'Cereusly' folks - what's up with this tree 'Cereusly' folks by wuyunyi

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									July 2011          Published Since November 1968     Only Good News For 43 Years                              VOLUME 43         NO 7


  ‘Cereusly’ folks - what’s up with this tree?
                                                            By Doug Kates, editor
                                                          The most recognizable feature
                                                   at On Top of the World is the globe,
                                                   which welcomes residents and guests
                                                   to the Sunset Point Road entrance.
                                                          “Almost” as famous as the globe
                                                   is an ugly tree, which sits on the west
                                                   side overlooking Arbor Lake, near the
                                                   Espana Building.
                                                          For years, residents have called
                                                   this creature a Cereus Tree because
                                                   one week a year the “tree” produces
                                                   flowers that bloom at night.
                                                          True. The Cereus Cactus, which       Pictured above is a tree on the
                                                   is found in Arizona, Texas and Mexico       west side, which, from a distance,
                                                   deserts, has a beautiful flower, which      is lacking any artistic value. Close
                                                   blooms one night a year in June or          up, however, this tree blooms
                                                   July.                                       beautiful flowers one week a year
                                                          But does On Top of the World         and only at night. But is it really a
                                                   really have a Cereus Cactus?                tree?          (Photos by Bryan Wallace)
                                                          DesertUsa.com calls the Cereus
                                                   Tree “one of the strangest plants of        be trimmed, but there are no plans to
                                                   the desert.” To most people, 364 days       cut it down. He said OTOW realizes
                                                   a year, an actual Cereus Tree looks like    people love seeing the cactus bloom
                                                   a dead bush. It is rarely photographed      and there is no desire to remove a liv-
                                                   because when it’s not blooming there        ing old oak tree.
                                                   is nothing attractive to see. But when it          Andy Wilson, from the Pinellas
                                                   does bloom, trumpet-shaped flowers          County Extension Horticulture De-
                                                   appear and they give off an exquisite       partment, has seen the same pictures
                                                   scent, according to the Web site.           you are looking at now. He said the
                                                          So Cereusly, did this plant pack     vine is most likely a cactus from the
                                                   its bags and move from the desert to        Selenicereus family, which are known
                                                   Arbor Lake?                                 to climb trees. He said it is definitely
                                                          For fans who have cherished this     not Cereus Peruvianus, which is an ac-
                                                   “Cereus Tree” for years, there is bad       tual plant itself and can grow up to 25
                                                   news. On Top of the World Assistant         feet tall.
                                                   Superintendent Rich Piliego says this              Bryan Wallace, a resident, con-
                                                   is no Cereus Tree. He is confident this     firms the flowers bloomed for more
                                                   is simply an old oak tree with a cactus     than one night in June, which adds
                                                   vine growing on it.                         more questions to exactly what is
                                                          Rich said he believes the vine       growing here.
                                                   started growing 17 years ago when a                If you’re not worried about what
                                                   resident planted a cactus next to the       this plant actually is, but just want to
                                                   tree. The vine has been growing ever        see the flowers, buy a flashlight and
   This flowery vine is located on the west side   since.                                      come back in June 2012. On the east
                                                          Rich also said the tree was struck   side, Rich reports there is another less
   near Arbor Lake and the Espana Building.        by lightning at least once and had to       famous Cereus plant near Building 15.
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 General Meeting wrap-up
       The June 16 General Meeting                                                           ments.                                       scheduled for the front elevation of
for the On Top of the World Condo-                                                                  The deductible continues the          Building 17 starting around July 1, and
minium Association was held at 9 a.m.
in the East Activity Center auditorium,
                                            By Kenneth Colen                                 same as in the prior year’s policy:
                                                                                             $10,000 per non-wind storm occur-
                                                                                                                                          Building 29 approximately two-weeks
                                                                                                                                          later, weather permitting of course.
2069 World Parkway Blvd.                                                                     rence; 5 percent of the stated value                Roof replacement work is com-
       It was refreshing to see so large                Chairman                             subject to $1,000 minimum for named          pleted this cycle. New roof replace-
a turnout. The written questions were                                                        wind storm.                                  ment work will begin in January 2012.
all thoughtful and pertinent to the As-     of reserves for replacement of roads,                   The Association policy covers                Asphalt paving and resurfacing
sociation.                                  roofs and painting. We believe this is a         property from the interior drywall out,      projects are completed this cycle. The
       To recap the past 12 months of       wise decision, because through proper            but does not cover finished surfaces,        next cycle of work will begin in May
activity, quite a bit happened in a rela-   planning and budgeting, your Board               fixtures, cabinetry or other installa-       2012.
tively short time:                          has been able to stay ahead of the               tions within a condo unit, nor the A/C              Sidewalk panel replacements
       • Inspection and Enforcement         maintenance and replacement curve                unit within the limits of the unit.          (lifting due to tree roots or cracked
Services have been ongoing;                 on community infrastructure.                            Unit owners are directed to pur-      from other events) at various locations
       • The hub of communication                                                            chase a personal policy for their unit       on property will be ongoing this sum-
and interest for residents is regularly             Every building budget includes           and belongings “HO-6” policy.                mer (the trees always win).
updated at otowclearwaterinfo.com.          an estimate of the remaining useful                     In the case a building is destroyed          Additionally, property wide
(If you haven’t already done so, sign       life for painting, roofing and paving.           due to fire, the HO-6 policy pays the        chain-link fence restoration related to
up to receive emails on items of inter-     This estimate is updated annually.               unit owner for new flooring, kitchen         tree damaged or deterioration from
est affecting your community);                      As a component nears the end             appliances, furniture, and it may even       age will also be ongoing.
       • Video surveillance cameras at      of the estimated useful life, it is in-          pay for living somewhere else while
the main gates were enhanced;               spected to determine if replacement              the unit is being repaired. It may also              Flooring strip & seal will be ongo-
       • Significant improvements were      needs to be accelerated or if there is           have some owner’s liability coverage         ing throughout the summer. Please take
completed at the activity centers;          still serviceable life left. If this latter is   bundled in with it.                          extra care navigating the work areas.
       • Sanitary sewer lines were sur-     the case, then the target period can be                 Your Association continues to                 Awning inspections will be an
veyed and remedial work was complet-        extended for a determined period.                receive numerous requests for Wind           ongoing activity. The management
ed.                                                 There is no good reason to incur         Mitigation Certificates. This is a docu-     company has reported numerous
                                            expense if a roof or a parking lot is            ment that states whether or not cer-         awnings in disrepair or weak attach-
      The restructuring of Inspection       still serviceable for an additional term.        tain components of a structure com-          ments. In some cases, the method of
Services assists your Association in en-    If it is determined that the component           ply with the 2001 Standard Building          mounting has damaged the building to
forcing rules, community standards, as-     continues to be serviceable, the fre-            Code.                                        such an extent that the awning must
suring awareness and compliance with        quency of inspections are increased.                    Because of the volume of re-          be removed. As noted in prior articles,
the State Life Safety Code. Inspection      At the point that it is determined the           quests, a form for each and every build-     the “clam-shell” awnings do not meet
services also assist in keeping your        component is ready for replacement,              ing address has been posted on www.          building code for wind resistance.
community beautiful, with safety in         that item is then included in the next           OTOWClearwaterinfo.com. Simply               Fortunately there are new products
mind, by protecting the health, safety,     budget cycle.                                    open the Website, click on the “Com-         that do.
and welfare of the residents, employ-                                                        munity Information” tab and follow                   Landscape and building modifi-
ees and guests.                               Property Insurance Update                      the link to the Wind Mitigation forms.       cation inspections are an ongoing ac-
      Fiinally, inspection services pro-           The Association is still required         You, or your insurance agent, will need      tivity. This includes bringing units with
vide a means to maintain architectural      to “...obtain and maintain adequate in-          to enter in the name of the insured and      improperly mounted flag poles into
control to enhance property values          surance” for the condominium prop-               the unit number. Otherwise, the form         compliance with the newly adopted
and protect the lifestyles of the com-      erty. “Best efforts” and “adequate in-           should be good to go.                        standard.
munity.                                     surance” are not defined.                               In the event the Association is               Finally, you may see activity
                                                   I’m pleased to report that your           requested to fill out a different form,      around manholes in the east side of
      I want to take this opportunity       Board was able to bind full limits of            or for some reason must become in-           the community. Following a survey
to thank everyone who voted in per-         coverage this year. Unfortunately, pre-          volved in the process of dealing with        of the integrity of the sewer lines, it
son or by proxy. Your Board cannot          miums for property insurance rose 15             your insurance agent, there is a mini-       was found that many lines are cracked
underscore the importance of your           percent. Even though the Wind Risk               mum charge of $15 payable in ad-             and have root intrusion. In an effort to
vote whether in person or by proxy.         study projected lower probable loss,             vance. All buildings with roof replace-      keep things flowing, epoxy liners will
      Under Florida statutes, in order      there were other factors affecting the           ments in 2011 should have an updated         be used to bridge damaged sections of
to hold a meeting and conduct busi-         insurance markets. It is also worth not-         wind mitigation form on the Website          sewer main.
ness, the Association needs a quo-          ing that new wind zone maps were ad-             by July. They are all accessible at: http:           It is a process not unlike install-
rum of voting interests. So every vote      opted into the Standard Building Code.           www.otowclearwaterinfo.com/wind-             ing a stent in a coronary artery, only
counts regardless of how you vote!          Pinellas County is now in a 130+ mph             mitigation-forms.aspx                        smellier and fairly nastier to do.
      By a majority vote of ballots and     wind zone. This is a significant increase                                                             Have a safe and wonderful July
proxies, you once again affirmed that       and affects how the Association must                   Maintenance Update                     4th! We are fortunate to be living in
you wish to waive the establishment         look at all manner of building attach-                 Painting and water proofing are        the greatest country on earth.


                           Wind Mitigation Forms are available at
                                 otowclearwaterinfo.com
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 On this Fourth of July, find a park,
take a walk and enjoy your freedom
                                                                                                                  We wish everyone a very hap-
                                                                                                            py Fourth of July!
                                                                                                                  We are, as usual, celebrating                                            Nancy
                                                                                                            with a cookout of good old fash-
                                                                                                            ioned hot dogs, cheeseburgers, po-                                             Davis
                                                                                                            tato salad, brownies and, of course,                                         799-2734
                                                                                                            watermelon.
                                                                                                                  This menu definitely is not a                   Activities Director
                                                                                                            healthy one, but it’s very yummy.
                                                                                                                  As you celebrate with your                     ty parks close by are: John Chest-
                                                                                                            family and friends, do not forget                    nut Park in Palm Harbor, Ander-
                                                                                                            how important this holiday is to our                 son Park in Tarpon Springs, and
                                                                                                            country, and never take for grant-                   Philippe Park in Safety Harbor.
                                                                                                            ed the freedoms our forefathers                            These are just a few of the
                                                                                                            worked so hard to obtain.                            beautiful parks in this area. If you
                                                                                                                  We should never cease work-                    visit any of the parks or decide to
                                                                                                            ing to improve the laws that protect                 walk any of the nature trails, just be
                                                                                                            our rights.                                          sure and take plenty of water with
                                                                                                                  Family outings rate high on                    you as our very warm temperatures
                                                                                                            the list of fun things to do on the                  may cause you to become dehydrat-
                                                                                                            Fourth. You might consider visit-                    ed.
                                                                                                            ing one of our nearby parks and                            Of course, you may just de-
                                                                                                            exploring one of the trails, or just                 cide to stay close to home on this
                                                                                                            sit under a big shady tree and sip on                holiday weekend. Enjoy our great
                                                                                                            some cool iced tea.                                  golf courses and take a cool dip in
                                                                                                                  Here are the names of a few                    one of our beautiful pools. Enjoy a
                                                                                                            of the parks in our area: Coachman                   leisurely dinner in the air condition-
                                                                                                            Park at 101 Drew St., Del Oro Park                   ing.
                                                                                                            at 40l McMullen Booth, Mont-                               If you decide to celebrate, just
                                                                                                            clair Park at 1821 Montclair Ave.,                   have fun and be safe.
                                                                                                            Woodgate Park at 2495 Country-                             We truly have a lot to be
       Philippe Park on a beautiful summer day.                                                             side Blvd.                                           thankful for as we celebrate this In-
                                                                                                                  And a couple of lovely coun-                   dependence Day.


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 Your local TV channel will be getting back on
  the air soon with help from this newspaper
       Every summer the On Top of                                                                     provided by the Association, along with   questions.
the World newspaper is challenged to                                                                  calendar and event information which            The meeting will be 1:30 p.m. in
fill pages because residents travel north                                                             appears in the newspaper.                 the East Activity Center.
and the clubs temporarily close down.                                                                        Buildings and clubs would be             There is no Press Association
       Despite this, the July edition of                                                              able to promote activities, and it is     meeting this month, or in September.
your newspaper still has a bunch of                                                                   hoped live events, such as the St. Pat-   Regular meetings resume on Oct. 6. A
good, quality stories to read.                                                                        rick’s Day Parade, could be taped, ed-    special night meeting will take place
       Editor Doug Kates and Assis-                         Press Association                         ited and replayed over a brief period     Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
tant Editor Dave Hart would like to                                                                   of time.                                        Press Association meetings are
thank everyone who either contrib-                          television channel to help inform                OTOW News editors will keep        open to anyone who writes for a build-
uted to this month’s newspaper or is                        residents of special notices. This TV you updated on the progress of this           ing, a club or a sport. The meetings
planning on contributing to a future                        channel has been down for about a innovation.                                       generally last only one hour. These
edition later this summer.                                  year, but work is currently taking place         Members of the Press Associa-      meetings are important because writ-
       “Some of our writers manage                          to bring it back on the air with modern tion are reminded to mark Aug. 4 on         ers get a chance to learn style tips to
to find something to write about no                         technology.                               their calendars as the next monthly       make their stories better. Members
matter what month it is,” Doug said.                               The initial plan is to have OTOW meeting. Even though this is a sum-         also share ideas to make the newspa-
“It’s fun just seeing what they come up                     News play a big role in providing in- mer meeting, a very important topic           per even better. Three meetings and
with.”                                                      formation to place on this TV chan- will be brought up and feedback is              three stories are required to qualify for
       The newspaper, as a whole, also                      nel, which will be Channel 96 on your important from as many members as             the Appreciation Luncheon at the end
may be expanding in the very near fu-                       Brighthouse Network Cable TV.             possible. OTOW News is planning a         of the season.
ture. For years, On Top of the World                               The channel will provide residents special winter project and Sharon Li-           Any questions, call Doug in the
has had a closed-circuit, community                         with important news and information cata will be on hand to answer all our          newsroom at 799-3216.


              Around The World
                  COLUMNISTS                                34-35 ............................ Entertainment
3 ................................... Kenneth Colen         36-37 .......................................... Sports
4 ....................................... Nancy Davis       38 ............................ Crossword puzzle
5 ............................... Press Association         39 .............................. Pet of the Month
6 ...................................... Tracy Torres
8 ......................................... Roof Work                     BUILDING NEWS
9 .................... Prepare for a hurricane              41 ....................................... Malaguena
10 ...................................... Doug Kates        43 ......................................... Mandalay
11 ................................... Gerald Colen         43 ............................. American Gothic
12 ................................. Hurricane tips         43 ............................ Roman Byzantine
12 .............................. Philosophy Club           44 ................................ Grecian Classic
14 ........................................ Julie Hipp      44 ........................................... Ottoman
14 ................................ Inside Showbiz          44 ...................................... Bible Study
                                                            45 .......................................... Flamenco
                  CLUB NEWS                                 45 .............................................. Espana
17 ............................. Golf couse work            46 ............................................. Siboney
18 ............ Katharine Johnson feature                   46 ............................................... Viking
19 ............................................. Library    48 ........................... The Way We Were
20 .................................. Singles Travel        48 ....................................... Melbourne
20 ............................ Meals On Wheels             49 .............................................. Poetry
20 ................................................ Bingo   50 ....................................... Modernage
21 ..................................... Singles Club       50 ...................... Middle East Moorish
22 .............................................. Jesters   51 ............................................... Azores
23 .................................. Lambda Club           51 ................................. English Gothic
23 ........................... Morning exercises            52 ............................................. Nagoya
23 ............................... Computer Club            52 ............................ Hawaiian Towers
24 ............................................. Chorus     53 ............................. Rila Renaissance
24 .................................... Line dancing        56 ............................................ Orizaba
24 ............ Crossword Puzzle Answers                    57 ............................................ Valencia
25 ............................... Snowbirds Club           58 ................................................ Cards
25 .............................................. Tai Chi   59 .......................... New World French
25 ....................................... Bonesavers       59 ....................................... The Gables
27 .................. Rodney Walker feature                 61 ............................. Golf course work
28 .................... Memorial Day feature                61 ........................................ Yoshimitsu
29 ...................................... Newcomers         61 ........................................... Saratoga
31 ............................. Greyhound Club             62-63 ................................... Calendars
31 .............................. Good Neighbors            64 ........................................ Polynesian
31 ............................... Marge’s Humor            64 ....................................... Capistrano
32 ............................. Republican Club            64 ........................ Swedish Traditional
32 ............................. Democratic Club            65 ................................... Bus Schedule
33 ..................... Stay hydrated feature              66 ........................................ Classifieds
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  Note adjustments to pool and spa hours,
  and don’t forget to renew activity cards
      In an effort to control cost,
SCA has made minimal reductions
to our operating hours.
      The most noticeable impact
                                                             Tracy
will be on Sundays and holidays.
The swimming pools and spa hours                             Torres
have also been revised.
      Please take a few minutes to       Health & Recreation
familiarize yourselves with the new
guidelines posted at the swimming
pools and spa.
      The pool and spa hours of
operation were revised to closely           The SCA staff works very
follow Florida public swimming         hard to keep the On Top of the
pool standards. The swimming pool      World amenities an enjoyable place
hours will be adjusted for daylight    for you to maintain your physical
savings times.                         and mental well being.
      This month we will close the          When you visit the activity
Fitness Center for a day or two        centers, pools and spa, be sure to
while we perform maintenance on        carry your activities cards. Not only
the equipment and interior space.      do the cards serve to grant access
We will also close the West side       to our facilities, but they may help
swimming pool for two or three         emergency services in the event of
days, again for maintenance issues     an accident.
that we cannot complete while               July is when your activity cards
those spaces are in use. The dates     expire. Please take the time to re-
will be posted one week prior to the   new them. We will be asking you to
closings.                              show us your updated cards.
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                                                                                                Trim work takes place on the
                                                                                             Cordoba Building roof in early June.
                                                                                                  (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)




  Roof projects wrap up
 on six OTOW buildings
                            By Doug Kates, editor
      Ever wonder what it looks like from the roof of an On Top of the
World condominium?
      During the first six months of this year, OTOW roofing crews and hired
professionals had that opportunity to view the landscape from six different
buildings.
      Because there are a lot of trees in this community, there isn’t a whole lot
to see from three-stories up, but no matter which direction you turn, there’s
always a tower or steeple peeking through the limbs.
      Overall, crews replaced five flat roofs and three Mansard roofs since the
beginning of the year. The average crew included 14 workers and two differ-
ent private contractors.
      Charles Higdon, who is in charge of roofing projects for OTOW, said
each project includes, “removing the existing roof system down to the steel
deck.”
      “New insulation and fiberglass sheets are applied with asphalt and en-
cased in a modified bituman cap sheet. New 6-inch seemless gutters replace
the old 5-inch seamed systems,” he said.
      In early June, work was finished on the Cordoba Building flat roof, pic-
tured on this page. Charles said this was the first time this building’s roof had
to be replaced in the 23-year history of the structure.
      Other buildings with roofing projects included No. 4 American Colo-
nial, No. 43 American Gothic, No. 1 New World French, No. 42 Victorian,             This is what a brand new roof looks like!
and No. 61 Chetnik.
                                                  ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                            July 2011 / Page 9


                                          Hurricane season starts with a bang




June 1 officially marked the start of hurricane season and on that day On Top of the World residents may have seen a preview of
what’s to come. A band of strong storms and gusty wind blew in from the northeast. The system didn’t stay long, but provided
a reminder we are not immune from tropical weather. Residents are encouraged to prepare ahead of time for the remainder of
hurricane season.                                                                         (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)


    Prepare for the possibility of a hurricane
        • Designate as a “post-disaster       so that you can quickly pack and evac-     it from being further damaged after
   contact,” a relative or friend who lives   uate.                                      the storm has passed. These items
   outside the danger zone. Make sure              • Maintain an up-to-date invento-     may include, but are not limited to,
   each family member has been given          ry of everything in your home. Tak-        tarps or plastic, hammers, nails and
   this person’s address and phone num-       ing photos and/or making videotapes        plywood.
   ber, and agrees to contact him or her      of these items may help support the              • Make sure your family is trained
   following the hurricane.                   value you place on them. Also, con-        on how to turn off damaged utilities.
        • Keep on hand at least one week’s    sider storing valuable items at a secure         • At least once per year, review
   supply of bottled water and nonper-        location away from the house.              your insurance coverage to make sure
   ishable food items. You should also             • Remove furniture from porches       it is adequate and up to date.
   have available a manual can/bottle         or patio, and secure hoses so that these         • Don’t forget about your pet.
   opener, a flashlight, and a battery op-    objects do not become dangerous or         Some evacuation centers do not allow
   erated radio or television (with an ex-    lethal projectiles during a storm.         pets. Making arrangements before a
   tra set of batteries for each). Make            • Stock up on items you may need      storm reduces the anxiety for both
   sure these items are readily accessible,   to protect your home or to prevent         you and your pet.
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Baseball will be a lifetime souvenir
                         Doug
                         Kates
       News Editor
        Normally, I write my monthly
column in hopes of making everyone
laugh, or at least smile.
        This month my mission is simple
- I just want everyone to say, “awww.”
        A few weeks ago, my brother
and I went to our first Rays game of
the season. We thought it would be fun
to see the Indians since Cleveland was
only two hours from where we grew
up in Western New York.
        We picked a day, picked a price
range for tickets, and decided to do
something we have never done before
at a professional baseball game - sit in
the right field bleachers and hope for a
home run ball.
        Our seats ended up two rows
from the yellow railing, which signifies
in-play and outta-here, and our view
was like watching TV - everything was
right in front of us.
        But I don’t think either my
brother or I thought for a moment we
would actually get a chance to grab a
home run ball. Little did we know, we
weren’t going to have to wait long to        Madison, 5, has a tight grip on a souvenir baseball she received at a recent Tampa Bay Rays baseball
find out.                                    game. The ball was hit for a home run by John Jaso and eventually ended up in Madison’s pink glove.
        In the bottom of the fourth in-
ning, with the Rays already ahead 2-0,
                                                                                                                   (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)
catcher John Jaso stepped to the plate       watched closely as 50 other people still     better place.                                     “It was really special to have Jaso
and blasted a two-run home run over          thought they had a chance.                          And of course, being the pho-       sign it between interviews after the
the right field wall.                               As expected, the ball slammed         tographer I am, I couldn’t resist the      game,” Sean said.
        As the ball sailed toward me, I      into a vacated seat two rows behind          opportunity to shoot a picture of                 Sean has ordered a special base-
remember saying to my brother, “Here         me, rebounded in the air, and was up         Madison’s reaction.                        ball case for the souvenir and it will
it comes!”                                   for grabs.                                          Sean told his daughter to smile     most likely be a part of Madison’s
        Suddenly, everyone watching in              Then the sweetest thing hap-          for the camera, and what you see           room for the rest of her life.
right field stood up, most raised their      pened!                                       above was the result - another souve-             Oh, by the way, the Rays won the
hands in the air, and some even ran to-             Sean, a firefighter from Tampa,       nir I emailed to the family.               game 7-0 and it was John Jaso’s first
ward the ball, despite the fact it was       reached up and gained possession of                 Have you said “awwww” yet?          home run of the season at Tropicana
traveling at one million miles per hour      the ball, then redirected it into the pink          Madison was also at the game        Field.
and nothing was going to stop it until       glove of his 5-year-old daughter, Mad-       with her mother, Heather. After the               Are you going to a future game?
it hit something!                            ison, who, of course, was wearing her        game, the whole family proceeded to               Try sitting in the right field
        Watching the ball veer to my left,   Rays shirt.                                  the Rays dugout where John Jaso glad-      bleachers. I highly recommend it.
I knew right away my arms were not                  Out of a crowd of 27,000 peo-         ly took the ball and autographed it - an          But remember to bring your
going to be long enough to snag it, so I     ple, the ball couldn’t have landed in a      extra bonus.                               glove - you just never know.




