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A Community Newsletter for Pebble Creek Residents


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VOL.1, ISSUE 5 | MARCH 2013

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P u b lisher ’ s Dear Pebble Creek residents, Want to impress everyone on St. Patrick’s Day with your broad Irish vocabulary? Then here you go! Some great St. Patrick’s Day words to use are, Blarney, Blarney stone, blooms and butte, banshee, birds, brogue, bodran, Book of Kells, bag pipes, bag of coins, blessings, bucket of coins, bucket of luck, Church of Ireland, coins, Celtic, clover, castle, cross, cabbage, corned beef, colorful rainbow, charm(s), cheer, digging for gold, Druid, fiddlers, flowers, four leaf clover, gold, gold coins, golden luck, green, green clover, green day, happy, harp, Irish, Irish laughter through Irish hearts, Irish whiskey, Irish flag, Irish pipes, Irish bag pipes, Irish eyes are smilin’, Ireland, in-like-alion, Ides, Ides of March, kiss, kissing, kiss me I’m Irish, Irish blessings, Irish calender, Kells,

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Kelly, kilt, luck, lucky, luck of the Irish, luck of the green clover, luck in a bucket, lucky pot, lucky charms, lullaby, lad, lilt, lip-smackin’, limerick, leprechaun, mireland, outlike-a-lion, pot of gold, pot O gold, Patrick, Patty’s Day, Pat’s Day, “Paddy”, patron saint, parades, pinch, pipes, paint the town green, Plastic Paddy (used to describe non-Irish folks celebrating St. Patrick’s Day), rainbow, rainbow to gold, riverdance, Saint Patrick, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, St. Pat’s Day, shillelagh, shamrock, scones, smithereens, snakes, stout, seventeen, seventeenth, spring, shimmer me timbers, sounds of green, three leaf clover, Trinity, top hat, tanistry, wild Irish rose, wearing green, wish, and top of the mornin’ to ya! Have fun and don’t be fooled on April 1st! Cindi Matter, Publisher cindi

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e L e t t e r f r o m t h President of Pebble Creek HOA By Dan Logan

Park Drive are doing our best to make sure Regents As the oak leaves continue to fall, we s to help clean Earthscapes to send out additional crew looks well maintained. We have asked ive numerous rece We ng up and bagging your leaves. up the leaves. Please do your part by raki hbors that hbors who never rake their leaves, or neig complaints from homeowners about neig on Regents thscapes will begin to trim the oak trees just blow their leaves into the street. Ear ipment in our fully, as we will have a lot of heavy equ Park Drive in March. Please drive care services to g min ble Creek, they can offer tree trim community. While Earthscapes is in Peb pay and will schedule your appointment. Residents our residents. Call Earthscapes today to contract with Earthscapes directly. areas, is cars and trucks parking in our common A problem we continue to experience dollars of s dred hun d ntry Crossings Park, we spen easements and parks. For example, at Cou the into cars r nkler heads because residents drive thei a month to repair grass and replace spri of cost planted palm trees on the easement at a park or park on the easement. We recently beautiful, s look it ough Alth . t and out of the park men ease the off cars keep to r orde in $4800 mon areas, d. Please keep cars off of the grass in com this was money we never wanted to spen avoided! be have to raise dues for repairs that can easements and parks. We don’t want to

nth: “Ask the Board “question of the mo car to the Country Crossings Park so that my

e my Question: I live in the Estates. I driv I don’t like the playground. There is no parking lot. dog can run free, and my children can use e a parking lot there? parking in the street. Why don’t we hav they built developer never built a parking lot when the that is er answ le simp The : wer Ans to walk to the the developer was encouraging residents the homes in Country Crossings. I think we are not and parking lot would be a huge expense, park. Currently, the board feels that a , we have a it. If you need to drive your car to a park even sure that the county would permit ts. If you community center and by the tennis cour the nd behi park l tifu beau a and lot parking please walk there or ride a bike. want to use the Country Crossings Park,

