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eNEWS
Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998   
Volume 19, Number 41
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:18AM; Sunset at 7:27 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Waste and Trash Removal
(A statement from Hillsborough County earlier today)

We continue to move through the increased volumes from the storm. We are currently still behind a day of service. We will be completing those areas tomorrow. Thank you for understanding our delays. We will continue to try to get back to regular service as soon as possible.

A New Computer!

Do you have a neighbor (or even a spouse) who doesn’t want one of those darn computer things that causes so much trouble?  Well, the Computer Club Meeting in the Florida Room at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 will have a presentation by Hewie Poplock on “Why You Should Switch To A Chromebook”.
     Chromebooks are computers.  They are based on the Chrome Browser. The majority computers used in K-12 grades are now Chromebooks, and they are becoming popular in colleges.
     Hewie Poplock is an advocate for senior citizens using Chromebooks and doing away with the aches and pains of computing. Chromebooks will do everything that most seniors need in a computer without having to worry about getting a virus, backing up, or doing updates. They boot in less than 15 seconds and run up to 10 hours or longer on a single charge. Hewie will introduce you to Chromebooks and there will be representatives from Google with Chromebooks for you to touch.
     The Florida Room only seats 260 people; I plan to get there early before the crowd gets so big they have to lock the doors due to fire codes.

Outdoor Furniture Sale

The Community Association will hold a special sale of outdoor chairs and tables they have recently retired from use at our main outdoor pool.  You are invited to see the furniture starting Monday, September 25 from 10 AM to Noon .. and then, if necessary, again on Tuesday through Friday from 10 to noon, the 26th to 29th.  Come to the Maintenance Building on North Course Lane and enter through the large side door where the trucks can enter.  
     These will be exact-amount cash sales (or checks payable to the SCC Community Association). Prices range from $10 to $20 per item. You will have to provide the transportation to get your purchase home.
     I can send you a sheet with photos showing each piece that will be sold. Write to me at
jbowker103@gmail.com

Membership Directory

Look at the first 29 pages of your Sun City Center and Kings Point phone book.  It tells you how things work here and how to reach all the organizations in our two communities.  Of course, it also goes out of date rather quickly.
     I have volunteered to help get those first pages updated for the 2018 Directory and I could use your help with the information on pages 1-12.  If you see anything there that is out of date in the present 2017 book, please let me know.  Remember to write to me only at jbowker103@gmail.com

Donating Funds?

Here we are in an island of calm and pleasant weather.  But there are many around us who are nearing life-threatening disasters .. storms, earthquakes and more.  Who among us cannot be tempted to share, even in a small way, what we have.  And there are so many foundations and other organizations coming to us seeking help in their effort to provide money to those in need.
     But watch out.  You can now verify that your money may actually be going to a charity that will truly help those in need, go to: charitynavigator.org  and type in the name of the organization you are thinking of donating to.
(Thank you Deputy Jeff)

2018 Budget

In November, you are going to be asked to vote your approval of the Community Association financial plan for 2018.  There will be an introduction to that proposed budget in the Florida Room this next Wednesday morning at 9 AM.  As in past years, there will be plenty of time to raise questions and to hear answers from the CA Board members who are putting the plan together.

And, In Closing,

  • Driving your golf cart before dawn or after sundown can cost you $168 in traffic fines.  I’m told the Sheriff’s Office is taking this more seriously now.
  • Widening of US-301 .. work could start on the section from our own Route 674 north to the intersection with Route 672 as soon as November this year.
  • Have you seen the new floor in our Community Hall?  It is lovely.
  • Coming to “Hi Neighbor” on November 2nd?  If your club or organization plans to have a table (display) at this event, get your reservation sheet in to Claudia Hinson in the CA Office Building by tomorrow, Friday the 22nd, at 3 PM.
  • If you are a leader of a Home Owner Assn or Property Owner Assn in Sun City Center, you should attend the meeting next Monday at 2 PM in the Caper Room to learn about any new responsibilities that will fall on your shoulders.
  • Have you thought about running for election to the Community Association Board of Directors?  The deadline for your application is 3 PM on October 4th.  There are 3 openings for three-year positions and one for a one-year term. You can get your application from the receptionist at the main CA Building (corner of North Pebble Beach Blvd and North Course Lane).
  • Construction of the new office building at the corner of Cherry Hills Drive and North Pebble Beach Blvd is right on schedule.  They lost a couple of plywood roofing sheets in the storm last week but no inside damage was done.