       TV                 Coming Soon ... OTOW News 96
                                                                   ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                                      July 2011 / Page 11


Foreclosure sales sometimes have secrets
What documents should not be shredded?
       Q. I read an article in (a nation-                                                says that now, I have to re-foreclose         can lose quite a lot. In your situation,
ally circulated newspaper) that said                                                     or file a quiet title action. I thought       what now must be done is to retain an
senior citizens should shred all docu-                                                   that once a bank foreclosed and then          attorney either to foreclose the prop-
ments they don’t need anymore and
as an example, the article said we can
                                                                Gerald R.                a Certificate of Title was issued all title
                                                                                         problems were eliminated.
                                                                                                                                       erty all over again - assuming that is
                                                                                                                                       even an available option and I don’t
shred cancelled checks that have noth-
ing to do with income taxes once the
                                                                  Colen                         A. I don’t really see a question
                                                                                         here, but this brings up something im-
                                                                                                                                       know that it is - or to file suit to quiet
                                                                                                                                       the title to the property in your name.
check has been reconciled with our                                                       portant and I want to give everyone           Good luck!
bank statements. Since you are an at-
torney, I wanted to get your thought              Is It Legal?                           my comments on purchasing fore-
                                                                                         closed properties at foreclosure sales.
                                                                                                                                              Q. What is your view about pur-
                                                                                                                                       chasing real property without title in-
on this.                                                                                 Of course, knowledgeable folks can            surance?
       A. I don’t read that particular      fore you shred cancelled checks, you         do very well when purchasing prop-                   A. I don’t think that’s very wise.
newspaper and so I didn’t see the ar-       need to assess whether there are or          erties at foreclosure sales. I hope you       I absolutely believe that a purchaser of
ticle. However, as a general statement,     could be any Medicaid concerns.              noticed that word “knowledgeable.”            real property should always have a title
I can say, as with most, if not all news-                                                I used that word because a title pur-         insurance policy. (Full disclosure: I
paper articles, we need to try to figure           Q. I am 87 years old and di-          chased at a foreclosure sale is not guar-     own a minority interest in a title insur-
out to what the article is referring be-    vorced from my husband who was in            anteed to be a marketable title once          ance agency and also I am a title insur-
fore we can make a blanket statement        the Army during WWII. My former              you’ve been the successful bidder and         ance agent for one of the largest title
in regard to the advice given.              husband never remarried and neither          have received a Certificate of Title          insurance underwriters in the U.S.)
       For example: If that article was     did I. Am I able to apply for aid and        from the Clerk of Courts.
referring to Internal Revenue Service       attendance benefits?                                Examples: (1) A foreclosing                                       ----
purposes, then I would tend to agree               A. I am not an expert in veterans     lender may have missed a flaw in a                     Gerald R. Colen is an attorney and is a
that after reconciling a check with a       affairs benefits by any means. What I        previous transaction affecting the title.     member of both the National Academy of Elder
bank statement, that check can be           can say, though, is that it is my under-     (2) Although a condominium or hom-            Law Attorneys and the Elder Law Section of
                                                                                                                                       the Florida Bar. He concentrates his practice of
shredded. However - and this is a very      standing that a widow must have been         eowners association has foreclosed its
                                                                                                                                       law in the areas of real estate, elder law, wills,
big however - it may not be wise at all     married to the veteran at the time of        own claim of lien, that doesn’t mean          trusts, probate, business law and simple and com-
to shred checks when Medicaid issues        his death in order to file for a Service     that a prior mortgage has been extin-         plex estate planning. He welcomes your questions
are involved or may be involved.            Pension with or without aid and atten-       guished. (3) There might be a forged          and comments. This column is not intended to
       Although the IRS may not re-         dance benefits. But you should check         document in the chain of title and this       provide legal advice but is only intended to pro-
quire documents after certain points        with the V.A. and see what they say.         can lead to claims of fraud. Any one          vide limited information on the specific matters
in time, the same is not necessarily                                                     or all of these can result in what I refer    raised in the questions and answers. You should
true for Medicaid purposes. Medicaid               Q. I bought a property at a fore-     to as “Instant Loss.”                         always consult your own attorney for specific ad-
                                            closure sale. The bank that foreclosed                                                     vice. Mr. Colen is available for conferences at his
agencies have the right to require ap-                                                          The knowledgeable folks who
                                                                                                                                       law office at 7243 – Bryan Dairy Road, Largo,
plicants for Medicaid to produce five       was (a National Bank) but I now have         attend foreclosure sales have already         Florida 33777. Ph. (727) 545-8114. He is
(5) years of cancelled checks and other     the Certificate of Title in my name. I       done an examination of the title to the       also pleased to respond to email at his email ad-
documents in order to support an ap-        am trying to sell the property, but the      property so that they have a good idea        dress of gcolen@tampabay.rr.com or through his
plication for Medicaid nursing home         title company to whom I gave the clos-       of whether a foreclosure has effec-           web page at www.gcolen.com. In Ocala, Florida,
coverage.                                   ing has informed me of a title problem       tively extinguished prior claims. Folks       Mr. Colen is available, by appointment, for legal
       Simply put, the IRS is not the       that is related to a divorce that occurred   who purchase foreclosed properties.           conferences at the On Top of the World sales of-
only government agency that requires        between the person who was fore-             but who have not closely examined the         fice which is located near the BAKERY CAFE
the production of documents. So be-         closed by the bank. The title company        title prior to bidding on the property.       inside the On Top of the World communities.




                                                                                              ID/Activity Card Information
                                                                                                  The I.D. Committee will be operating dur-
                                                                                            ing the following hours:
                                                                                                  • Every Monday morning, 9-11:30 a.m., ex-
                                                                                            cept holidays.
                                                                                                  • Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. on Aug.
                                                                                            1, 2011, Oct. 3, 2011 and Dec. 5, 2011.
                                                                                                  Each person must present proof of resi-
                                                                                            dence to validate his/her own card. Proof may
                                                                                            be a Florida driver’s license, a Florida I.D., elec-
                                                                                            tric or cable bill, bank statement or check, or can-
                                                                                            celled stamped envelope which show name and
                                                                                            OTOW address.
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Are You Ready For A Hurricane?
After a storm                                                                                                                     As a
       • Don’t venture outside until
local authorities have issued an “all-
clear.”
                                              During a hurricane                                                                hurricane
       • Continue to check the radio or
TV for post hurricane updates.                      • Stay tuned to a battery-operated radio or television for weather
                                              bulletins and important information.
                                                                                                                               approaches
       • If you have evacuated, don’t
return until authorities re-open your               • Follow the orders of local authorities.
                                                    • Stay indoors in an interior room without windows (even if you                   • Refill prescriptions.
area. Remember, you may need proof                                                                                                    • Make sure your car has a
of residency to return.                       have evacuated, inland locations may still be at risk). If conditions wors-
                                              en, take shelter in a closet or bathroom and use mattresses to protect           full tank of gas as power outages
       • Use a flashlight to look at                                                                                           may force gas stations to remain
damage. Allow only those people who           yourself.
                                                    • Don’t assume the hurricane is over when the wind subsides. The           closed for several days following
have been trained, to turn off dam-                                                                                            a hurricane.
aged utilities (e.g. gas) and disconnect      calm may be the eye of the storm, and the worse part may still be on the
                                              way.                                                                                    • Store important docu-
damaged appliances.                                                                                                            ments and other valuable items in
       • Beware of downed power lines                                                                                          waterproof bags.
and other debris.                                                                                                                     • Bring inside, any loose
       • Wear sturdy shoes and cloth-
ing to protect yourself. People are
oftentimes hurt more frequently after
                                             The insurance process ...                                                         items that can be found around
                                                                                                                               the home. Firmly tie down loose
                                                  Proper insurance coverage can help reduce the financial burden you may       items that cannot be brought in-
the hurricane than during it.                                                                                                  doors.
       • Use only bottled water. Unless     suffer as a result of a hurricane. Here are some additional tips that will make
                                            the claims process easier for you and your claims adjuster.                               • Tape, board or shutter
otherwise advised, assume tap water is                                                                                         windows.
contaminated and sewer lines are out                                                                                                  • Have enough cash on
of order.                                         • Don’t alter the condition of the damaged property. Take whatever steps
                                            are necessary to protect your property from further damage.                        hand to last at least a full week.
       • If electrical power was lost                                                                                          Banks and ATMS may be closed
during the hurricane, be extremely                • Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Provide your agent or
                                            insurance carrier all information pertaining to your claim.                        for several days following the
careful before consuming food tak-                                                                                             storm.
en from your refrigerator. When in                • Make a list of damaged or destroyed property. Your adjuster will be
doubt, throw it out.                        able to work more quickly if he or she has a written list to work from. Photos
                                            of damaged property may also be useful.
       • Use the phone only for emer-
gencies.                                          • Keep records and receipts for ALL expenses you incur. Supplies pur-        If your electricity
       • Conserve water! DO NOT             chased to protect damaged property, or the costs incurred while staying at a            goes out
WASH DRIVWAYS OF DEBRIS. If                 hotel while your home is being repaired, may be recoverable.
the power is out and you still have wa-           • Try to be patient. Once you report your claim, your claims adjuster will        - Use a flashlight – not a
ter pressure it is only because the water   respond as quickly as possible. Delays may be likely, as hurricanes often uproot   candle or match as this is a fire
plant is running on auxiliary power.        signs and deposit debris on highways, severely impeding traffic.                   hazard.

                                                                                         National Hurricane Center                   - Open your refrigerator
                                                                                          http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:                                                             Progress Energy Hurricane Preparedness
                                                                                                                               only when absolutely necessary.
                                                                                                                               This will help keep food fresh for
                                                                                   http://www.progress-energy.com/abouten-     as long as possible.
                                                                                          ergy/stormcentral/index.asp




                                                                Philosophy Club
                                                                             By Bob Reis
           Our club is currently enjoying presentations, which are followed by a question and answer period.
           The discussions give you the opportunity to express your own views.
           We also have “Open Discussion” meetings. With this format you have the opportunity to suggest a topic of special
     interest to you.
           Join us on any Tuesday. You don’t have to be a member of our club to attend. You’re welcome even if you just
     want to listen, Tuesdays 10-11:30 AM, East Activity Center Veranda. Any questions? Call Bob Reis at 798-2443.
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My favorite salmon recipe - barbecued and roasted
                                                                    Barbecued Roasted Salmon
                        Julie
                                                                                              Yield: 4 servings
                        Hipp
                                                                1/4 cup pineapple juice                           2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
     Staying Active                                        2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice                         3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
                                                               4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets                                1/2 teaspoon salt
       Few foods pack a bigger nutri-                         2 tablespoons brown sugar                          1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
tional punch than salmon — it’s rich                        2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder                                  Cooking spray
in protein, heart-helping omega-3 fatty
                                                              1 teaspoon ancho powder                                 Lemon slices (optional)
acids, and vitamin D.
       Many years ago a friend shared                       ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
this quick and simple salmon recipe
and I have been making it ever since. I                         Combine first 3 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator
hope you enjoy it as much as I do.                         1 hour, turning occasionally.
       Serve with a tossed salad for a
light and healthy summer dinner.                                  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

                                                                 Remove fish from bag; discard marinade. Combine sugar and next five ingredients
                                                           (sugar through cinnamon) in a bowl. Rub over fish; place in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish
                                                           coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until fish flakes eas-
                                                           ily when tested with a fork. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over fish when you remove from
                                                           oven.



Perry Como was as much a gentleman as his character
          By Walter Balderson                                                               CBS TV signed Perry to a                 He was the ultimate gentleman.
       One of 13 children, Perry Como                                                 15-minute radio show three times a       I worked on his show for the entire
was the seventh son of a seventh son,
as sign of good luck in Italian fami-
                                                                Walter                week. That led to a long TV contract
                                                                                      with NBC and a show that ran eight
                                                                                                                               duration, and I never once heard him
                                                                                                                               raise his voice or say an unkind word
lies.
       It certainly seemed to work.
                                                               Balderson              years. Perry was a natural for TV and
                                                                                      hosted the top stars in the entertain-
                                                                                                                               about anyone.
                                                                                                                                     What you saw on TV was exactly
       Perry Como was born in Can-                                                    ment world on his show.                  the same in his personal life.
onsburg, Pa., and worked in his father’s
barbershop. His early ambition was to
                                               Inside Showbiz                               After his show ended its run on
                                                                                      NBC, he returned each Christmas for
                                                                                                                                     He and his wife had three chil-
                                                                                                                               dren. After his son Ronnie was born,
be the best barber in Canonsburg, but             World War II came along and         his “Perry Como Christmas Special.”      his wife was unable to bear more chil-
that changed in 1933 when he began         Perry became the most famous croon-              He was signed with RCA Victor      dren, so they adopted David and Teri.
to sing with a local band.                 er, second only to Bing Crosby.            records in 1943 and did not end until          During his career, Perry sold
       Three years later he joined the            His laid-back style and easy man-   1988.                                    more than 50 million records, had 14
Ted Weems band, which featured             ner made him an instant hit with the             He had bit parts in three mov-     No. 1 hits, including first “Till the End
Elmo Tanner, the most popular whis-        ladies.                                    ies, but he soon realized that the big   of Time” in 1945.
tler at the time. Perry commented that            Dean Martin once joked that he      screen was not his forte. But it was             The era of the crooners is over,
he would sing parts of songs that Tan-     “used to go over to Perry’s house to       soon determined that he was a natural    but Perry is fondly remembered by the
ner couldn’t whistle.                      borrow a cup of sleep.”                    for TV.                                  music-loving public of his generation.
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                     Crews work on the drainage system at the No. 5 green. The new drainage system will capture water as it
                     soaks into the soil and will allow it to flow down hill into a recepticle. (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)



After renovations, OTOW golfers
 will have 18 new greens to learn
        By Doug Kates, editor              greens, and elevating or lowering other    larger green.                              renovations. Many of the tee boxes
      So, you think you’ve mastered all    putting surfaces.                                 On hole No. 11, the shape of the    will be longer, and will provide course
18 putting greens at the On Top of the           What all this means - to put it      putting green is changing from a small     workers with an option where to place
World golf course?                         simply - when golf resumes in No-          circle into a kidney bean-shape.           tee markers to avoid wearing out ar-
      Guess what?                          vember, it will be like playing on a new          And for a special treat, to add     eas.
      In November you’ll have 18 new       course for the first time since the 18-    a little challenge, hole No. 8 is get-           The No. 11 tee box is undergo-
putting greens to learn all over again!    hole treasure was created in 1969.         ting “ladybug” dimples in front of the     ing a major change. Veteran golfers
      According to Course Superin-               “We can give the course some         green. Each ladybug dimple is filled       will notice a hill is no longer there. Dirt
tendent Drew Schlatter, the old 18         new character,” Drew said. “The            with sand and it will take a little ex-    removed from the hill is going to new
putting greens “will be lost forever.”     greens will be considerably bigger and     tra work to get back on course. There      berms elsewhere on the course.
      All the previous soil has been re-   more challenging.”                         are currently eight dimples and from             At the clubhouse, residents will
moved, drainage has been added, and              The drainage system, pictured        a distance they look like spots on a la-   be treated to a completely new prac-
a new load of soil/sand will be added      above, will allow water and rain to        dybug.                                     tice putting green. The old one will be
to each hole.                              soak into the soil, but flow away from            Drew said more dimples will be      removed.
      During this process, Drew and        the green where it will no longer harm     added next year.                                 If everything stays on time, you
his crew will be adding slopes and         the roots.                                        In addition to work on the put-     will be going back to school to relearn
bumps to some greens, widening other             Hole No. 7 is getting a much         ting greens, some tee boxes are getting    the renovated course by November.
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    OTOW resident says today’s recession
 no comparison to early 1900s - she was there!
                                 By Lill Cervinka
     Katharine “Kitty” Johnson says today’s recession is nothing like the depres-
sion she experienced when growing up in New York.
     And Kitty doesn’t have to talk like a historian – she saw everything in per-
son.
     Kitty will turn 103 in December and has been living at On Top of the World
for 42 years.
     Kitty said she had a very quiet life. She married her husband, John, in March
1929 and at the end of October came the Wall Street crash.
     Her pay was cut and John had no work for 2 1/2 years.
     But they made the most of it.
     Kitty and John got tired of all the work shoveling snow in New York and
moved here to enjoy holidays at Clearwater Beach.
     When they heard about On Top of the World, they called to see if they could
get an apartment. Kitty has been here ever since.
     She has been here so long, she remembers when Ken Colen was just growing
up, but that’s another story.
     Kitty has no children, but has a nephew who calls her every Sunday.
     Kitty was always very active in her church and today has lots of good friends
here at OTOW.
     She also has a lot of new “gadgets” that weren’t around 100 years ago.
                                                                                     Katharine Johnson
                                                                 ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                          July 2011 / Page 19



   Get your books before August shutdown
             By Joan Tannahill
       It’s July and that means it is time
to talk about our August shut down.
                                                                                         If you have stuff stored in the
       For those of you new to the On
Top of the World library, we close ev-
                                                                                          library, get it before July 29
ery August to give our volunteers a well                                                      For those of you belonging to organizations who have material
deserved rest, to give us a chance to go                                               stored in the library, we still have some items, such as histories and other
through the shelves and do a little re-                                                records, on our shelves. If you’re not sure where the records for your or-
organization, and to get ready for the               OPEN HOURS                        ganization are, please come in on any Tuesday or Friday afternoon during
fall when our Snowbirds return.                    Tuesdays & Fridays                  July. Anything left after July 29 will be discarded.
       This does not mean we forget
all of you faithful readers who keep us               Noon-2 p.m.                   checked out July 26 and 29 will be due    our sale books are a good buy - the
busy year round. For you we make it                                                 Sept. 13.                                 best you will find any place - and you
easy to have lots of reading material
for the month of August.                          Library News                            Just in case you feel you will be
                                                                                    needing more books during the month,
                                                                                                                              will be surprised at our sale books.
                                                                                                                              They are in great shape - some even
       On July 19, 22, 26 and 29 you                                                remember to browse our sale shelves       looking as though they have not been
may check out six books each of those        be due on that date, you are certainly when you are checking out books.          read. You don’t have to worry about
four days. That’s a total of 24 book to      welcome to return those you have fin- Our price on sale books is the same as     returning them.
see you through August.                      ished reading.                         always: 50 cents for hardbacks and 25           Also remember, we always ac-
       We will reopen with our regular             Books checked out on July 19 cents for paperbacks.                         cept donations of any books you have
hours Sept. 2. Although no books will        and 22 will be due Sept. 6 and those         If you are traveling this summer,   read.



                                                   Got something for the recycling bin?
                                The City of Clearwater has a recycling station very close to On Top of the World.
                  The center, located at 1701 North Hercules Ave., takes aluminum cans, cardboard, cooking oil,
        mixed paper, newspapers, plastic bottles and steel cans. You can also drop off old electronics from 7-3 on
   Wednesdays. All you need is a utility bill as proof of ID you live in the city. Call 562-4933 for more information.
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No July meeting
Bring your travel ideas to our next meeting on Aug. 6
             By Pat Zorland                                                        of more information you can call Au-              At the August meeting we will
       The June meeting was very well                                              drey at 726-5856.                          be forming groups to do research on
attended . We had around 40 people in                                                    Don’t miss the boat on Winter        different categories of trips that are
attendance.                                                                        Park. Remember, to call Audrey and         available, especially ones our group is
       President Shirley B opened the                                              make arrangement to get your pay-          interested in.
meeting at 2 p.m. and welcomed all                                                 ment to her.                                      There will be no July meeting
who attended.                                                                            Roxie Maggio has a trip going        since it falls on the Fourth of July.
       Audrey Jones (Jolly Junkets) dis-        Singles Travel                     to Savannah, Ga., and Jekyll Island in            Instead, we will have a Fourth of
cussed two trips she has going on. The                                             early July, very reasonable. Call Roxie    July (Dine Out or In) for people who
first is a day trip to Winter Park on      Park and Washington D.C. trips. The at 474-5040 for all of the details.            would enjoy an afternoon together.
Aug. 19 and the other is to Washington     Holyland Experience will be discussed         Shirley had invited a represen-      Call Shirley at 726-4619 for more in-
D.C. on Sept. 18.                          at the Aug. 6 meeting.                  tative from AAA to attend the June         formation.
       There will be another day trip on         Many people have paid for the meeting and present trips they have on                The next meeting will be 2 p.m.,
Oct. 19 to the Holyland Experience         Winter Park trip and quite a few have their calender for both 2011 and 2012.       Aug. 6 in the West Activity Center
outside of Orlando. I believe she still    either paid or put a deposit down on This presentation was very interesting        Sunrise Room. Bring your ideas on
has room available on both the Winter      the Washington trip. If you are in need with lots of fliers available.             travel.


