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Volume 16, Number 48                                    November 27, 2014

Your Property Tax Bill

     If you can, you should pay your property tax bill tomorrow or Saturday to get the 4% reduction in tax available to you for payments no later than November 30.
     This year, the deadline falls on a Sunday so I would recommend you put your payments in the mail by Saturday (the PO closes at noon on Saturday), and you may want to get your envelope hand date stamped by the desk clerk.
      Yes, I know some property owners here had not received their tax bills by yesterday.  You can pay your tax bill online using a credit card by going to Once at this site you should insert your address and your record will come right up. You can even print your bill out, put it in an envelope and take it to the post office tomorrow or Saturday (the PO closes at noon on Saturday!).  I also suggest that you go inside and have the desk clerk hand stamp it with the date so there will be no question about your having filed it prior to December 1.

Disposing of Unused Medications
Operation Medicine Cabinet Thursday December 4

     Our Community Resource Deputy Jason Castillo has announced that you can drop off expired or unused medications simply by driving to the front entrance of our Community Hall (1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd) next Thursday between 9 am and 12 noon.  You should have any liquids in a sealed container and I know they expect you to simply roll down your car window, hand them a regular plastic bag tied so nothing will drop out, and leave.  They do not ask you for ID or ask any questions.  (Once they asked my ZIP Code, but that seemed ok)
     Their motive is to keep those drugs out of the waste water system because the treatment systems do not remove medications before water is recycled.
     Needles?  Make sure they are well enclosed (or broken off and wrapped) so the officer can’t possibly be punctured when handling your bag of prescription or over-the-counter medications.  Information:  813-684-1972.

Nature Trail Anniversary
Saturday, December 6, 10 am

     The Friends of the SCC Nature Trails will be celebrating the First Birthday of the trail just off West Del Webb Blvd. The group’s president, Michael Raff, tells me that he will give a guided tour of the Nature Trails that morning. Total walking distance is less than one mile and the trail is in excellent shape having just been mowed by the Community Association staff.
     Access to the Nature Trail is the grassy area adjacent to the house at 1622 Del Webb Blvd West.  Space for golf cart parking is just inside the wooded trail property; automobiles should park along Seton Hall or Vincennes Drive curbs.  

Veterans Resource Fair
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

     In order to help Tampa Bay veterans and their families better understand the benefits and services available to them, state and county officials are bringing together federal, state, local, and community organizations. The event will be held at Terminal 6, Port Tampa Bay, 1101 Channelside Drive in Tampa.
     Veterans can receive assistance in areas such as health care, education, financial services, benefits, housing, legal services, county services, from representatives of
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (including Mobile Outreach Clinic), Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, Hillsborough County’s Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, USAA, Hillsborough County Bar Association, University of South Florida Veterans Services and the Crisis Center – Veterans Outreach Division
     Information:  Michelle Van Dyke, (813) 272-5305

Saturdays in December

December 6:  7:00 am to 12 noon:  $5.00 Breakfast for everyone in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building on the Central Campus.  The parking lot now gives access to that building from its Cherry Hills Drive entrance so it is easy to get to your pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, coffee and juice. You don’t need any reservation – just show up with an appetite!
     That same Saturday morning, plan to take a leisurely stroll past our many club rooms in the buildings around that campus just to see what they are doing these days.  It is a perfect time to get information from any club member to help you decide to join that club. 

December 13:  10:00 am.  Golf Cart Parade that will begin at the old North Lakes Course clubhouse (just beyond our two new buildings on the new parking lot along North Pebble Beach Blvd).  There are big prizes this year, thanks to Minto Communities, and all the awards (21 of them!) will handed out at the finish of the parade in a ceremony at the Bandstand on Cherry Hills Drive.
     And from 11 am to 2:30 pm, you will want to attend “
Winterfest”, sponsored by Minto Communities, with food, fun, even a pet contest!, and some holiday shopping.  It will be held right there in the Rollins Theater patio area.


