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!
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!
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.
Former StrawBerry Ridge resident, Nettie Rose, passed on August 22nd. There will be no services, but an obit will be posted when available. She was from WV. Rest in Peace, Nettie! Peace to your family!
Former Resident Betty Hazzard passed on August 18th. Our sincere sympathy to her Family and Friends! A Memorial Service will be held at Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 826 Miller Road, Valrico, on November 5th at 11:30AM. Burial will be held at Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg. Rest in Peace, Betty!
Glenn Bish, 230 Taho Circle, passed on August 9th. A Military Service will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. FL at 11:00AM on August 25th. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace! http://www.raymerfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1838100
Carol Douglas, 3613 Whistle Stop Lane, passed on August 10th. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends! Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Rest in Peace, Carol!
Sincere condolences go out to the family of Leona Harvill, 3520 Berry Bend Road. Leona passed on August 8th. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 11th at 11:00AM at Mt. Enon Primitive Baptist Church, 3702 N. Frantage Road, Plant City. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM with the Commital to follow at Hebron Cemetery, Lithia, following the services. Rest in Peace, Leona! http://www.hopewellfuneral.com/obituaries/Leona-Harvill/#!/Obituary
Did you know that standing water around your home can support the breeding of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in and near standing water. As little as one teaspoon or bottle cap of water standing
for more than one week is enough for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. Additionally, many bothersome mosquitoes typically only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding site.
You can help stop mosquitoes from breeding by using these tips:
•At least once a week, empty, turn over or cover anything that could hold water: tires, buckets, toys, pools and pool covers, birdbaths, trash containers, recycling bins, boat or car covers, roof gutters,
coolers, and pet dishes.
•Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
•Put away items that are outside and not being used because they could hold standing water.
•Keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water. Some plants, such as bromeliads, hold water in their leaves—flush out water-holding plants with your hose once a week.
•Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination.
You can also report a mosquito-related issues to Hillsborough County Mosquito Control by calling (813) 635-5400.
What a pleasure it is to say to you, my name is Terri Passaro, and I am your new General Manager. I have many years experience in the Manufactured Housing industry, and hope to have many more with you all. I have a simple business philosophy... “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It really is that simple, isn’t it? I look forward to meeting you all. It truly is an honor to say I am your General Manager. Strawberry Ridge is a great community and together we will make it even better!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 http://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/. 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 email@example.com or call Chris Ritter at 654-2940. If you are on Facebook, search for “StrawBerry Ridge 55+ Community” 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 https://www.youtube.com/user/SRActivities. 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. The SR Office sends out Email Blasts when there is breaking news that everyone should know. If you are not already receiving them, please stop by the office to sign up or send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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,
with being posted on all bulletin boards.
THE STRAWBERRY RIDGE CRAFT CLUB WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR ON 10/22 FROM 9:00AM TO 1:00PM. YOU CAN RESERVE A TABLE FOR ONLY $7, AND THEY MUST BE RESERVED AND PAID FOR NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1ST. THERE ARE ALREADY 35 TABLES RESERVED, SO DON'T DELAY. (SET UP ON FRIDAY 10/21st after 7PM)
Bingo returns on Wednesday, September 7th, in the Clubhouse! We still need to get rid of the three high paying Strawberry Jars (2 at $200 and 1 at $179). To try and accomplish this, all games, except Speedball, for the month of September will be eligible for the Strawberry Jars! We have made a number of changes to Bingo since we ended in June. Please note:Cards will be sold from 5:30 to 6:45 and Bingo will start at 7:00. We will continue to have a 10-minute intermission with snacks before we start the soft card games. There will now be 10 games on the hard cards and three of those will be special games. The cost of the hard cards will be 50 cents per game. The 3-game hard card will, therefore, be $1.50. All paper games will be $1.00. The 3-game green sheets will be $1.00. Reminder: No one under the age of 18 is allowed
Just a short reminder that on September 9th, 2016, at 1:00 PM in the Clubhouse, the Strawberry Singers will have our first meeting of the year. Please bring your black binder - if you are already a member. A binder will be provided if you are a new member, and we hope to see a lot of you! As well as reviewing the music for the upcoming Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016, we will have election of officers for the 2016-2017 year. As always, we welcome new members, especially at the beginning of the season, so we will have plenty of time to bring out the best of everyone! See you on SEPTEMBER 9 AT 1:00 PM.
Patricia Bramlett (from Riverview, FL) 265 Taho Circle Mark Farrell (from Tampa, FL) 3510 Shortcake Lane James & Allie Shaw (from Brandon, FL) 3522 Cranberry Knoll Road Michael A. Vaughn (from Lithia, FL) 402 Caboose Lane Michael & Dolores Cromwell (from Wimauma, FL) 3511 Station Drive Brenda Purington (from Londonberry, NH) 3511 Shortcake Lane Angelita Mangione (from Valrico, FL) 240 Taho Circle James and Kathryn Grossman (from Butler, PA) 3508 Petticoat Junction Lane James & Jeannette Lamarre (from Southington, CT) 204 Choo Choo Lane
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: www.votehillsborough.org 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.
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.
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 http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/777. 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:
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 https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx. For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=661