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WORKSHOP MEETING

BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, December 4th - 9 A.M.

Wednesday, December 19th - 7 P.M.

From The President

NO MEETING

By Ray Starr The office continues to collect Age Certification data. Every house in Brookridge has to be contacted. The data is necessary to determine how many homes have at least one occupant 55 years of age or older. For those of you that were unable to attend November 21st, Wednesday Board meeting, the results of the 2013 Proposed Budget and Partially Funded Reserves vote are posted at the Administration office, Community clubhouse bulletin boards and listed on the community channel. I wish to thank the Finance Committee and Treasurer Ray Gaul for all their diligent efforts. The election for the Board of Directors and Unit Representatives is quickly approaching, should you wish to share your experience, I invite you to run in the upcoming election. If interested, (Continued on Page 5)

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Board Of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-26 Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-42 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-47 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Public Service Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

DECEMBER 2012 SPECIAL EVENTS December 1st December 2nd December 2nd December 3rd December 4th December 4th December 7th December 10th December 11th December 12th December 12th December 13th December 15th December 15th December 17th December 19th December 22nd December 31st

Social Dance 7:30 pm Brookridge Golf Club/Fund Raiser 9:00 am Ceramics Christmas Party 2:00 pm All Star Entertainment 7:00 pm Board of Directors Workshop 9:00 am Woman’s Club Tuesday Bingo 6:30 pm (Also on 11th & 18th) Brookridge Bingo 5:45 pm (Also on 14th, 21st, & 28th) Ez Does It Exercise Christmas Party 11:00 am 12:00 pm Crafty Stitchers – Luncheon Tennis Club – Special Event 11:00am Northeast Club Christmas Party 6:00 pm Brookridge Entertainment 7:00 pm AARP Drivers Course 9:00 am Good Time Line Dancing 6:30 pm Woman’s Club Christmas Luncheon 11:15 am Board of Directors Meeting 7:00 pm Bob, Shirley and Friends 6:30 pm New Year’s Dinner Dance` 7:00 pm


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FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CALL (727) 846-0367 • Fax: (727) 847-9757

BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA

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Submit to: editor@brookridge.com or www.brookridge.com

News & Views Guidelines

The "News & Views" is a free community monthly publication for the residents of Brookridge, to help keep you advised of events and happenings in your community. The guidelines to follow in order to have your articles published are as follows: 1. All articles must be 200 words or less, typed upper & lower case; not all caps, dated and signed by the writer, with their telephone number. (Short personal notices of thanks, condolences, etc., will be accepted if they are printed legibly, easily readable and signed.)

2. The deadline for all articles will be 2:00 pm on January 13th, February 13th, March 13th, April 13th, May 14th, June 13th, July 13th, August 13th, September 13th, October 12th, November 7th, December 6th, for the following months edition. 3. Articles must be submitted each month for the following month. No articles will automatically be re-run. All questions regarding the above should be directed to the BCPO Office at 596-0696.

DISCLAIMER

WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR BROOKRIDGE Only water before 8:00 A.M. or after 6:00 P.M. Hand-watering and micro-irrigation (drip irrigation) of non-lawn landscape (such as flower beds, vegetable gardens, etc.) may be done any day and time, as necessary. You may water new plant material including sod for up to 60 days after the new plants are installed.

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BOARD MEETINGS

The BCPO Board of Directors monthly meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Main Hall. In addition, the Board meets on the 1st Tuesday at 9:00am in the A/B room. All BCPO members are welcome to attend.

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Brookridge residents who are leaving for several months may have copies of the “News & Views” mailed to them. If you are interested in this service, please fill out the form below and return it to:

The BCPO Office at 7300 Brookridge Central Blvd., Brooksville, Florida 34613

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2013SCHEDULE OF STANDARD BOARD MTGS

January Wednesday, January 2* Wednesday, January 16 *Workshop date change due to New Year’sDay

February Tuesday, February 5 Wednesday, February 20 March Tuesday, March 5 Wednesday, March 20

April Tuesday, April 2 Wednesday, April 17* *Annual Membership Meeting May Tuesday, May 7 Wednesday, May 15

June Tuesday, June 4 Wednesday, June 19

July Tuesday, July 2 Wednesday- No Meeting August Tuesday, August 6 Wednesday, August 21

Crime Watch By John Scalf

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The holiday season is upon us. According to the Sherriff's office, shoplifting in the local businesses is wide spread and mostly done for illegal purposes. Please shop mostly in daylight hours when possible, if not then shop with one or more people. You know as there is safety in numbers.

Lock your car doors as soon as you get into your car to help protect yourself. Remember the theme is "Lock IT! or Lose It!". Please keep doors locked at all times and secure your September outside items. Please have a great December and safe Tuesday, September 3 Holiday season. As always, keep a watchful eye and call the Wednesday, September 18 Sherriff for anything suspicious at 754-6850 or 911. October Tuesday, October 1 Wednesday, October 16

November Tuesday, November 5 Wednesday, November 20 December Tuesday, December 3 Wednesday- No Meeting

(Continued from the Cover) please call Linda Thomas, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee at 597-7188. Completed applications must be delivered and date stamp received by January 14, 2013. There will be no regular Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday December 19, 2012. From your Board of Directors Have a Wonderful Christmas Holiday and a Happy New Year! Merry Christmas, Ray Starr

Managers Report By Ray Geroux The 2013 Coupon Books will be available in December this year. We will post a notice announcing the start date. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped decorate for the holidays this year, you really help put the community in the spirit of the season. We plan on bidding out the seal coating and striping of Brookridge Blvd next month. We are continuing the crack fill project. Drainage pond maintenance will continue in 2013 under the 5-year rotation. Have a safe Holiday and a Merry Christmas to all, God Bless. December 6th is the deadline for the January News & Views.

RV Compound By Jim Snyder

Welcome back snowbirds, hope you had a great summer. We will be checking registrations, parking, tires and vehicles that have not been moved all summer. The compound is not to be used as a dumping ground for unwanted vehicles.

We will be asking people to come and move vehicles to prove they are road worthy. We are always looking for help during our walk troughs. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am in the compound. Hope to see you there.

Safety

By Jim Snyder

We are looking for more members to keep Brookridge safe. There are low hanging trees in the median and overhang from houses along the Blvd. They need to be trimmed up to 14 feet or higher so motor homes, trailers, fifth wheels and commercial vehicles can drive safely. Our security crew has been out with radar to catch violators. They are doing a good job, with fines and suspension of privileges.

