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 state-of-the arts Fitness Center, Activity Center, and Clubhouse. There is a tennis/pickleball court, a shuffleboard court, 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!
......ROCKIN'AT THE RIDGE IS SATURDAY NIGHT! GET YOUR TICKETS AT BINGO ON WEDNESDAY OR CALL Dee Costoso at 841-9913......

SEPTEMBER 20th


Happy Birthday to Robert Niswonger!

EVENTS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17th


Wednesday, September 20th



Thursday, September 21st




Saturday, September 23rd





Many of the activities are starting back up again, so please be sure to mark them on your calendars. There are many activities that take place every week, and there are too many to mention in the events of the week. Don't forget that there is also a nice library, puzzle closet, etc. for your use. And everyone is welcome to enjoy the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop, the pools, the billiards room, darts and ping pong, tennis/pickleball courts, etc. Please check the SR CALENDAR (link below) for additional information.  Be sure to read the Toppings, Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for additional info.  Sign up for the E-Mail Blasts from the Office.

ROCKIN' AT THE RIDGE 9/23


SPONSORED BY THE SRHA

SRHA NEWS

If anyone needs tickets to the dance on Saturday, please contact:

Dee Costoso - 841-9913
Kathy Beck - 382-4137
Gerry Barbella - 516-567-1127

UPDATE....


 As of September 18th, 2017, I am no longer on the Homeowner's Association Board.  I have resigned. I have told some people who wanted tables for the Trash To Treasure Sale that I would be in the HOA Office on September 25th at 10 am.  Anyone interested in obtaining a table for the Trash To Treasure Sale will have to contact Dee Costoso at 841-9913.  She will also be the person to contact if you wish to join the Homeowner's Association. The only thing I will be handling from this point on is the Strawberry Ridge Telephone Directory and working with Keith Stevens on trying to get our major alert system in place.

Thank you,
Rose Panella

URBAN RECYCLING HERE 10/7


SEPTEMBER AT THE FITNESS CENTER


INDOOR POOL AND HOT TUB TO BE CLOSED 9/18


Building Maintenance at the Clubhouse

Beginning Monday, September 18, the indoor pool area at the Clubhouse will be closed for some much needed renovation. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2 weeks.

The indoor pool and hot tub will not be available for use during this two week time period.

We will re-open the indoor pool and hot tub as soon as the work is complete.

This closure will NOT affect the use of the Clubhouse.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

StrawBerry Ridge Management

FROM THE SALES OFFICE


Just a reminder for our residents who are new to the property and to those that have been with us for years – the Sales Office cannot accept any form of payment except for: Personal Check, Business Check, Money Order, or Cashier’s Check. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

GET READY TO ROCK AND ROLL 9/23

Get Ready to Rock and Roll

Doesn’t matter whether you love to dance or just like to listen to great music, we’ve got a show for you! On Saturday, September 23rd, the Homeowners Association is sponsoring Rockin’ at the Ridge with The Fifth Gear Band. The show runs from 7-11PM in the Clubhouse. Please note the following:

Setups and Snacks Included – BYOB
There will be a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $6.00 prior to September 23rd or $8.00 at the Door. They will be sold on Tuesdays (10AM to 1PM) and Thursdays (1-3PM) in the HOA office in the Activity Center. Tables of 8 can be reserved with full payment of $48.00. For the best seats, reserve early!

LOST COMPANION!!

Oreo managed to slip out of the kennel when in the process of transferring her to safety on Saturday afternoon, September 9th.  She is an 8 year old tuxedo cat with a back paw missing.  She was last seen in the vicinity of Meteor Place and Choo Choo.  She is declawed in front and only has claws on her remaining leg in the back, so it is vital that she be found and returned to her loving home as soon as possible. Please call Cathy at 813-684-8971 if found or seen!

THANK YOU TO CERT!!


Until you have been in those circumstances, you don't realize how valuable it is (and comforting) to have people check on your homes, community, etc. I was fearful to come back and find that my home was gone or majorly destroyed by the hurricane. Keeping us updated on Facebook  helped immensely!  CERT came through in a big way!

HURRICANE 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 SRHA Office or download it at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/library/hillsborough/media-center/documents/emergency-management/spec-needs-evaluation---english.pdf  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.





