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MARCH 1 Board Workshop Via Zoom – 9 a.m. ID: 839 1066 5550 Passcode: 470268 10 Board Meeting Via Zoom – 9 a.m. ID: 832 3600 9355 Passcode: 495635 16 Club Leaders Meeting Via Zoom – 9 a.m. ID: 883 7834 0855 Passcode: 343722 24 Membership Meeting Via Zoom – 3 p.m. ID: 849 5438 3934 Passcode: 887259 Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email blast.
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Veterans Honored by Sew’n Sews
Carol Aberizk, Pam Davis and Carol Zeller from the Sew’n Sews holding up the quilts presented. Dabney Hill (red plaid shirt), Club President, presented the quilts to Army veterans Rich Matuzak and Bruce Harlowe.
By Kai Rambow It was as if the weather had been specially ordered. On a breezy, chilly day two veterans were honored with quilts, presented to them by the Sew’n Sews club. Both veterans immediately wrapped themselves in the quilts. Despite the pandemic, the Sew’n Sews have been very busy. They have been and continue to produce masks. Much
appreciated by many residents here. The club also has a small group every year working on quilts to honor veterans. Quilts are quite involved and can take many months, even years to complete.
Happy St Patrick's Day
Café Roared Back Open
By Kai Rambow CC’s Grill, our café at the atrium, is reopened. Day one, it was busy. People were clearly eager to get out, perhaps not too far. As I ate my delicious sandwich, it was as if the café had never been closed. Food, service and experience all flowing nicely.
Wednesday March 17th
Newly Elected Board Members
By Diane M. Loeffler In December, we elected three board members. They were sworn in during the January Board Meeting. A fourth position was not able to be filled at that time because two candidates, Vicente J. Lopez, Jr. and Ken Bauer, tied. In the run-off election, Ken Bauer received the most votes. He took the oath of office during the February Board meeting. Dave Birkett was elected to a oneyear term. He has served as Corporate Secretary and Board Treasurer in the past. He will be serving as Treasurer again this term. Birkett says, ”We are coming into a very exciting time for our Community Association as we breathe life into our Long Range Plan. The first stage of the plan is for the construction of a much needed multipurpose building that will satisfy many of the needs of our residents and most NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT NO 157 ECRWSS ******ECRWSSEDDM****** Postal Customer Sun City Center FL 33573
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importantly will not incur any debt. The entire board has worked in a united effort to make this happen in a timely fashion and those efforts will continue until the project is completed.” Kim Roush was appointed to complete a term and decided to run for a three year term. Roush says, “I am extremely thankful for the votes I received from the community! As a volunteer for the board I will do my best to keep the community moving forward! I am on the Long Range Planning committee and will try to keep our community updated so current residents will continue to enjoy Sun City Center and future families will want to live here.” Gary Bratt is new to the Community Association Board. He says, “I would like to thank the community for the support they showed by voting for me. I have currently been assigned as a assistant liaison for the clubs, and look forward to working with them. I am excited about the involvement with the new buildings and future projects to update our community.” The newest addition to our board is Ken Bauer, the winner of the run-off election. Bauer says, “First of all I would like to thank those CA members who
had the faith in me to elect me to the CA board. I realize there will be a learning curve for me as I become involved with other board members. I will take my time jumping into the operation of the CA. I have promised to listen to both sides of any controversy that may arise. And I will make what I think is the best decision for the entire community.” “The CA board undertook a survey of the community to determine what amenities were desired by the community members. From this survey a long range building plan was proposed and presented to the members. I want to see this long range building plan be completed and to be at or under budget. This will help to keep our community up-to-date, thereby encouraging people
who desire to live in a 55 + community to give Sun City Center a first look for their new home. “I would like to encourage more members to attend Board and Workshop meetings where members are encouraged to have a voice in our community. For example on February 10, the Board meeting only had 35 members attend the Zoom meeting. “I will be working with other board members overlooking the Holiday Walk and the FallFest. I also will be working with management in the Restrictive Covenants Committee and Oversight of the Age & Family Restrictions.” Keep in touch with these and the other board members so they can best represent all of us.
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Duplicate Bridge Association
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A rotten area of the overhang near Needlecrafters and the Art Club.
Pineapple Plaza. The flat overhang around this area and extending as far as Deputy Merry’s Office and Sawdust Engineer’s club space will be replaced by a pitched roof.
By Diane M. Loeffler
If you have been to Pineapple Plaza, the area between
Ceramics and Needlecrafters, you may have noticed that part of the roof is missing. The wood on the flat roof between the buildings is rotten. This overhang wraps around the buildings going as far as the overhang area by Sawdust Engineers and the Model Railroad Club. The board voted to replace the entire roof and overhang all around this area with a pitched roof. There will be new gutters, and wrapped beams. Everything will be wrapped in commercial vinyl. Electricity and plumbing runs through this roof, and it will be replaced as well. There will be no runoff. The total cost of the entire project will be $228,271. As of the end of January, the CA had 11,389 residents and 11,416 memberships. Memberships paid after February 1 are charged a late fee. Late payments must be paid at the Community Association Office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Be sure to pick up your red 2021 sticker after you pay. In other business, Ken Bauer, the winner of the runoff election, was sworn in during the February Board meeting. Treasurer, Dave Birkett, reports there were 30 transfers (home sales) between February 1 and February 10. He also says the Community Association’s (CA) Annual Audit was to begin during the week of February 15. Secretary Matelski also reported the Duplicate Bridge Club donated $2,000 for CA operations.
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By Bob Sullivan, CA President We had a very successful COVID-19 vaccine experience in our Sun City Center Community Association, distributing 4,300 vaccines (1st and 2nd shots), helping to keep this community safe. We delivered over 100 vaccines to our shut-in members who were unable to get to the site. I want to thank Lyn Reitz for getting this event set up and overseeing the operation and the CA office staff for their support during an already hectic time of dues and updating ID cards with 2021 stickers. I would also thank the many SCC residents who helped manage the phones during the scheduling of the vaccine appointments. Thanks to our maintenance staff for their support in getting the delivery area up and running for the two separate weeks of the event. The CA Board of Directors worked very long, hard hours to assist in delivering the vaccine by coordinating the residents in the process of lining up for the shots. Thanks to the Security Patrol for their support in the after shot area, keeping traffic in the lot running smoothly. Last but not least, Deputy Jeff Merry for his ongoing support during both events. In other news, we see that the Beautification Committee has started working on the Pond and the new paintwork on the SCC sign on the south side of SR-674. Definite improvements are taking place. The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that they are working on the SR-674 improvement project’s final steps, which are on-track to be completed by the end of March, weather permitting. We also had a final in the run-off voting for the tie we had for the last SCC Board of Directors position. We welcome Ken Bauer to the Board of Directors. Please stay safe, keep CDC procedures in place, and please wear your masks.
SCCCA MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021 3 p.m. VIA ZOOM Meeting ID: 849 5438 3934 Passcode: 887259 200 members required for a quorum AGENDA I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: January 2, 2020 and April 28, 2020 III. Treasurer’s Report Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, Certified Public Accountants Audit Report as of December 31, 2020 Financials as of February 28, 2021 IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. Long Range Planning Committee Report VII. Good & Welfare VIII. General Discussion by Members IX. Adjournment Ron Matelski, Corporate Secretary
Hi Neighbor Kitchen Band.
Tidbits from the Vault - “Hi, Neighbor!”