We meet the first Thursday at 9:00 am, in the conference room at the administration building.


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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

FIRE.....24 Hours Daily 7 Days A Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 FIRE (Forestry 24 Hours Daily 7 Days A Week) 911 or 754-6757 NON-EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 754-6830 BROOKRIDGE GUARD HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596-0697 COUNTY SHERIFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 or 754-6850 STATE HIGHWAY PATROL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 or 754-6767 HERNANDO COUNTY UTILITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 754-4037 BROOKRIDGE CLUBHOUSE (Custodian office) . . . . . 596-1112

NEW PHONE NUMBERS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE OFFICE................................................................596-0696

Brookridge Website: www.brookridge.com

BROOKRIDGE COMM. PROPERTY OWNERS,INC. (Office) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .596-0696 BROOKSVILLE U.S. POST OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .544-4093 BROOKSVILLE WEST HERNANDO BRANCH LIBRARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .540-6391 COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .754-4433 (Homemaker, Garden Information) WITHLACOOCHEE ELECTRIC CO-OP . . . . . . . . . . . .596-4000 AMBULANCE SERVICE-MEDICAL EMERGENCY . . . . . . . .911 ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMIT Call Office . .596-0696


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ORGANIZATIONS

Every organization welcomes new members! If you are not already active, call some that interest you. Call the office @ 596-0696 if you have any changes to be made on this page.

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MINUTES

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BROOKRIDGE COMMUNITY PROPERTY OWNERS, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ WORKSHOP MINUTES OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012

Call to Order:

President Starr called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Proof of Notice: The agenda was posted at the clubhouse and administration office on September 28, 2012 PROOF OF NOTICE ESTABLISHED. .

Proof of Quorum: Present: Chairman/President Starr, 1st Vice President Wilkes, 2nd Vice President Miller, Treasurer Gaul, Secretary Sajdak, Director Basteri, Director Walters. Also Present:

General Manager Ray Geroux, 46 member names on the sign-in sheet.

President Starr explained the difference between a Board Meeting and Board Workshop relating to when members can speak and reminded the audience that property owners (members) are only allowed to speak at meetings.

President Starr stated incorrect information was published in the media. The Board of Directors do not hate children, there has never been a closed door meeting and the BCPO documents provide a means for an emergency consensus. A consensus was taken and then ratified at the Board meeting regarding the back gate. The back gate issue has nothing to do with 55 and up.

Approval of Minutes: a. The Minutes of the Board of Directors’ Workshop of September 4, 2012: STAND APPROVED AS WRITTEN.

Correspondence: Secretary Sajdak read the following correspondence: a. A letter dated 9/13/12 from Leanne Agle re: Pool Hours: Discussion followed among the Board and the General Manager regarding pool hours, monitor availability and Aqua Exercise. Members joining the discussion were: Jim Ertel, Unit 3; Ann Vogel, Unit 1.

MOTION BY GAUL, SECONDED BY WILKES, TO APPROVE AN “EARLY MORNING SWIMMERS CLUB” TO USE THE POOL FROM 8 A.M. – 9 A.M. AND TO LEAVE THE POOL BY THE TIME AQUA EXERCISE CLASS STARTS (Discussed changing motion to opening the pool seven days a week at 8 a.m.) MOTION WITHDRAWN.

MOTION BY GAUL, SECONDED BY WALTERS, TO OPEN THE POOL AT 8 A.M. MONDAY – SUNDAY. MOTION AMENDED TO APPROVE OPENING THE POOL AT 8 A.M. EXCLUDED SUNDAYS. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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Brookridge • December, 2012 b. A letter dated 9/26/12 from Kermit Jackson re: Rear Gate- President Starr stated no action was needed regarding the letter as it is not clear what will be happening with the rear gate at this time.

Unfinished Business: a. 12-07 A/VRC Proposed Changes to Article VIII: Commercial Vehicles/Vendor Rules & Regulations, Section 1 & Section 4- 1st Vice President Wilkes reviewed the proposed changes, which were:

Addition to Intro: (Any speeding violations will results in a 14-day suspension access to Brookridge.)

Addition to Section 1: ***A. IF A VENDOR DOES NOT COMPLY WITH ARTICLE VIII AND ALL OTHER BROOKRIDGE RULES AND REGULATIONS, AFTER TWO (2) VIOLATIONS OF ANY NATURE, THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED THAT A THIRD (3RD) VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN A FOURTEEN (14) DAY SUSPENSION OF ACCESS TO BROOKRIDGE. VENDORS WILL BE PLACED ON A 12-MONTH PROBATION PERIOD AND VENDOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR NOTIFYING THE RESIDENT(S). *** Deletion: 1. Display signage on both sides of the vehicle identifying the company.

Additions and deletions to Section 1, Item 4: 4. Vendors shall display signage on both sides of the vehicle. The minimum size shall be 8” x 8” with lettering indicating vendor name and telephone number (in English) and be readable at 20’. (magnetic signs are acceptable). A vendor will be allowed three entries without proper signage. During these three entries, Security staff shall inform both the resident and vendor of this rule each time the vendor is allowed in by the resident. If a vendor does not comply with this sign requirement after three entries, the vendor shall not be allowed entry and the resident will be informed.

Additions and deletions to Section 4, Item 7: 1. Operators of motor vehicles who violate traffic rules and regulations may have their operating privileges within the BCPO Community suspended from sixty (60) added: fourteen (14) days up to one (1) year added: twelve (12) months or more at the discretion of the BCPO Board of Directors.

A lengthy discussion followed between the Board and members regarding magnetic signs, speeding and violation process, signage on both sides of vehicles, multiple vehicles per one vendor, large vendor companies, vendors who are Brookridge residents, garbage trucks, Bingo players and vendor trailers. Members joining the discussion included: John Scalf, Unit 3; David and Mary Campbell, Unit 4; Chuck Gordon, Unit 4; Donna Maguire, Unit 3; Gary Benedict, Unit 4; Jackie McCabe, Unit 6; Larry Moore, Unit 2; Mary Sweeney, Unit 4; Michael and Tracy Dwyer, Unit 4.


