WEB SITES and EMAILS
Art Club's web site: www.artclubofscc.org
Bill and Phyllis Hodges – what’s happening in our community videos: http://www.hodgesvideos.com/
Camp Bayou Buzzzzz: http://campbayou.org/
ClubLink - Golf , Clubhouse & Recreation Memberships: http://www.clublink.ca or call 813-633-1015 x115
Community Association’s Monthly Newspaper online: http://www.suncitycenter.org/
Compare Hospitals: http://hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/GFWC SCC Woman’s Club: http://www.sccwomansclub.org/
Elks Club 813.645.2089
John Bowker’s web site: http://www.mysuncitycenter.org/
Kings Point Chorus: http://www.kpchorus.org
Kings Point Monthly Newspaper online: http://www.newsofkingspoint.com/
Minibus Travel club Events. For Schedule, Sold Out, or Cancelled: http://www.sccminibus.org/
Project Lifesaver Call 211
RADIO STATION FM 96.3 - Sun City Center's own radio show live online! http://wscqfm.com and click on Listen Live! Old Time Radio Classics featuring old radio programs from the 30s to the 60s.
Recycling Hillsborough County: www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Recycling
SCC FREE Ads and Events online: http://www.suncitycenteradsandevents.com/ or Email: email@example.com to submit all items for Ads and Events
SCC Campaign against Human Trafficking www.SCCBlueHeart.Org
Seniors vs. Crime Project of Attorney General in SCC. Report scams, etc. Call 813.634.8666
South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging: http://www.mentalhealthandaging.org/ Resource Guide: https://issuu.com/timescreative/docs/southshore_com_resource?e=10555583/42988429
SouthShore Library: http://www.southshorefriends.com/
Sun City Center Charitable Foundation: www.charitablefoundationscc.org
Sun City Center’s Facebook page of events: Friends of Sun City Center https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Sun-City-Center-Florida-207242151604/
Sun City Center Emergency Squad: http://sccems.com
Sun City Center Hearing Loss Association Chapter: www.hla-scc.com
Sun City Center's Men's Club: http://www.sccmensclub.org
Sun Towers Retirement Community: www.suntowersretirement.com or call 813-634-3347
The Hope Fund’s website: www.the-hope-fund.org.
The Irish Connection Club: www.sccirishconnection.com
United Community Church College, SCC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/4LIFELEARNING?ref=hl
United Community Church and Church College to benefit, please click the “Amazon Smile” symbol at the bottom of the Church’s webpage www.uccsuncitycenter.org. or go directly to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-1161580.
VA HOSPTIAL FREE VAN TRIPS: Call 642-0302
Veterans Donations of household items to help homeless veterans moving into apartments: call Dave Weber at 813.215.2486
Veterans Legal Service Assistance: For Vets who cannot afford legal services, contact Haley VA Legal Services Clinic at 813-318-7010
CMSgt (USAF Ret) Milton Bell’s Links for Military\Retirees\Veterans website at www.hostmtb.org
Military retirees may join the TRICARE For Life mailing list at http://www.hostmtb.org/tfl.html
Military retirees\veterans may join the Retiree-Veterans mailing list at http://www.hostmtb.org/retvet.html
Military retiree\veterans events schedule at http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html
Golf carts should use the same roadway and lanes used by other motorized vehicles. Sensors in the roadway will be activated by the weight of the cart and driver and cause the traffic signal to change.
RESIDENT COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About People)
Golf carts should use the same roadway and lanes used by other motorized vehicles. Sensors in the roadway will be activated by the weight of the cart and driver and cause the traffic signal to change.
LOCAL RESIDENT RECEIVES STATE RECOGNITION
BRADENTON, FL- West Central volunteers make a big difference in the lives of long-term care residents, and one such volunteer recently received much-deserved recognition from the State’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP).
The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program relies upon state-certified professional volunteers, known as ombudsmen, who advocate for the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes. Ombudsmen work with residents, family members, administrators, and others to resolve complaints brought by, or on behalf of, long-term care residents in Florida.
Jim Lynch, of Bradenton Beach, is the winner of the West Central Council Ombudsman of the Year Award for his advocacy of long-term care residents in surrounding counties. Jim is an outstanding example of what it means to be an ombudsman. He became a state-certified volunteer in June 2014 and has since become an essential part of success stories in the Bradenton area.
