Beacon Square Civic Association, Inc. 3741 Bradford Drive
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Holiday, FL 34691 www.beaconsquarecivicassociation.com email@example.com
727-807-7007 Check us out on FACEBOOK - just search for Beacon Square President—Susan Dillinger Vice President—Donna Franklin Secretary— Pat Brevoort Treasurer—Dominic Milano
Contribute to your community The Beacon Square community is great because of the people in it. Activities and events are made possible by the hard work and time of the volunteers. Your civic association seeks to bring the neighborhood together and keep them informed on issues of interest. We welcome our neighbors to offer their ideas on how to make a difference in our community and also offer whatever support they can.
For activities see our website: www.beaconsquarecivicassociation.com
FREAKIN TIKI FRIDAYS!!! Every Friday from 6—9 pm at the pool. Pizza, iced tea, music, swimming
a Beacon Square Civic Association publication Code Enforcement Meeting—Aug. 4—7 pm Neighborhood Watch Meeting—Aug. 18 - 7 pm Back to School Bash—Backpack Giveaway—Aug. 19—6 pm
FROM YOUR BOARD Dear Members, July has been hopping with new memberships. As I write this article we have generated an average of one new member per day!!! Most as a result of the Freakin Tiki Fridays!!! The Neighborhood Watch program is off and running. Don’t miss out on participating in this program to take our neighborhood back! Thanks to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for their support and help with this program. Code Enforcement/Neighborhood Beautification kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 pm. All complaints brought to the meetings will be turned in to Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. Her office will enlist Pasco County Code Enforcement’s assistance in remedying the situation. Thanks to Com. Hildebrand for having one of the complaints turned in to her office remedied the same day! Talk about great service! Good news from Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and Sen. Mike Fasano. The Moog sidewalk project was added to the MPO Board’s 2011 Transportation Improvement Program and also added to Florida Dept. of Transportation’s list for evaluation and future funding consideration. Thanks to Com. Ann and Sen. Mike for all their help on this issue. Please make sure to thank them. We have added to the board of directors Joe Harrington, Josephine Ruggiero and Debbie Vosburgh. We are grateful to them for agreeing to serve. All bring a positive discourse and ideas to the management of the Civic. We have scheduled Lifeline Screening to come to the Civic on Thurs., Dec. 15. At our October meeting, a representative will be on hand to describe their program and have a drawing for free medical tests. Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends, relatives and neighbors!
$5 adult nonmember, $3 child non- Don’t forget to come out on Wed. Aug. 10 at 7 pm and hear Conmember gressman Bilirikis speak. Invite your neighbors and friends. $3 adult member, $1 child member under age 5 free
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH
If you have any school supplies you wish to donate for the Aug. 19th Backpack Giveaway please give them to Dominic or Donna by Aug. 10 or bring to the special speaker meeting on Aug. 10. Be a part of what’s good about BEACON SQUARE!!!!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 6-9 PM @ FREAKIN TIKI FRI. BACKPACK GIVEAWAY TO 1ST 60 YOUTH
____________________________________________________ July renewals due by 8/10; August renewals due by 9/10
Check us out on FACEBOOK—we now have 102 friends!!! Look for Beacon Square!!!
SPOTLIGHT ON WHAT’S RIGHT ABOUT BEACON SQUARE POSITIVE ATTITUDE MEMBERS OF THE MONTH STAN CLAYTON, JOE & DAWN HARRINGTON, TINA PINNA, HILDA MAGELITZ, JEAN DAVIS, MELISSA AMATO, LINDA GEARY, BETTY & LEO, CINDY & RYAN All contribute to a positive attitude, volunteer to help or just dive right in to work on a project. Let’s see who we catch being a positive force at Beacon Square this coming month!
JOIN YOUR CIVIC’S WEIGHT LOSS TEAM AT: www.sparkpeople.com Free weight loss program, physical fitness, meal programs and we have our own team.
DON’T FORGET WE HAVE A FITNESS ROOM AT THE CIVIC!
PASCO SHERIFF’S OFFICE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER August 2011 Our agency continues to implement our new crime-fighting philosophy of Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP). ILP uses our citizen interaction to develop a more complete perspective of the community. This perspective is further defined by regularly compiling and analyzing intelligence data in addition to documenting and investigating crime. Deputies become vital tools as they gather intelligence through all their interactions with the public whether they are pro-active encounters, vehicle stops, calls for service, or inmate interaction at the jail.