And, in Closing,

  • Sunrise this week will hover around 7 am; sunset at about 5:35 pm.  You cannot legally operate your golf cart before sunrise or after sunset.
  • I was glad to see the county cleaned up the intersection of Cherry Hills Drive and North Pebble Beach Blvd yesterday.  True, as you come out of Cherry Hills there is a sharp drop to the old Pebble Beach road surface, but everything they did there took just one day.  That’s a new norm I wish they would establish.
  • Speaking of the big breakfast coming up on December 6th, if you have volunteered to help with that event, please try to come a day early, Friday December 5th, to help get things set up – (Please be there at 1 pm on Friday so everything will be ready for the breakfast the next morning).
  • Send your replies to eNEWS to:

 /John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 47              November 19, 2014 

One of Our Own Honored

     Jim Duffy received community attention yesterday at a Room Dedication Ceremony SouthShore Regional Library on 19th Avenue.  The Community Room was “renamed and dedicated in honor of James W. Duffy for his long and productive service to the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System, and the Friends of the Library at the SouthShore Regional Library.”  The next time you visit that library, be sure to stop in the Book Sale Room that Jim started as soon as the library was opened years ago, and you should admire all the youth and adult programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library that are paid for by sales of those donated books.

     This is a perfect time to visit that library; there is a lovely display of fiber art that includes art quilts, bobbin lace, hand made paper and more.  Seven of the artists are from Sun City Center and Kings Point: Barbara Angemi, Delores Lines, Sue Skolnick, Connie Castro, Mary McLaughlin, Mary Chabot and Jan Ring.  The show is free and runs through the month of December. (Thanks, Dorothy!)  And be sure to see the special glass display case of carvings by Mark Vietzke, and another display depicting the history of Sun City Center

New Computer Virus

     At his monthly briefing this week, Community Resource Deputy Jason Castillo mentioned reports coming to his attention about a new and dangerous virus that can pretty much destroy your home computer or other Internet device.  It comes to you as a message from FedEx, UPS or even the USPS advising that they have been unable to deliver a package to you.  To get this package, they tell you to printout the attached papers with instructions about what to do with it.
     DO NOT print out the attachment because it is loaded with a virus. In fact, you should delete the message without copying or forwarding it to anyone .. because such actions can give the virus access to the very heart of your computer and can make it inoperable.  (Thanks Jason and Uta)

Phone Call “from the IRS”

      Another scam has been mentioned by my readers and highlighted by Deputy Castillo’s report this month.  In shortest form, a phone call comes to you pointing out that you have repeatedly ignored requests from the IRS for unpaid taxes, often of very small amounts.  But they want you to settle up right now before legal action is taken within a few days.  
     It doesn’t sound quite right to you, but for such a small amount you give the caller your debit card number or even your credit card information.  In a matter of minutes, your debit card account can be totally cleaned and large amounts can be charged to your credit card.  A caller saying he is from a bank or other financial institution might try this.  Just hang up.  It is a scam.  
     Agencies of these types do not use the telephone to solicit such payments.

Sun City Center Presents:

      A Military Salute to The Military Family Support Trust (MFST). A Variety Show of Shows will be held at The Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., this Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 - on sale at the Community Hall today and Friday from 9am-noon, and they will be available at the door.
     The Show will open with an Honor Guard.  Eighty-five  members of the community will perform in the show to include Robert Winslow-Pianist, Bill Barker-MC & entertainer; Al Spatola, Mary Merrill, Troy Coman, several Dance Groups, with a guest appearance by the talented, award winning Youth of the Buckshot Cloggers.


     The Military Family Support Trust provides much needed support to our Veterans and their Families including: Guide Dogs for sight-impaired Veterans; job training for our returning Female Veterans; Scholarships to children of Veterans; Operation Helping Hand, and many more.   

And, in Closing,

  • Last week at a community meeting I promised to have all the questions that had been submitted to the 9 candidates typed up and ready for distribution.  In fact, I did that and each of the candidates has now received the list.  If you want to see the two pages of questions that were not asked at the “Meet the Candidates Night” last Wednesday, let me know.
  • You should know that the place to go if you have lost anything around town is the Security Patrol office at 1005 North Pebble Beach Blvd.  Several days ago a pair of black Maui sunglasses were lost along with their brown Maui Jim case from a golf cart between Northway Drive and El Rancho Drive and the Caloosa Country Club.  As of this writing they haven’t been found.  If you know of their location, please let me know.
  • As of the end of October, there were 10,725 residents living in Sun City Center.
  • During October, the CA received 40 “transfer fees” from the closings on resale homes in town.  (Note that this is a “net” number since some fees are returned to the buyer if a house sale was part of a buy-sell transaction.)
  • We are all concerned about the misuse of golf carts by people who either do not know the traffic laws or who do not appear to care.  Among the issues are the times of day a golf cart can be driven on the county streets in town.  The law is very clear; we can only drive golf carts here between sunrise and sunset.  Just so you know, this week sunrise occurs within a few minutes of 6:50 a.m. and sunset occurs within a few minutes of 5:35 p.m.  The fact that your cart has headlights makes no difference.  These rules also apply to Kings Point streets.
  • As construction nears completion on the Central Campus it may be very tempting to see what the inside of those buildings looks like, and yes, the gates are open for long stretches so the workers can get stuff in and out.  But please, do not enter the construction areas for any reason. 

