StrawBerry Ridge is an adult, gated community located in Valrico, FL. There are 867 homes in The Ridge. The community boasts indoor and outdoor pools, spas, a brand new Fitness Center, Activity Center, and Clubhouse. There are tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a ceramics shop and a woodshop. In addition to all the various activities, there is also a library and billiards room on premises. StrawBerry Ridge has so much to offer. Why would you want to live anywhere else!
Wednesday Night Supper Menu for 3/12 5:00-6:30PM at Clubhouse 1/4 lb. Hot Dog with toppings.. chili, sauerkraut, cole slaw, pickle relish, onion, etc. Assorted Chips Coconut Cake OR Chocolate Cake Soda
Thursday, March 13th
6:30PM at Activity Center
ST PATRICK'S DAY DINNER/DANCE
Saturday, March 15th at the Clubhouse
Corned Beef & Cabbage starting at 5:00PM Dancing with Rhythm Makers at 7:00PM
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Dorothy Lota, 418 Boxcar Way, passed away on 3/3 at Brandon Regional Hospital. Dorothy was involved in Red Hats, the Singers, and also volunteered at the hospital. She will be missed. Burial will be in New Jersey. Our sincere condolences to all her family and friends! http://www.vanderplaat.com/obituaries.php?id=3569 It was recently learned that Florence Ames, 3609 Petticoat Junction, passed a couple months ago at a Miami facility. Her husband, Mahlon Ames, passed in 2011. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her family! Rest in Peace, Flo.
Restrictions are for all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County
Irrigation must be accomplished prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.
Any one zone of a property may only be watered once during the allowable day, NOT both in the morning and evening.
Homeowner associations are prevented from requiring property owners to replace plant materials to meet aesthetic standards.
Use of wading pools or other recreational devices shall be discharged or emptied onto a lawn or landscape area requiring irrigation.
These rules apply to all sources of water including well water and surface water.
Addresses ending in the number 0, 1, 2 or 3:
Monday and/or Thursday
Addresses ending in the number 4, 5 or 6:
Tuesday and/or Friday
Addresses ending in the number 7, 8 or 9:
Wednesday and/or Saturday
Locations with no address(common areas, entry areas)
Locations with mixed addresses(office complexes, shopping centers)
Detailed Information New Plants and Grass On days 1-30, beginning on the day of installation, new plant material including turfgrass may be watered any day of the week, but not between the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On days 31-60, new plant material including turfgrass may be watered as follows: Even-numbered addresses may only water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; Odd-numbered addresses, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses may only water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Following this period all new plant material is considered established and must follow the regular watering day restrictions outlined above.
NOTE: All new plant material (new or replacement turfgrass or new plants/shrubs) must cover at least 50% of an irrigation zone in order to water with an in-ground sprinkler system during the establishment period. If not, the new plant material must be hand watered following the same time of day and day of week restrictions for new plant establishment. (Ex: If you purchased one flat of grass plugs to place throughout your front yard to fill in bare spots, this would not cover 50% of an irrigation zone. Hand watering would be required). Additionally, only those zones containing 50% new plant material may be watered, not the entire yard. (Ex: If you had your entire front yard re-sodded, but not your backyard, only those zones covering the front yard could be run during the establishment period. The back yard zones would have to remain on the regular watering schedule. Most irrigation timers have an A & B program. Program A can be set for the regular watering. Program B can be programmed for multiple days to only water those zones containing the new plant material during the establishment period).
Low Volume Irrigation Low volume irrigation is defined as a maximum of one half gallon per minute (30 gallons per hour) per emitter. Low volume irrigation is not approved for lawns or turfgrass. Low volume irrigation of plant materials other than lawns and grass is allowed any day at any time. The use must not be wasteful and unnecessary.
Hand Watering Hand watering of plant materials other than lawns and turfgrass may occur on any day and at any time. Hand watering of lawns and turfgrass may only occur during the designated day and time for irrigation of established lawns and landscaping at that address.
Chemical Treatment If chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are applied to your lawn or landscape plant by a certified professional applicator, they can be watered in according to manufacturer’s instructions within 24 hours of the chemical treatment: the evening of the application, or the morning afterward. Applying water following a chemical treatment by a certified professional applicator is allowable on your non-designated watering day provided a dated chemical advisory marker showing the date of application is visible in the yard. All such watering must be prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM. If you apply a chemical treatment to your lawn or landscape plants yourself, the watering in of those chemicals must be done on your designated watering day for your address prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.
Allowed on any day at any time, but requires the use of a self-canceling nozzle on garden-type hoses. Pressure WashingandDecorative Fountains No restrictions, yet residents are asked to still use water conservation methods.
