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News OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, April 22, 2018

Aldi and SoFresh Open in Westchase

More dining and shopping options are springing up around the area. On March 8 German based grocery chain ALDI opened a new location in the shopping center at the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue and SoFresh arrives at the Publix shopping center in late April/early May.

Wycliff Finds Common Bond in Book Club

Wycliff’s book club members enjoy each other’s company and conversation.

With only 33 houses, Wycliff is one of the smallest neighborhoods in Westchase. Yet a new book club is giving residents the chance to get to know each other and their neighborhood even better.

Lowry Drama Club Opens Kids to New Experiences

The Drama Club at Lowry Elementary School is back in action this year thanks to the time and dedication of several teachers. Tina de Almenara, a resident of The Greens, and fellow teacher Kim Pasch opened the club up to fifth grade students at the end of last semester and had so many interested students they had to ask for reinforcements.

Oldsmar to Annex Northwest Neighborhoods for New Downtown Development

The U.S.S. Requin will be returning to Tampa Bay as the centerpiece of Oldsmar’s new downtown.

In a blink of an eye on June 1, nearly a dozen neighborhoods in Hillsborough County will be officially annexed by Oldsmar. Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis announced the surprising plan in March as an effort to give his town an identifiable downtown and bring baseball and other tourist attractions, including a World War II submarine, to the north side of Race Track Road between Nine Eagles Drive and Waterchase’s entrance.

Linebaugh Faces Construction Project Redo: Which Approach Do You Favor?

While a special March 10 meeting of Westchase CDD brought terrible news of the failure of the recently installed reclaimed water pipe on Linebaugh, the district is considering a fix that will interject more art into the community.

Westchase Spring Garage Sale Is May 5

It’s time to finish your spring cleaning! The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is Saturday, May 7.

It’s Time to Think Camp

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for parents to find something to keep the kids occupied until the school bell rings in August. Thankfully, Tampa Bay is chock-full of camp options that meet both the interests of children and the scheduling needs of parents. While the options are plentiful, there is much to take in consideration when finding the right camp experience for your child.

Northwest Hillsborough County Under Rabies Alert

Following several incidents where rabies has been found active in local wildlife, the Florida Department of Health has placed portions of Northwest Hillsborough County under a rabies alert.

WCA Announces Work Around for Broken Online Payment Processing System

If you plan to visit westchasewca, the association’s web site, to pay for your family’s swim and tennis programs, you’ll have to make your credit card payment in person.

12 Westchase Subdivisions to Have Roads Repaved

Between the end of January and mid-summer, 12 Westchase neighborhoods as well as Countryway Boulevard will see long awaited road repaving. Appearing at the January Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting, Hillsborough County’s David Vogel announced that $1.2 million in repaving would commence in January.

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.