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MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO ACCEPT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE VIII: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE/VENDORS, SECTIONS 1 AND 4. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. New Business: a. Renovation of Clubhouse Pool Deck and Porch- 2nd Vice President Miller read the memo from General Manager Ray Geroux regarding the swimming pool deck remodeling. Discussion followed regarding plans, specifications, cost estimates and alternative options such as installation of rubber vs. pavers. The General Manager stated the BCPO is under no obligation when obtaining quotes. He further discussed quotes, scheduling a meeting, insurance and the Reserve Study. Members joining the discussion were: David Campbell, Unit 4. Chuck Gordon, Unit 4. PRESIDENT STARR CALLED THE QUESTION. MOTION BY MILLER, SECONDED BY SAJDAK, TO AUTHORIZE THE GENERAL MANAGER TO SEEK BIDS FOR THE RENOVATIONS OF THE PORCH AND POOL DECK. AMENDED TO REPLACE “DECK” WITH “AREA.” FIVE IN FAVOR. TWO OPPOSED (Gaul, Wilkes). MAJORITY RULED. MOTION CARRIED.

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2nd Vice President Miller advised members that Bingo would be closing at the end of October if a Board for Bingo is not established. Mr. Laliberte, Friday Night’s Bingo President, can no longer serve as President.

Secretary Sajdak stated if Bingo closed, it will solve some traffic problems but will create a revenue loss for the BCPO. Secretary Sajdak stated he would like to see radar at least one day a month on Saturdays. He also reminded members that they are responsible for their visitors.

Director Basteri announced the Woman and Men’s club are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on 11/25 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The tree lighting will be from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. There are only 60 tickets left to the event. Contact Rocky Miles or Lillian Keller for tickets. Director Walters, Treasurer Gaul and 1st Vice President Wilkes had no comments.

Member Comments: (Member Name/ Unit #/ Topic) Jim Ertel, Unit 3- Complaint filed 8/20/12; David Campbell, Unit 4: Clocking speeding; Marion Ebsen, Unit 4: Trash company and radar on Scepter Avenue; Lorraine Garris, Unit 4 - Cleaning gutters and safety issues; Larry Moore, Unit 2- Back gate; Marge Roloff, Unit 4- Back gate; Mary b. Proposed Changes to the Rules & Regulations Article Sweeney, Unit 4 - Current Rules & Regulations availability; V: BCPO Facilities re: Climbing Fences- Secretary Sajdak Gail Gill, Unit 4- Back gate; Cheryl Humphrey, Unit 3explained he has witnessed individuals climbing the fence at Closed Meeting. Delsilver Drive and Brookridge Boulevard. Due to safety risks and liability issues, the proposed changes are being President Starr explained the Limited Agenda Closed proposed. Members joining the discussion include: Larry Meeting following the Board meeting was regarding the Moore, Unit 2; Dwayne Ross, Unit 2; Chuck Gordon, Unit 4; BCPO Governing documents and clarified it was not regardRich Stratton, Unit 3; Mary Sweeney, Unit 4. ing the back gate. Proposed change: Adding: Section 8: Fences- Climbing Meeting adjourned at 10:31 a.m. fences within the community of Brookridge is prohibited. Crawling underneath fences also is not allowed. Entrance Transcribed by Michelle O’Connor, BCPO Recording and exit to Brookridge is at the main gate only. Secretary MOTION BY SAJDAK, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO SUBMITTED BY: KEN SAJDAK, BCPO SECRETARY APPROVE THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE V: CLIMBING OF FENCES [Minutes subject to approval at the November 6, 2012 meeting] AS SUBMITTED. MOTION WITHDRAWN.

MOTION BY SAJDAK, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ADD ARTICLE V, SECTION 8 TO THE RULES & REGULATIONS, STRIKING THE LAST LINE “ENTRANCE AND EXIT TO BROOKRIDGE IS AT THE MAIN GATE ONLY” TO READ, “ SECTION 8: FENCES: CLIMBING FENCES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF BROOKRIDGE IS PROHIBITED. CRAWLING UNDERNEATH FENCES ALSO IS NOT ALLOWED.” MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Round Table: President Starr thanked Good Times Line Dance for the donation of the retractable crowd control stands. The Bocce Ball club requested additional benches. The benches are now installed and cost $188. The 11/21/12 Board meeting start time has been changed to 11 a.m. due to the holidays. Cards and Jingles club has been cancelled and no longer exists.


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BROOKRIDGE COMMUNITY PROPERTY OWNERS, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES OF WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012

Call to Order:

1st Vice President Wilkes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Proof of Notice: The agenda was posted on the Clubhouse bulletin boards and at the Administration office on October 12, 2012. PROOF OF NOTICE ESTABLISHED.

Proof of Quorum: Present: Present: Chairman/1st Vice President Wilkes, 2nd Vice President Miller, Treasurer Gaul, Secretary Sajdak, Director Basteri, Director Walters PROOF OF QUORUM ESTABLISHED. Directors Excused: Present:

President Starr

General Manager Ray Geroux and 74 members on sign-in sheet

Approval of Minutes: a. Approval of the Minutes of the Board of Directors’ Meeting of September 19, 2012

MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Correspondence: None

Reports: Crime Watch Report: President John Scalf reported Hernando County crime rate is down by 5%. A big part of that decline is the 40 Crime Watch groups. Mr. Scalf discussed a current phone scam where the caller asks for banking information. Never give out personal information by phone. Mr. Scalf asked that residents be vigilant and keep a look out on “snowbird” homes. Mr. Scalf reminded residents to lock their doors and call the Sheriff’s Department if any suspicious activity is noticed.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Gaul stated the Treasurer’s Report was on the back table and if there are any questions, he is available after the meeting or members may contact the bookkeeper. Presentation to Membership: 2013 Proposed Operating Budget & Partially Funded Reserves Treasurer Gaul thanked the Finance Committee members for all the work they have done on the budget. This year the budget includes a $1.00 increase. The increase only generates $33,960 for the association, which really does not do much. Unfinished Business: None

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New Business: a. BCPO “Meet the Candidates” Approval- 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this yearly event is held so that members may familiarize themselves with the candidates running in the Board of Directors election. Approval for the event is needed in advance for News & Views announcements. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BASTERI, TO APPROVE THE BCPO’S “MEET THE CANDIDATES” TO BE HELD DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THE FEBRUARY 20, 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

b. ACC Recommendation (9094 Scepter Avenue) – Director Walters, ACC Liaison, stated the applicants have requested stones in the right of way, which is against the ACC Guidelines. Homeowner Brenda Monderewicz, Unit 4 questioned the differences between the County and the BCPO rules regarding Florida Friendly yards. Discussion followed regarding the 15’ Right of Way, colored stone, Florida Friendly yards, sod vs. stone, Rules & Regulations and specific verbiage in the ACC Guidelines. MOTION BY WALTERS, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO DENY THE ACC APPLICATION AT 9094 SCEPTER AVENUE. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. c. Election Committee Appointments for the 2012 – 2013 Election Committee- Secretary Sajdak thanked the committee members for volunteering their time once again this year.