 John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 46               November 14, 2014 

The Good News

     The SCC Library will re-open on Monday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m.  We know it will be closed at least once more for transfer of electrical service to a new panel and they will let us know when as soon as they have a firm date.  Meanwhile, no fines will be charged on items that are overdue. Elaine Birkinshaw, our library administrator, asked me to thank you for your patience as the changes take place.

The Bad News

      Starting Monday the 17th, the parking lot along North Pebble Beach Blvd from Cherry Hills Drive, past the Security Patrol, CA Office Building and the Library will be closed for an estimated 2 to 3 weeks.  Entrance to those buildings will be through their back doors, facing the shuffleboard and lawn bowling courts. 
     The front edge of that whole parking lot needs to be changed in accordance with county standards.  In addition, the plan is to make that lot accessible from both directions when it reopens.  The exact plans have not been made public yet.

Community Cooperation

      A community wide non-denominational Thanksgiving service will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The service will be held at Beth Israel Jewish Congregation at 1115 Del Webb Blvd East at 7:00 PM. The service is sponsored by St Andrew Presbyterian Church, United Community Church and Beth Israel Congregation.
     A collection will be taken to support the Wimauma food pantry. Please put this occasion on your calendar and plan to attend, to demonstrate our community's commitment to interfaith activities.  Information:  633-3338.

 Golf Cart Parade
More Details by the Day!

      This just gets better and better.  You already know about the 21 prizes that will be awarded for the decorated golf carts that take part in the parade on Saturday, December 13.  But now the committee, headed by Dave Birkett, has announced that the judging of the carts will take place as they are lined up near the clubhouse on the old North Lakes Golf Course before the parade starts.  The winning carts will then parade on the assigned parade route with a large red bow on their front.  That won’t tell you (or them) who took top honors or any other prize, but at least we will know who is in the running by looking for the red bow.  
     If you have a golf cart you want to enter, be sure to submit your registration form at the CA Office by December 10.  Should be a totally fun day!

Wimauma Trash Collection Site

      I have had many requests to repeat what I gave you a couple of months ago about the trash “dump” in Wimauma.  They have collected and disposed of many tons of debris and garbage there, so they are extending the program into the spring.
     The Wimauma collection site at 16180 West Lake Drive will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays:  Nov. 22, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 21. Residents may dispose of items at no charge by showing valid identification such as a Florida Driver’s License, Florida Vehicle Registration, or a utility bill.
     The following items may be placed in the dumpsters: furniture, junk, trash, debris, metal, electronics, and tires (limit 5 per residence)
     Items that will not be accepted for disposal: commercial trash and debris, tree debris, commercial vehicle tires, hazardous chemicals
     Information, call Hillsborough County Code Enforcement at (813) 274-6600.

 And, in closing,
  • If you have ever thought about writing a book and maybe even getting it published, you will want to attend a free seminar at the South Shore Regional Library tomorrow, Saturday November 15 at 10:30; coffee and doughnuts!  Interactive. Fun. Publishing, writing, the whole bit.  (Thanks, Penny!)
  • A Reader writes: Just passing along a somewhat funny bit of advice. Wires are not the only thing to be concerned about when pruning time comes around. I carelessly left a bit of my garden hose draped inside one of my bushes. You guessed it--it got pruned as well.  (Thanks, Lee!)
  • It looks like we may be getting a new golf cart entrance to the Kings Crossing shopping plaza from East Del Webb Blvd.  It is a bit north of the dangerous plaza entryway at Rickenbacker Drive and will have a macadam surface that brings you up onto the plaza area right beside the Publix store.  Keep an eye out for it -- I expect we will have the story of how it came to be in the next monthly edition of the NEWS of Sun city Center.
  • Have you received a phone call from the IRS advising you to call a number because you may be guilty of tax fraud?  Don’t worry about it.  The IRS will not notify you of anything by telephone.  It is a scam.  You might do a neighbor a favor by alerting them to this, particularly a neighbor who is not using a computer and would not otherwise receive this warning.

