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!


.......F.L.O.W. COMING TO THE RIDGE ON 7/26 FROM 9AM TO 2PM........

JULY 26th

Happy Birthday to Jim Bateson!


Tuesday, July 26th

In addition, there are many activities/events that take place every week, and there is also a nice library, puzzle closet, etc. for your use. Some of the activities are on hiatus for summer months, so please check the SR calendar (link below) on the Blog for additional information. Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop and the Pools. Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for more info. 



This is an important informational meeting.  New members are also welcome to attend.  If you have a spouse or family member who was a member of our armed forces or that of our allies, you are eligible to join.  Looking forward to seeing all members!



Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections
StrawBerry Ridge Precinct 819
 Bob Ledoux, Clerk (813)-293-1822

Since we have so many new residents in the past months, this is a reminder that you can register to vote with Bob Ledoux, Clerk of our precinct. All voting takes place in the Clubhouse, located at the entrance of our community. For more info, call Bob at (813)-293-1822 or go to:

Primary Election for local elections such as Judges, County Clerk, etc.  Registration deadline August 1, Early voting August 15 - August 28
Election day, August 30th, at the clubhouse 7AM to 7PM.

General Election for election of the President, Senator, etc.  Registration deadline October 11, Early voting Oct. 24 - Nov. 6
Election day, November 8th, at the clubhouse 7AM to 7PM.

Please be sure you are registered to vote!





Dorothy Hill
(from Tampa, FL)
413 Klickety Klak Lane

Donald & Cynthia Brown
(from Valrico, FL)
3605 Cinder Drive

Andrea Cruz
(from Valrico, FL)
204 Taho Circle

Joseph and Donna
Gerace (from Lithia, FL)
407 Coastline Way

James Compertore
(from Gibsonton, FL)
3612 Cinder Drive

William (Mel) and Linda
(from Dover, FL)
208 Taho Circle

Tamela & Victor Vishnevsky
(from Brandon, FL)
116 Strawberry Junction Lane


Dan & Traudel Deeds

Ramon & Juana Lopez

Tom & Alcine O’Toole

Steve & Sharon Hurley

Paul & Joan Hanlon


 7/2 – Edward Alexander
 7/3 – John Cook
 7/3 – William Lacovara
 7/5 – Bette J. Lafferty
 7/5 – Joy Waldrop Johnson
 7/9 – Tom Beckmeyer
7/10 – Steve Hurley
7/10 – Leo Maida
7/11 – Betty Bailey
7/12 – Traudel Deeds
7/13 – Mary Phillips
7/14 – Mary Buck
7/14 – Jeanette Stewart
7/16 – Richard San Jule
7/17 – Daughn O’Neill
7/20 - Bob Helmer
7/23 -  Jim Moulton
7/24 – Joan Hanlon
7/25 – Jim Dahms
7/25 - Fred Pollman
7/26 – Jim Bateson
7/27 – Tony Barcelona
7/27 – Tom O’Toole

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9 AM – 2 PM

Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles places a high value on customer service. They provide a convenient method to renew a driver license, obtain a replacement driver license, change a name or address on a driver license, get an identification card, renew a vehicle registration and purchase a specialty license plate. They also offer the Department’s critical safety services such as emergency contact information registration and safety campaigns. 


Due to the increased amount of videos added to the Blog, I've been forced to make a change to accommodate the growing number of people that are using mobile devices to access the Blog.  Videos take much longer to upload, and that has slowed down the loading of the Blog on mobile devices to the point that the apps will crash.  Therefore, from now on, the videos will be posted on the YouTube channel which you can access from two different places on the sidebar of the Blog. Please make it a regular practice to check our YouTube Channel regularly. The only exception to this will be video of the Community Channel which is updated regularly and any video that is not associated with a particular event. The link for our YouTube Channel is below. Please bookmark it so that you can access it easily.



The QUILTERS meet every Tuesday at the Clubhouse starting at 6:00PM.  Beginner or Advanced Quilter.....ALL ARE WELCOME!  Questions.....Contact Pat Dunlap   689-6195 


Just a heads up a what to look forward to August and September.....

On August 20 we will be having an Urban E Recycling at the main clubhouse from 9 AM to 1 PM. 

The complete list is:  Computers (desktop & towers,) Servers, Hard drives, all circuit boards, UPS battery units, PC monitors (flat screen only,) Printers, Copiers, DVD players, VCR's, Earphones, Modems, Cable Boxes, Satellite Receivers, Routers, Lead Acid Non-Spillable Batteries, Lithium Ion Batteries, Cellphones/Mobile Phones, Telephones, Tele[phone Systems & hardware, Insulated Cable & Wire, Video Games/XBoxes, Laptops, Ipads & Tablets, Kindles & EBook Readers, USB Cords & Batteries, Medical Electronics, Flat Screen TV's.

ITEMS NOT RECYCLED:  CRT monitors, Televisions, Paint or Varnish, Household Batteries, Glass Bulbs. 

