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THE TOWER Volume 33 | NO 12 | DECEMBER 2017




President’s Message Dear Fritzie



Holiday Lights


What a Spooktackular Party ! This year’s Halloween Event was wonderful! An evening filled with great music from TAKE TWO and the ballroom was filled

with laughter and Fabulous COSTUMES! Thank you to the Entertainment Committee for all your work and creative talents.

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Sports Section Contest & Winners



Events Calendar


TOWER DEADLINE :  The 9th of every month, for the following months issue. (ie: Dec. 9 for the January issue) Email to or drop off (typed or clearly written) to Kathy Aira (Editor) at the HOA office.

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Season’s Greetings one and

As I sit here at my desk looking over our Del Tura Calendar, I can’t help but be thankful to all the folks who work so hard to provide the events we all enjoy here each month in addition to our regularly scheduled activities. In late October, we had a super Halloween Party and Dance. The hard work by Bette Cheney and her entertainment committee was never more evident as we watched a parade of unbelievable costumes and then danced the night away. Special congratulations to Bart De Graaf for yet another successful Moustache Ball in our special month of “Movember”, as well as our annual “Junk in the Trunk” sale. In early November, our Annual Craft Fair was a smashing success thanks to the efforts of Kay Nezamis , Wendy Wells and their entire committee. Thanks also to Susan Bell for her work planning the great bake sale as part of the event. By the time this issue goes to press, our Clubhouse will be dec-

orated beautifully by Kay Nezamis and her crew, and the Annual Tree Lighting Concert featuring our talented Choralaires will have been held. And don’t forget that our Holiday Golf Cart Parade is coming up on the 10th of this month. I hope you will decorate your cart and join us, but in the event, you can’t, please make sure you attend the parade and cheer on all our participants. Special thanks to Betty and Dave Sheetz and Charlene and Joe Ruotolo for the hard work and dedication with our Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Baskets. Nothing speaks louder about Del Tura residents than the generous donations you all provide to make this program worthwhile and successful. On a personal note, one of my favorite things about the holiday here in Del Tura is the decorations that adorn many of the front lawns of our homes. With more than 1300 houses in our development, nothing is more fun that hopping on your golf cart in the evening and taking ride around to check out the creativity of our residents. And don’t forget…..we

will once again offer prizes for the best decorations as voted by our HOA members. And speaking of our lawns, here’s a quick reminder that grass cutting will take place on or around December 10th. Following that, there will be no cutting until after the New Year, so your decorations won’t be disturbed. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that we have an Annual Meeting coming in February, and we have several vacancies on our Board of Directors to fill. If you’d like to serve (and I hope you will strongly consider it), please see Bart De Graaf for an application or you can grab one at the HOA office. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, please have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Nancy and I continue to count our blessings that we live in this wonderful community and continue to feel as always that every day here is……..just another day in paradise! Dave Adams HOA President

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By GINNIE BENJAMINS (of FISH) Recently my neighbors had a very trying day, both the husband and the wife. The husband was off in the morning at a school where he reads to children. He called his wife at 1:30 to say he was on his way home. When he did not return by 3:00, his worried wife contacted the Lee County sheriff and they sent two cars to their home. A search was put in place and at one point the husband was caught on camera sitting on a picnic bench. However when the sheriff went there he was gone. Hours and hours went by and the wife could do nothing. The husband did have a cell phone, but he wasn’t answering. It turns out he lost it when he got out of the car to sit on the bench. By this time he was very confused. Finally at 8:45 the wife got a telephone call from a waitress. The husband had walked into the restaurant where she works and said he was hungry

and needed to call his wife. Luckily this young lady saw a man in distress and she called the wife. It turns out the husband in his confusion had driven all the way to the Atlantic Ocean to a restaurant on A1A. The wife, my husband and I drove over to pick him up. Since it is almost a three-hour drive, by the time we got there the restaurant had closed and the husband was waiting for us at the local police station. He was happy to see us and said the further away he drove he could not figure out how to get home. The point of this story to me is the waitress. In a very busy restaurant this young woman had the compassion to help a man in need, hence the title of my article. FISH members have compassion for their fellow neighbors. That is why they sign up to help Del Tura residents. If you can find your way to help out, especially driving residents to the doctors or the grocery store, please join FISH. Either call Betty

Scheetz at 609-477-9147 or Ginnie Benjamins at 239-322-9863 and we will get you signed up. Thank You! A word about our services – we do drive residents to their doctor appointments or/and the grocery store. We do not drive someone to go clothing or furniture shopping. Perhaps a neighbor would help in that case. The members of FISH wish everyone a Merry Christmas/ Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy New Year in 2018.


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THE DEL TURA REPERTORY COMPANY FEBRUARY 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2018 We are presenting the comedy BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick. Although this is a very funny play it is very different from anything I have done before. I will give you more information as the weeks progress. By Jacqueline Keen

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Merry Christmas!

HOA Membership It’s that time of year again! We are now accepting HOA Membership dues for 2018. They are still $12.00 (cash or check), annually per household. What a bargain! By joining the HOA you are: 1. Supporting the organization .

2. Receiving a free copy of The Tower delivered directly to your Del Tura home. 3. You’re able to purchase HOA sponsored event tickets on the first day of sales, one week earlier than non-members. Dues may be paid at Tuesday Coffee Hour, dropped off at

the HOA office or mailed to the HOA office, 609 Sierra Madre, N. Fort Myers, FL 33903. (Please - checks only through the US mail.) Use the form in the back of The Tower to submit with your payment. Thank you, Denise Rose & Cindy Baron.


