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Volume 20, Number 56    Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:06 AM; Sunset at 5:34 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

CA VOTE RESULTS


     Sam Sudman            Doug Seipelt            Larry Smith

The Community Association is reporting tonight that these are the three winning candidates for positions on the CA Board of Directors as selected by the CA Members in voting that terminated today at 5:00 pm.  They will be sworn in at the Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 and will serve terms that run until January, 2022.
     Between now and then, the 9 individuals who will be serving as directors next year will meet in private to select their 2019 President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
     The vote to change the annual membership dues in the CA favored a $9.00 increase by more than a 2:1 margin.  The dues for 2019 will be $288 per member.

BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

100% of ticket sales will be donated to benefit the SCC Emergency Squad

The Gals & Guys Productions will host a Spectacular Holiday Show on Wednesday, December 12th at Community Hall (1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd) starting at 6:30 PM; doors will open at 6:00 PM. 
     Tickets are available for $5 per person at the Atrium Ticket Kiosk on N. Pebble Beach Blvd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM from Monday to Thursday now until December 12.  Tickets will also be available at the door, either cash or check, payable to Gals & Guys Prods.

And, in Closing,

  • I was reminded that flags are to be half-staff until December 30 due to the death of past President, George H.W. Bush.
  • It hurts sometimes, but you should know that I always ignore requests to be your Facebook Friend.  Linda’s and my families are large enough to keep us fully occupied with photos and quips from our grandchildren and, now, great-grandchildren.  I hope you understand.

 /John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 55       Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:05 AM; Sunset at 5:34 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

DECORATED GOLF CART PARADE
SATURDAY!


The parade will start in the parking lot that runs along North Pebble Beach Blvd in front of the Samaritan Services building at 10 o’clock Saturday morning.  If you are entering a golf cart, be sure to register it at the CA Office this week between 8 am and 3 pm, and then arrive Saturday by 9 am to have your decorations judged so awards can be given out at the end of the parade. 
     If you just want to see all the carts as they pass by, you can be anywhere along their route starting at LaJolla Blvd over to El Rancho, and then down El Rancho to Ojai Avenue for its full length over to Cherry Hills Drive.  The carts will then swing down to the finishing point in front of Old Town Hall next to the Bandstand on the Central Campus.
     What kind of decorations?  ANYthing of a holiday nature … I asked if I just put a couple of lights on my cart would that qualify me?  The answer was, “Sure!  You would be celebrating your ‘Brightened Holiday’, right?”  Would I get a big prize?  “I wouldn’t count on it.”

NEW THINGS AT THE CAFÉ

Have you visited the café in the Atrium Building lately? Ambreen has a new updated menu, and has hired a full time Pastry Chef on staff. On December 15 there will be a tree decorating party from 3 to 5 pm. Customers can bring an ornament to put up on the tree; Carols, Hot Cider, Hot Cocoa and Mulled wine with the purchase of the newly introduced dessert trio samplers.  

And, in Closing,
     
Have you voted for the CA Board candidates yet and on the question of raising our dues in 2019?  The polls are open today (Tuesday) until 3 pm in the Sandpiper Room, and tomorrow (December 5th) from 9 am to 5 pm in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.

/John Bowker    

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Volume 20, Number 54        Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:00 AM; Sunset at 5:34 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

ACE HARDWARE TO MOVE

The History Society has photos of Sun City Center dating back to its beginning and then in steps as the town developed.  Among the first stores was ACE Hardware in our Plaza and, with the exception of the month or two following a roof collapse, it has been here ever since.
      But now we learn that there just isn’t room for them to store and display all the goodies they offer, so they will be moving from the Plaza to a new building near Walmart.
      Construction of the new building has not started yet, but is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks with a new grand opening planned for 2020.  The space it will occupy is on the Walmart side of US-301 just to the north of the Cape Stone entranceway that our golf carts use when they take the path from East Del Webb Blvd.

AND, NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO FREEDOM PLAZA?

