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March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

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

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March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XXI, No. 3

March 1, 2012
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )

Spring must be coming pretty soon...
because the Annual Shuffleboard Tournament and Dinner are scheduled for Saturday, March 24. The weekly Tuesday morning shuffleboard sessions have seen a significant increase in numbers of players, so the tournament should be well populated. Of course, everyone is encouraged to play... you don’t have to be an expert. *(See note below). And the game is a lot of fun!

Tournament & Dinner Schedule
March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida
Play Time:
  • Play will begin at 10 a.m. , with a break for lunch.
  • The afternoon session will start at 1 p.m.
Diner Time:
  • Dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m.
  • The cost of the dinner is $13 per person, 14 years of age and older.
  • Children under 5 will eat free.
  • Tweens 5 through 13 will pay $6.50
The Menu:
  • Lasagna,
  • Salad,
  • Garlic Bread and yummy
  • Village Inn Pies!
And then... ... there will be a LOT of door prizes!!!!!

Shuffleboard Organizers
Chairpersons are Dan and Marlene Reid, with their band of helpers who organize, set-up, solicit prizes, man the food tables, and do everything else necessary to make the day run smoothly!

Sign up sheets are in the lobby.
Please pay Dan Reid in 201.
Deadline for both player and dinner sign-up is Wednesday, March 21.

The shuffleboard Courts
The shuffleboard courts have been beautifully reconditioned through the efforts of
Denis O’Connor -503; Jim Murphy – 405; Carl Diehm – 1002; and Terry Rafter- 807.
Every time I thought the work was finished, I’d see Denis out there working.

(Picture below was taken early in last year’s tourney.)
March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

*(Note: Denis has volunteered to give a short “ intro to shuffleboard play” to anyone who wants to learn how to play the game. Just give him a call at 367-3249 to set up a time. You’ll be surprised how easily you’ll learn. It’s a great game.)

The Annual Shareholders Meeting
The annual meeting of corporation shareholders took place on February 14, and due to the efficiency of our board and our management company, business was conducted in about 30 minutes.

The New Board
The organizational meeting of the new Board followed, with officers elected as follows:
  • President: Ron Porat
  • Vice President: Edel Quinn
  • Treasurer: Bill Wales
  • Secretary: Warren Weathers

Members at large are:

  • Marlene Reid
  • Lee Brand and
  • Bill Isaacs

Thank You
Many thanks to Board members who served so faithfully this past year:
President: Marlene Reid; Vice President: Tom Hooten; Secretary: Arlene Kuhn;
Treasurer: Bill Wales, and members Ron Porat, Lee Brand and Warren Weathers.

Mail Area Facelift
The mail area of the lobby is slated for a facelift in the near future. The major improvement will be the installation of new mailboxes ... big ones, that will hold all our mail without having to use pliers to retrieve the daily influx. The size will be about 16 x 6 inches. And I think Mary, our long suffering mail person, will be as delighted with the new set-up as will Starlighters.

New Roof on North Garages
The other project slated to begin very soon is the installation of a new roof over the north garages. You will be given plenty of notice when the time comes to remove valuables from your garage, cover up remaining articles, and move out your vehicle for a short time.
The Board appreciates your cooperation as work continues to keep Starlight property in first rate shape.

Laundry Room News
People living closest to the laundry rooms report that they are very pleased that the new extended hours have not caused any problems, and noise levels remain low. We’re reminded that hours begin at 8 a.m., Monday thru’ Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday - no earlier.

We were saddened to receive word of the death of Starlighter Mary “Jackie” Dickinson, 801, on February 16. Our sincere sympathy to Jackie’s family, including her son Dennis and daughter-in-law Maggie and grandson Luke.

Get Well
We’re happy to report Louisa Simos (908) is recovering well after foot surgery.

Welcome to the new owners of Apartment 405: Dr. Gisele Riscile and her husband James O’Brien. Dr. Riscile practices in Tampa.

And we say goodbye to Gerlinde Eaves, former owner of 405. Gerlinde and her family have been Starlighters since 1987, coming all the way from London, England for vacations in the sun.

'Tis a birthday comin’ up for these March folks...
March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida  Carol Nicholas – 4th;
 Shirley Lino – 5th
 Dennis Dickinson – 14th;
 Bill Bowers – 18th;
 Frank Gulia – 29th

And... March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!!!!
March 2012 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida


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