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Holiday craft show showcases a variety of cool stuff

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									December 2010                       Published Since November 1968                       Only Good News For 42 Years                    VOLUME 42      NO 12



  Holiday
craft show
showcases
a variety of
 cool stuff
          By Doug Kates
      What do birds, mice, light-
houses and airplanes all have in
common?
      You could have found them
at the November craft show in the
East Activity Center!
      On Top of the World resident
Helen Eberhardt has been making
gifts by hand for many years, but
last month she decided to sell her
goodies for the first time at our
craft show.
      She specializes in embroidered
towels and sold 20 of them!
      “It was fulfilling,” Helen said.
“Everyone thought (my towels) were
lovely, and said they were colorful
and attractive. I met some very nice
people.”
      Helen uses a computer em-
broidery program to put designs          Helen Eberhardt shows off a display of homemade towels and bibs at the November craft show.
on her terry cloth towels, tea towels                                                                    (OTOW Photo by Tom Bracken)
and hand towels. As you can see in
the photo, she had quite the variety,
including Christmas designs for the            Helen also loves to put air-     selling merchandise for the holiday       ing to sell more than 20 towels, but
holiday season.                          planes and helicopters on her tow-     season, plus a variety of other crafts.   pointed out the crowd of shoppers
      Helen used to live up north on     els. She has a son-in-law in the Air   Some of the fun stuff included            wasn’t as many as she had hoped.
the east coast and lighthouses were      Force and got the idea from him.       paintings, dolls, tree decorations,       Noting the economy, she said she
her specialty.                                 Helen wasn’t the only crafter    jewelry, artwork, clothes, blankets,      would be back for the spring show
      “Those sold very well,” she        at the November show. The EAC          pillows, aprons and holiday cards.        and maybe more people will be
said.                                    auditorium was filled with vendors           Helen said she was expect-          shopping, too.
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 Significant steps were taken in 2010 to make OTOW
a better place to live ... those efforts will extend to 2011
       December will be a busy month.                                                  county has begun significant work to       ner) has been scheduled to start in the
       In November you should have                                                     repair the storm drain culvert under       first week of December. All start dates
received notice of the annual meeting
to be held 10 a.m., Dec. 16 in the East
                                             By Kenneth Colen                          Belcher Road. This entails significant
                                                                                       work at the points on Swedish Drive
                                                                                                                                  are approximate.
                                                                                                                                          Replacement roof work is sched-
Activity Center auditorium.                                                            and Irish Lane.                            uled to begin on Building 4 during the
       From the perspective of com-                    Chairman                              Efforts to enforce the Rules and     first week of January 2011. Flooring
munity management, serving on the                                                      Regulations have been increased over       removal and replacement are anticipat-
Board is a privilege and is a labor of                                                 the last year. By all accounts this has    ed to begin in December on Building
caring about the residents of this com-                                                been well received by the majority of      15 first floor center core, Building 23
munity. Board members receive no             the Management Company in the day-        residents. Typical types of matters that   first floor and third floor center cores,
compensation. It is never easy and is        to-day work of this community.            have been addressed are landscaping        Building 25 first floor center core, and
often fraught with all manner of chal-              There are numerous challenges      (“I didn’t know it would grow that         Building 29 first floor center core.
lenges.                                      ahead in 2011.                            large!”), landlord/tenant violations of    This is temperature dependent work
       The Board must administer As-                We expect continued sluggish-      age restriction and tenant community       so no exact date can be provided.
sociation affairs for the benefit of all     ness in the economy. This presents        compatibility enforcement, vehicle                 Finally, stump grinding is con-
residents. This can become very diffi-       an ongoing opportunity to negotiate       abandonment, and the list goes on.         tinuing across the property.
cult and at times certainly tug on the       lower prices whenever possible with
heart strings, as when a resident falls      vendors and contractors that serve the               Community Updates                            Closing Thoughts
behind on community service fees or          community.                                      Painting/Waterproofing work                 Happy Holidays to all! This time
lives in a way that is disruptive of their          That said, as more small busi-     will begin on the rear elevation of        of year reminds me of all the people
neighbors.Tough decisions are required       nesses fail, there may be greater con-    Building 72 in mid-December. Build-        and things that I am thankful for.And,
and processes worked through to reso-        centration into larger, surviving com-    ing 52 rear elevation has been resched-    very importantly, I am thankful to be
lution. It is an unfortunate fact.           panies offering resistance to price       uled to mid-year. Building 56 front        a part of this beautiful community
       As I look back over the last year,    cutting.                                  elevation has been rescheduled to late     for so many years. It continues to be
your Board has dealt with tough deci-               In the past 10 months, a great     spring.                                    a wonderful opportunity to meet so
sions and more. The Board is focused         deal has happened: interior renova-             Building railings project was        many interesting and kind residents, as
on making sure that the community            tions were completed on the East Ac-      completed on Building 28. Buildings        well as working with such exceptional
of On Top of the World is safe, af-          tivity Center and considerable street     44 and 45 have railing upgrades in pro-    employees.
fordable, fiscally sound, and remains a      paving was accomplished. Out of           cess in late November and early De-               Please accept my and my family’s
pleasing place to live.                      sight, but not out of mind, a survey of   cember. Building 27 is scheduled for       wishes for a safe and happy holiday
       To that end, we interact as a team    sewer lines has been ongoing, and yes,    mid-December. Building 74 tower re-        season, as well as a very healthy new
providing oversight and guidance to          some repairs will be necessary. The       construction project (Southwest Cor-       year filled with goodness.




                                                                                                      Happy
                                                                                                     Holidays
                                                                                                       and
                                                                                                      Happy
                                                                                                    New Year !
                                                                                                - from the entire
                                                                                            On Top of the World News
                                                                                                       staff
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 Somewhere is the perfect holiday party for you
       The Christmas holidays are just                                                          Neighbor’s Get Acquainted Coffee at                                       Be sure and check the articles
around the corner and everyone has
a busy schedule, but you don’t want                                                 Nancy       9:45 a.m. We will have free coffee, do-
                                                                                                nuts, entertainment, nice door prizes
                                                                                                                                                                 in this newspaper for dates, times and
                                                                                                                                                                 details for all the fun events clubs have
to forget to add to your calendar all                                                           and a free organ concert.                                        planned. Stop on Monday and Thurs-
the fun events here at On Top of the                                                Davis             Also on that same morning the                              day mornings and get your tickets be-
World.                                                                                          folks from Florida Telecommunica-
                                                                            799-2734 tions Relay will be at the meeting pre-                                     tween 8:30-10:30 a.m. Some of the
       Our clubs and organizations                                                                                                                               clubs have holiday activities planned
have been very busy planning fun-                                                               senting their program that loans tele-                           outside of our complex so be sure and
filled activities at very reasonable pric-
                                                       Activities Director                      phone equipment to any permanent                                 see them for all the details.
es, so be sure and check the articles in                                                        Florida resident who has any type of                                    Our Christmas tree will be in the
the newspaper for times, dates and de-                                                          hearing problem, speech impairment,                              East Activity Center lobby and tags for
tails, and then add these great events               Workshop will be holding their Christ- or problem with their vision.                                        the Foster Children of Pinellas County
to your calendar.                                    mas party and on Wednesday, Dec. 8               We invite all OTOW residents to                            will be hung there. Be sure and read
       Don’t forget to purchase your                 the Jesters will hold their holiday party. join us on Get Acquainted Coffee Day,                            my article with all the details pertain-
tickets for the December Holiday                     Both parties will be held here at the the second Thursday of each month.                                    ing to the kids tags and help make a
Chorus Concert. The concerts are Sat-                East Activity Center.                            The annual Christmas Party with                            Merry Christmas for them.
urday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday,                      Friday, Dec. 3, will be the Cana- Santa for kids will be at 2 p.m., Sunday,                                 Our office extends best wishes
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Let them help you get               dian Club’s holiday party and Thurs- Dec. 19, with refreshments, so gather                                  to all of you for all of the upcoming
in the holiday spirit by joining them                day, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. will be the En- up your grandkids and great-grandkids                              holidays and to all of your families.
for a beautiful holiday concert.                     tertainment Committee’s show night. and bring them to the East Activity                                     Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Ha-
       On Wednesday, Dec. 1, Theatre                        That same day will be Good Center for a fun afternoon.                                               nukkah and a very Happy New Year.




                                                                                   Pull up to the white line or
                                                                                  you may be sitting for a while
                                                                                         Ever pull up to a traffic light and sit there a very long time before it turns green - longer than
                                                                                  usual?
                                                                                         Maybe you didn’t activate the trip zone?
                                                                                         According to talkingtraffic.org, there are generally two ways a traffic light turns color. One is a
                                                                                  timer automatically changes color in a pre-timed sequence. The second is when a vehicle pulls into a
                                                                                  trip zone. If a light is activated by a trip zone, it will not change colors until another vehicle is wait-
                                                                                  ing. The trip zone is marked by a two-foot wide white line and an unmarked six-foot box. If a driver
                                                                                  fails to pull up to the white line and is out of the six-foot box, the light will not change.
                                                                                         The traffic light at the corner of World Parkway Boulevard East and Sunset Point Road is
                                                                                  activated by a trip zone. When approaching the light, please pull up to the white line or you, and the
                                                                                  traffic behind you, may be sitting there for quite a while.




          To advertise in our January edition,                                                                                                                                 STAFF
                                                                                                                                                               Kenneth Colen .............. Publisher
                                                                                                                                                               Doug Kates ........................ Editor
          checks must be received by Dec. 15*                                                                                                                  Dave Hart ........... Assistant Editor

             *If our ad space sells out, we will not accept anymore ads!                                                                                            Press Association Officers
                                                   ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS ADVERTISING POLICY                                                                 Yvonne Courtney .......... President
             On Top of the World News is a community organization for the benefit of the residents of On Top of the World.
                                                                                                                                                               Cele Radeloff ........ Vice President
             On Top of the World News does not accept advertisers solely for commercial purposes or income. This newspaper will be published on its
     regular schedule whether there are advertisers or not.
                                                                                                                                                               Mary Lou Kelly ............ Secretary
             On Top of the World News reserves the right to reject any advertiser it feels is not of direct benefit to the residents of On Top of the World.    Building Reporter Coordinator
     Not every advertiser is acceptable. If you, the resident of On Top of the World, have had a justifiably bad experience with an advertiser and if                      Gloria Walz
     we have had previous complaints that are justified, we will not accept future advertising from them, BUT ON TOP OF THE WORLD IS NOT A                           This month’s volunteers:
     CONSUMER AGENCY.
                                                                                                                                                               Tom Bracken, photographer
               We endeavor to keep the standards of this paper at a high level. We do not, however, endorse advertisers or knowingly accept objectionable
     or fraudulent advertising.                                                                                                                                Lillian Cervinka ... Cele Radeloff
               On Top of the World endeavors to publish only good, informative and worthwhile happenings of life. This newspaper will leave the daily          Virginia Bracken ... Lil Cervinka
     news of life with all its strife, struggle and turmoil to commercial publications. On Top of the World newspaper does not strive to be a profit-making    Barbara Sundberg ... Dawn Rubio
     entity. We take pride in the fact that the On Top of the World News staff is entirely made up of volunteers except for two part-time professionals        Mike Kaplan ... Jackie Dooley
     to coordinate the operation of this paper.
                                                                                                                                                               Cecile Marchand ... Helen Retter
             On Top of the World News does not accept an advertiser solely because it is willing to pay to advertise. Contractors, barbers and cosmetolo-
     gists must all be licensed to advertise. All advertisements must contain a local address or a local telephone number.                                                 Newsroom Hours
             On Top of the World News Inc., 2069 World Parkway Blvd. E., Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone Number: 727-799-3216.                                              9:30-4 M-Th   9-12 F

              PLEASE NOTE: January newspapers will be delivered on Dec. 30
                                                                                                   ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                                                                 December 2010 / Page 5



                                            Holiday Lighting Safety Notice
               Parkway Management would like to remind residents of a few Safety Rules:
      All outdoor lighting should be plugged into GFCI receptacles.
      • Each building is allowed one common area Christmas tree. Each tree may contain up to 300 lights. Please limit cords to two Under-
writer’s Laboratories approved cords.
      • Extension cords should not cross any walkway in or around any building.
      Please:
      • Do not hang or wrap decorations or cords from building lights. This includes: emergency lights, exit lights, center core lights, walkway
lights, end stairwell lights and pole lights on all floors.
      • Do not hang or wrap decorations or cords from any building railings. This includes: all stairway and walkway railings. All wrapped
decorations or cords will be removed without notice.
      • Do not place screw-in extenders with plugs in any building light or tap into the building power at any controller or light.
      • Do not create penetrations into the common structure for the purpose of hanging holiday lighting.
      • Do not wrap garland around the poles at the end stairwells on any building.
      As always:
      • ALL ELECTRICAL ROOMS, ELEVATOR ROOMS, TELEPHONE ROOMS AND ALARM ROOMS are RESTRICTED AR-
EAS. These areas are not accessible to residents or the building maintenance worker, only by management.


 Would you like to buy a gift for a special child?
            By Nancy Davis                                              We are asking OTOW residents                                    Please attach their tag on the                                      Please return the gifts by Dec.
      Each year, during the month of                              to help make a child’s Christmas a little                       outside of the gift as their tag also has                         15 so the Foster Parent’s Association
December, On Top of the World plac-                               more special. If you want to partici-                           a number on it. That number is how                                may pick them up and give them to the
es a special Christmas tree in the East                           pate, simply select a tag from the tree                         the Foster Parents’ Association identi-                           kids at their party.
Activity Center lobby.                                            and purchase a gift for that child. You                         fies who receives the gift.                                              Thank you from the foster par-
      On this tree are name tags with                             may choose, of course, what item or                                   Please do not place the gift un-                            ents of Pinellas County and from your
a child’s name, sex, age, and size of                             items you wish to select for their gift.                        der the Christmas tree. Please bring the                          activities office. If the tree is not yet
clothing. Most of the tags will also list                               Please wrap the gift because chil-                        wrapped gift with the tag on the outside                          up, see Nancy at the office to get your
a “wish” item.                                                    dren love to open presents.                                     to Nancy or Julie in the activities office.                       tags. For information call 799-2734.




                                                                                       What’s Inside
                    COLUMNISTS                                     29 ........................................ Line Dancing                       BUILDING NEWS
                                                                   29 ................................................... Zumba
  3 ...................................... Kenneth Colen           31 ................................... Good Neighbors          53 .......................................... Senior Expo        65 ................................................ Granada
  4 .......................................... Nancy Davis         31 ............................ Al O’Conner feature            55 ................................ Swiss Alps Chalet            65 ........................................ Rural French
  5 .................................... Holiday lighting          32 ................................... Snowbirds Club          55 ............................................... Mallorca      65 .................................................... Viking
  5 ......................... Lobby Christmas Tree                 34 .......................................... Stamp Club       56 ......................... French Renaissance II               66 ......................................... Emerald Isle
  6 ......................................... Gerald Colen         34 .................................... Computer Club          56 ................................ Roman Byzantine              66 ............................................ Melbourne
  7 ............................................ Doug Kates        34 .................................. Meals on Wheels          56 ................................................. Chetnik     68 ................................. Hawaiian Towers
  9 .................................. Press Association           34 ......................................... Civitan Club      57 ................................................. Siboney     71 .............................. Rancho Del Mundo
  10 ............................. Locker room work                36 .............................................. Art Guild    57 ................................................ Bohemia      72 .................................................... Cards
  11 .................................... Inside Showbiz           37 ............................. Craft Show pictures           57 ............................................ Casa Verde       73 ..................................................... Rizal
  13 .................................................. Jesters    39 ......................................... Shalom Club       58 ................................................ Saratoga     73 ................................................. Nagoya
  13 .................................. Vets Association           39 .................................. Greyhound Club           59 ............................................... Fujiwara      73 ........................................... Modernage
  14 ........................................ Singles Club         39 ................. Crossword Puzzle Answers                  59 ............................................ Capistrano       74 ............................................. Englander
  17 ......................................... Writers Ink         40 ..................................... Canadian Club         60 ....................................... English Tudor         74 ............................................ Americana
  18 .................................................. Chorus     40 ............................................. Irish Club    60 .............................................. Flamenco       75 .................................................. Espana
                        CLUB NEWS                                  40 .......................................... NY/NJ Club       60 ............................... The Way We Were               76 .................................. Rila Renaissance
  21 ....................... Lapidary Club feature                 40 ............................... New England Club            61 .................................................... Poetry   77 ............................... New World French
  23 ................ Fixers, Fiddlers, Fumblers                   41 ............................... Pennsylvania Club           62 ............................................ Malaguena        77 ............................. Swedish Traditional
  23 ....................................... 1 4 The Road          41 ........................................ Hoosier Club       62 ............................................... Ottoman       77 ............................................. Classifieds
  24 .................................... Troops Update            41 ................................ Italian Americans          62 .................................... Grecian Classic          78 ...................................... Contemporary
  24 ................................................. Tai Chi     42-43 ................................ Entertainment           63 ...................................... Royal Chateau          78 ....................................... Loch Lomond
  24 ..................................................... Yoga    44-47 .............................................. Sports    63 .................................................. Dorado     78 ..................................... English Gothic
  26 .......................................... Newcomers          48 ................................................. Library   63 .................................. American Gothic            79 ................................................... Azores
  27 .................................... Baby Boomers             48 .................................... Marge’s Humor          64 ........................... Middle East Moorish               79 ............................................. Polynesian
  27 ................................ Democratic Club              48 ................................... Philosophy Club         64 ................................................. Orizaba     79 ........................................... Bible Study
  27 ................................ Republican Club              49 ...................................... Bulletin Board       64 ............................................ Yoshimitsu       80-81 ........................................ Calendars
  29 ............................... Theatre Workshop              50 ................................. Crossword puzzle          64 ................................................. Valencia    82 ........................................ Bus Schedule
  29 ....................................... Lambda Club           51 .................................. Pet of the Month         65 ............................................ The Gables
Page 6 /December 2010                                            ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS


 Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows an individual to
  work with reduced debt and a payment plan
       Q. I have a bankruptcy question                                                what is owed to it, but that mortgage      are incapacitated and cannot give your
for you. I am owed some money from                                                    still remains as an encumbrance. So        own directions.
my son who filed something called                                                     far, the Florida legislature has shown
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. I loaned him
the money but I do not have any note
                                                              Gerald R.               no interest at all in trying to help out
                                                                                      the various associations, other than
                                                                                                                                        Q. My married son has a girl-
                                                                                                                                 friend who he sees frequently and he
or mortgage for what I loaned him.
What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and
                                                                Colen                 to say they are doing something; but
                                                                                      politicians being what politicians are,
                                                                                                                                 has brought her here to meet me. He
                                                                                                                                 is not planning on getting a divorce
will I be able to get some or all of my                                               nothing of substance has been done.        and neither is his girlfriend. The truth
money back?                                                                           I guess if there were a groundswell of     is that I like his girlfriend more than I
                                                 Is It Legal?                         complaints to members of the Florida       like his wife. I sense there is a legal is-
       A. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a                                                  legislature that might be helpful—al-      sue but I don’t know what to ask. Can
bankruptcy format of reorganization                                                   though who really knows what can be        you help?
for individuals or small business own-            A. I didn’t discuss them because done.                                                A. I don’t think so because I
ers. It doesn’t apply to corporations      I do not want to take any political po-           Q. I am 85. The only person I       can’t figure out what your question
or partnerships. Depending on the in-      sition that would erode the confidence know who can take care of me if I get          is or was or might be or can’t be or
come and debt structure for some per-      of the folks who read my column. sick is my close friend, also 85, who                should be or should not be.
sons and businesses, Chapter 13 allows     And anyway, by the time you read this lives in another state. I have no close
the debtor to reduce an unsecured debt     column the election will more than family and the family members I do                         Gerald R. Colen is an attorney and
by means of a payment plan.                likely be over.                            have I don’t trust. Any suggestions?       is a member of both the National Academy
       Typically, the debtor would pro-           I will say this, though. If you are                                            of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law
pose the repayment plan over what is       going to vote on an issue — especially            A. It is not easy to make sugges-   Section of the Florida Bar. He concentrates
known as the applicable commitment         on changes to the Florida constitution, tions to someone I’ve never met. So           his practice of law in the areas of elder law,
period, which is anywhere from three       you should really take whatever time these are just general comments and              wills, trusts, probate, real estate, business law
to five years.                             you need to familiarize yourself com- are not intended to provide any spe-            and simple and complex estate planning. He
       It is interesting that you asked    pletely on the various amendments.         cific advice to you.                       welcomes your questions and comments. This
me this question at this time. Attorney                                                      (1) You should discuss this with    column is not intended to provide legal ad-
Camille J. Iurillo, a highly respected            Q. What do you think the effects your attorney or financial advisor.           vice but is only intended to provide limited
Pinellas County attorney, who handles      of banks stopping foreclosures will be            (2) Whoever you choose should       information on the specific matters raised in
bankruptcy and related business dis-       on condominium and homeowners as- more than likely NOT be someone                     the questions and answers. You should al-
putes for her clients, recently wrote      sociations?                                who also has a financial interest in you   ways consult your own attorney for specific
an article in the St. Petersburg Bar As-                                              or your assets.                            advice. Mr. Colen is available for conferences
sociation Journal and she dealt with              A. My guess is that the effects            (3) You should certainly have       at his law office at 7243 Bryan Dairy Road,
some Chapter 13 issues. Her article        will not be good at all. If a bank has a well-drafted durable power of at-            Largo, Fl., 33777, Ph. (727) 545-8114.
is rather technical, and since I do not    a mortgage on a condominium, or a torney that will authorize someone to               He is also pleased to respond to email at his
handle bankruptcy matters I think I        homeowner’s property, and does not take care of you and pay your bills if             email address of gcolen@tampabay.rr.com
should just refer you to her or to her     foreclose its mortgage, then what that becomes necessary.                             or through his web page at www.gcolen.com.
associates, Gina Pellegrino and Sabrina    happens is that the unit owner might              (4) Depending on your views         In Ocala, Fl., Mr. Colen is available, by
Beavens.                                   be able to stay on the property with- regarding life-prolonging procedures,           appointment, for legal conferences at the On
                                           out paying the mortgage and also the you should also have an Advance Di-              Top of the World sales office which is located
       Q. How come you didn’t discuss      homeowner’s association fees. The rective that will give someone the abil-            near the Deli Cafe inside the On Top of the
the amendments to the Florida Con-         condominium association or the hom- ity to make decisions affecting your              World communities. In Ocala, please call for
stitution?                                 eowner’s association can foreclose on health care treatments in the event you         precise directions.




                                                                                          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 Dec.
                                                                                       6, 2010, Jan. 3, 2011, Feb. 7, 2011, 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.
                                                               ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                      December 2010 / Page 7



   Here’s one place you will not see any political ads
       Did you see the video footage                                                up their On Top of the World News         of them - many attacking our nation’s
from a political debate in October                                                  and reading only the “good news”          president, whether you support him or
where a moderator asked two election
candidates, on behalf of the public, to
                                                                  Doug              which has been a tradition since the
                                                                                    1970s.
                                                                                                                              not.
                                                                                                                                     The election is in November
discontinue using negative advertise-
ments during their campaigns?                                     Kates                   A decision was approved last
                                                                                    month that will not allow political ads
                                                                                                                              2012. The bombings may start as early
                                                                                                                              as 2011.
       After the moderator asked the                                                to be published in this newspaper.               Think I’m kidding?
favor, a crowd behind him erupted into
a loud cheer, obviously showing dis-
                                                 News Editor                        We’re saying “no” to one and we’re
                                                                                    saying “no” to all.
                                                                                                                                     One network news station has al-
                                                                                                                              ready released results from a poll which
pleasure over the public bashings, and                                                    You won’t be able to escape the     asked exit voters last month who they
expressing hope the candidates would      candidate still had the audacity to say 2012 mudslinging on TV, on the radio        planned on voting for in 2012.
listen and change their attitudes.        she was going to continue using nega- or in your daily newspaper, but rest as-             If you think you’re going to get
       To the crowd’s approval, one of    tive ads anyway.                          sured no grown men and women will         a long break from negative ads, think
the candidates immediately agreed to             And people wonder why less be using this newspaper to try to bring           again. Someone out there is going to
discontinue producing negative ads        than 50 percent of the population another person down.                              get the idea to jump out to a head start.
on the condition his opponent did the     votes. Hello?                                   Does this policy give you a rea-    You may be hearing presidential mud-
same.                                            I’m just saying ... any candidate son to breathe a sigh of relief ?          slinging for the next two years ...
       So what did the opponent say?      who attacks another person in any ad            We hope so.                                But not in this newspaper.
       She told the moderator and the     should probably reconsider running              Consider this … a presidential             Currently, OTOW News also
crowd that she would NOT discontin-       for public office – period. If individu- election will be taking place in two       does not accept advertising from fu-
ue her negative ad campaign because       als cannot promote themselves in a years and there are people out there             neral homes, cemeteries, lawyers, at-
it was a valuable tool for winning the    positive way, they should not be prom- who don’t like our current president.        torneys, estate sales, insurance com-
election.                                 ising a state or an entire country a bet-       If you thought the 2010 political   panies, investment firms, stockbrokers
       Even though a crowd of people      ter future.                               season was aggravating with non-stop      and pest control businesses. All adver-
spoke up and expressed their displea-            With this in mind, I have good attack ads, in two years we are liter-        tisers must have a local address or local
sure over mudslinging ads, the female     news for everyone who enjoys picking ally going to get bombed with more             phone number.


         The Press Association holiday party will be 1:30 PM , Thursday, Dec. 2
                 during its regular meeting. Please bring $9 for lunch.
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                                                                  ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                       December 2010 / Page 9



 Press Association schedules evening meeting in
 attempt to give other reporters chance to attend
          By Mary Lou Kelly
      The Jan. 6, 2011, Press Associa-                                                                   $9 will be collected at the door
tion regular meeting will take place at a
new time and place.                                                                       Press Association holiday party to take
      The Press Association will hold                                                     place during regular December meeting
a writer’s workshop 7 p.m. in the Ve-
randa Room in an effort to give more                                                                                  By Mary Lou Kelly
writers a chance to attend a Press As-      Press Association                                   At the November meeting, a decision was made to have a lunch
                                                                                          catered for the Press Association holiday party on Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The
sociation meeting.
      “Every afternoon meeting I            this is a chance to attend a meeting in       luncheon will be catered by Caribbean Cafe, one of the advertisers in our
see the same faces,” said editor Doug       the evening.                                  newspaper. The cost to writers, proofreaders and staff is $9, which will
Kates. “I know everyone who attends                On Feb 4, 2011, the meeting will       be collected at the door upon arriving at the regular meeting.
the afternoon meetings is listening         go back to its normal 1:30 p.m. time in             Significant other are also welcomed to attend for the same price.
and learning because it reflects in their   the EAC card room. The Press Asso-
stories, but out of 80 writers, about       ciation always meets the first Thursday
60 people never attend a meeting. By        of the month. Building writers, club       ways available in the press office and     paper ready in December. Please try
scheduling one meeting in the evening,      writers and sports writers are encoura-    both activity center lobbies. Also, back   to submit articles early for the January
I hope new people will attend so we         hed to attend.                             issues of the newspaper can be ob-         issue.
can go over some basics, share new                 Please remember that if a build-    tained in the press office.                       May you all have a Blessed Mer-
ideas and get feedback.”                    ing does not receive sufficient papers           With the holiday season upon us,     ry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and
      If a writer works during the day,     for residents, additional papers are al-   there are fewer days to get the news-      great Kwanza Holiday.



        The Jan. 6 Press Association meeting will be 7 PM in the Veranda Room.
            If you cannot attend afternoon meetings, please attend this one.
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                                              LOCKER ROOM
                                              RENOVATIONS


                                        This is what the women’s locker room
                                            looked like two months ago ...




