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News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gretna Green Repaving Begins Oct. 22

Gretna Green Drive in The Fords will get a facelift this week, but how will it affect access to the neighborhood? According to Andrea Roshaven, Community Relations Coordinator for Hillsborough County, the repaving of Gretna Green Drive in The Fords will begin Monday, Oct. 22.

Two Repaving Projects Coming to Westchase

As Westchase leaders gear up for a community-wide campaign to convince the county to repave a significant portion of Westchase’s aging roads, the county will tackle a small repaving project in The Fords, perhaps as early as Monday, Oct. 20. They will then return and perform major work on crumbling Montague Street through West Park's commercial district early in the new year.

Avoiding the Potential Westchase Roof Scam

Consider this scenario: A roofing company knocks on your door or leaves a door hanger. They point to your 18-year-old roof (which will likely need to be replaced in the next two years) and tell you they can get your insurance company to cough up a $10,000 check to replace it.

Farmers Market Debuts in Westchase Town Center Nov. 2

Fresh produce, local honey, and seafood are just a few of the items you’ll be able to pick up at the new Westchase Sunday Morning Market. The new farmers market debuts on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The weekly market will be located at Westchase Town Center, near the fountain by Burger 21 and Tijuana Flats.

Gotta Good Neighbor Who Should Be Recognized?

In 2006 the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors established the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award in memory of Bridges resident Nathan Lafer.

Pond Bank Erosion Prevention: How Can You Help?

If you’re a Westchase homeowner living on a pond, the Westchase CDD needs your help protecting your yard.

Halloween and Fall Activities Beckon

The leaves might still be green here but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate fall in Florida. There are ample opportunities to get lost in a maze, go on a hayride or pick the perfect pumpkin.

Public Notice of Berkeley Square Guideline Change

The Westchase Voting Members (VMs) will consider a request to adopt a neighborhood-specific exterior paint palette for Berkeley Square at their Oct. 14 and Nov. 11, 2014, meetings.

Westchase Fall Garage Sale Is Nov. 1

It’s time to make space for all your upcoming holiday gifts! The Westchase Fall Garage Sale is Saturday, Nov. 1. The sale is one of two such annual events that are generally held on the first Saturdays of May and October. The usual October garage sale, however, was scheduled later due to Yom Kippur.

Stewards Take Youth All-Points Trophy at Halifax Regatta

Congratulations to the Stewards Foundation Tridents rowing team! They recently returned from the Halifax Regatta with the Youth All-Points trophy! Out of the 26 high performance summer rowers on the team, four of them live in Westchase.

Westchase Halloween Gurus Share Tips on Creating a Frightening Display

Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays of the year. Spending on candy, costumes and creepy decorations totaled $6.9 billion dollars in 2013 alone. With half of that just in Westchase.

Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive Captains and Matching Contributions Sought

Volunteers load the Metropolitan Ministries trucks during the 2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Last November 1,000 Westchase homes and some generous matching business owners sponsors donated 22,436 pounds of food, including 301 turkeys. This November we have three trucks to fill! Will you lend a hand?

Teasing Out School Options in Westchase

Parents searching for that perfect educational fit for their child face a bewildering array of options. Not only are private schools varied and plentiful, new programs within the public school system offer exciting educational opportunities. Navigating the choices can be daunting. Below, we offer an overview of the educational options available in the Westchase area.

Can You Lend a Wing?

The Stork Club is looking for an individual willing to greet Westchase’s newest residents. One of Westchase’s dedicated Stork Club volunteers is retiring and a replacement is needed to help greet Westchase newborns home from the hospital. The current volunteer covers the neighborhoods of Abbotsford, Castleford, Chelmsford, The Greens and Gated West Park Village.

Precinct 508 Oversees Successful Primary

Precinct 508 Inspectors Robert Strange, (Harbor Links) JoAnn Gratt, (Glencliff) Karen Diaz (Radcliffe) Ken Blair (Glencliff) Charles Kling (Woodbay) and Precinct Deputy Tom Edwards (Glencliff)

Good job, Precinct 508! Although Primary Day turnout was low, our team did a super job for voters in 508, serving western Westchase.

Open House Dates, 2014-2015

A number of private schools in the area are holding open houses 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.

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.

Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

Guess which city tops the Weather Channel’s list of the “most vulnerable and overdue” hurricane cities in America? Hurricanes do not hit Tampa very often. The last major hurricane to hit was the Tampa Bay Hurricane of 1921, which caused millions in damage. The lack of major hurricane activity since has earned Tampa the Weather Channel’s top spot.

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.