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News OVERVIEW FOR Tuesday, October 23, 2018

WCA Board Ties on Tennis Tournament; Takes No Action on Sunshine Policy

For the first time in many years the number of people attending a Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 11 was so large, they didn’t fit in the meeting room.

Hiking Through Utah

Just when Venture Crew 46 was about to embark on a New Mexico adventure, wildfires sent the group scrambling for a replacement.

Cancer Survivors Invited to Livestrong at the Y

Every Thursday a diverse group of people gets together at the Northwest YMCA to attend a small group exercise class. While they have different athletic abilities and ages, they have two things in common – they have survived cancer and they have graduated from the Y’s Livestrong Program.

Westchase Charitable Foundation Brings Annual Golf Tournament to the Westchase Golf Club

The 2018 Westchase Cup Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the Westchase Golf Club. The tournament begins with a shotgun start noon. It will include 18 holes of golf, food and beverages all day, player gifts, on-course tasting and beverage stations, a silent auction, and community fellowship.

Are You Ready for the Election?

The Nov. 6 General Election promises to be one for the record books. August’s primary saw extraordinarily high turnout and passions are running high.

October’s Irish 31 Thankful for Your Neighbor Award Winner: Kelley Gardner Prince

Kelley Gardner Prince with her sons Carson and Owen.

This month’s winner of the Irish 31 Thankful for Your Neighbor contest is recognized for a simple act of kindness. On the first day of school, Fords resident Beth Kocol decided to skip the crazy traffic line and walk her first grader to school. “Two moms zoomed up on a golf cart as we had just turned on Linebaugh,” she said.

Westchase Mompreneur: Trina Ashour

Stockbridge resident, Trina Ashour, has always had a passion for interior design. After graduating in 2006 with a B.S. in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University, she spent time working for commercial design firms, though dreamed of one day opening her own company.

November’s Ballot: Making Sense of the Constitutional Amendments

It can be intimidating to walk into the ballot box only to encounter a dozen constitutional amendments whose language may be less than user friendly. But rather than just blind voting or leaving them blank, WOW offers a summary of the amendments and their impact.

Thanksgiving Food Drive Captains and Matching Contributions Needed

WOW is getting ready for November’s annual food drive and we need volunteers to serve as neighborhood captains.

CDD Supervisors to Explore Locations for New Cell Towers

At the Oct. 2 Westchase CDD meeting, supervisors agreed to explore potential locations for new cell towers to enhance cellular service in Westchase.

Westchase School Board Candidate Forum Highlights Candidates’ Similarities

Bill Person

In contrast to the division commonly seen in America’s political landscape, the Oct. 2 School Board Forum in Westchase proved an example of candidates’ courtesy and respect for each other.

The General Election: How to Register and Vote

Each Election Day scores of Westchase and Northwest voters wind up going to the wrong sites to vote. How can you avoid a last minute, unexpected detour? It's starts by registering to vote. Registering to vote is easy. You can do it online with a social security number and driver’s license. You must, however, register by Oct. 9.

Making Sense of School Options in Our Area

Today parents searching for the ideal educational fit for their child are faced with numerous choices. Not only are private schools varied and plentiful, new programs within the public school system also offer exciting new educational opportunities. Navigating the choices can be daunting.

The Great West Chase Returns Oct. 27

On your marks! It’s time to lace up your shoes and join the fun as The Great West Chase’s 5K, 10K and Children’s Fun Run return to West Park Village on Saturday, Oct. 27. The 10K starts at 7 a.m.; the 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. and the Children’s Fun Run takes off at 9 a.m.

Westchase Holiday Market Calls for Artists and Crafters

The Westchase Holiday Market, featuring dozens of fine artists and crafters, is preparing for another successful market benefiting Autism Speaks! on Dec. 9. Market organizers are calling for artists and crafters to join the 2018 event.

A Haunting in Westchase

Carter Ford with one of his creepy custom creations.

There’s no need to go to Busch Gardens to experience a haunted house…there’s one right here in Westchase! Head over to Radcliffe on Saturday, Oct. 27 to experience Carter’s House of Horrors.

VM Elections: Why Not Run?

Following the Sept. 11 WCA Board elections, a number of residents asked what was involved in running for their neighborhood’s voting member position. To help answer their questions, WOW has put together the following questions and answers.