           Here it is
            today!
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Hollywood costume designer is one of your neighbors
         By Walter Balderson                                                                                             people you could ever meet.
      I sat down recently for this in-                                                                                         There were many untold stories
terview with one of Hollywood’s best                           Walter                                                    in Hollywood and they were not told
and well-known costume designers,
Jean Rhame, who today is an On Top
                                                              Balderson                                                  because Hedda Hopper and Louella
                                                                                                                         Parsons were paid not to print them in
of the World Paradise resident, along                                                                                    their daily columns.
with her son Will, and beautiful black        Inside Showbiz                                                                   It was always a fun time when a
cat, Tonk.                                                                                                               movie “wrapped” and a huge party was
      Jean is a native of southern Cali-                                                                                 thrown for the cast and crew. Over her
fornia and was born into a show busi-      to make a costume change or com-                                              career Jean attended many of these
ness family -- her mother being an op-     pletely design a new costume.                                                 parties. The filming was now over and
era singer.                                       Talking with Jean brought back                                         the editing would begin. Soon it was
        Jean, an independent freelance     as many memories for me as it did for                                         time to go to a theatre and see the re-
designer, worked at all the major stu-     her. Just watching her as she recalled                                        sults of your work. What a wonderful
dios in Hollywood.                         some of those memories, you could                                             way to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
      When, for example, a studio was      tell how much she enjoyed her job.                                                  In closing this interview, I asked
shooting a period film such as “Gone              There weren’t many stars Jean                                          Jean if there was anyone who she nev-
                                                                                             Jean Rhame
With the Wind,” a lot of special cos-      hadn’t worked with and claimed Ingrid                                         er got to meet or work with who she
tumes would have to be designed. Al-       Bergman, Theresa Wright and Joan          Christina.                          would have liked to met and her reply
though most of the costumes were           Crawford as her friends. She quickly            We really connected when Di- was quick, “Yes, Cary Grant.”
rented from “Western Costumes,”            stated that she did not believe the aw-   nah Shore’s name came up because we       If you know someone that may
much individual designing would be         ful stories related in “Mommie Dear-      both had worked with her and agreed be a good candidate for an interview,
needed. Here Jean would be called in       est,” a book written by her daughter,     she was one of the most delightful please call 791-4574.
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Show tickets make great holiday gifts
             By Sherry Ivey                                                           take your ticket and $1 to the Jesters’    to be able to offer this show to our
      “Tis The Season.”                                                               table and tell Mike Kaplan or Barbara      residents and friends.
      The “Jest For Fun” folks hope                                                   Sensale which show you would like to             If you have any questions or
that everyone had a wonderful Thanks-                                                 see and they will help you pick out the    need further information, please do
giving, full of food, family and fun.                                                 best seat(s) available.                    not hesitate to give Sherry Ivey a call
And we all wish everyone a wonderful                                                         Tickets also make a wonderful       at 797-8354 or e-mail her at sheriv7@
Holiday Season.                                                                       gift for family and friends.
      The Jesters’ Holiday Party will                   Jesters                              We know this will be a show that
                                                                                                                                 aol.com.
                                                                                                                                         Once again, a very happy Holi-
be in the East Activity Center on Dec.                                                you just can’t miss. We are very excited   day Season to everybody.
8, starting at 5 p.m. for a social hour,
followed by a catered dinner at 6 p.m.            “Broadway Revisited” will be
and then dancing until 9 p.m.               presented before we know it at 1:30
      Betty Eggleton will be giving         p.m., Friday, Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m. Satur-
out tickets until Dec. 2 at the EAC on      day, Feb. 19 and 1:30 p.m., Sunday on
Monday and Thursday mornings from           Feb. 20. Mark your calendars for this
8:30-10:30 a.m. or you can see her at       wonderful event.
rehearsals on Tuesday afternoons.                 Watch for our ads in upcoming
This party is free to Jester members in     issues of this newspaper.
good standing and $15 for guests.                 Tickets are now on sale at the
      Don’t forget, if you have re-         EAC on Monday and Thursday morn-
ceived a ticket, but find you will not be   ings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and also
able to attend, please let Betty know so    from Jester members. General admis-
she does not include you in ordering a      sion tickets for any performance are
dinner. Betty’s number is 725-7735.         $4 each. If you wish to reserve a seat,




New Vets Association
marks Veterans Day
                                  By Jim Stiner
      On Nov. 11 the On Top of the World Vets Association held a ceremony
to commemorate Veterans Day.
      The different services were saluted, a brief history of the holiday was
given, and some long overdue awards were handed out.
      We also said goodbye to two of our members who passed away recently.
      I would like to make a request of the OTOW residents, if you know of a
veteran who passed away since last Memorial Day, please contact Jim Stiner at
953-7807. The association is compiling an Honor Roll. We don’t want personal
information, just the person’s name and branch of service.
      If you are a veteran, of any service, from any country, come on down and
join us. New members are always welcome.
      We meet 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the East Activ-
ity Center Starlite Room.
      Come on and join us and help make next year’s ceremony bigger and bet-
ter than this year.
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   Club members get an enlightened look at Hospice
    and how the program can benefit a community
         By Edna Androvette                     A representative from Hospice                A few club members talked
       Our Nov. 6 meeting was well at-    gave us a very informative presentation     about their personal experiences with
tended and the food donations brought     about all aspects of what Hospice pro-      this organization. They brought out
to this meeting were impressive.          vides, and we were enlightened they do      the fact that Hospice grief counseling
       A big “thanks” to everyone who     so much good in our community.              is wonderful. Brochures were available
made a donation. The food pantries              This organization has enhanced        for the taking.
will appreciate our generous donations,   a quality of life for more than 30 years,
                                          and be assured they are there for you.
                                                                                             Everyone enjoyed an ice cream
                                                                                      social after this meeting
                                                                                                                                       Singles Club
especially at this time of the year.
                                                                                             The Singles Club Christmas Par-            Two trips are in the planning
                                                                                      ty will be on Friday, Dec. 3 at Alfano      stage for 2011: one to John’s Pass and
                                                                                      Restaurant in Clearwater. The cost is       the second to the dog races. The Jolly
                                                                                      $20. Hopefully you have purchased           Trolley will supply transportation for
                                                                                      your ticket by the time you read this in    these outings. More on the cost and
                                                                                      the OTOW newspaper.                         dates will be discussed at the January
                                                                                             Please note: Our January 2011        meeting.
                                                                                      Singles Club meeting will be on Sat-              Please remember to call Bonnie
                                                                                      urday, Jan. 8, the second Saturday in       White, the club’s Sunshine Lady, with
                                                                                      January. Please mark your 2011 cal-         information about a member who is ill
                                                                                      endar. For refreshments at this meet-       or in the hospital. Her number is 249-
                                                                                      ing, please bring items such as cookies,    7842.
                                                                                      candy, fruitcake, etc. that you received            A Merry Christmas and Happy
                                                                                      as gifts from friends, neighbors, family,   New Year to all our friends, neighbors
                                                                                      or items you baked and have items left      and family. Enjoy the beautiful lights
                                                                                      that you can share. A big “thank you”       and remember to count your bless-
                                                                                      in advance.                                 ings.
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First featured writer of season - Barbara Humphreys
       Should I                                                                       Barbara Humphreys is this
                                                                              month’s featured writer from Writ-
Walk out on my corner plot                                                    er’s Ink.
                                                                                      Barbara is a resident of the
Where even there I could be shot.                                             Granada Building and has been liv-
                                                                              ing at On Top of the World since
Help a little child to read?                                                  1995. She is originally from Ohio
                                                                                                                            Writer’s Ink is a club
What deadly germs may in him breed.                                           and earned degrees from Ohio Wes-
                                                                              leyan University and Ohio State.             where OTOW writers
                                                                                      Barbara says Writer’s Ink is a      get together and share
Drive my car down Route 19?                                                   great place for writers to gather and        their work. One writer
Dancers lurk that can’t be seen.                                              has enriched her life over the past           will be featured each
                                                                              15 years. “Since retiring from teach-           month this season.
Answer nature’s nightly call.                                                 ing English in Ohio, writing poetry
                                                                              in all shapes and forms on a strange
Remove all throw-rugs? I could fall.
                                                                              mix of topics has been my joy,” she said.
                                                                                      “Winning contests in Florida State Poetry Association, publishing my
Keep my savings in a sock -                                                   own chapbook “Sunlight and Shadow,” and being a part of a new anthology
Avoid the shock of dropping stock.                                            “A Slice of the Apple,” as well as other small poetry presses have enlarged my
                                                                              circle of friends and encouraged my efforts,” she added. “Besides that - writ-
                                                                              ers are such good company.”
Be careful when I meet a stranger:
Protect myself from every danger.

Walls would close me in my cell.
                                                                                    Thank You
An oyster trapped inside its shell.    For the daylight ... for the flowers    For the ocean waves that drown us        For those joyful hours
                                       For the darkness of the night           For a Force that lifts us up             We are dancing in the light
I’ll put my quarter in the slot                                                And propels us into flight
Even if I win or not.
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Get your holiday spirit singing Dec. 4 or 5
             by Dana Garlick
       It’s coming!
       Hark how the bells all seem to
say!
       Do you hear what I hear?
       Do you feel the spirit?
       Do you have your tickets yet?
        Join us on Dec. 4 or 5, or both,
                                                                                                                                        Chorus
and start your holidays with some
music to fill your hearts and start you
humming through the holiday season.                                                                                                 Recently, upon hearing of our
       We will be singing such songs as                                                                                      request, Evelyn donated her organ to
“Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Toy-                                                                                            the center. She not only gave them her
land, Toyland,” “Bring Us Peace, in-                                                                                         organ, she also paid to have it shipped
cluding Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,”                                                                                       to the site and, we hear, was a very
“Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navi-          new resident at On Top of the World,     dent Evelyn Johnston, who had kept       generous tipper to the driver! Thank
dad,” and “Hanukkah Time.”                 who turned an unfortunate event          the love of music going in her family    you, Joyce and Evelyn!
       We hope the light of Hanukkah       into a fortunate one for the center. A   from the days of her own childhood              We’ll be sharing some of that
and the spirit of Christmas will touch     sink hole took her home in New Port      through her children.                    spirit in the songs we sing and hope it
everyone. That spirit is with some peo-    Richey, but she knew she wanted to be          When she left home, Evelyn’s       will fill you as well. We hope you can
ple all year.                              at OTOW already knowing many resi-       daughter took the family’s piano with    all come to our concert this coming
       When we asked for help getting      dents here. So now this is her home.     her. The piano was eventually replaced   weekend so that you can leave hum-
an organ for a nearby adult day care       When Joyce heard about our request,      by an organ which Evelyn and her hus-    ming some holiday tunes and feeling
center in Dunedin, we received help.       she offered her mother’s organ.          band brought with them when they         the joy of a Happy Holiday!
Our thanks go to Joyce Monahan, a                And then there’s long-time resi-   came to OTOW in 1977.                           Our best wishes to you all!
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 Turning
rocks into
  jewels
        By Thomas Brennan
      Lapidary is the art of work-
ing with precious stones. It involves
one who cuts, engraves, polishes
and sets the stones.
      Now let’s meet two members
of the On Top of the World Lapi-
dary Club.
      Fred F. Maisolle started as an
apprentice when he was 14 years old
and became a certified Master Jew-                                                                                     At left, Fred Maisolle shows off
eler in Pfargheim, Germany, at age
17. Over the years, he has worked
                                                                                                                       a pitcher he created with stones
as a designer and eventually man-                                                                                      and a metal mesh. On top are
aged the production of jewelry.                                                                                        some of the rocks Fred uses
      Fred became an OTOW club                                                                                         to make some of his jewelry.
member more than three years ago                                                                                       Below are more examples of
and introduced design and jewelry                                                                                      finished jewelry products.
making to other club members. To-
day they make cabochons and set                                                                                           (OTOW News photos by Doug Kates)
them in their own fabricated set-
tings, such as raw metal, silver and
copper. In his work, Fred has made
great strides in expressing himself.
      I also met Don Schough, a
rock collector for more than 40
years. His rock collection is from
Pennsylvania to Oregon and every
state in between.
      He had a rock about two feet
long and 15 inches tall called por-     porphyry.                              locker rooms. The members are
phyry, which is an igneous rock              The Lapidary Club is open to      busy working on their individual
that encloses crystals of feldspar or   all OTOW residents and is a good       projects every Tuesday and Thurs-
quartz. It resembled a petrified log,   place to learn faceting jewelry. New   day, from 9 a.m. till noon.
but it was sandstone.                   members have a selection of stones           Fred and Don, thanks for
      On my tour of the Lapidary        they can work with and get the feel    such an eye-opening interview. Do
Shop in the East Activity Center,       of satisfaction that comes with a      you have anything more to say?
Fred pointed out three trim saw         job well done.                               Fred: “I enjoy living at OTOW
diamond wheels, size 6 inches, 10            The club is located in the        for 10 years, and jewelry is still my
inches and 18 inches, which cut         wood working shop near the pool        top priority.”
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Officers, supervisors needed for 2011
            By Steve Stiffler                                                      show them proper operating proce-            der to cut down on noise, as well as
       Our annual meeting on Thurs-                                                dures of equipment.                          improve the cleanliness of the areas.
day, Jan. 13, 2011. at 9 a.m. will be held                                                Please consider volunteering to       Thank you to all involved to make this
in the East Activity Center Lecture                                                help make the shop a better work ex-         much needed improvement.
Room and will be very important for                                                perience for our new members, as well              The toy makers have been very
all members to attend. We will be elect-                                           as our oldtimers.                            busy with their projects. Well over
ing new officers for the 2011 term.                                                       The officers have completed an        1500 toys have been made and given
       All members are urged to con-                Fixers Club                    updated version of the By-Laws, which        to the Care and Share ladies to be dis-
sider serving as an officer and become                                             will be available in the shop. Contact any   tributed to area charities. The ladies
involved in the operation of the shop.             We are also seeking members to officer if you would like to view them.       and guys have done another fantastic
There are openings and we need quali-        serve as shop supervisors. The con-          We have been working hard to          job as usual.
fied people to come forward and vol-         cern is safety as well as making sure make improvements to the shop so it                The holiday season is upon us
unteer their time to keep the shop           the equipment is used properly.       will be a better experience for mem-         - where did the year go? The Fixers
moving into the next year. Contact any             Supervisors would be available bers. A wall has been erected between         Club wishes a happy and joyous holi-
current officer for details.                 to assist members with projects and the toy shop and lapidary shop in or-          day season to all.


                        2011 Entertainment Committee Presents
   Plan a trip at our
 holiday party meeting “AIN’T RETIREMENT GRAND!”
                                            A hilarious musical
        By Jacqueline Kailimai
      What fun we had at this month’s
                                                                                                                                 about retirement.
meeting!                                                                                                                           January 9
      Nancy from Advantage Cruises
brought bingo cards to the meeting                 1 4 The Road                                                                       2 PM
and really got the excitement started.               (Singles Travel)
Then there was a 50/50 raffle winner.                                                                                           EAC Auditorium
      Eighteen residents were pres-
ent including five new members: Lily         and tell, or just share some of your
Binette, Celina Klimowicz, Charles           precious childhood memories.
Coyle, Maryann Larson and Lucille                   As always, at our last meeting
Green. So glad to have you.                  there was an abundance of informa-
      Our Christmas party will begin         tion available regarding day trips, over-
at 3 p.m. immediately following the          night trips, tours and cruises, so if you
Dec. 3 meeting. It will be a “Nostal-        like traveling and need a roommate
gic” affair with refreshments being          there are other singles just like you.
served. There will be a charge of $5         Come out and let’s start traveling.
which is required to cover the cost of              Also, for groups of 15 or more
refreshments. Call Audrey at 726-5856        travelers, Advantage Cruise & Tours
for more details.                            will pick you up here at On Top of the
      You can bring your favorite            World.
Christmas “goodies” to share, your fa-              For questions regarding the club’s
vorite Christmas decorations to show         activities, call Shirley at 726-4619.
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     We will keep sending gift boxes as                                             Combat holiday stress with a Tai Chi class
     long as there are troops overseas                                                  As we enter the holiday season, the stress in our lives will increase. One
                                                                                  way to counter this is with Butterfly Tai Chi at On Top of the World.
                                   By Fran Glaros                                       Too much to do in too little time? Don’t sit around and worry about
         While a lot of our troops have returned, please remember we still        stressful things. Tai Chi is a great way to reduce stress and is time and energy
  have 50,000 who are still serving and they still need our help.                 well spent. While practicing Tai Chi, the mind and body work together making
         In 2007 I started collecting and packing boxes for our troops in Af-     it one of the best stress reducers. Tai Chi strengthens the body, stimulates the
  ghanistan and Iraq, and even Germany and in Mobile, Ala., where some            mind and lifts the emotions.
  Army units were helping Katrina victims for a few months. This project                Plus, it’s fun, too.
  has grown into something I never imagined, and we plan on continuing our              Classes adapted for seniors take place in the East Activity Center gym/
  troop project until all are home safe and sound.                                exercise room near the library. Beginners classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays
         It is so interesting how so many people have volunteered to help once    and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
  we got started with our troop project. But by them helping, it encouraged             See the OTOW News calendar for additional days, times and levels avail-
  me to do even more.                                                             able, or call Ruth at 726-0336 or 709-0841.
         God has blessed me with good friends and neighbors who love and
  help me to honor our troops, who put their lives on the line for us each and
  every day. This is truly a labor of love, and with God’s help, I hope we can
  continue helping.
         I asked our On Top of the World morning Coffee Klatch to help,
  and not only are they still helping, but at least every week or two someone
                                                                                  Try 45 minutes of yoga, 15 of deep relaxation
  brings me needed items, such as books and postage money, for the troops.              Yoga is an art and science at least 6000 years old and has a variety of won-
         My neighbors heard what we do, and they too surprise me almost ev-       derful benefits.
  ery week with books and other items the troops can use. Some days, I come             Come join us from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday in the East Activity
  home and bags of books are on my porch. I have a neighbor upstairs who          Center auditorium.
  actually shops for needed items that the troops can use, and I’m usually              The essence of yoga, no matter what style, is a journey of self discovery
  packing a box when they come down with a whole bag of needed items.             and transformation. Yoga becomes a way of life that embraces a system of
         I keep a record of every box mailed and the cost, and to date, we have   physical science while honoring the quest for mental and emotional stability and
  mailed over 650 care packages to our troops. The letters of appreciation we     balance. Yoga also increases flexibility and muscular strength, improves posture
  receive bring tears to your eyes.                                               and alignment, and decreases stress.
         As I tell the troops, what we do is so small, compared to their sacri-         In our class, we enjoy 45 minutes of yoga and 15 minutes of deep relax-
  fice for our freedoms here at home.                                             ation. Bring a mat and wear something comfortable. A $5 donation is requested.
         Thank you to everyone who has helped.                                    For more information call Ann Hodge at 727-724-3864.
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                            Newcomers                            OTOW Photos by Tom Bracken




  Richard Dee Smith               Dan Burress                Roxann Burress               Doris Jones                  Larry Jones
        Iowa                       Kentucky                    Kentucky                    Indiana                       Indiana




                   Cheryl Reese                 Steven Foemmel           Penny Saunders                 Jody Hetrick
                   Pennsylvania                    Wisconsin              Massachusetts                 Pennsylvania
                                                                 ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                      December 2010 / Page 27



 Nature rides are a part of our plan
          By Katarina Tepesh                                                          miles running.                                    On Nov. 6, we celebrated Scor-
       Our Baby Boomers group con-                                                           Our Baby Boomers group uses          pio birthdays potluck-style with most
tinues to grow as we are making future                                                nature’s own health club to exercise.       generous sharing of food by Cheryl
plans for socializing, sports activities                                              We bicycled all the way south to Eagle      Reese, Joyce Monahan, Anna, Hugh
and group outings.                                                                    Lake Park, a 156-acre park with three       Quirk, Judy Hetrick, Carol Hudson,
       The purpose of our Baby                                                        lakes. Then we headed north to Wall         Barbara Hynson, Bill Higgins, Gina
Boomers group is to meet and get to                                                   Springs Park in Palm Harbor, connect-       Zecevic, Anne Azzue, Patty Mary
know each other. Our group attracts             Baby Boomers                          ed to our favorite Pinellas Trail to look   Light, Beth Dontinne and Dorothy
On Top of the World condo owners                                                      for wildlife, like squirrels, raccoons,     Pellicone.
who already love living here and wish      entertainment or sports.                   rabbits, reptiles and birds.                      Our next monthly meeting is
to make our home even a better place              Over the weekend we attended               We are regular visitors at nearby    on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. in the
to live and play.                          a Blues Festival in Dunedin, a Jazz        Philippe Park, the oldest park in Pinel-    East Activity Center’s Veranda Room
       We meet monthly, communicate        Festival in Clearwater and watched a       las County, where we see an Indian          overlooking the swimming pool.
via email and get together often for       triathlon race consisting of 56 miles      mound overlooking Tampa Bay and                   For more information contact
various events in our community, be it     on bike, 1.2 miles swimming and 13.1       majestic shades of trees.                   Katarina at katarina2379@gmail.com



Club shows pride in Shelly Leonard’s run for office
                                                   By Rosemarie Totaro                Leonard and all the candidates who          was able to obtain a commitment for
                                                 The On Top of the World Dem-         ran on the Democratic ticket this past      $200,000 to cover the cost of repairs
                                           ocratic Club will be led by Hal Leich-     November. Shelly was able to wage a         to the Greenwood Civic Center. This
                                           hardt and Rosemarie Totaro this sea-       strong and productive campaign on           enables the community with its after
                                           son.                                       approximately 13 cents a vote.              school program.
                                                 Ten committee chairs will be ad-            Shelly proved that she is a per-           Our holiday party will be held
                                           dressing the issues we are most con-       son who solves problems and people’s        on Dec. 23 for all paid members. For
Democratic Club                            cerned about.                              needs. When President Clinton’s Glob-       more information call Rosemarie at
                                                 Our appreciation goes to Shelly      al Initiative met in St. Petersburg, she    797-7927.



  Holiday party is Dec. 3 in
  North Clearwater Beach
             By Erwin Beck
       The month of December is es-
pecially welcome to children the world
over. All of us remember Christmas
and Hanukkah as a time of religious
observation, family traditions, and a
gift from Santa. Let us all, in our own
ways, rekindle those traditions of         Republican Club
good cheer this season and always, by
celebrating with family and friends, old
and new.                                   tion, must contain its costs, lest they
       May the year 2011 bring the glow    become unmanageable, leading to the
of hope, peace and prosperity to all of    degradation of our nation as a beacon
us, our nation, and the world.             of freedom. Our club members have
       Let’s recap November:               discussed these issues and believe that
       Mid-term Congressional, state       “eternal vigilance is the price of free-
and local elections have transpired        dom.”
after a hectic campaign season. Many              Our club will not meet in De-
of us helped our favored candidates,       cember. Instead, we will gather to at-
some just watched debates on TV,           tend our Christmas/Holiday Dinner
and/or just voted. The results are now     at The Beachcomber Restaurant on
recent history and will be reawakened      North Clearwater Beach, Dec. 3 at 4
after the holidays when oaths of office    p.m. Seating will begin at 3:30 p.m. We
will be taken.                             will celebrate the Christmas and Ha-
       Incumbents and new leaders will     nukkah holidays in good fellowship.
work hard to serve us all equally. The            Our next meeting will be 7 p.m.,
revitalization of our state and national   Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in the East Ac-
economy is a top priority of govern-       tivity Center Veranda Room.
ment.                                             For more club information call
       Government, like any organiza-      796-5775.
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 Rehearsals take brief break for holidays
                                                      By Merle MacDonald                      We do hope all will have a merry,   will commence in full swing on Jan.
                                                   We are really busy getting into     jolly old time and enjoy the entertain-    3, so everyone get ready to work and
                                             the spirit of the season, and I don’t     ment provided by Phil Greek.               work hard as there will be less than
                                             mean “the spirits,” although that could          If you did not sign up to attend    three months before the show.
                                             be an option on Wednesday, Dec.1 at       by Nov. 24, you are probably out of                Also, get out there and sell those
                                             our Christmas/Holiday Party.              luck, however, check with Mary Ann,        tickets. We want to fill the house on
                                                   The event will take place in the    Sylvia or Maxine to see if there are any   Friday, March 18, Saturday March 19
                                             East Activity Center starting with a      openings remaining as food had to be       and Sunday March 20.
                                             cocktail hour (BYOB) from 5-6 p.m. It     purchased in advance.                              Looking forward to seeing you
                                             will be followed by dinner 6-7 p.m. and          Rehearsals will be suspended for    all at the party and I hope Santa fills all
Theatre Workshop                             entertainment and dancing 7-9 p.m.        the holidays starting after Dec. 18, but   your wishes.



 Bring gift to exchange
  at our holiday party
       Happy holidays to all.
       Some of our Lambdans will
doubtless be visiting family this month
– up north. As for me, I’m content to
enjoy the weather here in Clearwater
and play golf in December.
       For our members and friends,
Lambda will be having a Christmas                      Lambda
party at our monthly meeting, which
will include a gift exchange.
       We will also be going to a Christ-           We look to expand our circle
mas concert, as well as a dinner out, in     to all gay and lesbian residents in the
addition to our usual activities.            OTOW community, but we are also                                        Here are some of the costumes the line
       November was a fun month              open to participation by other OTOW                                    dancers wore during a special October ses-
which saw a movie night as well as a         residents who would like to meet their                                 sion in the East Activity Center.
visit to American Stage in St. Peters-       gay neighbors. There are people from
burg to see a play.                          many different backgrounds and areas
       Just a reminder to members that
the club is always open to suggestions
                                             here at OTOW. Lambda is just one
                                             more reflection of that.
                                                                                       Congratulations are in order
for new ideas for things to do.
        Lambda is a social club for the
                                                    Lambda meets monthly on the
                                             third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Ve-
                                                                                       for some of our line dancers
gay and lesbian residents of On Top          randa Room overlooking the pool up-              By Chris Nason
of the World. It is an informal group        stairs in the East Activity Center.        The first step is to welcome back
that gets together for various activities,          If you are interested in finding
                                                                                 Ilse Sporbeck. It’s been awhile but
including dinners out, Sunday brunch-        out more about us, send an e-mail towe’re glad you’re back, Ilse.
es and golfing.                              lambdaclw@yahoo.com or call Dave           The second step is to congratu-
       We also have a group, the Front       at 727-474-2503. We also have a homelate our treasurer, Joan Farrell, as she
Steppers, which meets weekly to walk         page for you to check us out at http://
                                                                                 was the sole representative of the U.S.
at Countryside Mall for an hour.             home.rr.com/lambdaclub.             Navy at the Inaugural Veterans Day
                                                                                                                                        Line Dancing
                                                                                 Program put on by the newly formed
                                                                                 On Top of the World Veterans Asso-
Bring your two left feet to Zumba                                                ciation. We salute your service and pa-          and assist with balance, not to mention
      Have you heard of the revolutionary fitness program called Zumba?          triotic spirit, Joanie.                          the social aspect of having fun with a
      Well, it’s here at On Top of the World.                                           And the next step is to congratu-         wonderful group of people.
      Zumba Gold is designed for the beginner at any age and also active mature late Helen Crombie and Evy Ralston,                      Consider joining us on Tuesdays
adults.                                                                          the winners of our Halloween costume             at 1 p.m. and/or Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
      We dance to cultural music, mostly Latin, and every dance has a particular contest. Evy was also a winner of the            Beginner lessons are available at each
fitness aspect. Even if you don’t have any dancing background - that’s OK? If raffle drawing, along with Barb Kelley              meeting.
you have two left feet - bring them!                                             and Sheila Bolster.                                     For additional information you
      We meet 9 a.m. Wednesdays in the East Activity Center card room. Ques-            Dancing isn’t just about knowing          may contact Joan Farrell at 723-1978
tions? Call Mary at 942-8419.                                                    the steps. It will stimulate your thinking       or Chris Nason at 797-6407.


     If your building ran out of newspapers and you need another copy,
     more newspapers are available in the East and West Activity Centers
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 Good Neighbors making plans for 2011
Attendance at
Senior Expo
was historical
             By Bob Skidmore
       Where has the time gone?
       It seems only a few weeks ago I
was worried about writing the first article
for Good Neighbors and now this one
will be my last one.
       Our annual Clothing Drive was a
resounding success thanks to all the work
Ellen Fier, Linda Carter and their volun-
teers put in.
       Our Senior Expo 2010 drew the
largest attendance of any Expo. This is a
compliment to all the hours Barbara Sen-
sale, Shirley Miller, Nadine Giani and all
the other volunteers put in to make it a      In front, left to right, are Marc Schell, John Kannaly and John Fier. In back are Doris Paino, Deb Bonomo,
success.                                      Bob Skidmore, Nancy Davis and Sal Schiatano. Missing was Ann Reid. (OTOW News photo by Tom Bracken)
       The 2011 Executive Committee
is already hard at work planning all the      treasurer; Mark Schell, secretary, and Ann   the upcoming Christmas party.               my work as president so very easy. I will
events for 2011. I am sure that it will be    Reid, assistant secretary.                          As you can see it takes many, many   always fondly remember this year, thanks
a banner year for Good Neighbors As-                Before I forget, I do want to thank    people working very hard to make a proj-    to you.
sociation. Officers will be: John Kannaly,    Carl and Betty Leiby and Ann Talner          ect successful. I have been very fortu-           “Thank you so very much.”
president; John Fier, first vice president;   for putting together our Easter Sunrise      nate to have these people working on the          Mark Dec. 9 on your calendar for
Deb Bonomo, second vice president;            Service with the Salvation Army; Shir-       Good Neighbors projects. Without them       our next Meet Your Neighbors Coffee
Doris Paine, third vice president;. Nancy     ley Miller and Deb Bonomo for all their      I do not know what I could have done.       and Donuts Social. Nancy Davis has a
Davis, fourth vice president; Bob Skid-       work on our spring flea market, and Ann             Thanks again to these people and     wonderful Holiday program planned.
more, treasurer; Sal Sciachitano, assistant   Talner for all the great refreshments at     all the other volunteers who have made      You are sure to enjoy it.




