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Stork Club Guidelines and Contact Information
ThE WEsTChasE sTORk CluB is happy and hOnOREd TO Stork Club Contact Numbers
be a part of the celebration of your new arrival. It is a pleasure to have Mr. Please use the phone number listed above your neighborhood to contact
Stork greet Mom and the new baby when they arrive home from the hospi- a member of the Stork Club to welcome your new arrival. Please see the Stork
tal. Club Guidelines to the left for further information about announcing your
Here are just a few tips to get full appreciation from our stork club: baby’s birth! Congratulations!
l. As soon as your baby arrives, please call a Stork Club Represen-
tative. This allows us the time to have the stork waiting when Nancy Gerovac .....................................................814-2266
the new baby arrives home. If you get an answering machine, Bennington, Glencliff, Glenfield, The Estates, Harbor
please leave the address and sex of the baby in your message. Links, Saville Row, Woodbay and Wycliff
(See the names to the right for phone numbers.)
2. Get out that camera and snap loads of pictures for your baby’s Karen Falconer.................................................... 855-8495
scrapbook. Send a high resolution photo via e-mail to Editor@ Berkeley Square, The Enclave, Keswick Forest, Radcliffe
WestchaseWOW.com to accompany your birth announce- and The Shires
Beverly Staton ..................................................... 926-1568
3. Just a reminder: Depending on supply and demand, the stork
could visit for one day or several. The Vineyards and non-gated West Park Village
4. To announce the arrival of your new baby in the World of West- Eileen Ciluffo ..................................................... 920-4938
chase, please fill out the birth announcement form you receive
when your stork is delivered. You may mail it to WOW, place it in one of Abbotsford, Castleford, Chelmsford, The Greens and gated West Park
the WOW drop boxes or fax it to WOW at 920-9809. Village
5. If you need to remove the Stork before a Stork Club member can pick it
up, please place it outside on the side of your home rather than inside the Sandy Anderson ......................................................................368-9779
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Westchase Colts News
WOW! WhaT an Oct. 4 Games at Skyway
incredible season we have Oct. 11 Games at Skyway
had so far! All of our Oct. 17 Homecoming Party
squads are really playing at Ruth Eckerd Hall
well and keeping the com- Oct. 18 Games at Skyway
petition on their toes. We Oct. 25 Games at Oldsmar
are halfway through the sea- Oct. 26 Cheer Competition
son, so keep up the good work, boys!
Our cheerleaders are pretty incredible, too! Make sure to check out pictures of your
They have put on some great halftime perfor- kids in action at www.jamesbroome.com. James
mances and are doing a great job keeping the has been very busy on the sidelines – rain or
fans in the stands pumped up. They are busy shine – taking incredible photos of the football
working on their routines and getting ready for players and cheerleaders. If you are interested in
their competitions in October and November. having him put together something special, just
We know that they will be impressive. send him an e-mail or talk to him at the field.
The month of October is a busy one for the Go, Colts!
Colts. We have our final regular season games By Gail Jeffcoat,
and a few special events. Colts parents, please Colts Director of Communications;
mark your calendars with the following dates: photos courtesy of James Broome
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New Little Westchasers
Lisa and Bill Bigelow of The Bridges wel- ricza, on August 25. Jack James weighed 7 pounds,
comed Abigail June on July 10 at 10:45 a.m. 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. Proud par-
Abigail June weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and ents are Jay and Julie Gyuricza of Atlanta, Georgia.
measured 20 inches. She was greeted home by big
sister Libby, 2. Jack James has already left his handprint on his
Ying Meng and Xueai Bai of Radcliffe wel- grandparents’ hearts.
Jack James Gyuricza comed Alice F. on August 20 at 12:26 p.m. Alice Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford wel-
EDITOR’S NOTE: Residents who have not received or who
F. weighed 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces and measured comed Grace Kathrine on August 26 at 11:10
have misplaced a Stork Club form to fill out to ensure publica- 20.25 inches. She was greeted home by big brother
tion of a birth announcement in World of Westchase should Aidan, 3. p.m. Grace Kathrine weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces
e-mail their announcements to Editor@WestchaseWOW.com.