Toot your horn if you see a Meals on Wheels volunteer
        By Carl & Betty Leiby              torrid summer heat. We now have          The time required is from 10:45 a.m
      When you see a sign in a car win-    the luxury of meals delivered to our     to noon. The clients enjoy meeting
dow which states, “Delivering Meals        front gate, saving an additional drive   new neighbors, who help in this very
On Wheels,” give a “toot” and let the      to Dunedin to pick them up.              special way.
volunteers know their efforts are ap-            Our Snowbirds have gone home,             Meals on Wheels give assistance
preciated.                                 so we need additional brave volunteers   to residents arriving home from the
      Meals on Wheels volunteers           to help deliver meals to our home-       hospital and needing help with meals,
deserve accolades for serving in our       bound neighbors in these hot days.       plus a caring neighbor to check on        Meals On Wheels
                                                                                    them Monday thru Friday.
                                                                                           Our On Top of the World cli-
                                                                                    ents love their volunteers who bring      bingo and music. Service to take se-
                                                                                    delicious warm meals. The meals are       niors to Senior Day Care and trans-
                                                                                    planned by a Neighborly Care Net-         portation to doctor’s offices is also
                                                                                    work dietician. It is a well-balanced     available. The Neighborly Network
                                                                                    meal with an interesting variety each     has many additional services available:
                                                                                    month. A main entrée, vegetables, sal-    skilled nursing, physical therapy and
                                                                                    ad, bread, fruit, milk and often a des-   home health aides.
                                                                                    sert is included.                                For services, phone the Neigh-
                                                                                           The very colorful Neighborly       borly Care Network at (727) 573-9444.
                                                                                    Care Bus will take residents to Dune-     To volunteer for this rewarding service
                                                                                    din to join other seniors for lunch and   at OTOW, call Carl & Betty Leiby at
                                                                                    a social time of entertainment, cards,    791-3861.

                                                                                    Bingo will be back in August




                                                                                    Madeline and Sally try their luck at bingo during a Monday night in
                                                                                    June. There will be no bingo in July, but the popular game will return
                                                                                    to the East Activity Center in August.                (Photo by Brad Day)
                                                               ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                        July 2011 / Page 21


   Picnics do not have to be outdoors -
 join us for an indoor version on Aug. 21
         By Edna Androvette                                                       shine Lady, and her number is 796-
      The latest Singles Club meeting                                             1184. Please let her know of any club
was held on Saturday, June 4, in the                                              members who are ill.
West Activity Center Sunrise Room.                                                       Welcome, single newcomers to
      This meeting was well attended,                                             OTOW. Come and join us in August
and wine and cheese were enjoyed by                                               at the picnic. If you have questions,
all.                                                                              please call Dorothy at 796-4460 or
      Please make a note that there
will be no Singles Club meeting this
                                               Singles Club                       Lucy at 669-3784.
                                                                                         One of the trips we recently en-
month. Enjoy July and plan to attend                                              joyed was to the Hard Rock Casino.
an event, theater, movie or town you      chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, chips One of my friends reminded me that
have not visited before.                  and dessert. Bring your own beverage. the quickest way to double your mon-
      The Singles Travel Club has         The cost will be $5, and tickets can be ey is to fold it and put it back into your
planned a day trip to Winter Park, a      purchased at the Singles Club table on pocket. How true, but I did unfold
place a lot of On Top of the World        Monday or Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. money and had a great time. Enjoy life
folks have not visited. Make this sum-          Our welcome back meeting will to the fullest.
mer your best time yet.                   be Sept. 3 and will be a general meet-         Remember the true meaning of
      On Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m., an   ing to discuss plans for the remainder the Fourth of July and have a wonder-
indoor picnic is planned at the Activi-   of 2011 and into 2012.                  ful, safe holiday.
ties Center. The menu will consist of           Mary Widman is the club’s Sun-



               ‘Copacabana’ DVDs on sale now
          Theater Workshop is currently selling DVDs from its recent show,
   “Copacabana.” Visit the Theater Workshop booth Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m.
   in the East Activity Center, or call Roger at 797-3589 or Mary Ann at 797-3269.
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 There are many ways an OTOW resident
can participate in the 2012 Really Big Show
           By Fran FitzPatrick                                                        terest in joining the Jesters. We will be    behind the scenes, sell tickets, usher,
       Guess what we’ve been doing                                                    delighted to welcome you. Our first          help out backstage, etc., we will find a
for the summer?                                                                       monthly meeting will be in September         job for you.
       Revving up for a grand and glo-                                                in the East Activity Center.                        Who knows, we may make you
rious show.                                                                                 The Jesters rehearsal schedule         a star!
       The Jester creative team, headed                                               is geared to accommodate any Jester                   During the summer, we are
by Evelyn Flam, is in the final stages
of outlining the February 2012 pro-
                                                         Jesters                      who wants to participate and may have
                                                                                      limited time available. We promise not
                                                                                                                                   available to meet and greet you at
                                                                                                                                   the East Activity Center on Monday
duction of the Jesters’ 33 annual musi-                                               to work you to the bone, only hard           mornings and on the second Thursday
cal variety show.                                                                     enough to hone your performance to           of each month at the Good Neighbors
       Do you remember Sunday nights         fancy and surprise you with their cre- a fine edge.                                   gathering. We are there from 8:30-
and your favorite TV shows?                  ativity.                                       We are asking all residents to         10:30 a.m.
       We are willing to bet that Ed Sul-           The costumes will dazzle and make a commitment to come on out,                        Better yet, call Fran at 723-0375
livan’s “Really Big Show” topped that        delight you, and in the Jester tradition make new friends and have a really           or email: ac1392@aol.com for any in-
list.                                        of excellence, this show will live up to great time.                                  formation you may need.
       We will be featuring singing,         our motto “Jest For Fun, Innovation             If you can sing, dance, tell a joke          Let’s get together
dancing, comedy, and, of course, some        and Commitment.”                         or simply want to participate and con-              “Jest For Fun!”
unusual variety acts that will tickle your          Many of you have expressed in- tribute by sewing costumes or work
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Club members learn about red, white wines
       Last month’s wine tasting was a                                               of the World. It is an informal group       many different backgrounds and areas
hit.                                                                                 that gets together for various activi-      here at OTOW. Lambda is just one
       The club had a chance to taste                                                ties. Regular activities include cocktail   more reflection of that.
both red and white vintages. Many                                                    parties, Sunday brunches, and theater/             Lambda meets monthly on the
thanks to our expert host, Bob, for                                                  movie nights. Also, we have a group,        second Friday at 7 pm in the Kitchen
telling us about the different kinds of                                              the Mall Walkers, which meets weekly        downstairs in the East Activity Cen-
wine. He very thoughtfully brought                                                   to walk at the Countryside Mall for an      ter.
along handouts for later reference,                   Lambda                         hour.                                              If you are interested in finding
which turned out very helpful, because                                                      We look to expand our circle         out more about us, send an e-mail to
by the end of the evening, I don’t know     Lambda Lounge will be in operation       to all gay and lesbian residents in the     lambdaclw@yahoo.com or call Dave
how much people remembered!                 for our members and guests to be able    OTOW community, but we are also             at 727-410-7566.
       Our club members also comple-        to relax and chat with their favorite    open to participation by other OTOW                You can also check us out by go-
mented the wine by bringing a variety       beverage while some cool music is        residents who would like to meet their      ing to this site: http://lambdaclearwa-
of very tasty hors d’oeuvres.               playing in the background. Remember,     gay neighbors. There are people from        ter.blogspot.com.
       Our July meeting is the club’s       our new location is downstairs in the
birthday. Lambda has turned two. But        kitchen. See you there!
it won’t be a terrible two, I swear.               Lambda is a social club for the
       On Friday, July 8 at 7 pm, the       gay and lesbian residents of On Top


 Start your morning with exercises
       Keep healthy this summer by starting your day off at the 8 a.m. exercise
class in the lower gym room of the East Activity Center.
       On Monday and Tuesday our workouts include stretching, building bal-
ance and coordination, improving flexibility and strengthening the body’s core.
We do floor exercises to tone and tighten our abs, so bring a towel or mat.
       On Wednesday and Friday mornings bring your hand weights to our
strength training/weightlifting classes while we work on improving muscle
tone.
       Join Ingrid Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. for her 30 minute class.
       As always, our classes are free and open to everyone. If you have any
questions, please contact Barb Sundberg at 847-946-4214 or Ingrid Durhan at
727-796-9414.
       We would like to extend birthday wishes to Vee Field on July 13th, Kath-
erine Giannakopoulos on July 22nd and Carol Babini on July 23rd. Hey kids,
enjoy your special day!!!




 OTOW Computer Club
       The On Top Of The World
Computer Club meets every Saturday
morning, downstairs in the main card
room at the East Activity Center.
       In addition to a monthly fea-
tured speaker, we also try to have a
beginner’s session for those who feel
the featured speaker is too advanced.
       In addition to the classes, we
hold a session every Monday morn-
ing for those who are having hard-
ware or software problems and need
help. This loose group meets at 9 a.m.        Computer Club
in Classroom No. 1, which is the first
door on the right as you go down-
stairs from the lobby. You must be a        Classes are in the Computer Lab, down-
member for this session.                    stairs in the East Activity Center.
       As long as there is sufficient in-           Why not join us on Saturday
terest, we will hold beginner classes       morning? For more info call 669-
each Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m.        4731 on Mondays from 9-11 a.m.
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 Need an escape? Trying singing with your Chorus
          By Ilene Bargerstock                                                     “A Choir is a Beautiful Thing” from          rendering to music….everyone singing
       As promised, here are the 25                                                her novel Elegance of the Hedgehog           together, this marvelous sharing. I’m
song titles which appeared in the cho-                                             is fitting. Here are some excerpts:          no longer myself, I am just one part
rus article in the June newspaper:                                                         “Every time, it’s a miracle. Here    of a sublime whole, to which the oth-
       “In the Good Old Summer                                                     we are all these people….of every            ers also belong, and I always wonder
Time,” “Just One of Those Things,”                                                 shape and size, and there’s this life        at such moments why this cannot be
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone,”                                                 we’re struggling through full of shout-      the rule of everyday life, instead of be-
“On the Road Again,” “Music, Music,                  Chorus                        ing and tears and laughter and fights        ing an exceptional moment, during a
Music,” “As Time Goes By,” “Impos-                                                 and break-ups and dashed hopes and           choir.
sible Dream,” “Climb Every Moun-         There,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Sing, unexpected luck – it all disappears,                     “When the music stops, every-
tain,” “Side By Side,” “What a Won-      Sing a Song,” “Whistle a Happy Tune,” just like that, when the choir begins to         one applauds, their faces all lite up, the
derful World,” “I’ll Get Along Without   “More than You Know,” and “Don’t sing.                                                 choir radiant. It is so beautiful. In the
You Very Well,”; “The Way We Were,”      Worry Be Happy.”                                  “Everyday life vanishes into song,   end, I wonder if the true movement of
“With a Song in My Heart,” “Accen-              Hope you found them all and you are suddenly overcome with a feel-              the world might not be a voice raised
tuate the Positive,” “Make Your Own      had as much fun as I did putting it to- ing of brotherhood, of deep solidarity,        in song.”
Kind of Music,” “Consider Yourself       gether.                                   even love, and it diffuses the ugliness             Please consider raising your voice
at Home,” “Everyday People,” “I Be-             As you know, we refer to our of everyday life into a spirit of perfect          with the Chorus when fall rehearsals
lieve,” “We Could Make Such Beauti-      group of singers as a “chorus,” howev- communion. Even the singers’ faces              begin on Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the East
ful Music Together,” “Somewhere Out      er, I think Muriel Barbery’s piece titled are transformed….human beings, sur-          Activity Center.



                                                                                    Spend your summer
                                                                                    learning dance steps
                                                                                                  By Chris Nason
                                                                                            Every Tuesday and Saturday in
                                                                                    the East Activity Center you will hear
                                                                                    the mellow voice of Line Dance Presi-
                                                                                    dent Georgia Jensen announce the be-
                                                                                    ginning of the dance sequence.
                                                                                            If you want more fun in your
                                                                                    life, as well as improved balance, grace          Line Dancing
                                                                                    and coordination, please consider join-
                                                                                    ing a fun and friendly group of folks              For more information please
                                                                                    who enjoy music and moving about.           contact Joan Farrell at 723-1978 or
                                                                                            We dance to a wide variety of       Chris Nason at 797-6407.
                                                                                    music genres and rhythms. Beginners                We meet on Saturdays at 8:30
                                                                                    have no fear! Instruction is provided at    a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. That’s
                                                                                    each meeting, and during these summer       twice a week, 52 weeks, for 104 chanc-
                                                                                    months it is an especially good time for    es to improve your sense of health and
                                                                                    more individualized attention.              wellbeing. Come join us!


                                                                                          Answers to June crossword puzzle
                                                                                                 ACROSS                         3. Plumber
                                                                                       1. Caligraphy                            4. Talladega
                                                                                       7. Grills                                5. Kabobs
                                                                                       10. Balloon                              6. Jeans
                                                                                       11. Bingo                                7. Ginger
                                                                                       13. Olympics                             8. Wabash
                                                                                       15. Frog                                 9. Train
                                                                                       17. Dekuji                               10. Bingo
                                                                                       18. Karts                                12. Gorilla
                                                                                       20. Flag                                 14. Marcana
                                                                                       21. Feature                              15. Fujiwara
                                                                                       22. Gingerbread                          16. Knife
                                                                                       24. Civil                                17. Dog
                                                                                       25. Filtration                           19. Souffle
                                                                                                  DOWN                          22. Goofy
                                                                                       2. Library                               23. Kiln
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                                         Snowbird line dancers can fill half the auditorium during peak season.


 Florida Snowbirds going to Biloxi this month
            By Sandy Sanborn                                                       purchased by calling Sandy Sanborn         year and members enjoyed the pizza
       Even though most of the clubs                                               at 727-271-9051 or visiting the Snow-      party and the entertainment provided
at On Top of the World are on hiatus                                               birds information table at the East Ac-    by Elvis Tribute Artist, Steve Roberti.
until the fall, the Snowbirds Club plans                                           tivities Center between 8:30-10:30 a.m.          Several lucky women got the
a couple of trips to look forward to                                               on Thursday, July 7, or Monday, Aug.       coveted Elvis scarves.
this summer.                                                                       1.                                               The dress code for the party was
       From July 17-20 we are going on                                                    Check the bulletin boards in your   casual, coat and tie not required.
a casino bus trip to Biloxi. The cost        Snowbird Club                         building for a schedule of upcoming              Line dance instructor Dolly
is only $149. On Aug. 5 we will visit                                              events.                                    Foland led the line dancers in several
the Ed Fletcher Dinner Theater at a                                                       Elvis was in the building for our   dances, a popular feature of the Snow-
cost of $35, which includes tax and show there. The food is very good and          end of the season Snowbirds Fly Away       birds parties.The food was served
tip. This is a favorite destination of the you can BYOB.                           Party on March 25.                         directly to the tables piping hot by
Snowbirds as we have never seen a bad           Tickets for both events can be            This was our big event of the       Snowbird volunteers.



Free Bonesavers                              Let Tai Chi help you
classes at OTOW
       Do you want to prevent further
bone loss?
                                          begin your transformation
       Come join our class Mondays,             Tai Chi allows oneself to become a more willing participant in the process
Wednesdays and Fridays in the lower       of change.
level room opposite the library in the          The practice begins primarily as a physical experience, but in time we ex-
East Activity Center. We meet from        perience better balance, coordination and integration of the emotional, mental
8-9 a.m.                                  and spiritual levels.
       We use hand-weights and ankle-           In Butterfly Tai Chi class, the exercises have been choreographed with
weights in exercises that were devel-     beautiful music and dance-like movements to resemble animals in nature.
oped by Tuffs University in an effort           We send an open invitation to all On Top of the World residents. Come in
to prevent further bone loss.             and try our class and experience the benefits. Begin your transformation.
       We never do floor exercises.             We have beginners classes 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
There is no charge for this class.        in the exercise room near the library.
       For further information please           If you have any questions, call Ruth at 727-726-0336 or 727-709-0841.
call Libby at 727-669-1486. We look       Ruth has been certified to teach Tai Chi since 2004 and continues to renew and
forward to meeting you.                   advance her certification.
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Look for this poster in an upcoming new book
 written by OTOW resident Rodney Walker
           By Rodney Walker
         The photograph at right was
taken as I presented a copy of a poster
I had commissioned to Joseph Clark
and Associates.
       The subjects on the poster are
two local bridge players who have
dominated the world bridge scene for
more than 20 years: Eric Rodwell and
Jeff Meckstroth.
        I had just returned to the du-
plicate bridge scene after an absence
of more than 43 years. Back in the 60s
I had all the credentials available to a
member, from club director to nation-
al tournament director.
       I met Eric at the bridge table at a
tournament held in the Power Squad-
ron Building in 2009. Some months
later I met Jeff.
       Someone must tell some stories
about “Meckwell” - that is what the
world calls their partnership. Too of-
ten the good goes unnoticed.
       To give it a go, I decided to do
this poster for two bridge clubs: Clear-
water Duplicate and St. Petersburg
Bridge.
       Getting the poster right was a
problem. I experimented with three
volunteers. One let it get out of hand,
too big. A second one up and died.
       Nothing jelled until I gave it to
Joseph Clark.
        I had not read, or even heard
of “Searching For A Fit,” an article
written more than 10 years ago by St.
Petersburg Times National Editor
Bill Durye. When I read it, I sent Bill
a message saying it was the best piece            OTOW resident Rodney Walker and St. Petersburg Times National Editor Bill Durye
of bridge writing I had ever read. I of-
fered him the last copy of the poster. Unique Autobiography by Rodney the essence of bridge and how it has model to follow, not just at the bridge
       I am using this same poster as Walker,” soon to be published.         to be a partnership game. In saluting table, but in our sometimes troubled
the back cover of my own book, “A           Bill’s wonderful article reveals “Meckwell,” Bill holds them as being a relationships.
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   Local veterans asked to share a
 story for a national history project
                                                By Cecile Sangiamo                gun salute as Taps was played. We sang all five
                                        As I looked around at 500 people in the   stanzas of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
                                  audience, I was gratified to see a number of           While there, I learned a project is under-
                                  my neighbors from On Top of the World at        way to gather veterans’ stories for a history
                                  the Memorial Day observance at Curlew Hills     project. If you know any veterans, please con-
                                  Memory Gardens on Monday, May 30.               tribute to this project.
                                        We heard many eloquent speakers, in-            To quote from the circular that was dis-
                                  cluding Kristen Sellas, veterans and military   tributed: “Created by the U. S. Congress, the
                                  affairs liason for Congressman Gus Bilirakis’   mission of the Veterans History Project is to
                                  office; Lt. Col. Norma Vargas, a military in-   collect, preserve, and make accessible the per-
                                  telligence specialist with the U.S. Army; and   sonal accounts of American veterans so that
                                  officers from Air Force, Marines and local      future generations may hear directly from vet-
                                  clergy.                                         erans the realities of war.”
                                        The service opened with “God Bless the          Project representatives will interview you
                                  USA.”                                           and record your memories, whether stateside
                                        A chorus of five, accompanied by an or-   or overseas. Any branch of the USA military
                                  ganist and organizer Dwight Bolanowski, gave    from World War I through current conflicts is
                                  a rousing rendition of five service hymns.      eligible to participate. Your recorded interview
                                        As the bagpiper played “Going Home”       will then be sent to the Library of Congress in
                                  and the Boy Scouts placed a wreath, many        Washington for historical preservation.
Local Boy Scouts participate in   handkerchiefs appeared to dry tears.                  Interviews are by appointment only. Call
 a Memorial Day ceremony.                Toward the closing there was a three-    727-789-2000 to reserve a time.
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            Ne w c o m e r s
                                       (OTOW News photos by Tom Bracken)




Susan Salmieri   Julie Cabrera       Blanca Gonzalez       Anne Girard
   Dunedin       St. Petersburg       St. Petersburg      St. Petersburg


 TV      Coming Soon ... OTOW News
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                     Greyhounds appear in historic art




     Press
  Association
   Meeting
   1:30 p.m.
    Aug. 4
                      See related story on page 31. Artwork by Linda K. Evans of Vermont. Printed with her permission.
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Today’s history lesson: Greyhounds!
           By Bill Sharpsteen                                                           “hunter.”                                  al area nursing homes with Beauty and
      Let’s ask our three greyhound                                                           Another explanation is that it is    her other greyhound friends, who are
experts some history associated with                                                    derived from “gre” or “gradus,” mean-      well received! The residents really light
their fellow greyhounds that go back                                                    ing “first rank among dogs.”               up when they see the greyhounds and
thousands of years!                                                                           Finally, it has been suggested       the greyhounds love the visit for all the
      Greyhounds are one of the old-                                                    that the term derives from Greek-          petting they get! A win – win!
est breeds of dogs, and appear in art                                                   hound, since the hound reached Eng-               All residents can attend our no
and literature throughout history.                                                      land through the Greeks.                   dues club fun meetings. Come and
      In ancient Egypt, greyhounds            Greyhound Club                                  Greyhounds have long been as-        bring your neighbors and friends. En-
were mummified and buried along                                                         sociated with royalty. In fact, from the   joy meeting retired racing greyhounds
with their owners, and tombs were of-          See Art On Pg. 30                        11th to the 14th century, English law      to pet.
ten decorated with greyhound figures.                                                   decreed that no “mean person” was                 We meet the first Thursday of
      A hieroglyph of a dog, very                  In Chaucer’s The Canterbury          allowed to keep a greyhound. Penalty       each month. Meetings are 10 a.m. in
much resembling the modern breeds            Tales, and Shakespeare’s Henry V and       for breaking this law was death!           Veranda Room No. 2, second floor in
of greyhound, saluki, and sloughi, can       Merry Wives of Windsor, Greek and                We will be in Safety Harbor ev-      the East Activity Center. We will kick
be found in the writings of ancient          Roman gods and goddesses were of-          ery third Friday (next July 15) at the     off again with a return Thursday, Nov.
Egypt.                                       ten portrayed with greyhounds.             corner of Main Street near Second Av-      3.
      Alexander the Great had a grey-              There are many differing expla-      enue with others for a music fun-filled           Call Bill today at 727-797-7977
hound named Peritas. The greyhound           nations for the origin of the term grey-   evening from 6-10 p.m. Park near the       to help foster or babysit a greyhound
is mentioned in the Old Testament            hound. One writer suggests that the        library off Second Avenue North off        for a day to a week, or adopt a grey-
(Proverbs 30:29-31).                         original greyhound stock was mostly        Main Street. Bring a folding chair, join   hound, donate or volunteer with this
      In Homer’s Odyssey, the only           grey in color. Another says the term       us and walk the festival and listen to     group. You will be richly rewarded for
one to recognize Odysseus upon his           derives from the Old English “grei,”       the music.                                 your time spent. These gentle giants
return was his Greyhound, Argus.             meaning “dog,” and “hundr,” meaning              We have monthly visits to sever-     will leave paw prints on your heart!



