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!

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HALLOWEEN PARTY 10/25......CERAMICS SALE 11/1.....

EVENTS WEEK OF OCTOBER 19th




Wednesday, October 22nd
You can buy tickets for
Halloween Party at the
SRHA Office (in Activity Center)
from 11:00AM to 1:00PM



Menu for 10/22 Wed. Night Supper

Polish Sausage sandwich
OR
Ham or Turkey sandwich
Oven Potatoes & Dessert, Soda





Meeting for Woodworkers
Thursday, October 23rd
7:00PM at Clubhouse



Saturday, October 25th




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. 
 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

OCTOBER OBITS

Former resident Marcel Verreth passed on October 6th in London, Ontario.  He is survived by his loving wife Emilia and children.  We offer our sincere sympathy to them!  More info will be found at http://memorialfuneral.sharingmemories.ca/site/Marcel-Verreth.html?s=40


Former resident John Kraus passed away on September 30th.  John and Sue were winter residents for many years.  Will post the obituary when available. Rest in Peace, John! If you would like to send condolences to Sue, her address is: 319 McNay Street, London, Ontario,  N5Y 1LH  http://www.londoncremation.com/obituaries/?ref_cID=71&bID=1753&dd_asId=2636

SRHA OFFICE HOURS -- GET YOUR TICKETS!


RHYTHM BAND -- NOTE THAT IT STARTS AT 11:00AM!


ANYONE INTERESTED IN PICKLEBALL???!!!



TIME TO PLAY PICKLEBALL!

We are finally ready to play pickleball.   Please let me know when your best times to play will be.  For now we'll  be playing on Tues and Thurs. at 9 am if the weather is OK.  I hope we can find an evening or weekend time to play also. Also,  if you know anyone else who is interested I can add them to the mailing list. Beginners are welcome  and can meet with me for a private  lesson.   
SEE YOU AT THE TENNIS COURT! 



     Call Barb Purvis at 785-8040
for more info





OCTOBER NEWCOMERS



Eduardo Barrios
(from Seffner, FL)
102 Sky Ridge Drive

Charlotte Ensminger
(from Valrico, FL)
3520 Cranberry Knoll Road

Donald & Diana Buster
(from Spokane Valley, WA)
418 Box Car Way

Sandra Grogg
(from Riverview, FL)
303 Taho Circle

Fran Evancho
(from Valrico, FL)
3520 Zephyr Lane

James & Jo Ellen Schroeder
(from Valrico, FL)
134 Pioneer Lane

James & Cheryl Gaudy
(from Lockport, NY)
412 Silver Streak Lane

Anthony Goldman
(from Dover, FL)
221 Taho Circle

Paul & Julia Will
(from Tampa, FL)
3539 Meteor Place

OCTOBER ANNIVERARIES

10-02-1998
Scot & Stevie Caristianos

10-03-2003
Warren & Peg Swaverly

10-10-64
Bob & Carol Helmer

10-11-1975
Ed & Gwen Dominguez

10-12-1995
James & Carole DeGore

10-21-1961
John & Cathie Wyatt

10-22-1987
Richard & Brenda San Jule

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

10/4 –   Richard Lord
10/ 4 –  Linda Palazzolo
10/8 –   Joan Szyja
10/8 --   Jean Jenkins
10/9 –   Madeline Lee
10/12 – Joel Palazzolo
10/13 – Joyce Gill
10/14 – Michael Gevedon
10/17 – Jerry Sullivan
10/17 – Donna Palmertree
10/23 – Sharon Hurley
10/24 – Jana Alexander
10/25 – Judi Stephens
10/25 – Ted Decent
10/25 -- Edie Parks
10/28 – Carolyn Clark
10/28 – Robert Prince
10/28 – Joe Sanelli
10/28 – Wally Belland
10/29 -- Sue Senna
10/29 -- Lois Chase
10/31 -- Angie Torres

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 10/22


Polish Sausage sandwich
OR
Ham or Turkey sandwich
Oven Potatoes & Dessert

Soda



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

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

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.




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

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.





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.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PATROL


How would you like to be of help to your community with the least amount of effort? The Neighborhood Watch Patrol could use your help.  All it would require is spending one night a month driving around the community to make sure all is safe and secure.  Or perhaps you would like to be a Block Captain.  You would be responsible for contacting your neighbors in the event of a crisis of some sort.  Both jobs are very much needed and can be very rewarding.  If you feel you could volunteer a few hours a month, why not give Lisa Stropes a call at 684-9431. They meet on the second Tuesday of every other month at the Activity Center at 7:00PM.