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By Julie Gabell
This month’s Notable Neighbor, is the personification of the American Dream. Born in Opole, Poland, Sophie Huff immigrated to this country in 1950 and has been on a roll ever since.
After settling for a short time in North Carolina, her family moved to Buffalo, New York where she attended school and eventually met and married her husband, George. The couple had two sons, Ken and Greg and Sophie was a stay-at-home-mom until the boys were old enough to go to school, She then found a position as a food service manager in a private Catholic school where she worked until she and her husband moved to Florida in 1994. After he died two years later, she moved from her home to the more manageable Mediterranean villas.
A wide variety of interests and talents kept Sophie on the move. She joined the Beacon Woods Carolers, served on the Board for the Mediterranean Villas, and worked at CARES. Currently, she is active in the St, Michael’s Sodality, and volunteers at Bear Creek Nursing Home. But Sophie’s real claim to fame is her widespread notoriety as the Queen of Garage Sales. At any given moment she can be spotted unpacking boxes, pricing drop-off items, setting up display tables, and/or soliciting bags for customer purchases. She is a veritable dynamo!
In between these activities, she “shuffles off to Buffalo” to visit her family. Son Greg is a truck driver and enjoys auto racing, while Ken is a successful science teacher in Williamsville, N.Y. Several years ago he was inducted in the National Congressional Crown Circle for Aerospace Education leadership; more recently he received the Presidential Award for Math and Science. Both honors make his mother burst with pride. The joys of Sophie’s life, however, are her four grandchildren who call her “gramma” and think she is the “greatest thing since sliced bread.”
Though Sophie hails from the frigid climes of Buffalo, her heart is warm enough to heat the entire southeastern coast of Florida. Her cheerful willingness to help others makes her a perfect fit as one of Beacon Woods’ Notable Neighbors.
Beacon Woods Civic Association, Inc.
12440 Clocktower Parkway
Bayonet Point, FL 34667
Fax (727) 863-4857
2016 Board of Directors
President - Peggy Weiss
Vice President - Jim Massey
Secretary - Iggy Rodriguez
Treasurer- Ken Smith
Director - Ron Hubbs
Director - John Gearity
Director - Bill Bunting
Director - Bill Wiser
Director - Toni Koba
~ Upcoming Events ~
|President's Day Holiday|
Monday, February 20th at Clubhouse Closed to normal business|
Outside facilities open 8am to 9:30pm
|Swimming pool opens at 1pm|
Tuesday, February 21st|
Due to Holiday on Monday 2/21/17
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 AT 7:00 PM.
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WE COLLECT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Clip “Box Tops for Education” labels & earn cash for the area schools.
This program provides equipment for classrooms and playgrounds. They are found on the following products: Campbells, General Mills, Pillsbury, Nestle, Yoplait, Ziploc, Hefty, Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Hanes, Betty Crocker, Land O’Lakes, Green Giant and more. Over 200 brands participate. You can shop through btfe.com at Barnes & Noble, jcpenney and Target to earn eBox Tops. Enter bonus box tops sweepstakes online for offers in our area, too. Please drop off your Box Tops at the Civic Center.
Can Tab Program
Please bring your can tabs to the Civic Center. We are collecting the tabs to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Although they may be small, the can tabs quickly add up and eventually bring a substantial amount of money each year to support the Shriner's mission to provide expert medical care to children at no cost. Monies are also used to purchase items for the patients such as arts and crafts.
In addition to the normal business hours Mon.-Fri. 9AM-5PM, the Clubhouse is also open on Saturdays from 1-4PM. It is available for dropping off payments, obtaining new homeowner packets, card playing or enjoy a leisure day reading in the free Beacon Woods Lending Library.
Assessments Now Due
The Beacon Woods Maintenance fees are $288.00 per year, $144.00 per 6 months or $72.00 per quarter for each home.
The 1st Quarter assessments for 2017 are due for January, March and April. Please check with the Civic Center for your correct balance.
The Administrative Late Fee of $25.00 will automatically be applied to delinquent accounts on the tenth day of the second month of the quarter (for this quarter that date is February 10th). To avoid this Administrative late fee your payment must be received no later then February 9th. Please bring or send your ID cards with your payments so they can be updated, as they are necessary for access to the facilities and the Board meetings.
Ambulance Fund Applications
Renewals and New memberships for August 1, 2016 thru July 31, 2017. $10/person pays $100/emergency ambulance usage. Click here for Ambulance Fund Application
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2008 Long Range Planning Committee Report
Garage Sale Info