OTOW resident once promoted Ireland
           By Thomas Brennan                                                                                                       and Irene. He also was a member of
       Hi, neighbors. How in the world                                                                                             the Celtic Jesuit Music Society, which
RU? To end the year, let’s meet Al                                                                                                 gave him the opportunity to sing with
O’Conner who has been bringing a                                                                                                   big bands.
little bit of Ireland to On Top of the                                                                                                       While in the car-renting busi-
World for the past eight years.                                                                                                    ness, he became the town center man-
       Al was born in County Limerick,                                                                                             ager of Shannon and met many celeb-
Ireland, which later became home to                                                                                                rities flying in and out of the airport.
world-famous Shannon Airport. He                                                                                                   One day he met Bing Crosby and asked
tells me this is where the first duty-free                                                                                         where was Bob Hope. Bing’s answer,
shop in the world was established.                                                                                                 “Bob couldn’t afford the trip.”
       Al’s family included his mother,                                                                                                   Al is very athletic. He was the
father, three brothers and two sisters.                                                                                            goalkeeper in Irish Hurly, a former
During the second World War, he re-                                                                                                badminton champion, and director of
members always having food on the                                                                                                  the Limerick Soccer Club. He plays a
table. Nothing fancy, just the basics                                                                                              mean game of golf and watches Irish
from the farm. His family lived in a                                                                                               TV during the week.
big house that included a workshop,                                                                                                       Today Al prefers to sing. On
where his father cut cloth and leather                                                                                             Thursday nights you can join him when
and made wooden egg cups. An egg                                                                                                   he sings at the Wine Cellar in Madeira
cup is where you stand a three-minute                            Al O’Conner               steers a boat.                          Beach. When in New York City, he
egg, open the top of the shell, insert                                                                                             sings at Hotel Edison’s piano bar.
fresh Irish butter, a pinch of salt, a        Board and worked 12 years promot-             America.                                      Al has three children – Clodagh,
dash of pepper, and eat with a small          ing Ireland. His duties brought him                    Al enjoys singing and show Darragh and Sinead -- and four grand-
spoon.                                        to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and           business. In Ireland he has appeared children.
       After graduating from Christian        New York. On a trip to Buffalo, N.Y.,         in 12 shows, which include The Merry          Al, thanks for such a warm in-
Brothers Catholic School, Al start-           he was presented the key to the city          Widow, Showboat and New Moon. Af- terview, and I look forward to seeing
ed fiddling around with many jobs.            by Mayor Frank Sedator for promot-            ter joining the Shannon Music Society, and hearing you in the Jesters show in
He landed one with the Irish Tourist          ing fellowship between Ireland and            he sang in My Fair Lady, Desert Song February.
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Club has new senior-friendly Web site
 Record attendance at November meeting
                                                                                 By Ed Foland
                                                                         A welcome back party was well
                                                                   attended and all of the volunteers
                                                                   made the party very enjoyable for the
                                                                   members.
                                                                         The premium pizza was deliv-
                                                                   ered piping hot to the tables directly
                                                                   from the delivery jeep. Two of our           Snowbird Club
                                                                   party volunteers deserve special recog-
                                                                   nition: Trevor Dixon, who led the vol-
                                                                   unteers in setting up and cleaning up     the first Monday of each month. At-
                                                                   the auditorium, and Sandy Sanborn,        tendance on Nov. 1 set a record for
                                                                   who led the food service volunteers.      the club meeting. The expanded list
                                                                         “At Large” entertained us for       of outings for the 2010/2011 was re-
                                                                   three hours. Tim and Lotte did a          viewed by president Ed Foland and
                                                                   20-minute special segment featuring       guest speaker, Marie Emmerich, one
                                                                   Tim on the sax and Lotte on vocals.       of our travel providers
                                                                   It was a set they have performed many           The next meetings are on Mon-
                                                                   times on cruise ships. Everyone en-       day Dec. 6 and Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.
                                                                   joyed line dancing and couples danc-            New flyers with our schedule of
                                                                   ing to their music.                       events has been placed on the bulletin
                                                                         John Koning has volunteered to      boards in every building. Season sched-
                                                                   be the Web Master for the club. He has    ules can be picked up at the Snowbirds
                                                                   designed and set up a Web site that is    Information table in East Activity Cen-
                                                                   user friendly for seniors. It is a good   ter every Monday and Thursday morn-
                                                                   source of information for Snowbirds.      ings between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Featured
Snowbird Club members are entertained by Tim who played the sax-   You can check it out at www.snow-         outings are a Bowzer Holiday Party on
aphone during a welcome back party in November.                    birdsotow.com                             Dec. 10, River Cruise on Jan 20 and a
                                                                         Our monthly meeting is held on      Bahama Cruise on Jan 23.
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   Stamp Collectors Club starts                                                     Holiday meals available
                                                                                            By Carl & Betty Leiby
                                By Jim Sundberg
                                                                                           Have you seen On Top Of The
         Dig out those old stamp collections, dust them off and let’s have a
                                                                                    World neighbors carrying white styro-
 little fun like we used to.
                                                                                    foam boxes as you drive out the front
         I’m talking about the hobby
                                                                                    gate and wondered what they could be
 of stamp collecting. Remember,
                                                                                    doing?
 before the IPod and Wii?
                                                                                           Well, they are off on a mission
         Stamp collectors past and
 present are invited to attend two
                                                                                    to deliver hot meals to our shut-ins
                                                                                    right here in OTOW. The food is now
                                                                                                                                Meals On Wheels
 monthly meetings as part of a
                                                                                    delivered right to the front gate by the    The cost is a modest $5.25 per meal,
 new On Top of the World club.
                                                                                    Neighborly Care Bus and our volun-          billed monthly.
         The meetings will start Jan.       Stamp Club                              teers are saved the 12-mile drive to               The colorful Neighborly Care
 11, 2011, between 1-3 p.m. at the
                                                                                    pick up the food.                           Bus you see coming through OTOW
 Sunrise Room in the West Activity Center. We will hold meetings on all sub-
                                                                                           Meals on Wheels can be a help to     will take residents to Dunedin to join
 jects pertaining to philately.
                                                                                    those just home from the hospital. A        other seniors for lunch and a social time
         I am not an expert, but have been collecting for 55 years. Now that I
                                                                                    friendly neighbor with a hot meal can       of entertainment, cards, bingo and mu-
 am a permanent residents of this great community, I felt it’s time to meet
                                                                                    check on their well-being Monday thru       sic. There is a bus service available to
 other enthusiasts like myself.
                                                                                    Friday. Be assured, our clients really      take seniors to “Senior Day Care” and
         Meetings will be held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month
                                                                                    appreciate their volunteers who help        transportation to doctor’s offices.
 from January through May.
                                                                                    them keep their independence. Even                 The Neighborly Network has
         Call Jim Sundberg at 847-951-2284 for more information.
                                                                                    “Holiday Meals” can be available.           many other services available such as
                                                                                           The meals are planned by a           skilled nursing, physical therapy and
                                                                                    Neighborly Care Network Dietician.          home health aides. For services, phone
                                                                                    It is a well-balanced meal with an in-      the Neighborly Care Network at (727)

 On Top of the World                                                                teresting variety each month. A main
                                                                                    entrée, vegetables, salad, bread, fruit,
                                                                                    milk and often a dessert are included.
                                                                                                                                573-9444. To volunteer for Meals On
                                                                                                                                Wheels at OTOW, call Carl & Betty
                                                                                                                                Leiby at 791-3861

  Computer Club                                                                     Send fresh fruit to your friends
      The On Top Of The World                                                          up north for the holidays
Computer Club meets every Sat-
urday morning, downstairs in the                                                            By Carl & Betty Leiby
main card room at the East Activ-                                                         The Civitan Club is once again
                                                                                    proud to be able to provide boxes of
ity Center.
                                                                                    beautiful Indian River fruit from Park-
      In addition to a monthly fea-                                                 er Groves for your holiday gift giving
tured speaker, we also try to have                                                  to friends and family up in the cold
a beginner’s session for those who                                                  north.
feel the featured speaker is too ad-                                                      The fruit quality is guaranteed             Civitan Club
vanced.                                                                             and will be replaced if it is not per-
      During the fall and winter                                                    fect.
                                                                                          The delicious Claxton Fruitcake       tumors. Last year a very large gift to
we try to have classes during the
                                        8:30 – 8:45 am: Business Mtg.               is available in one and three pound         the Center was given by the Kennedy
week. The classes run from “re-                                                     boxes. It is an excellent cake preferred    family.
cruit” to advanced Special Inter-       8:45 – 9:00 am: Q and A
                                                                                    by connoisseurs of fine fruitcake.                 It is a joy to witness the happy
est Groups (SIGS).                      9:00 -10:00 am Featured speaker.            Soaking the cake in liquor is a favor-      faces of the children at the homeless
      For those out there who have      9:00 -10:00 am Beginner’s class             ite option, as well as dipping it in dark   shelter when they open Christmas
computer talent that they would                                                     chocolate.                                  gifts, made possible by our club funds,
like to share, we have a position                                                         The Civitan Club fundraisers          at their annual party.
                                                                                    make possible gifts of unrestricted                  Carl & Betty Leiby welcome
for you. For an annual fee of just             As long as there is sufficient in-   funds to the local schools serving          residents to join them in this very ac-
$15, you get free classes and fel-       terest, we will hold beginner classes      handicapped children. Proceeds also         tive service club. Literature is available
lowship.                                 each Thursday morning from 9-11            support the Civitan International Re-       at the Civitan table Mondays and Fri-
      In addition to the classes,        a.m. Classes are in the Computer           search Center at the University of          days at the East Activity Center 8-10
we hold a session every Monday           Lab, downstairs in the East Activity       Alabama where research with snake           a.m. Home delivery is available. Phone
morning for those who are having         Center.                                    venom has been used against brain           791-3861.
hardware or software problems                  Why not join us on Satur-
and need help. This loose group          day morning? You can get an
meets at 9 a.m. in Classroom No.         interesting slant on computers at              Please note: The January edition of
1, which is the first door on the        the same time. Please visit: http://            this newspaper will be distributed
right as you go downstairs from          www.otowcc.com
the lobby. You must be a member                For more info call 669-4731                  on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
for this session.                        on Mondays from 9-11 a.m.
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      ART GUILD

Lilly Benet
 is Artist
   of the
  Month
       This month’s Artist Guild “Artist
of the Month” winner is Lilly Benet.
       Her painting is being displayed
in the cabinet in the foyer of the East
Activity Center.
       Stop by and see it!
       The next meeting will be on Fri-
day, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the East Ac-
tivity Center.
       There will be refreshments, in-
cluding coffee or tea, so do plan on
coming! It will be our holiday social
and a good time for visiting and con-
sidering joining the Guild.
                                           Artist of the Month Lilly Benet shows off one of her paintings.
       There will be a short business to drawing and painting and welcome            are: President Dale Stackhouse; First    Membership Paige Wright; Member at
meeting and a program along with the newcomers. We want to encourage and             Vice President Pat Matons; Second        Large Toni Mattz; Sergeant at Arms
refreshments.                            inspire your efforts to give it a “go.”     Vice President Marge McClure; Trea-      Bob Hammond; and Good Neighbor
       Many Guild members are new              Our slate of officers for this year   surer John Fier; Secretary Jean Doane;   Representative, Roseanne Moon.
        ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS              December 2010 / Page 37




OTOW
                  Some of the highlights
             from the November craft show:
                  Top left is Brad Holt;
              top right is Mary Lou Speers;


Craft
               bottom left is Mike and Kay
              Spodeck; and bottom right is
              Kay Diae and Lidia Sanchez.


Show           (OTOW photos by Tom Bracken)
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Chanukah party takes place of monthly meeting
            By Joyce Wohl
       There is no scheduled meeting in
December since we will be having our
                                                                                        Chanukah eight-day miracle
annual Chanukah party at 4:30 p.m. on                                                       Chanukah commemorates the Macabees’ victory over the Syrian
Dec. 5 at Kally K’s.                                                                  Greeks over 2,100 years ago.
       Our phone squad will notify all                                                      Led by Judah Macabee, the Jews were able to drive the enemy from
members and potential members of                                                      the Holy Temple. They found that the Temple had been defiled, so they
the time and date of the next meeting,
which will be at 7 p.m. in the West Ac-        Shalom Club                            cleaned and rededicated it to the service of God.
                                                                                            According to tradition, they found only enough oil to light the Meno-
tivity Center Sunrise Room.                                                           rah for one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days so we celebrate
       We apologize for the incorrect           For more information on fu-           Chanukah for eight days today.
date of our November meeting ap-          ture meetings call Joyce at 799-6969              Each night, one candle in the Menorah is lit by the light of the center
pearing in the newspaper. Our meeting     or Shirley at 724-5959. As usual, there     candle, called the Shamish or worker. Many people eat latkes (potato pan-
was to have been Nov. 21, not on the      will be refreshments available.             cakes) or donuts because they are both fried in oil, and it reminds us of the
28th. Information given to the news-            We look forward to seeing you         miracle.
paper was incorrect.                      soon.




Your pet can be photographed with Santa
                                                                         By Bill Sharpsteen
                                                              How often can your pet help the greyhounds?
                                                              On Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12
                                                        your dog, cat, ferret, lizard, snake, gerbil and even
                                                        your rabbit can have their picture taken with Santa
                                                        for our greyhound fundraiser.
                                                              Both photo sessions will take place at Petsmart
                                                        in the Largo Mall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                                              Santa digital photos will be available for $9.95
                                                        with half the sales going to the greys. So please turn
                                                        out for your pictures. We’ll even do a family shot if            Greyhound Club
                                                        you don’t have pets.
                                                               There is also a wish tree where you can do-
                                                        nate to the Gold Coast Greyhounds.                              All residents can attend our no dues club
                                                              Some of our young volunteers dress as elves.       fun meetings. Come and bring your neighbors and
                                                        Tampa Bay’s Lightning Girls will be there to help,       friends. Enjoy meeting retired racing greyhounds to
                                                        and the famous Montana will visit ... even though I      pet.
                                                        think he just goes to see the Lightning Girls!                  We meet the first Thursday of each month.
                                                              We will be in Safety Harbor every third Friday     Meetings are 10 a.m. in Veranda Room No. 2, second
                                                        (Dec. 17) at the corner of Main Street near Second       floor in the East Activity Center. Our next meetings
                                                        Avenue with others for a music fun-filled evening        will be Dec. 3, Jan 7 and Feb 4 – save the dates!
                                                        from 6-10 p.m. Park near the library off Second                 Call Bill at 727-797-7977 today to help by fos-
                                                        Avenue north of Main Street. Bring a folding chair,      tering, babysitting a greyhound for a day to a week,
 The Kebler brothers and their                          join us and walk the festival and listen to the music!   adopting a greyhound, donating or volunteering
                                                              We have monthly visits to several area nurs-       with this all volunteer group. You will be richly re-
  greyhound took in a photo                             ing homes with Beauty and Lacey who are well re-         warded for your time spent. These gentle giants will
  shoot with Santa last year.                           ceived!                                                  leave paw prints on your heart!



                          Answers to November crossword puzzle
    ACROSS                           15. identification              28. scrapbooking                 5. loves                         18. catskill
    2. trampoline                    16. chimney                                                      6. cincinnati                    20. rice
    4. butterfly                     17. pesticides                  DOWN                             9. cabinets                      21. casper
    8. lithuania                     19. skimmer                     1. shuffleboard                  12. cents                        22. orange
    9. china                         23. baritone                    2. trolley                       13. hip                          24. organ
    10. smash                        26. oktoberfest                 3. pontooning                    14. six                          25. magic
    11. florida                      27. repossessed                 4. bridge                        16. carebear
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Club looking for volunteers to help with 2011 season
          By Rollie Lapointe                                                         goals.                                   selling tickets, helping with an activity
      The On Top of the World Cana-                                                         An important element to any or- etc.
dian Club executives met on Nov. 11                                                   ganization, like the Canadian Club, are        If you did not fill out the volun-
and finalized plans for the upcoming                                                  its member volunteers. Volunteering is teer form at Registration Night, simply
year.                                                                                 an excellent way to uphold the goal of contact one of the executives (listed
      One of the key thrusts for this                                                 fostering fellowship and assistance to on our Web site) and he/she will hap-
year will be emphasizing the original                                                 fellow members. And, there are many pily find something for you to show-
intent of the club. The club began in          Canadian Club                          ways to offer your talents.             case your talents.
1975 (with 39 people attending the                                                          Working on the executive com-            Clubs and activities get into
first meeting) and therefore this year      State...”                                 mittee provides ample opportunity to full swing in December. Our popu-
marks its 35th anniversary.                        Except for the number of par- set goals and lead the club to a fruit- lar Christmas Dance will be held on
      The stated purpose of the club        ticipants, not a lot has changed over ful and successful season. This year Dec. 3. Social games (blackout) and
at that time “was to foster fellowship      time. With many activities available provides an excellent opportunity for bridge begin in earnest on Thursday
and mutual assistance among mem-            to its members and the emphasis on someone to step in and take on the role evenings.
bers” and to “seek(ing) answers to the      having fun in retirement, the club con- of second vice president. You will be            It is not too early to mark your
many questions visitors have to the         tinues to strive to maintain its original provided support and training and will calendar for our formal President’s
                                                                                      have the knowledge that you have truly Ball on Jan. 26. Tickets will be on sale
                                                                                      helped the club in a time of need.      in early January. More information can
Volunteers needed to                                                                        Among other opportunities to be obtained at our website (otowca-
                                                                                      help include decorating, setting up/ nadianclub.com) or by contacting the
                                                                                      taking down tables, working at the bar particular coordinator.
help organize parade
         By Mary Ann O’Neil
                                                                                      NY/NJ holiday dinner Dec. 6
       Club membership is booming!                                                                                     By Brad Day
       If you haven’t renewed your                                                        Please don’t forget to get tickets to our club’s holiday dinner at the Clear-
membership, or wish to join our Club,                                               water Country Club. It will be on Dec. 6. at noon. Cocktails are available before
please stop by the East Activity Cen-                                               and when dinner is served at 12:30 p.m.
ter Mondays and Thursdays between                                                         The New Year is coming and so is our annual Luau dinner with dancing,
8:30-10:30 a.m.
       Our evening with Danny Justice
                                                    Irish Club                      a hula dance contest and more fun than I can handle. So come out and help
                                                                                    spread the festivities.
on Nov. 12 was a great success. Every-            Representatives from Mease              We’re available for tickets each Monday and Thursday morning from 8:30-
one seemed to enjoy the Irish humor         Hospital Foundation will present a 10:30 a.m. at the East Activity Center.
and songs throughout the evening. It’s      view of what the different Mease              Here’s wishing you all a wonderful and joyous holiday season to you and
the way he tells them.                      Hospitals have to offer. They will also yours.
       Once again the Irish Club proud-     speak about the free programs they of-
ly presents our 16th annual Christmas       fer.
Dinner Dance on Friday, Dec.10, at
5:30 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of
                                                  The Ken McBride Show will be
                                            on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Be sure    New England party Dec. 7
delicious food and entertainment.           to purchase your tickets early as we
                                            usually have a sellout crowd for this                                     By Helen Rullis
       We are still looking for volun-
                                            show.                                         Marilyn Helmrath, Barbara Hogan and Tom Belezerian would like to
teers to help with the St. Patrick’s Day
Parade. Our first parade meeting will             It is important to remember that thank all the members of the New England Club for their support over the past
be on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. downstairs       those who bring sunshine to the lives several years. They also extend their gratitude to all past officers of the execu-
at the EAC. Jan. 14 is our first business   of others cannot keep it from them- tive board.
                                            selves.                                       We will miss seeing Barbara and Marilyn selling tickets to the various events
meeting for 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The
new slate of officers will be presented           May everyone have a healthy and at the East Activity Center and look forward to the final function of the year on
                                            safe holiday season!                    Tuesday, Dec. 7 at our annual Christmas Party at the Clearwater Country Club.
at the meeting.
                                                                                    Cocktails are at 12:30 p.m. with a luncheon to follow at 1 p.m.
                                                                   ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                   December 2010 / Page 41


 2011 events start with Mt. Dora trip and greyhound races
           By Walt Copeland                                                          $33 per person includes tax. (Comedy       Suites with $50 free play, $10 food, (net
      We are delighted to see all of you                                             – The Dixie Swim Club). Doors open         cost $29) tax and tips are included.
smiling Snowbirds who have returned                                                  at 10:30 a.m.                                     Thursday, March 24, is our annu-
to our sunny and warm Utopia. We                                                            Feb. 13-16, 2011, Las Vegas,        al picnic at Philippe Park. There will be
missed you!                                                                          four days, three nights in Monte Carlo.    a catered buffet, games, and free bingo
      Our welcome back party was a                                                   Non-stop air $489 per person double        with prizes. Cost is $12 per person.
nice success and enjoyed by all.                                                     occupancy, $608 single occupancy.                 A Free Appreciation Party will
      We have a busy schedule going              Pennsylvania                        Flight will be on Southwest Airlines.      be scheduled at a later time!
forth with more to follow. Coming                                                    All transfers are included.                       Tickets for events can be pur-
events include:                                                                             February 23-25, 2011, we will       chased on Mondays and Thursdays
      Jan. 19, 2011, Wednesday, Mt.         Top of the World from the east side at head to Key West on a three-day bus          from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the East Ac-
Dora one-day bus trip, $59 includes         11 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.             trip, including two nights in an upscale   tivity Center.
tax and tips. Also includes a stop at the         Feb. 4, 2011, Friday, Ground hotel, five meals, two boat tours, a ca-                Pennsylvania Club meetings are
German Bakery, lunch at Mission Inn         Hog Day Party at 5 p.m. in the East sino stop with $25 free play. Cost is           at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each
Resort and browsing time at the Mt.         Activity Center auditorium. Party in- $179 per person, double occupancy,            month. Coffee and pastries are served
Dora’s shops.                               cludes entertainment. Ticket price is single $229.                                  at 9:30 and the meetings usually end at
      Jan. 29, 2011, Greyhound Dog          being calculated.                               March 11 and 12, 2011, we will      11 a.m.
Races in St. Petersburg for $30 includes          Feb. 12, 2011, Saturday, Valen- go to Immokalee on a two-day bus                     Our club is open to all residents
bus and admission, program lunch            tine celebration (not the 14th), matinee trip, $89 per person double occupancy.     of On Top of the World with annual
buffet, taxes and tips. We will leave On    performance at the Early Bird Theater, One night we will be at the Springhill       dues of $4.


   Holiday party set for Dec. 7 and
tables are reserved for New Year’s Eve
           By Nancy House
        The Hoosier Club welcomes
                                                                                          2011 kicks off with
back all members and friends to an-
other winter season at On Top of the
World.
      The first meeting was held on
                                                                                           dance on Jan. 19
Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the East Activity
Center craft room with a terrific turn-          Hoosier Club                                                           By Pete Laporta
out eager to get involved, play Euchre,                                                         I would like to take this opportunity to announce Tony Sulmonte
and have fun for the next six months.                                                    will continue as treasurer and Garry Gates will be our interim president
      As members entered the room,          bowling balls to begin rumbling down         from January to April, 2011.
they were welcomed and reminded to          the lanes again. For others, catching a             I will become assistant
make their reservations to the Christ-      Saturday afternoon matinee at the the-       treasurer. We still need a vice
mas dinner. The Christmas party and         atre, followed by dinner, is a more re-      president and secretary. All this
dinner is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tues-     laxing activity to enjoy.                    must be approved by our mem-
day, Dec. 7 at the Island Way Grill. It’s            With the warmer winds of            bers.
always a treat to be able to enjoy a meal   March, Hoosiers will be ready to par-               Here is a list of our agen-
with friends at such a beautiful restau-    ticipate in the Irish Club’s St. Patrick’s   da for 2011:
rant. The monthly general meeting will      Day parade and sign up to play in an                January 19, 2011 - Gen-         Italian American
follow the dinner.                          18-hole golf scramble. The date for          eral meeting 6 p.m., dance to
      Other upcoming activities an-         the golf scramble will be announced          follow. “Sincerely Your’s” will
nounced were a 9-hole golf outing           after the first of the year. A picnic is     perform 6:30-9:30 p.m., members $3, non-members $5. BYOB. Tickets
and dinner on Dec. 2, a New Year’s          also planned for March 30 at Philippi        in advance.
Eve Party at the EAC with two tables        Park.                                               February 3, 2011 - “Tampa Bay Downs” with our club and NY-NJ
reserved for Hoosiers to celebrate the             April will find many members          Club. There will be a sign up sheet, members first. Information is avail-
coming of the new year, and the “big”       and friends viewing manatees and             able in the activity center. Cost is $20.
Euchre Tournament on the calendar           Florida birds as they walk along the                February 16, 2011 – General meeting followed by “Nite at the Rac-
for Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The winner         trails at a Homosassa State Park. We         es.” Choice of sandwich, Italian or American, by request. Cost for mem-
will not only need skill but a lot of       will be having dinner at Monkey Is-          bers $5, non-members $7. BYOB. Admission is free.
luck.                                       land. Soon after this trip, members                 March 16, 2011 – “St Joseph Buffet and Dance,” 5-9:30 p.m. Cost
      After all the traditional holiday     will be signing up to attend a wine and      for members is $16, non-members $19. This is in lieu of our general
foods have been eaten during De-            cheese tasting party and making plans        meeting.
cember, everyone will be ready for the      for a day at Tampa Bay Downs, while                 April 20, 2011 – “Pizza Party” for members only. Tickets in ad-
annual pizza party for members and          others remain in their condos packing        vance are $1. General Meeting is 6:30 p.m.
guests on Jan. 19, 2011. Many people        for their journey back north for the                Tickets for all our events are available at the East Activity Center
claim pizza is the perfect food.            summer.                                      Mondays and Thursdays 8:30-10:30 a.m.
      In February, with the weather                All residents at OTOW are wel-               In closing, my wife Dottie, myself, Tony and Betty Sulmonte would
getting cooler, members will be ready       come to join this club. Call the presi-      like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very healthy Happy New
to spend an afternoon bowling and           dent, Cathy Faulkner, at 797-5236 if         Year.
going to a local restaurant for a meal.     you have questions about member-
On Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. it will be time for    ship.
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   Thank you for supporting the
 Entertainment Committee in 2010
      It has been a wonderfully pro-                                            or funds is designated to fulfill that     ‘50s to the ‘90s.
ductive year!                                                                   function. Neither management, nor                We’ll have the updated big
      The Executive Committee                                                   other clubs can match the Enter-           band sound of the “Village Band”
and I had a lot of fun, and we hope                                             tainment Committee’s contribu-             coming in on Dec. 11 for our Hap-
you did, too.                                                                   tions made with your support.              py Holidays Dance.
      We thank our hard-working                                                        So, remember that when you                On Sunday, Dec. 19, don’t
volunteers for helping to make our                                              sit at a table or on the chairs at the     miss our free Sunday In The Park
shows, dances and Sunday events                                                 activity centers, or see the curtains      with Santa party. It will be from 2-4
enjoyable and safe. We especially                                               on our stage or the new blinds on          p.m. and Santa will give free gifts to
thank each and everyone of you                                                  the veranda; when you see the light-       your visiting children. Good Neigh-
who bought a ticket to our events.                                              ing at the shows or when your club         bors will provide punch and cook-
      When you buy a ticket to an                                               needs the fantastic sound system           ies. We’ll have caroling and fun for
Entertainment Committee Event,          Hazel and Leo Kelly                     we installed and maintain -- they are      the whole family.
you are supporting your organiza-                                               there because of you.                            Our New Year’s Eve celebra-
tion and your community. Remem-                                                        Entertainment      Committee        tion will feature the very popular
ber, everyone who lives here and        tures, sign and vertical blinds are     members provided the funds to              band “Flashback” and we remind
has a valid ID card, is a member of     there because of your support of        install them and the volunteers to         you to reserve early because no
the Entertainment Committee.            Entertainment events. We are the        maintain them.                             tickets will be sold at the door.
      Many of you have told us how      only group that returns its profits            For December we will present              We ask you to stay involved
much you love the new look of the       back into the community in the          several events to help celebrate the       and give your continued support to
Starlite Room with its display of       form of chairs, tables, blinds, cur-    holiday season. Check out the ads          2011 Chair Brad Day and the En-
the stars who have performed here       tains, sound and lighting equipment     for more details.                          tertainment Committee.
over the past 40 years. That was        and the very essentials that you take          On Dec. 9 “Cover to Cover”                Finally, from my husband Leo
made possible by you buying tickets     for granted. Without your support       will return to do a holiday show be-       and me and the 2010 Executive
to our events.                          those basics would disappear be-        cause you asked us to bring them           Committee, a happy, healthy and
      The paint, display boards, pic-   cause no other source of volunteers     back to sing the great hits from the       prosperous New Year!




