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!

AERIAL VIEW OF STRAWBERRY RIDGE

......FLU & PNEUMONIA SHOT CLINIC, COFFEE HOUR,SRHA GENERAL MEETING 10/1.......

FROM THE MANAGER'S DESK


FROM THE MANAGER’S DESK
By: Terri Passaro, General Manager

Hello StrawBerry Ridge, how is everyone doing on this wonderful October day? I love this time of year. I must say it is my favorite. I love that the cooler weather is heading our way soon. I look forward to meeting you all, but that will take time. 

I have a list of a few topics I would like to bring up. These items may not pertain to everyone. If they do then please follow the guidance of the topic; if they do not, then thank you for taking the
time to read my little section of the Toppings. I am an active manager and take pride in my work. To me my work is my signature and who I am. If my community looks good and I have happy residents, then I have done my job well. This means it will take everyone doing their part and making your home visually pleasing and following the rules of the community. It will also take everyone working together to help your neighbors. Together we can and will make a difference. Have a great October.

We have a position available that may be perfect for someone in this community. This position is for a meter reader. You would be required to do alot of bending and reading of all the water meters in the entire community once a month. The past reader took approximately 21 to 25 hours to read per month. If you are interested in this position please call me Terri at 813-689-9423. Thank you

· Pool Rules
1. Just a few items to review. Please do not smoke in the pool area unless you are in the designated smoking area. On that same note please make sure your cigarette butts make it to the dispensers.

2. Please make sure your guests are wearing their wrist bands. Without them they are in violation of our rules. Remember even guests must follow our rules while visiting. Also if your guest is under the age of 18 they must be accompanied by a resident while in the pool area.

3. In order to keep the pool area looking good for all of our residents please place all furniture back in its rightful place when you are done with it.

· If you are wanting to add or remove to improve your outside lot or home, please take the time and call the office first. We do have some rules in place to protect the community and county require-ments / laws, that need to be followed by all residents. It is in your rules and regulations if you need a further description. When in doubt call the office we will tell you what to do next. Thank you

·30 day community clean up. Before I do an all community inspection, I like to give my residents time to do the necessary clean up in advance. Starting October 1st and ending October 31st, I ask that all residents look at your house for the following, power washing the outside of the home, removal of all carport clutter, weeds growing in gutters, painting fading on home or shutters (this also could include driveway restaining if it is needed), re-mulch if faded, weed flower beds, plant flowers and freshen up flower beds, trim trees (if needed), paint light post if faded. Stand out on the road if your home doesn’t look like the rest of the neighborhood, then your home may need some love. Over the next few months we will be working on the common areas while you all do your part, we will be doing ours. By the time we are done, we should all be proud of our community. In advance thank you!

· Please pick up after your pets. Please keep in mind your pet is your responsibility. We all know we love our pets, but it is also a mobile home owner’s general obligation to clean up after them. I will be sending out violation letters in regard to this issue. This is a clear violation of our Rules and Regulations Section 18. Thank you in advance for complying to this rule.

I think that just about does it. For the most part my newsletter ads are short and sweet. But being new here in this community I had more to say this time. Thank you all for your time and remember to love your community.

OCTOBER NEWCOMERS


WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE!

Nelson Ramos
(from Seffner, FL)
3508 Engineer Dr.

Joseph Rossetti
(from Valrico, F))
401 Boxcar Way

Daniel Welsh
(from Apollo Beach)
3519 Zephyr Lane

Robert & Jerilyn
Disavino
(from Oak Ridge, NJ)
3509 Casey Jones Dr

Annie Handsor
(from Valrico FL)
205 Taho Circle

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES




10-02-1998
 Scot & Stevie Caristianos

10-03-2003
Warren & Peg Swaverly

10-10-64
Bob & Carol Helmer

10-12-1995
James & Carol DeGore

10-22-1987
Richard & Brenda San Jule

10-21-1961
John & Cathie Wyatt

10-20-1984
Mazie & Tom McMahon

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS



4 -  Richard Lord
4  -  Linda Palazzolo
8 -   Jean Jenkins
9  -  Madeline Lee
12 - Joel Palazzolo
13 - Joyce Gill
17 - Ed Pita
17 - Donna Palmertree
23 - Sharon Hurley
24 - Jana Alexander
25 - Judi Stephens
25 - Ted Decent
25 - Edie Parks
28 - Carol Clark
28 - Joe Sanelli
29 - Sue Senna
29 -  Lois Chase
30 - Carolyn Fields

EVENTS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25th


Thursday, September 29th


Woodworkers Meeting
7:00PM at Clubhouse

Saturday, October 1st


Coffee Hour hosted by Bingo

***Carol Tate will be at the CH
to take your phone directory updates***


SRHA GENERAL MEETING
will begin right after 50/50
approximately 10AM



"MEET AND GREET" our
new Manager, Terri Passaro,
who will be at this month's meeting!