A new service has been added to our recently re-designed website. Citizens can now view the amount and type of crime that is being reported in their neighborhood. This service from CrimeReports.com can also greatly enhance the collection of information from citizens about incidents that occur in the community. With the click of a button, citizens can remain anonymous while easily providing additional information about crime incidents in their neighborhood. Additional features include an email notification service for incidents that occur in a neighborhood, and the locations of sexual offenders and predators in our community.
Citizens can also provide crime tip information via our website. Prominent on the homepage of our website (www.PascoSheriff.com) is a tips link. This link (TIPS ILP) provides a way for you to anonymously deliver information about suspected criminal activity in your neighborhood. Citizens have also been helpful in providing information about the suspects featured in our Caught on Camera page of our website. Here you can view multiple security photos of people suspected in crimes across the county.
Additional resources for notifying the Pasco Sheriff’s Office include our Tips Hotline, which is 1-800706-2488, or through Tampa Bay CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. You can also visit the CrimeStoppers website at www.crimestopperstb.com.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can help us fight crime and arrest the lawbreakers in our society. By being the eyes and ears in our community, citizens are able to see and understand a great deal that goes on in their neighborhoods. Many crimes have been solved by a citizen providing what they might think is insignificant information about an incident, but in fact was an important element to help solve the case. Our Intelligence-Led Policing philosophy needs citizen involvement to function best. I hope you join us in the fight to make our community safer.
=========================================== Remember if you see a crime call 911 and give a good description of the individuals/cars/etc. If you see something suspicious call the general dispatch number for the Sheriff—844-7711. REPORT ANYTHING THAT FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE OR LOOKS OUT OF PLACE—IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY! DON’T TRY TO INTERVENE—CALL THE SHERIFF!!!
FINANCIAL EDUCATION SESSION with PATRICIA KOTT, SUNTRUST VP Keep it Safe will help you to: Guard against Identity Theft Guard against Predatory Lending Practices Recognize & Guard against Elder Financial Abuse Be Financially Prepared for Disasters When: Thursday, October 20, 2011—7 pm At: Neighborhood Watch Meeting
CODE ENFORCEMENT with Dominic Milano, Chair When: Thursday, August 4, 2011—7 pm Come out and file your complaints with us. We will turn them in to the County via Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and you will see action! Come out and help us keep our community beautiful!
WELCOME TO NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS JOELLEEN ANDRIOLA YVONNE BUTCHER SERINA BUTCHER SALLY HUNTER RYAN HIMELBERGER JASON SCARBROUGH TENZIN SCARBROUGH SHARYN SHEVINS PAMELA HERZEL JORDAN HERZEL GREGG BURNETT GREGORY BURNETT MEAH FORSTER CAILIN MAHON RICHARD AIDUKAS JOSH CRAMTAN BETTE FERENCSIK
ROBERT BUTCHER GINA BUTCHER CHARLES FRAZIER SCOTT HIMELBERGER ALEXANDER HIMELBERGER JUSTIN SCARBROUGH SCOTT SHEVINS JOHN HERZEL EVAN HERZEL CARMEN BURNETT COURTNEY BURNETT KELLY FORSTER JASON DELGADO HILDA MAGELITZ DONNAMARIE CONNETT LEO FERENCSIK
AUGUST 10—7 PM—CONGRESSMAN GUS BILIRAKIS.
OCTOBER 27—7 PM—BRANDY BAXTER, LIFELINE SCREENING
CHECK OUT PASCO COUNTY’S WEBSITE AT:
www.pascocountyfl.net It is loaded with information covering all types of events, issues, topics (soup to nuts!) regarding the County. There is also a way to file Code Complaints and other type of complaints (i.e. reporting potholes, etc.) on line. On the home page at the top there is a tab called "Customer Service." When you open it, there are different icons for different functions including "Submit a Request" which allows someone to file a complaint.
ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR FROM CONGRESSMAN GUS BILIRAKIS: We have our own e-newsletter that I'll start sending out about every two weeks, so make sure to sign up for that on our website (http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=1) Be sure to pass that along to folks so they can stay up to date with what we're up to!
