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Westchase Q and A: Shopping Preferences

We asked Westchase residents where they prefer to do their food shopping.

Jacques and Clare Duval with David, Grace and Tessa, Lake Chase
We both work and have three small children so the amount of time we have for shopping and meal preparation is a big factor. We also like diversity. We don't like to have the same thing over and over. We like ordering food online. We've used Hello Fresh and the Nutrition Factory. Now we are using Sprouts Farmers Market a lot. We also like Publix because of their digital coupons. You just snap a picture on your cell phone so there's no clipping and paper. I really like the way they have integrated technology into the way we like to shop.

Joe and Liz Rudisill and Anderson, The Village Green
We do almost all of our shopping at Aldi and Publix. Aldi's has a nice selection and is less expensive for many items like milk and snacks. We get our meat and produce from Publix. We eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. It seems like we're in the store every two days buying strawberries and peaches. We don't use coupons but we keep an eye out for sales.

Liz Price, Chelmsford
I love, love, love Publix. I've made it part of my daily exercise program. Almost every day I walk to the store to pick up one or two items. I love the sales and BOGOs, and I use coupons. When I see a good deal, I stockpile. Occasionally, I go to Costco for things I need in bulk especially when we're having a big party.

Dale Blood, Chelmsford
I do all my shopping for the week on Monday. I like Wal-Mart and Publix. I go to Wal-Mart first. Their prices on brand items for most things is less than Publix. The same for wine. On my way home, I go to Publix for meat and produce. I'll also go to Publix on Friday and Saturday if we need something for the weekend. I don't use coupons and don't get carried away by the sales. I buy what we need and don't stockpile.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Social and News Media Sites

We asked residents, “Do you feel that sources of information such as social media and news media are helpful or harmful?”

Oscar and Hildelisa Sarduy, The Shires

We get most of our news from print, The Wall Street Journal and the Tampa Bay Times. I also check the Journal's web site at for breaking news. We don't watch much television, but when we do it's usually the Public Broadcasting Service. It's our preferred source for news. In my opinion they are the most honest and least biased source of news. At least they are less blatant with their opinions. The commercial networks seem to sensationalize everything so that they can get you hooked and make you feel that if you don't watch them you are going to miss really important things.

Ryan and April Nimtz, Brentford

We don't have cable anymore. We found that the cable news channels were not really news channels at all. They were opinion channels with talking heads yelling at each other. We get our news from the Internet and podcasts. We still use Facebook but not for news because it's not a very reliable source. We use Facebook to keep up with family and friends and that's pretty much it.

Leslie Galloway with children, Alexa Galloway and Nick Estrada, Woodbay

I have pretty much given up on mainstream television news watch. I watch a little bit on CNN and Fox just for the news, I don't stick around for the opinion. I was a faithful news watcher a few years ago. I watched Good Morning America every day for 20 years but even that became too much. The political climate in this country has become so volatile. It's like everyone has lost their minds. I just decided to drop out but not totally out. I'm connected enough on social media to know when important things happen. Twitter is good for letting you know about breaking news. If you need or want more information, you can look it up on the Internet. I still enjoy Facebook, but if friends or sites that I follow start pushing a political agenda, I don't have any problem unfriending or blocking them.

Clay Grissom, West Park Village

I get most of my news from social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. I'm not on Facebook. When I watch TV, it's usually Fox but I find that I can't watch it for very long or on a steady basis because it just wears you out. I enjoy listening to podcasts and satellite radio when I'm driving. When something important happens, you will hear about it fast enough and then you can search out more information if you want to.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Celebrating the Fourth

We asked Westchase residents, “How do you celebrate Independence Day?”

Steven and Hailey Black, The Greens

We're originally from Pittsburgh and usually head for Pennsylvania this time of year. We want the kids to stay connected to the family up there and to enjoy our family roots. We try to get to a Pirates game. It's usually cooler up there and if we’re lucky, we'll have lightning bugs for the little ones to see. Of course, we'll have a picnic on the Fourth. I'm sure we'll have sparklers for the kids and watch a fireworks show, but it's mostly about relaxing and just enjoying being with family.

Kelli Bradley, The Enclave

We are definitely "fireworks people." Our kids are 3½ and 6 they love them too. Every year we try to go someplace different to watch. This year we decided we wanted to go to Washington, D.C. for the Fourth. It's been on our bucket list for a long time and the kids are old enough now that they'll enjoy it. Our son was watching A Night At The Museum on TV and said, "Mommy, that's where I want to go." We are really looking forward to seeing the sights and museums in Washington. I think is will give our children great memories that will last a lifetime, and I can't wait to see the fireworks on the Mall.

George Lakiotis and Dominic, Tree Tops

I grew up in Florida and when I was a kid we'd always go to Clearwater Beach to watch fireworks. My wife's family is from upstate New York and for the past couple of years she and kids have been spending the summer up there. I go back and forth. We'll all be there for the Fourth this year, weather permitting. Last year, I had to come back early because of the hurricane heading for Tampa. My wife's family has a place on a big lake. There are at least 40 camps on the lake and every one of them seems to have fireworks sometime during the evening. The best thing is the cooler weather.

Sierra and Ben Grasel, Abbotsford

Sierra: The Fourth is a big birthday time for us. Ben's birthday is July 3 and several others have July birthdays so we usually have a combination Fourth of July/birthday party on the Fourth. I make a Red-White-Blue cake and Ben does the grilling out by the pool.

Ben: I love to grill and it's great that we can have family over to enjoy the pool. We usually go someplace to watch a fireworks show. We like Channelside but we're always looking for new places.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Coping With Traffic

We asked Westchase residents, “How do you cope with traffic?”

Sandy and Gordon Richter, Keswick Forest

Sandy: I'm a nurse. I work in Safety Harbor now and with my shifts I'm able to miss the rush hour, so overall it's not too bad for me. I used to work in the University of South Florida area and it was much worse. I experimented with different routes until I found the one that works best for me. I find Race Track Road is better than Forest Lakes probably because of the schools.

Gordon: I work in St. Petersburg and find that the traffic varies from time of day and time of year. We have a lot of "snow birds" in the area and when they head back north, things get better. And when the kids are on holiday breaks or summer vacation, it's better. Otherwise, I think you just have to deal with it the best you can.

Mike Smith with sons Levi and Landon

I'm an emergency room nurse and I've worked in a lot of big cities and I also travel a lot. Compared to many places I've been, Tampa is not too bad. On a relative basis, I'd say we were fairly lucky here. I was in Boston recently and traffic there was awful but nothing compares with Los Angles and Atlanta. They are at least five times worse than Tampa. Those places seem to be in permanent gridlock. If you can, try to avoid school hours. The people who planned our communities are trying to make this place something it's not. They didn't seem to take traffic into consideration when they laid things out. I really feel sorry for the people who work downtown. 

Alex Pinzkoski, Keswick Forest

I'm in real estate sales and buyers always want to know about traffic. I always suggest they use one of the online GPS programs to do some research. They can give you a pretty good idea about the travel time between two points. If it seems to be too long, just look for some place a little closer. The problem is everything is growing so fast that travel time today will likely change over time as more people move in. I work in Carrollwood Village. I'm usually able to adjust my departure time to after 8:30 or 9 a.m. and that helps.

Ilaria Venditto, West Park Village

I'm a full-time mom. I also go to Hillsborough Community College and help my husband in his business. The thing that most concerns me about traffic is the parking situation here in the village. People park on both sides of our two-lane roads, which doesn't leave enough room for cars coming from opposite directions. People also park too close to intersections, which blocks the view of oncoming traffic. I know people want to park as close as they can to where they are going, especially the shops and restaurants, but it creates safety issues. I think we should have more one-way streets and restrict parking to one side like they do in Highland Park. People might have to park further away, but it would be safer. We need more signs and we need better enforcement of existing parking laws. Overall, I don't think traffic is too bad if you don't include Linebaugh Avenue. You just need to be patient and courteous and that will help to keep everybody from losing their temper.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Gun Control

This month we asked residents: What do you believe about gun control?

Adam Smith, Bennington

I don't think we need to ban guns. When you try to keep guns away from responsible law-abiding citizens, you are not making the world safer. You are making it more dangerous. Firearms are not the cause of violence. Guns are tools that people use. It's not the gun, it's the person using it. I don't think anyone wants to see someone with a serious mental illness get a gun, but we have to be careful and make sure there is due process. The Second Amendment is there for our protection.
I'm very concerned about the ability of government officials to decide who should and should not own guns. With this latest school shooting in Broward County, there were lots of red flags about the shooter but the government did nothing. It's not worth giving up a Constitutional right just because it might make some people feel better. Most mass shootings take place in "gun free zones," which means people with criminal intent or a mental illness know they can kill a lot of people before someone with a gun can stop them.

Gina Potito and Lauren Northrup, Bennington

Gina: We should ban all assault rifles especially those that can be converted to full automatic or use a bump stock that allows for rapid fire. We need to improve background checks; get rid of the gun-show loophole; raise the age limit for owning a gun to 21; and keep the mentally ill from being able to purchase or own guns. I've been very disappointed in our political leadership at the state and national level. The only thing that seems important to them is staying on the good side of the NRA.