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 and the Pools.  Many of the activities are starting up again after a summer hiatus, so please check the SR calendar (link below) on the Blog for additional information. Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for more info. 

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! 







Neighborhood Watch and Patrol

Our National Night Event really will be a night out this year. The Neighborhood Watch volunteers, members of SR management as well as Deputies from the Sheriff's Office will be out on the streets of StrawBerry Ridge Tuesday, October 4th. We will be passing out informational flyers, give-always and goodies door to door. If you would like to join us please meet at the Clubhouse at 3pm. We hope to see you one way or the other. 

HISPANIC MEET & GREET 10/15


RHYTHM BAND MEETING 10/4


SEPTEMBER OBITS

Eddie Zionkofski, 3508 Casey Jones Drive, passed unexpectedly on 9/12/16.  We offer our love and support to his mother Lorean who he lived with and to all their family!  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.        Rest in Peace, Eddie!
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?n=edward-c-zionkofski&pid=181599455&fhid=8212


Ida Mae Ferro, 411 Silver Streak Lane, passed on 9/8/16.  We offer our love to her family and friends!  There will be no local services. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Sampson Air Force Base, Seneca Lake, NY.
http://www.southernfuneralcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/449901

Jean Davis, who played the piano for our Strawberry Singers for many years, passed on 9/10/16. We are very grateful to Jean, who was not a resident, for sharing her talent with us here at StrawBerry Ridge!  Our condolences go out to all her family and friends.  There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, 9/17, at 11AM at First Methodist Church, 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon. Rest in Peace, Jean!
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Beverly-Davis&lc=1543&pid=181369114&mid=7083911



Former SR resident, Marge Spencer, passed on 9/8/16.  She leaves behind several children, and we offer them our deepest sympathy.  Memorial Services will be held on 11/13 at Brandon Elks Lodge at 3PM.

http://www.southernfuneralcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/731542



Philip Kearney, 136 Strawberry Junction Lane, passed on 8/29/16.  We send our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Aline, and all their family! Visitation will be held on Friday, September 9th, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd.  Graveside services will follow at 1:00PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.  Rest in Peace, Philip!
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Philip-Kearney&lc=1543&pid=181248602&mid=7070513


Vincenza "Nancy" Giardina, 408 Boxcar Way, passed away on September 2nd, a special day for her and her husband Carmine. They were married 65 years ago! Our sincere condolences to Carmine and all their family!  As a long-time resident of StrawBerry Ridge, Nancy was active in many groups throughout the years and loved her Bingo, Bunco, etc.  She will be missed by many.  A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 6th, at 10:00AM at Resurrection Catholic Church, 6819 Krycul Avenue, Riverview.  Rest in Peace, Nancy!
http://www.southernfuneralcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/177595

OCTOBER CALENDAR


ATTENTION: VETERANS FREE FLU SHOTS AT FLU CLINIC


Flu Shot Clinic
October 1, 2016 at Clubhouse
    8:30 - 10 :30. AM


     Sponsored by Homeowners Association with Walgreens

The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2017.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a free flu shot.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SRHA




Music By The Water on 9/17 was enjoyed by all that attended.  We had a DJ, Leo Rossiter, for the first time and he was GREAT.  When we saw the lightning heading our way, I asked to either call it quits for the night or go into the Activity Center and everyone wanted to go inside.  We had scheduled the DJ from 6-9 but he stayed till 9:45.  No one wanted to go home.  We had about 50 people and everyone wants him to come back.  Who knows, maybe we will be able to have him back.

Trash To Treasurer sign up sheet for moving the tables on Friday, October 14th. has posted at the Activity Center and Clubhouse.  We need help doing this and the more hands we have helping, the quicker it will be done.  Of course if some can come back on Saturday October 15th to reset the Clubhouse back, that too will help.

