Whether you live in
the City section, the Reserves or the Estates, Wedgefield is
a great place to live. We are our own little enclave away
from “civilization.” Being surrounded by Deseret Ranch &
several reserves we will also probably stay that way for a
long time. Yet within approximately a ½ hour drive we can be
at Canaveral National Seashore, the beach, Disney,
Universal, Sea World & downtown Orlando.
We have a great Homeowners Association that puts on
numerous events during the course of the year & we will
shortly welcome a new state of the art K – 8 school that
will be open for the next school year. Be proud of
Wedgefield & take some time to get involved in YOUR
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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Lawn Equipment & Paint Sprayer
Bilt Trimmer 4 cycle gas W/ garden cultivator
and brushcutter-$110.00. Also Craftssman 2 cycle
electric start blower/vacuum $100. Please call
Wagner Power Painter
Wagner Power Painter. Electric Airless with case
& attachments $75.00. Call 407-568-2999
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Note from the President
As I write this we are six weeks into our “wonderful”
new garbage and recycling program and from a personal
and community stand point it’s a disaster. There are
uncollected carts and piles of debris throughout our
community. I have spent hours on the phone calling the
Orange County Solid Waste department and the contractor
for our area FCC about the problems and have some
information to share.
1. Our garbage and recycling is picked up on Wednesday
You need to place the carts out on Tuesday evening at the
street edge with the handles facing your house and the carts
three (3) feet apart. The carts need to be away from parked
cars and mailboxes. (FCC’s story is that everything is our
fault because we don’t follow the rules – Not True)
2. Yard waste pickup is Thursday bags, cans and bundles
should be at the street edge on Wednesday evening and away
from parked cars or mailboxes.
3. We no longer have a regular large or bulky item and
tire pickup. You must call Orange County Solid Waste at
407-836-6601 or the Orange County hotline at 311 to schedule
a pickup. Please don’t put items out until the evening
before your scheduled pickup.
4. FCC says that they pickup between 6am and 8pm.
5. If your garbage or recycling carts, yard waste or
scheduled pickup were not completed please call the
contractor FCC at 407-681-4675 and give them your address so
they can come back and complete the job.
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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.
last half of FEBRUARY to the present date of MARCH 12,
2016 based on Orange County Sheriff’s crime statistics
on OCSO web site we have had NO REPORTED CRIMES IN
Before I discuss
the calls I have gotten I am of the opinion that not all
reports are being recorded. We are not seeing the results of
reported crimes on the OCSO web site. This could be an
effort to keep crime stats down during an election year,
making it imperative that I get a call after calling OCSO to
report the crime. That is if we are going to have a true
picture of our local crime. The last crime listed for Sector
2, Zone 21B at this time of writing is 2/06/2016, a full 30
+ days ago.
calls that I did get: I got a call from a lady in the 19000
block of Ortega regarding insults and harassment by her
neighbor. Remember, there are other ways to solve conflict
such as a HOA complaint, a 311 call or a call to OCSO, we
never need to confront a resident.
Got two calls
regarding speeding traffic on Macon. Of course NHW has no
enforcement capability but I encourage these callers to call
the non-emergency OCSO Number 407- 836 -4357. The last one
pleaded for someone to cause a Deputy to frequent the area.
Got a call from
someone in the 19000 block of Ralston regarding the theft of
their garbage cans. He did file a police report but it has
not shown up on the OCSO web site.
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Citizens On Patrol
County Sherriff Jerry L. Demings, Orange County
Fire Rescue Lt. Jamal Afrifa along with Santa
Claus and his many elves (OCSO & OCFR
Volunteers) brought a smile and laughter to many
disadvantaged children during the holiday season
at the annual Santa’s Village event held on
December 19th at the Children’s Safety Village.
included group games, dancing, motorized cars, a bounce
house, lunch and an opportunity to meet and speak with
Santa. Each child was then given a bag with several toys
inside and a photo with Santa.
To see the
children’s smiles and the parent’s heartfelt gratitude was
what made this a very special day for me, as Christmas came
early for these well deserving families.
CLICK Here to see Photos of the Event.
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Calling All Green Thumbs
in March was very informative. Ruth Oliver hosted the
program with a lot of information on various topics such
as seeds in the garden, both flowers & vegetables. She
spoke on bulbs of different varieties & passed out
information from the Farmer's Almanac. Ruth had gifts of
wall plaques with flowers & short poems painted on them.
There were enough gifts for every member in attendance.
Next month we will meet as usual on the 1st Thursday in
April at the Wedgefield Club. Connie DeVries will be the
program hostess. If you have interest in gardening
please join us.
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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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arrived and with it we start working in the yard more,
cleaning out dead bushes and putting in new plants. As
you do this please remember and use some of the Firewise
defensible space around your home. Defensible space
allows firefighters room to put out fires. That is, at
least, 30 feet of space surrounding your home that is
"Lean", "Clean" and Green". The objective is to reduce
the wildfire threat to your home by changing the
characteristics of the surrounding vegetation.
LEAN: Prune shrubs and cut back tree
branches. Large trees should be pruned so that the
lowest branches are at least 6 to 10 feet high to
prevent a fire on the ground from spreading up to
the tree tops.