 /John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 45               November 8, 2014

Busy Week Ahead

Tuesday:  Veterans Day.  Sun City Center military veterans organizations are hosting a ceremony in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The public is invited; they ask that you be seated by 9:45 AM.

Wednesday:  Meet the Candidates in Community Hall starting at 7 PM. The nine candidates for the CA Board of Directors will speak and answer questions. You should submit questions in writing as you arrive or during the program.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  All CA Members are urged to attend.

Thursday:  Coffee & Conversation.  9 AM in Florida Room.  The topic will be the proposed Theater.  CA members are invited.

Veterans Day Closings
Tuesday, November 11

     CA offices will be open as usual.  Administrative offices of County government, all county libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, senior centers and nutrition sites will be closed.  
     A limited number of animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty at the Pet Resource Center for emergencies only at (813) 744-5660.

Golf Cart Parade
Saturday, December 13

     More details are emerging about this annual event.  I have told you about the $6,000 in prize money being donated by the Minto Communities people but I should have mentioned that 21 prizes will be awarded so lots of people will win! 
     They will announce winners at the bandstand on Cherry Hills Drive immediately following the parade and then everyone can walk on over to “WinterFest” for more fun, food and entertainment.
     So now is the time to plan your golf cart decorations and to pick up a registration form at the CA office or at either Kings Point clubhouse.
     Information:  Dave Birkett; his new email address:

December 6 Breakfast

     Help is still needed to make the breakfast possible.  If you can spare a little time that morning to help in the kitchen, serving line or clearing the tables, please write to:  We would hate to cancel it for lack of help.
     The work sessions are 6-9 AM or 9-noon that morning.  Thanks!
  John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 44               November 6, 2014

New Water Pipe to be Installed

     Hillsborough County will be installing 26,000 feet of 4 and 6 inch PVC pipe in Sun City Center in 2015.  This is due to new county standards for the spacing of hydrants. 173 new hydrants will be installed here and in the Villages of Cypress Creek in the next development to our west.
     The only areas of our community to be affected lie north of SR-674.  The work will start in January; this will involve marking many properties to indicate where there are existing pipes to be avoided.  The actual laying of new pipe will start shortly after and continue through the year with an expected finish in November. After that, testing and decontamination of the new pipes will take another 2-3 months. The old pipes will remain in place filled with sand or capped off.
    The new pipes will be located 3 feet below the ground surface and will be installed using a “horizontal trenching” technique to minimize the disturbance to the surface around peoples’ homes.  At each house, there will be a connection made from the new pipe to the water meter.  They will advise home owners “a couple of days in advance” before they come to disturb your property.  The house water will have to be cut off briefly for the installation.  They assure that any driveway blockage would be finished within one day. 
     Below is a map of Sun City Center showing where each of the new hydrants will be installed; you better know your way around town because the streets are not named on the county map.  Each little green dot is a new hydrant.

Golf Cart Parade Registration
$6,000 Prize Money  
      Registration forms are now available for the December 13 Sun City Center Golf Cart Parade. The parade is open to any businesses, Sun City Center, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza residents and clubs and home or condominium owner associations. The theme for this year’s parade is HOLIDAY FUN IN THE SUN.
      The forms are available from the SCC Community Association office and at the Kings Point North and South clubhouses. On the form, registrants will indicate the categories in which they are entering their decorated cart. They must return the form by December 10 to the CA office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or drop it off in the mail slot at the door after hours. (This includes Kings Point and Freedom Plaza entrants.)
     Committee Chairman Dave Birkett said that all carts must be decorated and no walking outside the cart will be allowed. Signage is limited to two signs no larger than 22x28 inches. 
     Birkett said that the committee is delighted with the $6,000 Minto Communities is donating toward this year’s parade and is again holding WinterFest following the parade. 
     For more information, write to:
Rafael & Co. Show
Scheduled for tomorrow, November 7

      Due to health issues, Rafael & Co. will not be able to perform at the Community Hall this Friday, November 7, 7:00-10:00 p.m.  
      But there will be a program at that time to get the new Entertainment Series off to a great start.  Judy Schings has been able to arrange for Apartment 9, a high-quality four-piece band, based in Tampa, to perform a variety of music ranging from Motown, Pop, and R&B, to Rock & Roll at that time.     

