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Volume 20, Number 37            Monday, August 20, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:03 AM; Sunset at 8:03 PM.

Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Shell Gasoline and Rallys is open

For weeks, and then for months, we watched all the activity at the corner of State Road 674 and Cypress Village Blvd.  A frequent question was “what’s going in there?”  It has now become perfectly clear what’s there, and the best part is that it is all now open.


Just a side note; when you leave the store or the gas pumps, I suggest you exit the property in the direction of Bealls across the mall.  My car found the exit ramp in the foreground next to the gas pumps a bit steep and it dragged a little as it came to the bottom of that exit ramp.

Stretch Seminar

 Does your back hurt?  Are you suffering from arthritis?  On Thursday this week (the 23rd) there will be an open seminar at 1:30 PM at the Trinity Baptist Church at 702 Del Webb Blvd West. Debbie Clark, a nationally certified trainer, will help you improve your blood circulation, energy level, balance, flexibility and posture, while reducing your stress.

And, in Closing,

  • South Bay Hospital seeks volunteers on weekdays for several highly visible patient experience positions throughout the hospital.  The hours are flexible; training will be provided. Anyone with courteous communication skills should call 813-634-0187. 

/John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 36              Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:00 AM; Sunset at 8:08 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Right on Schedule

Several weeks ago when the CA announced that the two indoor pools would be closed for cleaning and upgrading they also announced the two rooms would reopen on August 27th.  Things have gone very well as you can see from this photo taken in the lap pool room by Helen Nardick a couple of days ago.


Scary, isn’t it. By the time you see this, the scaffolding will have all been removed. In fact, just checking around this morning, I wouldn’t be surprised if the rooms aren’t opened maybe even a day or two ahead of the 27th.  Congratulations to the schedulers (and workers).

BUT

Be prepared a few days later for the outdoor pool to be closed for two days while they paint the outside walls of the Atrium Building next to the pool using the same blue color you see here. 

And, in Closing,

  • Free Tuition for Senior Citizens at Hillsborough County College SouthShore Campus for classes that start in September.  Interested?  I have details at jbowker103@gmail.com
  • The Community Church College autumn trips and classes are now listed at the website: http://www.4lifelearning.org/forms.html and there will be no registration day for the fall semester this year.

/John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 35              Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:57 AM; Sunset at 8:13 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Do Yourself a Favor

Set aside Tuesday afternoon, September 18.  The Emergency Squad recognizes that two ailments are becoming more visible in Sun City Center that lead to the most common cause of ambulance calls here.  In partnership with Tampa General Hospital and others, the Squad is hosting an in-depth presentation by experts on how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and of diabetes.  Time is of the essence, so it is important to know what to look for.
     You will begin to see more mention of this program during the next month but, for now, just circle that afternoon from 12:30 to 3:00, it’s all free and even includes lunch! It will be held in our Community Hall (1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd).
     If you are reading this in Kings Point, the date for the presentation and lunch there will be the following week, Tuesday, September 25 in the Veterans’ Theater.

Sheriff’s Warning

Deputy Merry writes: We had an incident yesterday, where a white male, mid 40's, scruffy face, unkept look, driving a black sedan posed as a Direct TV installer to make his way into homes.  Direct TV has confirmed he is not an installer.  This a type of diversion theft.  Ask for proper identification for anyone who wants access to your home.     

Veterans’ Memorial Progress

Walt Cawein writes that they are nearing the final stages of getting started with the construction of the memorial that will be in front of Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  Our current need, Walt says, is about $25,000 before we can proceed.  We have $160,000 in the bank.
    You may donate to the SCC Charitable Foundation at PO Box 6105, Sun City Center, FL 33571.  Your donation will go directly into the SCC Veterans Memorial Fund.
    If you would like a flyer showing how to donate to a commemorative brick that will be part of the memorial, and other details about what is planned, write to Jbowker103@gmail.com

Entertainment Series
Season Ticket Holders:

Renewal notices have been mailed by the CA and must be returned to the CA office by September 7.   Please note that if you are sending the renewal via US Mail, the full address is 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL  33573. (There was a typo on the Zip Code within the renewal.)  The office is open weekdays from 8 AM to 3 PM.
     Questions?  Please call Renee Bray at 813-642-2001.