CLEAN: Remove all dead plant material from
around your home and other structures; this includes
dead leaves and dry grass. Stacked fire wood should
not be near a structure.
GREEN: Plant fire-resistant vegetation that
is healthy and green throughout the year. There is a
list of Firewise plants, that we will be happy to
provide to you.
have a disaster plan now. Take a few minutes to discuss
with your family what actions will need to be taken.
Evacuations for a wildfire can occur with only a few
moments notice. Be prepared to evacuate immediately, if
told to leave. At this time, make a list of the things
you must take, including your pets, clothing, medicine,
and important documents. Know ahead of time where you
will go. Have a plan and make it now before wildfire
Did you know
that the top three causes of wildfires in Florida are:
Arson, Escaped debris burning and Lightning. We can't
prevent the lightning but the other two are man made, so
questions or concerns: email: email@example.com
and don't forget to visit our Facebook page.
Thank you for your support in keeping Wedgefield a
Firewise Community, now celebrating 16 years.
Mary Prescott, Chair
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10 to 14 gals gather at different restaurants and see
movies. Some just want to run their errands or shop
until they drop.
In February the group enjoyed “Cooper’s Hawk”, “Steak &
Shake”, “Red Lobster”
and “Smokey Bones”. The movies they saw were “How to be
Single”, “Eddie the
Eagle” and “Race”.
was in charge of the “Academy Awards ballots. Terry and
Sylvia tied; each had 7 right answers out of 14. Jan
Berglund had 10 right out of 14 so Sylvia enjoyed the
Trophy for a year and Terry presented it to Jan
Berglund. She will have it on her set shelf until next
celebrating a few birthdays this month so we will be
heading to “Olive Garden” and “Good Fellow’s”. If you
are interested in joining please contact Nancy Stickrod
Dance as if
no one is watching. Sing as if no one is listening and
live every day as if it was your last.
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Classy Red Hat Ladies
“Royal Queens Events”
The Royal Queens of Brevard County have invited all
chapters members to the Red Hat Society 17th Birthday
Celebration. It will be on April 12th at the Holiday Inn
in Viera. It will cost $29.00 that will include a full
course dinner, tax, gratuity and entertainment. If you
are interested call Joan Smith or Sylvia Cox.
On May 7th
Joan Smith and Sylvia Cox are spearheading a Kentucky
Derby Party at the Wedgefield Golf & Country Club. It
will start at 2:30 pm and we will have entertainment.
Everyone will be wearing their Kentucky Derby Hats and
can wear any color that they want. We will order from
the menu and we will have games. The horse race starts
Hatters will be attending the Crystal Palace and Grill
in Melbourne on the 14th of March. On August 27th the
Royal Queens will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas for
their convention. In September the Royal Queens will be
spending 2 nights in Daytona Beach. The fee is $72.00
for the food and entertainment for 2 days. The hotel
room is $125.00 a night. Eight of us will be attending
the play “Singing in the Rain” on March 13th. Last month
we really enjoyed “Hairspray”. It was a blockbuster
winner with laughter, romance and tuneful songs.
it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual
“RED HAT PLEDGE”
I do solemnly
swear on my Red Hat that I will do my best to uphold the
spirit of the “Red
I promise to greet middle age with humor and take my
silliness seriously. I promise to regularly practice
laughter and having fun.
I promise to wear my purple attire at all functions.
I promise to eat dessert before my meal if I want to.
I promise to dispel the notion a women of my age is OLD.
In the spirit of friendship and sisterhood.
I now join hands with my “Red Hat” Sisters as we kick
start this “Red Hat” gathering.
Submitted by Sylvia Cox
We have Bunco
the last Monday of the month at the Wedgefield Golf &
Country Club. We start at 10:45 am and we have a fun
loving time. We have 5 tables most of the time (20
girls). We stop at 12:30 for lunch and then resume. Some
of us stay for dessert and have great conversations.
If you are
interested call Sylvia (407) 568-2410 or Joan Smith
(321) 222-8706. If you want to learn, call and come by
to see Sylvia and she will teach you in a few minutes.
always have wall for the wind, a roof for the rain and
laughter to cheer you, those near you and whatever your
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Community Emergency Response Team
By the time
this article goes to press, the third group of CERT
Volunteers will have completed their training. Thanks to
this group, CERT is now bi-lingual, which up
to now, was of major concern considering the diverse
nature of our community.
note, on June 4th, from 9:00 am to 1 pm, Orange County
will hold its annual Hurricane Expo. This year it is
being held in the Renaissance Senior Center at 3800
South Econlockhatchee Trail. WFTV Meteorologist Tom
Terry will present the Hurricane Forecast for 2016.
There will be Emergency Responders and Safety Vendor to
answer individual’s questions. And, there will be free
preparedness items while they last. I strongly recommend
attending this function.
have scheduled a CPR training on April 11th in the
Clubhouse for anyone interested. It will take place at
6:30 and will cost $40.00.
600,000 go into cardiac arrest each year and 4 of 5
happen at home. Many could be saved if a person knows
what to do and how to do it. If you are interested,
contact Helen Unser at (407) 568-9659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited so sign up soon.
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