Lauren: Guns are way too easy to get. Other countries have been able to control guns and you almost never hear of mass shootings in those places unlike here where we seem to have them at least once a week. I'm a senior at the University of Florida and the thought of someone on campus with an AR-15, or any kind of assault rifle, is terrifying. I think arming teachers is a bad idea. Teachers carrying guns would just frighten young children. It's so hypocritical that some politicians demand a long waiting period before a woman can have an abortion, but have no problem with someone going to a gun show and buying a gun on the spot.

Hank Galloway, Glencliff

I was in the Navy during the Korean War and I am a Methodist minister. I don't think taking guns away from people is going to make us safer. Yes, we need to make it more difficult for the mentally ill to get guns. But, some seem to think the only solution is no one should be allowed have guns because you can never know who might misuse them. I don't think there's a problem with law-abiding responsible citizen owning a gun.

Ronnie and Jackie James, Brentford

Jackie: When the Second Amendment was added to our Constitution, people owned muskets that could only get off one shot a minute. I don't think our founding fathers could have imagined the kind of slaughter today's weapons are capable of inflicting. I'm not against people owning guns, but we have to use our common sense. Letting everyone have whatever kind of gun they want, or trying to take all the guns away is not using good common sense.

Ronnie: I'm a retired Air Force officer and do a lot of legal work on behalf of veterans suffering with PTSD. The Second Amendment gives people the right to own guns but not everyone should. There is so much stress in our culture today and unfortunately that often turns to violence. Our current "stand your ground laws" make it worse. People often have an irrational perception that they are in danger. If they feel threatened, they don't always respond rationally. They just react. Our courts are having a very difficult time sorting this out.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Favorite Flicks

This month we asked residents: What is your favorite movie?

Eva Skarshinski, Village Green

I would say my favorite movie is "Forrest Gump." I saw it when I was in high school. It's such an entertaining and feel good movie and there's so much current American history and music woven into the plot that it holds your interest from start to finish. I have a 10 and 12-year-old I want to share it with when they're a little bit older. I also have a 4 and 2-year-old and they like "Frozen" and the other Disney movies but they're not really obsessed with them. They are obsessed with the movie "Annie" though. I bought a DVD for them to watch in the car and it is now their all-time favorite film. Something happened the other day and my 4 year old said in a loud voice, "Leaping Lizards!" They also insist on calling our new puppy Sandy even though that's not his name.

Debbie Clark, The Greens

I like comedies and thrillers the best. I don't mean real violent thrillers or science fiction, I mean films that make you think and have a lot of suspense. The Brad Pitt film "Seven" was terrifying in a good way. My favorite comedy is Steve Martin's "Father of the Bride." He is so funny trying to plan his daughter's wedding. I can relate. I have two daughters and planned their weddings. I also owned a Florist Shop in Plant City for over 30 years before I retired and saw lots of things from the shop in the film. I like to go out to the movies but Netflix is very convenient when you just want to stay home. One of my all-time favorite films is "Gone With The Wind." My daughters like it too and it's nice to share that with them. We are "real southern ladies" even though we're originally from Ohio.

Edwin Katabaro with Lily, Brentford

Any Disney movie. We have two young daughters under 3 and we watch a lot of Disney. We also love going to Disney World and seeing the characters. I can sing all the songs in "Frozen" and “The Lion King." It's hard to go out to the movies, so at this stage of our lives, we are more likely to watch movies on TV through Netflix and Amazon Prime. For me, I like all the Marvel Universe films. I'm really looking forward to seeing their newest super hero, "The Black Panther."

Allan Gordon and Dulca, West Park Village

I'm not sure I'm the best one to ask about their favorite movies. I think the last movie I actually went out to see in a theater was "The Shining." I don't watch them on TV either. If someone broke into our house and stole the television set, I'm not even sure that I'd notice it was missing. My wife likes to go out to the movies. In fact she and her girlfriends are going to the "The Greatest Showman" tonight. I prefer to listen to music. When I come home from a tough day at work, I put on some music. That's how I relax and get my entertainment. I also like to read. I'm a private pilot so much of my reading is about aviation and is technical in nature.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: February Celebrations

This month we asked residents: Which holiday will you be celebrating in February?

Kristen DeAngelo (with daughter Avery and parents, Kathy and John Prible), The Bridges
I really look forward to Valentine's Day. We usually have a quiet dinner at home, then jump in the hot tub. I guess the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal in February. I'm really not that big a football fan but I do watch it. I think the halftime show and the commercials are sometimes more interesting than the actual game. I've always associated February with my mom and dad's anniversary. They'll be celebrating their forty-ninth anniversary on the first of February and it will be wonderful to be able to share that with them.

Amy Hewitt, West Park Village
I own a business called All The Buzz Cookies and February is a very busy month for me. I make custom-decorated sugar cookies for special events and birthday parties, and there's usually a lot going on in February. My husband and I do like to go out for a dinner date on Valentine's Day. We usually go to Ocean Prime so we can use our Christmas gift card. Our church has a wonderful program called Married for Life in February. It's a great encouragement to our community and something to really celebrate.

Susan Higginbotham, Kingsbridge
We have a big family in Tampa. There are 21 of us and we are always doing things together. February is a big birthday month for the family. My daughter Camryn is going to be 8. My sister-in-law and I are planning a spa day-themed birthday party for three of the girls in the family. We have so many family things going on that we don't do too much for Valentine's Day. My husband usually cooks dinner and we just relax at home. Now that the kids are getting older, we should probably start thinking about new things to do for family events. Maybe our next big thing should be a Mardi Gras-themed Party. We could get some beads and a Three Kings Cake.

Sebastian and Morisa Pacheco, West Park Village
We are new to Westchase. Actually we are new to America. We are from Argentina but wanted to come to the United States for a business opportunity. We'll be opening an Alte Mere franchise. The company does after-market automobile detailing like window tinting and security systems. We visited a number of cities in Florida and really liked Tampa. It is very welcoming. We are learning so much about American customs. We were amazed at Halloween. We don't really have anything like that in Argentina. We don't have American football so the Super Bowl will be a brand new experience for us. We are really looking forward to making our home here and learning about all the holidays and fun things that happen here.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: What Are Your Resolutions?

This month we asked residents: What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Jason Pithers, West Park Village
I make resolutions every year. Usually they are in the areas of health and fitness. This year I really want to spend more quality time with my family. Our son is a rising senior and he's already been accepted on a soccer scholarship to the University of Michigan. It's making us really aware that 2018 will be our last year with him home and we want to make the most of it. Of course, I also make business goals. One is to continue to keep Westchase as the preeminent residential community in Tampa. We've lived here since 2004 and love it.

Rick Goldstein, Woodbridge
I always set goals for myself. My 2018 resolutions are pretty much the same always: to be a good person; love and serve my community; enjoy family life; and to accomplish my personal goals. I work out with a personal trainer four days a week and I definitely plan to continue that. When you get older, it's important to stay physically active. It's true what they say about using it or losing it. Physical fitness adds so much to the quality of your life. We love to travel. In April we're traveling to Ireland. I guess you might call it a sort of a "bucket list" thing. 

Safet Shareknapa, West Park Village
I don't make annual resolutions; that's not really how I operate. I set mid-range and long-term goals in key areas of life regarding finances and family a long time ago. They really don't change much from year to year. For me, it isn't about starting new things so much as it is continuing to work on the goals I set years ago. I don't think you need resolutions as much as you need a commitment. We are originally from Sarajevo in Bosnia and are so happy to be in the States and live in Westchase. I would like to find ways to help my community. Now that I'm getting a little older and more settled, there are some things I would like to do. I would like to take my family to visit Europe.

Cindy Fry, West Park Village
I don't have any specific resolutions. I always have things I want to accomplish but I don't need to wait until the New Year to get started. It's just a date. You can start anytime. I want to continue being more mindful, to be aware of what's happening here and now. I'm looking for inner peace and I think practicing mindfulness is the way to attain that. We're all here in this world together and we have to help each other, not fight among ourselves. I've always enjoyed nature and plan to continue supporting causes and organizations that are working to safeguard and improve the environment for everyone.

Mary Anne Kirsch, The Fords
I don't usually make resolutions but I do like to challenge myself and my clients. A lot of people will start the new year by making goals to join a gym and or start exercising. That's great but goals like that are hard to sustain over the long term. If you stop, you feel like you’re a failure and it may be hard to start over. I think short term, even daily challenges are better. I guess I do have one resolution. I always say I want to get more sleep.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Holiday Bests and Worsts

This month we asked residents: What are the best and worst things about the holiday season?

Jay Sharma and Ashish, The Shires
We are from India but love the American holiday customs. We just celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali. It's a festival of lights. Soon we will celebrate Christmas. We are planning a trip to India to visit our family but we've scheduled it so that we can be back in Tampa two weeks before Christmas. We really like exposing our 2-and-a-half-year old son Ashish to many cultures. The Christmas decorations are so beautiful and holiday food is the best. People are so friendly. There's nothing I don't like about the holidays. I know some people probably put too much emphasis on shopping. I think, whatever your culture, the emphasis should be on giving thanks and spending time with the ones you love.

