March 2007 Newsletter Starlight Express

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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. 

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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… 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!

Starlight Tower NewsletterThere 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.

Starlight Tower NewsletterThese 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 Dolphin. 

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.

The Board:

  • 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 consideration.

  • 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:

  • Starlight Tower NewsletterThe 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.


  • The Guest Apartment (Unit 106) is to be used by unit owners’ guests only. Unit owners must be in residence during the guests’ stay. See the Rules and Regulations document for further info on the guest apartment.


  • 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 week.

  • 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 months here.

  • Starlight Tower NewsletterOur 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.

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