January 2010 Newsletter Starlight Express

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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 17 years! All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude to Pat in keeping them informed with all happenings good and bad. 

Thank You Pat 

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

Volume XVIII, No. 8

January 26, 2010
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( www.starlight-tower.com )

By now everyone must be accustomed to writing "2010",

we’re enjoying some warmer (although windy) days, and Superbowl Sunday is fast approaching, as is the annual meeting of Starlight Unit owners. As you read through this issue, we hope you’ll find answers to questions you may have, or information to help you understand what’s going on at Starlight.

By this time you will have received a packet of information regarding the Annual Meeting of Starlight Owners, scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in the lobby. Please read the information in the second notice... it explains the importance of attending this meeting. If you can’t attend, make sure that you send in your proxy, since there has to be a quorum (majority of total shares, or 177 shares) represented in order for business to be conducted. There are two items of business on the agenda that are supremely important: the election of Directors; and the vote on amending the operating portion of the budget, as explained in the second meeting notice letter from Loey Antonucci, our Association Manager from Resource.

A note from Marlene Reid re Maintenance Fees:

“The bookkeeping office at Resource Property Management will be debiting the correct (decreased) amount for your February maintenance fee, plus a refund for the overage debited in January (which had been based on the 2009 figures). This should make all of our accounts current as of March 2, when the loan situation is converted to a special assessment, and is removed from the true 2010 maintenance budget figures. At that time, coupons will be printed for all the owners who do not use electronic transfer. Sorry that this caused some confusion and over-billing, prior to our adoption of the revised “new-format” budget which will be voted on at our February 11 meeting.”

Copies of the new RULES and REGULATIONS are available on the mail room counter. Remember that owners are responsible for their renters and guests being made aware of these common-sense policies.

Garbage / Trash / Recycle:

If you have a large bag of trash and are able-bodied, please take it directly to the dumpster. Break down all cartons. There has been much abuse of the dumpster. Do not put construction materials, old fixtures, etc. into the dumpster. Also, It would help greatly to recycle plastic containers, glass containers and newspapers. Closest site is just behind the Rally Gas Station at the northeast corner of Pasadena Ave. and Gulfport Blvd. in South Pasadena. Electronics (TVs, phones, computers, printers) may be taken to Best Buy. The January 31 issue of the St. Pete Times will have a 2010 recycling guide included. For questions on how to dispose of any item, go to this great website: www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/recycle . While there is no law governing the disposal of household waste, the County urges us to “do the right thing”, and recycle to reduce pollution of land and air. And remember, if it has a digital readout, a rechargeable battery or a circuit board, it is hazardous electronic waste.

At its meeting January 21, the Board authorized the purchase of an automatic robot pool cleaner/vacuum (christened “Elmo”) which will dramatically reduce maintenance time on the pool; authorized purchase of a light-weight pool cover to reduce loss of heat and the subsequent cost of propane; and authorized the purchase of a new pressurized holding tank for the water pumps in the pump room, which will reduce frequency of the on/off cycle of the pumps.

The Board has just received word that the lien against Starlight will be removed by January 31.

January 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida For those of you who missed seeing it, here’s the crane that lifted the roofing material up to the top of Starlight, in anticipation of our new roof.

Picture courtesy of Arlene Kuhn.

A few reminders:
  • If you are locked out of the building, do not disturb people in the guest apartment 106. Please call a neighbor or friend who recognizes your name.
  • And...... Please remove all doormats from the walkways and entryways. Our doors all open out, so mats can be placed inside your unit with no problem. Mats and rugs collect water and dampness and wreck havoc with the newly installed cathodic protection system.
  • And...... An “application to remodel” is available in the mail room next to the folder For CORBODS. Please submit this application to the Board for approval when you have plans to have work done in your apartment.
  • The “Shuffleboarders” are meeting again………Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., weather permitting. No experience needed. Lots of fun…..instruction on the spot! See you on the courts?
  • Gina Machado has kindly offered to take over the “Sunshine” duties until she leaves in the spring. If you would like to contribute a few dollars to fund sending cards and/or small gifts to those who are hurting, see Gina in Unit 303.
We were sorry to see Tracey Brown leave Starlight after just a few short weeks as our maintenance person. We welcome Jason Swoyer, who is a temp employee of Able Body Labor. We hope he’s around for a long time.

Some people news...
  • Our sympathy to Sheila Klitsky and the family of John Somogyi, who passed away on December 25. John was a long-time owner of Apt. 806.