Jackie Barbitta-Shepherd, Keswick Forest
I love seeing Christmas through the eyes of our children. Our oldest daughter is so excited about Santa coming. We usually go to North Carolina to celebrate with family but this year we're staying home so that Caroline and Marideth can start making their memories. Sadly, we're moving to Raleigh in January. We're really going to miss Westchase. When we moved to Tampa, everyone told us this was the best place to live. They were right. I think the only down side to the holidays is how easy it is to get over extended.

Richard Roberto with sons Russell and Nathan, Abbotsford
The best things about the holidays is getting together with family and passing on the traditions you enjoyed as a child to your children. We are part of a large Italian family and tradition is very important to us, especially the food. On Christmas Eve we always celebrate with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. We also make the traditional Italian honey ball cookies called Struffoli. I hope my sons carry this on when they have their own families. I know the holidays can get a little hectic so it's important to relax and take time to really enjoy this special time of the year. We still have family up north in New Jersey and wish we could see them all at Christmas.

Shannon Thigpen, Castleford
The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I love the family time and time with friends. I love the lights and decorations. It's such a happy time but I know there are lots of people who are going through tough times, especially with the loss of loved ones. That can make the holidays hard. A lot of people get stressed at this time of year and that's not good. The stress can lead to excesses in eating, drinking and spending. That makes you feel guilty, which causes more stress. It can be a vicious cycle. I'm a fitness instructor and I tell my clients the holiday season is all about joy, not guilt, so be joyful and take good care of yourself. The idea is to enjoy the parties and food but don't over indulge. Don't go to parties hungry. A lot of people will not eat anything all day so they can enjoy the party food. Being hungry is the way most of us put on the extra pounds. Another tip to help avoid overeating is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and it will make portion control much easier.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Thanksgiving

This month we asked residents: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Veronica DeGuenther, Harbor Links

I recently lost my mother. For years we celebrated Thanksgiving with friends who live on a farm. I have great memories and photos. One of them is of my mother holding a goat. She was one hundred and a half when she passed away and was always the life of the party so it will be sad this year without her. I plan to spend time with friends and think we will probably go out to a restaurant for dinner.

Kevin and Colleen Ziemba, Harbor Links

All three of our kids are away at school. Our son is in medical school in Louisville and our daughters are at Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast University. Only one of them is going to be able to come home for Thanksgiving but we all plan to be together for Christmas. We've lived in our house for 20 years and I've always smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving, and the day after we put up our Christmas decorations. This year we'll head over to the east coast to visit family the day after Thanksgiving. We'll hold off on putting up the decorations until the kids get home for their Christmas break.

Dawn Blewitt, The Greens

I guess you would say we go old school at Thanksgiving. We're lucky that we have lots of family in the area and everyone likes to cook. Our tradition is that the cooks come over the day before to help get everything ready. That takes a lot of stress out of Thanksgiving Day. We've been having Thanksgiving at our house but with all the help, it's pretty easy, even cleaning up. And it's great to have parents and siblings and grandkids all together. I know a lot of people like to go Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving but I try to stay as far away from the malls as I can on that day.

Jeremy and Lizabeth Silk and son Liam, The Fords

Jeremy: I was born and raised in England and there really isn't an equivalent holiday in Great Britain. When I was first introduced to American Thanksgiving, I loved it. The idea is brilliant. It's not identified with any one religion or nationality. It's for anyone and everyone to enjoy and give thanks. The food is great, and I think because it's centered on family and the home, there isn't as much pressure. You don't have to worry about getting everyone a present and you don't have to go all out with the decorations. It's just a great time to spend with the people you love, including friends and neighbors. My wife's family is from the Jacksonville area and you usually go up there to celebrate with family.

Lizabeth: I love getting together with my family. We go out to dinner the night before Thanksgiving then have the traditional dinner at my cousins’ on Thanksgiving. I miss the time when all the stores were closed on Thanksgiving. There is time for shopping but I think everyone should have the day off. This is the time to be with family. 

Liam: I am thankful that there is no school. Last year I watched all of the Harry Potter movies.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Halloween

This month we asked residents: What are your favorite Halloween traditions and memories?

Raul and Lynley Valles with sons, Christopher and Raul, The Shires

We really like all the decorations and look forward to Halloween. Some people go all out. We have a haunted house near us and the kids love it. We do some outdoor decorating but on a more modest scale. There are always lots of kids. We have a couple of large apartment complexes near us and I think it's more fun for the kids to trick or treat in a neighborhood. I know the kids get real excited but there's lots of parental supervision and they're very well behaved. I can't remember every hearing of any problems. I guess the good treats keep the tricks under control.

Lori Shaw, West Park Village

You might say we really "spook it up" on Halloween. This and Christmas are our favorite holidays. We had pretty good outdoor decorations when we lived in the townhouses but since we moved into our house on the corner of Parley and Brompton four years ago, we've gone all in. It just keeps getting bigger and better. It's now a family affair. My mom and sister and other family members pitch in. We start planning for what we're going to do next year on the day after Halloween. We decide on a theme for the coming year and figure how to use what we have in new ways and what new things to add. I'm always asked, "Where do you store all your stuff?" A lot of it's here but the overflow goes to family members' homes. The house across the street used to have a big haunted house but when their kids got older, they cut back. We feel like we've sort of picked up the torch and are helping to carry on the tradition of keeping the neighborhood spooky.

Rob and Dayna Daata, West Park Village

We have four children, Neal, 6, and our triplets, Gabriel, Anjoli and Julian, who are four-and-a-half. I have to say this is a fantastic neighborhood for kids at Halloween. We live near two of the best Halloween houses in Westchase. Halloween has really helped to build community. We have a block party before the trick or treating begins and it's helped us meet so many wonderful people. We are also close to the park and the Village plaza which always have fun things to do the weekend before Halloween. I dream that someday all the kids will want to be different super heroes and they will let me dress up and join them. We, and our neighbors, get a lot of friends and family coming to enjoy the fun and decoration, which just makes it all the more festive.

Holly Commings, Chelmsford

I really, really love Halloween! I told my mother when we moved to Tampa from Columbia, South Carolina, last May that we would give very careful consideration to how the holidays are celebrated when we made our choice of where to live. Everyone told us that we had to move to Westchase. Our daughter, Chandler-Rose, is one-and-a- half and really excited about dressing up. She loves Minnie Mouse so I'm pretty sure that's who she'll be going as. We are going to invite friends and family to join us but we are also looking forward to meeting lots of new Westchase friends during the holidays.

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: Being a Good Neighbor

In 2003, Congress passed a resolution creating National Good Neighbor Day.  The Day is now celebrated on September 28. We asked residents about the neighborliness of their neighborhoods and Westchase and what we can do to be more neighborly.

Katie and Frank Sullivan and Kilian, Kingsford
Katie: Kingsford has a really great neighbor program for moms who've just had a baby. We set up a meal train to make sure that for the first days back from the hospital the family has dinner. We do it as long as the family needs it. It's a great way to help and a way to meet your neighbors. Food is always a good way to develop a friendship. I would like to see some more organized events like maybe a First Friday of the month gathering. We have a new neighbor who wants to meet more folks. I told her with the heat of the summer it's harder but come fall everyone will be out walking and sitting in driveways. Then there are all the holiday activities. That's when the neighborhood really comes alive.

Frank: Once a year we close Downey Lane and have a huge block party. We also have a pretty active fantasy football league. There are lots of ways to plug into what's happening in Kingsford. When it gets a little cooler, the best way to meet people is to just go out for a walk in the evening and say hello.

Katie Mong and MacKenzie, Woodbay
We have some very nice neighbors. We also like to go to Glencliff Park. My daughter, MacKenzie, loves the playground and meeting other children, which means I get to talk with their parents. While the children play, we talk about schools and things going on in the community. There's one house in neighborhood that goes all out with holiday decorations and that becomes a real focal point. We also use social media to keep up with community events. Someone posts that they're going to have a fire pit and that they are going to make "s’mores." Pretty soon it's a party and a way to meet people. If you want to make new friends, you have to put yourself out there. This is a really good place to do that.

Patty Kwiatkowski, Bennington
We've lived in Bennington for nine years and love it. Westchase has everything you need and is close to so many things, which means you don't have to go someplace to find community. It's right here. One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors is to just get out and walk around. We also have a site on social media that lets you keep up with events. I think social media is great but I still prefer old fashion person-to-person contact over virtual neighborliness.

Chris Edenfield, Castleford
We've lived all over the country and never experienced the sense of neighborliness that we have here in Westchase. It has the size and the amenities of a town but it also has the warmth and feel of a small village. It seems easier to be close and really get to know your neighbors in the smaller communities that make up Westchase. But it's nice to know that we share things in common like the schools, parks, stores, restaurants and the World of Westchase (WOW). They give us all a sense of being part of something bigger. When I was recovering from breast cancer, my neighbors prepared meals. We all pitched in to help a family whose child was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Our neighbors are willing to help each other and keep an eye out for each other. It's the kind of place you don't have to think twice about going next door to borrow a cup of milk or an egg or some lawn tools. I think the key to being a "good neighbor" is thoughtfulness. It doesn't have to be major. It's really more about the little things. Like they say, "It's the thought that counts."

