By Kim Ruiz

Annual HOA Budget

The annual Homeowners Association (HOA) budget meeting for South Ridge is Thursday, November 6, in the Fellowship Hall of Kings Ave. Baptist Church next the South Ridge community.  The board will review and approve the budget for 2015 based on current and expected expenses for the coming year.  Homeowners will receive mail from McNeil Management with details of the proposed/approved budget. New  coupon books will be mailed to homeowners in December in time to make January 1 assessment payments.  Homeowners who do not receive a book in the mail, call 571-7100.


Neighborhood Watch Program

Did you know South Ridge has a community resource office from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office that stays in regular contact with their Neighborhood Watch program leader?  He checks to see if there are any safety concerns and will follow up on issues affecting the South Ridge neighborhood.  As dues paying members of the Neighborhood Watch Program, homeowners are encouraged to volunteer to be block captains who will notify their immediate neighbors on their “phone tree” of any significant issues.

Homeowners can help keep the community safe by simply watching for suspicious activity, writing down all significant details (descriptions of individuals, distinguishing features or characteristics, license plates, make and model of vehicles, location and direction headed, etc.).  Report this information immediately to 911 if it’s an emergency,  247-7200 if it’s a non-emergency, and then to the block captain and/or HOA board member.  Contact information can be found at  Individuals who would like to volunteer to be a block captain, e-mail board member Kim Ruiz at


Home Maintenance

Whether traveling for the holidays or having guests come to visit, it’s important to make sure homes look their best.  The HOA continuously manages the common areas so guests and residents are treated to attractive and well maintained spaces.  Residents are asked to please do the same for their home by mowing regularly, cleaning stains for exterior surfaces, storing personal items and trash receptacles out of view, and maintaining outdoor items like fences, lanai screens, and play equipment.

Recognizing Excellence In The Bloomingdale Community

By Joy Boisselle & Deidre Morgan

Bloomingdale’s Best of the Best Student of the Month By Joy Boisselle

Congratulations to Kiera Dunham, our Best of the Best Student of the Month for October.

Dunham is a homeschooled tenth grade student with a well-rounded academic, athletic and extra-curricular portfolio. She competes on the Campo YMCA competitive swim team, and enjoys horseback riding, a passion for which she earned money in order to pay for riding lessons. Dunham also participates in local theater.

However, the main reason for her selection is her cake making and decorating talent coupled with her generosity and a desire to help others. Three years ago, Dunham took a cake decorating class through her homeschool network, Home Education Activities Teams.

Her future plans are undecided, but she hopes to continue cake decorating for fun, and become involved in horse rescue and missionary work. Her proud parents are Paul and Paula Dunham who reside in Fairway Manors.

Ray Chadderton of The Chadderton Group of Keller Williams Realty sponsors the BHA Best of the Best Student of the Month Program.

Send nominations to bloomingdale.homeown or call 681-2051. Winners receive a $25 gift card from the sponsor.

Tyler Clark Presented Blue-Grey Jersey

By Deidre Morgan

HOA_Schools-Tyler Clark 1Bloomingdale High School Senior and defensive tackle Tyler Clark received his All-American Bowl Blue-Grey jersey last month during half time at the Bloomingdale vs. Plant football game. Larry Ryans, a former NFL wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, presented the jersey to Clark.

The 2015 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is January 10, 2015 at the Raymond James Stadium. Clark’s selection to play in this event signifies his elite status as one of the country’s hottest prospects in high school football. Tyler is the son of Tom and Karen Clark of Valrico.

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