C A L E N D A R March Daisy Scouts meet at Pebble Creek Community Center, every Wednesday from 5 to 6pm Leader Amanda Yoke Girl Scouts meet the 3rd Friday of every month 4:30 to 6:30pm at Community Center - Leader Heather Casey 4

pchoa Board Meeting Monday, March 11th 6:30pm at Community Center USF Senior Classes by USF being held at the Community Center. Mondays & Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon Famous Trials of History/ Experience Austria Call USF to register 813.974.2403

Pebble Creek Ladies Luncheon Wednesday, March 27th at Mulligan's Pub Arrive @ 11:30 - lunch starts at 12 noon. All lunch items $10 or less (at your expense) RSVP to Marilyn D'Angelo by March 25th @ 813-991-0487

HOA Board Meeting Monday, March 11th 6:30pm at Community Center

Pebble Creek Homeowners Association Managed by University Properties, Inc (UPI) For appointments and correspondence contact: Anglea Hester 7001 Temple Terrace Highway Temple Terrace, FL 33637 Office phone: 813.980.1000 Fax: 813.980.2233 Email: PCHOA website Approved meeting minutes posted Pebble Creek Community Center & Pool

18715 Bent Tree Lane Phone: 813973.8064 Fax: 813.973.1966 Winter Pool Hours 10am to 6pm Tuesday - Sunday Pool is closed every Monday for maintenance Emergency Fire/Sheriff/Ambulance 911 Sheriff Non-Emergency 247.8200 Hillsborough County Sheriff Website Animal Control 744.5660 Code Enforcement 274.6600 Pluris Utilities 888.758.7471


[ News ] Welcoming Committee News

Dottie Paredes, Chairperson

The Welcoming Committee tries to visit every new resident in our community. If you are a new resident and you have not received our welcome packet, you may call the Community Center at 973-8064 to request that a greeter visit you. Please support these businesses that have contributed to the Welcome Basket and tell them that you read about them in the Pebble Creek News. AAA Travel & Insurance Agency 20315 Bruce B. Downs 813-929-3430

Bob Heires, Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-767-4049

AAP Fitness 10335 Cross Creek Blvd. Suite A 813-907-6227

la Pink Boutique 18035 Highlands Preserve 813-972-2862

Avon Lee Ann Plungis 813-732-2778 Baker’s Gallery 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-973-9966 Benefit Wellness Concepts, LLC Terri Khalil 19046 Bruce B. Downs #157 813-765-7703 BJ’s Wholesale Club 6290 Commerce Palms 813-313-1404

Las Palmas Café Pebble Creek Collection 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-1333 Let’s Talk Coffee Organo Gold – Organic Celia Wadley 813-831-1064 Jennifer Lindner Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-758-7463

Bruster’s Ice Cream 20303 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-7458

Longaberger Baskets Leora Wilson 813-907-5990 leorawilson

Chase Bank 19001 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.973.7675

Marco’s Pizza 20305 Bruce. B. Downs 813-907-6400

Great Florida Insurance 10353 Cross Creek Blvd. Ste. C 813-994-1143 Sallie Turko –agent/owner

Mary Kay Dounia Benkabbou 813-340-3337

Dr. Michael Green General Dentistry 2244 Green Hedges Way Suite 102, Wesley Chapel 813-973-1440

Mary Kay Christine Sykes 813-991-5123

Oakley’s Grille 17631 Bruce B. Downs 813-523-5075

Shapes for Women 28240 Golden Maple Loop 813-973-7354

Party Scene Pebble Creek Collection 813-994-6868

Sign Art Group Chrys Hanes – owner 813-237-0202

Pebble Creek Golf Club and Mulligans Irish Pub 10550 Regents Park Dr. 813-973-3870 Pilot Bank 17635 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.349.4553 Promotional Solutions Trena Reynolds 813-948-2997 Dianne Prosser Independent Broker United Healthcare 163222 Heathrow Dr. 813-632-9399 Quest Enterprises, Inc. Remodeling and Repairs Rex Albritton 813-454-2275 Quest Marital Arts John Giancarlo Chief Instructor 150490 Bruce B. Downs 813-971-5545

