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Founded in 1998
Volume 16, Number 36               September 19, 2014

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 SCC Plaza Face Lift

You can see that things are changing in the center of town at the plaza. First of all, driving is dangerous with the temporary barricades and tall derricks in front of all the stores while they finish work on the roofs. Drivers are not used to having so many distractions around them in that area. And then they began to paint the overhead store signs. So far, they are using four face colors, green, yellow and orange plus an off-white as shown here in the foreground. The final outcome is a favorite speculation in talks around town.

Lock Your Car

This week’s meeting with the Deputy Sheriff’s office highlighted the need to keep your car doors locked while you are at the store AND in your own driveway.  You should never leave anything of value exposed on a car seat; it is too easy to break a window and get in. It is also easy for the bad guys to walk past a car, try the door and, if it is unlocked, to climb in out of sight and go through the glove box and remove all the items.  If you should come back, the bad guy can easily escape; after all, you will be surprised and confused by the situation .. but he will not.


Numerous reports of phone calls to reader’s homes have come to me this past week.  Those with more than one report include calls from “TECO” (we’re going to turn off your power if you don’t pay me by credit card right now), and calls from an “attorney” offering to help you because of the heinous crime you committed and there is a Grand Jury indictment out on you. One was accused of not reporting for jury duty.  Use common sense; our judicial system (and TECO) is not going to take action based on a phone call! 

Looking for Work?
Many Tampa Bay employers have been invited to participate in a South County Job Fair on Friday, October 3, at the Hillsborough County College, 551 24th Street in Ruskin. They will conduct on-the-spot interviews of potential employees. Florida Department of Education, Hillsborough County Civil Board and County Fire Rescue will also be available to present information about their community programs.
    This Job Fair is free and open to the public. For more information call David Robinson at CareerSource Tampa Bay at (813) 930-7868 or email Mr. Robinson at  The event is being held in association with Career Source, Hillsborough Community College SouthShore and Hillsborough County.

A Ferry Service into Tampa
From Apollo Beach to MacDill AFB

You may have seen some references to this proposal in the press recently. It could be boon for Southshore and those who commute to MacDill every day.  There are conservationists opposing the project that would create a combination ferry terminal and recreational park on Tampa Bay half way from Apollo Beach to Gibsonton. There are questions about how much this would cost the County and the taxpayers, and concerns regarding bird sanctuaries that would be destroyed, but the idea needs to proceed to find out the rest.  For more information go to 
     Send an email to the Southwest Florida Water Management District with your comments. Send an Email with a copy to

Cancer Support Group
Are you a caregiver to a friend or relative?

The next meeting of the Cancer Support Group will be on Thursday, October 9th, 9:30 a.m. at 1901 Haverford Ave, suite 106 (immediately across from the South Bay Hospital Emergency entrance).  There are no fees or charges for this group.
     The attendees at their meetings have been mostly patients at various levels of cancer recovery or treatment.  They hope that continues, but the meetings also promote the understanding and assistance for caregivers; they hope to see more.
     This upcoming meeting will feature Sue Walters, MSM, RD, director of Food & Nutrition Services at South Bay Hospital and we are expecting her to discuss acceptable diets for the various types and levels of cancer.   

And, in Closing, 

  • Flu shots: Walgreens is doing it at Community Hall, Tuesday, September 23rd.  Tuesday, October 21st and Thursday, November 13th.
  • Sales tax will not be collected today, tomorrow or Sunday on the first $1,500 of the sales price of energy efficient ceiling fans, dishwashers, freezers, clothes washers, refrigerators, light bulbs, bathroom sink faucets, showerheads and more.  Go to:
  • The next time you need to give a presentation in the Caper Room, you may want to use the new 80" TV provided by the Digital Photo Club.
John Bowker

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Founded in 1998  
Volume 16, Number 34               August 28, 2014

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Aquasizers and Ice Buckets

I never thought I would have those words together in the same sentence but I am told that the SCC Aquasizers Club is having an ice bucket challenge this Saturday at the outdoor pool on our Central Campus at 11:30 a.m.  You can support this effort to help find a cure for ALS and have a hilarious time watching! Envelopes will be available for donations and, of course, everyone is welcome.  Information:  813-766-3619.

Senior Games are Back

The Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games will be held from September 29 to October 17 this year featuring more than 30 events for participants who will be at least 50 years old by the end of 2014. Areas of competition include a wide range of sports, a talent showcase, hobby show, baking contest and starting this year, cycling.  
       Participants competing in the following events also have the opportunity to qualify and advance to the State competitions: basketball free shooting, billiards, bowling, cycling, golf, pickleball, power lifting, swimming, track and field events, table tennis and tennis.  The Pickleball games will be held in Sun City Center.  Other games are in the Tampa area.
       Entry fee is only $20 and includes unlimited participation in the games, a ticket to the awards luncheon, opening ceremony breakfast, and a t-shirt. Some events require a nominal additional registration fee. 
       For the registration form, event schedule and event locations, and more information about participating, go to or call (813) 635-3519 .