Irrigation System Maintenance Irrigation systems may be operated during restricted days or hours for cleaning and maintenance purposes, but limited to ten (10) minutes per week. An attendant must remain visibly on site during the entire cleaning and maintenance operation.
Enforcement More aggressive water shortage action may become necessary, including stringent enforcement, such as issuing a citation without first issuing a warning.
I am happy to report that the new Thrift store is being utilized by our residents! I have set a date in March on Wednesday the 12th in the parking lot of the Activities Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for residents to bring their donations to the store's van. This is a trial event to save the residents going to the store themselves. We ask that you bring your items to the white van labeled “Life’s Treasures”. I will be there along with Cheryl Ann Haley who is the new store Manager. If you do not have any donations come by and get their calendar of special pricing events, or sign up online for their monthly information. The store accepts most anything, and is now in great need of household items, craft items, and home décor. If you have furniture or large items that you cannot bring yourselves, please call Cheryl Ann to set up a time for them to pick them up. The store phone number is (813) 653-4616. Thanks to everyone for all the support and donations made to Hospice. We only take care of patients in Hillsborough County. If you are in need of Hospice’s services, you can reach them at (813) 877-2200 and ask for the Admissions Department.
The StrawBerry Ridge Friendship Club will be having their meeting in March with a dinner out at Ruby Tuesday on Sunday, March 9th. We will meet at the Activity Center at 2:30 PM that afternoon to carpool. Guests are invited and asked to RSVP to Pat Tracy at 653-1110 before March 7th so that reservations can be made. Our Comedy Hour in February was well received with reports of laughter still being heard from residents throughout the week. The movie " Last Vegas " starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Keven Kline, is scheduled for our April meeting on Sunday April 13th. Movie to start at 2:00 PM. If you missed seeing this at the theater, reserve your seat for this showing. Rated at PG 13 so one must show their ID to be seated. No Blushing allowed.
Carol Lord, 3518 Whistle Stop Lane, passed on 2/13 after a long illness. We offer our most sincere condolences to her husband Richard. More details will be posted when available.....
Former resident, Margaret Jackson, age 84, passed away on February 4th at The Villages where she lived with her son and his wife. Margaret and her husband Walter lived on Whistle Stop Lane for many years. Walter passed away in September 2013. Margaret loved Bunco, and she loved her sports. If you called her when a ballgame was on tv, she would not answer the phone. There will be no services. If you would like to send condolences to Randy Jackson and wife, they are at 616 Keller Court, The Villages, FL 32163.
Mary Anderson, 134 Sky Ridge Drive, passed on 2/3/14. Mary enjoyed partaking in many of the activities in the Ridge and was always a friend to all! Her husband, George, preceded her in death. Rest in Peace, Mary! There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Clement Catholic Church, 1104 N. Alexander St, Plant City, on Friday, Feb. 7th, at 3:00PM. Visitation will be from 2:00PM until 3:00PM. There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life at the SR Clubhouse on Friday at 6:30PM. Light refreshments will be served following the service at the Clubhouse. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tbo/obituary.aspx?n=mary-anderson&pid=169538118
Recently it was announced that we were trying to put together a new organization/club in the park. This group would provide volunteers to help when you really need a little support or assistance and for whatever reason you don’t have someone else to call on. Maybe you have just had a procedure and can't walk your dog for a few days. Maybe you need a ride to the hospital, store or doctor’s office, or need help to bring in the paper, change a light bulb, lift or move something that you can't do alone. Sometimes we just need a little advice or someone to bounce an idea off of. Specifically we are not looking to duplicate services that are commercially available, such as home health aid or personal care aid. We are not seeking payment for the things we do. We would be doing the things you might otherwise ask a friend, relative or neighbor to do if they were available, but you don’t have anyone else that you can think of to ask. We have found that the idea is well received in the park, but we have not found as many people volunteering as we expected. Even those who volunteered verbally have been tied up with the holidays, and we haven’t been able to get the information from them that we would need to sign them up. Around the holidays is always a bad time to get people to pay attention to detail. So we aren’t going “live” just yet. That is, we are not able to offer a service yet, but again are asking for volunteers to contact any one of us to get the signup form, complete it and return it to us. The preferred method of contact would be email or call and give your phone number AND email address, as that will allow us to email you the signup forms and future updates on the program. If you don’t get an answer or return call quickly, try another name on the list since we, too, have other obligations. The goal is to go live by the end of March, but to do so we need your help.