What makes a great neighbor at OTOW?
       This month I would like to spend                                               seek advice from your veterinarian, or       an effort to avoid a problem.
some time reviewing the steps to what
constitutes a good neighbor.
                                               Good                                   favorite animal organization, on how
                                                                                      to control it.
                                                                                                                                          8. Be aware of your surround-
                                                                                                                                   ings. Be on the alert for anyone acting
       1. Introduce yourself to your
neighbor. Tell them about our Good             Neighbors                                    5. Work on parking issues. Many
                                                                                      people have more than one vehicle
                                                                                                                                   strangely around your condo. Call the
                                                                                                                                   police if necessary.
Neighbors meetings the second                                                         and park in visitor spaces. Remember                Remember, good neighbors
Thursday of each month, which is                President John Kannaly to share. You are only paying for one                       make a great neighborhood.
a great social event. Fill your neigh-                                                parking space.                                      A reminder to all residents, ID
bor in on happenings in this com-                                                           6. Alert neighbors in advance if       cards can be renewed this fall. A cloth-
munity.                                            3. Be aware of shared walls and you are going to have a party. Try to           ing drive and Senior Expo will be tak-
       2. Ask your neighbor about            the noise level a washer, dryer, televi- keep the noise level down and make an        ing place in August. Check out the
their lifestyle. If they work, what time     sion and stereo can make. Try not to effort to invite your neighbors.                 August edition of this newspaper for
do they leave and what time do they          wear high heels in your condo.                 7. Keep communication lines            more details.
return? You can help keep an eye on                4. If you have pets, clean up open. Remember the golden rule: if                       Have a great month and remem-
their condo. Ask if there is any other       after them. If your dog’s barking or anything you are planning might both-            ber, we are always in need of volun-
way you can help them out.                   whining is annoying to your neighbor, er your neighbor, talk ahead of time in         teers.


 If you could read a woman’s thoughts about men ...
         (Apologies to all men – just kid-                                                Men, they sweep you off your             Men are like commercials – you
ding!)                                                                             feet, then try to hand you the broom. can’t believe a word they say.

     Few women admit their age –                                    Marge                 Men don’t try to drive women
                                                                                   crazy - it just comes naturally.                Men are like government bonds
few men act it.
                                                                    Mayer                 They say it takes a minute to find
                                                                                                                             – they take soooo long to mature.

         So many men – so little aspirin.                                          a special person, an hour to appreci-           Men are like popcorn – they sat-
                                                                                   ate them, and an entire life to forget isfy you, but only for a little while.
    If they can send a man to the               Marge’s Humor                      them.
moon, why can’t they send them all?                                                                                                Men are like lava lamps – fun to
                                                                                          Men are like the weather – noth- look at, but not too bright.
      Why do men think they don’t                  Women are born with something ing can change them.
need directions when they can’t find         men will never possess – a clue. And                                                  Men are like parking spots – all
clean socks?                                 the fascination never ends.                  Men are like blenders – you need the good ones are taken and the rest
                                                                                   one but you’re not sure why.              are handicapped.
      The evolution of man: Tadpole,               They say it’s a man’s world, so        Men are like mascara – they usu-
Frog, Prince Charming, Royal Pain.           what’s wrong with it?                 ally run at the first sign of emotion.
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  Club has thoughts about nation’s spending
             By E. W. Beck                                                           ing the currency.                           ment to the U.S. Constitution there will
       The month of July, like all the 12                                                   The membership addressed the         never be fiscal justice for the American
months of the year, has its own dis-                                                 expansion of the money supply by the        people.
tinctions.                                                                           Federal Reserve, a private bank inde-             Our three-part federal structure,
       Summer is definitely here. Hot,                                               pendent of federal control with the         which was meant to be deliberative in
sunny days are broken up by cooling                                                  exception of the appointment of its         order to protect the rights of all the
showers and much needed rain to re-                                                  officers.                                   people, has, in our view, failed us in re-
plenish our Florida aquifer (the great      Republican Club                                 The credit worthiness of our         cent times.
pool of underground water) which                                                     nation, due to increasing debt, has               Members feel that’s why we hold
courses unseen beneath our state…           ideas, our concerns range to the issue   come under increasing scrutiny by           elections.
making the lushness and beauty of           of federal and state government ex-      recognized independent rating agen-               Businesses must operate using
Florida possible.                           penditure reform. For example, most      cies. Our members have concluded            sound business models, managed bud-
       Our club wishes all our residents    American families engage in “kitchen     that there is no reason that our politi-    gets, understanding business cycles
a Happy Fourth of July, the 235th an-       table” discussions concerning the man-   cal system cannot compromise on the         and risks and so does government.
niversary of the USA!                       agement of their financial resources.    issue of reining-in the expansion of        There is no reason why government
       Our club will be adjourned dur-            Our nation must think the same     government and resulting debt.              should be any different…after all we
ing the summer months of July and           way about managing the people’s                 Government income is limited to      created and manage it through elected
August and will return with a full          money. The plain fact is “you cannot     known and predicable sources. If there      representatives who hold accountable.
schedule of events beginning in Sep-        spend more than you take in” unless      is a shortfall in government income in      We need to get American fiscal integri-
tember.                                     you borrow excessively, or in the case   a given cycle, leaders must meet to re-     ty and ingenuity back on track to grow
       In the June article we discussed     of the federal government (Federal       solve it, as is done in many states.        this country for all its citizens.
some of the issues members presented        Reserve Bank) print more money to               Without the political will to pass         For all club information call 796-
at prior meetings. Expanding on those       pay for the borrowing, thus devaluat-    a Federal, balanced, budget amend-          5775.



                                                                                     Club gives people a voice
                                                                                                By Rosemarie Totaro
                                                                                            Sadness and laughter were pres-
                                                                                     ent at a Memorial Day tribute as veter-
                                                                                     ans and plant workers retold stories of
                                                                                     the war years.
                                                                                            It was evident that fighting wars
                                                                                     has changed drastically. Instead of
                                                                                     troops on the ground, we are sending        Democratic Club
                                                                                     drones and Stilt helicopters against the
                                                                                     enemies.                                    editorial from May 9, 2011: “This Leg-
                                                                                            On Earth, in the USA, we are         islature treated public schools teach-
                                                                                     all concerned about Medicare’s future.      ers, college students, lawyers, govern-
                                                                                     The latest figures show that the average    ment workers, union members, voters,
                                                                                     woman who is 65 years old is receiving      women and consumers as enemies.
                                                                                     an income of only $13,000 per year.         Lawmakers dismantled more than 25
                                                                                            We will not be sponsoring a          years of Florida’s already lax growth
                                                                                     voter registration drive until related      management laws to make it easier
                                                                                     court cases have been resolved. The         for developers to build without paving
                                                                                     League of Women Voters is abstaining        roads, schools, parks or other infra-
                                                                                     because of personal liability that has      structure.”
                                                                                     been included in the new registration              These are the reasons a Demo-
                                                                                     laws.                                       cratic Club is vital. Remember, gov-
                                                                                            Craig Torres, representing the       ernment is the People.
                                                                                     Organization for America, addressed                The June meeting was led by
                                                                                     members on the use of technology in         Steve Nelson, an attorney, who gave us
                                                                                     contacting voters. It was realized that     an insight into the judicial process in
                                                                                     our age group is behind the times. We       Florida. Our membership drive is on
                                                                                     are still in the phone era.                 for 2011. Dues are $12. We will have a
                                                                                            A summary of the laws passed         fundraiser to help our candidates. The
                                                                                     by our current legislature was present-     next meeting of the Democratic Club
                                                                                     ed.                                         will be July 28 at 2 p.m.
                                                                                            I quote a St. Petersburg Times



                                   Please don’t throw away this newspaper. Recycle.
                                                  ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                July 2011 / Page 33




                         Tennis players especially ...
 Don’t wait until you’re
thirsty to sip a little water
            By Joseph Spahalski              water at home before playing tennis. Fre-
     The hot humid weather is here.          quently take a sip of water while playing.
     It is time for a refresher on not be-   Sit down and rest often so the body can
coming dehydrated.                           lose some heat. Drink more water often.
     Dehydration is a serious factor to      Drink before you get thirsty.
consider in playing any outdoor sport             Serious dehydration can lead to kid-
activity. Dehydration occurs when the        ney failure, coma, shock, heat exhaus-
amount of water leaving the body is          tion, heat stroke and/or electrolyte ab-
greater than the amount being taken in.      normalities.
     The following are signs of dehy-             Take heed. During the summer
dration: Dry mouth, Eyes stop making         months, men’s tennis will start earlier,
tears, muscle cramps, Sweating may stop,     before the heat arrives. From Monday
Nausea and vomiting, Heart palpitations,     through Saturday, play begins at 7:30 a.m.
Lightheadedness and Confusion.               until about 9 or 9:30 a.m. Women’s ten-
     Prevention is the first step in the     nis plays on Mondays, Wednesdays and
treatment of dehydration. Drink extra        Fridays from 7:30 9 a.m.
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Join us at a Rays game
‘Rebound’ will fill our dance floor on July 16
      Hello friends and neigh- prizes and another trivia contest       ing the Texas Rangers. We will
bors.                              with gifts to be used that very     have a sign-up sheet. Tickets are
      Hope you are keeping cool evening.                               $19 apiece, transportation not in-
during our usual “hot as heck”          The following Sunday, July     cluded. We are encouraging car-
summer.                            17, we will be having a movie to    pooling,
      This month’s dance will fea- be announced. That’s our Sun-            So let us entertain you this
ture one of our favorites, “Re- day-In-The-Park program with           summer! Thank you so much for
bound,” at our “Sizzlin’ Summer the movie, refreshments and the        your continued support.
Dance” on July 16 at 8 p.m.        crowd favorite 50/50 to close            As always, tickets are avail-
      Rebound is a real rockin’ off the day.                           able every Monday 8:30-10:30
band that always keeps the dance        How would you like to dance    a.m. every Monday at the East
floor full.                        in the outfield after a Tampa Bay   Activity Center during the sum-
      So come on out and meet Rays game?                               mer.
your friends and get some real          We are going to see the Rays        Contact Brad Day at 727-
exercise dancing your feet off at their “Senior Prom baseball          953-8930 or send an email to             Brad Day
that Saturday night.               game” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at     AC1392@aol.com for more in-          Entertainment Committee
      We will have the usual door 1:10 p.m.. The Rays will be play-    formation.                                   Chairman

  2012 board
nominees will be                                                         Attention OTOW residents
  unveiled at                                                 T h e 2 0 11 O TO W E n t e r t a i n m e n t
Sept. 21 meeting                                              Committee is seeking nominations to
         By Brad Day, 2011 Chair                              serve on the 2012 Executive Committee.
        Help us reshape the future of
the On Top of the World Entertain-
                                                              As an OTOW resident, you are already
ment Committee.                           a member of this club. If you want to serve on the committee,
        As residents of this commu-
nity, you are all members of the En-      or know someone who wants to serve, contact a member
tertainment Committee. At 7 p.m. on       of the nominating committee. They will explain all the
Wednesday, Sept. 21, the EC will hold
its first meeting of the new season and   requirements.
will introduce the nominated slate of
officers for the 2012 board. This will
be a short meeting that is open to all    Nominations are for treasurer, assistant treasurer, secretary,
OTOW residents. Refreshments will
be served after the meeting.
                                          assistant secretary and 2013 chair elect.
        During this meeting you will be
able to see who the nominating com-
mittee has chosen to help the incom-      Nominations will be presented 7 p.m., Sept. 21, during the
ing chair put our fine shows together     Sunday In The Park general meeting. Elections will take
for 2012.
        The election will be on Thurs-    place 7 p.m., Nov. 3, at the annual meeting in the East Activity
day, Nov. 3. Refreshments will follow.
        Stay informed and get involved.
                                          Center.
Be a part of your community.              CALL: Bernee Krause 799-0893, John Kannaly 669-3988 or Maryann Mercer 797-3269
        Thank you.
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               Thirty-six loads of Peat Moss/Sand mix sit on the golf course parking lot prior to being spread over the new greens at
               the 18-hole course. Despite all this soil, what you see only covers about four holes.     (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)



 18-hole course closes, but 9-hole course
   remains open for OTOW residents
             By Jim O’Neil                                                          on June 8 and will continue through-        tions Don on a great shot.
      Renovation work on the back six             Men’s Golf                        out the summer months.                            A recent study found that the av-
holes on the 18-hole golf course con-                                                     League members wanted an 18-          erage golfer walks about 900 miles a
tinues, but in early June league mem-              The course maintenance crew is   hole course to conduct tournament           year. Another study found that golfers
bers and residents were still playing       still working hard to ensure that resi- play, and the Landings will meet that       drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol
golf on the remaining 12 holes.             dents have a place to play golf.        purpose.                                    a year. That means, on average, golfers
      By the end of June, the entire               In anticipation of the course          We have one hole-in-one to re-        get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind
course was closed until November.           closing, on Wednesday, June 1, league   port. On Wednesday, May 18, Don             of makes you feel like a hybrid.
      The nine-hole course is still         members voted to play their weekly Rice aced the 140-yard hole No. 3, with                Enjoy the summer and don’t for-
open and in great shape for play by all     tournaments at the Landings Golf a 5-wood during league play. Don’s                 get to get out on the golf course. It is
residents throughout the renovation         Course on Airport Road off of Hercu- playing partners were Al McKay, Pete           a tremendous way to get in your daily
process.                                    les Avenue in Clearwater. This started Milner and Charlie Cristy. Congratula-       exercise.



Golf course is closed, but pool tables are open!
      The golf course may be closed,                                                  Doire to defeat Hugo Orantes and          picked up a victory when he reached
but the pool tables are open!                                                         Larry Wells in the final. Bart Gooch      the final against John Fier. John settled
      On June 21, On Top of the                                                       and Mario Rodriguez defeated Ray Di-      for second place. Hugo Orantes de-
World held its first nine-ball round-                                                 guilio and Will Shafer for third place.   feated Bob Eads for third place.
robin matinee tournament for resi-                                                           Two weeks later Joe was a win-            In week three, Andy Suhar de-
dents. A busy pool hall showed the                                                    ner again. This time he teamed with       feated Tony Baker for the title. Ed
event was a success.                                                                  Marc Schell to reach the final against    Way toppled previous champion Marc
      Frank English battled through a            Billiard Club                        Larry Wells and Bob Eads. Joe and         Schell for third place.
lot of competitors to take first place                                                Marc took first place. Larry and Bob             The month ended with Joe Ven-
and Bart Gooch was the runner-up.           for the first place. In the consolation   took second place. Ray Digulio and        timiglia emerging a winner. He defeat-
      Andy Suhar organized the event        final, Bob Eads defeated John Shearer     John Shearer defeated Tony Baker and      ed Ray Diguilio in the winner’s bracket
with help from Will Shafer and Joe          for third place.                          Joe Ventimiglia for third place.          final. Hugo Orantes defeated Denny
Ventimiglia.                                       On June 16, Hugo Orantes faced            There were four 10-ball tourna-    Balderson in the consolation final for
      Because of the success, a nine-       Marc Schell in the final and posted       ments last month and there were four      third place.
ball round-robin tournament will take       the victory for first place. Joe Diore    different winners.                               Eight-ball team and singles tour-
place 1 p.m. every Tuesday as long as       knocked off John Shearer in the con-             In week one, Denny Balderson       naments take place on Monday eve-
there is interest. Registration begins at   solation match for third place.           defeated Frank English in the final for   nings, while Scotch Doubles is held
12:30 p.m. the day of the tournament.              There also were two Scotch         first place. Tim Rush defeated Mario      every Thursday evening. Any OTOW
      There was two eight-ball singles      Doubles tournaments.                      Rodriguez in the consolation final for    resident is welcome to join an event.
competitions last month. On June 2,                The month started out with         third place.                              The pool hall is located in the West
Denny Balderson defeated Tony Baker         Denny Balderson teaming up with Joe              The following week, Marc Schell    Activity Center.
                                                                ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                               July 2011 / Page 37




West Side captures bragging rights
       Back on May 25, the Que’t La-
dies Billiard Club held its second team
tournament.
       West Side Captain Elizabeth As-
selta took her team of Judy Garvey,
Reva Heymann, Becky Balderson, Su-
san Ryan and Barb Sundberg to vic-
tory over the East Side and Captain
Lorraine Prentice, Barbara Barnhart,
Helen Crombie, Terry Drake, Margo
Lindsay and Rashanee Turner.
       The West Side team scored a
total of 88 points while the East Side
team scored 73 points.
       At the June 1 singles tourna-
ment, Barb Sundberg edged out new
member Maureen Doire for first place.
Maureen came in second and Judy
Garvey placed third. Great games and
great fun with a group of great ladies.
       On June 8 we welcomed back
Maureen Doire, whose husband, Joe,
plays in the Mens’ League.
       We also welcomed Marilyn Soli-
van, the wife of our professional in-
structor, Ed Solivan.
       Andy Suhar presented a work-
shop to help each of us improve our
bridge, stance and stroke. We can’t
thank Andy, Frank English, Terry
                                                                                    Pictured above is the West Side winning team from a recent Que’t
Wittman and Ed Solivan enough for
their patience, commitment, dedica-                                                 billiards tournament. From left to right are Reva Heymann, Eliz-
tion and expertise in helping each of                                               abeth Asselta (team captain), Barb Sundberg, Judy Garvey, Becky
us improve our game.                                                                Balderson and Susan Ryan.
       If you are interested in learning
the game of pool, and improving your
hand and eye coordination, bring your
activity card and join us Wednesday           Que’t Billiards
evenings in the West Activity Center
Billiard Room. Free instruction and
the necessary equipment are avail-         Que’t Ladies Billiard Club, Ellen Gil-
able with the help of Frank English,       bert is the vice president, Barb Sund-
founder and instructor, Andy Suhar,        berg is the secretary and Margo Lind-
program coordinator, Terry Wittman,        say is the treasurer. Members at Large
instruction coordinator, and Ed Soli-      are Mary Henry and Kay Mahoney.
van, instructor.                           Alternate Members at Large are Helen
       Judy Garvey is president of the     Crombie and Reva Heymann.

            Would you like to learn
     the game of pool or improve your skills?
                       If so, mark your calendar for
               Tuesday, July 12, for a billiards workshop.
             The Que’t Ladies Billiard Club will hold a free
   introductory class 6:30 p.m. in the West Activity Center Sunrise Room.
          Bring your husband, son, daughter, significant other
             and/or neighbor, as well as your activity card.
                                                                                    Pictured above are the top three finishers in a recent Que’t Singles
                                                                                    Tournament. From left to right are Barb Sundberg, Maureen Doire
                           Hope to see you then!                                    and Judy Garvey.
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              Have you been reading OTOW News?
                                     Answers to this puzzle will appear in the July edition. Answers to the May puzzle are on page 24.


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     You can find the answers to the questions below by reviewing the previous month’s
       newspaper. The number in ( ) indicates the page number the answers appear.
                       ACROSS                                same job. They are _____ guards. (45)                    3. Tennis lessons are now being offered at OTOW
1. After a storm causes a power outage, it’s                 17. What kind of gun is a Bosch PS31? (32)               for the summer. Janet Bachus will teach you how
important to keep your _____ closed as much as               18. June’s Pet of the Month were a pair of kittens.      to _______. (31)
possible. (5)                                                One was Pearl. Who was the other kitten? (43)            5. Andersonville was the home of a famous southern
3. Valencia residents Joan and Gus Longo recently            19. What is TifDwarf? (1)                                _____ during the Civil War. (29)
received a Golden _______ Award for their                    21. OTOW’s Liz and Jack Sharpe recently celebrated       6. A tasty flavor for a daiquiri. (11)
volunteer work with the homeless. (56)                       their 40th wedding anniversary by visiting four          8. Abbott and Costello were most famous for their
4. The Suncoast Symphony Orchestra performance               countries. One of the countries was ______. (47)         routine, “Who’s On ______.” (12)
at OTOW featured a variety of instruments,                   22. When Kate and William got married, the Baby          11. From now on, Lambda Club meetings will
including a _____ player. (17)                               Boomers Club was holding a ______ party for the          be taking place in what room at the East Activity
7. In preparing for a hurricane, store important items       occasion. (19)                                           Center. (23)
in ______ bags or containers. (5)                            24. Many, many years ago, Activities Director            13. Chetnik’s John and Theresa Kawalec recently
9. The Press Association has scheduled a night               Assistant Julie Hipp said her father bought 300 of       celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary with
meeting for what month? (10)                                 these from one farmer. What did he buy? (14)             what flavor cake? (48)
10. This summer, Chorus President Keith Bekofske             25. A group of Siboney residents got together in the     14. A European character known for giving insight
and his wife Eileen set a goal to visit as many              month of May and played this game. (51)                  and advice. (22)
national ______ as possible. (25)                                                    DOWN                             15. Sitting by the pool this summer, don’t forget to
12. Lawn bowling can be traced back to what                  1. Which musical group will be performing at a           bring a _____. (18)
country? (52)                                                dance on July 16? (35)                                   20, According to Ottoman researcher Allen Winston,
14. Azores resident Walter Damiano once entered              2. Casa Verde resident Lani Sirna has a daughter         it was OK to ______ the week of June 23-26 as long
a ________ contest while serving overseas in                 going to school in what country? Lani recently paid      as you had a watermelon. (48)
England. (49)                                                a visit to this country and said it reminds her of New   23. OTOW’s John Maloof had two of these in 18
16. OTOW’s Paul and Josette Leusner share t he               York City. (52)                                          days. What were they? (36)
                                               ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                          July 2011 / Page 39




                                                                                                     Heidi has enriched the
                                                                                                lives of David and Carol
                   Heidi                                                                        Hudson for 10 years.
                                                                                                     Every time she pokes
                                                                                                her head out the car win-
                                                                                                dow, fellow drivers smile
                                                                               Sophie           and make comments.
                                                                                                     Heidi, a schnauzer ,
                                                                                                is an avid walker and has
                                                                                                walked many miles here at
                                                                                                On Top of the World.
                                                                                                     She has regular stops
                                                                                                where she receives treats
                                                                                                and affection. Heidi calls
                                                                                                English Gothic home.
                                                                                                     Heidi is on the left and
                                                                                                her cousin Sophie is on the
                                                                                                right.