In one example, Jim negotiated for one resident to stay at her ALF as she wished. In another case, a resident was initially being charged for 30 days in which he was not present at facility and Jim resolved the issue with the Director resulting in a 2-day refund instead of a 30-day extra charge. Jim’s intervention in another example resulted in a resident receiving new dentures to replace a broken set and another resident a wheelchair.
Fellow ombudsmen describe Jim as a dedicated, consistent and knowledgeable. He is not afraid to go the extra mile for the residents and will persevere until he gets what is best for the resident. The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program congratulates him on this much-deserved recognition for his honorable contributions.
For more information and volunteer opportunities call 1-888-831-0404. Visit us online at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com .
Dear Colleague: April is National Social Security Month. It’s finally here, and we’re excited about everything we have going on! During this special month, follow our Social Security Matters blog, Facebook, and Twitter (@SocialSecurity & @SSAOutreach) channels for news, updates and tips on financial planning that you can easily share with friends, family, and colleagues to help them understand their Social Security protections at every step of life’s journey — and to take control of their financial future. Join our Thunderclap campaign, and sign up here today to add your social media followers to the list of people who will receive this message at the same time on April 17: Celebrate National #SocialSecurity Month! Take ‘5 Steps Toward YOUR Financial Security’ www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. Follow Social Security and USA.Gov on Facebook to participate in a live chat on April 20 highlighting Social Security’s 5 Steps Toward Your Financial Security. The livestream will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and will include questions from the public. We look forward to hearing from your members and followers. Finally, if you haven’t already, please explore our ready-to-post educational materials and consider sharing them during National Social Security Month and beyond. Thank you for taking advantage of these opportunities to promote financial planning during National Social Security Month! With your organization at our side, Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow.
The Sun City Center Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information please contact President Gloria Rodzielowicz - 419-4187 or the McGovern's - 633-4202.
SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed decisions. We help older adults and individuals with disabilities, including their caregivers and loved ones, with Medicare through education, counseling, and assistance. The SHINE Program is operated locally through the Senior Connection Center, the local Aging and Disability Resource Center in our community. Call 1-800-96-ELDER or visit www.floridashine.org for more information.
For our Veterans: Congressman Bilirakis Introduces Bill to Compensate Veterans Fairly - WASHINGTON, D.C.
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) has introduced the Retired Pay Restoration Act (H.R. 303), legislation allowing Veterans to receive both military retired pay and VA disability compensation. This is the first bill introduced by Bilirakis in the 115th Congress. “The men and women who dedicated their lives to serving our nation should be compensated fairly for their sacrifices,” said Bilirakis. “I introduced the Retired Pay Restoration Act to ensure that all Veterans who receive retirement payments following their military service can also receive disability payments from the VA. With this bill, we’re making sure Veterans are getting the benefits they have earned and deserve.” Under current law, many Veterans with service-connected injuries have their disability pay deducted from their retirement pay—even though they are completely different benefits. The Retired Pay Restoration Act would make sure these two benefits do not count against each other. The legislation will now head to the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee for consideration.
The Caregiver Symposium for Brain Health, sponsored by Sun Towers Retirement Community has now been uploaded to the Caregiver Collaberation Channel for you to view. Use this link to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSVQ1vPPk_mTW5gZCXYnv0A
EMERGING CRIME INFORMATION: DECEPTION BUGLARIES
Deception burglaries and home improvement scams occur year-round, but are known to increase when the weather gets warmer. These criminals are on the move and typically travel together in pairs. They will pose as utility workers, contractors, landscapers, or any other profession that commonly deals with homes. One suspect will distract the homeowner, while the other suspect secretly enters the home to search for valuables and cash. You can stay ahead of the scam by following these simple tips:
Be aware of strangers coming to your door to offer home repairs or lawn maintenance
Avoid letting strangers inside your home to conduct security or utility inspections
Ask to see employment verification and credentials for anyone claiming to be with a local utility company
Be leery of maintenance visits that you did not previously schedule
Need Tax preparation assistance? Once again the AARP volunteers will be on hand at the South Shore United Church of Christ, Community Church College, 1501 LaJolla Ave. Sun City Center to provide the help you may need. Call 813-634-3502 to schedule your appointment.