/ John Bowker                                           Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com


eNEWS
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Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 40
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:14AM; Sunset at 7:36 PM
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

THE STORM - HURRICANE IRMA

Never really got here, but is now long gone up north.  Those of you who received my “e-NEWS Updates”  could gather that things were pretty much under control here in town.

And then reports of damage started coming in to me and others who try to communicate with folks around town .. and, bless her heart, Debby Caneen got in touch with me right at the start and said that Sun Towers was making some staff maintenance members available at no cost to those who needed some help.  She put me in touch with TJ, the administrator at Sun Towers, and between us we arranged for some free help to the first 4 or 5 callers to me when I put out the announcement.
     As expected, some of the calls could not be handled by the available workers; roof work requires special credentials for insurance coverage and in several cases, the best they could suggest was a reliable local company to handle the job.  But they certainly came through in several other cases and, by the way, their work will continue tomorrow and maybe a bit beyond.  There will be more to do after that.
     Another of the callers offered to help those who needed attention.  (And Dave, please be near your phone on Thursday so I can reach you.)  I am wondering if any others of my readers would have a few minutes to help straighten a tree and maybe stake it up .. or cut up some limbs into 4-foot lengths.  If so please write to me at
jbowker103@gmail.com
     Now we can’t really expect volunteers to handle the tricky or time-consuming jobs, so I am reaching out to any handy men (or women) who are able to expand their business a little.  I will work with you on either landscaping or indoor types of projects.  Just write to me at the above address.

YARD WASTE
Hillsborough County Press Release

Residents can start disposing of vegetative storm debris when yard waste collections begin in the Sun City Center area.  Yard debris collection will start on Monday, Sept. 18. Residents should have yard waste placed in piles along the street for collection; do not block access to storm water drains, utility boxes, or roadways.
     As storm debris is being collected, the trucks will be working systematically throughout neighborhoods. The trucks may have to make several passes through the neighborhoods over the next several weeks due to the extent of storm damage, and to ensure the removal of all storm debris put out by residents.
     County yard waste facilities are operating Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Residents must show a valid Florida driver's license to receive free yard waste disposal at the yard waste facility
at 13000 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton 33534. If you need driving instructions to reach that facility, let me know at jbowker103@gmail.com

ATRIUM BUILDING CAFÉ

Ambreen has been with her father in Atlanta attending to his health.  She and her staff had cleaned out their inventory in fear of a power failure during the storm and must now replenish their stock.
     They all will be returning in time to re-open the cafe that is located in the Atrium Building next to the outdoor pool on Monday the 18th

VETERANS PHOTO PROJECT
Monday, September 16


All Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military are eligible to have their photos taken for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium.
      The photo shoot that was cancelled last Saturday will take place this Saturday, September 16th in the Photo Club Lab in the multi-purpose building. Some of those registered for last Saturday have already rescheduled via phone.  You do not need to phone again.
      If you were registered and have not called back to reschedule your time, or if you now wish to register, please call Carol Donner in the CA office (633-7441), along with your CA membership number, and you will be assigned a specific time. 