 Kick off 2011 with a musical comedy
                                     The holidays are upon us. Peo-       shows we hope will bring you into              ston with his lovely back up singers,
                                ple are thinking about turkeys and        the Community Center as excited as             who do everything from Diana Ross
                                shopping. But we, at the Entertain-       I am.                                          to the Vandallas.
                                ment Committee are planning our                 We are bringing in “New Odys-                  Then we will close the year with
                                entertainment packages to give you        sey,” a group of very talented musi-           that ever popular group “Cover To
                                the best fun we possibly can.             cians who will fill the stage with in-         Cover.” These folks do everything
                                     We’ll start off the 2011 sea-        struments and music.                           from Opera to Doo Wop. They nev-
                                son with a hilarious, witty musical             We’re also bringing back John            er fail to sell lots of tickets.
                                comedy entitled “Ain’t Retirement         Timpanelli to do a night of show                     Don’t forget, we are in the East
                                Grand” on Jan. 9. With a 2 p.m.           tunes to help bring back the fond              Activity Center every Monday and
                                show, priced so you can’t resist,         memories of Broadway’s grand                   Thursday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. sell-
       Brad Day                 come and check it out. You will not       past.                                          ing tickets.
 Entertainment Committee        be disappointed.                                The fall season starts off with                For more information call Brad
     Chairman Elect                  Next year will be packed with        a burst of Motown with Johnny Al-              Day at 953-8930.
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Terry, Dick Mikszenas win October Guys and Dolls
             By Ken Nield                                                              play.                             Dick Hanley, our president elect, has
      The latest event that I have to re-      18-Hole Men’s Golf                        Our course is in the transition submitted a letter of resignation for
port on is the Guys and Dolls tourna-                                               time of summer to winter and Drew personal reasons. In an emergency
ment held in October.                                                               has over-seeded the greens for the meeting, it was decided that the presi-
      The results are as follows:           and John Strong, and Ella McDonald colder months. I am sure that we will dent and all trustees would remain for
      First place: Terry and Dick Mik-      and Al Latcher; Eighth place: Marjorie have some slower greens for a few one additional year to fill this void.
szenas; Second place (tie): Dotty Meis-     Sivek and Bill Barrett.                 weeks, but I trust that Drew and his      With the year coming to a close,
ner and John McKinsey, and Mary                   Congratulations to all winners staff will have us back to normal as the board would like to wish everyone
Beth Devine and Dave Combs; Fourth          and many thanks to all who helped soon as possible. Keep up the great a very Happy Holiday.
place: Pat Cassidy and John Bladykus;       to make this another very successful work you guys in providing us with           Until next month ---- Good
Fifth place: Betty Conley and Daniel        event. Thanks to Frank and the board some great golfing conditions.          Golfing.
Morey; Sixth place (tie): Pat Dalziel       for the great food at the conclusion of      For those who do not know,




Ladies welcome new members and a hole-in-one
            By Cathy Mills                                                             er. Low net: Sherry Ivey.              net: Cathy Mills.
      Welcome back everyone!                  18-Hole Ladies Golf                            Flight B                               Flight B
      Another winter season of golf                                                          Low gross: Carole Whynot. Low          Low gross: Donna Osborne.
has gotten underway on the 18-hole                                                     net: Donna Smerz.                      Low net: Betty McKay.
golf course.                                Fran Zaloski at 796-0374 for details.            Flight C                               Flight C
      First up, congratulations to Ada             Our holiday brunch will take              Low gross: Maria Im. Low net:          Low gross: Joan Yorkery. Low
Culbertson on a hole-in-one! Ada            place Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sunrise   Wendy Colquhoun.                       net: Maria Im and Lila Carmichael.
scored her ace on hole No. 16 on May        Room on the west side.                           Flight D                               Flight D
16. Well done Ada!                                Weekly winners were:                       Low gross: Trisha Overend. Low         Low gross: Cindy Schell. Low
      Our general meeting was held on                                                  net: Dottie Meissner.                  net: Pat Cassidy.
Oct. 27 where we welcomed two new                 Oct. 5 Flight A
members, Diane Moxley and Pauline                 Low gross: Sharon Hackenmill-              Oct. 19 Flight A                       Nov. 2 Flight A
Jones. It is always a pleasure to wel-      er. Low gross: Terri Kuplen.                     Low gross: Ada Culbertson. Low         Low gross: Pat Eastman and
come new members into our fold.                   Flight B                             net: Terry Kuplen.                     Cathy Mills. Low net: Terry Kuplen.
      This year we have a cell phone              Low gross: Pat Dalziel. Low net:           Flight B                               Flight B
you can call to see if golf has been        Carole Whynot and Joan Moore.                    Low gross: April Glenn. Low            Low gross: Dee Wisslead. Low
canceled due to weather. The number               Flight C                             net: Danita Marchbanks.                net: Boots Stanton.
is 698-5898. The information will be              Low gross: Wendy Colquhoun                 Flight C                               Flight C
updated by 6:15 a.m. the morning of         and Joan Yorkery. Low net: Lila Car-             Low gross: Maria Im. Low net:          Low gross: Mary Beth Devine.
golf.                                       michael.                                   Mary Beth Devine.                      Low net: Maria Im, Jana Packer, Wen-
      Golf clinics will be held again             Flight D                                   Flight D                         dy Colquhoun, Joan Yorkery.
this year starting Wednesday Nov. 3               Low gross: Phyllis Marsteller.             Low gross: Trisha Overend. Low         Flight D
at 9 a.m. If you are interested call Pat    Low net: Dottie Meissner.                  net: Cindy Schell.                           Low gross: Terry McHugh. Low
Cassidy to register at 725-2187.                                                                                              net: Dorothy Pellicone.
      Anyone interested in joining a              Oct 12 Flight A                              Oct. 26 Flight A
Monday Golf League at Chi Chi’s call              Low gross: Sharon Hackenmill-                Low gross: Pat Eastman. Low



 Want to golf with us? Show up at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
        By Mary Ann O’Neil                                                          9-hole course Tuesday mornings by 9              A little bit of golf history - did
      Our season opener was Oct. 19            9-Hole Ladies Golf                   a.m.                                      you know that a string of 838 con-
with 21 players. What a great turnout                                                     Our general meeting was held        secutive tournament starts without a
even though some of our players were                                                on Nov. 9 in the Veranda Room at the      disqualification ended for LPGA pro
not back from the north.                    Pittman and Theresa Gates.              East Activity Center. Everyone en-        Kathy Witworth in 1996? The Hall of
      Birdie awards were given to the             Way to go Ladies!                 joyed catching up on everyone’s sum-      Famer was heaved from the Chrysler-
following players:                                Welcome new members Mad- mer activities after the meeting.                  Plymouth Tournament of Champions
      Oct 19 - Nancy Parlatore, Dolly       eline Nawrocky, Barbara Velky and             Our holiday luncheon will be on     for signing an incorrect scorecard. (At-
Foland and Connie Saylor.                   Kathy Motrick. Our league has 50 Thursday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the            tention to detail is very important.)
      Oct. 26 - Hilda Platte.               members and if you are still interested Beachcomber Restaurant on Clearwa-               We wish you and your families a
      Nov. 2 - Connie Saylor, Fran          in joining us, please show up at the ter Beach.                                   Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.
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                East side pool
               player on a roll
                By Barb Sundberg
      That’s Rashanee Turner focusing on winning
another tournament.
      Rashanee is part of the Que’t Ladies Billiard
Club and has won the last three tournaments with
the help of instructions from Andy Suhar, Frank
English, Ed Solivan and Terri Wittman.
      Rashanee and her husband, Skip, who is a                  Que’t Billiards
retired lawyer, moved from Thailand to Los Ange-
les before moving to On Top of the World, where         meeting followed by election of officers.
they have lived for 15 years.                                 If you are interested in learning the game of
      Rashanee enjoyed playing pool with her hus-       pool, come join us Wednesday evenings. There are
band, father and brother, but had not played the        free instructions and the necessary equipment is
game for several years. She has been able to quick-     available with the help of Frank English, founder
ly pick it up once again with the help of Andy,         and instructor, Andy Suhar, program coordinator,
Frank, Ed and Terri.                                    Terri Wittman and Ed Solivan, instruction coor-
      On Nov. 3, the east side winner was Rashanee,     dinators.
while Reva Heymann placed second and Ellen                    Practice time is from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by
Frederick placed third. The west side winner was        various programs until close in the West Activity
Jean Rogers. Jean Doane placed second and Judy          Center Billiards Room.
Garvey was third.                                             President of the Que’t Ladies Billiard Club
      Dec. 8 is our holiday party. Come join us         is Dolly Foland, Ellen Gilbert is vice president,
at 6:30 p.m. in the West Activity Center Sunrise        Karen Ulmer is secretary and Kay Mahoney is
Room for a little holiday cheer. We’ll have a general   treasurer.


                                                               Frank English and Andy Suhar start
                                                              month with pair of victories in doubles
                                                                    The Scotch Doubles team of Frank English
                                                              and Andy Suhar started last month with a pair of
                                                              victories and ended up with team of the month
                                                              honors.
                                                                    On opening night Frank and Andy defeated
                                                              the father-daughter team of Joe Ventimiglia and
                                                              Theresa Giudice. Tony Bake and Bart Gooch beat
                                                              John Shearer and Will Shafer for third place.                     Billiard Club
    Above is                                                        In week two Frank and Andy defeated Bob
   the team                                                   Eads and Tim Rush. Joe Ventimiglia and Mario
     of the                                                   Rodriguez beat John Shearer and Bob Ellis for          a title. Frank and Andy finished with a third place
    month -                                                   third place.                                           finish after defeating John Fier and Marc Schell in
     Frank
                                                                    Finally, in week three, Frank and Andy were      the consolation finals.
    English
                                                              prevented from reaching the finals. Bob Eads and               On eighth-ball competition, Hugo Orantes
   and Andy
     Suhar.                                                   Tim Rush defeated Joe Ventimiglia and Mario Ro-        started the month with a pair of wins. He defeated
                                                              driguez for first place, while Frank and Andy had      Frank English in week one and Joe Ventimiglia in
  At right is                                                 to settle for fourth place after losing to John Fier   week two.
  the father-                                                 and Marc Schell in the consolation finals.                     Bob Eads ended Hugo’s winning streak in
   daughter
                                                                    In week four Joe and Mario got their first       week three. The two shooters met in the finals, but
     team
                                                              win of the month. Caesar Lemos and Terri Witt-         this time Bob was victorious.
    of Joe
  Ventimiglia                                                 man placed second. Herb Jordan and Bill Rob-                   In week four, Tony Baker defeated Bob
      and                                                     ertson edged Ray DiGuilio and Bob Osborne for          Eads.
   Theresa                                                    third place.                                                   For the month, John Fier, Frank English,
   Giudice.                                                         In the final week, Tony Baker and Bart           Bart Gooch and Ed Hanson all recorded a third
                                                              Gooch defeated Bob Ellis and Bob Osborne for           place effort.
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Six newcomers join OTOW softball
          By Don Grabowski                                                              Scott’s Pharmacy 20, OTOW 17                         OTOW 12, Scott’s Pharmacy 10
      Our 2010-11 season has started                     Softball                           Consistent hitting led Scott’s                          Tight defense and good hitting
on a positive step.                                                                   Pharmacy to a 20-17 victory. Fred                    resulted in a 12-10 win by OTOW.
      We had a good turnout for our                                                   Walter’s home run and Sixten Lanser’s                      Bob Ritter pitched and went
play on the field, with “old” players re-   their grandfather, had a big impact 5-for-5 were the chief contributors to                     5-for-7 at the plate. Fred Walters went
turning and newcomers joining.              on the game. Cadin had four hits and the win.                                                  5-for-6 in their win. Bill Bennett, Frank
      We welcomed Rick Meyers,              several nice plays in the outfield. Ca-         OTOW hitters Bill Arkin (6 hits),              Schollter and Pat Kennedy had four
Howard Huff, Sixten Lanser, Al Es-          leb had a great day at second base as Guy Bertuzzi (5 hits) and Bob Ritter (5                  hits each to come through in a timely
cot, Ken Graham and Lenny Segal to          he turned tough-to-get grounders into hits) kept the game close.                               fashion.
our roster. Though none of our batted       outs and double plays to keep Scott’s           OTOW had a seven-run inning                          For Scott’s, Hugh Quirk’s 5-for-
balls went over the fence, there were       Pharmacy from scoring.                    that closed an early gap. Scott players              6 and Bob Fields’ 4-for-5 kept the
many solid hits.                                  Sixten, Arkin, Zimmer and Lep- rose to the occasion limiting their op-                   game close through the sixth inning.
                                            ping led the batters with four hits each. ponents to two runs over the last two                OTOW’s defense shut out Scott’s in
   Cody’s 18, Scott’s Pharmacy 9            For the losers, Ohl (pitcher), Bennett, innings. A good win for our new spon-                  the last three innings. A good OTOW
     Don Kutchinski’s grandson Ca-          Quirk and Macaluso had three hits sor, Scott’s Pharmacy.                                       softball game.
din and Cadin’s friend Caleb, visiting      each. A spirited game played by all.

                                 (A reminder, the OTOW softball report must have first and last names for every player or it will not be published.)

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  Players arrive for tennis in a variety of                                                                                          Shuffleboard
vehicles, but women always leave as a group
           By Joe Spahalski                                                        search, and I used the latest techniques,
       A special welcome to two new                                                which I can’t divulge as they are very
members - Serge Graveline and Jim
                                                       Tennis                      secretive. It came to this conclusion.
Schubert.                                                                                 We have defensive players. We
       Did you ever consider the man-     mons who stop with brakes screech- have offensive players. And last, but
ner in which our tennis players arrive    ing.                                     not least, we have aggressive players.
might dictate the type of tennis game            Now we come to the ones arriv- None of them fit into any one type
they play?                                ing by limos, trucks, grocery cars, se- of mold. They are so individual that
       Some arrive by foot. Some walk     dans and vans - each one reflecting on none can be classified to any type of a
in with a leisurely pace like they are    the personality of the driver. I wonder sensible conclusion.
at the beach looking for a rare clam      if the colors they selected match their         I hope this info has been some                    By Marge Sivek
shell.                                    personalities?                           relief to those of you who had the                 I am wishing everyone a merry
       So are these guys the slow play-          So the question is “Does the type same concerns about our players. It is      holiday season and a happy and healthy
ers?                                      of arrival transfer to the courts?”      interesting to note, however, that when     New Year.
       Others have a faster pace about           You can visualize how complex the men leave the courts it is normally                It is great to see so many people
them and, perhaps, must be the fast       this is. That is why a detailed research in singles, while the girls usually leave   who have come back from the north. I
players.                                  was warranted.                           as a group. We’ll have to do a future       hope all of you are enjoying our beau-
       A few arrive by bicycle with a            You deserve to know!              research project on why this is!            tiful cool weather.
slow pace and they are the speed de-             It was a long, exhausting re-            You think?                                  If you are interested in joining
                                                                                                                               us for a game of shuffleboard, please
                                                                                                                               call Marge at 797-0625. We would love
 Lawn bowling is a watch-and-learn sport                                                                                       to teach you.
                                                                                                                                      The following shuffleboard play-
      Another Lawn Bowling season is                                               they will direct you to the proper in-      ers won three games in October:
here and the Snowbirds have arrived                                                structor to teach you.                      Oct. 4: Paul Santacroce.
from the North.
                                              Lawn Bowling                               We have a new groundskeeper,          Oct. 11: Bob Rittner, Paul Santacroce.
      On behalf of your bowling ex-                                                Mr. Dave Lindeman – hired this year         Oct. 14: Bob Rittner, Bill Young.
ecutive, I would like to welcome all                                               to keep our greens in shape.                Oct. 18: Ann Lockard, Paul Santac-
members and hope you had a good           Monday-Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m.            In November our faithful help-        roce.
summer!                                   or Saturday at 9 a.m. Watch us play. If ers were out cleaning up the old and         Oct. 21: Bill Young.
      We are always looking for new       it looks like you might like to try this spreading the new Rubico. Hope their        Oct. 25: Virginia Butler, Paul Santac-
members so come and visit our greens      great sport, talk to any member and joints were not too sore the next day.           roce.
                                                                                                                               Oct. 28: Virginia Butler, Pete Ballew,
                                                                                                                               Bob Rittner, Paul Santacroce, Marge
                                                                                                                               Sivek, Bill Young.

                                          SAVE THE DATE                                                                                   Bowling

                                           APRIL 5, 2011                                                                                  By Geri Corcoran
                                                                                                                                      Shirley Bowers started the new
                                                                                                                               season with a nice 211 game with a
                                                                                                                               490 series and then followed a week
                                                                                                                               later with 174 and 165 games for a 468
       The Ladies 9- and 18-Hole Golf Associations are                                                                         series.
                                                                                                                                      Marge Jacobs, a newcomer to
                                                                                                                               the league, rolled 178 and 157 games
    planning another fun day as they host the 14th annual                                                                      with a 469 series for one week and a
                                                                                                                               189-454 for another week.
    Rally For The Cure Golf Tournament. There will be an                                                                              Jackie Kail rolled a 171-460 and
                                                                                                                               Barb Harkins bowled a 163-158-454.
       8:30 a.m. shotgun scramble and a 5 p.m. dinner.                                                                                Other high games were Cheryl
                                                                                                                               Kutchinski 164-183, Liz Buckley 155,
                                                                                                                               Lil Ginn 168-154, Loretta Macaluso
                More information will follow.                                                                                  156, Mary Hoyt 163, Millie Keeling

           Questions? Call Pat Cassidy at 725-2187.                                                                            151, and Geri Corcoran 163-165-166.
                                                                                                                                      Loretta Macaluso converted the
                                                                                                                               only split - a 5-6-7.
                                                                                                                                      We still need bowlers, so call me
                                                                                                                               for more information, 799-9052.
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Snowbirds note: We have new hours and more books
         By Joan Tannahill             erosity and thoughtfulness. With-               We’re so glad to see the Snow-
      Thank you to all you won-        out you we couldn’t continue to          birds returning and we enjoy catch-
derful patrons and friends of the      have our book sales and we depend        ing up on their news since last
On Top of the World Library for        on the book sales for a part of our      spring. There are two things we want
making our recent book sale such a     income. Remember we always have          to be sure they know about. First
great success.                         books for sale, so ask which are our     is the change in our hours. While
      It was our most successful       sale shelves.                            we are open on the same days and
book sale to date and it was won-            Now is the time to renew your      still open at noon, we now close at               OPEN HOURS
derful to see the constant stream of   library membership for 2011. The         2 p.m. We hope that no one shows
people coming in and many books        price is still $2 and the fee entitles   up later because they will find the             Tuesdays & Fridays
going out.                             you to a whole year of reading. Next     shelves locked and no volunteers                   Noon-2 p.m.
      We also want to thank ev-        time you are in the library just tell    around.
eryone who made the book sale          one of our volunteers you would                 The second is we have ordered
possible by donating books to the
library. We do appreciate your gen-
                                       like to pay your dues and they will
                                       be more than happy to help you.
                                                                                a lot of new books, so take a good
                                                                                look at our new bookshelves.
                                                                                                                               Library News
Holidays are not always perfect, but enjoy - you’re in Florida
                                             The weather up north is fright-           The cash registers are ringing –          Say thank you for those socks.
                                       ful, but here in Florida it’s delightful. the prices giddyup they go. We’re try-   They’re better than the cookies, which
                    Marge                    Sometimes the sunshine is too
                                                                                 ing, but our credit is dying.            taste like rocks.


                    Mayer              hot. The Bucs and Rays sometimes are
                                       not.
                                                                                       We have orange juice, Mickey
                                                                                 Mouse and maybe a gator in the back-
                                                                                                                               We have tourists who drive too
                                                                                                                          slow with traffic jams wherever you go.
                                                                                 yard pond.
                                             We have crowded shopping                                                           Jungle Bells – seashells – dol-
   Marge’s Humor                       malls, Lotto and Bingo halls.                                                      phins in the bay. What fun it is to live
                                                                                                                          in sunny F L A!


                                                                                 New puzzles available in
                                                                                 the OTOW puzzle room
                                                                                                                 By Lill Cervinka
                                                                                      The On Top of the World puzzle room has been very busy with new puz-
                                                                                zles donated by Gloria Lindley and Geraldine Englert from Old World Span-
                                                                                ish.
                                                                                      I would like to thank those who donated so many beautiful puzzles.
                                                                                      If you don’t know where the puzzle room is … it is across from the Li-
                                                                                brary downstairs in the East Activity Center. You’re welcome to take any puzzle,
                                                                                but please put them in a plastic bag when finished. That prevents pieces from
                                                                                getting lost.
                                                                                      If you do a puzzle and pieces are missing, throw the puzzle in the garbage,
                                                                                but first check your floor in case you may have dropped a piece.
                                                                                      My doctor said, “Puzzles are good for the brain!”


                                                                                                     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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                     BULLETIN BOARD
                                                                         Wake up and exercise
                                                                             Wake up you sleepy heads!
  Special Telephones                                                         Get up, get out of bed and join us from 8-9
                                                                       a.m. each morning in the lower level gym room in
         If you have difficulty using the telephone                    the East Activity Center for a fun workout!
  due to any impairment please visit Florida Tele-                           On Monday and Tuesday our workouts in-
  communicatioins Inc. 9:45 a.m. on Thursday,                          clude stretching, building balance and coordination,
  Dec. 9 when a representative will be attending                       improving flexibility and strengthening the body’s
  our Good Neighbors Get Acquainted Coffee in                          core. We do floor exercises to tone and tighten our
  the East Activity Center auditorium.                                 abs so bring a towel or mat.
         This program loans telephone equipment                              On Wednesday and Friday mornings also
  to permanent Florida residents who are hard of                       bring your hand weights to our strength training
  hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, or speech impaired.                       classes while we work on improving muscle tone.
  These phones and other equipment are paid for                              Join Ingrid Thursday morning at 8 a.m. for
  by a surcharge on all land-line phones in Flori-                     her half hour class. As always, our classes are free
  da.                                                                  to everyone.
         If you have any questions, give Nancy Da-                           If you have any questions, please contact
  vis a call or stop by her office, 799-2734.                          Barb Sundberg at 847-946-4214 or Ingrid Durhan
                                                                       at 727-796-9414.




                                                                       No Bingo in December
     Oil Painting Lessons                                           Bingo is closed for the month of December.
        Beginners welcome.                                          There’s just too much else to do. Too many people travel-
        Oil painting classes will be held 1-3                ing or entertaining guests. Too many presents to buy and wrap.
  p.m. Tuesday afternoons in East Activ-                     And don’t forget all the food we all will be eating.
  ity Center art room, $5 per lesson. Call                          Hey, it only comes once a year.
  Sharon Evans at 442-6404 for details.                             Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas season.
                                                                    We’ll be back with OTOW’s Bingo the beginning of the
                                                             year, January 3, 2011.




      Italian Classes
       Beginners Italian classes start on Tuesday, Jan.
11, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the East Activity Center lower
level classroom.
                                                                      January newspapers
       Instructions include standard Italian language,
grammar, culture and songs. There will be no test                      will be delivered on
of homework. Classes end April 12. For more in-
formation call 669-2512.                                               Dec. 30, not Jan. 1.
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              Have you been reading OTOW News?
                                Answers to this puzzle will appear in the January edition. Answers to the November puzzle are on page 39.


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               ACROSS                      sity in what state? (23)                                      DOWN                             13. If you ride the Cog at Pike’s
       1. Middle East Moorish resident            17. The NY/NJ Club will host a               2. Which president officially cre-   Peak, what did you just ride? (62)
had quite the display of _______ on        ____ dance contest on Jan. 21. (32)          ated Thanksgiving in 1863? (68)                   16. Did you know October had
his front porch in October. (55)                  19. Which ‘50s music group is                3. Last month Jerry Chase en-        __ Fridays, __ Saturdays and __ Sun-
       6. In September, OTOW resi-         famous for the song, “Smoke Gets In          tertained the New England Club with         days? (54)
dents from the 1 4 The Road Club           Your Eyes.” (38)                             “Good _______” music. (32)                        18. Siboney residents Dave and
took a cruise aboard the ______ of                21. If you listened to “At Large”            4. Rila Renaissance resident         Linda Mathewson spent their 40th
the Sea. (15)                              then you listened to what style of mu-       Cheri Gordon enjoys making jewelry          anniversary in the Smokey Mountains.
       7. Boots Stanton has three favor-   sic. (24)                                    products, such as jewelry boxes, frames     Which state could they have been in?
ite photography subjects: birds, butter-          23. An Octobert festival in Clear-    and ______. (45)                            (51)
flies and _______. (28)                    water where there is as much artwork                5. Yoshimitsu resident Harry               20. Maxie, Julie and Sammy all
       9. In November the group “Show      on display as the usual spirits. (20)        Urquhart loves his ______ corned            have the same mother. Her name is
Band Extraordinare” performed and                 26. Roman Byzantine resident          beef. (55)                                  _______. (43)
featured a variety of instruments. One     Selina Hamlyn met her favorite foot-                8. Starting this past October, the         22. Which branch of the U.S.
of the instruments was a ______.           ball player, Tom ______. (48)                Fixers Club offered sessions on how         Armed Forces has a volunteer wom-
(37)                                              27. The Iwo Jima Memorial             to build _______ boxes. (38)                en’s group called the WAVES? (15)
       10. According to Marge, just en-    is the largest _______ statue in the                9. An important ingredient when            24. For three decades Loch Lo-
joy the holidays! Don’t worry about        world. (49)                                  making Bahamaritas. (17)                    mond resident Lyle Johnston takes a
doing your ________. (26)                         28. In what state will you find the          11. Do not put more than 300 of      week off in November to hunt for a
       14. Danny Justice is a comedian     Capitol Reef, Lake Powell and Dead           these on your core Christmas tree. (4)      wild ______. (54)
specializing in ______ humor. (32)         Horse Points? (49)                                  12. Tripod and Rosy both live in           25. If you walked by the Eng-
       15. The Civitan International                                                    the Saratoga Building. What are Tripod      lish Gothic mailboxes in October, you
Research Center is located at a univer-                                                 and Rosy? (76)                              probably saw a ______. (48)
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   My name is Jake Mehas.
   I was abandoned in front of the
Mehas residence in Hamilton, Ohio,
at an age of 4 weeks.
   Mike and Joyce Mehas took me in
and I lucked out. We moved to On
Top of the World and we love it in
the Grecian Classic building.
   As you can see, I love to watch the
Tampa Bay Rays. I am an indoor cat,
so stop by anytime to visit me. I love
to be petted.
                                                                  Jake is obviously a Rays fan.

  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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   ‘Something for everybody’ seemed to be the
    theme for this year’s OTOW Senior Expo
    By Thomas Brennan
    “2, 4, 6, 8, who do we
appreciate?” The answer is
Bob Skidmore, president of
Good Neighbors, and his 21
volunteers for transforming
the East Activity Center into
a regular “mini-mall.”
    Joan and I dropped in
around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov.
7, and the place was a beehive
of activity. There were so many
people we had to inch our way
along (very gently).
    There were 60 vendors,
from A to Z. Actually, from
Able Medical Aids to Young
Personal Assistant – that
makes it A to Y… anyway,           OTOW residents line up to seek out pertinent information along with valuable offerings from vendors at the recent Senior Expo.

out of the 60 vendors, 12
were non-profit organizations.
Each vendor was friendly and
appreciated the opportunity to
display their wares and services
at OTOW.
    There was free ice cream
pops, creamcicles, ice cream
sandwiches, lemonade, and,
at noon, hot pizza (cheese or
pepperoni). In attendance were     One of the 60 vendors and organizations
500 residents, all getting free    at the recent OTOW Senior Expo.

advice and samples. We came
home with a canvas bag full of
odds and ends.
                                             Photos by
    This was the Good
                                            Tom Bracken
Neighbors Senior Expo III.
If you missed it, be sure to try
again in 2011.                                                                   Emeritus at Beckett Lake was represented by Mike Payne, Executive Director, and
                                                                                 Robin Bonchi, R.N., Community Relations Director.
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  World travel didn’t keep this husband from anniversary
      Welcome to Sheldon Sheinberg                                                   vocabulary? No way. He made it a point      used to be so frightened of birds and
from Oldsmar, who has purchased                                                      to be home in time to travel (together      I would walk miles out of the way to
a home here. I know when you run
into Sheldon you will make him
                                                                    Sally            this time) just a little bit further to
                                                                                     celebrate his and Elizabeth’s 21st
                                                                                                                                 get away from one. Now I have found
                                                                                                                                 that I have made great progress and
feel welcome!
      You go, Rosemary, and next
                                                                  Simmonds           wedding anniversary in fine style at the
                                                                                     Red Rose in Plant City. Wow, what we
                                                                                                                                 am walking along side of sandpipers,
                                                                                                                                 herons and loons. I’m still a little skittish
time take me!                                                                        do for love...”                             about sea gulls.
      Rosemary Turpin had a summer                                                         Teenage egret steals my heart               My favorite walk is with the
to remember. After her grandson’s high         Swiss Alps Chalet                           My friend Shari and I (aka Thelma     teenager named “Twiggy.” She is a
school graduation in Washingtonville,                                                and Louise) found Thursday to be a          snowy egret, dressed in her white body
N.Y., she was off to Ireland for seven                                               special day at the (secret) paradise we     suit which has a tinge of yellow on the
weeks to visit her daughter and family                                               found. Seems as though that night was       feathers down the back. She dons black
on the farm in Westmeath. She had a                                                  to be a harvest moon. (The harvest          tights on her legs and has on yellow
great time and took several trips, but                                               moon is the moon at or about the            high-heels. She is adorable and brings
the best was a “mystery trip,” which                                                 period of fullness that is nearest to the   great joy when I see her. Make this
her daughter planned for her birthday.                                               autumnal equinox. The harvest moon          month’s project to find your paradise.
It turned out to be three nights in “Gay                                             is often mistaken for the modern day              The building would like to wish
Paree.” When she returned to New                                                     “hunter’s moon.”)                           Dr. Tom Martin a fond farewell, Tom
York in August, she stayed a week in                                                       All around the shore line were        you will always be in our hearts.
                                             Swiss Alps Chalet residents Elizabeth
the Adirondacks, and then it was time        and (world traveler) Malcom Warren.     stingrays, hundreds of them. It was               Merry Christmas, everyone!
to get back to Florida! Sounds like a                                                the mating season until the end of                Cooking tip: Cool Salad. Scoop
trip to me.                                  thoughts: After just recently traveling September. When the water cools they        out a tomato and fill it with tuna,
      M a l c o l m f l i e s h a l f wa y   from Tampa to Delaware; Germany; head further South for warmer waters.              chicken or lobster salad. Place on a
around the world to get back for             Aberjian; Hong Kong; Korea; Hawaii; The waves were also bringing in new             big lettuce leaf and enjoy. We may not
his anniversary.                             Okinawa; Kadina; Tokyo; back to born jellyfish. There were minnows                  have many hot days left, so this is the
      Travel is a serious part of Malcolm    Korea; then Alaska and Chicago. Then everywhere (large ones).                       time to try it.
Warren’s life and, as it used to be, wife    back home (all in a short two weeks).         We feel that we witnessed the               “A nation of sheep will beget a
Elizabeth would still love to go with             Wouldn’t you think “Whew, that’s moon, tides and Mother Nature                 government of wolves.”
him. However, she’s never out of his         enough!” would be very much in his replenishing the Gulf with new life. I                             — Edward R. Murrow



Sign up for holiday activities
      Jim and I were back for about two
weeks, as we celebrated the holidays with
our Northern families and friends.
      We also needed to exercise our
                                                                  Maureen
civic duty and vote for senator and
governor, as well as other assorted
                                                                  Finguerra
positions. By the time this issue is
published, we will be back at OTOW.
      Maggie didn’t come down with                     Mallorca
us at this time, as she is keeping
Ginger company. (No room in the
                                             from their summer homes. We wish
car with all the “stuff ” we seem to
feel we need!) But they both will be         them safe travels and we are glad they
here this month, ready to resume the         are coming back “home” again. To
Florida experience.                          those who haven’t arrived yet, we miss
      Rose and Larry Hildebrand spent        you and we hope you are able to join
an enjoyable and fun-filled week in          us real soon!
Pittsburg, Pa. They visited relatives and          Sharron Davis and Ed Reed have
had lunch with square dance friends.         a new addition to their family — an
They also toured the area and looked         adorable 4-month-old Pomeranian
at the beautiful fall leaves.                named Peaches. Peaches has quickly
      A highlight of the trip was a          captured everyone’s hearts. She is quite
family dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse         the charmer. She and Maggie will have
celebrating Rose’s and Laureen’s             to get to know each other.
birthdays (that fell on the very same
                                                   It was great to see Mary Beth
day). Rose states they had a wonderful
time, but they were glad to get back to      Devine again. She was here for a short
warm and sunny Florida.                      time to enjoy the warm weather and
      Elizabeth Poelcher hosted an           golf. I understand she may be back
Oktoberfest party at her apartment.          sometime in March for awhile.
There were many good friends and                   Watch for the sign-ups for the
neighbors who thoroughly enjoyed the         building decorating and the annual
pork, sauerkraut, and all the good eats      Christmas party. We always have a good
that go with it. Thanks, Elizabeth, for      time at these activities. If you haven’t
hosting this fine party, and for having      yet joined the fun, be sure to sign up.
it when we were able to attend!              Dick and Terry Kuplen have come up
                                             with many activities this coming year
                                                                                                      Need An Extra Newspaper?
      Several residents have or soon                                                               OTOW News is now available in the East
will be returning to Franciscan Drive        that surely will be lots of fun!
                                                                                                     and West Activity Center lobbies
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                                               New grandmother journeys to Sweden
                    Fran                      Tricks or treats! Donna and Phil
                                        Smerz’ grandkids, Jake (Spiderman) and
                Glaros-Sharp            Aly (lady bug) made their yearly Halloween
                                                                                                            Marguerite
                                        visit. See the photo at far right, taken