Gail and Mick Gundersen of Woodbay wel- and measured 20.25 inches. She was greeted home
High resolution photos may be e-mailed to that same address
for possible publication here. comed their second grandbaby, Jack James Gyu- by big brother Luke, 20 months.
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(CDDs) field office. The field office can be reached
trian tunnel will lead them to the park.
All residents are reminded to take their over-
Residents are asked to inform all guests to park
in ways that do not obstruct traffic, driveway egress flow garbage home with them as animals in the
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MOMS Club Gears up for Halloween and Doctor Q&A
ThE WEsTChasE-nORTh ChapTER OF lage at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, and stroll over
the International MOMS Club is hosting Dr. to Baybridge Park to allow the kids let off some
Joanna Allison and Dr. Christine Armstrong of steam of their own.
the North Pinellas Children’s Medical Center for The chapter would like to thank its business
real trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Refresh- of the month, Outback Steakhouse on Sheldon
a speaking engagement on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at
ments and treats will be provided. Road, for graciously offering free kids meals to all
9:30 a.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Cen- Also mark your calendars for our other upcom-
ter. Both board certified pediatricians will address members who present a membership card during
ing events. Our Lunch Bunch and Business Meet- the month of October.
hot topics such as vaccines and potty training. ing will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 11:30 a.m. As always, newcomers are welcome at all
There will also be a question and answer period. at Marina’s Pizza. Family Night will take place at events. The chapter includes all residents living
Members of the Westchase-South Chapter of the the new Courtside Grille on Tuesday, Oct. 7, begin- west of Sheldon Road, east of Rack Track Road,
MOMS Club are also invited to attend. ning at 5:30 p.m. south of South Mobley Road and north of Line-
The Westchase-North Chapter of the MOMS Mom’s Night Out meets at the Aveda salon on baugh Avenue. For more information about the
Club has several other events scheduled this month, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. – get ready for some MOMS Club and any of these events, please con-
including its annual Halloween party. This year it pampering! tact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org
will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. In October, Coffee Walk moves outdoors. or call Cathy at 789-7845.
at Baybridge Park. It’s a great dress rehearsal for the Moms will meet at the Starbucks in West Park Vil- By Jolean Mcpherson
I’ll Take One Birthday Present with a
Side of Screams
WhaT’s BETTER Than TuRninG 9? hOW aBOuT TuRninG 9 WiTh ThE JOnas
Brothers? In September Castleford’s Bailey Jones celebrated her birthday with friends Kristin Sarnese and
Caila Weisman at the Jonas Brothers Concert in September.
Life is good... By sheva Jones, Resident of Castleford
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Free Halloween Night Ski Shows Slated
ThE TaMpa Bay WaTER ski shOW TEaM RECEnTly RETuRnEd FROM MOnTGOMERy,
Alabama, where they took first place in the Southern Regional Show Team Competition – making it six
years in a row!
As the ski season nears an end, the team is preparing for two free Halloween night shows, just minutes
away from residents, on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Concessions and Halloween favorites will be
available for purchase. Seating is available but many folks simply bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy
the shows from the banks of the lake. All shows are family friendly and great fun!
To get to the site, take Linebaugh Avenue to Race Track Road. Turn left onto Race Track Road. Turn
right onto Douglas road at the light. Watch for the signs on the left indicating the ski site and free water ski
shows. To learn about the team and show schedules, visit their Web site at www.tampawaterski.com.
By lisa stephens, Resident of West Park Village
Alonso Holds High School Musical Camp!
MaRk yOuR CalEndaRs, kids, Weesner), Taylor (Kiara Santana), and the rest of advance) or you may pay in advance by using your
because on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 Alonso’s High School Musical cast. Proceeds from the credit card on our online payment system.
p.m. the Alonso High School Theatre Department camp will benefit the Alonso High School Theater The deadline for registering for the camp is
will be hosting a High School Musical Camp for Department. Friday, Nov. 7. Space is limited. For more informa-
children ages 7-12! The price is $40 and includes a Interested parents should please fill out an tion, please e-mail Ms. Vorrieter at alonsotheatre@
T-shirt, song and dance instruction, lunch, a ticket application and submit it online at www.alonsothe-
This will be the opportunity of a lifetime for
to Alonso’s 2 p.m. matinee showing of High School atredepartment.com/currentproductions/hsmusi- anyone who loves theater or just wants to become
Musical and an opportunity to perform a special caltickets.html. an East High Wildcat.
finale with Troy (Tanner Enoch), Gabriella (Cris- A confirmation e-mail will be sent with details It’s time for the start of something new, so come
tina Andersen), Chad (Luis Colon), Zeke (Daniel of the camp. You may pay by cash or money order join us!