Our Unique Shop

Starting next week, the Nearly New Shop, located in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza, will resume opening on Wednesdays in addition to the Saturdays they operate all year from 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon. The sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop allows the Sun City Center Interfaith Council to provide grants and scholarships in South Hillsborough County. Donated goods may be taken there on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 AM and 3:30 PM. For information call 642-9099.  It is a fun place to visit .. and shop.

 And, in Closing,
  • Applications for CA Directors are now available to any CA member at the main office, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd weekdays from 8 to 3. 
  • The monthly News of Sun City Center should be in your mailbox on Saturday.

/John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
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Volume 16, Number 33               August 21, 2014 

The new library addition is taking shape 

Hail Storm of June

     Upon my return from a week of travel I find messages advising me about more damage from that June 27th storm than had been reported earlier. 
     I now know of roof damage to homes on Wedge Court, Linger Lane, Stroll Lane and East Del Webb Boulevard.  If your home is in that general area, you might want to have your roof inspected -- BUT do not sign a contract with anyone until you have your insurance company verify that the damage needs attention.  We already know of at least one scam artist taking money from people with all sorts of promises…and no useful results.
     One of my readers has volunteered to consult on what to look for in the way of possible roof damage (snowbirds may find this of particular use).  You can get in touch with Mary at her email address:

New Cancer Support Group

     This new group is being formed with residents who have learned first hand about the problems of cancer patients and their non-professional care givers. They have already held one meeting so far and now plan to get together twice a month (1st Mondays and 2nd Thursdays).  Their next meeting will be on Thursday, September 11 and will feature a guest speaker, Susan Scherer, CEO of Cancer Guides, an organization of RNs with extensive cancer experience.  The plan is to have an open discussion at the October 6 meeting among attendees with the goal of easing the problems of patients and their caregivers. 
     The organizer of this new group is Ruth Brigant, a cancer patient, and her husband Larry who is her caregiver.  For more information you can make contact with Ruth or Larry at 634-7375 or Natalia Diaz at South Bay Hospital, 634-0496.
All meetings will take place at 1901 Haverford Ave, Suite 106 (directly behind the hospital) and will run from 9:30 to 10:30 am.   

Free College Class Audits
Sorry for the late notice

     The SouthShore Campus of Hillsborough Community College is once again offering free audits of a few of their classes for local residents who are at least 60 years old.  To learn what classes are still open for auditing, go to their website at: and scroll down the list of classes being offered in the Fall 2014 term.  
    When you open that website, ignore all the blanks asking for information you do not have, but do select the LOCATION (SouthShore Campus), and the SUBJECT you may want to audit.  That will open a menu of class details for you.
     To Register, the only remaining time is tomorrow Friday, August 22, 8 a.m. to noon in room 202 at the HCC SouthShore Campus, 551 24th St., NE in Ruskin. Bring two forms of ID and proof of Florida residency for the past 12 months.  A Florida driver license or ID Card, Florida voter registration card, vehicle registration, home purchase papers should do it.

Labor Day Closings

     Our main CA office and library will be closed on Monday, September 1.  Other CA facilities will be open.  The Kings Point clubhouses will be open too.
     County facilities will generally be closed.  All emergency services will remain active, and regional parks will be open.  Emergency calls regarding County water and wastewater service may be directed to (813) 744-5600

 And, in Closing,

  • I attended the local crime briefing held at the American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Boulevard at 2 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month yesterday.  This meeting is open to the public and consists of a monthly report on local crimes that have come to his attention (there were 5 in July) .. but the real interesting parts are Deputy Jason Castillo’s open nature in discussing his work and what he observes going on around town.  His next session is slated for September 17.
  • The Men’s Club speaker this month was a representative from the county who told us how to get direct help from the county on scams and other fraudulent actions against us.  If you are dissatisfied with the work of a vendor and can’t get it resolved, you should call 1-800-435-7352.  His talk included Charity scams, Identity Theft, Government scams, and scams from telemarketers, tax preparers, fake family members, lottery or sweepstake organizations, service contractors (roof repair workers are common scams), travel planners, computer technical support, offers for you to work from home, and automobile repairers.
  • Oh!  And remember the big push a few years ago to get on the “DO NOT CALL” list?  We learned yesterday that the Florida DNC list may be working pretty well to prevent calls originating inside the state.  You can get on that list by phoning that same 1-800-435-7352 or going online to:  The list is good for 5 years.  
             If you want to try the Federal DNC list too, call:  888-382-1222 or go to:  

    John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 32               August 13, 2014

Board Decides on Referendum 

The only referendum question to be answered this morning at the regular monthly CA Board meeting was what lending institution would be selected if the membership approves a new theater by the referendum to be held in December. 

     The board, by a vote of 5 to 4 today, selected the BB&T Bank that presently manages our accounts.   

Continuing Education

The Community Church College will be opening its fall term shortly. Sally Erath, College Dean and Office Manager Larry Piechoski are ready for classes to begin on October 13th.  There will be a choice of 51 mostly secular courses and 7 trips available to the public.  The public is invited to register, regardless of previous educational background.

