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eNEWS Supplement

July 23, 2015

Familiar Faces?



Kathy Jean Elliot
Anita Louise Puskas
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Kathy Jean Elliot and charged her with two counts of Exploitation of an Elderly Person, two counts of Grand Theft, two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, and two counts of False Information on a Pawnbroker Form. Kathy Jean Elliot worked for a local in-home health care firm and was a companion for the victims. Elliot removed large amounts of jewelry from the victims' homes and pawned the items.
    During the investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office discovered another case of elderly exploitation. Anita Louise Puskas, also an in-home health care companion, was arrested on July 16, 2015. Puskas was charged with Exploitation of an Elderly Person, Grand Theft, and twelve counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Puskas withdrew large amounts of money from the victim's bank account.  Details are on the County Sheriff’s website, www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.
     Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask that any other victims contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

August Briefings by Deputy Merry

I have given you a hint of some of the topics covered by our Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry in earlier eNEWS editions.  Here is the schedule for his upcoming briefings open to the public on Fraud.

     Note that the same forum will be held at these four times and places:

Tuesday, August 11, 9:00 a.m., Sandpiper Room in the Atrium Building

Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 p.m., Ripple Room in Main Clubhouse, Kings Point

Wednesday, August 19, 3:00 p.m., American Momentum Bank on S Pebble Beach

Thursday, August 20, 10:00 a.m., Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza

/John Bowker
jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

 


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Volume 17, Number 32               July 16, 2015

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Humana Insurance

   A representative of South Bay Hospital sent me this message today:

 "We are pleased to report that we have completed a renewal agreement with Humana for Humana Medicare, Commercial and Medicaid products through May 31, 2017. Patients will continue to have uninterrupted access to the high-quality care provided by South Bay Hospital.”  (Thank you, Shannon)

    I understand that Humana has sent a similar notice to its subscribers but so many of our Snowbirds have delayed mail delivery during the summer I thought it best to spread the good news here to them, too.

New Pool Regulation

    There has been a lot of talk about the decision by the CA Board (1) not to change the hours when children can use the outdoor pool next to the Atrium Building, and (2) to forbid children from using the indoor “lap” pool at all. 
   You can now watch the considerable debate on your computer by going on the Internet to https://vimeo.com/133051834.  That website has the entire board meeting, but if you are only interested in the discussion with the audience about the pool rules for children, go to the 15:55 minute mark of that vimeo for the outdoor pool part, and to the 49:25 minute mark for the indoor lap pool discussions.

I Need Your Help
Are Lane Closures Coming to your Street?

   Alexander Crossing Way, Allegheny Drive, Bentwood Drive, Blue Water Drive, Brookton Green Drive, Caloosa Lake Court, Caloosa Palms Court, Caloosa Woods Lane, Cloister Drive, E. Del Webb Boulevard, East View Drive, El Rancho Drive, Emerald Lake Drive, Fort Duquesna Drive, Gardenia Landing Lane, Grand Cypress Lane, Linger Lane, Meadowlark Lane, North Creek Court, N. Pebble Beach Boulevard (from Fort Duquesna Drive to Caloosa Boulevard), Prestancia Lane, Stroll Lane, W. Del Webb Boulevard (from Fort Duquesna to Emerald Lake Drive), Wild Feather Lane, Wintersong Lane.
   Sometime between now and November 13, there will be lane closures on those streets as new fire hydrants and 6” water mains are installed. Hillsborough County is telling us that the Dallas 1 Construction Company will be doing the work during regular daytime working hours.
   I need your help to tell me the situation on your street when work is done there. Please tell me if the work closes off a significant part of your street and if the work affects your front lawn area or driveway.  
   I also hope to learn how long the project takes in each area. I will plan to print what you tell me so others can be prepared.

New Season at the
Community Church College

    On or about August 1st we should all be able to see the details now being developed for a new and exciting 2015 fall semester for the Church College at 1501 LaJolla Avenue.  That is when their new website will be up and running, and we will be learning about some new classes and trips that will be available to students this fall. Here are some examples:

 WFLA CHANNEL 8 STATION
TOUR
HORSE FARM TOUR OF OCALA
MT DORA ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR
A DAY IN WINTER PARK
RINGLING MUSEUMBRANDON PIECE
MAKERS QUILT SHOW
ST JOHNS RIVERSHIP
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT
SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE

    Registration day at the Church will be Wednesday September 23rd , but you will be able to register online with credit cards processed through PayPal.  TRIPS & CLASSES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE COLLEGE OFFICE UNTIL REGISTRATION DAY. 
   When it is ready in August, the new website address will be
www.4lifelearning.org

Fraud:  Chapter Two 

    Sheriff Deputy Jeff Merry has conducted his second set of lectures in his series on White Collar Crime this month. He has told about how the bad guys can rob you right out of your checking account.
    I consider myself sophisticated in matters of this sort, but I came away with more than a full page of notes. I will share them with you during the next few weeks. 
    One of his key points is that most people don’t believe the bad guys are going to take the trouble to piece together bits of information about us, but Jeff knows that stealing information from us is the bad guys’ one job.  It is their one and only business!  It is their only source of income. 
    And why would they pay so much attention to Sun City Center?  Because here is where the money is.  Jeff counted 13 banks in town .. Wimauma has none, There is one in Apollo Beach.  I lost track of his count of banks in Ruskin .. one or two.  You and I may not have a lot of money, but you can be quite sure the bad guys are going to come here and try to find what you have.  
     Chapter 3 of the Fraud Awareness Forums will be on August 11, 19 and 20; I will have locations and times for you next week. 