Regions Bank 1333 Bruce B. Downs Wesley Chapel 813-991-6487 Kristina Licata Business Development Sam’s Club 27727 State Rd. 56 813-929-7057 Thirty-One Gifts Jessica White 813-412-3887 jwhitetampa Tupperware Terri Khalil 813-765-7703 Wells Fargo Bank 8902 Regents Park Dr. 813-272-1389 White Dove Jewelry Patricia Cihinci 813-431-5708

Shamrock Painting Michael Reynolds 813-505-7839

2013 Pebble Creek HOA Board of Directors: Dan Logan - President (overseeing Deed Restrictions)

Bob Gilmore - Treasurer (Community Center)

John Moors - 1st Vice President (overseeing Architectural Committee, Safety & Security)

Leora Wilson - Secretary (Welcoming Committee, Website & Newsletter)

Sandy Gold - 2nd Vice President (Maintenance) PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / MARCH 2013


Teddy the Turtle Meet Teddy the Turtle. We adopted Teddy from family friends who thought he was not going to live much longer since he didn't seem to eat and never moved around. We bought a heat lamp and changed his diet from turtle pellets to freeze dried bugs and lettuce. We are happy to say that Teddy is basking in the light and swims around happily. If he keeps growing he will be upgrading his turtle condo to a turtle mansion!

Pebble Creek Tree Trimming Project The HOA will pay to have a lift in the community for 1 month from March 4th - April 4th. Call by March 22nd to reserve your date. Contact Earthscapes - 813-659-2088 Pay directly to Earthscapes on day of service.

Treasurer Report

For the month of December we were favorable to budget by ($16K). Through twelve months of FY12 we are favorable to budget by ($8K). Reserve News – In December we increased our reserves by $4K. 2012 HOA Dues – We ended the year with 70 homes failing to pay their 2012 assessment ($35K).

This forced us to transfer $27K from Retained Earnings to cover the short fall. The BOD will be looking at a number of options that will help improve our collection efforts in 2013. 2013 Assessment – Your 2013 annual assessment payment is due in January. If you did not receive your coupon then please contact Angela Hester (813) 9801000.v

Street Lights If you live near a street light & it is out, please get the # off the pole or the closest address to the pole. Report to Teco or call Tina @ the Community Center 813-973-8064.

Calling All Volunteers! Are you interested in volunteering in our community? Maybe you’ve thought about it but weren’t sure where you could help out or what was involved. Our Community needs you! Call the community center for more details at 813.973.8064 6


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As you know, PLURIS has raised their water rates dramatically in Pebble Creek. A hearing will be held downtown so that residents can express their concern. As of right now, we don’t have a date set for the hearing. We are encouraging all homeowners to attend the hearing. Most likely, we will rent a bus, so that we can get homeowners downtown more effectively. Look for news on the Pebble Creek website, the community bulletin boards and at board meetings. Also, if you have any quality issues with PLURIS, we are asking that you go to the Florida State Utility website and log your complaint. If you have issues with billing, quality, smell coming from the wastewater treatment station, etc. please go to: Website: Email: Phone: (800)342-3552 When considering rate hikes, the county looks at overall service from the supplier to justify the increase. In the last two years, we have had maybe 5-10 complaints. I have heard way more complaints than that. Don’t call Tina at our community center, or Angela at UPI. Go to the website to complain … that is the official state record center. PLURIS must respond if you go to that website and complain.v

Florida Treasure Hunt If you are like me and enjoy searching for ‘real’ treasure then I am prepared to share a top secret web site with each of our homeowners (maybe not top secret). 1) This is an official State of Florida web site and is run by our CFO Jeff Atwater. 2) The website is - 3) Click on the SEARCH Unclaimed Property button. 4) Read and follow the instructions (you can enter a name or a business). NOTE: If you do not have a computer you c an call (888) 258-2253 Now back to our story – I entered Pebble Creek Homeowners Association in the name search and found 3 different claims (total of $1,344.72). Our management company, UPI, has completed the required claim form and we will receive our check within 90 days. Good luck! Please let Tina know if you strike it rich. PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / MARCH 2013

