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HOPA and What it Means For You

W Kraig Carmickle Community Manager 863-427-7103

ith Vitalia at Tradition classified as an active adult community we are required to follow the HOPA Act of 1995. HOPA stands for Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 and every two years we are required by the HOPA Act to update our records of current occupants within Vitalia. During this process we receive several questions regarding the HOPA Age Affidavit and below I have answered these questions. What must a housing community or facility do to qualify for the 55 or older housing for older persons exemption? In order to qualify for the exemption, the housing community/facility must satisfy each of the following requirements: 1.

At least 80 percent of the occupied units must be occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit; 2. The owner or management of the housing facility/community must publish and adhere to policies and procedures that demonstrate an intent to provide housing for persons 55 years or older; and 3. The facility/community must comply with rules issued by the Secretary for verification of occupancy through reliable surveys and affidavits. What is considered reliable age verification documentation? The following documents are considered to be reliable for age verification: birth certificate, driver's license, passport, immigration card, military identification, or any other state, local, national or international documentation, provided it contains current information about the age or birth of the possessor.

How frequently should a housing/ community provider update its lists of occupants to be in compliance with the age verification requirements of HOPA? Are there any consequences if a housing provider fails to update its list of residents? HOPA requires that a housing facility/community re-survey its lists of residents every two years to ensure that the 80% requirement is met. A housing community's or facility's failure to survey or re-survey its list of occupants in accordance with its age verification procedures does not demonstrate its intent of housing for older persons, and could jeopardize the housing community's status as 55 or older housing. We completed the re-survey in December of 2012 and the next scheduled re-survey is December 2014. The survey will be sent with the annual meeting notice for 2014. All new homeowners in Vitalia are required to complete the survey/ affidavit when they receive their transponders/ access cards for the clubhouse. Please let me know if you have additional questions regarding the HOPA affidavit or anything else in the community. If you haven’t registered on the HOA website please take the time to register and explore the new website: Within the HOA website residents can view their personal account information for the HOA, submit maintenance requests, download HOA documents and monthly HOA financials. We will also utilize this HOA website and database to send weekly HOA e-mail blasts with important community information. This will be a great tool to improve the overall communication within Vitalia at Tradition.

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And the Winner Is...

VITALIA It proved to be more difficult than expected to select a winning name for the Vitalia newsletter. More than 50 entries were submitted and they received very careful consideration. The final decision was long in coming, but the winning name pleased the distinguished judging committee. This issue’s masthead says it all. The selected name of the newsletter is

VOICE Vitalia Voice. There were five submissions from residents with the winning name. Those names were placed in a hat and a winner was selected. The lucky resident was Fran Benish, and she will receive the $100 gift card. Congratulations to Fran and to all who sent in their suggestions. Please enjoy your first issue of the Vitalia Voice!

Welcome Committee

Our HOA is working on forming a Welcome Committee. At this time, we are looking for a couple of volunteers from each street to welcome newcomers into our community. The welcoming volunteers will call on new neighbors to answer questions about Vitalia activities and amenities. They may also have questions about the Port St. Lucie area. We will be able to let welcome volunteers know ahead of time when new residents will be moving in, along with their name, address, phone number, and in some cases, where they are from.

In all cases, we will try to make sure that the closest welcome volunteer to the new neighbor will do the welcoming. We are still working out a few details, but we are confident everything will come together in the next month. We believe that welcoming new residents will become a very important part of our community as we grow. If you are willing to help, please email Rick Dixon at with your name, address, and phone number.

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Winter is Coming!