By the History Society “Hi, Neighbor!” was one of the first clubs in SCC. It is interesting to note that in the first six months, over 300 residents joined the club. The early residents kept good records, which is essential to those who follow later. The enthusiasm of fellowship and the fun-andgames spirit was personalized in the Hi Neighbor Club’s membership records. A song called “Hi, Neighbor!” was sung at the start and end of the club meetings in SCC. If friends or acquaintances met on the street, they would sing “Hi, Neighbor!” The song was a 1941 recording by Orin Tucker and his Orchestra. It was a very active club which met monthly. Do you remember the kitchen bands? The instruments were homemade items found in the kitchen. These bands were very popular over the country, and the SCC Hi
Neighbor Club had a very active kitchen band. They also had a Women’s Choral group. The Parade of States, complete with Colors’ presentation, was the highlight of the evening and so popular that the Town Hall seating was strained to capacity. The club officers took their jobs seriously, and there was quite a bit of competition each year for the next top office job. Times have certainly changed. Eventually, this club became the Hi-Neighbor Showcase of Clubs, which was held on the first Thursday in November. New residents who have moved into SCC during the past year receive special invitations for this event. This is an opportunity for SCC clubs to display what they do while giving new and “old” residents a chance to investigate available activities without obligation to join.
Planning Ahead - At Our Age!!?? “Absolutely,” is the word from Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions at Sun Towers Retirement Community in Sun City Center. This veteran of the senior retirement industry told the virtual monthly meeting of the Men’s Club of Sun City Center that it is imperative that seniors, or families of seniors, who sense a change of living accommodations may be necessary in the future, should not wait before exploring options to present day situations. Caneen, a 12-year professional executive in retirement and senior placement, said it is very important that seniors, and there are some 20,000 seniors in Sun City Center, have a place to go to that fits their needs including safe living accommodations. Caneen said some people just wait too long in making decisions about their health care which often results in case managers sending them somewhere they don’t want to be.
She said there are a large number of options in Sun City Center. “I feel there is a good option for everyone. They just need to know what those options are.” Caneen presented a PowerPoint depicting short profiles of a few of the many retirement communities in the Sun City Center area, noting that the facilities provide independent living, assisted living, respite care, and memory care services. She encouraged Sun City residents to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the communities to see the amenities which are available. The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, founded in 1962, is qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its purpose is to provide and promote charitable community service, cultural, social and civic interest, and to cooperate with other clubs and organizations in the best interest of Sun City Center.
Meet your Neighbor, Bob Lochte, aka Dr. Bob
By Ilona Merritt Bob Lochte, with his wife Kate, moved to SCC in 2018. Many of us somehow land in this area, but Bob took many trips, did a lot of research, and determined that SCC had the best to offer them. Bob Lochte was a Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University Dr. Bob Lochte in Murray, Kentucky. Bob grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Master’s Degree from Columbia College in Los Angeles, California, and received his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Previously, Dr. Lochte worked for 22 years in radio and television, beginning with a part-time job for WKDA-
AM, Nashville, Tennessee, when he was in high school. Over the years, he has worked in commercial and non-commercial broadcasting, cable television and has owned and operated radio and television stations (his company built the television station). Over time, he has published articles in academic and popular periodicals, including The Journal of Radio Studies and America Heritage of Invention and Technology. He has twice won awards from the Broadcast Education Association for excellence in historical research. In 1999, Dr. Lochte received a fellowship from the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution to study American wireless inventors and their work. Does such an active and creative person retire? We have many residents similar to Dr. Bob. They move on to other endeavors. He told me he likes to have things to
do, and he does. He is a Captain on the SCC Security Patrol, a History Society member, the Sunday Pinochle Club, and the Ukulele Group. As Dr. Bob, he hosts the Sixties Show Saturdays at noon on Community Radio WMNF, 88.5 FM in Tampa. The History Society is creating a new book depicting the history of SCC. Dr. Bob volunteered to help John Bowker work on the book. That is where I met him. He is creative, and I enjoy working with Bob. The last question I had been eager to ask during the entire interview was, “Did you ever do Santa Claus?” Yes, he donated his time to the Murray Humane Society. He dressed as Santa, so people could bring their pets and have a picture taken with Santa. Along with a friend, they raised quite a bit of money for the local Humane Society. It is people like Bob who make our community such a nice place to live.
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SCCCA Helped Members Get Vaccinated
Community Association President Bob Sullivan, Deputy Jeffrey Merry, and Renee Bray were among the volunteers and staff members assisting during the vaccines. This photo was taken on the last day of shots at Community Hall, Saturday, February 20.
Florida guardsmen from Pinellas County assisted with all vaccination days. At the start of the line, nurses and guardsmen helped. Then volunteers from the Security Patrol kept track of our wait time afterwards to make sure we didn’t have a reaction.
NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus require attendees to bring their SCC CA ID or KP Gold Card. When in doubt, contact the club in question prior to arrival. Thanks.
10 to noon, in the Heritage Room of the Atrium Building. Wed. March 3: “Reach Beyond the Veil and Connect with Spirits,” with Presenter Vincent Genna. Wed. March 17: “Key of Life – Ancient Truths Integrated into the Modern World,” with Presenter Ortrun Franklin. SCCCA ID and masks are requested on campus. Metaphysical Society Members may join us in the Heritage Room. Free admission, with a love offering requested. Members and Non-members may join a ZOOM presentation from their home for $5. Those wishing to view the presentation via Zoom.com, are to request a link via an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Instructions will follow.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
Wed., March 10, from 7 – 8 p.m. At this meeting, Bill Crowe, from the Sarasota Technology Users Group, will review the technologies that make the smartphone “smart”. The smartphone is really a miracle device considering all it can do. It is a camera, a telephone, a music player, a translator, a flashlight, and a dictation machine, all wrapped up in a small portable package. This presentation will explore the technologies that had to be available to converge at the time of the invention of the smartphone. There are no classes scheduled for March.
Gone Stampin’ Club’s Semi-Annual Card Sale
It’s time to stock up on your favorite handmade cards again. This sale will enable us to donate to our local organizations that so desperately need our help. Sale will be held on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1605 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. The cards will be safely placed to avoid crowding. Gloves are optional and will not be provided. Cards are $1 each and include an envelope.
Polish-American Heritage SCC Club
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7 p.m., our Polish-American Heritage SCC Club is holding our last meeting and social before the summer break, in the Sandpiper Room, Room 945-E, in the Atrium Building. The Club offers a warm, fun, and inviting fellowship and welcomes Sun City Center CA residents interested in learning about the traditional Polish cultural events that the Club holds. Meeting is open to members and SCCCA residents are welcome to join the Club. Annual Dues are $5 per person. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refreshments due to the virus. However, you are welcome to bring your own. Admission is free. Please adhere to social distancing and bring/wear your mask. Donated antique Polish household items, wares, and dolls are being offered to the highest bidder tonight in our silent auction! For info, call: George at 813-541-1690 or Wanda at 847-890-1943.
Organ Keyboard Club News
We have resumed our usual schedule in the Armstrong Room on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. for a group lesson. No instrument is needed, only a pencil to take notes on music that you will be given before class. Beginners through advanced organ, piano, and keyboard players from SCC and Kings Point (with a CA badge) are welcome. Come early to hear other members play the organ of their choice. We have four organs. The cost is $3 per class. Masks are required and enforced along with social distance and hand sanitizers. Info: “SCCOKC.org” or call Barb 813-633-2022.
SCC Audubon to Feature Wading Birds at March Virtual Meeting
Long-legged wading birds, including spoonbills, herons, egrets, ibis, and cranes, will be spotlighted at the March 6 meeting of Sun City Center Audubon Club. An educational video, “Watching Waders,” will be shown via Zoom. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with socializing and business topics, and the video presentation will start at 10 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to Audubon Club members prior to the meeting. Nonmembers can contact Patsie Ginley for the link at “email@example.com”. Info: www. Limpkin, a tropical wading bird. sccaudubonclub.com.
Front row: Mary Schroeder, Carol Blecher. Back row: Cathy Kimura, Anne Melvin, Sandy Yavorcik.