SCAM ALERT: If a nice young man comes to your door and asks you to come outside so he can show you something on your property that he can help you fix, be wary. We have an incident in town where our resident stepped out with the fellow around back but then, on coming in, found a female companion inside the house. She dropped a piece of jewelry as she was leaving; our resident quickly went into the bedroom and found all sorts of things missing in there. (Thanks John)
The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2017.
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center Updates Times of Services:
8:00 AM……Contemporary Service, Life Enrichment Center
9:00 AM……Traditional Service, Sanctuary
10:00 AM….Contemporary Service, Life Enrichment Center
11:00 AM…Traditional Service, Sanctuary
4:00 PM….Hispanic Service, Life Enrichment Center
*FREE Nursery Available for all services…
New e-publication “The SCC Curmudgeon Report”, providing insight into the goings on in Sun City Center and SouthShore. Produced by Bob Black. With a rich history in correspondence, Bob began writing in Korea when he got out of a combat infantry company in 1952 and took on the 2nd Infantry Division newspaper and then on to Stars & Stripes in Tokyo. Totaling 65 years of covering the news, sometimes interrupted by 40 years of owning a public relations firm and retiring to Sun City Center in 2002 where he began as a columnist, writer and editor of The NEWS of Sun City Center. After spending four years on the Community Association Board of directors, Bob went on to became a golf and sports writer for the SCC Sun when it was a weekly newspaper owned by the Tampa Tribune and then the SCC Observer as a columnist. He is now a “correspondent” for the Tampa Bay (born as the St. Petersburg) Times. The “SCC Curmudgeon Report” will make space available for critical discussion from the general public with a few ground rules: 1. Keep it to 200 words; 2. No name-calling, no libelous statements; 3. Positive or negative, keep it on one subject; 4. The will choose what gets printed and edit for length; 5. Sign your name and put your phone number with it so we can confirm it’s you writing the letter. We won’t run the phone number, we will run your name. To receive the report or contribute, email Bob at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SCC Lamplighters: There is a new group in town and I couldn’t be happier to wish them success in a project that epitomizes the spirit of the Sun City Center lifestyle. They call themselves the SCC Lamplighters and their goal is to make Sun City Center a safer and brighter place to live. If your street lamp at the foot of your driveway is burned out, they will come and replace it! There is no charge for their labor; if the homeowner can pay for a replacement bulb, they will ask you to do so, but if you cannot pay for it, they will supply it at no cost. How wonderful it would be to look down a street in Sun City Center and see those quiet lights at every driveway. Sound good? Call 813-505-5927 and they will make an appointment to come to your home to replace the bulb.
From John Bowker and worthy of sharing: There is a club in town I have never helped publicize. Back some 5 years ago a group of people who love to fish found each other and organized a monthly schedule of meetings. They often have guest speakers, fish fries twice a year (yes, their own fish!), along with trips out into the salt water and to the Skyway Fishing Pier and more. More information at: castawayanglersFL@gmail.com Their webpage is www.castawayanglersclubfl.org or you can call Bob Preston at 813-404-5507.
NEED A LICENSED CONTRACTOR?
Permit Reports: https://webapps.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/resources/onlineservices/permits/
Contractor Licensing - Hillsborough County: https://webapps.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/resources/onlineservices/contractors/
Contractor Licensing: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
Proof of Coverage: https://apps8.fldfs.com/proofofcoverage/Search.aspx
The Disabled American Veterans, DAV Chapter 110 of Sun City Center has two main services or programs.
One is to provide no cost transportation to ambulatory veterans who have medical appointments at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa. Transportation is provided up to five days a week depending upon the veterans’ needs. The other service is to provide veterans or their spouses/families with information on services and benefits that they may be eligible for. That service includes the filing or assistance with filing the various VA claim forms, as well as helping them navigate the VA system. The Chapter Service Officers are available from 10AM to 2PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. To make an appointment, call 813-331-3871. Walk-ins are welcome. We are located at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive. If you need a ride to the James A. Haley VA Hospital, please call 813-642-0302 a week before you need a ride to ensure a seat on the van. The van starts its pick-up service about 6:45AM and usually returns to Sun City Center between 11:30-12:30. When scheduling your appointments at the hospital let your scheduler know that you are riding the DAV van and they will try to schedule your appointment so that you may avail yourself of the van service. DAV van (drivers and dispatchers) and Chapter Service Officers staff are all volunteers with no charges to the veterans. Monetary donations and volunteer help are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Everything received goes 100% to support the two DAV programs mentioned above in Sun City Center.