And, in Closing,

  • Any of you who have heard my community orientation talks know that I tell that Sun City Center has never had sustained winds of 74 miles-an-hour or greater.  That means we have never had a hurricane here.  No one has reported to me that the sustained winds last weekend reached that high here; so I’m waiting for a local report telling me I am wrong.  Yes, the ‘eye’ of the storm passed by well to the east of us.
  • My “eNEWS Updates” over the weekend resulted in far more calls for help than Sun Towers was able to handle but we thank them for their volunteer spirit that did help so many people.  We still have a page of requests for help so if you are interested in being a hero to a family or two who cannot get the work done on their own, let me know at jbowker103@gmail.com
  • A reader reports that Publix decided to close their store here in advance of the storm, and cleared out their pastry and selected other parts of the story -- they hand-carried boxes of cakes and breads and cookies to the Emergency Squad building in town!
  • We learned today that the construction of the new CA office building suffered the loss of one sheet of roofing plywood but, even better, the construction is still right on schedule and building material is due in this next week.  “Where is it coming from?” one of the Directors asked Jonathan Moore who is our contractor representative.  “The sheet metal is coming from Houston, Texas, and the material for inside the new entryway is coming from Naples, Florida” he said.  There was a moment of silence before the whole room burst into laughter.  Ok, nervous laughter. 
  • 39 resale homes were recorded during the month of August in Sun City Center and the total population at month’s end was reported at 11,218.

 / John Bowker, Editor    
   (Do not try to reply to e
NEWS directly; Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com)


eNEWS
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Volume 19, Number 39     Friday, September 8, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:12AM; Sunset at 7:42 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Solid Waste Collection Suspended
Saturday and Monday

At noon today, the county announced that Solid Waste collection in unincorporated Hillsborough County (includes greater Sun City Center area) has been suspended for Saturday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 11.  All Solid Waste facilities will close at noon Saturday and will remain closed through Monday. Collection is expected to continue as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 12, conditions permitting.

     It would be wise to remove any waste carts that are out by the street so they won’t become missiles in a high wind.

Correction to Earlier Article

I mentioned that waste water must be pumped from homes in Sun City Center in order to get it over to the waste-water processing facility next to the Interstate.  The speaker at a local meeting was concerned that an extended power failure would interrupt the pumping. 

    I have now learned that the County is able to maintain this "pumping forward" protocol indefinitely. Contrary to what the eNews item stated, if the power is off for a sustained period, the sewage pumping will continue. This information is courtesy of Mike Linn, 813-671-7762, who is the County person responsible for the smooth operation of the County’s lift station system.  Thanks to Dave and Pat for looking into this for me.


Repeat of an Earlier Notice

The Community Association has now released this formal statement:

“Due to the impending storm and high winds ALL Facilities will be closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday.  All club functions are cancelled as the Facilities will be secured and locked down.  Please stay safe and we will keep you posted if the closures need to be extended.”

And, in Closing,

  • The line showing the path of Hurricane Irma has been shifting to the west (that means toward us) today, and now mandatory evacuation are moving closer to us.  But please be clear:  Sun City Center, Kings Point, The Villages of Cypress Creek, Valencia Lakes are not in an evacuation zone.

/ John Bowker, Editor     

 (Do not try to reply to eNEWS directly; Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com)


eNEWS
Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 38   Thursday, September 7, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:11AM; Sunset at 7:44 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

SANDBAGS

Hillsborough County is making sandbags available tomorrow (Friday) beginning at 8 a.m. at the following location nearest to Sun City Center:
    South County Transfer Station - 13000 US Highway 41, Gibsonton.  You should drive to the next exit on I-75 north of Sun City Center, turn left (west) on County Road 672 (“Big Bend Road”) and, at the intersection with US-41, turn right and go just a few yards.  The sign at the entrance will say “Collection Center”.

     Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Residents need to bring a shovel for sand bags. Each resident must provide their home address and sign their name acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less per household.  Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information.

