May 2015

Davidsen Middle School Faces Attendance Boundary Change

Hillsborough School District is proposing boundary changes that will add 30 percent more students to Davidsen Middle School in the 2016-2017 school year.

WCA Directors Deadlocked on Board Vacancy

On May 14 the majority of Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors agreed that Washingtonia palms should be pruned in the spring and fall but could not come to a consensus about appointing a director to fill a vacancy on their board.

VMs Address Guidelines, Road Projects and Dog Park Plans

Twenty Voting Members (VMs) braved torrential rain to attend their May 12 monthly meeting, where they passed four rules changes. Making quick and unanimous approval votes for four guideline changes, VMs gave their final approval for new rules for Castleford storm doors, Keswick Forest mailboxes and Westchase homes’ external security cameras. They also offered their initial approval for the addition of a single color to the exterior color palette.

CDD Supervisors Address Park Concerns; Set Budget Goal of No Assessment Increase

At their May 5 meeting, Westchase CDD supervisors heard some residents’ concerns about Glencliff Park renovation plans and approved a draft budget for the county’s property tax Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices. Opening the session were District Manager Andy Mendenhall of Severn Trent and Severn Trent accountant Alan Baldwin, who presented the district’s 2016 draft budget.

Westchase’s Worst Driver: Have Your Neighbors Picked You?

There’s the school mom texter, the village speedster and the clueless cell phone mutterer, corking an intersection while babbling in backed-up traffic. There’s the self-entitled illegally U-turning near Publix. The Montague Street stressball blowing through a Linebaugh crosswalks stacked with dawdling Daviden Dragons. There’s the Countryway Boulevard tailgater. The double-parker whose Starbucks latte is more important than West Park Villagers reaching work on time. And, of course, the cranky commuter jetting into his Westchase village, nearly mowing down a jogging stroller mom trying to cross the street. Wait. Not quite done yet.

A Cemetery? Wait! You Mean It’s Not True?

If you fell for WOW’s annual April Fool’s gag last month, you’re not alone. Each year when WOW arrives in April 1, its traditional cover features a story that’s short on reality and long on silliness. This year proved no exception.

Tips for Saving on Summer Travel

If you’re looking a good deal on travel this summer, Westchase’s frequent travelers have some valuable money-saving tips for you. The first. For the best savings, you probably should have started your planning months ago. The good news? You can still tuck this article way for your next trip.

2008 WOW Scholars Revisited

June’s WOW will announce the 2015 WOW Scholars, honoring college-bound Westchasers for their commitment to academics and community service. In preparation, we reached out to a former class of scholars – a group that graduated from high school in 2008 – to find out what the last seven years have brought them.

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