FROM PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: A monthly newsletter is available on the Sheriff’s website at:
http://www.pascosheriff.com/webapps/WP001p.pgm LIFE LINE SCREENING 10 MINUTES THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE! DO YOU HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL? DO YOU SMOKE? DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF STROKE? IF YES, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER BEING SCREENED FOR STROKE RISK. LIFE LINE SCREENING SCREENS THE CAROTID ARTERIES AS UP TO 75% OF ALL STROKES ARE LINKED TO PLAQUE BUILD UP IN THE CAROTID ARTERIES. BEACON SQUARE CIVIC ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING A SCREENING ON THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011. CALL 1-800-324-1851 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PRE-REGISTER. STROKE, VASCULAR DISEASE AND HEART RHYTHM PACKAGE. ALL 5 SCREENINGS ONLY $149.00 COME TO THE CIVIC MEETING ON THURSDAY, OCT. 27 AT 7 PM AND YOU MAY WIN ONE OF THESE SCREENINGS!
Corner on Crime by Kathie On my last trip to the bank, I got a tip from the Bank Manager, who knows I value hearing about current scams happening in the tri-county area. She told me that phone calls are once again being made to area homes by the inmates of the nearby jails. This happened a few years ago, until phone privileges were taken away. At that time the scam ranged from the inmate asking the homeowner to transfer the call to an international area code, to the inmate pretending to be a young relative, grandson or granddaughter asking for money. If you get a phone call from a jail operator asking if you will accept the charges, you know your answer can be “no”. Since the summer scams are gearing up, now is a good time to go over our usual list of cons and unfair business practices that have actually been used in our area cities: Unknown people knocking door to door asking for a drink of water or use the phone, only to snatch and grab anything within reach. E-mail messages claiming personal info has been erased, deleted or needs confirmed/ fill out this form immediately and press return. Contractors working without a valid license offering to help with storm damage, etc. Surprise phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild needing money. Unsolicited offers or mailers offering to check your public water supply for bacteria and unsafe drinking conditions. Unsolicited offers or mailers offering to check your electrical system for unsafe wiring or needed upgrades. Unsolicited offers or mailers offering to check your air conditioner, ductwork or filters for mold or mildew, or to clean ductwork. Gasoline discount or rebate card offers. Deeply discounted international cruise offers. Incentive credit card programs offering free merchandise for shipping and handling costs. Products, food or pills offering diet/medicinal/cosmetic value with guaranteed results using secret ingredients, ancient remedies, or known/unknown ingredients without FDA approval.
Questions? Receive anything suspicious in the mail, phone or by computer? Want a second opinion? Phone me Monday at 727-552-1808 and I will be happy to help you. Any other day call 727-552-1807 to leave a message. Services are free and confidential. firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors vs. Crime Special Project Of the Fl. Attorney General
The office is open Monday’s only from 9:00 to 1:00. You can call us at 727-5521807on Monday, or 552-1808 any other day and leave a message.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis will be here on Wed., Aug. 10 at 7 pm Check out his website. Recently, Gus launched a newly designed website, still available at www.bilirakis.house.gov. Once there, you'll find helpful information, such as the latest news about Gus' work in Congress. You can e-mail his office with any questions about federal issues, and stay up to date on legislative activity. You can also stay connected by following him on Twitter, becoming a fan on Facebook and watching his latest videos on YouTube.Washington DC Office -------------------------407 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 ph: 202-225-5755 fx: 202-225-4085 Plant City Office -------------------------110 W Reynolds Street, Suite 101 Plant City, Florida 33563 ph: 813 752-9849 fx: 813-752-9017 Palm Harbor Office -------------------------35111 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 301 Palm Harbor, FL 34684 ph: 727-773-2871 fx: 727-784-6471
From the newsletter: First, Gus visited a Tampa-area gas station to talk with customers about how nearrecord gas prices are impacting lives. Then, he took a survey of constituents to find out what they feel would be effective solutions to lowering gas prices. Now, he has taken your messages and shared them with his colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives. Watch Rep. Bilirakis on the House floor here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V4QA7QoK8s
A MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER ANN HILDEBRAND Even though the 2011 hurricane season started on June 1 st and we are well into the season, the old Boy Scout motto still applies: “Be Prepared.”