TO LEARN ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR PET,  call 813-744-5660. 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


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/Enrollment/Safelink/en/NewPublic/index.html

For more info on hurricane preparedness, go to h
ttp://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe

AND

http://www.tbrpc.org/tampabaydisaster/pdf/2013_hurricane_guide/Important_Info_Hillsborough_English.pdf

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE FRONT OFFICE

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE FRONT OFFICE By: Jessica Snyder, Accountant

I would like to thank you, our residents, for your patience as I settled into my position. You have been gracious and understanding as we worked together to sort out problems from the past. Each of our residents make this such a wonderful place to work, and I hope to continue with the relationships I have had the pleasure of establishing, as well as making new ones.

I wanted to touch base on a couple of items that seem to be a recurring theme on a monthly basis, in hopes of clearing up some misnomers:

Rent and water payments are due on the 15th of each month. Any payments received on the 26th or later will be charged a $35.00 late fee unless prior arrangements have been made. If your payment is going to be late, and you have not talked to me, it is upon your honesty to include the late payment. Please remember, that we do have the ability to do an automatic withdrawal (ACH) on the 15th of each month, and that is at no cost to you, all you have to do is sign up.

Any water that goes through your meter is the responsibility of the resident. If you believe that the reading is in error, there is a list available in the office or on the StrawBerry Ridge blog of ways to check for leaks within your home. Please complete the checklist to ensure that there is not a problem within your residence. If you believe the reading to be in error, I will gladly take a look at your history, and if I haven’t already, I will have the meter read again.

Please verify that the billing address for your water bills is correct in the system. We are getting back too many on a monthly basis. We do have the option to email the water bills to you if you prefer. Please email me at billing@blairflorida.com to have them emailed to you and/or to verify your mailing address.

Please, communicate with me if you know there is a problem with being able to make your payment on time. Once you present your situation to me, I will confer with Keith, and though I may not be able to help every single time, I promise you, I will do everything I can to help you out. If you do not talk with me, it makes it harder for me to help you.

SEPTEMBER NEWCOMERS


WELCOME TO STRAWBERRY RIDGE!

Jose Garcia, Linda Garcia Hector Feijoo
 3520 Berry Bend (from, FL)

Ann C. Warjonen
 408 Coastline Way (from, FL)

Theresa Redgrave
 3616 Petticoat (from, FL)

Robert and Linda Bennett
 802 Choo Choo Lane (from, FL)

Janet and David Doherty
 138 Sky Ridge (from, NY

Debra and Roger Slaven
s 3504 Petticoat Junction (from, FL)

SEPTEMBER ANIVERSARIES



HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ALL!

September 1, 1956
Ron & Betty Bailey

September 6, 1952
Harry & Jeanette Stewart

September 10, 1966
Kermit & Karin Prather

September 15, 1963
Ron & Judy Ringstaff


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL!

9/1 - Florence Katrein
9/3 - Doris Maida
9/4 - Tom Turowski
9/9 - Effie Christ
9/9 - Warren Swaverly
9/9 - John Ziarno
9/10 - Mary Ball
9/11 - Carol Helmer
9/12 - Bernie Gauthier
9/12 - Chris Loiselle
9/12 - Beverly Pennington
9/13 - Eveard Willard
9/14 - Lisa Stropes
9/15 - Sandy Thompson
9/16 - Judy Ringstaff
9/17 - Jerry Sullivan
9/20 - Robert Niswonger
9/24 - Amy Lumpkins
9/30 - Lois Ragonese

UPDATE FROM THE WOODSHOP

STRAWBERRY RIDGE WOODSHOP
By: Steve Hurley, VP 315 9487

The woodshop was not very active in the months of July and August as so many members are away on vacations, entertaining company or traveling, for all or part of the summer. For this reason, there were delays obtaining house number signs and dog signs, but orders can be placed with any member and work will commence as soon as we can.

If you have any questions or concerns about something, contact the President Tony Magerowski at 715-587-6770 or stop by Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30.

Any questions about the Women’s Program should be addressed to Debbie McAlpine at 574-210-5522.
The next regular meeting will be Thursday, September 28 at 7PM in the Club House. We wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe fall.

