February 2019

Early Bird Swim Program: Where Your Workout Goes Swimmingly

Interested in swimming for exercise? Why not consider the Westchase Early Bird Swim Program? A little-known program at the Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway offers early risers the chance to get a workout in before work or other daily obligations take over—often even before the sun has risen.

WCA Board Moves to Save Early Bird Swim Program

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors heard from some angry early bird swimmers at their February meeting, which led the board to postpone a fee increase in order to save the program.

VMs Pass Westchase-Wide Guideline Amendments

Westchase HOA President Ruben Collazo began the Feb. 5 Voting Member meeting with instructions for the VMs to cast their votes for the proposed guideline amendments.

2019 WOW Sylvester Scholarship Application Deadline Is March 5

Have you shown a commitment to academics and community service during your high school career? If so, WOW encourages you to apply for its WOW Sylvester Community Service Scholarship.

WCA Manager Offers Clarification Over Potentially Misleading Flyer

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Manager Debbie Sainz notified WOW that a company is distributing flyers to Westchase homeowners that have led some homeowners to conclude that the WCA endorses and approves the company’s work painting address numbers on the curb. Sainz asked residents be informed that the WCA is not endorsing or approving the painting of address numbers on the curb. Emergency vehicles are equipped with GPS and Westchase's easily seen mailbox house numbers make the additional street painting unnecessary.

Disagreement Over Street Tree Policy Plays Out Between CDD Supervisors and Staff

The February 5 meeting of the Westchase CDD saw supervisors give strong pushback to their CDD engineer’s memo, which suggested Westchase’s street oak trees were a long-term problem that needed resolution.

Giving Grief a New Purpose

Tracy Carathanasis has a story to tell. It’s a profoundly painful tale but the 20-year resident of Westchase tells it because she knows it could save another teenager’s life.

Forest Lakes Boulevard Widening and Reconstruction Update

The county has entered into an agreement with Pepper Contracting Services, Inc. and construction is slated to begin in the first or second week of February. The project will extend along Forest Lakes Boulevard from west of Pine Avenue to west of Race Track Road in the City of Oldsmar.

WOW Presents $26,000 Check to Davidsen to Assist ESE and ELL Students

On Jan. 11 WOW staff presented a $26,000 check to Davidsen Middle School for the Performing Arts, representing the proceeds of last October’s Great West Chase races. The proceeds aimed at helping Davidsen students who have learning disabilities or who speak English as a second language.

Freebooters Donate $4,000 To Local Schools

Using proceeds from their Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament, The Westchase Krewe of Freebooters donated a total of $4,000 to Westchase Elementary and Davidsen Middle Schools in December.

Tampa Bay Woman of the Year Candidates Announced

Mark your calendar! The Ninth Annual Tampa Bay Woman of the Year fundraiser to support the Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) is taking place on Saturday, March 2 at the Sheltair jet hangar from 6-11 p.m.

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