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!

SR COMMUNITY CHANNEL

StrawBerry Ridge's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

LABOR DAY IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st....SALES OFFICE CLOSED...

SEPTEMBER 2nd



Happy Anniversary to Carmine & Nancy Giardina
who were married on 9/2/51!

Happy Anniversary to John & Eugenia Rego
who were married on 9/2/50!

Happy Anniversary to Garland & Sharon McHenry
who were married on 9/2/61!




FRIENDSHIP CLUB


EVENTS WEEK OF AUGUST 31st



Wednesday, September 3rd


**SRHA Office will be open from 11:00AM to 1:00PMso you can purchase your tickets to the Cliff Ritchie Show
or arrange for a table at the Trash to Treasure Sale.



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO RETURNS!
Cards available for purchase starting at 6:00PM
Play will begin at 7:00PM at Clubhouse

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Thursday, September 4th
BUNCO
1:00PM at Activity Center
Bring $1


 2:30PM to 3:30PM
at the Clubhouse




LADIES AUXILIARY MEETING
7:00PM at Activity Center

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Friday, September 5th

TRAVEL CLUB MEETING
7:00PM at Activity Center

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Saturday, September 6th

8:30 to 10:00AM

Coffee Hour
50/50
9:00AM


SRHA  General Meeting 10:00AM

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In addition to many activities/events that take place every week,
there is also a nice library, puzzle closet, etc. for you to use.
Don't forget the Wood Shop and Ceramics Shop.  Only the
new or monthly or bimonthly events are listed above.
 Many of the activities that have been on hiatus are
now starting again.  Check other posts on the blog,
 the Toppings, and the bulletin boards for more info.

SHRA OFFICE HOURS


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 six 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!                                                         
Chris Ritter, Blogger

FITNESS DIRECTOR SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO


Don or Dawn CoFrancesco, Chairman  436-0882

Hello Bingo players: Come join us at Strawberry Ridge Bingo every Wednesday night. We have a lot of fun. 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.



STARTS UP AGAIN ON 9/3


FLU SHOT CLINIC 9/6


HOSPICE COLLECTION DRIVE 9/4


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

9/1 – Florence Katrein
9/3 – Doris Maida
9/5 – William Szyja
9/7 – Sherry Gabbert
9/9 – Effie Christ
9/9 – Warren Swaverly
9/9 – John Ziarno
9/10 – Mary Ball
9/11 -- Carol Helmer
9/12 – Gerry Brown
9/12 - Bernie Gauthier
9/12 - Chris Loiselle
9/13 – Eveard Willard
9/14 – Connie Moore
9/16 – Judy Ringstaff
9/17 – Jerry Sullivan
9/24 – Amy Lumpkins
9/30 – Mary Bergen
9/30 -- Lois Ragonese

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

9-01-1956
Ron & Betty Bailey

9-02-1961
Garland & Sharon McHenry

9-02-1951
Carmine & Nancy Giardina

9-02-1950
John & Eugenia Rego

9-06-1952
Harry & Jeanette Stewart

9-10
Kermit & Karin Prather

9-14
Robert & Terri Prince

9-15-1963
Ron & Judy Ringstaff

9-19-1964
Bob & Carolyn Clark

SEPTEMBER NEWCOMERS

Albert Vander Ploeg (from Riverview, FL)
3505 Berry Bend Road

Ronald & Josephine Barnes (from Tequesta, FL)
3523 Zephyr Lane

Miguel & Raquel Pabon (from Stratford, CT)
330 Taho Circle

Charles Gibbs, Yamile & Yakoo Riveros
274 Taho Circle

Debra Gillen (from Brandon, FL)
512 Strawberry Ridge Blvd.

Lou & Sharon Grant (from 3610 Whistle Stop Lane)
3505 Station Drive
(from Brandon, FL)
3507 Activities Lane

Maritza Palacio (from Brandon, FL)

Jo Ann Rentz (from Plant City, FL)
210 Choo Choo Lane

Edith Dickey (from Valrico, FL)
204 Taho Circle

AUGUST OBITS



Former resident, Algene "Junior" Bogard, passed away this month.  He and his mother, Sue Bogard (now also deceased,) both lived in the Ridge.  Funeral services will be held in KY.  We offer our heartfelt sympathy to all his family and friends.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tbo/obituary.aspx?n=algene-bogard&pid=172264635&eid=sp_ommatch



Diana Rackley, 234 Choo Choo Lane, passed on August 21st. We offer our sincere condolences to her husband, Don, and family and friends!  May she Rest in Peace!
http://www.southernfuneralcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/879685/obit/Diana-Thurston-Rackley

CERAMICS SHOP - THE BERRY CLAY PIT

























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.








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 Sales Office or download it at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/777.  


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 http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=2888




TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR PET,  call 813-744-5660 or go to http://www.tbrpc.org/tampabaydisaster/pdf/2013_hurricane_guide/Important_Info_Hillsborough_English.pdf.  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 on what to bring for your pet, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=502



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

C.E.R.T. NEWS



There are four C.E.R.T. Training Workshops coming up, and all members are invited to attend them. They will be held at the Hillsborough County EOC OPS room and provided by the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on the following dates:



October 4, 2014  9:00AM  -  Triage/Psychological Care for patients and responders

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS



WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS
WILL BE ON HIATUS
DURING JUNE, JULY, AUGUST


COMMUNITY CHANNEL

 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.

FREE WI-FI



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

BUS SERVICE STARTING 3/17/14

NEW BUS SERVICE

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.





PICKLEBALL


Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
will resume in the fall


     Call Barb Purvis at 785-8040
for more info





PHONE BOOKS

By: Carol Tate 643-1015 
cltate2@tampabay.rr.com


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 CURRENT Residents 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

STRAWBERRY GOLF CLUB is interested in anyone wanting to have some fun golf to join us.  We play at Diamond Hill Golf Course every Monday morning starting at 9:00AM from December to April.  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 evelynw1@verizon.net for the specifics.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

PENNY BINGO


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.