And, in Closing,

  • 56 homes were resold in the historic Sun City Center during July; at the end of July, we had 11,368 residents here; a year ago there were 11,334.
  • Big outdoor pool event for CA Members on Saturday, August 11,  1-4 PM on our Central Campus.

/John Bowker    To subscribe or to comment, write to me at JBowker103@gmail.com


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Volume 20, Number 34               Thursday, July 19, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:46 AM; Sunset at 8:26 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

INDOOR POOL AREA TO CLOSE

Starting Monday, July 23rd and lasting until Monday, August 27th, the rooms in the Atrium Building with the “Lap Pool” and the “Walking Pool”, and the associated locker rooms, will be closed for repairs and repainting.  The pools themselves are fine.
     This announcement by the Community Association was just made in the past 24 hours and they jumped at the chance when they found the contractor would be able to start now and get the whole job done in a month.

A NOTE FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

We are assisting the children who attend the Wimauma Boys and Girls Club prepare for the upcoming school year by collecting school supplies for them.  The children who attend would not have any school supplies if it were not for the generous donations by the community. 
     This year we have partnered with the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, and Beth Israel.  School supplies can be dropped off at any of those locations or the Sun City Center Sheriff's Office Substation.  
Thank you,  
Deputy Jeffery E. Merry Jr.

ABOUT YOUR DAILY WALK

The county is about to launch a program tackling lifting sidewalks by awarding more than $1.6 million to contractors (so far) during 2018 for more than a dozen sidewalk renovation projects.
     I really have no idea how they will select exactly what sidewalks need attention, or how they will select which problems will receive attention first.
     But if you are aware of sidewalks that are being lifted by tree trunks or poor drainage or for any other reason,  send me a photo with the address clearly marked and I’ll see what I can do.

VALSARTAN MAY BE POISONOUS

This is a blood pressure medication that is available widely through pharmacists in this area. It is manufactured by a number of prescription companies worldwide.  A quick check today in town indicates that lots of people in the Sun City Center area have purchased the drug, all based on proper prescriptions from their doctors.
     But now they learn that some Valsartan doses contain a poison and the advice I received today from a pharmacist was that anyone taking the drug should call their pharmacy and ask if what they bought from them is okay to continue taking.

And, in Closing,

  • I confirmed today that the gasoline station at the corner of Route 674 and Cypress Village Boulevard will be soon opening as a Shell station, with a Rally Restaurant next to it and a new Car Wash facility as part of the new construction. And yes, I had heard all the other rumors too.

/John Bowker              Write to me at JBowker103@gmail.com

 


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Volume 20, Number 33               Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:45 AM; Sunset at 8:26 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Sun City Center Veterans Memorial

     Right on schedule, and with military precision, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial took place this morning in the front park at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard.  Master of Ceremonies Bill Hodges spoke to the nearly 200 assembled residents, many of whom are veterans. He introduced April Kerbow who sang the National Anthem, James Haney who led us with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rev. Julian Graham who provided the Invocation for today’s proceedings.  Bill then introduced the Chairman of the Memorial Committee, Walt Cawein who told the story of the Memorial.
     Walt then introduced the six people who actually performed the ground breaking with highly decorated shovels. 


As the ceremony unfolded Walt invited some of the major contributors that made the Memorial possible to stand with the groundbreakers.

MOSQUITO PROBLEMS AT YOUR HOUSE?

Hillsborough County residents with pesky mosquitoes around their homes are in luck: mosquito fish are back, and are available for free all summer long.  If you want details, write to me at Jbowker103@gmail.com

/John Bowker 


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Volume 20, Number 32               Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:42 AM; Sunset at 8:28 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

COUNTY TAX OFFICE CLOSED

Without any notice (that I saw), the county has closed its Tax offices at the end of the shopping center behind KFC just the other side of the Interstate on 674.  That’s where we used to go for license plates, driver’s licenses, etc. They are building a new tax office building at 406 30th Street in Ruskin.  So now you will turn right at the 30th Street traffic light (just beyond KFC) on 674, and immediately come to the South County Center.  Pull in there and at the far end of that building complex is the new “TAX COLLECTOR” Building shown below.  It will open in a couple of weeks, Tuesday, July 24th.
   If you need immediate attention, go to their
Brandon office located at 3030 Falkenburg Rd. (Thanks Rachel B.)