  Do you know someone who wants to be the Pet of the Month?
Each month OTOW News and Walgreens
are going to feature a “Pet of the Month.”
Any pets living at OTOW are
eligible to enter the contest.
One pet will be featured each month.
To enter your pet in the contest you must have one
perfectly clear, large color photo of your pet, along with
background information on why you think your pet
should be chosen as our monthly celebrity
(maximum 200 words). Only one pet per household can
win each year. The winner will receive (1) 8x10, (2) 5x7
and (4) 4x6 photos from Walgreens on the corner of
                          TAMMI
Belcher and Sunset Point roads. If you are the winner this month, just bring this newspaper and
an original pet photo to Walgreens to receive your prize. To enter, email your pet’s best photo
and information to: bootss@tampabay.rr.com. Include your name, your pet’s name and the
building you reside in. Good luck!                     If you do not have a computer, contest entries can be dropped off
                                                                    at the OTOW newspaper office during our business hours.
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  A two-week Thailand excursion to remember
      Malagueña Building residents
and world-travelers, Katie and George
Zeller, are back home after their latest                               Elaine
international adventure, a two-week
trip to Bangkok, Thailand (formerly                                   & Leonard
known as Siam).
      We were privileged to see George’s                               Gotler
notes, beginning with their 26 hours in
flight from Tampa to Bangkok, and the                    Malagueña
Royal Sheraton Hotel on the banks of
the Chao Phraya River.                          over en route to see the Nam Tok
      Highlights of their trip included         waterfall. Two bridges over the River
visits to virtually all of the remarkable       Kwai had been successfully bombed by
natural and man-made points of                  both the RAF and the U.S. Army Air
interest in Thailand, from massive              Force during World War II.
shopping malls to a 700-year-old                      A 40-mile bus tour took the
golden Buddha.                                  Zellers to a two-hour high-speed boat           Food vendors crowd the river, hawking their products at meal time. (George Zeller photos)

      Twenty minutes away from their            ride and then to a small four-passenger         inspired, went to see the Buddha.             the street to visit the Nouvelle Hotel,
hotel was the “Grand Palace,” with 34           paddle boat ride through the Floating           Through a crack in the plaster, he saw a      but a taxi startled Katie and she moved
structures and galleries, including in the      Market canals. There they bought                glint of yellow, and discovered that the      suddenly to avoid being hit, twisting
same compound the Wat Pra Kaew,                 grilled chicken, pork satay, deep-fried         statue was pure gold. It now is officially    her ankle, falling to the ground, and
Thailand’s most sacred temple with the          bananas, and delicious soup directly            the world’s largest solid gold Buddha         scraping her knee.
revered Emerald Buddha.                         from vendors on their paddle boats.             at nearly 10 feet high and weighing                 In the Nouvelle Hotel, they
      They toured the royal residence,                After the boat tour, they stopped at      over five tons.                               attended to Katie’s injuries, icing the
Vimanmek, which is the world’s largest          a rose garden, a coconut farm , a sugar               After seeing the Buddha, Katie          ankle, resting for awhile in the lobby,
golden teakwood mansion, but missed             factory, and a snake and crocodile farm,        and George returned to Bangkok                having a drink, and listening to the
                                                eventually reaching the rose garden at          intending to do some shopping. “We            music and singer. Then they took a taxi
seeing the king and queen. Their taxi                                                                                                         back to their hotel.
ride back to Wat Pra took them to the           the Thai Village. There they enjoyed            did not find shopping in Bangkok to
                                                a Thai buffet and rode the elephants                                                                The following day they were off
Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the                                                             be anything like we had read about on         again, taking a tour to the summer
                                                before attending a cultural show with           the internet,” George says. “It was very
oldest and largest Buddhist temple                                                                                                            palace of the kings of Thailand,
                                                over 150 performers.                            disappointing, since we had brought
in Bangkok.                                           George says that Bangkok’s “China                                                       Bang Pa-In, dating back to the 17th
      K atie and George attest to                                                               two extra suitcases to basically purchase     century, and stopping off later at the
                                                Town” is unique, that when it’s lunch or        a new wardrobe.”
there really being a “bridge over the           dinner time, one traffic lane of the city                                                     Samphran Elephant Grounds to ride
River Kwai,” part of which they walked                                                                So, instead of shopping, they           the elephants again.
                                                street suddenly becomes a restaurant.           took a taxi to have a massage; George
                                                Vendors set up their grills, stoves, metal                                                          “Yes,” George confesses, “Katie
                                                                                                says the massage seemed somewhat              with a sprained ankle and sore knee
                                                tables and chairs, creating open-air            rough and they felt “more beat-up than
                                                restaurants. (Katie and George reveled                                                        hobbled up the stairs with a cane
                                                                                                invigorated.”… So they walked across          to the boarding platform, not to
                                                in delicious soup, grilled chicken and
                                                pork satay, and deep-fried battered                                                           be denied the opportunity to ride
                                                bananas. Katie has been able now to                                                           an elephant again!”
                                                replicate some of those delicacies in                                                               The next day was a true day of
                                                her own kitchen.)                                                                             rest, packing their suitcases and tending
                                                      But back to their trip…. At Wat                                                         to Katie’s ankle. By late afternoon, she
                                                Trimitr, they were overwhelmed at the                                                         felt well enough for an eight-minute
                                                sight of the world’s largest solid gold                                                       walk to a restaurant they already had
                                                Buddha. Weighing 5.5 tons, the statue is                                                      enjoyed several times, with a setting like
                                                thought to date from the 13th century.                                                        “something out of the back streets and
                                                Early in its history, when the Burmese                                                        alley-ways of Casablanca….”
                                                were about to sack Ayutthaya, the statue                                                            Next day, they were up at l:45 a.m.
                                                                                                                                              for a 2:55 a.m. taxi to Bangkok Airport
                                                was covered in plaster to hide its value.
                                                                                                                                              for the 5:55 a.m. flight to Tokyo,
                                                Two centuries later, still in plaster, it was                                                 crossing the International Dateline and
                                                thought to be worth very little.                                                              on to Atlanta to connect with Delta’s
                                                      But in 1957, when the statue                                                            flight home to Tampa — a total of 26
                                                was being moved to a new temple in                                                            hours in the air.
                                                Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and                                                                At this writing, Katie was still
Despite her injured ankle, Katie made it to     was left in the mud by the workmen. In                                                        nursing the healing ankle, and she and
the top of the elephant. (That’s the elephant   the morning, a temple monk, who had             This is only a small portion of the summer    George, we suspect, are busily planning
boy, not George, steering!)                     dreamed that the statue was divinely            “Palace of Kings” at Bang Pa-In.              for their next great adventure!
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   ‘Newlyweds’ moved here for the activities
     As Reva Heymann mentioned in a                                                            Thelma Goodson contributed that                           Marguerite
previous column, she and I are sharing                                                   she is now in her fourth year of Tai Chi
the reporting slot for our Mandalay                     Anne Rost                        lessons, and feels that this discipline has                     Laskowski
building. I am echoing her hope that                                                     helped her with balance problems.
our building neighbors will contact us                                                         Carl and Reva Heymann are
with news items.                                     Mandalay                            regulars at duplicate bridge; their names     Roman Byzantine
     Mandalay residents enjoyed lunch                                                    sometimes appear in the placement
at Queen’s Pizza May 27. It provided        here primarily because of the many           notices published each month.
an opportunity to become better
acquainted with building residents who
                                            activities available here.
                                                  She said they lost no time in buying
                                                                                               Shirley Finestein enjoys weekly
                                                                                         get-togethers with seven of her friends          Stained
moved in this past August.
     “Newlyweds” of eight year’s
                                            tickets for all planned entertainment.
                                            They love to dance, and won the first
                                                                                         to play rummy cube and socialize.
                                                                                               I have recently taken Spanish            glass artist
                                                                                                                                        is new here
standing, Margie and Chuck Knight           dance contest which they entered.            lessons, trying to jog memory of
both came to Florida from the state               The Knights’ enthusiasm for all        the language lear ned in school
of New York and have both lived in                                                       so many years ago.
                                            the possibilities for participation here
Clearwater for over 20 years.                                                                  Building residents come from many              It’s the Fourth of July —
     They moved to On Top of                led to input from other residents at the     and varied places and backgrounds, but
                                            table. Alice Hall mentioned how much                                                       let’s celebrate our independence!
the World from another apartment                                                         it seems that we all share a common                  One of our new neighbors
complex. As explained by Margie,            she enjoys playing golf. Her name has        desire to lead active lives and participate   is Bill Cutter. Bill lives in the
they liked the size and layout of their     appeared more than once in this paper        in the variety of activities available        core on Ecuadorian. One of
OTOW apartment, but they moved              as a tournament winner.                      here at OTOW.                                 his hobbies is making beautiful
                                                                                                                                       stained glass pieces. He has some
                                                                                                                                       of them hanging in his front
  Building gets ready for July 4th ‘cookout’                                                                                           window and, thanks to Bill, we
                                                                                                                                       also have one in our window. His
                                                                                                                                       dog, Teddy, loves the view from
      Happy Birthday, America!                                                     cleanup and hope you will all pitch in              the picture window.
      As we celebrate the Fourth of                                                to give us a hand.                                         Bill hails from Lodi, Calif.,
July with barbecues, picnics and beach
parties, let us remember that freedom
                                                                   Merle                  Since the barbecue will be held in
                                                                                   July, it is not yet decided if there will
                                                                                                                                       and has lived in Florida for about
                                                                                                                                       a year. In his younger years he
is not free. It is being preserved by
our men and women in uniform
                                                                 MacDonald         also be a building luncheon. The jury
                                                                                   is still out on that one. We did lunch at
                                                                                                                                       was a commercial fisher man,
                                                                                                                                       enjoyed white water rafting and
all over the globe.                                                                Applebee’s in Palm Harbor in June.                  backpacking in Yosemite. Welcome
                                                                                                                                       to the neighborhood!
      Here at American Gothic we are
unfurling our flags and preparing to
                                            American Gothic                               In May we enjoyed lunching at
                                                                                   Kally-K’s in Dunedin and had a very                        Gwen Nolan entertained a
                                                                                                                                       few friends from Canandaigua,
celebrate with a barbecue, of sorts, in     to share. The hot dogs and buns will good turnout in spite of the fact that                N.Y. Jim and Fran Davis joined
the second floor core. We will be using     be provided, as will plates, forks and many of our Snowbirds had already                   Gwen and Barb Dyer on a trip to
electric grills instead of charcoal ones    condiments.                            departed or were in the process of                  Mexico. The company continued
since it will be indoors. The festivities        Like last year, a boom box will packing for their annual migration                    with former co-workers Marge
will commence at 5 p.m.                     provide music, and you may dance if north.                                                 Hamelink and Char Cummings.
      All residents are welcome to          you wish. Fireworks set off around            We hope to see as many of you                The ladies helped Gwen celebrate
attend and should be prepared to bring      town can be viewed from the third-     as possible on the 4th and hope you all             her birthday along with trips
their own beverage, a chair and a dish      floor catwalk. We will need help with enjoy your summer. Stay cool!                        to the pool, local restaurants,
                                                                                                                                       and the flea market.
                                                                                                                                              Gwen and Barb treated
                                                                                                                                       themselves to the Celtic Woman
                                                                                                                                       show at Ruth Eckert. Then Barb was
                                                                                                                                       off to Wisconsin to help celebrate
                                                                                                                                       her grandson’s first birthday.
                                                                                                                                              Another bir thday being
                                                                                                                                       celebrated was Ella Van Dorn’s.
                                                                                                                                       Her daughters, from Texas and
                                                                                                                                       Schenectady, came for the event.
                                                                                                                                       Also arriving for the party were her
                                                                                                                                       grandson and his wife. Last but not
                                                                                                                                       least, Ella’s son arrived from the
                                                                                                                                       Carolinas to surprise his mom.
                                                                                                                                              “Till We Meet Again”
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 Activities include an intimate reunion and a surprise party
      Greeting fellow Grecian Classic-
ers. Well, June definitely “busted out all
over,” don’t ya’ know?
      Some interesting things happened.
                                                                    George
Firstly, on May 20, Sandy and Todd
Graham got together with Sandy’s                                    Kolitsas
cousin, Tommy Lane and his wife
Chris, along with Tommy’s niece at
Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on “Sparkling          Grecian Classic
Clearwater Beach” (see photo). They
enjoyed the food and fellowship, but         Chicago Bridge and Iron, building water
mostly the reminiscing.                      and oil tanks and traveling from city to
      Sandy hadn’t seen her cousin since     city, too numerous to mention. Sandy
1996. He and Chris hail from Sun Lakes,      said, “Those times will be cherished and
Ariz. Tommy owns his own business            will never be forgotten.”
in Chandler, Ariz. During the reunion               Not to be outdone, on June 18, a
Tommy remarked, “Being a Florida boy         surprise birthday party was thrown for
originally, I must say seeing the beaches    Joyce Mehas at her condo. Some of
is awesome, since we don’t have beaches      the women took Joyce out for lunch,
in Arizona.”                                 and when they returned many of her
      A few days later, Tommy and            friends from the condo surprised her
Chris visited Sandy and Todd here at         with a party in her unit. Sandy Graham
Grecian Classic. They reminisced some        made a heart-shaped red velvet cake             Relaxing at a local beachfront cafe are L–R: Tonya Lane, Chris Lane,
more, and Tommy extended an open             and Gerald Dalley baked a New York                        Tommy Lane, Todd Graham and Sandy Graham.
invitation for the Grahams to visit          style cherry cheese cake. I hope all the
them in Arizona, to see how the “other       diabetics brought along their meters! Ohio to visit family around the end of away. Come join us at the Coffee
half ” lives.                                Someone let slip her age, but it was June. A fun time was had by all.                Corner, Monday through Friday,
      Sandy and Tommy grew up together       promptly forgotten …                        I hope I was missed at the Coffee 7–10 a.m. Join in the activities, and perhaps
when their fathers both worked for                  Yours truly took a quick trip to Corner for the two Mondays I was become a volunteer.


  Enjoy the summer, but take precautions against the heat
      July has four separate seasons:                                                    turned to prunes and All Bran. And         Enjoy a restaurant. Go on a dinner
tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE                                                      I’ve discovered virgin wool comes          cruise. Visit the Dali museum. Visit the
YOU KIDDING ME? Add a little                          Allen Winston                      from ugly sheep.                           circus in Sarasota (become a clown).
                                                                                                                                    Take a vacation. Enjoy life every minute
humidity and some fireworks, and                                                              Life still holds many mysteries for
you know it’s time for the Christmas                                                                                                of every day.
in July store sales.                                  Ottoman                            me. Like, what is the speed of dark?
                                                                                         How can you tell when your pen runs               Some people wake up each
      It’s also a great time to have fun                                                 out of invisible ink? And how do you       morning and wonder what the day
at the beach (not me personally, not                Our world is a little quieter, while know when bagpipes need tuning? My         will bring them. Others race the
since I discovered I scream the same         our air pollution is a lot hotter. Summer happy hour is now a nap, and though          sunrise, eager to enjoy each new day
way whether I’m about to be devoured         is a great time for reflection. I’ve                                                   as a challenge to their happiness.
by a great white shark, or if a piece of                                                 my brain cells come and go, my fat cells   Still others reach for the remote and
                                             discovered Buffalo hot wings taste a
seaweed touches my foot).                    lot like chicken. I’ve discovered I really seem to live forever.                       remain spectators to life for another
      For me, once ag ain my air             never grew up, I only learned how to act         We are in the dog days of             24-hour cycle.
conditioner becomes my very, very,           in public. I’ve discovered the voices in summer. Care and caution should be                  Bugs Bunny is 71 years old
very best friend.                            my head may not be real, but they really a part of our everyday vocabulary.            this month, and is still going strong,
      Did you know the second week           have some great ideas.                      Pier 60’s sunset celebrations call to      proof that you should never take
in July is Nude Recreation Week? (Not               I’ve discovered I’m never too us. So does ice cold lemonade, chilled            life too seriously, since no one gets
really celebrated with much fanfare here     old to learn something stupid. Some margaritas, the Hard Rock hotel, and the           out alive anyway.
in OTOW, thank goodness.) Are you            people try to turn back their odometers. Clearwater aquarium.
also aware that July is National Baked       Not me, I want people to know why                                                            And finally, to be sure of hitting
                                                                                              There’s lots to see and do all
Bean Month? (Definitely celebrated           I look this way (some of those roads around us, as long as we understand               the target each and every time, shoot
here in OTOW… and no survey                  I traveled were definitely not paved). the logical limitations this time of            first, and then call whatever you hit
was needed.)                                 I’ve discovered my wild oats have the year imposes. Go to the movies.                  the target.



                                                                                       Bible Study Club
                                                                                             Bob Reis, President
                                                     The OTOW Bible Study Club is a non-                Tuesday for refreshments, music and singing.
                                                 denominational Bible study group to explore the            We welcome everyone to our club. You do not need
                                                 word of God, and how it relates to our everyday        to have any knowledge of Scripture to join, and there
                                                 lives. Our teacher, Woodie Tully, brings 45 years are no club fees required. We are not a church; those
                                                 of Bible teaching experience to help understand attending are from a variety of denominations.
                                                 the Scriptures.                                            Every first-time guest receives a complete copy
                                                     The club meets each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. of the Bible to keep as their own.
                                                 in the Veranda Room of the East Activities Center.         For more information on the Bible Study
                                                 Every third Tuesday we meet downstairs in the Craft Club, call Bob Reis, 798-2443, or Woodie Tully,
                                                 Room next to the kitchen. Occasionally we use a third  399-1773.
                                                                     ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                           July 2011 / Page 45


     Daughter-in-law has an exotic vocation                                                                                           CONDOMINIUM OWNERS
       Have you seen the ’52 Chevy
2-door hardtop with whitewalls that
                                                                                                       •   •    •    •                WHO RENT THEIR UNITS
                                                                                                (Nancy Geyer wishes to add the
is sometimes parked at our building?
What a beauty!                                                         Dawn                following comments.):
                                                                                                Dawn Rubio hails from Omaha,
                                                                                                                                          OWNERS who rent direct must
                                                                                                                                      request necessary forms for securing
       My younger son and his wife
visited me in June. My daughter-in-law                                 Rubio               Neb., and later the Chicago area where
                                                                                           she performed secretarial work for a
                                                                                                                                      Activity Cards for their renters by
is from Kyrgyzstan and became a U.S.                                                                                                  submitting a written request giving
                                                                                           large company. She moved to OTOW
citizen in May. She is a certified court
                                                                                           12 years ago and loves it here!            Building Number, Apartment Number,
translator for both the Russian and the                 Flamenco                                For several years she worked at the   the address of the Apartment and
Kirghiz languages and sometimes flies
                                                                                           County Courthouse where she recorded
to different parts of the U.S. for court                                                                                              enclosing a legal-sized self-addressed,
                                              bought here about a year ago, Peter was      and composed minutes for the County
assignments. We introduced her to
                                              delighted to have a small lake so close      Commission and other task forces           stamped return envelope to:
some Russian-speaking residents at On
                                              to our building. He and Walter Kellogg       and committees.
Top of the World, and they all enjoyed                                                                                                      On Top of the World
                                              celebrated Walter’s birthday by getting           Thus Dawn’s background led her
a real gabfest at the swimming pool.                                                                                                         Activity Card Dept.
                                                                                           to volunteer for the OTOW newspaper,
       My kids always want to go to           up at 6 a.m. and fishing at the lake a few
                                                                                           where she now uses her skills to            2069 World Parkway Blvd. East
John’s Pass and then stop at Crabby           weeks ago. They caught a bluegill and        prepare articles for this publication.           Clearwater, FL 33763
Bill’s in Indian Rocks Beach. They also       a catfish and went home happy. Walter        Dawn has been serving as the writer
love Clearwater Beach; I gave them the        said they saw some big bass and that                                                         This application can ONLY be
                                                                                           for the Flamenco Building column
car keys and turned them loose. We had        two fish got away from him.                  for approximately two years, and           sent to OWNERS of apartments
almost perfect weather while they were              Many thanks to Nancy Geyer for         she faithfully keeps us updated on
here, so it was a good week for them.         typing our revised building directory.                                                  here at On Top of the World and the
                                                                                           happenings here. We residents give her
       When Peter and Nancy Geyer                   Happy Fourth of July!                  a big “Thank You!”                         OWNER shall process applications
                                                                                                                                      for Rental Activity Cards.

Respect your neighbors when
                                                                                                                                           Applications are NOT available
                                                                                            OTOW Press Association                    at any On Top of the World offices

  preparing for hurricane
                                                                                            There will be no Press Association        or the Palm Acre Real Estate
                                                                                             meeting in July. The next Press          office. They MUST be obtained
                                                                                            Association meeting will be held at       BY MAIL and MUST be requested
      Spring is mating season. Of
                                                                                            1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in the
course, I am referring to animals. We                                                                                                 BY THE OWNER.
have all seen the squirrels, bunnies and
birds chasing one another.
                                                                      Clare                   East Activity Center card room.

      I have had doves make a nest in
a hanging basket holding some silk
                                                                    Pebworth
plants far from my door, but Alice
Baxendale certainly has a better event
than that one.                                            España
      Alice has a real vine growing in a
hanging basket right next to her front        stories of the tornados hitting our
door. A dove decided to build her nest        country. When we are informed that
right in the center of the plant. Alice       a hurricane is coming our way, please
said that they watched her prepare the        be a good neighbor and take in or tie
nest, and now she (the dove, that is)         down anything on your front porch,
is just sitting on her eggs. Does this        balcony or patio that could fly in the
mean that Alice and Dave are going to         wind. Aluminum furniture can fly
become grandparents again?                    into windows on all floors, not just
      Alice said that they are very careful   the first floor.
not to disturb Mama Dove when they                  Neglect is not a reason to say
open or close the door as they go in          it’s not my fault when your neglect
or out of the house, but it’s a “golden       has caused your neighbor to
opportunity” for Alice when the plant         endure a mess.
needs to be watered.                                It is now 235 years since July 4,
      The Baxendales also had human           1776. Fly your flag and be proud of our
company. Their daughter, son-in-law           country. Have a wonderful weekend, be
and granddaughter drove down from             safe and be careful if you are going to
New Jersey for a long weekend. They           have fireworks or fires. Remember, we
enjoyed seeing their son and his friend       have had a dry season.
who live in Clearwater as they all had              If you are staying home, be sure to
dinner on the Baxendale’s patio as they       look to the west across the lake. Every
watched our glorious sunsets.                 year some area or another presents a
      We have now entered our hurricane       marvelous fireworks display, and we
season, and we have watched the news          have the privilege of seeing it.


