News OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, December 07, 2013
Ask any fifth grade parent at Westchase Elementary. The tug of war begins late in fourth grade. On the one side of the rope? Parents committed to sending their kids to Davidsen Middle School – strong champions of the school who actively lobby their friends to make the same choice. On the other? Scores of parents who privately whisper their worries:
Have you proven yourself a scholar with a dedication to community service? If so, there’s a college scholarship you should know about.
The 12th Annual Great West Chase had another great year! We had 846 registered runners for the 5k and 104 in our children’s fun run in addition to many spectators and a lot of volunteers. Through the help of our sponsors and our runners, we raised $17,000 to give to Davis Elementary School. The school’s staff, children, and administration will be extremely grateful to all of our runners, sponsors, and volunteers for giving your time, talent, and monetary support to help them achieve their goals.
The Hillsborough Academy of Math and Science, located on West Waters Avenue, opened its doors in August. The school thus joined the ranks of the growing number of charter schools opening across the state. It’s prompted many residents to wonder how a charter school differs from their traditional public schools.
For four Westchase men, an adventure in Haiti stripped their existence of its distractions, focusing them instead on life’s essence: Being completely present for others. And it left them fundamentally changed.
This holiday you can help the homeless in a very simple but important way. Many homeless people can be found in Tampa. They stand by the roadside holding signs asking for food, a job or money.
The GirlTalk group got into the spirit of giving for their November meeting. Along with their children, members spent an afternoon donating their time to Feeding America Tampa Bay, whose primary mission is to end hunger and nourish hope across the ten counties it serves.
With a recent expansion of programs offered at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, residents can now take a martial arts class at the facility. Wado-Ryu Kempo Jujitsu classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 7-8:15 p.m. Westchase resident Sensei Romeo Legaspi will instruct students in this form of karate, which requires students to use the entire body instead of just a certain muscle group for each movement.
What’s the second most profitable crime in the world? It’s not illegal drug sales. It’s not identity theft. It’s human trafficking. And Greens resident Jennifer Marks is doing something about it.
For Jewish Americans, this past Thanksgiving presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For the first time since 1888, a rare convergence of Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah took place. Not only has it been well over 100 years since the two holidays last merged, but according to a complex set of calculations by physicist, Jonathan Mizrahi, this merging will not take place again until the year 79,811 (for those that don’t have a calculator handy, that’s in another 77,798 years).
This summer Westchase became a more melodious place with the opening of Westchase Music School. When owners Rick and Helen Foessett, who also own a music school in Charlotte, North Carolina, decided they wanted to expand, Westchase was their first choice
In an informal gathering at the Westchase Applebee’s on Nov. 20, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board members met developers who hope to transform a parcel of land on the southeast corner of Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road into a commercial site hosting a Costco and a number of other retail storefronts.
A month after the Westchase Community Association (WCA) denied them the right to continue using the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for league registration, the Westchase Soccer Association (WSA) potentially received a different setback this month. According to WSA President Margot Pinheiro, Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has informed the league that, following their spring season, the county will not be renewing its contract with the league for its use of fields behind the Westchase Recreation Center on Westchase Drive.
The month-long wait for a new chief Wizard is over. At a morning meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Hillsborough School Board appointed Erik Holley the new principal of Westchase Elementary School. Holley comes to the position from Anderson Elementary in South Tampa.
Prepare your floats and block parties because Westchase’s favorite elf returns next month! Santa Claus has confirmed he will again participate in the Westchase Charitable Foundation’s eighth annual Santa’s Pre-flight Parade through the community.
The Holiday Market elves (a.k.a. members of the Westchase Artists Society) have been busy making preparations for the 2013 Westchase Holiday Market. The fourth annual Westchase Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m-4 p.m. at the Hollywood Venue in Tampa. This beautiful, expanded venue is located at 9210 Anderson Rd. in the southwest corner of the AMC Veterans 24 Movie Theater Plaza.
The eleventh annual running of The Great West Chase 5K and Children’s Fun Run attracted 850 adult runners and 100 children on Saturday, Oct. 26. Runners experienced great weather and a fantastic post-race party. The event raised money for literacy programs at Davis Elementary, a Title I school serving the Town N Country community and The Children’s Home. Check out the results and photos...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Community Development Districts (CDDs) are happy to announce the upcoming opening of the Fitness Trail in Baybridge Park.