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VMs Hear About Transportation, Storm Prep and Elections

The June 11 Voting Members meeting opened with Deb Guerino (Alternate, Villas of WPV) discussing the GAC’s Transportation Survey. The survey will be posted July 1 on the Westchase Neighborhood News Facebook page and will appear in World of Westchase and have a monitored email for responses. The survey’s purpose is to gather information about …

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CDD Adopts Street Tree Plan; Closes in on Cell Tower Bids

The June 4 CDD meeting began with Attorney Erin McCormick discussing updates made to the district’s cell tower bidding document since the May 7 meeting. Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors had received the updated document, called an RFP, in email and were supposed to have reviewed them prior to the meeting for input. Based …

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Mary Bryant Earns Kindness Certification

Mary Bryant Elementary recently became a kindness certified school through the national organization Kids For Peace. In order to accomplish this, students participated in “The Great Kindness Challenge.” During this school-wide event, kindergarten through second grade students had to complete at least five challenges, for example, smiling at someone, learning someone else’s name or picking …

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Westchase Lifeguard Saves Own Family from Riptide

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Joaquin Arrillaga and his family were in Puerto Rico for spring break when his daughter helped them narrowly avoid tragedy. Joaquin, his wife and their two daughters had decided to spend an hour at the beach. While his oldest daughter, Amanda, didn’t want to get her hair wet, her dad …

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The 2019 WOW Sylvester Scholars: Dedicated to Scholarship and Altruism

Monday, April 29 saw WOW honor its latest impressive class of WOW Sylvester Scholars. The five Westchase residents were selected from an impressive group of applicants for their commitment to both scholarship and community service. Toasted at the annual WOW Sylvester Scholars Dinner at the Westchase Golf Club were Fords resident Allison Dil, the daughter …

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GAC Chair Successfully Removes Political Opponent from Committee

During the May 9 Westchase Community Association Board Meeting, the fate of the association’s early morning swim program was also briefly discussed. Operations Manager Kelly Shires reported that there were now 11 swimmers so a few more people have joined. Treasurer Shawn Yesner stated they would give the program one more month to push for …

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GAC Invites State Representative to Address VMs

At the May 14 VM Meeting, Florida Representative Jamie Grant (R., Dist. 64), fielded questions from VMs and residents. Grant’s district encompasses portions of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties and includes Westchase. Woodbridge VM Rick Goldstein, also chair of the Government Affairs Committee (GAC), which invited Grant, said the visit was the first part of a …

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CDD to Explore Creation of Community Garden

The surprise vote came at the conclusion of the Westchase CDD’s nearly three-hour May 7 meeting. Supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) stalled on their adoption of a consistent street tree plan but voted unanimously, at Supervisor Brian Ross’ suggestion, to explore community uses for a CDD parcel located between Stonebridge and The …

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Alonso High School to Debut IB Program in 2020

Elections, the old saying goes, have consequences. And one of the consequences of last November’s election will impact Alonso High School, potentially reshaping the role it plays in the education of Westchase and Northwest Hillsborough County students. The November 2018 election saw West Hampton resident Steve Cona win a school board seat long held by …

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