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
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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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Note from the President
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
I hope this message finds you and your family doing well.
One thing that I believe is that change is one of the
certainties of life and after years as quiet Wedgefield with
little or nothing happening, well things they are a
There are currently at least ten home builders with
active construction in either or both the city and the
estate sections of our community and several have more than
one home underway.
The Ranger Drainage District has a couple of projects
underway; the Lake 11A project on Seaview Street will be
completed by May with properties having an attractive lake
view. Also the storm water relief project from Abalone Blvd
and Yam Street around the commercial property and down Macon
Parkway will begin by the first week in April.
The Family Dollar Store project, at Maxim Parkway and
State Road 520, will begin the third week of March and
should be completed in about sixteen weeks. Also watch for a
notice from Pluris of an informational meeting about some
upcoming construction between the water plant
and Maxim Parkway.
The good news is it appears that our property values are
on the rebound. Have a great month and come see us at the
WHOA Meeting on April 8th at 7:00 pm in the Golf
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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 JUNE to
the present date of JULY 7, 2015 based on Orange County
Sheriff’s crime statistics and individual reports not
yet reflected in the statistics we have had 7 auto
burglaries TWO in the 25 to 2600 block of ABALONE, ONE
in the 2200 Block of ABBEY, 3 in the 27-2800 block of
LYNDSCAPE, one in the 2200 Block of BANCROFT and an
estimated 6 more in the Estates that are not listed.
Additionally, we had a total of 4 RESIDENTIAL
BURGLARIES. One in the 19000 block of LANSDOWNE, One in
the 20900 Block of REYNOLDS, one in the 2700 Block of
LYNDSCAPE and one in the 19200 block of ORTEGA.
Unfortunately I did not receive calls on any of the
reports so I have no additional information.
Occasionally we do have a spike in crime but 13 or more
auto burglaries with no reported damage to the vehicles
tells me they are not locked and there is NO EXCUSE for
NOT LOCKING. All we are doing is training our next batch
of felons. Regarding the residential burglaries, if you
attended the JULY Wedgefield HOA Meeting we covered how
to harden our homes to prevent residential burglaries.
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Citizens On Patrol
With summer ending and the start of school
just around the corner, drivers need to do their
part to keep kids safe as they walk, bike, or
wait for the bus. Whether you are taking your
kids to school or just driving through a school
zone, you can do your part to keep kids safe.
August is designated as Back-to-School Safety
Month, and we want to remind motorists to be
extra careful at all times.
TOP BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS
Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
Slow down and be especially alert in the residential
neighborhoods and school zones
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on
medians and on curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
Watch for children on and near the road in the morning
and after school hours
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can
concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your
phone and don’t talk or text while driving
Household Inventory Sheet
article will focus on preparing your documents for
emergencies and for insurance purposes.
It is never a
good time to have an emergency, but it may help you and your
family if you are prepared for it. Now is a good time to
take an inventory of your important documents and valuable
property for insurance purposes and to help prepare for any
emergencies that may occur during the year.
Important Documents that should be stored in a Safe deposit
box, fireproof home storage are: Birth certificates,
Marriage certificates, Death certificates, Adoption and
Custody papers, Citizenship papers, Divorce and Separation
papers, Settlement agreements, Military papers, Wills,
Advance directive (living will/durable power of attorney for
health care), Passports, Social Security Card, Diplomas,
Real property deeds, Title papers, Abstracts, Mortgage and
other lien documents, Burial lot deed, Tax assessment
notices, Purchase contracts, Records of capital improvements
(include rental property), Motor vehicle titles, Motor
vehicle purchase receipts and Motor vehicle licenses,
Stocks, Bonds and Other securities, and Savings
certificates. I would also suggest that you create digital
copies of these documents and keep it in a thumb drive or
USB flash drive as a backup. Keep the thumb drive / USB
flash drive in a secure area not located in your home.
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Calling All Green Thumbs
The recent meeting of the Garden Club was on Thursday, July
2nd. Jennifer Pellum came from the Orange County
Extension Center to give us a program which was appropriate
for this time of year. She talked about colorful flowering
plants which beat the heat through our hard summers. She
also brought cuttings of flowering plants that they grow at
the Extension Center. Some of the plants she recommended was
Vinca, Penta, Marigolds and Lantana. She pointed out the
difference between annuals and perennials, annuals last
about a year or a season, Perennials last longer, but still
just a few years, versus forever. She also talked about
propagation by cutting a stem and sticking it in the ground!
Door prizes were provided, decorative planters with seed
packages inside. So many were provided, most everyone was
able to get one.
Our next meeting will be held on August 6th in
the Club House meeting room, as usual. Dulce Rodrigues Is
planning a program about xeriscaping, which means gardening
without supplemental water. Xeriscaping is not about
zeroscaping, it is a form of sustainable gardening where
native plants are often used... Wedgefield, has expensive
water, we need to watch our water use. Come out and join us
for this interesting program.