By Phil Dean


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Westchase Q and A: A Moving Experience

We asked Westchase residents what lessons they could offer from their moving experience.

Chris Campbell, West Park Village

We just sold our house in Castleford and are moving about one-quarter of a mile away to West Park Village. We loved our old house but needed more room. We were extremely fortunate with our sale. Our Realtor recommended decluttering and staging. She also had a great photographer take pictures for her website. As a result, our first offer came about three hours after going on the market. Within 72 hours we had four sold offers, all at asking. The only problem with selling so fast is we didn't have enough time to finish renovations on the new house. We'll be dealing with construction for a few weeks before we can move in. Decluttering is not only good for staging, it saves money on moving. The moving company we selected charges by the hour. Why pay to move something you don't want or need any more?

Barbara Griffith, The Bridges

We have our house on the market. We also have a contingent contract to purchase a house in West Park Village once ours sells. We received two offers but the buyer's insurance companies required a new roof because ours was over 20 years old. So, we're putting on a new roof. We seem to be competing with South Tampa and buyers are looking for properties that have been recently renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms. I've noticed that buyers are also looking for nice landscaping around the pool. Preparing to sell can be an expensive proposition.

Jeff Seligsohn (Kaiya), Radcliffe

We've lived in our house for over 20 years and have no immediate plans to move. Our children are finished with college and out on their own. We know that one day we probably will want to downsize. We recently helped my mother-in-law move and realized just how much stuff you can accumulate so we've decided to start the process now so that when the time comes, it won't be so hard to move and we won't have to burden our children with having to decide what's important and what's not. It's amazing how much paper you can accumulate over the course of 20 years. If we do move, we would like to stay in the area. We love Westchase. It's so convenient to the airport, downtown, restaurants and shopping. When the time comes, we will be ready.

Kenton and Johnna Yealy, Castleford

Kenton: We moved to Florida last year from Germantown, Tennessee, a beautiful suburb of Nashville. We were looking to rent in a safe, friendly neighborhood with good schools and just didn't seem to find that in the first place we lived in suburban Clearwater. We started asking around and all roads seemed to lead to Westchase. It's more convenient to my wife's work at the University of Tampa. Moving is stressful so you want to be in a place that is warm and friendly. The first month we were in Westchase, we met more people than we met in a year at our last place.

Johnna: We have a special needs child so finding the right school district was critical. We combined households a couple of years ago so we had a lot of things to get rid of. When we had the opportunity to move to Florida, we had to purge even more. If you are selling, the key seems to be decluttering and staging. It took us almost two months before we were ready to list. If you are buying or renting, do your research. We wanted good schools but also a friendly neighborhood atmosphere close to work and shopping and Westchase seemed to be the right fit for our family.


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Westchase Q and A: Florida in Summer

We asked Westchase residents about their travel and travel strategies.

Bradley and Andreea Lloyd, The Vineyards

Bradley: We love to travel. My business has allowed me to travel all over the world. I recently spent six months working in Malaysia. Every time I had a spare moment I would visit someplace in Southeast Asia. We learned a long time ago that you can really reduce the cost of traveling if you take advantage of the bonus points offered by credit card companies.

Andreea: I do most of the planning. The internet and guide books are great resources. We start with a country then chose a city based on its proximity to interesting places nearby. We often start by taking a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour. They cover all tourist high points and help you get oriented. From then on we go back to the places we want to spend more time in. We love to explore and find out where the locals shop and eat.

Bradley: You need to shop for the best price on flights. We've found that flying out of Miami is usually less expensive that Tampa. You can rent a car and drive to Miami International for a little over one hundred dollars. Not a bad deal if you can save five or six hundred dollars on airfare per person.

Kevin and Katie Brick, West Park Village

Kevin: We're planning a large family trip to London and Paris in the fall. We'll be going with my parents and brother. I've been before but it will by my wife Katie's first trip and I'm really looking forward to sharing this with her. We'll see all the things tourists normally see like the Tower of London, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame; but we're also planning a number of side trips.

Katie: I'm really excited about this trip. I know it will be a wonderful experience to visit another part of the world and learn about other cultures. I'm glad I'm going with family who've been there before. I've been wanting to do this for a long time.

Alison Whittington, Westchase

My husband and I have an 11-month-old son and he's changed our lives in so many ways. Before the baby we traveled quite a bit to the Caribbean. We visited Jamaica, the Bahamas and Mexico. We loved to get out into the countryside to see how the people live and explore things like Mayan ruins.

Long-term, we would love to visit Europe. I would really like to visit Germany. I think travel is a wonderful learning experience and look forward to it when our son is a little older.

Mike and Marianne Sapsara, The Greens

Mike: Last year we became RVers. So far we've taken three trips. We just got back from a trip which lasted two months and covered 6,580 miles. We went through the southwestern states to southern California then up the coast to the wine country and back to Florida with stops at five western National Parks.

Marianne: We spent last summer going up the east coast to Maine. We've also gone to the Carolinas and spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in Raleigh, where our daughters and their families live.

Mike: We use campgrounds like KOA and Good Sams. I think the lowest we've paid for a hook-up is $17 a night but we've also paid $70. The big difference is location. These parks are fantastic. Along with all the utilities they have recreational activities, outdoor movies and chance to meet fellow RVers. They also rent cabins.


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Westchase Q and A: Florida in Summer

Summer begins June 21. We asked Westchase residents what they think about summer in Tampa Bay.

Marissa Martin, The Vineyards

Summer is not my favorite season in Florida. It's way too hot. I prefer winter because of the Christmas season. We also like to snow ski. Summer requires special effort to line up camps and activities for children. We're going on a cruise in August. I was born and raised in Florida so I know how hot and crowded the theme parks can be in the summer months. We won't go to Orlando in June, July or August. We like to go to the beach but you have to go early to find a parking place and miss the worst heat of the day. We're usually heading home by the time the big crowds are arriving.

Dimitry Izotov, Woodbay

I'm originally from Lithuania and my wife is from Belarus. We love Florida even in the summer. I grew up in Fort Myers so I'm used to the heat. We lived in Tampa after we got married and started our family but then my work took us to Chicago for a couple of years. We couldn't wait to get back. I would rather put up with four of five months of hot weather than the same amount of time in the extreme cold. We like to go the beach and by June the water temperature is warm enough to be comfortable. We also like to spend time in our pool and the Westchase community pools. Summer is also the time of year when family members from around the U.S. and abroad can come for visits. We like June because for us it signals family reunions. I think the summer is more relaxed and less stressful with the kids out of school.

Andy Leung, Westchase

We just moved into Westchase. We came from Charlotte, North Carolina. The summers are pretty hot up there so I don't think we'll have any problems adjusting. I went to Ohio State in Columbus and if I had my choice between hot and cold, I'd pick hot every time. But if I could get it without the humidity, that would be great. It does restrict some of your activities but overall it’s not too bad. The longer hours of daylight in the summer mean you have the time to shift outdoor activities into the cooler evening hours.

Molly O'Donnell, Svea Koller, Kasey Clarke, Alonso High School Sophomores

Molly O'Donnell: If I had to describe June in one word it would be "freedom." June means you don't have to stress about school. June means I can do things I like to do: sleep in, go to the beach, hang out with my friends. I don't ever want summer to end. My parents know how much I need a break by June so they're OK with letting me relax until it's time to go back to school in August.

Svea Koller: I love June. It's time to relax and chill. I love to go to the beach with my friends. The beaches can be super crowded in the summer. If we want to just hang out, we go to Clearwater Beach and meet up at Pier 60. If we want to swim, we usually go to Honeymoon Island. It's really hot in the summer but if you can stay close to water, a pool or the Gulf of Mexico, it's great.

Kasey Clarke: I really like June. The best part for me is being able to hang out with friends and not have to worry about anything school related. I like our family summer vacations, too. We usually go to North Carolina or take a cruise.


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Westchase Q and A: Advice for Graduates

We asked Northwest residents what advice they have for young people about to graduate.

Nathan Sidor (Harbor Links) and Callie Alexander (The Greens)
Nathan: The more I do, the more I have to balance the way I spend my time. I have a tendency to procrastinate. My advice to students is what I try to give myself. Look at all you have to do and get the stuff you may not want to do over with first. When it's not hanging over your head you can enjoy the stuff you like so much more.

Callie: You definitely need to balance your school work and your social life. The first priority is your school work. If you procrastinate and fall behind sometimes it's hard to catch up and that will have negative consequences on your social life. I think you can have both, but it's all about balance.