When new people move into StrawBerry Ridge, there is nothing nicer than a visit from a friendly neighbor. If you are new to StrawBerry Ridge and didn't get a call, please contact Dawn Cofrancesco at 436-0882.
The Ceramics Shop (The Berry Clay Pit) is located in the new Fitness Center on Strawberry Ridge Blvd. It is open for classes on Tuesday at 6:00PM, Thursday and Saturday at 9:00AM. The fees are very nominal. They have everything you will need to get started. In addition to nourishing your creative side, you will find many new friends there. The Ceramics Sale each year is a very popular event, and the people line up early to get in the door to see all the bargains. And if you need a gift, they always have finished products available for sale. Why not stop by and check it out sometime or call Barbara Edwards at 643-6067 for more information.
Hello Bingo players: Come join us at Strawberry Ridge Bingo every Wednesday night. We have a lot of fun. We kick off the event with a great dinner for $4.00 at 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Bingo cards go on sale at 6:00 pm. We stop selling cards at 6:45. Cost of the cards is as follows: Hard cards are 3 for a dollar, special paper cards (Speed Ball) are 50 cents and three games on progressive three card papers for 25 cents. The most popular is the special wild card number which pays all of what we take in for $1.00 (most games in past have paid out over $100.00). The residents of Strawberry Ridge can pay .50 cents for the hot ball number for the strawberry jar. All of our regular games on the hard cards have a payout that is determined by how many people play (we have been averaging about $10.00 and $15.00 for regular games). If you have never played bingo, come and join us. We have people waiting to help you with the rules of the game. Dabbers are $l.00.
The Strawberry Ridge Art Guild is now meeting each Thursday morning from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM in the Activities Center. We welcome back our art friends from up north.Someone once said that deep down inside all of us have an artistic desire just waiting to burst out. What if your artistic ability was to be able to paint a picture, and you did not know it. You may think that you have no talent for painting, but until you try with someone to guide and help you—you could be wrong. If you already know you have a desire to paint, come join us for the fellowship of other artists and perhaps pick up a tip or two. By: Wilma Hall 689-8988
By: Carol Tate 643-1015 firstname.lastname@example.org RENTER OR OWNER? If you are a resident living in a home that is owned by a relative or someone else, please let me know to make sure I include your name in the next directory and not the owner. NEW RESIDENTS: Several new residents have contacted me with their name, address and phone numbers. Thank you. ALL CURRENTResidents should continue to notify me of any changes to your name, address, or telephone number. E-MAIL ADDRESS: If you would like it included in the next directory, please call or E-mail me with the information. The 2014 phone books have been delivered. If you have changes for the 2015 book, contact Carol.
STRAWBERRY RIDGE GOLF will resume on Monday, December 2nd. Anyone interested in having some fun golf is welcome to join us. We play at Diamond Hill Golf Course every Monday morning starting at 9:00AM. Both men and women are in the group, and it is a scramble golf league. There's no pressure, only fun! Contact Jim Waliga at 684-1935 or email@example.com for the specifics. We look forward to hearing from you!
From time to time, we all need extra help. Isn't it nice to know that we have a Lending Closet in StrawBerry Ridge! If you need to borrow any type of accessory to assist you in your time of need (wheelchairs, commodes, crutches, walkers, etc.,) contact Barbara Phillips 681-5188 or Barbara Knecht 689-0776 or Steve Hurley 315-9487. Any one of them can assist you and provide the needed accessory if there is one available.
PENNY BINGO IS PLAYED EVERY MONDAY! Play starts at 1:00PM on Mondays at the Clubhouse. Remember to bring your pennies! Just think of all the fun you can have just on pennies! Contact Mary Phillips at 654-7955 if you have questions.
How would you like to be of help to your community with the least amount of effort? The Neighborhood Watch Patrol could use your help. All it would require is spending one night a month driving around the community to make sure all is safe and secure. Or perhaps you would like to be a Block Captain. You would be responsible for contacting your neighbors in the event of a crisis of some sort. Both jobs are very much needed and can be very rewarding. If you feel you could volunteer a few hours a month, why not give Lisa Stropes a call at 684-9431. They meet on the second Tuesday of every other month at the Activity Center at 7:00PM. Next meeting Tuesday, March 11th.
would like to take this time to introduce myself, Amy Lumpkins, as the new
Chairperson of the New Entertainment Team of Strawberry Ridge. I personally would like to thank the members
of this great club for the confidence they have shown in me by allowing me to take on this
position. I have only been a resident of Strawberry Ridge for two years and
already feel a strong attachment to all the residents, and I value your
companionship very highly.
It is my
intention to follow on in the same manner and direction the club has been
operating. I need the support of
everyone to keep the activities and momentum going. This is a good start and a clear indication
that there is a need for entertainment and activities in the park.