            OTOW After-Hours Emergency Number:
                                    799-1115
    (Water intrusion, elevator entrapment, building alarm
           malfunctions, electrical problems, etc.)
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    Weather a factor while                                                                Viking business meeting
  traveling outside of OTOW                                                                scheduled for July 14
      In her absence, Cele has requested                                                     The Viking building will hold its
that I be her “Guest Reporter” for
the July issue. I am honored, but also           Linda Mathewson                       next business and social meeting at             Sandy Sanborn
                                                                                       1 p.m., July 14, in the Sunrise Room.
realize that I have some mighty big                                                          The Board of Officers                      Sally Kraimer
shoes to fill!
         Our building had its monthly
                                                     Siboney                           have planned a shor t business
                                                                                       meeting followed by an ice cream                Marlene Harris
luncheon on June 4 at Johnny’s Italian
                                                     Unfortunately, the weather was and pizza social.                                    Viking
Restaurant, 18 in all. We had a wonderful                                                    We will appreciate your help
                                            not as beautiful as they would have
time with great food and even better
                                            liked, but they did enjoy a few nice days. cleaning the kitchen and Sunrise
conversations among friends.
                                            Weather in April can be unpredictable, Room prior to your leaving. Enjoy the with your friends at the pool. We look
         Our travelers are back. Bob and
Laura Evans spent three weeks in St.        but they had never seen so much afternoon, maybe in the pool or visiting forward to seeing you soon.
Charles, Mo., with family and friends.      fog and rain.
They attended two graduations and                 They were celebrating Joe’s
a few tea parties!
         Audrey Decker has returned
                                            birthday on the day they left and their
                                            wedding anniversary on the day they             Emergency Contact Info
after visiting family in Connecticut. She   returned. They were also fortunate to            T h e s e n u m b e r s o r We b •  State Volunteer Hotline:
said that she had a great trip, but the     spend a few days in Toronto before sites may come in handy when in                       800-354-3571
weather was cold and she was glad to be     returning to On Top of the World.          a hurricane situation. See pages •    lorida Dept. of  Emergency 
                                                                                                                                  F
home to some sunshine and warmth.                    Our building golfers, Bob 9 and 12 for more hur ricane                       Management:
         Our world travelers, Janis         Evans, Dave Mathewson and Peter preparedness information.                                www.floridadisaster.org
and Joe Farrell, recently returned          O’Keefe, are still out hitting the •  Progress Energy (report outages):
                                                                                                                               •  Florida Dept. of  Insurance:
from a repositioning cruise from            sticks; and our tennis players, Laura            800-228-8485                            800-227-8676
Fort Lauderdale to Montreal on              Evans and Audrey Jones, are still •  Banking Issues: 877-275-3342
                                                                                                                                  F
                                                                                                                               •    ederal Emergency 
Holland America’s Maasdam. They saw         enjoying their early morning matches. •    inellas County Humane 
                                                                                          P                                       Management Agency (FEMA):
Newport, R.I. and Bar Harbor, Maine         Hot weather can’t keep these guys             Society: www.pinellascounty.org            800-621-3362
in the U.S.; and Halifax, Nova Scotia,      and gals indoors!                          •  Mail Services: 800-275-8777          •  American Red Cross:
Charlottetown, Gaspe, Baie Comeau,                   Wishing all of our friends at                                                   www.redcross.org
                                                                                       •  Social Security Administration:
and Quebec City in Canada.                  OTOW a wonderful Fourth of July!
                                                                                             800-772-1213                      •  National Weather Service:
                                                                                       •  Medicare and Medicaid Issues:              www.nws.noaa.gov
                                                                                             800-362-1504                      •  Florida Dept. of  Revenue:
                                                                                       •    ttorney General’s Price 
                                                                                          A                                          http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/
                                                                                          Gouging Hotline: 866-966-7226




                                                                                                            Hurricane Charley bears down on
                                                                                                           Florida’s West Coast, August, 2004.
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           THE WAY WE WERE
                                                                                      70th anniversary ‘much
        A look back at the OTOW News                                                 more fancy’ than wedding
                                                                                       It’s July, when we celebrate the
                      (Part 27 — July, 1973)                                     birthday of our nation. My calendar
                      By Dolores Burm and Elaine Gotler                          says “Independence Day.”
                                                                                       When we all see the countries
                                                                                                                                                       Val
   • A golf trip to Pinehurst, N.C., was planned for Aug. 20–26.
     Transportation would be by Amtrak, with travel arrangements being
                                                                                 where the people are today fighting for
                                                                                 their independence, we can thank our
                                                                                                                                                     Kastner
     made by Keppie Travel Bureau on Ft. Harrison.
                                                                                 forefathers who fought to give us this
   • The OTOW Press Association, at its June meeting, was given a report
     by the newspaper’s layout director showing samples of the beautiful
                                                                                 great country. Also all those over the
                                                                                 years who have fought to keep us free.              Melbourne
     work that could be done with the Varigraph machine. It was felt that        I know there are a few warts, but we
     the use of it would enhance the OTOW newspaper, and it was voted            are free to do something about getting      them. LaWanda said it was “much
     to purchase the machine.                                                    rid of them.                                more fancy” than their wedding in
   • The Good Neighbors Association was instituting a new service, on a                My brother, the family genealogist,   1941. At that time, they just took off
     trial basis, to those wishing information and assistance in locating aids   has recently discovered evidence that       on their own and found someone
     such as talking books, games, tape recordings, telephone equipment,         makes me eligible to join the Daughters     to marry them.
     and other conveniences for those with visual difficulties.                  of the American Revolution (DAR).                 She attributes their long marriage
   • An “OTOW Thursday Special” was available at the Charles Barber              Don’t know if I’ll ever act on it, but      to staying busy and giving and taking.
     Shop on State Rd. 590: A haircut was $l.                                    my late sister would be delighted           We miss them, but know they are well
                                                                                 as she always wanted to be a part           taken care of and near their daughter.
         Look for more “old news” coming soon!                                   of that group.                              They even made page A3 of the Citrus
                                                                                       Ruth LeHoy returned in late           County Chronicle.
                                                                                 February to Florida after hip and knee            Ralph DeCristofaro is going to
                                                                                 surgery. She has recovered well in the      try out independent living at Stratford
                                                                                 Florida sunshine. Her daughter from         Court of Palm Harbor. You’ll see his
                                                                                 Michigan has spent a couple of weeks        son at his condo often. He is a great
                                                                                 with her to help her with projects and      help to his dad.
                                                                                 for her annual visit to enjoy the pool            Saturday, June 18, saw a group of
                                                                                 and the sunshine.
                                                                                                                             Melbournites enjoying the Chopsticks
                                                                                       Patty Glover enjoyed the visit
                                                                                                                             Buffet. Always great to get together
                                                                                 of her daughter from Wisconsin.
                                                                                                                             and enjoy food and fellowship
                                                                                 They kept busy going over memories
                                                                                 and pictures.                               with neighbors.
                                                                                       Carol Futej has returned from a             I enjoyed having our son and his
                                                                                 visit with family and a family reunion      wife, plus many other family members,
                                                                                 in Ohio. We look forward to more on         with me over the Memorial Day
                                                                                 her trip later.                             weekend. They were a great help in
                                                                                       Former original residents Norm        getting me through those days. Thank
                                                                                 and LaWanda Crawshaw celebrated             you all for your cards and kind words.
                                                                                 their 70th wedding anniversary at their           Now that 2011 is half over, what
                                                                                 new residence, Coast Lodge Assisted         do you intend to do with the rest of it? I
                                                                                 Living, in Lacanto. The facility had        hope you enjoy your life and retirement
                                                                                 a champagne and cake reception for          right here at OTOW.
                                                                ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                          July 2011 / Page 49




               RETIREES                               NICE DAY                             SUMMER                      THE BEAUTICIAN
            By Alma W. Hudson                      By Madeleine Wanda                  By Madeleine Wanda                By Alma W. Hudson
Nothing is more pleasing                      When someone asks me how I am           The lazy days of summer             Up bright and early
Than our wonderful retirees in the morning          I tell them I am here,            Come around every year,               Going at a pace
People get awake to go outside                 Be positive, have faith in God        No matter what the weather         Always doing for others
And take their paper in at dawning.           And you’ll have nothing to fear.         I thank God I’m here.           With a smile on her face.
Then a cup of coffee                             Call a friend, take a walk.     One can fry an egg on the sidewalk,    She stands by her chair
Steaming from the pot                             I know you like to talk,        An umbrella can’t hold the rain,      With the greatest of ease
While they peruse the headlines                    You can read a book,           But we all have air conditioning.    Her very fullest intention
Finding the news that’s hot.                    Play golf or go for a swim        If we’re unhappy, we, ourselves,         Is only to please.
Now, it’s time to plan the day                   And chat about the places                  Are to blame.              Then she listens to gossip
To go or come or simply stay together                   You have been.                                                  And of course the news
What we do from sun-up to sun-down                                                                                        Even who is happy
Depends quite frequently upon the weather.                                                                              And who has the blues.
Playing tennis, golf or bridge                                                                                              In spite of it all
Can be lots of fun                                                                                                     She listens from the heart
Or, we can take a marathon run.                                                                                        And always helps our day
Nothing is more pleasing                                                                                                 Have a beautiful start.
Than our wonderful retirees in the morning.                                                                              But one thing for sure
                                                                                                                         You truly can depend
                                                                                                                       On how nice you will look
                                                                                                                       When it comes to the end.
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    New resident is welcomed                                                             Lots of comings and goings
       Be sure to welcome our newest                                                        Hurricane season is upon us.
 resident to our building, Alice                                                     I hope you have read all the articles
 Donahue. She and her dog Elmer
 are planning on enjoying the many
                                                                   Gloria            about the preparedness procedures
                                                                                     and have gotten in the supplies that are                           Margaret
 activities here at On Top of the                                  Walz              recommended. Let’s hope we will again
                                                                                     have an uneventful season.                                          Doran
 World and in our building.
       S h e l a s t l i ve d f a r a wa y                                                  Florence Wasserman called to say
                                                                                     she has returned after a month with her
 in Dunedin and is originally                       Modernage                        son in Virginia. She said it was very nice     Middle East Moorish
 from Akron, Ohio.
       Alice recently enjoyed two new                                                up there, but there is no place like home.
                                                   When finished, my father would    We are glad you are back, Florence!                 We are happy to have Dorothy
 grandchildren. Added to the others,         lift the basket into a space that we
 that makes five in all for her to                                                          Phyllis Butler’s sister Donna Byron,   Nelson back home with us.
                                             called the “dungeon.” This was an       who has lived in the Corinthian Building            We had to say goodbye to Harry
 spoil. She likes to spend time with
                                             opening in the wall in the basement     for the past 20 years, has moved back         Di Nardo in May.
 family and friends and also caring
 for her houseplants.                        that had dirt up to about waist high,   to Illinois to live with her daughter and           Jane Treggett and Jerry Hudson
       She gets her exercise                 and the tomatoes would spend the        son-in-law. She will be missed.               did go to Nova Scotia in June. Sorry
 when Elmer takes her for daily              rest of the summer there.                      Bernice Tokarski’s summer plans        about the error of their departure date
 walks. Her important work is                      In the winter, we had nice red    included visiting her daughter in             in the May issue.
 teaching at UPARC for the adult             ripe tomatoes to enjoy. Do any of       Kentucky, attending the high school                 Congratulations to Diane Deitz
 mentally challenged.                        you recall doing the same, or maybe     graduation of her seventh grandson            for having her cats, Pearl and Bandit,
       My “rememberer” is working            another strange and interesting         and the college graduation of a               named “Pet of the Month” in the June
 overtime lately, and one early memory       project from many years ago? Let me     granddaughter, then on to Michigan,           On Top of the World News.
 is when living in Illinois, my parents      know so we can share it with others.    the home of her second daughter, and                The June birthdays that I am aware
 would bring home a bushel basket                  Have a safe and enjoyable         attending an open house and bridal            of are as follows:
 full of green tomatoes. I and my            Independence Day on the Fourth.         shower. She had a busy season!                      June 5, Sam Childress and Neil
 siblings would wrap each one very           Don’t blow yourself up and don’t               Mae Hansen will visit Roanoke,         Kopelson; June 6, Margaret Doran.
 carefully in newspaper.                     eat too much either!                    Va., later this summer to be with her               Have a g ood month and
                                                                                     daughter for six weeks.                       stay cool!




                           The OTOW newspaper can be read online at
                    www.otowclearwaterinfo.com (click community information)
                                                                 ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                          July 2011 / Page 51


   June travelers make up most of the news
      I thought that June would be a                                                         Tom and Marie Pirrello went
slow month for news until I started                                                   to New York for Father’s Day. After
calling around to see what some of the
folks are planning. Whew, looks like a                           Russ                 spending time with family they
                                                                                      visited Tom’s brother in California.
good many of the Azoreans will be on                                                  On September 2 they will celebrate
the move throughout the summer.
      One of the most interesting
                                                               Heiserman              their wedding anniversary while on a
                                                                                      Mediterranean cruise. Congratulations!
reports I came across was Jody Parsley                                                       Russ Heiserman went to Chaska,
buying a big beautiful red Chevy. She                   Azores                        Minn., to visit his son’s family and
is leaving for Denver later this summer                                               friends and to see his grandson graduate
— just she and her two cats, Reggie         graduate high school. Then it was         high school. This was a quick trip — it
and Piper. Jody claims that the car was     off to Boston, Vancouver, Seattle         was still cold up there!
purchased primarily for the cats to enjoy   and California.                                  Victor and Carmel Tomich had a
on the trip and that they actually chose
                                                  Our past building captain, John     visit this month from one of their sons
the color — and here I thought that
cats only see black and white. I guess      Parham, and our sunshine lady, Dolores,   and a grandson, both from Alaska.
they also dig red!                          will head out later this summer for two          Barbra Huntley’s son visited her
      Our new building captain, Bob         weddings, one starring a granddaughter,   on her birthday — good boy!
Kelly, also hit the road recently. First    that will take place in Pennsylvania.            Whack-a-Ballers, Sunday 2 p.m.
stops were in upstate New York for          Then it will be on to New York for the    Bring water — it is getting hot out there.
family visits and to see a grandson         second wedding, starring a grandson.      More later.


 Fingers crossed regarding hurricane season
     Our June meeting was held                                                        and especially the splendid pool
on the 7th, and plans were made                                                       and the Florida weather. We had
to enjoy our monthly lunch get-                                  Edna                 a great time.
together at Chopsticks Super Buffet
in the Countryside Village Mall.                               Androvette                     Some statements
                                                                                             to make you smile:
     The variety of food was hot
and tasty, and everyone enjoyed                                                        1. The older we get, the fewer
themselves.                                    English Gothic                             things seem worth waiting
     Chris Casey made it very clear                                                       in line for.
that the packet sent to all residents       wedding, a grandson’s confirmation,
regarding the budget included a             a granddaughter’s high school              2. When you are dissatisfied and
blue page and a yellow page. The            g raduation and a g randson’s                 would like to go back to your
yellow page was to be signed and            graduation from the University                youth, think of Algebra.
returned in the provided envelope.          of Pennsylvania. Congratulations
                                            go out to all.                             3. Being young is beautiful, but
We thanked him for making the                                                             being old is comfortable.
choice clear.                                    This reporter enjoyed a visit
     Mary Casey brought out the fact        from friends Nilda and Bob from                Wishing a happy and safe
that this area has not had a direct         Cahoonzie, N.Y., over the Memorial              Fourth of July to all!
hurricane hit in many years. There          Day weekend. They loved OTOW
are stories about a Seminole Indian
blessing that has protected us. May
this blessing continue as hurricane
season arrives.
     A new pole flag was requested
for the Columbia side as the present
flag is faded and worn and needs
replacing. Approval was granted,
and a bright new flag will be flying
on July 4.
     Mary and Chris Casey will
celebrate their 37th wedding
anniversar y on July 28.
Congratulations!
     Gino and Luisa Traficante
will attend a g randdaughter’s


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    Nagoya couples celebrate their milestone
                                                                                                                                                      Yvonne
      anniversaries with parties and trips                                                                                                           Courtney

                        Cheryl                                                                                                   Hawaiian Towers
                        Reese                                                                                                      Time for
            Nagoya                                                                                                               summer fun
                                                                                                                                        I hope everyone is enjoying
       Two Nagoya Building couples                                                                                               summer. I know our building is.
each reached a major wedding                                                                                                            Many residents have gone up
anniversary milestone. I am still in awe                                                                                         North for the summer, but we still
and inspired! Congratulations to both                                                                                            hear from some of them. Their
of you wonderful, loving couples!                                                                                                summer seems to be hot with plenty
       Virginia and Ernest Boller have                                                                                           of rain, which we are lacking.
been happily married for 70 years.                                                                                                      Some evening if you are out
They met at a dance in Dayton, Ohio,                                                                                             and about, stop by our building.
and married at age 23 on June 7,                                                                                                 You will see many people sitting
1941. They are both 93 years old and                                                                                             out enjoying each other’s company,
still going strong with a great sense Nagoya residents Virginia and Ernest Boller celebrated their 70th anniversary on June 7…   so just come by and say hello.
of humor. They have a daughter,                                                                                                         Our building is still having
son, two grandchildren, and five                                                                                                 its monthly dinner, so look
                                                                                                                                 on the bulletin board to see
great-grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                 what is happening.
       “Yes, Dear” are the magical                                                                                                      We have a new resident in
words for getting along so well for                                                                                              our building: Diane Ridolfo. She
70 years, per their daughter, who was                                                                                            is from New Jersey and spent her
present at the luncheon in Oldsmar on                                                                                            entire life there before coming to
June 8. They were quite humbled to see                                                                                           On Top of the World. Diane spent
everyone from Nagoya in attendance,                                                                                              her working years in business as a
with exception of the Snowbirds. The                                                                                             senior loan officer.
Bollers have lived at OTOW for the past                                                                                                 She has one son, who still
30 years and are the only original couple                                                                                        lives in New Jersey. Her hobbies are
still at the Nagoya building.                                                                                                    painting, gardening and dancing.
       Judy and Max Meith celebrated                                                                                             She loves to cook. Diana found
their 50th anniversary on June 4 at an                                                                                           OTOW on the Internet.
exceptional party given by their daughter                                                                                               This is the month that, on July
and son at Richwood Plantation in                                                                                                4, we celebrate our independence.
Milton, Kentucky. Some 40 family                                                                                                 There will be many opportunities
members and friends attended the                                                                                                 to get out and enjoy being with
dinner and stayed overnight at the … while Max and Judy Meith celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 4 in Kentucky.           people. So have a good Fourth!
beautiful plantation.                                                                                                                   Remember, if you have
       Judy and Max were neighborhood dating and got married 50 years ago, and three great-great-grandchildren.                  something happy — maybe a
friends and started dating when Judy on June 2, 1961.                                Judy said, “A good sense of humor”          trip, something you have done,
was 15. Max served in the Army for           Their son and daughter have and “patience” are the keys to                          somebody new, just write it up and
six years, returned, and they continued blessed them with nine grandchildren a successful marriage.                              put it in the mail box under the
                                                                                                                                 bulletin board.
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     Couple explores ‘secrets of civilization’ on recent tour
      Well, our world travelers just got
back from a dream vacation. Gerri
Jaeger and Richard Maxwell went on
a thirty-day cruise on the Holland
                                                                   Arlene
American line. The cruise was referred
to as the Secrets of Civilization.                                 Bergen
      Gerri and Richard travelled on
the Rotterdam. They sailed through
Central and South America stopping          Rila Renaissance
in Columbia, San Bliss, Panama,
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala,          and Richard said the space between
Ecuador, Per u, Costa Maya                 each hut is very narrow. A normal size
and Cozumel, Mexico.                       person can barely fit through the alleys.
      They went through the Panama         They are actually called streets.
Canal locks, made stops and came back           One stop on the cruise was Lima,
through the locks to different ports.      Peru. The ship docked for several
      They also hiked through the          days. Richard and Gerri took a flight
jungles of Ecuador on an ecological        to Cusco, Peru.
trip. At one point of this tour, Richard        Then, they took a three-hour train
came upon a tarantula bigger than his      ride to Machu Picchu, in the Andes
hand. The tarantula, startled, moved       Mountains in Peru. Richard and Gerri
to the side of the path and watched as     then took a small bus on a zig-zag road
the tour passed.                           up the mountain. It took 30 minutes to      Rila Renaissance residents Gerri Jaeger and Richard Maxwell pose 8,000 feet above the
      Richard rode the zip lines           get 8,000 feet up the mountain.             Andes Mountains in Machu Picchu, Peru, overlooking Inca ruins.
through the jungles. From start to              This was the most incredible place
finish, he used 12 lines and touched                                                   There is usually important news from        mailbox under the bulletin board. News
                                           they had ever seen. They were able to
down on 13 platforms. He said the          look right down over the Inca ruins         our building captain and the On Top         could be about a new neighbor, a birth,
view was breathtaking.                     (see photo.) Peru and the people there      of the World Association.                   a new pet, a fascinating and interesting
      Richard and Gerri toured through     were very friendly.                              I would like to have an article from   story or a great recipe.
the San Blas Islands, Panama. There             I hope all our neighbors have a        our building every month. I cannot               I would like to do a feature story
are many different Indian tribes. The      wonderful July Fourth celebration!          do that if I don’t get news from our        on any of our neighbors who may be
Indians are tiny people who live in             Please remember to periodically        neighbors. If you have any news for our     interesting. Let me know. Many of our
bamboo huts with thatched roofs. Gerri     check the bulletin boards in the lobby.     column, please leave a note in the white    neighbors have fascinating stories.
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    A small part of flag history is noted here for the Fourth
      This is the
month when we
celebrate our nation’s                      Howard
independence.
Remember the Fourth                        Bergendahl
o f Ju l y. Fo r o u r
Canadian residents,
the first day of July            Orizaba
is Canada Day.
      The present-day U.S. flag was established in 1818 by an
act of Congress. It stipulated that the stripes would remain
at the original 13, but a new star would be added for each
state that joined the Union. That star is added on the July
4 following admission. In 1818 there were only 20 stars
on the flag.
      It is also the month when we have high school and
college graduations. I mention these because I am proud
enough to have two grandsons graduating from high school,
and my granddaughter receiving her associate degree. All are
planning on progressing with their education and I couldn’t
be prouder.
      Happy birthday to Ray Howell, Helen Sutkowi, John         A beautiful view of Clearwater Bay, the beach area and the Gulf of Mexico in the background, all
Van Dyke, Pearl Lowry, Joe and Burdell Kashinski. It makes      under a grandiose sky of fluffy clouds.                          (Photo by Howard Bergendahl)
it easier to remember when a couple can celebrate birthdays
in the same month.                                              ready-to-eat food, flashlights, etc. Now          He would reach into the nail bag, extract
      I recently saw a sign on a house for sale that said,      is the time to check with your neighbors          one, look at it, and if the point was up he
“I’m cute inside.”                                              and be sure that everyone is connected in         would throw it away. His partner asked him
      Everyone has seen all the warnings about being prepared   some way.                                         why and he said they were upside down. His
for the hurricane season. I hope that all of you are taking          I recently received an e-mail that told      partner told him to save them for use on the
these warnings to heart and stocking up on batteries, water,    of a carpenter putting down a new floor.          ceiling. It’s all a matter of perspective.
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Valencia Building residents honor Old Glory at a June 14 Flag Day ceremony held there.