Potters Wheel Club Donates to SCC Organizations
The membership of the Potters Wheel Club of SCC recently voted to continue donations to SCC non-profit organizations, despite lower than usual income for the year due to COVID restrictions. Charitable gifts from the Club have been made to the Community Association Hardship Fund, Samaritan Services, the SCC Emergency Squad and the CA Holiday Employee Fund. The Potters Wheel Club offers lessons and space for both wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. As they are currently unable to teach required beginning classes due to COVID space restrictions, the Studio cannot accept new members. For current members, the Studio is operating with timed sign-ups, cleaning schedules and personal distancing to keep all members safe.
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Apollo Beach Preserve
This is the water path used by manatees going between Tampa Bay and the power plant.
Flower arrangements reminiscent of Monet’s Giverny gardens are accentuated by the calm waters of Sarasota Bay.
By Kai Rambow What can you expect at the updated Apollo Beach Preserve? A fun, quick getaway that’s only a 20-minute drive. The wheelchair accessible observation tower is the latest addition to the preserve. It provides an elevated view of Tampa Bay. Nice for us, but great to give an overview to visitors. The closest structure is, of
By Kai Rambow What am I looking at? Pause and you’ll get it. Selby’s multilayered living art show this year is complex and fun. If you love Selby gardens, artwork or being outdoors, this event is worthwhile. Here’s the framework: Impressionist painter Claude Monet, built what are probably
course, the power plant. Moving counter clockwise (that’s code so your grandkids don’t understand) you’ll see downtown Tampa. Continuing in the same direction, but farther away and smaller is downtown St. Petersburg. Those are the highlights. You may spot some surprises. A sign indicates you may see a manatee because of the
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Monet’s Garden Goes POP!
the most famous gardens in the world at his home in Giverny. Monet also painted the same subject such as the water lilies from different angles, at different times of the day and even depicted different seasons. Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein, painted his interpretation of Monet’s work. Selby Gardens
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A Live Streamed Production of Phoney Baloney! Show Scammers We Aren’t Pushovers
In Phoney Baloney!, friends are determined not to let scammers take advantage of them.
By Diane M. Loeffler You don’t want scammers to take advantage of you or your friends or neighbors. Here is a fun way to stand up to scammers. An entertaining portrayal of scammers trying to take advantage of seniors will be offered to area residents on Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. You don’t even need to leave your home to enjoy this live performance of “Phoney
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Baloney.” You can enjoy the streamed performance which will be simulcast on a number of sites (See sidebar). You will see and hear a group of seniors taking control and outsmarting the scammers and learn simple things you can do, all while being entertained. As with
Watch Phoney Baloney! from the comfort of your home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. Just log on to your computer and onto the website, FB page, or YouTube channel of The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center: • www.sccumc.com • facebook.com/umcscc • youtube.com/channel/ UCTYBv1CtLAws1NNeXaUz3tA
all live-streamed events you see on Facebook and elsewhere, you can type in comments or questions while you watch. After the performance, you can ask questions, voice concerns, and make comments. HCSO Deputy Jeff Merry arranged for this performance. He says, “The number of people being victimized by scammers is absolutely the worst it has been since I’ve been here. We are getting terrorized.” Both Michelle Mortimer here in the Sun City Center Sheriff’s substation and Debbie Vijil in Riverview are getting a record number of reports of scams from residents in the Sun City Center area. Merry says, “We are home and on our computers more now than ever. We’re not out
socializing. Many people are isolated and lonely. Festivals, seminars and special events have been canceled. We are seeing a huge uptick in what is going on with scammers.” The play is a mixture of comedy and drama. It is performed by S.A.G.E.S., a theater group from Clearwater, Florida. The group was founded by Linda Goldman who is also its primary playwright. In March 2019, they became a nonprofit organization performing all around the Tampa Area. Goldman says, “I wrote this play and Divine Gravity. I used to take a senior group from my temple to performances in the Tampa area. I wanted plays that provided more than laughter,
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The Editor’s Corner All We’ve Got to Give
By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County As I’m typing this sentence, my eldest son is on the phone three states away finding out what time, today, he will be married. This is a weird time for engaged couples. Wondering when and where they can exchange vows, as well as who and how many will be allowed to celebrate them. It differs state-to-state and even facility to facility. My son and his soonto-be-bride, contemplating their options while he quarantined upon returning home from his most recent military deployment, being the practical young people that they are, decided, “Why wait? We can celebrate with family later.” That solution is a bit of a tradition in our family, as my bride and I also opted for the “why wait” option, though under different circumstances. While we cannot be with our “big kid” and his new bride as they exchange vows and rings, I could not be happier for them. We were (finally) able to Facetime last night, the first opportunity since he got back to the States from the desert, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him more excited. Captain America was positively giddy, a side of him that rarely finds its way to the surface of his intense, precise, and creative nature. As my bride and I watched the two of them together, through the miracle of modern smartphone technology, I was pleased to recognize the comfort level they shared. That’s such an important aspect of a successful marriage, and it’s not something that’s talked about with young couples nearly enough. Marriage should challenge us and make us better versions of ourselves, and it should also offer us the opportunity to be comfortable being fully who we are at any given moment. Because you never know when “who I really am” will be “all I’ve got to give.” That’s something in full effect in our home at the moment. With me still laid up recuperating from my hiking misadventures, I’ve tended to be tired, crabby, and frustrated at both my inability to do what I normally do for myself and for others, as well as the fact that my family has to take on those responsibilities. Which means that my bride, who
already has her hands full with our younger boys and her score of part-time-but-really-full-time children at school, is dealing with delegation of dad’s chores too. Suffice to say, we haven’t been sugar coating our moods these past few weeks. I’m hurting, and we’re both tired, and it shows. Fortunately, we have good friends, good music, and welldeveloped senses of humor to get us through. You need that, especially when you spend someone’s birthday in the hospital waiting for results that will clear you for surgery, knowing you will have to use birthday vacation cash to pay for hospital bills. That circumstance is an example of what “or worse” can look like. It can also look like not being able to have your family join you to celebrate your wedding, because of a global pandemic and a professional obligation subject to the service requirements of Uncle Sam. Sometimes, things are just not optimal, sometimes they are downright lousy, and you have to make the best of it. In this case, my bride and I have told the newlyweds we expect loads of pictures. And in my case, we’re celebrating minor milestones while counting down the days until I graduate to a walking boot. Contemplating all of these celebrations and challenges, the writer in me wants to weave some elaborate metaphor about life and the living of it, but the plain truth is this: Those moments of elation and calamity, as well as all the mundane stuff in between, is life. It’s what happens while we’re busy making other plans, according to one wise young man from Liverpool… and it’s also when those other plans come to pass. So, as I write this, in just a few hours, my son and his wonderful bride will don their Sunday best and head off to trade vows and rings, making this day their Day to Celebrate annually (and hopefully, daily) through all the years they will share together. And, in a few weeks, that big kid’s old man will sit in a chilly doctor’s office waiting for x-ray results that will reveal if he will be able to hike with the newlyweds when they come for a visit. If I get the nod, I plan to take them back to the scene of the accident, still one of the prettiest parks I’ve visited in Florida. I will be moving a little slower, but we will take our time and soak it all in. That’s another lesson I hope to impart to my son as he embarks on this exciting new chapter: Life comes and goes pretty fast. Make time to take all the time you can… even if you have to limp a little.
Phoney continued from page 1. plays for seniors that tell us something. There is comedy and drama too. Audience members can picture themselves in these roles.” S.A.G.E.S. addresses topics that are difficult to talk about at this stage of life. Executive Director Christine Hamacher says, “We are very proud of our cast. Most of
our actors are in their sixties, seventies, or eighties. One actor will be 90 this year. He never misses a line.” If you want to learn more about this nonprofit, go to sagestheater. org. I plan to watch Phoney Baloney at 2 on Saturday, March 13. I hope you will too.