The new team
consists of Carole Felicia, Bev Pennington, Mary Phillips, Linda Lumpkins, and Amy Lumpkins. If anyone is interested
in helping with activities and events, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at
813-650-3196. We welcome any volunteer to help out with our events to make them successful.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams StrawBerry Ridge has their very own CERT Team. They meet every other month at the Activity Center at 6:30PM on the 2nd Thursday. There are many training programs available to CERT. If you would like to join this valuable venture, call Marty Sullivan at 684-2735. Watch the Toppings and the StrawBerry Ridge Blog to learn when the next meeting will be held. NEXT MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 6:30pm.
Have you ever wished there would be an easier way to get help when you have an item for sale, are looking to buy, or need some help? What if you lost or found an item? Are you looking for a way to offer your services to other residents? Check out the STRAWBERRY RIDGE ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD at http://strawberryridgebulletinboard.blogspot.com/. All you need to do is click on COMMENTS under the appropriate post and submit with the necessary information. Please allow adequate time for the posts to go online as they have to first go to an administrator. You must list your contact information if you want it to be posted. To read what others have posted, you would also have to click on COMMENTS under each post. All comments will be removed after one month or when the event has passed. This blog will be an experiment to see if there is any need for it. There are also bulletin boards for residents to use inside the Activity Center (by the SRHA Office) and Clubhouse (by the billiards room.) It is our hope that you will find this blog useful.
The above Bulletin Boards are to be used by STRAWBERRY RIDGE RESIDENTS only.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR ITEMS OR EVENTS OPEN TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE RESIDENTS may be placed on the Bulletin Boards at the above locations along with the Resident's Name, Telephone Number, and the Date of Posting. Individual Clubs in StrawBerry Ridge may post flyers for upcoming events as they occur during the year. NOTICES AND/OR POSTERS may be displayed for a maximum of 30 days. It is the responsibility of the party who posts the item to remove it as soon as the activity is completed. These boards must be properly maintained and in good condition at all times. ITEMS FOR SALE by individual residents belong on the appropriate boards on a 3 x 5 card only at either the Clubhouse (next to the billards room) or at the Activities Center (next to the SRHA Office.)
The Strawberry Toppings is published monthly and distributed to the homes by volunteer carriers. To submit your articles for the Toppings, they must be in by the 15th of each month prior to the month of publication. You may send your articles to Bob Burfitt, Editor, at email@example.com or take them up to the Sales Office. Fred and Amy Lumpkins are in charge of distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help deliver the Toppings or if you did not receive a Toppings by the 1st of the month, please call them at 381-3219 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read past issues of the Toppings, see the Toppings Blog at http://strawberrytoppings.blogspot.com/.
If you know of a StrawBerry Ridge resident who has passed away, please contact Barbara Knecht at 689-0776 so that a card might be sent. Please notify Chris Ritter at 654-2940 to have it put on the StrawBerry Ridge Blog and channel 95 or email email@example.com.
Teresa Fuller is the Manager at StrawBerry Ridge. Her door is always open. Teresa is available by phone during regular business hours (689-9423) or you can send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first Saturday of every month, a different organization sponsors the Coffee Hour. The monthly Coffee Hours are sponsored by the SRHA. If your group is interested in hosting, you may sign up on the Bulletin Board at the Clubhouse or contact any of the SRHA Directors. See you at the Clubhouse! To learn more about the SRHA, go to http://strawberryridgehomeownersassociation.blogspot.com/.
The StrawBerry Ridge Veterans Club has an on-going charity drive to
collect useful items for the residents of the Haley's Cove Community
Living Center, formerly the James A. Haley Veterans Residence Center.
If you would like to contribute, you may drop off any items to any of
the members of the Vet's Club. They will even be happy to pick them up
at your home if you give one of them a call. These are the items most
White Socks, White T-Shirts (no sleeveless), White Socks for
Diabetics, Ball Caps, Caps with ear flaps, Knitted caps, Disposable
Razors, Denture Brushes, Denture Cleaner, Toothbrushes, Tooth Paste, shampoo, deodorant, Wheelchair Gloves (no
fingers), any Paperback Books, Men's Body Wash and Cologne, Combs, Hair
Brushes, Large Print Magazines, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, Ink Pens, and A and AA batteries.
donations are MOST appreciated! We are so thankful for our Veterans!
Terry Bobb is in charge of this for the Veterans and can be reached at
661-3052. To learn more about the Veterans Club, see their blog at http://strawberryridgeveteransclub.blogspot.com/.