MOTION BY SAJDAK, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO APPROVE THE 2012 – 2013 ELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS MARY SWEENEY, AS CHAIRPERSON, JUDY MILLER, ISABELL RAAD AND SUE BILODEAU. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

d. A/VRC Case # 1365 (7458 Moriah Ave.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for an unregistered tenant. The A/VRC has received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was not present at the hearing.

MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1365 THAT A FLAT $100 FINE AND 60 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. e. A/VRC Case # 1405 (14287 Edgeknoll St.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for a parking violation. The A/VRC has not received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was not present at the hearing.


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MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY SAJDAK, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1405 THAT A $25 PER DAY AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED UNTIL THE VIOLATOR COMES INTO COMPLIANCE. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

f. A/VRC Case # 1413 (9919 Scepter Ave.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for a clutter violation. The A/VRC has not received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was not present at the hearing. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1413 THAT A $25 PER DAY AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

g. A/VRC Case # 1433 (15107 Rialto Ave.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for speeding. The A/VRC has received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was not present at the hearing. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1433 THAT A FLAT $25 FINE AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

h. A/VRC Case # 1434 (14300 Adair St.) – 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for speeding. The A/VRC has received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was present at the hear-

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ing. Director Walters explained the resident’s vehicle was being returned by an automotive business, he was the person speeding not the resident. The automotive company stated they would pay the fine. Director Walters stated the suspension of privileges to the resident should be waived. Discussion followed regarding the Rules & Regulations and owners being responsible for their guests. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1434 THAT A FLAT $25 FINE AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. FOUR IN FAVOR. TWO OPPOSED (Basteri, Walters). i. A/VRC Cases # 1430 (8373 Central Ave.); # 1431 (9397 Scepter Ave.); # 1437 (8429 Dickens Ave.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated these cases were brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for speeding. The A/VRC has not received written statements of appeals. The members/residents were not present at the hearing.

MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CASES # 1430, # 1431, # 1437 THAT A FLAT $25 FINE AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

j. A/VRC Cases # 1411 (8480 Moonlight Ave.); # 1429 (9733 Scepter Ave.); # 1435 (14305 Action St.); # 1436 (14227 Adair St.); # 1438 (9222 Basil St.); # 1439 (9690 Scepter Ave.) - 1st Vice President Wilkes stated these cases were brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for speeding. The A/VRC has not received written statements of appeals. The members/residents were present at the hearing. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY MILLER, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASES # 1411, # 1429, # 1435, # 1436, # 1438 AND #1439 THAT A FLAT $25 FINE AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS


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INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

j(b) A/VRC Case # 1410 (8480 Fleetway Ave.) - Director Walters requested that Case # 1410 (8480 Fleetway Ave.) be discussed separately then the rest of the cases listen under item j. as discussion was needed. 1st Vice President Wilkes stated this case was brought to the A/VRC on 10/10/12 for speeding. The A/VRC has not received a written statement of appeal. The member/resident was present at the hearing. Director Walters explained verifiable proof was provided to the committee showing this case was a medical emergency. MOTION BY WILKES, SECONDED BY GAUL, TO ACCEPT THE A/VRC RECOMMENDATION FOR CASE # 1410 THAT A FLAT $25 FINE AND 14 DAY SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES BE IMPOSED. ALL ACTION, PUNITIVE AND OTHERWISE DECIDED BY THE BCPO BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ANY AND ALL RECURRENCES OF THIS VIOLATION, TWELVE MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE. IF A RECURRENCE HAPPENS, FINES AND SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES WILL BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY UNTIL COMPLIANCE IS MET IN ACCORDANCE WITH BCPO RULES & REGULATIONS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 3 & 6. ZERO IN FAVOR. MOTION FAILED.

Round Table: Director Basteri thanked the ladies who attended the Woman’s Day Luncheon. The Frankie D Concert will be on 11/11/12. Tickets are available for $12.00 each. 300 tickets were sold for the Thanksgiving dinner to be held on 11/25/12. Director Basteri stated this event is not a profitable event. The Woman’s Club and Men’s Association are hosting the event in order to give back to the community.

Secretary Sajdak discussed visitor passes not being given out by a guard. Secretary Sajdak also stated he would like the Security Captain to come up with a corrective action plan for illegal parking, as there were 101 doorknockers given out in the past 15 weeks. Secretary Sajdak asked that residents remind the vendors they use of the new vendors rules, which require proper signage on their trucks. Secretary Sajdak questioned if motorized bicycles are allowed on Brookridge roads. General Manager Ray Geroux stated they were allowed. Secretary Sajdak stated that the Public Works Department’s vests are old and not visible and requested new ones for safety reasons.

2nd Vice President Miller announced the current Bingo Board has agreed to stay on till the end of the year but volunteers are still needed. 2nd Vice President Miller stated within three weeks the back gate will be secured with the use of an electronic gate, provided by the School Board, and ID cards for schoolchildren will be distributed. Director Walters had no comment.

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Treasurer Gaul urged resident to come forward to volunteer for Bingo. If Bingo closes, it will cost the BCPO $12,000 - $20,000. Commented on the speeding violations, and stated that most residents, with speeding violations if they were going 4 miles slower they would not have received a violation. He urged members to slow down.

1st Vice President Wilkes commended the A/VRC members for the great job they do and regarding the previous cases discussed, the committee did not have a choice in their recommendation as they were following the rules. The final decisions and “hard calls” are left up to the Board. 1st President Wilkes questioned if Bingo operated on a calendar or seasonal year. 2nd Vice President Miller stated he is assuming it is calendar year. 1st Vice President Wilkes stated the back electronic gate should be done around 11/5/12. Registration for children’s ID cards is needed as soon as possible as Brookridge has to provide the school district with a list of the schoolchildren. It takes 3 – 5 days to make up the cards. Forms are available at the office or on the website (www.brookridge.com).

