Lakes At Tradition - News

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Real Estate Broker Owner with SharkeyRE LLC CQ1040719

St Lucie West Realty LLC

A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

The Lakes At Tradition Beacon

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From The Editor

Advertising - off to a great start: Now that we have

started working with a small design firm to get our

newsletter published, Jeannette Walsh, of Simple Success,

we accepted advertising for this issue to recover the

modest publishing costs. As you can see, we've done

well in our first attempt at a process. Note - there is no

carry-forward of ads, and for this issue, there is no free

placement of business cards.

More news from you - the rest is online. To keep the

newsletter manageable, we will not regularly repeat

content in each issue that is also available online - for

example a list of committees or board members. For

those looking for the paper Lakes Calendar, please look

for it in the mailroom. Although the newsletter is e-mailed

to residents and several copies are printed, those who

want to go back and read a prior issue should sign into

the online version which is at http://groups.google.com/

group/lakes-at-tradition. Crystal Canada in the office can

provide you with the instructions as needed.

Recruit content and ads for the fall - even join the

committee! This issue is the last full issue for the season

- we will put out a short Beacon Bulletin in July and then

resume our ‘every other month publishing (September,

November, January, March, May) schedule in the fall,

at which time we will recruit advertising for the first issue.

Deadline for content for that first issue will be announced

in the summer Beacon Bulletin. Finally, for those interested

in joining the Newsletter Committee, please attend

the next meeting on May 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm, in the

clubhouse.

Signed,

Your Newsletter Committee

Chair, Laurie Orlov • laurie.orlov@gmail.com

Board Liaison, Angelo Cennamo

Members: Ina Jones, Carmen Murrell Randall, Cheryl

Robinson, Marilyn Dawson, and Vickie Smith

Important Phone #'s

Lakes Office 772-345-0690

Gatehouse 772-345-3301

Florida Power & Light 800-468-8243

Hometown Cable 772-345-6000

Animal Control 772-871-5042

Post Office 772-863-0674

Police, Non-Emergency 772-871-5000

A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Update on the Social Committee

 

 

This month we introduced Ellen Prowler to the social

committee. Ellen, was part of Tradition Aid, a group that

ran the toy drives and food drives. Tradition Aid is no

longer a committee so we are hoping to add them to our

committee and make a division of Aid part of our service

to the community. More information will follow, as we

work on a program.

We will start to plan our big 4th of July party. For those

who have joined us before, tell our new neighbors how

much fun we have. It is fun and delicious.

To all those who have given to our SNOWBIRD food drive-

---we thank you. As usual you have been very generous

and made the Treasure Coast Food Bank very happy.

Bingo continues to be a big event the second

Wednesday of every month. Come on out and join us.

Any ideas for events you would like to have in Lakes of

Tradition are always welcome and you can send them to

me.

Linda Steinberg

imlj27@gmail.com

CURRENT CONDITION OF TRADITION

 

 

I love living in The Lakes. I love most everything about

The Lakes. I love my wonderful neighbors; I love the

genuine, loving friends I have made here. I love our little

community; I love our beautiful grounds and amenities

areas. I am very appreciative of the hard work and

diligent effort of all those we employ and all those who

volunteer their time and energy for us. I feel so fortunate

to have found this little piece of paradise.

What I don't like is what I see happening in our town

of Tradition. I often walk the "big" lake and I am very

disappointed to see the area deteriorating. Recently:

no fountains, no beautiful music around the lake, missing

bricks from the gazebo area, covers broken off the

electrical outlets, weeds and dead grass areas on the far

side of the lake and the plethora of trash at the water's

edge. I want the beautiful town center I saw in the spring

of 2007. The beauty of Tradition Square was a big draw

on the decision to buy a home here. So I made a visit to

Fishkind and Associates and asked them to address these

issues. The manager gave the following information to

me.

The fountain in the lake is broken. Fishkind is in the

process of obtaining quotes to have the fountain fixed.

