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Volume 20, Number 28               Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:34 AM; Sunset at 8:28 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

LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO REOPEN

Deputy Jeff Merry is delighted to report that Michelle Mortimer has joined the staff at our local Community Station at 948 Cherry Hills Drive.  She will be the new Community Service Aide working with Deputy Merry.  The best part is that she will be in the office much of the time, handling phone calls to 813-242-5515, and walk-ins needing to consult with the Sheriff’s Office.  The plan is to have the Community Station open starting next week, June 25, Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM.


CSA Michelle Mortimer

THURSDAY IS THE LONGEST DAY

The 2018 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser will be held this week on Thursday the 21st in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.  The fun and games all start at 7:00 AM and will run through the day until 9:00 PM.  There will be social Bridge and Duplicate Bridge games scheduled during that entire time.
     The entry ticket ($20) covers breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and Duplicate Bridge lessons.  They are setting aside a room in the building for people who want to bring their own games; in fact if you prefer to come later in the day, there is a $10 ticket that will just cover the lunch.  And remember that ALL proceeds will be donations to the Samaritan Services Alzheimer’s Auxiliary and the Alzheimer’s Association.
     (By the way, an earlier press release said this event would be held on Wednesday (tomorrow), so if you wrote it on your calendar, please change it to Thursday.)

ARE YOU HONEST?

The Friends of the SCC History Society Club needs a treasurer to help keep track of membership dues and other financial transactions.  You will have a shared office available with a PC, Printer, file space, Internet access, and will be asked to give a report at monthly Executive Committee meetings. 
More information from John Bowker at jbowker103@gmail.com or 813-633-1427.

/John Bowker                                     


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Volume 20, Number 27               Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:33 AM; Sunset at 8:26 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

DOCUMENT SHREDDING

We are looking forward to another full morning of document shredding to occur here on Tuesday, October 9, from 9 AM to noon.  This is a free service to Members of the Community Association.  I will be bringing you the details of where you should bring your documents to be shredded, and how they should be wrapped.  I know there are always questions about the need to remove them from file folders, or can the shredder handle multiple sheets stapled together, etc.  We’ll cover that.

AND WE’RE STILL DEBT FREE

We learned this morning that the final payment for our newest CA Office Building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd was given to the builder contractor. In the same breath, our Treasurer announced that there is still substantial money in the Capital Account from which that payment was taken.
     As part of the open discussion at the monthly CA Meeting this morning, in answer to a question from a Member in the audience, we were told that landscaping of the new building will occur before the winter season (perhaps a bit vague but it’s not being overlooked).  That whole corner with Cherry Hills Drive with our two newish buildings will be stunning.

PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY

We are always proud of the way our properties look.  We have to recognize that, from time to time, a family may have to abandon their home.  It was pointed out today that the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement people can be called to come in and study and correct severe situations.  While our Community Association has no authority in this, some CA board members know generally how to go about working with the county.  If you become aware of a property that needs attention, you might jot down a note with the address and, if possible, a simple photograph showing how serious the matter is, and leave it with the receptionist at the CA Administration Building, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Be sure the note has your own name & address too!

And, in Closing,

  • As of May 31, there were 11,298 Members of the Community Association in residence here.  That compares with 11,197 in May 31, 2017.  These are the highest numbers in our history.
  • The CA Treasurer this morning reported that there were 52 home transactions in Sun City Center during May.  We expect to see that number drop in future months because there are only 3 new homes left to be sold in the community and only two more ground breakings scheduled for new residences here.  Once those are built, sold and occupied, there can be no further expansion of residential space here.  I believe that the last new homes to be sold in Kings Point happened some time ago. 
/John Bowker                                      Write to me at Jbowker103@gmail.com

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Volume 20, Number 26               Friday, June 8, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:33 AM; Sunset at 8:24 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

MOSQUITO CONTROL

Mosquito fish are available for free all summer long for use in backyard ponds, fountains, abandoned swimming pools, rain barrels, and other artificial containers that are common breeding sites for mosquito larvae. Hillsborough County residents may now pick up free mosquito fish on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at UF’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory at 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin (just south of the intersection with 14th Avenue next to the National Weather Station).
     The fish are available first-come, first-served and will be provided in temporary plastic travel bags, along with instructions for introducing them to their new environment. Residents must bring a photo ID showing their local address.

