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News OVERVIEW FOR Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Westchase Reclaimed Water Off May 31-June 2

Scheduled maintenance on a reclaimed water line will affect Westchase’s reclaimed water service from Tuesday, May 31, to Thursday, June 2.

Rotarians Mark Anniversary

Dr. Andrew Rothberg, a member of the Westchase Rotary Club.

Westchase Rotary celebrated its 11th year of community service this past Feb 23. Club President Alice Varkey gleefully stated, “The outlook for Westchase Rotary’s next eleven years is even more promising than it’s past.”

Seniors Programs Abound at Westchase Rec. Center

If you thought the Westchase Rec. Center was just for kids, think again. The expansion of the Westchase Recreation Center in 2013 enabled them to expand the programs they offered including new classes and programs for seniors.

Westchase Egg Hunt Offers Sweet Spring Tradition

Spring break didn’t stop the bunny or the kids from returning to the sixth annual Westchase Egg Hunt. The event, held March 20 at the Westchase Recreation Center, saw heaps of candy-filled eggs, hot dogs and lots of fun. Nearly 400 children attended, collecting thousands of eggs.

Amazing Race Hosts Amazing Finish

Drum roll, please! The winners of this year’s Amazing Race for Life of Westchase were the DeAngelo family of The Bridges and the Robinson High School Lacrosse Team. On April 3, 25 teams made up of Westchase families and friends participated in the Fifth Annual Amazing Race for Life of Westchase, created by Fords resident Brett Steinfeld, a senior at Robinson High School.

Is That Really Recyclable?

So, do you really know what you should be putting into your blue recycling bin? It’s likely you’re making some mistakes – in part because the county’s list of acceptable materials has changed.

2015 WOW Scholar Shares Refugee Experience

Julie Williams and Jordanian family in Marka, Amman

A year ago, I was a high school student with a fairly limited view of the world –although I did not know it at the time. I was a 2015 WOW Scholar, worked with Shriners Hospitals, studied at Robinson’s IB program and was a foreign exchange student in Spain. I was well accomplished and thought that I had a “global mentality.”

Newcomers Luncheon May 19

The Newcomers of NW Hillsborough invite you to their May luncheon on May 19. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. at The Floridan, 905 Florida Ave. 33602.

Baybridge Park Reopens May 13

Over the past few weeks, residents visiting Baybridge Park encountered park closure signs on its locked gates. Behind those closed gates, however, a complete refurbishment of Baybridge Park’s playground equipment was underway. On Friday, May 13, at 8 a.m. the park closure ends with the debut of Baybridge Park’s new playground. Drop on by to see its impressive, new look – even adults won’t be able to resist the two-story corkscrew slide! (Residents should note that the park will briefly close again May 25-26 for the repaving of its parking lot.)

Did We Get You?

Every year there are still a few out there in early May. A handful of residents and readers who will learn the truth right now:

Do You Want to Run for the Westchase CDD?

The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be about more than which political party wins the U.S. presidency or control of the U.S. Congress. That election will give Westchase residents the opportunity to run for a position as resident supervisor on Westchase’s Community Development District (CDD). How can you run and serve on this Westchase board?

Westchase Swimmers Make a Splash for a Great Cause

It’s a moving tradition rooted in loss and tragedy – and in the hope of victory over a disease that has likely stolen someone you love. Swim Across America is a tradition like no other. You can participate under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge or in the midst of Boston Harbor. You can even get involved closer to home in Clearwater.

Thomas Ranch Lane Developer Requests Rezoning for Higher Density

A Georgia developer hopes to rezone land near Westchase’s east entrance so it can hold more than triple the number of apartments currently permitted there. Flournoy Companies, a development company from Columbus, Georgia, has plans to build a luxury apartment community near Westchase. The company has purchased 11 acres of property on Thomas Ranch Lane – a street off Sheldon Road just south of Linebaugh Avenue. The acreage sits north of the CSX railroad tracks between Sheldon Road and West Park Village. Currently there are four houses on the land.

2009 WOW Scholars: Where Are They Now?

Deeksha Bhat

Seven years ago WOW named five talented and dedicated high school seniors its 2009 WOW Scholars. This month we reached out to our 2009 scholars to find out what the last seven years have brought them.

David Weekley Development Triggers West Park Heartburn

A new townhome development is prompting concern in West Park Village and on the WCA Board. David Weekley homes has proposed building 36 townhomes on land lying south of Fifth-Third Bank adjacent to the high power lines in West Park Village.

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.

Hillsborough County Commission to Vote on Transit Referendum April 27

The Citrus Park Drive Extension Advocacy is calling for Westchase residents to contact their county commissioners before important votes that could shape transportation improvements within the community.

Qualifying Period for CDD Candidates Announced

The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be about more than which political party wins the U.S. presidency or control of the U.S. Congress. That election will give Westchase residents the opportunity to run for a position as resident supervisor on Westchase’s Community Development District (CDD).

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.