HERE’S A NEW ONE

A reader suggests: The roof is your first line of defense against anything Mother Nature inflicts on a home, and during a bad storm your roof endures fierce pressure from wind, rain, and flying debris outside, but the roof also must withstand internal pressure if winds get inside. High winds, such as those from a hurricane, place homes under intense pressure. Wind entering the home through an open or broken window, can create strong upward pressure on the roof. Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.  Close all inside doors! (Thanks, Ilene!)

COUNTY OFFICES AND LIBRARIES

 All county offices and, more locally, the SouthShore Regional Library will be closed tomorrow (Friday) through Monday due to the impending storm.

And, in Closing,

  • Due to the hurricane forecast, the Monday Movie Committee has decided to cancel the Monday, September 11th movie (Going In Style) at the Rollins Theater.  The movie will be re-scheduled for a future date.
  • The usual Monday morning meeting with CA Board members to chat about the upcoming agenda has been cancelled for this month.
  • Are you watching The Weather Channel?  I find that each of our offspring are getting the same alarming news from that channel that prompts them to call us from their homes up north. Maybe that’s good, but we watch it so we can reassure them in terms they can recognize.
  • Oh!  And don’t worry about “Storm Surge” which is of serious interest to people living near the ocean or even Tampa Bay.  We are protected by our height above mean sea level (35-70 feet in our two residential areas).  So stay put.


/ John Bowker, Editor
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eNEWS
Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 37    Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:11AM; Sunset at 7:44 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

IRMA

We are all watching every weather channel we can find -- as of 9 PM tonight, the National Hurricane Center is showing that Hurricane Irma should make an abrupt turn to the north at the beginning of the weekend just in time to keep the ‘eye’ of the storm to the east of the Tampa area.  But even if that changes a little, there is almost no chance that we will avoid some high winds here.  So we should bring in any lawn ornaments or pet toys that might become flying missiles.  My own home has a large sliding glass door leading out to our screened porch; not much we can do with all that, but we have moved all the kids photos and precious keepsakes out of the adjacent room .. just in case.  Everything of real value is now safely stored in the washing machine, stove and oven where water can’t get to them.

Local Shelter

If you are making arrangements to go to the Beth Shields School just off 19th Avenue near the SouthShore Regional Library I was happy to learn that it is pet friendly. If you take a pet with you to a shelter, you should have a record of shots the pet has had, and you must provide a cage to keep the pet contained.

Credit and Debit Card Fraud

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is offering an open forum on Economic Fraud and its growing trend with the advancement of technology. The presentations will include strategies for preventing fraud and resources available to victims. 

Each presentation will be conducted four (4) times this month at the following community locations:

Tuesday, Sept 12, 10:00 a.m. The Atrium Building Caper Room
Tuesday, Sept 12, 1:00 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point north Clubhouse
Tuesday, Sept 19, 11:00 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza
Wednesday, Sept 20, 3:00 p.m. American Momentum Bank 131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd

Some Personal Guidance

I was part of a discussion group today and was sorry that none of them had been told that Sun City Center is not an evacuation community.  One of them laughed and (correctly) pointed out that there is a highway sign near the county Fire/Rescue station on State Road 674 reading “Evacuation Route”.  It aims driver toward the east, Wimauma and beyond.  I explained that the sign was designed for residents of Ruskin and others along the Tampa Bay shoreline who clearly should get away from the water front.

     I then asked where they would go; the answer was ‘as far north as I-75 can get us’.  We then learned that I-75 was already full of cars .. and the local gasoline stations were already nearly out of gasoline. If you get tied up in a traffic jam, will you need a bathroom after a couple of hours?  A place to eat? If you need help, to whom would you turn? 

     If you stay home, you have all the answers, and you might even get together with a neighbor who could use some help or reassurance. 

