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 Volume 18, Number 23              June 21,  2016

 WaWa

The most common question in my emails these days asks what is going on at the Wawa site on the southeast corner of US-301 and SR-674.  Things have slowed there in the past two weeks, but the “coming soon” sign is still up, and I love the Wawa.com website that now shows what the menu at this location will feature everything from soup to salads and sandwiches ... they have a lunch and dinner menu posted there, too.  So I have no doubt about their plans.
     I am wondering if maybe they are having the same problem getting county permits that have dogged us all spring regarding plans for our new cafe in Sun City Center.

Recycling

Several times I have tried to summarize the new Hillsborough County recycling rules in this newsletter and, each time, I find something new that I had omitted.  With the help of Sam Sudman I now have a complete statement from the county and it is quite readable.  But it is too long to include here so, if you really want to see it, just respond to this newsletter with “Recycle” on the Subject line and address it to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com  It tells very clearly what kind of

waste goes in which container .. and a bunch of do’s and don’ts.

Plastic Bags??   

It is perfectly okay to place plastic grocery bags in the garbage, just not in the blue recycling carts.  The county actually encourages residents to reuse the plastic grocery bags as trash bags in bathrooms, etc.

Falcon Watch Golf Course
18 Holes closing July 1

On June 6, The Clublink US Corporation released a statement confirming the closing.  Their announcement, in summary, reports that they have determined the present level of membership, along with the state of the golf industry in general does not support pursuing the substantial renovations and upgrades to this golf course.  They have therefore decided to close both the Cypress and Sands nines at Falcon Watch permanently. The Sands-nine will remain closed and the Cypress-nine will close as of July 1, 2016. The Challenge-nine will be integrated into Scepter Golf Club. Scepter Golf Club will operate as a 27-hole gold-level facility being operated out of the Scepter clubhouse.

     There are presently no plans for the land and buildings related to the closures of Cypress and Sands.  Clublink assures that the existing turf will be maintained to Hillsborough County code.

      If you would like to see the entire statement from Clublink, respond with “Clublink” as your subject and send it to me at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

Annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Think you have one of the best neighborhood associations in the area?  Did your homeowners group accomplish a project in 2015 that was a home run? Brag about it by competing for the Hillsborough County annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards.
     The annual awards program is designed to acknowledge neighborhood organizations that are active in civic affairs and work collectively to improve and enrich their communities and the lives of their residents.

     Nominations are being accepted in the following categories for events that occurred in 2015:

  • Best Beautification Project
  • Best Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Program/Project
  • Best Environmental Program/Project
  • Best Communications – Newsletter, Website, Social Media
  • Most Successful Special Event
  • Most Successful Youth Program
  • Disaster Preparedness at the Neighborhood Level & CERT
  • “Come Back Kid” - recognizing programs that revitalized distressed neighborhoods

     The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 8.  If you want to see the full press release with instructions on how to nominations, respond to me with the word “Award” on the subject line at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com

Sunrise and Sunset Times

Between now and a week from now, the sun will rise over Sun City Center at 6:37 a.m. and will set here at 8:28 p.m.  Do NOT operate your golf cart on our streets before sunrise nor after sunset  please!         

And, in Closing,

  • The activity near the northwest corner of US-301 and 19th Avenue is just an expansion of the Lennar Homes project called Cypress Creek.  I expect they will fill that corner with homes or businesses someday.
  • Produce Nation will not be offering Fresh vegetables at South Bay Hospital on Fridays during the summer.  They now plan to return in the fall when the Snowbirds are back. 
  • The trash Bins at the end of Pebble Beach South are only for trash related to the county Curb Inlet construction program. They are not for debris (Patio Furniture TV’s , Boxes, etc.)
  • What is behind the long wall on the east side of US-301 all the way down to Cape Stone Avenue?  That is more of Valencia Lakes.  The Sereno development lies just to the east of that section of Valencia Lakes.  I will give the ears off my 2014 chocolate Easter Bunny to the first person who can tell me for sure what’s going to happen to that property along SR-674 immediately to the east of Walmart.

/John Bowker
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eNEWS Snowbird Edition

It is now 2:45 on Monday, June 6.
 
I am pleased to report that there have been no reports coming to us of wind or rain damage in Sun City Center.  The storm called COLIN has not really formed into anything dangerous.   I am watching the Weather Channel and their reporters are mainly out in Pinellas near Clearwater on the shore and we are not seeing anything like they are showing of flooding and storm damage.
     Please note that the CA offices and buildings are now all closed today.  This means there will be no Bingo games tonight in Community Hall.
     Sunrise this week occurs at 6:33 am and sunset is at 8:23 pm today, expanding to 8:25 pm by Friday.  (I know you can't see the sun but the rules about operating golf carts don't know that, so make sure you're home evenings by half past 8 this week.)
     I will report any significant weather changes in Sun City Center.
 
/John Bowker

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Driving to South Bay Hospital

     The usual main entrance driveway to our hospital is now closed because of all the construction of their new ICU/PCU patient tower.  It will remain closed until July 11 according to present plan.

     Here are two ways to drive to the hospital entrance during this period:

1)  Stay on 674 heading for Ruskin just a few more yards from where you used to turn in, and you will see a large entrance sign (combined with the word “EMERGENCY”).  Go in there and find a place to park around the back side of the hospital.  Visitors enter at the Outpatient & Emergency entrance at the rear of the hospital.

2)  From 674, use West Del Webb Blvd up to Haverford Drive (that is between the Baptist and Methodist Churches).  Haverford leads you directly to the hospital property.  Find a place to park around the back side of the hospital, and enter the hospital using the Walk-In Visitor entrance described above.

      We are told that there will be security personnel on site 24 hours a day to help direct visitors during the construction.  For more information, call 813-634-0496.

Bluebirds of Happiness

The Sun City Center Audubon Club is trying to get a count of the number of nesting bluebirds we have in town.  This is a project headed by Melanie Higgins who wrote to me:  “I'm the project manager for the SCC Audubon Club bluebird nest box project. We currently have three out of 20 boxes that have had nests and eggs, two that fledged young.  Recently I got a phone call from someone who had installed a box on her own that now has a clutch of bluebirds. Could I ask your readers to give me a call or email if they have nesting bluebirds? 813-625-1271, melaniephiggins@gmail.com. Thanks!”

Veterans’ Families Take Note

The Sawdust Engineers of SCC is offering free cremation urns for any Sun City Center deceased honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Military.  The urns are for recently deceased only and distribution will continue throughout 2016.   
     Delivery of the urns is being processed by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 110.  If your loved one was a veteran and you would like an urn, please contact the office of the DAV at 813-331-3871.  
(Thanks, Paula)

Bicycles

I was sorry to learn that the Bicycle Club has not been active recently.  The Sun City Center Audubon Club is taking care of the walking trails just off Del Webb Blvd West north of Seton Hall Drive. There is no good place to park an automobile nearby; golf carts and bicycles can be parked at the entrance to the woods there.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 20              May 26,  2016

Memorial Day Closings

The Community Association office at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd, the SCC library and Information Center will be closed all day.  All other buildings including the pools and Fitness Center will be open that day.
     Hillsborough County facilities to be closed:

  • All administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, senior centers and nutrition sites.
  • There will be no solid waste collection (including garbage, recyclables, and yard waste) in or around Sun City Center.
  • All disposal facilities, including the Southeast County Landfill, community collection centers, and yard waste facilities.
  • The Pet Resource Center. Animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only at (813) 744-5660. The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative website will be offline that day.
  • All County recreation centers, skate parks, and the administrative offices of Parks & Recreation.
  • The Sunshine Line transportation service will not be in operation.
  • Emergency calls regarding County water and wastewater service: (813) 744-5600. The Water Quality Hotline at (813) 264-3835 is answered 24 hours a day.
  • Regional parks and dog parks will be open.

Sheriff Briefings Continue

     Deputy Jeff Merry will be addressing theft of mail and of our identity and more.

     Here is the June schedule for his one-hour illustrated (usually) lectures that every resident should plan to attend.  There will be four presentations of his strategies for reducing or preventing fraud, plus some resources we should learn about that are available to victims.  Each meeting is open to Kings Point and Sun City Center residents.

Tuesday, June 14:  10:00 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building.

Tuesday, June 14:  1:00 p.m. in the Ripple Room of the Kings Point north Clubhouse.

Wednesday, June 15:  3:00 p.m. at the American Momentum Bank, 131 S. Pebble Beach.

Tuesday, June 21:  11:00 a.m. at the main auditorium of Freedom Plaza.

Outdoor Pool to Close

The main outdoor pool next to the Atrium Building will close for one day on Monday, June 6 for cleaning.  Several weeks from now, the indoor walking pool will be closed for several days to give it a thorough acid cleaning to remove scuff marks from shoes worn inside the pool.  No, I don’t anticipate any change in the rules about what you can wear in any of the pools.

Pickleball in Kings Point

An 8-court Pickleball complex has been installed on open space on the south side Hwy 674 in front of Kings Point.  There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 3 at 10 am.  Kings Point residents may want to come to watch this latest addition to their amenities.
     There are over 300 resident members of the Kings Point Pickleball Club. The new courts cost $450,000, funded by the residents of Kings Point.   (Thanks, Nicole!)

Croquet is here!