Hillsborough County residents can receive free one-on-one financial guidance on basic personal finance topics from Florida Master Money Mentors. Mentors can meet with you here in town at a convenient time for you to provide guidance on how to develop a spending and savings plan, manage debt, build a good credit history, and achieve financial goals. The mentor will provide continued guidance for as long as you need to learn the basics of financial management. Any Hillsborough County resident interested in meeting with a Florida Master Money Mentor can call Lisa Leslie at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54143.
Medicaid (Managed Care) Patients looking for Psychiatrist, look no further!
Holistic Medical Care Clinic LLC has openings for Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care Plan psychiatric patients. Usually, psychiatrist has no openings for Medicaid patients, even Medicare with Medicaid as secondary insurance. But as part of Holistic Medical Care Clinic LLC's outreach program, we will be opening spots for Medicaid patients from July to September. Holistic Medical Care Clinic is located at 400 Frandorson Circle # 103, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. Please call 813-398-0470 to schedule your next appointment.
SENIORS vs CRIME
The Community Association is providing space for the SENIORS vs CRIME Organization as they are losing their present location. They will be relocating to 940-D Cherry Hills Drive. (Pelican Room - former Photo Club Room) in the Old Town Hall Building. SENIORS vs CRIME is an advocate organization supported by the Florida Attorney General to protect seniors. They work closely work with our Resource Deputy and the HCSO. They provide a tremendous service to our community.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM For Those in Need of Financial Assistance
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul Society offers assistance to those in our community who have fallen on difficult times? Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are on hand to help those who are in need of financial assistance. All information is kept confidential. For more information, please call (813) 385-6110. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information on our parish community, please visit: www.popcc.org
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PICKLEBALL - easy to play, quick to learn, and lots of fun for all ages. Sun City Center Pickleball Club welcomes everyone interested in playing. Courts are located behind the Community Hall in the Sun City Center Sports Complex off of South Pebble Beach Blvd. Those interested in learning can check the court bulletin boards for who to contact about lessons. You must be a current member of the Community Association to play on the courts. However, becoming a member in the SCC Pickleball Club provides you with full benefits including many fun-filled social events, lively tournament play, and members-only court time. Learn more about SCC Pickleball Club through our website SCC Pickleball Club Home Page
NEW EARLY BIRD SPECIAL AT LATITUDES!
2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Early Bird Dinner Menu at LATITUDES APOLLO, 131 HARBOR VILLAGE LANE (813)-645-9700
All Entrees are served with your choice of a soup or side Salad!!! All Entrees $9.99
Have you been paying premiums for long term care coverage and are not sure if you qualify for benefits based on the verbiage in your policy? Would you like it translated? If you have a copy of your policy and would like to have a skilled Attorney review it on your behalf, don’t wait… Contact: Steven M. Dunn, P.A. 1135 Kane Concourse, 5th Floor. Miami, Florida 33154. (O) 305-868-1400 - (F) 305-868-1409 - (Toll Free) 1-888-576-9076
Sun City Center LIONS Club collects used eye glasses, reprocesses and gives to those in need. The Lions have many drop boxes in the Sun City Center and Ruskin areas: Sunhill Optical, Eye Associates of Sun City Center, Burger King, Winn Dixie, Sun City Center Emergency Center, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sun City Cataract & Eye Center, United Community Church, Opti-Mart, Elks Club, WalMart, Security Patrol Office, Sun City Chamber of Commerce, Kauffman Eye Institute, Aston Gardens at the Courtyards, Plaza Barber Shop, Sun City Center Library, Ruskin Eye Center, Aston Gardens, Freedom Plaza, Publix, Boggs Jewelers and Sun Towers Retirement Community. The Lions meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information, contact Pres. Gloria Rodzielowicz - 419-4187; the McGoverns - 633-4202.
