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News OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, March 30, 2017

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...

Newcomers Luncheon March 16

The Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough County have invited Peggy Graham, a true jewelry artisan whose creations have been sold in the nation's most exclusive boutiques to speak at our March luncheon. The luncheon will be held on March 16 at 11 a.m. at Brio Tuscan Grill at International Plaza.

Seventh Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 9

The Easter Bunny is coming to Westchase to deliver eggs again. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Westchase Recreation Center on Westchase Drive on Sunday, April 9, from 1-4 p.m. The event is open to Westchase and beyond.

Autumn Senior Living to Build Westchase Campus

Autumn Senior Living, LLC, has announced it will soon break ground on a senior assisted living and memory care community in Westchase. The new facility will be located on Countryway Boulevard roughly west of its intersection with Citrus Park Drive.

Keswick Forest Celebrates Victory

Last month Keswick Forest gathered to celebrate winning the Thanksgiving Food Drive Contest. Keswick Forest was honored to receive this year’s first place award in the Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive. The award for the greatest percentage of homes donating turkeys came with a victory celebration sponsored by WOW.

County Commission Accelerates 10-Year Transportation Plan

In February Hillsborough County Commissioners passed motions making some road repaving and the start of construction of the Citrus Park Drive extension likely in the next 12-18 months. But significant portions of Westchase are excluded from the 2018 repaving list.

Irish 31 to Host Inaugural Paddyfest Family Fun Day

Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery prides themselves on their annual St. Patrick’s Day events. But their week-long Paddyfest Extravaganza just got even bigger with the addition of a free Paddyfest Family Fun Day, just announced for Saturday, March 18, in West Park Village.

Freebooters Krewe Celebrates Parade Season

Westchase’s new krewe has seen impressive growth – and it didn’t let a recent significant setback keep them from parade season.

Proposed Change to Greens Gatehouse Entry System Causes Stir

A CDD proposal to replace a visitors’ entry system as old as the Greens gatehouse itself has triggered opposition from The Greens and Village Green neighborhood representatives.

A New Vision for the Westchase CDD Board

Barbara Hessler Griffith of The Bridges

It was an interest sparked by attending the December meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD). That Dec. 6 meeting saw longtime CDD Chair Mark Ragusa announce he would be resigning due to the sale of his Westchase home.

What’s Your Home Worth?

After an unpredictable few years and a flat 2015, fingers were crossed for real estate prices last year. Since home prices hit rock bottom in 2009, recovery for home prices in the Westchase area have been a stuttering, sputtering proposition. Did 2016 bring homeowners the growth in equity they want? Deep breath now.

March 11: Fitness and Fun with FCA!

The local Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is teaming up with many of the area’s fitness centers to present the very first Tampa Bay Fitness Challenge on Saturday, March 11.

How Can You Help?

It’s a heartbreaking photo. The living turtle is perched on a rock in a West Park Village canal, not far from a popular pedestrian bridge where kids feed the fish and fish.

WOW Preparing 2017 Resident and Business Directory

Were you in WOW’s Resident Directory last year? If not, now’s the time to take action!

When Your Cat Becomes Prey

In February Fords residents Taryn Falls and her fiancé were awakened just after 11 p.m. by wild screaming. A motion sensor clicked on their back light. That’s when her fiancé spotted it:

Tampa Bay Woman of Year Fundraiser March 4

Mark your calendars! Remember to join the Westchase Charitable Foundation for its Seventh Annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year fundraiser on Saturday, March 4, at the Tampa Jet Center from 6-11 p.m.

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.