S Keith O'Dell Owner, PROscape AAM Customer Care (Work Orders) 866-516-7424

ometimes by the time September arrives it is hard to believe that winter will ever be here. Over the years toward the end of summer the phrase “Winter is Coming” has become a line that I use to encourage our employees to push through the long hot and demanding days of summer. I don’t know for sure if it really helps them feel a whole lot better, but at least for the moment it usually brings about a smile on their face. Particularly this year, with all the rain and humidity I have tossed around quite a few “Winter is Coming” phrases to our employees. I also know that if we could speak to our landscapes the same phrase would be appropriate for it as well. Because by the time September gets here you can see the stress on the landscape as easily as you can see it on our employees faces. The grass is looking a bit tired and ready for a break from the long hot rainy days. Plants and trees like Crape Myrtles have bloomed out and the leaves are starting to turn. The ornamental grasses and other flowering ornamentals are

ready to be pruned and beds are ready for new mulch. Everything (and everybody) in the landscape is ready for some cooler weather so we can all just slow down. One of the awesome things about being in the landscape business is that “Winter is Coming” is a phrase that always comes true. Winter does come and provide the rest that we all need to be ready for the next summer. So this month if you think the landscaper or your landscape looks a little tired or maybe the beds need mulching, remember this article and remember “Winter is Coming.” We hope that September is a wonderful month for each and every resident and as always please enjoy your beautiful Vitalia landscape!

Thank You Very Much!

Seasons Sunshine Club The Sunshine Club is an organization that supports its members during times of difficulty, specifically, illness and death in the family. At qualifying times and at their choice, members receive support in the way of flowers, food platters, restaurant or food market gift cards, or charitable donations. The Board consists of volunteers from the community for 1-2 year periods. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community. Dues are for a 2-year period

$30 - 2 Person Household $15 - 1 Person Household Make all checks payable to: Barbara Digregorio


Helen Penzel - Barbara Molinini -

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out & about Lifestyle Romeos Friday, September 6th | 12:30pm TGI Fridays in St. Lucie West

Join the gentlemen of Vitalia in a neighborly lunch at TGI Fridays in St. Lucie West. RSVP.

Bunco Sunday, September 8th | 7pm Clubhouse

Come join the Bunco Club for a fun and energetic dice game. Are you unsure of how to play Bunco? No worries, the group will be more than happy to teach you how to play. RSVP.

Juliets Thursday, September 12th | 12:30pm Ruffino's - 1145 SE PSL Blvd.

Join the ladies of Vitalia for a neighborly lunch at Ruffino’s in Port St. Lucie. RSVP.

Trivia Saturday, September 21st | 7pm Clubhouse

Come test your memory of random bits of news and trivia. Sign up in groups of 8. RSVPs cannot be taken any earlier than 8am on September 1st. RSVPs are a must. Seating is limited.

Bingo Sunday, September 29th | 7pm Clubhouse

Where can you go on a Sunday night for a couple of hours of fun with your neighbors? Don't know? Bingo. Please remember to RSVP a voice message to Donna or Debbie at the office.

Volunteers Needed

Sarah’s Kitchen Location TBA. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Please call or email the office for more information at 866-516-7424 or

House of Hope Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive Thank you so much for your generous donations in making this food-drive a great success!

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Local Treasure Coast RC Scale Boat Club Every Sunday | 8am, 11am Tradition’s Eastside Lake


Pub Quiz Tuesday, September 3rd | 8pm-11pm Shindigs Irish Restaurant and Pub Port St. Lucie

"Ask the Pro" Golf Tips Thursday, September 5th | 10am Saints Driving Range

Every Thursday from 10am-11am, PGA golf pro David O'Kelly is available to golfers to answer questions and give tips that will surely help improve your game. Meet him on the Saints driving range and he'll take a look at your swing and give professional advice and feedback free of charge.

Green Market Sunday, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th | 10am–4pm Tradition Square

Shop local vendors for fresh produce, arts and crafts. This is a FREE event!

September 11th Remembrance Service Wednesday, September 11th | 8:30am Civic Center (Martin Health System Village Square)

Anyone who suffered a personal loss on September 11, 2001 because of the terrorists’ actions that day are invited to be seated in a designated area in Village Square to honor their loved ones. Civic Center 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place Port St. Lucie, FL 39452 772-807-4488

West Fest Friday, September 21st | 5:30pm-9pm Tradition Square

The beloved West Fest will return to Tradition Square after its summer hiatus. If you’ve never attended one of these monthly community events, it’s certainly worth checking out for a free, family-friendly evening that is something different to do.

out & about Club / Group Gun Club

Red ‘Hots’ Princess for a Day

Tuesday, September 3rd | 10:30am Clubhouse

Saturday, October 12th | 11am Eloise Resource Center - 710 Snively Ave., Winter Haven

This club makes plans for a monthly outing to a variety of local shooting ranges. All are welcome; however, no guns or ammunition of any type are allowed in the Clubhouse.