So start looking around your house for things that might be able to be recycled for FREE. It is up to you to bring it to the clubhouse. The SRHA will not be making pick ups.


On September 17th. we will be having Music By the Water at the outdoor pool area from 6 PM to 9 PM. This year we will have a DJ to entertain us. So bring your snacks, something to drink and even a chair if you want. This event is totally FREE. Our DJ will also take requests. Look more information on the blog, September Toppings along with being posted on all bulletin boards.

HURRICANE SEASON - June 1 to December 1

Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. With hurricane season upon us, we should start making our plans in the event one comes our way. The following information is for people who have special needs and need help in evacuating:

There are several Special Needs (Medical) Shelters in Hillsborough County. A special needs shelter is a temporary emergency facility capable of providing care to residents whose medical condition is such that it exceeds the capabilities of the Red Cross Shelter but is not severe enough to require hospitalization. Health Department doctors and nurses support these shelters. You must be pre-registered before the hurricane. Early registration allows emergency officials to quickly identify and check on those that need medical attention. Special Needs applications are available by calling Hillsborough County's Infoline at (813) 272-5900 or the Hillsborough County Health Department (813) 307-8063. This will help in determining which shelter they should go to and what, if any assistance they require to evacuate. You can pick up a form at the SRHA Office or download it at  They will also be available at Wednesday Night Bingo through 5/27.  Once you fill out the form, the SRHA will be happy to fax it in for you.  It only needs to be filled out once.  The country will contact you each year to update it.  All info is confidential!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WITHOUT SPECIAL NEEDS, be advised that the following shelters are the closest to us. You will be advised as to which one(s) are open for each event:

Valrico Elementary, 609 S. Miller Rd.
Nelson Elementary, 5413 Durant Rd.
Mulrennan MS, 4215 Durant Rd.

For a list of items you should take with you, see

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR PET,  call 813-744-5660 or go to  The ones that accept pets are:

Shields Middle School 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin
Bartels Middle School 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd
Smith Middle School 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr. Citrus Park
Burnett Middle School 1010 N. Kingsway Rd, Seffner for more info.

Everyone should file their emergency contact numbers with the Sales Office in the event of an emergency.  This is especially true for those residents who live alone.  With that info in their file for you, it will be much easier to contact a relative in the event of any emergency.  This is a good time to prepare your home by making sure that all trees around your home are trimmed and that the exterior of your home is in good order. You can also start stocking up on batteries, non-perishable food, and water. Make sure that you don't let your medications run out. Keep the gas tank in your car full. Have some cash on hand. Have you had your hurricane straps checked recently to make sure that they are secure? Do you have a cellphone in the event that our phone service is interrupted for a long time? There is a government-sponsored program that will provide individuals who quality with a free cellphone. To see if you qualify, go to

For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to


By Rose Panella

As of April 1st we have started a new year for the membership in the Homeowner’s Association. This is the time to join. A one-year membership goes from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017 and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2019 and the cost is $15.00. I have posted on the indoor and outdoor bulletin boards a list of people whose membership expired as of 3/31/16. If you’re not sure, please call me and I will let you know if you do. If you do renew or want to join, at the Activity Center, there is a bulletin board just left of the SRHA Office and a folder with blank application to join. Yes, even if you are renewing your membership, a new form needs to be completed. Again, if you have any questions, please contact me.


If you have cable tv with Bright House, you can receive the StrawBerry Ridge Community Channel. There is much useful information for all the residents on the Community Channel. Why not take 20 minutes and sit down and relax and watch the whole thing scroll. It is updated regularly for you, so be sure to check it often.  If you have an analog tv, you will find it on channel 95.  If you have a digital box, you will find it on channel 98-1.  (Some tv's have analog tuner AND digital tuner, then you will have both 95 and 98-1.)  And if you are using a hi-def tv with a smartbox (or dvr,) it will be on channel 732. The Community Channel can also be accessed from the Blog (at the top of the right sidebar.)


Soliciting is NOT allowed in StrawBerry Ridge. If someone comes to your door that you do not do business with, DO NOT allow them inside your home. Inform them that soliciting is not allowed and that you are calling the office to report them. Then call the SR Sales Office and report this immediately. Keep your doors locked at all times.


There are always many wonderful things going on in StrawBerry Ridge. And it’s easy to keep informed on it all. Here are a few to mention:

There is a great Phone Directory that is updated every year. It contains all kinds of useful information…a listing of all the residents and their phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. You will also find contact info for the Sales Office, the Homeowners Association, and a listing of all the clubs and activities along with contact info. The phone directory is free to all residents. If you don't have one, call Carol Tate at 643-1015, and she will get one to you.

The StrawberryToppings is distributed to each home by the 1st of each month. It contains all the recent announcements and news about all the activities and the community. Do use it for reference throughout the month. If you have articles for the Toppings, you can send them to Bob Burfitt, Editor, at If you are having problems getting one delivered to your home, contact Amy or Fred Lumpkins at 502-5008.

