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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Individuals who file their 2007 federal tax returns will receive economic stimulus payments, a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $600 per person. Some taxpayers who have no tax liability, including those who receive Social Security or veterans’ benefits, are eligible to receive payment.

These people may not normally be required to file a tax return but they must file a 2007 return in order to receive the economic stimulus payments. They should have their forms showing the amount of Social Security, pensions and other income received.

AARP volunteers are at Freedom Public Library to help complete returns and professional tax preparers may prepare these types of returns for a discounted price. Even if people don’t usually submit a tax return, this is the year it may well pay to do so. If you know anyone in this category, please tell them.

(Thanks to Donna Mulvey for drawing attention to this situation.)

SECO Election

With the support of many Oak Runners, Ken Jessop from the Preserve was elected as a trustee of Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO), which supplies electricity to Oak Run. He will be introduced at the co-op’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 29, at the junction of Hwys. 301 and 471 in Sumterville.

Registration begins at 8:30 and the business meeting for shareholders begins at 10:30 a.m. Prize drawings will be at the end of the meeting and there will be entertainment and refreshments.

If you attend, bring a copy of the most recent electric bill and photo ID.

Jewish Social Club

Members and guests who attended the March 2 performance of Jersey Boys at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center enthusiastically joined the audience in a standing ovation when the program ended. After having their hearts filled with songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the party filled their stomachs at The Colonnade, overlooking Tampa Bay.

As the bus traveled back to Oak Run, Jewish Social Club president Ben Muhlberg acknowledged the members who put together the day’s events: Marjorie Hess, Sandi Forman, and Ricki Bar-Zeev.

Bocce Club

Can you believe it? Our 2007-08 bocce season came to an end last month. The end-of-season tourney will take place Saturday March 28. The 48 players will be selected at the board meeting Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room.

The annual banquet will be Monday, April 7, in the Orchid Club with a catered meal, a DJ for our listening and dancing pleasure, door prizes, and lots of fun.

Tickets are $12 members and $15 guests. Get them from your team captain or from Andy at 854-1429.

OMI Club

Our “fun club” is growing in leaps and bounds with more than 250 members. Our Kingdom of the Sun concert will take place March 27, at 5:30 in the Palm Grove ballroom.

Tickets are $11 members and $13 guests, and will be on sale in the Orchid Club lobby March 13 and 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. We will provide a deli-style buffet with coffee and dessert.

New York Club

So, what’s your favorite Broadway show? Broadway is the dinner/dance theme March 26, BYOB, lasagna etc. by Royal Oaks. Great stage entertainment and DJ music by Sally Langavah.

Tickets still available, $16 members and $18 guests. Call Jeanne Kozloff at 854-1172.

The annual New York Club picnic is April 25. Tickets on sale April 7 in the card room, members $8 and guests $10. Fun, food and frolic. Bring folding chairs, sunscreen, hats and that “thing” you want to get rid of for the “White Elephant auction.” Bottled water is a good idea, no BYOB.

Last chance to pay your $6 dues for 2008. Contact Jack Foggan at 237-9489.

Call Ginny Emerick, our Sunshine lady at 854-5120, if any member needs a thoughtful word.

Genealogy Club

This has been a busy year for our club. In February we went to the Ocala Public Library and heard George Morgan give a fine presentation on “Naturalization.”

On Friday, March 21, Mr. DeBary will talk about genealogy and the three Florida Indian wars which occurred between 1817 and 1854. This talk will deal with the genealogical records left by these wars. All Oak Run residents are welcome. There will be a 50/50 drawing.

Little Theatre

Do you have your tickets for Little Theatre’s production of Love, Sex and the IRS? You don’t want to miss this zany comedy.

Dinner Theatre performance is April 3. Tickets are for $30 per person.

Regular performances Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, and a Sunday matinee April 6. Reserved seats $7 per person, general admission $5.

Ticket sales at the Orchid Club: March 8, 8 to 10 a.m., March 11, 4 to 6 p.m., March 22, 8 to 10 a.m., March 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., and March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Or call our Ticket Telephone Hotline (Diane at 237-9410) and we will deliver tickets to your door.

Italian-American Club

On Feb. 13, the Italian-American Club held a Valentine’s Day dinner dance, which was a fundraiser for the Children of St. Jude Research Hospital. Within one short evening our members raised $1,036.

Everyone truly gave “Their Heart to a Child” and we are grateful to all, including our fundraising committee; Rosemarie Imbriale, Eleanor Casabianca, Pat DiBartolo, Jeanette Alloro and Arlene Raguso.

Travel Club

There are six openings for the trip to Stone Mountain, Ga., from June 2 to 6. Four nights at Stone Mt. Inn that is in the park. Breakfasts and dinners, two-day pass to park attractions, entrance to World of Coke, new Georgia Aquarium and maybe CNN. Transportation and gratuities, 845 per person. Call Jack Lillard to sign up.

Forever Plaid is at the Show Palace, and we still have openings for the June 8 trip. Cost is 54 per person includes a buffet dinner. Call Barbara Dalton at 873-4404, or Jack Lillard at 873-6110 to sign up.

Anglers Club

On Feb. 16, members and guests met at the Orchid Club for the annual fish dinner prepared and served by members and wives. Shrimp cocktail, flounder, crab cakes,potato salad, coleslaw and cheesecake were enjoyed by all.

There was a silent auction for two fishing trips and a surfing rod and reel, plus 50/50 drawing, door prizes and games.

There is going to be an overnight trip (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.)for red snapper on June 6,leaving from Tarpon Springs.Details at the April meeting.

Anyone interested in joining, meetings are monthly on the second Thursday at 7 p.m.at the Island Club.

Oak Run Author

Timbergate resident J.R. Malerba is a retired banker turned author. He recently published The Scam, his first mystery novel, and his book has been receiving excellent reviews – one by Citizen book review columnist Pat Wellington. The crime thriller is fiction but was based on actual events.

The Scam is available at all major booksellers and at the publisher’s Internet site, www.iUniverse.com.

There will be a book signing at Freedom Public Library on Thursday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, the author has a Web site, www.jrmalerba.blogspot.com.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf League

The game on Tuesday, March 4, was Blind Partner.

First, Sylvia Zappia and Joanne Morris 58. There were ties for second and third.

Pat Salberg and Dianna Love, Janet Tully and Judie Lavdas, JT LeMaster and Arlene Klann 59.

Chris Orndorff and Ginger Drake, Sheila Adams and Judy Klein 60.

Sylvia Zappia was closest to the pin.

Executive 9-hole Women’s

Golf Association

The winning teams of the Red Ball Tournament on March 6 were:

First: Marlena Yaich, Jennie Botts, Karen Schuelke, Beverly Lassiter.

Second: Connie Bingham, Pat Apeland, Mary Golab, Gerry Painter.

Third: Alice Anderson, Mary Hart, Bebe Hahne, Pat Kwiatkowski.

Closest to the pin Jennie Botts. Chip-ins Jan Bessoir, Judy Gerace, Iona Velivis.

Carol Wheeler lives in Hillside and is active in a number of Oak Run groups. Please send news items and pictures (as jpg attachments) to democratcarol@deccacable.com no later than Friday a week before publication, earlier is better.

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