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 Volume 17, Number 36               August 25, 2015

 Water Turned Off at Your House?’

A reader writes:  “They are working on two new hydrants on our street today.  We received a boil notice only and were told the work would take 8 hours.  They actually shut our water off completely and we are closing in on 12 hours and the men are still working. I would advise people to be prepared with some buckets of water for flushing toilets regardless of what the notice says.”  (Thanks, Cindy!)

     Oh!  In view of all the rain we have had recently, Dave Brown wonders if anybody had any flooding that actually reached the slab level at their home? 

Grab your camera (or iPhone)

If you haven’t entered Sun City Center’s August photo contest yet, there’s still time before the September 7th cutoff.  
   The photo theme this month is “People Who Need People” -- photos of community members volunteering in Sun City Center.  Subjects such as the Community Emergency Response Team, the Computer Club, the Tax Aide people, Emergency Squad, Security Patrol, Samaritans and Information Center, volunteers who prepare food at community breakfasts or who are monitors in clubs instructing members how to do their projects safely and efficiently… and more. 
   The August winner will receive a prize of $100, and any other photos used on the new Sun City Center website now being built will receive $25.   You can submit up to 5 photos each month and possibly earn up to $200 for the effort.  Your photos should be emailed to   (Thanks, Ed!)

Nearly New Shop

 The Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza will resume its regular two-day- a-week openings next week Wednesday, September 2. Hours will be from 8:00 AM to Noon on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.
   Donations of saleable items are accepted 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday - Friday.
The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center uses monies from sales of donated items to fund grants and scholarships in South Hillsborough County(Thanks, Jay!)

Bluebirds of Happiness

The Sun City Center Audubon Club is partnering with a Boy Scout to help him get his Eagle Scout designation.  Scout Robert Leonard and his troop have constructed 20 bluebird nest boxes to be installed in Sun City Center.  The Audubon Club is seeking residents to have a bluebird box installed in their back yard bordering on an open field (golf course?) with a tree or shrubs nearby to provide cover for fledglings to hide in. 
     Please call Melanie at 813-625-1271, or e-mail,, and she will come look at your yard.  The Club is asking for a $20.00 donation to cover cost of the bird box and predator guard.

 Sew 'n Sews Activities

 The Sun City Center Sew 'n Sews recently sewed pajama bottoms for A Kid's Place in Brandon. 14 members completed 15 with 20 more in the works. T-shirts will be purchased to match each of the bottoms.  A Kid's Place is a temporary home for children removed from their homes.  The pajama bottoms were all made with fabric that has been donated to the club.  
    At right, Jan Ring challenged the Wednesday Morning Sew 'n Sew Quilters to make something that had already been something else.  It was a real fun way to repurpose and recycle old clothes, etc.   
    Sew 'n Sews is a club made up of sewers and quilters, both novice and experienced.  They come to the club to learn new techniques, sew for enjoyment and charity, and enjoy each other's company.  The club is open to all Sun City Center residents.
     Sew 'n Sews gladly accepts fabric donations that are used for charity projects, as well as for items to sell. For information on membership, contact Linda at 813-390-2377 or email   (Thanks, Nan)

Staying Safe and Whole

      Our monthly sessions with Deputy Jeff Merry have brought home to many of us just how tempting our belongings are to those around us who wish us harm.  It was a few years back when, in the plaza shopping center, an inspection survey found 18 of 54 cars parked there were unlocked!  Worse than that, in 3 of the 18 cars, the keys were still in the ignition. 
     The ‘bad guys’ know we Senior Citizens are careless through our trust of our neighbors and they can’t wait to rob us, so lock your cars. Lock your homes.

 And, in Closing,

 The Community Association has once again arranged with Walgreens to offer Flu Shots, High Dose Flu Shots, Pneumonia, and Booster Pneumonia shots at no charge to Medicare patients from 9 AM to 2 PM on Tuesday, September 8th in the Caper Room in our Atrium Building. Bring all your insurance cards with you.
 /John Bowker
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eNEWS Volume 17, Number 35           August 15, 2015            Page 2

Florida Orchestra
Coffee Concerts at Mahaffey Theater

     Here is your chance to enjoy a series of concerts from October to May using a pre-arranged bus with special pricing and highlights.  A group called the Ambassador Club makes the transportation arrangements and each person, using the club name, makes ticket arrangements directly with Mahaffey at special prices. 
     Each classical program is interspersed with new and familiar pieces; the conductor tells stories about the music and composers that are amusing and most informative, so it is a delightful day usually from 8:30 am to around 2:00 pm.
     Call Carolyn Deming at 633-2241 for all the details of dates, costs, etc.  She has assured me there are a few seats remaining on the bus she gets for the concerts.