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Taking the time to reflect on all the treasures that lie in front of me and thinking of the ones that really matter. The tug at your heartstrings kind… you can’t hold them in your hands but you can certainly feel them. They’re the thoughts that connectyou with family and dear friends whether they are close or thousands of miles away. Truly timely treasures! The ones that come to you unexpectedly in times of need to soothe you and reassure you that everything will be all right. Realizing once again how truly blessed we are. We all have “things” that we hold dear and cherish. If we lost them all tomorrow, would it matter? Indeed it would! The thought of losing those material things that are dear to us is definitely devas-

have helped others overcome obstacles that seemed impossible. Yet without question we extend a hand and say, “Here I am! How can I help?” Just hearing those words can give someone hope that millions of dollars can’t buy. Giving back, doing those random acts of kindness in crisis, or each day can, and will, mean so much to that person and to you. Whether it’s holding someone’s hand in a time of need, or calling to say I was thinking of you today, you can rest assure that it will mean the world to them. Sure, material treasures connect us to our past and give us the memories that will dwell in our hearts for a lifetime but if we lost them tomorrow, it will be the ‘timely treasures” that will help all of us get through the tough times. So this Christmas season let’s all reflect on our present blessings and bring joy to one another by sharing with each other those precious gifts of the heart.

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tating. So many people in this past year have lost so much. We here in Del Tura certainly realize how lucky we were when Irma threatened to take it all from us. People were helping others prepare for the storm…calling and giving reassurance, calming people’s fears and giving hope to their neighbors. Sharing their friendship and making new friends by extending a kind heartiness that was so very much appreciated. Giving those gifts that are the true treasures of the heart! We left with heavy hearts and when we came home we didn’t know what to expect. Yes, it was a mess but what mattered most was that we were safe. Somehow kindness and concern for our neighbors took to the forefront of our thoughts and actions before and after the storm. These are the types of timely treasures that I’m talking about! These treasures cannot be bought but are more valuable than gold. Over and over again we realize how strong we really are as a community and as a nation. We


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Del Tura Holiday Lights

A Splendid Display - A Job Well Done By Sue Dunigan “Oh my, we just came by the entrance and it’s just so beautiful”, my friend said, as she came through the front door for our annual Christmas Open House. She went on to say that they have been to many communities in Fort Myers and Cape Coral and this is by far the best display of Christmas lights they have seen at the entrance of any of them. Her husband chimed in by saying, “yeah well, it sure out shines the entrance to our community by many times over”. (It’s worth noting that they live in a gated community of homes that sell for well over a million dollars.) We have had this conversation with many of our visitors and they often make the comment that Del Tura must hire professionals to do such a great job. I am always so pleased to say that it is the handiwork of some of our most dedicated volunteers. I thought it would be good to share the story of this special crew of volunteers. It begins with the one that shoulders the responsibility of managing this project. LEON BUSS 5105 Avenida Del Tura 612-718-9572 I asked Leon how long he had been part of the crew working on the Christmas lights? He answered by saying, “I first got involved with Jim O’Brien who started the Christmas light project, the first Christmas we lived here, which was 2012. This is my first year to have thefull responsibility for the project, as Jim and his wife sold their home and moved north”. Leon was born and raised in Iowa and he and his wife Mary Lou have three children and six grandchildren. Leon enjoys bowling,

shuffleboard and playing Euchre. A special joy is traveling to Jacksonville to watch their granddaughter play softball for Jacksonville University. They help with the Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets and Leon also helps with traffic control at all special events. Obviously, this is a very special couple who are dedicated workers and thus the Christmas Lights project which is so huge---is in good hands. When I asked, “what motivates you to give so much of your time and energy volunteering?” They answered, “well it is fun being involved and meeting our outstanding neighbors. It is important that residents become involved as this is what makes Del Tura so special!” The CHRISTMAS LIGHTS at the front entrance of DEL TURA is a project that stretches over a two and half month period and some parts of it continue throughout the year. Yes, at least ten weeks--working hours and hours a day--to buy, to prep, to hang up, to maintain while on display, to pack and then to store thousands and thousands of lights. Leon and his wife Mary Lou and their crew of five to seven couples, are committed to making it beautiful for all of us. It starts in early November, as they begin to unpack and sort through about three dozen large blue bins of lights having to check every string of lights to make sure they are working and to replace bulbs and get everything ready. Then the work begins in earnest to begin to hang all the lights and put out the big displays of all sorts. AGAIN---this takes many hours a day to get things just right. The lights are turned on for the season on THANKSGIVING EVE. Then each day the lights are on display

---these dedicated workers check and re-check lights—replacing bulbs and sometimes whole strings of lights---to keep them shining bright throughout the whole season. They start taking down the lights on January 15th---which again takes many hours a day over several days to get them all taken down, sorted and repacked into the bins, and then finding places to store it all. The shopping for more lights and all the items needed for the displays is a continuous labor of love. Mary Lou begins shopping once everything goes on sale after Christmas and shops throughout the year---and then intense shopping by the crew occurs during the first couple of weeks of November--as they begin the season “push to get it done”. Leon says he can always use more help---just give him a call at 612-718-9572. Of course money is an issue. HOA and Hometown help fund it but donations are needed and welcomed and can be given to any of the crew or dropped off at the HOA office. Please make checks out to HOA and NOTE—for CHRISTMAS LIGHTS at front entrance. Also, they are looking for a clever way to do a fund raiser--any ideas--feel free to let Leon know. My interview with Leon ended with his thoughts and words, on why he works so hard and puts so many weeks a year into this project, “It is a fun project and all of Del Tura and guests coming into our community can enjoy the lights for the season. Jim O’Brien worked hard to start this project and I feel it is important that we keep it going and make it bigger and better every year!” When you think of all of that is being done over a period of so many weeks---it turns into an enor-

mous amount of man-hours that are so freely and happily invested in the CHRISTMAS LIGHTS project to make our DEL TURA community the “prettiest around”. We all owe a big thank you to Leon Buss and his wife Mary Lou and their crew, Dick&Denise Rose, Lance&Linda Berlovich, Ray&Karen Hahn, Mark&Char Maaske, Frank&Dorothy Barilla,

Roger& Darcie Rockenbaugh and Jim&Jackie Hinrichs. You can send them a card and/or greet them at coffee hour (with a check in hand –would be extra nice). Just wishing them a MERRY CHRISTMAS with special words of thanks--for helping making DEL TURA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB such a wonderful place to live!