The equipment for the music around the lake was

disconnected by Core when they left. To have all

necessary equipment reconnected will cost $3,300,

which is not in the Tradition budget at this time. However,

Fishkind has found a free satellite radio station that will

broadcast over the speaker system, whenever it can be

reconnected. This is a low priority item.

They are fully aware of the ongoing trash problem in the

lake. This is a continuing problem & clean up is done, but

not every day, or even every week. According to them,

they do have people addressing this issue.

The missing bricks from the gazebo area are due to some

problems that are being addressed there & they are

aware of this.

They are also aware of the electrical outlet covers that

have been vandalized. This area was previously patrolled

from 4 PM until midnight. Due to cutbacks in manpower,

it is now patrolled from 6 PM until midnight, leaving from 4

to 6 PM unpatrolled. This is the time period when kids are

getting home from school. Maybe we should request that

it be patrolled from 4 PM until 10 PM.

The manager did say he would address the weed

problem today with a call to the landscapers.

Core still owns Tradition, along with other communities.

The only thing that changed is the management

company - not ownership. Due to the many foreclosures,

a great number of homes are now in collection and owe

back dues. Core still dictates what is spent and where it is

spent. Tradition is currently 18% built-out, leaving over 80%

still to be developed - most likely a long way off. Once

building starts again and monies are generated from

new development, it is hoped that the finances will be in

better shape.

What we can do as a community is be aware of any

vandalism going on and be very conscientious of the litter

problem, which includes our pet litter.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please

stop in Fishkind and talk to the manager. He was very

patient and sincere in answering all concerns. He would

welcome the opportunity to talk with others. Their office is

on the 2nd floor behind Sanctuary Spa.

Cheryl Robinson

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A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

Lakes at Tradition Block Captains Updated 04/22/2010

 

 

At the Lakes at Tradition, we currently have 27 volunteer Block Captains which have the following responsibilities;

Be a good neighbor. Meet each resident in your assigned area to let them know who you are.

Maintain an emergency list of phone numbers of your assigned area.

Assist your neighbors to organize and help each other in the case of flood,

hurricane, or other emergency situations.

To be the ‘Eyes and Ears of the Neighborhood'.

Serve as the point-of-contact for communications to the Board of Directors, ‘Liaison to the Board of Directors'. This

implies your regular attendance at block captains meetings.

Avenue to coordinate the installation of hurricane shutters for the elderly and neighbors who are unable to do so.

Coordinate Block Parties to help meet, greet and disseminate information to neighbors.

We are in need of volunteers for Block Captains for the following streets;

(1) Blue Mesa, (2) Dardanelle, (2) Keating and (2) Stratton (1) Elsinore

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gary Banks at 772-345-1947 or email to HYPERLINK

"mailto:2garybanks@htcplus.net" 2garybanks@htcplus.net .

On the next page is a list of the current volunteer block captains which includes their area of responsibilities, name,

telephone numbers, and email addresses.

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Block Captains Can Help Residents

For you or a neighbor:

*Do you need help?

*Do you need encouragement?

*Sickness or Death in the family?

*Do you need baked goods or food cooked for you?

Your Block Captain and many amazing people in The Lakes are here for YOU!!

You just need to reach out when you need help, and we will do our very best to find you the assistance you need!

Please see the list of Block Captains in this newsletter and get acquainted TODAY!

If you do not have a Block Captain, feel free to call Ellen Prowler 772-345-3408,

Deb Antoon 772-220-3685 or the Social Committee and we will help you!

A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

 

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A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

LIVE AND LEARN

 

 

A Word to the Wise - More on Original Inhabitants of the Lakes at Tradition

SANDHILL CRANES:

This bird is long-legged, long necked, grey in color with a patch of bald red skin on top of their head. The Florida Sandhill Crane is a year round,

breeding resident. They are monogamous and normally lay two eggs during breeding season. They are found in pairs or sometimes in small

groups. If you see a single Sandhill Crane, it can either be a young male looking for a mate; or a crane, male or female who has lost its mate. They

are omnivorous and live on seeds, grain, birds, berries, insects, mice to mention a few. They weigh approximately 12 pounds, males larger than the

female, about 4 feet tall and live 20 or more years. They are protected through Florida State Statute and feeding of these birds is forbidden. If caught

feeding them, a person can be jailed or fined. Cranes are year round residents and move very slowly, so you need to be aware and slow down.