Director Basteri questioned if the Board of Directors’ Workshop would still be held since it is the same day as Election Day and the hall would be used as a polling place. 1st Vice President Wilkes stated it would still be held in the AB room. Member/Resident Comments: (Name, Unit, Subject): Martha Schaeffer, Unit 3- Thanksgiving dinner tickets; Vince Pizzo, Unit 3: 55 plus; Bruce Behrens, Unit 3: Clubhouse roof leak and periodic updates on the leak; Carole Carter, Unit 4: 55 plus, petitions and selling homes; Don Dostie, Unit 4: Budget and Bingo income; Tom Crianza, Unit 4: 55 plus and vendor speeding; Dave Campbell, Unit 4: Budget; Rich Stratton, Unit 3: Golf carts and stop signs. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Transcribed by Michelle O’Connor, BCPO Recording Secretary SUBMITTED BY: KEN SAJDAK, BCPO SECRETARY [Minutes subject to approval at the November 21, 2012 meeting]

Residential Updates

As the year nears the end of 2012, the administrative office is busy preparing for 2013. We would like to keep you informed, and would appreciate you keeping us informed. In order to avoid wasted postage and phone calls. It is imperative that we have all your current information on record. I would like to encourage you to stop in, call or email us with any changes that have occurred and would affect your contact information. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


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DECEMBER 2012

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THURSDAY

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3 Brookridge Golf Club Fundraiser “PIG ROAST” Ceramics Christmas Party

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Board of Directors Workshop Woman’s Club Bingo

6:30 PM

11 ACC Mtg. (at office) Ez Does It Exercise Christmas Party Garden Club Board Meeting Garden Club Membership Meeting Brookridge Genealogy Women’s Club Board Democrats of Brookridge

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Unit Rep Meeting Crafty Stitchers Luncheon Brookridge Ent. Comm. BUNCO Woman’s Club Bingo Astronomy Club

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7:00 PM

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New Years Eve Dinner/Dance

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A/VRC Meeting (at Office) RV Compound Committee Tennis Club Special Event

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

19 Republican Club Woman’s Club Bingo

7:00 PM 7:00 PM

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Safety Committee Beautification Committee

2:00 PM

Deadline for News & Views

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10:00 AM

Camera Club

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Private Party

7:00 PM

5:45 PM Early Bird Bingo Regular Bingo Follows Immediately

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8 Music Aires Concert

5:45 PM Early Bird Bingo Regular Bingo Follows Immediately

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Crime Watch CERT Count Your Blessing

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18 Women’s Club Christmas Luncheon Campers Club

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Tennis Club Social Dance

28 5:45 PM Early Bird Bingo Regular Bingo Follows Immediately

15 9:30 AM 6:00 PM

AARP Driving Course Good Times Line Dancing

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In most backyards in Brookridge your eyes can see stars as dim as 4th magnitude but in a dark sky location, you can see 6th magnitude stars. The North Star (Polaris) has a magnitude of 1.97. The stars in the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) range in magnitude from a brighter 1.76 to a fainter 3.32.

By Mildred Foster

The Aqua Class has been cancelled for the remainder of the year, reopening the middle of March. Morning temperatures are too cold. Aquatic exercise program is beneficial for a variStar Magnitudes in the Big Dipper ety of medical conditions. The physical properties of water assist with increasing energy, strength and flexibility while Really bright celestial objects have negative magnitude numreleasing stress and tension. bers. The brightest star in the sky with a magnitude of -1.4 is Sirius visible above the eastern horizon this month at about Co-Ed no fee every Monday and Thursday morning 9:00 a.m. midnight. The full moon (Luna) on December 28 has a magtill 10:00 a.m. Weather permitting. Maximize your health and nitude of -12.74 and our sun (Sol) has a magnitude of -26.74 wellness. Take care of yourself, be a healthier you. at noon. Happy Holidays

Closer stars are usually brighter. But when a star is much bigger than another, the bigger star can be further away and seem brighter than the one closer to us. Like a candle compared to a car headlight, a car can be further away but its light is brighter than the candle’s.

By Philip Rastocny

When you look up in the sky, some stars seem brighter than Brighter Stars May Not Be Closer others. Astronomers use sensitive instruments to tell precisely how bright each star is and assign “Magnitude” numbers to them. Magnitude numbers tell you how bright one star is Since a star’s magnitude cannot tell you which is closer or further, you will have to come to our December meeting or compared to another; dimmer stars have larger numbers. wait until next month to find out how astronomers try to figure this out. Upcoming Astronomical Events:

Dimmer Stars Have Larger Magnitude Numbers

• December 13 - 7:00PM Club Meeting at Brookridge Club House, room A/B • December 15 - Sunset Observing Session on Golf Course, west end of Midmoor Blvd. • December 13-14 - Gemenid Meteor Shower (1-2 per minute) • December 17-18 - Leonids Meteor Shower (3-4 per minute) • December 21 - Winter begins 6:12AM • December 27 - Conjunction of Venus and Saturn

For more information, call David Bahr at 556-3466, John Whitman at 597-3656, or Philip Rastocny at 398-0119


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By Pat Auger

The next Campers Club meeting will be held a week earlier than usual, on December 17th at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse. We will also be meeting in a different room; the AB room across from the library.

We are a friendly bunch who love to camp, “eat” and have fun getting to know each other and those we meet along the way. We’ll be visiting campgrounds in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Moor Haven and Bushnell in the coming year. So if you’ve got an RV, don’t let it just sit there, come join us. You won’t regret it.

Our last two rallies were at the Carefree Resort in Homosassa and Lake Rousseau in Crystal River. We had a wonderful time at these rallies. Thanks to both Wagon masters: Ron & Joan Gerhardt and Ralph & Joyce Sessa. They all did a super job. We’ll be heading for the Arbor Terrace Resort in Bradenton on December 13th, 14th and 15th. The Wagon masters for this rally are Ellie & Dick Colasanti. If you’re interested in signing up for this rally or just want some information, call Ellie: 352-592-5249. For further information, call Pat at 352-279-6568 or email me at (Oldersis1@aol.com).

We hold our meetings on the first Wednesday of the month in room D at 10 am at the clubhouse. Our next meeting will be on December 5, 2012. CERT has hurricane literature in our library at the clubhouse for people to take. We want to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets from CERT at the Fall Neighborhood Garage Sale and we made $97.00. We are saving our money to purchase a generator for the clubhouse so we appreciate all we get. We are looking for people interested in working with our Community/Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) which we received a grant of $7948.00. This is a big task and we need help. Remember this is for our community. You do not need to be a CERT member to be a part of this program. Come to our meeting on December 5th and check it out. Please contact Lois McGarvey at 5845544 or Patt Reimer at 596-6840 if you have any questions or interested in joining CERT. A new CERT class will start Wednesday, January 9, 2013 and run for seven weeks at the EOC in the Sheriff’s office.

