Volume XXII, No. 2
February 27, 2013
Editor - Pat Ifft
Webmaster - Louisa Simos(firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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
23 years! All Starlighter's owe immense
gratitude to Pat in keeping them informed with all
happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
|| The valentines are put away
and and at Walgreens the Easter bunnies...
are competing for shelf space with St. Paddy’s Day
green top hats. The air is a little softer, and daylight
saving time arrives at 2 a.m. on March 10. So what does this mean to us at Starlight?
Shuffleboard Tournament and
lasagna dinner! Yeah...
have the straight scoop from the Chairperson herself.
The date is Saturday, March 23. The
committee includes Beth and
John Dubeau, Carl and Sharon Diehm,
Yvonne Dinardo, Gail Dolphin, Verna and
Jim Murphy, Mary and Alban
Murphy, Ursula and Denis O’Connor,
Chuck Prokop, Dan and Marlene Reid,
and Don and Edith Schneider.
These folks are hard at work making certain it will be a
top-notch event, and fun for ALL Starlighters!
Marlene says: “We emphasize
that ALL residents – owners and residents alike,, are
invited and encouraged to take part in the tourney and
the always-super dinner. The cost will be $14.00 per
person for those 14 and over, and 14-year-olds may take
part in the tournament. All other particulars will be
announced soon! “
Marlene Reid sent us the
2013 Tournament & Dinner Report on March 26, 2013
which I have posted at the end of our Shuffleboard
Tournament page and you can see the winners of the 2013 Tournament and the
local vendors who generously donated services & prizes
One Very Happy Note:
Renew Spinal Care, the company owned by
Starlighters Guy & Rose Lepine, is
generously sponsoring this Annual
Tournament/Dinner Event to the tune of $250.00.
Guy says this is their way of saying thanks to
Starlighters who have welcomed them and made them part
of the “family”. He and Rose love living at Starlight
and enjoy their many friends here. We say to Guy and
Rose: “Thanks a million!”
|The Girls in Pink
we’re on the subject of shuffleboard, these girls are in
the pink despite their loss to the guys in their
challenge match a couple of weeks ago. Everyone is
welcome to play on Tuesday mornings, starting around ten
o’clock, weather permitting.
Following is the annual report of 2012 Board
President, Ron Porat:
To my fellow Starlighters,
happy to report that 2012 has been a very positive year
for Starlight Tower. Over the past five years we have
been occupied with major structural renovations to our
beautiful but aging building. Fortunately, our building
now appears to be in good structural condition. We
currently have monitoring systems in place that are
designed to detect any major deterioration in the
future, we are conducting ongoing inspections, and we
are utilizing warrantees on the work performed when
During the past year, the improvements
that have been made have added value for the owners. We
put new roofs on the garages. We renovated the south
side of the lobby and are in the process of putting
together a new intercom system which will allow us to
provide access to visitors at the building's front door
via landline or cell phone. And of course, we resurfaced
our pool, removed the mold, and replaced the cracks on
the decking with beautiful new pavers.
Financially, I am proud to report that Starlight’s
financial condition is the best that we have been in
many years. As a result of insurance claims and cost
controls, we have reduced our debt and increased the
cash on hand. It is my pleasure to let you know that
based on our approved budget, there will be no increases
in our dues for 2013.
Finally, I would like to
thank all the Starlight board members for their efforts
in working together to manage our operations. There is
no question that the dedication of each and every one of
them who volunteers their time is a critical factor in
why our building continues to run so well.
Unfortunately, due to the heavy workload requirements of
my CPA wealth management practice, I will be unable to
continue to serve the board at this time. I would like
to personally thank all of you for the opportunity to
represent you as president of the board and I look
forward to continuing to working alongside you and
contributing to the betterment of Starlight Tower in any
way I can going forward.
||Board Officers and Directors for
President: Edel Quinn
Vice President: Warren Weathers
Secretary: Bill Isaacs
Treasurer: Bill Wales
Marlene Reid, Mike Brennan & Noah Shatken
|Meet our new
Leigh Tessler, Resource Property
Management Manager for
She is a real asset for Starlight.
Other news from
- The new phone directory should be going in soon. Phone numbers are being compiled and entered into the computer. We have moved lock boxes in preparation, and made arrangements for wall repair/improvement when the system has been installed, so that an aesthetically pleasing entryway will greet Starlight visitors, as well as bringing our phone entry system into the 21st century.
- WWe are waiting for the fence company to get back to finish the job around the pool to
re-stabilize some of the posts, the rails, and to “fix” pavers that need repair. Why the delay? This is Florida, and
mañana is another day.
- We are looking at landscaping proposals and trying to find a fit with “an awesomely beautiful result” that will not blow the budget. Patience, please! We promise “green” before long. As soon as the fence and pool project is finalized, the winning plan should be ready
- A reminder: please use the CORBOD form for addressing problems which require attention by maintenance and/or the Board. Deposit forms in the well-marked “CORBODS” slot at the north end of the mail counter.
- When you have guests, please make sure they are well-acquainted with the House Rules.
- When you leave your apartment for longer than 24 hours, turn off the water. This will prevent untold problems of leaks and floods and damage to your and other apartments.
- Next Board meeting is March 14, then the 3rd Thursday in April and May.
Bruno Falkenstein, owner/manager of the Hurricane
Restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, and resident expert on all
things “sea turtle” gave an interesting talk to owners
who attended the annual meeting. He urged us to be
careful on the beach if we see a nest, and to call him
to let him know the location. There’s lots of
information available online. Google “sea turtles” or go
Info from our St. Pete Beach District Two Commissioner: Jim Parent
- Pinellas County Dept. of Environment & Infrastructure says “groins were inspected last month
and are holding up well, with minor repairs due in the
next few weeks. As long as vandals don’t cut into them,
they should hold up at least a year or two if needed.
The Upham groin rock structure project will be on the
ranked list of statewide beach projects given to the
state legislature for possible funding. It should get
ranked well, but no way to tell if it will be funded in
FY13/14. We should know in April.”
LICENSE-FREE FISHING DAYS...
- Saltwater –
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, September 1;
- Fresh water -
Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, June 8 for all Florida residents and
ONLINE SURVEY by PINELLAS COUNTY
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
- We can share our thoughts about
what is fine and what needs improvement in Pinellas
County. Help the Board set priorities that support the
vision of the citizens they serve. Survey is available
from now until 5 p.m., Friday, March 1 at
- Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ed Gibson
(402) who is in Palms of Pasadena Hospital.