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News OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, May 24, 2015

Davidsen Middle School Faces Attendance Boundary Change

Hillsborough School District is proposing boundary changes that will add 30 percent more students to Davidsen Middle School in the 2016-2017 school year.

Westchase Cornhole Tournament May 30

Grab your beanbags and your teammate. Competitive cornhole is coming to West Park Village!

Join the Fun and Fund-Raising: May 16-17

Each spring brings Westchase’s biggest fundraiser. Can you name it?

UTB Library Hosts County Dog Park Forum

About 60 people, mostly residents of the Westwood Lakes neighborhood, attended a public meeting about a proposed Northwest Hillsborough dog park hosted by Hillsborough County on Thursday, March 26. The county presented three site options at the meeting and asked residents to vote for their preferred location and give feedback.

2008 WOW Scholars Revisited

Misha Lang

June’s WOW will announce the 2015 WOW Scholars, honoring college-bound Westchasers for their commitment to academics and community service. In preparation, we reached out to a former class of scholars – a group that graduated from high school in 2008 – to find out what the last seven years have brought them.

Tips for Saving on Summer Travel

If you’re looking a good deal on travel this summer, Westchase’s frequent travelers have some valuable money-saving tips for you. The first. For the best savings, you probably should have started your planning months ago. The good news? You can still tuck this article way for your next trip.

A Cemetery? Wait! You Mean It’s Not True?

If you fell for WOW’s annual April Fool’s gag last month, you’re not alone. Each year when WOW arrives in April 1, its traditional cover features a story that’s short on reality and long on silliness. This year proved no exception.

Westchase’s Worst Driver: Have Your Neighbors Picked You?

There’s the school mom texter, the village speedster and the clueless cell phone mutterer, corking an intersection while babbling in backed-up traffic. There’s the self-entitled illegally U-turning near Publix. The Montague Street stressball blowing through a Linebaugh crosswalks stacked with dawdling Daviden Dragons. There’s the Countryway Boulevard tailgater. The double-parker whose Starbucks latte is more important than West Park Villagers reaching work on time. And, of course, the cranky commuter jetting into his Westchase village, nearly mowing down a jogging stroller mom trying to cross the street. Wait. Not quite done yet.

Westchase’s Worst Driver: Have Your Neighbors Picked You?

There’s the school mom texter, the village speedster and the clueless cell phone mutterer, corking an intersection while babbling in backed-up traffic. There’s the self-entitled illegally U-turning near Publix. The Montague Street stressball blowing through a Linebaugh crosswalks stacked with dawdling Daviden Dragons.

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.

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.