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!




Happy Birthday to Dennis Garno!

Happy Birthday to Ramon Lopez!

Happy Birthday to Arthur Ball!


Thursday, November 27th

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. 



DAVE CAVE, 128 Taho Circle, passed on 11/17.  Our sincere condolences to his wife, Alberta, and their family!  Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 1:00PM at Brandon Assembly of God, 710 S. Kings Ave. Brandon, FL 33511, with burial to follow in Garden of Memo­ries Cemetery, Tampa.  Rest in Peace, Dave!

Our most sincere condolences go out to Gwen Dominguez on the loss of her husband, ED DOMINGUEZ.  Ed and Gwen are long-time residents of StrawBerry Ridge and reside at 310 Choo Choo Lane.  Ed passed on 11/18.  May he rest in peace!


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 11/19

"Big" Hot Dogs w/Toppings
Chips, Cole Slaw, & Applesauce
Dessert & Soda

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


Richard & Janis Spalding
from Riverview FL
3528 Zephyr Lane

Charles & Bobbie Crook
from Tampa FL
3504 Berry Bend Road

Ralph & Monika Nesmith
from Milton FL
315 Taho Circle

James Hanlon
from Stoneham MA
125 Choo Choo Lane

John & Renae Cook
from 220 Taho Circle
3519 Whistle Stop Lane


Frankie & Sally Jordan

Eveard & Kathy Willard

Joe & Dolly Sanelli

David & Mary Phillips


  1 -  Don Frageman
  3 -  Mae Kass
  5 -  Dee Patch
  6 -  Dorothy King
  6 -  Beverly Alexander
  7 -  Trude Zukowski
  9 -  Angie Zovko
  9 -  James DeGore
14 -  Joe Suszko
16 - Marge Gettig
16 - Marjorie Hubbard
16 - Jean Rego
16 - Dorie Wagner
19 - Raul Torres
20 - Chuck Kashavsky
21 - Charlie Johns
22 - Fred Lumpkins
23 - Bunny Turowski
25 - Dennis Garno
25 - Ramon Lopez
25 - Arthur Ball


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 thru 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.  




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.   

     Call Barb Purvis at 785-8040
for more info


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


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.


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  

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 on what to bring for your pet, go to

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


 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.


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



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.


By: Carol Tate 643-1015

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 2015 phone books will be going to the printer soon and will be delivered in December.


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 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.


Now there is an easier way to get in touch with the SRHA.  They now have an email address, and it is They welcome your suggestions and ideas.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

StrawBerry Ridge has their very own CERT Team.  They meet every other month at the Activity Center at 6:30PM on the 2nd Thursday.  There are many training programs available to CERT.  If you would like to join this valuable venture, call Marty Sullivan at 684-2735.  Watch the Toppings and the StrawBerry Ridge Blog to learn when the next meeting will be held.  


Have you ever wished there would be an easier way  to get help when you have an item for sale, are looking to buy, or need some help?  What if you lost or found an item?  Are you looking for a way to offer your services to other residents?  Check out the STRAWBERRY RIDGE ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD at  All you need to do is click on COMMENTS under the appropriate post and submit with the necessary information.  Please allow adequate time for the posts to go online as they have to first go to an administrator.  You must list your contact information if you want it to be posted.  To read what others have posted, you would also have to click on COMMENTS under each post. All comments will be removed after one month or when the event has passed.  This blog will be an experiment to see if there is any need for it. There are also bulletin boards for residents to use inside the Activity Center (by the SRHA Office) and Clubhouse (by the billiards room.)  It is our hope that you will find this blog useful.



Mulrennan Gate Area
Activities Lane near Clubhouse
Klickety Klak near Postal Boxes

The above Bulletin Boards are to be used by STRAWBERRY RIDGE RESIDENTS only.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR ITEMS OR EVENTS OPEN TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE RESIDENTS may be placed on the Bulletin Boards at the above locations along with the Resident's Name, Telephone Number, and the Date of Posting.  Individual Clubs in StrawBerry Ridge may post flyers for upcoming events as they occur during the year.

NOTICES AND/OR POSTERS may be displayed for a maximum of 30 days.  It is the responsibility of the party who posts the item to remove it as soon as the activity is completed. These boards must be properly maintained and in good condition at all times.

ITEMS FOR SALE by individual residents belong on the appropriate boards on a 3 x 5 card only at either the Clubhouse (next to the billards room) or at the Activities Center (next to the SRHA Office.)


The Strawberry Toppings is published monthly and distributed to the homes by volunteer carriers.  To submit your articles for the Toppings, they must be in by the 15th of each month prior to the month of publication.  You may send your articles to Bob Burfitt, Editor, at or take them up to the Sales Office.  Fred and Amy Lumpkins are in charge of distribution.  If you would like to volunteer to help deliver the Toppings or if you did not receive a Toppings by the 1st of the month, please call them at 381-3219 or e-mail them at  To read past issues of the Toppings, see the Toppings Blog at


If you know of a StrawBerry Ridge resident who has passed away, please contact Barbara Knecht at 689-0776 so that a card might be sent.  Please notify Chris Ritter at 654-2940 or to have it put on the StrawBerry Ridge Blog and the community channel.