Home Alone Dinner sign up sheets have been posted at both the Activity Center and Clubhouse for people we will need for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Please look over the lists and see where you can help us out.  The least little thing you can do to help is greatly appreciated.


Thanking you in advance for this is all greatly appreciated.

Rose Panella, Treasurer

REQUEST FROM LADIES AUXILIARY

If you need it to be picked up please contact Amy at 502-5008 or 650-3196



MEET THE STAFF


How well do you know the staff at StrawBerry Ridge?
This is your opportunity to learn who they are
and what their interests are.  They are here to serve you!
Click on the links below or on the sidebar
 for Sales Office and Maintenance Crew.



FLU SHOT CLINIC 10/1


GOLF CART PARKING GUIDELINES

With all the activities starting up again and with so many residents using the facilities at the Clubhouse, Activity Center, and Fitness Center, parking can sometimes be at a premium.  There ARE special parking stalls for the carts by the Fitness Center/Activity Center.  When using a full size parking stall, golf carts should park to the far left or far right side of the stall.  That way two carts can occupy one stall freeing up more parking spaces.  And as a courtesy to those stopping just to pick up mail, it would be nice to park at the opposite side of the mailboxes if you are going to be parked for some time. Thanks to all who follow these guidelines!

HALLOWEEN PARTY 10/28


SRHA OFFICE HOURS


THE SRHA OFFICE WILL BE OPEN ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS AND TIMES TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR EVENTS AND YOUR TABLE FOR TRASH TO TREASURE AND YOUR HALLOWEEN TICKETS.
THE OFFICE HOURS WILL BE 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 
ROSE PANELLA AT 662-9862 OR 918-0126



Mondays               Wednesdays
Sept. 12                 Sept. 14
Sept. 19                 Sept. 21
Sept. 26                 Sept. 28
Oct. 3                     Oct. 5
Oct. 10                   Oct. 12
Oct. 17                   Oct. 19
Oct. 24                   Oct. 26



TRASH TO TREASURE 10/15


WELCOME COMMITTEE


When new people move into StrawBerry Ridge, there is nothing nicer than a visit from a friendly neighbor. If you are new to StrawBerry Ridge and didn't get a call, please contact Mazie McMahon at 655-0750 or Paula Somers at 684-8328.

SRHA NEEDS HELP!!


THE STRAWBERRY SINGERS NEEDS YOU!!!!


SEPTEMBER NEWCOMERS



WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE!


Margie Hersh
(From Lithia, FL)
304 Choo Choo Lane

Cynthia Nyhus
(From Brandon, FL)
112 Taho Circle

Abayomi & Ganiat Olatunji
(From Columbus, NJ)
204 Choo Choo Lane

Kaye Doyle & Cora Jean Schinbeckler
(From Valrico, FL)
114 Sky Ridge Drive

Scott & Linda Carpenter
(From Sioux Falls, SD)
402 Klickety Klak Lane

Pamela Abbey
(From Tampa, FL)
3526 Whistle Stop Lane

Charles & Kimberly Kocak
(From Valrico, FL)
3603 Cinder Drive

Sandra Valdes
& Margaret Vest
(From Riverview, FL)
3506 Meteor Place

Darlene Herman (From Lithia, FL)
3504 Meteor Place

Valentin Myrnyj (From Brandon, FL)
401 Strawberry Ridge Blvd.

Karen Myers (From Cambridge, MA)
3615 Petticoat Junction

Lyle and Merice Blackberg (From Hoffman, MN)
3535 Meteor Place

Gary Brooks (From Wauchula, FL)
3510 Meteor Place

Linda Cummando (From Wantagh, NY)
112 Pioneer Lane

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES


Happy Anniversary to All!



9-01-1956
Ron & Betty Bailey

9-02-1951
Carmine & Nancy Giardina

9-06-1952
Harry & Jeanette Stewart

9-10-66
Kermit & Karin Prather

9-15-1963
Ron & Judy Ringstaff

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS


Happy Birthday to All!

