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Volume 20, Number 52        Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:50 AM; Sunset at 5:38 PM.

Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

ARE YOU HAPPY HERE?

You can probably tell that I am, but I know there are some who wish a few things were different so they could really enjoy their lives.  A good way to express your thoughts occurs tonight at the end of the annual “Meet the Candidates” meeting that will run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.
     The program will start with the candidates for our Community Association telling their views of what they would like to see going on in town and answering questions that some of you have submitted in the past two weeks.
     At the end, each of the candidates will step down from the stage and be available for conversations at tables set up around the room.  Be sure to tell them what you would like to see in this community starting next year.  You will be more familiar with each candidate, and you should then plan to vote more constructively on December 4 or 5 … more on that later.
     Light refreshments will be offered tonight starting at 6:30 pm.

NATURE TRAILS

The Sun City Center Audubon Club has taken over management of the two Nature Trails just off Del Webb Blvd West (see page 12 in your Membership Telephone Directory).  The spillway next to the street has been cleaned out by the Club and their volunteers spend a couple of hours a week just picking up and cleaning those walkways through the woods.  It reminds me of my walking through the woods in my native Vermont as a kid.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

In just over two weeks we will have a very special day in Sun City Center starting with a breakfast at 7:30am in the Florida Room and continuing with the annual “Holiday Walk” throughout the Central Campus to visit clubrooms that will be open for inspection and to sell their creative items.
     The bad news?  That will be on Saturday, December 1st !  Good grief.  December already??

And, in Closing,

  • Document Shredding will be available at no charge to members of the Community Association on Tuesday, March 5 from 9 am to Noon.  It will be in the same place in the middle of town as before and I’ll explain that to our newcomers at a later time.
  • During October there were 41 home transactions within historic Sun City Center and our resident count at the end of the month was 11,304.
  • Hats off to the Disaster Team of the Methodist church of SCC. They collected food and supplies to help out folks-in-need in the Florida Panhandle.  They filled a 26' U-Haul truck, a 12' trailer and a pick-up with needed supplies and delivered them to the Apalachicola area.  Don Wolf says ‘Thank you all’ and we say THANK YOU, Don Wolf

/John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 51
Golf Cart Drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:46 AM; Sunset at 5:41 PM.

MINTO SALES OFFICE CLOSES

Jim Sears, a resident of the Renaissance section of Sun City Center, advises that the Minto sales office on Chipper Drive is closing today and that house is being prepared for the new home owners.  Jim provided this photo provided by Minto Communities of the new gated community in Sun City Center, ‘Verona’, taken just 3 months ago.  There is no further development of new property in historic Sun City Center planned at this time.


In this photo, you are looking south from the Sandpiper Grill with most of Renaissance in the picture.  Chipper Drive comes in from the right edge and US-301 forms the distinct boundary at the upper left corner.

And, in Closing,
  • All county libraries will be closed on Sunday, November 11 and again on Monday, November 12 along with most Hillsborough County offices and facilities in observance of Veterans Day.  If you need to know about specific offices, I will send you the full list of openings and closings for Monday, November 12.  Write to me at jbowker103@gmail.com
/John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 50        Monday, November 5, 2018
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 6:43 AM; Sunset at 5:43 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Photo Club Open House

The Sun City Center Photo Club is having an Open House this Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, from 1-3 PM and everyone in Sun City Center and Kings Point is welcome to attend.  The club room is in the new Multi-purpose building at 1203 North Pebble Beach Boulevard (next to the Samaritan Services building).
     This event will showcase the club to the community and to perspective members. The latest equipment and software will be on display.  You will learn about classes they will be conducting shortly.  Membership in this club that offers a unique opportunity for photographers from beginners to advanced photo enthusiasts.  
     There will be light refreshments and door prices.  Information:
1-248-225-7378

Next Monday - Another Memorable Event

Next Monday afternoon our local resident Dr. Samuel Smith will tell you some things you won’t forget.  His theme is “Rethinking Our Sexuality After Prostate Cancer Therapy.”  Dr. Smith is an entertaining speaker who is very capable of not mincing words -- he tells it like it is. 

     This program will be held in Community Hall (Room 3), 1:30-2:30 pm, on November 12.  In his notes he “encourages all participants to bring their spouse or partner to this symposium”. There is no charge for admission, of course.  Information: 727-623-1724

 

Final Meeting on County Transit Study

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization invites all Hillsborough County residents to attend the final open meeting on Thursday evening, November 15 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the SouthShore Regional Service Center, 410 30th Street (just the other side of I-75 in Ruskin).
      We have heard many of the ideas for how to tame the traffic issues in Sun City Center, so it will be interesting to see if any of their plans, including studies of new bus services to Brandon or downtown Tampa, or On-Demand local or regional bus service, may bear on our needs.  We will learn about efforts of non-profit organizations and public-private partnerships
      If you need directions to find this meeting, let me know at jbowker103@gmail.com

And, in Closing,

  • Have you been watching the construction progress of the new Veteran’s Memorial out in front of Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach?  It occurred to me that non-veterans might wish to show their support of the project that Walt Cawein is putting together for us.  You can order a brick to become part of the permanent display there with an inscription of, say, “WE HONOR ALL VETERANS” -- total cost is $100.  If you want more information, write to me and I will forward the details; jbowker103@gmail.com

 /John Bowker    
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Volume 20, Number 49        Thursday, November 1, 2018
Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:41 AM; Sunset at 6:45 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

Is Today THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1?