Interested in Continuing Education?
Hillsborough Community College may have an answer for you

   Beginning in September, the HCC SouthShore Campus will offer classes that are part of the prestigious Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).   
   The local college-level coursework is designed for the adult student; annual membership is $35 with course fees in the $20 to $40 range; class registrations can be handled by telephone.       
   The first OLLI term at HCC SouthShore will open with “Computers and You: An Introduction Using Windows 7, Another course will be “John Ruskin: Nineteenth Century Advocate for a Twenty-First Century Environment” – is set for October 10.
    I have a full statement from HCC I will send you if you will respond to this email with the words “HCC Adult Classes” in the subject line.

Trouble Dialing Your Phone?

You will soon learn that the reason some of the local telephone numbers you have dialed for years are not going through is because you didn’t dial the “813” area code ahead of the usual 7 digits.  A reader called this to my attention and, after telling her she was crazy, the same thing happened to me.
   I called Brighthouse to verify this and they confirmed that, soon, all calls will require the 10 digits.  They said they were running out of numbers .. and with that absurd answer our conversation ended.  (Thanks, Patty; sorry I jumped on you.)

And, in Closing,

  • The July 4th Breakfast was another winner for Sun City Center.  We served 1266 meals and “netted” $3,518.00 toward future fireworks.  The 50/50 winners were 1st prize  Ann Fenimore—$241.00; 2nd prize Bob Goetz—$145.00; 3rd prize Mel Fader—$97.00
  • They have reviewed the golf cart registration plans for September 10-12. The times will be 9am-2pm at the Redeemer Lutheran Church parking area. This year they will inspect the vehicle’s brakes, lights, horn, and signals if asked by the cart owner.  Registration is open to everyone in Sun City Center, Kings Point and the Villages of Cypress Creek.  Note that registrations done prior to 2012 are invalid; if yours has 4 or more numbers on the seal, get it done again.

/ John Bowker
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Volume 17, Number 34            August 12, 2015 

Mosquito Spraying by Air
Tomorrow (Thursday) Night

Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will treat the Sun City Center area, Thursday, Aug. 13, from 8:15 p.m. to 11 p.m., by air. The pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV will be used to control adult mosquitoes on about 10,000 acres. If weather or mechanical issues prevent this treatment Thursday, the mission will be rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, from 8:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Spraying will cover ALL of Sun City Center and Kings Point and extend a bit into Wimauma (West Lake Drive) and into Ruskin to 13th Avenue NE.  The spraying will be done by a Bell Jet Ranger 206 Helicopter at an altitude of 300 feet.

No Clubrooms to Close

     CA President David Floyd opened today’s CA Board Meeting with the announcement that the Board has no plans to close any of the existing clubrooms. He went on to explain that all of the clubs are being examined to see if their assigned spaces are appropriate for their needs.  The Board is under pressure to find more space for some of the clubs.  Interviews are being conducted with the clubs to be sure things are well in balance.  He promised that no room changes will be made without the agreement with the club(s) involved.

Backflow Valve Testing
Dave Brown is again looking out for our interests

If your Co-op or HOA just received a postcard from Hillsborough County about the "mandatory annual testing" of your RP-type "community" backflow valve, that notice should be ignored .. for the moment.  A revision of the County's Backflow Valve Ordinance 03-6 will likely be approved this coming Monday, the 17th, by the County's Cross-Connection, Backflow and Back-Siphonage Control Board and then approved by the County Commissioners shortly after that.  
   Please hang onto the Notice you received, but don't schedule the testing until there has been clarification pending the adoption of the new Ordinance.    
   If you are the Co-op or HOA official in charge of your "community" valve, send your email address to and you will receive special notices as the county reviews its options.
   /David Brown, Citizen Representative, Cross-Connection, Backflow and
Back-Siphonage Control Board. 
   PS:  Dave’s remarkable website is; you will love it!

Deadline is Thursday
Are you in a non-profit organization that helps people?