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By Denise Gasiorowski

Our Annual Fall Festival was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Here are the winners of the raffles: Chinese Auction Winners Heart Cross Stitch: Henrietta Rice Cape: Jackie McCabe Wine Holder: Dotty Cleary Painted Tablecloth: Cheryl Humphrey Doll: Alma Rambo Afghan: Gary Benedict Fall Pillow: Arline Hagenbruch Nativity: Doris Rossi Angel Wall Hanging: Mary Akers Turkey Placemats: Doris Rossi Fall Table Cover: Brenda Bush Music Bag: Judy Potter Raffle Winners Wine Basket: E. Riedy Baby Quilt: Marge Riedeman Christmas Quilt: Rachel Laliberte

Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

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We are a crafting and sewing group that makes items to sell at our Annual Fall Festival. The proceeds from the Festival go back to the Brookridge Community to purchase items on their wish list. There are no dues, just fun. We meet every Tuesday morning in Room D, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bring your talents and a project you would like to share with us. We have supplies for most projects. All are welcome.

Many thanks to all who donate items to our group. We try to put everything to good use. If you have items to donate, bring them to the clubhouse on Tuesday mornings. If you have any further questions, contact our President, Patty Benedict at 556-2200; she will be glad to give you more information. Hope you can join us!


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By Linda Bixby

Season’s greetings from the Brookridge Drama Club, We are excited to announce the selection of this season’s play. We will be offering two short plays. One is entitled “A Candle on the Table” and the other is “The New Sunrise”. As is our custom, two showings will be offered, one on Saturday, February 16th and the other on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Save the date! In recognition of Brookridge’s 40th Anniversary celebration we have a surprise offer to our dedicated Brookridge fans; however, you must wait until the next newsletter for the announcement.

By Jane Walmsley

The “EZDoes It” Exercise club is a low impact class of aerobics, stretch n tone, weights, chair or mat. We are here in the club house stage area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-9:30 am. We are a group of both men and women of Brookridge. The cost is only 50 cents. Come and bring a friend , Our club will be going out for lunch to Kally K’s this year on the 18th of December at 12:00 noon. Merry Christmas! M Make Time E Exercise Daily R Ready and willing R Responsibility is yours Y You are in charge

The club eagerly welcomes all new comers. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in room A/B (across from the library); for more information about our club you can contact club president, Susan Barcomb at 352-597-5854 or Marie Genard at 352-5155.

By Linda Hartmen

C Challenge Yourself H Healthy way to go R Rewarding to you I Important to do S Self-Caring T Today’s the day M Make some new friends A All up to you S Staying Fit

Get Fit!

Happy Holidays! As we approach this season of shopping, decorating and parties, let’s all remember why we celebrate Christmas. “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. “ Isaiah 9:6

We have one hour of Bible study and fellowship on Wednesday in Room A/B starting at 6:00 pm. It is nondenominational study. Please come out and join us! If you need any more information feel free to contact us at (352) 293-4647.

Be Fit!

Keep Fit!

By Jane Walmsley

Our meeting this month will be on Monday December 10th at 1:00 p.m. We will be discussing and planning for our February Sunshine Auction & lunch card party. Then on Thursday December 13th, we will go out for our Christmas Party Luncheon to the Boston Cooker at noon, paid for by the club. Merry Christmas!


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By Norma Rankin

We will be having our monthly Social on Saturday, December 15th, from 6:30 until 9:30 PM, at the Clubhouse for $5 each. We will play a mix of dances from Beginner to Intermediate and lots more in between. We try to do dances from the top 20 from the survey as well as, lots of the treasured older ones so we have something for everyone! This is just dancing, no lessons, however there are always instructors on hand to give aid, if needed.

Bring your own beverages, snacks, etc and ice, if needed. We will furnish the huge dance floor, and DJ Dave, who is very receptive to requests and keeps the music playin'!. We welcome couples, too! We do offer formal lessons during the week, with Instructor Marilyn; check out the Line Dance Club article for that info. Still have questions? No problem! Call Norma at 352-397-6088. Come dance with us; you will have a great time, guaranteed! ~ During this Holiday Season, Please Pray For Our Men & Women in Uniform ~ *God Bless America*

By Linda Rogers

Welcome back to all of the Snowbirds! The Tennis Club is looking forward to seeing many of the “old” regulars again. And there is the promise of some new faces as well.

The cool breezes that began with the coming of October have made our morning games a delight. It is great to see the courts filled again after such a warm summer. Since the News and Views will go to print before we have our Halloween Party on Wednesday the 31st, this is a reminder that we all meet at 3:30 pm to play and then enjoy a pizza dinner together on the courts at 5:00. Salads and desserts will be brought by members. Costumes optional!

Our first meeting of the 2012-2013 season will be on Saturday November 3rd, at 10 am. Everyone interested in the tennis club is invited. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. And on Thanksgiving morning, those of us who are not busy putting the turkey into the oven will play at our usual 8 am time. We will enjoy potluck snacks and breakfast drinks. Anyone who wants to learn the game is truly welcome. You will find us on the courts every day except Sunday, playing from 8 am to 10 am. There is no charge to play, and all skill levels are welcome. Free lessons are available from Ron Leaky, 346-9487. If you are looking for fun, great exercise, and new friends, come and join us!


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By Mary Campbell

Our Christmas Party plans have changed this year, our party will be on Thursday, December 13th We are going to Kally K’s at 4:00 p.m. There will be no “Late Lunch Early Dinner” for December due to holidays. Again this year we would like members and guest to bring a $5.00 toy for a boy or girl. The gift should be unwrapped and will be given to the Dawn Center for distribution. These gifts are always appreciated by the children.

We had a good showing of members for November’s Late Lunch Early Dinner at Chilli’s. Our January “Late Lunch Early Dinner” we will be going to Cody’s on January 14, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Our next regular meeting will be held on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. We will have a short business meeting followed by a speaker from Hernando Groundwater. Just a reminder that all dues are due by, January’s meeting. Dues are $5.00 per person.

If you are new to our community, this is a good way to meet and make some new friends and neighbors. If you have ever lived the states of Penn, NJ, DEL, Maryland, NY, Conn, Mass, RI, NH, VT, or ME, come and join us. We ask that you use the last door on the left side of the Club House to enter the hall, as another club uses the front of the hall. If you have any questions please feel free to call our president, Barbara Smith at 597-3350. Merry Christmas


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By Chris Robart

Relieve the Hustle & Bustle of Holiday Stress.

