included a living, dining and kitchen design. There I met the 11 “elders”, the Green House term for its residents. Someone said, “I’d rather be called a senior.” Lillian nodded in agreement. Anna preferred being called a ‘resident’. Arlyne said, “Call me Arlyne with a “Y”,” adding, ”My name is really Mary Arlyne but I’ve always been called Arlyne. I asked my mother why she named me Mary if she was going to call me Arlyne. She replied, “Nothing comes ahead of the Virgin Mary.” Everyone giggled.

I met Ruth who had lived in St. Andrew, another retirement community, for 15 years. When it came time to settle into a nursing home/rehab facility, she and her son chose the Woodlands. She described the service as outstanding.

Asked about their care, the elders on hand gave the private room, bath and staff thumbs up. After two days as a guest, I agree. I had wonderful care from Cathy, Dianne, Marcia, the two Amys {both nurses} and others whose names I never got to know. I even met the tiny visiting puppy who looks like a stuffed animal come to life.

Breakfast is made to order for each resident as he/she shows up. I was early at 8 a.m. Lillian was the only person seated at the table for 12. I ordered and enjoyed scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, coffee, juice and toast. Lunch of cottage cheese, fresh fruit and just baked cookies was perfect. Dinner one night was Bourbon pork and the next night, Sheppard’s pie. If I had wanted soup and a sandwich instead it was available.

I had the option of total privacy and socializing. My choice. If I was in need of any information or service, a call button was answered quickly. Is there a nightlight? How do I pull down the handsome window shades? Work the bathroom shower?

For those who have had to give up independent living for custodial care, the Woodlands with its 12 homes and 12 elders to a home, seems to be a perfect answer. Elders can count on being treated with courtesy, respect and personal choice. Although my room seemed like a hotel, a closer look reveals a track in the ceiling for a pulley that can lift immobilized elders out of bed. In the bathroom there’s a hand shower with a drain making showering, with help, available for even the severely handicapped.

Short term rehab visitors recovering from an illnesses or surgery are giving the setting and the care raves.

Congratulations to JKV for delivering a better world for elders needing custodial care.

Congratulations, too, for the careful and well rehearsed emergency plan for Hurricane Matthew. Independent and needy residents were all be professionally handled. Even getting everyone back home when it was safe was done efficiently. My compliments to management and staff.

Phyllis J. Neuberger, resident of JKV

Hurricane Matthew Update

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Dear Residents,

This morning, Friday, Oct. 7th, members of the JKV Emergency Operations Team, including President Gerry Stryker, conducted a tour of the campus and assessed any damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

It has been determined that it is safe for Residents and Staff to return to their homes and an “All Clear” notice has been announced.

Per our post-hurricane protocol, residents will be returned to their homes starting with Independent Living residents who have evacuated to the Auditorium. They will be followed by Gardens West and Woodlands/Health Center residents

  • Dining Services will provide a One-Meal-Dinner today, Friday, from 2-6PM
  • Regular meal service Saturday (Lunch & Dinner) and Sunday (One Meal) will be served Normal Transportation Operations are in effect
  • All Saturday Activities are cancelled Sunday Church Services will be held in the Auditorium as scheduled Salon & Spa will reopen Monday
  • Entrance-way shutters will be removed throughout the day
  • The Palm Bistro has resumed its normal business hours 7AM-8PM
  • The Wellness Studio and TMC Therapy Services are open
  • The Fitness Center is open today and will have “Supervised Exercises” Saturday

The Village Voice

John Knox Village’s monthly publication, the Village Voice, prints 2,000 copies each month. It is distributed to our residents and various departments before the first of the month.

In addition, copies are mailed to a number of influential people in the community, including legislators, municipalities, business leaders, physicians and attorneys.

Please feel free to download past editions as a PDF of the Village Voice by clicking on the cover or link. If you are seeking past issues dating back to the early 1980s, please contact our Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040.


More Back Issues

JKV Village Voice March 2016 – JKV Village Voice February 2016 – JKV Village Voice January 2016 – JKV Village Voice December 2015 – JKV Village Voice November 2015 – JKV Village Voice October 2015 – JKV Village Voice September 2015 – JKV Village Voice August 2015 – JKV Village Voice July 2015 – JKV Village Voice June 2015 – JKV Village Voice May 2015 – JKV Village Voice April 2015 – JKV Village Voice March 2015 – JKV Village Voice February 2015 – JKV Village Voice January 2015

JKV Village Voice December 2014 – JKV Village Voice November 2014 –  JKV Village Voice October 2014 – JKV Village Voice September 2014 – JKV Village Voice August 2014 – JKV Village Voice July 2014 – JKV Village Voice June 2014 – JKV Village Voice May 2014JKV Village Voice April 2014JKV Village Voice March 2014JKV Village Voice February 2014JKV Village Voice January 2014