SNAKES:

We have an abundance and variety of reptiles. They are related to the alligators, crocodiles, turtles and lizards. They play a big part in our

ecology. They eat rats thus helping man by keeping certain diseases under control. There are two types of venomous snakes in Florida: the

Crotalidae which includes the Diamondback Canebrake and Pygmy rattlesnake, the Cottonmouth and the Copperhead. The second is the

Elipidae, in Florida represented by the Coral Snake. Snakes are commonly found around lakes, marshes, swamps, ponds, rotting logs, or decaying

vegetation. They eat mice, frogs, squirrels, rabbits and birds and can birth 6-15 young at a time. If bitten, STAYCALM, loosen clothing, jewelry and

keep bitten area below the level of the heart as this will slow down the spread of the venom throughout the body. Do not cut the bite or try to suck

out the venom as it can penetrate the mucous membranes of the mouth. Do not apply a tourniquet or ice, and do not drink alcohol. Two nonvenomous

snakes to be aware of are the Black Racer, which is harmless and contributes to the ecology, and the Blue Indigo --protected by the

State of Florida and should never be killed.

RACCOONS:

This is a medium size mammal native to North America. The word raccoon is derived from the Algonquin work which means "one who rubs, scrubs,

and scratches with its hands". Many languages have a different name for this mammal but the meaning is the same, always referring to dousing/

washing. Its coat is grayish and has a distinctive facial mask and extremely dexterous front paws. They are noted for their intelligence -- studies

show they can remember solutions to tasks for up to three years. They are 16.1 - 28.0 inches long with a weight range of 7.9 - 19.8 pounds. They EAT

ANYTHING with a diet consists of invertebrates, plant foods and vertebrates - which includes garbage or food left outside. They began showing up

in urban areas in the 1920's. They live in woods, cottages, abandoned houses, attics, or hallows of trees. They are usually (but not always) nocturnal.

They carry rabies which is transmitted by their saliva when they bite. The main symptom of rabies in a raccoon is a generally sickly appearance,

aggressiveness, impaired mobility; however, there may be no symptoms.

- Carol Christiansen

Handyman recommendations

Keith Hommer - screen repairs

After a recent storm, we had two screen panels which had to be replaced. We called L&L Screening @ 772-359-9426 and Keith

Hommer took the call. We made an appointment for the next day and, as his business card says, he showed up on time. Great guy,

not expensive, professional. We would highly recommend this guy for any screen repairs to your enclosure.

Francois & Aline -- Hartwick Dr

Rob Savaria, handyman

Rob is very reliable, and experienced. Does everything from painting to just about anything His telephone number is 772-340-2697.

He has done work for myself and Deb as well as some of my own customers.

Dan Antoon, Elsinore Dr

Romeo Kutill, Flooring Carpenter

Romeo Kutill (954-290-0259) installed wood floors in my home two years ago. He did an excellent job at a very fair price. He made

sure that I was well informed about the process so that there were no surprises. I would highly recommend that you use Romeo, if

you are considering installing wood floors in your home.

Jason James McCoy, Elsinore Dr

Dan Antoon, Pressure Cleaning

We live on Elsinore Dr and recently had "Dan the Pressure Man" (772-834-6053) pressure wash our Capri and the two common walls

adjacent to our house. We had never had the common walls pressure cleaned and they were green with mildew and generally

very dirty. We had them pressure washed in anticipation of painting them. Dan did a great job. He worked for over two hours and

when he was done the house and common walls looked like they did when we first moved in five years ago. The walls were so clean

it was obvious that we didn't need them painted. We saved over two hundred dollars in painting cost. Dan was very professional.