Starting next Wednesday, June 1st at 3:00 pm, croquet is debuting in Sun City Center.  In fact, the sport is “Golf Croquet” and that means the wickets are very narrow.  So the game is similar to what we all played as kids but just enough tougher to make for fine adult competition.
    CA Members are invited to come, and even participate next Wednesday. Come to the south-most lawn bowling green (directly in back of the Sun City Center library) on North Pebble Beach Blvd.  Kathy Gonnella explained to me that the court will be set up on that lawn bowling green in such a way that there is no damage to the green.  Eight people will play at one time and there is a 20-minute limit on each game so more people can play in one afternoon. 

     There will be a wine & cheese party starting at 5:00 pm in the Eberhart Lawn Bowling building (if you think you may want to join this new club, you are invited .. consider bringing a few munchies) and if you want to join the new combined Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club, they can handle your registration right there.

And, in Closing,

  • Community Hall will be closed for inside work from July 26 to August 8.
  • Sports Authority is closing all its stores and is holding Going-Out-of-Business sales. 
    They are closing all their stores.
  • There is a new sign on West Del Webb Blvd (between Vincennes and Seton Hall drives) labeled “Nature Trails”.  There are several walking trails back into the woods there. Each is quiet and a real departure from the familiar Sun City Center community atmosphere. It is all free and is a project of our Audubon Society.

/John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 19              May 17,  2016

Nature Trail on West Del Webb Blvd

Several readers have mentioned that they cannot find the Nature Trail that the Audubon Club is managing for the Community Association.  The entry to the trail lies on West Del Webb Blvd between the Seton Hall and the Vincennes intersections. That is a short distance north of our “West Campus” where the RV Park and Tillers & Toiler Garden Plots are located.
     Let me assure you that the well-marked trail(s) are most worthwhile to find if you enjoy a quiet (VERY quiet and peaceful) walk in the woods.
     There is no good place to park an automobile nearby, but golf cart parking is accommodated well away from the street at the trail entrance and bicycles could be parked there too.
    And today we learned that the CA will be erecting a new sign marking the entry on West Del Webb set back the mandatory 25 feet from the pavement but still very visible. 

Sun Towers Construction

I stopped Debbie Caneen this week to ask about all the construction at Sun Towers I see as I pass by every day.  I gather that plans are in stages but she assured me that the rear parking lot is nearing completion.  There are lots of activities being hosted by Sun Towers these days, and there is now FREE Valet parking available for cars and even golf carts at both the 101 and 105 Trinity Lakes Drive entrances from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm during the parking expansion.
    I asked about any further construction plans on Sun Towers and she hesitated, saying “As with all construction, it's 2 steps forward and at least 2 steps back so I'm just standing by on the time line...”

Sheriff’s Briefing

I learned too late that there was some confusion of dates in the scheduling of Deputy Merry’s talks in May.  His final meeting with us all this month will be this week on Wednesday, the 18th in the American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Blvd at 3:00 pm.  Jeff is doing what he can to reduce the number motor vehicle accidents in town with his lectures. If you drive a golf cart on our streets, the meeting this week could be a particularly valuable hour of your time.
     He is also aware of the several recent instances of theft from mailboxes in town and his topic for June will be Identity Theft.  Just for openers, when you put mail in your box out by the street and raise the flag to advise the mailman there is something he should pick up, that same signal alerts the bad guys that there may well be something of value in the box -- and, of course, with school closings in May, that means a lot of kids find themselves with not too much to do.  Plan to hear what Deputy Merry tells us in June; I will have the schedule in a week or so.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 18               May 11, 2016

Memorial Day Celebration

The Sun City Center veterans’ organizations are once again arranging for volunteers to be flag bearers at the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at Veterans Hall at Kings Point on Monday, May 30, 2016. 

     During the ceremony, each local deceased veteran’s name will be read aloud and the individuals in the front rows will stand, turn around and raise a flag when the deceased’s name is read. 

     Those who are willing to volunteer to assist with this important part of the ceremony are asked to meet in the clubhouse banquet room at 9:00 am.  The ceremony begins at 10:00 am. 

     If you can volunteer, please call Charlie Conover at 813-260-3257 or Jim Warchol at 813-633-1063.

July 4 Celebration

We are calling it “Family Day” in Sun City Center.  Events for the whole family are planned by the Community Association and even the children’s hours at the outside pool on the Central Campus will be extended until dusk on this day only.

Breakfast  in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd from 7:30 to 11:30. Joanne and Sam Sudman will again be hosting this Annual $5.00 July 4 Breakfast.

Karaoke at the outdoor pool from 11:30 to 12:30.

Food Tent in the area around the Bandstand from 11:00 to 3:00 with hot dogs, corn dogs, cold drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

Music at the Bandstand 1:00-3:00; come in your golf cart for seating and

Ice Cream  (free) by the Holiday Club starting at 2:00 as long as it lasts.

And, in Closing,

  • There are 10,930 dues paying residents in Sun City Center at the end of April.
  • Capital Fund fees for 45 resale homes were received during April and that means a total of 154 homes have been sold in Sun City Center in 2016.  This does not include the new houses being constructed and marketed by Minto.  As of the end of April there were 6446 houses in Sun City Center; that comes to 1.7 people in each ‘dwelling unit’ here.
  • The county will be reviewing the building permit for our new cafe addition to the Atrium Building on May 18.
  • Buy One Get One Free sale!  Books at the SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue this Friday. The building opens at 10:00 and the sale will go on at least through noon.
  • And yes, there is lots of activity now out at the corner of 301 and 674; details as we get them about Aldi’s on this side of 301 and Wawa on the easterly side.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 17               May 3, 2016

Recycling Clarified

I got a lot of reaction to my eNEWS Extra last week about the new recycling ‘rules’ that have changed so much.  I find things well spelled out on the county website: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/recycle   (Thanks, George!)  And then today another reader shared a personal email with a county official that clarifies an earlier question about using paper bags for all the cans and other material you want to recycle.  The answer is “all recycle material should be loose in the blue bin you put out at the street. Don’t use bags for anything you put out for recycling ”  (Thanks, Mel!)

Cleaning up Sun City Center 

We all see trash along the street from time to time, and we wish some of the properties could be cleaned up when people are away, or the house is vacant.  These and other topics will be discussed on the local radio station WSCQ this Thursday morning at 9:30 with the CA President, David Floyd.  Tune in to hear Vern and Lysa ask him about just what the CA can do and, importantly, what the CA cannot due with its all-volunteer and 501(c)(3) tax status that benefits us all.

     There will also be a two-part program on the station later on Thursday right after the 11 o’clock news.  This will be a discussion with the county’s recycling coordinator Travis Barnes about what can and what cannot be put in the blue bins we all put out by the street each week for recycling.

      WSCQ is at 96.3 on the FM radio dial.

 

Wonderful Opportunity
to Help some Nearby Kids

 

     If you would like to put some spare time to a great use, you may want to become a volunteer in a county program called Guardian ad Litem.  This is the program where, after training, one is assigned a child in the foster care system to get to know and follow them thru the court system. They are the ones assigned to be partial and speak about what is best for the child. 

     There will be two programs at the SouthShore Library that will present an overview and answer your questions.  It is an excellent way to figure out if the program will match something of interest to you. The two dates are May 12 at 6 pm and May 26 at 1:30 pm.   (Thanks, Diane!)

     If you need directions to the SouthShore Library, let me know. 

     Oh!  And More than 50 artists will be exhibiting their works in an interesting exhibit at the SouthShore Library.  There will be light refreshments and you can meet the artists on Thursday evening at 6 pm. It’s all free -- funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library.



Emergency Squad hosts
Volunteer Information Program

 

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 PM on the Wednesday, May 11th to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. 

     The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. Residents interested in finding out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities they have available are invited.  The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on our ambulances and wheelchair vans. The positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.

     No advanced notice is needed; just come in and learn what all those sirens we hear every day are all about.

 

And, in Closing,

 

  • You know? There are certain moments in life that stick with you or make you stop and think .. today is our son’s 60th birthday.  Remarkable since Linda and I are both only 47.  But still ... good grief.

         And imagine that little boy and his wonderful wife having a grandchild now!

 

/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number 16               April 19, 2016

Club Membership Clarification

A letter has been sent to Presidents of all Community Association Clubs regarding the use of waiting lists for prospective new members.  All CA members are allowed to use all CA facilities so wait listing is not an option for clubs to use when CA members wish to join a CA Club.
     Some clubs require completion of a training program before using some of their equipment for safety reasons, and there may be a limit on how many members can be part of such training at any one time.  CA President David Floyd made it clear at a meeting this morning that those training sessions must be moved along at a pace made known to any new member who is waiting to take full part in any club activity.  There are additional provisions in the letter regarding possible club membership by Kings Point residents and other limitations.
     Your club president can provide you the details as they apply to your club.

Jewelry Missing ?

There have been some break-ins recently in Sun City Center and Deputy Jeff Merry reports that the serial burglar has been captured and is in jail.  The brighter side of this story is that some of the stolen goods have been found and returned to their owners in town.
     Jeff is now anxious to find out if others may have been robbed by this same person who has entered locked homes by breaking windows and prying open doors.  The more crimes they can pin on this one person, the stiffer the jail sentences will be.  Jeff will speak more on this tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 pm in the American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  His telephone number is 242-5515.

Cafe Construction Delayed

The last remaining permit to be granted by the county will need a “site plan” showing how this addition to the Atrium Buildings will look when it is finished.  The contractor is now assembling the data to provide this missing document.  Once submitted and approved by the county, construction will start immediately.