       Old Tax Office (Entry was at the two palm trees)         New Office building is at 406 30thStreet

PICTURES OF YOUR NEIGHBORS

Last Wednesday there was a big breakfast held in Community Hall to celebrate July 4th.  According to the fellow running it, they served 1,310 meals.  Not to be outdone, Bill Hodges took pictures of just about every person there I’m sure. You might want to glance at the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNJrpH3nT0o  If nothing else, you can tease your neighbors about what they were doing when the camera caught them.

GROUNDBREAKING AT VETERANS MEMORIAL

Once again, let me remind you about this event that will be held in the small park area in front of Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard.  It will occur next Tuesday, July 17, at 10 AM.  Veterans are asked to wear their military shirt and/or cap if possible.    

And, in Closing, 

  • I am now told that the entryway off South Pebble Beach Blvd will not be closed during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Veterans Memorial next Tuesday.  You will only be able to get to the main parking lot from there because chairs will be set up in the driveway close to the Community Hall building.
  • 52 home owner transactions took place in historic Sun City Center during June, and there were 11,334 residents here at the end of June. That compares with 11,158 a year ago.

/John Bowker        Write to me at Jbowker103@gmail.com     


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Volume 20, Number 31               Saturday, July 7, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:40 AM; Sunset at 8:29 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

BIG CEREMONY NEXT WEEK

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Sun City Center Veterans Memorial in front of Community Hall will take place at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 17.  Everyone is invited and all attending veterans are asked to wear a military shirt and/or military head cover.
     The actual ceremony will be held out in front of the building at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard.  The entrance driveway to the building may be blocked off as a safety action, so if you are driving, please plan to use the Weatherford Drive access to the large parking lot next to the building.

CA BOARD WORKSHOP ON MONDAY

Each month on the Monday before the regular official meeting of the Community Association, there is an open meeting for members of the Association to come and learn more about the New Business topics that will be voted on two days later.  This month, the meeting will be held in the Board Room of the new CA office building starting at 9 AM on July 9th.  The topics to be discussed at the meeting will be (1)the proposed dissolution of the Swingers Square Dance Club, (2) proposed contract for painting the entire indoor pool area in the Atrium Building, (3) proposed letter to a CPA regarding an audit and the tax returns for 2018, and (4) a proposed contract to connect an electric generator to the Maintenance Building.

HOW BIG IS SUN CITY CENTER?

     The historic area initially developed by the Del E. Webb Corporation and now serviced by the Community Association, extends from the west side of US-301 on the east, down to the State Park at the southern back property lines of Emerald Dunes Drive and Rimini Vista Way, over to Cypress Creek and north to an arbitrary line extending north to State Road 674.  It then extends northward along the back-property lines on West Del Webb Boulevard to a sales line north from Tremont Court to 19th Avenue, then east to US-301.
    What’s my point?  Sun City Center is not incorporated.  Officially, it is a “Census Designated Community” with a ZIP Code that includes Kings Point and the Villages of Cypress Creek plus properties for miles north of 19th Avenue I’ve never seen.  So I can understand why people are confused.

And, in Closing, 

  • Please forgive me for not answering your requests to be your  “Friend” on Facebook. I had to stop that a few years ago when my inbox was overloaded.  I love you all and it hurts to ignore a request to be friendly.
  • The July 4th Breakfast was a success!  1310 meals were served that morning.
  • There is no “Summer Bandstand Concert” tomorrow (Sunday the 8th) at the Central Campus gazebo as reported in the local press.  That concert was in June! 
/John Bowker        Write to me at Jbowker103@gmail.com  

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Volume 20, Number 28               June 26, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:34 AM; Sunset at 8:28 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE REOPENS

Deputy Jeff Merry is delighted to report that Michelle Mortimer has joined the staff at our local Community Station at 948 Cherry Hills Drive.  She is the new Community Service Aide working with Deputy Merry.  The best part is that she will be in the office much of the time, handling phone calls to 813-242-5515, and walk-ins needing to consult with the Sheriff’s Office.  The plan is to have the Community Station open Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM.