The Wedgefield community is diverse in both age and culture
and offers a great atmosphere for enjoying the natural
beauty and great weather of Central Florida.
We encourage you to visit Wedgefield and have lunch at the
Club House and get to know some of the people that call
Your neighbors would like to invite you to
join our Homeowner's Association:
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Section 4.7 Signs
No signs of any type shall be displayed to public
view on the Lots or any portion thereof without the
prior written consent of the Association, except the
A. One "For Sale" sign or "For Rent" sign per Lot;
provided the sign is no larger than two (2) feet by
two (2) feet;
B. Political signs are permitted during election
periods and must be removed immediately after the
C. Builder's signs for models and offices: and
D. Commercial Business signs on vehicles are
E. Garage Sale Signs, not to exceed three days and must
be removed immediately after the event concludes
From the Orange County Code Enforcement Website
“Private signs may never
be placed within the public right-of-ways unless
approved by Orange County. Signs may be removed without
warning by County workers and those placing such signs
are subject to fines. The county picks up over 100,000
signs each year.”
will specify that the “Save Wedgefield” signs are not
considered to be “political signs”. If you are
concerned about the presence of these signs, or any
other illegally placed signs, be proactive and take some
action. If it’s your neighbor ask them to remove
it. Call Orange County Code Enforcement
(407-836-3111) and report the violation and ask that the
signs be removed. If the signs are on private
property call any of the WHOA Directors and report the
address so we can take appropriate action.
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Land Clearing Wanted
Wanted cheap quick knock down of brush on Oberly.
300' driveway and about 1.5 acre worth. Nothing
fancy or deep. Please call 407-595-5229
Leather living room set
Leather seat and chair excellent condition
hardly use cost $2500 selling for $500. Call tom
@ 407 761 6739
Wanted Brush Clearing\Bobcat Oberly
Wanted quick and reasonably priced knock back of
brush on 200 fee driveway and approx 2 acres of
field on Oberly. Not full tight mow or heavy
clearing just keeping things at bay. Email
email@example.com to discuss.
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Note from the President
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope all the children enjoyed the Halloween party at
the park. A special thank you goes out to Evelyn Perez
for coordinating this fun event. Also remember that
November 14th is the Fall Festival at the
park. I hope you’ll come out to enjoy this annual event
and spend some time visiting with friends and
neighbors. I normally enjoy cooking at this event every
year but will be out of town this year. I am looking
for at least three volunteers to help with cooking and
serving the food. If you can assist please contact me
It’s that time of the year when WHOA begins preparations
for the election, this year the positions of President,
Treasurer and four Directors will be voted on. The
elections will be held at the General Membership meeting
on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at the Clubhouse. All
2015 WHOA members in good standing will be eligible to
vote, no memberships will be taken at that meeting.
Several of the current Board members will be running
for re-election and other WHOA members in good standing
interested in filling a position should submit their
name and a brief bio to Amy Goldie or myself no later
than Friday October 30th. Please see e-mail
addresses in the back of the Wedgefield Community News.
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Bayanihan at Wedgefield
Bayanihan - a Filipino word
meaning community spirit, cooperation and unity.
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
– a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the
We would like to invite you to the following
Free Events to learn more about the diverse Asian & Pacific
Wednesday, May 6th from
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Orlando City Hall Rotunda -
400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.
Registration for Each
Attendee is Required to Attend this Event. This is a FREE Event but due
to security and limited space at the City Hall, registration is required
to attend. Each person attending must register. If you have guests,
you need to register each guest individually for security purposes.
Follow this LINK to RSVP.
Saturday, May 30th from 11
am - 4 pm
Orlando Fashion Square
3201 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
entertainment, arts, crafts and Asian Ethnic food featuring China, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and
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This Month Neighborhood Watch Information will
continue to be published in an ongoing effort to keep
our community informed on crime watch matters.
During the last half of OCTOBER to the present date of
NOVEMBER 12, 2015 based on Orange County Sheriff’s crime
statistics and individual reports not yet reflected in the
statistics we have had auto tires slashed at 2 residences in
the 2200 block of BABBITT AVENUE. And we had a total of 3
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES, One in the 19500 block of STARRY ST
and One in the 5800 Block of HAMPSHIRE AVE and one in the
19500 block of SOMERSET. We had one report of a pellet gun
being shot into an open garage with no damage (not reported)
and I had one report of a mail package being opened,
contents taken and package returned to the mail box in the
18500 block of MOORGATE. Deputies called but resident was
told not their problem call the post office.
We have seen this before but it needs repeating. If you
hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in
your house, just press the panic button for your car. The
alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound
until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This
tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time
you come home for the night and you start to put your keys
away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you
probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.
It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and
will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you
reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if
you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes
off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds
are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few
seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows
to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't
want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to
your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way
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Citizens On Patrol
Wondering what you can do to prevent from
becoming a victim? This month’s article will
provide tips for protecting your home.
you were locked out of your house, would you
still be able to get in? Maybe you keep an
unlocked window in the back, or a hidden key in
your mailbox or on top of a window ledge?
may think this is a good idea, but guess what?
If you can break in, so can a burglar! One out
of six homes will be burglarized this year. For
a small amount of time and money, you can make
your home more secure and reduce your chances of
being a victim.
CHECK THE LOCKS
you know that in almost half of all completed
residential burglaries, thieves simply breezed
in through unlocked doors or crawled through
sure every external door has a sturdy, well
installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob lock
alone are not enough.
glass doors can offer easy access if they are
not properly secured. You can secure them by
installing commercially available locks or
putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside
track to jam the door. To prevent the door being
lifted off the track, drill a hole through the
sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then
insert a pin in the hole.
double-hung windows with key locks or “pin”
windows by drilling a small hole into a 45
degree angle between the inner and outer frames,
then insert a nail that can be removed. Secure
basement windows with grilles or grates.
of hiding keys around the outside of your home,
give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.
you move into a new house or apartment, rekey
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Calling All Green Thumbs
The Green Thumb Garden Club of Wedgefield met on 11/5
for an outing to Rockledge Gardens Farm for a program on
Hydroponics. Aaron Raines was our instructor and one of
the resident farmers at the Farm. Hydroponics is used
when there is poor soil or nematodes and uses 1/10 the
amount of water in soil culture. A tower system is one
of the forms of water culture, it can be expensive, but
more affordable if you do it yourself! The medium used
can be Vertigrow, plastic pellets coconut fiber, or pine
bark which is cheaper but must be finely ground 3/8 of
an inch or below. Perlite is not used, as it develops
algae. The pesticides and fungicides they use are Copper
Fungicide, Insecticidal Soap, Bitanigarde and Neem oil
for white fly.
After the program, we went to the Garden's and made our
purchases, then met at a pizza parlor near the river,
called Ryan's. Rosemary Curtis was the host of the
program and she brought garden themed tools, for door
prizes. It was a lovely time for all, lovely weather,
somewhat hot in the sunshine but we spent most of the
time in the shade.
Don't forget our Christmas program which will be at
Adelaide Catania's house on Bancroft. Everyone who
intends to go, must call 407-568-0282 and RSVP, by
November 30th, also let her know what dish you are
bringing. Bring a $15 dollar garden themed gift for the
gift exchange, if you wish to participate. The date is
Thursday the 10th of December, the second Thursday
rather than our usual First Thursday.
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Yard of the
Yard of the Month Program - Voting began in April,
during the first week of the month. Judging will be done by
3 people on a criteria of the best yards viewed and voted on
during the viewing time. A yard sign will be awarded to the
winning yard. That sign will be picked up and presented to
the next month's winner.
November Yard of the Month
November brings our Yard of the
Month program to an end until next April. The
outstanding address to visit this month is 2794
Babbitt. The owners are Carmen and Arthur Brown who
have been Wedgefield residents since 2004. They moved
from Germany, where Arthur retired from the military.
Looking for warmer weather, they decided on Florida.