March House of the Month 18719 Forest Glen Court (Pebble Creek)

Landscape Committee The Landscape Committe met on January 22nd and reviewed plans for the coming year. The committee is inspecting sub-division entrances to determine what additional fixes/improvements are necessary. Input from homeowners is desired. Plans were made to finalize replanting and improvement of the Club View entrance. Yet to be examined are the primary entrances to the community for improvements. The plans developed by the Landscape Committee are reviewed by the Board of Directors, cost estimated, approved and then executed. There are a number of common areas that will be reviewed for future improvement. Again, input from homeowers is requested. Planting has been accomplished at Country Crossings - trees and bushes, along the right of way to restrict street parking which was becoming a hazard. v If you encounter an alligator that is acting hostile you can report it to the county wildlife control office. Whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE ALLIGATORS. It is against Florida Law to do so, and will encourage the reptiles to become less afraid of humans! Visit the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association Website for...

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Swim Team Begins April 1st

Tampa Bay Aquatics is a USA Swimming registered team with multiple branches in the Tampa Bay Area. We are excited to bring a program to the residents of Pebble Creek for the spring season. The program will teach the basics of competitive swimming with a strong focus on stroke proficiency and proper technique.

April 26th & 2 7th

8 am to 2 pm Goodwill will have a truck co llecting donatio Saturday Apr il 27th @ the ns Community C 10am to 3pm enter - CC parking lot

Practices: Begin April 1st - through summer 4:00pm to 5:00 Monday through Thursday and are open to swimmers ages 5 to 15. Costs: $50 per month PC residents A one-time registration fee of $20 per swimmer. This includes a TBAY swim cap and T-shirt Registration at the Pool: Friday, March 29th from 3:30 to 4:30 Saturday March 30th from 10:00 to Noon In order to participate, children must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping and be able to float on their back. For more information, or if you can not make one of the registration sessions, please contact Coach Julia Lamb; 813-240-9428 or Swim Lessons: Lessons are Twenty minutes long and are sold in a series of 6 lessons $75 for residents, $80 for non-residents. Can be scheduled M/W or T/Th Contact Coach Julia for more information or to schedule a lesson

In February, local families helped in the Florida Learning Garden, a project of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and the Florida State Fairground Authority

Summer internships available at the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Offices from June to August. Volunteers are asked to assist staff in the office. Students can help with filing, answering phones, preparing for events, and much more. College and high school students are welcome to apply. Call 813-221-8733 for more information.

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Board Meetings 3/18, 5/20, 7/15, 9/15, and 11/18 at 7:00pm

Any community member may attend any monthly meeting. If you would like to speak at a meeting please contact the Board at least 7 days in advance.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? The following streets are in the Pebble Creek Village Homeowners Association: • Aintree Court Cypresswood Circle

2013 Pebble Creek

Village Board of Directors

Letter from the PCVHOA President The Homeowners' Meeting for the Revitaliazation was held in an official meeting on Tuesday January 29th. The vote was 171 "for" the revitalization and 16 "against". All the documentation has gone to our attorney to • Hogans Bend • Masters Court Pebble Creek Drive • Putters Place • Regents Park Drive Saint James • Court Sturbridge Court • Tournament Trail • Woodcutter Court Stan Chmura President 18316 Sturbridge Ct. 813.973.0541 Tom Micheletti Vice President

be forwarded on to the state, and revitalization process will be finalized in the next 30-60 days. Thank you to all who participated and gave us their proxies. Respectfully, Stan Chmura

If you need to report a violation in Pebble Creek Village, call one of the board members listed in the Pebble Creek Village section of the newsletter. All other streets belong to the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association. 9201 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.345.8659 Jane Spencer Secretary/Newsletter 9232 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.907.1042

