Advertise in the WOW | My Account | Log In
New User Registration | Search | Contact Us

News OVERVIEW FOR Monday, June 18, 2018

Westchase Elementary Receives New Principal

New Westchase Elementary Principal Elise Suarez.

After its principal suddenly departed on May 4, Westchase Elementary saw the school board name its new leader on May 15.

Vineyards Resident Honored for Volunteerism

Vineyards resident Brian Simmons and his daughter Maggie celebrate his award.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Regions Bank hosted the Community Impact Dinner for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s most dedicated volunteers. That evening, one of our own Westchase residents was honored. Brian Simmons, a Vineyards resident, was named the 2018 YMCA Volunteer of the Year for the Northwest Hillsborough Family and West Park Village Express YMCAs.

2018 WOW Sylvester Scholar: Allison Foster

This August will find Greens resident Allison Foster studying pediatric nursing Auburn University. She recently graduated from Alonso High School with a 6.07 weighted GPA, earned over a challenging course of studies that included 14 honors courses and 10 AP courses.

Steve Jerve: A Calming Voice in Hurricane Season

WOW recently sat down with the Storm Team 8 meteorologist Steve Jerve to get his advice on staying sane this storm season. Jerve knows a few things about storms. He has been a meteorologist for the past 35 years, 27 years of those years in Florida and 20 right here in Tampa Bay.

Westchase Elementary Boundaries Expand

On May 1 Hillsborough County School Board voted to expand Westchase Elementary’s attendance boundaries. The change took two parcels along Lake Sunset Drive, located off Sheldon Road across from Flippers Car Wash, out of Deer Park Elementary’s attendance boundaries and placed them into Westchase Elementary’s attendance zone.

Help a Child Through Guardian ad Litem Program

“I want to give back, but I don’t know where or how!” For a growing number of Westchase area residents, the obvious choice is right here in Hillsborough County. They have all become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer!

2018 WOW Sylvester Scholar: Joshua Cruz

A graduate of Jesuit High School, where he received a 4.61 weighted GPA, Brentford’s Joshua Cruz plans on studying biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech this fall.

Guest Opinion: In Defense of Oaks

Where are our values? While there was a lot of good information in the recent article in May’s WOW on oak trees and how to take care of them, I am concerned about the general attitude expressed.

Alonso Golf Fundraiser July 14

In an effort to connect with the community, the Alonso High School football program has moved its fundraising golf tournament to the Westchase Golf Club. The second annual Alonso Ravens Kickoff Invitational is set for Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m.

An Extraordinary Commitment to Service and Scholarship

This year’s 2018 WOW Sylvester Scholars Dinner proved an impressive celebration of six residents’ intelligence, hard work and selflessness. Gathering on Monday, April 23, six graduating Westchase high school seniors were named our 2018 WOW Sylvester Scholars.

Westchase Elementary Principal Erik Holley to Bid Farewell

Westchase Elementary will be led by a new chief wizard when the new school year begins in August 2018. On May 4, WOW learned that Holley would be departing his position at Westchase Elementary and taking persona leave.

Westchase Mom and Businesswoman Launches Bid for State House

Heather Stahl, a resident of The Bridges

This November will see a historic number of women running for state and national office. Among them is a mother of four who lives in The Bridges.

12 Westchase Subdivisions to Have Roads Repaved

Between the end of January and mid-summer, 12 Westchase neighborhoods as well as Countryway Boulevard will see long awaited road repaving. Appearing at the January Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting, Hillsborough County’s David Vogel announced that $1.2 million in repaving would commence in January.

Westchase CDD to Hold Jan. 9 Vote on Possible Purchase of Westchase Golf Course

At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD), the district’s five supervisors could make one of the most important and consequential decisions in the history of Westchase.

CDD Addresses Hurricane Matters and Golf Course

The Oct. 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw supervisors address Hurricane Irma storm clean up, express concern with the construction on Linebaugh Avenue and express interest in potentially purchasing the Westchase Golf Course to preserve the community’s appearance.

VMs Elect Three to WCA Board

Winners of the Sept. 26 WCA Board elections: Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga, Bridges resident Ashley Wait-Woodcock and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein.

The Sept. 26 annual meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA), previously postponed due to Hurricane Irma, saw a seat change on the Westchase association’s governing body. The annual meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs), run by Nominating Committee Chair Keith Heinemann, saw five residents, including three board incumbents, throw their hats into the contest. Reelected to another two-year term were Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein. Joining them is newcomer Ashley Wait-Woodcock of The Bridges.

WCA Board Adopts 2018 Budget

At their Sept. 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to approve the association’s 2018 budget, which includes a $13 dollar increase in the annual assessment.

WCA Budget Workshop Projects $13 HOA Assessment Increase

The Sept. 5 Westchase Community Association (WCA) annual budget workshop combed through a draft of 2018’s $1.5 million budget prepared by Association Manager Debbie Sainz before landing on a new assessment for Westchase homeowners. At $275 the 2018 assessment represents a $13 – or 5 percent – increase over this year’s assessment.

WOW Issues Correction on Storm Surge Evacuation Maps

If you’re basing your judgment of your evacuation zone based on the maps printed in June’s WOW, it’s time to look again. Each year in preparation for our June 1 edition, WOW examines Hillsborough County’s evacuation maps. We did so again in early May this year. Unfortunately, Hillsborough County then made adjustments to their online evacuation maps after the June WOW went to print.

WOW 2017 Scholars: Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain

Julia Hossain

In June WOW announced the nine Westchase seniors selected as our 2017 WOW Scholars. This month we offer the final three profiles of our scholarship class. We introduce Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain.

Relay for Life Keeps Vigil

The Westchase community continued its decade-long tradition by staging the all-night Relay for Life fundraiser event at Davidsen Middle School over April 28 and 29. It celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those who lost the fight and provided hope for people who are battling the disease.

Rotary Pub Crawl April 29

The Rotary Club of Tampa Westchase has announced its 10th Annual Pre-Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl. The crawl has been the club’s most popular event within the Westchase community. In 2016 the Westchase Rotary, along with the help of its sponsors and revelers, raised $11,000.

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.