If so, you will want to spend a few minutes this evening at the annual display of things to do in Sun City Center.  It’s called “Hi Neighbor!” and it’s free!
     Over 90 of our clubs and organizations have set up tables in Community Hall (1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd) to show off the purpose of their groups.  You can ask questions at each one and you can learn what they’re all about without making any kind of commitment.
     The doors open at 6:30 and the tables will be active until around 8 o’clock.

SHERIFF IS CONCERNED

In response to recent events, which include golf cart accidents, golf cart injuries, and other golf cart related incidents, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is holding a forum in November covering Golf Cart operation, safety, and security.
     The program will be hosted by our Deputy, Jeff Merry, to educate golf cart drivers, owners, and motor vehicle drivers within Sun City Center on golf cart operational safety and security, and on current and future laws affecting golf cart operations here.
     All golf cart owners and operators are encouraged to attend these free sessions:

  Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building
  Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. in the Ripple Room, Kings Point North Clubhouse
  Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. in Freedom Auditorium at Freedom Plaza

SEE A NEW VIDEO

Five of the six SCC Board Candidates running for office this fall can be seen in 5-minute interviews on your home computer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcnvFX3swNo
     This program was assembled by Bill Hodges who points out that the candidates drew numbers to establish their position on the video.
     You may well want to ask questions of each candidate once you have seen the video and there is a box and blank cards in the CA Office at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd where you can submit any question for the candidates between now and November 9th. And no, you don’t even have to identify yourself on the card!             Please keep to one question per card but you can put in as many cards as you want.
     Your question will be reviewed by the Election Committee and those that are selected will be asked of all the candidates at the “Meet the Candidates Night” program on November 14.

And, in Closing,

  • Kai Rambow wants to speak with SCC residents who volunteer at the Parrish Railroad Museum. drop him a note at:  cdnrambo@yahoo.com
  • Have you received your flu shot this fall?  They are free and the peak of the flu season is right around the corner!

 /John Bowker   
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Volume 20, Number 43          Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Golf cart drivers:  Sunrise tomorrow will occur at 7:23 AM; Sunset at 7:13 PM.
Golf carts on Sun City Center streets between sunset and sunrise are subject to a fine of $153
Golf Cart drivers must be at least 14 years of age

6 APPLICANTS FOR CA BOARD

Today at 3 PM was the cutoff time for filing an application to run for the Community Association Board of Directors for a 3-year term starting in January, 2019.  The CA immediately announced the candidates who had completed the application process as follows: Mike Killian, Doug Seipelt, Sam Sudman, Peter Aluotto, Larry Smith, and Dolores Whitfield.
       The next step in this process will be a “Meet the Candidates Night” to be held Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM in Community Hall.  Between now and then, there will be interviews in the local press telling us more about each of the candidates.  And then on December 4th and 5th, CA Members can cast their votes to select three of those six candidates for the Board.    
       The three candidates with the most votes will begin their 3-year terms of office during the first week in January joining the other 6 board members whose terms continue. 

CHANGES TO 674

We had a chance to speak with the principals who will manage all the work on State Road 674 starting in about a month.  That construction program will be managed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and will continue to the fall of 2020. Except for signs, we probably won’t see any “shovel in the ground” work start until early November this year.
      The sidewalk running along the north side of 674 was clarified today.  There will be a 2-foot buffer next to the 674 driving pavement and then a 5-foot wide “bike path” that is clearly not a golf-cart path will be constructed along its full length.

And, in Closing,

  • The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club will be hosting a match with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM.  Major Ura, Captain Jackson, Corporal Pekarek, Deputy Merry, and CSA Mortimer will take on members of the Lawn Bowling Club.
  • Recycle your old Cells or Smartphones.  SouthShore United Church of Christ at 1501 LaJolla Avenue collects old phones and works directly with a firm that takes the phones or iPads of any type and finds homes for them and/or disposes of them to produce useful recycling materials.
  • The SCC club "Gone Stampin" will be holding its bi-annual handmade greeting card sale on
    Tuesday, October 9th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Central SCC Campus Sandpiper
    Room. 
    Everyone is welcome to our sale, including non-SCC residents.

    Each card is priced at just $1.00 and nearly all the money is donated to charity.
  • Beginners are welcome to learn this easy and fast Hand & Foot card game that is lots of fun!  We meet at 6:30 PM every Thursday in the Caper Room.  Information at scarb2rita@hotmail.com

/John Bowker    
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