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During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions: Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now compromise your mobile devices by installing spyware that steals usernames, passwords and credit card information. Fortunately, you can fight back. By doing a little research online, you can find the best mobile security software for your needs. Use multiple passwords. Online security specialists recommend that you use different passwords for each new online shopping site you visit during the holiday season. Although this might seem like a hassle, it can be helpful, because even if identity thieves were to grab one of your new passwords, they still couldn’t use it for other sites you may visit. And you can even find a free online program that can help you keep track of all your passwords. Be suspicious of “huge savings.” It happens every holiday season – identity thieves develop fake sites with attractive graphics and stunningly low prices on a variety of items, especially digital devices. If you fall for these pitches, you won’t get any merchandise, but you might get a handful of headaches once the bad guys have your credit card number and other personal information. To prevent this, be wary of any deal that sounds too good to be true, and do some digging on the websites that offer these mega-savings. Watch for fake shipping notices. During the holidays, when you may do a lot of online shopping, you will probably receive some legitimate shipping notices. But the bad guys have gotten pretty good at generating fake notices designed to resemble those from UPS, FedEx and even the U.S. Postal Service. If you were to click on the link provided by one of these bogus notices, you could either take on some malware or get taken to a “phishing” website created by the shipping notice forgers. Your best defense: Only shop with legitimate merchants and only use the tracking numbers given to you in the email you received immediately after making your purchases. Keep your Social Security number to yourself. As a general rule, don’t give out your Social Security number online — to anyone. No legitimate retailer needs this number. Finally, be aware that not all attempts at stealing your personal information will come online. When you’re out shopping at old-fashioned, brick-andmortar stores, consider bringing just one credit card with you — and protect that card from prying eyes. By following these precautions, you should be able to greatly reduce the risk of being victimized by identity thieves and other miscreants. And the more comfortable you are in doing your holiday shopping, the more you can enjoy the season.

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Mailbag SINCERE GRATITUDE Once again I must extend my sincere gratitude to my Del Tura Family. Your kind deeds, cards, hugs and words of comfort mean so much to me. With your help I will get through this most difficult time. Chuck really enjoyed playing cards and shuffleboard with our many friends and living in Del Tura. We truly live in a “Paradise on Earth”. Marcella Carothers  THANK YOU!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU We want to thank everyone so much for your kindness and all you have done for us. We have received so many Thinking of you, Anniversary and Birthday Cards. (Our birthdays were on the same day). Also chicken salad, flowers, and all kinds of desserts were delivered to our house. Thanks to everyone! It was just awesome to have such nice friends in Del Tura. What a wonderful community to live in. Your friends- Don and Ruth Anten 3/18

We would like to thank everyone who helped with the Craft Fair to make it a huge success! Thanks also to the Hometown

America staff who set up the rooms. We had 46 vendors this year – 10 more than last year. There was a lot of beautiful handmade merchandise (eye candy). All the money raised by the Bake Sale, chaired by Susan Bell, goes to the food baskets that Del Tura fills for 70 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Proceeds from the Raffle, chaired by Betty Scheetz, Lunch, and vendor fees go equally to The American Red Cross – IRMA relief and to Movember, in support of men’s health. This event would not happen without the help of everyone who volunteers and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Kay Nezamis& Wendy Wells, co-chairs 




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Christmas Baskets The Christmas Baskets are an ongoing Community Event for the past 37 years. This event provides food and gifts for needy families in the North Fort Myers/ Fort Myers area. Most recently (last 6 years) there have been 70 families that have benefited from this community activity. It should be noted that all the needy families are identified and screened by Nations Association Charities. Activities begin in the October time frame, with the distribution of flyers, requesting food and/or money to be donated. They are distributed to every household in the community. These flyers also identify the volunteers that will come by to collect these donations and when. A few days before Thanksgiving, boxes are packed with all the donated food as well as food purchased by the committee. These boxes are then picked up by Nations and distributed to the needy families.

In December, flyers are again distributed to every household in the community, requesting donations of food and/or money. However, in addition to food being given to each family, the Committee also purchases gifts for each person in each household. On average there are 350 -400 gifts required. A few days before Christmas boxes are packed with all the food as well as the gifts are wrapped and put into boxes for the individual families. As at Thanksgiving, these boxes are then picked up by Nations and distributed to the needy families. As can be imagined, this is a very large undertaking and requires the help of many volunteers. Listed below are the tasks that volunteers are needed for: • Handing out flyers and collecting the donations at Christmas. The Christmas Collection will start on Friday, Dec. 1

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By Andrea Folks who were fortunate enough to enjoy the music and talent of Take Two performers at the Halloween Bash on October 28, had a ‘spooktacular’ time reminiscing to old tunes while dancing to Elvis, Bruno Mars, Patsy Cline, and many others. Del Turians showed how creative they are with costumes the likes

of Mac & Cheese, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Cleopatra and Marc Antony with cash prizes to the winners chosen by the audience. As party goers arrived, they were greeted by the Grim Reaper, spider webs, witches with their caldrons and haunting tombstones. Our Starlight Ballroom was ‘eerily’ decked out in true Halloween décor.

Tickets for the Liverpool Live, a Beatles Tribute show, which had to be rescheduled because of Irma, and has been rescheduled for January 20, will be available right after the holidays. Tickets: HOA members... January 2 at coffee and All residents...January 9 and 16.

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by Sherry Plish Once again, we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all of you that baked, worked or bought the wonderful baked goods at our Bake Sale at Junk in the Trunk on November 18th. What would we do without you! We love that so many of you see the “good” in our TNR program and choose to support us in humanely Trapping/Neutering/ Returning these cats to the Del Tura community instead of poisoning, trapping and dumping them somewhere. “Anti-cruelty laws protect every cat in the United States, regardless of whether the cat is a pet, stray or community cat” according to Alley Cat Allies, a support and activist group across the nation and worldwide. You

don’t have to like cats, but they do help take care of unwanted vermin. And as a reminder to all feeders and Registered Caregivers, please take in any uneaten food before dark so that it doesn’t draw in any other unwanted animals.

We will continue trapping through the winter months. We have all of our traps labeled and covered to keep the cats calm once they are trapped. We will check the traps and remove them. Please do not disturb or move them. ALERT! We had one of our community cats attacked and killed by a coyote on Oct. 13th. Del Tura management has taken the lead in getting a Trapper in to trap the coyote. However, please remember that if you let your pets out at night, they too could be attacked. We also had a three-month-old kitten run over and killed – let’s try to keep our speed down while driving through Del Tura. Thanks for your help.



