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 state-of-the arts Fitness Center, Activity Center, and Clubhouse. There is a tennis/pickleball court, a shuffleboard court, 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!

AERIAL VIEW OF STRAWBERRY RIDGE

....TACO SALAD DINNER, Saturday, 1/21 starting at 4:00PM.....GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!......

EVENTS WEEK OF JANUARY 15th



Thursday, January 19th




Saturday, January 21st




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. Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop and the pools. Please check the SR CALENDAR (link below) on the Blog for additional information. Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for more info. 

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! 

CALL THE SRHA



SRHA OFFICE HOURS

The StrawBerry Ridge HOA Office will be open 

on the following days and times to purchase tickets

for the Pizza Party on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 

5PM to 7:30PM





SORRY BUT NO TICKETS WILL SOLD AT THE DOOR
THE OFFICE HOURS WILL BE 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL ME,
ROSE PANELLA AT 662-9862 OR 918-0126


Mondays      Wednesdays
Jan. 23         Jan. 25
Jan. 30         Feb. 1
Feb.6            Feb. 8
Feb. 13         Feb.15



PIZZA PARTY 2/18/17


DOVER GATE EXIT CLOSED



The EXIT side of the Dover gate will be Temporarily Closed, until further notice. We have the part on order and the gate company will install it as soon as it arrives. Meanwhile, please use the main gate which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or you may use the Mulrennan gate from 6am to 6pm daily.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you Managment

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JANUARY OBITS

Rev. Robert Coram, 305Taho Circle, passed on January 8, 2017. Condolences go out to his wife, Patricia, and to all his children. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, January 12th, at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Avenue, where the family will start receiving friends at 1:00PM.  Committal to follow at Hopewell Memorial Gardens, Plant City.  https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm?action=public%3Aobituaries.view&CFID=2d5180ae-22b8-4c3c-b475-504f8234cfdd&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=4064213&fh_id=10864

SRHA SPONSORED TRIP


The SRHA is sponsoring a trip to KEY WEST leaving on Sunday, March 5, and returning Tuesday, March 7....3 days/2nights/3 meals.... The cost of the trip is $337/double or $441/single and includes transportation, hotel accommodations, and gratuities.

Miami Bayside -- enjoy shopping and the many eateries.  Embark on The Millionaire Cruise aboard the Island Queen.

Holiday Everglades -- enjoy life in the fast lane with a deluxe airboat ride as seen on tv show  with the Gator Boys.

Key West -- explore Key West on your own.  Visit the renowned Sloppy Joes.  Shop the shops of Duval Street.  Awe at the fine art of Wyland's Art Gallery.  Don't forget to try their famous key lime pie.  Experience Key West's beautiful sunset celebration.

If interested or for more details, contact Special Events Chairperson, Peggy Swaverly, at 813-651-1696.

WELCOME COMMITTEE


JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES



01-08-2005
Lee & Jeannie Lewis

01-09-1960
Russ & Mary Ann Wuerth

01-26-2010
Larry & Carol Holder

JANUARY NEWCOMERS


WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE!


Barry & Kathleen Ferster (New York)
 3523 Zephyr Lane

 Vernon & Teresa Thompson (Florida)
 207 Taho Circle

 Wayde Wrich and Margaret McCurry ( Florida)
 3503 Activities Lane

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS




  2 - Jo Ellen Schroeder
  2 - Pete Buster
  2 - Ken Westphal
  3 - Lorean Zionkofski
  4 - Billy Stewart
  5 - Joan Ashworth
  5 - Don Gugel
  9 - Stevie Caristianos
 11 - Kevin Morgan
 11 - Norma J. Nay
 15 - Bob Coleman
 20 - Harry Stewart
 22 - Brenda San Jule
 24 - Kenneth S. Nay
 29 - Mazie Mahon
 31 - Harry Dunlap
 31 - Paul Hanlon
 31 - Nancy Fonger


STRAWBERRY SINGERS
By: Sylvia Haywood 436-0387
 & Bob Burfitt 385-7289

The Strawberry Singers want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our Annual Christmas Concert on December 10th, 2016. It was certainly our pleasure to welcome in the Christmas Season with so many old favorites for your enjoyment.

We are sorry to announce that we will not present a Spring Concert this year. We are experiencing several members with sicknesses, we have not located a piano / keyboard player yet, and our membership has dwindled. We have decided that we will start a “membership” campaign this summer and work hard to present a great Christmas program.

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE MANAGER'S DESK



Happy New Year 2017. Wow, can you believe that another year has flown by?