Just one more thing…
As a lifelong Floridian and local sports fan, I can’t leave off this month without taking a moment to celebrate yet another incredible local professional sports accomplishment. Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Super Bowl, they join the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lighting, the ALCS Champion Tampa Bay Rays, and the USL Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Rowdies at the top of their respective games. It’s a GREAT time to be a Tampa Bay sports fan. And don’t worry if you come from cooler climes and are accustomed to supporting the old home team, our bandwagon is a pirate ship, and it’s big enough for everyone. Climb aboard!
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Operation Medicine Cabinet
By Diane M. Loeffler Do you have expired medicine or a prescription you no longer take? If so, hop in your car or golf cart and head over to Community Hall on Friday, March 26 between 8 a.m. and noon. You will be able to remain in your vehicle. Volunteers will be standing along the drive in front of the building ready for you to hand them the containers or bags. Operation Medicine Cabinet is a safe and convenient way to get rid of medications. Never flush medicine down the toilet or into the trash. This program disposes of these items in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons
Monday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 4 p.m. - Intermediate 2 Tango 5 p.m. - Intermediate 2 Rumba 6 p.m. - Intermediate 1 Waltz 7 p.m. - Beginning Swing Location: St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Contact Bernice DuBro “firstname.lastname@example.org”, 813-634-3205, or 813-482-6784. Cost: $30/person for a four-week month or $8/per lesson - At this time you must come with a partner. Pre-registration is requested.
AAUW Honors HCC President
Three years ago the SCC SouthShore Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) decided to re-institute the ceremony of the annual Women of Distinction. That year Liz Guiterrez was honored for founding Enterprising Latinas in Wimauma and continuing to find ways to help the women in skills and education. Last year the honoree was Robin Watt of the SCC Emergency Squad. Robin has for years been the face in the public for everything related to Squad issues. This year on March 13 at 10 a.m. there will be a zoom presentation honoring Dr. Jennifer China as the 2021 Woman of Distinction. Dr. China holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master's degree in Management as well as a PhD in Educational Administration. Her philosophy of “You Are The College” is the foundation of her dedication and commitment to student success. She goes well beyond the college and expands her service throughout the community. She has served as a Board member for several agencies and South Bay Hospital. She is currently a member of a County Public Art committee and a national commission on diversity, inclusion and equity. Anyone who would like to participate in this Zoom award ceremony should call Angie Maze of AAUW at 813-505-8998 to be sent the zoom link. AAUW would like the entire SouthShore community to help honor Dr. China whether joining us for the ceremony or not.
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SCC United Methodist Church The Center 4LifeLearning will be conducting a Spring Semester and will hold a limited number of classes beginning March 1, 2021 for six weeks ending April 9, 2021. All classes will be conducted via ZOOM due to COVID restrictions. Info: www.4lifelearning.org or (813) 634-8607.
S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Patsie Ginley, the Star Samaritan for the first quarter of 2021. A volunteer since May, 2016, Patsie is both an in-town and out-of-town driver. Patsie is a retired middle school principal from the Broward School District (Fort Lauderdale). She and her late husband moved to Sun City Center in 2014. They moved to be closer to family who live in the Tampa Bay area. Her family also includes six grandchildren who live up North. Patsie began her volunteer service soon after her husband’s death, as a way of keeping busy. She also found out it is a great way to give back to the community. She especially has enjoyed her out of town drives with veteran’s going to the VA. She has found listening to many of them is reliving history on their past experiences and service. Congratulations to Patsie on her STAR SAMARITAN award and her continued great work for the Sun City Center Community.
USCG Captain Matthew Thompson Addresses MOWW
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Chapter 226 (Sun City Center) of The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) held their monthly meeting on Thursday, 21 January, at the Trinity Baptist Church. The meeting was again a combination member attendance onsite and Zoom video teleconference. There were 17 members who participated via Zoom. The featured speaker for the meeting was USCG Sector Saint Petersburg Commander Captain Matthew Thompson in charge of Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator while directing Coast Guard operations along the West Coast of Florida and throughout the Tampa Bay region. Captain Thompson discussed the organization of the Coast Guard and in particular the St. Petersburg Sector. The Sector is made up of 463 active-duty military, 26 civilians, 201 reserve members and a 1,649-volunteer force. There are four coast guard cutters with another coming online soon. Florida is the third most populous state in the country and has 125 million visitors a year. It manages 37 million tons of cargo and over a million cruise ship passengers a year. The Coast Guard monitors severe weather; the annual Gasparilla invasion; annual Grand Prix race; Presidential and VIP visits and all recreational boating activities. The USCG also has four C-130 Hercules planes at their air station in Clearwater. Prior to Captain Thompson’s presentation, Barbara R. McElroy was inducted as a Perpetual MOWW member. Barbara’s Father was a MOWW charter member.
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The Front Porch Pickers will resume their performances on March 10 from 2 until 4 at the SouthShore UCC, which is on the corner of La Jolla and North Pebble Beach.
The South Shore Democratic Club Invites You
Democrats/Republicans/Independents/Progressives and likeminded people, hear representatives from local, regional, state and national government and organizations speak on issues that affect our lives in Florida. Help with local Democratic organizing and on the ground campaigning meetings every first Thursday of the month at 1:30 on Zoom. For more information email the South Shore Democratic Club at “SSDmembership@gmail.com”.
Wednesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. Virtual on Zoom Guest Speaker, Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret.), CFP®, Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret), CFP® retired from the Air Force in 2000 after serving in a variety of personnel, education and training, and executive officer assignments. His assignments included tours from Florida to North Dakota, and from Korea and Australia to the Pentagon. His final assignment was on the Joint Staff, writing and championing legislation related to joint officer personnel management issues. After Air Force retirement, Ostrom practiced as an investment advisor at a large investment firm and a bank. He specialized in working with clients developing, implementing, and managing investment plans and portfolios. If you would like an invitation to the meeting, contact Jim Haney at (813) 220-8758.
Duplicate Bridge Club
In a recent interview Ronda O’Farrell, president of the Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center, responded to questions about her club’s accommodation of the pandemic. “Many - but not all - of our five hundred members have learned to like online bridge”, O’Farrell continues, “and our club, in collaboration with the American Contract Bridge League, has worked hard to provide a sufficient number of games of various skill levels on the Bridge Base Online website. This reorganization may sound simple but it was time and effort consuming in the extreme. Our club’s vice president, Ron Wallace, is the hero of this effort.” “The loss of our social interaction has not dampened our sense of social responsibility,” O’Farrell remarked. “In fact, we recently donated a total of ten thousand dollars to three local charities: BethEl Farmworkers, Our Lady’s Food Pantry and Cavalry Community Chest.
Sheriff Chad Chronister to Speak at MOAA Meeting
Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. Virtual on Zoom Sheriff Chad Chronister will be the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon/Zoom virtual meeting. A veteran law enforcement officer, Sheriff Chronister has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the past 28 years. Sheriff Chronister has earned many commendations. His civic associations include board membership positions with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries. If you would like an invitation to the meeting, contact Jim Haney at (813) 220-8758.
Jim McGuire, Victor Rivera, Pattie Castro, Anthony Cirami, Troy Melquist, Ron Castro, Scott Heims, Squad Team captain Tim Zion, EMT Pam Zion, EMT and Squad Board Chair Tom Canady and EMR Helen Corradi. (Not pictured is Deborah Melquist)
Jack’s Shack Donates to the Emergency Squad
On Sunday January 31, Jack’s Shack hosted a fundraiser featuring the Bluewater Band, for the benefit of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. The band, Scott Heims and Jim McGuire played from 3 to 5 p.m. in a packed parking lot. Owners of Jack’s Shack, Troy and Deb Melquist, donated 10% of their profits plus put out a donation box, which resulted in a $1,200 donation for the Squad. Friends of Troy and Deb volunteered to help through the busy afternoon.
