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News OVERVIEW FOR Monday, October 24, 2016

WCA Hosts Commissioner Murman Oct. 25

The Westchase Community Association (WCA) has announced it is hosting a resident meeting with Commissioner Sandra Murman (Rep, Dist. 1) on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard.

Northwest Dog Park Ribbon Cutting Celebrated

Joe Odda (in red necktie) and Commissioner Sandy Murman (on Odda’s right) open the Northwest Dog Park.

Westchase resident Joe Odda helped with the official “unleashing” of the Northwest Dog Park on Sept. 19. Odda, who began working on the project several years ago, was the Chair of a Dog Park Task Force that included other Westchase residents and was instrumental in bringing a dog park to the area. The Northwest Dog Park is located behind the HART Transfer station at 8951 W. Waters Avenue near the Upper Tampa Bay Trail.

CDD Candidate Q and A

Bob Argus of Lexington Park

November’s General Election includes a race to determine one seat on the Westchase Community Development District (CDD). To assist voters, WOW asked the three candidates for the seat a number of questions to tease out their policy differences on current topics affecting the district.

WOW Seeks Applicants for 2017 WOW Scholarships

Have you shown a commitment to academics and community service during your high school career? If so, WOW encourages you to apply for its WOW Sylvester Community Service Scholarship.

Woodbridge Places Limits on Rentals

As part of its recent annual election for their homeowners association, the Westchase village of Woodbridge amended their governing documents. Among the new rules? Limits on new owners’ ability to rent out villas in the neighborhood.

UTB Regional Library Master Gardener Presentations

The UTB Library Master Gardener presentations offer important tips on getting the most out of your Westchase landscape. The talks cover diverse topics. Presentations for upcoming months include:

WCA’s Movies in the Park Return

On Oct. 14 the WCA’s Movies in the Park return. On the second Friday of the month from October through March, the Westchase Community Association (WCA) will be hosting free movies on the Montague Street Green in West Park Village. Movies begin at dusk. Be sure to bring your chairs, blankets, snacks and insect repellant.

West Park’s David Weekley Development Breaks Ground

David Weekley Homes broke ground on the construction of town homes in West Park Village in August.

Private Schools: The Dollars and Sense

Parents who want a private-school education for their children always have plenty of questions. Topics often run the gamut. Then there’s the most popular question of all. How much will this cost?

Finding Your Fit

If you are considering a private school for your child’s education – whether they are entering elementary school, middle school or high school – there are a multitude of factors to consider. And some criteria to live by.

Get Motivated for The Great West Chase!

The Y Express Run Club is a group of folks who simply want to stay fit and use a friendly group to help motivate them on Saturdays when 7 a.m. seems early! We are not intense but instead use the friendships that are cultivated in our group to stay active. Our goal is simply to keep running.

The Great West Chase Turns 15

While not mandatory, Halloween costumes are a hoot during the races.

It was an idea born on a three-mile run in the spring of 2002. Out one a cool evening, then WOW Editor Chris Barrett was jogging in the long, dark stretch between The Fords and Radcliffe when a random thought sprinted past.

Newcomers Luncheon Oct. 20

If you are new to the area or just ready to get involved in a social group with lots of activities? The Newcomers of NW Hillsborough invite you to our our upcoming luncheon at Cuatro Restaurant at TPC Tampa Bay, located at 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz, FL 33558.

Freebooters Krewe of Westchase to Hold Recruitment Social

How would you like to be a pirate with a ship this Gasparilla? The Freebooters of Westchase encourage anyone who would like to know more about being a guest or member to join them for complimentary beer and wings at Maloney’s Local on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-3 p.m.

Thanksgiving Food Drive Captains and Matching Contributions Needed

Last November Westchase’s Thanksgiving Food Drive proved an historic effort. Over 1,020 Westchase homes participated, contributing 22,648 pounds of food and 484 turkeys, feeding hundreds of needy families for the holidays. This November we have three trucks to fill! Will you lend a hand?

Proposed Apartment Complex Wins Rezoning Near Westchase

The proposed rezoning of land on Thomas Ranch Lane won unanimous approval from the Hillsborough County Commission on Sept. 13. Flournoy Companies, a Georgia developer, requested the rezoning of 11.4-acres near Westchase’s east entrance, for a multistory apartment complex of up to 218 units. The original zoning placed a limit of just over 60 units on the property, which lies across from the Costco Development on Sheldon Road.

Gotta Good Neighbor Who Should Be Recognized?

Is there a special neighbor in your village who is always willing to lend a hand? In 2006 the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors established the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award in memory of Bridges resident Nathan Lafer.

The Great West Chase: Make This Your Year

You’ve likely considered it. Perhaps you even made a mental promise that this year would be your year.Now it’s time! The Great West Chase 5K/10K and Children’s Fun Run will kick off the Saturday, Oct. 29.

Where Will They Go?

Alonso High School is jam-packed. The situation is the product of the full-sprint expansion in northwest Hillsborough County – its new housing developments, apartment complexes and townhomes sprouting like weeds on steroids.

A Travel Dream Come True

Nancy and Gary Konopka

For years Greens residents Gary and Nancy Konokpa and Nancy’s brother, Frank, talked about going to Greece. “A trip to Greece has always been on my brother-in-law’s bucket list,” said Gary.

Friends of the UTB Library: The UTB Library - Your Terrific Resource

We all have busy schedules. Sometimes with everything going on, it is easy to miss out on the advantage of treasures like the Upper Tampa Bay Library within our community.

