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News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, December 03, 2016

Westchase 25th Anniversary Kicks Off With Dec. 2 West Park Village Concert

Westchase’s celebration of its 25th anniversary begins on Friday, Dec. 2, with a holiday concert at the West Park Village band shell on Montague Street and continues with a Movie in the Park on Dec. 9.

Wycliff Resident Matt Lewis Elected to Westchase CDD

While Nov. 8’s general election resolved numerous national, state and county electoral contests, it also provided a winner in a race much closer to home. Winning a seat on the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) Board of Supervisors was Wycliff’s Matt Lewis.

Repaving and Citrus Park Drive Extension Receive Commitments for 2017-2018 Starts

Citrus Park Drive off Countryway Boulevard will see its extension to Sheldon Road begin in the summer of 2017, according to county officials.

At an Oct. 25 meeting hosted by the WCA, Westchase residents received assurances that the repaving of their village roads and construction of the Citrus Park Drive extension would begin in 2017-2018. Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Ruben Collazo opened the public meeting, which saw Commissioner Sandy Murman and John Lyons, the head of the county’s Department of Public Works, was speak about upcoming road improvements.

David Weekley Pitches WCA Annexation of Its West Park Townhomes

Addressing West Park’s voting members (VM) at an Oct. 19 meeting, David Weekley detailed its West Park Village development and announced its intent to request annexation by the Westchase Community Association (WCA).

Westchase Holiday Market Dec. 4

The Westchase Holiday Market is just around the corner! Now in its seventh year, the annual Westchase Holiday Market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club.

Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive Breaks New Record

Josh Butts of Cornerstone Insurance, surrounded by his family and the food drive

On Nov. 20, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, hundreds of Scouts and regular folks descended upon Westchase Elementary for the annual Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive. Their efforts were greatly rewarded when hundreds of more homeowners participated in the drive, producing a record bounty of donated food.

Friends of the UTB Library Book Sale a Success

The September book sale was a success in so many ways! Hundreds of you came and everyone found a book or two. Many of you bought bags and boxes full! Several of you became new members of our chapter as well but asked what the Friends do.

Westchase Santa Parade Dec. 10

Santa’s suit is pressed and his boots are shined as he gets ready to visit Westchase for the annual Pre-Flight Parade!

MOMS Club Pool Party Celebrates Birthdays

Only in Florida can you have a pool party in the fall! Early in October our Starfish playgroup had a pool party to celebrate some of the babies turning 1. The kids and moms all had fun splashing around and enjoying the gorgeous weather.

Will Your Block Win the New Year’s Party?

The judges are coming! The judges are coming! (But you have to remember to invite them!) It’s time to haul out the ladder, your five miles of icicle lights and all the tinsel your toddler can eat!

Public Notice of Annexation

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at 10405 Countryway Blvd. Westchase Voting Members will hold a public hearing to consider an annexation petition by David Weekley Homes.

Public Notice of Proposed David Weekley Annexation

David Weekley Homes has requested that its new 36-townhome development in West Park Village be annexed into the Westchase Community Association (WCA). The WCA, in turn, has begun the official process to annex the development.

Northwest Dog Park Ribbon Cutting Celebrated

Joe Odda (in red necktie) and Commissioner Sandy Murman (on Odda’s right) open the Northwest Dog Park.

Westchase resident Joe Odda helped with the official “unleashing” of the Northwest Dog Park on Sept. 19. Odda, who began working on the project several years ago, was the Chair of a Dog Park Task Force that included other Westchase residents and was instrumental in bringing a dog park to the area. The Northwest Dog Park is located behind the HART Transfer station at 8951 W. Waters Avenue near the Upper Tampa Bay Trail.

WOW Seeks Applicants for 2017 WOW Scholarships

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.

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.