Beginners Tai Chi Class is on Mondays from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Followed by Chi Gong Exercise and advanced TaiChi.The Thursday class will start at Noon with Chi Gong Exercisefollowed by advanced Tai Chi. Join our Fun group NOW

Monday & Thursday at the Clubhouse Main Hall.

We do a gentle, standing or setting, slow moving exercisethat will use most of the muscles in your body. We can help you improve your Balance, Flexibility and Blood Pressure. The First Class is FREE.

Give Lynne Hart (Tai Chi Instructor) a call 596-0642 Look forward to seeing you.

By Linda Rogers

What great fall weather we have been enjoying, Sandy not withstanding! You will find us on the courts every day except Sunday, playing from 8 am to 10 am. It is a fine time to get in your exercise before the heat of the day. Anyone who wants to learn the game is certainly welcome to join us. There is no charge to play, and all skill levels are welcome. And a bargain, too! Dues for the year are only $10. At our last meeting, we welcomed 2 new members, Sheila Martin and Larry Hinderliter. They are a great addition to our field of players. And there are new screens around the courts: many thanks to the BCPO. We also discussed play during cold weather. If the temperature is not up to 40 degrees by 8:00 am, we will delay play until 9:00 am.

With Thanksgiving behind us, and Christmas, Hanukah, and Ramadan ahead, the festival season is now here! We are looking forward to our annual Holiday party to be held in the Clubhouse on Wednesday December 12th from 11 am to 2 pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board for a dish to pass. Don’t forget the monthly meeting on Saturday December 1st at 10 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you are looking for fun, great exercise, and new friends, come and join us! Free lessons are available from Ron Leaky, 346-9487.


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By Susie Hecker

We are having a great time in our Water Aerobics classes on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8-9:00 a.m. We would like to invite you to join us and see how much better you feel.

Water Aerobics is a super way to exercise as there is no stress on the joints, It also increases flexibility and improves stamina. We listen to an audio CD of up-beat music with Billie-Jo, water aerobics instructor. This is a co-ed class with no fees.

By Carolyn McGuire

Hasn't the year gone by fast? It's Christmas time already and the shopping has started. Are you shopping for a smaller size party outfit this year? If not, come join the weight control program so that next year at this time you will be smaller, eating healthy and proud of yourself. The holidays are very hard on all of us but meeting with people with the same weight problem encourages each of us. We need each other! Our meetings are for both men and women. We meet every Monday morning at 8:00.

Have a great holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!

By Rosemary Basteri

There has been an issue concerning the legality of changing the time of our members meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (By laws, Article VII, Section II) our legislator Roberta Dunne, was away so the board was unable to seek her advice. That said, this proposal was brought before the members at the May meeting. At that time, the membership present constituted a quorum, 20% of the total members and time change was voted on favorably by more than a 66 2/3 rds majority.

Vice President, Joanne Burns has resigned. The Executive Board has appointed Jackie Bolt to fill the vacancy. She was installed at the November 19th members meeting. Jackie is a new member of the Woman’s Club. We welcome her and thank her for stepping forward. Our sincere thanks to Jessie and Linda Sawyer , for coming in last minute to cater our Installation Luncheon. Everyone seemed pleased with the quality and quantity of food. Thanks also to Jackie McCabe, Marilyn Duffek, Martha Shugars, Donna Maguire and Mary Robinson. December 17th is the date of our Christmas luncheon, catered by Bob Murphy’s New York Catering. The menu: Italian tossed salad, Three Meat Baked Ziti, Baked Shells stuffed with Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Francaise, Chicken Parmegiano in Gravy, Garlic bread and assorted cakes for dessert. Social hour starts at 11:00 a.m., with a Bake Sale at 11:30 a.m., Silent Auction ticket sales at 11:45 a.m. with lunch at noon. The Pre-K and Kindergarten class from Hernando Christian Academy will present our program. Don’t forget your man/woman wrapped gift. Tickets are $10.00, available November 27th, 29th, and December 4th, 6th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Room C. For info call: Lillian Keller 200-5294, Mary Robinson 8354050, Rosemary Basteri 200-5697 Happy Holidays to all.


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By Charles "Chuck" Aftosmes

Brookridge Entertainment wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and of course a very Happy New Year. Returning to our clubhouse stage on December 13, 2012 after nearly three years is none other than Fernando Valero. Fernando’s strong tenor voice, good looks, and charm are winning over audiences around the world. Fernando draws from many different themes. Some of these include: “Bocelli to Groban”, “A Tribute to Pavorotti”, “The Best of Mario Lanza”, a”Night on Broadway”, and Favorite Italian Folk Songs. Fernando, incudes songs by Roy Orbison, Queen, and of course Elvis. Fernando’s performances span 26 countries including Puerto Rico. Fernando’s voice styling has appeal for lovers of music and opera buffs which are deeply embedded in his rich Latin roots. This show was a near sell out when he last appeared here. Some tickets are still available at $20 on the night of the show at the clubhouse or by calling Vivian or Larry Schmitz at 610-4901.

Looking ahead to next year, we are starting out by having a Tribute to the Mama’s and the Papa’s with the show “Monday, Monday” on January 10th, 2013. This a group whose live appearances deliver a memorable world class sight and sound experience for all ages. Their vocal harmony based on songs from the late 60’s and 70’s showcases the Mamas & the Papa’s with sure fire hit tunes and other dynamic folk, pop, and rock sounds that were pioneered by a new creative generation of musical artists. Relive hits like “California Dream.” Dancing in the Street” and many more. You may purchase your tickets in advance to reserve your seats by calling Larry and or Vivian Schmitz at 610-4901.

Brookridge Friday Night Bingo By: Roger Laliberte

Brookridge Friday Night Bingo is a weekly activity for the benefit of our friends and residents. We pay $50.00 for each regular game and $250.00 per jackpots, for a total of $2950.00 per week. We start selling at 4:15 pm and Bingo starts at 5:45 pm. We now offer catering service starting at 4:00 pm which is available to players and visitors alike. Take out service is available to everyone. Come and enjoy a great meal. We are always in need of volunteers, if you can spare a few hours per week, or per month, we would be very happy to accommodate you. For any additional information please call 597-9601 Please Help Support Friday Night Bingo

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By Jane Mulvaney & Linda Rodgers

Happy New Year to All

On January 7, 2013, come with Brian Roman on a journey in a song and word that will uplift and inspire you. Brian will share music and stories of people and experiences that have influenced and motivated him along his journey.