JKV Village Voice December 2013 – JKV Village Voice November 2013 – JKV Village Voice October 2013 – JKV Village Voice September 2013 – JKV Village Voice August 2013 – JKV Village Voice July 2013 – JKV Village Voice June 2013 – JKV Village Voice May 2013 – JKV Village Voice April 2013 – JKV Village Voice March 2013 – JKV Village Voice February 2013 – JKV Village Voice January 2013

JKV Village Voice December 2012 – JKV Village Voice November 2012 – JKV Village Voice October 2012 – JKV Village Voice September 2012 – JKV Village Voice August 2012 – JKV Village Voice July 2012 – JKV Village Voice June 2012 – JKV Village Voice May 2012 – JKV Village Voice April 2012 – JKV Village Voice March 2012 – JKV Village Voice February 2012 – JKV Village Voice January 2012

JKV Village Voice December 2011 – JKV Village Voice November 2011 – JKV Village Voice October 2011

John Knox Village Gazette

Love Stories Of Two Presidents
And Their First Ladies – Nona Smith

February is the month we celebrate two important holidays: Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day. Rarely do we have the chance to see into the romance of George Washington and his wife Martha Dandridge Custis, or Abraham Lincoln and his first lady Mary Ann Todd. Let’s take a look at these two important presidents and their first ladies.

George Washington

While the courtship, romance and marriage of George Washington and Martha was not based on passionate love, it was based on that most reliable of foundations – mutual attraction, true friendship, intellect, respect and admiration. The exact date of their first meeting is lost in the mists of time, as are Martha’s exact feelings about George, as she burned nearly all of their letters upon his death. It was clear however, that she shared confidences, upheld his patriotism and worshiped him as a hero.

Martha probably never dreamed she would one day be the most important woman in the new country of the United States. She was born on June 2, 1731 to John and Frances Dandridge on a large tobacco plantation along the Pamunkey River in Virginia. She was the eldest child, followed by three younger brothers and five sisters. She grew up with an enlightened father who made sure his daughters were taught reading, writing and mathematics, as well as womanly skills, such as running a household, sewing and entertaining. According to the book, “Martha Washington: First Lady of the United States,” she also enjoyed her dance and music lessons, riding horses, cooking and gardening. She grew an extensive herb garden and learned how to make medicines. All were exemplary skills she put to good use when she ran her own large household, entertained, raised children, tended to her husband’s soldiers during the Revolutionary War and as the first, First Lady!

By all accounts Martha was a pretty woman with a gentle, kind character who attracted many suitors. When she was 17 years old, she married Daniel Parke Custis, a rich eligible man from
a very good family. Read More Inside…

In April of 2013, John Knox Village’s Marketing Department launched the Gazette, a monthly 8-page newspaper that is directly mailed to more than 36,000 prospective residents of John Knox Village.

This publication is filled with articles of interest for seniors. In addition, three pages highlight the active lifestyle enjoyed by our current residents. It also is used to promote upcoming Marketing events and other news pertaining to The Village.

Each month, copies are placed in the libraries across our community. They also can be found in the lobbies of our Towers, in the Dining Room and in The Village Centre. Past issues will be uploaded to this Website.

If our readers have ideas for articles, please contact
our Public Relations staff at (954) 783-4040

Please find current and back issues below…

Issues downloadable by month, most recent will be first

February 2017 GazetteJanuary 2017 GazetteDecember 2016 GazetteNovember 2016 GazetteOctober 2016 Gazette September 2016 GazetteAugust 2016 GazetteJuly 2016 GazetteJune 2016 GazetteMay 2016 GazetteApril 2016 GazetteMarch 2016 GazetteFebruary 2016 Gazette January 2016 GazetteDecember 2015 GazetteNovember 2015 GazetteOctober 2015 GazetteSeptember 2015 GazetteAugust 2015 GazetteJuly 2015 GazetteJune 2015 GazetteMay 2015 GazetteApril 2015 GazetteMarch 2015 GazetteFebruary 2015 GazetteJanuary 2015 Gazette – December 2014 GazetteNovember 2014 GazetteOctober 2014 GazetteSeptember 2014 GazetteAugust 2014 GazetteJuly 2014 GazetteJune 2014 GazetteMay 2014 GazetteApril 2014 GazetteMarch 2014 GazetteFebruary 2014 GazetteJanuary 2014 Gazette – December 2013 Gazette


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JKV Residents Administrator

An Important Survey – You Should Read This!

national-survey-coverNational Survey of Family Members of Residents
Living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

It is estimated that there are nearly 41 million individuals ages 65 years or older currently living in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Over the next twenty years, this age cohort is expected to grow by more than 75 percent (U.S. Administration on Aging, 2010). Both senior housing providers and industry professionals alike recognize the need to understand the preferences of this age group and others that may consider moving to a retirement community—specifically continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)—as a future lifestyle choice. READ FULL REPORT – CLICK HERE

Blog-Herschell Gordon Lewis-Exquisite Tailoring

We whose fortunes depend on our ability to siphon off a trivial portion of others’ fortunes face problems and decisions that seem trivial but aren’t trivial.