If you need to report a violation in Pebble Creek Homeowners Association, call Universal Properties (your management company) at 813-980-1000. There are available Monday thru Thursday. v Jeff Thomson / Betty Ann Houghton Architectural / Deed Restrictions 9232 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.527.6318


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Turner Elementary School

Computer Lab and computers • For instructional programs • To update our Nooks • For building maintenance and repairs

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Congratulations Ruchi Korde! 6th Grade, Terrace Community Middle School Winner of a 6-12 grade Essay Contest presented by Lowry Park Zoo First Prize: Zookeeper Experience at the Zoo & tickets for her family to attend all day experience.

Wharton High School

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Terrace Community Middle School 11734 Jefferson Road, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592 813.987.6555

Wharton High School 20150 Bruce B. Downs Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 631-4710 WEB:


Looking for something to do this summer? Why not explore new places, try new things, make new friends, and have FUN doing it? Join us for Summer Camp at Terrace Community Middle School! Grades 5-8 welcome. Please contact Miss Emma Larson, Director of Aftercare, by emailing aftercare@ for more information. Tornado WALK-A-THON Help us reach our goal of $25,000

on Friday, March 8th @ TCMS 8 am-2 pm The Tornado Walk-a-Thon is a NEW fundraiser for our school. Proceeds from this fundraising effort will be used: • To support our New

PayPal credit card online donations may be made by visiting the PRA page of the website (www.tcmstornadoes. com). Terrace Community Middle School is a U.S. 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible under the I.R.S. guidelines. Math League Terrace Community Middle School won first place overall in the 2nd annual Charter School Math League that was held at Kids Community College. The other charter schools that participated were LLT Academy, Valrico Academy, Kids Community College and New Spring Academy. The 6th Grade team placed second, and both the 7th and 8th grade teams won first place. Individual awards were given to the following students: 6th Grade First Place, William He Second Place, Kendall Driesse Third Place, London Torres 7th Grade First Place, Harrison Yang Second Place, Xenta Xu Third Place, Akun Kang 8th Grade First Place, Jay Talati Second Place, Kanad Sarkar Third Place, Samantha Tun

Olympic Sprinter Justin Gatlin Appears at Wharton HS 5K Race Five-time Olympic medalist and world class sprinter Justin Gatlin made an appearance at the Wharton High School 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, February 16th, at Wharton High School. Gatlin, whose 100m personal best time is 9.79, participated in a meetand-greet from 7:30 am–9:30 am on the Wharton campus . Some of his Olympic medals

were also on display. The 5K began at 8:30, followed by the Fun Run. The annual event is the school’s primary fundraiser for Wishes for Wharton, a teacher grant program that helps provide teachers with funds to enhance the classroom learning experience when funds would not otherwise be available, such as technology upgrades, educational school supplies for disadvantaged students, subscriptions, scholarships, and more. v


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New Tampa Chamber Calendar of Events New and exciting website! The second Tuesday of March, the 12th, at Hunter’s Green 11:30 - speaker TBD. We are again looking for a $50 sponsor for this event. It is a chance to get a few minutes to feature your business, sell merchandise and pass out info. We welcome all members to do drawing and give aways. The second Tuesday of April, the 9th, at Hunter’s Green 11:30 – Our guest speaker will be Councilman Mike Suarez – City of Tampa District 1 At Large. We are looking for a $50 sponsor for this event “ditto” the above remarks. And finally the 20th Annual “Taste of New Tampa” will be March 24th from noon till 6pm at Primrose School of Tampa Palms at 5307 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, Fl. 33647. Current members may obtain a booth at the discount fee of $200. Restaurant members are FREE and will receive ½ of their $1tickets they collect back to offset the food

cost. Admission will be $5 presale (let us know if you want to increase your walk-in traffic and be a location) and $10 at the gate plus $1 per “Taste” ticket. We are seeking sponsors for this event from major sponsor of 10K for the primary position on all marketing