In my most recent newsletter, I spoke a little about myself and my life, in an attempt for you all to get to know your manager. Maybe I spoke a little too much about myself, and for that I am sorry. When you have good times in your life, it is natural to want to share it with everyone. I promise, no more about your manager. Instead, let’s talk about the community and how awesome it is to be here and how thankful we are. Most people seem to gravitate towards negativity and the ones who are speaking the loudest. It is okay to voice your opinion, and actually that is what is great about living in this great land we call America. But, I also think while you’re listening to all those negative voices, you stop and look around at what you do have. Be thankful for all the good that is around you. I think if you keep an open mind and heart, you may just find some grace and humility. Just saying....

JUST A REMINDER

 Town Hall on January 11th at 6pm sharp in the clubhouse.
 Late fees are applied to your rent by the 25th deadline. On the 26th, any rent that has not been received will be charged a late fee of $35.00 unless you have made earlier arrangements.
 If you use a common area for a gathering, dance, party, poker, pool party, etc., you must clean up after yourself. It is a common courtesy to your fellow residents and a requirement to use these common areas. The area must look the same as you received it.
 Please remove all yard signs but for one in a flower bed. This is in our rules and regulations.
 Movie night was moved due to weather to Jan. 6th at 6pm sharp. Yes, I did switch the time to 6pm because it gets dark at 5:45pm.
 Please make sure your water meter is visible and ready to read. Please make sure our meter reader can gain access to your meter. This may mean you have to make sure that no mulch, grass, hedges, landscape is covering the meter.
 NO DUMPING IN OUR DUMPSTERS. **PERIOD**. This area is for maintenance use only. If you have work done at your home or yard, it is up to you to remove these items or your vendor's responsibility. Take it to a dump. http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locations/southeast-county-landfill The address is 15960 County Road 672, Lithia, FL 33547, (813) 272-5680. They are open Mon. - Sat. 7:30am. to 5:30pm.
 The Activity Center pool deck will be closed for 7 days, the week of January 9th thru January 15th and will re-open January 16th. At this time we will be resurfacing the deck.
 The pool tables will be moved back together again in the Activity Center. Please be patient while we work with the vendor to do the work. The room will be closed during this time.
 The current room where the pool table is located at the Clubhouse will receive new carpet. This room will be left available for common use, ping pong, poker, meetings etc……. Enjoy it

FITNESS CLASSES


TACO SALAD DINNER 1/21/17


PHONE BOOK


NEW DART LEAGUE FORMING!


SRHA MEMBERSHIP

IN ORDER TO VOTE ON 3/4/17, YOU MUST RENEW OR JOIN BY 1/31/17.  CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR EXP. DATE.





STRAWBERRY RIDGE
 HOMEOWNER’S MEMBERSHIP
By Rose Panella
813-662-9862

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.

SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM OUR GENERAL MANAGER



I think it must be said, how much we all appreciate our volunteers. Not because you are giving of your time or take time to listen to a lonely friend or resident. But thank you for hosting all  of those dances and gatherings throughout the year. Thank you for mowing my lawn when I was unable. Thank you for being such a wonderful neighbor and watching over me when no one else would or could. Thank you for being our club president and giving of your time. I think it must be said that we have so many giving wonderful people that call  Strawberry Ridge home. We live in a world with so many negative distractions. And we often forget about the ones who give and give and give of their time and do so in the shadows with never a word or mention of what they have done.  Today I, Terri Passaro, General Manager of StrawBerry Ridge,  want to say thank you! Thank you all for being such a positive reflection on our community.

NEW BLOG!!!!


There is now a BLOG for the newly-formed
R.A.C. (Resident Advisory Council.)  As with the other StrawBerry Ridge Blogs, you can sign up to receive emails when there are new posts.  You will receive them the following morning after the post. You will still need to check the blog to see the items added to the sidebar or to see posts that are updated.  You will be able to save the comment form to your desktop and then print it out to voice your concerns for the R.A.C. to take to management.  The minutes of their meetings will be maintained on that blog as well.  Enjoy!





NOTIFY OFFICE OF CONTACT INFO

After being here for just a short while, I have noticed that we do not have good contact information for many of you. It is imperative that we have a good working contact number on file for each of our residents. In case of an emergency, we need to be able to reach you. Please stop by the office today or email me I be more than happy to take your information. This information is not for public use.
Thank you
Have a great day
Your Property General Manager
Terri Passaro

STRAWBERRY RIDGE GOLF

STRAWBERRY RIDGE MONDAY 4-PERSON
MIXED SCRAMBLE GOLF LEAGUE



Starts: December 5, 2016
Ends: April 24, 2017
(21 weeks)

Cost: $30.00* Green Fee w/cart 1.00 Weekly prize money 1.00 Year-end luncheon
$32.00 Per person
(* subject to change January 1, 2017)

Tee- Off Time: 9 am
(arrive by 8:30 to register and draw for 4 person team)

Location: Diamond Hill Golf Club
13115 Sydney Road, Dover, FL 33527
(813) 698-7219

Directions: From main entrance StrawBerry Ridge
Right on Hwy 60 to Dover Rd .2mi
Left on Dover Rd to Sydney Rd 2.0mi
Left on Sydney Rd to Diamond Hill 1.2mi

Basic Rules: Scramble/Best Ball shot selected by team.  Two drives per team member required in
18 hole round.

