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!

AERIAL VIEW OF STRAWBERRY RIDGE

......NEXT COFFEE HOUR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH AT 9AM.....SRHA GENERAL MEETING TO FOLLOW AT 10AM...LAST CHANCE TO GET TICKETS FOR LABOR DAY PICNIC!....

SEPTEMBER 3rd



Happy Birthday to Doris Maida!

EVENTS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6th

Monday, September 7th


Tuesday, September 8th


Wednesday, September 9th


Thursday, September 10th


Friday September 11th





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.  Check the SR calendar if in doubt.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop.  Some of the activities are on hiatus for the summer.  Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for info.


 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

INFORMATION FROM C.E.R.T.



Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Continues to Monitor Potential Rainfall

Hillsborough County continues to monitor conditions concerning the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the potential of 3 to 5 inches of rain from the system, and possible flooding. Coupled with the heavy rains experienced earlier this month, flooding would be likely in this scenario.
Public works crews have been working continuously in pumping operations and in making repairs to drainage systems over the past month in an effort to improve floodwater control. Residents are advised to not conduct their own personal pumping operations, as this may affect operations in other areas of the County. Residents experiencing flooding who may want to explore the option of pumping water should call (813) 272-5900 and ask to speak with a representative from Public Works. 
Currently, no shelters are open. Pet Resources has notified residents with pets who have previously had issues with flooding what they should be doing regarding these matters.
Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.
Safety Tips During Heavy Rain or Flooding

Motorists are urged to use care when driving through flooded areas, and to follow posted detour signs. Residents should stay tuned to local television and radio stations for traffic advisories, reports of flooding, or other critical information.
Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:
·         Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
·         If you can't see the road, turn around. Floodwaters may conceal holes or dangerous objects.
·         Avoid walking in flooded areas or rapidly flowing water. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
·         If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
·         Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
·         Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live. 

·         Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.

EVENTS WEEK OF AUGUST 30th


Thursday, September 3rd



Friday, September 4th


Saturday, September 5th






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.  Check the SR calendar if in doubt.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop.  Some of the activities are on hiatus for the summer.  Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for info.


 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

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 seven 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

SEPTEMBER NEWCOMERS


WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE!


Edward & Andrea Schessl (from Port Richey, FL)
624 Choo Choo Lane  WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY

David & Beverly McGraw (from Ewing, VA)

322 Taho Circle

Edward Pittman (from Newburgh, NY)

3407 Whistle Stop Lane

Sue Ambrose & Bill Berticcini (from Valrico, FL)

3602 Cinder Drive

Gerard & Ellen Barbella (from Baldwin, NY)

117 Strawberry Ridge Blvd.

Ray and Terri-Ann Zindell (from Bartlett, TN)

108 Sky Ridge Drive

Frank M. and Stella Ehnle (from Valrico, FL)

407 Strawberry Ridge Blvd.

Norma Torres, Henry Velez & Maria Reyes (from Brandon, FL)  100 Taho Circle


Sharon McLaughlin (from Riverview, FL)

102 Strawberry Junction Lane

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES




9-01-1956
Ron & Betty Bailey

9-02-1951
Carmine & Nancy Giardina

9-02-1961
Garland & Sharon McHenry

9-06-1952
Harry & Jeanette Stewart

9-10
Kermit & Karin Prather

9-15-1963
Ron & Judy Ringstaff

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 - Bernie Gauthier
9/12 - Chris Loiselle
9/12 – Gerry Brown
9/12 - Bev Pennington
9/13 – Eveard Willard
9/14 - Lisa Stropes
9/16 – Judy Ringstaff
9/17 – Jerry Sullivan
9/24 – Amy Lumpkins
9/30 – Mary Bergen
9/30 - Lois Ragonese

PATRIOT DAY EVENT 9/12

UPCOMING EVENTS AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

TO SEE MORE EVENTS OF INTEREST TO VETERANS,
GO TO SR VETERANS CLUB BLOG

LABOR DAY PICNIC -- LAST DAY FOR ADVANCE TICKETS 9/5!

TICKETS ARE GOING QUICKLY. ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. WILL BE SELLING TICKETS AT COFFEE AND DONUTS ON 9/5.



AUGUST OBITS

Dot King, 3515 Berry Bend, passed on 8/27. Dottie enjoyed the many activities in StrawBerry Ridge including Rhythm  Band, Red Hats, Travel Club, Line Dancing, etc. Our sincere condolences to her daughter, Pat Cameron, who was so good to her mother and made it possible for her mother to remain active for so long.  There will be no services.  Rest in Peace, Dottie!  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Dorothy-King&lc=1543&pid=175669924&mid=6572352

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 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:


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

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1624 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 https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx.

For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=661

SRHA OFFICE HOURS



FROM THE MANAGER’S DESK By: Teresa Fuller, Manager

HAPPY LABOR DAY!


I hope you have enjoyed the summer months here at The Ridge. Many of us will be happy I’m sure, to enjoy the cooler temperatures ahead. For those of you returning, WELCOME BACK!

Thank you to all our residents for the continuing support in helping to maintain our community. Many notices have gone out over the summer months regarding the upkeep of your home site, and the response has been overwhelming positive. Anyone with overnight guests should contact our office and get an overnight parking pass to avoid being towed. Cars left in the Activities Center or Clubhouse parking areas will also be towed after midnight. Please help us to en-sure emergency vehicles have access to our streets when the need arises.


PARKING: Your vehicle must be parked in your carport or driveway. You or your overnight guests may park in the street in front of your location, if necessary, for a reasonable length of time. Vehicles may not be parked on the grass or on the street overnight. Any overnight parking must have an overnight parking permit, with designated parking area, approved by Management. Additional parking areas added to resident locations must be approved by Management. Without prior approval, such parking areas may be required to be removed. Any additional parking needed for an extended period may be required to rent a space in the storage area.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS



WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS
Join us for a meal
5:00pm TO 6:30pm
or until sold out
         
Meal is different each week
Come join your friends and neighbors!
Only $4
Everyone Welcome

MENU FOR 9/2
Sloppy Joe
OR
Chicken Patty
Chips, Cole Slaw
Dessert, Soda


Planned and Cooked by Mary P. and Helpers
Questions?  Call or see Mary P.

ZITI DINNER 9/19

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SRHA OFFICE FROM 11:00am TO 1:00pm ON Wednesdays, 9/2,9, and 16 and also on Mondays 9/7 and 14. They will also be available on Wednesday prior to Bingo at the CH and from any SRHA Director.





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.

BrandiesMonica
Brandon News

QUILTERS

We have a new club! The Quilters will now meet every Tuesday at a new time in the back room at the AC!


SRHA MEMBERSHIP




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

Our membership is $6.00 for 1 year and $15.00 for 3 years. Joining now for 1 year gives you a membership from April 1, 2015 thru March 31, 2016. If you decided to join for 3 years, your membership will be from April 1, 2015 thru March 31, 2018.

I will be posting a list of those current members whose membership has expired effective March 31, 2015. Applications for joining can be dropped off at the Homeowner’s Office which is in the Activity Center. I will be there on Wednesdays this month between 11 am and 1 pm. If you are a current member, please enclose your current membership card if you wish to have that updated.