Congratulations to Carlos Anguiano-Moreno, our April 2014 Employee of the Month.

Carlos is originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, however moved to the United States in 1993. Luckily for us, he chose to re-locate to Sarasota in the late 1990’s and by 2010 he was working at Plymouth Harbor on our Dining Services staff as a full-time Steward.

Always willing to work hard, he’s quick to identify what needs to be done and equally quick to take action.  Of course, his supervisors love that!

Not only is he quick and efficient, providing service that keeps our dining room humming, Carlos is loved for his courtesy and good humor with dining guests as well as his co-workers.  No wonder he was promoted to Lead Steward in 2013 and is now our Employee of the Month.

On a personal note, Carlos has two grown children.  His son lives in South Carolina and his daughter and her family live with Carlos.  He enjoys spending time with them.  Congratulations Carlos, well deserved!

By Ila Preti
A pretty, petite person, Cynda has many interests and talents in the arts: she’s a perfect fit for Sarasota!  (She first visited her mother-in-law here, and then spent many winters on Siesta Key.  She knew it was the place for her.)

Growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., an easy commute to New York City, Cynda became enamored of drama, art and music.  Her entire life has been art-centered: painting, sculpture and quilt designing have been favorites.  She participated in arts activities and sang in choral groups wherever she lived.

A drama major at Vassar College, she has fond memories of playing Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific.”  She met her husband there and they began married life in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he entered the family lumber business.  Cynda and her husband founded an art and drama center in Hot Springs.  Sadly, she was widowed at an early age.

New Mexico has been her home for many years.  As a rancher, she bred and raised Appaloosa horses, further developing her love of the environment and horticulture.  When she sold theranch and moved to Santa Fe, she had an opportunity to become involved in that city’s outstanding arts community.  She still has a home there and plans to spend the summer in the cool mountains (at 7,000 feet).

A love of learning has enriched Cynda’s entire life—wherever she lived, she enrolled in classes in many areas. Sometimes, when there was no college available, she took ‘correspondence’ courses.

The mother of three, she has three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.  One of her daughters, Liz, has lived on Longboat Key for many years; some of you may know her!  Her son and another daughter live in Colorado; grandchildren live in California and in North Carolina.

While Cynda’s life has centered on the arts, she has many other interests.  She is fascinated by “New Age” studies and loves sports; she was part of the 19th Colony Bocce team that played the North Garden Colony in the first Plymouth Harbor ‘tournament.’

A fascinating, enthusiastic person, Cynda is a wonderful addition to Plymouth Harbor and to Sarasota.  We warmly welcome her!

After so many years of excellent performances, it’s not surprising that when word goes out that Don Wallace has a new idea for the residents of ‘Puritan Cove’ and Naomi Wittenberg has once again donned her producers cap, excitement starts to build.

For 28 years residents of Plymouth Harbor have written, directed and produced original plays and these efforts are also supported by the Plymouth Harbor Residents Fund.  Staff are involved as well, but this is clearly one of the most creative and all-compassing group efforts led by residents.  It’s for fun, camaraderie, and probably one of the most entertaining ways to sharpen their wits and skills.

The excitement started several months ago.  It was December, in fact, when residents interested in trodding the boards read for roles in Don’s new play.  Peggy Wallace, Don’s wife, works with him as the stage director, lead prop mistress, lyricist, and vocalist.  Their son, Bruce, provided music, sound and media.  Another son, Gordon, was responsible for filming the video sequences which were important for the story line.

This time Don’s original story was about “The Stash on the Seventeenth Floor” and the performances took place on February 25 and 26 in Pilgrim Hall to the usual packed audience.

If you have been lucky enough to have enjoyed any of the Players’ performances in recent years, then you appreciate the quick wit and pace of the plays which owe much to the playwright.  Follow the natural dialogue that is also slyly humorous without going overboard, and you see the work of an Emmy-nominated writer responsible for soap operas like “The Edge of Night,” “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

This year’s “Stash” not only brought all that we have come to expect, but included video in the form of messages from Cassie Crowder’s granddaughter, Cassandra, who is working on her anthropology dissertation in Peru.  Heather Shaw played the doting Cassie who agrees to support her granddaughter by gathering a focus group of her friends to test an old Incan herbal medicine for their arthritis.  We’re tipped off when “in the hemp family” is heard in the first video message, featuring Don and Peggy’s grand-daughter-in-law, Amanda Wallace.