One More Vote

     During this election season, there is a contest you would not know about.
Joanne and Sam Sudman are among the most active couple in town, and now we learn that their daughter-in-law, Phyllis, will be receiving an award in New York as a Woman of Worth for her work on "Simon's Fund", an organization Phyllis founded to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  She is one of 10 women in the U.S. to receive this award, sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, and her cause will receive a financial award from them if she gets enough 'votes'.  So please vote.
     Here’s how to vote:  go to: Sudman  

     Don’t worry about “registering”; I have done it and nothing came back to make me regret it. You can vote once each day of the contest (next couple of weeks or so).  I have already voted three times and plan to do more.  (Takes me back to my days in Chicago.)

And, in Closing,

  • The SouthShore Friends of the Library have set a date for the dedication of the James W. Duffy Community Room at SouthShore Regional Library will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014  from 3 to 5 pm.  Jim is a long-term resident of Sun City Center and was responsible for launching the “Friends of the Library” that sponsors so many programs (and the book sale room) in our SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue.
  • You can mail your voting ballots from The News of Sun City Center, or submit them at the CA office in the designated box during weekdays, 8 AM to 3 PM.  Remember to fold and tape them as instructed.  If you prefer, you can cast your votes on December 2 in the Sandpiper Room or December 3 in Community Hall.
  • And no, I’ve never lived in Chicago; I just felt my instruction about voting several times needed an expansion. 
                                                                                                                                          John Bowker

eNEWS Special Edition

Parking Lot Opens
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
     The main parking lot at the Atrium Building is "Half Open" as of this morning!
      Entry is from Cherry Hills Drive next to the Information Center and Maintenance Building on North Course Lane.  You can park from there all the way to the main portico entrance of the Atrium Building.  The entrance to the parking lot from North Pebble Beach is still closed.
     Parking next to the kitchen of the Florida Room, the Armstrong, Heritage, Computer Lab and the Horizon Rooms, is now back to normal.    
     To reach the Fitness Center you can enter through the Atrium Buillding and then take the corridor past the Dance Studio into the Walking Pool area and, from there, directly into the Fitness Center.

/ John Bowker


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Volume 16, Number 43              October 31, 2014

North Pebble Beach is open

     Water is back on and, without ceremony, all lanes and intersections on North Pebble Beach Blvd were opened this afternoon.  By 3 pm they were taking down the last of the warning signs.  
     Even better news?  I see the main parking lot next to the maintenance building and around the Atrium Building has all been paved and striped!  Parking spaces are marked along with travel direction arrows.  They still need to finish the work on the islands (plantings and possibly some plumbing) but it seems to me they can finish that up in a few days if the weather holds. (I’m glad the cold air coming in this weekend will pass through by the time any new plantings are put in the ground.)  So maybe we can park in there sometime next week.

Updating our Library

The SCC Library is currently closed due to some interior construction work.  Our target date for reopening is Monday November 10.  The book drop is also closed and we are asking everyone to hold on to any library materials they have until then.  
     Hillsborough requests that were not picked up as of 4 p.m. Wednesday October 29 will be held here until we reopen.  Any Hillsborough requests that were not received by Wednesday October 29 are being re-routed to South Shore Library temporarily.

Sign Up Before it is Too Late
Clear your calendar for December 6
One of the major events in town will occur on Saturday, December 6 in the Florida Room .. the Holiday Breakfast is such a fun opportunity to meet and greet your neighbors and to continue after breakfast with a Holiday Walk around the arts and crafts club rooms that will be open (for holiday shopping??).
     They need volunteers to work on either of two shifts:  6:00-9:00 am or 9:00 am to noon. There is work in the kitchen; the buffet serving line; people to buss the tables, Someone to run the 50-50 table and then a few to help clean up and put things away after the 12 o’clock closing.  
     Please send Joanne an email at or call 633-3106.

Pre-Season Sale!
Friday, November 7

Sew 'n' Sews are joining with Lapidary and other clubs in the Arts and Crafts building, 915 Cherry Hills Dr. 9 am- 3 pm (I’m told they will have potato bags, and the latest in aprons, bibs and doll clothes.)

AAUW Brunch
Trivia Contests, prizes

The local branch of the American Association of University Women will be holding a Fall Fundraiser for its Mature Women’s Scholarship Fund, on Saturday, November 8th in the Florida Room.  The event, titled “HATS OFF TO WOMEN,” will feature a champagne brunch and trivia contest with prizes for the winning table.  Tickets are $20 and must be bought in advance.  Doors will open at 10:30.  For tickets call: Lois Toeppe at 633-6484.