     On the South Campus, Community Hall will be closed for the last week of July and the first week of August so that the contractor who installed the wood flooring last year can come back and repair the wood planks that were not properly cured.  The plan is to keep Rooms 4 and 5 open during the shut-down for ping pong and other events that regularly happen there unless there is too much dust or the fumes used on the floor in the main room become just too unhealthy.

A New Approach to Cancer Cure

Imagine a device that could navigate your arteries to deliver medicines or attack cancers exactly where needed. Nanotechnology may be an answer.  Come hear the details Monday, May 9 in the Atrium Bldg Caper Room at 7:30 pm.  This has been arranged by the Science, Engineering & Technology Club.  Everyone is welcome.

Library Meeting?

If you have visited the county SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue you will already know about the variety of services the staff provides there.
    There will be a “Strategic Planning Open House” starting at 6:00 pm next Tuesday, April 26, to gather informal feedback about the public’s continued interest in their current programs, and to seek your ideas about future services the library might provide.
   There will be informational stations set up around the community room for participants to directly interact with library staff about library materials, library classes & events, community outreach, and the design/functioning of the facilities at the SouthShore Library.

New Books at our SCC Library

Alvin Bojar, a member of the Writers Club, has two books now available at the SCC Library. The first, "Loss of Innocents," describes how reformers were able to put an end to 100 years of underaged sex trafficking in England during the 1800's. It was the First Prize Winner of the 15th Annual Writers Network Fiction and Screenplay Competition. The other is "The Last Talisman," a mystery/adventure with sci-fi overtones.

Human Trafficking

The May 16 general meeting of The Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) will be held at The United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd., Room 30, 1:00 pm.  It is open to everyone.
     This month’s program will feature a talk by Sabrina Crain-Sweeney, Director of Learn to Fish Ministries, a faith-based, non-profit residential recovery center for women and children.  Since opening its doors in 2007, over 700 women and children have been helped to heal from the devastation associated with being a victim of many types of abuse, sex trafficking and the substance abuse that ensues in an attempt to numb their pain.
    The meeting will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the various aspects of CAHT: Advocacy, Awareness, Prevention/Education and Victim Services.

And, in Closing,

  • All the storm drain construction on our sidewalks should be finished this year.  Thanks to Bob Shangraw for pressuring the county on this a few years ago.
  • The Security Patrol hopes to be moving into its new (remodeled) quarters at the old North Course Golf Course pro shop around the end of May.
  • Any question about holding FunFest next March was put to rest by the CA Board this week.  An informal poll by the CA yielded a very positive “yes” vote.
  • Pete Mathieu has agreed to take on the annual Golf Cart Parade that will be held December 10 this year.  He is looking for any new ideas he might bring to the event and any ideas for a theme!  Write to him at:  pete2348@yahoo.com
  • Each year about this time I am asked how many ‘snowbirds’ we have in Sun City Center.  I don’t know how to define a snowbird so I can’t take a poll.  What is your definition of a snowbird?

/ John Bowker
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 Volume 18, Number 15              April 14,  2016 

Median Upgrade Studies

The medians on South Pebble Beach Blvd are under close study by the CA to determine just what the best approach will be when we take over responsibility from Minto for maintaining them starting next year.  It is not at all clear that replanting them all with “Florida Friendly” foliage will be the best way to go .. both for appearance and for cost.  It is recognized that palm trees are to be expected in Florida landscapes, and neatly mowed grass has a familiar and friendly appearance.  But a balance must be struck between the costs of irrigation and fertilization for what we all had up north, and the need to trim and control weeds affecting the more native plantings.

Street Closings Next Monday

This coming Monday, April 18, FOX will be shooting some scenes for a movie.  Some of the ladder streets in Sun City Center will be closed intermittently from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  It appears at this time that the most likely affected areas will be on Desert Hills Drive at the intersections with Thunderbird Avenue and with Riviera Drive, and on Hacienda Drive where Thunderbird and Riviera intersect. 
     Our Deputy Merry will be on scene all day if there are any questions. 

 Credit Card Scams

On Tuesday, April 19 in the Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza at 11:00 am, Deputy Merry will be alerting us to the ways the bad guys can get to our money through scams involving our credit or debit cards.
    If you can’t make that one, come to the American Momentum Bank just across from the golf cart store on South Pebble Beach Blvd at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20.    Just one tip:  if you get a call from ANYone asking for the 3-digit number on the back of your credit card, do not give it out; use the phone number on the back of your card for any such communication with your credit company. 

On a Sad Note

Ruth Allen was the 1st EMT on the Emergency Squad and she passed away this week at Sun Terrace at the age of 106 years.  Her services will be at the Sun Towers Chapel at 10 am this Friday, April 15, 2016.

Shredding Your Documents

Take your papers to the Payant Building parking lot at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza next Wednesday, April 20 between 3:00 & 6:00 pm; come and watch them destroyed.  It’s not only free, but it will be a Wine Festival event there and then.

 /John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 14               April 8, 2016

Important CA Meeting
9:00 AM
  Wednesday this coming week

Once each month the entire Community Association Board of Directors meets to discuss and decide on matters of interest to all residents of Sun City Center.  The April 13 meeting will be held in the Rollins Theater starting at 9:00 am, and is for CA Members only.
     The agenda lists a number of interesting ‘new business’ topics.
    Approval of two new clubs to be affiliated with the CA: the Sun City Center Basketball Club and the Dollhouse Miniature Club of Sun City Center.  (I can’t wait to learn more about the second one myself!)
     At the end of each Board meeting, there is an open time for comments and questions from the audience on any topic of interest to the community. 

Pool Water Heater Repaired

The pool water heater that broke down Thursday afternoon has now been replaced by our Maintenance Department and everything was back to normal by 4 pm today.  I had a chance to see what this project took to complete today, and we should all be thankful that we have such an attentive and competent staff in that department.

Library May Re-Open Tuesday

We were all surprised to find the library on North Pebble Beach Blvd closed today with no advanced warning.  They are replacing carpeting and hope to have the building up and running on Monday -- but as of 4 pm Friday (today), they were not able to commit having everything ready by Monday.  Tuesday is more certain.

And, in Closing;

  • On April 10, the cost of a regular first-class stamp will drop from 49 cents to 47 cents.  Funny I haven’t seen this in the regular press!  (Thanks, Jack .. brings new meaning to the word “Forever” on all those stamps I bought earlier this week.)
  • Several readers sent ideas for things you should do in the house if you are going to be away for a couple of months or more. Pour a couple of ounces of bleach in the toilet, and cover the toilet seat with plastic wrap to prevent mildew and evaporation of the toilet water.  (Thanks, Bill)
  • One of my readers would like to hear from any veterans who flew or worked with B-17 aircraft.  Please tell Kai Rambow at cdnrambo@yahoo.com
  • Please note that the signs announcing that Ambreen’s Cafe di Luna in the Atrium Building would be closed starting April 1 were not accurate.  The CA had announced that construction on the expanded cafe would start at the end of March but that has not occurred. The cafe was very much open today.

 /John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 13               March 13, 2016

Going, Going, Gone ... Almost


This is 1535 Emerald Dunes Drive. It is the last of the properties that will be developed into a home in Sun City Center outside of the gated Verona Section.  It is located on the south side of our most southern street and will back onto the Little Manatee River State Park. Construction on that house will start immediately. 

And, in Closing,

  • Best run program in town!  The semi-annual Shrine Pancake Brunch with all the trimmin’s (even refills right at your table!) All for just $6.00 this Sunday, April 3, from 8:30 am to 1 pm in Community Hall.
  • Have you met the new Receptionist in the CA Office.  Please stop in and say hi to Esther White who just started this week .. and seems to be loving it!
  • Did You Know?  Just because something is recyclable, doesn’t mean it goes in the Blue Carts out in front of your house.  The SCC Woman’s Club is sponsoring a free community seminar, TRASH TALK, with Travis Barnes, the County’s Recycling Coordinator.  There’ll be refreshments and free door prizes in the Florida Room, April 26, at 2 p.m.  Please come and learn the fine points of the process to help keep the recycling program sustainable.
  • Operation Medicine Cabinet this coming Thursday, April 7 from 9 am to noon in the main driveway at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach.  Please wrap unused or expired medications well so fluids won’t leak out.
  • Leaving for the summer?  Just before you turn off the water to your house, flush the toilets a couple of times to clear the sewer lines for when you return in the fall.
/John Bowker
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Volume 18,  Number 12               March 22, 2016

What’s Going On ?

     You can hear all about it tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach starting at 7 o’clock .. and what you don’t hear you can ask about at the meeting!  This is the semi-annual meeting of the Sun City Center Community Association so I expect all the community leaders to be there.  These meetings are a great way to keep everything coordinated in town.
     I plan to arrive at 6:30 to grab a cookie and a cup of coffee, and to spend an informal moment with other attendees and with some of the CA directors before they go to their assigned seats for the meeting.

     Please be sure to wear your CA ID badge so they will let you into the meeting.

Your Old Medicines

On Thursday, April 7, the Sheriff’s Office will be collecting your old unused medications without asking any questions between 9 am and 12 noon in the front driveway of Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.  Please gather up all your unused over-the-counter or prescription drugs for proper disposal. Improper disposal such as flushing drugs down the toilet or drain leads to the contamination of Florida’s aquatic environment. Help keep our water system safe by not flushing them down the drain.
     It would be helpful to have the drugs in plastic bags, with any liquids in sealed containers.