French Renaissance II
                                        by Phil Smerz.
                                              Happy Hanukkah and Merry                                      Laskowski
                                        Christmas! Our holiday luncheon will
                                        be held Saturday, Dec. 4. Check the
                                        board in the core for the time.                 Roman Byzantine
    ‘Boxes to                                 A small group of neighbors
                                                                                      Michael. Her daughter, Mandy, and son-
                                        attended the pot-luck dinner at the
   the Troops’                          end of October. As always, the food           in-law, Sean, who live in Edgewater,
                                                                                      Fla., are the proud parents.                   Donna and Phil Smerz’ grandkids, Jake
                                        was delicious. We were entertained by                                                        (Spiderman) and Aly (lady bug), recently
                                                                                            Elaine spent 15 days in Goteborg,
    results in                          two talented ladies, Laura and Arleen.        Sweden this past summer. Her
                                                                                                                                     made their yearly Halloween visit to OTOW.
                                                                                                                                                         (Photo by Phil Smerz)

   another flag
                                        Laura plays the violin and Arleen             daughter, Laurie and finance, Fredrik,
                                        has a wonderful singing voice. It was         have relocated to Goteborg from San                 Elaine spent four days meeting
                                        very enjoyable. Thanks to Gwen                Francisco. Fredrik is a professor at           Frederik’s parents and staying at their
       It’s nice to have some good      (a.k.a, “Dolly Parton”) for organizing        Chalmers University. Laurie is an R.N.         farm. It looks as though Elaine will be
 news from the Bruce Gilbert            the dinner.                                   and will be provided with free Swedish         doing a lot of traveling to the East coast
 household. They just returned                Congratulations to Elaine Boggan        lessons for a year before being able to        of Florida as well as to Sweden.
 from a wonderful summer in             on the birth of her first grandchild, Ethan   work as a nurse.                                        “Till We Meet Again”
 Connecticut.
       While they were away, they
 also enjoyed Cape Cod and the
 other areas of New England.
                                             Couple enjoys month-long trip to Turkey
       It seems they were able to go
 to New York where they watched              Twenty-eight Chetniks attended
                                        the Oct. 21 business meeting.                                                           Monteith visited Turkey. Their first
 the Yankees play in the new
 Yankee Stadium.                             We thank out building officers
                                        who will be serving us another year: Phil
                                                                                                               Theresa          stop was Ankara, the capitol, where
                                                                                                                                Sevinc’s mother, brother and other
        That seems like a wonderful
 summer, but their biggest joy was      Meissner as Captain, Muriel Landau
                                        as Secretary, and Lillian Zolkower
                                                                                                               Kawalec          family members reside. They then went
                                                                                                                                on to Marmaris, on the Aegean Sea, to
 the birth of their new grandson,                                                                                               visit another brother and his family.
 Myer Thomas Murphy, born to            as Treasurer.
                                             Phil infor med us that the                                                         The weather was perfect, making it
 Ginger’s son Ken and his wife
 Sara. They now have four children,     holiday luncheon will be held at the                      Chetnik                       a great vacation.
                                        Clearwater Country Club Wednesday,                                                            We had a building luncheon Nov.
 all boys.
       While on the subject of nice     Dec. 8, at noon.                              business meeting, Shelly Leonard, 11 at the Ivory Mandarin Restaurant.
 happenings, due to our involvement          A new fully-decorated Christmas          who at that time was running for a state More about that in my next column.
 with “Boxes to the Troops,” we just    tree will be needed for the first-            legislative seat, showed up with her aide Stay tuned!
                                        floor core. Joan Cooney and Judy              and brought in pizzas for us all. Shelly        On Friday, Dec. 10, there will be
 received our second U.S. flag that                                                                                             a Core Party, with refreshments and
 was flown over the headquarters of     Bauer volunteered to help Phil                lives in the English Tudor building.
 the squadron where Mark DeWire         purchase one.                                       At the end of August until the drinks when the building lights are lit.
                                             As we were concluding the                end of September, Roy and Sevinc                Merry Christmas and Happy
 was in charge of the troops.                                                                                                   Hanukkah to all!
       The first flag is framed and
 hangs in our church hall; this
 second flag will stand on the                    Ex-GIs enjoy a special Veterans Day lunch
 left side of our church altar, as
 a remembrance of those young
 men and women who fight for the
 freedom of this great country.
       I cried when I opened that
 box and saw the U.S. flag there. May
 God continue to bless America.




                                                  These WWII veterans, one of whom is a Bronze Star medal winner, met at Denny’s on Veterans Day for a lunch to
                                                  honor those who fought and gave their all for our country’s freedom. From left, John Casas, Norm Smith, Fritz Kocka,
                                                  Jack Glover, Frank Shea, Bill Traviss, Don Mueller.
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  Oktoberfest featured a little bit of Germany                                                                                                    Jim Schelling
      Do you remember the song “This                                                     the Women’s Tennis column on the
Joint is Jumping?” Well, the Siboney                                                     Sports page. November’s issue was all
building was rockin’ on Sunday, Oct.
                                                                      Cele               about our friend, Jeanne Smith, and                      Bohemia
31, when we celebrated our 25th                                                          we congratulate both ladies. Check it
Anniversary with an Oktoberfest.                                                         out, folks!
      When Rita Tombari and I returned
from church, eight men were busy
                                                                     Radeloff                  Also, congratulations to Ray Tabor
                                                                                                                                              Bohemia
                                                                                         who helped build those beautiful display
working in the Core. They had brought                                                    frames in the Starlite Room (back of the
down tables and chairs from other                         Siboney                        auditorium). It features artists who have             couple
floors, had washed and dried them and                                                    performed for the On Top of the World
the entire Core was set up – ready to
party. There were tables from one end
                                              and her committee (Rita, Mary Jane Entertainment Committee throughout
                                              DeVoe and Paula Ergang) for planning the years. You’ll be surprised at the “big
                                                                                                                                              warms up
of the Core to the other.                     and shopping. All in all, this celebration names” that have entertained us here.
      About 50 residents joined in and        was a huge success.
                                                                                         The shows are every other Thursday.
                                                                                                                                              on cruise
the food was delicious and plentiful.              All those beautiful pumpkins
The club supplied the bratwurst, hot          you see throughout the building were             A l l w h o a t t e n d e d e n j oy e d        Bohemia Villagers Carol and
dogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut,        hand-painted by president Linda            our luncheons at Island Outpost                  Phil just returned from a very
rolls and sheet cake. Dave Mathewson          Mathewson.                                 and Rumba.                                       eventful cruise.
and Bob Evans did all the barbecuing.              Another talented lady, Rita                 Our Holiday dinner will be held                 Departing from frigid New
      We had polka music playing and an       Tombari, made the Thanksgiving on Thurs., Dec. 9, at Johnny Primos.                         York City with two other couples,
entire table full of desserts. Rita, Ethyle   decorations displayed in the Core.         Please sign up.                                  they cruised to the warm Mexican
Lee and I (original owners) gave a short           I’m pleased to announce that we             M e r r y C h r i s t m a s, H a p p y     port of Cozumel where they
talk about the “olden days.” Many             have a new reporter in our building. Hanukkah and a Happy Healthy New                       enjoyed some mighty fine “South
thanks to president Linda Mathewson           She is Laura Evans, who will be writing Year to all!                                        of the Border” food and toasted
                                                                                                                                          each other with pina coladas.
                                                                                                                                               Then it was on to Costa
     New officers elected at building meeting                                                                                             Rica where they visited a banana
                                                                                                                                          plantation. Onward they went to
      Thanks to everyone who attended                                                  Babini home and doing so well after his            Panama. There they went to the
the last general meeting of the year.                                                  surgery. We all expect to see him on his           Panama Canal to watch a ship
      The Nov 12 meeting/pot luck
was a super success with residents
                                                                    Mary Lou           daily walk very soon.
                                                                                             Again and again this entire year,
                                                                                                                                          maneuver the locks from the
                                                                                                                                          Atlantic to the Pacific.
presenting delicious dishes to fit the
theme “International Dining.”                                        Kelly             the tree in the Core room has been a
                                                                                       reflection of the seasons of the year as
                                                                                                                                               The liner then took them to
                                                                                                                                          Cartagena, Columbia, and then to
      Officers for the 2011 year were                                                  well as the holidays.                              Montego Bay, Jamaica.
elected. Gary Ordway will remain                                                             Throughout the year, many people                  The cruise line was of Italian
as Captain with John Kannaly as                       Casa Verde                       walk through our building just to “oooh            origin, and they were treated to
                                                                                                                                          regional Italian cuisine every night.
Vice-Captain. Jean Wilson will be the                                                  and aaah” at the tree. It takes a lot of
Treasurer, and Mary Lou Kelly will            room Dec. 4, with some singing, some hard work, time and effort to come up                  Needless to say, after all this pasta
remain as Secretary.                          food, and lots of fellowship.            such cute, clever and varied ideas.                loading, they returned home to
      The Wing Lieutenants, Carol                  And in keeping with the party             Darlene Ordway as you know is the            shed a few extra pounds!
Babini, Fred Maisolle, Dotty Ott, and         theme, the big Christmas party is Dec. one responsible for the tree – getting
Lani Sirna will retain their positions.       from 10–5 p.m. at Alfano’s. Watch the the materials for the tree, putting them
Our “Sunshine Lady,” Betty Manard             bulletin board in the Core room for up and taking them down. Although the
– the wonderful lady who sends all            more information.                        time is always right to thank her for a
those birthday, anniversary and special            Congratulations to our own John wonderful job, this time of the year with
occasion cards — will continue in her         Kannaly, who has been elected President so many big holidays in rapid succession
position.                                     of the Good Neighbors. Good luck and requires giving Darlene an extra special
      By the time this edition of the         best wishes on your new job, John.       “Thank You.”
paper is distributed, Casa Verde will              Orville Taylor, a previous resident       So when you see Darlene, let her
have been bedecked with her Christmas         of Casa Verde, has moved to Arizona know how much you appreciate her
lights and greenery.                          to be with his daughter. If you need his hard work.
      To celebrate the “Decking the           address, check with our Captain.               May all of us have a safe and happy
Halls,” there will be a party in the Core          Everyone is thrilled to see Dennis Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.



         Dancercise
     Whether you are looking to
  maximize fitness, or simply looking

                                                             Attention Dog Walkers
  to improve your health, our dance
  exercise class will impact both —
  your fitness and your health status.
                                                       When picking up after your dog, do not throw
      Come participate in classes on
  Tuesdays and Fridays from 12–1 p.m.                   plastic bags down the storm drains. This is
  in the exercise room of the East Side
  Activity Center.
                                                        against the law. Be sure to always clean up
     Please call 736-5050 for complete                            while walking your dog.
  information on class structure, fees
  and attire.
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                            Busy travelers returning home for Christmas
                                Our fall business meeting was                                                       They will live in Toronto. Their
                          attended by a very representative                                                    daughter, Janice, and son-in-law,
                          number of residents presided over by                                                 James, are expecting the Farrell’s first
                          our able co-chairman Roger Nicoll.                                 Mary              grandchild in April.
                                Mary Ellis was asked to offer a                                                     Pat and Bart Santamaria will
                          blessing before a wonderful potluck                                Ellis             soon be among us with news of their
                          supper. Fried chicken was the main                                                   summer in Ontario. Her sister Jane and
                          entrée. There was some discussion of                                                 Bruce are already here, though in their
                          our building dues and Christmas gift to
                          our maintenance man.                                Saratoga                         new Brittany Farmhouse apartment.
                                                                                                                    Bud and Pat Goulding were also
                                Our Christmas dinner is scheduled                                              present at our pot-luck, having just
                          for Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Clearwater    Barbara put in her usual large garden, returned from their home in Boom
                          Country Club.                              which flourished, says Norman.            Siding, Newfoundland (near Corner
                                The reading of the minutes                 Sally and Fred Hibbs enjoyed Brook). They had taken four nights to
                          of the last meeting was postponed          their summer, even though hot, in drive here, with their daughter, Tracey,
                          by the secretary, Marella Cassels,         Gettysburg, Pa., visiting friends and joining them the first of November.
                          until our chairman, Laurie Wookey,         family. She is back at her exercise class      Then after a week of relaxation
                          has returned.                              teaching and painting the Fiddler’s they took a cruise out of Tampa for five
                                Our treasurer, Paul Thompson,        toys, which are given to needy nights. Tracey stayed for 10 more days,
                          read his report on the balances in our     children at Christmas. He is back at then returned home to work.
                          treasury. Mary passed out a number of      his tennis games.                              They say they will join our lawn
                          report sheets available for this month’s         Alex Michels, 20-year resident of bowling club and Bud will continue his
                          news. The remainder is available on our    Saratoga, went off to California for love of golf. Pat loves to paint and play
                          bulletin board for the next month.         eight days to visit his family. He does cards, but with another trip home for
                                Barbara and Norman Jacques           this annually, but doesn’t intend to Christmas with their two grandsons,
                          report that they can’t complain about      move from OTOW.                           aged 17 and 14, and family, they must
                          their summer in Rhode Island this                We were pleased to have our postpone these pursuits until January.
                          year. It was for them the best weather     Canadian Snowbirds back with us. Paul          They expect other family and
                          in a long time, in the 90’s. They live     and Phyllis Farrell from Prince Edward friends to visit them here in the New
                          by a lake and by the end of summer         Island, tell us that their summer was Year. They are also active members of
                          their 6-year-old granddaughter was         highlighted by the wedding of their their United Church of Canada.
                          swimming without a vest and jumping        son, Michel, and his bride, Sarah,             We send good withes to everyone
                          off the dock without hesitation. “It was   at the Stanley Bridge Resort on a for happy holidays with prayers for
                          entertaining to watch her enthusiasm.”     beautiful sunny day.                      those who cannot be with us!
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        Bob Hedlund
                                                 Building has an abundance of creative,
     (for Pat Zorland)                             talented residents, as shown here
                                                 I once wrote an article for this
                                           building that mentioned all of the
       Capistrano                          talent we have living in this building                                Sue
                                           alone.

    Getting all                                  To mention a few, we have poets,                               Morse
                                           those who do art in both oil and water
                                           color, photographers, frequent flyers,
    set for the                            train riders, interior decorators and
                                           re-upholsterers, duffers, arts and crafts
                                                                                                 Fujiwara
     holidays                              experts, chefs and computer nerds.
                                                 So I was not surprised when I
                                                                                       50 years of service as a chiropractor
                                                                                       to the Staten Island community.
      T h e O T OW Ve t e r a n s          received this picture of a perfectly
                                                                                             Victor is the chiropractor to
 Association honored Dr. Tom               made up clown who must have spent
                                                                                       the champion New York City Police
 Martin at its Veterans Day Assembly       hours putting this all together. (See
                                                                                       Department and the Curtis Warrier
 for his service as a Tech 4 during        photo.)
 WW2; his friend, Thelma Wishnek,                                                      football teams.
                                                 Meet Shirley Windich who went
 represented him at the ceremony.          to a party at the 34 Restaurant near              Dr. Dolan, a Staten Island native,
      Julia and Sam Contella               Indian Rocks Beach with her sister. I       has been active in the community for
 are hosting a family gathering            am sure her husband Jeff would not let      25 plus years and has been named as
 to celebrate their 10th wedding           her go out alone looking as gorgeous as     the first “Chief of Chiropractic” in a
 anniversary. Julia is also celebrating    this. They also stopped at Am Vets for      NYC hospital, and selected to care for
 her birthday. Congratulations, best
                                           a walk through.                             U.S.A. Olympic athletes at the OTC.
 wishes and many more!
      A holiday dinner will be held              It has been suggested that we all           Don’t forget to sign up for the
 at Heilman’s Beachcomber. During          dress up next year for Halloween and        Christmas Party at Island Way Grille       All dressed up for Halloween is
 the festivities, the new officers         go trick or treating — great idea!          when the list goes up.
                                                                                                                                  Fujiwara resident Shirley Windich.
                                                                                                                                                 (Photo by Bethyl Mayer)
 will be installed — President:                  Neil and Jean Obrien will soon be
 Tony Sinopoli; Vice-President:            making a trip to Staten Island to help
 Julia Contella; Secretary: Pat            Jean’s son, Dr. Victor Dolan, celebrate
 Zorland; Treasurer: Jackie Kailimai.
 Congratulations to all of them.
      A warm welcome back to
 Ruth and Walter Mazelin and Zack.
 Also, Leon and Barbara Huttig
 have arrived. We’re all happy to
 see you!
      Decorating is being planned
 and the holidays are coming and
 the goose is getting fat!



           * * * * * *
OTOW Press Association Meetings
When: First Thursday of each month
Where: East Side card room
Time: 1:30 p.m.
All reporters and those who contribute
to our newspaper are requested to join
us. Sign in at the desk when you arrive.
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           THE WAY WE WERE
                                                                                   Cruise to Alaska rewards
        A look back at the OTOW News
                                                                                 traveler with high adventure
                                                                                      There’s a big round shrub right at
                  (Part 20: December, 1972)                                     the entrance core of the west side of
                       By Dolores Burm and Elaine Gotler                        our building. It has grown to gargantuan
                                                                                propor tions in the many years                                  Cecile
   • The Entertainment Committee had two big hits: Over 300 neighbors
     in costumes attended the Halloween Costume Dance, and the Las
                                                                                I’ve lived here.
                                                                                      I call it “Karen’s bush,” because                        Sangiamo
     Vegas night was even bigger, with 700 attending.
                                                                                her family has always festooned it
   • New Year’s Eve was being planned as “An Evening in Paris.” Dancing         with different colored holiday lights
     and a buffet supper began at 9 p.m. and lasted until 1 a.m. Only $4.25     throughout the year. Now it has grown         English Tudor
     was charged for this wonderful night.                                      so big that the other day, Gary Burkett
   • The Michigan Club was organized.                                           and Ken Bettis were trimming the extra     where they saw caribou, Dall mountain-
                                                                                growth and had to use a ladder to clip     climbing sheep, moose, white Arctic
   • On Dec. 9 and 10, the chorus presented its Christmas program.              off the fronds at the top.                 fox and bears.
   • A “True History of On Top of the World” was ready for publication                A few days later, Van, Gary and           Part of the trip included a
     at $1 per copy.                                                            Dana, Tom and Barbara Holland and          river jaunt to a centuries-old gold
   • The Press Association staff asked for a list of New Years’                 Eloyd Baldwin spent a morning hanging      grinding mill, an Indian village and a
     resolutions related to OTOW activities. They were published in the         the strings of holiday lights to usher     Salmon Bake feast.
     January 1973 issue.                                                        in the Christmas season. We were the            By train they reached Skagway,
                                                                                first building on our block to light up    famous for the gold rush days when
   • Sports reports included ladies’ and men’s golf, shuffleboard, pool room,   in early November.                         thousands flocked to strike it rich
     lawn bowling, bowling, putting, walking, and cycling.                            Eloyd had just come from an          by panning for gold. Now only 500
   • The new golf course was nearing completion.                                exciting cruise to Alaska on the Holland   people live there and are responsible
                                                                                America Ryndam, stopping at Sitka,         for keeping the town maintained in
           Happy holidays! See you next in 1973!                                Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage            proper condition for the many visitors
                                                                                There they boarded a bus for Denali        during the season. Each day was an
                                                                                Nature Preserve, a restricted area,        unforgettable adventure.


  Building’s Christmas lights and decorations put up early
     It was good to see former resident Deanne Lange on                                                 Our resident elves, Jim Hinthorn and Harry McGrath,
Oct. 21, even though it was a short visit. Hugh Quirk played                                      got an early start stringing the building’s Christmas lights. We
host and grilled steaks for the bunch who attended.
     Although I couldn’t stay the entire evening, I heard that
                                                                                  Dawn            all enjoy the lights and holiday decorations, and it gets us in
                                                                                                  the mood for Christmas festivities. Thanks, fellas!
everyone had a good time. I think we always do when the
Flamenco residents get together.                                                  Rubio                 I didn’t know anyone still made gingerbread houses
                                                                                                  for the holidays until Charlotte Smedley told me about her
     I was a little surprised that the Veterans Day ceremony                                      family’s annual tradition. She taught her own daughters at
in the East Activity Center wasn’t better supported. It was a                                     their very young ages to do this, and now her grandchildren
short but moving ceremony, especially to the veterans in the            Flamenco                  eagerly await Grandma’s guidance and assistance each
audience. I believe that many more will join in next year’s                                       Christmas season. Those are the kinds of activities that
salute to our veterans.                                                                           make happy memories.
     I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have much for which
                                                                                    And now we all look forward to a new year with anticipation and
to be thankful.
     The fall flowers and decorations in our core look so nice. Thank you to    eagerness. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, an abundant Kwanzaa and
whoever took the time to select and put upthese decorations.                    Happy New Year to all!
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     CHRISTMAS NIGHT                              MERRY CHRISTMAS                                                                       REMEMBER WHEN
          By Alma W. Hudson                            By Alma W. Hudson                                                                    By Madeleine Wanda
Christmas night at home                    As we approach the Christmas season                                               I remember when I sat on Mother’s knee
Brought out our family love                The very most meaningful time of the year                                         I remember when she went to church with me,
As we gathered around                      We thank God over and over                                                        When we put lighted candles on the Christmas tree
And sang songs from above.                 To have so many friends here.                                                     When Santa came to see only me.
                                                                                                                             I remember looking at the beautiful store windows
My beautiful Mother                        We wish each and every one
                                                                                                                             And the numerous Santas were a mystery to me,
With her hands on the keys                 To have a beautiful day
                                                                                                                             Now lighted candles changed to Christmas bulbs
Would never miss                           And hope they will remember
                                                                                                                             Which are safer and a beautiful sight to see.
Playing all the melodies.                  To celebrate in a proper way.
                                                                                                                             Christmas will always be important to me
Then my Daddy joined in                    The wonderful U.S.A.                                                              Because I celebrate His birthday
On his special violin                      Is the very best place to be                                                      With or without a tree.
And all of our voices                      Because we know we can carry through
Surely did begin.                          Each step as we see.
We sang and sang
Had the greatest fun
Christmas evening meant so much                                                                                                 FUR FEVER
                                                                                                                               By Sidney B. Roth
When all was done.                                  CHRISTMAS PRAYER
                                                        By Madeleine Wanda                                     (From a book of poems titled “The Other Side of the
                                                                                                               Mirror,” in which this poem by Sidney was included)
                                        Dear Lord, you have given us this day
                                        So that we might play and pray,                                       There are tales of dogs and little boys
                                        And celebrate your most happy and blessed Birthday.                   Who cherish these pets more than toys,
                                        At Christmas time, may we all go your way,                            But older men in their later years
                                        May we know the importance of peace today,                            Have found an unending love for these furry dears.
                                        For charity may we with abundance pay.                                I too learned the meaning of unselfish devotion,
                                        May your Will be done today                                           For mine showed affection as deep as the ocean.
                                        That we love one another every day.                                   In sadness and sickness, he stood at my side
                                                                                                              And, in happy times, we walked along with
                                                                                                                   undaunted pride.
                                                                                                              If by chance we die on the same day,
                                                                                                              In the same grave I wish we shall lay
             THE CHRISTMAS SEASON                                                                             And I hope the Lord to heaven shall send
                Helen Doris Fitzgerald Morris                                                                 My wretched soul with my best friend.

    You’ll see no snowflakes floating around
    Finally covering the frozen ground.
    But you’ll see signs of Christmas, everywhere
                                                                                                                          THIS BABY BOY
    The hustle and bustle here and there.
                                                                                                                               Pete Ferrero
    The buildings all garbed out are quite a sight
    There, lights shining brightly throughout the whole night.                                  They say that seeing is believing           Trust can overcome unknown.
                                                                                                     I cannot call this true.                 Pure peace he does enjoy.
    Did you see the decorations on Apartment 49
                                                                                               We have inside a sense perceiving            Calm within his constant care,
    The job they did was, oh, so fine.
                                                                                                Truths that aren’t in plain view.          He knows a loving hand is there
    There are friendly hellos to folks you meet                                                We can choose to walk life blind.           And holds a lesson we can share.
    As you walk your dog along the street.                                                     But if allowed our souls can find,            Faith fulfills this baby boy.
    So enjoy the glad and happy whirl                                                             Sight of a more sacred kind,
                                                                                                                                            About two thousand years ago
    For Christmas is coming to “On Top of the World.”                                                We freely can employ.
                                                                                                                                            Another Child was born to us.
                                                                                               Immersed in immense innocence,
                                                                                                                                         The Prince of Peace we all can know
                                                                                              Untouched by pride or peer pretense,
                                                                                                                                            And call by name, Baby Jesus.
                                                                                               He commits no conflict or offense.
                                                                                                                                       Though His world was filled with danger,
                                                                                                 Faith formed in this baby boy.
                                                                                                                                          He slept within a humble manger.
                                                                                                There was a little one this year,          Uncertainty remained a stranger.
                                                                                                   Born to bless our family.                   He felt His Father’s joy.
                                                                                               He holds no trace of doubt or fear           For within this newborn Son,
                                                                                                   And rests in his security.             Untold tomorrows had been won.
                                                                                               Although his path will be his own,           Hope and promise had begun.
                                                                                                He knows he’s never left alone.           Faith flowed from this Baby Boy.
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   Lucky ladies go on Med cruise; visit fabled Isle of Capri
      Gladys Carignan is back home
after a glorious Mediterranean vacation
on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance                                 Elaine
of the Seas.
      She was accompanied by her four                              & Leonard
daughters, Judy, June, Jeri, and Jill. They
flew to Barcelona to board the ship for                             Gotler
the 12-day cruise, which began with
a walking tour in Toulon, France and                   Malagueña
lunch at a “fantastic” farmer’s market.
      In Florence, Italy, they hired a        to Venice, with its maze of waterways.
driver who took them to see beautiful         There they shopped and even took
churches, a bridge with houses built          a gondola ride!
on it, and the Academia Museum.                    Dubrovnik, Croatia, a large walled
They marveled at the magnificence of          city with beautiful churches, was next.
Michelangelo’s David and the Leaning          There, luckily, Gladys says, they met
Tower of Pisa (said to be Pinocchio’s         a group from England and said Mass
home); and in Rome, with another              with their priest. Then it was back
hired driver, they visited the Coliseum,      to Barcelona and Clearwater, after a
St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museum,       wonderful and memorable trip.             Gladys Carignan (second from the right) and her four daughters, Judy, June, Jeri, and Jill,
and the Sistine Chapel.                            A reminder to you, dear reader, with the Isle of Capri in the background during their recent 12-day Mediterranean cruise.
      In Naples, they took a boat trip        that our Malagueña Building’s holiday from Bette on the north and south                      Happy Hanukkah, Mer r y
to the beautiful Isle of Capri (see           party is Dec.5th at 4 p.m. at a different bulletin boards and sign-up now if Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy
photo at far right), followed by a trip       location this year. Please see the note you’ve not already done so.                    New Year.

     Reporter comes up with a timely column for the holidays
      December is all about Christmas.                                                     from a store? What if Christmas,                   A new year is quickly approaching.
As the weather turns just a little cooler                                                  perhaps, means a little bit more.” Good      2010 is quickly becoming history. My
(remember, this is Florida we’re talking               Allen Winston                       old Dr. Seuss.                               wishes for all my friends and neighbors
about) and daylight becomes shorter,                                                             I love Christmas. There’s no other     for 2011 … may God give you 12
the thoughts of Christmas surround                                                         time of the year that excites as the
us, even in our sleep.                                  Ottoman                            Christmas season. It’s a time that seems
                                                                                                                                        months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun,
                                                                                                                                        365 days of success, 8,760 hours of
      Christmas shopping, Christmas                                                        to bring out the best in all of us.          good health, 52,600 minutes of good
travel, Christmas gifts, Christmas            It’s not just a cheery few days to thaw            Christmas is simply a magical
                                                                                                                                        luck, and 3,153,600 seconds of joy.
stamps, Christmas carols, Christmas           the icicles off a dreary month (well,        season, where the air is filled with
wishes, Christmas lights, Christmas           dreary up North, not so dreary down          lively exuberance, spirits soar in joyous          May your weekly calendar be
pageants, Christmas trees, Christmas          here); it’s the reality of what took place   merriment, and families and friends          filled with Sensational Sundays,
decorations, Christmas eve, Christmas         in a stable over two millennia ago.          get together to share love and relive        Marvelous Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays,
spirit, Christmas cookies, Christmas                Dr. Seuss said it best. “And the       old traditions. It’s a season of sounds      Wonderful Wednesdays, Thankful
meals, Christmas lists, Christmas             Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in     and stars, colorful lights, a celebration    Thursdays, Friendly Fridays, and
movies, Christmas TV programs,                the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling,       of life, hope and all that’s good            Successful Saturdays.
egg nog, Santa, Frosty, Rudolph,              how could it be so? It came without          about humanity.                                    2011 is at the door. Remember,
and New Year resolutions (yes, it’s           ribbons. It came without tags. It came             This column is dedicated to            life is short, break the rules, forgive
that time again).                             without packages, boxes or bags.             everyone who still gets excited, and is
                                                                                                                                        quickly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably,
      It’s that time when you buy this        And he puzzled and puzzled, ‘til his         inspired, by the wonderful magic of
year’s gifts with next year’s money.          puzzler was sore.                            the Christmas season.                        and never regret anything that made
It’s that time of year we sing “happy               Then the Grinch thought of                   And what makes Christmas               you smile. A happy, healthy New Year
birthday” to someone very special, only       something he hadn’t before. What if          so significant and special? Easter!          to one and all!
we do it in the form of Christmas carols.     Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come          (Think about it.)

