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News OVERVIEW FOR Friday, April 24, 2015

Memorial Quilt Wins Best in Show

When Woodbay’s Diane Scharringhausen lost her father last year, she turned to her talents and a quilting hobby to help with her grieving process. The result was an artistic success recognized as Best in Show at February’s Florida State Fair.

WCA Board Seeking Residents Interested in Open Board Seat

Hoping to fill a board vacancy at their May 14 meeting, the WCA Board of Directors would like to hear from Westchase homeowners interested in volunteering for the position.

Westchase Families Share Passover Traditions

The Bunn family’s Passover Table

Spring finds Westchase Jewish families commemorating a sacred and ancient tradition. Passover, one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays, commemorates the biblical story of Exodus, when Hebrew slaves were released from bondage in Egypt. The eight-day festival is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year Passover is April 4-11.

Seat on Westchase CDD Board Opens

If you’ve thought about serving your community, a new opportunity just opened up. Former Bridges resident Brian Zeigler resigned his seat on the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) on Feb. 25. “It is with regret that I have to announce my resignation from the CDD Board effective immediately,” he wrote, “as I have sold my home and now reside just outside of the Westchase area.”

GO Hillsborough: Did You Vote on Your Transportation Priorities Yet?

GAC Chair Joe Odda, left, discusses the Hillsborough County’s Transportation Plan with Scott Pringle of Jacobs Engineering at the Feb. 19 GO Hillsborough transportation forum.

GO Hillsborough’s Feb. 19 public meeting at the Town N Country Library saw dozens of residents of Town N Country, Carrollwood and Westchase filter offer their preferences for Hillsborough County’s Transportation Plan. Best of all? They all got four stickers with which to vote. (And who doesn’t like stickers?)

R.I.P. Glencliff Park?

A new capital improvement plan to modernize Westchase parks ensures that some residents will be dying to use them. At their March 3 meeting, supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) heard their hired park planner, Byron Pettigrew of Charon and Thanatos Engineering, make his pitch for a 20-year Westchase park development plan. Yet Pettigrew’s suggestion that the district convert a significant portion of Glencliff Park’s athletic fields into a memorial park has some soccer parents shouting, “Over my dead body!”

Westchase Amazing Race for Life Returns in April

It's back! One of Westchase's most entertaining fundraising events will be held on Sunday, April 26! Registration is now open for The Amazing Race for Life of Westchase, which will be held at the Westchase Recreation Center beginning at 1 p.m. Come take on the challenge and enjoy the fun!

Westchase Cup Returns April 25

It’s time to grab the clubs, cobble together a neighborhood foursome and bring the Westchase Cup home to your village! Doing so will help a great cause. The 2015 Westchase Cup Golf Outing will kick off its annual good time on April 25 at Cypress Run Golf Club.

WCA Director Kathy Carlsen Dies

After a brief illness, recently elected Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Kathy Carlsen of Glencliff died on Saturday, March 21. After a number of years serving as Glencliff’s voting member, Carlsen ran for the WCA Board in September 2014, one of two residents who defeated incumbents running for reelection. In addition to her service on the WCA Board, she regularly attended the monthly meetings of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD).

Westchase Pressure Forces Weak Amendment to State Bill on Security Cameras

While Westchase opposition forced an amendment to a proposed law in mid-March, a bill before the Florida legislature could still significantly affect resident access to CDD security camera footage.

Bill Before Florida Legislature Could End Westchase Resident Access to CDD Security Camera Footage

A bill being pushed by the Ballantrae Community Development District and currently sponsored by Westchase’s state senator, John Legg (R.), if passed unchanged, could slam the door on Westchase residents’ access to Westchase CDD security camera footage at their security gates.

WOW Preparing 2015 Resident and Business Directory

Were you in last year’s WOW Resident Directory? If not, now’s the time to take action! WOW's Resident and Business Directory serves as Westchase's popular phone and address directory. It's strictly opt-in, so if you don't fill out the form, you'll be left out!

Newcomers Luncheon April 16

The Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough will gather for lunch this month on April 16. They will meet at 11 a.m. at Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located at 4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607.

Westchase CDD Supervisor Brian Zeigler Resigns

Former CDD Supervisor Brian Zeigler

Former Bridges resident Brian Zeigler resigned his seat on the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) in an e-mail sent to District Manager Andrew Mendenhall late on Feb. 25. “It is with regret that I have to announce my resignation from the CDD Board effective immediately,” he wrote, “as I have sold my home and now reside just outside of the Westchase area.”

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.