Document Shredding

Cotter Financial will host its free annual community Shred-a-Thon on Saturday November 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. During these hours a commercial shredding truck will be on the premises in the parking lot outside 139 S. Pebble Beach Avenue in Sun City Center. (Building between CVS and Winn Dixie).
      Area residents are invited to bring their unwanted documents to the event and watch them being shredded. “This is a great way to combat identity theft by destroying documents that are no longer needed but that contain your personal information,” according to Gary Cotter, Certified Financial Planner and president of Cotter Financial.
     To make this a fun event as well, Cotter Financial is providing complimentary hot dogs and sodas for attendees. In addition, there will be a free drawing for a home shredder.
     For further information, call Cotter Financial at 634-2000.

Hi, Neighbor!
Next Thursday in Community Hall at 6:30 pm

This is the program aimed at newcomers (and the rest of us with short memories) to show off all the clubs and organizations.  I know how tough it is to walk into a club room and ask if I could join the club .. or even to ask what it’s all about.  
     Hi, Neighbor! has it all spread out on tables (over 90 of them this year) and you can walk by them one by one and ask questions without making any commitments. It is free, open and on November 6th.

Emergency Squad 50th Anniversary 

It was just 18,330 days ago (September 26, 1964) that a small group of men gathered one evening to try to figure out how to provide immediate medical care for residents in Sun City Center.  Their job, they decided, was to take any action they could for patients short of transporting them to a hospital.
     You have to understand that the only ambulances providing service to Sun City Center were operated by the county and just getting them into town was a problem since there was no local county rescue station.  The new Emergency Squad quickly determined that we needed to have an ambulance in town and one of the local funeral parlors offered to let us have one of their old hearses.  The Chief, Ray Watson, jumped at the offer and the Emergency Squad was underway.
     Today in the Borini Theater at Kings Point there was a celebration of those 50 years with a number of past Chiefs (and our current Chief) and a room full of volunteers who have made the Squad function offering some memories.  
     Congratulations to everyone associated with our Emergency Squad.

 John Bowker

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Volume 16, Number 42               October 23, 2014

Water will be Shut Off
October 29 and 30

      Outdoor work on the sanitary plumbing lines that will extend under North Pebble Beach Blvd will be made starting at 5 pm next Wednesday, October 29.  For the rest of that evening, until 11 pm, the water will be turned off to the SCC Inn on North Pebble Beach Blvd, to the entire set of SCC Plaza stores all the way from the Locksmith at one end to Dollar General at the other.
     Homes along North Pebble Beach from the Beach Blvd intersection up to La Jolla Avenue will be without water from 5-11 Wednesday evening, and all CA club rooms, meeting room buildings and the bathrooms will be closed starting at 5 pm.
     Water will also be turned off on Thursday, October 30 again starting at 5 pm so those same buildings, stores and shops will be affected at 5:00 pm.  The plan by Hillsborough County is to reopen the water mains later Thursday evening, but I have been warned that any breakage of previously installed pipes could extend that “off” time until the breaks are fixed.  Therefore, all residents and shop owners have been warned that they will be without water the rest of that night .. and who knows when all will be well again.  Seriously, they feel they can get it done before working hours on Friday morning.
     I gather that some of the existing water pipes under North Pebble Beach are the originals from the early 1960s made of what is now a very brittle asbestos material. The sanitary pipes will run right next to them and, while the old pipes are fine until they break, care will be needed working around them next week.

North Pebble Beach Blvd
Will be Closed

October 29, 30, 31

Starting around dawn next Wednesday, North Pebble Beach Blvd will be closed in both directions to all traffic from Council Drive to the intersection with Beach Blvd.  The water pipe project above will result in the closure for three days.
     Traffic will be able to enter the parking lot in front of the library, CA office and Security Patrol building from southbound North Pebble Beach and Council Drive, and will be able to enter that parking lot from Cherry Hills Drive and you will be able to park on both sides of Cherry Hills Drive.  (You will not be able to exit Cherry Hills Drive onto North Pebble Beach Blvd.)
     If nothing else, maybe that big electric sign that has been incorrectly warning us for 7 weeks that the Cherry Hills intersection is closed, will finally be right! 

How About
The Big Main Parking Lot?

     Cross your fingers that the contractor will be able to open the back part of our main parking lot that has been closed all summer by November 4.  You will have to enter it from Cherry Hills Drive on North Course Lane next to the Maintenance Building. If our luck holds, you should be able to park there all the way to the Atrium Building and the Fitness Center. 