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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.
July Yard of the Month
We were pleasantly surprised to find a yard in July
which still has many colorful flowers, even with our
exceptionally hot summer.
The July winner of Yard of the Month goes to Hal and
Julie Sutherland, at 20529 Quinn. They are fairly new
residents to Wedgefield, having here from New Jersey in
3013. Hal’s rose garden is recovering from the deer
having a banquet, but he is fighting back with a tonic
of rotten eggs, garlic, and chili powder. So if you are
having the same problem, give it a try, he says it is
Julie has created beautiful flower beds using recycled
planters which include Tiffany lamp shades, upside down
chairs, birdbaths, a salvaged angle statue. Some of the
flowers you will see in their yard will be Hibiscus,
Impatiens, Pentas, Ixoria, Lantana, White lilies and
Bird of Paradise. Many of their plants were purchased
from Loews and Home Depot, in the down and out section
for plants. But with lots of love and care, they are
thriving, which shows, you don’t have o spend a fortune
to have a beautiful yard.
There were quite a few beautiful yards in this section,
so if you get a chance, drive by the following addresses
and pick up some ideas. 20825 Quinn, 20168 Quarterly,
20169 Quinlian, and 20798 Racine.
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Summer storms bring much needed rain but also lightning.
The majority of fires in our area are caused by
lightning, followed by arson. Each year, thousands of
acres of wildland and many homes are destroyed by fires
that can erupt at any time of the year from a variety of
causes including lightning, arson and debris burning. On
Tuesday, June 23rd, there were two lightning strikes
that caused approximately 10 acres to burn in the area
of Sheldon Street and Bassett Avenue. Three homes are in
that area however they were not damaged. Wil Kitchings,
Forest Area Supervisor with the Florida Forest Service
was on the scene and stated that their well manicured
yards kept the fire away from the houses. They have
defensible space that Firewise encourages all residents
to have to protect their property. A mere 30 feet of
green space could save your structures. During this
fire, Florida Forest Service had three tractor-plows and
an engine on site plus the Orange County Fire Rescue
Department had several engines plus other equipment on
the scene. They were able to contain the fire and kept
it from spreading to other homes. Thank you to all of
them for responding so quickly and protecting these
properties. For more information on creating defensible
(survivable) space on your property, visit
www.firewise.org, visit our facebook page or email your
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 13th, (1:30
PM) in the Ranger Drainage District conference room, we
invite you to join us and consider being part of the
team that encourages Wedgefield residents to take action
to minimize home loss from wildfires.
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10 to 14 girls meet at local restaurants and see the
latest movies and some of us skip the movie and shop
until we drop.
restaurants we have enjoyed in June and July were
Cheddars, Longhorn Steak House, California Pizza,
Marlowe’s Tavern and Cuban Café. The movies we have seen
were “Jurassic World”,” Inside Out”, “Spy”, “Magic Mike”
If you are
interested in a group that is friendly and full of fun
all you have to do is e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
world is your playground. Why are you not playing?
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Classy Red Hat Ladies
On June 19th 25
“Red Hatters” descended on “Kobe’s” restaurant. We try to
wear red hats of any kind or a red flower or a red bow in
our hair. Also we try to wear purple attire. If it is our
birthday month we wear a purple hat or flower in our hair
and red attire. It makes a lovely picture, real colorful
all red and purple. Everyone stares and we get a lot of
were Lillie Douglass, Ruth Oliver, Martha Bradford and Helen
Unser. We had three birthday girls; Isabella Asgill, Bea
Christensen and Jackie Miner. They received birthday hats,
beads, horns and the hostesses gave them bouquets of yellow
roses to take home. The door prizes were won by Nancy Adams,
Jackie Miner, Janice Thaw and Isabella Asgill. We had a
delightful time. We had 3 tables with 3 chefs that
entertained us. Everyone left Kobe’s with a martini glass
with candy and a yellow rose.
On July 17th we
are going to the new “Goodfellow’s”. They moved a few doors
down and it is larger. We will have a private room. The
employees love the “Red Hatters”!
On August 21 the “Classy Red Hat Ladies” will gather at
“Cheddars”. The hostesses will be Joan Smith, Norma Hallberg,
Terry Steinke and Marilyn Eagen. See you in all of the
happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of
everything, they just make the best of everything.
“HISTORY OF WEDGEFIELD”
This beautiful Community has been in existence for 52 years.
It has been call
“Rocket City” and “Cape Orlando”. I moved here 35 years ago.
The President of the first Homeowners Association was Adair
Toberste and the Vice President was Al Casino. At that time
Bob Martinez was the Governor of Florida and Bill Nelson was
our Congressman and Bob Graham was the Senator. Our State
Legislator was Richard Crotty, our County Commissioner was
Linda Chapin and the Orange County School Board
Representative was Raymond Bassett.
There were 40 homes when I moved here. Wedgefield was called
the “City of the
Future”. There are 10,000 acres, 87 miles of paved roads and
100 miles of canals.