And, in Closing,
  • Now, about FACEBOOK:  I have had to choose between my own sanity and my honest desire to be a good friend with everyone who writes to me.  Some time ago I decided to be a Facebook Friend of some folks I see in town frequently .. and now I am deluged with all sorts of notices from their friends too.  So I have reluctantly decided not to be a Facebook Friend with anyone except immediate family members.

/John Bowker
Write to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com


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Volume 17, Number 31               July 9, 2015

CA Pool Rule Change

     At the regular monthly board meeting of the Community Association yesterday, the rule permitting a child aged 3-17 to use the indoor “Lap Pool” in the Atrium Building during certain times of day was deleted.  There is no indoor swimming in the CA pools for anyone under the age of 18 under any conditions. 
     No other CA rule or policy changes were made at yesterday’s meeting.

Club Lists are Due

     Clubs wishing to have rooms reserved in 2016 must have their membership roles provided to the Community Association by August 31.  It should be turned in using the Excel spreadsheet format that was recently sent to all club presidents.  If you do not have that spreadsheet, you can make up your own but be sure it includes your club officers by title, and for everyone in the club the member’s name, address, telephone, and CA Number (or show Kings Point, Freedom Plaza affiliation).  You should send it to:  clubs@suncitycenter.org  (Thanks, Claudia)

Photo Club Contest

     The June Photo Club contest is now history.  Over 45 photos were submitted with the first-prize winner to receive $100 once the judging is done.  The subject for July is “Fit For Life”; pictures of fitness and exercise such as around the pool, yoga, the Fitness Center, Aquasizers, etc.  You can turn in up to 5 photos between now and August 11, but only one photo per email and each must be in the jpeg format.  Instructions are on page 3 of this month’s News of Sun City Center; or ask me how to take part.  ($100 first prize again this month!)   (Thanks, Lisa)

Progress on Community Hall

     Our Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, is maintaining that the renovations on our South Campus are proceeding well.  She mentioned that in re-working the roof on Community Hall, some significant damage due to termites was found and that has caused a delay in that one project (there are 7 projects on the South Campus being undertaken this summer if my count is right) but she promises the building will reopen on Tuesday, September 1st.   

And, in Closing,

  • CA Membership count at the end of June was 10,708.  Capital Fund fees for 45 re-sale homes were received in June (so the YTD Total is 226).
  • There were 1,266 attendees at the all-volunteer July 4 breakfast last Saturday morning.  Thanks for everyone’s patience – the line was a bit long at one point.
  • Passes for guests using CA facilities over the age 18 are $1.00 per day.  For children 3-17, no charge but they must be accompanied by a CA Member.
/ John Bowker
Respond to me at:  jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

eNEWS Supplement

Volume 17, Number 30a               July 6, 2015

Fraud Awareness Forums
Programs hosted by Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry

     The success of each June program in this series has prompted some changes in the original plan for days, times and locations to accommodate the crowds.  There is no admission charge.  Here is the schedule now in place:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015; 9:00 a.m.
     Sandpiper Room in Atrium Building
     (2nd Tuesday of each month)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015; 1:00 p.m.
     Ripple Room in main clubhouse, Kings Point
     (2nd Tuesday of each month)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015; 3:00 p.m. (Note new time!)
     American Momentum Bank (main lobby with many more seats)
   
 (3rd Wednesday of each month)

Thursday, July 16, 2015; 10:00 a.m.
     Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza
     (3rd Thursday of each month)

  The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is conducting these monthly seminars on a different fraud topic each month; the same subject is featured at the four above locations each month. Among the topics to be covered in the next 6-8 months will be Investment Fraud, Check Fraud, Contractor Fraud and, later, IRS Refund Fraud.

Emergency Squad Open House

   On Wednesday Night July 8th the all-volunteer ambulance squad will hold an Open House.  If you, a neighbor or friend is looking for something meaningful to do and has the time, there are so many jobs to fill; receptionist, dispatcher, cook, vehicle cleaning as well as emergency team support on the ambulances … please learn more about the Squad and perhaps volunteer with us. 
   The Open House begins at 6PM at the large training center building at 124 S. Pebble Beach; coffee and dessert will be offered.

Lightning Damage?

     Readers on Emerald Lake Drive have reported some modest damage to electrical systems in their homes caused by yesterday’s lightning storm.  I would like to know if any other storm damage occurred elsewhere in our communities.

 /John Bowker
Write to me at:  jbowker@tampabay.rr.com


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FROM PRIOR EDITIONS

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  dave.walker@kellyservices.com  (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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Volume 17, Number 28               June 17, 2015

 Hospital Expansion to Start
Changes that will affect us all 

     The main front entrance to South Bay Hospital will close at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 (three days from now).  The new $30 Million Patient Care Tower, first reported in eNEWS back in February, will be added to the front of the existing building during a construction program slated to last through 2016.  Renovations will begin immediately to the property.
     Visitors will enter the building at the back using the walk-in Emergency Room doorway as shown here.


 Drivers entering the property as usual from State Road674 should continue straight along the side of the building toward the rear.  Do NOT use the “Ambulance Only” entry but turn left just beyond there along the back of the building until you see what is pictured above. There are several parking lots back there, but parking will be an issue I’m sure.  Perhaps I will have some guidance for you about parking by early next week.  We will watch to see how things develop.  Remember that this all starts on Saturday this week.
 
 / John Bowker 
   Respond to me at:  
jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

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Volume 17, Number 19               April 14, 2015

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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
Respond to me at:  jbowker@tampabay.rr.com