May 2017

New Davidsen Middle School Principal Named

On May 2 in the afternoon Davidsen Middle School Principal Brent McBrien announced that he was leaving the school to serve as principal of Martinez Middle School. In his place the Hillsborough School Board appointed Martinez Middle School Assistant Principal Stacy Arena on May 16.

WCA Board Hears Positive Audit Report; Considers Fine Appeals

At the May 11 WCA board meeting Shires resident Crystal Hopkins asked the board to consider waiving the rental fee for the activity room at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. She asked to use it for an event her non-profit organization, Everly’s Angels, in October.

WCA Treasurer Details Budget Process to VMs

The May 9 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting had a short agenda, which resulted in a very short meeting. At the session WCA Treasurer Forrest Baumhover detailed the upcoming budget process to produce the association's 2018 spending plan.

Westchase Smells Smoke; County Burn Ban Still in Place

Westchase residents who emerged from their homes on May 9 to the heavy smell of smoke encountered the most recent reminder of the active wildfire season currently plaguing the state. The smoke is likely drifting south from a smoldering wildfire that has scorched nearly 2,300 acres of the Starkey Wilderness Preserve at the juncture of State Road 54 and the Suncoast Expressway just over the Hillsborough and Pasco County borders.

CDD Supervisors Address Dead Grass and 2018 Budget

A three hour meeting of the Westchase Community Development District on May 2 saw supervisors pass a draft 2018 budget that promises no homeowner assessment increases. Meanwhile board members also addressed dying grass and debated hiring a landscape architect to make over Westchase’s appearance. Opening the session, however, was Westchase’s Community Resource Office, Deputy Hugh Alter, who addressed the recent car thefts and burglaries in Westchase.

Arr, Matey! Have Ye Seen Me Boat?

A new group of fun-loving pirates have invaded the Westchase area and their goals over the next six months are to grow and scare up a new ride.

Entertaining Amazing Race for Life of Westchase Returns in May

The Sixth Annual Amazing Race for Life of Westchase is coming on May 21.

WOW Bids Farewell to Longtime Business Manager

This month also brings a remarkably sad moment for me and for a lot of folks in Westchase. At the end of May, we will be saying goodbye to Tracy Urso, my fellow WOW team member. Tracy is responsible for so much remarkable goodness throughout Westchase and the Northwest area.

Fords Friends Tackle Ragnar

In late March four adventurous Westchase residents joined friends and co-workers to participate in a two-day, one-night, 200-ish mile relay race across Tennessee. As part of the Sloppy Joggers team, Fords neighbors Nathalie and Brian Koebel, Kirk Sexton, and Michael Nordwall, along with friends from California, Virginia, and North Dakota, ended up winning first place in the mixed masters division of a race called the Ragnar Relay.

Westchase Elementary Ends Classroom Drop-Offs

Many parents at Westchase Elementary School have had a tradition of walking their child to class each morning. Some, with multiple children, have been doing so since the school opened 20 years ago. That tradition came to an end in March when administrators initiated a closed campus policy.

Meals on Wheels Seeking Volunteer Drivers

Are you looking for a way to help your community? Meals on Wheels of Tampa (MOWTampa) is in need of additional volunteers to help deliver meals in Hillsborough County.

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