on everything we print for example the goodie bags, the wristbands, bring your cars, banners and newspapers, YOU get all we can offer. We have the opportunity for two 3K sponsors for the “Battle of the Bands” with banners along side

of a very impressive professional stage. The chamber has booked the band called “BIG BROTHER’S” to be our headliner act- google them as they have a huge Tampa Bay Following. The other levels of sponsorship range from $2500 down to just $500 for current members, has many marketing advantages and placement spaces for the event. A tradition since 1993 The Taste of New Tampa raises money for community projects; this year’s proceeds will benefit New Tampa Chamber local projects and nonprofit organizations such as PTAs and boy scout troops who help make this event possible every year. This must-see family focused event will also feature live entertainment, kids activities and and lots of fun. March 24th at Primrose Lake Park, 5307 Primrose Lake Circle. CURRENT SPONSORS (WITH HUGE THANKS)

Primrose of Tampa Palms- Daycare

The Law offices of Mathew J. Jowanna P.A. Neighborhood News BB&T Banks Sign A Rama We Love Logo’s We are planning some fun evening events for 2013 and welcome your ideas. One thought is a “Progressive Plaza” where in 2 hours we visit 3 businesses located in the same plaza for drinks, appetizers and dessert. Please let us know if you are interested. We also welcome any other ideas! For all questions and registrations for any event please call our Executive assistant Jayne Baker at 813-2932464 or Regina Ramalheira 20122013 President, at 813-245-8893. You may also inquire on line. ** If you are a current member and

never received a New Tampa Chamber of Commerce plaque or are a current member with a plaque dated years prior call Regina at 813-245-8893. Online registrations for events are important to provide the best Chamber experiences! Please everyone help us recruit new members! Just give us a call 813-293-2464. v

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SUMMER CAMP A full-day program that is jam packed with fun for all

5th ANNUAL LIVESTRONG SPINATHON AND HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO Join us 7:30 am-11:30 am on Saturday, April 20th for music, vendors, games, prizes and food! Teams are forming now – no experience necessary. Participants will spin for 1 – 4 hours to raise money for the Livestrong at the Y program and the Y’s Annual Member Engagement Campaign. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to lend you their

SWIM LESSONS and our pool will be bustling! Our swim lessons begin March 4th and teach competitive and non-competitive strokes, improve technique and above all have fun! We expect each child to learn and progress at their own rate. Encouragement and practice from parents outside of class time is recommended. We offer parent with child classes, and group classes for age 3 to 12.

support. You sweat, they give – and everybody wins! Ride all 4 hours as an individual, or put together a team and split up the hours however you wish. Contests will include Best Team Spirit, Most Money Raised and Best Decorated Bike. For more

information about signing up as an individual or a team, please contact Donna at Donna.McCarthy@ For information about becoming a sponsor or having a booth at the expo, please contact Jen atJennifer.Berenyi@tampaymca. org or call either at 813-866-9622. v

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Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for dedicated volunteers ages 18 to 30, who want to make the world a better place. Their goals are self development and fellowship through service. They strive to better our local and international communities while growing as leaders and young

professionals. They meet the first Wednesday at The Green Lemon on South Howard and the third Wednesday at Avalon Heights at 7:30 pm. Rotaract is a global network of young people who are changing the world with clubs in over 160 countries. Their recent volunteer events have included:

They volunteered at the 5K to distribute water to the participants during and after the event.

Sweetwater Organic Farms:

Peace River Refuge:

They recently helped Sweetwater Organic Farms, a communitysupported urban organic farm and environmental education center, harvest and wash vegetables in order to distribute them to members of the farm and promote organic and sustainable farming. Feeding America: They went to the Feeding America warehouse in south Tampa, along with the Rotary Club of New Tampa Evening, in order to sort and pack donated food.

