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!


.....THANKSGIVING DINNER 11/26 at 2PM at Clubhouse......


Thursday, November 26th

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.


F.L.O.W. 12/11

By: Teresa Fuller, Manager

Our Annual Home Alone Thanksgiving Feast will be sponsored once again by Strawberry Ridge Home Owners Association and Management. Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse, Thursday November 26th at 2:00PM. The meal will be provided and we ask that you bring a dessert to share. 

Strawberry Ridge, along with your HOA, will once again sponsor the annual Home Alone Christmas Feast. Each year we provide a nice dinner free of charge and the opportunity for fellowship with others who find themselves alone at Christmas. Please understand this is meant only for our residents and not extended family members. There has been some confusion as to who can be invited so I hope this clears up any questions. I would like to thank Tim Mosher for agreeing to take on the task of preparing the meal which I’m sure will be as delicious as our Thanksgiving Feast.

The 2016 coupons will be available after December 20th at the office. Please be sure and include the appropriate coupon each month so that your account will be properly credited, thanks!
The staff of Strawberry Ridge and I hope you have a blessed and safe Holiday.


Former StrawBerry Ridge resident, Joe Ress, Sr., passed on November 4th in Ohio.  While living in the Ridge, Joe enjoyed the activities and made many friends.  Services will be held in Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ress family as they say good-bye to father and son.  Rest in Peace, Joe!

Joe Ress, Jr., 207 Taho Circle, passed November 2nd. Joe is predeceased by his wife Shirley.  Many people will remember Joe as being involved in many functions here in StrawBerry Ridge including being on the SRHA Board of Directors, working with the sound system, etc.  He and Shirley were always involved in Bingo and ran it for a time. Our sincere condolences to his family!  Rest in Peace, Joe! Visitation will be Monday, November 9th, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Serenity Meadows, 6919 Providence Road. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00AM at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E. Brandon Blvd.



Laurie Mc Guirk
(from Romulus, MI)
113 Strawberry Ridge Boulevard

Eddie and Shirley McCarty
(from Valrico, FL)
3411 Whistle Stop Lane

Robert Kelly
(from Tampa, FL)
125 Choo Choo Lane

Marie Coen
(from Port Jefferson Station, NY)
261 Taho Circle

Anthony & Mary Magerowski
(from Wausaukee, WI)
3512 Meteor Place


Frankie & Sally Jordan

Eveard & Kathy Willard

David & Mary Phillips


1 – Don Frageman
5 – Dee Patch
6 – Beverly Alexander
7 – Trude Zukowski
9 – Angie Zovko
9 – James DeGore
14 – Joe Suszko
16 – Ann Chambliss
16 – Marge Gettig
16 – Marjorie Hubbard
16 – Dorie Wagner
19 – Raul Torres
20 – Chuck Kashavsky
21 – Charlie Johns
22 – Fred Lumpkins
23 – Bunny Turowski
25 – Dennis Garno
25 – Ramon Lopez


"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!


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.  


The StrawBerry Ridge Ladies Auxiliary has taken over the on-going charity drive to collect useful items for the residents of the Haley's Cove Community Living Center, formerly the James A. Haley Veterans Residence Center. If you would like to contribute, you may drop off any items to any of the members of the Ladies Auxiliary. They will even be happy to pick them up at your home if you give one of them a call. These are the items most needed:

White Socks, White T-Shirts (no sleeveless), White Socks for Diabetics, Ball Caps, Caps with ear flaps, Knitted caps, Disposable Razors, Denture Brushes, Denture Cleaner, Denture Cups, Toothbrushes, Tooth Paste, shampoo, deodorant, Wheelchair Gloves (no fingers), any Paperback Books, Men's Body Wash and Cologne, Combs, Hair Brushes, Large Print Magazines, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, Ink Pens, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, and A and AA batteries.
Your donations are MOST appreciated! We are so thankful for our Veterans! Contact Ladies Auxiliary President, Amy Lumpkins at 502-5008 or any Ladies Auxiliary member if you have items to be picked up.


By: Wilma Hall 689-8988

The Strawberry Ridge Art Guild meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM in the Activities Center during the months of November to April.  Someone once said that deep down inside all of us have an artistic desire just waiting to burst out. What if your artistic ability was to be able to paint a picture, and you did not know it.  You may think that you have no talent for painting, but until you try with someone to guide and help you—you could be wrong. If you already know you have a desire to paint, come join us for the fellowship of other artists and perhaps pick up a tip or two.  


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.


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 (at the top of the right sidebar.)


Did you know that there is WIFI at both the Clubhouse and Activity Center? 
Many thanks to Management for providing this amenity!