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
March 10, 2007
Editor – Pat Ifft
Webmaster - Louisa Simos
It’s March, and time for ………….. yes, the shuffleboard tournament and dinner
and sing-along. This annual event is superbly chaired as always by
Marlene and Dan Reid. They and their committee (listed below) have
planned a wonderful day for all Starlighters. The date is next Saturday,
March 17, and play begins at 10:00 a.m. All Starlighters – owners,
residents, renters and guests – are encouraged to enter the tourney. If you
are a newcomer to shuffling, or are doubtful about your skill, call Denis
O’Connor (367-6971) and make an appointment for a lesson. Denis will provide
this service free of charge. The length of the tourney depends on the number
of players……..and so everyone is encouraged to play. Only one
restriction…..you must be 14 or over to play. The dinner will follow the
championship round, probably about 5 p.m. Even if you don’t plan to play in
the tourney, come down for the dinner and socializing. Cost of the dinner is
$10.00/person; children 6-13/ $6.00, and little guys and gals under 6 will
eat free. There is more! Read on!
will be door prizes …. given out after dinner. And as I write this, the
indefatigable committee is out in our fair city asking local businesses for
gift certificates and items for this pleasurable part of the event. Last
year’s (2006) gifts amounted to over $1,150. This might be your lucky
day!!!!!! And you’ll also have a lot of fun and a delicious dinner.
Sign-up sheets for the tourney and the dinner are on the mailroom counter.
You can pay by putting the proper amount in an envelope marked with your
name and apartment number and either give to Marcia Thorpe or put in
the maintenance mail slot. Make your check payable to Marcia. Deadline
to sign up for all this merriment is Monday, March 12.
are the people on the committee: Art and Barbara Walter; Betty
Gibson; Sophie Bryk; Denis and Ursula O’Connor; Gina Machado;
Sharon Isaacs; Jack and Joan Carlock; Ed Diedo; Marcia Thorpe;
Jim and Verna Murphy; Don and Edith Schneider; and Gail
If you are an avid reader of the St.
Petersburg Times, perhaps you are familiar with the column
written by Richard White in the “Homes” section on Saturdays.
His column is titled “Community Living”, and is always
interesting as well as informative. One noteworthy item
appeared in last Saturday’s Times. He said that “condos” have
been legal only since 1962; so not-for-profit cooperatives were
here before condos. Our dear old girl is going to be 50 years
old next year. I think we need to begin considering what to do
for a proper celebration.
reports that the Management Contract with Liberte has been
signed. The details are still being worked out.
A manager will be on our property this Tuesday, March 13 to
do a walk through.
The Board is closing in on signing the contracts for the
building restoration. All the figures are in for their
The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 15,
at 7 p.m. in the lobby.
Nine people have submitted their names to run for the Board.
The nomination period is now closed.
Which brings us to the next subject: the
Rules and Regulations
document. It might be a good idea to review these
rules, which are there for our cooperative use of the common
property. Here are a few:
LAUNDRY is to be used on your assigned
time, Monday through Saturday.
Sunday is NOT a washday.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. may be
used by anyone). Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each unit is allowed one five-hour
reservation per week, Monday through Saturday –
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Clean up after you are finished, including filling the lint
box with about an inch of water, refilling the water bottle,
and cleaning the lint filter on the dryer.
Please leave the washer lid open when you are through.
Maintenance people ask
that when you come in off the beach, stamp off as much sand
as you can on the walkway.
Please do not drive out the
entrance (south side) or enter into the exit (north side).
Observe the directional arrows.
Please do not put large pieces
of furniture in the dumpster. It fills up the dumpster so
that there is no room for the daily garbage collection,
especially during the high season when the building is
filled to capacity.
Owners who rent out their
apartment must comply with the 3-month rule, see our
By-Laws, Article VIII, section 3: “No apartment shall be
sublet for less than three (3) months.” Remember this is
a building of private residences, NOT a hotel.
Some people news……….
If you’ve lived at Starlight for a long time, you will
probably remember Mavis and Jim Blythe, winter
visitors in 207. We’re sorry to report Jim’s death last
Betty Gibson (#402) is in Palms Hospital and hopes to
be home on Monday, the 12th. Get well soon, Betty.
We are so happy to learn Paul Reardon will be coming
down soon with some of his family. He plans to spend several
hero: Bill Palmer exerted his law
enforcement expertise, and rid the pool of several unwanted
“guests” who came in off the beach several days ago. Thanks,
Bill, for handling the situation in a professional manner.
Those of you who remember Nedia and Don Biesak, who
wintered here several years ago, will be happy to hear they
will be in our area from March 18 to April 9. During some of
this time, they will stay with Gina and John Machado, so
you’ll have an opportunity to see them.
The “Sunshine Fund” needs to be replenished
periodically. If you haven’t contributed recently, please
see Linda Ringler (#501), or put your cash
contribution in an envelope and place in the “Maintenance
Payment” slot in the mail area. Also, if you are aware of
someone in the Starlight family who is ill, hospitalized,
etc., please let Linda know.
And finally, but very importantly, many many thanks to Al
Stucko (#108) and Bill Wales (#308) who are
keeping the office going through this difficult transitional
period. We appreciate all you are doing.
No April Showers please on these birthdays:
Jim Brennan on the 3rd; Julie Palitto, the 4th;
Mary Quinn the 15th; Joyce Blackard the 18th; Toni
Palmer on the 25th; and Alice Hartmann on the 27th.