  Residents observe Flag Day,
  Fourth in traditional ways
      Happy Birthday, America. Older
but not always wiser — Stand proud.
      The winner at this year’s athletic
competition at Philippe Park was Joan
                                                                      Fritz
Albrecht for putting and Jack Glover
for beanbag toss. The bingo winners
                                                                      Kocka
were too numerous to list.
      After the raising of our flags
on Flag Day, we all drove to Perkins
                                                        Valencia
Restaurant on U.S. 19 at Curlew Rd.
for breakfast.                               in the west side billiards tournament;
      On June 9 the ladies had lunch         Jeanne Smith was singled out for her
at Kally-K’s, and the men went to            tennis skills in serving coordination.
Lucky Dill Deli.                             Go girls!
      I know it seems like we are always           Ellen Gilbert just returned from
eating, but just look around. I think we     a two-week trip to Michigan visiting
carry it well!                               friends and family. This gal has more
      For those of you who did not           energy than 10 men.
meet Tonya and Joe Martinez at our                 T here weren’t many dr y
picnic, drop by their apartment and say      handkerchiefs after June’s “Sunday in
hello. They have lived in many parts of      the Park” performance. It wasn’t from
Florida over the years.                      the ladies’ teary eyes, but from their wet
      I did not see many fathers from        chins. Too bad if you missed it.
our building stirring on Fathers Day.              Have a wonderful July Fourth,
Probably could not get out of their          and watch the bulletin board for
rocking chairs!                              our July activities.
      Two of our ladies were mentioned             Mama sez: It’s good to have a
in last month’s issue of On Top of the       doormat in the house, but not if it’s
World News. Mary Henry placed third          your husband.
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                       May 2                                                                                                                                            (Continued from previous column)
Marilyn Miller.......................................3620
                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday, May 28
Julie Solfronk ........................................2800
                                                                                                                                                                     N/S: Bob Zeman, Jana Packer
                   May 4 (PM)
                                                                                                                                                                          Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
Roy Solfronk .........................................3650
                                                                                                                                                                     E/W: Kathy Caithness, Walter Balderson
Kathy Schamel ......................................2280
                                                                                                                                                                          Betty Sagun, Orletha Van Etten
                       May 5
Marilyn Miller.......................................3350                                                                                                                        Monday, May 30
Regina Dietrich .....................................3020                                                                                                            N/S: Liz Bohl, Nita Akers
                                                                                  May 12                                                                                  Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
                   May 6 (PM)                                  6690 (1st Place)..................................... N/A        Walter Balderson, Director           E/W: Georgia Jensen, Trish Burch
Chet Czeczot .........................................3550     6510 (2nd Place) ...................Marge Garvey            (Top leaders listed for each playdate)         Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman
Bunny Rosan .........................................3410      Double Pinochle ..................... Fran Milanec
                       May 9                                   Round House..........................Ken Doolittle                        Monday, May 2                           Wednesday, June 1
Regina Dietrich .....................................3640      Took All Tricks ....................Margo & Ellen           1. Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness        N/S: Betty Johnson, Walter Balderson
Nancy Savelle .......................................3210                                                                  2. Karen Russell, Bob Zeman                    Harriet Sanner, Julienne Workman
                                                                                  May 17
                   May 9 (PM)                                                                                              3. Betty Sagun, Jana Packer               E/W: Bob Zeman, Jana Packer
                                                               6620 (1st Place)................Clayton Hancock
Sergio Pistella .......................................3350                                                                4. Trish Burch, Georgia Jensen                 Karen Russell, Betty Sagun
                                                               6210 (2nd Place) ................... Jackie Powers
Chet Czeczot .........................................2730     Double Pinochle ....................Marge Garvey                        Wednesday, May 4                           Saturday, June 4
                  May 11 (PM)                                                     May 19                                   N/S: Betty Johnson, Paul Streigle         N/S: Walter Balderson, Rodney Walker
Jane Child..............................................3220   6940 (1st Place)...................... Chet Czeczot              Kathy Caithness, Walter Balderson         Betty Johnson, Paul Streigle
Sergio Pistella .......................................2560    6240 (2nd Place) ...................Ella Van Dorn           E/W: Mary Lou Guerriero, Evelyn Reece     E/W: Lu Erskine, Georgia Jensen
                      May 12                                   Double Pinochle ............... Madelyn Thome,                   Liz Bohl, Anne Morreale                   Julienne Workman, Joan Moore
Verna Olson...........................................3190      Chet Czeczot                                                                                                       Monday, June 6
                                                                                                                                        Saturday, May 7
Van Jones ..............................................3180   Took All Tricks ................. Julie Hofmaster,                                                    1. Betty Johnson, Paul Streigle
                                                                                                                           N/S: Jana Packer, Bob Zeman
                  May 13 (PM)                                   Fran Milanec                                                    Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness      2. Betty Sagun, Karen Russell
Chet Czeczot .........................................5280                        May 24                                   E/W: Betty Sagun, Karen Russell           3. Orletha Van Etten, Joan Moore
Jane Child..............................................2970   6640 (1st Place).................... Richard Snapp               Ginger Currier, Helen Pawliskowski               Wednesday, June 8
                      May 16                                   6530 (2nd Place) .....................Gloria Mietll                                                   1. Beverly Gibbo, Betty Sagun
Naoma Harper .......................................4310                                                                                 Monday, May 9
                                                               Double Pinochle ..................... Pat Gilghrist,        1. Julienne Workman, Beverly Gibbo        2. Jana Packer, Bob Zeman
Julie Solfronk ........................................4240     Jackie Powers                                                                                        3. Jean Rhame, Joan Moore
                                                                                                                           2. Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
                  May 16 (PM)                                  Took All Tricks ....Joan Wolf, Ken Doolittle                3. Nita Akers, Liz Bohl                               Saturday, June 11
Sergio Pistella .......................................3310                       May 26                                   4. Jana Packer, Bob Zeman                 N/S: Betty Johnson, Paul Streigle
Jane Child..............................................2090   7060 (1st Place)...........................Bill House
                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, May 11                   Bob Zeman, Jana Packer
                      May 19                                   6820 (2nd Place) ...................Marge Garvey
                                                                                                                           N/S: Harriet Sanner, Nita Akers           E/W: Carl Heymann, Reva Heymann
Naoma Harper .......................................3440       Double Pinochle ..........................Bill House
                                                                                                                                Bob Zeman, Jana Packer                    Thelma Wishnek, Kay Ralston
Florence Fingerhut ................................2990
                                                                                  May 31                                   E/W: Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise
                      May 23                                   6930 (1st Place)............................Ann Reed
Julie Solfronk ........................................3160                                                                     Carl Heymann, Reva Heymann
                                                               6870 (2nd Place) ................. Anita Brunozzi
Regina Dietrich .....................................2990      Double Pinochle ... Fran Milanec, Ann Reed                              Saturday, May 14
                  May 23 (PM)                                  Took All Tricks ....................... Peggy Kane/         N/S: Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
Sergio Pistella .......................................3980     Madelyn Thome, Jean O’Brien/Peg Kane,                           Bob Zeman, Jana Packer
Kathy Schamel ......................................2290        Anita Brunozzi/Helen Gonzalez                              E/W: Kay Ralston, Thelma Wishnek
                  May 25 (PM)                                                                                                   Ginger Currier, Helen Pawlikoski
                                                                                   June 1
Bunny Rosan .........................................2280                                                                              Monday, May 16
                                                               6690 (1st Place).....................Charles Christ
Sergio Pistella .......................................2140                                                                N/S: Walter Caithness, Paul Streigle
                                                               6470 (2nd Place) .................Alice Langguth
                      May 26
Naoma Harper .......................................3130
                                                               Double Pinochle .............Virginia McGinnis                   Kathy Caithness, Walter Balderson
                                                                                                                           E/W: Floyd Thrower, Joan Moore
                                                                                                                                                                           PROGRESSIVE EUCHRE
                                                               Took All Tricks ....Alice Langguth, Virginia                                                                   EAST SIDE – Thursdays
Florence Fingerhut ................................3120         McGinnis, Bertie Lewis, Chet Czeczot                            Liz Bohl, Nita Akers
                                                                                                                                                                          Diane Bigelow – Maxine Murray
                  May 27 (PM)                                                      June 7                                             Wednesday, May 18
Sergio Pistella .......................................4350    7030 (1st Place)....................... Al Anderson         N/S: Jana Packer, Bob Zeman                                    May 19 Winners
Jane Child..............................................2980   6720 (2nd Place) ............... Madelyn Thome                   Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman      1...........................................Marvin Bruning
                      May 30                                   Double Pinochle ................................. Dulce     E/W: Betty Sagun, Karen Russell           2............................................... Fran Milanec
Florence Fingerhut ................................3070        Took All Tricks ....................... Ken & Chet,              Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise             3................................................. Ron Murray
Julie Solfronk ........................................2890     Ruth & Gwen                                                                                          4........................................... Maxine Murray
                                                                                                                                       Saturday, May 21
                                                                                   June 9                                  N/S: Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness                           May 26 Winners
                                                               6620 (1st Place)................Clayton Hancock                  Orletha Van Etten, Joan Moore        1................................................. Ron Murray
                                                               6540 (2nd Place) ................... Jackie Powers          E/W: Thelma Wishnek, Kay Ralston          2........................................... Maxine Murray
                                                               Double Pinochle ................... Jackie Powers,               Nita Akers, Betty Sagun              3........................................... Arnie Engelbert
                                                                Fran Milanec                                                                                         4........................................... Joyce Engelbert
                                                                                                                                        Monday, May 23
                                                               Round House. Charles Christ, Fran Milanec                   N/S: Paul Streigle, Betty Johnson                               June 2 Winners
                                                               Took All Tricks ................... Eleanor Golka/               Orletha Van Etten, Joan Moore        1..............................................Marge Garvey
                                                                Clayton Hancock                                            E/W: Karen Russell, Reva Heymann          2............................................... Fran Milanec
                                                                                                                                Trish Burch, Georgia Jensen          3................................................. Ron Murray
                                                                                                                                                                     4........................................... Joyce Engelbert
                                                                                                                                     Wednesday, May 25
                                                                                                                           N/S: Beverly Gibbo, Nita Akers                               June 9 Winners
                                                                                                                                Harriet Sanner, Julienne Workman
                                                                                                                           E/W: Joan Moore, Liz Bohl                 1.............................................. Fran Milanec
                                                                                                                                                                     2........................................... Arnie Engelbert
                                                                                                                                Walter Balderson, Anne Morreale
                                                                                                                                                                     3...........................................Marvin Bruning
                                                                                                                                (Continued in next column)           4........................................... Joyce Engelbert
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      Summer party season kicks off with couple of fun events
      Memorial Day was the official
start of the summer-time party season
at New World French (see photo).
Although our party crowds are smaller
                                                                    Linda
than during the winter months, the
food and fun are just as wonderful.                               Rozenbergs
      Our Memorial Day menu
consisted of hamburgers, hot                    New World French
dogs and dishes to pass. IE Davies
sure can do some amazing things
with chocolate.                                Judy Boley planned the party and
      It is always fun to try everyone’s       all his neighbors contributed to the
favorite dishes. We had good company,          festivities. Julie Werkheiser brought
a lot of laughs and, last but not least,       her mini organ and serenaded him
took some time to remember those               with “Happy Birthday.”
who served and fought so bravely so                  Later, some of our friends played
that we can live freely in this great          and sang some oldies but goodies.            Reta Carney, Marilyn Weeks and IE Davies celebrate at the Memorial Day picnic.
country of ours.                               I believe we could have a NWF
      Thank you on Memorial Day                choir with all the talent we have                 Reta and Gene Carney’s
and everyday to all our veterans and           around here!                                 grandson and wife came from
service men and women.                               The party was a lot of fun             Arkansas; Reta and Gene are
      Jan Guyton and I took a trip to          and Ralph certainly deserved it for          awaiting the birth of their first
Tunica, Miss., for four days and three                                                      great-grandchild.
                                               all he does around here. Wishing
nights. While we didn’t break the bank,                                                          And last but not least, my
                                               Ralph many more!                             stepdaughter and grandkids came
we both had a wonderful time.                        We have had many fun young
      We ate extremely well, enjoyed                                                        for two weeks to be spoiled rotten
                                               visitors this past month. Jan Guyton’s       (and I am succeeding).
the pool, took in a comedy show and
played a lot of blackjack and three-           daughter-in-law and granddaughter                 Don’t forget to inform me
card poker. Time sure flies when               came following a band trip                   of all your comings and goings
you’re having fun!                             in Orlando.                                  and happy events.
      Our Chairman, Ralph Wells,                     Virginia McGinnis’s daughter
                                                                                               (Photo at right) Julie Werkheiser
celebrated his 70th birthday with his          and granddaughter came for a visit                and Ralph Wells at Ralph’s
friends under the Oaks (see photo).            and Disney excursion.                              70th birthday celebration.




   Poetry can sometimes express July Fourth feelings best
      As I write this article well in                                                       time at her front patio on the Denmark        than being with your loved ones and
advance of our July publication, I am                                                       side of our building.                         recalling happy memories.
reminded of things that manage to go
round and round in my memories and
                                                                     Margaret                     Another close neighbor, Margaret
                                                                                            Deagman, was honored at the ladies
                                                                                                                                                Do you know what a “staycation”
                                                                                                                                          is? While watching TV recently, it
brain, and it makes me realize that July
4 is an upcoming holiday – the birthday
                                                                     Copland                luncheon held at the Olive Garden. We
                                                                                            celebrated her 99th birthday a bit early,
                                                                                                                                          talked about high gas prices and how
                                                                                                                                          some are staying home and traveling
of our beloved country, U.S.A.                                                              with a beautifully decorated cake made        on a tank of gas to some really nice
      I realize that not all readers are                                                    by Eva Miller. Margaret told of her           places which are close by. It made me
into poetry, but I challenge you to think             The Gables                            moving to The Gables when it was first        think that in the years that I have lived
about what America means to you and                                                         built, when she and her family had to         in the area I have never been to Ft.
how it is probably better expressed in                Need I say more – celebrate the       stay in a nearby motel until the closing      De Soto, St. Petersburg Beach,
some poetry that has meaning for me.           Fourth and think about what America          and actually moving in.                       Homosassa Springs or the Holocaust
      If you’re interested, look up the        means to you.                                      Gladys Davidson had a very              Museum in St. Petersburg. I think I’d
following: The poem by Emma Lazarus                   Jim Marshall, a Pinellas County       enjoyable time the weekend of May             better get busy and do some planning.
inscribed on our Statue of Liberty,            School crossing guard, was honored           21. It was spent entertaining her                   H ave a wo n d e r f u l Fo u r t h
which starts: “Give me your tired and poor,    at his retirement after 11 years of          brother, Herb, and his wife, Sandi, from      o f Ju l y, a n d r e m e m b e r t o b e
your huddled masses yearning to be free…;”     service. His last post was at the corner     New Jersey. All of her children and           kind to yourself and others, and
a Walt Whitman poem which has                  of San Christopher and Pinehurst. He         grandchildren attended, also. It was a        smile, smile, smile!
been set to music in a beautiful               received a lovely plaque thanking him        festive dinner for 10 with lots of talking,
cantata, “I hear America Singing,” and         for his years of service, and, finally, at   laughing and eating.
finally (since I am a first generation         age 84 he can say he is finally retired.           The birthday girls were Gladys’
American of Scottish parents), “The            Thank you, Jim, for your service to the      granddaughter, along with Gladys’ son’s
Lay of the Last Minstrel” by Sir Walter        community. No more waiting for school        wife and Gladys’ other son’s girlfriend.
Scott, a Scotsman who knew in his              bells to ring!                               Dessert was a beautiful birthday cake
soul what native country and liberty                  Helen Dreeben, a long-time            with sparklers and the three birthday
were all about. The first lines are:           resident of The Gables, recently             girls’ names on it. Gifts, singing and
“Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who   celebrated her 99th birthday. She had a      more talking and laughing completed
never to himself hath said, This is my own,    grandson and two great-grandchildren         the happy day.
my native land. Whose heart within him ne’er   visit for a long weekend to help her               The next morning, Sunday, they
hath burned as home his footsteps he hath      celebrate. She has home help now but         all returned for a scrumptious brunch.
turned from wandering on a foreign strand.”    still manages to hold court from time to     Yes – there is nothing more enjoyable
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 Lucky ladybug? Not if you’re a golfer here
                                                                                                                                                            Barbara
                                                                                                                                                           Sundberg
                                                                                                                                            Yoshimitsu

                                                                                                                                      Summer trips
                                                                                                                                       are special
                                                                                                                                            Pauline Nodar’s son was here
                                                                                                                                      for a week’s visit. It was good seeing
                                                                                                                                      him again and glad that he was able
                                                                                                                                      to get away from his babysitting
                                                                                                                                      duties for his 16-month-old
                                                                                                                                      granddaughter. Elizabeth Asselta
                                                                                                                                      and Brenda Crittendon have been
                                                                                                                                      kind enough to keep all of us
                                                                                                                                      posted on Pauline’s recovery.
                                                                                                                                            Jim and I drove up to North
                                                                                                                                      Myrtle Beach, S.C., where our
                                                                                                                                      niece and family were vacationing.
                                                                                                                                      We picked up their 12-year-old
                                                                                                                                      daughter and 9-year-old son and
                                                                                                                                      brought them back home with us.
                                                                                                                                            This was their first visit to
                                                                                                                                      Florida so we took them to the
                                                                                                                                      Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch
                                                                                                                                      Gardens, Homosassa Springs
                                                                                                                                      Wildlife State Park, Clearwater
                                                                                                                                      Beach, Honeymoon and Caledesi
                                                                                                                                      Islands, fishing off the Dunedin
Not only is the On Top of the World 18-hole golf course undergoing a renovation project, but new characteristics are                  Causeway, souvenir shopping and
being added to the course. Pictured above are dimples which have been added on the north side of the eighth hole-                     enjoying some of the fun and
fairway near the green. The dimples resemble dots on a ladybug if you see them close up, but golfers are advised not                  delicious nearby restaurants.
to go in them.                                                                     (OTOW News photo by Doug Kates)                          We spent a few days at Disney
                                                                                                                                      World, the Magic and Animal
                                                                                                                                      Kingdoms, Universal Studios
                                                                                                                                      and Sea World before heading
  July Fourth picnic a little light on sign-ups                                                                                       up to Chicago with stops at the
                                                                                                                                      Mammoth Caves and the St. Louis
                                                                                                It’s been nice having Sue Mei and     Arch. We attended a family reunion
     Saratogans hit the newsstands in                                                                                                 while in Chicago and it was great
May with both barrels firing, hitting the                                                  Winston Chau among us, but we had
                                                                                                                                      fun visiting with so many of our
                                                                                           to wish them well the end of June.
front page with a photo of the OTOW
News staff and writers (including
                                                                       Mary                Perhaps we shall soon see Sophie back
                                                                                                                                      “old” friends and neighbors.
                                                                                                                                            Joe Malandro is celebrating his
yours truly), and the Pet of the Month
highlighting “Shelley,” Sandra Johnston’s
                                                                       Ellis               in our midst.
                                                                                                It looks as if I attract a few cats
                                                                                                                                      birthday July 21. Happy Birthday,
                                                                                                                                      Joe. Enjoy your special day!
toy Pomeranian.                                                                            and kitties; actually they adopt me.
     Among our regular residents                                                           If two of them think your car roof
who are summer travelers is Father                     Saratoga                            is ideal for a bed, I hope you will
Jim Lara. He will visit family and                                                         forgive them.
friends in Spain.                                                                               They are adorable playmates and
                                                  Our plans for a holiday picnic on
     Our summer building chairman,                                                         much fun to watch. They also love the
                                            July 4 are on the iffy outlook at this date.
Roger Nicoll, flew to Massachusetts                                                        shade of a car and will move away when
to receive a fine recognition for his       Not the usual list of sign-ups. We must
                                                                                           you start the engine. They know their
50 years in the Fraternal Order of          find at least those who have no specific
                                                                                           names I have given them and come
Masons. He also visited family and old      plans for that date.
                                                                                           when called. They are also spayed or
friends while there.                              Perhaps an order of fried
                                                                                           neutered and have their shots.
     Mary Ellis is planning her projected   chicken or pizza would help attract
                                                                                                They love to parade behind us
trip “home” in the Northwest, in            them and their friends. Side dishes
                                                                                           when Robbi and I must go for a walk.
particular to visit numerous relatives      and desserts would be brought to
                                                                                                We are glad to note that a
and friends in and around Seattle.          fill out the menu.
                                                                                           number of our residents are calling
Although her husband Marshall and                 We hope to have Paul Thompson
                                                                                           on our friends who are living at
she have been there twice since moving      play some patriotic music on his
                                                                                           Sunset Point Rehab and The Christian
to Clearwater, she looks forward to         saxophone if he can schedule
                                                                                           Manor Nursing Home.
meeting many old friends from the past      some dental work later, and if
not met again for years.                    the “weather man” allows!                           Please let me hear from you, too.
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                                                                                    JULY 1 — 31

