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Volume 19, Number 49     Sunday, November 5, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:44 AM; Sunset at 5:42 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
Save paper by printing out only the attached .pdf version.

GOLF CARTS IN THE DARK

Golf carts are not permitted on Sun City Center streets before sunrise nor after sunset.  It is a safety issue and is enforced by Hillsborough County through its Sheriff’s Office.
     We are now on Eastern Standard Time so those key times shifted by an hour this morning.  Oh, and it doesn’t matter if your golf cart has lights, it must not be driven on the county streets after sunset or before dawn.
     I was interested to see that the sunrise time keeps getting later each day until January 9th.  On that day, sunrise will occur at 7:22 AM and will stay that late for about a week.  I will continue to show those key times at the top of my newsletter.

INVESTMENT FRAUD

The County Sheriff’s Office is continuing these briefings by offering a monthly open forum on various issues affecting our community. The presentations cover strategies for prevention and what to do if you're a victim.

        Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. The Caper Room in the Atrium Building
        Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point Clubhouse
        Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Freedom Plaza Auditorium

HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS

Residents with larger pieces of Irma-related vegetative debris (stumps, logs, limbs, etc.) that are over two cubic yards and that were either missed or brought to the curb or right- of-way after collection, must notify Hillsborough County by Monday, Nov. 13 in order to receive free collection. Residents can notify the County of any remaining large debris piles by calling Solid Waste Customer Service at (813) 272-5680

PORTRAIT PHOTOS

Just in time for the holidays, the SCC Photo Club is offering free portrait photos to SCC CA Members.  Pictures will be taken in the Photo Lab afternoons on November 20th and 21st.  Sign up in the photo lab Monday-Friday 9am-noon to reserve a time slot for your photo on a first come, first serve basis.  Bring your CA Membership ID Card.  A $5 deposit is required when you sign up, but will be returned to you during your photo session.
     The portrait will be emailed to you for your use.  If you would like further assistance to make prints, or holiday cards, you can receive information about additional services available (at a cost) when you have your picture taken.  Photos will be taken by Mr. James Corwin Johnson, a professional photographer,.
     If you have family in town you may also have a Family Portrait taken.  You must sign up for 2 time slots if you have more than 2 in your party. 

John Bowker        [ write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com ]


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Volume 19, Number 46     Sunday, October 15, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:30 AM; Sunset at 7:00 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise may be fined $168
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Storm Debris

As Hillsborough County contractors continue to work seven days a week to pick up debris left by nearby Hurricane Irma, Solid Waste customers can now check their debris collection status online. The tracking tool can be viewed at HCFLGov.net/StormDebrisDebris collection for Sun City Center is not scheduled until the week of October 23 according to a county release earlier today.   Any piles less than 2 cubic yards or bagged yard waste will be collected by a county contractor.  If you have more yard debris than this, please let me know and I will try to find out the best course of action.

     Hillsborough County’s yard waste collection site at 13000 US-41 (just north of Apollo Beach) will be open from 7:30 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, October 22 for residential customers only to dispose of yard debris. You must show a valid Florida driver’s license. 

     NOTE:  If you decide to drive there, I suggest you take I-75 to the next exit north of Sun City Center (Big Bend Road), then turn left (west) to US-41.  Turn right (north) on US-41 just a few yards to the well-marked “County Collection Center” mentioned above.

Event Tickets

The kiosk in the Atrium Building walkway (outside the Caper Room) is open for the season.  The hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am - noon. Please refer to the performance brochure at the kiosk for information on dates to buy tickets or see the bulletin board nearby in the Atrium.     Ticket sales for the KEGG Concert on January 12th, are on sale on a space available basis.  Previously purchased tickets will be honored. Refunds will be issued if requested.

Fall Festival of Crafts
(corrected dates)
October 20th 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 PM
October 21st 8:30 A.M. - 1:00 PM 

The 7th Annual Fall Festival of Crafts will take place at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center October 20th and 21st. A large variety of handmade items will be for sale that have been created by more than 45 artists and crafts people. You will have the opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping with gifts for everyone including your furry friends.  The Council of Catholic Women will have an assortment of breakfast and lunch items available for sale both days and will be hosting a bake sale. Information: call Lynn at 941-723-8431.

And, in Closing:

  • There were 40 homes resold in Sun City Center during September and, at the end of September, the total resident count was 11,245.

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

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Volume 19, Number 45     Monday, October 9, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:27 AM; Sunset at 7:06 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.

Rising to New Heights!

Today, the cupola atop the new CA Office Building went up.  Once again we hear that the building project is on schedule and interior work should be underway.  We have been very lucky with the weather and, increasingly, we won’t care.  Well done, everyone!