19th Avenue

I want to revisit an item I had for you last week in eNEWS.  I mentioned some action by the CA Board at their regular monthly meeting, but I failed to tell you what it was they voted on.  The motion that received their positive vote was proposed by Director Sam Sudman:  “I move that the Board support the widening of 19th Avenue as the only viable option to relieve congestion on SR674 and request that the Board of County Commissioners consider noise abatement should 19th Avenue be widened.”
    In my prior report I did not include that last phrase about encouraging the BOCC to consider how to reduce traffic noise for the folks living in nearby homes.

Security Patrol to Move

CA President David Floyd announced today that the Security Patrol will move its headquarters to its new building that was the old North Golf Course Pro Shop near the corner of LaJolla and North Pebble Beach on April 15th.   He reminded us that the Patrol has been leasing its section of the building from the Community Association and that the CA will be moving its directors’ offices into the vacated space.  This will allow a redesign of the main entrance so as to provide more convenience for CA members who need attention from the staff.

Model Railroad Open House

Have you or your visitors visited the Model Railroad club room?  If you have people here this Easter weekend, it will be open for engineers of ALL ages on Saturday this week from 9 am to 12 noon.  You will see the trains running under computer control. The little ones will be able to control some of the trains and become eligible to earn a Junior Engineer Certification while there.

Club Rooms for 2017

Yes, that is not a typographical error.  Clubs will be receiving a notice from Claudia Hinson notifying them of the need to reserve their club rooms for next year.  The actual reservations can be made starting at 8:00 am, on Friday, April 1st at the CA Office, 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd.
     It was just a year ago that I drifted over to the CA Office on that first day of reservations and took a photo of the people who had arrived a little early to be sure they would have a crack at their desired room; the line curled out into the main parking lot.  If your club uses a regular meeting room, you might want to have one of your members register that day for 2017.

Other Highlights this week

  • Our new librarian has started off briskly and is most pleasant to meet.  Her name is Joanne Gilray and comes in each day from a 40-minute drive.  We will miss seeing Elaine Birkinshaw in the librarian’s chair, but she will  be staying with Joanne for a short time to help get her used to this new environment.
  • If your 2016 Membership Directory was damaged in delivery, please come into the CA office at 1009 North Pebble Beach for a new one.  And no, do NOT bring your damaged directory.
  • Get ready for Sunday, April 3rd -- that’s the date for the Shrine Pancake Brunch in Community Hall.  This well-run event will open at 8:30 that morning and $6 will get you a complete breakfast right up to 1:00 pm. 
  • County facilities, including collection of trash, recyclables, and yard waste, will continue on a normal Friday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, all public libraries and the Pet Resource Center will be closed.
  • US-301 widening from SR674 up to SR672 may start as early as September.
  • The property work on Walmart’s corner next to the Murphy Gasoline station is by TECO. They need a place to store everything in preparation for the needed electrical changes under and around the widened US-301.
  • Work on our expanded cafe is expected to start before the middle of April. One of the earliest changes will be the relocation of the outside gate from the patio where golf carts park into the outside pool; it will be moved to a new fence opening in the space next to the Potter’s Wheel building.
  • You can get to know our two new CA Directors in a video produced by Bill Hodges in which he interviews Marilyn Miller and Ernie Addison. You can see it at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg4mzL4Gyc0

Hope to see you at the Membership Meeting Wednesday night (is that tonight as you read this??) at 6:30 pm in Community Hall.

/ John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 11              March 9, 2016

New CA Directors

The Community Association Board of Directors today appointed Marilyn Cote-Miller and Ernie Addison to fill the open seats on the Board. The terms of each will run until January 4, 2017.

Café Construction to Begin

CA President David Floyd announced at today’s CA Board Meeting that all plans are ready and materials will be coming in to begin construction of the expansion to our café in the Atrium Building.  He expects work to start at the end of March noting that the café will be closed during the weeks of construction.
     Further, the entrance to the outdoor pool from the patio area where golf carts are parked will be closed briefly about that same time while it is moved to accommodate the newly expanded building.
     Two other announcements were met with applause this morning:  First, the CA Board has appointed Ambreen Esmail to manage the café as it re-opens this summer.  She was the one who came here a year or so ago and set up the present ‘Café di luna’ completely on her own! She is a delight to know. Second, our Capital Fund has enough money to completely cover the cost of this new construction so, once again, we have an improvement to our facilities without incurring any debt.

All Residents Meet March 23

The regular spring CA Membership Meeting will be held in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm.  Among the reasons for everyone to attend is to hear a briefing to learn about a study by the University of South Florida to begin shortly to assess the greatest community needs in Sun City Center.  I urge you to read the front-page article on this matter in this week’s SCC Observer newspaper written by Phyllis Hodges.
    You may want to volunteer to serve on one of the proposed Forum Groups to be formed here.  These small groups will be meeting just once to discuss specific topics.  The program is being hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.  Their interest is to learn how best to allocate funds they have the discretion to donate to local charities.
     Oh!  And light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm!

Security Patrol has new Building

It was reported at today’s CA meeting that arrangements have been made for the Security Patrol to lease the abandoned ClubLinks clubhouse on the North Lakes Golf Course.  It has not been announced exactly what use the Patrol will make of that building.

Widening of 19th Avenue

The CA Board this morning concluded that the most effective action it can take at this time to reduce the increasing traffic congestion on Sun City Center Blvd is to voice support for the widening of 19th Avenue.

New CA Website
www.suncitycenter.org

If you are active in any club or organization in town, take a look at the new website and see if the photos accurately represent your group.  If not, and if you might be able to provide better pictures, please visit Becky in the CA Office first to learn the details of size, clarity, etc. required by the website manager.

Daylight Saving Time

It goes into effect this coming weekend .. best advice is to set your clocks AHEAD on hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  Mornings will be a bit darker when you get up, but you’ll have an extra hour after dinner to play outside.

And, in Closing,

  • On Thursday, March 10, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will hold an event on Bicycle Registration & Safety in the parking lot of our Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The topics are bicycle registration, repair, inspections and even buying tips.
  • The Swim Dancers will put on their annual show this Saturday at 2 pm in the Atrium lap pool .. $3.00 for an hour of wonderful synchronized swimming.
  • Is it too early to start talking about our town fair, “FunFest” that is open to everyone on the 19th from 9 am to 2 pm.  More later.
  • From today’s CA Meeting, the average age in Sun City Center is 74.2.
  • If your new Membership Directory was wet when delivered bring it to the CA office to get a new Directory between 8 am and 3 pm.
  • 31 Capital Improvement Fees were received for the sale of homes in February.
  • As of February 29th there were 11,027 residents in Sun City Center.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 10               March 7, 2016

Important CA Meeting

9:00 AM Wednesday this week

     Once each month the entire CA Board of Directors meet to discuss and decide on matters of interest to all residents of Sun City Center.  The March 9th meeting will be held in the Rollins Theater starting at 9:00 am, and is for CA Members only.
     The agenda lists a number of interesting ‘new business’ topics; two new Directors will be appointed to fill the vacancies created last November by board member resignations.  The board will also vote on supporting the widening of 19th Avenue that runs along the northern edge of our residential area.
     At the end of each Board meeting, there is an open time for comments and questions from the audience. 

Emergency Squad

Information Meeting on Volunteering

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an information meeting this week Wednesday, March 9 starting at 6 PM for prospective volunteers.  The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. Interested residents can find out more about the Squad and their volunteer opportunities in working on ambulances or vans.  Coffee and cookies will be served.
    Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2014, the Squad made nearly 5000 ambulance runs and approximately 2000 medical wheelchair van runs.
     All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressures that are offered daily at the office on Ray Watson Drive from 8AM to 5PM.

Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 1, 2016

Residents of Sun City Center have earned this community a spot among the best at money management in the United States.
     A survey by WalletHub shows Sun City Center ranks No. 6 among 2,570 U.S. cities, based on eight key metrics that speak to consumers’ ability to keep their financial house in order.  The personal financial website said the average credit score in the U.S. is 668, and Sun City Center, with an average credit score of 753.05, is the highest-ranked Florida "Money Savvy" community on the survey.
   (Thanks, Russ!)

Shrine Pancake Brunch

Sunday April 3rd at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach.   Hours are 8:30 to 1 PM  Price is $6.00, tickets available at door. Hot Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and seconds by our wait staff as usual. 
     Information will be available about the Tampa Shriner Hospital for Children.  A 50/50 will be held during the event.

Big Day at Tropicana Field
Wednesday, April 6

The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus has once again been invited to sing at the Rays baseball game scheduled for 1 pm that afternoon.  The Toronto Blue Jays will be visiting so the chorus will be sing both the Star Spangled Banner and Oh Canada shortly before the game starts.

     The chorus has teamed up with the Sun City Center Men’s Club to promote this event. $35.00 Tickets that include ballpark admission and bus transportation will be available at the Atrium kiosk Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to noon. Information at 319-481-7896.

More about
The Wimauma Waste Dump

Here is a message from Hillsborough County:  For electronics and paint all they need at the Wimauma CCC is the person’s ID with local Hillsborough County address on it. For disposing of other wastes a renter needs permission and a tax bill on the property from their landlord.  When they bring the tax bill to the CCC they also need to have proof they live there such as driver’s license, water bill, electric bill or something similar.
  It will next be open Saturday, March 19 from 8 am to 1 pm.
(Thanks, Sam!)

Swim Dancers this Saturday

Our fabulous Swim Dancers will be performing their synchronized patterns at the Lap Pool in the Atrium Building this Saturday the 12th starting at 2 pm.  Tickets will be on sale at the door to the pool from the Atrium Walkway for $3.00.