Red ‘Hots’ Divine Desserts Tuesday, September 17th 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deer Field Beach

Hosted by the Palm Beach South County Queens Coalition and will be held at the Deer Creek Country Club. There will be games, prizes, raffles, and a sugar and sugar-free, fresh fruit and ice cream sundae station! There will also be free self-parking or valet parking. Red Hat Attire is required. The cost is $20 a person. For more information, please email Kathy Terkel at or call 561-734-6073.

Red ‘Hots’ Vitalia Lunch Wednesday, September 18th | 12:30pm Sky Dragon in Tradition Center

For more information, contact Renee Mastrov at 772-3450977, Sue Ann Goldman at, or Helen Penzel at

Club Amici Friday, September 20th | 6pm Dinner at the Clubhouse

Try your luck at Tombola! It's the Italian version of Bingo with our favorite "caller" Rick. Hosted by Linda and Rick Dixon.

Music Lovers Club Saturday, September 28th | 7pm American Bandstand Night at the Clubhouse

"33 Years of Rock and Pop Music." Registration is limited to the first 75 respondents. To keep the costs down, we ask each family to bring either a substantial appetizer (chicken fingers, meatballs, pizza, etc.) or dessert for sharing. Last initials A - N bring appetizers. Last initials O - Z bring dessert. BYOB. We encourage you to wear clothing appropriate for appearing on American Bandstand, which ran from 1956 to 1989. Be ready to do the stroll and the twist, Rate-A-Record, and compete in the dance contest! To register, contact Lynette Polo at

Hosted by the Fabulous Floozies. Who doesn't want to be a princess? Most of us already think we're a queen. At this event we are all going to be princesses, so pick your favorite princess and your dress and join us for a "Princess Tea." The menu includes a nice assortment of tea sandwiches, salads, assorted desserts, coffee, iced and hot tea, and punch. There will be games, prizes, 50/50, and entertainment. If your chapter would like to donate a door prize, it would be much appreciated. The cost is $22. Please mail reservations to Susie Mages, 118 Mages Lane, Winter Haven, FL 33880. If you have questions contact Susie at or 772-559-7707.

Red Hat Luncheon Wednesday, October 16th | 12:30pm Ben's Jewish Delicatessen - Boca Raton

We will be going to lunch and then off to the Festival Flea Market for shopping. We will need drivers and each passenger will pay $5 for the roundtrip. Please RSVP ASAP to Shelley Deixler or 772-345-2682.

Red ‘Hots’ Witches Howl Thursday, October 31st Sons of Italy - 765 SW Dalton Circle, Port St. Lucie

Hosted by Treasure Coast Royal Queen of Queens. The attire is "Witches in Red and Purple." For questions contact Sandy MacNeil at 772-785-9125 or email

Red ‘Hots’ Thanksgiving Luncheon Monday, November 4th Manero's - Palm City

Hosted by the Dazzling Dames in Red and the Lucie Goosies. There will be door prizes and Red Hat Split (50/50). The menu is turkey with dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and dessert. The cost is $25. Send checks to Eileen Barrett, 6956 NW Hershy Circle, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. For any additional information contact Sue Ann Goldman at bobsue@htcplus. net or Helen Penzel at


Zaid Iqbal, Personal Banker at Wells Fargo

Any Club that collects funds will need to set up a bank account. You will need the

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Articles of Incorporation for Vitalia at Tradition. Please contact Zaid or Shannon


at Tradition Wells Fargo for a free basic checking account.

out & about Club / Group Stickball Every Sunday | 9am

Meet in the Clubhouse parking lot. This is great way to spend a morning getting exercise and having fun.

Bowling Every Tuesday | 1:45pm Superplay U.S.A.

Join your Vitalia neighbors for a friendly game of bowling. Informal and fun. No RSVP needed. All skill levels welcome.