Sean Moran, The Greens
Your parents aren't as dumb as you think they are. Your parents really have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed. They have valuable life experiences that you can learn from, both good and bad. The same goes for your teachers and professors. Talk to them – really talk to them. Have adult conversations. Take advantage of their knowledge. Be patient. It takes time to figure things out, but that's what you've got when you're young; time. Life is a process. Don't skip any of the important steps. Go to class, show up, do the work. The same goes when it comes time to start a career.

Tami Gilligan, West Park Village
I suggest graduates take some time before college or work to really find and enjoy themselves. It's the best opportunity you will have before you have to grow up. I know nearly everyone is eager to get on with life, but if you can manage to take even a short break, to travel, to look into things you didn't have time for while you were in school, I think you will be better prepared for life. I believe it will help you make better decisions. It's like taking a deep breath. Set some life goals and establish a timeline, all the while remembering that you've really just begun, and there is still time to make adjustments.

Grady and Amy Miller, Castleford (Davidsen Middle School teachers)
Grady: All things in moderation, especially in making the transition from high school to college. Be open to the new experiences you will have. Don't close doors that might limit your future. College is a time to expand your horizons. If you are not open, you may miss opportunities that you never knew existed.

Amy: You need to understand that the world doesn't revolve around you. There are many times where you are going to have to be the one making the adjustments, changing your schedule, modifying the way you would prefer to do things, for the common good. Your parents aren't going to be there to fight your battles. You are going to have to be proactive. You will feel stress and you are going to make mistakes but that is one of the ways we learn. When you have a problem it's mostly going to be up to you to solve it. Get an alarm clock and use it. Your parents won't be there to make sure you get up and go to class. College will be, for most, the best four years of your life. Enjoy it. You will have lots of free time but you have to invest it wisely. Be prepared. For example, when an exam is scheduled and you are told you will need a "blue book" it's up to you to find out what that means and where you can get one. College is a time to learn about and develop personal responsibility. You'll really need that when you enter the work force.


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Q and A: Upper Tampa Bay Library

We asked Westchase residents what they thought of – and how they used – the Upper Tampa Bay Library.

Steve Grossman, West Park Village

We used to go a lot when the kids were younger. Our son has graduated and our daughter is a senior. It is a great facility. I have a long commute to work and I used to go with the kids and check out audio books. I still do but you don't have to go to the building. You can use the library's online service to do that now. My wife is an assistant principal at Forest Hills Elementary and we know the value of the library in the education of children.

Paula Levesque, Woodbridge

I used to go a couple of times a month. I would say 80 percent of the time it was to check books. The rest of the time it was to do online research. I don't go as often but that's only because I use their online services.

Jack Marciano, Woodbridge

I think the library is a valuable community asset, 1,000 percent! Just having it here enhances property value. My wife uses it more than I do to download books. I'm not all that computer literate as her. The library is sort of a community center. I've been to meetings there and that's where we go for early voting. I think we are very fortunate to have such a fine facility nearby.

Barry Klipp, The Fords

My wife and I take the kids to the library every two weeks. We always come home with at least 20 books. Our oldest is 5 and loves to read. The youngest is only 1 but loves to look at pictures and to be read to. We usually spend a couple of hours there each time we go. When we have the time, we use the computers so they can get familiar with using the Internet. They really love the children's area called The Hive. They especially like the 3D printer. They like seeing and interacting with other children. Sometimes we go with friends and their kids. It's a fun activity. I have a long commute to work each day so I usually check out a few audio books for my 45 minute drive.


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Q and A: Daylight Saving Time

On March 12, we spring forward again. We asked Westchase residents how they felt about Daylight Saving Time.

Erika Hill, The Shires

I love Daylight Saving Time. I'm a working single-mom and it's great to be able to come home after work and still have time to get out and go for a bike ride with my daughter. I like the change. For me it signals that the seasons are changing; the holidays are coming, football season is here. I don't think we should change things.

Mel Holmes, Keswick Forest

I am opposed to the time change. I think it's bad for the body clock, especially for the children who have to have to get up and go to school in the dark. I think it's a waste of time. We're originally from Michigan and I remember one lady complaining that she thought the extra daylight caused her lawn to dry out. That's kind of funny but I do think we would be just fine without having to change the time twice a year.

Louis Wang, Glencliff (pictured with daughter Gabriela)

I enjoy the extra hour of daylight. I know there is an adjustment but you have to take the bad with the good. Our kids play tennis and it helps with their training. I kind of enjoy it. I don't have any complaints.

Dan Sammartino, Castleford

We are the parents of two young children and Daylight Saving Time can wreak havoc with the bed-time routine around the transition period. My wife and I are also runners and the best time for us is early in the morning before work. It's nice to have at least a little daylight to see where we're going. It's really ironic that the nicest part of the year in Florida is when it gets dark the earliest. I like to go to the community pool on Linebaugh to swim laps and it's best for me when there is still some daylight.


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Q and A: Cycling in Westchase

This month we asked residents what it is like riding a bike in the Westchase area and what can be done to make it safer and more enjoyable?

Kathy Burke, Castleford

I ride for exercise and pleasure. It's so relaxing and beautiful in Westchase. It's almost like the people who developed Westchase made it with cyclists in mind. I think it encourages people to want to ride.

I love the tunnel under Linebaugh and always use it when I ride to the YMCA to work out; it's so convenient and safe.

I'm still afraid of the bike lanes and use the sidewalk to get to the Upper Tampa Bay Trail on the other side of Sheldon. When you're on the trail, you don't have to worry about cars. There are so many other people out riding and jogging that it creates a nice, friendly, safe atmosphere.

I'd like to see drivers more aware of cyclists especially when we have to cross multiple lanes of traffic. Maybe larger signs would be helpful. Cyclists have to do their part, too, by being aware of traffic and riding defensively.

Rick Miller, The Greens

I like cycling in Westchase. It's very scenic and it's a good biking distance to restaurants, stores and it's close to the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. I can also get my exercise riding to the Y to work out. What I don't like is the traffic on Linebaugh. So many drivers are not paying attention to cyclists, especially when they're turning or at crosswalks. They're distracted by their cell phones. I stay on the sidewalk on Linebaugh. Truck side view mirrors get into the bike lane.

You also have to watch out for people backing out of their driveways without looking. Cyclists always have to ride defensively. Maybe stricter enforcement of laws about texting while driving would help but it's more about drivers being more aware and conscientious.

Ryoga Yasui, The Fords

I work at Publix and don't drive a car so my bike is very important to me. It helps me get to work on time. I ride every day. I have not had any problems but I am afraid of cars coming too close. Drivers should watch out for bikes.

Wade Neller, The Bridges

The thing I like best about Westchase are the bike lanes. I like to do group rides and that means riding on the streets. The bike lanes give you some degree of safety.

The thing I like least are the people who have no respect for cyclists or the law. So many fly down Linebaugh at 65 miles an hour talking on their cell phones or texting. Quite often they are weaving in and out of the bike lane.

By Phil Dean


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Q and A: Westchase’s Benefits and Areas for Improvement

What do you love about Westchase and what would you improve? We asked a handful of Westchasers the same questions. Here’s what they offered.

Luke Carrens, West Park Village Apartments

Westchase has great access to shops and restaurants. You almost never have to leave the community. You can walk to many of the places, or walk your dog at any time of the day or night and feel safe. I would like to see apartment residents have the opportunity to recycle like the rest of Westchase. I take my recyclable materials to drop off locations or to my parents’ home. It would much more convenient to have bins at the complex. Apartment residents would like to do their part just like everyone else in Westchase.

Tara Leone, Westchase

I really like the sense of community here. We have access to some many amenities you almost never need to leave. I would love to see something done to improve the traffic on Linebaugh, especially during the rush hours.

Ed Kelly, The Vineyards

Our neighborhood is gated which makes it quiet. It also makes you feel very safe and secure. Westchase is so accessible. It's close and convenient to so much, like downtown and the airport. I really think Tampa needs a light rail system. It would help reduce traffic and make our area so much more attractive to businesses thinking about relocating to the Tampa Bay area.

Joe Matthews, Chelmsford

I love all the recreation facilities in Westchase, especially the heated community pools, the tennis courts and the close proximity to the county recreation center behind the elementary school. I walk four-miles along Linebaugh Avenue for exercise almost every day. It's beautiful. My wife and I have lived in Westchase for 20 years and it has really nurtured us. I suppose reducing traffic would make it better but, in truth, I have trouble thinking about what we could do to improve things. I think it’s pretty near perfect just the way it is.

By Phil Dean


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Q and A: What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe?

Looking for something new for Thanksgiving? 

Maybe one of these favorite side dishes or desserts from Westchase residents will become your family’s new favorite.

Jennifer Foster, The Greens

This recipe is from my husband’s family and is better than the usual green bean casserole.

Corn and Green Bean Casserole

2 cans French style green beans
2 cans shoe peg corn
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 small chopped onion
1 stick butter
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed

Drain beans and corn. Mix the soup, sour cream, onions and cheese. Stir in corn and green beans. Put in airtight container overnight. Spread in 9” x 9” x 3” casserole dish. Melt butter, add the crushed crackers and spread the mixture on top of casserole. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Karen Rich, West Park Village

This is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish. It’s from Ina Garten. It is a lot if work to make, but everyone loves it.

Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash

1 butternut squash, 2 pounds
2 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
6 cups chicken stock
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 ounces of pancetta, diced
½ cup minced shallots
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
1 tsp. saffron threads
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Peel the squash, remove seeds and cut into ¾-inch cubes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes.

Heat the chicken stock and leave to simmer.

Melt the butter and sauté the pancetta and shallots in a large heavy pot. Add the uncooked rice and stir to coat. Add the wine and cook for two minutes.

Add two full ladles of stock, the saffron, 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Stir and simmer until stock is absorbed.

Continue to add stock, two ladles at a time, stirring, until mixture seems dry.
Continue until all stock is absorbed and rice is cooked through but al dente.

Off the heat, add the roasted squash and Parmesan cheese.

Chris Barrett, The Bridges

Yes, everyone associates pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving, but this dessert is a favorite of my daughters as well as my nieces and nephews at every Thanksgiving dinner. After trying it, you’ll never make another box cake again. One taste and you’ll agree – it rivals Wright’s Gourmet Deli’s famous chocolate cake.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

It can be made in two 9” round pans or a 13” x 9” inch rectangular pan.


2 cups white sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or spray with cooking spray) your pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in the boiling water. (The batter will be thinner than you are accustomed to seeing in a cake batter.) Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes for round pans or 35-50 minutes for a rectangular pan – until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. Cool completely and frost with buttercream frosting.

For a deeper chocolate flavor, you can use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. This works very well with the coffee buttercream frosting mentioned below.

Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup butter (2 sticks)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5-6 tablespoons milk

Let the butter soften. Using a mixer on high, beat in the powdered sugar, cocoa power and vanilla. Add milk to desired consistency.

If you want a mocha-flavored icing, add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee to the milk just before adding it. If you’d prefer to try a coffee-flavored icing without the chocolate (it’s delicious!), don’t add the cocoa. Instead add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to the milk before adding it. Reduce the milk, however, to only 1-2 tablespoons or the icing will be too thin.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: How Do You Make Halloween Fun?

Why should kids get to have all the fun on Halloween?

Adults need an excuse to dress up, make treats, and show off their haunting skills too. Take a tip from these Westchase residents on how to make the most of the Halloween season.

Asmita Kakodker

I love to bake and decorate cookies and cupcakes for every holiday, but Halloween is a lot of fun. A couple of years ago I made red velvet cupcakes and dressed them up with decorations I’d bought but now I’ve started making sugar cookies and hand painting the decorations on them.

Michelle Sulzer
West Park Village

We made these ghosts several years ago. I’d seen ones that I liked but they were really expensive. We were able to make these using wire Halloween baskets from the dollar section of Target, white sheets and white string.

The Linder Family
West Park Village

The family that trick or treats together gets the most candy. Terra Linder (Queen Amidala) didn’t have to use too much force to convince not just her husband and children but also her parents and in-laws to dress as their favorite Star Wars character. The dog even joined in.

Larry Sheehan
West Park Village

On Halloween night Larry (Captain Jack Sparrow) becomes the most photographed pirate in Westchase.

November’s Q and A will ask: what's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe? If you have a great side dish recipe that you're willing to share with your neighbors, please email Marcy Sanford at


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Westchase Q and A: Your First Job

In honor of Labor Day we asked a few Westchase residents about their first job.

Sherri Kelly

I grew up in Indiana and had a paper route when I was 14. On the weekends I delivered the morning paper starting at 6 a.m. and on the weekdays I delivered the paper after school. It took me about an hour to walk around my neighborhood but I enjoyed talking to people in the afternoons.

Nicole Whitmore
The Fords

I had my first job when I was 14 at Val’s Pet Supply Store in Royal Oak, Michigan. We sold fish, hamsters, rats, and mice in addition to pet supplies. I liked working there because I loved the animals but it was a little sad when people came in to buy mice as pet food. I still love animals. I have two fish, a dog, and a cat named Hyde E. Clum.

Jason Clark
West Park Village

I made pizzas at Pasquale’s in South Florida. Their meatballs are my favorite pizza topping because they are homemade. We still go there to eat whenever we’re in town.

Nikki Pivnichny
The Bridges

My first job after college was as a police officer. The worst part of the job was dealing with rude and ungrateful citizens but the best part was helping those in need and that every day at work was different. You never knew what would happen.


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Westchase Q and A: Your Favorite Teacher

School is starting soon. A great teacher makes the year great and can influence and help you find your talents.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Kylie Spence
The Greens

Ms. Kimmerling because she is very sweet and planned fun centers and activities. She is a really good reading and writing teacher.

Lela VanLoon
The Fords

My physics teacher in high school. At the time there were not a lot of hands-on activities in science classes but she planned a very interactive class with lots of hands-on labs for us and made physics very interesting. Now that I teach physics, I try to do the same thing for my class. By the end of the year the labs in my classes are completely hands-on and student led.

Brinly Baugess
Village Green

Mrs. Falcon because she made learning fun. She gave us a second look at our tests and learning was a good experience in her class. Plus she made delicious tacos for Taco Tuesdays. 

Bradyn Baugess
Village Green

Mrs. Wade because she was fun and made learning easy. She helped us study and was very nice.

Julia Barrett
Village Green

Mrs. Miller because she was very sweet and did not show any favoritism towards any students. She made learning fun and had an awesome acting camp over the summer.


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Westchase Q and A: Celebrating Independence Day

Fireworks, parades, and cookouts – the Fourth of July is the perfect occasion to show your patriotism and celebrate with family and friends.

What’s Your Favorite Way to Celebrate the 4th of July?

Claire Kelly

I like to go to the Main Street carnival festival with my grandparents in Indiana.

Brooke Ingram
Village Green

I like to go swimming at the pool and have a cookout with friends.

Mike Flannery
Village Green

Blowing things up.

Matt Peaire
Village Green

Watching fireworks at Hilton Head Beach after spending the day there.


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Westchase Q and A: What Do You Like Doing with Dad?

Many countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day in June.

While the idea of a day to honor dads was first presented in the early 1900s in response to Mother’s Day, it did not become an official holiday until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a law making it a national holiday. 

What’s your favorite thing to do with your Dad?

Layla Cain

I like to stay up late and watch scary movies with my dad. I like the zombie and vampire movies but my favorites are the werewolf ones.

Sam Garmendia
The Greens

I like to go to Bucs and Lightning games with my dad.

Aly Johnston
The Fords

I like to play soccer with my dad.

Gavin Peaire
Village Green

I like to go out on the boat with my dad and go fishing. I also like to practice soccer with him.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: What was your favorite vacation?

Before you plan your travels this summer, take some advice from young Westchasers and consider some of these memory-making destinations.

What was your favorite vacation?

Caelyn Rickert
West Park Village

My favorite vacation was to Monterey, California. We stayed with friends who had a huge pool – it was really deep and you could actually dive into it. We went to Big Sur, which is a big cliff with the ocean at the bottom, and we visited San Francisco and drove over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Maddie Sulzer
West Park Village

My favorite vacation was spending two weeks with my grandparents in their RV. We drove to Pennsylvania. We stayed at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground. They have a water park there that was a lot of fun. My grandparents took me to an amusement park called Knoebels, which had a lot of rides. And I got to eat lots of sweets and treats.

Ian Ludlam
West Park Village

Last year, we when we went to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and stayed in a beach house there. We got to body surf and build sand castles and have sand fights. We looked for fish in the ocean and played soccer. We got to watch the U.S. women’s soccer team win the World’s Cup.

Laine Anderson

My friend’s parents surprised him for his birthday with a trip to Orlando and invited my family. We stayed at the Reunion Resort. It has a water park with big slides and a lazy river.


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Q and A: How Do You Celebrate April Fools’ Day?

For some Westchase residents April Fools’ Day is their favorite day of the year.

For others, the day is spent worrying and wondering what will happen next.

Nicole and Cole Fisher
The Greens

My son Cole was born on April Fools' Day. We started playing little pranks on him when he was 9 years old. That year I iced a cake made out of sponges. Each year we get a little bit more creative and, as they've gotten older, his brothers and sister have joined in. I've put a fake roach in his lunchbox, fake poop on his toilet, made fake chicken pot pie, and put poppers on the door to surprise him when he walked in from school.

So far my favorite prank has been when I wrapped his phone with rubber bands and about half a skein of yarn, put it in his backpack as he was leaving for carpool and then called him. He likes it but does get a little wary. He never knows what's going to happen on his birthday.

Sydney Grossman
West Park Village

My mom pulls pranks each year on April Fools’ Day. She has put Vaseline on our doorknobs, made Oreos with toothpaste in the middle, frosted a cupcake with mayonnaise, and put salt in our drinking water at dinner. When I was younger, she sewed my pajama pants shut so I couldn’t put them on.

One year she lined the whole porch with solo cups filled with water so we couldn’t leave the house. She covered my brother’s car in post-it notes. She froze milk in a bowl overnight and then put cereal and milk on top of it so that when we tried to eat it, our spoons got stuck. The worst part is she laughs and laughs about the prank for hours afterwards. It’s the worst day of the year. This year I think I’m moving out for the day.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q & A: What Magical Creatures Touch Your Life?

