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News OVERVIEW FOR Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Newcomers Luncheon Feb 18

Have you watched any terrific movies lately? Do you think your favorite might be an Oscar contender? Come to the Newcomers luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy on Thursday, Feb. 18, and listen to local expert, Steve Persall, share his vast knowledge of the film industry and perhaps give his own Oscar predictions.

Voter Registration for Florida’s Presidential Primary is Feb. 16

If you’ve not yet registered to vote in Hillsborough County but wish to participate in the state’s upcoming presidential primary on Tuesday, March 15, you must register to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Court Ruling Changes Westchase State Senate District

The new Florida Senate districts. District 18 encompasses Westchase.

A court ruling in late December insures Westchase will have a new Florida state senator after the November 2016 elections.

Three Seats Open for WOW Board of Directors

If you want to volunteer to serve Westchase and play a role in making WOW the best magazine around, read on. Three seats on the World of Westchase, Inc. (WOW) Board of Directors will be open for appointment in March.

Popular Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2016

A kitchen with a high bar before remodeling.

With your tax return coming, you may be aiming to spruce up your home in 2016. What are the hot remodeling trends in 2016? According to Chris Robinson of Tampa Home Pro, it’s all about the kitchen and bathrooms.

Your Pipes: A Hurdle to Selling Your Home?

The gray pipe beneath this sink is a red flag that the home is plumbed with PB pipes.

A small gray threat lurks behind the drywall of some Westchase homes, making those homes more difficult to sell. It’s not a mouse. It’s not a rat. But it can actually cause vastly more damage.

Fifteen Tips to a Safer, Sounder Home

The open line set chase, where the AC pipes enter ductwork before snaking up through the home’s eaves, is a common entryway for mice and rats.

We take pride in our homes, no question about it. Yet many of us are surprised when we try to sell them only to find that a home inspector finds fault with our pride and joy. As your spring cleaning begins, why not go over your home with a home inspector’s eye and avoid 15 common missteps?

Sixth Annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year Candidates Announced

The Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) is excited to announce that it will host the sixth annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year fundraising event on Saturday, March 5. The event will be held at the Tampa Jet Center from 6-11 p.m.

BOCC Drops Ax on Westchase Road Repaving Hopes

In a Dec. 16 decision the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) allocated surplus funds in a way that makes it unlikely any part of Westchase will see its roads repaved soon. The decision, occurring after deadline for January’s WOW, marked a disappointing turn for a concerted Westchase effort that began at the beginning of 2015 with a road repaving petition.

Shires Ladies Enjoy Holiday Party

In December The Shires hosted their Annual Ladies Ornament Exchange and Holiday Party. This year's party was a great night of festivities, libations, and lots of fellowship.

Newcomers Holiday Luncheon Dec. 21

The Newcomers of NW Hillsborough invite you to their January Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. Were you ever fascinated by the imaginative world of puppetry as a child? Well, here’s your opportunity to learn more about one of the oldest forms of theater in the world.

WOW Publisher Releases Mystery Novel Dec. 8

Fans of WOW Publisher Chris Barrett’s writing should mark the second Tuesday of December on their calendar. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Barrett will release his second novel, a mystery/thriller set in Washington, D.C. Titled The Odd Fellows Society, it will be released under the author name C.G. Barrett.

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.

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.