And so the story goes as some residents of Puritan Cove, including Cassie’s friends Chiquita (Francie  Jones), Selma (Ann Williams), and even the doubting Dr. Jules Hartley (Al Balaban) consume the special cookies Cassie bakes using the herb “kinocopa” sent to her direct from the Andes by her Cassandra.

Al Balaban — or rather Dr. Hartley — was the trouble-maker warning CEO Barry Dobson (played by Harry, of course) of the “illicit drug dealing.”  Lawyers were involved, with Bobby Broderick’s clear-thinking Frank Dillon getting the best of the politically ambitious State Attorney General Sam Sparger, given a heightened touch by the tall Paul Groen.

A clever use of the simple tune Frere Jacques with alternative lyrics unified the many scenes and even spiced up the drug inferences.  What do you think of when you hear those bent sitar notes introduced to western ears during the drug-fueled years of the Beatles recordings?  Another favorite reference  came with every “Walk this way” followed by the awkward dragging leg gait we all first saw in the Mel Brooks movie, Young Frankenstein.

Every character, and therefore actor, was given something funny or juicy to play with and we all had fun.  Kudos to so many, such as Carol Lawrence, Macky Groen and Bill Brackett, the only actors not yet mentioned.

Behind the scenes were George Doty on lights, Phil Starr with his videography skills, Sandra Forbes and George Salley with props, Nancy Gross and Sandra Forbes as prompters, Scott Pike providing program art, and finally Hugh Kelly, Jeanne MacArthur and Fran Vancil handling stage and curtains.  Thanks to other staff deeply involved in the production, Karen Smith and Maryanne Shorin.

 

“Having spent much of my life here with my parents and other relatives, Plymouth Harbor is near and dear to my heart.  Someday, we will call it home, too.”  – Bill Johnston, Chair,   Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees

 

Well regarded in financial circles throughout the country, Bill was the President and COO of the New York Stock Exchange from 1996 to 2001.  In addition, he has a long and distinguished career on Wall Street with several well-known firms, and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.  Bill is the consummate Board member who shares his time and talent with many organizations in addition to Plymouth Harbor, including locally DeSoto National Park, Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Foundation, and New College of Florida.  His advisory board service is too numerous to mention in this article, but suffice it to say that he is in demand and gives generously of his time.  Prior to Bill’s involvement with the Foundation Board, he served six years as a Plymouth Harbor Trustee.  He was first introduced to Plymouth Harbor by five relatives who preceded him, including his parents, two aunts, and an uncle.  Bill and his wife, Betsy, are Bradenton residents who also spend part of their time in the northeast.

 

The Cadillac Women

Do you know what Marjorie Boulware and Dorothy Johnston have in common besides being long-time Plymouth Harbor residents?  They both recently donated their Cadillacs to Plymouth Harbor Foundation!  Lyall Smith, Director of Security & Guest Services, commented, “Because of these generous donations, we are able to retire our older Cadillacs that were approaching the 100,000 mile mark.  The donated cars each have about half that many miles and have now been entered into service.  We are very grateful.”  Please extend a warm thanks to our Cadillac women for their generosity!

Evelin Corsey Estate

Evelin Corsey, who passed away in 2013, left Plymouth Harbor Foundation in her estate plans.  In February, we received a bequest of $45,000, to be distributed to several programs, including the Employee Assistance Fund and the Library.  While Evelin had no children of her own, she was very close to her goddaughter Lesley Fera, who has helped us to establish the Evelin Corsey Scholarship with a portion of the gift.  We are extremely grateful for this generous and thoughtful gift, and will keep you informed of the impact this gift has over the next few months.

Honoring Danielle Menzies

Thank you to Tom Towler and Nancy Lyon, who made a gift in honor of Danielle Menzies, Dining Services Operations Manager, on the occasion of her completing the Miami Lifetime Marathon on February 2, 2014.  The gift will benefit the Employee Assistance Fund.

Congratulations, Danielle!

L-R Phil Delaney, Priscilla Doulton, Mary Allyn, Harry Hobson

Priscilla Doulton could see that her family was enjoying the old pool table that had come with the house they had just moved into in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, outside of Boston.  The cue sticks,  however, were just not in good shape.  So off she went to a store in a nearby town that was having a sale.  “Sure we have pool cue sticks,” they had answered when she called ahead to ask.  What they failed to mention was that they also had a rare gem on hand with which she would soon fall in love.