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Del Tura will sponsor a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 6th from 9am – 1pm in the Clubhouse Lobby. Lee Health needs 800 donors a week and with the Holiday Season approaching, our blood donations will help to save lives in emergency situations. As a side note, cancer patients who have been off of medications for one year are eligible to donate. A sign-up sheet will be available before and after coffee on Tuesday, December 5th. Also, you may call Dennis at 239-217-0592 to schedule a donation time. As in the past, Shannon Flory, Lee Health Blood Donor Recruiter, will be at the Tuesday coffee on December 5 to address any questions.As always, thank you for your usual support. Dennis Cottini

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With electric mixer beat together until well blended and pour into a greased 9x13-inch cake pan. Bake according to directions on cake box then cool completely. TOPPING: 1 (8 oz.) container Light Cool Whip 2 (8 oz.) cans Crushed Pineapple in own juice (do not drain) 1 small Sugar Free, Fat Free Vanilla Pudding mix (dry) With electric mixer beat pudding mix and pineapple until pudding is dissolved. Blend in the cool whip and spread over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for two hours until set This recipe courtesy of another fine Del Tura chef If you have a recipe you would like to share in The Tower, e-mail it to or drop it off at the HOA office. You must put your name on your recipe but may request it not be published.

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Although Christmas time is very busy, do not forget to give yourself a meaningful gift. If you are single, make time to join the Good Timers’ Singles group. You can attend a monthly meeting as a guest. The meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Jacaranda Ball-

room. For further information call Joyce Lienert at 973-6321147. A meeting was last held on Tuesday, November 7th. Club officers for 2018 will be President/ Peg McTernan, VP Treasurer/ Ann Clanton and Secretary/Barb Schmoltze. Joan Whaley will continue to have charge of the Sunshine Club and Ann Boncore will run the 50/50 raffle. A luncheon was scheduled on November 28th, at Pine Lakes, to celebrate the birthdays of Zella Hoyt, 11/10; Ann Boncore, 11/12; Lillian Klopp, 11/14; and Peg McTernan, 11/27.

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A Christmas Holiday Dinner, hosted by the club officers, will be held December 12th. There will be no charge for members who paid dues for 2017. This event will be held at the Fountain Grill at 4:30 p.m. A Yankee Swap, with a $1.00 gift, will highlight the evening. A boat ride, to observe holiday lights in Punta Gorda, is being planned for the end of December. All members are encouraged to participate in the Del Tura Golf Cart Holiday Parade on December 10th. THE “GOOD TIMERS” WISH ONE AND ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Thursday Night Bingo By Jack Blevons Just a reminder that our bingo season is underway. We started playing in October & so far our attendance is still on the small side. We want everyone to know that this year we have simplified the games which make it more fun to play & also less difficult. By doing this we hope to get more people back playing bingo & as that happens, we are able to make the pots bigger & that should always make it more fun to play, especially when you win. I know we all like to win. We are trying to make bingo a fun time for everyone who comes to play. Also some important dates to write down & remember. Because of the Christmas holidays we will NOT be having bingo on December 28th. So, December 21st will be the last night for bingo until January 4th. Also, like

in the past during the holidays, at the intermission time, we will be raffling out 5 gift cards to the lucky people whose tickets we happen to draw out of the tub. So, lets hope we get more people to come & have fun playing bingo & maybe you’ll also get lucky & win a free gift card to use when you shop at Publix. So, bring your friends because the more people who come, the bigger the pots will be to win. On behalf of Janet & myself & the rest of the Bingo Committee, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a safe & healthy holiday wherever you may be or go to enjoy it. We will once again decorate our yard on AvenidaDelTura for everyone &your visitors for the holidays to enjoy. We’ve been doing this for the past 20years or more. It’s a lot of work, but we do it for YOU.

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Del Tura Tennis Association

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Tennis is in full swing for the fall season as local players and snow birds are actively returning to the game. Tennis courts 1-4 are situated beside the North Pool. A schedule of events is posted for the year in the screened room. Open Tennis on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays is for anyone wanting to play from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Our Del Tura House Leagues, Men’s B1 League and our Mixed Doubles have started. They play at Courts 1-4. The Men’s B1 league plays on Thursdays at 8:00 am and the Mixed Doubles League plays on Saturdays at 10:00 am. Del Tura also participates in the Lee County Women’s Tennis






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League travelling all over Lee County. We have 4 teams that represent Del Tura: The 3.5-, Copper, Nickel and Bronze teams. The 3.5- and the Bronze teams play on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, The

Nickel Team plays on Fridays at 10:30, and the Copper team plays on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Sometimes the teams play at home and sometimes they are away.

The Red Team is a Men’s A league composed of Country Clubs around North Fort Myers. They play on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm. For December, the travelling teams will be at home for the following matches: the Women’s Copper team, December 9th at 10:30 am – Nickel team, December 15th at 10:30 am, Bronze team, December 6th at 10:30 amand the Men’s Red team December 13th at 1:00 pm.We encourage you to come and support all our teams. If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline St-Jean at 239-599-4468. Jacqueline St-Jean

Tennis League Calendar Of Events Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 2017

December 10, Sunday

Up and Down tennis day & Pot Luck

December 11, Monday

January Friendship Posting and Sign-Up Sheet

December 10, Sunday

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December 11, Monday

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Jan. 6, Saturday, Mixed Doubles Jan. 8, Monday, A Men Jan. 10, Wednesday, B2 Men Jan. 11, Thursday, B1 Men Jan. 12, Friday, Women

Mixed Doubles ends Saturday, Mar. 3 A Men League ends Monday, February 26 B2 Men League ends Wednesday, February 28 B1 Men League ends Thursday, Mar.1 Women League ends Friday, Mar. 2

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March 10 &11, Sat & Sun

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SPORTS Del Tura Bowling League The Del Tara bowling league has started with a bang! We may have had more two hundred plus games in week one then we had all last year! This year we expanded to eight teams from six, adding many new players. Chuck Hokey shot three two hundred plus games for a league high scratch series of 648. Paul Smith

had an individual high game of 243. Others who had great handicap series were: Jerry Sadowski 590, Dave Csuy 587, Dianne Smith 590, Denise Rose 588, Jane Snyder and Janet Ragone 582. Those having high handicap games were: Geoff Willhite 234, Barry Plisch 230, MaryKayTo-

inton 228, Susan Baron 224, and Sue Smith 218. We bowl every Tuesday at 10:30 at Bowland in Cape Coral. If anyone is interested in becoming a sub for our league, see Denise Rose. She will gladly add you to our list. The next time you hear from me we should have several games in the books so I can list the standings.