Darts Every Monday | 7pm

Open to all Vitalia Residents. $5 per person to join. Contact Phil Savader at or 772-345-2137.

Hand & Foot Every Thursday | 12:30pm-4pm Clubhouse

Co-Ed Water Volleyball Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday | 9am Clubhouse Pool

This game is for anyone looking for a little friendly competition. No experience necessary. No RSVP needed.

Ladies Water Volleyball Every Thursday | 3pm Clubhouse Pool

Ladies will meet for a friendly game of H2O Volleyball. All skill levels are welcome!

Golf Every Monday Ladies Golf

The Vitalia Ladies 18 Hole Golf Group plays at various courses throughout St. Lucie County. If you have basic knowledge of the sport and are familiar with golfing etiquette, you are welcome to join. Contact Marianne Martinovic at Every Monday Men’s Golf

Steve Tuckman is leading this group which meets every Monday afternoon at different area golf courses. If you’d like to join, please contact Steve at Thursday 9 Hole Co-Ed Golf

This is a co-ed golf group open to golfers of all levels. Tee times are made on a week by week basis. Please call or email the Activities Office by Tuesday of each week to be added to that week’s group.

Bible Study Every Wednesday | 2pm

The Good News Group met for the inaugural meeting at 2pm on July 31st at the guardhouse. Come join us as we begin in Genesis and discover God's Truth! Contact Geof Hoge, Life Coach, for more information at 772-216-7005. - A wise man will not continue to try something every day, that he has proved wrong the day before. -James Adams

out & about Classes Mosaic Mondays | 9am Guardhouse

This interesting class involves putting together small pieces of tile, glass, and pebbles to create patterns on a variety of surfaces. Create beautiful items for your home or patio. Projects range from $35-$50. RSVP.

Silk Painting Wednesdays | 9am Guardhouse

Debbie will be guiding you in creating a one of a kind masterpiece using easy techniques. This surprisingly simple art form has amazingly beautiful results! Projects range from $10-$20. RSVP.

Spanish Wednesdays | 9am Clubhouse

Challenge yourself to a healthier brain! Come learn a second language with your friends and neighbors. You'll learn about the culture, the language, the music, and the history of Spanish speaking countries. The class learns vocabulary and grammar by reading stories and fables aloud. Students converse and play fun games. The class has made trips to a Mexican restaurant, ordering in Spanish of course! The cost is $20 per month. Contact Diana Reese for more information at 321-574-1158 or

Fitness Classes Current class schedules are posted in the Clubhouse and on the calendar.

Yoga Mondays | 12pm Clubhouse

Yoga designed to actively improve flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as provide a unique physical experience. This class (for all levels) integrates the practice of yoga with passive stretching techniques. You begin where you are and progress at your own pace with repeated practice. No matter what your level, you will not be bored in this class.

Aqua Aerobics/Hydro Pilates M – T – W – Th | 11am Clubhouse

An excellent cardio and strength workout for people of all fitness levels. This class utilizes water weights, aqua gloves and noodles to achieve a very unique workout. Swimming is not required.

Zumba Thursdays | 9am Saturdays | 7:45am, 9am Clubhouse

Come be part of one of the most popular classes offered at Vitalia! “Exercise in Disguise.” Zumba is a dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance. It offers a blended balance of cardio and muscle toning benefits.

Aqua Zumba Fridays | 9am Clubhouse

Get your ‘groove on’ as you burn calories with a complete, no-impact workout in the pool. This class is for men and women who enjoy having a blast while getting in an AQUAFANTASTIC workout! Todos los miércoles de 9am a 10:30am tenemos la clase de español en el Club Social de Vitalia. En la clase de español se aprende sobre la cultura, el idioma, la música y la historia de los países de habla Hispana. Aprendemos vocabulario y gramática leyendo historias y fábulas en voz alta. Conversamos y nos divertimos jugando, también. Hemos hecho viajes a un restaurante mexicano donde ordenamos en español por supuesto! Vamonos!

Stretch Fridays | 10am Clubhouse

This class is for all levels, men and women. Lengthen and strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and allow your body the time to relax and rebuild. Please bring a yoga mat.