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Monet's continued from page 1. latest exhibit is their impression of Lichtenstein’s compositions of Monet’s interpretation of haystacks or water lilies. Got it? Check out the pictures here, which should help. Creating your interpretation of a well-known artist’s work is a daunting challenge, but Selby’s team has successfully tackled this for several years now. Regular visitors love this so much, Selby has a long list of suggested artists for future years. Tip: To ensure social distancing, numbers are limited when visiting both the conservatory and the mansion. Masks are
required. Recommend arriving right at opening time of 10 a.m. to avoid crowds and waiting. Mornings and weekdays should give you cooler temperatures and fewer people. Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! Event runs until June 27 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 South Palm Avenue Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-5731 www.selby.org This artwork definitely pops! The bridge was built first to make sure it would fit the space; the pond was built last.
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Good Samaritan Events Helping Local Families
By Paula Lickfeldt Many people at Good Samaritan see themselves as victims. The Good Samaritan Mission helps them switch from the victim role to the role of the victor. They do this by giving them opportunities to find their purpose. They encourage their students to plug into the community and finally, once the individual has found their purpose, a natural sense of gratitude develops. The Good Samaritan Mission is located at 14920 Balm Wimauma Road, Wimauma, Florida. They hold regular church services on Sunday, adult education classes during the week, as well as having “Balm Life” events every month. These events occur on the first Saturday of every month. The event for February was “All About Art’ where they had paintings from local artists on display and for sale. The first Saturday of March will be “Neighbor Day.” Neighbors can meet each other and exchange
are being helped. The thrift shop is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 until 1. Items to be donated can be dropped off at the shop on any of those days. Teresa Cruz has a “little red barn” full of seasonal produce that she picks up herself and sells on the weekends The Rev. Bill Cruz and his wife Teresa are the CEO’s of the operation and they are full of optimism.
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plants from their yards. The first Saturday of April will be “It’s All About Spring” which will have lots of kids activities. The mission has a variety of volunteer opportunities: helping in the food pantry by picking up donated food, delivering the food to needy families and helping to keep the pantry neat and orderly, helping to set up for special events, helping in the garden, planting, organizing and
harvesting and maintenance and repairs around the mission. Beginning in 2021 the mission will be holding classes and will be in need of teachers. For more information about volunteering, call 813-480-1118. The thrift shop at the mission is run by Carolyn Scott. All of the proceeds from the shop are used to teach literacy to kids for free. At this time, 13 children who are reading below grade level
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Irish American Heritage
By Andrea L.T. Peterson Ireland has a tumultuous political history and a rich literary tradition. In 1991, Congress designated March Irish-American Heritage Month to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants in the United States. As heirs to the republic established by our Founding Fathers, founded on religious freedom—on life, liberty, and justice for all, it seems it would be easy to understand the desire, no, the need, for the colonized to be relieved of the iron fist and the oppressive rule of the colonizers--to be free of persecution for their religious beliefs. Such has been the struggle of Ireland for more than a century—seeking liberation from British rule, seeking the end to the struggle between Catholic and Protestant was clearly an Irish focus as the 20th century began. Among the most notable events in Ireland’s more recent history is the Easter Rising, a bloody insurrection which began on Easter Monday 1916 and lasted nearly a week. Volunteers and citizens of the Irish Citizen Army occupied buildings in Dublin in an attempt to free Ireland of British rule and establish an independent Irish Republic. After six days of bloodshed, the leaders of the failed rebellion surrendered. Prominent leaders were arrested, among them: Eamonn Ceannt, founder of the Irish Volunteers; Thomas James Clarke, a member of the revolutionary Clan na Gael and the Irish Republican Brotherhood (I.R.B.); James Connolly, a member of the British Army, founder of the Irish Socialist Republican Party and a founder of the Irish Citizen Army; Sean Mac Diarmada, a member of the Gaelic League and the I.R.B.; Thomas MacDonagh, a teacher turned revolutionary and a member of the I.R.B.; and Patrick Pearse, a member of the Gaelic League and a founding member of the Irish Volunteers; and Joseph Mary Plunkett, a member of both the Irish Volunteers and the I.R.B. In addition to these, and other less prominent leaders, more than 3,000 participants in the insurrection were arrested and locked away in the dank, damp dungeon-like prisons of Ireland and England.
Rebel Sisters, by Marita CononMcKenna is one fictionalized account of the historical Easter Rising. The Giffords of Dublin’s three daughters (Grace, Muriel, and Nellie) are by no means conventional young girls and they grow into even less conventional young women. In spite of their mother’s strict adherence to Protestantism and gradually becoming more allied with their father’s more passive Catholicism. Muriel falls in love with Thomas MacDonagh, Grace meets and gradually falls in love with Joe Plunkett, and Nellie joins the Citizen Army. All three become mired in the rebellion and after its leaders are forced to retreat and surrender, life in prison awaits the sisters. Fast forward. Decades later, the main characters in Nelson DeMille’s 1981 novel Cathedral— survivors of the Easter Rising and one-time lovers—Brian Flynn and Maureen Malone—meet again in New York City’s St. Patrick's Cathedral. But things have changed, and the estranged lovers are on opposite sides of the struggle to force the hand of the American, the British, and the Irish governments to release their friends and associates imprisoned in Ireland and Britain after the 1916 insurrection. Malone has become an activist with Amnesty International who has denounced the 1916 rebellion and IRA mastermind Flynn is intent on assassinating the traitorous Malone if not during, then after he and his band of insurrectionists seize St. Patrick’s Cathedral on St. Patrick’s Day, take hostage the Cathedral’s cardinal, its priest, a British intelligence officer, and a NYC police lieutenant. An elaborate plan, devised by Flynn, includes multiple means of leveling the Cathedral and killing the hostages if their demands are not met by 6 a.m. the following morning. Both of these books offer insights into the nature of the struggle of Ireland for independence. While it is unlikely that many of us will approve of the terrorist tactics of the historical or the fictional insurrectionists, it is hard to not feel empathy and hope that their goals may eventually be achieved without threats, without violence, without disregard for the lives of others.
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By Paula Lickfeldt The Women’s Club of Sun City Center had a drive up donation day on February 18. They were collecting cash and gift cards to be given to the Haven of Hope. Haven of Hope is a facility where women who have been released from prison can live while they get a job and get back into society. The collection site for the donations was St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The collection day took the place of the regular February meeting. A food drive to benefit the food bank at Our Lady’s Pantry of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission will take the place of the May meeting. The
food will be collected at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 1239 West Del Webb on May 20 from 9 a.m. until 11 This again will be a drive up donation with a member of the club coming to your car to receive your donation of food. The April meeting will be a zoom meeting. Steve Overman of “8 on your side” fame will be the featured speaker. He will talk about how his investigative reporting exposed wrongdoing and he will talk about the behind the scenes of TV news. If you would like to attend the zoom meeting contact Sally Ann Barclay at 813-334-1839 or “Saligator22@ymail.com” for an invitation.
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Rapids in Florida? We could hear this armadillo long before we spotted him. The popularity of this park keeps most wildlife hidden.
There be rapids! Hillsborough River State Park is one of the very few places in Florida you can see rapids.