The large antique pool table that caught her eye when she walked in was made of oak with diamond-shaped inlays of ivory all along the top border.  The shopkeeper told her it was from the 1880’s and she could see that it had real presence.  It was beautiful, Priscilla thought, and just the right gift for her husband.

It was perfect for them, but the “pool table” room in the house was not.  This grand pool table was simply too large.  Undaunted, Priscilla and her husband simply added a room onto the back of the house to accommodate the new table.  There was nothing more than the pool table and necessary accoutrements in the room they designed with three glass walls overlooking a wooded backyard and distant stream.

It sounds idyllic, but Priscilla says she doesn’t think her daughters noticed the view at all.  Bettina andKara grew up having a lot of fun in the pool room.  As budding young women, they delighted in the attention from the boys, whether they said it was interest in the pool table or not.

The pool table held a lifetime of memories and moved down with the Doultons when they retired to Sarasota.  Recently, Priscilla moved to a smaller home in downtown Sarasota and wondered what to do with this lovely antique.

Phil Delaney making the first break.

Her friend, Phil Delaney, Managing Director & President at Northern Trust, thought that it deserved a home where many more would enjoy games of pool for years to come.  If she were to give the antique to an organization, where might it receive a fitting reception and welcome home?  When the idea struck Phil, Priscilla agreed, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay!

Now, this lovely table has a home of its own again, the cozy alcove in the newly renovated Club Room.  Accompanied only by two handsome spectator chairs for the watchful players and a cabinet for the cue sticks, the table built by J.E. Came & Company Billiard Makers of Boston now holds court at Plymouth Harbor, welcoming all players.

Harry Hobson, President and CEO of Plymouth Harbor, greeted both Priscilla and Phil, along with  several Plymouth Harbor resident leaders and Trustees for the official christening of the pool table in its new home.  Phil was given the honor of making the first break.

Mary Allyn, President of the Residents Association, and Bill Johnston, Chair of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, proudly acknowledged this remarkable gift and thanked Priscilla for her generosity.

“This gift is an amazing example of how our community comes together for the good of the whole,” commented Harry Hobson.  “We cannot thank Priscilla Doulton and Phil Delaney enough.”

The table is clearly following the Eastlake design style popular in American furniture making from 1870 to 1890 during the later years of the Victorian era.  The Eastlake furniture style as envisioned by its namesake, Charles Lock Eastlake, came about in response to his dislike of the over-the-top Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival styles popular during the Victorian era.  In contrast with other  Victorian styles of furniture produced in America featuring classical motifs, Eastlake furniture is more geometric and incorporates modest curves.

Ornamental carving seen on these pieces is lightly incised rather than deeply carved.  Wood grains were often emphasized, with oak and cherry frequently used in Eastlake pieces.  The next time you visit the Club Room, take a moment to examine the oak grain in the veneer panels and the carved medallion details on the sides.  We can appreciate the elegantly turned legs and the diamond ivory inlays.

Bill Seiberling recently enjoyed a game of pool with Harry on the ‘new’ table.  “I played a lot of pool in college and thoroughly enjoyed the game, but I haven’t played much since then,” said Bill.  “I was very touched that Harry remembered pool as one of my favorite college pastimes and challenged me to a game.  I had the biggest smile on my face!” he exclaimed.

And so ends the story of how a Sarasota community connection led to a generous contribution by a newfound friend that will lead to Plymouth Harbor residents and friends connecting with one another for many years to come. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Congratulations to Luis Santiago for being nominated by his peers and being honored as the Plymouth Harbor“Employee of the Month for March 2014.”

Luis is originally from Panama,Central America, however moved here to Sarasota while still in school. He was not only an athlete, but an accomplished musician as well. While attending the Booker High School Visual & Performing Arts program, he played clarinet and baseball. Luis was one of the best pitchers in the tri-county area, but he still made time to go to concerts and enjoy all kinds of music.  After graduating from Booker High School, he went on to earn an Associates degree from State College of Florida in 2008.

Always working while attending school Luis served  at Pei Wei Sarasota as a Dishwasher and Pantry Cook, at Kobernick House as a Server, and at Sweetbay Supermarket as a Cashier and Customer Service Rep.  His previous employers describe Luis  as personable with customers or residents and a good employee.