        1    Fri .............................. 9:00 AM ................................ CL1 .....................................................Photography Club Picasa Class
        1    Fri .............................. 2:00 PM ................................ S ............................................................................ Singles Travel Club
        5    Tues ........................... 10:00 AM .............................. C .................................................................. OTOW Shriners Meeting
        7    Thurs .......................... 10:00 AM .............................. CR.......................................................................... Book Worm Group
        7    Thurs .......................... 10:00 AM .............................. V’s ............................................................................. Greyhound Club
        8    Fri .............................. 7:00 PM ................................ K .......................................................................Lambda Club Meeting
        11   Mon ........................... 2:00 PM ................................ S .......................................................................German Interest Group
        12   Tues ........................... 6:00 PM ................................ S ..........................................................Ladies Introduction to Billiards
        14   Thurs .......................... 9:30 AM ................................ A ............................................Good Neighbors Get-Aquainted Coffee
        14   Thurs .......................... 1:00 PM ................................ S .......................................................... Viking Building Meeting/Pizza
        16   Sat .............................. 8:00 PM ................................ A ...................................................... Entertainment Committee Dance
        17   Sun ............................. 2:00 PM ................................ A ................................. Entertainment Committee: Sunday in the Park
        18   Mon ........................... 9:30 AM ................................ A ................................................................. Free Ear & Eye Screening
        19   Tues ........................... 7:00 PM ................................ CR......................................................................................Bible Study
        21   Thurs .......................... 6:00 PM ................................ V’s ..................................................................Baby Boomers Meeting
        25   Mon ........................... 10:00 AM .............................. V’s ..................................... Entertainment Committee Board Meeting
        28   Thurs .......................... 2:00 PM ................................ S ..................................................................... Democrat Club Meeting




                                                                                       CALENDAR KEY
                          A ..........................Auditorium              CL ........................... Classroom           R ............Rainbow Room (W)
                          C .......................... Card Room              K ................................Kitchen          S .............. Sunrise Room (W)
                          CR ..........................Craft Room             L ......................Lecture Room               V ............................... Veranda




                                                         Canada Day
                                                         Friday, July 1                                     Happy Independence Day!
                                                                                                                Monday, July 4
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MONDAY                                                                5:00 ....................................................Pinochle     1:30 .............................................Shuffleboard
East Activity Center                                                  5:30 ...................................................Dominos       2:00 .....................Butterfly Tai Chi (Level III)
7:00 A.M. ..................................Coffee Corner             6:30 ........................................................ Poker   5:00 ....................................................Pinochle
8:00 ............East pool closed 8-9 for cleaning                    7:00 ...............................................Bible Study       6:00 ..............................................Ron’s Poker
8:00 .......................................... Exercise Class        West Activity Center                                                  West Activity Center
8:00 ............Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                         8:00 A.M. ..West pool closed 8-9 for cleaning                         8:00 A.M. ..West pool closed 8-9 for cleaning
8:00 .......................Bonesavers Exercise Class                 8:30 .......................................... Exercise Class        8:30 ......................................... Exercise Class
8:30 .............Entertainment Com. Ticket Sales                     1:00 P.M. ........................... 9-Ball Tournament               12:30 P.M.Gym closed 12:30-2:30 for cleaning
9:00 ................................Water Exercise Class             6:00 ................................................. Mah-Jong       2:00 ............................................... Chess Club
9:00 ................................. Wood Carvers Class                                                                                   6:00 ....................................................Pinochle
                                                                      WEDNESDAY
9:00 .........................................Computer Help                                                                                 6:30 ............Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament
9:00 ............................................... Slimnastics      East Activity Center
                                                                      7:00 A.M. ..................................Coffee Corner             FRIDAY
10:00 ................................................. Aerobics
                                                                      8:00 ............East pool closed 8-9 for cleaning                    East Activity Center
11:30..................................... Duplicate Bridge
                                                                      8:00 ............ Weight & Strength TrainingClass                     7:00 A.M. ..................................Coffee Corner
11:30.......................................Contract Bridge
                                                                      8:00 ............Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                         8:00 ............East pool closed 8-9 for cleaning
1:00 P.M .......... Crafters Group (2nd Monday)
                                                                      8:00 .......................Bonesavers Exercise Class                 8:00 ............ Weight & Strength TrainingClass
1:30 .................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)
                                                                      9:00 ................................Water Exercise Class             8:00 ............Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles
1:30 .............................................Shuffleboard
                                                                      9:00 ............ Good Neighbors Veterans Project                     8:00 .......................Bonesavers Exercise Class
2:00 ....................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Level I)
                                                                      9:00 ............ Good Neighbors Craft Workshop                       9:00 ................................Water Exercise Class
6:00 ........................................Contract Bridge
                                                                      9:00 .............................. Veranda Consignment               9:00 .................................................. Ceramics
6:30 ........................................................Bingo
                                                                      9:00 .........................................Computer Help           9:00 ....................................................Pinochle
7:00 ...................................................... Euchre
West Activity Center                                                  9:00 ............................................... Slimnastics      9:00 .........................................Computer Help
8:30 A.M. ................................. Exercise Class            10:00 ................................................. Aerobics      9:00 ............................................... Slimnastics
9:00 ................................................. Photo IDs      11:30..................................... Duplicate Bridge           12:00 P.M. ..........................................Pinochle
9:00 ............................................... Chess Club       1:00 P.M. .....................................Painting Pals          12:00 ....................................................Library
10:00 .............................. Mens Exercise Class              1:00 ............................................Social Bridge        12:00 ..............................................Dancercize
12:30 P.M.Gym closed 12:30-2:30 for cleaning                          1:00 ............................. Double Deck Pinochle               1:00 ................................................. Mah-Jong
12:30 ............................................... Mah-Jong        5:00 ............................................. Lela’s Poker       1:00 ............................................Social Bridge
5:00 ................................................. Mah-Jong       5:30 ..............................................Pete’s Poker       1:00 ..................................... The Music Group
6:30 ................................... 8-Ball Tournament            5:30 ............................................Larry’s Poker        5:00 ............................................. Lela’s Poker
                                                                      6:00 ........................................................ Poker   5:30 ..............................................Pete’s Poker
TUESDAY                                                               6:00 ........................................Contract Bridge          5:30 ............................................Larry’s Poker
East Activity Center                                                  6:00 ........................................ 500 Card Game           6:00 ........................................Contract Bridge
7:00 A.M. ..................................Coffee Corner             West Activity Center                                                  West Activity Center
8:00 .......................................... Exercise Class        8:30 A.M. ................................. Exercise Class            8:30 A.M. ................................. Exercise Class
8:00 ................................ Ladies 18-Hole Golf             10:00 .............................. Mens Exercise Class              10:00 .............................. Mens Exercise Class
8:00 ............Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                         12:30 P.M. ...........................................Canasta         1:00 P.M. ....................................... Chess Club
9:00 ................................Water Exercise Class             6:30 ..................... Ladies Que’t Billiards Club                6:00 ......................................... Shirley’s Poker
9:00 ................................................... Lapidary
9:00 ............................................... Horseshoes       THURSDAY                                                              SATURDAY
9:00 ..........................Caring & Sharing Group                 East Activity Center                                                  East Activity Center
9:00 .........................................Computer Help           7:00 A.M. ..................................Coffee Corner             8:00 A.M. ......................Mens Tennis Doubles
9:00 ............................................... Slimnastics      8:00 ......................................... Exercise Class         8:30 .......................... Computer Club Meeting
9:30 .................................. Ladies 9-Hole Golf            8:00 ...............................Mens Tennis Doubles               8:30 ............................................Line Dancing
10:00 ................................................. Aerobics      8:30 .............Entertainment Com. Ticket Sales                     11:30..................................... Duplicate Bridge
10:00 .....................................Philosophy Club            9:00 ................................Water Exercise Class             12:00 P.M. ............................................ Putting
10:30 ............................Ballroom Dance Class                9:00 ................................................... Lapidary     1:00 ...........................................Casual Bridge
12:00 P.M. ............................................Library        9:00 .........................................Computer Help
12:00 ................................................ Ceramics       9:00 ............................................... Slimnastics
                                                                                                                                            SUNDAY
12:00 ..............................................Dancercize        10:00 ................................................. Aerobics
                                                                                                                                            East Activity Center
1:00 .............................Oil Painting Workshop               11:00........................................................ Yoga
                                                                                                                                            4:00 P.M. .............................................. Putting
1:00 ........................................................ Poker   12:00 P.M. ....................................Bob’s Poker
1:00 .....................................................Canasta     12:00 ......................................Contract Bridge
1:00 ............................................Line Dancing         12:30 .................................................... Euchre
1:00 ..................................... The Music Group            1:00 ..........................................Drawing Class
1:30 .................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)                1:00 ............................................... Writers Ink
2:00 ...................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Level II)              1:30 .................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)
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     Re-paved parking lot is                                                               Patio and birthday parties
     appreciated by residents                                                               bring residents together
                                                                                              Memorial Day was celebrated
                                                                                       around the theme Red, White and
       Hello, all of you fine and good
 people! It is good to be writing about
 some of what is happening around                                   John
                                                                                       Blue as flags were blowing in the gentle
                                                                                       breeze and neighbors from Swedish                                 Tom
                                                                                       Traditional were gathering to honor the
 the Polynesian Building.
       We have had our parking lot                                 Grasso              men and women who serve our country
                                                                                       in the Armed Forces.
                                                                                                                                                        Brennan
 paved like new. Thanks to all the                                                            The bulletin board had the
 powers that be. We now have a nice                                                    announcement “Everyone Welcome”              Swedish Traditional
 new parking lot.                                  Polynesian                          to Pat Grace’s patio for a memorial
       June is busting out all over with                                               potluck afternoon. More than 20                 The welcome mat is out for
 many activities.                                                                      residents showed up and were ready to      our new residents: Susan and Gary
                                            still going strong! Many happy years
       Elsie Jane Anderson gathered                                                    party. There was food and merriment        Carlson, Doris and Bernard Marcy,
                                            to come; God bless you both.
 more than 35 men and women for the                                                    for all. You just can’t have a picnic      Vonnie and Brian Prime, and Becky
                                                   Loretta Benson’s granddaughter
 tea party luncheon at the Wildflower                                                  without hotdogs, so everyone had their     and Jeff West.
 Café. We all had a lot of fun there        will be visiting soon and going to
                                            camp at the Dali Museum to learn to        choice of boiled or dogs hot off the            Many of us know Susan and
 on June 17. Several residents on June                                                 grill. Many folks provided the potato      Gary Carlson, who come to us from
 18 enjoyed a play at the West Coast        be a docent. She is looking forward
                                            to learning more about Dali. Enjoy         salad, deviled eggs, beans, tossed salad   Erie, Pa. They have lived at OTOW
 Players Theatre.                                                                      and fresh fruit.                           for many years, and they are new
       Just a reminder – Monday             yourself with your family, Loretta!
                                                                                              We also had a surprise birthday     to Swedish Traditional. They are active
 night is bingo night, Tuesday night               Later this summer, Loretta will     cake for Audrey Funke who celebrated       in the Jesters and Theater Workshop
 is pinochle night.                         travel to Northern California with         her big 80th. Let’s not overlook           shows here at the East Activity Center.
       Nine of us held a little birthday    her son and his family. They will visit    Ann Pollock who celebrated her             Susan is a lead dancer in all those
 party for Jean Knofele. It was a lot       national parks in the area. Their first    birthday with a cake and neighbors         fabulous numbers. Gary volunteers
 of fun.                                    stop will be in Reno, where they will      earlier in the month.                      as ticket seller for all performances
       John and Eleanor Shearer             spend the night before going to the               We are blessed to live at On Top    of the shows.
 celebrated their 60th wedding              Lassen Volcanic Park area.                 of the World, where there are so many           New residents: My number is
 anniversary recently, and they are                So long till next time.             beautiful and talented people sharing      724-3732. I would like to conduct a
                                                                                       their hopes and dreams together.           personal interview with you.


‘Memorial Day at the Races’                                                                Happy Fourth of July from OTOW News!
      The building is very quiet right
now. Snowbirds have left and our new
residents are getting settled into their
condos. The weather is great and people
                                                      Pat Zorland
are starting to return to the pool. We
now have a group of people who meet                Capistrano
at the pool around 6 p.m. Right now we
are trying to get people to go out for          There was enough food left over
lunch once a week.                         that we had another party the following
      I was not at the “Memorial           night in the second-floor core and
Day at the Races” but I was told it        again said our goodbyes to Louise. The
was successful and everyone had a          weather was lovely and not at all hot.
good time. I am sure the winners                We all had a good time; fortunately,
were very happy.                           some of our residents that were
      The food and drinks were great       not able to attend the Races came
and the “Farewell to Louise” cake was      to the core party.
excellent. There were no leftovers on           Many thanks to all of our residents
the cake. Louise will be leaving us soon   who worked so hard to make the “Day
and we will all miss her very much.        at the Races” a success.
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               OTOW BUS
               SCHEDULE
                     For reservations, call
                    799-3417, then press #7
                      of the voice menu.
                   (Seating is limited. Make
                     reservations 24 hours
                          in advance.)


                                            Note: OTOW bus service is for OTOW residents only.

              Monday “Specials”                                           Wednesday Morning                                                     Thursday Morning                                                   Friday Morning
              See Posting in Bus                                     Publix (Sunset Pt. & Belcher Rd.)                                      Publix (Sunset Pt. & U.S. 19)                                  Publix (Sunset Pt. & Belcher Rd.)
Paradise ................................................. 8:00    Paradise ................................................. 8:00    Paradise ................................................. 8:00    Paradise ................................................. 8:00
Bldg 64 .................................................. 8:05    Bldg 64 .................................................. 8:05    Bldg 64 .................................................. 8:05    Bldg 64 .................................................. 8:05
Bldg 75 .................................................. 8:10    Bldg 75 .................................................. 8:10    Bldg 75 .................................................. 8:10    Bldg 75 .................................................. 8:10
Bldg 88 .................................................. 8:15    Bldg 88 .................................................. 8:15    Bldg 88 .................................................. 8:15    Bldg 88 .................................................. 8:15
Bldg 56 .................................................. 8:20    Bldg 56 .................................................. 8:20    Bldg 56 .................................................. 8:20    Bldg 56 .................................................. 8:20
Bldg 61 .................................................. 8:25    Bldg 61 .................................................. 8:25    Bldg 61 .................................................. 8:25    Bldg 61 .................................................. 8:25
Bldg 48 .................................................. 8:30    Bldg 48 .................................................. 8:30    Bldg 48 .................................................. 8:30    Bldg 48 .................................................. 8:30
Bldg 37 / 43............................................ 8:35      Bldg 37 / 43............................................ 8:35      Bldg 37 / 43............................................ 8:35      Bldg 37 / 43............................................ 8:35
Bldg 33 .................................................. 8:40    Bldg 33 .................................................. 8:40    Bldg 33 .................................................. 8:40    Bldg 33 .................................................. 8:40
Bldg 26 .................................................. 8:45    Bldg 26 .................................................. 8:45    Bldg 26 .................................................. 8:45    Bldg 26 .................................................. 8:45
Bldg 18A ............................................... 8:50      Bldg 18A ............................................... 8:50      Bldg 18A ............................................... 8:50      Bldg 18A ............................................... 8:50
Bldg 8 .................................................... 8:55   Bldg 8 .................................................... 8:55   Bldg 8 .................................................... 8:55   Bldg 8 .................................................... 8:55
Bldg 4 / 1................................................ 9:00    Bldg 4 / 1................................................ 9:00    Bldg 4 / 1................................................ 9:00    Bldg 4 / 1................................................ 9:00

           Tuesday Morning                                                 Wednesday Afternoon                                                Thursday Afternoon                                                        Friday Afternoon
         K-Mart, Countryside Mall                                        Publix (Sunset Pt. & U.S. 19)                                  Publix (Sunset Pt. & Belcher Rd.)                                                   Walmart
Paradise ................................................. 8:25    Paradise ............................................... 11:25     Paradise ............................................... 11:25     Paradise ............................................... 11:25
Bldg 64 .................................................. 8:35    Bldg 64 ................................................ 11:30     Bldg 64 ............................................... 11:30      Bldg 64 ................................................ 11:30
Bldg 75 .................................................. 8:40    Bldg 75 ................................................ 11:35     Bldg 75 ................................................ 11:35     Bldg 75 ................................................ 11:35
Bldg 88 .................................................. 8:45    Bldg 88 ................................................ 11:40     Bldg 88 ................................................ 11:40     Bldg 88 ................................................ 11:40
Bldg 56 .................................................. 8:50    Bldg 56 ................................................ 11:45     Bldg 56 ................................................ 11:45     Bldg 56 ................................................ 11:45
Bldg 61 .................................................. 8:55    Bldg 61 ................................................ 11:50     Bldg 61 ................................................ 11:50     Bldg 61 ................................................ 11:50
Bldg 48 .................................................. 9:00    Bldg 48 ................................................ 11:55     Bldg 48 ................................................ 11:55     Bldg 48 ................................................ 11:55
Bldg 37 / 43............................................ 9:05      Bldg 37 / 43.......................................... 12:00       Bldg 37 / 43.......................................... 12:00       Bldg 37 / 43.......................................... 12:00
Bldg 33 .................................................. 9:10    Bldg 33 ................................................ 12:05     Bldg 33 ................................................ 12:05     Bldg 33 ................................................ 12:05
Bldg 26 .................................................. 9:15    Bldg 26 ................................................ 12:10     Bldg 26 ................................................ 12:10     Bldg 26 ................................................ 12:10
Bldg 18A ............................................... 9:20      Bldg 18A ............................................. 12:15       Bldg 18A ............................................. 12:15       Bldg 18A ............................................. 12:15
Bldg 8 .................................................... 9:25   Bldg 8 .................................................. 12:20    Bldg 8 .................................................. 12:20    Bldg 8 .................................................. 12:20
Bldg 4 / 1................................................ 9:30    Bldg 4 / 1.............................................. 12:25     Bldg 4 / 1.............................................. 12:25     Bldg 4 / 1.............................................. 12:25



                                                   Resident Guidelines for Riding the Bus
                 • This service is provided to you at no charge.                                                                       • If space allows, residents with proper ID may catch a return
                 • The bus driver picks up passengers with a reservation only. And                                                       ride home on the bus. You must get on at the designated
                   only at the designated pick-up locations.                                                                             pick-up location.
                 • “Special” pick-ups are prohibited.                                                                                  • Residents who appear intoxicated will not be permitted
                                                                                                                                         to board the bus.
                 • You must be able to transfer on your own to ride the bus.
                                                                                                                                       • If you create a safety hazard or cause unsafe distractions to the
                 • Medical devices may be restricted due to passenger load.
                                                                                                                                         driver, you will not be permitted on the bus.
                 • No eating or drinking on the bus.
                                                                                                                                       • Due to high rider count, we cannot accept multi-day reservations.
                 • If you live on the second floor of a building without an elevator,                                                    Please call one day in advance to reserve a seat. Reservations are
                   or if your building’s elevator is out of service, the bus staff will                                                  first come, first served.
                   carry your bags to your front door. They are strictly prohibited
                                                                                                                                       • The reservation phone number is for reservations only. Please
                   from entering your unit.                                                                                              leave your name, phone number and the time of the trip to which
                 • Grocery or merchandise bag limits or size restrictions are at the                                                     you want to be added.
                   driver’s discretion.                                                                                                • The bus staff takes their directions from management. Please refer
                 • Daily grocery shopping time limit is 90 minutes. Other time limits                                                    all questions and concerns to the Service Department.
                   are posted and announced by the driver.
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                                                                     CLASSIFIED
                            This Classified section is a service to the OTOW community. There is no charge to residents for this
                      service. Items must be priced under $500 and copy must be 20 words or less including phone number
                      (or four column lines). Submitter’s name and building name must be included, but will not be published.
                      If the submitters’s name and building is not included with the ad, it will not be accepted for publication.
                            Please note: We do not accept ads for automobiles, firearms, yard/building sales, apartments for sale or rent, or
                      employment. Ads must be placed in the boxes marked OTOW News in the East and West Activity Centers. Ad deadline
                      is the 10th of the month preceding publication date. Those received late will be placed in the next available issue.
                            Only one (1) ad per person per month will be accepted.

                                    FOR SALE                         Decorator’s gold metal men/women suit             Bingo items: 400 magnetic disks, 2 magnetic
                      Two golf bags $10 and $15, good condition,     caddy w/jewelry tray, 54" tall $65; 40” round     wands, 2 liquid markers $3; three bookcases,
                      for men or women.               796-0554       metal table w/glass top $35; ladies golf shoes,   each with two shelves, sizes vary, prices vary
                                                                     7B / 7C, worn twice $30 each.       796-7890      from $10–$15.                       724-3156
                      Complete art studio, acrylic, 19 tubes, 35
                      brushes, homemade easel & drawing board,       Nikon 6006 camera w/50mm and 35-
                      all never used $200 OBO.        791-1264       80mm auto-focus lenses, pro carry case,                      LOST & FOUND
                                                                     speedlight-20, pro heavy-duty tripod, orig.       Prescription sunglasses, in black case.
                      Sony Trinitron 32" TV $30.       791-3894                                                                          If found, call 669-5950
                                                                     instruction books all for $50 firm. 488-8086
                      Dining room table, beige, round, 4 cushioned
                                                                     “Breadman” bread maker $30; 3-piece
                      chairs, Haverty’s brand $350.      723-8837
                                                                     McCoy ceramics $25; silk leaf tree,
                      Famous Israeli artist Zvi Livni original       6" high $10.              724-3156
                      signed custom framed lithograph, 1967, Two
                                                                     TomTom GPS, never mounted or used $50;
                      Rabbis Conversing. Purchased in Israel $250.
                                                                     faux leather recliner $60 ($90 w/Homedics
                                                        631-5694
                                                                     back massager); Hoover “Agility” carpet
                      Golf clubs & bag $25; exercise chairs:
                                                                     shampooer $100.                  712-0017
                      AB-Doer II w/video $40; Power Rider $20.
                                                    712-1505         Household items incl. kitchen table w/2
                      Whirlpool apartment-size stacked washer        chairs, curio cabinet, end tables, TVs, double
                      & dryer, make offer and move it out.           bed, china cabinet, table lamps, dining room
                                                     244-6580        table w/4 chairs, much more.        599-3092
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