Both are avid gardeners and Carmen oversees her yard
And with the results, you will
enjoy seeing roses, butterfly bush, vinca, mums,
geraniums, cannas, amaryllis, gardenias, azalea, night
jasmine, hibiscus and even has time for a vegetable
garden. Their yard must enjoy color all year long!
We enjoyed several other
honorable mentions that you will find at the following
addresses: 2514 Albion, 20477 Netherland, 20722
Melville and 2731 Abbey.
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As we begin the holiday season
with decorating the inside and outside of our homes,
here are some facts from NFPA’s Fire Analysis and
Research Division that should be considered:
Between 2009-2014, U. S. Fire
Departments responded to an average of 210 home fires
that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires
caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries and $17.5
million in direct property damage annually.
On average one of every 31
reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree
resulted in a death, compared to an average of 1 death
per 144 total reported home fires.
Electrical problems were factors
in 3 out of 10 home Christmas tree structure fires.
Two of every five (39%) home
Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family
room or den.
We want to thank the community
for your support during the year 2015. We hope that
those you attended our workshops and nature walks found
them informative and interesting. Your donations allow
us to do these with out a charge. Thank you to those
who have volunteered their time and efforts in helping
us during the year. As we prepare out plans for 2016,
we are looking for Wedgefield residents to join our team
to help us do even more in the community to educate
people about wildfires and preparing for emergencies.
We are not asking for a commitment of attending every
meeting but being available to assist as events come
up. We hope you will consider joining us.
Don’t forget that on December 5th,
from 11 AM to 2 PM, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the
Wedgefield Fire Station. Come meet the local
firefighters and tour the Fire Station and enjoy free
Again, the Firewise team wants to
thank you for your support. Have a Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year.
Mary Prescott, Chair
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10 to 14 girls meet at local restaurants and attend the
movies. Some gals need to run errands so they skip the
movies. In October and November we enjoyed “The Little
Greek Restaurant”, “Duffy’s”, “Margarita’s”, “Cooper
Hawk” and “Bahama Breeze”. The movies we enjoyed were “Sicario”,
“The Martian”, “Burnt”, and “Our Brand of Crisis”.
Since I can
only attend twice a month due to other obligations (the
2nd & 4th of the month) and Jan comes when she can and
Nancy Stickrod attends every Tuesday religiously; it
would be best if the new residents contact Nancy by
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a fun loving group and
you will enjoy the camaraderie. Thank you – Sylvia
day you will be just a memory for some people, do your
best to be a Good one!
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Classy Red Hat Ladies
16th 45 Red Hatters descended at the “Blue Heron”
restaurant at the Great Outdoors. Nancy Stickrod, Dottie
Kaiser and Sylvia Cox were the hostesses. The food was
great and the waitresses were top-notch.
We had 2
birthdays, Marilyn Eagen and Martha Bradford. They
received a birthday hat, horn and red beads. Joan Smith,
Carol Crosby and Bea Christensen won the Hostess gifts.
We had 3 guest from the Silly Sassy Sisters group and 5
visitors from the Happy Hatters Red Hatters. Ann
Breazzano won the door prize for having the most purple
on, Ann Brown won for having the most red clothes and
accessories on, Betty Eastmoor won for having the most
lip sticks in her cosmetic bag and Lois Kiss for being
married the most times. A great time was had by all.
20th Linda Descheneaux, Nancy Adams, Nancy and Kelly
Crosby are the hostesses at the Long Horn. On December
11th Colleen Wollam, Eleanor McGill and Mary Ann Kiser
will be the hostesses. It will be a buffet for $17.00 at
the Club House. Be sure to bring $17.00 in cash and a
$15.00 Christmas gift if you want to receive one.
We still play
Bunco on the last Monday of the month at the Club House.
We had 6 tables last month. Judy Miller was the Big
Winner. We have a Prayer Group and cards are sent out to
those that need encouragement.
I have been
the Queen of the Wedgefield Classy Red Hatters for 13
years. I have really enjoyed all of the activities and
have gained lots of friendships and the camaraderie has
been wonderful but at the end of this year I am stepping
down as the Queen of the group and giving someone else a
chance to step up to the plate. We have 4 members to
every committee and I would suggest they pick a Queen
for that luncheon. See you in all of the familiar
Keep looking up, that is the secret of life.