If you have a computer, you can check the StrawBerry Ridge Blog every day at There are also blogs for Computer Club, Travel Club, Toppings, the Veterans Club, SR Bulletin Board, and the Homeowner’s Association which are listed on the sidebar. You will find information for the activities, events calendar, and many more things on the blogs. Articles and pictures for the Blogs can be submitted to or call Chris Ritter at 654-2940.

If you are on Facebook, search for “StrawBerry Ridge Activities” and LIKE US to see the latest community activity and information in your news feed. You can also see many StrawBerry Ridge videos on YouTube at

If you have Bright House Cable, you can watch the Community Channel on channel 95, 98-1, or 732 depending on your tv tuner. If you don’t have cable, you can see the community channel at the top of the StrawBerry Ridge Blog on the sidebar.

In addition, there are Bulletin Boards in various locations around StrawBerry Ridge and at the Hwy. 60 entrance. There is no reason to be uninformed at the Ridge!

An outstanding garden in Strawberry Ridge

When Christine Ritter sent me an email about her next-door neighbor's garden with hollyhocks, delphinium, dahlias, foxgloves and more, I had to go see it. She called it the most beautiful yard in Strawberry Ridge. I already knew there are many amazing gardens there. Joyce and John Gill have lived in Valrico for 17 years. The property was just a pile of dirt when they came. Joyce had always gardened and done so in five different zones, but she still had to learn from trial and error. She tried tulips and they didn't do at all. The peonies she planted came up and died. Now she is successful with crape myrtles and magnolias.

John is a park maintenance supervisor who will retire at the end of the year, but he already helps Joyce in their own garden. There is a preserve behind it, which is a plus for privacy and a mostly pleasant background, but can be a source of nasty vines like air potato that cross boundaries. When weeds try to settle in this garden, they don't stay long.

The front yard and plants on the porch would be garden enough for many people. Joyce has two great talents I wish I had: absolute neatness and a flair for garden art. Even the carport is attractive, with a large jade plant and dried bouquets at the side door.

Their lot is pie-shaped and quite large in the back. Strips of white fencing provide a bright background to some of the flower beds. Sure enough, she had three large pots of foxgloves in full bloom. She buys them and the delphinium at Kerby's Nursery in Brandon when they first come in. One summer they lasted until August.

She has kept dahlias year-round and has grown some of the tall ones that have huge blooms, but they were hard to stake. Now she enjoys the dwarf ones, which require less maintenance. Her hollyhocks are the Vietnamese kind, and she has both pink and yellow.

All of the beds are neatly edged, some with stone or concrete edgers. And there are stepping stones or paths for easy access to every plant. Even the mulches - some stone, some rubber - add to the scene. I haven't recommended rubber mulch because there has been concern about what it does to the soil. But it has worked well for the Gills, and it does last much longer. They say they've had no problems with their plants.

Joyce works in her garden about 20 hours a week, more if she and John have a weekend project to work on together. On the side between their home and Christine's, Joyce grows her orchids through the warm months hanging from a magnolia tree.

She tries to water as much as she can from her rain barrel. When it's dry, she uses the hose on the shower setting. She soaks her pots and simply sprinkles the ground gardens.
She feeds everything with Miracle-Gro sprayed through the hose. She also spreads Kirby's fertilizer about three times a year.

Joyce likes gardening for the peacefulness it gives when she is out there and can forget all things except what she's doing at the moment - and for the beauty it adds to her world.

Today's pick is the Hoya compacta cultivar Krinkle Kurl, commonly called Hindu rope, Indian rope, angel rope or porcelain flower. This tropical perennial vine grows no more than 6 feet a year and thrives in sun to partial or light shade. Joyce has a beauty in full bloom on her screened porch.
This plant needs consistent watering. You shouldn't let it go dry or over-water it. The flowers are fragrant and attracts bees, butterflies and birds outdoors. The plant can be multiplied from green or woody stem cuttings. Like most hoyas, it blooms best if it's pot bound.

Now's the time air potato vines are resurrecting and trying to take over everything. Pull them out whenever you see them. If you find the little potatoes, put them in the freezer overnight and that should kill them. They are very rampant, like most weedy vines, but they pull easily.

Brandon News


The StrawBerry Ridge Ladies Auxiliary has taken over the 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 Ladies Auxiliary. 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 needed:

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, Denture Cups, 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, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, and A and AA batteries.
Your donations are MOST appreciated! We are so thankful for our Veterans! Contact Ladies Auxiliary President, Amy Lumpkins at 502-5008 or any Ladies Auxiliary member if you have items to be picked up.


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.


Did you know that there is WIFI at both the Clubhouse and Activity Center? 
Many thanks to Management for providing this amenity!



Any resident who is age 65+ may apply for a permit to ride the bus for half-price. Permits are $2.50, and they must provide either a valid Florida Drivers License or Photo ID to the representative for proof of eligibility.  Contact HART to get your permit.

The 1 Day Unlimited Ride rate is $4, Express $6.  One-Way Fare is $2, Express $3.  The permit would get you half off of these fare.  The bus will stop at Dover Road Park-n-Ride.


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.