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News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wax: The Key to a Long Mailbox Life

While Florida mailboxes have it rough, a little TLC can keep yours looking like new. “There are a lot of things that can quickly ruin your mailbox,” observed Keith McGinnis with Creative Mailbox Designs.

Westchase Cougars End Another Successful Tennis Season

The Westchase Cougars tennis team is proving they are a force to be reckoned with. In June the team won the 2014 Hillsborough County USTA Championship in the Women’s 40-and-over division for the second year in a row.

Proposed 2015 CDD Assessments

The Westchase Community Development District (CDD) may approve its budget and final assessments at their public budget hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Thus, the initially proposed assessments listed below may change after public input.

Did You Get Modifications Committee Approval For That?

So you’re thinking about making some needed changes to the exterior of your home or yard. If you’re a Westchase homeowner, you need to take an extra step before proceeding.

Alonso’s Best and Brightest Athletes

Andrew Abbott

They are your neighbors. They are the kids you remember playing catch in the front yard, maybe sprinting down the sidewalk or swimming at one of the Westchase pools.

Every Day a Miracle

Jimmy, Crystal, Garren, Kendan and Everly Hopkins.

Time stood still. As the doctor spoke, her words rushed by my ears. A feeling of loss swept over me. Our newborn daughter, she quietly said, had Trisomy 18 and would likely pass away any day.

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 currently expecting her own delivery soon and a replacement is needed to help greet Westchase newborns home from the hospital.

Kaye Prox School Supply Drive Runs Through Aug. 10

A group of brothers is excited to receive their school supplies during last year’s drive.

For many children the most exciting part of returning to school is receiving their brand new school supplies. Unfortunately, many at-risk, impoverished kids do not have the luxury of buying mountains of pencils, notebooks and markers. To assist them, a number of Westchase residents have again organized a school supply drive, which runs through Aug. 10.

June 20 Qualifying Period Elects Candidates and Sets Up Races

June 20 wasn’t a day when the polls were open in Westchase, but the day did end with the election of some of Westchase’s local representatives. Noon on June 20 marked the deadline to qualify for the ballot for upcoming elections. This month will see an Aug. 26 primary and the fall General Election will be held Nov. 4

Town & Country Hospital Becomes Tampa Community Hospital

Nearly a year after acquiring Town & Country Hospital, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) announced they were changing its name to Tampa Community Hospital. At a ceremony in July, CEO Jake Fisher said that HCA had invested $4 million in improvements to the hospital, including improving ICU monitoring, upgrading operating room and diagnostic equipment, as well as establishing a progressive care unit.

Cars & Coffee Comes to the Grind

Car aficionados now have a place to congregate in Westchase. Harbor Links resident, Veronica DeGuenther, and Richard Hunt, owner of The Grind, have worked together to launch Cars & Coffee, which is held on the first Sunday of the month from 7-9 a.m. in front of The Grind in Westchase Town Center.

WOW’s Online Dining Survey: Win Dinner For Two!

In keeping with tradition, September’s WOW will be dedicated to gastronomy and we need your taste buds to make it a success! September’s WOW will once again feature a dining theme. Each September WOW runs the results of its annual survey of Westchase residents’ favorite restaurants and take-out establishments.

Hillsborough County Earns Top Recycling Rate in Florida

The communities of Hillsborough County have the highest overall recycling rate in the state, according to a Florida Department of Environmental Protection report released in early July. Hillsborough County, inclusive of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City, had a combined total recycling rate of 73 percent in 2013, when incorporating renewable energy credits from waste-to-energy production.

Save the Date! Tampa Tailgate Sept. 20

Heather and Logan Bauder of The Fords

Westchasers’ favorite party aims to break all records this year. And there’s none for a better cause! The 13th annual Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 20.

Primary Election August 26

On Aug. 26 Westchase residents will return to the polls to choose candidates for county, state and national offices. If you’re already registered to vote, you’re halfway there. If not, please see the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Web site at

New Bakery to Open in West Park Village Town Center

Westchase is about to get a little bit sweeter due to the dream of one mother and daughter team. For as long as she can remember, Cheryl Lindback and her daughter, Kristin Govea, have wanted to open a bakery.

Public Notice of Glencliff Roofing Guideline Change

The Westchase Voting Members (VMs) will consider a request to change the neighborhood-specific roofing guideline for Glencliff at their Aug. 19, 2014, and Sept. 9, 2014 meetings. As required for neighborhood specific guideline changes, a majority of Glencliff’s homeowners has endorsed the proposed roof guideline change. Once thus approved, a neighborhood guideline must also win approval of two-thirds of the VMs present in person or by written consent at two distinct VM meetings called to consider the changes. The proposed Glencliff roof guideline reads as follows:

Costco Developer Wins Rezoning Request

Capping more than a half year of work, M&M Realty saw the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners vote to approve its request to rezone 32.25 acres at the southeast corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

Westchase USTA Team Sign Ups Available

If you are a Westchase tennis player interested in joining league play, teams are now forming for a new season. The Westchase tennis program is actively seeking competitive players for USTA league play, including Singles, Doubles and Combos. Westchase programs also offer USTA Clinics.

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.

Do You Want a Say in Future Hillsborough County Development?

By 2040, Hillsborough County is projected to have 600,000 new residents and 400,000 new jobs. WOW’s October 2013 issue introduced readers to an interactive survey known as Imagine 2040, designed by the Hillsborough County Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to let residents have a say in planning for the growth of their community. This month, through a second survey, planners want Westchase residents’ input on other development issues.

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.