One of the many things that parenting books don’t prepare you for is the onslaught of magical creatures that will begin visiting your home to give your children candy, toys and money. Sometimes they just drop the booty and head on to the next house. Occasionally, at a few lucky children’s homes, they stay a little bit longer to make the visit a bit more magical.

Julia Sanchez
The Fords

Each year on Easter morning when I wake up, the Easter bunny has left footprints outside my bedroom door leading me to my Easter basket that he left for me.

Collin Sorvillo
West Park Village

Our leprechaun, Seamus, calls us before he comes and leaves a message. On the night of the 16th of March he visits our house and makes a big mess. One time he put our shoes in crazy places like the refrigerator. He leaves green foot prints in the sink but he also leaves candy for me.

Ava Pivnichny
The Bridges

The night before Easter we leave our empty baskets out. The Easter bunny hides them after filling them up. He leaves trails of jellybeans for us to follow to find the baskets. My mom says he did the same thing for her when she was a little girl.

Lauren Clark
West Park Village

My tooth fairy, Toothalena, leaves me notes along with money whenever I lose a tooth.


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Westchase Q & A: How’d You Meet?

Sometimes it’s love at first sight and sometimes it takes a little bit longer to realize that you’ve met the one. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked Westchase residents: How did your spouse and you meet?

Carolyn and Jim Rogers
Harbor Links
Married Aug. 31, 1991

I’d only lived in Tampa for two weeks when a co-worker set me up on a blind date with Jim. I’d moved here from Michigan to work for Merrill Lynch and to escape the cold winters. We went to a New Orleans style restaurant called Fat Jacques on Hillsborough Avenue. We got married three years later.

Sarah Abigail and John Paul Gambino
The Fords
Married Jan. 10, 2009

I had moved back to Tampa from Orlando and lived here for two months. On a whim I decided to go out for drinks one night after work with some friends. We went to a place we’d never been before – The Dubliner Irish Pub. John Paul was a bartender there at the time and he’d picked up a shift from a co-worker who did not want to work that night. As soon as I saw him, I was swept away. Later he told me he felt the same way. Because he was so nice to us, we all gave him our business cards because we worked for the Lightning and offered him tickets. A few days later, he e-mailed and we started dating. We got married two years later.

Lesley and Steve Holroyd
The Fords
Married Feb. 22, 2003

We met when we both were working at HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. We were good friends before we started dating. We dated for 10 months before we got engaged.

Dominique and Jason Sorvillo
West Park Village
Married April 16, 2006

We met when we were freshmen at Boston College. We were at a mixer and the college had paired us together. We hung out with the same group of friends but did not start dating until we were juniors. We dated for 10 years before we got married.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: Favorite Holiday Traditions

Holidays mean family, friends, food and laughter.

By Marcy Sanford

Each year is a chance to relive old traditions or begin new ones. We asked a few Westchase residents what their favorite holiday traditions were.

Lauren Clark
West Park Village

Each year my family plays a present game. The out-of-town family connects through Facetime and plays with us. Each person buys a gift card that we put in a bag. You get a number and when it is your turn you pull a gift card from the bag or you can steal a gift card from someone else. It’s a lot of fun and it’s nice to connect with family that doesn’t live in Florida.

Asmita Kakodker

Diwali is the Hindu New Year and is also know as the Festival of Lights. It stands for the triumph of good over evil, truth over falsehood, and light over darkness. In our home, Diwali is celebrated by cleaning every nook and cranny in the house, making lots of delicious food and desserts, lighting lamps, wearing new clothes, bursting firecrackers, and exchanging gifts with family and friends.

Nick Katzman
West Park Village

A few years ago my neighbor organized a parade on Christmas night and we’ve continued to do it each year. All the kids decorate their bikes with lights and we play music and ride through West Park Village to the big Christmas tree at the other end of the neighborhood. Each year more people are in the parade and last year people came out of their houses and waved at us when we went by.

Alexis and Grant Newman
West Park Village

Each year we go to our grandmother’s house for Hanukah. It is lots of fun to see our cousins and to play the dreidel game and light the menorah. We are an interfaith family and we also celebrate Christmas. For both holidays we try to concentrate on what we are thankful for and think about how we can help others.


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Westchase Q and A: What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dish?

In 1847 Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book, began asking U.S. presidents to make Thanksgiving an annual holiday.

As part of her campaign, Hale printed Thanksgiving recipes and menus in her magazine and published dozen of cookbooks.

Although many states and territories already celebrated Thanksgiving, the day they celebrated varied and it was not widely celebrated in the South. President Abraham Lincoln, the fifth president Hale had asked to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, agreed to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

It’s very likely because of Hale’s influence that we think of turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, and pies as standards for our Thanksgiving meal. And most Westchase residents seem to agree that the turkey is their favorite dish on the table the fourth Thursday of November.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Eloise Jager, The Shires

I really like the turkey. My mom makes a great turkey and potatoes. I like those too.

Ann Bordin, West Park Village

My grandmother is a wonderful cook. She makes great turkey and an amazing sweet sauce. Her stuffing is really good and last year she made apple pie with whipped cream. That was my favorite.

Conner Flannery, The Greens

I like to help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes my dad and I make clams casino. One year we were in New England and we went into the water and got fresh clams. We steam the clams and then sauté them with garlic, onions, basil, breadcrumbs and bacon.

Mary Turnbull, The Greens

We have a very traditional meal of basted turkey, corn pudding, green beans, stuffing, and apple pie. One year we were at Disney for Thanksgiving and on the drive back the family started asking when we were going to have our Thanksgiving meal. They didn’t like the thought of missing it.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: What Was Your Favorite Halloween Costume?

Halloween will be here before you know it. If you don’t have a costume ready yet, perhaps you’ll find some inspiration from these young Westchase residents, who shared their favorite Halloween costumes.

Westchase Power Couple
A.K.A. Gavin and Mackenzie Peaire
The Greens

Mackenzie designed her own Westchase mom costume, complete with a Starbucks cup, matching workout ensemble, Westchase Elementary Visitor’s sticker, and a couple of kids in tow. Not to be outdone, her brother Gavin channeled his father’s look after a week of commuting on the Veterans.

A.K.A. Ava Pivnichny
The Bridges

Ava went with a storybook hero but did not have to mimic the title character’s habit of eating all pink foods, as her mom was able to recreate the look by using dye, lace, bows, and by creating a perfectly matching tiara and wand.

A.K.A. Carly Garmendia
The Greens

Carly hadn’t seen The Wizard of Oz but was hooked on the music and was lucky enough to have a grandmother to hand sew the costume for her.

Red Eyed Ghost
A.K.A. Nicklas Andreasen
The Greens

Nicklas reports that this was his all-time favorite costume because the eyes lit up and people only saw creepy red eyes coming towards them at night. He had to endure trick-or-treating with a battery pack in his pocket and red light bulbs hanging on his face but says it was worth it for the scared reactions he got.

The UPS Guy
A.K.A. Mason Linder
West Park Village

Mason’s mom says she must have done a lot of online shopping that year because Mason came up with the costume idea on his own – even using a delivery box as his treat bag.


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Westchase Q & A: Your First Job

In 1894 the U.S. Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday. In honor of Labor Day we asked a few Westchase residents about their first job.

Rob Sulzer, West Park Village

My first job was with Lukas Nursery in Oviedo, Florida. They had a retail side and a warehouse side but since I didn’t know anything about retail, I had to work on the warehouse side. We had to pull weeds in 100-degree temperatures.  The people working retail made three times the amount of money we did and they got to work in the AC. In the afternoons while I was waiting for my dad to pick me up, I would read the instructions for all the materials inside the store. One day the owner saw me helping a customer and I was promoted to working retail. After college I worked homicide in Orlando. After a few years, I was ready for a change. I ran into a friend who told me he was looking for someone to run the retail side of his nursery in Naples and I told him I could do it.

Merrily Rickert, West Park Village

My mother signed me up with the Actor’s Studio in Canada when I was 14. One time I had to dress up as a pimento olive and walk around grocery stores with a can of olives. Kids running around the store would come up and kick me and push me to see if they could knock me over because I was round like an olive. One day my mom brought the family in to take pictures with me. It was torture. I did get to be an extra in several movies including one with Bette Midler and another where I got to do a fight scene. That part was awesome.

Althea Connery, The Greens

When I was 15 years old I had a job through the Mayor’s Summer Youth program in Buffalo, New York. I scheduled student classes for the upcoming school year. I really liked it because I was able to put my friends in the good classes. Later I went into the medical field and the organizational skills I learned in the program really helped me. Working in the medical field developed my interests in healthy cooking, which brought my to my current job at The Olive Tree. I love working here and helping educate people about healthy cooking.

Larry Sheehan, West Park Village

I had the best first job ever. When I was 16, I worked at the Sand Dollar on Redington Beach renting hobie cats, jet skis, and aqua cycles and setting up cabanas. During the summer, we lived on a condo on the beach and I was able to walk out my front door down the beach to my job. I got to be on the beach from sun up to sun down, got to drive a cherry red jeep on the beach, and met lots of different people. It was hard work but I loved it and never took it for granted.