Having performed and spoken to rave reviews in Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and the US, the response is consistent and enthusiastic. Brian’s voice will captivate and his story, passion and enthusiasm will move you. Brian was born to entertain, to be on stage and with an audience. His boundless energy and highly interactive presentation is sure to excite the audience. His story and his voice, are equally inspiring bringing the two together in a fabulous package. As an entertainer, his charm and warmth will leave the audience wanting more. In between numbers, Brian shares an easy rapport with the audience and has just the right mix of confidence, delivered with modesty. It would be hard to imagine him anywhere else but on stage doing what he does best. Our show starts at 6:55 and tickets at the door are $6.00. 50/50 tickets are for sale for 9 tickets for $3.00 and winners are guaranteed $20.00 or more depending on tickets purchased.

If you have any questions, please call: Jane at (352) 597-1357

Norma Rankin

Our next regularly scheduled dance will be on Saturday, December 1st, at 7:30 PM, in the Clubhouse Hall. The theme will be "Celebrating Christmas." This means getting on that red dress or tie and getting into the Christmas mood! Starburst will be playing for our dancing pleasure. (Isn’t our Hall gorgeous?) At about 9:30, we'll have the 50/50 drawing and immediately following, donuts will be served. As always, we offer coffee all evening and also ice, if needed, at the tables, or refills by the kitchen. There will be tickets sold at the door, but it's a good idea to check with Dot to make sure and she'll have the tickets waiting for you, when you arrive. If you are able to reserve tickets, you must pick them up by 7:15, or they will be sold to the next in line, no exceptions.

Note: We have the forms on the tables, for 2013-2014. Just fill out and turn into the office along with a check, and you'll be assured of seats for next season. There are several plans available and Dot will explain all, including how to not get left out for our 2013 New Years Eve Gala and let me tell you, those tickets are hard to come by after the first of the year. (These forms must be turned in by November 30, 2012 for processing, no exceptions.) *Season Ticket Holders: Please let Dot know if you cannot make a dance and she will be able to offer them to someone else that might otherwise be left out. It only takes a couple of minutes and Dot will handle it all for you, right over the phone. Dot's number for any and all questions or any other information, is 597-0723. She would just love to talk to you! **Next dance is December 31, 2012 and the theme is "Happy New Year" with Just Us Duo playing. There will be wine on the tables, a buffet dinner, hats and noise makers and champagne for the toast at Midnight. Otherwise the above information remains the same. Be prepared to “party” with your neighbors and friends! All of us on the Social Dance Committee wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! When you're having your Christmas, and News Years Dinners, please remember our troops in foreign lands, in your prayers. *Go Up To A Military Person, (Policeman, etc.) and Say "Merry Christmas or Happy New Year & Say “Thank You;" They Will Understand!*


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Ladies 18 Hole Golf League By Patti Sharp

Hi everyone! It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back and to tell you of the exciting things that have been happening with the ladies of our league. Carol Vandenberg won the Club Championship this summer at Lincoln Golf Club in Muskegon, Michigan. Our new member Dottie Cleary won the club Championship at Mt. Anthony Golf Club in Bennington, Vermont. Congratulation Ladies. Please mark your calendars for the following dates: December 5 - Dates and Mates December 6 - Glen Lakes is hosting their invitational. The sign-up sheet is in the Annex Room. January 14 - Our General Meeting at the Club House.

Thank you to everyone participating in outside events. It’s a wonderful way to meet new friends and play different courses. Every thing’s seems to be getting in “full swing”. Please feel free to call me anytime with newsworthy items. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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2012 Brookridge Fall Community Garage Sale Letter from Rocky

Hello my Friends of Brookridge

What happened to the Monday thru Friday working class people, who wanted to do ceramics on Saturdays. They approach me at the pool, I approach our president Jackie Bolt she agreed, so did the other members of our ceramic group BAM!! I open it on Saturdays from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm only two new people show up. 7 people total on Saturday. Hey been there done that who wants to get up on Saturday morning after working all week, understandable!! Come on get up throw some water on your face and hang out with Rocky and the ceramic group, bring coffee, bring your lunch and bring some statues to life. Thank you, Rocky Miles P.S. Plenty of Laughter..

By Lois McGarvey – Chairperson

I want to thank my committee members, Mary Sweeney, Ruth Krygowski, Jackie McCabe and Susan Schaefer, for all the great work they did to make this year’s Fall Community Garage Sale such a success. Mary was my assistant and a great help to me. Thanks to Ruth for doing all the shopping, cooking and preparing the food. Thanks to Helen Berry, Sally Scalf, Dolores Gehn, and Gloria Weaver for helping Ruth in the kitchen. Many thanks to Jackie, Susan and Suzanne for all the hours of work tagging before the sale. Thanks to Suzanne Haberkost, Judy Wilkes, Marie Genord, Lyla Harvey, Martha Schaeffer, Judy Bell, Larry Berry, Charles Gordon, Judy Carlton, Scott Rooney, Connie Sams and Bobbie Krueger who helped the day of the sale and for those who working the night before the sale until 12 am getting everything out and setup.

I also want to thank the monitors who worked so hard before, during and after the sale. They were wonderful, ready to help with anything we needed. With everyone working together, we made a profit of $1429.37 for Brookridge.

HOLIDAY WORD SEARCH

WORDS

angels appeared baby Bethlehem birth blessed bout carpenter choir diet donkey east foretold gifts herb holy hope humble

infant Joseph Judea king knees Lord magi Mary men night peace prince stable star travel wise world


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Code Red – Reverse 911 system The system is designed to notify Hernando Residents of urgent messages. These messages are initiated by the counties Emergency Management Service. To update your contact information you can go to Brookridge.com and click the Code Red link that will take you to the Sheriff’s webpage. We have a form at the office and in this edition of the News & Views. If you complete this form and turn it in to our office, we will enter it for you online and file the form in your office folder. - Brookridge Office Staff.

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Do You Remember !!

40 years ago, On December 23rd - The Pittsburgh Steelers win their first ever post-season NFL game, defeating the Oakland Raiders 13-7.

Did You Know

Love Music & Singing!!

December 8, 1972 - Over $10,000 cash is found in the purse of Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt’s Wife.

The Music-Aires of Brookridge are in need of a Volunteer Piano Accompanist.

Please Call Barbara 277-1655 or Dot 596-6097

Spring Neighborhood Garage Sale Table Sales Spring Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. in the Club House

Tables will be on Sale Wednesday November 7, 2012 / Room C and Wednesday, January 9, 2013 / Room E at the Club House 9:00 ~ 11:00 a.m.

Tables will be $10.00 each Proceeds go to BCPO


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December 2012 News & Views