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April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

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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 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XIX, No. 3

April 9, 2010
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos (webmaster@starlight-tower.com )

The Easter bunny has come and gone,
the weather is at last looking more like a Florida spring and it is past time for this issue of the Express. A lot of our regular winter residents have already decamped, and if the beach renourishment goes as planned and the forces of nature don’t intervene (read “hurricane”), we will have a lot of sand out front by the time they return.

April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida
This picture June, 2006

Speaking of sand,
Kevin Hing (702) Chairman of the St. Pete Beach Beach Stewardship Committee reports: “on Tuesday, April 6, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners approved the employment of Coastal Planning and Engineering, Inc., as the County’s consultant to facilitate the bidding process for the Upham Beach Renourishment/Geotube Repair Project. The County will rely on CPE to prepare the bid specs that will be used to select the dredging contractors who will renourish Upham Beach in June-July of this year, as well as the contractor(s) who will repair the beach’s damaged Geo-textile T-groins.”
Kevin has started a blog….saveoursand.blogspot.com, which makes it easy to access information about the beach and also Kevin’s thoughts about other issues important to SPB residents……such as sea oats planting, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 19.

April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida Have you met...
our new maintenance man, Schawn Osburn. He is an employee of Bobbi’s Cleaning Service and his Starlight hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. When he isn’t at Starlight, he serves as Youth Minister at Family Fellowship Center on 54th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. Welcome to Starlight, Schawn.

We have learned
that our garbage disposal service provider, Waste Services of Florida, Inc., will pick up large items, such as mattresses, furniture. You must call ahead and make arrangements for the pickup, (727) 572-6800, tell them you are in Starlight Tower. (We have a contract with them.) Place the items out by the dumpster, and presto…….away it goes on the designated day.
 April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Starlight has had a wind mitigation inspection
and that report will be available to Starlight owners when it is received to give to your homeowners’ insurer for possible discounts on your premium. Copies will be filed in the “Corbod” rack in the mail room.

The board is receiving bids for new tile and lighting in our elevators.

Next Board meeting is Thursday, April 15.

The Shuffleboard Tournament and Dinner...
April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida was a huge success, as always. The undefeated Grand Champions are Dan Reid and Emily Dobrota. Consolation Champs are Jack Carlock and Edel Quinn. Runner-up Champs are Bridget Boyum and Ave Latawiec. Chairman Marlene Reid’s “World’s Greatest Most Efficient Committee" are: Sophie Bryk, Jack Carlock, Emily Dobrota, Beth & John Dubeau, Anne & Lorne Hiller, Gina Machado, Verna & Jim Murphy, Ursula & Denis O’Connor, Mary Quinn, Dan Reid, Edith & Don Schneider and Marcia Thorpe.
Dinner began at 5 p.m. with over 40 people enjoying lasagna, salad and of course…..the pies! Thirty-two lucky people had their names drawn to receive door prizes. Please consider patronizing these generous donors and tell them you’re from Starlight:
  • Agave Restaurant;
  • Abbey’s Printing;
  • Fit For Life;
  • The Frog Pond;
  • Curves;
  • Beverly’s La Croisette;
  • Dunkin’ Doughnuts;
  • Skidders;
  • Beach Hair Exchange;
  • Norm’s Liquors;
  • The Reef Restaurant;
  • Ted’s Barbershop; 
  • Su Ottavo Restaurant;
  • Publix;
  • Fantastic Sam’s;
  • Beach Fresh Produce;
  • Woody’s;
  • Oyster Shucker;
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio;
  • Sweetbay;
  • Rally’s Service Stations;
  • Village Inn;
  • McDonalds.

And special thanks to these people who contributed:
Sophie Bryk – a beautiful hand carved tray made in Poland; Mary Quinn, a hand painted oil painting; Ed Diedo, a 3M gift package with assorted treasures; and Maggie Ifft Varnado, two park-hopper passes to Disneyworld. The evening ended with an enthusiastic sing-along, led by Rickie and Ed Diedo.

April 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida Thanks to Sophie Bryk (608) who keeps our flowers and other plantings looking beautiful.

And thanks to Frank Gulia (903) who repaired our hard-working American flag, which flies 24/7.

Some people news...

  • Congratulations to Poletta & Tadeusz Przytula (508) who will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 18.

  • The Iffts (408) have a new grandchild (No. 13), Lucia Mary, born to their daughter Patty and son-in-law Scott Anderson. Big sister Seaira is very happy.

  • Our deep sympathy to Roy Gearhart and Betty Gibson (402) on the death of dear wife and sister Peggy. Roy & Peg were former owners of Unit 602.

And now to the birthdays for May and June...
But first of all, I apologize for missing Anne Hiller’s birthday, which is today, April 9. And………..if I don’t have your birthday, please email me or phone (367-2189), so that we can wish YOU a happy day!
May Flowers to:
Maggie Dickinson-3rd; Nancy McGuigan-8th;
Sue Alley-9th; Tammy Layman-14th;
Evangelos Simos, Al Schaerges and Else Tarrell – 18th;
DD Wales-24th; Sue Garland-25th; Carol Campbell-26th;
Dan Reid-28th; Ray Thompson-29th.
June Bouquets to:
W.A. Smith-6th; Rosela Simpson-11th;
Margarita Montague-16th; Mary Hooten-24th; Pat Ifft-27th.

   If you are new to Starlight in the last year or two, please email me your birthday. Thanks.

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