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!
Former StrawBerry Ridge resident, Connie Anderson, passed away on 7/18/14. Connie was a vibrant woman who enjoyed her years here in the Ridge. Sincere condolences to her family and many friends. Services will be held in Minnesota. Rest in Peace, Connie!
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 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:
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
There are four C.E.R.T. Training Workshops coming up, and all members are invited to attend them. They will be held at the Hillsborough County EOC OPS room and provided by the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on the following dates:
August 9, 2014 9:00AM - Damage Assessment/Traffic Safety October 4, 2014 9:00AM - Triage/Psychological Care for patients and responders
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.
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.
Hello Bingo players: Come join us at Strawberry Ridge Bingo every Wednesday night. We have a lot of fun. We kick off the event with a great dinner for $4.00 at 5:00 to 6:30 pm. 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.
By: Carol Tate 643-1015 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CURRENTResidents 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 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 email@example.com for the specifics. We look forward to hearing from you!
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 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.
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.