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!


......TRASH TO TREASURE SALE, Saturday, October 17th, from 9AM to 1PM.......HALLOWEEN PARTY, Saturday, October 24th starting at 7:00PM......


Happy Birthday to Joel Palazzolo!

Happy Anniversary to James & Carole DeGore
who were married on 10/12/95!


Wednesday, October 14th

MENU FOR 10/14
Sloppy Joe

Italian Sausage
Chips, Fruit Cup, Dessert, Soda
Now $5

Thursday, October 15th

Saturday, October 17th

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.  Check the SR calendar (link below) on the Blog for additional information.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop and the Pools.  Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for more info.



The Strawberry Ridge Home Owners Association (HOA,) under the direction of their appointed Chairperson, runs BINGO in the Ridge every Wednesday night (summer and some holidays excluded). 100% of the money collected at our BINGO games are used for BINGO. In fact, nearly 95% of the money collected each Wednesday night is paid right back out, the same night, to our lucky BINGO winners. The balance is held by the HOA in a separate account for the BINGO Chair to use in maintaining equipment, buying supplies, and conducting an occasional special game.
BINGO is regulated by the State of Florida Charitable Gaming Laws, and is offered through our HOA. Reports are posted on the clubhouse bulletin board, after each weekly game. There is an additional summary report provided to the HOA, by the BINGO chair, monthly.
There are currently fourteen (14) games played each Wednesday night. If you were to play the MINIMUM amount for all these games it would cost you less than $5.00 to play. Also, if you choose to only play the first 8 games (played on hard cards,) it could cost you as little as $1.00 to play!
BINGO cards go on sale by 6PM (sometimes a bit sooner) until 6:45PM, and the game begins at 7PM! It takes us that 15 minutes to calculate the payouts for the games, based on the monies collected. Hard card games end around 8PM, there is a short intermission, and the final games (paper) end about 9PM.
Instructions and costs for each game are posted at the sales table when buying your cards. If you have any questions, please ask any of our BINGO volunteers, or email our Chairperson. We are always glad to help!
We welcome you to come out and play BINGO each Wednesday night!


SANDY BROWN, 3514 Meteor Place, passed on October 10th.  Sandy taught a Tai Chi class for residents several years ago.  She enjoyed golfing, bunco, and other activities.  Heartfelt sympathy goes out to her husband, Terry, and to all their family. Sandy leaves behind many friends.  A Memorial Service is being held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 826 S. Miller Road, Valrico, on Sunday, October 18th, at 2:00PM.  A reception will follow the service.  REST IN PEACE, SANDY!

CAROL ROGERS, 107 Choo Choo Lane, passed on October 3rd. Our most sincere condolences to all her family and friends!  At the present time, there are no services planned. REST IN PEACE, CAROL!


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 $5
Everyone Welcome

MENU FOR 10/14
Sloppy Joe

Italian Sausage
Chips, Fruit Cup, Dessert, Soda
Now $5

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


"All in Stitches" Quilters are working on quilts and mattresses for the cradles the Woodshop is making for their Christmas toy gifts.  The Quilters meet on Tuesday night in the back room at the Activity Center from 6:00 to 9:00PM. New people are always welcome!


Soliciting is NOT allowed in StrawBerry Ridge. If someone comes to your door that you do not do business with, DO NOT allow them inside your home. Inform them that soliciting is not allowed and that you are calling the office to report them. Then call the SR Sales Office and report this immediately. Keep your doors locked at all times.


There are always many wonderful things going on in StrawBerry Ridge. And it’s easy to keep informed on it all. Here are a few to mention:

There is a great Phone Directory that is updated every year. It contains all kinds of useful information…a listing of all the residents and their phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. You will also find contact info for the Sales Office, the Homeowners Association, and a listing of all the clubs and activities along with contact info. The phone directory is free to all residents. If you don't have one, call Carol Tate at 643-1015, and she will get one to you.

The StrawberryToppings is distributed to each home by the 1st of each month. It contains all the recent announcements and news about all the activities and the community. Do use it for reference throughout the month. If you have articles for the Toppings, you can send them to Bob Burfitt, Editor, at If you are having problems getting one delivered to your home, contact Amy or Fred Lumpkins at 502-5008.