By Kai Rambow The rapids, plus the scenery, make this one of the most popular parks in our state. Each bend in the river reveals a different, wonderful view. Yes, it’s true. The Hillsborough River State Park has a set of rapids. It’s one of the very few places in Florida. Once inside the park, the main road is a loop. P2 is the parking
lot closest to the rapids, but P3 and P4 are close to the river a little farther down. Tip: Ask the park ranger for a map, when you enter. There are trails that loop, but I suggest skipping them. Instead walk to the river, along the river and double back, affording you the best views for most of your walk. The constant stream of visitors makes seeing wildlife here a bit
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One resident activity group at Freedom Plaza has managed to keep its members “in stitches” despite the COVID-19 restrictions that have hampered group assemblies. The Crotchety Knitwits continue to work on various projects even though they apply their stitches alone, in their own apartments, rather than in the company of other needle-crafters. The name Crotchety Knitwits assuredly has nothing to do with the temperament or mentality of this group who are a gregarious party of 18 adroit ladies. Rather, it describes what they do when they meet together: some of them crochet while others knit... and all socialize. The group was initiated several years ago at the instigation of resident Patricia Sheldon (deceased), who was extremely adept at crafts, especially knitting, and a confirmed humanitarian. She saw a need for some hand-crafted items, realized that experienced help in meeting that need was near at hand and organized the Crotchety Knitwits. She also maintained the large stock of needles, yarn and thread made available to all who were interested in joining the group. These supplies are still funded, in Patricia’s memory, by her husband, Don Shelton. The need for items that caught Patricia Shelton’s eye was the scarcity of lap robes at Plaza West Health Care Center. She quickly created a basic pattern, assembled a group of needlecrafters and set them to work. Their weekly meeting place (before the pandemic) was one corner of the Freedom Plaza Atrium, where passers-by watched and admired their artistry. With each member utilizing her preferred craft—either crocheting or knitting—choosing her colors and creating her own designs, the ladies were soon producing lovely, unique lap robes. Both Plaza West and Freedom Plaza’s Memory Care Center benefit from them. Since Patricia Shelton’s untimely death other members of the group have stepped up to the helm, the present leader being resident Brenda Wales. With a steady supply of lap robes now flowing, the group has undertaken additional projects. They produce hats and blankets for Brandon Regional Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and hats as gifts for the students of Wimauma Elementary School. They delivered 124 of them to the school in November, just in time for Christmas. The Crotchety Knitwits look forward to meeting together again, but in the meantime they continue to work their needles, solo, for worthy causes while fulfilling their motto, “Love in every stitch.”
Help Marianne Finke Celebrate Her 100th Birthday
On March 19, Marianne Finke will turn 100 and her family and friends are planning a driveby celebration at Beth Israel Congregation from 10 to 11 a.m. where friends can drive under the canopy of the entrance and shout-out “Happy Birthday” to Marianne. Marianne and her late husband, Herman, moved to Sun City Center in 1983. She immediately got involved in the community, playing bridge and golf and attending dances with Herman. In 2002, they moved to Freedom Plaza. Take part in this celebration and drive by Beth Israel, 1115 East Del Webb
Blvd., on March 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. to wish Marianne a Happy Birthday.
HOLE IN ONE Accomplished By: Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis got her third hole in one on January 28 at Caloosa #13 with a 5-wood. Witnessed by Evelyn Dillmuth.
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Bob Bialaszewski got a hole in one on January 24 at Osprey #5 (117 yards) with a 9-iron. Witnessed by Liz Bialaszewski.
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Caloosa CWGA18 General Meeting and ABCD Scramble Winners
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Lawn Bowling Mixed Pairs Championship
By Garry Higgins After an exciting match against the team of Joe Mignogna and Susan Finn, the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s 2021 Mixed Pairs Championship was won by Barb Mignogna and Bob Fladung. This year’s tournament had 16 teams vying for the title. The Club welcomes members of the Sun City Center Community Association. For more information about the sport of lawn bowls and free lessons, visit “www.suncitycenterlbc.com” or call 615-8483549.
The Caloosa Women’s Golf Association 18 hole league held their quarterly membership meeting on Wednesday, January 27. The CWGA 18 Members met outdoors to comply with the current COVID-19 CDC recommendations for social distancing and recommendations on limiting the size of indoor gatherings. Members brought their own lunches. Tables for dessert, beverages and a podium were set up on the north side of the Club House. Members gathered in golf carts and chairs in order to maintain separation. The ABCD Scramble preceded the meeting. Although we had a foggy start, it was a beautiful day for golfing at Caloosa. Judy Peterson, VP/Tournament Chair announced the winners of the ABCD Scramble as follows: 4th Denise Berry and Sharon Mathieu, Place; score 76; Bobbie Cesarek, 1st place team in the ABCD Florida Melissa Kohn, Lucille Lanese Scramble. Not pictured is Nancy 3rd Place; score 75; Kim Moore, Cleary. Aileen Engel, Patty Hersey 2nd Place; score 74; Judy Tickles, Joyce Stafford, Joan Lamar; 1st Place; score 73; Denise Berry, Sharon Mathieu, Nancy Cleary
Front L to R: Deb Zieg, Rolande Poulin, Anne Gibson, Betty Zeller, and Edna Carlin. Back L to R: Terri Vaillancourt, Nancy Clark, Lee Greenlee, Marti Turocy, and Helene Peterson. Not pictured: Janet Hoffman
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Sun City Center’s “Sunsetter’s” traveling tennis team celebrates their 5th league win on Feb. 10 at Arbor Green Country Club.
COVID-19 League winners, Eric Porr, Jan Conley and Woodie Ingram.
SCC Lawn Bowling Club League Champions
The COVID-19 League play was completed with a best-of-three series to determine the League Champions. To adhere to COVID-19 protocols, the league consisted of a Tuesday Division and a Thursday Division of eight teams each. The format was rotating triples, with one player sitting out four ends per game. After all was said and done, the “Rolling Thunder” team of Eric Porr (Captain), Jan Conley and Woodie Ingram won two games straight to win the Championship. The second-place team was the “Incredibowls” with Cassie Krowl, Howard Baker and Mike Perkins (Captain). Sun City Center Community Association members, why not try it for yourself? It is safe outside exercise and friendly play. Free classes are held the first Monday of each month. Visit “www.suncitycentrelbc.com” or call 615-848-3549 for more information.
L to R: coordinators Jana Roberts and Tim Broad checking in new members to the mixer event. Picture by Nancy Williams.
Valentine Golf Mixer
Caloosa Golf & Country Club held their monthly 18-hole Sunday Golf Mixer on Valentine’s Day. The morning rain shifted play to cart path only and driving from the red tees. The afternoon brought out 65 golfers with the team of Bob Karshner, Joanne Brewer, Lou Klusty, and Kim Roush winning with a 54.
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By Diane M. Loeffler If a crisis occurs, how would your loved one respond to a police officer? Would he or she be upset? Can your loved one see, hear, or understand the officer? Is the person capable of letting others know what the problem is? Is there anything a responding officer should know about their conditions and behavior in order to handle the situation? The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) wants to make sure their officers are prepared to help you and your loved ones in a manner that makes a crisis response go as smoothly as possible. For example, if you are living with someone who
has dementia, what types of things might frighten him or her and cause the person to become distressed or violent? What approaches, phrases or behaviors will the individual respond well to? HCSO has a Project Safe Encounter form. This form allows you to fill in information and to download photos and other materials. Deputy Merry says, “The best part is if they walk out of the house when upset, the responding officer knows what the person looks like and how to approach him or her. They know, ‘Here’s what he or she responds to.’” If the person living with
you has hearing, speech, vision or cognitive issues (dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, “sundowners” syndrome, developmental disabilities, etc.), fill out the Project Safe Encounter form, download a photo and attach relevant information. After you complete the form, an officer responding to a crisis can enter your address into his or her laptop on the way to your home. The officer can see the information you have provided and will have a good idea about how to communicate with the individual and how to best handle the situation. To register for this free service, visit “www.HCSO.com”. At the top
of the page you will see several headings. Go to the one that says SERVICES. Take your cursor over to the fourth column, the one that says GENERAL SERVICES. Go to the seventh item under that heading. That item says ONLINE REGISTRATION SERVICES. Click on that item. When you get on the page, scroll to the bottom of the page. On the lower right side, you will see “Safe Encounter Registration.” Click on those words and you will be taken to the form you need to complete. When you complete the form, the Sheriff’s Department will have the information they need to make an emergency police encounter as safe as possible.
tower, it’s best to park about three-quarters of the way around the circle. That’s closer to the entrance. Half the parking spots are still under construction. Not a problem during the day,
but a real challenge one hour before sunset. If the parking lot is full there are no places to park nearby.