                                                Get the youngsters involved in live theatre
                                                   Greetings, everyone, especially the                                                 Gerry Dalley baked a double chocolate
                                              Snowbirds who have been slowly filtering                                                 birthday cake and topped it with a
                                              back since November.
                                                   I was told by a reliable source that a                           George             Barbie doll. I understand Mike took
                                                                                                                                       many pictures.
                                              few more are expected to be returning in
                                              the next few weeks. Have a safe trip, and                             Kolitsas                       At the Francis Wilson
                                                                                                                                       Playhouse on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, the
                                              we’re glad to have you back.                                                             theatre will present “The Craziest
                                                      On Friday, Oct. 29, Mike Mehas                                                   Christmas,” a play for children
                                              celebrated his 95th birthday with a party         Grecian Classic                        performed by adults. The performance
                                              attended by 16 friends. Again, all the                                                   runs less than an hour and is a great way
                                              participants brought appetizers, main                                                    to introduce children to live theatre.
                                              dishes and the like. According to Joyce Mehas, there were           Call the box office (446-1360) and speak to Gabrielle, the
                                              so many entrees, the hot dogs and hamburgers never made             box office manager. You can also make reservations for the
                                              it out to the grill. Mike received many gifts: Greek wine,          current or upcoming shows and events.
                                              Anisette, a licorice-flavored liqueur, and CDs and DVDs                     Submit something to me and it will be run in the
                                              of Mike’s and his brother’s dance bands. It was a fun trip          next issue. My phone number is 669-9215. Press deadline
                                              down memory lane.                                                   is the 15th of the month, so get it to me before then.
                                                   Mike stated he was very happy to have reached 95                       Thought for the month: “To be old and wise, one
                                              years young since, after all, age is only a state of mind.          must survive young and stupid.”
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      ‘What did you do for summer vacation?’ draws responses
       If you didn’t attend the ladies’                                                  here for Thanksgiving. They will spend            And then there’s Mary Fielder.
luncheon at the Green Springs Bistro                                                     Christmas with their family.                Mary proudly announced that she
last month, you missed some good
food, fellowship and fun.
                                                                     Marilyn                   Mary Spearman took two plane
                                                                                         trips this summer. In June, she flew to
                                                                                                                                     attended a baby shower for her soon-
                                                                                                                                     to-arrive great-grandchild in Leesburg.
       While there, we decided to have
the Christmas dinner on Dec. 17 at
                                                                      Lane               Dallas for the high school graduation
                                                                                         of granddaughter, Melanie, who is now
                                                                                                                                     I don’t believe I’ll live long enough to
                                                                                                                                     see any greats.
the Country Super Buffet. Check the                                                      attending college in Arkansas. Grandson           I can proudly say I accompanied
bulletin board for details. Also, since                                                  Frazier is a junior at Colorado State.
this is my first column since May, I              Royal Chateau                                Also she flew to Raleigh, N.C., to
                                                                                                                                     my daughter and her family on a 10-day
                                                                                                                                     trip in July from their Sacramento, Calif.,
threw out the composition teacher’s fall                                                 visit older son Steve and his wife Jane.
topic “What was the highlight of your                                                                                                home around the state of Oregon. The
                                               Another highlight was a ladies retreat on While there, they spent some days in        eight of us went up the chilly Pacific
summer vacation?” The following are            St. Simon’s Island, Ga., in October.      Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C.
some of the replies:                                                                                                                 coast exploring the lighthouses and
                                                     Joe and Janet Scolari both retired        Don’t our grandchildren keep
       In June, Eileen Hawk attended two                                                 us busy? Jean Gitlin had a wonderful        spectacular views, then to 100-degree
weddings – her granddaughter Jennifer’s        this past summer and are spending                                                     weather inland.
                                                                                         time at her grandson’s wedding in
and also the wedding of her youngest           much more time at their condo. Their Austin, Texas. Two weeks later she                     But the beauty of Mt. Hood,
son Chris in Sidney, Ohio. On the same         Ocean City, N.J., home just sold, and flew to New York City to her other              awesome Crater Lake, and watching
trip, she drove to Worthington, Pa., for       they are busy flying back and forth grandson’s graduation from law school.            the children’s faces at all of the
a high school reunion. She didn’t tell         emptying 20 years of “stuff ” to get This was a wonderful visit with her              wonders we surveyed made it another
how many years since her graduation.           ready for closing. Their children visited family, she added.                          memorable trip.


     Writer is glad to once again be at OTOW for the winter
       How lucky we are to be in Florida
to enjoy the great weather and neighbors
who live at OTOW.
       I am now happily ensconced in
                                                                        Don
our “winter home” and saying hello to
everyone I meet.
                                                                       Jones
       We tell everyone up North that
November is the best month for
weather all year. I don’t know if that                     Dorado
is because it is such a change from
the October cold and cloudy weather            that people are very friendly and that
that I have just experienced OR if the         the sun shines almost every day in
statistics actually support that idea. My      Florida (something we begin to take for
conclusion is that either way it is great      granted by April).
to be “home.”                                        Let’s talk about the friendly people
       If you live here all year, you should   in Florida. I have been visiting and/or
know that Snowbirds like me enjoy              living in Florida since the early 1970’s
the autumn trees that are out in full          and one thing that still strikes me as
bloom, the citrus trees that are starting      important and interesting is that people
to produce some fruit, the flowering           are willing to chat any place you run into
shrubs and also the roses that are             them – the grocery store, in line at the
still in bloom.                                bank, pumping gas at a filling station,
       Grass is usually greener than I         the swimming pool, the recreation               I hope you will take a moment to           Next month I should have some
remember it and if it has been a wet           centers and of course during the many think about how lucky we are to live and        information about Dorado residents to
summer, it is very green.                      functions that we are privileged to enjoy OTOW. Take time to smell the                share with you.
       I like to tell people up North          have at OTOW.                              roses and enjoy the Florida sun.


   Seasonal activities underway early at A.G.
     The Yule season here at American                                                     That way you will be ready for storage
Gothic is getting underway early. Our                                                     room inspection in February.
resident elves will be putting up the tree                           Merle                      A potluck supper/business
                                                                                          meeting was held Nov. 17 in the Sunrise
and trimmings Saturday, Dec. 4, with
coffee and donuts being served.                                    MacDonald              Room of the West Activity Center. At
                                                                                          that time the security and telephone
     The festivities will continue with
the Christmas/holiday party Monday,                                                       lists were updated. Volunteers were
Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Alfano’s restaurant
on Clearwater/Largo Road, just south
                                               American Gothic                            recruited for the building decorating
                                                                                          and the storage room cleanup and
of Morton Plant Hospital. There will                Volunteers will be needed to take     inspection. Residents were reminded
be a choice of six entrees with salad,         down the tree. This will be done in        that building dues are due.
dessert and coffee included.                   early January with the date still to be          In October, we lunched at Chili’s,
     Be prepared to pay by cash or             determined.                                where we said our goodbyes to Margaret
check, as NO credit cards will be                   While gathering your decorations      Ann and Richard Bien who are moving
accepted. The cost is $18; taxes and           from the storage room, consider sorting    to Virginia. We will miss them, and wish
gratuities are included.                       your belongings and updating the labels.   them well.
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                                                 Setting clocks back crimps reporter’s style
                        Margaret                     The return of Snowbirds continues                                                    for the people who are used to getting
                                                with the arrival of John and Elizabeth                                                    up about 5 a.m.; now they get up and
                         Doran                  Kokenyesi along with Andy and Joan
                                                McEvoy, and Norbert Mercier.
                                                                                                                    Howard                it is only 4 a.m. I wonder if pets have
                                                                                                                                          to be walked at different times now.
 Middle East Moorish
                                                     In a short while, Walter and Helen
                                                Sutkowi will be among the returnees.
                                                                                                                   Bergendahl             Very confusing!
                                                                                                                                                The Wednesday Men’s Breakfast
                                                I happened to see Andy riding his                                                         Club is expanding each week with
                                                bike, and he was the epiphany of
    Holiday                                     sartorial splendor, with matching shorts,              Orizaba                            more and more attendees. The world’s
                                                                                                                                          problems and many other things
                                                top and helmet.                                                                           are discussed over an egg platter (or
  party Dec. 20                                      Belated anniversary greetings
                                                to Joe and Burdell Kashinsky. They
                                                                                            waking up at 6 a.m. I get tired at the
                                                                                            wrong time and hungry when I am
                                                                                                                                          pancakes), but as of this date no specific
                                                celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss         not ready to eat.                             solutions have been forthcoming.
       ‘Tis the month of December
 and greetings to all who live in the           aboard a cruise ship.                             I think that they should set the              Linda Ledesma is hosting the
 Middle Eastern Moorish, especially                  Sign in my doctor’s office: “Dear      time and leave it alone. I was just getting   monthly luncheon at Island Outpost in
 our winter residents.                          Lord, help me to be as good a person        used to the sunset time, and now it is        Dunedin; a good turnout is anticipated.
       This is a wonderful time of              as my dog thinks I am.”                     dark too early. How many people forgot        (More on that event next month.)
 the year with all the decorations,                  Daylight Saving Time: The              to change their clocks and missed                   Cleaning tip: dusting and polishing
                                                changing of the clock has me completely     appointments or favorite TV shows?            may be made easier by putting an
 parties and gifts. The Christmas
                                                befuddled. I keep waking up at the                I changed all my clocks but forgot      old sock over your hand. But, the
 baking is also fun to look                                                                                                               easiest way to clean is to hire someone
                                                wrong time. I used to wake up about         the one in my car until I went an hour
 forward to.                                                                                                                              to do it for you!
                                                7–7:30 a.m., but now I find myself          early to a meeting. I feel especially sorry
       On Oct 21, at our building
 m e e t i n g , B e r n i c e To k a r s k i
 announced that our Christmas
 party will be held Dec. 20 at the                Yoshimitsu ladies visit famed Orlando hotel
 Clearwater Country Club. Bernice                    Last month our building traveler,                                              a tube down the lazy river, as well as
 and Joe Donnelly visited the club              Dorothy Churchill, along with a couple                                              played a round of miniature golf before
 for lunch and made the final
 arrangements. Mark your calendars
                                                of dear friends, took a trip to the
                                                Wyndham Resort near Orlando.
                                                                                                                    Barbara         returning to OTOW.
                                                                                                                                         We hosted a building meeting
 now and watch for the sign-up
 sheet on the bulletin board.
                                                     They had lunch by the pool,
                                                walked the boardwalk, enjoyed Karaoke
                                                                                                                   Sundberg         Sunday, Nov. 7, which was well-attended.
                                                                                                                                    The fellows made plans for decorating
       At this same meeting, it was             and played card games.                                                              our building for the holidays in line
 agreed we would have another                        They visited the legendary Peabody                                             with the Association lighting rules. Our
 meeting in January to plan upcoming            Hotel to see the ducks walk the red                Yoshimitsu                       building Christmas party is scheduled for
 events. Watch for the notice and               carpet. The tradition of the ducks in                                               Dec. 9, and our next building meeting
 plan to attend important building              The Peabody fountain began back in          beautiful Peabody fountain. Three will be on Super Bowl Sunday.
 get-togethers.                                 the 1930’s when Frank Schutt, General       small English call ducks were selected       Pauline Nodar is celebrating her
       Due to a change in routes,               Manager of The Peabody, and a friend,       as “guinea pigs”, and the reaction was birthday Dec. 4 and Ted Lizzardy will
 we have our long time mailman,                 Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend       nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus celebrate his birthday Dec. 22. Pauline
 Pete, back after an absence of two             hunting trip to Arkansas.                   began a Peabody tradition which has and Ted — enjoy your special day!
                                                     The men had a little too much          become internationally famous.               Jim joins me in extending to
 years. Welcome back, Pete! And to
                                                Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and thought            Dorothy and her friends watched everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry
 Michelle, who had the route for                it would be fun to place some of their      fireworks from Disney World, stopped Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and best
 the past two years, thanks, for a              live decoy ducks (it was legal then         at the Hilton Hotel Resort to listen to wishes for good health and happiness
 job well done!                                 for hunters to use live decoys) in the      the Dueling Pianos poolside and rode in the New Year.
       Don’t forget to make use of the
 news box below the bulletin board.
 Please put anything newsworthy in
 the box, to be used next month.
       A Merry Christmas and Happy
                                                  Birthday celebrations highlight the month
 New Year to all residents!                           You’d better be good. Santa is                                                        Adele’s 93rd birthday. Thanks go
                                                watching. You don’t want to find coal in                                                    to Adele and Ellen for pulling this
                                                your stocking Christmas morning!                                                            together.
                                                      A surprise birthday party was held at                              Fritz                    The autumn flowers in the
                                                the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa for John                                                   core are beautiful. Thanks, good
                                                Casas, who turned 90 on Saturday, Oct.                                   Kocka              fairies.
                                                30. Approximately 80 friends and relatives                                                        T h e l a d i e s ’ a n d m e n’s
                                                were in attendance.                                                                         luncheons were held Nov. 11.
                                                      The party was hosted by the Casas                    Valencia                         The ladies went to Joseph’s Little
                                                family and in-laws who spared no expense                                                    Italy on Patricia, and the men went
                                                on holding it in the beautiful main hall at                                                 to Denny’s.
                                                the spa. The ambience was delightful. You were greeted with            Arrangements have been made to have Christmas
                                                a table of finger food, followed by a huge gourmet buffet         dinner at the Clearwater Country Club on Dec. 16. Cost
                                                table. A wooden dance floor was surrounded by tables with         and menu will be posted on the bulletin board. Make checks
                                                background music being played during and after dinner.            payable to Ellen Gilbert. While you have your checkbook in
                                                      In attendance were four generations of John’s family        hand, include the ten dollars for our 2011 building fund.
                                                and close to 50 from the Valencia building. We all thank               A little late but not forgotten: Happy 90th
                                                you and your family. Happy 90th!                                  to Ellen Weaver!
                                                      Our October feast potluck was well-attended. Ham                 Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year.
                                                rolls were furnished by the building, and those in attendance          Mama sez: Man is like a streetcar. If you miss one,
                                                brought their specialty. The dessert was frozen cake from         there will be another along any minute (1960).
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       Remember to celebrate the true meanings of the season
      December is the month for                                                                We will miss having Norman              and close friends.
two religious holidays that are very                                                      and Doris Brown this year as they                  Margaret Copland was elected to
important to many of us: Christmas
and Hanukkah.
                                                                   Margaret               have decided to stay in Canada so
                                                                                          they can enjoy winter activities with
                                                                                                                                       the office of Chaplain in her Daughters
                                                                                                                                       of Scotia Lodge and looks forward
      Both Christianity and Judaism
have many beautiful traditions which
                                                                   Copland                their grandchildren. Norman came
                                                                                          down recently with his mother, Doris,
                                                                                                                                       to another active year with her DOS
are very meaningful. My wish is that in                                                   to get her settled in and then flew          sisters. She will also be returning to her
your preparation for the holidays, you                                                    back to Canada.                              choir at St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church
will remember the true meaning of why               The Gables                                 Our new residents are Chris and         in time to sing the beautiful music of
we celebrate, and have a truly blessed                                                    Debbie Hay on the Denmark side, and          the Christmas Season.
holiday season.                              it usually was the first thing I wanted to   Martin and Terrol Newland from North               Have wonderful celebrations with
      Yesterday, while at a grocery store,   eat from my stocking — so delicious!         Bay, Ontario, on the Brisbane side. We       family and friends at this beautiful
I saw someone picking up a mesh                    Snowbirds are arriving in greater      welcome you as new residents and hope        season, remember to be good to
bag of chocolate candy stamped and           numbers this month and we have already       we will get to know you better.              yourself and others, greet and smile at
wrapped in gold foil to resemble money       welcomed Doris Brown from Canada;                 Irene Marshall’s grandson, Morris,
                                             Mary Watson from North Carolina;                                                          someone every day, and be as happy
– gelt — and it made me think back to                                                     was married Oct. 29th at North Baptist
my childhood when I was sure to have         Al and Pat Aleks from Michigan; Bill         Church, with a reception at the Dunedin      as you can.
three things in my Christmas stocking:       and Renate Baird, also from Canada;          Country Club. Irene was dressed                    Look forward to the year 2011
a tangerine, a pomegranate, and a mesh       and Norma Kearns, all for the winter         beautifully as the grandmother of            with a song in your heart!
bag filled with gelt. I never knew it was    season. It is nice having you back to        the groom, and reported that it was
a Hanukkah gift until I was older, but       enjoy our beautiful Florida winters.         a wonderful celebration of family


Snowbirds get busy immediately upon arrival                                                                                                Sandy Sally Marlene
      The Snowbirds are back — at least                                                   All in all, it is safe to say that Pat has
some of us!
      Stan and I arrived in Clearwater                Arlene Berger
                                                                                          had a very happy season
                                                                                                Dick and Mary Graham were
                                                                                                                                                     Viking
Nov. 2 and had dinner with our son                                                        delighted to have their daughter
and family. Several days later, after                                                     Linda and son-in-law John visit from
brunch with the family at Lenny’s, we                   Granada                           California. The entire Graham family           New reporter
headed out again.                                                                         celebrated Dick’s 81st birthday and
      We went up to our time share in
Kissimmee, where we relaxed for awhile
                                             we immediately got back into the
                                             swing of things, which included a trip
                                                                                          Mary and Dick’s 60th anniversary, with
                                                                                          a lovely dinner at a fine restaurant.
                                                                                                                                          for Viking
before picking up our New Jersey             to the Chihuly Exhibit. Trish Burch,               The icing on the cake was the news            After a hiatus of about a year,
grandson and his friend at Orlando           Pat Dalziel and Mary Brussich also           from Linda and John, that they plan to         the Viking building report will be
Airport. Both of them were fortunate         saw the exhibit and we all delighted         move to Clearwater from California in          active again. On Nov. 10 a meeting
enough to find employment after              in the extraordinary beauty of Dale          the near future.                               was held to make plans for the
college graduation last year.                Chihuly’s talent.                                  Janette Lashua celebrated her 80th       future. We will go out for a holiday
      Jason is making use of his degree            Pat Dalziel celebrated a very          birthday with family and friends. We           luncheon or dinner future socials
in Physics while working for an              special birthday with friends from           wish all our celebrants happiness good         and work on our storage room.
international organization in Princeton,     various parts of Florida, as well as         health and heartfelt congratulations.               It was decided that we would
N.J., and his friend is working for the      Arkansas and Illinois. They went on                We will have our annual building         hold monthly meetings, probably
“Teach America” program.                     a moonlight dinner cruise, which             holiday party Dec. l5th at the Island          in the second-floor core, at about
      Their employers will also help         they all enjoyed.                            Way Restaurant. It is something we are         6 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
them to gain their Masters degrees. We             Pat also visited Illinois twice this   all looking forward to.                             Come participate in building
are proud of them and treated them to        past season. The first time was to attend          Happy holidays to all, and until         business and social events.
a well-deserved vacation.                    her granddaughter’s bridal shower, and       next time, remember: The largest room
      Upon our return from Kissimmee,        the next time was to attend the wedding.     is the room for improvement.


      It’s tree-trimming time at Rural French
      On Tuesday, Dec. 7, we will trim                                               ‘cause she’ll surely dunk me and get
the tree in the core. Time is 5 p.m.                                                 my wings wet!
Sign-up sheet to follow. New people
and returnees – we will have a great
                                                                      Gloria              We l c o m e b a c k J o h n a n d
                                                                                     Nora McGaughey and Claudette
night! We’re ready for all your delicious
homemade things (even if they’re not
                                                                     Clifford        and Rollie LaPointe.
                                                                                          I can now unwind after my
homemade). Come and enjoy.                                                           granddaughter, Heather Marie, and
      Last month’s issue showed a picture
of our Monday to Friday aerobics class,
                                                   Rural French                      Christopher Beadnell wed at Madison
                                                                                     Square Special, with 102 people
but it wasn’t the Polar Bear Class. It was   ago. After she got to know me, she attending. Heather went to the Jr.
our regular large group class. Elsie Jane,   started to dunk me up and under. No Olympics to compete in Germany in
instructor, would be thrilled if her class   one warned me of her sneaky tactics.
                                                                                     Tai Kwon Do, if you remember..
in cold temperature of the Polar Bear        When Elke went to another class, I
                                                                                          Recycle (read the new regulations).
Class was that large.                        missed that. At her celebration of
      A little story about Elke and me.      life, she said, “She would meet us      Be good to one another. God bless!
I met her at aerobics class eight years      again.” I hope there is no water there,
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         Reporter’s visit to Big Apple proves to be too short
      New York truly is an amazing city!                                            here in time to host the November                for a visit with 22-month-old Michael
I spent a long weekend there during this                                            core luncheon, but I know they                   Joseph. Joe told me he baby-proofed his
past month visiting with my sister who
lives in Manhattan.                                               Glenda            will be looking forward to it when
                                                                                    they do arrive.
                                                                                                                                     home before they arrived, but Michael
                                                                                                                                     is still finding stuff to get into. No
      When she told me to look in the
newspaper and decide what I wanted                               Greenman                 We have a new neighbor, Judy
                                                                                    Hetrick from Pennsylvania. Judy will be
                                                                                                                                     greyhounds this month for Joe!
                                                                                                                                           Be sure to sign up for the Holiday
to do during my (too-short) stay, I was                                             a year-round resident. Liz Buckley and           Party at Island Way Grill on Wednesday,
simply overwhelmed by all the options                                               I will be going around compiling and
available to us. However, we did get             Emerald Isle                       updating the building list, which will
                                                                                                                                     Dec. 8. The notice and sign-up sheet
                                                                                                                                     have been posted. I wish everyone a
to see a few shows, two museums and                                                 be distributed, to everyone. Hopefully,          joyous holiday season. See you next
many, many restaurants. If you plan to      back to Cathy and Larry Faulkner, back we can accomplish this by our building
                                                                                                                                     year — 2011 — wow!
go, bring “lots” of money.                  from Indiana, and to Lise Christin from meeting in January.
      Well, I know of two sets of           Quebec. We were all disappointed that         Joe Heller is in “hog heaven”
Snowbirds that have returned: Welcome       Joyce and Mike Donnelly didn’t get with his daughter and son-in-law down


  Resident departs OTOW, but is still within hailing distance
      Here we are watching the last days                                                She says it was so much fun to watch.        especially enjoy having Joan at Beckett
of 2010 fleeting away. I pray it has been                                               There were five couples competing.           Lake, as she joins me for the Friday
a good year for all and you are eagerly
looking forward to 2011.
                                                                     Val                Adele had another birthday Oct. 2, but
                                                                                        she didn’t tell me which one. Happy
                                                                                                                                     Happy Hour with Frank and we get a
                                                                                                                                     chance to catch up on the news.
      Oct. 23 was our dinner together
at the Golden Coin. Sorry so many of
                                                                   Kastner              belated birthday, Adele!
                                                                                               Connie Valentine missed her
                                                                                                                                           Alva and Rose Wallace have
                                                                                                                                     purchased Joan’s unit. They are
you missed the fellowship. By the time                                                  grandson’s first birthday. Because of        moving from the Azteca Building. I
you read this we will have gathered at                                                  illness she had to cancel her trip to New    see lots of activity going on over there
the Red Lobster Nov 13. I’m getting                 Melbourne                           York. Now she is thinking about trying       and I hope to meet and greet them
this news in for an early deadline so no                                                again, but, with the weather changing,       in person soon.
details, but I hope I have seen many        cut. She gets it cut the 28th. If you rub   she will see.                                      I wish you all good health in this
of you at this dinner. Thanks again to      her belly, she will love you!                      We are sorry to have Joan Tannahill   busy season. Have a Joyous Hanukkah
Anita for her planning.                            Adele Friedlander’s son, Paul, won   move from Melbourne, but she still           and a Merry Christmas. And safe
      Francis Rice wants everyone to        first prize in a program called “Dancing    is close by at Beckett Lake, and we          travel if you go to spend your holidays
look at Peaches with a Mohawk hair          with the Local Stars in Pasco County.”      still love seeing her at the dinners. I      with your family.
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      Vacation trip to Hawaii left some indelible memories
     Aloha to everyone in OTOW
from everyone at Hawaiian Towers.
        The building has been very                          Yvonne
busy with different goings-on.
Residents spent this past month                            Courtney
going out to dinner at Cody’s.
Everyone who went had a good
time, so remember next time you are     Hawaiian Towers
invited, go and have a good time too.
The dinner is always posted on the           Chris Silva spent time going to
bulletin board by the waste room, so    Boston to see her first grandchild,
just sign up.                           who happens to be a boy.
     The holiday party is set for            The Courtneys took an
Dec. 9 at 5:30 at Bon Appétit.          adventure to Hawaii to see their
Everyone is welcome to come. All        son and his family. There are three
the information about the party is      grandchildren, two boys and a girl.
on the bulletin board.                  They had never seen the little girl –
     We had a few people in our         what a little doll.
                                                                                This lovely photo of a spectacular rainbow was taken in Hawaii by Yvonne Courtney while
building who took a little time to           There were many things to do,      she and her husband were on vacation there.
do some traveling. The Hunters          and they saw some of the highlights.
went on a 12-day road trip through      They went to the Pa’li lookout in       young, and they all dress up, even          thunder or lightning, and here is a
Biloxi, New Orleans and Texas.          Honolulu, where the show Hawaii         people who are working. They                lovely picture (above) of why it’s
The Riverwalk in San Antonio was        Five-O was being filmed. They ate       partied all evening.                        called the Rainbow State.
a highlight; so were the cattle drive   dinner one night in a tree house, and        It rained seven of the 10 days              Our building would like to
and Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth. They     were there to take part in Halloween.   they were there, but that does not          wish everybody a Happy Chanukah,
traveled with a couple from their       It was unbelievable.                    stop anyone from swimming or                Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas and a
Clearwater High School days.                 Everyone takes part, old and       picnicking. They very seldom have           Happy New Year!