We had a golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts at
In 1987 we had
300 homes and our WHOA President was Cary Linden. He was
also the Publisher of the “Magnifier” newsletter and his
wife Alice was the Editor. Sylvia and Thad Cox, Jackie
Finley and Joe DeVeault started a Neighborhood Watch due to
a home robbery when one of the residents was shot in the
throat. We installed “Neighborhood Watch” signs and Sheriff
Lawson Lamar helped us
get organized. Deputy Marion Hultgreen was our Neighborhood
Watch Coordinator. We had 23 Neighborhood Watch Block
Captains and we were very active. Wedgefield had more
participants than any other community in the entire county,
far out numbering folks from the Rio Pinar Community when we
had our events.
Jackie Finley and
Sylvia Cox started the Wedgefield Garden Club and we met in
a building across the street. We had 42 members, men and
women. We had speakers like Tom McCubbins and Dennis Parker.
We had Valentine parties where everyone dressed in red and
exchanged Valentine cards and St. Patrick’s Day parties,
Easter parties and Teen parties for the teenagers with
pizzas and coke and music for them. We had Christmas parties
and one year went on a field trip on “Dancer’ on “Blitzer”
to the Orlando Garden Club’s “Christmas Wonderland” with 17
decorated trees and Christmas crafts and baked goods.
This is a Great
Community and we have always had activities out here. If you
know some interesting things that you would like to share,
In Memory of Lynne Lilly
Colleen Wollam’s daughter Lynne moved to heaven on June 12th
2015. She had been in rehab for over a year. She tried hard
to recover but God knows best. Lynne lived in Wedgefield for
30 years, first on Bastings Ave. and then on Majestic St.
Her brother John and Colleen were dedicated to her and went
to see her in the Florida Hospital almost every day. She has
a sister Mary and Tom (her husband), 2 nieces; Lauren and
Kristen from Lake Mary.
Lynne graduated from Molin High School in Molin, IL. in
1978. She graduated from Molin State University in Bowling
Green, Ohio with a degree in Business Administration in
1982. She worked for Lockheed Martin Aerospace for years
then went back to school, graduating from Valencia Community
College with a degree in Computer Graphics. It takes 2 years
to become a Graphic Designer; she made the logo for the
Downtown Methodist Church. She adored animals, would bring
home any stray dogs or cats. She loved working on a computer
and always watched “Lucille Ball reruns.
Those that were close to her and know her will truly miss
Submitter by Sylvia Cox
WELCOME NEW RED HATTER
DONNA POWERS is one of our new “Red Hatters”. She has
been living in the Reserves in Wedgefield for 13 years,
having moved from Mississippi. She has 2 children and 1
grandson. She was a school teacher for 25 years and is now
retired. She loves the “Red Hatters”, belongs to the Lunch &
Movie group; her hobbies are movies and reading. She loves
to visit zoos and has been all over the country and always
visits the zoo in each city. She loves cats and has a cat.
We are very pleased that she is with our “Red Hatters” and
our Lunch & Movie Group. Welcome Aboard - Sylvia
“HUGGABLE RED HATTERS”
The “Huggable Red
Hatters” belong to the “Red Hat Society”. There are 16
members. Joan Smith is the Queen and Jan Berglund is the
Vice Queen and Sylvia Cox and Karl Ralston are on the
Advisory Board. Joan Smith paid $39.00 to join the “Red Hat
Society in California and all of the other 15 members paid
$20.00 to join yearly so we are expected to wear red hats
and purple attire and on our birthday month we wear our
purple hats and red attire. Our “Classy Ladies” belonged
when we first organized but then there are so many of us and
we voted not to pay our dues to the “Red Hat Society” again.
The “Hattitude” group also belongs to the California group
and the “Silly Sassy Sister voted to just have a social
In May the “Huggables” enjoyed the “Parade” play at the
Titusville Play House
and then we descended on “Durango’s” steak house in
Titusville. On June 25th 14
of us enjoyed the “Lloyd Have Mercy” restaurant in the Sears
shopping center. We had a private room and were able to play
games. The hostesses were Betty Eastmoore and Sylvia Cox.
The tables were decorated with 4th of July decorations.
Everyone left with a mini flag and red, white & blue
candles. The door prizes were won by Adelaide Catania and
On July 28th the
“Huggables” will be boarding the “Barbara Lee Riverboat; we
be cruising the a scenic views of the St. John’s River with
live entertainment. So
far we have 25 people that are interested in this boat ride.
There will be Prime
Rib or Salmon; it is a 3 hour cruise and the cost is $45.03.
In August we are heading to the “Tea World” in Titusville.
There will be 100 teas from all over the world, mini
sandwiches and mini desserts. It will cost $12.00 with
chicken salad, egg salad on a croissant and etc. See you
soon - Sylvia
REMEMBER: You are
never too old to do goofy stuff!
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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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