Welcome New Red Hatter
Martha Cox joined us in August, she used to belong to a
Red Hat group in Union Park but they disbanded. She
lived on Dean Road for 19 years and then moved near
Aloma Ave. and has been there for 4 years. She worked 20
years for Orlando Regional Medical Center but is now
retired. She has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great
grandchildren. She has a daughter, grandchildren and
great grandchildren that live in Wedgefield. She loves
to play Bingo and especially loves to play Bunco at our
club house. Her 2 daughters also play and enjoy it.
Martha loves the Red Hatters and enjoys going out to
lunch. She always dresses the part in her red hat and
We welcome her.
Submitted by Sylvia Cox.
“HISTORY OF WEDGEFIELD”
Submitted by: Sylvia Cox
If you just
moved to Wedgefield, we would love nothing more than to
be able to share with you the history of our community.
In the 1980’s Charlie Jazko was President of the
Wedgefield Homeowners Association followed by Larry
Lanigan, Adair Tobergte and John Bessler. In the early
1980’s the name was changed from Cape Orlando to
Wedgefield. Cary Linden was President for 4 years. He
was in real estate so he could promote the neighborhood.
There was a monthly newsletter (Magnifer) and an active
HOA. There was a bike club, swim club, infant swimming
lessons, baby sitting co-op, children & adult softball
league, neighborhood watch, garden club, men & women’s
golf league, volley ball & soccer games. There was a
lighted tennis court and a swimming pool. The WHOA
Every August Neighborhood Watch Program in the County
Night Out” and Wedgefield participated in the event
several times. Everyone turned the porch lights on and
several times the WHOA closed Maxim Pkwy and everyone
brought covered dishes and their chairs and we had
bar-b-que. Sheriff Lawson Lamar and McGruff, the Crime
Prevention Dog would whirl in via helicopter and land at
the Park. In 1982 a Neighborhood Watch Program was
established due to one of our neighbors getting shot by
a burglar, he was looking after a friend’s home while he
was on vacation, saw a stray vehicle in front of the
house, rode his golf cart down the street to check it
out, he went inside, was shot but survived. The burglars
are serving life sentences for the crime. Sheriff Lamar
and NHW Coordinator Marian Hultgreen advised us to
organize the Watch Program. The first meeting was held
at Sylvia Cox’s home. There were only 60 homes here so
it was easier to interest residents to become Block
Captains. We met regularly for training with Corporal
Hultgreen as well as for an occasional social event. In
1986 the Sheriff’s Dept. had a series of seminars on 6
Saturday mornings. Wedgefield had more residents
attending than any other community and that year there
was an Appreciation Banquet at the Rio Pinar Country
Club and we were at the top of the list in the number of
attendees. Back then there were no e-mails, texting or
If you know of anything that is interesting or exciting
about the history of our community, please contact
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Community Emergency Response Team
CERT was well represented at the annual “Hurricane Expo”
on Saturday, June 6th at the Fairgrounds thanks to Cindy
Bethoney, Howie Torres, Victor Alzona and Phil and Helen
Unser. We were joined by a group from Apopka who had
graduated in April. This year, the CERT booth was the
first booth inside the doors so we had a crowd of people
stop by for goodies (flashlights, whistles, band aid
holders) and information.
We owe a big
“Thank You” to Harwell “Quill” Quillian for constructing
and hanging the doors on the shelves in the pavilion at
the park. Thanks to him, much of our gear is now stored
there under lock and key. This place was chosen because
we will set up our command post in the park should we
have a hurricane or other disaster.
been given a start date for the next CERT training
session so if anyone is interested in taking the course
please contact Helen Unser at email@example.com. The
course will take 3 hours a week for 6 to 8 weeks and
will cover Light Search & Rescue, Light Fire
Suppression, Medical Operations (assessment, treatment &
hygiene), Disaster Operations (triage & treating life
threatening injuries) and many other very useful skills.
CERT = PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
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