On the topic of animal welfare, they are currently planning a day trip to Silver Springs where they can help the Peace River Refuge Forest Animal Rescue build its sanctuary. The sanctuary is in the midst of a relocation and they have contacted the owners to discuss the Tampa Rotaract Club helping build habitats for the various animals they care for like wolves, bears, primates, etc. Their Social events have included:

Gasparilla 5K:


Mud Run, Benefiting the Humane Society:

Rotaract members assisted at the obstacle course-style marathon. They have chosen to focus on animal welfare as their main focus of service this year.

A pancake party:

Last month they had a pancake

party, where members brought different toppings and they all made their "ideal" pancakes by mixing and matching the toppings into the batter. It was a lot of fun, despite the mess! Bowling:

Members went bowling (after volunteering at Feeding America) in order to promote the fellowship within their club, and show off their bowling skills, or lack thereof. Anyone who is interested in attending meetings or events please contact the club via email at, or call Richard Crouse at 386-336-6348. Or you can "like" the club's facebook page and inquire though that. v


I Will Inspire 5k A Day of Celebration for Participants and their Supporters

For 2 years in a row, Dr. Kaufman has been named “The Best Eye Surgeon”

The I Will Inspire 5k Race was held February 16th in Telecom Park. Over 500 people of all abilities participated in the charity event organized by the New Tampa Junior Woman's Club. The goal of the race was to inspire athletes to embark on a journey of self achievement, whether it was a first time runner or a recovering veteran. Partnering with the I WILL Foundation and Building Homes for Heroes, the woman's club's hope was to encourage people facing adversity to live their lives to the fullest by achieving goals that they thought were otherwise unattainable. The I Will Inspire 5k race was an emotional and uplifting day for all. v Photos courtesy of Constance Avellino Photos Wharton High School

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Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Location: Auditorium The parent workshop includes two components: 1. An Interactive Section of MADD’S Website ( ) a. Provides parents with tips of how to start and keep the conversation going 2. Community-Based Program ( Parent Handbook) a. Provides a FREE parent handbook b. Provides tools to talk with teens about the dangers of underage drinking Hear what parents are saying ab out this information:

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Pebble Creek's Feral Cats Also known as a “community” cats, feral cats are born and raised in the wild, or have been abandoned or lost and reverted to wild ways in order to survive. Feral cats have been living outdoors alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. While some feral cats tolerate a bit of human contact, most are not socialized to people. Feral cats typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members. Feral cats make their home wherever they find shelter and a food source, usually near humans. There are an estimated 200,000 feral cats in Hillsborough County. Feral cats are a domesticated species and, therefore, are protected under the state’s anti-cruelty laws. Since Pebble Creek is finding these cats to be quite a problem, here are some tips on coexisting with feral cats. Essentially, feral cats belong to the community and it’s the community’s responsibility to ensure their care. Because feral cats are not socialized and not adoptable, they do not belong in animal pounds or shelters where virtually 100% of them are killed. Instead, feral cats should be humanely trapped, neutered, vaccinated and returned (TNVR) to their outdoor home. Learn more about TNVR at the Hillsborough Humane Society and why it is the most effective, economical and humane means of community cat population control. Although feral cats do not pose a danger to humans or the community, it is understandable that many Pebble Creek residents do not enjoy having them in their yards. There are simple things you can do to deter cats from taking up residence on your property. • Place a tight lid on your trash can. • Apply cat repellent fragrances in any areas where you wish to deter cats. • Scatter natural deterrents such as fresh orange/lemon peels, citrus sprays coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus. • Physically block or seal the location the cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice once you are certain there are no cats or kittens inside. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is committed to the well-being of feral cats Each Monday our clinic spays, neuters and vaccinates dozens of feral cats for the low cost of $15. If you trap a feral cat, please bring it to us to spay or neuter. This will help the Pebble Creek community. v



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New Tampa Woman's Club

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On January 26th the GFWC Woman's Club of New Tampa held its second annual Bunko Fundraiser. This annual event was full of fun games, food and great prizes. All monies raised will go to projects that the


woman's club supports through the year. During the evening, guests donated a jar of peanut butter which were donated to Feeding America for their food pantry. The month of January also kicked off our Heritage