Need resources in South Shore? Visit The South Shore Coalition For Mental Health and Aging's Community Resource Guide at: https://issuu.com/timescreative/docs/2016_southshore
AMAZON Funding for the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging! Just visit http://smile.amazon.com/ Once there, chose: South Shore Coalition For Mental Health & Aging Inc, Location: Sun City Ctr, FL and this organization will receive a .05% of the sale from your purchase! Thank you for your help!
Have You Heard? SouthShore has its own radio station! WPHX 101.9 "The Phoenix" The Firehouse Cultural Center is excited to announce a brand new project that promises to bring an innovative sound to SouthShore-WPHX 101.9 FM radio! We’ve completed installation of our antennae that broadcasts a signal throughout the community, and can even be heard as far as the Skyway Bridge. WPHX is in the formative stages of becoming one of the only local, listener-supported radio stations in the country that is connected to a cultural center. The Phoenix will provide a variety of arts, music, education and information programming to connect our community. We need your input and ideas! You can also follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wphx1019 or sign up to receive station updates at www.wphx1019.org. Tune in to 101.9 FM and hear the sounds of SouthShore! Firehouse Cultural Center | 813-645-7651 email@example.com | www.firehouseculturalcenter.org
Community Church College Email Notifications - The Community Church College (www.4lifelearning.org), 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center, Florida, has begun a new service for our community. In our efforts to make everyone aware of the college activities, class schedules and trips, we have started a college email lists. The email list is only used for college purposes. All emails will have the recipients email in the blind copy address, so no one sees anyone else’s email address. To be added, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any time you wish to unsubscribe to our mailings there will be an unsubscribe link in the emails.
HAVE YOU BEEN SCAMMED? HAVE FAULTY HOME REPAIRS? BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF?
If so, contact Seniors VS Crimes at 813-634-8666. Seniors VS Crimes is a special project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. There is NO COST to use this service. Staffed by volunteers. Call for more information or to make an appointment.
FURRY COMPANION COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About Pets)
Please do NOT feed the Cats around the North Club House. When you feed them, you put them in jeopardy of being euthanized. The cats are well fed every morning by FELINE FOLKS. Our food has ingredients to treat for fleas & worms. We would love to tell you more about this and about an opportunity to help us care for the cats. Feline folks: email@example.com
FELINE FOLKS CAN USE YOUR HELP
Community Cats Need Your Help - Feline Folks has said “Goodbye” to many of our loyal community cat feeders. If you are an animal lover and can help even one day a month, Feline Folks would love to talk to you. We feed the cats daily. Food, training and support are provided. Our most urgent need is in Aston Gardens and Kings Point. If you would like to take a test ride to learn more about the process, contact us at: www.felinefolks.us - firstname.lastname@example.org
Love cats? Join the Cat Lovers Club of Sun City Center! Our meetings include guest speakers, educational presentations and field trips. One of the club’s primary goals is to provide cat food to low income families in our area helping to keep cats in their homes rather than going to shelters or being abandoned. Join our group, learn more about the cats you love and help kitties in our community! Check our Calendar of Events for meeting dates at www.CatLoversClub.org or email us at info@CatLoversClub.org. Cat Lovers Club is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Open to all CA members.
FUR-EVER HOMES NEEDED – if you are thinking of adding a fur member to your family, please consider adopting one of the precious dogs/cats from CARE. The shelter is open Tues – Sat from 10am – 3pm. Thank you for your support. The shelter is located minutes from our community at 1528 27th St. S.E.., Ruskin, FL 33570. (813) 645-2273
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT C.A.R.E.S. ~ C.A.R.E. our local animal rescue in Ruskin is looking for volunteers and donations. C.A.R.E. is a no-kill, volunteer run, animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs in Ruskin. Volunteers are always needed at the shelter - the hours are (mornings) 7:00 am - 11:30 am or (afternoons) 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and any combination of hours in-between. Our "animal volunteers" perform a multitude of tasks throughout their day to help with finding all of our animals a forever home. Volunteers are needed seven days per week rain or shine all year long. If you have any availability, please visit the CARE website at http://www.careshelter.org/Volunteers.html to learn more about how to submit your volunteer application.