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Winners in each flight will be posted in next month’s Tower. We will be playing our Ladies Member/Member Tournament on Wednesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 7th. This is always a great time and always

includes some very special outfits on the ladies. It’s official – the “season” is The Annual Awards Banquet beginning. We all have been nowill be held on Friday, Decemticing an increase in traffic and a ber 8th. Information and tickets longer line at Publix. Welcome can be purchased in the Pro Shop. back to our seasonal members! This is a special evening when we Congratulations to Peggy can dress up, enjoy a nice dinner, Deems for her hole-in-one on and applaud our members as they June 17th. She aced 7 North. receive their awards. Quite an accomplishment! The Jack & Jill Tournament, Information from the Pro sponsored by the Men’s Golf AsShop… ABCD Scramble will be sociation will be held on Wednesheld on November 11th @ 8:30 day, January 3rd and Thursday, AM followed by lunch. Our golf January 4th. This is another annual courses •will be closed on MonDOORS fun event. day, November 20th and Tuesday, If you are new to Del Tura, we st UNITS • A/C November 21 for over-seeding. 14940 N. Cleveland Ave. are always looking for new memThe following 10 – WINDOWS 14 days will • Low-E bers. Our membership chairperbe cart path only. December 15th Ft. Myers, FL 33903 son is Micki Sullivan, and she • ALUMINUM PRODUCTS is the annual Glow Ball TournaM-F 8-5pm, Sat. 9-3pmcan be reached at (239) 567-2975. ment. See the Pro Shop • 54”x27” TUBSfor/ deSHOWERS She will be happy to answer your tails and sign up. LIC#: CAC1818340 questions. As I write this article, we are Happy Holidays to all! See playing our Club Championship on November 9th, 15th and 16th. you on the course…..

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League play is on each Monday and Wednesday @ 5:30 pm January-March at Carmelita Park on one of the five ball fields. We encourage all residents to come check out your friends and neighbors play their hearts out in attempt to bring the 2016 championship form back to Del Tura. Directions to the park will be posted for those who have not been to a game yet.

I feel it necessary to share my feelings; as a fifth year player it has bothered me that the community attendance to our games has dwindled over the past few years. The other teams in the league have had their attendance grow and our fans are out yelled, clapped and cheered. This year we are challenging all to attend a few games, have fun cheering for your community, and afterwards have dinner with us at the Poolside Pub or at one of the many Punta Gorda eateries. As a player I can say that it’s a thrill to hear a couple hundred of our friends and neighbors cheering for us while we give it our all on the field. The Amigos will hold a fundraiser-meet and greet at the Starlight Ballroom in February (date & time TBA). There you will get a chance to meet the coaches and

team’s players and enjoy some food and festivities. The fundraiser has had several hundred in attendance in the past several years, and this year we hope to continue or exceed those numbers. This year Stan will present a slide show of years past and for the first time we will induct the first payers to the Amigo’s Hall of Fame. Please take some time out of your busy schedules, come see us at the February fundraiser and every Monday and Wednesday, January-March for some good old fashion fun. If anyone would like to help with the fundraiser please contact Amigo’s team manager Pam Price via email @ pam.price@outlook.comor call her @ 414-975-3502 and introduce yourself. We thank you in advance.


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Contests & Winners


Contest Rules

WORD SEARCH: Topic: Extra Special Season

Contest #1 Grand Prize: $50 Restaurant Gift Card


















Answers: Due to limited space in each issue, all game/puzzle answers may be requested by email and copies will be available at the HOA office the following month Please send request to

The contest period will run from October 1, 2017 – March 30, 2018. All eligible persons who enter the contest must be at least age 18, by October 1, 2017. Must be a Del Tura HOA member in good standing during contest period. Only original entries with the correct game/trivia answers will be eligible to win. Only (1) one entry per household per month, with a maximum of (6) six entries (one per month) during the contest period. All entries are due by the 25th of the month which the puzzle is given. The final entry of the contest must be received by March 30, 2018 to be an eligible entry into contest #1. Entries must be complete, for it to be an eligible winner. Entries must be dropped off at the HOA or mailed to the Tower Editor c/o the HOA office 619 Sierra Madre, NFM, FL 33903.

December – Contest #1 – Puzzle C Contest #1 - Puzzle C Grand Prize: $50 Restaurant Gift Card

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January Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Dave & Marianne Denman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay & Liz Flanagan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis & Paula Major . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim & Carolyn McNeff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino & Ann DeGrande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry & Dalia Shahar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob & Teddy Reid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave & Trudy Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave & Betty Scheetz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ed & Judy Urbanek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian & Roseann Lippard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cards Corner


Happy Anniversary to... 1/2 1/9 1/13 1/16 1/17 1/18


1/6 1/8 1/10 1/11

William Koch Karen Webber Garry Biddinger Jim Carroll Jim Hinrichs Tony Oliver John Ruttman Dick Wuerderman Bill Zabkar Kathleen Boesel Joyce Sinicropi Pat Wagner Brian Lippard Rita Salman Helene Stell

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Contracting, Inc.