Woodbridge Villas Tackles Renovations With Big Special Assessment

Woodbridge Villas board members Rick Goldstein, Mary Rodriguez, Nilo Menendez and Phyllis Roman visit their community’s pool to check recent work there.

This summer Hillsborough County transit supporters kick off a year and a half long campaign to convince local residents to vote for a half cent increase in the sales tax. If they’re smart, they’ll hire Woodbridge’s homeowners’ association board to lead the effort.

Newcomers Luncheon Feb. 19

The Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough will gather for lunch this month on Feb. 19. They’ll meet at 11 a.m. at the Floridan Palace, 905 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602.

Plan to Attend the Aug. 12 TED Meeting

Westchase residents are encouraged to attend a meeting of the Policy Leadership Group for Transportation and Economic Development in Hillsborough County (TED). It will be held on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor board room of the County Center.

Public Notice of Westchase-Wide Guideline Changes

In addition to offering changes to the Westchase CCRs and Bylaws, Westchase VMs are considering amendments to the Westchase’s Single Family Residential Guidelines. If you read this article last month, the Documents Committee submitted some changes to the proposed Guidelines after the May meeting of the Westchase Voting Members. Changes of substance are indicated by italics in the summaries below.

WCA Board Hears Costco Update; Decries WOW Coverage of Investment Properties

There was a packed audience for the February Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors’ meeting. Residents attended not to speak during the open residents’ forum, but to hear about the proposed Costco development at the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

Costco Developer to File Rezoning Request March 6

While it was announced in January that February would see a formal presentation by the Costco development team, February’s WCA meetings came and went without its appearance.

Proposed 2014 WCA Budget Draft Contains $2 Assessment Increase

The 2014 draft budget that emerged from the roughly 90-minute Westchase Community Association (WCAO) Budget Workshop on Aug. 20 produced a projected assessment of $322. The amount represents a two dollar increase over the 2013 assessment. If adopted, it would be the first increase in the WCA assessment since 2008.

Westchase VMs Approve Three Guidelines

In a very brief meeting that preceded the Westchase Association’s Aug. 20 budget workshop, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) took their final votes on three amendment to Westchase and neighborhood-specific guidelines. In all cases, the 20 VMs present cast unanimous votes.

VMs Entertain New Paver Rules for Driveways and Sidewalks

The July 9 meeting of Westchase VMs started with two quick, unanimous approvals for Abbotsford's and Chelmsford’s new mailboxes before VMs turned to driveway pavers.

VMs Approve New Mailboxes for Castleford and Portions of The Bridges

At their June 11 meeting, Westchase Voting Members’ (VM) two main agenda items were final votes for updated mailboxes for Castleford and the Bridges. VMs also received an update on the county’s new garbage collection system, scheduled for rollout in October.

CDD’s 2014 Draft Budget Recoups Incorrect 2013 Credit

Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors are discussing a tentative spending plan that projects a 7.62 percent increase in operations and maintenance spending. The plan, which may see adjustments at the CDD's July and August meetings, is slated for final approval on Aug. 6.

CDD Supervisors Approve Harbor Links’ Streetlight Conversion; Stonebridge Homeowners Voice Concerns

The June 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw resolution of a years-long process to address a Westchase neighborhood’s leaking gas lights and attendance by a number of Stonebridge residents concerned over nearby developments that could significantly impact them.

Memorial Services Scheduled For Westchase Swim Coach Kelley Allen

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Manager Debbie Sainz and Operations Manager Kelly Smith have released information about upcoming memorial services for Kelley Allen, the WCA’s Director of Competitive Swimming. Allen was tragically killed on Oct. 28.

Tales from the Black Friday Ninjas

Some Westchasers celebrate Thanksgiving night by pulling the covers over their heads and relishing their turkey-induced slumber. Others become Black Friday Ninjas. Millions of Americans choose to participate in the highly competitive consumer Olympics known as Black Friday, where average shoppers display the stealth and cunning of a ninja in order to bring home retail gold. These warriors head out in the dark of night risking a stray elbow to the eye or worse, a shopping-cart wheel to the freshly pedicured toe.

Public Notice of Residential Guideline Changes

At their Oct. 11 and Nov. 15 meetings, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) will be considering changes to the Westchase Residential Guidelines. The Westchase Residential Guidelines is a supplementary document to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs). Both documents spell out architectural and use rules for Westchase residential properties.

Help a Wizard Make Magic

With just an hour of your time each week, you can dramatically change the life of a child who needs an adult role model. Westchase Elementary is looking for mentors for this school year. Can you lend a hand?

School Open Houses, 2011

Several private schools in the area are holding open houses to the community in the upcoming months. The list below is not a complete listing of all private schools in the area. Some of these institutions hold open houses in different locations; please contact the school admissions office for more information.

Westchase Birthday Celebration Oct. 29

This year Westchase turns 20 and you’re invited to the biggest birthday celebration around! On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3-7 p.m., WOW is throwing a party to celebrate all that is great about our community. All residents are invited to join the fun on the West Park Green on Montague Street for a celebratory street party. The party will be held on the afternoon of the tenth anniversary running of The Great West Chase 5K and Children’s Fun Run.

Fitness Trail Opens This Month

The Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Community Development Districts (CDDs) are happy to announce the upcoming opening of the Fitness Trail in Baybridge Park.