And, in Closing,

  • Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
  • John, please remind SCC folks that cruising through any STOP sign is against the law, and if you are caught, either in your car or golf cart, it will bring a stiff fine along with points on your driving record. i.e. Moving traffic vehicle violation.  (Thanks, Howie)
  • All Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. military, are eligible to have their photos taken for the Veterans’ Wall of Honor Project that is shown in the Atrium Building.  The photos are taken in the Photo Club Lab in the Multipurpose Building on North Pebble Beach Boulevard.  Call Carol Donner in the CA Office at 633-7441 to register.
  • Tomorrow might be a good time to review how you are shown in the Membership Directory.  Newcomers to Sun City Center who came after the present directory was printed can see what their original record included by going to www.mysuncitycenter.org and clicking on “Membership Directory” at the top. It shows all the entries that were first made since the current published book went to the printer.  You can let me know about any questions on this at jbowker103@gmail.com
/ John Bowker, Editor

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eNEWS
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Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 36    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:07AM; Sunset at 7:53 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center

Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Save paper by printing out only the attached .pdf version.

THE BIG STORM

It didn’t happen here!  But Sunday evening we received a call from our daughter in New Jersey asking if everything was okay here.  She told us her local news channel was telling about all the weather problems in Texas and went on to say that things were little better around Tampa, Florida.  We switched on the Weather Channel only to see they were talking about the heavy rain and flooding just south of Tampa -- and that’s where we live!  But the real problem was in Manatee County and, yes, they had some bad areas but we escaped with just wet streets and sidewalks.
     For our snowbirds:  we had a lot of rain for several days, but today (Tuesday), I checked with the local Sheriff’s Office to learn they had not received a single call about any weather-related problems.  I drove all over Sun City Center yesterday and today, and found that our drainage systems seem to be working just fine.

     Meantime, construction of our new Community Association headquarters building on North Pebble Beach Blvd is right on schedule .. most of the plywood roofing is in place and we expect to see some windows being installed in a few days.

LABOR DAY IS MONDAY

The main Community Association office and library will be closed that day.  Most County offices and facilities will also be closed on Labor Day including the administrative offices of county government, all county libraries, Head Start / Early Head Start centers, Community Resource Centers, all disposal facilities, and Senior Centers and Nutrition sites.
     Emergency calls about county water and wastewater services should go to (813) 744-5600.
     Conservation Parks and dog parks will be open.  Veterans Memorial Park and the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum will be open regular hours but Veterans Services Officers will not be on duty.

PROPERTY TAX
(Snowbirds take note)

County property tax notices, “TRIM Notices”, are mailed each August to property owners.  The TRIM notice is not a bill; it is an estimate of proposed taxes based on the expected tax rates, a property’s value and exemptions.        The TRIM notice is available for review on the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s website by visiting www.hcpafl.org and searching for an individual’s property. The HCPA website also has an informative TRIM page at https://www.hcpafl.org/Property-Info/Truth-In-Millage

NUISANCE PHONE CALLS

Because Sun City Center/Kings Point are upscale communities, we get a lot of tele-marketing robo-calls, usually during nap time or at dinner time.  There is a class-action lawsuit that will compensate us for those interruptions. Want to take part?
     Dave Brown of Burlington Circle has put the .pdf version of how to get the benefit as the first item on his website site 
http://www.suncitydave.info/
     While you are on his site, look around any of the other remarkable topics he has covered over the years.

YOUR CLUB HISTORY

The story of Sun City Center clubs is one of the interesting parts of our community. The History Society is currently looking for information, photos, clippings, and stories that will help paint the picture of how our clubs got started and, in a few cases, when and why they ended.
     Club presidents are being sent a short form by email and we are hoping they will have the form completed and returned to the History Society by email to:   scchistorysoc@gmail.com 
     You may want to check to see that your club is included in this process.  Blank forms, and more information, is available at the Community Information Center or from me at jbowker103@gmail.com

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Now Second only to Drug Trafficking!