 All non-profit organizations in the Sun City Center area that provide services and support to people in the South Shore area are invited to submit their information for the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging Resource Guide to be published this fall.  Go to: you want to see the categories of interest planned for the new guidebook, just open that website and then click on “NEXT” at the bottom of the opening screen.  You can also sign up at: 
   Please act on this today or tomorrow (August 13) at the latest.  They want to get moving on this new guidebook.

Community Church College
Register online now for 40 classes and 9 trips

The Fall catalogue of Community Church College classes and trips will soon be available.  Listing over forty classes and nine trips ranging from history to sign language to flower arranging, you are bound to find something that interests you. Classes begin on October 12 and end November 20, these ninety minute classes will inspire, educate, and entertain you.
   Open Registration day will be on September 23 from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Our Website ( is ready for you to purchase your classes and trips online. Beat the crowds on registration day and register today       If you have an idea for a topic not already offered or are interested in teaching a class, call the College office at 634-8607.  Although the classes are already arranged for the fall, new classes for the spring semester are still being determined. 

And, in Closing,

  • Are you a movie buff?  For many years, John McRee and his wife, along with others, have been running the Monday Movie program in the Rollins Theater.  They are now looking for a replacement to select, publicize and run the movies .. could be one person although they found it easier for two.  Want to learn more?  Call them at 634-5956.
  • Transfer Fees were received by the Board during July for 48 homes bringing the total of resale home purchases to 274 for the year to date.
  • Do not try to drive onto the Community Hall parking lots during the weekend of August 21st through the 24th.  There will be trenches dug that may not be visible in some lighting (or rainy) conditions, and the asphalt people will not come to rescue you if you get bogged down during that period.  The “shell” parking areas around the Pickle Ball, Volley Ball and Horseshoe areas will not be paved until the summer of 2016.
  • Be sure to get your golf cart registered by the Sheriff’s Office and Security Patrol in the parking lot of Redeemer Lutheran Church between 10 and 2 on September 10, 11 or 12.  This is to provide a central log so lost golf cars can be returned.  There is no ‘inspection’ of the vehicles planned.
  • As of July 31, we had 10,786 residents living in Sun City Center.

/ John Bowker
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Volume 17, Number 33               August 3, 2015

Thanks for your Concern

   Several regular readers have written in this week to ask if they are still on the eNEWS mailing list.  Well, some of you don’t remember my annual summaries where I mention that I only send out eNEWS when I feel there is something to write about.  It has been a slow news week/month, but I hope this finds you in good health and spirits.

Meet Your Local Authors

    The first official SCC Local Author Meet & Greet will be held at JSA Medical Group, 717 Cortaro Drive (plaza behind Taco Bell), from 1 to 4 p.m. this Friday, August 7, 2015. Fifteen distinguished local authors are expected to participate.  
    The open forum format will allow attendees to speak directly with authors, purchase books, get books signed and take photos with authors. 
     Authors expected to attend include H. Spencer Faircloth, E. Adam Porter, John Bowker, Rev. Betty Beach Connell, Bob Sanchez, Patt Sulzberger, Alvin Bojar, Jerri Garretson, Joan Wilson, Charlotte Knaub, Carol Oschmann, Elysa Hendricks, Bob Mills, Rosemary Strouse, Elysa Hendricks and John Foster.
            The event is sponsored by the Sun City Center Writers Club as well as the News of Sun City Center and the News of Kings Point. For more information contact Adam Porter at 813.685.2628.

Mosquito Control

   With the recent rainfall, residents may now have standing water around their homes that can support the breeding of mosquitoes. Follow these tips from the Florida Department of Health to help prevent mosquito breeding:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination. 
  • For more information on the Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit, tips to reduce mosquitoes, a video about the Unit or to report a mosquito concern, visit the Mosquito Control webpage at or call (813) 635-5400.

Lawn Concert

     Join us this Thursday, August 6th, from 4 to 6 p.m. (weather permitting), at the Bandstand.  Listen to a mix of music to include oldies and country from the 50's to the 70's by Kevin Brooks.   This is a free event sponsored by the Community Association.  Bring your own chair or sit in your golf cart and enjoy!  Info 813-642-2001.

