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
Volume XVIII, No. 4
May 15, 2009
Editor - Pat Ifft (email@example.com)
Webmaster - Louisa Simos (
This probably will be the last Starlight Express until
September….unless there is a really newsworthy event to report.
(Pray not a hurricane). Many of our residents have returned to
their northern homes, and by the end of this month, only the
year-rounders will remain to enjoy our unending gorgeous
Marlene Reid, Board President,
and Norm Bavis (CPS Foreman)
say goodbye as the building restoration project is almost
complete. Air conditioner grills are being re-worked to
accommodate the requirements of each air conditioner unit. All
laundry rooms and garbage rooms have received a facelift. Doing
the wash and taking out the trash has never been more enjoyable!
The building entrances and first floor walkways will
receive their new coverings, a flagstone look, beginning Monday,
May 18. During this installation, entrance to the building will
be through the south gate, using the gulf side lobby door. Other
improvements will include the installation of new lights on all
floors, and new cigarette receptacles and stainless steel locks
and plates on our entrance doors. Bidding for a new roof begins
this Monday, also.
A sea of begonias and new palms grace the entrances to
A major leak in a pipe under the front south entryway has been
repaired, and hopefully will result in a much lower water bill.
This might be a good place to list some of the people who
have helped in the operation and upkeep of our building.
Recognized by President Marlene Reid at the May 14 Board meeting
were: Arlene & Mike Kuhn for help
in organizing office files; Dan Reid
and Frank Gulia who cleaned and
repaired our no-longer-needed lawn gear and readied it for
selling; Ann and
Lorne Hiller, who hand-water the
newly planted flowers during Pinellas County watering
restrictions; Bill Isaacs and his
committee for their ongoing work in updating the Association
documents; Gigi Guthrie for her
work on obtaining new signage on the property;
Lois Christman with help in walkway
cover selection; Gina Machado for
researching products; DD Wales for
organizing the parking; Sophie Bryk
for looking after the plants; Stan Bryk
for monitoring the building lights for outages;
Jay Layman for trimming the
gardenia bush; Bill Wales and
Lynn Dopp for their diligent
oversight of the building project and all that entails; and
Kevin Hing for his work on the
Beach Renourishment project. Incidentally, Kevin has been
elected chairman of the Beach Stewardship Committee for the City
of St. Pete Beach. And we must add to this list
Marlene Reid, who has worked so
tirelessly throughout the restoration project, balancing
patience with resolve and bringing us through this past year so
Thanks to everyone for all you do.
|The Board would like to
remind everyone that the connection to the TV
antenna on the roof must not be cut, even if you
have Brighthouse Cable or Verizon. The roof antenna
provides standard TV reception to the entire
building, and is absolutely necessary for those
units which do not have other TV providers.
Upham Beach stakeholder
On June 1, there
will be a stakeholder meeting regarding Upham Beach and
the status of permanent groins on the beach. The
meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center
on Boca Ciega Drive. Nicole Elko,
Coastal Coordinator invites us to hear a
Summary of the Upham Beach
Stabilization Project, a demonstration of the wave model that
the engineers have developed since the last meeting, and
presentation of the three structural options for the
stabilization project. I hope that you will
attend to provide input on the structural scenarios and feedback
as to whether or not the wave is reproducing former and existing
wave conditions. Kevin Hing advises that the
surfing community will be there to present their views and
opposition to the installation of permanent structures.
Please plan to attend.
We have an addition to our
maintenance staff –
meet Don Brownsword, who began on May 1.
Don is an expert repairman and we welcome him to Starlight. He
and Christy will work staggered hours.
Denis and Ursula O’Connor
reported on May 1 that spring hadn’t quite arrived in southern
Ontario. Let’s hope they are warming up now.
and Don Schneider will return to Starlight in
Congratulations to these two exceptional women:
Carol Stucko (108) has been inducted into
the 2009 Chicago Senior Citizens
of Fame, in recognition of her outstanding
contributions to the City of Chicago.
And Marlene Reid has been reappointed to
the Minnesota Board of Optometry.
Happy Summer Birthdays to all
6th; Rosela Simpson – 11th;
Margarita Montague – 16th; Don
Thorpe – 19th;
Pat Ifft &
Jason Mozo – 27th.
||Bill Isaacs –
3rd; Jay Layman – 8th;
Jenifer Latawiec – 11th; Nelda Smith
John Somogyi – 31st.
|| Lee Brand
– 4th; Tom Kelley – 6th; Ed
Ifft – 10th;
and Marlene Reid – 12th;
Ric Garland – 13th; Donnie Tarrell
Gigi Guthrie – 20th; and
Doug Joy – 28th.