Luckily for us, Luis came to Plymouth Harbor as a full time Lead Steward in March 2012 where he was quickly noticed as the person who consistently asks if there is anything he could do to help when he has a few spare minutes.  Within a year he was promoted to Dining Services Houseman in April 2013.

Now everyone knows that Luis always does whatever it takes to help make the kitchen run smoothly. He’s efficient at cleaning up after and organizing everyone’s untidiness or accidents.  He tries to keep a smile on everyone’s face and lightens their spirits.

Always the professional, he listens and follows instructions and criticism effectively while keeping a good, upbeat, and enthusiastic attitude.

And just to emphasize the fact that he is a hard worker, Luis is still in school. This time he’s working toward earning a Radiology certificate at State College of Florida.

By Isabel Pedersen

The Schwartz’s beautiful apartment should have been the tipoff.  The decorator had to have been a professional—and, of course, she was.  Helen spent her adult years as a decorator, designing both homes and offices.  She graduated from Pembroke College (now part of Brown University.)  A New York City gal all the way, she did not want a conventional 9-to-5 job so she studied at the American Institute of Interior Design (ASID) and found a profession she loved.

Harold’s story intersected Helen’s in 1949 when they met, in New York, of course.  Harold was born in the Bronx, son of an immigrant father who had developed a good tannery business.  After studying mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Army sent him as an engineer to build Treadway Bridges across Europe.  After the war, Harold finished his education, later adding a Master’s degree.  He chose a college in Newark, New Jersey, partly because the family tannery was there.  It was there because Newark had the pure water necessary for the tanning process.  It also is vital for brewing beer.  The joke was that there was so much beer made in Newark that you had to check when you opened your faucet.  It might be beer that day.

His family business was primarily manufacturing suitcases.  The company was sold to a conglomerate which sent him to run the luggage division in Virginia.  His final job was as president of a distributor of equipment for the tanning industry.  Through all this, the family lived in South and then West Orange, New Jersey, close to New York for this city family.  A major interest, while there, was raising money for the United Jewish Appeal.

When they moved to Longboat Key, they rented for several years before settling on Promenade.  Retirement meant more time for golf and tennis.  The tennis has now gone by the boards but golf, for Harold, is still fun.

Their three daughters are, not surprisingly, interesting.  The oldest is a lawyer and Secretary of American Express.  The second lives in Israel with her husband, and the youngest and her husband have retired, splitting their time between France and Manhattan.

You will enjoy meeting this delightful couple.  You may even get some ideas for your own apartment.


It’s easy to agree that energy and natural resources should not be wasted.  It’s a consideration for the environment, as well as the financial cost of using more than we need. We are all encouraged to reuse, reduce, recycle and we need your help to become less wasteful.

The Plymouth Harbor resident Conservation Committee has compiled a guidebook of suggested actions that will keep us all on a energy-sensitive path.  Produced as a brochure for caregivers who visit, these tips are important for everyone to understand.

You can help conserve electricity usage by: 

  • Turning off uneeded lights – Your client’s safety is important, but in rooms no one enters, please turn off the lights.
  • Adjusting the thermostat – Sometimes it is possible to adjust the thermostat up or down without making your client less comfortable.

Recycling is a Daily Habit

The garbage and food waste from each apartment goes down the chute in the trash room on each floor, but many items can be recycled.

Here is a RECYCLING  list to help you know what to put where.

  • Paper Container – This is the Biggie

newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, cards, flattened cereal and show boxes, corrugated cardboard, paper bags flattened

  • Commingle Container

All cans, tin, aluminum, rinsed pie pans, Plastics which say in the little triangle on the base #1, #2, #3, #4, #5. #6, and #7.  Glass – clear, green and brown

Everything must be rinsed and free of food particles.

If you have any questions, there is a list in the trash room of what we recycle.

How to Recycle unused and expired medicine

These should be taken to the Callahan Center on the second floor of the tower. Disposing of them in that way will keep those chemicals out of the bay and out of our drinking water.

All of us are in this together, trying to make Plymouth Harbor, and our world, a cleaner,  safer place.