  • And sympathy to Alice Hartmann, Apt. 808, on the death of her mother earlier this month.

  • Hugh McGuigan, Apt. 501, has been very ill. Please keep him and Nancy in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Welcome to new owner Warren Weathers – Apt. 504.

  • Welcome to new renters Mary & Alban Murphy in 107 and Mark Foster in 203.

  • Welcome back to all our regular winter renters.

Time for the Hearts...

January 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida ...(February) Happy Birthdays:
Fay Bowers & John Lino – 5th; Sophie Bryk – 6th;
Betty Gibson & Louisa Simos – 15th; Al Stucko – 17th;
Frank Montague – 19th; Gina Machado – 22nd ;
Colleen Story & Dick Dolphin – 24th; Paul Spencer – 28th

And the Shamrocks...
January 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida
... (March) Happy Birthdays:
Shirley Lino – 5th;
Dennis Dickinson – 14th;
Bill Bowers and Sheila Klitsky – 18th;
Frank Gulia – 29th
If you are new to Starlight in the last year or two, please email me your birthday. Thanks.


Choosing people to serve on the Board of Directors is very important. Perhaps the brief sketches below will allow you to make that task a little easier. There are nine candidates for seven positions on our Board. I contacted each of the people who are willing to serve and asked them the same 5 basic questions. Here are their answers.

Mark Bottey - Unit 406
(Mark included his letter of personal information with the meeting notice). Mark is a Florida native and has his own business transporting patients to and from doctors appointments and to other medical facilities. He has lived at Starlight for six years, and lives here year-round. This would be his first time serving on the Board. His primary goal in serving is to be a live-in presence to provide continuity.

Lee Brand - Unit 305
Lee is originally from Maine and the northeast U.S. His background is Business Management. He’s lived at Starlight since 2005 – year-round. He has served on the Board this past year. His goal is to help Starlight continue to be a better place to live.

Tom Hooten - Unit 703
Tom is from Pittsburgh and he is a chemical engineer with a background in project management. He has lived here winters since 2004, although the apartment has been in his wife Mary’s family since the beginning of Starlight. This would be his first time serving on the Board.
His goal is looking towards maintaining the integrity of the Starlight building for years to come.

Bill Isaacs - Unit 902
Bill is from Kingston, Ontario and is a mechanical engineer with a career in Law Enforcement. He has lived in the building since 1990 and stays from November to May each year. He has served on the Board for four years, three years as President. His goal is to create a better living environment for all, using the powers of the Board to achieve that.

Arlene Kuhn - Unit 603
Arlene is from Illinois and her background is computer assisted design for the petroleum refining industry. She has lived at Starlight since April, 2008, and travels back and forth , staying here several weeks at a time. She is the current secretary of the Board, and her goal is to be an involved resident, working on a team for the common good of all Starlighters.

Virginia Machado - Unit 303
(Gina included her personal information letter with meeting notice). Gina is from Rhode Island and she has a bookkeeping background. Gina has lived at Starlight for 6 months a year for the past 7 or 8 years and has served as Treasurer for two years. Her primary goal is to improve communication between Board members and between the Board and residents.

Ron Porat - Unit 302
Ron has lived in Tampa for 10 years and is a CPA with his own firm. He has had his Starlight home for 1 ½ years and comes over on weekends. This would be his first time serving on the Board. His goal would be to foster a spirit of all working together for the good of the building and its residents.

Marlene Reid – Unit 201
Marlene is from Minnesota and is a registered Medical Technician. She has lived at Starlight since 1984, spending five months a year here. She served as secretary of the Board for one year, and has been President of the Board for three years, currently serving. Her goal is to contribute to the peaceful enjoyment of our shared living.

Bill Wales - Unit 308
Bill is from Wisconsin where he had his own business. He has lived at Starlight since 2003, year-round. He has served on the Board for five years and is the current treasurer of the Board. His goal is to maintain the day-to-day well-being of the building.

The site's mission: The Starlight Tower's website mission (which was voluntary created and is maintained by one of the owners) is to keep informed absent starlighters of all important issues and events taking place in our property. Is nourished continuously with fresh information generously provided by resident fellow Starlighters and not only offers a private meeting place for owners but is helpful to the public regarding local events taking place in our town St. Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida as well as attractions, accommodations and places of interest to families, couples and  individuals. Please e-mail your textual and multimedia materials for inclusion in our website to Louisa Simos: webmaster@starlight-tower.com

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