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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

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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

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June 17, 2014

Just as you enter the Atrium Building