Compiled by Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: Influential Teachers

Hopefully, you’ve had a teacher or mentor who inspired and challenged you: someone who changed your life’s direction or helped you see the path you should be taking. In honor of teachers and the beginning of a new school year, we asked a few Westchase residents to tell us about their favorite teachers.

Ella Sanford
West Park Village

My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher at Westchase Elementary, Mrs. Milcetich. Before her class, I hated writing but she took time to work with me, talk and taught me how to write. Now I love writing.

Grace Wilcox
The Bridges

My favorite teacher is my band teacher at Robinson High School, Mr. Revett. I play piano in the jazz band, oboe in the concert band, and clarinet in the marching band. Mr. Revett is a really good teacher who helps us all work together and makes band fun.

Martha Wilcox
The Bridges

Our band teacher at Davidsen Middle School, Ms. Cochran, is awesome. She’s funny and entertaining and picks fun music for us to play. She really makes the class fun. We’re a large middle school band and we always get excellent marks.

Dawn Grossman
West Park Village

My tenth grade biology teacher in upstate New York was probably the most inspirational. He was challenging but also took the time to get to know each of us as individuals. He was funny yet firm. He expected each of us to always exceed his expectations while he also provided plenty of opportunity to do so. There was always an opportunity to revisit a grade or assignment because he stressed that the whole point is to understand and learn – not to complete an assignment or test just for a grade.

Carrie Garmendia
The Greens

My favorite teacher was my seventh grade English teacher, Ms. Lawyer, at Stillwater Junior High in Stillwater, Minnesota. She was a young, energetic teacher who gave me confidence in my writing. After seventh grade, I always excelled in the subject. I believe the confidence she gave me later helped me decide to pursue my degree in journalism/telecommunications at the University of Florida.


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Westchase Q & A: Serving Their Country

Since 1776, more than 40 million people have served the people of the United States. We asked a few Westchase residents to share their stories of why they joined the military and what it meant to them to serve and protect their country.

Captain Kathy Peluso
Army 1984-1991

I joined the Army after law school primarily for the adventure. Because of my upbringing as an Army brat, I had a deep yearning to serve our country. I served in a support capacity during the Gulf wars. Although I have always been patriotic, I suppose that is when I felt most patriotic. It was a very exciting time to be in Washington, D.C. and at the Pentagon. It has all been an honor and a privilege.

Lieutenant Colonel Tony Peluso
Army 1967-1992

Since I was 10 years old, there hasn’t been a day when I didn’t want to be a soldier – and that includes every day since I retired. I dropped out of college and enlisted in the Army because majoring in Sociology seemed absurd with a war on. I wanted to serve my country and do something worthwhile. It was a great adventure. I wouldn’t trade one nanosecond of my three airborne tours for a winning lottery ticket. Well, there might have been some days that I’d trade – but not very many.

Sergeant Dione Hodges
The Vineyards
Army 1995-2000

I was academically suspended from college my freshman year of college. My mother offered me options, but staying home wasn't one of them. The military provided me with structure and an opportunity to excel. The best thing about the Army was that everyone was green. The ranks of the military are filled with every ethnicity and social status you can think of, but all of that becomes secondary to accomplishing the mission.

Lieutenant Commander Vince Kirsch
The Fords
Marine Corps 1992-1998
Navy 1998-2012

I was having trouble in college; not really sure what to do with my life. The first war in Iraq was starting and I went to the Marine recruiter on a whim. Next thing I knew I was standing on painted footprints in Parris Island. It was the best decision I ever made. Returning home from a deployment, especially if you’re on a ship, is a very patriotic feeling. When you see U.S. land start to come in to view, it is a good feeling to know you've been gone so that everyone back here could live their lives in relative peace.


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Westchase Q and A: School Memories

When you think back on your school days what do you remember?

A favorite teacher who inspired you or the friends you made? Maybe you were involved with a club or sport that you still participate in today?

Summer break is upon us so we asked a few Westchase students to share their favorite memories of their schools before they move on to new challenges.

Averi Utesch, Keswick Forest
Grade 5, Lowry Elementary
Future Davidsen Middle School student

It’s been very easy to make friends and be involved at Lowry Elementary. I really like everything here. I met my best friend, Valentina, this year. My favorite activity has been the drum corps every Friday morning. I’m getting better at math but my favorite subject is social studies.

Kelly Westmoreland, The Fords
Grade 5, Westchase Elementary
Future Davidsen Middle School student

All of my teachers at Westchase Elementary have been very nice and helpful. If you make a mistake, they are there to help you. Each year I’ve made new friends in all of my classes. The favorite activities I’ve been a part of are drum corps and safety patrol.

Nick Gordon, The Greens
Grade 8, Davidsen Middle School
Future Alonso High School student

I have had some great teachers at Davidsen. I’ve played in the regular band and jazz band all three years and the band teacher, Mrs. Cochran, has been a great teacher and a good friend. Mr. Miller has made history and civics very interesting and Ms. Miller’s ancient history class has been one of my favorites.

Sophia Sayre, The Shires
Grade 8, Davidsen Middle School
Future Alonso High School student

I’ve really enjoyed my math and art classes at Davidsen. Ms. Talamantez teaches algebra by using interactive learning that has really helped me understand it. I have had Mr. Heath’s art class all three years. It is a 3-D art class and we’ve made lots of fun, neat projects. Ms. DeGusipe’s castle projects have been a fun way to use the math skills we’ve learned.

Briana Moya, The Fords
Grade 12, Alonso High School
Future Florida State University student

I have been a part of the student government (SGA) since I started at Alonso and have really enjoyed that. The thing I like most about the school is the diversity. You meet many different people and there are opportunities for everyone here. You can easily find an extracurricular activity that you want to be part of. In addition to SGA, I’ve played lacrosse, and am a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Spanish Honors.

Marissa Young, The Fords
Grade 12, Alonso High School
Future University of Iowa student

There are lots of opportunities at Alonso to get involved. The clubs and sports work around each other so you can play different sports and be involved with clubs that interest you. I am a varsity cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and am involved with SGA. In the leadership classes for SGA, we get to plan and coordinate events for the entire school.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: What Was Your Favorite Vacation?

What’s your idea of the perfect vacation? Being with family? Being alone? Seeing a new place or going to the same spot each year?

Do you like to explore or would you rather curl up with a few good books and ignore the rest of the world?

We asked a few Westchase residents to tell us about their favorite vacation.

Gary Ingram, West Park Village

“My favorite trip was going to Salobrena, Grenada, in Spain with my wife and her sister and her sister’s husband. We rented a house and were able to really explore the area and get to know the locals. I enjoyed talking to them and learning about the history of the area, which goes back 6,000 years. We ate wonderful meals, took great day trips, and learned about Spain’s culture and architecture. We saw some amazing churches. It was a perfect trip.”

Kim Richardson, Radcliffe

My husband and I were able to visit two very different areas of Costa Rica. In Northwest Costa Rica we stayed in a resort with volcano views and hiked trails near the volcano as well as through the rain forest. We went horseback riding through the countryside. One of the most amazing things we did was to zip-line across canyons and over treetops. We repelled down waterfalls. On the Central Pacific Coast we explored the Manuel Antonio National Park, stayed in a quaint bungalow and ate some fabulous local meals.

Desmond and Maryke Curran, West Park Village

One year my wife and I joined the crew of a Windstar Cruise for three weeks as the onboard physician and nurse. The four-masted motor sailing yacht only held about 78 passengers and we sailed around the French Polynesian islands each week. Each day of voyage we woke up just off one of the islands and sailed in while having breakfast. It was absolutely beautiful and magical.

Jennifer Peaire, Village Green

We’ve been going to Hilton Head, South Carolina, for 10 years. Part of the reason I love it is because it is a short, six-hour, drive to get there, and is very affordable. We’ve always stayed at the Sea Pines Resort. Once you get there, you can park your car and don’t have to drive for the rest of the trip. There are bike paths connecting the beaches and pools to the hotel and one that goes to the downtown area. There are lots of activities for children of all ages and adults. When the tide is low, there are tide pools all over the beach and you can find sand dollars. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation. Our children have made friends there that they see each year when we go back.

By Marcy Sanford


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Westchase Q and A: What to Put in the Old Sweetbay Space?

The joy of getting nonperishable food and condiments for 50 percent off faded quickly after Sweetbay closed its doors in 2013.

Its closure left Westchase residents with fewer grocery shopping options and triggered hopes for a quick replacement. While there are still no announced tenants for the space, we asked Westchase residents what they would like to see go into the empty supermarket space on Sheldon Road. What do you think?

John Williams, The Shires

“A cinebistro that shows movies for both adults and children.”

Carmen Hatcher, The Fords

“A good grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.”

John Heller, Village Green

“An indoor basketball court.”

Gabrielle Hogan, West Park Village

“Something like Topgolf.”

By Marcy Sanford


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