We have already heard news reports of tropical depressions forming in our surrounding waters so please do not take for granted our fortunate past. Heed hurricane warnings and if a storm threatens and you are ordered to evacuate, do so! A direct hit from the Gulf of Mexico with a storm surge would prove to be devastating.
Our media has been superb in getting the message to everyone. They have told us where shelters are, what we need to purchase and have on hand, and maps indicating where to go and where the storm could go.
It is critical for all of us to be alert. All of our local governments have emergency management centers with personnel that are well trained and very aware of what is happening. During the time of a storm all county workers are on the job. Make yourself aware of them. Check your hurricane check list and get things you need. Ask yourself – are you ready? Make your plan, stock up on supplies, and pay close attention.
The sheer force of one of nature’s most devastating occurrences is one that should make us take notice.
=============================================== Pasco County has also created a “Bringing Opportunities Home” to Pasco County Facebook page. Residents can find updates to County initiatives, meetings and projects. The Facebook page is set up as a business page where residents can “Like” the page in order to follow the County’s progress. Pasco County residents are always encouraged to be involved in the planning process and share their opinions. For more information, visit www.pascocountyfl.net and click on “Bringing Opportunities Home” at the top of the page. To send feedback, click on the Customer Comment Card link on the left side of the page or send an email to email@example.com. =============================================== SHEILA STOLL
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body. But rather skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly worn out and screaming, “Woo hoo! What a ride!””
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES—PLEASE CIRCLE THE ONE (S) AND PUT YOUR NAME, PHONE & EMAIL ON THIS FORM BELOW AND LEAVE AT THE CIVIC OFFICE.
MAINTENANCE CREW—if you have a particular maintenance skill and are interested in volunteering, please call Ken at 326-2966. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH—be a lookout for your neighbor—help keep our neighborhood safe by being eyes and hears for the sheriff—meetings are the 3rd Thursdays—Chair— Donna Franklin or POKER—if you are interested in weekly poker games, day or evening or WOMEN’S CLUB—group of women who gather together to better our community or MEN’S CLUB—group of men who gather together to better our community or GARDEN CLUB—group who work to encourage civic and community beautification through gardening and floral displays or ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB—group who promote eco-friendly practices at the civic and in the community or BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE/CODE ENFORCEMENT—group who observe the neighborhood and encourage residents to maintain their properties—MEET ON 1ST THURSDAYS— DOMINIC MILANO, CHAIR or WELCOME COMMITTEE—group who visit newcomers to our community and present them with a Welcome basket from the Civic or PLAY GROUP—group of parents with young children who meet for play dates and outings or FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE—group who will organize fundraising activities—DEBORAH VOSBURGH, CHAIR ______________________________NAME
beacon square community news—AUGUST 2011
MONTHLY EVENTS 1ST THURSDAYS—CODE ENFORCEMENT/NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION MEETING—7 PM 2ND THURSDAYS—BOARD MEETINGS—7 PM 3RD THURSDAYS—NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING—7 PM 4TH THURSDAYS—CIVIC MEETINGS—7 PM (STARTS IN SEPTEMBER) WEDNESDAYS—10 AM LINE DANCE CLASS—$3 NONMEMBERS, $2 MEMBERS TUESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS—WATER AEORBICS WITH TINA—10:30-NOON TUESDAYS—2 PM—CUCKOO AT THE POOL FRIDAYS—FREAKIN TIKI FRIDAYS—6-9 PM FRIDAY—AUG. 19—BACK TO SCHOOL BASH—6 PM—BACKPACK GIVEAWAY
Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad (Chef Meg's Makeover) Ingredients 8 oz small pasta, such as ditalini or orzo 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled 16 oz grape tomatoes 4 c baby spinach 2 T capers, drained 1/4 t black pepper 2 T Parmesan or Manchego cheese, shredded
Cooking Instructions Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente (firm to bite). While the pasta is cooking, place spinach, feta, and capers in a large bowl. Before draining pasta, add 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to the mixture; toss to combine. Place the tomatoes in the bottom of a colander. Once pasta is cooked, drain it over the tomatoes for a quick blanch. Toss tomatoes and pasta with the spinach mixture. Season with black pepper and garnish with shredded cheese. Makes six-2 cup servings. Number of Servings: 6