And, in Closing,

  • Remember my item offering classes on how to use Facebook a couple of weeks ago?  The young lady conducting the classes at USF writes:  “I received a tremendous response from Sun City Center -- I would say at least 20 people! I wish I could work with each and every one of them. I'm currently assessing a couple of people but have had to put most on a "waiting list." I have mentioned to them that, at the completion of my study, maybe I can run a class for those who didn't get the opportunity to participate.” 
  • Is it too early to mention FunFest?  This is our remarkable town fair on our Central Campus scheduled for March 19.  Admission as always is free, guests are more than welcome, and we love to show off our town this way each year.
  • I owe an apology to the CA Board.  In my last edition I suggested how nice it would be if you would tell them how you enjoy their new suncitycenter.org website.  It sounded good, but so many of you sent them an email, it virtually blocked their email server for a time.  They were not pleased, of course .. and once again proved that no good deed goes unpunished. I really think they were happy that so many of the comments were favorable toward the new website.

/ John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 9               February 29, 2016

New Membership Directory

The 2016 Membership Directory (ok, the phone book) is now out and is being distributed to each home.  On page one there is a telephone number to call if you see anything that should be corrected in next year’s edition.  Be sure to use that so whoever takes it over next year will have a good starting place.

     If you want to see additions that came in too late for the new Directory, go to www.mysuncitycenter.org and click on “Membership Directory” near the top of the opening screen.  If changes come in to us we will put them on that website.

Early Voting

We all know that the Presidential Primary Vote in Florida will be tabulated at the close of business on March 15.  But between now and then you can cast your primary vote at the SouthShore Regional Library on 19th Avenue any day between 10 am and 6 pm until March 13.

     You will need a photo ID – your Florida Driver’s License is perfect, but there are other forms of identification you can use.  If you are a Registered Independent, you cannot vote in this preliminary election; this vote is only to indicate which Democrat or which Republican you want to be on the November ballot.

New CA Website
www.suncitycenter.org

Have you seen the new website for the Community Association?  It is very different from the one we have seen for the past several years.  In fact, if you scroll down just a little from the opening screen you will see a choice of three short videos about Sun City Center.  Please look at the new site and then let the CA know what you think at sccboard@suncitycenter.org.

What do we need in town?

There will be a meeting this week Thursday, March 3, starting at 12 noon in our Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.  The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will be learning more about our community to address pressing needs on topics such as healthcare, jobs, food, memory care and more.
    At the kickoff meeting, we will learn about the project, the impact it will have on our community, as well as how we can get involved.
     Light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

Mechanics Club

The Mechanics Club is a group of people interested in building, modifying, and repairing mechanical items. If you are interested in joining, please come to the meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, at 7 pm in the Armstrong Room.

/John Bowker

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Volume 18, Number 8               February 25, 2016

Wimauma Collection Center
(We used to call it the dump)

I can’t tell you the number of people who have written or called me about the confusion they faced at the Wimauma County Collection Center on February 20.  One went there in the early afternoon to find they were only open from 8 am to 1 pm.  But the main problem had to do with paint.  The attendant there said they would not accept paint even though their press release said they would.  So I called the county only to learn that the Wimauma CCC was closed in 2013 and would not be re-opened!  Well, I knew that wasn’t right.

     So I called my most reliable source of information, Sam Sudman.  He made contact with insiders at the county – and here is an email response he received:

 Hi Sam,
      I am sorry for the confusion. We can accept these items at the Wimauma CCC.  We    
     had a new attendant who was unaware of our new acceptance policy at this site.
     Thanks,
     Kim

     The Wimauma CCC will next be open on Saturday, March 19 from 8 am – 1 pm and the plan now calls for it to be open on the third Saturday of each month.  Remember to take your latest property tax bill and some form of picture ID such as your Florida driver’s license.

Dogs and Cats for Adoption
(Free and Tomorrow)

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is bringing adoptable pets to Sun City Center tomorrow, Friday, February 26th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The dogs will be located under the Oak Tree near the Shuffleboard courts on the Central Campus.  The cats will be located in the Palm Room (across from the bandstand). 

     The dogs and cats will be available for free that day.  All pets come fully spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.   Information:  642-2001.

South Bay Hospital
Menu Volunteers needed

Volunteer help is needed to assist the hospital staff with activities that improve patient satisfaction with the meal service. The volunteer will obtain food preferences from patients, assist patients in filling out their menu for the following day, and then take the completed menus to the Food Service Department.
     Help is needed 7 days a week in any of 3 shifts: 7-11 am, 11am-3pm, 3-7 pm.
If you can help, please contact Paula at 813-634-0187

HUGE Garage Sale

100 Tables at Kings Point

Semi-annual Kings Point Garage Sale with over 100 tables of treasures is once again being held on Friday, March 4 at 4-6 PM for Kings Point Residents and on Saturday, March 5 at 9 AM to 1 PM for everyone.  Saturday visitors should let security know that you are attending the Garage Sale.  The sale is being held in the Veteran's Theater, the Banquet Room and the East/West Social Room in their main club house next to where you enter Kings Point.

Rotary Plans Entertainment Program
For High School Student College Scholarships

The Rotary Club has recruited some wonderful talent for an event on Sunday afternoon, 3-5 pm, March 6th to be held at the United Methodist Church here. Some of the performers are the Sounds of Time choral group from East Bay High School that was recently invited to perform at Disney World; a Flamenco dance group out of Tampa; RB Oldies Singing group 50s, 60s and 70s; a violinist; a female country western singer who was just invited to sing the opening at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.  They have 10 performers who are sure to please, and a grand finale with flag waving and military men in uniform and the song Proud to be an American being played by the country singer.
     The Rotary is calling this the All American Tribute Show and tickets at the door will be $15; Rotary members are selling tickets in advance for $10.

Sheriff’s Seminars

County Resource Deputy Jeff Merry will continue his monthly programs in March; the topic will be Medicare and Social Security Fraud.  Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
     The Caper Room, Sun City Center Community Association Atrium

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
     Ripple Room, Kings Point Community

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
     Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
     American Momentum Bank on South Pebble Beach Blvd

And, in Closing,
  • The Sun City Center Model Railroad and the Organ & Keyboard Clubs are hosting a very special event at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 29th in the Florida Room celebrating the life of their member Carl McLaughlin, who passed away recently. The dress code is Hawaiian casual, Carl's favorite!
  • We understand the large parking lot on the right as you enter South Bay Hospital will be open in about a week.  That is the area where the Sun Hill Medical Center was once located.  New “Patient Tower” with a new building entrance (and covered golf cart parking!) is scheduled to open September 23.
  • The new Membership Directories for Kings Point and Sun City Center are now being distributed. 

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 7              February 16, 2016

Board Certification
New State Requirement

All members of HOA/POA/COA Boards must now be familiar with Statutes and certain other items to fulfill their board duties according to Florida law.  To help get board members prepared, the Community Association has scheduled a class for new board members on Thursday, February 25th from 9:30 am to noon in the Eberhardt Building on our Central Campus.

     You must RSVP by this Friday, February 19, to sccboard@suncitycenter.org.

Bicycle Registration & Safety

On Thursday, March 10, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will hold an event on these important matters in the parking lot of our Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd from 9:00 to 11:00 am. (They will go inside if it rains.) The topics are:

• Bike Registration
• Bike Safety Education
• Bike Repair Demonstrations
• Bike Inspections
• Bike Buying Tips

They will have people from Brandon Bikeworks and Bike Walk of Tampa Bay to provide the demonstrations.  Bring your bicycle to have it registered; they will also inspect it if you wish .. and it is all free.

There will be Giveaways, Raffle Prizes, and Refreshments.  For information contact Community Resource Deputy Merry (813) 242-5515.

Burglaries and Speeding

Deputy Merry reports that, in answer to the numerous requests he and the Sheriff’s Office have received about speeding on La Jolla and El Rancho Drive, they installed hidden ‘speed boxes’ back in January just to see what the facts were.  The results show that some 90% of the traffic was averaging 32 miles per hour.  One vehicle was clocked at 46 mph but he pointed out that might have been an ambulance.  He assured us that he and his associates will still be patrolling the streets (and stop signs!) but the results do not favor installing additional signage on that or other nearby streets.

     He went on to mention that two homes that suffered recent burglaries in town had been left unlocked.  Among the problems this creates is that the ‘bad guys’ will be back and will check other homes looking for unlocked doors.

   The same is true for automobiles left unlocked in the driveway or in a parking lot. Ask yourself how much personal information is contained in documents in your glove compartment!  And even when your car is locked, put any valuables out of sight.

Seniors & Facebook
Research Study at USF

Are you 65+ years old and interested in learning to use Facebook, or do you currently have Facebook but don’t know how to use it?
     The University of South Florida Applied Behavior Analysis department is conducting a research study to assess the effectiveness of two instructional methods for teaching Facebook Skills to Seniors.

Criteria for participation include:

    Interest in improving Facebook skills

    Access to a computer with internet

    Minimal cognitive impairment

Potential Benefits include:

    Staying “in the loop” with friends and family around the world

    Viewing photos and videos of friends, family members, and celebrities

    Accessing news and entertainment

* Participants must commit 1+ hours a week for 1-3 months.