          Happy Holidays from the staff and volunteers of the OTOW News!
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     Cathy, Madeline and Jack: They all turned 90 recently
      This was the year for the big 9-0!                                                                                                   with Madeline’s name on it, coffee and
Three residents of Rancho Del Mundo,                                                                                                       many hugs. Candy kisses were handed
Catherine “Cathy” Patterson, Madeline                               Judi                                                                   out to everyone!
Thome and Jack Patterson celebrated                                                                                                             In addition, Peggy had been
their 90th birthdays recently.                                    Crenshaw                                                                 working behind the scenes to be sure
                                                                                                                                           Madeline received at least 90 birthday
      Jack Patterson quietly, celebrated
his 90th birthday a few months ago.                                                                                                        cards. She was ‘showered’ with 103
Jack’s son traveled to Clearwater to                                                                                                       cards, which you can see in the photo.
share this very special occasion with        Rancho Del Mundo                                                                                   Last but not least, Madeline’s
his Dad. Jack is no relation to our next                                                                                                   children (one son and two daughters)
birthday celebrity, Cathy Patterson.                                                                                                       and grandchildren surprised her by
      Our next celebrity is Cathy                                                                                                          coming to Clearwater Beach for several
Patterson. She came into this world                                                                                                        days of continued festivities in honor
on Father’s Day 90 years ago. On                                                                                                           of her 90th birthday.
Father’s Day this year, Cathy went to                                                                                                           Peggy Kane considers Madeline
church as usual.                                                                                                                           to be her angel. After moving here six
      After the service she walked                                                                                                         years ago, it was Madeline who took
into the Fellowship hall to find a                                                                                                         Peggy under her wing, teaching her
huge surprise! A room full of church                                                                                                       about the city and, of course, how to
members and many of her friends
                                                                                           Cathy Patterson is shown here at her birthday   play Pinochle. Madeline is involved in
and good neighbors from Rancho del         Cathy Patterson was born 90 years ago
                                                                                           party with Jack Patterson (no relation)         many activities and is known for her
                                                                                           to mark Jack’s 90th birthday.
Mundo were present.                        on Father’s Day, and was quite surprised this                                                   giving and caring nature.
      Two large cakes, a long table        Father’s Day with a rather large celebration.                                                        Happy Birthday, Jack, Cathy
                                                                                           decorating our bulletin board on the
spread with a beautiful buffet luncheon,                                                                                                   and Madeline!
                                                                                           first floor each and every month.
balloons, gifts and cards added to                                                                Jack Patterson attended Cathy’s
the celebration. All of this had been                                                      party and can be seen in a photo
kept a secret for weeks, difficult when                                                    with Cathy.
one considers how much time Cathy                                                                 Madeline Thome was taken by
spends at the church volunteering                                                          complete surprise early in November.
for various jobs.                                                                          While playing cards on a Tuesday
      Cathy’s apartment was also festive                                                   evening in the clubhouse, her card
with flowers, cards and phone calls. A                                                     friends, led by Peggy Kane, created
friend from Quebec flew in to surprise     Madeline Thome shows off her fully-loaded       a lovely celebration by providing
her as well. Cathy is well known for       90th birthday table of cards, gifts, etc.       colorful cupcakes, a beautiful cake
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                        Oct. 1                                                                                                                                                                  (Continued from previous column)
Sergio Pistella .......................................1720
Jane Child..............................................1630                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday, Oct. 20
                                                                                                                                                                                             1.................Walter Balderson, Ann Morreale
                        Oct. 4
                                                                                                                                                                                             2............. Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman
Julie Solfronk ........................................4460
                                                                                                                                                                                             3....................... Hans Sanner, Dorothy Ehler
Van Jones ..............................................4180
                                                                                                                                                                                             4......................................Ed Nagel, Liz Bohl
                 Oct. 4 (P.M.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saturday, Oct. 23
Sergio Pistella .......................................4510                              Bertie Lewis
Chet Czeczot .........................................2690                                                                                                                                   1..................Orletha Van Etten, Jerry Kaplan
                                                                                      Oct. 14                                                         Oct. 14                                2.................... Beverly Gibbo, Karen Russell
                       Oct. 7                                     6530 (1st Place)............................Ann Reed            6340 (1st Place)...............Marilyn Helmrath            3...........................Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise
Regina Dietrich .....................................3160         6250 (2nd Place) .................. Martha Brown                6170 (2nd Place) ................ Julie Hofmaster          4.................Julienne Workman, Kay Ralston
Julie Solfronk ........................................3142                                                                       Double Pinochle .................... Jackie Powers
                                                                                      Oct. 28                                                                                                                     Monday, Oct. 25
                  Oct. 8 (P.M.)                                   6420 (1st Place).................... Martha Brown                                   Oct. 19                                1................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
Sergio Pistella .......................................3610       6380 (2nd Place) .................... Alma Zurkan               6760 (1st Place).................. Julie Hofmaster         2............................Hilda Platte, Tom McKee
Jane Child..............................................3020                                                                      6580 (2nd Place) ..........................Ann Reed        3.........................Georgia Jensen, Lu Erskine
                    Oct. 11                                                           Nov. 4                                      Double Pinochle .....................Bob Whitney,          4............. Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman
Florence Fingerhut ................................3810           6830 (1st Place)........................Ed Fronzoni              Joan Mannarino, Al Anderson
                                                                  6760 (2nd Place) ..................... Alma Zurkin                                                                                            Wednesday, Oct. 27
Marilyn Miller.......................................3530
                                                                  Double Pinochle .....Ann Reed, Ann Stewart                                          Oct. 21                                1............. Harriet Sanner, Julienne Workman
                       Oct. 14                                                                                                    6670 (1st Place)................. Madelyn Thome            2........................ Betty Sagun, Karen Russell
Van Jones ..............................................4280                         Nov. 11                                      6250 (2nd Place) ................ Julie Hofmaster          3.................... Orletha Van Etten, Norm Ellis
Ella Van Dorn ........................................4220        7120 (1st Place)...................... Alma Zurkan                                                                         4............................Tom McKee, Hilda Platte
                                                                  6920 (2nd Place) .................... Chet Czeczot                                  Oct. 26
                    Oct. 18                                                                                                                                                                                       Saturday, Oct. 30
                                                                  Double PinochlePat Gilghrist, Bertie Lewis,                     6830 (1st Place)................... Barbara Hogan
Regina Dietrich .....................................3860                                                                                                                                    1...............................Jane Child, Joan Moore
                                                                   Russ Zurkan                                                    6720 (2nd Place) ..................... Craig Brown
Naoma Harper .......................................3410                                                                                                                                     2........................ Betty Sagun, Karen Russell
                                                                                                                                  Double Pinochle ................ Julie Hofmaster,
                    Oct. 21                                                          Nov. 18                                       Barbara Hogan                                             3....................Thelma Wishnek, Kay Ralston
Naoma Harper .......................................3910          6220 (1st Place)....................... Bertie Lewis            Round House...................... Julie Hofmaster          4................... Orletha Van Etten, Bob Zeman
Nancy Savelle .......................................3280         6200 (2nd Place) ......................... Ann Reed             Took All Tricks ....John Abela, Pat Gilghrist
                                                                  Double Pinochle .............Virginia McGinnis                                                                                                   Monday, Nov. 1
                      Oct. 25                                                                                                                                                                1................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
                                                                                                                                                      Oct. 28
Regina Dietrich .....................................4320                                                                                                                                    2..................... Frank Schlotter, Jerry Kaplan
                                                                                                                                  6730 (1st Place).................. Julie Hofmaster
Julie Solfronk ........................................3790                                                                                                                                  3........................... Jane Child, Karen Russell
                                                                                                                                  6390 (2nd Place) ....................Norma Fusari
                    Oct. 28                                                                                                       Double Pinochle .................................... Lou   4............................ Betty Sagun, Jana Packer
Marilyn Miller.......................................3750                                                                                                                                                       Wednesday, Nov. 3
Naoma Harper .......................................3740                                                                                               Nov. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                             1............. Harriet Sanner, Julienne Workman
                                                                                                                                  6840 (1st Place)............................Joan Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                                             2..........................Beverly Gibbo, Nita Akers
                                                                                                                                  6810 (2nd Place) ...............Lou Notarangelo
                                                                                                                                                                                             3........................ Betty Sagun, Karen Russell
                                                                                                                                  Double Pinochle .Maxine Murray, Don Rice
                                                                                                                                                                                             4.........................Georgia Jensen, Lu Erskine
                                                                                                                                  Round House........................... Pat Gilghrist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saturday, Nov. 6
                                                                                                                                                      Nov. 4                                 1................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
                                                                                                                                  6410 (1st Place)...............Marilyn Helmrath            2...........................Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise
                                                                                                                                  6400 (2nd Place) ....................Ken Doolittle         3..................Julienne Workman, Joan Moore
                                                                                                                                                      Nov. 9                                 4....................Thelma Wishnek, Kay Ralston
                                                                                                                                  7030 (1st Place)....................Betty Eggleton                               Monday, Nov. 8
                                                                                            Oct. 20                               6820 (2nd Place) .............Marilyn Helmrath             1.........................Georgia Jensen, Lu Erskine
      PROGRESSIVE EUCHRE                                          1750.......................................Muriel Landau
                                                                  1500...............................................Fran Peck
                                                                                                                                  Double Pinochle .................Maxine Murray,            2................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
         EAST SIDE – Thursdays                                                                                                     John Abela, Bruna Moro                                    3............. Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman
                                                                                            Oct. 27                               Round House.......................Maxine Murray
     Diane Bigelow – Maxine Murray                                                                                                                                                           4..................... Frank Schlotter, Jerry Kaplan
                                                                  3500.........................................Ann Gehrling       Took All Tricks ...... Ann Reed/Hilda Platte;
                                                                  2690......................................... Mary Schunk        Jackie Powers/Hilda Platte; Ann Reed/Lou                                    Wednesday, Nov. 10
                      Oct. 14 Winners
                                                                                            Nov. 3                                                                                           1.............................Bob Zeman, Jana Packer
1....................................... Chauncey Starkey
2........................................... Joyce Engelbert      3770......................................... Mary Schunk                                                                  2...........................Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise
3.............................................. Doris Clanton     3260.............................................. Elsie Toth                                                              3............. Julienne Workman, Beverly Gibbo
4...........................................Lila Carmichael                                                                                                                                  4.......................... Harriet Sanner, Nita Akers
                                                                                           Nov. 10
                      Oct. 21 Winners                             2150.......................................Muriel Landau                                                                                        Saturday, Nov. 13
1........................................... Maxine Murray        2020......................................... Mary Schunk                                                                  1....................... Harriet Sanner, Harry Coley
2.............................................. Doris Clanton                                                                                                                                2................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
3................................................. Ron Murray                                                                                                                                3....................... Grace Meehan, Lillian Phail
4............................................... Fran Milanec                                                                                                                                4....................Thelma Wishnek, Kay Ralston
                      Oct. 28 Winners                                                                                                                                                                             Monday, Nov. 15
1.................................................... Joan Wolf                                                                         Walter Balderson, Director                           1.........................Georgia Jensen, Lu Erskine
2....................................... Chauncey Starkey                                                                                                                                    2................... Paul Streigle, Walter Caithness
                                                                                                                                   (Top leaders listed for each playdate)
3........................................... Joyce Engelbert                                                                                                                                 3............................ Betty Sagun, Jana Packer
4........................................... Maxine Murray                                                                                             Monday, Oct. 18                       4............. Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman
                      Nov. 4 Winners                                                                                              1............. Beverly Gibbo, Julienne Workman                               Wednesday, Nov. 17
1.............................................. Doris Clanton                                                                     2.........................Lu Erskine, Georgia Jensen
                                                                                                                                                                                             1...........................Jean Rhame, Pat Van Hise
2.................. (tie) Joan Wolf/Arnie Engelbert                                                                               3.................... Joan Mannarino, Jerry Kaplan
                                                                                                                                                                                             2............................. Jana Packer, Bob Zeman
3............................................Norma Neiland                                                                        4........................ Betty Sagun, Karen Russell
                                                                                                                                                                                             3................ Orletha Van Etten, Evelyn Reece
4................................................. Opal Bowin                                                                             (Continued in next column)                         4......................................Ed Nagel, Liz Bohl
                                                                     ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                      December 2010 / Page 73


       Even though Thanksgiving is over, we
        can still find reasons to give thanks                                                                                                                  Pat
      We always have many reasons to
be thankful. With that in mind, I’m
                                                                                                                                                               Weir
beginning this column with a beautiful                               Dolores
story accompanied by an equally
                                                                                                                                                   Nagoya
beautiful photo of an event that was
a blessing to one of our residents
                                                                     Courage
and her family.
      Hilda Platte recently became a                                                                                                      Volunteers
great-grandmother. Since it’s her fourth,                    Rizal                                                                         needed to
this is not the main cause for a little
extra thanks. Following a few years of
family tragedies, the family emerged
                                              lucky guy). Donna, as always, was the
                                              “Hostess with the Mostest.” Attending
                                                                                                                                         help decorate
victorious, and Hilda is now the proud        the celebration were Gloria Johnson,                                                             Building residents have been
great-grandma of her latest two, Emalyn                                                                                                  busy getting ready for all the
                                              Gloria Lee, Richard and Bert Wake and         Emalyn Lalone, 2 years old, and newborn
and Alayna, born to her granddaughter                                                                                                    holidays coming up. So far we have
                                              Dolores (c’est moi) and Ray Courage.          sister Alayna, get to know one another.
Laura and husband Courtney Lalone,                                                                                                       seen pumpkins and fall wreaths
who live in North Carolina.                   On the subject of age, well, Joe Carlo is                                                  replacing summer ones. Barbara
                                              just like our beautiful Florida weather…      trick or treating in Downtown Disney.
      In this precious photo (at far                                                                                                     Phillips, in keeping with her usual
right), Emalyn is 2 years old and appears     in the comfortable low 80’s!                  Every year I’m amazed at how many            large balloon decorations, did a nice
to be totally in love with her new sister            Following Joe Carlo’s big bash         people celebrate Ray’s birthday (even        job for Halloween.
who is less than a week old. It didn’t        was another Scorpio birthday for Ray          total strangers) and give him candy. He            Some of the winter residents
take her long! Who could blame her?           Courage. Ray was born on Halloween.           tells me it’s been like that all his life!   returning are Don and June
      Our very own, Joe Carlo, enjoyed        This year we celebrated with a nice                 Happy birthday to all those born       Richardson, Morris and Joan
a great dinner/birthday party given           dinner at Disney. We also enjoyed the         in December, and a very happy holiday        Filippelli, Don and Caryl Halpin,
by his beautiful wife, Donna (Joe is a        food and wine festival at Epcot and           season to everyone.                          Larry and Betty Bartlett, and
                                                                                                                                         Neil and Mar y McLaughlin.
                                                                                                                                         Welcome back!
   Resident hosts Irish visitors for two weeks                                                                                                 We also have several new
                                                                                                                                         neighbors moving into the building.
       Recently, Mike Cooper’s two                                                          over 20 years ago. She taught physical       They are Patrick and Mary (Pat)
sisters, Phyllis and Marie, visited him                                                     education in school and is interested        Fallon, Melvin and Barbara
from Ireland for over two weeks.
       They were here at the right time
                                                                        Gloria              in most any type of sport. She plays
                                                                                            bridge and recalls playing with a woman
                                                                                                                                         Tennille and Tom Boylan. Welcome
                                                                                                                                         to Nagoya!
to enjoy our building’s cookout, and
they saw how handy Mike is on the
                                                                        Walz                in a nursing home who was 106 years
                                                                                            old. Joyce has four children, two sons
                                                                                                                                               On Dec. 9, the annual building
                                                                                                                                         Christmas dinner will be held at the
grill. It was a good time for them to                                                       and two daughters.                           Bolla Restaurant on Missouri Ave.
meet many of Mike’s neighbors and                                                                 We will probably have more             More details will appear on the
for us to enjoy their stories of their life           Modernage                             newcomers in next month’s column.            bulletin board.
back in Ireland.                                                                                  We would like to have you join us            The Juliet Club is changing
       Of course our many gourmet             so easy to find decent programs these         in our eating out, so scan our bulletin      the day of the week for its monthly
cooks provided us with luscious dishes        days. He is a past General Motors             board to see when we will be eating —        luncheon. That club will now meet
to make our stomachs cheer. They were         employee. His daughter, Jan Baker,            at noon (every other month), or eating       the second Wednesday of the month
very busy going to the beach, shopping        and her husband, Dean, also live              later in the day.                            (instead of the second Tuesday).
and even taking a trip on the gambling        in our building.                                    Also come to our yearly meeting        There will be an announcement
ship out of New Port Richey.                        Lynn Long hails from Grapevine,         (check the bulletin board again) to          on the bulletin board about the
       We have some new residents             Texas. He formerly lived in Montgomery,       meet more of your neighbors. All you         new date and time.
in our building to welcome. My first          Ala., and Greenville, S.C. Lynn’s interests   old-timers (and short-timers too), are             Don’t forget — we need
interview was with Hayes Hardin. We           include family, playing poker and             a good neighbor and welcome these            volunteers to help get the building
had a few laughs while comparing the          studying history. In the history category,    new residents to our Modernage               decorated for Christmas.
“advantages” of the Golden Years.             he mostly enjoys learning about past          building family.
Hayes hails from North Ridgeville,            religions and Christianity.                         Also check the bulletin board for
Ohio, but is originally from Missouri.              Another newcomer is Joyce               information on our Dec. 10 Christmas
He likes to read and to watch his large       Wilson, who comes from Ottawa,                dinner dance. Mike Cooper needs your
television, but we agreed that it’s not       Canada. She lived here at OTOW                reservation and money by Dec. 3.




             John Kannaly
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   No fish story here: Husband returns with some good eatin’
      Merry Christmas! It’s almost here
you know, and there’s still so much
to do. Who said that retirement was
a bore? I remember hearing so many
                                                                      Terri
working people say, “…but what do                                   Mikszenas
you do to keep yourself busy?” Bet
we all have some good answers for
that one!                                            Englander
      We are still following the progress
of John Brophy who is recovering                   It sure was delicious though. We
from hip surgery and still at rehab          are so lucky to live near the Gulf —
but improving all the time. By the           it provides us so much in the way of
way, Chickie calls him Jake and he           activities and scenery — and it is a
calls her Ana May and I’m not going          magnet for our visiting families.
to print what my husband and I call                How many of you are expecting
each other...but it is cute!                 yours this winter for a visit? If you tell
      Speaking of husbands, mine             me about it, I could write something
went fishing this past month and             in this column and just think how
brought home a 12-pound Kingfish             important your guests would feel!          Dick Mikszenas holding a 12-pound Kingfish caught in the Gulf during October.
so I could take a photo of it, shown               May your holidays be filled with
here. After cleaning it in our kitchen       joy, getting together with friends and          Peace and joy to you and to                  Please also have a safe New
sink, I’m thinking it would have been        family, remembering those who are no the ones you love as our world Year’s Eve and a vibrant and
easier if he just came home with the         longer with us and enjoying the spirit celebrates Yule, Chanukah, Kwanzaa healthy new year!
fish stories!                                of the season!                             and Christmas during this month.



  Summer trips recounted as Snowbirds return                                                                                   CONDOMINIUM OWNERS
      The parking spaces at Americana                                                    Francis Wilson Playhouse presentation WHO RENT THEIR UNITS
are now quite full since most of the                                                     of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
Snowbirds have returned.
      Our social season started with
                                                                Carol                          George and Angela Georgiou
                                                                                         visited their son Chris and daughter-
                                                                                                                                          OWNERS who rent direct must
                                                                                                                                      request necessary forms for securing
the “welcome back” coffee social
on Saturday, Nov. 20. Lots of happy
                                                             Muntzenberger               in-law Petra and their two cats in
                                                                                         Jacksonville, Ore. They enjoyed the fall
                                                                                                                                      Activity Cards for their renters by
                                                                                                                                      submitting a written request giving
greetings and run-downs of what we’ve                                                    colors during their walks on the trails in   Building Number, Apartment Number,
been doing since last spring’s BBQ                                                       and around this old mining town. In the
and picnic. Plus we had the chance                   Americana                           evenings they were treated to gourmet
                                                                                                                                      the address of the Apartment and
                                                                                                                                      enclosing a legal-sized self-addressed,
to welcome some newcomers here.                                                          dinners by candlelight and reminisced
Ironically, three of them are from           took a delightful seven-day cruise to       about the old days. George and Chris         stamped return envelope to:
Dunedin. I guess that, having lived near     the southern Caribbean. Helen told          played friendly games of backgammon                On Top of the World
OTOW, they were able to see what a           me that it’s good to get away once in       to top off the evenings. Now that they              Activity Card Dept.
marvelous place this is.                     a while, but it is even better getting      are back, they miss those good times
      Great to meet Donna O’Connor,          back to their snug condo here. Also,        and delicious meals.                          2069 World Parkway Blvd. East
Warren Taussig and Shirley Westrate.         they drove to South Carolina with                 Ken Jenner and I spent the                   Clearwater, FL 33763
Shirley is the niece of Florence Winsor,     their two daughters (who both live in       summer in Camillus, N.Y. A few of                 This application can ONLY be
who has decided to move to Coral Oaks.       west Florida) to see their grandson and     the highlights we enjoyed were the           sent to OWNERS of apartments
We really miss Florence, but Shirley is      his wife at their recently-purchased        weekly outdoor concerts at Skaneatales
                                             home there.                                                                              here at On Top of the World and the
absolutely delightful and will quickly fit                                               Lake, a drive to Tupper Lake in the
into the Americana lifestyle.                      Their grandson, a chef at Tristan     Adirondacks, which included a visit to       OWNER shall process applications
      Twelve of us attended our              Restaurant in Charleston, prepared a        the Wild Museum, the New York State          for Rental Activity Cards.
monthly lunch get-together at the            culinary delight for them. The meal was     Fair, and a terrific day at Niagara Falls,        Applications are NOT available
end of October when we went to               fit for a king, and they will remember it   including a ride on the Maid of the          at any On Top of the World offices
Farmer Boy Restaurant on nearby Drew         for a long time.                            Mist. No matter how many times I’ve          or the Palm Acre Real Estate
Street. Delicious food plus wonderful              Bill Hiltz enjoyed a visit from his   seen the falls, they still astound me with   office. They MUST be obtained
company. Thank you, Ann Talner, for          sister, Joan Ducott, who hails from         their majestic, awesome beauty.
locating this eatery. Looking forward to     Melrose, Mass. The highlights of her              The Americana holiday party will       BY MAIL and MUST be requested
the next outing.                             stay included swimming each day, plus       be held on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Island      BY THE OWNER.
      Helen and Don Crombie recently         a dinner at the Beachcomber, and the        Way Grill. See you there!




            The OTOW newspaper can be read online at
     www.otowclearwaterinfo.com (click community information)
                                                                   ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWS                                                     December 2010 / Page 75


           Say hello to our new winter residents
      We have new Snowbirds who have                                                     checked the sites for many years so I
come to our building for the season.                                                     decided to check.
      Please say hello to Anne and Joe
Hubenig of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
                                                                    Clare                     I found that my one son was listed
                                                                                         as having money due him from someone
This is their fifth winter at OTOW
but their first in our building. Prior to
                                                                  Pebworth               in Florida; my other son was listed as
                                                                                         having money due from someone in
                                                                                                                                         VETERANS WANTED!
                                                                                                                                       If you served in any U.S. military
retiring, Anne was a medical secretary                                                   New York and in Pennsylvania; and             branch, or the Reserves, National
and Joe was a high school English                                                        my deceased mother was due money
teacher. They will be here until the end                España                           in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t understand
                                                                                                                                       Guard, Coast Guard or Merchant
                                                                                                                                       Marine, you are welcome to
of April, so introduce yourself to them                                                  because she died in 2002 and the money
                                                                                                                                       become a member of the OTOW
and make them feel welcome!                       We are lucky to have so many           was posted in 2008 as owed to her.
      Most of us know when we               male volunteers to check out the                  I called her lawyer who told me          Veterans’ Association. Foreign
are expecting guests or visitors, but       lights and hang them on the balconies        that Missing Money and Unclaimed              military veterans are also
sometimes we are surprised. You             and arches.                                  Funds do not turn the money over to           welcome.
can imagine how stunned Alice and                 We are also grateful to all the        the state until it was owed for 7-years.      Meetings are held on the second
Dave Baxendale were when they               ladies who decorate the Christmas tree            Have a ball and check out                Thursday of each month from
answered the door and there stood their     and the lobby.                               w w w. M i s s i n g m o n e y. c o m a n d   2–4 p.m. in the East Side Activity
grandson, Matthew Dunigan, from                   In case you are looking for Lorraine   www.unclaimed.org.                            Center, Room A-2.
Boston, Mass.                               Hagelauer, she has moved to Stratford
      After the nor mal greetings,          Court in Palm Harbor. Lorraine will be                                                     If interested, contact Jim Stiner
Matthew told them that he was looking       at the Christmas party, however.                                                           at 953-7807. Come on — let’s
for warm weather so he decided to                 Speaking of the Christmas/                                                           stick together!
move to Florida. Now you have to            Hanukkah season when many of you
admit that would shock any of us.           will have guests, please be aware that
      To make a long story short,           the Viceroy apartments are the only
Matthew has now found a place               apartments in our building that have
to live and is looking for a job.
Good luck Matthew!
                                            their master bedrooms on the front
                                            of the building behind the stairs. The                                                     COFFEE CORNER
      As I write this article I don’t       Viceroys are located on all three floors,                                                     Coffee and donuts are
know who all will be decorating             facing the lake, at the ends of the                                                          served from 7 to 10 a.m.
the exterior of our building for the        southwest and northwest wings of our
Christmas/Hanukkah season but,              building. Hint-Hint!                                                                        every weekday morning in
as usual, I am sure that it will once             I received an e-mail from AARP                                                         the East Activity Center
again be spectacular.                       regarding “Missing Money.” I hadn’t                                                              main ballroom.
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           Building holiday get-together scheduled for Dec. 3
      Congratulations to our neighbor,                                                                                                able to attend. It was one of our biggest
Jack Jarvis, who is retiring from Christian                                                                                           groups. A good time was had by all.
TV Network (Channel 2 on cable) after
28 years. Jack also worked 21 years for
                                                                      Arlene                                                                From our Building Captain: On
                                                                                                                                      Friday, Dec. 3, our building will be going
Channel 8 in Tampa.
      Jack is looking forward to his next                             Bergen                                                          to the Island Way for our Christmas
                                                                                                                                      get-together. The cost will be $16
step in life, “playing more golf.”                                                                                                    each person. You will have a choice of
      Jack is married to a lovely, sweet                                                                                              chicken, steak or fish. Please watch for
woman named Ann. She is a dress                Rila Renaissance                                                                       the sign-up sheet on the bulletin boards.
seamstress. They have three children and                                                                                              A bus will be available for anyone who
eight grandchildren (seven grandsons               Chuck enjoyed the excellent food.                                                  needs a ride.
and one granddaughter.) Jack and Ann          He took many pictures of his vacation.      Chowing down at the October Rila                  There will be a building meeting
are fortunate to have all of them living      The best part of the trip was the           Renaissandce pizza party.                   Saturday, Dec 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the
in this area.                                 weather because they narrowly missed                                                    lobby. Coffee and donuts will be
      About our neighbors: Charles            a significant hurricane.                    on the lowest course in the world.          served. Gerri Jaeger will go over
(Chuck) Crone recently returned from               Bob and Betty Bridges are very              In Alaska, Richard caught four         building information, ask for ideas for
a West Caribbean Cruise. Chuck said he        active with the Salvation Army. They        35-pound halibut and had the fish meat      improvements, etc.
had a great time on board as well as on       said that this time of year, many           frozen and sent home. Yum! They had               After the meeting, we are asking
the tours in port. There were some 2,000      volunteers are needed to help distribute    a grizzly bear encounter that was too       that as many as possible stay to help
passengers travelling on the Reliance         food, feed the needy and elderly, etc. If   close for comfort.                          decorate for the holidays. Please try
of the Seas.                                  anyone can help in some capacity, please         They still love Moab, Utah and         to attend.
                                              contact the Salvation Army. Of course,      Arches National Park. Not far from                If you have any news for our
                                              they can always use help with the bell      there is Capital Reef National Park, well   column, please leave a note in the
                                              ringing for the metal pot collections.      worth the visit.
                                                                                                                                      white mailbox under the bulletin board.
                                                   Gerri Jaeger and Richard Maxwell            Our latest building get-together
                                                                                          was at the end of October (see photo.)      News could be about a new neighbor,
                                              gave us some highlights from their four
                                              month motor home trip to Alaska.            The weather was so beautiful that we        a birth, a new pet, a fascinating trip,
                                              They stopped at Carlsbad Caverns in         had it outside our building.                an interesting hobby or story, or a
                                              New Mexico to see the famed 350,000              Many of our Snowbirds were             great recipe. It is nice to hear how our
                                              bats that fly out every night. They did     back and everyone was glad to see           neighbors are doing.
                                              mention that we were a month too early.     them. Pizza was served and one of our             We hope you and your families
                                              Gerri and Richard only saw 4 bats.          neighbors made a wonderful coffee           have a wonderful Christmas and a
                                                   Richard got to golf in Death Valley    cake. About 40 of our neighbors were        Happy New Year.
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      Parties, cruises and dance competitions get recognition
      Welcome back to all our Snowbird                                                  went on a seven-day cruise to Cozumel,                              Our building Christmas Party will
friends who are too numerous to                                                         Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. They                              be held on Dec. 18 at the Clearwater
mention this month.
      It is so nice to catch up with
                                                                         Linda          enjoyed the shows, the food, Bingo,
                                                                                        gambling, and seeing the sights in port.
                                                                                                                                                      Country Club. Sign up in the core or see
                                                                                                                                                      Jan Guyton or Bev Huber for payment
everyone and hear about the many                                                        Both Jan and Virginia reported having a
summer adventures. It is great to see
our building so full and lively with
                                                                       Rozenbergs       great time but were glad to get back on
                                                                                        dry land and be reunited with Princess
                                                                                                                                                      information. Building dues ($10) can
                                                                                                                                                      also be paid at this time.
                                                                                                                                                            If you are looking for the Happy
everyone taking advantage of this                                                       Grace and Pepper.
beautiful weather.                                  New World French                         The ladies lunched at Queen’s Pizza                      Hour gang on chilly days, go to the
      Our building hosted a Halloween                                                   in November. See the bulletin board for                       front of the building. It is occasionally
Party Oct. 30. Ham and rolls were                 fortune cookie and had to read their information on the December lunch.                             relocated there to take full advantage
provided and many people brought a                fortune aloud followed by in bed. For      Connie and Bob Saylor traveled                           of the sunshine. If you are new to
dish to pass. As usual, the desserts were         example: You will be very successful… to Orlando for a weekend to watch                             the building or have been here awhile,
varied and delicious.                             in bed. You will make many new daughter Kathy compete in a ballroom                                 feel free to join in for drinks and good
      The party was well-attended and             friends… in bed. We had much fun!     dance competition. Kathy did very well                        conversation. All are welcome!
enjoyed by all. Each participant got a                 Jan Guyton and Virginia McGinnis and placed in her divisions.


  Thanks to all the past year’s interviewees
      Good morning, friends — how in the                                                           have come to Swedish Traditional this year.                  OTOW
world R U? Here I sit on our front porch                                                           Say hello to our newest:
                                                                                                                                                              After-Hours
with a nip of fall in the air and not a care
in the world.                                                                Tom                         Irving Lamphere and Winifred
                                                                                                   Kelly; Wally and Evelyn Strolis; Dana
                                                                                                                                                              Emergency
      This is the time of the year when
the trees leaves turn from green to                                         Brennan                and Barbara Brueggemann; Norma
                                                                                                   (Rusty) Russell; Don and Sue Baker.
                                                                                                                                                                Number
yellow-orange, rust, red, gold and                                                                       Also Fidel and Pierrette Turbide;
softly fall to the ground. That’s how it                                                           Aferin and Zimbile Vinca; Mary
is up North. Here at OTOW, the trees           Swedish Traditional                                 Ann Hartman; Marge Jacobs; Chuck                           799-1115
stand high and tall with no change                                                                 and Jenny Unietis; and Anna and
of color at all.                             welcomed me into your lives with open                 Peter Engels.                                         (Water intrusion, elec-
      At this time, I would like to take the arms, and we shared many touching                           Kindly check the bulletin board in               trical problems, etc.)
opportunity to thank all of you whom moments together.                                             the lobby and sign up for our Christmas
I have interviewed this year. You have           Welcome to all our neighbors who                  party, to be held Dec. 2 at Kally-K’s.



