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  • Community EMAIL form - where can I get a copy
    The VDF community email form is here and also on the Community Resources page of the website.  Please fill it out and email it to Janet MacNealy, our property manager.  Her email address is:  jmacnealy@greenacre.com
     
     
     
     
  • Here are the deadlines for the newsletter
    2017  -   9 AM   always
     
    March 10
    May 12
    July 14
    Sept 8
    Nov 10
     
    Please contact Amy G for more information
     
  • Is there a Community wide garage sale for VDF
    The 2017 Community GARAGE SALE is set for Saturday Feb 18  from 8 AM - 3 PM.  The Goodwill truck will be in the park at 3 PM to take away those items not sold or donations to them.  Thank you.  
     
     
    The fall community garage sale will be held Sat Oct 14 from 8 AM - 3 PM
  • What are the public schools for Van Dyke Farms kids?
     
    Hammond Elementary - 8008 N Mobley, Odessa    792-5120
     
    McKitrick Middle - 5601 Lutz Lake Fern Rd, Lutz    558-1190
     
    Steinbrenner High - 5575 Lutz Lake Fern Rd, Lutz  792-5131
     
               
    **** The link to the Hillsborough County Schools system is:****
     
                  http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/schools
     
     
     
  • What are the trash pickup days for the community?
     
    Monday and Thursday are trash pickup days
     
    Monday is also the recycle pickup (paper, glass and plastic)  and
     
    Thursday is also the yard waste pickup
     
    Republic Services is the local Collection Company.  Their phone number is: 813-265-0292
     
  • What is the official Post Office for Van Dyke Farms?
     
    The US Post Office that services/delivers the VDF mail is located at 13266 Byrd Dr, Suite 100, Odessa.  This is located off Gunn Hwy.  It is RRD service.  Steve is our usual mailman.  The contact phone number is: 926-7013.
     
    There is another PO located in the Shell Gas Station on Van Dyke Rd  at the corner Lakeshore Rd and Van Dyke Rd.   They are open for stamps and mailing packages  - retail only.   There is no mail delivery service from here.
  • Where can I find information on Swimming Pool Safety?
     
    We contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and they provided us with this recently published brochure on Pool Safety.  Please click on the link below for the brochure.  Thank you.
     
     
     
  • Where is the nearest library and when is it open?
     
    Austin Davis Library is the community library located at the corner of Gunn Hwy and Wayne Rd.
     
    The hours of operation are:
    Monday  12 pm - 9 pm
    Tuesday  10 am - 9 pm
    Wednesday - Saturday  10 am - 6 pm
    Closed Sunday

Active BOARD MEETING DATES
  • When is the NEXT Board meeting?
     
    2017
     
    Sept 20  Keystone Comm Center  @ 6:45 PM
     
    November 2  Keystone Comm Center  @ 7 PM

All Local Activities
  • Can I find a resident who repairs bicycles?
    Yes.  Jim Young repairs bikes. Please call him at 813-833-1177. He will come pick up your bike and return it to you, once repaired.  He really knows what he is doing.  He has built bikes for BMX racing and he does all repairs from fixing flats to major tune-ups at a reasonable cost. Check out his website for more info: www.odessabikemedic.com
     
  • Is there a pet sitter who lives in VDF?
    Yes.  Shari is a pet sitter. She will pet sit for all kinds of animals and her service includes feeding, walking, play visits, errands, and watching your home while you are out of town.  Her contact info is: Cell: 312-231-7692, Home: 813-475-4484 and email: chanski11@yahoo.com
  • Is there a resident veterinarian in VDF?
    YES.  VDF has a resident, Michelle Kahl, who is a licensed Veterinarian.  Her clinic is Van Dyke Animal Clinic on Van Dyke Rd.  The phone is 813-269-8322 and the website is vandykeanimalclinic.com
  • Is there a VDF resident that writes children's books?
    Brenda Darnley Martin is a writer, creative consultant and does voiceover services.  Her book website is www.treaurehuntfish.com and her main website is www.brenmarcommunications.com . She writes the Treasure Hunt Fish stories and she writes all the cover articles for the Van Dyke Farms newsletter.
  • Italian American Social Club
    Italian American Social Club Tampa Bay
     
    For more information about membership, please contact these VDF residents:
     
    Vito Tenerelli – itsvito@aol.com
    Jack Provenzano- jackpprovenzano@gmail.com
    Al Marano- almao415@gmail.com
     
    The Italian American Social Club Tampa Bay is a local social group.  There are many, many members of this group that are Van Dyke Farms residents.  Hope you join our great social club.  Thank you.  
     
    The Italian American Social Club is a 501 (c) 3 non -profit organization. Donations are tax exempt.
     
     
     

ALLIGATOR Info
  • What are the State of Fl regulations for Alligators?
     
    Please follow this link to the Florida Wildlife Commission for more information on the regulations regarding Alligators in the State of Florida. 
     
     
     
     
    Overall Goal of Alligator Management: Manage Florida's alligator population for its long-term well-being and the benefits of users.
     
     
     

And some Positive THOUGHTS to make your day!
  • Positive THOUGHTS to make your day!
     
    1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue
    2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them
    3. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
    4. Never buy a car you can't push
    5. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on
    6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance
    7. The second mouse gets the cheese
    8. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane
    9. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live
    10. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour
    11. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today
    12. Save the Earth...It is the only planet with chocolate! 

Architectural Control
  • Is there a manual or guidelines for the ACC process?
    Yes.  There is a guidelines document with helpful information available.  It is located on this website under Documents.
  • What is the process to get my house painted?
    The Architectural Control Committee and the Board of Directors adopted a paint color palette book for use in Van Dyke Farms.  There are 34 schemes in the book that are approved color schemes to paint your house.  One copy of this book is located at Greenacre Properties and one copy is located at Amy's house in VDF.  You MUST first look through the book and pick an approved color scheme before you submit your ACC request to paint your house.  Please call Amy @ 926-2016 to borrow the color book.  Thank you.

Fun places to take the kids
  • Train rides at Central Pasco/Gulf RR
    There is a really cool park up in Pasco County. They offer train rides the second Saturday of the month and also have birthday train rides (for a cost). Check out the website www.cpgrr.org
     
    The park has a playground, bathrooms, shelters, a tower overlooking the lake and walking trails. 
     
    The view from the tower is spectacular.  Check out www.cpgrr.org

Life in VDF
  • Where can I see great photos of life in VDF?
    On the VDF website, go to the Photo Album and check out the various albums to see.  We have Wildlife in VDF, Pets in VDF, Holiday parades and property photos.  A GREAT, WONDERFUL way to check out these things in VDF.  My favorites are the Pets and the Wildlife.  Wait till you see the alligator.  RUN!!!!

Local Activities
  • Is there an organization that rescues Sand Hill Cranes?
    Save Our Seabirds Inc is located in Sarasota Florida. Exec Director and Founder is Lee Fox.  Contact phone is 941-388-3010.
     
    Bird Rescue Volunteer is Lynn Zablo.  State and Federal permits. Call 813-310-9363.
     
     
     

Meeting with the ACC
  • What are the meeting dates for the ACC
    The VDF ACC will meet if a resident requests a meeting. Please call Amy 926-2016.

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VDF Nominating Committee
  • Is there a Nominating Committee for VDF?
    The 2017-2018 Nominating Committee was established at the 2017 Annual meeting.  The members are:
     
    Chris Duffin
    Cindy Murphy
    Christina Ryan

 

 
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