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News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Dining Survey: How’d the Others Fare?

WOW’s annual peek at Westchasers taste buds always proves edifying. We always learn something about Westchase’s dining habits and get feedback about how we can improve future surveys.

The Ultimate Tailgate Party is Back

Logan Bauder of Kingsford

And it’s bigger and better than ever! Tampa Tailgate, which returns Saturday, Sept. 20, is the one night every year when hundreds of tailgate enthusiasts – a significant number from Westchase – gather with friends to enjoy food and drink from some of Tampa’s finest eateries, watch the best of Saturday night college football and – most important – support a very worthy cause.

2014 WOW Scholar: Laura Prevatt

For Radcliffe resident Laura Prevatt, helping others is just as important to her as academic success. “The smiles from the people I’ve helped, whether it is a little 6-year-old Brownie or an elderly couple, always served to make me feel like I really was making people’s lives better, little by little. It has been my goal to help people every day, whether it is at work, school or just out in public,” she said.

Service Project Touches Westchase Teens’ Hearts

Baylin Kwan with a friend

Westchase high schoolers Jordan Smart and Baylin Kwan have been friends since they were babies in the same day care.

Never Too Late to Get Your Game On

Laura Mele, far right, with the rest of the Westchase Cougars.

The first time Greens resident Laura Mele picked up a tennis racket, she was 56 years old. Two years later Mele now has her first statewide tennis tournament under her belt.

Four Seats Open in Sept. 9 WCA Board of Directors Election

Kathy Carlsen of Glencliff

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., the Westchase Community Association (WCA) will hold its annual meeting in the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s activity room. The annual meeting marks the Westchase Voting Members’ (VMs) election of the WCA Board of Directors.

Tennis Anyone?

Westchase tennis has something for everyone. Tennis is a sport for a lifetime – one that can be played from the first years of life to the last.

Great West Chase Adds 10K to Fall Race Lineup

The Great West Chase 5K and Children’s Fun Run on Oct. 25 is now adding a 10K for those up for a challenge. Help WOW promote school success for kids at risk by joining a great fall tradition in Westchase! On Saturday, Oct. 25, WOW will host the 13th annual Great West Chase 5K and Children’s Fun Run. This year the event is expanding to include a certified 10K as well.

Westchase Tennis Makeover

WCA President Nancy Sells, Facility Manager Kelly Shires, WCA Manager Debbie Sainz and WCA Tennis Pro Roberto Calla are excited about upcoming improvements to the tennis facilities. Master Plan Committee Chair Dyan Pithers was not available for the photo shoot.

Representing the culmination of the WCA’s Two Year Master Plan, some major renovations – and improvements – are coming to Westchase’s facilities this fall. And the changes, about which Westchase Tennis Pro Roberto Calla is quite excited, promise to enhance Westchase's current tennis programs.

2014 WOW Scholar: Kevin Mutchnick

As a student at Davidsen Middle School, Kevin Mutchnick set a lofty goal for himself It was to graduate from high school as class valedictorian. The path would not be an easy one. Yet, as 2014 International Baccalaureate (IB) Valedictorian of Robinson High School, Mutchnick achieved what he had set out to do years earlier.

Costco Developer Wins Rezoning Request

Capping more than a half year of work, M&M Realty saw the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners vote to approve its request to rezone 32.25 acres at the southeast corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

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.

Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

Guess which city tops the Weather Channel’s list of the “most vulnerable and overdue” hurricane cities in America? Hurricanes do not hit Tampa very often. The last major hurricane to hit was the Tampa Bay Hurricane of 1921, which caused millions in damage. The lack of major hurricane activity since has earned Tampa the Weather Channel’s top spot.

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.