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!

STRAWBERRY RIDGE COMMUNITY CHANNEL

STRAWBERRY RIDGE COMMUNITY CHANNEL by Slidely Slideshow

....MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM, MAY 25th at 9:30AM at Clubhouse...

EVENTS WEEK OF MAY 24th


Monday, May 25th


Wednesday, May 27th




Menu for 5/27 Wed. Nite Supper
(Last one until fall!)

"Big Hot Dogs
OR
Hamburger
Baked Beans, Chips, Dessert
Soda


Thursday, May 28th

Woodworkers Meeting
7:00PM at the Clubhouse
All members requested to attend





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. Some of the activities are already on hiatus.  Check the SR calendar if in doubt.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop.  Some of the activities are going on hiatus for the summer.  Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for info.

 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

FLAGS OF HONOR


Strawberry Ridge Ladies Auxiliary
Presents
Flags of Honor 
In Memory or In Honor of a Veteran


May 25 2015
Cost $2.00
Flags will be displayed around the flag pole at the Veterans Memorial outside of the Clubhouse. Each Flag will have a laminated card attached with red, white, and blue ribbon. 
MEMORIAL DAY FLAGS OF HONOR
MAY 25th 2015

(Ex.  In Memory or In Honor Of Jane Doe
United States Army,Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard)


If anyone is interested in purchasing them, please contact Amy at 502-5008

FLAG BURNING CEREMONY 6/15


CHOO CHOO FUN WALK 7/16


Presented by Lifestyles after 50 in conjunction
with the SRHA

Proceeds to go to Animal Resource Center in
Hillsborough County

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PENNY BINGO!! Starts 6/3


ICE CREAM SOCIAL 6/30



On Tuesday, June 30th, the Strawberry Ridge Homeowners Association in conjunction with the Brandon Republican Club will present a free ice cream social at the Clubhouse starting at 6:30 PM.   Congressman Dennis Ross will be attending for a resident "meet & greet".

Come, enjoy ice cream with all the fixins, and say hello to U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross who will join us at this event.    You will have the opportunity to share your opinions on issues important to you with your Congressman.

F.L.O.W. will be in StrawBerry Ridge 6/2!

Get Your Driver’s License or Car Registration Renewed at SR

Do you dread going to the Tax Collector's Office to get your license renewed because of the long drive and the long lines?  And have you forgotten something required only to have to return home and then back again?

On Tuesday June 2, 2015, FLOW (Florida Licensing on Wheels) will be coming to our Clubhouse from 10 AM – 2PM! You will be able to get your licensed renewed, convert your out of State license to Florida, complete name/address changes, get ID cards, and renew your car registrations right here. Renewals can be done months in advance of the renewal date to take advantage of this convenience. Remember everyone must meet the new documentation requirements (post 9/11) this year if they have not already done so – your license will have a yellow star after the number if you have already done this. If not, bring your documentation with you and get it all done here (certified birth certificate or passport; name change information (if applicable); Social Security Card or W-2 or pay stub ; and proof of address (rental agreement, payment book, utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.)  

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 http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/777.  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 http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=2888




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

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1624 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 https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx.

For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=661

SUMMER KICKOFF PARTY 6/20



WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS



WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS
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 5/27 Wed. Nite Supper

(Last one until fall!)

"Big Hot Dogs
OR
Hamburger
Baked Beans, Chips, Dessert
Soda





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

MAY NEWCOMERS




Marion Jennings
(From Tampa, FL)
134 Sky Ridge Drive

Gary & Linda Bates
(From Romeoville, IL)
328 Taho Circle

Marjorie Fallon
(From Atlantic Highlands, NJ)
3506 Activities Lane

Ann Hicks
(From Valrico, FL)
102 Coral Crest Drive

Major & Sherry Rhodes
(From Valrico, FL)
211 Choo Choo Lane

Donald & Susanne Murray
(From Valrico, FL)
3515 Meteor Place

Marjorie Lexton & Michael Erceg
(From New Berlin, NY)
109 Pioneer Lane

Richard Montpas
(From Grand Blanc, MI)
3530 Meteor Place

MAY ANNIVERSARIES



5-08-1961
Bill & Dorie Wagner

5-11-2002
Noel & Donna Palmertree

5-16-1980
Al & Jo An Bernacki

5-18-1963
William & Rosemary Lacovara

5-24-1996
Dennis & Sue Garno

5-30-64
John & Lea Ann Ziarno

MAY BIRTHDAYS



5/2  –  Al Bernacki
5/3  --  Susan Mentzel
5/4  –  Neal Brown
5/4  –  Mona Holmsen
5/6  –  Paul Gardner
5/9  –  Sandy Jaconetta
5/9  –  Carol Regal
5/15 – Sandy Hanson
5/15 -- Bob Bell
5/16 – Anna Gillis
5/18 – Paul Heroux
5/21 – Teresa Fuller
5/22 – Carol Holder
5/22 -- David Snodgrass
5/27 – Brenda Strube
5/29 – Louise Wilson
5/30 – Nancy Giardina
5/30 – Rosemary Lacovara
5/30  –Juana Lopez

MAY CALENDAR


 2 -- Coffee Hour
 2 -- SRHA General Meeting
18 -- SRHA Board of Directors Mtg.
25 -- Memorial Day Program



Resident Advisory Council (RAC)
Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2015
Present: Chairperson Lisa Stropes, RAC Members, Tim Mosher, Sue Senna
SRHA Board member liaison Harry Dunlap


Agenda items:

  1. Two request items came via email to Chairperson Lisa Stropes from Rose Panella. Both of these items used to be available to residents but are not any longer. Unfortunately there was no information on how many residents were interested in these activities.
    1. Horseshoe Pit
    2. Bocce Ball Court  
NOTE TO RESIDENTS:  PLEASE EMAIL LISA IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN EITHER OF THE TWO ABOVE ITEMS.  stropes.3515@verizon.net

  1. Two residents called Chairperson Lisa Stropes regarding the Dog Park proposal. They were directed to attend this meeting and discuss their proposal in order to have it on the agenda for the upcoming meeting with Mr. Young.
    1. No one was present at this meeting.

  1. Tim Mosher asked if the Mulrennan gate could be left open until 8 pm. It was explained to Tim that the reason for closing the gate earlier was to prevent non residents from cutting through StrawBerry Ridge to avoid Highway 60 traffic.


Submitted by Lisa Stropes

QUILTERS

We have a new club! The Quilters will now meet every Tuesday at a new time in the back room at the AC!


SRHA MEMBERSHIP CHANGE




STRAWBERRY RIDGE HOMEOWNER’S MEMBERSHIP
By Rose Panella
813-662-9862

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.  

LADIES AUXILIARY CHARITY DRIVE

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.

STRAWBERRY RIDGE ART GUILD

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.  

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 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

CERAMICS SHOP - THE BERRY CLAY PIT














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.









COMMUNITY CHANNEL

 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 posts.)

FREE WI-FI



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

BUS SERVICE STARTING 3/17/14

NEW BUS SERVICE

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.