Davis), Sharpay (Atlanta Foskey), Ryan (Andrew at the door (as long as you submit an application in By daniel davis, Resident of Brentford
Westchase Homeschoolers Are Growing!
ThE WEsTChasE hOME- Homeschooling is a fun and chal-
schoolers are now 11 families strong and lenging education choice for families.
still growing. We are an informal social Sharing ideas, information and expe-
group of homeschoolers offering support rience is beneficial to everyone and
and encouragement to one another as we we are fortunate to have active moms
pursue the adventure of educating our chil- participating in our group.
dren at home (and at the aquarium and at If you are interested in join-
MOSI and at karate and at BMX and at ing the Westchase Homeschool-
waterskiing…) ers or learning more about
We offer several get-togethers every Four Westchase homeschool families at Baybridge Park homeschooling, join us for a park
week, ranging from a Mom’s Coffee Break date or check out our group at
on Monday nights to McDonald’s on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
Wednesdays for lunch. We also carpool to Homeschool PE class in Safety Har- westchasehomeschool/.
bor on Fridays and meet at the Westchase parks on Fridays as well. By Tiffany Grant, Resident of Castleford
Cub Scout Pumpkin Patch Opens Oct. 12
ThE annual puMpkin paTCh aT WEllspRinG uniTEd METhOdisT ChuRCh is a
sure sign that Halloween is just around the corner. Come join the fun and help support Westchase’s Pack 46 Cub
Scouts by stopping by between Oct. 12 and Oct. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and
1-8 p.m. on Sunday. Bring the kids and the camera for some great fall photos! The church grounds are located on the
east side of Sheldon Road just north of Linebaugh Avenue.
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Tampa’s Junior Boys Take Second in RBI World Series
WEsTChasE REsidEnTs over 90 RBI teams through-
Michael Perkins (Brent- out the country that played
ford), Alex Misarti (Radc- throughout the year. Ulti-
liffe), Michael Fahrman (The mately eight teams earned
Bridges), and Chris Louth the right to play in the World
(Harbor Links) took part in the Series. They were Tampa,
RBI World Series on Aug. 6-11 Detroit, Cleveland, Jersey
in California. The boys played City, Anaheim, Los Ange-
terrific baseball and won four les, Minneapolis and Santo
of their six games and earned a Domingo in the Dominican
spot in the championship game Republic.
against the two-time defending The team was comprised
champions from Detroit. of the following players:
The championship game Michael Perkins, Alex Mis-
was played in Angel Stadium, arti, Michael Fahrman, Chris
where the boys were able to Louth, Dylan Gross, Chris
experience playing a game on Chism, Chris Warren, Josciel
a major league field with plays Veras, Robert Jackson, Alberto
projected on the JumboTron Benejan, Jimmy Herget, Java-
big screen. The final score was ris Reynolds and John Safe.
7-3, but it was a hard-fought The coaches were Chris
game and a great experience. Chism, Tom Fahrman and
The fantastic opportunity Mike Gross.
included an all-expenses paid The team won the Southeast Regional tour- The team was sponsored
six-day trip to Los Angeles to play a lot of baseball, nament in Jupiter, Florida to earn the right to by Pepsi, Jabil and Busch Gardens. The team
participate in a showcase day where they showed represent the Southeast in the World Series. They thanks their sponsors for their generous dona-
their skills to scouts, a day at Universal Studios, defeated teams from Miami, Atlanta and Alabama tions.
and a Yankees/Angels game in Angel Stadium. to win the tournament in July. Overall there were By Jeffrey perkins, Resident of Brentford
Cub Scouts Explore UTB Ecosystem
CuB sCOuT paCk 46 (dEns 5 and 12)
had a great day learning about the ecosystem in
our own backyard at the Upper Tampa Bay Park
on Hillsborough Avenue. Ranger Brian taught us
about snakes, turtles, the mangroves, fiddler crabs,
the birds and flying mullet!
