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News OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, September 29, 2016

What’s with all the Water Line Flushing?

Some residents grew nervous in August when county employees were spotted throughout Westchase flushing neighborhood water lines. Water Station Manager Mark Lehigh, however, said that the work was part of the county’s general maintenance plan for the water supply.

Westchase Fire Station Receives Donated Mailbox

The Westchase fire station’s new fire-engine red mailbox.

Abbotsford Voting Member (VM) Ralph Caputo had mailboxes on his mind after leaving a VM meeting this summer. “We had approved a neighborhood’s request for mailbox modifications and as I was driving past the fire station on Countryway, I noticed their mailbox was dilapidated and falling over."

Four WCA Board Seats Face Sept. 13 Election

Brian Ross of West Park Village

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 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.

Gotta Good Neighbor Who Should Be Recognized?

Is there a special neighbor in your village who is always willing to lend a hand? In 2006 the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors established the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award in memory of Bridges resident Nathan Lafer.

The Great West Chase: Make This Your Year

You’ve likely considered it. Perhaps you even made a mental promise that this year would be your year.Now it’s time! The Great West Chase 5K/10K and Children’s Fun Run will kick off the Saturday, Oct. 29.

Tampa Tailgate Oct. 1

Heather and Chip Bauder of Kingsford

Do you have your tickets yet? Westchase’s favorite tailgate party is back! Fifteen years ago our 5-month-old son, Logan, was diagnosed with the life-threatening illness called Cystic Fibrosis, a fatal digestive and respiratory disease. We were devastated.

Proposed Rays Stadium on Westchase Border Provokes a Shudder

“Take me out to the ball game,” the old song begins. “Take me out with the crowd.” In the seemingly never ending search for a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, nothing quite got Westchasers’ attention than a Sept. 19 announcement by Pinellas County that it had pinpointed 10 (and later 16) possible Pinellas County sites for a new stadium.

Westchase Fall Garage Sale Is Oct. 1

Throw open your garages and let the pre-holiday cleaning begin! The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is Saturday, Oct. 1. The sale is one of two such events held annually on the first Saturdays of May and October. (The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017; please mark your calendars.)

UTB Friends Book Sale Sept. 10

Thank you for book donations and especially your purchases! This year our Friends chapter has budgeted about $8,000 for program instructors and supplies. With small paperbacks at 50 cents, hardback fiction and non-fiction at $2, and children’s books even less, that’s a lot of books to sell. With your patronage we will reach that target!

Pending Zoning Approval Near Westchase Raises Questions

A drainage basin map distributed at the CDD meeting illustrates the different drainage areas along Sheldon and Linebaugh with thin black lines. For orientation purposes, the large lake in the upper left of the image is the lake sitting between Westchase Elementary School and The Vineyards. The road running east-west beneath it is Linebaugh Avenue. The Flournoy parcel is outlined in red and lies adjacent to Sheldon Road, running north-south in the image.

A pending rezoning of land near Westchase will be challenged by the WCA and CDD this month after questions arise about the accuracy of its storm water drainage descriptions and Alonso school attendance projections.

Westchase Artists Society Marks 10th Anniversary with Group Show

The Westchase Artists Society will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary with a group show. The show will be held at the Art Gallery at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library Aug. 1- Sept. 30.

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.

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.