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(239) 731-9240 CGC059985



1/1 1/2 1/3 1/5


TUESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE By Marcella Carothers

By Marcella Carothers 11-8-17 Lacy Arnett Pat Wagner Henry Dezdezj

Join Us For Texas Hold‘em Poker 3 days a week

Monday 4pm (Poinciana Room) Wednesday 4pm (Card Room 1) Friday 3pm (Card Room 1) Contact: JoetteFabbri #239-599-2925

10-17-17 Zella Hoyt Pricilla Peterson Audrey Person 10-24-17 John Peterson Pricilla Peterson Zella Hoyt 10-31-17 Dick Boesel Peggy Anderson Kathy Boesel 11-7-17 Darlene Brinker (Tie) Donna Simmons Jim Scott Vito Sinicropi



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(October - April) MONDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9am-Noon TUESDAY . . . . . . . . . 10am –Noon (or after Coffee Hour) WEDNESDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9am- Noon THURSDAY . . . . . . . . . . . .4pm -6pm (evening hours only) FRIDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9am-Noon SATURDAY & SUNDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Closed

My name is Don Dowell and I am your HOA Director in Charge of Grounds Please e-mail me if you see a problem or have a concern about any of our common areas such as the pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, Bocce, horseshoes, exercise room, or clubhouse.



EDITOR Kathy Aira CO-EDITOR Dennis Cottini STAFF Sue Dunigan Rheta Kanen Ann Clanton Dianne Roderick John Brassem

CIRCULATION COORDINATOR Linda Braun DISTRIBUTION STAFF Bob Meyer Lu Ann Brownell Jay Flanagan Peg Mcternan Liz Flanagan Sandy Rolando Plus 46 Wonderful Delivery Persons

HOA Liaison: DAVE ADAMS Tower Photographer: BILL NEZAMIS Many thanks to all the volunteer residents who have donated their time to “The Tower”. We are looking for more volunteers. Please Help!


Dave Adams President (2019)

Bette Ewing-Cheney Director (2019)

Don Dowell Vice-President (2018)

Joyce Lienert Director (2019)

(508) 284-6107 (239) 731-1566

(239) 652-3909

(973) 714-4117

Wendy Wells Treasurer (2020) (309) 264-9147

Ruth Ann Blevins Director (2018) (239) 543-8134 • (239) 220-9381 (cell)

Sandra Boykin Director (2020) (410) 491-8824


Any resident wishing to purchase a “Name Tag” may do so on Tuesday mornings between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. before the start of announcements at the HOA Board table. A name tag with a “pin” backing is $5.00 and/or with a “magnet” is $7.00 (correct CASH ONLY). However, if you are going to be gone for several weeks, months, etc., please do not order your name tag until after you return. Normally takes one (1) week to process your order.



Clifford Law Firm, LLC Ellen W. Clifford Attorney-At-Law

1/18 5/14


Trusts, Estates, Probate, Divorce Cape Coral, FL

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NEWS ITEMS FOR “THE TOWER”, PLEASE USE ONLY THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS: The Webmaster and HOA web site, use Use password DTCCHOA where applicable. To list events on the internet, please e-mail, and submit pictures & text in digital form. HOA Board:

HOA - The Homeowners Association of Del Tura Inc. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Name:__________________________________________________________________________________ Del Tura Address:_______________________________________________________________________

The Del Tura Phone Book is not compiled by “The Tower”. It is produced by Hometown America. Please contact the HT office 731-3433 for errors and omissions.


Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability.



Phone:______________________________________ E-Mail:____________________________________ Owner Check Here: _______ Renters Check Here: ________ Dues: $12.00 U.S. annually for homeowners and renters. Make check payable to: HOA Del Tura. Mail or Deliver to HOA Membership, 609 Sierra Madre, No. Fort Myers, FL 33903 If mailed, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of HOA Cards.



HOA - Tower Delivery Travel Plans Please Do Not Deliver “The Tower” during the time I/We are away. Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Del Tura Address: _________________________________________________________________ Date-Will be away from: ____________________ Date-Will return on: _______________________ Please complete and return to the HOA Office.

For the correct listing of your

Birthday & Anniversary

FMO Membership Application:

e-mail to or return this form to the HOA OFFICE



Del Tura Address:_________________________

Name:___________________________________ Address (req’d):__________________________ ________________________________________

Phone:__________________________________ _____ 1 Year Membership $25.00 _____ 3 Year Membership $65.00 # Of registered FL voters in household: _____

Phone (req’d):____________________________

Non-Florida Address (if applicable):

Month (Spelled)____________ Day:__________



Anniversary Name: __________________________________ Month (Spelled)____________ Day:__________ Year married:_____________________________ Number of years married as of 2017:________

__________________________________ Which months do you NOT live in Florida: ___________________________________ Recruiter Name_______________________ Send To: FMO, P.O. Box 5300 Largo, FL 33779-5300

Anyone needing to borrow equipment from the Medical Equipment Loan Trailer please contact: Rich Symes at 731-1308, Neil Miller at 731-3628, or Rick Rudzik at 543-3662.

Island Visitor Publications, LLC Publishers: Bob & Emy Stein To advertise in print, contact: Bob or Emy Stein at 941-349-0194 or email us at Contributing writers are acknowledged with bylines accompanying their submissions. Attribution for photos are not included unless supplied. We sincerely thank everyone for their contributions. Your articles help showcase the strong and diverse community that makes up Del Tura. The Tower is published monthly from October through May. Summer issues are condensed: June/July and August/September. All ads are subject to the approval of the publisher. It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The Tower to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town, county and state codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/ uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability. Island Visitor Publishing is not responsible for claims made by advertisers.

