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News OVERVIEW FOR Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Westchase Swim and Tennis Center Pool Closed Feb. 14-15

Westchase Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz announced that the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool off Countryway Boulevard had to be closed today, Feb. 14, due to emergency water main repairs. All swimmers should use the West Park Village Swim and Tennis Club’s pool instead. Sainz anticipates the Countryway Boulevard pool will reopen Thursday, Feb. 16.

Westchase Swim and Tennis Center Pool Closed Feb. 14

Westchase Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz announced that the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool off Countryway Boulevard had to be closed today, Feb. 14, due to emergency water main repairs. All swimmers should use the West Park Village Swim and Tennis Club’s pool instead. Sainz anticipates the Countryway Boulevard pool will reopen Thursday, Feb. 16.

March 3 Clay Shooting Fundraiser for Jacob’s Touch Announced

Jacob’s Touch Foundation is hosting its first ever Clay Shooting Tournament on Friday, March 3 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays. “With every 1 in 64 children diagnosed with autism, and approximately 25,000 children in the Tampa Bay area alone on the Autism Spectrum, the importance of our work becomes more critical every day,” stated Jacob Touch’s founder, Kimmie Cimino Fine.

Westchase Golf Club Leased to Indiana Company

A change is in the air on the greens in Westchase. Nick Neubauer, the Chicago-based longtime owner of the Westchase Golf Club is relinquishing direct control over the club house and course. According to Golf Course Manager Clay Thomas, in recent weeks Neubauer agreed to a long-term lease of the course to Green Golf Partners.

Precinct 508 Poll Workers Thanked

I'd like to express my thanks and appreciation to an outstanding group of election poll workers. Precinct 508 covers the west side of Westchase, and we serve at the Upper Tampa Bay Library for our polling location. Up through the famous hanging chad election of 2000, all of Westchase’s residents voted at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center as Precinct 500.

Newcomers’ December Luncheon Features Performance

At their monthly gathering the Newcomers of NW Hillsborough present Meet Dolly Madison with C.J. Hartland.

Friends of the UTB Library Announce Cookbook Sale

You asked for it, so the Friends of UTB have another book sale planned, as well as some new activities and programs at the library.

WOW is Hiring!

WOW is looking for job candidates for its Business Manager/Advertising Sales position. The full-time, independent contractor position requires a motivated, deadline-oriented individual working out of his/her home office. Preferred candidates will have experience in advertising sales, billing and collecting (WOW uses Quickbooks), and social media promotion...

Two Seats Open for WOW Board of Directors

If you want to volunteer to serve Westchase and play a role in making WOW the best magazine around, read on. Two seats on the World of Westchase, Inc. (WOW) Board of Directors will be open for appointment in March.

County Commission Addresses Transportation at Feb. 1 Meeting

The pre-General Election message about Hillsborough County’s plans for constructing the $51.5 million Citrus Park Drive extension? It’s breaking ground the summer of 2017. The post-election message? It probably ain’t happening this year.

Catch the Renovation Bug!

John and Sarah Gambino and their daughters

Still looking for your dream home? Sarah and John Gambino of Westchase have some advice: Don’t hesitate! Renovate!

Committing to Energy Efficiency

A homeowner is faced with dozens of decisions when building or remodeling a home. Yet when Laura and Paul Kohler had the opportunity to build a home in the Tree Tops neighborhood, there was one decision that was easy for them to make.

WOW Charitable Giving Tops $100,000 in 2016

Bellamy Assistant Principal Dr. Theresa Seits reacts in surprise when WOW Director Ken Blair, left, and Business Manager Tracy Urso unveil a check from the Great West Chase race proceeds.

Due to the dedication of its readers, volunteers and advertisers, WOW notched an impressive achievement in 2016. WOW made donations of over $100,000 to schools, charities and scholarship programs, including proceeds from October’s Great West Chase.

How Many Driving Laws Do You Flout?

We see it daily on neighborhood roads: drivers speeding and running red lights. Odds are, however, your family members and you are violating safe driving laws on a regular basis.

New West Park Village Development Seeks County Change in Setbacks

A Jan. 10 public meeting may determine the development of vacant land at the bottom of Montague Street in West Park Village.

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.