Ticket sellers served a steady flow of customers on Saturday in Rotonda West for an upcoming Stone Crabs game. Photo by David Pulaski.
"Last Call for "Rotonda West Night" Tickets at April 29 Stone Crabs Game
The first of two Saturday group ticket sales in Rotonda West saw brisk activity on April 15 for an upcoming Charlotte Stone Crabs game. The game is Saturday, April 29 featuring the Stone Crabs facing the Bradenton Marauders in a Florida State League game. The first pitch is at 6:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park. "Rotonda West Night' is a tradition in the community and draws an enthusiastic crowd each year. If weather permits, a spectacular fireworks display will follow the game. A second sales day will be held this Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the RWA offices at 646 Rotonda Circle. All tickets are $5.00 in Sections 216 and 217 behind third base. Two food vouchers are also offered. For $5.00, fans receive a jumbo hot dog, chips and a fountain drink. The price of $6.00 is for chicken fingers, fries and a fountain drink. A Stone Crabs cap is available for $4.00. The Rotonda West game committee consists of Earl Haas, Russ Kulp, Hank Killion and Don Mahon, assisted by RWA Manager Scotl Feldkamp. For more information, please call Mr. Haas at 698-9207.
ROTONDA NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TO HOST “MEET THE SHERIFF”
The Rotonda West Neighborhood Watch will hold a “Meet the Sheriff” event on Thursday, April 20th, at 7:00 PM, at the American Legion Post 113, 3436 Indiana Ave. in Rotonda West. This is an opportunity to meet Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell, listen to his presentation, and ask him questions about law enforcement and related issues in our community. Sheriff Prummell is a veteran of 23 years in law enforcement. He began his career with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. He worked his way through the ranks and in most areas of the Agency. He was elected as Sheriff on August 14, 2012 and assumed the Office of Sheriff on January 8, 2013. He ran for re-election in 2016 winning both the primary and general elections. All members of the community are welcome at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Citizen’s Police Academy
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its next Citizen’s Police Academy starting on Tuesday, May 16th; it will be held at the new District 1 offices on Wilmington Boulevard. Classes meet each Tuesday for seven weeks (May 16 – June 27), and the last class will meet on Thursday June 29th. Classes meet from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, and a light dinner for participants is provided. Topics include, but are not limited to, Forensics, Aviation, K-9, S.W.A.T, and Narcotics.
Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. For more information, go to CCSO.ORG and click on the “News and Events” link, then click on “Citizen’s Police Academy”. An application form and contact information are provided.
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"Rotonda West Holiday Helpers" Support 30 Families at Thanksgiving
By Don Mahon
Thirty area families will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional and complete Thanksgiving dinner after all, thanks to the generosity of dozens of Rotonda West residents.
The families range in size from two to ten members. At least one member in each family is a student at Vineland Elementary School in Rotonda West. Recipient families are selected by Kristen Rigney. Vineland Elementary School Counselor.
The Rotonda West group is known as "The Holiday Helpers." It was founded 9 years ago by Claudette and Joseph Romano and grows every year. Donations this year totaled $2,081.00.
More than one-half of the funding was provided by members of the Rotonda West Men's Breakfast Club and their wives.
The staff of the East Englewood Winn-Dixie store collaborated with the Rotonda West "Holiday Helpers" to provide the turkey and all the fixings, as well as breakfast specials. They were Craig Clemens, Winn-Dixie Store Manager; Bridget Warner, Assistant Manager; and Barbara Cox, Produce Manager.
Rotonda West residents contributing were: Sam & Joyce Besase, Bob & Linda Bondeson, George & Lois Burger, Margie Carroll, Nick & Kathy Gizzi, Earl & Johnnie Haas, John & Joanne House, Dale & Rosemarie Jensen, David Kelly (on behalf of Rotonda Golf Partners, Inc,), Russell Kulp, Hank & Sue Killion, Susan Karay (GFWC Rotonda West Woman's Club), George & Donna Krabbe, Jay & Linda Lyons, Alex & Valerie Moody, Don & Ginni Mahon, Mike Major, Glynn & Julie Perkins, , Stan & Charlotte Plizka, David & Wanda Pulaski, Joseph & Claudette Romano, Scott & Karen Schermerhorn, Steve & Sue Superak, Andy & Linda Smith, John & Barbara Peszko (Rotonda RV Parking Association, Inc.), and Walter & Claudette Taylor.
Rotonda West Food Collection
Boosts Englewood Helping Hand
By Don Mahon
Rotonda West does it again!
A one-week community-wide effort by Rotonda West residents helped fill the shelves at Englewood Helping Hand's food pantry.
Residents answered the call in large numbers by donating 460 pounds of food and other needed items to benefit needy families in the area. Also, $225.20 in cash was donated.
Howard Goodrich of Englewood Helping Hand expressed his appreciation. "The summer months are typicality the leanest months of the year for food donations and other necessities," he said. "We are very grateful to the Rotonda West community."
Jay Lyons, RWA Manager, Scott Feldkamp, Assistant Manager, and the Association staff coordinated the collection at the new Rotonda West Association administration offices. Earl Haas, Community Relations Committee chairman, and Directors Russ Kulp and Hank Killion, as well as Jay and Scott, helped load the vehicle.