He arrived when he said he would, completed the work without delay, and there was no damage to any of the plants on our

property.

Carl Schlomberg

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A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

2010 Lakes @ Tradition Real Estate Activity as of 4/30/2010

Addres Bedrooms Sq Ft Waterfront Pool List Price Sold Price Status Sold Date

11267 SW Olmstead Dr 5 2478 no yes "229,000" Contract

11361 SW Olmstead Dr 4 2506 yes no "230,000" Contract

12381 SW Elsinore Dr 4 2487 yes no "230,000" Active

11397 SW Olmstead Dr 4 2503 yes no "280,000" Active

11422 SW Olmstead Dr 4 2506 yes no "334,800" Active

10888 SW Blue Mesa Wy 4 2503 yes no "229,000" Contract

10934 SW Blue Mesa 4 2487 yes yes "330,000" Contract

12380 SW Elsinore Dr 4 2487 yes no "289,900" "260,000" Sold 1/29/2010

12332 SW Keating Dr 3 2000 yes yes "289,900" Active

10940 Fall Creek Dr 3 2000 no no "250,000" Active

11515 Sw Rockingham Dr 3 2000 yes yes "269,900" contract

10909 SW Candlewood Rd 3 2000 yes no "275,000" Active

12323 Sw Keating Dr 3 2000 yes no "259,900" "240,000" Sold 4/7/2010

11564 Sw Rockingham Dr 3 2000 yes no "265,000" Active

12225 Sw Keating Dr 3 2000 yes no "249,000" Active

10843 SW Candlewood Rd 3 2000 yes yes "255,000" Active

11206 SW Northland Dr 3 2000 yes no "210,000" "207,500" Sold 4/23/2010

10749 SW Hartwick Dr 3 2000 no no "225,000" Active

11252 SW Northland Dr 3 2000 yes no "235,000" "220,000" Sold 4/30/2010

12160 Sw Keating Dr 3 2000 no yes "212,000" Sold

11268 Northland Dr 3 2000 yes no "259,000" Active

11284 SW Northland Dr 3 2200 yes no "254,400" Active

10681 SW Stratton Dr 3 2200 no no "215,000" Active

10587 Sw Stratton Dr 3 2000 no no "209,900" Active

12390 Sw Keating Dr 3 2198 yes yes "205,000" "226,100" Sold 2/25/2010

10581 Sw Stratton Dr 3 2000 no no "248,000" "225,000" Sold 1/7/2010

12111 Sw Lockhaven Ct 3 2000 no yes "274,800" "239,000" Sold 2/19/2010

10742 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1526 yes no "125,000" contract

10706 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1526 yes yes "124,900" contract

10670 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1526 yes yes "135,000" contract

10738 SW Elsinore Dr 2 1526 no yes "125,000" Active

11419 Sw Pembroke Dr 2 1526 yes no "134,000" contract

12210 Sw Elsinore Dr 2 1526 yes yes "179,900" Active

10533 SW Stratton Dr 2 1526 no no "110,500" contract

10477 SW Stratton Dr 2 1526 no no "142,900" Active

10745 SW Elsinore Dr 2 1680 no no "115,000" Active

10714 SW Elsinore Dr 2 1682 no no "130,000" Active

11384 Sw Pembroke Dr 2 1680 yes no "165,000" "145,000" Sold 4/5/2010

10805 SW Dardanelle Dr 2 1680 yes no "127,500" contract

10811 SW Dardanelle Dr 2 1526 yes yes "154,800" Active

11262 SW Pembroke Dr 2 1526 yes no "129,777" contract

11361 Pembroke Dr 2 1680 yes no "137,500" "137,500" Sold 2/10/2010

11344 SW Pembroke Dr 2 1526 yes no "142,000" Active

12280 Sw Elsinore Dr 2 1680 no no "125,000" "125,000" Sold 3/19/2010

12160 SW Elsinore Dr 2 1680 yes no "129,900" contract

10700 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1526 yes no "154,900" "147,000" Sold 12/14/2009

