About The Starlight Express
The very First Issue of Starlight Express Newsletter
was created by the Editor and Chief Pat Ifft
February 29, 1992 and since then is maintained
and produced monthly by her for 19 years!
All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude to Pat in keeping them
informed with all happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
Volume XXI, No. 4
April 28, 2012
Pat Ifft (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Louisa Simos (
We're well into spring...
and many of our winter
residents have already headed north. Spring break saw a great
gathering of young people on the beach. Now traffic on Gulf
Boulevard is thinning out, restaurants aren’t quite as hectic,
and the sun is getting up earlier and going to bed much later.
Best of all, baseball season is underway!
biggest improvement to the interior of Starlight since
it was built, was accomplished in the last couple of weeks. The
“mailroom” has been updated to include new lighting, new
mailboxes, elegant granite counters, built-in cabinets and a
desk where a person can sit and write a “corbod”, or take care
of other in-house business.
Here’s the new mailroom system:
- Owner or renter is to receive and sign
for, two keys for the new mailbox. If not in
residence at Starlight at this time, keys will be
held in the Starlight office until your arrival.
Please contact Martha in the office.
- “If you have a parcel, the P.O. carrier
will leave a key in your mailbox for one of the
cabinets below, so identified by number on the tag.
After you retrieve your parcel, drop the key in the
“Outgoing Mail” slot.
- “Forms for Corbods, Insurance Mitigation
Reports, and Alteration Application packets
can be found in the right-hand cabinet of
the desk. Corbods and other office
correspondence can be dropped in the slot
provided in the #7 cabinet.
- “The “retired” cubbies were sometimes
used for exchange of non-secure messages, or
items between owners and residents. In order
to accommodate the continuations of this
practice, the drawer and cabinet marked
“In-House” Transfers” are for your
- “Also for residents’ convenience, please
note cabinets marked “Lending Library-Book
Swap, "and drawers identified for
coupons/ads, change-of-address forms, etc.
New telephone books will be stored in the
larger, lower cabinets until
owners/residents retrieve their copies.
"We hope you enjoy the larger mailboxes and these
new conveniences, as well as an upgrade in lobby
ambience. Thanks for your cooperation during the
Arlene Kuhn, Gail Dolphin and Martha Rylander
thanks to Marlene, Arlene, Gail and Martha for their outstanding
Modifications to the
At its meeting on April 19, the Board approved
new language added to our alteration/remodeling form (passed as
a motion): “Item #6. That special precautions will be taken to
protect Starlight’s walkways and stairways, including, but not
limited to, securing protective covering, or tarp, from the
elevator to the unit being renovated. Any damage, discoloration,
or exceptional wear and tear will result in a charge to the
shareholder for repairs/recoating by a licensed contractor of
In addition, the Board reminds
everyone of the absolute necessity of following Starlight’s
stringent requirements in installing or removing shutters, or in
any other renovation that involves invading the surface/skin of
the building. If additional holes are made, or previously
drilled holes no longer needed are not properly filled with the
correct product, the building will be vulnerable to more of the
corrosive effects it suffered in the past with the same
disastrous consequences. The document addressing this issue, and
other policy documents will be placed on our website. Also,
please read items posted on the Directors’ bulletin board in the
Pool Renovation news from the Board:
researching the advisability and options for resurfacing the
deck of the pool, using some of the settlement funds, the Board
learned that the pool itself has not been refinished since it
was built in 1987-88. This means the marzite coating is well
beyond its expected years of service, and that we are on
borrowed time. In addition, it has been pointed out that the
pool is out-of-compliance on several state requirements, and
safety issues: there are no “No-Diving” signs, no
cross-braced ladders, the skim gutter does not meet code,
existing riser heights are not uniform, the step tile does not
meet code and is not non-skid, and the depth markers are not
within code mandates. Some of the Board members believe it would
be short-sighted to ignore these warning signals, and not follow
the recommendations of all the contractors who have inspected
the pool and the decking, and pointed out the short-comings.
While some owners have questioned the advisability of using
these funds during difficult economic times, and have referred
to the project as a cosmetic improvement, it appears to be the
consensus of the Board that the Starlight pool’s needs go well
beyond the goal of cosmetic improvement. The Board will make the
final decision while taking into consideration all points of
view of the shareholders, and being aware of the fiduciary
duties of the Board.
Annual Shuffleboard Tournament
Starlight’s annual spring shuffleboard tournament
was a huge success, as was expected, with a splendid
group of players vying for the prize.
Pictured above are this year’s winners:
(1002) and Kevin Hing(702),
Mary Hooten (703) and Don Schneider (602).
Consolation winners were:
John Dubeau (306) and
and the Committee
Chairpersons were Marlene and Dan Reid,
with help from “The World’s Most Dedicated and Efficient
Sharon & Carl Diehm, Gail Dolphin, Beth &
John Dubeau, Alban & Mary Murphy, Verna &
Jim Murphy, Ursula &
O’Connor, Maggie & Terry Rafter, Edith &
|After play was
finished, players and non-players gathered in
the lobby for a scrumptious catered dinner,
complete with wine, desserts, and many, many
door prizes. And didn’t the lobby look elegant?
The lovely wreaths on the mirrored wall were
made by Sharon Diehm, a multi-talented gal.
||We’re urged to patronize the many generous
prize donors. The list is on the bulletin board.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful day of
special Starlight memories.
(Picture credits: Kevin Hing)
Some People News:
- Welcome to new owner Sharen Bowden in Unit 101,
- and to “old” owners of a new apartment, John and
Gina Machado, Unit 505.
- Happy to report Betty Gibson (402) is doing well at home after knee replacement surgery.
Letter Carriers Food Drive Day
Saturday, May 12 is
“Letter Carriers Food Drive Day”. Let’s overwhelm
Mary with our
apologies to April Birthday people:
Mary Murphy – 1st; Jim Brennan – 3rd;
Sandy Bogden – 4th;
Mary Quinn – 15th; and Alice Hartmann – 27th.
birthdays weren’t included in the March Express.
||Maggie Dickinson – 3rd; Nancy McGuigan – 8th;
Alley – 9th; Steve Fansler – 17th;
Evangelos Simos – 18th;
DeeDee Wales – 24th;
Sue Garland – 25th;
Carol Campbell – 26th;
Dan Reid – 28th.
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