Our Low Crime Rate

    Sun City Center has the lowest crime rate in the county.  Our new Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry wants to keep it that way and has already noted some problems here that could have been avoided with a little common sense.  Jeff writes:

  • Whether you park in a garage, on the street or in your driveway,
    ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS lock all your car doors!!! Roll up all the windows,
    and activate your car's audible alarm, if equipped.
  • Never leave any items of value inside your car in plain view. Remove
    those items or lock them in the trunk.
  • Hide and secure any garage door openers in the glove box or center console.
  • Keep your garage door closed when not in use.
  • Keep interior doors leading from the garage into your home locked. If
    equipped, set your home alarm to “chime” when the door is opened.
  • Be a good neighbor! If you see a neighbor's garage left open or vehicle
    unlocked, tell them about it.
  • Be alert of any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in your
    neighborhood, and immediately report it to the Sheriff's Office's Non-Emergency Dispatch at (813) 247-8200.
  • In the event of an emergency or a crime-in-progress, dial 911

Bottom line:  The bad guys are out to steal from you because that is their job all day, every day.  It is their only source of income.  The best we can each do is to make their job tougher and get them to move to another community.

And, in Closing,

  • A reader writes: John, you might to warn people that if they get an email from E-Z Pass to ignore it.  It comes as if you have gone through a toll booth and did not remit.  EZ Pass does not use email.   (Thanks, Dee!) 
  • I am assured that the Rollins Theater renovations will be done in time for the regular showing of a movie next Monday.  I think you will applaud the changes to that room in Old Town Hall.
  • I am assured that the awful mess you see on Del Webb Blvd E just by the golf cart path to Walmart is a temporary problem.  They need a place to store some of their signage – but just what the chunks of concrete are doing there next to that large dumpster is a mystery to me.
  • For our Snowbird readers, it looks like we made it through the 2-weeks of rain pretty well.  Parts of Tampa and St. Petersburg did not, and their problems are what you are seeing on New York and Chicago newscasts.  I do not recall seeing so many contiguous hours of darkness (no visible sun) as we have had for the past many days .. but I’ve only been here 24 years.  Today was just beautiful with the temperatures in the mid 80s.

    /John Bowker
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School Teachers Needed

   Hillsborough County Schools are in dire need of substitute and temporary teachers for schools in Wimauma, Ruskin, Gibsonton, and Riverview.
  Minimum requirement is Associates Degree or 60 hours from accredited colleges.
There will be onboarding sessions in late July and August. Applicants should attend these two sessions; we hope they can be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the SCC Plaza but will confirm that later with anyone who writes in.
   This might be a good opportunity for Sun City Center or Kings Point residents to get involved in something constructive and earn some money.  
   For more information, send an email to the recruiting leader, Dave Walker, at  (Thanks, DF!)  

Golf Cart Path to Bealls

   A reader points out that the construction at South Bay Hospital has changed the golf cart path from Haverford Avenue to Bealls.  Drivers must now make a right turn at the hospital end of Haverford and go around back of the hospital building, past the parking lots serving both Emergency Room entrances, and then on to the driveway extending out to Route 674 (Sun City Center Blvd) where the familiar golf cart path to Bealls can be accessed.
   This is necessary because the entryway from 674 to the hospital is now a one-way street coming in.  I recommend that golfers coming back from Bealls should simply reverse that path instead of driving on the old golf cart path in front of the hospital.  Once construction gets started there I’m sure they will rope that off.(Thanks, Ella!) 
     Just as a side note, the golf cart path now leading to Bealls was installed a decade ago by the county and entirely at the county’s expense.  A lot of people new to town may not have realized that the Bealls location was formerly occupied by Walmart.  The county responded to demands by the residents at that time to provide a way to get to inexpensive medications, drugs and other necessities by means of their only form of transportation, their golf cart.


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Please Greet Deputy Jeff Merry

Hospital Expansion
South Bay to add 26 Rooms

     This is the latest artist’s rendition of changes now planned for our South Bay Hospital.  The expansion will be built over what is now the parking area in front of the existing building (shown as the back part of the building in this drawing).  A new parking lot will be built in the area now occupied by the Sun Hill Medical Center – that is the building just to the east of the hospital.  The existing Sun Hill building will be demolished to make room for that parking lot.
     I expect we will see work starting here in early May and I am told the new facility will be opened in August, 2016.  There will be no interruption in services at the hospital during construction.  When finished, South Bay Hospital will have 138 beds for patients.


John Bowker
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