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

.... R.A.C. MEETING, Tuesday, March 28th, at 7PM at AC....COFFEE HOUR/SRHA MEETING, Saturday, April 1st, starting at 9AM at CH....

APRIL CALENDAR


EVENTS WEEK OF MARCH 26TH


Tuesday, March 28th



Wednesday, March 29th

5:00PM to 6:30PM or
until supplies run out




Thursday, March 30th

Woodworkers Meeting
7:00PM at Clubhouse


Saturday, April 1st

Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary

SRHA General Meeting to follow 
Coffee Hour & 50/50
approx. 10:00AM



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! 

MARCH OBITS



We have learned of the passing of Kathryn Byrd, 3609 Cinder Drive. Her husband, John Byrd, predeceased her in 2012.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family!  Rest in Peace, Kathryn!

CHECK THE SIDEBAR FOR INFO ON FAXING AND MORE...


A new addition has been placed on the sidebar under "Information." You will find useful info regarding fax service from StrawBerry Ridge.  
https://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/p/faxes-for-residents-sending-no-charge.html

RED CROSS SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION

The Red Cross is coming to StrawBerry Ridge on Saturday, April 15th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon to install smoke alarms free of charge.  If you didn't sign up at the Red Cross booth at the Vendor Fair, you must register in advance in order for them to come to your home.  Click on the following link to register:


or sign up by phone at 813-868-7625.  You must do so by April 7th.  (Corrected phone number from the Toppings.)


Volunteers are also needed to help the Red Cross on that day (April 15th).  Volunteers will not be installing alarms, but will help with the necessary record keeping, give introductions to residents, and assist in finding addresses.

NEWS ABOUT WATER BILLS

Great news! The email system for water billing has been repaired! Be on the lookout at the end of the month for your bills. Want to receive your bills 2 days sooner? Just email billing@blairflorida.com to have yours added!

IRRESISTIBLE! IS SHE FOR YOU?


This is Jewels. She is 1 year old cat and is dog friendly. She is currently residing at Cypress Lakes but is in need of her Fur-ever home. She is fixed and will be delivered to you after a vet check up and up-to-date vaccinations. Anyone that is interested can contact me.  Thank you,
 
Jessica Snyder
Bookkeeper
Strawberry Ridge
3402 Activities Lane
Valrico, Fl  33594
813-689-9423 /F-813-684-1642
www.strawberryridgefla.com

REQUEST FROM OFFICE



Are you a seasonal resident? Going away for an extended amount of time? Please stop by the sales office and update your billing address and contact info.




Jessica Snyder
StrawBerry Ridge
Accountant
Phone: (813)689-9423
Fax: (813)684-1642
Please follow us on http://www.strawberryridgefla.com/

FROM THE WOODWORKERS


Strawberry Ridge Woodshop Pancake Breakfast / Raffle  unclaimed raffle prizes.

If you bought raffle ticket and left early you may have won a prize. Check out these winning raffle ticket numbers:

       
$50 Gift card from Lowes          517644                                               
$25 Gift card  from New York Diner    517666   

                                 
 4 new golf cart tires from Mid-Florida Golf Cars         518271  

If you have a winning ticket, contact Bob Burfitt at 643-2006, and I will get the prize for you.

MEMO FROM MANAGEMENT RE: WATER BILLS

MEMORANDUM


TO: All Residents
FROM: Strawberry Ridge Park Management
RE: Water & Sewer Bill Problems