COMMUNITY CHURCH COLLEGE

There will be no open Registration Day for Fall semester classes and trips this year.  Instead, the registration process will begin when trips/classes are announced via the college email blasts.  Printed catalogs should be available in early September.
     To get your email address on their list, go to http://www.4lifelearning.org/contact.html

And, in Closing,

  • Community Association members interested in what makes Sun City Center ‘work’, may want to sit in on a monthly meeting of the CA Board of Directors.  The July meeting will be held in the Rollins Theatre on Wednesday, July 11 starting at 9:00 AM.  Those meetings usually run 30-45 minutes.

/John Bowker                                      Write to me at Jbowker103@gmail.com


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Volume 20, Number 25               Friday, June 1, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:34 AM; Sunset at 8:21 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

HURRICANE SEASON OPENS

The “Big Meeting” I told you about a couple of days ago happened this afternoon, and it was well worthwhile.  Lynn Reitz, our Sun City Center Community Manager presented an excellent program with all sorts of big and little things many of us experienced residents could well have overlooked.  She was joined by Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry who added even more substantive details.  If you want all the details, be sure to attend one of Deputy Merry’s talks later this month; I have printed his schedule for briefings below.

     Here are a few highlights they brought to us today.

  • Be sure to prepare for your own personal worst-case situation because once the sustained wind reaches 35 miles an hour, none of the emergency services will be available. That includes all of our volunteer and county services.  Calling 911 will not bring you help until the wind calms down to below 35 miles an hour.
  • You should stock up on water and batteries and all the other emergency supplies, but please note that Walmart,  ACE Hardware and Home Depot, and the food stores may close as much as a full day ahead of a predicted storm  so their employees can get home safely before the winds build up.
  • Be sure you have cash on hand.  If the electricity goes out, you won’t be able to use a credit card to pay for what you need once you can go out in your car or golf cart.

  • If your telephone service goes down in a storm, wait until it is safe to go outside your home.  Then look for a home near yours with this large orange sign in the window.  The person living there is an Amateur Radio operator who has a battery-operated radio that can reach other Amateurs world wide to relay your “I’m OK” message by telephone to family members. 
/John Bowker       write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com

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Volume 20, Number 20               Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:49 AM; Sunset at 8:04 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.


1009 OPENS ONCE AGAIN

Right on schedule at 8  this morning, the big glass doors opened to the new Community Association office building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Boulevard.  Putting aside the 4 reporters waiting outside, the first resident to enter the lobby was Lenny Crooks who had urgent business for the German-American Club.  So it appears that things are back to normal for the CA that first opened on this site with a converted model house in 1980.

RALLY’S IS COMING

First we thought it would be a new car wash, but now we learn that the new construction next to the Shell gas station in the Cypress Village Mall area (Home Depot, Bealls, etc) will be a new Rallys restaurant. What do they serve?  Their slogan reads: “…always pushing the limits of how much flavor we can fit between two buns.”  The gas station is being totally rebuilt and will remain in the Shell family.

LEARN ABOUT CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Deputy Jeff Merry is continuing his excellent series of seminars on crimes that seem to focus on senior citizens.  The same program is offered 3 times each month for the benefit of our residents and they are open to everyone.  Here is his schedule for May.
     Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - Caper Room in the Atrium Building
     Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - Ripple Room in Kings Point North Clubhouse
     Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza


And, in Closing,
John Bowker;

Write to: Jbowker103@gmail.com