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Daily Activity Schedule Activity/Contact Information








Exercise Tai Chi , Marjorie Lord, 543-9072 Tura Zumba, Teddy Reid, 731-7251 Jane Fonda Aerobics, Teddy Reid Water Aerobics,North Pool,Oct-April, Marilyn Miller, 731-9934 Water Noodle Aerobics, North Pool, Marylou Buss, 612-718-7878 Yoga Relaxation begins Nov 3,Starlight Bllrm, Dea Wells 283-5603

8:00-9:15 9:15-10:00 10:00-10:45 11:00-12:00

Billiards, Men's, Harry Christopher, 997-7345 Billiards, Women's, Ann DeGrande, 989-2206 Nov-Apr Bocce, Oct-April, Isabel Albert, 518-209-5968 Bocce, Nov-April, Peggy Terrasi,, 603-236-2209 Bowling For Fun, Call Cheryl DeCara for location 543-8751 Golf, Men's 18 Hole League, Jay Flanagan, 543-1640 Golf, Men's 9 Hole League, Jack Riordan, Pres., 543-3753 Golf, Women's 18 Hole League, Jan Pedersen 636-887-1449 Golf, Women's 9 Hole League-Marlene DeGraaf 599-4004 Pickle Ball- Dick & Denise Rose - 815-978-4907 Shuffleboard, Jack Blevons, 731-0892 Shuffleboard, open Shuffleboard, Open, Robyn Geren, 839-6674 Shuffleboard, Traveling Team, Dec-Mar, Glenn Tointon 920-309-1294 Softball, Punta Gorda, Jay Flanagan - 543-1640 Tennis, Mixed, Open - Lu Ann Brownell 802-522-5863


8:00-9:15 9:15-10:00 10:00-10:45 11:00-12:00 11:00-12:00 5:00-6:15

8:00-9:15 9:15-10:00 10:00-10:45 11:00-12:00 11:00-12:00

7:00 PM


Sports 1:00-3:00 6:30-9:30 3:00-6:00 3:45-5:30 2:00 8:00 9:00 8:30 8:30 9 AM

6 PM 1:00

3 PM

9:00 2:30 12:30 5:30 8:00-10:00

5:30 8:00-10:00



Games Bingo - Oct-Mar, Jack & Janet Blevons 731-0892, doors open at 6:00pm, Sales end at 6:45pm Starlight Ballroom


Bingo - Starlight Ballroom - all year Bridge, Duplicate - Deloris Nelson - 731-9503 Bridge, Duplicate-Carol Marra 731-0845 Bridge, Open - Marjorie Davis - 543-4225 Bridge, Open - Sylvia White - 731-5168 Bunco,Poinciana Ballroom, All year,1st & 3rd Wed of each month Patti Watson, 608-358-7709 Canasta - Norrine McLaughlin , 543-1276 Dominoes - June Malonson 652-4151 Euchre- Marcella Carothers - 731-3315 Farkle - Ruth Anten - 997-9779 Hand & Foot - Card Game, Betty Scheetz - 609-477-9147 Hand, Knee & Foot - Poinciana Mon, Card Room II Thur Mahjong - Marianne Denman - Card Room II, 543-5968 Mahjong- Dianne Bevilacqua- Card Room I, 567-2234 Mahjong- Ruth Anten - Card Room II, 997-9779 Mahjong- Rheta Kanen, 731-0809 May I - Card Game- Norrine McLaughlin -543-1276 Pinochle - Marcella Carothers, 731-3315 Rummi-kub - Jean Cornwell 731-1580 Jacaranda Ballroom


Wood Carving- Bernie Forsey, 217-6024 - Nov-May Blood Pressure Readings - before coffee in the Starlight Ballroom Ceramics, Janet Ragone, 543-7818 Choralaires- David Adams - 508-284-6107 - Nov-Mar Coffee & Social Hour - Starlight Ballroom


6:00-10:00 6:00-10:00 1:30-4:30 1:00-4:00 6:00 to finish 1:00-4:00 5:30 7:00-9:00 6:00 1:00-4:00 1:00

1:00 7:00 1:00-5:00 6:00

7:00 1:00-4:00 7:00-10:00 1:00 - 4:00

Other Activities & Clubs

Quilting/Sewing Club-Wendy Wells-309-264-9147 Starlight Ballroom Good Timers-1st wk of Month, Lorna Callan, 731-8348 Library - open every day-Barb Jones 543-6922/Kathleen Quigley 543-1067 Oil Painting - Gerri Robbins, 731-6390 Oct-May Card Making-Mary Kay Tointon 920-309-2121/Gay Dye 614-861-0007 Video Corner- check hours in the Library Computer Club-Marlene Eck 543-9249, 1st & 3rd Wed.


8:00-9:00 9:00-12:00 9:00-12:00 6:30 - 8:30 8:15 AfterCoffee Hr 5:00



1:00-4:00 9:00 1:00-3:00 1:45-2:45

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PROFESSIONAL PAINTING - Without Professional Prices! Interior/Exterior, 27 years of experience, Power Washing, Home Maintenance and repairs! Del Tura resident. Call Jim Smith 239-247-1917 (nov18) AIRPORT? SHOPPING? ERRANDS? - Linda Storma, resident DEPENDABLE Call (239) 9979066 (jun/jul18) HOUSE CLEANING - Have your home cleaned by an efficient and trustworthy Del Turian who is reasonable and uses her own products. Call Judie (603)305-5955 or (239)7311373 (dec17) LOCKSMITH - Auto/Home Lockouts, Locks Repaired, Installed or Re-keyed. Del Tura Resident. Louis Rivet 5431434 (oct18) “PRESSURE WASHING” - Houses, driveways, walkways. Call Del Tura Resident. Bob at 954448-1171 (aug/sept18) HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE - reliable, honest, & friendly service. Del Tura resident. Call Karen @ 543-1434 (oct18) LAMINATES - wood rot, power wash, int./ ext. painting, plumbing, gutters, roofs cleaned. Res. Ref. Call Stan 502-797-4395 or 502-7974402. (jan18) AVON - products sold by Del Tura resident. Call Pat 239567-1567(Home) or 631-8384323(Cell) (dec17)

HOUSECLEANING - Honest, dependable, efficient. Uses her own products. Excellent references. Carol Ann 239-2446526 (jun/jul18) GIRL FRIDAY - Reliable & Trustworthy. Housecleaning, etc. Del Resident. Call Linda 239560-1948. (jan18) LOOKING FOR A PROFESSIONAL AND RELIABLE - painter for inside painting only? I also do house cleaning duties. Reasonable prices. Del Tura references. Call Ismael at 239-4781076 (jun/jul18) HOUSE FOR RENT OR SALE - Call Angelo at 239-872-8102. (dec17) HOUSE SITTING - Would you like to feel completely at ease with your home in the hands of a responsible, caring fellow Del Turian why you are away? Call Judie for more information and references. 603-305-5955. (dec17) HOME WATCH SERVICE - 30 pt. inspection, regular reports, Del Tura resident & retired contractor, reasonable rates, Jack, 239-834-8184 (mar18)
 CART REPAIR - 4407 Cart Repair. Repair of all makes and models of carts. Reasonable rates and quick service. Retired veteran and retired mechanic. Del Tura resident. Call or drive in at 4407 San Lucian. Jerry - 239-9845891 (aug/sep18)