UPDATE ON SR DIRECTORY

STRAWBERRY RIDGE 2018 DIRECTORY
ROSE PANELLA – 918-0126

I want to thank those of you who have completed the informational form that our manager, Keith Stevens, had in the August Toppings. This has been a great help in updating our 2018 phone directory and is crucial in creating a system to notify all our residents in the case of an emergency. If you have not submitted your form or need a new one, I will be up at the Coffee & Donuts on September 2nd and will have forms there if you have misplaced yours. Please check the current directory to see if the information that is listed is correct (address, phone number, e-mail). Again, this information stays with Strawberry Ridge and is NOT sold and books are not given out to anyone outside of the community. Of course, if you do not want any of your information placed in the new directory, that is fine, it won’t be. However, it is important the Sales office has all your current information for the emergency notification system. On the form, there is a yes and no spot that you can circle; which lets me know if you want your information in the new directory. Our directory needs to be ready for the printer by October 1st so it is extremely important for the update to be made.

THE BLOG IS NINE YEARS OLD ON 9/3/17!

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. 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!                                                         

LOOKING AHEAD TO TRASH TO TREASURE SALE 10/28

TRASH TO TREASURE SALE
OCTOBER 28, 2017
SATURDAY 9 AM TO 1 PM
Dee Costoso  841-9913


This year we will be having our Trash to Treasure Sale in October rather than in November. It is still on a Saturday and between 9am and 1pm.
Tables are still $10.00 per table. I’ve already had some people contact me to get the same spot they had last year. If you had a spot and would like the same one again, give me a call and I will start taking reservations for your table. Payment can be made when reserving the table or the beginning of October.
As usual, this is open to the public and will be advertised in the Tampa Times, The Flyer, and on Craigslist. We also put notices in Featherock and Oakhill. Start looking around your house and see what you haven’t used or no longer need and get a table. Not enough for a table by yourself, get a friend to share the table with you and then you can split the cost.




MEXICAN TRAIN IS CALLING YOU......


NICKEL POKENO

NICKEL POKENO 
by: Barbara Weedon



Come and have some fun with us playing Nickel Pokeno at the Clubhouse each Thursday begin-ning at 5:30pm. All you need are nickels, a deck of playing cards and markers ( ie: chips, stones, beads).

Pokeno is played like Bingo - a jumbo game card has 25 different playing cards symbols on it. Each game cost 4 nickels. And, each player has a turn at being the playing card turner with their deck of cards. If you have the called card symbol on your jumbo Pokeno card, you use your markers to cover the symbol.

Four ways to win - 4 outside corners, straight line, middle line or 4 of a kind. Winner takes the pot! Come and join us next Thursday!

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME TO JOIN THE QUILTERS


YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US!

These signs are not for show or optional.

Please drive carefully and obey the speed limit and stop at all stop signs.

Just because you may be in a golf cart does not mean you can't be seriously injured in a crash.
 

Arrive Safely!

StrawBerry Ridge Management

CHANGES IN THE COMPUTER/TABLET CLUB.....

The Strawberry Ridge Computer/Tablet Club will resume monthly meetings on Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM at the Activity Center. Though we will be missing a key person.....

https://strawberryridgecomputerclub.blogspot.com/2017/07/thank-you-carol-tate.html

WATERING RULES CHANGE AUGUST 1ST!


Hillsborough County Lawn Watering Returns to Twice a Week, Effective August 1


Beginning Tuesday, August 1, Hillsborough County residents will return to normal regulations of lawn watering twice a week. 

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board took action to allow the Phase III Water Shortage declaration to expire August 1, 2017, returning the region to year-round restrictions.

Effective Tuesday (August 1), the new schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the City of Tampa, is:
  • Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 - Mondays and Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 - Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 - Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Locations with no address (common areas) and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) - Wednesdays and Saturdays

All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on your designated days.
 

The restrictions apply to all residents - not just customers of public utilities - and most water sources. That includes private wells, and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies.


Hand Watering - Hand-watering and low-volume irrigation of plant material other than lawns or turfgrass may be done on any day and at any time.