Please contact Alison O’Connell   (201) 213-6227

And, in Closing,

  • Have you seen the new illuminated fountain just outside the Information Center as you drive up North Pebble Beach Blvd?  It is a lovely sight even at night now.
  • That item above about learning how to use Facebook scratches me where I itch.  Our grandchildren constantly wonder why I don’t react to their “postings”.  So since I can participate in that USF study in my home, Alison will have at least one respondent.
  • Remember to get your club membership record into the CA office by the end of this month.
  • The recent regulation prohibiting cell phones in the Fitness Center is being re-worked.  The new thrust will be to stop people from talking on their cell phones in that room.  This change recognizes all the useful attributes of the ‘smart’ phones that should be allowed there.
  • You will see new ashtrays around the campus.  The CA asks that you be sure your cigarette is thoroughly extinguished before throwing it away and please do not throw your cigarette on the ground when you are through with it.  They can make an awful mess on our lovely grounds.
  • Shredding Day is March 8 in the parking lot along North Pebble Beach just ‘north’ of the intersection with North Course Lane.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 6               February 10, 2016

North Lakes Golf Course

There are frequent discussions about what we might do about the deteriorating golf course property lovingly known as the North Lakes Golf Course – the one that WCI closed just before ClubLink bought all the courses a year or two ago.  Some 400 homes overlook one or more of the 18 holes and the subject came up at this morning’s CA Board Meeting.  The comments from the Board were that (1) we have no control over that property, but we have an interest in helping maintain the appearance of Sun City Center and, when we try to get in touch with ClubLink, they never return our calls.
     And (2) we learned that the golf property itself is now listed as ‘abandoned’. So I drove along all the streets that border the old 18 holes this afternoon and confirmed that the “No Trespassing” signs are gone and the ‘Private Property’ warning signs have been all painted over so they say nothing.  I’m told the property may still be ‘posted’ in a legal sense but I urge you not to go there; the bridges over the water hazards are not receiving any maintenance.
     Recently ClubLink changed its operations director here so we are hopeful this will signal a new channel of communication with them for us all. 

D A V Information

The Disabled American Veterans, Sun City Center Chapter 110, will host an information briefing and discussion addressing a number of veterans’ and spousal benefits that are commonly not well understood and are largely underutilized. The meeting will be held in the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center, at 2 pm on February 29th.
     The chapter has agreed to conduct this discussion as a result of numerous difficult and unpleasant encounters experienced in our veterans’ service office.  People are waiting too long before requesting assistance and expecting rapid resolution.  

     Topics: Auto & Adaptive Equipment Allowance, Veteran’s Pension, Survivors Pension, Aid and Attendance & Housebound Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Non-VA emergency Care, Burial Benefits
     Please call 813-642-2047 to confirm attendance.

Breakfast and Bingo

The Hope Fund will have its Spring B&B on March 5 at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  The time is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The cost is $7.00 for a complete breakfast with an omelet made in front of you, a bagel and cream cheese or a donut from Elite Donuts, orange juice, coffee or tea.  (Thanks, Carla!)

Remember the Big Book Sale?

An entire sentence was deleted from my last eNEWS edition telling that the sale going on this Saturday, February 13, at the SouthShore Regional Library will run from 10 am to 1 pm.  Be sure to stop in the “half-price book sale room” and say hi to Linda and me at the desk.

Wimauma Collection Center Open

The Wimauma CCC (dump) is scheduled to be open the 3rd Saturday of every month this year starting a week from now on February 20.  Residents must show a property tax bill at this site to dump household items, but only a photo ID is required for electronics and paint.  (Thanks, Sam!)

What is a Hardanger fiddle?

The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will meet on Wednesday, February 24, at 2:30 pm in the Eberhardt (Lawn Bowling) Building.
     Karen Solgard, an accomplished performer, will play the Hardanger fiddle and talk about this national instrument of Norway. It is similar to the violin and each fiddle is a handmade work of art. The instrument probably originated in the area around the Hardanger fiord of Norway.
     Light refreshments will be served; admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For questions concerning the program please contact Sandra Andel, 813.690.1359. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Scandinavian Club should contact Fritz Brinck at 813-260-3422

And, in Closing,

  • All CA Clubs must have their membership list turned into the CA by the end of February. It goes to Claudia at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd.
  • We are all sorry to learn that our Sun City Center Librarian, Elaine Birkinshaw, has resigned to spend more time at home. We will all miss her very much.
  • The AARP TaxAide free tax service in Sun City Center is now open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm at the United Community Church building.  Questions? Call Marilyn Wilson at 633-5679.
  • The treasurer reported that Capital Fund Fees have been received for the resale of 37 homes in Sun City Center in January. 
  • We understand that only 3 tables for the March 19 FunFest are available. Want one for your club or organization? Call Claudia at 633-3500.
  • At the end of January we had 11,022 total residents in Sun City Center.
  • I am getting advanced word about an all volunteer study program for Seniors like us to help us understand what Facebook is all about.  More in my next edition, I hope.
  • Among the more common questions is “why do we call our main campus on North Pebble Beach the ‘Central’ campus?”  Well, today for the first time, I heard mention of the ‘North Campus’.  It may not stick but, for the time being, that is the 37 acres of land where the walking trails are located on Del Webb Blvd West just between Vincennes and Seton Hall Drives.  Makes sense.
  • Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Merry will be conducting a bicycle safety and registration session on Thursday, March 10 from 9-11 am at Community Hall.  More later.

/John Bowker
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Volume 18, Number 5               February 7, 2016

Learn What’s Going On

     On Wednesday morning this week, the Community Association Board of Directors will be holding their monthly meeting that is open to all residents of Sun City Center.  You will need to be able to show your CA Badge but here is what you will hear starting at 9 am in the Rollins Theatre.
     The topics range from a comment about the outdoor showers on the South Campus to the present status of our finances. CA Board President, David Floyd, will present an overview of current matters of interest to the board, followed by a companion summary of activities by our Community Manager, Lyn Reitz.
     The board then will be voting on at least 6 issues; we have many very active dance groups in town, but one, the “Foxy Seniors” dance club is being dissolved.  If you are active on the shuffleboard courts you may want to attend to learn of plans for refurbishing them on the Central Campus, if you are into exercise programs, there is a new club forming (“NIA”.. non impact aerobics).  The Golf Cart Committee is taking on a new Chairperson.
    The floor is then thrown open to the audience to raise any questions of the full board.  Last month this part of the program brought up some interesting points by the attendees.

Upgrading the Medians

The work you see being done on North Pebble Beach Blvd medians near the CA Office is still part of the initial stage of the 2015/2016 Florida Friendly Median conversion project.  The project started with the removal 14 trees on the median that were too close to Pebble Beach Blvd or were diseased. The next step in the project is the removal of the existing sod which should be completed early this next week.  The tree and sod removal was funded by grants from the Men's Club and Interfaith Council. 
     The final phase will be the planting of the medians with Florida Friendly plants. The design objective of the 2015/2016 median conversion was to provide the Pebble Beach medians with a blend of plants with green, blue, yellow, purple and red colors - all together 11 different plants and 3 different trees.  Some of the plants being planted are Firecrackers, Thyrallis, Trailing Yellow Lantana, Brunifeslsia, and Viburnum - all of these plants were blessed by the Hillsborough County Extension Services, Hillsborough County Public Works as being low maintenance cost and low water requirements of  Florida Friendly.
     Also being planted will be 6 Crepe Myrtle, a Live Oak and 6 Purple Vitex trees. The plants are being funded with Tree Grants from Hillsborough County and administrated through the Office of Neighborhood Relations with grants awarded to 10 Sun City Center Home Owners Associations.
     The final phase of this conversion effort will be the installation of low volume irrigation systems in each of the three medians being converted and will be completed after the plants are in the ground.  This effort is being funded by grants from the County Water Department and should be completed this week.
     Thanks to Ed Barnes, Chairman of the Median Committee, for this write-up.

Big Book Sale
(What, another one??)

Oh my yes!  Now, if you took part in this weekend’s book sale in the Caper Room of our Atrium Building, I hope you had as much fun as we did with the wide variety of books, CDs and DVDs that Elaine Birkinshaw and her committee put out for us.
     But wait, there’s more!  This coming weekend the SouthShore Library on 19th Avenue is have their semi-annual sale that takes place in two rooms of that huge library building.  This is the one where you are given a shopping bag and the price you pay for whatever you can stuff into the bag is $1.00.  You don’t even have to bring your own bag – they will hand you one as you come in the door.
     There is a second room in the sale and here the rules are different.  The books are sold on a ‘half price of what is marked’ basis.  Some of them are priced at $3 or even higher, but the variety is enormous.
     If you need directions to that library, let me know by replying to this email at jbowker@tampabay.rr.com. .. but be there between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday.
     These sales come just in time for you to plan what to take north with you to fill in a dreary summer away from the excitement of Sun City Center.

Emergency Squad Information
This week Wednesday at 6 pm.

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Information Program to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers.
      The program begins at 6PM and will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities we have available.  The Squad is always looking for people interested in volunteering on the ambulance as Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad currently has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.
     Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2015, the Squad made over 5000 ambulance runs and approximately 1200 medical wheelchair van runs. All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressure readings offered daily at the office, 8AM to 5PM.
     Coffee and cookies will be served at the Wednesday evening meeting.

