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Westchase Pioneers Recall Westchase’s Early Days

There were no covered wagons or log cabins, but the folks who bought the earliest homes in Westchase were pioneers nonetheless. In November 1991 Don and Susan Nikolas bought the first house in the Westchase Community Association, 9803 Bennington Dr. in Bennington, a village carved out of land scraped clean by bulldozers and sitting at …

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WCA Board Discusses Budget Preparation, Capital Improvements and Cell Phone Tower

Before officially opening July’s WCA Board of Directors meeting, President Shawn Yesner opened the floor to residents who wanted to address the board. Nancy Sells, voting member from Harbor Links/The Estates, took the opportunity to praise Greenacre properties and asked WCA Vice President Joaquin Arrillaga to speak on record about the management company. “They are …

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Voting Members Approve All but Two Amendments to CCRs and Bylaws at July Meeting

Joaquin Arrillaga, vice president of the WCA board, called the July 12 Voting Members (VMs) meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Arrillaga stood in for WCA President Shawn Yesner, who was not in attendance. After completing the roll call and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, all VMs present at the meeting voted to approve the …

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CDD Hears Pushback on North Cell Tower from Shires Residents

At the July 12 meeting Westchase CDD Supervisors sought authority over sidewalk tree permits while Shires residents voiced disapproval of a proposed cell tower. CDD Engineer Robert Dvorak reported that while exploring ways to increase outflow from the large lake adjacent to Stonebridge and Sturbridge, he had recently attended a field trial of new technology …

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Discovery Pass Returns to Hillsborough County Public Library

Tampa Bay is home to so many great museums and attractions, and HCPL is making these outings more affordable. The Discovery Day Pass has returned to local HCPL branches, offering a one-time admission or tour to several area attractions on a specific date. Reserving these free passes has also gotten easier with the library’s new …

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A Fond Farewell and a Familiar Face Returns at Westchase Rec Center

After three years as site supervisor, Vince Bowers is taking on a new role with Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation. Bowers, who recently welcomed a baby girl, will now be working in the finance department, a role that will allow him to spend more time with his growing family. “It’s a win-win for us,” stated …

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Making Sense of College Admissions for Florida State Schools

It happens every spring. Word of who got accepted where—and who didn’t make the cut despite their stellar stats—begins to spread like wildfire. And panic sets in. To add to stress levels in the most recent application cycle, the top schools in our state saw record levels of applicants. On Feb. 25, as the University …

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VMs Approve All Residential Guideline Amendments at June Meeting

At their June 14 meeting, the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) took their second of two votes on about 40 different amendments to the Westchase Residential Guidelines, which cover the use and appearance of Westchase yards and home exteriors. The first vote was held at the May 10 meeting, where all but four proposed guidelines passed. …

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