New Sod and Landscaping - New sod and landscaping may be watered on any day for the first 30 days. All watering of new sod and landscaping must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. An irrigation system zone can only be operated if the new sod or plant material covers at least 50 percent of that zone.
  • On days 31-60, new sod and landscaping may be watered approximately every other day
  • Even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Odd-numbered addresses, locations with no address and locations with mixed addresses on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Decorative Fountains, Car Washing, Pressure Washing - No restrictions; however, homeowner associations and property management companies cannot enforce deed restrictions which would cause an increase in water use; for example, they cannot require pressure washing for aesthetic purposes, not require replacement of plant materials to meet community standards.

Reclaimed Water - Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water restrictions, although these customers are encouraged to use only what they need.

For More Information:

Did you know…?

Listings through the sales team at Strawberry Ridge are averaging 57% HIGHER FINAL SALES PRICE than those with an outside agency.

For more information, contact one of our Housing Consultants today!
(813)689-9423

ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD BLOG!

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 http://strawberryridgebulletinboard.blogspot.com/

Just click on COMMENTS below each category to see what has been posted or to add your own items. Your comment will be sent for approval and posted shortly after that.  Check regularly so as not to miss things!  Please make sure you leave some contact information so that others can respond to your ad.

LENDING CLOSET IN NEED!

 Strawberry Ridge Lending Closet
Barbara Phillips, Barbara Knecht or Steve Hurley

Strawberry Ridge has a Lending Closet to provide medical and ambulation equipment to residents that need them.  We have wheelchairs, walkers, potty chairs toilet lifters, crutches, canes and shower chairs. These are all available at no cost for the period of time that you need them.  This equipment is only available because residents have donated them to the closet when they no longer need them.  However, we are running low on narrow 4-wheel wheelchairs and rollator walkers (the ones with hand brakes and a fold down seat).  If you still have any of this kind of equipment that you no longer need, please think of us and call one of us, to donate them.  You can always come and get what you need,  if you find yourself needing something later.  Meanwhile others can benefit from your generosity.  We will come and pick them up or you can leave them outside the closet which is to the right inside the main entrance to the Club House.

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR WATER OR SEWER BILL??

MEMORANDUM


TO: All Residents
FROM: Strawberry Ridge Park Management
RE: Water & Sewer Bill Problems


We read the water meters each month on or about the same day each month. Please remember that all months are not the same and this may cause a little discrepancy. Hillsborough County bills us for the total amount of water and sewer that comes into and goes out of the park. Each home has its own water meter.
If you think your bill is high, you will need to do the following:
  1. Check your water meter. Write down the numbers. If it is less than the usage on your bill, please call the office, and we will have someone recheck it. Make sure that all the water is off in your home. If the triangle is moving, then you have a leak somewhere that you will need to have fixed.
  2. Check your sprinkler system. Water goes thru at 12 gallons per minute. If you are watering more than you should, call the person that sets your timer for you. We will not adjust the timers. Remember too, that just because your sprinkler system is off, if it is plugged in it can come on with a power surge or lightning. It is best to unplug when not in use.
  3. Check your toilets for leaks. This is one of the most common problems for high water bills. The best way to do this is to flush your toilet. Once the tank is filled up, drop in a red, green or blue food dye. If you start to see this run down the sides of your toilet, you do in fact have a leak and will need to replace the insides of the tank.
  4. Do you have a water softener? This is sometimes a problem. Call the company that services it for assistance. Keep in mind, the company makes money off your salt usage, so they will set it to refresh more often than needed.
  5. Check your hot water tank, these sometimes leak.
  6. Check your meter daily. Write down the usage. See where you are using the water. This will keep you up to date on what you are using and you will have no surprises.
  7. What goes through the meter must be paid for. The sewer bill is already adjusted by the amount that goes back out of the master meter. There will be no other adjustments. Please do not ask for one.
If you need someone for repairs, we have a list of people in the park and vendors that do these. You can find this list on the StrawBerry Ridge blog.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

THERE ARE MANY BLOGS.....





While the StrawBerry Ridge Blog is filled with lots of useful information that is meant to enhance our lives here at StrawBerry Ridge, there are also many other Blogs devoted to individual clubs.


This month the Veterans Club Blog is being featured.  Check out the latest story called "Enjoyable Reads for Veterans."  



VENDORS LIST UPDATED


A list of vendors and services available for your
home use has been updated and can be found at https://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_7.html

HAND AND FOOT CANASTA

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