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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                           Men’s right-hand golf clubs: 3 woods, 7 irons,   27" wall oven, good condition $250; 36"            Country hutch, 6'H x 38"W x 16"D $100;
Ladies’ bicycle, very good condition,             putter, no bag, exc. cond. $20.   475-9770       smooth-top range, like new, retail cost $800,      area rug, olive/tan/green squares, 7-½' x
w/basket & helmet $50; computer monitor,          Beautiful gold-framed mirror, 42" x 31"          sell for $300.                     559-1458        10-½' $100; tall bar table w/2 bar stools,
speakers & mouse $20; two pull-type golf          $40.                          386-5891           35" round dining table with 2 chairs $60;          beige $125.                     386-0414
carts $5 each.                475-9770                                                             rattan chair $30; rattan sofa table $50; rattan    20” TV with brushed aluminum frame $30.
                                                  Tennis racket, AMF Head aluminum,
Thomas Kinkade “A Holiday Gathering”              4-5/8 M grip $10.         797-8537               wine rack $10.                       432-0729                                    712-1730
offset lithograph on canvas, 46" x 37", oak                                                        2 bicycles — one is 5-speed; other is ladies       2 large brown lamps, new iron, 2 pink
                                                  TV stand, glass doors, disk storage, 20"D
frame, s/n edition, orig. cost $1,600, sell                                                        26" one-speed, both in good condition, each        Depression glasses, teddy bear decoration,
                                                  x 36"W x 20"H $50.              797-0650
for $450.                        474-2239                                                          priced below $50.            646-335-5574          parrot and bird cage decoration, other items.
                                                  2 fishing poles with reels $15 each; ass’t of
Round kitchen table w/4 leather chairs                                                             Yard sale: Sunsetter awning, outboard motor,                                          460-4414
                                                  oil painting supplies $50; ladies 21-speed
on casters $50.              712-8336                                                              furniture, clothing, etc., Dec. 4–5, from
                                                  Raleigh bike $40. Call after Dec 5.723-3121                                                         E-Machine Microsoft desk computer,
Recliner, black, Tony Little Inversion                                                             9 til 4, bldg. 53, unit 1.        489-2655
                                                  Carpet and furniture steam cleaner,                                                                 new, Windows 7, “Easy Windows 7” book
massager, exc. condition $300. 723-2365                                                            Tan metal file cabinet; 6' tan metal storage
                                                  best offer.               793-9169                                                                  included $300.              726-4747
Wooden desk, 4' x 2', matching chair,                                                              cabinet w/6 adj. shelves; card table w/4 chairs
                                                  Walker, heavy-duty by Invacare, used one         & folding table.                     724-0722
2 drawers, slide-out middle tray $30.
                            712-1274
                                                  month $100; wheel chair, heavy-duty by           New French corner hutch, knotty pine, soft                        WANTED
                                                  Drive Medical Design, used one month $150.       touch light, 4 shelves $195. Will deliver          Mandarin Chinese language tutor. 475-9770
White 17" x 20" oval bathroom sink with           Call after Dec. 4.              330-6072                                        422-2525            Small stationary bicycle.         726-3095
Moen faucet, exc. cond. $45.  797-7452
                                                  Wood end table, glass top, 22"H x 22"W           Dining table w/4 leaves, 6 padded seat chairs,
3-wheel tricycle, blue, new tires, seat, handle                                                                                                       Canister vacuum w/attachments. 797-8537
                                                  x 27"D $25.                847-951-2284          dark wood $300.                    797-4454
grips, make offer.                   475-8445                                                                                                         Ride to Light of Christ Church for 4 p.m.
                                                  2-drawer black wood file cabinet, like           HP DeskJet 6940 printer, complete with full
Golf cart, 3-wheel BagBoy $55; misc.                                                                                                                  Saturday Mass.                  461-7610
                                                  new $30; 24" black wire pet crate with           ink cartridges, installation CD & guide book,
golf clubs $3 each; 100 golf balls $10;           Sherpa pad $35.              480-9456            never used $25.                    791-4574
2-wheel walker $5.            797-6534
                                                  Lowery G300 organ, like new $200;                Household items sale: coffee pots,
Recliner chair, Lazy Boy $50; framed              capodimante lamp, capodimante vase, ass’t        silverware, crystal, more, Dec. 4, from 9 til 5.
pictures $15.               796-9615              decorative mirrors.           724-4059           2284 Philippe Dr. #15.               723-1851
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50 in attendance at reporter’s birthday bash
      Save Dec. 5 for our holiday                                                     Olga, Lojska Knuples, Anica and Mile                                        Jane
buffet at the Clearwater Country                                                      Cordas, Breda and Tony Pichler, Anne
                                                                                                                                                                 Haynes
Club, 525 N. Betty Lane, at 12:30 p.m.
Thanks to Eileen and Joe Davidson for
                                                                    Katarina          Azzue, Mary Patty Light, Beth, Edna
                                                                                      Androvette, Lee, Suki, Anton Angelich,
arranging it.                                                                         Dorothy Pellicone, Marin, Nahed
      Welcome back to Mert Roth from
Ohio where she spent her time with
                                                                    Tepesh            and Sherif Guigis.
                                                                                            Joy c e M o n a h a n b r o u g h t a
                                                                                                                                           Loch Lomond
parents and children.                                                                 chocolate fountain with strawberries,
      Also back from Ohio is Francie               Contemporary                       marshmallows, pineapple,                              Clubs and
and Larry Basel.                                                                      kiwi, pretzels, etc.
      Elspeth “Boo” Cumming happily
attended the wedding of her nephew in
                                             with Tanya’s and Ojdana’s. A well-             Special thanks also to Anna, Steve
                                             known and popular musician from Kizewic and Hugh Quirk for enormous
                                                                                                                                             activities
Delaware. What a thrill it was for her to
see the stunning bride and groom dance
                                             Bradenton, Tony Klepec, sang and help at the party.
                                             played accordion for dancers to polka.         Katarina hosted Eleonora Lesnika
                                                                                                                                            gearing up
in exquisitely decorated hall where the           There was plenty of delicious food. Campa from New York. They have
theme color was purple.                      Thanks to generous contributions from been friends for 42 years. Eleonora                      for season
      As posted on the bulletin board,       Cheryl Reese, Barbara Hynson, Bill enjoyed her stay at OTOW so much,
everyone in our building was invited to      Higgins, Mary Ann and Zvonko Grivicic, she and her husband Branko would like                      Friends and neighbors are
the Scorpio birthday party, potluck style,   Gina Zecevic, Marija Somljacan, Helen to buy a condo.                                       visiting or returning, and preparing
at the Veranda room Nov. 6. About 50         Morris and Tea Maria.                          Congrats to Building Captain Larry           for the busy social season.
neighbors and guests came to celebrate            Also Mhairi and Derek, Carol Ishida, who celebrated his birthday                             We are all aware of the clubs
Katarina Tepesh’s 60th birthday, along       Hudson, Judy Hetrick, Ann Klepec, on Nov. 23.                                               and activities that set a fast pace for
                                                                                                                                         the six months when a great many
                                                                                                                                         residents celebrate many high points
                                                                                                                                         of their lives.
      New decorations will be hung this year                                                                                                   Our building usually has a
                                                                                                                                         “get-together” in the core and
                                                                                                                                         then a holiday season affair at a
                                                                                                                                         restaurant. Phil Woods will post
                       Edna                                                                                                              all the information needed, so
                                                                                                                                         check the main bulletin board
                     Androvette                                                                                                          and if possible assist with the
                                                                                                                                         tree and lights.
                                                                                                                                               Among the returnees are
                                                                                                                                         Barb and Alex Thomson and
   English Gothic                                                                                                                        Lucille Green.
                                                                                                                                               Those who have lived here
      English Gothic welcomes our                                                                                                        for several years may remember
Snowbirds back and we hope to see                                                                                                        Louise and Tubby Walker who lived
them at our Christmas party.                                                                                                             on Israeli, third floor. Though they
      Our mailroom was nicely decorated                                                                                                  left for assisted living back in North
for Thanksgiving and we thank Betty                                                                                                      Carolina, they kept their apartment,
Benvenuti for her time and talents.                                                                                                      so that their son and/or grandson
There will be a joint effort decorating                                                                                                  could visit.
for Christmas; at the monthly business       English Gothic residents at a recent luncheon at Diner Sixty West. That is Mary and Chris
                                                                                                                                               Louise had shown me photos
meeting all were in agreement that many      Casey’s grandson seated atop the rooster.                                                   of their grandson’s fiancé. He
of our decorations are old and faded                                                                                                     was in the Merchant Marine, and
and will be replaced this year.                      Our Christmas party will be                The resident outing recently was         now he has married the young
      Mary Casey, building captain, will     Saturday, Dec. 4, at Kally K’s on            to Diner Sixty West on Gulf-to-Bay             lady he met in China; they are
visit area stores to check on prices, and,   Route 580. Residents will meet in            Blvd. in Clearwater. Everyone had a            visiting the apartment while
since our building is painted a lovely       the mailroom for car-pooling at 4:30         nice time, including Mary and Chris            looking for a rental or new home
pink, gold-colored decorations will be       p.m. Please sign up this week if you                                                        because he has obtained a job
                                                                                          Casey’s grandson sitting on the rooster
considered instead of the usual red.         plan to attend.                                                                             in the area.
                                                                                          (see photo, above).                                  I understand that Louise’s
                                                                                                A safety issue was brought up            health has improved since leaving,
                                                                                          regarding the mailroom lights. These           and that she misses us all. She was
                                                                                          lights do not come on early enough now         a very enjoyable lady. Good luck to
                                                                                          that the clocks have been turned back,         both of them.
                                                                                          so be careful if it’s dark.                          Tell me of your vacation or
                                                                                                Remember to call me or leave             travel plans or family visits and I’ll
                                                                                          news in the OTOW news box in                   publish them.
                                                                                          the mailroom. Also, residents who
                                                                                          are ill will get a get well card. My
                                                                                          number is 386-5725.
                                                                                                Remember: You do not stop
                                                                                          laughing because you grow old — you
                                                                                          grow old because you stop laughing.
                                                                                                Wonderful Holidays to all of our
                                                                                          families, friends and neighbors. See you
                                                                                          in 2011. God Bless!
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   November building meeting brings residents up to speed
      As usual, this November, just past,                                                out a proposal for each to read and           spring building meeting. Volunteers are
was a wonderful gratitude month. A                                                       either accept or reject it.                   needed for running the monthly men
time to reflect on our blessings and give
thanks for the positives in our lives such                               Russ                 Building activity dues were
                                                                                         collected by our treasurer, Diana
                                                                                                                                       and women’s lunch outings. Contact
                                                                                                                                       John for this.
as family, friends and freedoms.                                                         Eggleston. Doris O’Meara and Diana
      Nov. 11 was a special day to thank
our veterans for their service, which has
                                                                       Heiserman         Eggleston gave the secretary and
                                                                                         treasurer’s reports — both accepted.
                                                                                                                                            Special note was made of the
                                                                                                                                       outstanding job Jeff is doing on keeping
                                                                                                                                       our building in shape. Thanks, Jeff!
guaranteed the freedoms we enjoy.                                                             The Azores’s core par ty is
      Then Nov. 25 was Thanksgiving                              Azores                  planned for Dec. 9 in the third floor
                                                                                                                                            The meeting concluded with a
                                                                                                                                       vote for building officers for the coming
Day, of course, dedicated to family,                                                     core area at 4 p.m. The chicken and           year: Building Captain, Bob Kelly;
visiting with friends and a wrap-up                    We were brought up to date on coffee will be furnished, but everyone
                                                                                                                                       Assistant Captain, Russ Heiserman;
of college football. November was                 some fundamental changes that have is encouraged to bring a fabulous
also the month when many of our                   occurred: Only one hose allowed per covered dish.                                    Secretary, Doris O’Meara; Treasurer,
Snowbirds returned and building                   building for car washing (ours located      Doris O’Meara will be posting            Diana Eggleston.
planning meetings occurred to establish           on Mexican Way). New rules for information on our Christmas Brunch.                       The meeting concluded by giving
our season of “happenings.”                       Christmas lights: We will each do our It had been held at the Clearwater             John Parham and Tom Pirrello a
      At the Azores, our planning                 own since we are unable to use the Country Club for the past several                 standing ovation for their years of
meeting occurred Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in              new metal railings or employ the use years, but new management there                 service. Coffee, cookies and visiting
the Sunshine room in the West Activity            of extension cords. The building core has proposed a hefty cost increase –           rounded out the evening.
Center. Thirty-six of our residents               areas will be decorated as before.     stand by for more details as options               Thanks everyone for attending
attended. The meeting was lead by the                  The painting of the second and are explored.                                    – our happenings work on “the
building board with building captain              third floors and the core areas was         March 16 is the date of our              more the merrier” principle, so plan
John Parham leading the program.                  brought up. Tom Pirrello passed St Pats party; March 24 will be the                  to participate!


   Cancer survivor experiences special camp
     Nov. 11 was Veterans Day. Many                                                        which they roasted marshmallows and              Bible Study
men and women have served in the                                                           s’mores. The next day, there were a
Armed Forces of our country in times
of peace and time of conflicts.
                                                                          John             number of activities to choose from,
                                                                                           many of which Rose participated in.
                                                                                                                                               Club
     Many gave their lives for our
country and freedom. We should never                                     Grasso                 On Sunday, they laid flower wreaths
                                                                                           on the camp’s pond and were handed
                                                                                                                                                Bob Reis, President
                                                                                                                                             The OTOW Bible Study Club
forget what they did for our country,                                                      envelopes. After prayers were said, they      is a non-denominational Bible
and for your freedom and mine. I                                                           opened the envelopes, out from which
will always remember what they did.                         Polynesian                     flew hundreds of butterflies.
                                                                                                                                         study group to explore the word
                                                                                                                                         of God, and how it relates to
May god bless them always.                                                                      Following closing ceremonies,
     On Nov. 11, the OTOW Veterans’               in the U.S. Navy, while her Navy father they returned home. Rose said it was           our everyday lives. Our teacher,
Association conducted a service in                was a Lt. Cdr. Both her grandfathers a beautiful weekend and intends to                Woodie Tully, brings 45 years of
their memory at the East Activity                 were Army officers.                      return next year.                             Bible teaching experience to help
Center. It was a nice tribute to these                 Doctor Al gave a presentation            In closing this report, I would like     understand the Scriptures.
wonderful men and women who served                recently at the Philosophy Club in the to thank Loretta Benson for planning a              The club meets each Tuesday
their country. May they always be                 East Side club room.                     wonderful luncheon at Rumba’s Island          evening at 7 p.m. in the Veranda
in our hearts.                                         Rose Garafola went to Camp Grill. A nice time was had by all of us.               Room of the East Activities
     Doctor Al and Elsie Jane Anderson            Living Springs the weekend of Oct. 16–        Don’t forget the Christmas party
                                                                                                                                         Center. Every third Tuesday we
have four generations who were military.          17. This is an annual weekend especially Dec. 3 at Johnny Primos.
Their granddaughter will graduate                 for cancer survivors. Rose departed           Peace on Earth to all of you. May        meet downstairs in the Craft Room
from the Air Force Academy as a                   Friday morning by (fully-loaded) bus God bless you all. I wish you a merry             next to the kitchen. Occasionally
commissioned officer (2nd Lt.). Her               from Morton Plant Hospital. That and happy holiday season.                             we use a third Tuesday evening
mother held the rank of Commander                 night, there was a campfire roast at          See you next time!                       for refreshments, music
                                                                                                                                         and singing.
                                                                                                                                             We welcome everyone to our
                                                                                                                                         club. You do not need to have
     ID/Activity Card Renewal                                                                                                            any knowledge of Scripture to
                                                                                                                                         join, and there are no club fees
 The I.D. Committee will be operating during the following hours                                                                         required. We are not a church;
 at the West Side Activity Center:                                                                                                       those attending are from a variety
     • Every Monday morning from 9–11:30 a.m.,                                                                                           of denominations.
       except holidays.                                                                                                                      Every first-time guest receives
     • Monday evenings from 6:30–8 p.m.: Dec. 6,                                                                                         a complete copy of the Bible to
       Jan. 3, Feb. 7                                                                                                                    keep as their own.
 Each person must present proof of residence to validate his/her                                                                             For more information, call
 own card. Proof may be a Florida driver’s license, a Florida I.D.,                                                                      Bob Reis, 798-2443, or Woodie
 electric or cable bill, bank statement or check, or a cancelled,                                                                        Tully, 399-1773.
 stamped envelope which shows name and OTOW address.




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                                                                                            DECEMBER 1 – 31                                                                            CALENDAR KEY
                                                                                                                                                                                 A ..........................Auditorium
1    Wed .................5:00 P.M. ...........................A......................................................... Theatre Workshop Christmas Party                       C .......................... Card Room
1    Wed .................9:00 A.M. ..........................CL 1 ........................................................ Photography Club: Picasa Class                       CR ..........................Craft Room
1    Wed .................8:00 A.M. ..........................S ..................................................................Ladies 18-Hole Golf Meeting                    CL ........................... Classroom
2    Thurs ................................................................................................................................................Hanukkah Begins       K ................................Kitchen
2    Thurs ...............9:00 A.M. ..........................C .....................................................................Pennsylvania Club Meeting                   L ......................Lecture Room
2    Thurs ...............10:00 A.M. ........................V’s ................................................................................... Greyhound Club              R ............Rainbow Room (W)
                                                                                                                                                                                 S .............. Sunrise Room (W)
3    Fri....................5:00 P.M. ...........................A...............................................................Canadian Club Christmas Party
                                                                                                                                                                                 V ............................... Veranda
3    Fri....................2:00 P.M. ...........................S ................................................................................. Singles Travel Club
4    Sat ...................7:30 P.M. ...........................A.........................................................................Chrorus Holiday Concert
5    Sun ..................3:00 P.M. ...........................A.........................................................................Chrorus Holiday Concert
5    Sun ..................3:00 P.M. ...........................K..........................................................................Bingo Volunteer Potluck
6    Mon .................11:00 A.M. ........................V’s ......................................................................Snow Bird Club Meeting
6    Mon .................6:30 P.M. ...........................S ................................................................................................. Photo IDs
7    Tues ................................................................................................................................................. Pearl Harbor Day
7    Tues.................10:30 A.M. ........................L ......................................................................................Shriners Meeting
7    Tues.................5:00 P.M. ...........................K...................................................................................... Pinochle Potluck
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hanukkah Begins
                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday, Dec. 2
7    Tues.................5:00 P.M. ...........................S ..........................................................................................Chorus Dinner
8    Wed .................6:30 P.M. ...........................S .........................Que’T Ladies’ Billiards Club Holiday Party & Meeting
8    Wed .................7:00 P.M. ...........................A............................................................................... Jesters Holiday Party
9    Thurs ...............9:30 A.M. ..........................A...........................Good Neighbors Get Aquainted Coffee/Entertainment
9    Thurs ...............7:30 P.M. ...........................A............................... Entertainment Committee Show: “Cover to Cover”
9    Thurs ...............9:00 A.M. ..........................C ........................................................Good Neighbors Volunteer Meeting
9    Thurs ...............2:00 P.M. ...........................Starlite Room ............................................. Veterans Association Meeting
10 Fre ...................5:00 P.M. ...........................A.........................................................Irish Club Holiday Christmas Party
                                                                                                                                                                                      Pearl Harbor Day
10 Fri....................1:00 P.M. ...........................A1................................................................................. Art Guild Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuesday, Dec. 7
10 Fri....................5:00 P.M. ...........................S ......................................................... Mallorca Building Christmas Party
11 Sat ...................8:00 P.M. ...........................A...........................Entertainment Committee Dance: “The Village Band”
11 Sat ...................1:00 P.M. ...........................S .......................................... OTOW Lawn Bowling Christmas Luncheon
13 Mon .................1:00 P.M. ...........................CL 1 ........................................................................Family History Group
13 Mon .................2:00 P.M. ...........................S ............................................................................ German Interest Group                    First Day of Winter
13 Mon ................. 8:30 A.M. .........................V’s .....................................................................Blood Pressure Screening                         Tuesday, Dec. 21
14 Tues.................5:00 P.M. ...........................K................................................................Bible Study Christmas Potluck
14 Tues.................9:00 A.M. ..........................S .......................................................... Caring & Sharing Christmas Party
15 Wed .................7:00 P.M. ...........................A................................................................................Italian Club Meeting
15 Wed .................6:30 P.M. ...........................S ....................................................................... Hoosier Club Game Night
15 Wed .................7:00 P.M. ...........................V1........................................................................... Lambda Club Meeting
16 Thurs ...............10:00 A.M. ........................A............................................................... Annual OTOW Board Meeting
16 Thurs ...............12:00 P.M. .........................Starlite Room .....................................................Craft Shop Volunteer Tea
                                                                                                                                                                                       Christmas Day
19 Sun ..................2:00 P.M. ...........................A...................................................................................Sunday in the Park
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday, Dec. 25
20 Mon .................9:30 A.M. ..........................A....................................................................... Free Ear & Eye Screening
21 Tues ...............................................................................................................................................First Day of Winter
21 Tues.................7:00 P.M. ...........................V1......................................................................Republican Club Meeting
22 Wed .................6:00 P.M. ...........................A...............................................................................NY/NJ Club Meeting
23 Thurs ...............2:00 P.M. ...........................Starlite Room ..................................................................Democratic Club
25 Sat ..........................................................................................................................................................Christmas Day
31 Fri....................9:00 P.M. ...........................A.................................. Entertainment Committee New Years Eve Dance                                          New Year’s eve
                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, Dec. 31
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MONDAY                                                                   1:30 ...................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)                10:00 ................................................... Aerobics
East Activity Center                                                     2:00 ........................ Butterfly Tai Chi (Level II)              11:00 .......................................................... Yoga
7:00 A.M. .....................................Coffee Corner             5:00 .......................................................... Poker   12:00 P.M. .............................................Pinochle
8:00 ............................................ Exercise Class         6:00 ......................................................Pinochle     12:00 ........................................................ Poker
8:00 .............. Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                         6:30 ..................................................... Dominos      12:00 ........................................ Contract Bridge
8:00 ........................................Bonesavers Class            7:00 ............................................Lawn Bowling           1:00 .............................................. Portrait Class
8:30 ...............Entertainment Com. Ticket Sales                      7:00 ..................................................Bid Euchre       1:00 .....................................Progressive Euchre
9:00 .......................................... Polar Bear Club          7:00 .................................................Bible Study       1:00 ..................................................Writers Ink
9:00 ........................................... Computer Help           7:00 ....................................... Chorus Rehearsal           1:30 ...................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)
9:00 ................................................. Slimnastics       West Activity Center                                                    1:30 ............................................... Shuffleboard
9:30 ............................................Lawn Bowling            8:00 A.M. ...... Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                           1:30 ............... Press Association (1st Thursday)
10:00 ..................................... Chorus Rehearsal             8:30 ............................................ Exercise Class        2:00 .......................Veterans Assoc. (2nd Thurs)
10:00 ................................................... Aerobics       1:00 P.M. .............................................. Dominos        2:00 ....................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Level III)
10:00 .................................................. Maj-Jong        6:00 .................................................... Maj-Jong      5:00 ........................................................... Poker
11:30 ....................................... Duplicate Bridge                                                                                   6:00 ......................................................Pinochle
                                                                         WEDNESDAY
11:30 ......................................... Contract Bridge                                                                                  6:30 ....................... Canadian Club Game Night
                                                                         East Activity Center
12:00 P.M. .............................................Pinochle                                                                                 West Activity Center
                                                                         7:00 A.M. .....................................Coffee Corner
12:00 ........................................ Contract Bridge                                                                                   8:30 A.M. .................................... Exercise Class
                                                                         8:00 ..............................Strength Exercise Class
12:30 .................................Belly Dancing Class                                                                                       9:00 ............................Snow Bird Line Dancing
                                                                         8:00 .............. Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles
1:00 ....................Crafters Group (2nd Monday)                                                                                             2:00 P.M. .......................................... Chess Club
                                                                         8:00 ........................................Bonesavers Class
1:00 .................................................... Maj-Jong                                                                               6:00 ......................................................Pinochle
                                                                         9:00 .......................................... Polar Bear Club
1:30 ...................... Butterfly Tai Chi (Beginner)                                                                                         6:30 ............................................Scotch Doubles
                                                                         9:00 ................... Zumba Gold w/ Mary Caceras
1:30 ............................................... Shuffleboard
                                                                         9:00 .............. Good Neighbors Veterans Project                     FRIDAY
2:00 ..........................Butterfly Tai Chi (Level I)
                                                                         9:00 ...............Good Neighbors Craft Workshop                       East Activity Center
5:00 ........................................................... Poker
                                                                         9:00 ................................ Veranda Consignment               7:00 A.M. .....................................Coffee Corner
5:30 ........................................................... Poker
                                                                         9:00 ........................................... Computer Help          8:00 ..............................Strength Exercise Class
6:00 ........................................................... Poker
                                                                         9:00 ................................................. Slimnastics      8:00 .............. Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles
6:00 .......................................... Contract Bridge
                                                                         9:00 ..Sewing Class (No classes 22nd and 29th)                          8:00 ........................................Bonesavers Class
6:30 .......................................................... Bingo
                                                                         9:30 ............................................Lawn Bowling           9:00 .......................................... Polar Bear Club
West Activity Center
                                                                         10:00 ..........................Tai Chi w/ Mary Caceras                 9:00 .....................................................Ceramics
8:00 A.M. ...... Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles
                                                                         10:00 ................................................... Aerobics      9:00 ......................................................Pinochle
8:30 ............................................ Exercise Class
                                                                         10:00 ................................................... Cribbage      9:00 ........................................... Computer Help
9:00 ....................................................Photo IDs
                                                                         11:00 .................................Tap Class (Beginner)             9:00 ................................................. Slimnastics
9:00 ................................................. Chess Club
                                                                         11:30 ....................................... Duplicate Bridge          9:30 ............................................Lawn Bowling
10:00 ................................ Mens Exercise Class
                                                                         11:30 ..................................................Tap Dance       12:00 P.M. .............................................Pinochle
12:30 P.M. ........................................... Maj-Jong
                                                                         12:00 P.M. .............................................Pinochle        12:00 ................................................Dancercize
2:00 ............................German Speaking Group
                                                                         1:00 ...............................................Painting Pals       12:00 ......................................................Library
5:00 .................................................... Maj-Jong
                                                                         1:00 ..............................................Social Bridge        1:00 ..............................................Social Bridge
TUESDAY                                                                                                                                          1:00 ....................................... The Music Group
                                                                         1:00 ................................Double Deck Pinochle
East Activity Center                                                     1:30 ....... Scrap Booking Class (1st & 3rd Wed)                        5:00 .......................................................... Poker
7:00 A.M. .....................................Coffee Corner             5:00 .......................................................... Poker   5:30 .......................................................... Poker
8:00 ............................................ Exercise Class         5:30 .......................................................... Poker   6:00 .......................................... Contract Bridge
8:00 ...................................Ladies 18-Hole Golf              6:00 .......................................................... Poker   West Activity Center
8:00 .............. Mens & Womens Tennis Doubles                         6:00 .......................................... Contract Bridge         8:30 A.M. .................................... Exercise Class
9:00 .......................................... Polar Bear Club          6:30 .......................................... 500 Card Game           10:00 ................................. Mens Exercise Class
9:00 ..................................................... Lapidary      7:00 .............. Lambda Club Meeting (3rd Wed)                       1:00 P.M. .......................................... Chess Club
9:00 ................................................. Horseshoes        West Activity Center                                                    6:00 .......................................................... Poker
9:00 ............................ Caring & Sharing Group                 8:30 A.M. .................................... Exercise Class           SATURDAY
9:00 ........................................... Computer Help           10:00 ................................ Mens Exercise Class
9:00 ................................................. Slimnastics
                                                                                                                                                 East Activity Center
                                                                         12:30 P.M. .............................................. Canasta       8:00 A.M. ......................... Mens Tennis Doubles
9:30 .....................................Ladies 9-Hole Golf             6:00 .......................................................... Poker   8:30 .............................Computer Club Meeting
9:30 ............................................Lawn Bowling            6:30 .......................Ladies Que T Billiards Club                 8:30 ..............................................Line Dancing
10:00 ................................................... Aerobics
10:00 ....................................... Philosophy Club            THURSDAY                                                                9:00 ............................................Lawn Bowling
                                                                         East Activity Center                                                    12:00 P.M. ............................... Duplicate Bridge
12:00 P.M. .............................................Pinochle
                                                                         7:00 A.M. .....................................Coffee Corner            12:00 ...................................................... Putting
12:00 ................................................Dancercize
12:00 ......................................................Library      8:00 ........................................... Exercise Class         West Activity Center
12:00 ...................................................Ceramics        8:00 ................................. Mens Tennis Doubles              8:00 A.M. ......................... Mens Tennis Doubles
12:00 .................................................. Maj-Jong        8:30 ...............Entertainment Com. Ticket Sales                     6:00 P.M. ................................................... Poker
1:00 ............................... Oil Painting Workshop               9:00 .......................................... Polar Bear Club         SUNDAY
1:00 .......................................................... Poker    9:00 ..................................................... Lapidary     East Activity Center
1:00 ....................................................... Canasta     9:00 ........................................... Computer Help          4:00 P.M. ................................................. Putting
1:00 ..............................................Line Dancing          9:00 ................................................. Slimnastics      West Activity Center
1:00 ....................................... The Music Group             9:30 ............................................Lawn Bowling           2:00 P.M. ..................................................Bridge
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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



                                    Residents’ Guidelines for Riding the SCA Bus
                              • No tipping allowed. The bus is a free OTOW service.                                                    • Grocery or merchandise bag limits or size restrictions are
                                Drivers are not allowed to accept tips.                                                                  at the driver’s discretion.
                              • In an effort to follow timelines and safety guidelines,                                                • Daily grocery shopping time limit is 90 minutes. Other
                                the bus picks up passengers at the designated                                                            time limits are posted and announced by the driver.
                                locations only.                                                                                        • If space allows, residents with proper ID may catch a
                              • Multiple-day reservations will not be accepted.                                                          return ride home on the SCA bus. You must get on at the
                              • “Special” pick-ups are prohibited.                                                                       designated pick-up location.
                              • You must be able to transfer on your own to ride                                                       • No eating or drinking on the bus.
                                the SCA bus.                                                                                           • Intoxicated passengers are not permitted on the bus.
                              • Medical devices may be restricted due to                                                               • If you create a safety hazard or cause unsafe distractions
                                passenger load.                                                                                          to the driver, you will not be permitted on the bus.
                              • If you live on the second floor of a building without an                                               • The SCA Bus staff takes their directions from SCA
                                elevator, or if your building’s elevator is out of service,                                              management. Please refer questions and concerns to the
                                the bus staff will carry your bags to your front door.                                                   Service Department.
                                They are strictly prohibited from entering your unit.
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