Contact Persons: Jeff Fuerst (813) 480-0799
Ken Nay (813) 541-4872




LENDING CLOSET


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.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW METER READER!



Please help us give a warm welcome to SBR New Meter Reader Amy Marx. She is a resident of our great community and is excited to be a part of our team. This is such an important role in all of our lives. Amy is very excited about her new role and takes it very seriously. Please do not let your dogs bite Amy and do not run your irrigation while she is doing her readings. Please welcome Amy if you see her. She would like that. Thank you Amy!


Your Community Property General Manager
 Terri Passaro

WHERE ARE THE VIDEOS???


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.



SUNSHINE CLUB

Barbara Knecht sends out cards to the families of residents who have passed away.  If you know of a resident who has passed, please contact Chris Ritter at strawberryridgeblog@gmail.com or 654-2940 and she will put it on the SR Blog and Community Channel and will let Barbara know so that a card will be sent.

FITNESS CENTER FOR RESIDENTS










The Fitness Center is open from 6:00AM to 9:00PM daily. All residents and their guests using the FC must sign in at the front desk prior to entering the workout area. No one under age 18 is permitted in the FC. Appropriate workout shoes are a must. Towel and water bottles are allowed in the workout room. No gym bags, purses and pool bags are to be brought in. Please wipe down the equipment after using in order to reduce the spread of contact illnesses. Dogs are NOT allowed in the Fitness Center or any of the other buildings unless they are a service dog. Your personal health and safety is important, so please follow the rules.

LIBRARY

StrawBerry Ridge touts a very nice Library which is located in the Activity Center. Janet Amon (left) along with Elaine Trautman, Bev Ewers, and Janie Lavecchia keep things in order for us. It is nicely stocked with paperbacks and hardcovers in all categories in addition to videos for us to take out. The library is on an honor system. All you have to do is sign your name and the book you are taking in the book on the desk and cross it off when you return the items. Place the returned books in the bins under the desk. If you are donating books, you may also place them in the bins under the desk, and the librarians will shelf the items. Please do NOT donate cook books, health and diet books as we don't have the space for them. The library is open whenever the AC is unlocked (from about 7:00AM to 9:00PM) daily. And if you still find yourself with time on your hands, take a walk into the back room and open the closet marked "Puzzles." You will be amazed at all the jigsaw puzzles that are available for residents to amuse themselves with. You don't have to sign for the puzzles. Enjoy!

WOODWORKERS CLUB

One of the amenities in StrawBerry Ridge is the wonderful woodshop. For a mere $20 a year, you can be a member and have full access to the tools and equipment. In addition to the camaraderie of the fellow woodworkers, the group is busy each year making toys for less fortunate children at Christmas time. And if you need something built, contact one of the woodworkers, and they just might build it for you. They are a hobby club, not a construction crew.  Call Bob Burfitt 661-6895 for information.

MEET THE STAFF


How well do you know the staff at StrawBerry Ridge?
This is your opportunity to learn who they are
and what their interests are.  They are here to serve you!
Click on the links below or on the sidebar
 for Sales Office and Maintenance Crew.



GOLF CART PARKING GUIDELINES

With all the activities starting up again and with so many residents using the facilities at the Clubhouse, Activity Center, and Fitness Center, parking can sometimes be at a premium.  There ARE special parking stalls for the carts by the Fitness Center/Activity Center.  When using a full size parking stall, golf carts should park to the far left or far right side of the stall.  That way two carts can occupy one stall freeing up more parking spaces.  And as a courtesy to those stopping just to pick up mail, it would be nice to park at the opposite side of the mailboxes if you are going to be parked for some time. Thanks to all who follow these guidelines!

WELCOME COMMITTEE


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 Mazie McMahon at 655-0750 or Paula Somers at 684-8328.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BLOG!

The StrawBerry Ridge Blog was born on September 3, 2008 after months of considering different ways to keep the residents and snowbirds updated on Ridge events in between issues of the monthly Strawberry Toppings. After creating a blog listing all the various activities and contact numbers, more things came to mind that could be helpful to residents of StrawBerry Ridge.  After eight years, you can see that the Blog has grown to contain so much more than just a listing of activities.  StrawBerry Ridge is a wonderful place to live, and the Blog is meant to reflect that. Many thanks to all the residents who have contributed photos, articles, and suggestions.  It is much appreciated!