Westchase Fall Garage Sale Is Oct. 6

It’s time to make some room for your upcoming holiday gifts! The Westchase Fall Garage Sale is Saturday, Oct. 6. The sale is one of two such events held annually on the first Saturdays of May and October.

WCA Board Selects Officers for Coming Year

WCA officers Shawn Yesner, treasurer; Rick Goldstein, vice president and GAC Chair; Ruben Collazo, president; and (symbolically) Keith Heinemann, Secretary and WOW Member. Heinemann participated in the second part of the meeting telephonically.

Following Sept. 11 board elections, the new Westchase Community Association (WCA) board of directors met on Sept. 13 to choose its officers.

Emotions Ran High at the WCA Board Elections

Winners of the WCA Board elections on Sept. 11 were (l to r) Ruben Collazo of The Shires, Keith Heinemann of Radcliffe, Michele DelSordo of West Park Village and Shawn Yesner of The Bridges.

Residents stood for the duration of the WCA board elections as the room temperature rose to uncomfortable levels while the air conditioner struggled to keep pace with the demands of the crowded space.

UTB Trail Near Mall Potentially Affected by County Land Swap

Hillsborough County is entertaining a land swap that would affect a portion of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail near Westfield Citrus Park Mall and Ballyhoo Grill and they want folks to weigh in before they make the decision.

Westchase Mom and Businesswoman Launches Bid for State House

Heather Stahl, a resident of The Bridges

This November will see a historic number of women running for state and national office. Among them is a mother of four who lives in The Bridges.

Westchase CDD to Hold Jan. 9 Vote on Possible Purchase of Westchase Golf Course

At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD), the district’s five supervisors could make one of the most important and consequential decisions in the history of Westchase.

CDD Addresses Hurricane Matters and Golf Course

The Oct. 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw supervisors address Hurricane Irma storm clean up, express concern with the construction on Linebaugh Avenue and express interest in potentially purchasing the Westchase Golf Course to preserve the community’s appearance.

VMs Elect Three to WCA Board

Winners of the Sept. 26 WCA Board elections: Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga, Bridges resident Ashley Wait-Woodcock and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein.

The Sept. 26 annual meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA), previously postponed due to Hurricane Irma, saw a seat change on the Westchase association’s governing body. The annual meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs), run by Nominating Committee Chair Keith Heinemann, saw five residents, including three board incumbents, throw their hats into the contest. Reelected to another two-year term were Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein. Joining them is newcomer Ashley Wait-Woodcock of The Bridges.

WCA Board Adopts 2018 Budget

At their Sept. 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to approve the association’s 2018 budget, which includes a $13 dollar increase in the annual assessment.

WCA Budget Workshop Projects $13 HOA Assessment Increase

The Sept. 5 Westchase Community Association (WCA) annual budget workshop combed through a draft of 2018’s $1.5 million budget prepared by Association Manager Debbie Sainz before landing on a new assessment for Westchase homeowners. At $275 the 2018 assessment represents a $13 – or 5 percent – increase over this year’s assessment.

WOW Issues Correction on Storm Surge Evacuation Maps

If you’re basing your judgment of your evacuation zone based on the maps printed in June’s WOW, it’s time to look again. Each year in preparation for our June 1 edition, WOW examines Hillsborough County’s evacuation maps. We did so again in early May this year. Unfortunately, Hillsborough County then made adjustments to their online evacuation maps after the June WOW went to print.

WOW 2017 Scholars: Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain

Julia Hossain

In June WOW announced the nine Westchase seniors selected as our 2017 WOW Scholars. This month we offer the final three profiles of our scholarship class. We introduce Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain.

Relay for Life Keeps Vigil

The Westchase community continued its decade-long tradition by staging the all-night Relay for Life fundraiser event at Davidsen Middle School over April 28 and 29. It celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those who lost the fight and provided hope for people who are battling the disease.

Rotary Pub Crawl April 29

The Rotary Club of Tampa Westchase has announced its 10th Annual Pre-Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl. The crawl has been the club’s most popular event within the Westchase community. In 2016 the Westchase Rotary, along with the help of its sponsors and revelers, raised $11,000.

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.