Consumer Protection Fair
This Friday, 1:00 PM at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd

The Men’s Club invites you to learn about the latest in consumer fraud and scams.  Nearly a dozen consumer protection agencies will be on hand to answer your questions and provide guidance on consumer protection issues.
     Exhibitors include the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Seniors vs Crime, Senior Medicare Patrol, Florida Public Service Commission, and more.
     Enjoy FREE ice cream and brownies compliments of Sun Towers Retirement
Community.  Stay for an exciting musical performance by the popular KEVIN BROOKS.
     Best of all, it is all FREE.  Mark your calendar:  Friday, October 13 at 1 o’clock.
     Co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
/ John Bowker                                           Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com

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Volume 19, Number 44     Thursday, October 5, 2017
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:25AM; Sunset at 7:11 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.

CANDIDATES FOR 2018 CA DIRECTORS

     The Community Association has announced the following members who have applied to run for positions on its Board of Directors for 2018.  There will be three openings for those running for 3-year terms, and one opening for a 1-year term. 

     Applicants for 3-year terms:  David Birkett, Joe Elam, Jerry Gibson, Francis Hickey, Bob Sanchez and
                                                   Larry Smith.

     There was only one applicant for the 1-year term:  Douglas Seipelt

     You will have a chance on Wednesday, November 8 to meet each of these applicants and to hear from them at the “Meet The Candidates Night” in Community Hall at 7 PM. The election will be December 4th and 5th(Thanks, Becky)

SHERIFF’S MEETINGS IN OCTOBER

Deputy Jeff Merry has announced the following meetings open the to the public.  This month, the Florida Legal Helpline will be discussing its services at:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
     The Caper Room, Sun City Center Community Association Atrium

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
     Ripple Room, Kings Point Community

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
     Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza

 Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
     American Momentum Bank, 131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd

CAN YOU HELP?

Paul Thibault writes: Our Sierra Club has copies of two deeds for some property at Cedar Key in an 1868 property deed survey. There are no maps for the period, thus all they have is a written survey with measurements in chains & links. They need someone familiar with this system to help them analyze what they have. If you can help, call him at 813-777-7198 or write to paul.thibault@florida.sierraclub.org

And, in Closing,

  • LOST: Pair of Costa sunglasses in vicinity of SouthShore Community Church of Christ Craft Show on Friday, September 29 or Saturday, Sept 30th. These were a gift from my grandchildren so please let me know if you found them. Call (813) 417-1053.
  • The fare on the new Route 75LX Hart buses due to start running this next Tuesday between Sun City Center and the Brandon Mall will be $1.00 each way.
/ John Bowker                                           Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com


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Volume 19, Number 43      Friday, September 29, 2017

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:22AM; Sunset at 7:17 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.

Are You New in Town?

We remember all too well what it was like the first few weeks when we moved here from New Jersey -- everything was different and we were hesitant to extend ourselves too far to get to know people.  If that applies to you, or even if you have lived here for a long time, here is one of the best ways to meet people and to get involved.
     On December 2nd there will be a community “Holiday Walk Breakfast” in town and it is all prepared and served by resident volunteers like you and your neighbors.  So that no one gets overworked, there will be two shifts of volunteers;
we will start filling out the 1st and 2nd Shift volunteer position sheets when we get your reply.  First shift will start a little before 7:00 AM and run to 9:00 AM, then the second shift runs from 9 to noon.
     The jobs involve work in the kitchen, and out in the dining area on the cooking lines or bussing the tables, and work out in the entryway selling tickets and greeting people.  In all, I expect there will be some 80 volunteers working that morning.

     If you would like more information, write to me at
jbowker103@gmail.com and I will see that you get some specifics to help you decide about joining us.

Storm Damage Clean Up

Our local representative to the county writes the following:
    
It might help the anxiety among our residents if they could be reminded that the County will continue picking up storm damage that is left at the curb but on the residents’ property, NOT IN THE STREET.  Because there was widespread damage, it will likely take an extended period and residents should be PATIENT.  I will maintain contact on this matter but the County has limitations.  Residents should also be reminded that things like TV, toilets, cabinetry, mattresses, tires etc. at the curb will not be picked up.  Except for yard waste, only what is in the containers will be collected.  (Thanks, Sam!)

Arts and Crafts Fair in Town

Linda and I had fun today attending the free event at the SouthShore United Church of Christ at the corner of LaJolla Drive and North Pebble Beach Boulevard.  There must have been two dozen crafts people there showing (and selling) their hand made pieces.
     The local Woman’s Club is sponsoring this event with many of the proceeds going to local charities, so it is a win-win situation for us all.
     The Fair will be open Saturday (September30) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Yes, that may be today as you read this.  Sorry for the late notice.

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