Two Meetings Last Night

     The first of the meetings was the Membership Meeting required by our bylaws.  Treasurer Neil Rothfeld presented the CA Board’s revised budget plan that calls for a reduction of $5.00 in our annual dues for next year as reported here earlier.  We will all be voting on the 2015 dues, $270, in early December.

     The second meeting was a “Town Hall” meeting.  A large number of audience members expressed their views, feelings and suggestions on the question of a new theater in Sun City Center.  There were no votes taken.  We were reminded that the referendum will be conducted as part of the membership vote in early December.  The ballots will be included in the November edition of The News of Sun City Center.

2014 National Championships
To Be Held Here 

     The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club will be hosting the 2014 National Championships of Bowls USA from November 4-8, 2014. These Championships consist of Women’s Pairs, Men’s Pairs, Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles. Four of our Club bowlers will represent the Southeast Division in the 2014 National Championships. Congratulations to Chris Heller & Cassie Krowl (Women’s Pairs); and Glenn Baumann & Bob Ferguson (Men’s Pairs)!  
     The “Opening Ceremony” for the 2014 Championships will take place on the lawn bowling green in front of the Eberhardt Building at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, November 4th. The ceremony includes a parade of the 48 champion bowlers from throughout the United States. Spectators are welcome.
     From November 5th through November 8th, the games here will be played on Wednesday-Friday beginning at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM; the Saturday morning games start at 9:00 AM, with playoff games on Saturday afternoon, if necessary.  (Thanks, Michael)

A Great Time To Be Here!

Sunday, October 26: 
Shrine Club Brunch  $ 5.00
            Community Hall, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Pancake Brunch, juice, coffee
           Best organized event in Sun City Center! (Thanks, Bob)

Saturday, November 1:
Hope Fund Breakfast and Bingo $ 7.00   
             Community Hall, 8:30 am - 11:00 am, Omelet of your choice, a bagel with cream cheese or a doughnut, juice, coffee, tea
             Bingo Cards are only $1.00 each starting at 9:30 am (Thanks,Carla)                                                                                                                                     
And , in closing,

  • Have you seen the store fronts at the SCC Plaza today?  The red portico covers are all freshly painted green.  Looks like they’re almost done out there!
  • If you send me a change of address, please send it to me using your new address, but include mention of your old address so I can have it deleted.
  • Newcomer telephone numbers are listed at by clicking on “Membership Directory. The new ones date to November 2013.

/John Bowker

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 Volume 16, Number 41               October 17, 2014

Keeping Our Roads Safe
and More Useful

We all know that new housing developments will soon start to surround us and new businesses will increase the traffic on our streets.  Many of us need better public transportation to get to nearby interesting places out of town.
     On Wednesday, October 29, from 10-12, in Community Hall, Mike Merrill, Administrator of Hillsborough County, accompanied by Lori Hudson, Communications & Digital Media Services Director, will present an update on a study on Transportation and Economic Development (TED) that will impact all of Hillsborough County to include the South Shore area and Sun City Center. 

Do You Like to Swim?

Are you interested in increasing your swimming activity? A research study (IRB#19036) is being conducted through the University of South Florida to determine if self-monitoring strategies can help you increase your swimming. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Abraham, Master’s Student and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, by email at or by phone at (305) 794-7613.

Discard Big Trash in Wimauma

You can discard unwanted items from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. once a month at the county collection site, 16180 Westlake Drive in Wimauma.  The dates for the rest of this year are all on Saturdays: October 25, November 22, and December 20.

  • These items are not accepted: 
    Tree Debris, Commercial Vehicle Tires, or Hazardous Chemicals
  • These items are accepted:  Furniture, Junk, Trash, Debris, Metal, Electronics, Tires (Limit 5  per residence).
  • Disposal requires at least one form of ID showing street address such as your FL Driver’s  License, FL Vehicle Registration, or Utility Bill.

Bicycle Registration

Deputy Castillo will hold a bicycle registration on Thursday, October 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. near the bandstand off Cherry Hills Drive.  I don’t recall this ever being done before, and I applaud the deputy’s effort. 
Information:  Call Community Service Officer Debbie Vijil at (813) 247-7817.

And, in Closing,

  • Susan Muise is one of our more active residents in town and was attracted by the USF Program on swimming mentioned above.  She regularly swims in the Atrium Building lap pool and has been wearing one of the ‘self monitoring’ units for several weeks. She told me she would welcome any calls from SCC residents about this.  Sounds like useful fun to me!

                                                                                                                        John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998 
Volume 16, Number 40               October 8, 2014

Lower CA Dues in 2015!