The view from the northeast residence on the 25th floor of the Plymouth Harbor tower is not so bad, particularly on a sunny winter day with boating activity far below on Sarasota Bay.  That spectacular panorama catching nearly every angle of cityscape, gulf side sunsets and the moon rising over the bay, is the reason Joe and Nancy Berkely chose their new home at Plymouth Harbor in 2003.

We talked with Joe recently on one of those sunny days, taking a leisurely stroll back through the lucky turns of events that brought him together with Nancy, his wife of 69 years.  It was only a year ago that she passed after a long illness during which she remained in their beautiful tower residence.

Smiling with the memory, he remarked on her unfailing beauty and spirit.  “She always lit up the room wherever she went,” says Joe who first met his lifelong sweetheart in Dodge City during the war.  She was a student at the University of Kansas.  He was the daring young pilot, driving a red convertible no less!

They were introduced by the daughter of the Lieutenant Governor during a mixer between the B-26 pilots training at the Dodge City base and sorority girls from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  That high-placed connection came in handy when a special call to his superiors granted him a rare leave to attend the football game when Nancy was crowned homecoming queen.

Their courtship was a charmed one marked by lucky opportunities during the uncertain times of war.  When they married, Joe, who had grown up in Chicago, decided to put down his roots in Nancy’s hometown and Dodge City is where they built their life together.

Nancy and Joe Berkely

Joe bought a little weekly newspaper that he steadily built into the High Plains Journal, significant news source for the agricultural community throughout the Midwest.  He learned about farming and ranch interests from the ground up with the help of many in the close knit social circles of Dodge City and beyond.  With a good mind for promotions and building support for the paper, Joe was actively involved in agricultural innovations to solve problems such as weeds and drought.  While one experiment seeding clouds blew rain well off the mark, a targeted spray on wheat fields from a helicopter proved to be a reliable and more cost effective method to eliminate weeds and improve yield.

That entrepreneurial mind of Joe’s never stopped though the years of raising their daughter Nan Berkely Griffin, who now lives in Myakka City, not far away.  As the years passed, he and Nancy enjoyed more time at their winter home on Longboat Key where they kept a boat at the dock ready for time on the water whenever they wished.

When they no longer wanted to spend their energy maintaining a house themselves, it was a natural transition to move to a new home at Plymouth Harbor.  They simply brought their boat over and moved into the penthouse that Nancy had designed for them herself.  It featured a spacious kitchen, two bathrooms, gracious living, dining and work spaces and that view . . . ah, that view!

Once they moved in, not long after the graceful John Ringling Bridge was completed, Joe and Nancy became active members of the Plymouth Harbor community; Joe served on resident committees and Nancy simply loved the many people who lived here.

No longer serving on resident committees, Joe continues to keep active with fitness classes and the encouragement of our Wellness team.  He still goes to work in his home office, maintaining communication with those now running the daily operations of the High Plains Journal which remains a  leading voice for its community despite the digital revolution that rocked the newspaper industry.

When asked about the key to his success, or that of anyone who wants to be successful, Joe’s answer was, “Luck would be a big one!  I was lucky to pick the right girl.”  He’s quick to point to the luck of meeting his wife Nancy and the luck of meeting the right people who supported his first business efforts.  But he adds quickly, “A good work ethic and intelligence.”

Reflecting on what drove his success, Joe also credits his father for instilling a sense of high personal and moral standards.  Although his father wanted Joe to follow him into the medical profession, and he even studied medicine for a brief period, it was not meant to be.  Studying at the University of Chicago, Central YMCA College, Notre Dame and finally earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Valparaiso, Joe had a wealth of experiences before he ended up in the Army Air Corps.  There officer training instilled further expectations of leadership as “an officer and a gentlemen”.

Joe took care of newspaper employees, paying everyone equally for their work regardless of gender.  To this day the longevity of staff service is one of the strengths that have carried the business through difficult economic times.  He’s proud that three times the union came in trying to organize the workers and each time the High Plains Journal employees resisted.

While Joe is still connected with the High Plains Journal, whose publisher calls on him at least twice a week, Joe makes time to enjoy his waterfront lifestyle.  It’s more than that panoramic view.  He still has a boat at the Plymouth Harbor dock.  It’s a “Ford class” fishing boat, 32 feet, with twin inboard motors.  At least once a month, Joe and a few fellow fisherman from Plymouth Harbor take her out for a day of fishing in the gulf.  Now, that’s a zest for life!