GENERAL MECHANICAL REPAIR - I repair everything except automobiles. Reasonable rates and quick service. Bring it to me or I can come to you. Retired veteran and retired mechanic. Del Tura resident. Call or drive in at 4407 San Lucian. Jerry - 239-9845891.(aug/sep18) KNIFE & BLADE SHARPENING Professional knife and blade sharpening. No heat wet stone honing for all fine blades. Scissors sharpened. Any type of blade from edgers to bush hogs. Retired veteran and retired mechanic. Del Tura resident. Call or drive in at 4407 San Lucian. Jerry - 239-9845891.
(aug/sep18) RENTALS - Got a rental? Need a rental? Call John Belpulsi (607) 321-9886. (oct18)

RATES for classified ads will be as follows: 2 to 3 lines is $8.00/mo, or $50.00 if you pay for one year; 4 to 5 lines is $13.00/mo, or $100.00 for one year; and 6 to 8 lines is $20.00 /mo. No ad over 8 lines will be accepted. Deadline is the 15th of each month. Place ads by calling: 941-349-0194 or 941-539-0205 email: We use only one page for the classified ads. “The Tower” does not inform you when classified ads expire. However; the expiration date is at the end of your ad in parenthesis (mo/yr). Please make checks payable to: Island Visitor Publishing, LLC DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability.

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything they have.” New PHONE NUMBERS

Please bring your new phone number to the HOA office and also email it to the editor: and it will be published.

Dave/Judy Harting ...................................................................................................................... 239-829-0334 Otis & Jean Smith ...................................................................................................................... 239-599-8397 Janice Dubrosky ......................................................................................................................... 484-880-5602 Michael Dubrosky ....................................................................................................................... 484-614-0699

NEW HOMEOWNERS GET-TOGETHER Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Royal Palm Room in the Clubhouse


• A good way for you to get acquainted with your neighbors. • Learn about the many activities offered and sign up for those you are interested in. • Discover all of the volunteer opportunities. • Sign up for HOA and FMO

Light refreshment will be served. There will be a raffle for gifts donated by Del Tura Venders. We will attempt to deliver an invitation with all of the important information to each new resident. Fliers will be on all bulletin boards at the pools, in the club house, and on the tables during Tuesday morning coffee.

Marlene DeGraaf Welcome Committee Chairman Committee Members to contact: Marlene DeGraaf – 599-4404 – Mary Harrell – 543-3852 – Loran Callan – 731-8348 –

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY IN THE STARLIGHT BALLROOM 8:00pm – 12:30am (Doors Open at 7:30pm) Featuring: D J RICHARD MARTIN Come dance the night away with your Del Tura friends. Richard plays music from the 50s - Through today and will take requests. COME AS YOU ARE ($8.00/PERSON) BYOB (all proceeds will be donated to a Del Tura Service Organization). Tickets will be available on Tuesdays Beginning Nov 21 thru Tuesday December 19, 8:00 am outside the Starlight Ballroom For information contact Carolyn or Bernie Forsey at 239-217-6024 Or Ken and Cindy Baron at 603-398-8001 This is NOT HOA Sponsored

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Senior Joke Aerobics Class

I felt like my body had gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.


Texas Hold ‘em

Call Us Today For The Facts And All Your


COME JOIN US!! Poker 3 day a week: Monday: 4pm Poinciana Room Wednesday: 4pm Card Room 1 Friday: 3pm Card Room 1 Contact Joette Fabbri #239-599-2925

Dennis Agrusti Agent/Owner

Your Local Independent Insurance Agent Hablo Español



Office: 239-574-7283 Cell: 239-810-6283

? 0 0 $5 ITH... W O D U O Y LD WHAT WOU

Invite your friends to live at Del Tura, and you could earn up to $500* when they purchase a new home. Call 239-731-3330 for details! *Referral reward restricted to Hometown America residents. Customer must register the resident who referred them at time of their initial visit. Residents whose referral purchases a new or special-order home will receive up to $500. Residents whose referral purchases a Hometown America-owned inventory home will receive up to $300. Residents whose referral purchases a brokered home will receive up to $100. Residents who refer will receive money after closing of escrow. Other terms and conditions may apply. Call 239-731-3330 for more details.

Two laptops

Domestic flight

Outdoor Grill

Patio Set


Flat Screen TV

Shopping Spree 12/17

Think about the possibilities! With $500, you could go on a cruise for two, use it toward a shopping spree, or buy a flat screen TV – just to name a few.

Cruise for two

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ACROSS 1 USA circa 1938 5 Not current 7 "A day which will live in infamy" FDR 10 Started in 1992 12 Embellish 14 Dutch figure 17 Commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees 21 Faithfulness, Peace & Joy, Love 22 Gift 23 Pope declared Dec. 25th 24 Musical Rodgers & Hammerstein DOWN 2 Winter fundraiser 3 family tree 4 A sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. 6 31 days 8 Ice crystals 9 Coldest season 11 Holiday lights 13 Something to hold onto 15 Find solstice date 16 Has a shamash 18 Created in 1966 19 First barbie ornament 1993 20 Spiritual leader

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Mark Your Calendar DECEMBER 1





BLOOD DRIVE (Club House 9am-1pm)


AMIGOS (Softball fundraiser Noon-2pm)


HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE (5pm Starlight Ballroom/6pm Parade)


NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY (Starlight Ballroom/Not a HOA sponsored)




LIVERPOOL LIVE (Beatles band 7pm)


NEW HOMEOWNERS EVENT (Royal Palm 2pm-4pm)



Del Tura - December 2017  

The Tower is Del Tura's monthly community newspaper. Presented by Del Tura Homeowner's Association.

Del Tura - December 2017  

The Tower is Del Tura's monthly community newspaper. Presented by Del Tura Homeowner's Association.