If you have a computer, you can check the StrawBerry Ridge Blog every day at There are also blogs for Computer Club, Travel Club, Toppings, the Veterans Club, SR Bulletin Board, and the Homeowner’s Association which are listed on the sidebar. You will find information for the activities, events calendar, and many more things on the blogs. Articles and pictures for the Blogs can be submitted to or call Chris Ritter at 654-2940.

If you are on Facebook, search for “StrawBerry Ridge Activities” and LIKE US to see the latest community activity and information in your news feed. You can also see many StrawBerry Ridge videos on YouTube at

If you have Bright House Cable, you can watch the Community Channel on channel 95, 98-1, or 732 depending on your tv tuner. If you don’t have cable, you can see the community channel at the top of the StrawBerry Ridge Blog on the sidebar.

In addition, there are Bulletin Boards in various locations around StrawBerry Ridge and at the Hwy. 60 entrance. There is no reason to be uninformed at the Ridge!


As of 10/3, there are about 10 tables available
for purchase

ELVIS & MORE.... 11/21/15

By: Teresa Fuller, Manager

Once again Strawberry Ridge, along with your HOA will be scheduling tree trimming at a reduced cost to our residents. The HOA will be compiling a list of residents who would like to participate. The community will be done in phases starting with Choo Choo Lane on or around the 15th Of October. The cost will be $90.00 per tree and will include lifting off the home and over the street as well clean up and removal. If your tree is on the lot line the cost should be shared equally between the home owners. Members of the HOA will be visiting your homes with more information.

LANDSCAPING: New homes will have landscaping installed at the time of installation of your home. You may not remove plants, shrubs or any other landscaping if you vacate the premises. You are encouraged to plant additional trees and shrubs. In order to prevent damage to underground utility lines, approval and supervision by Management is required when installing the same. The resident is responsible for the care and upkeep of his/her lawn and grounds.

I recently had a visit from a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department deputy who informed me they are now offering a pro-gram to register golf cart serial numbers free of charge to anyone who would like to participate. This is a new program they have established due to the number of golf carts in the Hillsborough County area that have been stolen. Your HOA will be scheduling a time for the deputies to be on the property and help with the process. Stay tuned for further information!



Eva Murphy (from Schenectady, NY)
 248 Taho Circle

Tony Fernandez
(from Tampa, FL)
322 Choo Choo Lane

Nancy Simmons
(from Brandon, FL)
105 Strawberry Junction Lane

Roberto & Hilda Leon Sr.
(from Plant City, FL)
112 Choo Choo Lane

Joan La Clair
(from Valrico, FL)
115 Sky Ridge Drive

Sandra Thompson
(from Spring Hill, FL)
120 Pioneer Lane

Geneva Howell,
(from Hoboken, GA)
255 Taho Circle

Janet DeFelice & Jennifer Panchesine
(from Fort Worth, TX)
103 Pioneer Lane

Richard Kohl
(from Oak Ridge, NJ)
124 Pioneer Lane

Rose Lindsay
(from Valrico, FL)
3501 Wildberry Way



Scot & Stevie Caristianos

Warren & Peg Swaverly

Bob & Carol Helmer

James & Carole DeGore

Richard & Brenda San Jule

John & Cathie Wyatt



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
10/17 – Ed Pita
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
10/30 – Carolyn Fields
10/31 -- Angie Torres


I play flute and am looking for woodwind or string players interested in forming a small ensemble here at StrawBerry Ridge. We could get together occasionally, share music, and have a good old jam session. Please call Kim Baker at 813-654-0346 if this is something that you might like to do.


Did you know that there is an electronic bulletin board for residents to use free of charge? Whether you are looking for something to buy, have something to sell, or are looking for a handyman to help you, you might find it there.  The more people that use it, the more useful it will be.  Why not check it out....





If your name isn't in the phone book or if you have changed any of your information, this is the time to report it to Carol.  She works diligently all year round keeping it updated, but once the information is sent to the printer, then that is what will be in the next directory.  IT IS UP TO EACH RESIDENT TO MAKE SURE THEIR INFO IS CORRECT AND REPORTED TO HER!


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

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  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

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR PET,  call 813-744-5660 or go to  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.

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

For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to

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.

Brandon News


By Rose Panella

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.