We even got to go in a tidepool and catch
crabs and little fish! The scouts thank Den leaders
Greg Chesney and Doug Wood. It was a really fun
day and we all learned something new about our
beautiful surroundings here in Tampa Bay.
By nancy Wood, Resident of The Shires
WOW Letterbox Hunt for October
Takes a Spooky Turn
WOW RECEi- with the stamp
ved several entries found inside and
from residents who write a note about
were able to deci- your experience.
pher the clues to Then using your
find the September personal stamp,
letterbox. stamp the note-
One family had pad found in the
a truly adventurous letterbox, write a
experience. On note and include
Sept. 7, Luiza and your identifica-
Daniel Loges went Luiza and Daniel Loges hold Naomi and Maya Hector tion. After you are
hunting for the first the September letterbox. find the letterbox. finished, please re-
WOW letterbox. hide the letterbox
They were decked out in their camping gear, fish- in the exact same place you found it. It is impor-
ing vests, fanny packs, compass, water bottles and tant to keep these boxes hidden so many families
all the tools necessary for letterboxing. They fol- can experience the fun.
lowed the clues until they located the most sought- If you believe the letterbox is miss-
after prize in Westchase: the September letterbox. ing, please contact the WOW Editor.
Luiza and Daniel were indeed true sleuths. By Tom Brennan,
This family, plus the others who submitted Resident of The Bridges
their letterbox entries by the deadline, were eli-
gible for the prize drawing. For September, WOW
awarded $25 gift certificates to Cold Stone Cream-
ery to three randomly selected winners: Max and
Mason Hartle; Maya and Naomi Hector; and
Megan Gross. Congratulations to these detectives!
Do you want to join the fun? The letterbox
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pET OF ThE MOnTh
ChasE is a 3-yEaR-Old
“Schnoodle” who is terribly
spoiled by Joyce, Ronn, Syd-
ney and Grant Kelly of Green-
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when the Kellys were driving
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aTTEnTiOn pET OWnERs: Do you have an adorable picture of your animal that you would like to share with us? Each month we will have a “Pet of the Month.” Please submit your photos by
the fifteenth of each month by e-mailing them to Editor@WestchaseWOW.com, dropping them in the WOW drop boxes, or mailing them to the Editor at 12157 W. Linebaugh Ave., PMB #224,
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increased mental alertness, more physical activity he or she has gone. It can also be heartbreaking for a pet. Finally, can the senior afford to care for a
and increased fun. All of this lends to a better qual- those mourning the loss of a loved one when they pet? Costs can include food as well as vet bills and
ity of life. Pet adoption, however, brings along with can’t take in a pet and can’t find another owner. possibly medication. Pet carrying crates, toys, and
it responsibilities as well as happiness, so be sure to Another point to keep in mind is the size and
training can run a great deal more. The pet owner
consider some other issues while selecting a pet. breed of dog that will work best for a senior’s liv-
Seniors should first consider ing situation. Do they still have a might possibly need to give a cat a pill or inject
whether to adopt a pet that is house with a large yard in which a shots at some point, so be sure he or she is able and
already an adult, or adopt a puppy dog can run around, or do they live willing to perform these tasks.
or kitten that could live 15 or more in an apartment or condominium If you know a senior citizen living alone, con-
years. Young animals are especially with no yard? Clearly some breeds sider speaking to them and helping them make
cute; however, babies can create a work better in dwellings with lim- the right pet adoption decision. Never, however,
lot of havoc while they are growing ited space. Having a larger dog will surprise a person with a pet. No matter how won-
up. Anyone considering a pet for a also require more physical strength derful the animal is, pet ownership is a big respon-
senior needs to consider who will and determination than a smaller sibility and a very personal decision to make. Pets
get a puppy housebroken or teach a pet. A pet’s grooming needs should that are surprises likely end up being returned or
kitten how to use the litter box. Older people also also be considered. If the senior has arthritis, daily surrendered to a shelter.
may have valuables that they don’t want broken, brushings may be difficult, so a pet with shorter By Mark Mirabella,
chipped, torn, chewed or scratched. Adult animals hair may be a better idea. Resident of Berkeley Square
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