10513 Sw Stratton Dr 2 1680 no no "129,900" contract

10646 SW Hartwick 2 1526 yes no "141,000" contract

12180 Sw Elsinore Dr 2 1526 yes no "117,000" contract

10781 Sw Elsinore Dr 2 1680 no no "115,330" "115,000" Sold 2/5/2010

10520 Sw Stratton Dr 2 1526 yes no "135,000" "130,000" Sold 2/23/2010

10763 SW Dardanelle Dr 2 1526 yes no "127,775" "125,000" Sold 1/18/2010

10736 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1680 yes no "129,900" "129,900" Sold 1/29/2010

10700 SW Hartwick Dr 2 1526 yes no "154,900" "147,000" Sold 12/14/2009

"Of these 45 properties, 23 were listed as Short Sale or Foreclosure properties."

"May not reflect all market activity, information is from South Florida multiple listing service and represents activity from all members."

Data is deemed accurate but is not warranted.

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A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

Around our community

 

 

Save those "Box Tops" !!

Did you know that schools save these & receive money for clipping those little squares?!

Here in Tradition, Palm Pointe Educational Research School last year collected 28,626 and this year as of February

we have collected 15,230! This money is placed into the PTO's budget and used towards classroom supplies

for the teachers; which in turn is for our children. See HYPERLINK "http://www.boxtops4education.com" www.

boxtops4education.com for more information and where to clip these.

Crystal has been so generous as to offer the HOA drop box in the mailroom for these clippings. If you are so kind to clip

them just place them in a Ziploc bag & place in Crystal's Drop Box whenever you are picking up your mail. These are

collected even when school is not in session - so save all year!

The school also collects empty printer ink cartridges (any type). Unfortunately these will not fit thru the mail slot, but

dropping them off to Crystal in her office would be so much appreciated. The school receives up to $3.00 per cartridge

that is returned to a recycling company. Place those in a Ziploc bag too! This "ink" money is utilized in the school

technology area.

We also collect Campbell's Soup labels! See www.labelsforeducation.com for this information and participating

companies.

We love our community & what they do for our children - join us in helping them further by "clipping" and saving!

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Restaurant Review - Key Lime Café - Stuart

211 Colorado Avenue

Stuart, Fl.

A couple of friends and I visited this little café last week. Located in the center of Stuart, across the street from Duffy's,

it is a tucked away gem. You have to look for the sign to know it exists. Sitting outside under the dried palm umbrellas

there was a definite feel of Key West.

Our waitress, Dana, was as cute as a button with the personality to match. She was as delightful as the food.

Everything is freshly made on the premises and all dishes lived up to the promise of delicious flavor & freshness. We

started with the Key Lime Trio (tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and queso) - an A+ for this appetizer.

Our party ordered the Triple Cherry Berry Salad, consisting of field greens, a blend of 3 types of dried cherries,

strawberries, gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts, with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Along with the salad,

we opted for several of the many sandwiches: a Chicken Quesadilla, the Hemmingway Grill (turkey, smoked bacon,

provolone cheese, avocados, tomato & onion, grilled together on your choice of bread) and the Cheeca Chicken

Salad (chicken breast, pineapples, walnuts, celery, mayo & seasonings on your choice of bread). All very good as was

the superb key lime pie we shared for dessert.

Drinks are fresh squeezed lemonade, limeade, orangeade - or a combination of any of these: small $1.95 to large

$3.00. Other drinks are soda, many beers and wine.

This little café has a definite Mexican flare: quesadillas, tacos and nachos, along with the numerous unique sandwiches

and salads. Prices range from $7.95 to $12.95, most being in the $8 or $9 range. Happy hour is Mon - Fri from 3 to 6

PM, when appetizers are half off and domestic beers and house wines are 2 for $5.