The Campaign Against Human Trafficking–SouthShore is proud to host Edie Rhea as the speaker for its September 18 meeting.  Edie experienced childhood sexual abuse and human trafficking starting at age 10 and continuing for seven years.
     Join CAHT SouthShore on Monday, September 18, for this special insight into the life and survival of a human trafficking victim.  The meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, 1210 West Del Webb Blvd., 1:00 PM. There is no charge for the meeting and everyone is welcome.   For further information please call 813-603-3100.  Visit our website at www.SCCBlueHeart.org.           

And, in Closing,

  • Every day I get emails from readers who have been called from business or government offices seeking information - usually with some scary warning that their bank account or right to vote will be terminated.  If you get such a call, just hang up. THOSE ARE SCAMS. Jot down the caller’s phone number and give it to the local Sheriff at 813-242-5515.  If they learn of multiple calls from the same number, they can take steps to have that number disconnected.
  • The latest calls are from “Medicare”.  Yes, new cards are being issued that do not include your Social Security number, but the cards are free.  If a caller asks you to verify your SS number or ask for payment, just hang up.  IT IS A SCAM.
  • If you are a military veteran, dependent, or survivor and want to know more about the wide range of benefits and programs that are available to you, Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services can help and there is never a fee. For information, go to HCFLGov.net/Veterans, or call (813) 635-8316. Disabled Veterans can reach our local DAV at 633-0346.

/ John Bowker, Editor

Write to me at:  jbowker103@gmail.com


eNEWS
Constructive News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998
Volume 19, Number 35    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:00 AM; Sunset at 8:08 PM.
Golf carts may not be on the streets before sunrise or after sunset in Sun City Center
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Minto Moving its Sales Office

For several years, Minto has maintained its main sales office here in what is now the Gannon University building just beyond the Bob Evans restaurant near the entrance to Sun City Center from the Interstate.  This past week, their excellent sales in the Verona section of town brought them down to fewer than 30 available lots for new homes and, when those are sold, Minto will have no more lots for activity in Sun City Center.
    They are moving their sales office to a building on Chipper Drive inside the gated Verona community.  This means the entry gate will be open daytimes for now.  And this brings a concern to the residents of Verona which is a private community.
    The streets, sidewalks and certain other amenities of Verona are all bought and maintained by the residents of Verona .. not by the county.  They have a legitimate concern that so many people are cutting through Verona as a shortcut between South Pebble Beach and Emerald Dunes Drive, that there will be excessive wear on their facilities that they will have to pay for themselves.  The residents point out that non-residents of Verona will be trespassing if they just drive through the community without an invitation from a resident friend there, or unless visiting the new sales office.

Internet Fraud

     Deputy Merry is deeply concerned by the amount of fraudulent activity coming to his attention in Sun City Center. Any of us using a computer makes new friends on the many social media channels such a Facebook and others.  There is nothing wrong with meeting with people this way, and even coming to know them quite well.  BUT, he points out, if any Internet friend asks for money for ANY reason, stop.  Do you really know this person?  Too often your friend may have been setting you up over weeks (or more) just for this moment.
Yes, it is painful.  But it is happening here every day.

And, in Closing,

  • The ticket kiosk hours in the Atrium Bldg Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are from 10 AM to 12 Noon. 
  • Have you noticed all the Sandhill Cranes in our community?  They are wonderful family birds but recently have been reported by several readers as commandeering our roads when they cross (slowly) in good-sized bunches.  Please be careful and patient with these magnificent birds.
  • Several sources have reported that safe glasses for viewing the solar eclipse next Monday afternoon would be available at the SouthShore Library.  Unfortunately they ran out after their 3 presentations on this topic last Monday evening.  So we went to Walmart -- only to learn that their stock of safe classes was sold out a week ago.  I have run out of good ideas for where to buy safe solar eclipse glasses.
  • One of my readers recently had some roof work done only to find out that his insurance company would no longer give him the hurricane deduction he had enjoyed for years. It seems that Florida changed some of the tie-down rules in 2012 and the roofing company he hired recently hadn’t kept up with little things like requiring 3 screws per strap instead of only 2 as in the past.

/John Bowker        Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com