   Checkout the college website( where courses and trips are ready to purchase before Registration day scheduled for September 24 in the Great Room at 1501 La Jolla Boulevard.

North Pebble Beach Construction

The new (temporary) electric sign is up to warn us that, come later this month, lanes will be closed on North Pebble Beach just across from the new Information Center building and again near the North Course Lane intersection.  During the expected 2-3 week period, northbound traffic will be re-routed into one of the two southbound lanes until the trenches can be dug, pipes installed, and then refilled to the county’s satisfaction. That will provide potable water to the new buildings.

     The southbound lanes will then be closed so the piping can be extended to the westerly side of the street where the main sewer lines are buried.  Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction during this period.

 And, in Closing

  • The indoor lap pool in the Atrium Bldg will be closed again for several days in the next week or two to repair another leak.  Yes, I know this sounds vaguely familiar but it is tough working down there.  For scheduling?  Call 633-3500.
  • Want to start an Investment Club in Sun City Center?  This would be a club consisting of people who have an interest in stocks and share dealing and would like to get together with like-minded people to share knowledge etc.  It would be a "fun thing" No professionals. Call Pat 813-938-5345.
  • Among other actions at today’s board meeting was the dissolution of the original Red Hat Society chapter in Sun City Center.  We were reminded that it was Maggie Then who initiated the club here, and it grew to 910 members in its first year making it the largest Red Hat chapter in the world. 

   John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 16, Number 31              August 8, 2014

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More Construction Underway

Things are picking up at the Corner of North Course Lane and North Pebble Beach Boulevard.  This photo was taken from North Pebble Beach looking through the fencing that is around all the construction.  See the Lawn Bowling Building and the fence around the lawn bowling courts in the background at the right edge of the picture, and the piles of dirt at the left in this picture where they are working on the parking lot we all still miss. 

     There are actually two buildings in this picture; the closer one (smaller one) is the new Samaritan Services building.  The other one (with roof struts still showing) will be for the Digital Photo Club, the Macintosh Computer Club and a large central area for dance clubs.  And yes, each of the new buildings will have columns out at the front entrances. 

Important Topics at Next Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 13, Rollins Theater at 9 a.m. 

     The regular monthly meeting of the Community Association Board of Directors will have some interesting topics to review. 
      The agenda includes remarks by the board president and other board members, a summary of current activity by the Community Manager, and votes by the board to:    

       1. Approve amendments to Policy IV: Committees, and to Policy VI: Facilities
       2. Approve one of two financing proposals to be on ballot for new theater 
       3. Approve the Sun City Center Chess Lovers Club
       4. Approve the Model Builders Club of Sun City Center
       5. Approve the dissolution of the Scarlett O’Hattas Club  

      There will then be a period for audience comment at the end of the meeting.

John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998  

Volume 16, Number 30               August 2, 2014 

A New Theater?

     If you are in town this summer, you will not be surprised to know that the most common topic of discussion locally is the question of having a new theater here.  The monthly News of Sun City Center that is in local mailboxes today carries a request by CA President Jane Keegan for CA members to send questions and comments about the proposed theater to her at  She has also directed the News to print a complete article giving the facts as they are known today (hopefully in the edition that comes out August 30).  She points out that there will be open discussions for CA members on October 22 and on November 13.  The referendum vote will take place on December 2 and 3.  

     Please be constructive in your comments so the board and the News will have information and questions they can work with.  I also suggest that you organize your thoughts about the theater itself and, quite separately, how such a major project might be funded.  Jane needs to hear from you by August 10. 

History Society

     We are starting to rebuild the Sun City Center History Society.  This is the group that has collected masses of early (and current) documents, newspapers and interviews tracing the very beginnings of this unique community.  We are now looking at ways to get it organized and putting all the facts in perspective. 

     If you enjoy writing and telling stories of that sort, please let me know.  I will show you what we have already and solicit your ideas of how all the information can be indexed, displayed and made available to others in an interesting way.  Just reply to this email and I will be back in touch with you.

     In fact, if you have any background in designing a website, I would like to learn about your experiences. 

 And, in Closing,

  • If you have been watching the new building construction on North Pebble Beach Boulevard, turn to page 6 in today’s News of Sun City Center in your mailbox. Al Alderman explains each step they must go through in gaining county approval.
  • Lawn watering restrictions have not changed since the March regulations. You can see them all at; just click on “Around the House”.
  • Reflective stickers are now available for your trash and recycle carts.  They are free, measure 3-3/4 by 2 inches and should be put on the side of your carts so oncoming traffic at night will see them.  The stickers are available at the Information Center, 1002 Cherry Hills Drive weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • I see that Dave Birkett is at it again arranging for the December Golf Cart Parade.  Now is the time to consider how yours will be decorated for the parade. Read all about it in today’s News of Sun City Center in your mailbox.

 /John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998 
Volume 16, Number 24               June 17, 2014

Just as you enter the Atrium Building