For example, do you puzzle over a response device asking for contributions ranging from $25 to $500? Which is better – listing the lowest amount first or listing the highest amount first?

The answer is … yes.

(Click here to read more)


Herschell Gordon Lewis is a resident at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience consulting with and writing direct response copy for clients worldwide. Mr. Lewis is the author of “Hot Appeals or Burnt Offerings,” an analysis of fundraising techniques. His most recent book is his 32nd — “Internet Marketing Tips, Tricks, and Tactics.” Among his other books are “On the Art of Writing Copy,” “Creative Rules for the 21st Century,” and “How to Write Powerful Fund Raising Letters.” His Website is

Meet Your Legislators Representing JKV

John Knox Village is its own voting precinct (C043)

Broward Supervisor of Elections: (954) 357-7050. Brenda Snipes serves as the current Broward Supervisor of Elections, which is located at:

115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 102
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


chrissmithJKV is in Florida State Senate District 31 as a result of redistricting in 2012. District 31 includes parts of Broward County, and The Village is represented by Christopher L. “Chris” Smith, a Democrat. Senator Smith served in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years. He was elected to the Florida State Senate in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He is the Minority Leader and has served on various Committees including: Criminal Justice; Rules; Appropriations; Communications/Energy/Public Utilities; Government Oversight/Accountability; Joint Legislative Budget; and the Select Committee on Patient Protection/Affordable Care Act. Senator Smith, an attorney (JD from Florida State University), was born in Fort Lauderdale. He is married with two children.

The State Senate has four-year terms.

Senator Smith’s local district office is located at:
1101 N.E. 40th Court, Suite 1
Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 267-2114


John Knox Village is in the Florida State House District 92, which includes parts of Broward County. We are represented by Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, who is a Democrat. Gwyndolen was born in Delray Beach and lives in Deerfield Beach. She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. She has a bachelor’s of science degree from Brooklyn Collage, a master’s degree from Adelphi University and is a retired educator with two children.

Her committee assignments have included: Education; Government Operations; Appropriations; Health and Human Services; and Redistricting. Community Service has included: American Cancer Society; Deerfield Beach City Commission; League of Cities; Kiwanis; and North Broward Hospital District. Members of the State House serve two-year terms with a maximum of four terms.

Representative Clarke-Reed’s local office is located at:
Pompano Beach City Hall
100 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 786-4848



The Village is in U.S. Congressional House District 22 as a result of redistricting in 2012. District 22 includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. We are represented by Lois Frankel, a Democrat. Congresswoman Frankel served for 14 years in the State Legislature and then as Mayor of West Palm Beach. She is an attorney and will serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. The U.S. House has two-year terms.

Her local office is located at:
2500 N. Military Trail, Suite 490
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 998-9045


John Knox Village (and Florida’s) U.S. Senators are Bill Nelson (Democrat) and Marco Rubio (Republican).

Sentaor Nelson was elected in 2000 after a number of years serving in the Florida Legislature, Cabinet and U.S. Congress. He was born in Miami, educated in Melbourne schools and has two children. His committee work has included: Commerce; Budget; Finance; Intelligence; and Aging. Senator Nelson is the leading Congressional expert on NASA and has been active in preventing Florida offshore drilling, improving veterans’ health care and securing a more affordable Medicare drug benefit.

Bill Nelson’s Broward office is located at:
3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
(954) 693-4851

Senator Rubio, an attorney, was elected in 2010 after eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, where he was Majority Whip/Leader and Speaker. He was born in Miami, has a bachelor’s of science from the University of Florida, completed his law degree from the University of Miami and has four children. Senator Rubio has been a visiting professor at FIU, as well as a political analyst for Univision. His committee work has included: Commerce; Science & Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business.

Marco Rubio’s local office is located at:
8660 NW 36th Street, Suite 110
Doral, FL 33166
(205) 418-8553


John Knox Village is in Broward County Commission District 4. We are represented by Chip LaMarca. Commissioner LaMarca was born in Massachusetts but moved to Broward County as a young child. He attended Broward College, as well as Boston College. The Commissioner is married and currently owns a construction company. He served for the Lighthouse Point Commission, and he volunteers his time with the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach and Broward Children’s Center.

Commissioner LaMarca may be reached by e-mail at (
His office is located at:
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 412
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7004


The Village is in Broward School Board District 7. We are represented by Nora Rupert, who was elected in 2010. She is a former educator, account executive and married mother of three adopted children. Ms. Rupert earned her bachelor’s of arts degree from Florida Southern College and volunteers with various education related organizations, as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The Broward School Board office is located at:
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(754) 321-2007


George BrummerJohn Knox Village is in the City of Pompano Beach District 5. We are represented by George Brummer, who also is the Vice Mayor.

City Hall is located at:
100 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 786-4600