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Hibernians Easter Flower Sale
Sunday, March 21, after all Sunday Masses 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Prince of Peace Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Ctr. The flowers will make a beautiful addition to your home or to give as a gift to a family member or friend during the Easter season. Flowers are grown by a local family owned nursery and are of the highest quality. They are very reasonably priced and are set in beautiful containers. Proceeds support Catholic charities and other worthwhile causes in Sun City Ctr. You can also pre order your Easter flowers starting March 1- March 12. Call Janet at 813-444-3431 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beth Israel Sisterhood invites all to join us for a fun-filled Passover program on March 2 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. If you wish to join, please email us at “email@example.com”.
SouthShore UCC Annual Meeting
The SouthShore United Church of Christ held their annual meeting in the sanctuary immediately following the 9:30 service on January 31. Thirty members were in attendance and masks and social distancing were strictly observed by all present. The meeting was chaired by church Moderator, David Lickfeldt, with Board of trustees chairman, Jim Langdoc and other board members present. Each member of the board submitted their reports to the congregation. Senior Minister, Pastor Tim Shirley, was on hand for opening and closing prayers. The decision was made that the church will continue its Sunday morning services at 9:30 a.m. each week until further notice. This decision was a blessing for the members present. All are welcome to enjoy the informal services. In 1964, the United Church of Christ was the first church to be built in Sun City Center and in 1974 had 975 members. Since the sanctuary only seated 450 members, two morning services became necessary. Over the years, more denominational churches were built and in recent years attendance at UCC became less and the need for such a large building was no more. The members voted to sell and relocate to a smaller venue. Since the building had not yet been sold it was decided to begin weekly morning services again in September of last year with Pastor Tim Shirley officiating. Pastor Tim’s sermons continue to be shown on YouTube each week and will continue for members not able to attend in person.
L to R: Marlus Johns, Terry Hood, Pastor Tim Shirley, Paula Lickfeldt, David Lickfeldt, and Jim Langdoc.
5th Annual St. Anne’s Golf Tournament
Saint Anne Catholic Church is building its 2021 Community Outreach Funds with its 5th Annual Saint Anne’s Golf Tournament. A “Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament” will be held Saturday, April 10, at Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Riverview, FL 33579. Registration opens 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. “Shotgun Start.” The entrance fee is $75 per player, or $300 for each foursome. Special events: Two hole in one contests with the Grand Prize of $10,000. One sponsored by Ed Morris Cadillac and one by Saint Anne Catholic Church. Tournament registration forms are available at Saint Anne Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4 and Sunday 9 to noon. Forms are also available at Summerfield Golf Course Pro Shop. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parish Office or sent to Bob Gounaud, 346 Laurel Falls Dr. Apollo Beach, FL 33572. Info: Bob Gounaud at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or John Barr at “email@example.com”.
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By Ilona Merritt We have been encouraged to lead our life for a year now, staying six feet apart from other people. We wear masks to keep us safe, and most of us spend our time at home. The thought of going to a concert presented by the Florida Orchestra is almost frightening when we think of all the people that generally would fill the Mahaffey Theater. The Florida Orchestra had been advertising that they
practice social distancing, so my husband and I decided to attend a concert. Of course, the show was excellent, and we were impressed with how they handled the crowd. They only sell 25% of their seats. Every other row is empty. The seats between the empty rows are filled in this manner. Two seats at the aisle are sold, and three are left open, then two more are sold, three open, and so forth. The boxes have four
chairs, but only two are sold. You must wear your mask, and there is no intermission. The pre-concert conversations can be seen on their website and the program notes can be downloaded before you go to the concert. When you arrive at the Mahaffey, you enter at the far end. If you have seats upstairs, you enter one lane, which takes you directly to the elevator. If your tickets are downstairs, there is a lane for you. They
do not use the full orchestra, and the musicians also wear masks unless they play a wind instrument. My husband and I, personally, felt comfortable with the way the Florida Orchestra is dealing with our current situation. Phase three concert tickets are now on sale, with many of the Coffee Concerts, Pops, and Masterworks being performed. It is great to be able to enjoy the fantastic Florida Orchestra again.
Camp Bayou Looks Toward Spring
Several changes have been happening over the past few months at Camp Bayou. In January, B.O.L.D. (the non-profit that partners with the County to provide programs) expanded its hours to include Sundays as well as Thursday-Saturday. All four days have operating hours of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. In addition, starting with a soft open at the beginning of February, employees from County Conservation and Environmental Lands Services have opened Camp Bayou on Monday - Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The nature trails have expanded into the neighboring 39 acres. Look for special activities during The Little Manatee River at dusk. the Spring Equinox on March 20. Announcements are made at Camp Bayou by 6 p.m. to on Facebook, the calendar, be out on the river by 6:30 p.m. and the blog. Golf cart tours of Daytime guided paddles are the trails are again available still scheduled each month on on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Call to the third Saturday at 9 a.m. register. Space is limited, 813- Registration required. Camp Bayou has expanded 641-8545. its youth programs with a newly Registration is open for the revamped Family Naturalist Center’s popular night paddles. Series, offered to individuals This season on Saturday, March instead of groups. Bi-weekly 13 and 27. Canoes or kayaks are Saturday sessions will be offered available for rental for just $25 throughout the spring. Check each, or bring your own canoe the calendar at “campbayou. or kayak for a small donation of $5 each. Registration limited. org” for dates and times. Camp Call the office at 813-641-8545 Bayou is still offering programs to or email “campbayou@gmail. scheduled groups from schools, com”. Paddlers should arrive summer camps, homeschoolers,
and scouts. Check the website for more info. Camp Bayou now offers merch in the online store. Check out the designs by Camp Bayou volunteers, perfect for that shirt, mug or face mask you didn’t know you needed: “campbayou.threadless.com”. For those who are interested in helping with registered groups, Camp Bayou is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love the outdoors and want to pass along that passion to others through hands-on activities, walks, and canoe tours. Contact Becki at 813-641-8545 or email
“campbayouvolunteers@gmail. com”. We are mainly looking for folks to help teach school groups K-6 but there are other opportunities as well. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County’s ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, supporters and grants, the managing non-profit- B.O.L.D. offers pre-registered programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families. The Center is open from Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography, and trail walks. General admission is still free. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a publicprivate partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.), and Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management. Camp Bayou is located three miles south of SR-674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. For more information, visit the website at “www.campbayou.org” or call 813-641-8545.
KINGSPoint NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Kings Point Krafters’ Club
The KP Krafters Club recently donated to C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) $250. They are volunteers from Hillsborough County and respond to major disasters such as hurricanes. They are sponsored by the county sheriff office, fire rescue, police and more. CERT members help our citizens who are too overwhelmed to manage on their own. Their phone is (813) 224-8920. Their President is Bob Preston of Kings Point. Catherine Yevoli is president of the Krafters. Our club strictly donates all our proceeds to local charities here in SCC.
