By Joy Boisselle

BHA Makes Community Safer

Often, residents ask why they should pay their Bloomingdale Homeowners Association (BHA) dues. As of October 6, there are eight new reasons. The BHA successfully petitioned for “no thru truck” signs installed by the Hillsborough County Public Works Department now located at the intersections of all Bloomingdale entryways connecting with Bloomingdale Ave., John Moore, Bell Shoals, and Lithia Pinecrest Roads.

Bloomingdale residents Joe and Pam Liguori contacted the BHA in September after following a cement truck from near Glenhaven Rd. around Natures Way Blvd. to Erindale Rd. before it made its final turn south on Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Alarmed that a construction vehicle had used a residential neighborhood street system to by-pass Bloomingdale Ave., they quickly asked for the BHA’s assistance.

With the widening of Bell Shoals, new construction beginning in FishHawk, the planned road improvements at Culbreath Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave., as well as the upcoming construction of the Redstone development, the BHA recognized this as a real issue now and in the near future. Three business days later at the board’s monthly meeting, the BHA raised the community’s concerns to several county officials in attendance including Director Mike Williams and Publics Works Official Jim Lyons.

The BHA’s chief concerns included the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, primarily children walking to and from the community’s two elementary schools and nearby high school, coupled with the likelihood that incidents like this would only increase with the upcoming construction around the Bloomingdale community. From resident report to the BHA to county action, the entire sign request, processing and installation was complete in 23 business days.

Without the volunteer board investing their energy and time to the betterment of the Bloomingdale community, an outcome like the new traffic signs simply would not have been possible.

2014 BHA Fall Festival: Mission Accomplished

HOABowling KidsFor three years, the BHA’s Fall Festival was just a distant memory. A new energetic board with a goal to bring the crowd pleaser back to the community did so on October 25 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club. Nearly 500 fest-goers and 47 businesses attended the event and enjoyed beautiful weather and an opportunity to share in a celebration of community.

While the ever-pleasing bounce houses and Trick-or-Treat Street drew the younger set, adults strolled the grounds learning about animal rescue groups and local business partners in the area. Everyone enjoyed the DJ entertainment provided by Ricky Mondelli; mascot visitors, The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Thunderbug and Mr. KingPin from Brandon Crossroads Bowl; and the many activities, games and raffles.

Platinum sponsor and event supporter since 2008, Ray Chadderton of The Chadderton Group, a Keller Williams Realty Company, said, “What a great day. More communities should do events like this; it’s important and brings the community together in a positive way.”

Demonstrations were a highlight as the crowd delighted in a high-performance competition cheerleading demo provided by Storm All Star Cheerleading, a high-energy Zumba demonstration performed by Crunch Fitness and an excellent Tae Kwon Do routine courtesy of World Champion Center Tae Kwon Do. WCC owner Master Dongnyeok Kang further enthralled the crowd with an exciting motorized paragliding demonstration. Master Kang is a former South Korean National Paragliding Champion.

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