And, in Closing,

  • Have you noticed all the new ground cover being put down around the Atrium Building?  Lyn Reitz tells me that most of the pastor grass we got during the recent construction was diseased and died out. We are replanting with new Bahia that tolerates just about everything.
  • A reader writes:  Yesterday I saw a bug on my screen outside on my screen room.  I knocked it off - didn't know what it was. It was ugly.  Today I saw in the paper it was the mosquito that carries the Zika. People must be watchful.    
  • Just a follow on to the story above about our medians, there is a long term plan to convert all 31 of the Pebble Beach Blvd medians to Florida friendly plants in order to reduce maintenance and water cost in the long run.  

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Volume 18, Number 4               January 22, 2016

How Not to Get Cheated

   The surest way to avoid being scammed by some very talented crooks is to learn how they operate. At least you will have a clue about what to watch out for. 

   This month, Our Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry will focus attention the various ways fraud is committed on Lotteries, Sweepstakes and Charities. 

     He will be speaking on:

        Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 am in the Caper Room of the CA Atrium Building,

        Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 pm in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse Ripple Room.

        Tuesday February 16 at 11:00 am in the Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza,

        Wednesday, February 17 at 3:00 pm in the American Momentum Bank.

Residents of Sun City Center can enter Kings Point for the  meeting; just tell the entry guard where you are going.

Homestead Property Value Increase

The ­2016 limit for assessment value increases of Homestead property in Florida has been capped at 0.7 percent. Assuming you have not added any new construction to your Homestead property, your assessed value cannot increase more than 0.7 percent this year. 

   These limits were established in 1995 by Save Our Homes, an amendment to the Florida constitution. This amendment caps the annual increase on the assessed value of Homesteaded properties at 3 percent, or the change in the CPI, whichever is less.

   In order to receive this benefit you must apply and qualify for a Homestead Exemption, or already have a property that is receiving Homestead Exemption. If you have not applied for Homestead Exemption and own a property in Hillsborough County that is your primary residence, you can submit a Homestead application online by visiting the HCPA at:     

             https://homestead.hcpafl.org/ApplyOnline/WebForm1.aspx

New Policy for CA Clubs

An update to the CA Policy Manual pertaining to clubs was handed out at this week’s Community Leaders’ Meeting.  For those who did not attend but want to see the updated club policy, just send your request to jbowker@tampabay.rr.com.

     Of course, you can see this update along with ALL of the CA policies on the CA website, suncitycenter.org by clicking on ‘Association’, then ‘Governing Documents’ and then ‘complete Policy Manual’.  (Thanks, Claudia!)

Planning Ahead

Once again, Sun City Center will celebrate its town fair called FunFest on the third Saturday of March – March 19 this year.  Please be aware that this means the CA facilities on the Central Campus will be closed down a couple of days in advance, so plan to do something else on Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18!

A Moment of Sadness

Please let me share a letter I received this week from Vallery Thomson-McKeehan

My husband and I own property on Belle Glade Ave and my sister Kelly lived there.  She has MS so we bought her the house so she could live alone with our help minutes away. 

   The house was destroyed by fire Wednesday. It started at 12:30 a.m. on the lanai, source still unknown.  She takes meds at night before bed that heavily sedate her.  Her cat jumped on her chest to wake her when the fire started therefore saving her life.  Unfortunately, the cat perished and Kelly blames herself.  For this, she is heartbroken.

   Kelly adds, in the mass confusion, neighbors and family came forward immediately with everything I would need to recover.  In addition, I received an envelope with my name on the front of money from an anonymous person that should be recognized and thanked for their thoughtfulness as well as the neighbors that brought me limitless amounts of clothing.  I also thank HCFR SCC/Ruskin/Wimauma fire departments that immediately responded and put the fire out. 

   Because my cat lost his life saving mine, the fire department offered and took my angel's body and buried him for me.  I can never repay them for taking care of him in my hour of need. I am blessed and forever thankful to live in such a loving, giving and caring community.

    Much love and light to all,

        Ms. Kelly Hutchison

And, in Closing,

  • If your travels have taken you on South Pebble Beach Blvd this week, no doubt you have marveled at how quickly they are repaving, one lane at a time.  They have streamlined the procedure so they mill, sweep, tar and asphalt in seamless fashion.  We should all commend the way Hillsborough County Public Works is doing their work here.
  • The WaWa site in Wimauma received horizontal construction plan approval in late December and should be moving forward without issue.  As of the 14th of January, the opening date for WAWA in Wimauma, is planned for October 19th.  Work should start very soon.  (Thanks Nancy and Sam!)
  • The total cost of parking and road improvement for the South Campus is $120,000. I had reported a lesser amount in an earlier edition. It will be funded from the Replacement Fund and the Operating Fund.  (Thanks, Neil!)
  • CA members have one more week to fill out a form at the CA Office regarding their interest in being considered for one of the two open seats remaining on the CA Board of Directors.  The window closes at 3:00 pm on Friday the 29th.

/John Bowker

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Café Construction

We learned this week that not only are all the permits in hand for the proposed expansion of our Atrium Building café, but a “Value Engineering” review of the specific construction details has now been completed by The Project Office (TPO) of the Community Association to be sure the costs of each step are in line with our needs.  Construction will be able to start immediately after the March 19 FunFest event.  All costs will be borne by the CA’s Operating Fund and not the Capital Fund.  
     They are hopeful that the new operation will be open by mid-year.

Nature Walking Trail

The CA Board unanimously approved a Letter of Understanding with the Sun City Center Audubon Society.  They will provide maintenance to the trail on our West Campus.  The entryway to that trail is shown on page 12 of your Membership Directory; it is accessed from Del Webb Blvd West between Vincennes and Seton Hall Drives.  There is no automobile parking in that area, but plenty of golf cart parking at the entrance to that trail.

     The improvements planned by the Audubon people include new signs, labeling of flora and trees and an information center at the entrance to explain the different walking paths one can choose.

New Golf Cart Path?

There has been talk around town about a golf cart path that would provide access to the eating places and other businesses on the south side of 674 on the west side of Sun City Center.  We learned this week that a path on the Kings Point side from Cortaro Drive would not be approved by the authorities because it would cross wetlands and involve cutting cypress trees along that route.
     Instead, the Department of Transportation is considering how to improve the connection from the existing golf cart path on Upper Creek Drive to the sidewalk along Cypress Creek Boulevard and its intersection with 674 so golf carts could cross 674 there.  

Huge Clubhouse Sale

Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23. 8 am to 1 pm. Estate and miscellaneous household items including tools, electronics and furniture - great prices!

This sale, by the Sun City Lawn Bowling Club, will be held in its clubroom building (“Eberhardt Building”) on the Central Campus next to the lawn bowling greens.  See page 28 of your Membership Directory; find building #6.)

     While we are on this subject, The Lawn Bowling Club is investing over $15,000 in one of its greens right there next to where the sale will be.  Master-Turf Farms Inc. has started the work to replace the base then re-sod Green #3. They are hoping to be back playing on it by April.  A second Green will get a similar upgrade with money from the CA Replacement Reserve Fund.

Hillsborough County Closings on Monday
County
Libraries to close; Regional Parks will remain open
All emergency services will continue without interruption.

The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.
     Closed facilities include the administrative offices of County government, all libraries, recreation centers, Head Start/Early Head Start centers, and senior centers and nutrition sites.
     The Pet Resource Center. A limited number of animal safety and enforcement officers will be on duty for emergencies only, via the main number at (813) 744-5660.
     The Sunshine Line transportation service will not operate.
     All Social Services Community Resource Centers will be closed.

Parking on South Campus

The CA will be spending some $71,000 to re-do the shell parking lots and roads in the back area around Community Hall.  Parking will be expanded around the tennis, volley ball, Pickle ball and horseshoe courts, fresh shell gravel will be installed.  The brighter surface will make driving easier and should improve the apparent lighting in that area.

Upgrades to Fitness Center

The CA Board of Directors unanimously approved the expenditure of nearly $40,000 this week for three new treadmills and a recumbent cycle for the Fitness Center on our Central Campus. Included in the package is a ‘multi-gym’ product for performing all major exercises found in most health clubs.

And, in Closing,

  • Anyone who has volunteered in any way for the CA is invited to a free “thank you” lunch in the Florida Room on Thursday, February 25 from noon to 2 pm. 
  • The count of residents in Sun City Center on December 31, 2015 was 11,010.
  • A new policy is now in effect for vendors/contractors/licensees with the Community Association.  The principal topics covered relate to Equal Employment Opportunities, Political / Religious activities, Insurance and use of our amenities.
  • Janet Ditmore announced that 3,561 visitors had come into the Information Center in 2015; Visitors came from 32 States, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
  • All ancillary assignments to the CA Board of Directors and all Committee Chairpersons have been made by CA President David Floyd.  To find out “Who’s In Charge Here”, go to that heading at the website www.mysuncitycenter.org.
  • CA Vice President Sam Sudman has learned that the widening of US-301 from 674 north to the intersection with 672 (Balm Road) is scheduled to start late this year.  It will be centering its driving lanes to the east of the present roadway over that stretch.