Coastal Bird Sanctuaries at March 18 Eagle Audubon Zoom Meeting
By Dana Ellerbrock, Eagle Audubon Publicity Marc Rachal of Audubon’s Island Coastal Sanctuaries, will speak on the great waterbird population of the Tampa Bay Area and the natural systems that support them. The Zoom meeting will be held on March 18 and is open to the public. Colonial waterbirds are birds that nest in groups or colonies, usually on coastal islands. Tampa Bay Area is home to 50,000 breeding pairs at 30 sites, including the Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, American Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron and White Ibis. The free Zoom meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. for socializing. At 2, there will be a brief business meeting followed by speaker, Marc Rachal. If not a member, ask for an “Invitation to Meeting” email by contacting “eagleaudubonflorida@gmail. com” prior to the meeting. For more information about Eagle Audubon go to “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.
CAHT Helped Provide Super Bowl Backpacks
Campaign Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Southshore, known as CAHT, provided 15 backpacks, heart pillows made by CAHT volunteer, Virginia Kimball, and a donation of $200 to Created Women a nonprofit organization in Tampa. The donations were targeted to support Created Women’s efforts during Super Bowl week in helping teens and women escape from the clutches of human traffickers. Women’s team walks the streets, reaching out to victims caught in sexual exploitation by traffickers. During the Super Bowl, area law enforcement expected a dramatic spike in human trafficking activity in our region. CAHT is actively involved in supporting the region’s human trafficking campaign to slow down human trafficking by partnering with other nonprofits and law enforcement. Annie Garrison, CAHT past president, serves on the Hillsborough County Human Trafficking Commission’s Services and Resources Committee that worked on various promotional outreach activities to create a
south County Events
By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of SCC, Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: email@example.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. P L E A S E N O T E : Th is a r e a is f or SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.
THU. MAR 11 - 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S 1:00 p.m. via webinar. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to look for in yourself and others. The program also covers typical age-related changes, how to approach someone about memory concerns, the importance of early detection, and the benefits of diagnosis.
Created Women CEO Jillian Penhole and Bonnie Doll.
Bonnie Doll, Children’s Home Network CEO Virginia Farmers and CAHT volunteer Ceil Permenter.
larger awareness about human trafficking during the Super Bowl. CAHT volunteer, Bonnie Doll, chair of the Victim Services Committee, delivered a $200 donation as well as backpacks to Created Women at the beginning of Super Bowl week, handing them off to Created Women founder and Director,
Jillian Penhole. CAHT also delivered 10 kids and teen backpacks stuffed with animals, clothing, books, blankets, and other essential items to Tampa’s Children’s Home Network Village. The village provides safe homes for young children, pregnant teens and other kids who
TGH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide virtual education programs to enhance care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Technology requirements: Internet access, computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with video, microphone and speaker capabilities. To register for these programs, visit “www. tgh.org/calendar”. FRI. MAR 12 - COMEDY NIGHT: LOU ANGELWOLF AT THE FIREHOUSE 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Firehouse Cultural Center, Event type: Center Stage. The Firehouse Center Stage Comedy brings a Friday night of laughs to enjoy; headliner Lou Angelwolf will be sure to entertain the audience! Ticket Prices: $23 members, $28 future members. All reservations are in advance: No ‘day of show’ pricing as we have to reserve seating to allow for social distancing. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651. Tickets are nonrefundable. SAT. MAR 13 - MIKE DONOHUE & THIRD MAN OUT AT THE FIREHOUSE 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Firehouse Cultural Center. Event type: Center Stage. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tunes at Firehouse Center Stage Music! Mike Donahue will play guitar and provide lead vocals. Donahue has been playing Irish music since 1993. Book your tickets now! Limited Seats. Call in for tickets: 813-645-7651 or book online below. Ticket Prices: $23 members, $28 future members. All reservations are in advance: No ‘day of show’ pricing as we have to reserve seating to allow for social distancing. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651. Tickets are non-refundable.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Now in a Zoom format hosted by Aging Care Advocates. Please gather on the phone to talk about your experiences, challenges, and victories. For
cannot stay with their parents because of abandonment, sexual exploitation, and other abusive behaviors. For over 10 years CAHT has been providing essential items as well as funds to Children’s Home Network.
Catch The NEWS on the web at www.soco.news more information and to register: 800-272-3900 - Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC, Director of Advocacy Services, Aging Care Advocates, Inc. Office 813-2464120.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Experiences
Both the Sun City Center Community Association and the Kings Point Community invited resident members to sign up for vaccine doses in February. The News asked our reporters to share their experiences. Diane Loeffler My husband, John, and I scheduled our Pfizer shot appointments for Saturday. Our time slot was 11 a.m. to noon. We arrived at 11. We were greeted by a National Guardsman with a clipboard. He asked us if we had a Saturday or a Sunday appointment, because they were combining both appointments that day. Within minutes, a nurse asked us questions and we turned in our questionnaire sheets. Ten minutes later, we received our shots while remaining in our golf cart. After we were given our vaccines, a volunteer wrote the time on the golf cart windshield so the next nurse knew when we could leave. The entire experience was positive. The event was well organized, and every step of the process was completed by friendly staff and volunteers. Behind the masks we saw many familiar faces including Community Association staff
The line moved quickly on Saturday.
and Directors. I spoke to Board President Bob Sullivan and to HCSO Deputy Jeff Merry weeks before. I knew that they had been working on plans well in advance, so I was pleased, but not surprised, that the event went so smoothly. Afterwards, I spoke to one of my sisters in Wilmette, Illinois. She had just received her shot. She described an entirely different experience. She said the process was slow, ill-organized and chaotic. Just one more reason to be glad we are living in Sun City Center.
After the vaccinations, we were given stickers and a card with our vaccination information.
Andrea Peterson I had already received my first dose in Plant city, so, 21 days after that, we returned to the Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City for the second dose. It was a breeze. We were a bit early, but we were let right into the line, where we had to fill out an additional form before proceeding to receive our shots. All in all, it took about 15 to 20 minutes. The organization was amazing. We were asked to wait about
20 minutes after receiving the vaccine just to be sure we didn’t have any reactions. We didn’t, so we left for home, by way of the Parksdale Strawberry Market, where we had strawberry sundaes, milkshakes, and shortcake. What an amazing market with food, fruits, and veggies as well as plants, including huge staghorn ferns, palm trees, and cacti. Garden art, for sale, was everywhere. We wore our masks, of course, but once we had our strawberry treats, dozens of tables set up undercover outdoors made social distancing easy.
Bob Sanchez On a beautiful Thursday, we pulled our car up to the end of the long line, way down by the US-301 emergency exit. It moved quickly, and the level of organization and cooperation between the CA and Hillsborough County was obvious. They checked our forms and IDs, directed traffic, checked us off their appointment list, and gave us our shots. My wife never felt her needle at all, and I felt just a little pinch. Then they had us wait for 15 minutes to be sure we were okay, and we left with a card marked with the date of our next shot. We never even left the car. Nothing could have been easier,
and we had no after-effects whatever. Paula Lickfeldt My husband, David, and I were registered to get a vaccine shot, but we were never able to get through on the phone or computer to get an appointment. Then we received a phone call telling us that we had an appointment at the University Mall in Tampa at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, January 22. We were thrilled! We left our house at 6:30 a.m., we arrived at the University Mall at 7:15. There were 8 lanes of cars and we got in one that had only one other car in it. At 7:30, all cars were all told to move forward. We were stopped to get our temperature taken, turned in our appointment confirmation and told to move on to the “shot giving” area. The Hillsborough County Fire Department was in charge of everything, and it was very orderly and efficient. Our second shot was scheduled for February 12. We followed the same time line. When we arrived at the University Mall, we found cars all over the place. No lines were set up, and cars were not called forward in an orderly fashion. We finally were allowed to move forward, but it was all cars doing their own thing. It took us over two hours to get our shot, and we went home. When we arrived at home, we learned that the state had taken over administering the vaccine, and people were waiting six to eight hours to get the shot. We decided that we were very lucky to have gotten the second shot. Hopefully, these delays will be eliminated soon.
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