     The CA Board took a close look this morning at the budgetary plan we had heard about at the Budget Review Meeting back on September 24. You may recall that we had expected the dues to increase by $2.00 per person for the year 2015 based on that budget.  
     On examination, however, the Board this morning recognized that there is a budget surplus in 2014, and decided to transfer $65,000 from the present Operating Fund and to put it toward our Hurricane Reserve fund thereby fully funding the Hurricane Fund and, also thereby, reducing that amount needed for that fund from 2015 dues.     
     Further, in order to enhance our
Replacement Fund for 2015, the revised proposal calls for an increase in that annual amount by $1.00 per person so we can continue to keep our facilities operating at their best.
     The net budget changes, unanimously passed by the Board this morning, reduces our 2015 dues by $5.00 and that means our 2015 annual dues will be $270 per person if we approve this by our upcoming vote.

The Vote in December

     You will be asked to make several long-range decisions when you cast your Sun City Center votes later this year.  One will be the annual dues as described above, a second will be to elect three directors from the 9 candidates now running for our CA Board, a third will be to indicate if you think a new theater should be built and, finally, if so, how do you think the costs of such a building should be paid.
     You will be receiving a copy of The News of Sun City Center in the mail on November 1st.  In it will be ballots you can use to cast your votes. The instructions will be easy to follow.  
     If you prefer to vote in person, you can go to the Sandpiper Room in the Atrium Building on Tuesday, December 2 between 8 am and 3 pm, or you can vote in Community Hall on Wednesday, December 3 between 9 am and 5 pm.  
     I expect to repeat these days and times later, but I am already getting questions from people who like to plan ahead.

The New Parking Lot

     I will simply repeat what was said at this morning’s CA Board Meeting.  The new parking lot on the Central Campus should be open by the end of the first week of November.  The repairs on North Pebble Beach for piping needed for the new Information Center are being delayed by the weather and due to the need for additional county approvals.  It should all be back and pretty by early November.

Vote Both Sides of your Ballot

Did you get your state election ballots in the mail a day or two ago.  If you decide to vote this way, remember to make firm black marks for your choice of each candidate or topic, and be sure to turn the sheet over!  There are three Amendments on the back side; one has to do with appointment of judges, one is the well publicized medical marijuana issue and the third (actually Amendment #1) is the Water and Land Conservation Amendment that several groups in Sun City Center hope will be approved to protect rivers, lakes and springs, beaches and shores and the Everglades.  Remember to sign the mailing envelope once you have sealed it and have your signature and date cross over the sealed edge.

Free Party
(If today is Thursday, the party is this afternoon!) 

All SCC and KP residents are invited to the Men's Club ice cream open house this Thursday, October 9th from 1:00 until 4:30pm at the Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd
     In addition to the ice cream,  there will entertainment by the Kegg And Elvis, plus South Bay Hospital will be displaying their construction plans.  We will be paying tribute to our Emergency Squad and their 50 years of service, thanking Fire Rescue for their great assistance, and introducing some exciting new medical alert items from Philips Lifeline!   (Thanks, Jim)

And, In Closing,

  • I note that the fall term for our United Community Church College will open next week.  If you have not yet registered, there are several courses that can still take one or two more students.  You must go to the church during regular hours and sign up (the classes usually run 90 minutes, once a week for 6 weeks).  I am taking one to learn what my Android Tablet can do, and the “News & Views” open forum for topics of public concern still has some openings .. go pick up one of their course catalogs and then ask what’s still available at the college office.
  • I see that some of the equipment in the Fitness Center is being replaced. The “Red Exercise Circuit” units were moved into the Center from the old exercise room (where the dance studio is today) years ago. 
  • Have you ever considered writing for The News of Sun City Center? We can always use good writers and, if you have a nose for news, we can always use more news or sports reporters.  If you would like to learn more about what this entails, please write to our editor, Adam Porter, at
  • Treasurer Neil Rothfeld reported that “transfer fees” of $1,500 were received for 23 re-sale homes during September.  Sales of new homes by Minto result in a smaller transfer fee of $23 based on agreements signed years ago.
  • Community Manager Lyn Reitz reported that our resident count at the end of last month was 10,660.  Note: there are a few empty homes here and we collect up to two full dues from the owners of those houses so the total membership dues at the end of September were for the equivalent of 11,190 people.   

John Bowker

News of Greater Sun City Center by email
Founded in 1998 
June 17, 2014

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