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 Volume 18, Number 2               January 7, 2016

Highlights from Annual Meeting

285 residents attended last evening’s membership meeting in Community Hall.  Three residents of Sun City Center were sworn in as directors of our Community Association for three year terms as a result of resident votes in December John Luper and Jim Schwartz are newcomers to the Board of Directors, and the current Board Treasurer Neil Rothfeld all accepted the terms of office administered by CA President, David Floyd.
   We were reminded that there are two open seats on the Board at this time and any CA Member is entitled to apply for consideration as an appointee to the board by picking up an application form at the CA Office reception desk at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd. The completed form must be returned to that desk no later than 3 pm on Friday, January 29.
   We learned that a net of 480 homes changed hands* in 2015 so we can see that Sun City Center continues to be attractive to buyers even after our 54 years of history.  That also means the CA Capital Fund grew by $720,000 during 2015.
   All approvals for construction of an enlarged café as an addition to the Atrium Building are now in hand and are under final review by The Projects Office of the CA.  Construction should begin during the first quarter of 2016.
   During 2016, the shell and gravel parking areas around Community Hall on our South Campus will be replaced (and expanded) with a much brighter mix of limestone and gravel.  Also, new trees and decorative shrubbery will be installed on CA property including areas around the parking lots on the Central Campus.

* Note that when a home sale closes, the buyer is charged $1,500 fee that goes directly into the CA Capital Fund, but there are conditions under which the seller of a home who turns around and buys another house in Sun City Center, may not be charged the fee for the second house.  (Details on request)

In response to audience questions:

  • The Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring the traffic that drives past a school bus that is picking up or discharging a student in town.  Drivers may not pass a bus that has its large red ‘STOP’ signs extended on your side of a divided highway or on either side of 2-lane roads.
  • We expect the new road surfaces in the parking areas around Community Hall will provide improved lighting.
  • The CA is aware that more and more tickets are being handed out to speeders on our streets. The Sheriff’s Office is patrolling in unmarked cars (both here and in Kings Point).  The questioner suggested the CA install signs controlled by radar showing car speeds as is now done on the two Del Webb Blvds.
  • The CA will review the need for more lighting at the pedestrian crossings of Cherry Hills Drive near the Arts and Crafts Building.
  • Beautification:  The CA and the county share responsibilities for keeping the community attractive; of course, the CA can only control its owned properties but frequently calls the county’s attention to needs.

Sign In Sheets

President Floyd announced this morning that, effective today, January 7th, the Community Association will not require Clubs or Organizations to use the sign-in sheets for meetings or gatherings in clubrooms.  The CA Board of Directors wish to review this exercise and the project in general.  They will review the data collected and decide whether to go forward or modify the collection of data.

How Things Change

President Floyd points out that, when this community was founded, about 15% of the new residents were golfers, but a recent poll shows that only 5% of our new residents show golf as a major pastime.  This helps explain why Clublink has been forced to close some of its lesser used golf courses recently.

Shredding Day Announced

     Community Manager Lyn Reitz has arranged for a shredding truck to give free service CA Members on Tuesday, March 8 from 9 to noon.  The truck will be located the ‘north’ end of the long parking lot that services the CA Office, library and all the way beyond the Samaritan Services Building on North Pebble Beach.  You can stay and watch your documents be destroyed or leave them with one of the attendants where you pull in.  If you stay, please park well out of the way in the main parking lot behind the Samaritan Services Building.

All About Scams

Some of the newest scams are so clever that one or more of us are just bound to be hit with some costly mistakes.  There is one person in Tallahassee who is most conscious of how Seniors are being targeted by these clever devils, and he is coming all the way here to offer some tips.
     Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater will be speaking at our Chamber of Commerce Ballroom next Wednesday, January 13 from 10 to 11:30 am.  His topic covers the Psychology of a Scam, How to Spot Fraudulent Behavior, Common Scams that Target Seniors, and How to Fight Identity Theft.
     This is a program called "Operation S.A.F.E." .. Stop Adult Financial Exploitation. If you plan to attend, I know the Chamber would appreciate hearing from you at 634-5111.   

And, in Closing,

  • Clublink now has a contract with an outside firm to take care of the retention ponds on its properties.  (There has been particular concern about the ‘lake’ near the intersection of North Pebble Beach and Cherry Hills Drive.)
  • That was a fine article about golf cart rules on the front page of the SUN newspaper this week – now, I know things are more relaxed in Manatee County than here, but I’m assured they will be considering new restrictive road rules for golf carts later this year .. not 2106 as mentioned in that article.
    (Forgive me Lois .. I just couldn’t resist)

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Volume 18, Number 1               January 4, 2016

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Learn all about Sun City Center

All residents of Sun City Center should plan to attend the annual meeting of the Community Association that starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening this week in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.
     Not only will the new 2016 directors will be sworn in, but you will hear the latest news and plans about our community.  You can also chat informally with the town leaders before and after the formal meeting (light refreshments at 6:30!).
     A highlight of this annual meeting is the open segment at the end of the agenda during which attendees to the meeting can go to a microphone and ask questions of the CA Board. So if you have ever wondered how to get something done or clarified, this is the meeting to attend. 
     Be sure to bring your CA ID card with you; you won’t be admitted without it.

Community Church College

The 2016 Community Church College Spring semester is ready for online registration.  You can go to http://online.flipbuilder.com/dxdy/oaza/ to see the fine new 64-page catalog of classes and trips planned for this spring.  The pages turn as you click on the little arrow at the right edge of each page.
  
Look for the red shopping cart and click the class or trip you want to purchase and it will take you to the Paypal website.  NOTE: When using Paypal online, please add any additional guests, select a meal if advertised, and give a contact phone number under the link Add special instructions to the seller
   Normal in-person registration will be held on January 20, 2016 in the Great Hall at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center. 

Volunteer Information Program
Emergency Squad hosts first 2016 Briefing January 13th

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 PM on the second Wednesday of each month to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers.  The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
    Interested residents can find out more about the Squad and its volunteer opportunities.  The primary need right now is for folks who are interested in working on the ambulance: Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.
No prior medical training is needed; all instruction is handled after you join.  Coffee and cookies will be served.
    All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressures that are offered daily at the main office on Ray Watson Drive from 8AM to 5PM.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Please consider visiting with us and learning more about how we are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

Calls from the IRS

This is the time of year that we begin to think about the IRS.  Worse than that, your phone rings and, by golly, there they are telling you that you have committed tax fraud. Believe me, the call sounds very legitimate.
    But the IRS does not work that way; go to: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts for a list of all the ways you may be confronted with this scam.  Just ignore such calls. 
(Thanks Connie!)

Feel Good About Yourself
Put Aside two hours on Saturday, January 16

Veterans Theater in Kings Point, 12 – 2 pm.

Once a year, my wife and I take part in a two-hour program in Kings Point called “Meals of Hope”.  It has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sun City Center in recent years.  The program consists of about 300 of us (volunteers) packaging some 55,000 meals (or more) that are then distributed to food pantries in the area .. pantries visited by over 1,000 area families each week.  We scoop beans and hand the bag to the next person who is scooping something else…and then we scoop more beans for another couple of hours.  A social event?  Well, we do laugh a lot with the person next to us. It is all set up beautifully by the Rotary.
   A lot of organizations pitch in to make this all work – Kiwanis, Lions, Shriners, Knights of Columbus, Women’s Club, Men’s Club, Emergency Squad, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts and more arts, crafts and sports clubs than I can list here.  In fact, if you are part of an organization, please wear your vest, shirt, name tag .. so we can all understand just how worthwhile this is.
   No need to pre-register – just be sure to show up a bit before noon on the 16th. If you need more information, call Tony Badalamenti at 642-8715.
   NOTE:  As you approach the main gate at Kings Point, keep to the right and tell the guard at the “Visitor” entrance you are there for the Meals of Hope Program. He will let you right in, and all you need do is enter the main clubhouse and go straight to the back of the lobby area where the Veteran’s Theater is located.

And, in Closing,

  • Remember to have your golf cart registered by the Security Patrol this week at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 9-2.
  • The Lawn Bowling Club will be replacing the entire North Green on the Central Campus with new sod.  They will dig out the old, laser level the surface, and replace with all new hybrid. (Thanks, Rick)  
  • The Q&A sessions for those interested in writing their family history are now being held on the 4th Monday of each month.  The first one sponsored by the South Bay Genealogical Society in 2016 is on “Roots Magic” and will be held in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building starting at 10 am on January 25th.  There is no charge for admission.
         Regular monthly Society meetings will continue on the 3rd Tuesdays at the Little Harbor Resort (Bahia Beach).

/John Bowker
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A FEW GOODIES FROM 2015

New Entertainment Director

     The Community Association has announced the appointment of Lynn Manzi as the new Entertainment Director.  Before she left, Judy Schings arranged for most of the programs to be shown in the next few months, but Lynn was right there watching so we know she will fit right into her new position.


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Volume 17, Number 52               December 9, 2015

CA Leadership

Each year at this time, the continuing or newly elected directors of the Community Association meet to elect their officers for the upcoming year.  The meeting took place this morning and the board members decided to keep its present leadership for another year.  That means:

     For 2016:

            President:  David Floyd

            Vice President: Sam Sudman

            Secretary: Joe Elam

            Treasurer:  Neil Rothfeld

And, in Closing,
  • The resident population of Sun City Center reached 11,000 for the first time this past month (well, actually it was 11,001 at the end of November).  We don’t have such statistics from Kings Point.

John Bowker                           
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As you drive up North Pebble Beach Blvd, glance to your right just before you get to the new Information Center building and admire the new fountain they have installed there.  And if you pull into the parking lot for the Information Center, you will find a new paver sidewalk leading to a delightful swinging bench giving a lovely view of Swan Lake down to Yankee Island.  It is all a very nice touch for our visitors to Sun City Center and residents alike.

 /John Bowker
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Volume 17, Number 19               April 14, 2015

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 old Sun Hill doctor office building was demolished to make room for that parking lot; the doctors have moved to a new building on Galen Court.
    We will see work underway here 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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