We finally have an answer to one of the more common questions about the new building going up on Upper Creek Drive.  It will be affiliated with the Magnolia Senior Living organization well known for Assisted Living and Memory Care.
     This particular building will have 50 units with 1-bedroom and Studio apartments.  They expect to have all the construction finished by mid-February with a grand opening possibly as soon as early May once all the government approvals are in hand.  I note they are now recruiting staff for the new facility (details at 813-340-1085)

ALL THOSE PIPES AND DIGGING AT MURPHY

The best I can determine about what’s going on with all the digging and huge pipes next to he Murphy Gas Station at the corner of 674 and US-301 is that a retention pond is needed to handle all the surface water runoff from the new highway construction on US-301 and building construction in that area.  The new ACE Hardware store will be in an adjacent lot that will also create new a new paved parking area needing good drainage.

And, in Closing,

  • Remember the big community Breakfast on Saturday morning!  $5.00 for a full plate starting at 7:30 in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building on our Central Campus.
  • I regret to tell you that Lou Tovey, past President of the SCC Men's Club and, for several years, Chief of the SCC Security Patrol, passed away this week in Pennsylvania. 

 /John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 53        Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:55 AM; Sunset at 5:35 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

LAWN BOWLING
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE NEXT WEEK !

Bowls USA, the national governing body for the sport of lawn bowls, has selected the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club greens for the 2018 National Championships.  Winners from play-downs for men and women in 7 geographic divisions in the United States will come to Sun City Center for the final competitions to establish the National Lawn Bowling Champions. 

     The Opening Ceremonies will get underway Monday, November 26, at 4:00 pm with the competitions beginning on Tuesday morning the 27th. Spectators can come to the greens (behind the library on North Pebble Beach Blvd). There are a few benches but you can bring your own lawn chair. There are two rounds per day Tuesday through Thursday and one round Friday morning.  A "round" is 8 singles matches and 8 pairs matches - 48 competitors per round - two full greens of men and women competitive action per round.
     The opening
ceremonies will include Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White, John Luper, President, Sun City Center Community Association and Eric Schreck, President of Florida Operations, Trustco Bank.  More information is at www.bowlsusa.us and the Club’s website, www.suncitycenterlbc.com

PAIN IN YOUR SHOULDER?

South Bay Hospital will host a free health education seminar on Advances in Rotator Cuff
Treatment
on Wednesday, November 28th from noon to 1pm.

     Neil Kumar, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, will discuss signs, symptoms and advanced treatment options for rotator cuff pain and injuries.
     The seminar will be held at the United Methodist Church Life Enrichment Center located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd West. Reservations are required. Lunch will be provided.
     For more information, or to make a reservation for this free health education seminar, call 1-888-685-1595.

And, in Closing,

  • Members of the Community Association are reminded that the paid workers of the CA cannot accept tips, but a special gift fund has been set up by resident Margaret Vaske for them.  I encourage clubs to make a donation since all of the maintenance staff who maintain their clubroom buildings and the few paid office staff are on Margaret’s list of all 47 employees.  Personal donations are welcome too.  Make sure your donations (cash or check) are placed in a special envelope in the CA office at 1009 North Pebble Beach Boulevard before December 19 (the receptionist can help you), and any check you write should be payable to the Holiday Gift Fund.
  • Be sure to lock your car when you leave it parked .. even in your own driveway!  Deputy Merry reports that unlocked cars have been entered in peoples’ driveways overnight in Sun City Center recently.
  • Getting your golf cart ready for the big parade on December 8th?  You can decorate it in any way you want, but there are $1,000 in prizes!

 /John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 51
Golf Cart Drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:46 AM; Sunset at 5:41 PM.

MINTO SALES OFFICE CLOSES

Jim Sears, a resident of the Renaissance section of Sun City Center, advises that the Minto sales office on Chipper Drive is closing today and that house is being prepared for the new home owners.  Jim provided this photo provided by Minto Communities of the new gated community in Sun City Center, ‘Verona’, taken just 3 months ago.  There is no further development of new property in historic Sun City Center planned at this time.


In this photo, you are looking south from the Sandpiper Grill with most of Renaissance in the picture.  Chipper Drive comes in from the right edge and US-301 forms the distinct boundary at the upper left corner.

And, in Closing,
  • All county libraries will be closed on Sunday, November 11 and again on Monday, November 12 along with most Hillsborough County offices and facilities in observance of Veterans Day.  If you need to know about specific offices, I will send you the full list of openings and closings for Monday, November 12.  Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com
/John Bowker    
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