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 17 years!
All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude to Pat in keeping them
informed with all happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
Volume XVIII, No. 8
January 26, 2010
Editor - Pat Ifft (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmaster - Louisa Simos (
By now everyone must be accustomed to
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
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.
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
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
||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
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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...
Fay Bowers & John Lino – 5th;
Sophie Bryk – 6th;
Betty Gibson & Louisa Simos – 15th;
Al Stucko – 17th;
Frank Montague – 19th; Gina Machado – 22nd ;
Story & Dick Dolphin – 24th;
Paul Spencer – 28th
And the Shamrocks...
(March) Happy Birthdays:
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.
- 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
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
Bill Isaacs - Unit
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
Arlene Kuhn - Unit
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
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