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

........MOVIE UNDER THE STARS IS Friday, December 9th at 7PM at AC to see movie SULLY.......

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE RIDGE!


DECEMBER 8th



Happy Birthday to Roy Age!
NEEDED!!
PIANO / KEYBOARD PLAYER FOR STRAWBERRY SINGERS

SPRING CONCERT PRACTICE STARTS JANUARY 20TH AND ENDS APRIL 7TH. ONE HOUR EACH FRIDAY AT 1:00 PM PLUS CONCERT ON APRIL 8TH. TOTAL TIME: 12—15 HOURS WITH SINGERS PLUS PERSONAL TIME REQUIRED.

SPRING CONCERT WILL BE CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC. SHEET MUSIC AND KEYBOARD WILL BE PROVIDED.
PLEASE CONTACT BOB BURFITT (DIRECTOR) AT 385-7289 OR BETTY FERRELL (PRESIDENT) AT 681-9371.

PLEASE BE PREPARED TO QUOTE MONETARY REQUIREMENTS.

EVENTS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4th


Friday, December 9th


Saturday, December 10th





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! 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONCESSIONS


The Ladies Auxiliary has been providing the residents with a Concession Stand on Wednesday Nights before Bingo.  Anyone is welcome to come up and eat, and you don't have to stay and play bingo.  Since it takes quite a bit of work to provide this function, they are requesting that more residents take advantage of this opportunity to make it worthwhile for them.  Who doesn't need a break from the kitchen??!!  If they do not have a better attendance, they will be discontinuing the function at the end of the year.

NEW BLOG!!!!


There is now a BLOG for the newly-formed
R.A.C. (Resident Advisory Council.)  As with the other StrawBerry Ridge Blogs, you can sign up to receive emails when there are new posts.  You will receive them the following morning after the post. You will still need to check the blog to see the items added to the sidebar or to see posts that are updated.  You will be able to save the comment form to your desktop and then print it out to voice your concerns for the R.A.C. to take to management.  The minutes of their meetings will be maintained on that blog as well.  Enjoy!





NEW YEARS EVE PARTY!!

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY!!!
6:00PM to Midnight
at the Clubhouse
BYOB     Setups & Snacks provided
Champagne toast at 9PM and Midnight
Tickets $10 advance/$12 at door
Available from SRHA



ACTIVITIES/SERVICES SURVEY

The HOA would appreciate it if residents would complete the below Activities and Services Survey and email it to mazie.mcmahon@gmail.com by December 16th. Copies of the survey are also available outside the HOA office in the Activity Center. The HOA Board will use this information to schedule events, services and informational programs that Strawberry Ridge residents want. 
Thank you!


NOVEMBER OBITS

Carmine Giardina, 408 Boxcar Way, passed on 11/28/16 joining his wife Nancy of 65 years, who passed on 9/2/16.  He is survived by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Farewell, Carmine. Rest in Peace! Sincere condolences to all the family! A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E. Brandon Blvd., on Friday, December 2nd, at 10:00AM. There will be a gathering at the SR Activities Center following the Mass and military honors approximately 11:30AM.
 http://www.southernfuneralcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/576516


Marvin Bergmann, 222 Choo Choo Lane, passed on 11/16/16.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his children!  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 11/19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2913 John Moor Road, Brandon, at 11:00AM.  May he rest in peace!
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Marvin-Bergmann&lc=1543&pid=182555294&mid=7169612


FROM THE MANAGER'S DESK



FROM THE MANAGER’S DESK
By: Terri Passaro, General Manager



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all. I would like to take a moment and thank you all for being our residents. The holidays have always been my favorite time of year and a great time to tell people how much you appreciate them. I enjoy spending time with the people that I love and my friends who listen to me and share in my life which now includes you all! I realize I have not been your property manager for a very long, but I want you to know that my commitment to making StrawBerry Ridge a better place to live is real. I take pride in my work as you all do of your homes. And I think together we will make a great team. I only ask that you give me time to make these changes. I have a lot of work to do. Again, Merry Christmas from my staff to you, and God Bless!


Please join me for Movie night under the stars. We will be watching the movie “Sully” with Tom Hanks on Friday, December 9th, at 7PM sharp, next to the Activity Center in the field beside the Shuffle Board courts. Please show up at or before movie time. You can bring your golf cart (please park in the rear), and or a chair and a beverage. We will be providing the popcorn. It is an amazing way to see any movie under the stars. I think you all will like it.