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Things To Do The New Elliott Museum Baseball Gallery The Elliott Museum may have the most comprehensive signed collection of baseball-related items outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. It includes autographed baseball cards, baseballs, bats, and other artifacts. The new gallery in which this significant collection will be displayed, located on the second floor of the Museum, tracks the game’s evolution, highlights players who changed the sport, and showcases Florida’s role— which included popularizing Spring Training—in the sport’s culture. The Museum’s baseball collection includes more than 600 baseball cards, from tobacco cards to the present, and most are autographed. In the new gallery the cards will be displayed in two automated cases with rotating spindles. The visitor can easily locate a card in an alphabetically-ordered booklet and then push a button on the corresponding spindle until the card is displayed. Future plans for this display call for full computerization, which will allow visitors to view both sides of a card via a touch screen. Thanks to donations and long-term loans, the collection of autographed baseballs now numbers more than 200. The collection sports signatures by

players from the Major Leagues, the Negro Leagues, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Among the most famous players represented are: Ray Dandridge, the Negro League; Hank Aaron, the Negro and Major Leagues; June Peppas (AAGPBL); and Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ted Williams, Derek Jeter, Bob Feller, Ralph Kiner, and Babe Ruth of the Major Leagues. Other items in this significant collection include hundreds of photographs and artifacts, some dating to the 1800s. These include player contracts, correspondence, players’ checks, autographed pictures, and more. Some of these artifacts will be on display when the Museum opens in 2013; a later phase of development will see more being placed on view and made available via touch screen programming. Some items in the collection belonged to Major League players who grew up in south Florida. These players include: Stuart natives Rusty Meacham, who pitched with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Scott Proctor, who pitched for the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Atlanta Braves; Miami-born Rob Murphy, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Florida Marlins; and Rick Ankiel, born in Ft. Pierce, who was a pitcher and outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Royals, the Atlanta Braves, and the Washington Nationals. For more information please contact Lisa Djahed, Marketing Coordinator, 772-225-1961.

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4th Annual “Dancing With Our P.A.L.'s” Presented by Fort Pierce Police Athletic League & Sunrise Theatre and Sponsored by Treasure Coast LEXUS

Saturday, September 21st | 6pm | 4:30pm for VIP

The Food Truck Invasion 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 5pm–9:30pm

$25 (Show) | $80 (VIP) $10 (After Party) | Begins immediately after Tickets on sale at

The food trucks will be parked at Tradition Square. If it’s your first time, here is what you will need to know: this is a huge outdoor picnic where food trucks of different origins, cuisine, and menus prepare food that is cooked to order. It’s not fast food and several of these trucks are run by chefs. There is a great deal of fusion cuisine, comfort foods, and sweet treats to choose from. Be sure to bring your folding chairs or blankets to have a picnic on the lawn in front of Tradition Town Hall!

Vote for your favorite local celebrity dancer! Eight local celebrity dancers team up with pros to help raise funds for the Police Athletic League youth crime prevention programs in Ft. Pierce.

Paleo Hammock Preserve 8551 Carlton Road Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 772-462-2526 This 120-acre site preserves a unique hammock with archaeological significance. A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail leads through a very old forest of elms, oaks, and palms. An elevated observation deck overlooks a marsh.

The star lineup will include: Tia Ashton, Rob Curry, Kate Citrone, Misty Gaddis Marie Davi, Mel Liebman, Daniel Lee, and Tony Loupe. The contestants will be rehearsing their dance numbers with professional dance instructors: Craig Galvin, Megan Acosta, Kevin Payne, William Figueroa, Manolo Soler, Shiela Soler, Kristin Vennos, and Lisa Johns Gross. The dance styles include: Latin, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Free Style, Tango, and Country Swing. For more information about the event or to become an event sponsor, please call the committee chairwoman, Karen Pearson at 772-528-6649. September 2013 | Vitalia Voice   11  

Vitalia At Tradition

10023 SW Oak Tree Circle Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Vitalia Voice - September 2013  

September 2013 issue of Vitalia Voice.

Vitalia Voice - September 2013  

September 2013 issue of Vitalia Voice.