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June 2018                                                             PGA C.A.N.!, Page 3

From The Editor:

What’s in a Name?

	 Jeffrey was born with a                                    	 Two of my clients who are sisters were given the names,     Island to establish a life in the United States, the officials
Polish surname that no one                                   Pasqualina and Generosa, as their first names. However,       wrote the phonetic equivalent of the name they heard.
could pronounce or spell.                                    they used the names, Lillian and Jean, respectively,          My maternal grandfather, Michael Barone, had 2 other
Children in school teased                                    throughout their lives for simplicity. Legal documents        brothers arrive at different times. One brother’s surname
him about his name and                                       were in the names, Lillian and Jean. It did not become an     became Baroni and the other Barony. As a result, we
some of his superiors in                                     issue until the Florida Department of Highway Safety and      had relatives with surnames spelled with the different
the military made sure to                                    Motor Vehicles in 2010 required the production of birth       variations.
change the pronunciation                                     certificates when renewing or obtaining driver licenses to    	 Some names have become notorious through their
at their discretion. It was                                  conform with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security         usage. The Charles Dickens character, Scrooge, is often
always in the back of his                                    Real ID Act enacted in 2008. In order to comply with the      the name attributed to a mean spirited miserly person.
mind that someday he                                         Act, Paqualina and Generosa had no choice but to file         The Harriet Beecher Stowe cruel character, Simon
would change it.                                             Petitions in Court to change their names to Lillian and       Legree, is frequently used to refer to a villain or employer
	 One day after being                                        Jean.                                                         who demands excessive work from his staff. One of
released from the military, Jeffrey felt lucky – so he went  	 Celebrities and public figures often change their names     my favorites is Imelda Marcos, the wife of the former
to Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, New York. He bet on        to simplify their lives. In show business it is often called  president of The Philippines, who was found to have
5 races and won them all. Then in the 6th race he saw the    a stage name. The internationally best-selling singer,        owned over 1,000 pairs of shoes when her husband in 1986
horse that would change his life. Its name was Jeffrey with  Connie Francis, was born Concetta Franconero. Imagine         was forced into exile. Women who acquire large amounts
a one syllable surname. He placed the bet on the horse       Ed Sullivan trying to introduce her with her birth name!!     of shoes are often referred to as the Imelda Marcos of their
and to his amazement, the horse won. Coincidentally          It was actually Arthur Godfrey, at one of his shows, who      town. The names of some individuals inspire others and
Jeffrey remembered seeing the horse’s name many years        advised Connie to change her name. Talented artists,          a religion, philosophical or political movement develops
before on a sheet of paper in his father’s pocket. At the    musicians and historical figures such as Michelangelo,        such as Buddhism, Marxism or Maoism.
time, Jeffrey thought perhaps he was adopted but now         Renoir, Picasso, Mozart, Bach, Socrates, Plato are            	 Many Hispanics adopt the surname of their mother
the 6th winning horse convinced him to change his name       remembered by just one name. Then there are the stars         and father resulting in a lengthy list when including first,
and he filed documents in Court to do so. From that point    identifiable with only one name including Garbo, Elvis,       middle and family names. Pablo Diego Ruiz y Picasso is
forward, Jeffrey was transformed.                            Twiggy, Oprah, Cher, etc.                                     the full legal name of the famous artist.
	 Names have great significance in many cultures. For        	 Many of you are familiar with Ralph Lifshitz. He            	 The study of names is onomastics. Etymology focuses
many years, Catholics named their children after saints in   started his career in the garment industry. In 1968, when     on the origin and historical development of a name. To
the Church. Italians, Greeks and many Latin Americans        he was in his late 20’s, he decided to start his own tie      begin, just ask the question, “What’s in a name?”
celebrate their name day to a greater extent than their      company. He expanded to a variety of men’s wear and           	 Until next month…
birthdays. In Italian, we wish people, “Buon Onomastico,”    became Ralph Lauren. Within a short time, his designs
on their name day and we give gifts in celebration. In       were everywhere. Curiously, Jeffrey, who is mentioned in                                         James A. Cioffi, Esq., Editor
addition, Italians often name their children to honor        the beginning of this column, and Ralph worked together                                                      james@jcclaw.com
their birth on a holy day. One of my aunts was named,        in the same company before Ralph started his own men’s
Annunziata, because she was born on the Annunciation,        line. Ralph asked Jeffrey to join him in his new business     	 P.S. If you would like to share your story about names,
March 25. It marks the announcement to Mary by the angel     - but Jeffrey had made other choices.                         please forward it to me.
Gabriel that she would conceive and be the mother of Jesus.  	 During the years when immigrants came through Ellis

                                                                                                                           Community

                                                                                                                           Safety

                                                                                                                           By Keith Echols, Director of Security,
                                                                                                                           Allied Universal
                                                                                                                           	 There are several explanations for the crime
                                                                                                                           that takes place within a gated community. The most
                                                                                                                           concerning to me is what contributes to a community
                                                                                                                           being perceived as vulnerable or unprotected. In
                                                                                                                           2017, security issued 6,026 open garage citations,
                                                                                                                           nearly twice as many as issued in 2016. So far this
                                                                                                                           year, security has issued 2,353 open garage door
                                                                                                                           citations. In my opinion we are on track to surpass
                                                                                                                           the number of citations issued in 2017 if a change
                                                                                                                           does not occur. A community with multiple open
                                                                                                                           garage doors creates the perception of vulnerability
                                                                                                                           that criminals look for.
                                                                                                                           	 Criminals are actively seeking communities to
                                                                                                                           target. Individuals and groups are traveling from
                                                                                                                           other areas such as Dade and Broward counties to
                                                                                                                           commit residential and vehicle burglaries. When
                                                                                                                           criminals are canvassing an area in search of their
                                                                                                                           next target, multiple open garage doors increase
                                                                                                                           the chances of you, your neighbor, and community
                                                                                                                           becoming the next victim. As residents, you can
                                                                                                                           prevent this and end the perception of being a
                                                                                                                           vulnerable community simply by closing your garage
                                                                                                                           door when not in use. Advancements in technology
                                                                                                                           have made accomplishing that task easier with the
                                                                                                                           creation of automatic garage door closers, which are
                                                                                                                           designed to close after a specified time determined
                                                                                                                           by you, the homeowner. If you contact your garage
                                                                                                                           door company I’m sure they can provide more
                                                                                                                           information.
                                                                                                                           	 As a community, we all share in the responsibility
                                                                                                                           of safeguarding PGA National from individuals with
                                                                                                                           malicious intentions. Together we can change that
                                                                                                                           perception. For security reasons, close your garage
                                                                                                                           door when not in ingress and egress to and from the
                                                                                                                           garage. As always, never hesitate to call security to
                                                                                                                           report any suspicious persons or activity at 627-1600.
                                                                                                                           Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how
                                                                                                                           long – always lock your doors and set your alarm.
                                                                                                                           Sharing information is vital; the smallest piece of
                                                                                                                           information may be the biggest part of the solution.
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