Elementary Tutoring Project where members volunteer their time each week to help students in the 1st-5th grades. This worthwhile effort is in partnership with Heritage Elementary and their CATS

program. If you would like to be part of a fun volunteer group for the community, our information is as follows: Our monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each Month from 12-1pm and are held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (5338 Primrose lake Circle, in Tampa Palms). Our future meeting dates are March 20th, April 17th, and May 15th, please join us anytime or contact us at WCNewTampa@hotmail. com for more information. v


Water Conservation Tips Bathroom Water Saving Tips Toilets

About 75 percent of the water used inside a home is used in the bathroom. Half of that is used by the toilet. Frequently a toilet can leak silently, wasting hundreds of gallons per month. The main culprit for leaks is the flapper or stop valve at the bottom of the tank. If it fails, water constantly seeps into the bowl. You can test to see if the flapper is not working properly by adding a few drops of colored food dye into the tank. Wait about 15 minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, then the flapper is leaking and should be replaced. Please be sure to get the correct flapper for your particular toilet

model. After the test, flush the toilet to prevent the dye from staining your fixture. According to statistics, it is estimated that a toilet is flushed 20 times a day by a family of four. If you don't already have an ultra-low-flow toilet, that would be a wise first step to conserving. Older models use 3.5, 5 or 7 gallons per flush. The savings will depend on which model you have. Maybe you have heard those horror stories of having to double flush each time with a low-flow toilet. Admittedly, early attempts at making lowflow toilets were dismal and resulted in repeated flushing by frustrated customers and a bad

reputation. Newer models have largely overcome these and use only 1.6 gallons per flush.


The average bathtub will hold 40 to 60 gallons completely filled. You can save 20 gallons by bathing in a halffilled tub.


(maximum 2.5 gallons per minute flow rate) you will save water and still have an enjoyable shower. You can also add a temporary shut-off device at the showerhead to further reduce the flow while lathering. Showerheads are available to Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department customers at no cost by contacting customer service at 272-6680.


Turn it off. The chief source of waste at a sink is from turning it on and leaving it running while brushing teeth or shaving. Installing a low flow aerator may cut the flow by 5 gallons a minute, which will add up quickly. Free aerators are also available from customer service at 272-6680. v

Showering accounts for about 20 percent of the water used in the home. Taking a shorter shower can save 3 to 6 gallons for each minute. By reducing shower time by 5 minute you could save 15 to 30 gallons each time. If you install a new showerhead



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Local Girl Scouts celebrated National Girl Scout Cookie Day (NGSCD) in Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa on Feb. 8th. The girls were handing out free Girl Scout cookie samples, and demonstrating the five essential skills girls learn through the

Girl Scout Cookie Program: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Cookie booths will only be in the community until March 17th, so don’t miss out on the chance to get some tasty cookies – and help girls learn a lifetime of skills! Cookie fans with smart phones can download the free Girl Scout Cookie Locator app. in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place. The app. provides fun facts and information on Girl Scout cookies and even touts an alert feature to notify users when there will be a cookie booth sale in their area.

Twelfth Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon On March 19, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) will host the twelfth annual Women of Distinction Luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa to honor four extraordinary women in the Tampa Bay community – women whose professional accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams. New this year, GSWCF will also be presenting the Inaugural Woman of Promise Award to a young woman under age 35. The 2013 honorees are: • Elise Minkoff, Pinellas County

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Adoptions/Rescues at Hillsborough County Animal Services In December Reaches Record High In total, 772 animals found forever homes with adoptive families or rescue groups in December. Whether it was the increased hours of operation for adoptions, continued support from rescue groups and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, or all the special adoption promotions, Hillsborough County Animal Services had more animals leave the shelter alive in

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A Community Newsletter for Pebble Creek Residents. VOL.1, ISSUE 5

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