StrawBerry Ridge will be hosting an informational seminar called "Listing 101" (Tips to selling your home). We will host this event on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 2PM sharp in the clubhouse. This seminar is designed to help you with selling your home and provide you with tips that will increase the outcome of your sale. This is a great seminar for anyone who is interested in selling your home, or just "thinking" about selling your home. This seminar is for you. Please join us, trust me it will benefit you.

PHONE DIRECTORY CHANGE

RESIDENT TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
By: Carol Tate 643-1015 cltate2@tampabay.rr.com or cltate135@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017, I WILL NO LONGER BE DOING THE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY. A big thank you to everyone that helped provide information and to those that helped deliver the books. After 20 years of working with the book, it is time to give someone else the pleasure of keeping it up to date for all residents. Rose Panella has offered to take on this project, so please refer all updates to her. I know Rose will do an excellent job for you. and I thank her for taking on this project.

DECEMBER NEWCOMERS



Angela Geitner
102 Pioneer Lane

Cathleen Walsh
232 Taho Circle

Harold & Eleanor Shaffer
3517 Meteor Place

Ronald and Candace Say
135 Sky Ridge Drive

Linda Mason
126 Taho Circle

Mary Collier Wade & Bertha Sims
113 Strawberry Junction

Janis Miller
102 Sky Ridge Drive

Sharon Pruginic
273 Taho Circle

Stanley Goldstein
3510 Shortcake Lane

DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES




12-17-1961
Ed & Dinah Craddock

12-20-1968
Leo & Doris Maida

12-29-1973
Jeff & Barbara Boldt

12-30-1961
Harry and Pat Dunlap

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS




 12/3 – Gwen Dominguez
 12/3 – Bill Wagner
 12/6 – Millie Daniels
 12/6 – Clarence Yoder
 12/8 – Roy Age
12/10 – Peggy Swaverly
12/12 – Ken Kreavy
12/14 – Marty Mattoon
12/14 – Michele Ambrioso
12/15 – Marjorie Hawkins
12/15 – Rose Panella
12/16 – Patrick McLaughlin
12/18 -  Kermit Prather
12/20 – Cheryl Choquette
12/21 – Don Head
12/22 – Mary Barcelona
12/22 – Carmine Giardina
12/23 – Dawn Cofrancesco
12/23 - Stuart Mentzel
12/25 – Carole DeGore
12/29 – Nancy Schroeder
12/30 – Cheryl Gardner

LADIES AUXILIARY MEETING CHANGE


RESIDENT'S TREE


REQUEST FROM MANAGER

After being here for just a short while, I have noticed that we do not have good contact information for many of you. It is imperative that we have a good working contact number on file for each of our residents. In case of an emergency, we need to be able to reach you. Please stop by the office today or email me I be more than happy to take your information. This information is not for public use.
Thank you
Have a great day
Your Property General Manager
Terri Passaro

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.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW METER READER!



Please help us give a warm welcome to SBR New Meter Reader Amy Marx. She is a resident of our great community and is excited to be a part of our team. This is such an important role in all of our lives. Amy is very excited about her new role and takes it very seriously. Please do not let your dogs bite Amy and do not run your irrigation while she is doing her readings. Please welcome Amy if you see her. She would like that. Thank you Amy!


Your Community Property General Manager
 Terri Passaro

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.

MEET THE STAFF


How well do you know the staff at StrawBerry Ridge?
This is your opportunity to learn who they are
and what their interests are.  They are here to serve you!
Click on the links below or on the sidebar
 for Sales Office and Maintenance Crew.



GOLF CART PARKING GUIDELINES

With all the activities starting up again and with so many residents using the facilities at the Clubhouse, Activity Center, and Fitness Center, parking can sometimes be at a premium.  There ARE special parking stalls for the carts by the Fitness Center/Activity Center.  When using a full size parking stall, golf carts should park to the far left or far right side of the stall.  That way two carts can occupy one stall freeing up more parking spaces.  And as a courtesy to those stopping just to pick up mail, it would be nice to park at the opposite side of the mailboxes if you are going to be parked for some time. Thanks to all who follow these guidelines!

WELCOME COMMITTEE


When new people move into StrawBerry Ridge, there is nothing nicer than a visit from a friendly neighbor. If you are new to StrawBerry Ridge and didn't get a call, please contact Mazie McMahon at 655-0750 or Paula Somers at 684-8328.

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 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!                                                         

MEET THE MANAGER

By: Terri Passaro, General Manager

What a pleasure it is to say to you, my name is Terri Passaro, and I am your 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!