About The Starlight Express
The very First Issue of Starlight Express Newsletter was created
by the Editor and Chief Pat Ifft on
February 29, 1992 and since then is
maintained and produced monthly by her for 17 years!
All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude
to Pat in keeping them informed with all happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
April 15, 2009
Editor - Pat Ifft (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmaster - Louisa Simos
This edition of the Express is late……a combination of visiting
family and many doctors appointments is my excuse this time. I
hope everyone had a wonderful Easter; and now visions of summer
are already in our sights. The weather has been capricious….as
spring is supposed to be. Here’s all the news from Starlight and
The “Project” is winding down…..and don’t we
look grand? There are some final details being worked out, but
looking at the building from the street, don’t you have the
satisfaction of gazing up at our lovely house and knowing that
it was worth all the noise, construction dirt, inconvenience and
Here’s the latest status report from
President Marlene Reid:
units here at Starlight vary in style and capacity. The
design of the new a/c vent covers does not allow full
operating efficiency for some of the units. Therefore many
vent covers have been removed so they can be adapted at the
shop. Be assured that testing will be done to make certain
that the new adaptations allow the a/c units to work as they
have in the past.
The fire alarm
system with necessary code upgrades will be put back into
its original position in the coming weeks. Then the old
conduit will be removed and CPS (the contractor) will patch
and paint the areas vacated.
steel panels are being installed in the elevator door jams
where rust is coming through.
The garages have
been painted to match the building and Christy
is making good progress with the garage doors. Also the
south boundary wall in the parking lot has been painted.
A cleaning crew
and a landscaping crew to replace some damaged grass and
shrubbery are being scheduled in the final wrap-up stages.
An addendum to this newsletter contains some very
important reminders about the RULES and REGULATIONS of
Starlight Tower, Inc. We all need to be aware that Starlight
is NOT a motel, a hotel, a rooming house, or an apartment
house. It is a cooperative…..and each unit is a private
home. Please review the rules listed….(you can read them on
our website or in a hard copy on the mail counter). Make
sure your renters and guests understand them. Areas covered
include laundry, parking, noise, keys, pool rules (no food
is permitted on the pool deck), security, guests, Apt. 106,
trash, grills, walkways. During this past Easter weekend,
most of the house rules were broken in one way or another.
Let’s work together to keep our Starlight homes enjoyable
for us all.
The annual Shuffleboard Tourney and
a huge success, as always. Marlene Reid, with
her crew planned and executed a wonderful day of tourney play
followed by a delicious lasagna dinner. Even mother nature
cooperated and gave us one of her extra-special spring days. The
courts were put into professional shape by this group of
dedicated guys: Denis O’Connor, Lorne Hiller, Don
Schneider, Jim Murphy and Dan Reid.
Many thanks, men. And thanks to CPS Foreman Norm
and his crew who patched the cracks in the court
Denis and Don oversee the play.
Ricci Diedo (Consolation winner) with Chairman Marlene, and
Gail Dolphin, Champion, with Dan Reid at the Announcers’ Table.
Who won the tournament? Congratulations to:
Gail Dolphin and Anthony Van Heel
(guest of the Reids).
Runners Up: Anne Prokop
and Lorne Hiller
Ricci Diedo and Denis O’Connor
Who worked so hard to make the day a success? Many thanks
Sophie Bryk, Gail Dolphin, Billy and
Joyce Graff, Lorne and Anne Hiller, Bill Isaacs, Jim
and Verna Murphy, Denis and Ursula
O’Connor, Chuck and Anne Prokop, Mary Quinn,
Dan and Marlene Reid, Don and
Edith Schneider, Al Stucko and Marcia Thorpe.
do we thank for the generous door prizes? (More than $700 in
Please patronize them!
- Beverly’s La Croisette,
- Gulfport Hardware,
- Beach Theater,
- Monster Pizzeria,
- Fantastic Sam’s,
- Produce Shop,
- Frog Pond,
- Village Inn,
- Synovus Bank,
- French Nails,
- Lou’s Florist,
- Dunkin Donuts and
Sophie Bryk – Basket of goodies;
Mary Quinn – hand painted picture;
Ed and Ricci Diedo – 3M Gift Box;
Maggie Ifft Varnadoe – Disney
we’re thanking people, we should mention our appreciation to
Lois Christman and Lorne and
Anne Hiller who gave the lobby a thorough
cleaning prior to the dinner.
Sunshine Fund is in dire need of replenishing. See Gina
Machado (303) to make a contribution. This fund
provides cards and small gifts to those who have been
hospitalized or are otherwise “shut-in”.
If you are
interested in Starlight’s history, we are in the process of
restoring a “Memory Book”, originally compiled
by former Starlighter Lorraine Fricek Smith.
Volume One has been completed, and if you would like to borrow
it, give me (Pat Ifft) a call at 367-2189.
Also, if you have memorabilia and/or pictures from later years
(1990 – present) I would like to borrow it to make copies.
Depending on demand, you may keep the book for a reasonable time
– 2 or 3 days.
Bill Isaacs is chairing
a committee to update our documents. Members include: Al
Schaerges, Mike Kuhn, Ric Garland and Ed Ifft.
Birthday cakes and lots of presents to these April and
||Jim Brennan – 3rd; Sandy Bogden –
||Mary Quinn – 15th; Alice Hartmann –
||Maggie Dickinson – 3rd; Nancy
McGuigan and Ed Diedo – 8th; Sue Alley – 9th; Tammy
Layman – 14th; Steve Fansler – 17th; Evangelos Simos &
Al Schaerges & Elsie Tarrell – 18th; D.D. Wales – 24th;
Sue Garland – 25th; Carol Campbell – 26th; Dan Reid –
28th; Ray Thompson – 29th.