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. 5
September 1, 2009
Editor - Pat Ifft (email@example.com)
Webmaster - Louisa Simos (
Summer is moving quickly out of the picture, although we’re
still not tempted to turn off the A/C. The Gulf has been very
calm so far, and we are half-way through hurricane season
without any problems. But three months of watchfulness remain,
so let’s keep our fingers crossed and the gas tank filled.
There are several items which command our attention on this
first day of September.
The first is the
notice of lien action from CPS (the
company which did our restoration) that Unit Owners received by
registered/return receipt mail on Saturday, August 29. If your
letter has not yet arrived, in a nutshell it states that CPS is
filing a lien against each unit, according to our respective
percentage shares of the common expenses, for the balance owed
on the contract - $134,700. After initial reactions of shock and
mild panic, we contacted our Board President, Marlene Reid, who
with Vice President Lynn Dopp drafted an excellent letter to
Starlight owners, explaining the circumstances surrounding the
lien action and the Board’s plan of action. This letter was
posted in the lobby and elevators yesterday, and was sent by
email to all those with email addresses. A hard copy will be
attached to this newsletter for those of you who receive it by
USPS. Ed. Note: Remember, our Board is working in our
interest…sometimes long hours for little thanks. They deserve
our appreciation, and an occasional kind word doesn’t hurt.
Now speaking of the USPS,
there is a plan afoot to close many post office locations around
the country…..and would you believe that our busy Corey Avenue
home of lines- out- the door is on the list, along with the
Pass-a-Grille office. We doth protest!!!!! On August 20 our own
Board unanimously passed a resolution requesting that both SPB
Postal Stations be removed from the list for closure. Nineteen
hundred signatures on a petition and two hundred postcards were
sent to Senator Bill Nelson and Cong. C.W. (Bill) Young, asking
for their help. On August 25 about 200 people rallied at the
Corey Avenue Post Office to show their support. This drive to
save our PO was headed by our own Kevin Hing who also contacted
Publix and Sweetbay’s Corporate offices, as well as the owners
of Sirata, Tradewinds, and the Alden to send letters to the
USPS. Kevin says: “Many thanks to all of the Starlgihters who
have sent postcards and letters to the USPS. Every voice
Coastal Coordinator for Pinellas County Environmental Management
says Upham beach renourishment is running slightly behind
schedule due to a delay in permitting from the State. The
project is now slated to begin in December or early 2010. The
sand will come from Blind Pass, and she says it is beautiful.
Ms. Elko’s position as Coastal Coordinator for Pinellas County
Environmental Management will end in October, a result of job
cutbacks by County officials. Her duties will be filled on a
contract basis, and Ms. Elko is a candidate for that position.
Incidentally, her baby is due in a couple of weeks, and we wish
her well in both endeavors.
Speaking of the beach,
on June 20, about 200 volunteers turned out at Upham Beach to
help plant 10,000 sea oat seedlings donated to the city by
Pinellas County. Because of the great volunteer effort, there
was no cost to the city. Kevin Hing
(#702) is the Beach Stewardship Committee chairman, and was one
of the organizers of the event. Here he is with Edel Quinn.
The deluge of water running off the porch of Unit 209, which was
caused by the gutters of unit #209 not being able to handle all
the rain water, eventually made its way down the elevator shaft
of the north elevator and shorted it out. The Board will be
contacting gutter companies to get quotes to remedy this issue
New A/C vent covers
(above) with 4-inch louvers have been received for the ’08
stack. The remainder will have 2-inch louvers, and a sample of
those has been received. The ‘08s will be installed asap.
The pool (to my
way of thinking the most beautiful part of Starlight) is
sparkling, warmed by the sun, and has a brand new cement border
(above) just outside the fence, which allows the lawn people to
use their trimmer without damaging the pool fence, and
decorative rocks (not yet installed in this picture) have been
placed around the pool heaters. Bill Wales has restrung the pool
overhead to prevent the birds from going for a swim. It was a
tough job and is very effective.
Christy and Don have finished
painting the garage doors which look great with
their new numbers, installed by Bill Wales.
Work on the seawall fence
is awaiting permitting. Here (above) is a preview look.
Our sympathy is extended to George Pittas
(#306) and his family on the death of his son.
new residents Mohammad Seedat and
Coral Nicholas in #107, and
Linda Livingston in 301.
Dennis Dickinson (#801) stopped off
at Starlight on his way home to Minnesota from a flight from
Amsterdam. He says Luke is starting third grade! Seems just a
couple of years ago he was wheeling around Starlight in his
stroller. Dennis’ mother, Jackie,
is doing very well after her major health problems and is
walking 3 miles a day.
Eaves and family from London (#405) are here for two
Sue Alley (#705) is
in Tennessee visiting family until October.
Congratulations to Anne and Lorne Hiller
(#606) who celebrated their 57th anniversary on August 30.
Hillers will be moving into their new digs at the Senior Center
in New Paltz, NY this fall, and will return to Starlight in
As the song says, "It's
a long, long time from May to December”……so these folks
celebrate their birthdays in September:
|Ed Gibson-2nd; Kevin Curran-4th;
Bill Palmer-9th; Stan Bryk-12th;
Bill Wales-22nd; Lois