Look up their web site: www.keylimecafeandgrill.com and go on down for a little Jimmy Buffett experience. Well worth

the drive to Stuart.

Cheryl Robinson

A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

SPECIAL INT ERESTS AND ACT IVI T I ES: (cont )

 

 

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Mothers Day Tributes from Lakes Residents

 

 

To the mother who always is there for me no matter what. To the one who never places judgment and accepts me

for me. To the one who will always have my back in anything, and will always be my friend. Mother first, friend second.

I love you very much, and appreciate you! Thank you and Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a great one, you

deserve it! Love you with all my ____ and ____.

Lorina

Dear Mom,

Thank you for feeding us, bathing us and walking us! Our bonding time is always well cherished. Love you, woof woof!

Happy Mother's Day!

Shelby & Lucy

A Story of a Wonderful Mother: Diane on Hartwick Dr.

 

 

Just over 40 years ago in Chicago, IL, when my young mother, Diane, was expecting her first baby, the doctor gave

her the shock of her life when he told her she was in early labor with TWINS! Well, my sister Paulette and I were born just

a short while later but the Lord had His own plans and my newborn sister was called up to Heaven. Then, almost 2 and

a half years later, another surprise... baby Julie was born.

Some say God chooses which Mothers to send special babies to... because only a Mother with faith could handle

losing one baby and then learning that Julie would need open heart surgery to repair a large hole in her heart.

Thankfully, with Diane's love and nurturing, little baby Julie made it!

But Mom's job never got any easier. Over the years, Mom sacrificed and worked painstakingly hard to provide our

family with everything we ever wanted and needed. In fact, my sister and I rarely knew how tough times were. Mom

worked multiple jobs and gave up so much so that we could have a "normal" childhood filled with love, stability,

great schools, bible classes (CCD), birthday parties, summer camp, girl scouts, cruises, and without a doubt the most

Christmas presents under the tree in our entire neighborhood every single year! And all the while, Mom was taking care

of and supporting her own crippled mother and later her elderly father.

Today, as adults, my sister Julie and I truly understand how blessed we are that God chose Diane as our Mother and I

am so happy for the time we spend together.

I think our favorite road trip sing-a-long song says it all: "Oh we ain't got a barrel of money/Maybe we're ragged and

funny/But we're travellin' along/Singin' our song/Side by side!" Happy Mother's Day!

Melissa on Hartwick Drive

Your daughter, Christa

Mom, you're a wonderful mother,

So gentle, yet so strong.

The many ways you show you care

Always make me feel I belong.

You're patient when I'm foolish;

You give guidance when I ask;

It seems you can do most anything;

You're the master of every task.

You're a dependable source of comfort;

You're my cushion when I fall.

You help in times of trouble;

You support me whenever I call.

I love you more than you know;

You have my total respect.

If I had my choice of mothers,

You'd be the one I'd select!

I love you!

My Mom Pam Ehmke is

Super Mom

A NEWSLET TER FOR AND BY THE COMMUNI TY MAY 2010

Mothers Day Treats

Strawberry Pineapple Salad

Ingredients:

• 3 tablespoons honey

• 2 cups strawberries, hulled and crushed

• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

• 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Preparation:

In a bowl mix cream cheese and honey. Add strawberries

and pineapple and blend well. Pour into a freezer tray

and freeze for 2 hours. Cut into 4 portions. Serve on lettuce

leaves and garnish with strawberry slices, if desired.

Serves 4.

Found this recipe on a Mothers Day site, never tried it

but sounds easy and yummy and great way to take

advantage of all those strawberries on sale!

Strawberry Coffee Cake

• 1 cup butter or margarine, softened

• 1-1/2 cups sugar

• 3 eggs

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

FILLING:

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs;

mix well. combine the flour, baking powder and baking

soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour

cream. Beat in vanilla. Fold in the strawberries.

Spoon half into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube

pan. Combine the filling ingredients; sprinkle half over

batter. Top with remaining batter and filling.

Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted

near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire

rack to cool completely.

Another way to use up all those strawberries!

Recipes submitted by Vickie Smith

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My Mother, My Best Friend

 

 

My mother, Lydia Andreu, believed she was put on this Earth to be a parent. She would always tell me that when I

was first placed in her arms our love affair began and I became her mission. We were a family of two; she was both

mother and father to me. As I grew I learned and cherished that we were a team and had a special responsibility

to each other. We "grew up" together. We even had bunk beds at one time. Our relationship developed into a one

of a kind friendship. My mother was becoming my best friend. I thank God for putting us together. My mother was

a single parent, worked, ran a household, was up early, went to bed late, had breakfast on the table when I walked

into the kitchen, ate dinner with me every night, always checked and signed homework, never missed a conference

with my teachers, did grocery shopping every Friday after work, cleaned the apartment every Saturday, and always

welcomed all of my friends with a hug, a smile and a snack. Our home was full of love and comfort.

My mom was my personal cheerleader for 59 years. During this time she became a special kind of mother-in-law and

an incredible grandmother to two. She followed through with her usual dedication, love and happiness. Although my

mother was a tiny lady, she was a "giant" capable of giving so much. We never doubted it for a minute. We became

a three generation household and lived together for 26 years. She helped Peter and me raise the children and even

learned how to drive at the age of 60 to help out with their demanding schedules. Once again, she had breakfast on

the table every morning and we had dinner together every evening. We had become a family of five. Together we

celebrated and enjoyed every holiday and birthday, manicures and pedicures, trips to the shore, vacations, and the

annual trip to Lincoln Center to see the Nutcracker Suite ballet at Christmas time. My children are who the are today

because of her involvement in their lives. She added a unique dimension to their souls that only a grandmother could.

On February 4th of this year this exceptional lady left us in body but she will never leave us in spirit and will remain a

part of us forever. We miss her hugs and kisses. We miss being able to hug and kiss her. No one will every be able to fill

her shoes. She was one of a kind; she was my first friend; she was my best friend; she was my mother.

------- Yolanda Rodriguez Peta

RECIPE

Sharkey is your Short Sale Specialist

Brian Sharkey of ST Lucie West Realty LLC is the Short Sale Specialist other agents go to for their short sale transactions.  Sharkey is known for his negotiating skills which are essential when dealing with lenders on a regular basis.  He is always exploring different ways to provide his clients with the best possible solution for their financial situation.
 
When the market changed and short sales were considered "deals to be avoided" due to their difficulty, he saw them as an opportunity for growth and a way to assist homeowners in need.  He also helps fellow Realtors to understand the process and they in turn come to him for advice and guidance.
 
Sharkey's strong problem solving skills have provided him a base from which he has built a successful business.  He is continuously networking with other real estate professionals such as mortgage brokers, title companies, and other Realtors to provide his clients with the best possible vendor to service their needs.  He is highly self-motivated with a passion to deliver superior service.  And due to his enthusiastic personality and high energy, it's no wonder the majority of Sharkey's business comes from referrals.
 
Sharkey has an extensive amount of Short Sale experience and is a certified Short Sale professional.  He specializes in Short Sales in St. Lucie County, Martin County and Palm Beach County in the state of Florida.
 
If you would like to know if you qualify for a short sale or just want more information about the process, you can reach Sharkey at 772-204-9965 or visit www.SharkeyRE.com.

St Lucie West Realty LLC

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Really sad to read the section on the current condition of Tradition. Even with all the foreclosures I always found the community well cared for. I have not been up there for some time and I hope it really has not gone too far downhill.

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Thanks I think we have a bright future however need developer to step in and fix it up.

May 22, 2010 07:57 PM
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Afternoon all,

 

I am looking to see if anyone at The Lakes can help me.  I am looking for a local Handyman for some minor repairs at my property.  The person I had used in the past has moved onto full time employment and no longer does "sidework"

Please reply to me at SFried9807@yahoo.com

Thanks

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