Englewood Helping Hand also is the beneficiary of food, toys and cash collections at the community's popular Christmas Parades. In the last two years, 2014 and 2015, 3,640 pounds, or more than 1 1/2 tons, of food items have been donated by spectators along the 3-mile parade route. In addition, ninety-two toys and $700.00 in cash were also donated.
These projects are the responsibility of the RWA's Community Relations Committee led by Earl Haas as Chairman. "Once again, Rotonda West proves it is a caring community, looking after our own and others," Mr. Haas commented.
The 10th Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 10.
Photos by Sue Killion
Long-awaited Community Center Underway in Rotonda West
By Don Mahon
A traditional groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday (7/9/16) marked the beginning of construction of a new 8,000 square foot Community Meeting Center in Rotonda West.
Several hundred residents attended the event at the site of the new Rotonda West Association administrative offices and the future Center at 646 Rotonda Circle.
Participating in the shovel-turning ceremony were Association Directors, including RWA President Glynn Perkins, Russ Kulp, Scott Schermerhorn, Hank Killion, Andy Vanscyoc, and Peter Traverso. Also manning shovels were RWA Manager Jay Lyons and Assistant Manager Scott Feldkamp as did Terry Osborn representing the architect, Osborn Associates, and Paul Bigness, the builder, Synergy Construction. Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen H. Deutsch represented County government. Pastor Carl Kaltreider led the gathering in an opening prayer.
About one-half of the facility under air will house the meeting rooms. A kitchen, library, lounge, veranda and other amenities will be included. The new building will overlook two scenic lakes in the center of the 169-acre property, a former 9-hole golf course.
The footprint of the new Center will be the former golf course putting green. "Our new Meeting Center is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by our very capable volunteers," said Glynn Perkins, RWA President. Completion of the Center is expected by the end of the year.
Ten lakes and ponds dot the landscape. Future plans for the property include many passive uses, including fishing, walking and jogging paths, bicycling, open field recreation, nature and flower gardens, and wildlife viewing.
For the past 25 years, the Association had been operating in a former bowling alley on Cape Haze Drive that outlived its usefulness several years ago.
Photos by Sue Killion
Rotonda West Fans on Hand for Stone Crabs Win
Fireworks were the order of the night, both on the field and after the game! On "Rotonda West Night," 120 residents filled Section 216 at Charlotte Sports Park as the Charlotte Stone Crabs managed only two hits but outscored the Tampa Yankees 3-1 on Saturday night.
It was a strange game. The highly-rated Yankees pitcher, James Kaprielian, took a no-hitter into the 6th inning when the Stone Crabs manufactured 3 runs on a walk, a squeeze play and Yankee misplays but with no hits. Stone Crabs starter Chris Pike matched the highly-touted Kaprielian pitch-for-pitch. Kaprielian, from Tustn, California, was the New York Yankees 2014 first round draft pick and currently the #4 prospect in the organization. Chris Pike, from Watermill, New York, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth round of the 2014 draft.
Fans were treated to a colorful and thunderous post-game fireworks display to cap off the evening.
Before the start of the game, a large cheer went up in Section 216 when Rotonda West's Charlotte Plizga let fly the ceremonial first pitch. It landed just short of home plate but drew cheers anyway. She had won the "'first pitch" contest at the ticket sales. Many Rotonda West fans were spotted wearing Stone Crabs and Tampa Bay Rays gear while a spattering wore uniform jerseys with the recognizable Yankees logo.
"Rotonda West Night" is an annual event sponsored by the Rotonda West Association's Community Relations Committee led by Earl Haas, working with Hallie Rubins of the Stone Crabs Marketing Department.
Photos by David Pulaski
Community Open House
Over 100 residents attended the Rotonda West Association's Spring Community Open House on Tuesday evening, March 29th.
Community service and social clubs were also on hand to explain their programs. The GFWC Woman's Club gained 20 new members and distributed an equal number of "Welcome to Rotonda West" books. The Fiesta Association, the community's premier social club, added 11 couples, while Neighborhood Watch gained 5 patrols. The Rotonda Elks Club signed up 8 new members, and both Englewood's Big Brothers Big Sisters and Brookdale Rotonda Senior Living reported positive results. Other exhibitors also added to their ranks.
The event is in its eighth year. The next Community Open House is scheduled for next November. The event is the responsibility of the RWA Community Relations Committee.
Photos by David Pulaski
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Rotonda West Association, a special in-depth video has been produced on the history of the 26,000 acres we call Rotonda West and the unique development of our community. Doing the honors are highly-qualified Rotonda West historians Jack Alexander and Pastor Carl Kaltreider. The Moderator is Jay Lyons, RWA Manager. Running time is 56 minutes. Click here to access the video
Going Green with West Ways
In line with a modern-day trend by many organizations, the Rotonda West Association has adopted its Electronic Communications Program designed to minimize printing and mailing costs for issues of West Ways and other Association documents.
Under the ECOM Program, all owners have the opportunity to read the newsletter on-line and in full color. All issues are posted on the West Ways Newsletter link on the right under thr menu. Eventually, the Association mailing list will be culled and only those owners who have not opted for the ECOM program will continue to receive printed copies of West Ways and other RWA documents.
So far, more than 1,000 members have chosen to read the newsletter on line, as well as receive billings such as the annual assessment and other documents via email.
If you have an email account and prefer to view issues on-line, send an email to Manager Jay Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, property address and account number and request participation in the ECOM Program. The ECOM program could eventually save the Association thousands of dollars in printing and postage costs. Sign up now!