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News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, January 20, 2018

Can You Lend a Wing?

The Stork Club is looking for a volunteer willing to greet Westchase’s newest residents.

Westchase Reclaimed Water Off Jan. 16-18

Hillsborough County has informed the community that Westchase’s reclaimed water service will be shut off from Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 18. The system will be shut down to enable Westra Construction, which installing the new reclaimed pipe on Linebaugh Avenue, to tie in that new pipe to existing reclaimed pipes at Gretna Green Drive and Montague Street.

Westchase Rec Center Features New Bike Repair Station

Nothing can ruin a bike ride quicker than a flat tire or loose chain. Dedicated cyclists and occasional bike riders can now easily make basic bike repairs at the new bike repair station located at the Westchase Rec Center at 9791 Westchase Dr.

Bridges Resident Finishes in Top 20 in International Competition

Monica Cassidy, who conquered her inability to swim in order to participate in triathlons.

In late August, Bridges resident Monika Cassidy represented her country in an international athletic competition. Cassidy competed with Team USA’s triathlon team at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Penticton, Canada.

Veterans Expressway Opens New Express Lanes

Tampa’s rush hour has seemingly become more manageable during congested periods. The Veterans Expressway – a vital artery – has added an express lane. But the opening represents the first step of the project and the new express lane’s benefits for Westchase residents are indirect.

Weather Postpones Jan. 12 Movie in the Park

Tonight's Movie in the Park, which was to be Moana, has been postponed until next Friday, Jan. 19, due to rain. The movie is shown on the Montague Street green in West Park Village.

Weather Postpones Jan. 12 Movie in the Park

Tonight's Movie in the Park, which was to be Moana, has been postponed until next Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. due to rain. The movie is shown on the Montague Street green in West Park Village.

Baybridge Park Playground to See Temporary Closure

The Westchase Community Development District (CDD) has informed WOW that Baybridge Park’s playground will be closed Jan. 16-19 for repairs.

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.

Davidsen Dancers Make Theatrical Debut

It began with an idea last year: Take a Westchase middle school and give it a new opportunity and focus. Thus, Davidsen Middle School became an attractor school for the arts, open to every middle schooler in Northwest Hillsborough who is interested in music, dance and art.

WCF Seeking Candidates for Tampa Bay Woman of the Year

The Westchase Charitable Foundation is looking for candidates for its Woman of the Year award. And winning the title entails all the candidates to fundraise for a great cause.

Radcliffe Enjoys Oktoberfest

Hosts Eric and Tammy Holt, left, greet Dan Bittle.

Radcliffe residents enjoyed their annual block party hosted by Radcliffe Voting Member Eric Holt and his wife Tammy on Oct. 21. A crowd of some 60 neighbors and perhaps 30 children took time to mingle, hoist ein Prosit, and snack on a real German-style spread.

Westchase Colts Win National Championship

On Friday, Dec. 8 the Westchase Colts JV football team brought home the big trophy. The team won the national championship game against Connecticut’s West Haven Seahawks to become the Pop Warner D2 JV National Champions.

Westchase Open Tennis Charity Exhibition Jan. 4

The Westchase Open Tennis Charity Exhibition, featuring an evening of tennis and charity, is Thursday, Jan. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The event benefits the Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF), which assists families experiencing a crisis, and consists of a fun weekend of tournament play for local youth and adults.

WOW’s 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Light Up the Night

Cool temperatures swept into the bay area just in time! It felt a lot more like Christmas as judges took to streets Dec. 9-10 to determine the winners of the annual WOW Holiday Decorating Contest. With an expanded territory to include the readers of the the WOW NW issue, their task this year was even greater.

2018 WOW Sylvester Scholarship Application Deadline Is March 4

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.

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.

Reclaimed Water Pipe Project Impacts Linebaugh Medians

The Westchase CDD and WCA have been deluged with calls from residents concerned about the work in the Linebaugh Avenue medians and its impact on traffic. What's going on? Read on...

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.