We read the water meters each month on or about the same day each month. Please remember that all months are not the same and this may cause a little discrepancy. Hillsborough County bills us for the total amount of water and sewer that comes into and goes out of the park. Each home has its own water meter.
If you think your bill is high, you will need to do the following:
  1. Check your water meter. Write down the numbers. If it is less than the usage on your bill, please call the office, and we will have someone recheck it. Make sure that all the water is off in your home. If the triangle is moving, then you have a leak somewhere that you will need to have fixed.
  2. Check your sprinkler system. Water goes thru at 12 gallons per minute. If you are watering more than you should, call the person that sets your timer for you. We will not adjust the timers. Remember too, that just because your sprinkler system is off, if it is plugged in it can come on with a power surge or lightning. It is best to unplug when not in use.
  3. Check your toilets for leaks. This is one of the most common problems for high water bills. The best way to do this is to flush your toilet. Once the tank is filled up, drop in a red, green or blue food dye. If you start to see this run down the sides of your toilet, you do in fact have a leak and will need to replace the insides of the tank.
  4. Do you have a water softener? This is sometimes a problem. Call the company that services it for assistance. Keep in mind, the company makes money off your salt usage, so they will set it to refresh more often than needed.
  5. Check your hot water tank, these sometimes leak.
  6. Check your meter daily. Write down the usage. See where you are using the water. This will keep you up to date on what you are using and you will have no surprises.
  7. What does through the meter must be paid for. The sewer bill is already adjusted by the amount that goes back out of the master meter. There will be no other adjustments. Please do not ask for one.
If you need someone for repairs, we have a list of people in the park and vendors that do these. You can find this list on the StrawBerry Ridge blog.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

MARCH NEWCOMERS


Paul and Cathy Kendall
 3521 Meteor Place (NH)

 Iraida Ayala
 106 Coral Crest (FL)

Victoria Anne Vilchez
 3529 Whistle Stop Lane (FL)

 Rosemary Salvato
 3613 Whistle Stop Lane (FL)

 Mary E. Stone
 Margaret R. Murphy
 408 Choo Choo Lane (NY)

Linda Scarborough
 3503 Activities Lane (VA)

Lorraine McCaffrey
 3621 Petticoat Junction (FL)

MARCH ANNIVERSARIES



3-08-1980
Patrick & Gina McLaughlin

MARCH BIRTHDAYS


1 – Tom McMahon
2 – Jo Ann Diana
4 – Ruth D. Coleman

5 -  Lisa Beckmeyer
8 – Barb Edwards
8 – Bill Dickson
10 – Terri Zindell
11 – Margaret Davis
12 – Lois Burbey
13 – Kathy Willard
17 - Vera Kashavsky
20 – Mary Ann Wuerth
21 – Paul Bergen
21 – Carolyn Hamilton
28 – Frank Panella
29 – Vancha Collins
30 - Sharon McHenry

CHANGES AT FRONT GATE OF STRAWBERRY RIDGE

SEE FDOT LETTER BELOW POST!


If you are at the front entrance at 60 and Strawberry Ridge Blvd and want to make a left hand turn, you will soon not be able to do so. As per a letter from the FDOT, they will be modifying the front entrance. We will not be able to tell you at this time when that will be. This is just informational at this time. More info when received....

Thank you
 Terri Passaro
General Manager Strawberry Ridge



VENDORS LIST


A list of vendors and services available for your convenience is posted on the sidebar of this blog. Please feel free to call anyone on the list for your particular needs.  You will find it at https://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_7.html

STRAWBERRY RIDGE PHONE DIRECTORY



STRAWBERRY RIDGE RESIDENT DIRECTORY
ROSE PANELLA


As many of you know, I have now taken over the phone directory. Please check the directory to see if all the information regarding you is correct. If there are any changes, please e-mail the changes. If your e-mail address is not listed and you would like it listed in the 2018 directory, please give me that information too.  
PLASTIC BAGS FOR DOGGIE CLEANUP
 by Barb Purvis 813 785-8040

Millions of TONS of plastic go into landfills every year. It lasts an indefinite number of years before biodegrading, if ever. The least we can do is reuse some of it. Residents have been faithfully saving the plastic newspaper sleeves for dog owners to use. They are easy to use. Check for holes, tie a knot in the bottom, and stuff about 5 in your little container. A large empty Kleenex box makes a neat holder for 30-40 bags. Rather than purchasing new bags, please call me for a generous supply. Give it a try. What do you have to lose?

SEE THE LATEST AT THE R.A.C. BLOG!

To see the latest info from the R.A.C. group, including the meeting minutes from 1/24/17, go to 




SRHA MEMBERSHIP







STRAWBERRY RIDGE
 HOMEOWNER’S MEMBERSHIP
By Rose Panella
813-918-0126
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, 20167to March 31st, 2018 and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2020 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 3/31/17. 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.

ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD BLOG!

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/

Just click on COMMENTS below each category to see what has been posted or to add your own items. Your comment will be sent for approval and posted shortly after that.  Check regularly so as not to miss things!

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.

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.