  1 – Florence Katrein
  3 – Doris Maida
  9 – Effie Christ
  9 – Warren Swaverly
  9 – John Ziarno
10 – Mary Ball
11 -  Carol Helmer
12 - Bernie Gauthier
12 - Chris Loiselle
12 - Bev Pennington
13 – Eveard Willard
14 - Lisa Stropes
16 – Judy Ringstaff
17 – Jerry Sullivan
24 – Amy Lumpkins
30 – Mary Bergen
30 - Lois Ragonese

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 eight 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!                                                         

REFERRALS GET YOU CASH!


HELP STOP MOSQUITOES FROM LIVING & MULTIPLYING AROUND YOUR HOME


Hillsborough County has requested that we
pass this on to our residents....





Did you know that standing water around your home can support the breeding of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in and near standing water. As little as one teaspoon or bottle cap of water standing for more than one week is enough for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. Additionally, many bothersome mosquitoes typically only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding site.

You can help stop mosquitoes from breeding by using these tips:

                 At least once a week, empty, turn over or cover anything that could hold water: tires, buckets, toys, pools and pool covers, birdbaths, trash containers, recycling bins, boat or car covers, roof gutters, coolers, and pet dishes.
                 Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
                 Put away items that are outside and not being used because they could hold standing water.
                 Keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water. Some plants, such as bromeliads, hold water in their leaves—flush out water-holding plants with your hose once a week.
                 Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination.

 You can also report a mosquito-related issues to Hillsborough County Mosquito Control by calling (813) 635-5400.

MEET THE MANAGER

By: Terri Passaro, General Manager

What a pleasure it is to say to you, my name is Terri Passaro, and I am your new General Manager. I have many years experience in the Manufactured Housing industry, and hope to have many more with you all. I have a simple business philosophy... “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It really is that simple, isn’t it? I look forward to meeting you all. It truly is an honor to say I am your General Manager. Strawberry Ridge is a great community and together we will make it even better!

STAY INFORMED!

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       strawtoppings@tampabay.rr.com. 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 http://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/. 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 strawberryridge@tampabay.rr.com or call Chris Ritter at 654-2940.

If you are on Facebook, search for “StrawBerry Ridge 55+ Community” 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 https://www.youtube.com/user/SRActivities.

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.

The SR Office sends out Email Blasts when there is breaking news that everyone should know about.  If you are not already receiving them, please stop by the office to sign up or send your email address to ltolar@blairflorida.com

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!

ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR 10/22!

THE STRAWBERRY RIDGE CRAFT CLUB WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR ON 10/22 FROM 9:00AM TO 1:00PM.  YOU CAN RESERVE A TABLE FOR ONLY $7, AND THEY MUST BE RESERVED AND PAID FOR NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1ST.  THERE ARE ALREADY 35 TABLES RESERVED, SO DON'T DELAY. (SET UP ON FRIDAY 10/21st after 7PM)


WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO STARTS 9/7!


Dee Costoso 436-0793
 Linda Reimert 495-3928
 Co-Chairpersons



Bingo returns on Wednesday, September 7th, in the Clubhouse! We still need to get rid of the three high paying Strawberry Jars (2 at $200 and 1 at $179). To try and accomplish this, all games, except Speedball, for the month of September will be eligible for the Strawberry Jars! We have made a number of changes to Bingo since we ended in June. 

Please note: Cards will be sold from 5:30 to 6:45 and Bingo will start at 7:00. We will continue to have a 10-minute intermission with snacks before we start the soft card games. There will now be 10 games on the hard cards and three of those will be special games. The cost of the hard cards will be 50 cents per game. The 3-game hard card will, therefore, be $1.50. All paper games will be $1.00. The 3-game green sheets will be $1.00.

Reminder: No one under the age of 18 is allowed

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS



HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections
StrawBerry Ridge Precinct 819
 Bob Ledoux, Clerk (813)-293-1822

Since we have so many new residents in the past months, this is a reminder that you can register to vote with Bob Ledoux, Clerk of our precinct. All voting takes place in the Clubhouse, located at the entrance of our community. For more info, call Bob at (813)-293-1822 or go to: www.votehillsborough.org

Primary Election for local elections such as Judges, County Clerk, etc.  Registration deadline August 1, Early voting August 15 - August 28
Election day, August 30th, at the clubhouse 7AM to 7PM.

General Election for election of the President, Senator, etc.  Registration deadline October 11, Early voting Oct. 24 - Nov. 6
Election day, November 8th, at the clubhouse 7AM to 7PM.

Please be sure you are registered to vote!