AUGUST 2014                                                                                                VOLUME: VIII

PUBLISHER: Pat Spanitz pbspanitz@centurylink.net                                                     CIRCULATION: Volunteers

Riviera Golf Estates Website: www.rivieragolfestates.org

There will be NO NEWSLETTER DELIVERY for the months of AUGUST through OCTOBER



3rd Quarter Assessment Bills went out with the incorrect due date of 07/08/14. The payment is due on 08/01/14. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Clubhouse will be closed Monday and Tuesday, August 25th and 26th, for the Primary Election which will be held on Tuesday, August 26th, prior to the November General Election. All registered voters who do not choose an absentee ballot or who do not take advantage of "early voting" are eligible to exercise their right to vote on the 26th.


Hurricane season is upon us and the rainy season has begun. We all need to be mindful or our property, especially our trees (palm, ficus, ext.). Please make sure that your trees are trimmed so that in the event of a severe storm or hurricane your house, as well as, your neighbor’s property will not be hit with falling limbs. Remember, it is your responsibility to take care of your trees and property. If you are going out of town, please make sure to take in any yard ornaments such as figurines, birdbaths, etc. Items such as these have caused destruction in the past.

While we are on the property subject, there seems to be some confusion regarding hedges. As stated in our Covenants, page 10, 7.14, Hedges. No hedge greater than three (3) feet in height shall be allowed on any Lot unless it is located within three (3) feet of a residence or utility shed.” There are exceptions. Refer to your Governing Documents at the above noted page and section.

There will be no Board of Directors meeting in August. If you have any issues that need resolution before September, please see Sheila in the office and she will direct you to the proper person. There are times that we ask that your request or concern be put in writing. It is appreciated if you do this, because as the saying goes “If it isn’t in writing, it does not exist.”

Please do not put your trash, recyclables or yard waste out before six o’clock on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Return your barrels before six o’clock on the day of pick-up. All trash and recycle barrels shall be kept screened from view from the street and adjacent Lots. Let’s all cooperate with this ruling to keep our neighborhood looking good. Thanks in advance.

Bill Joyce, President

For the Board of Directors


PLEASE NOTE: The Board of Directors has not announced a meeting schedule for the remaining months of the summer. If you have a project that requires ARB review and the Board's approval, please drop the ARB form off at the office, and every attempt will be made to secure a decision as soon as possible.

It is best to review not just the covenants, but, also, the Rules and Regulations adopted by the Board of Directors available on-line at http://www.rivieragolfestates.org/rulReg.html before you spend the time and expense of a County permit or laying out money for materials or a contractor. If, after reading the ARB Requirements listed on the back of the ARB application and the above referenced website, you are in doubt about whether or not you need to submit an ARB request, you are urged to submit one. If not necessary, you will be notified promptly.


Have you heard of our program? If you live alone & want someone to check-up on you, daily, Operation Reassurance could be just what you need! Our volunteers are dedicated to your safety & the program is in effect 365 days a year. If you want to be a part of our program, or need more information, come to the office or call Susan Larson at 774-2625.

Susan Larson at 774-2625


Respite is a formalized, "good neighbor program" which began in Riviera Golf Estates in November of 1995. It has continued until the present day. Our goals are to:

Cathy McGourty, Respite Coordinator, 793-7374


Please note that the WiFi Network in the Clubhouse has a new name: Cisco17172. It is still an unsecured network (password not required). Please either use the tables in the kitchen, or fold back table cloths on the round tables and set your PC on the bare table top. Of course, you can always use the PC outside the clubhouse in the pool area, or use the WiFi in the annex. THERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE ANNEX BUILDING, REGARDING ACCESSING THE WIFI THERE.


S O C I A L    A C T I V I T I E S


We’re now fully into Summer at Riviera and things are still humming along. The pool, fitness room and card room are all still busy. Our Holiday functions have been very well attended. We may be a smaller community during these months, but we still find ways to have some fun. Having said that, August is going to be a fairly quiet month. Right now we have a Luncheon planned, and two, yes TWO Coffee Hours. Please be aware that the second Coffee Hour this month is for September, and is TWO DAYS before our Labor Day Celebration.

Ann Wallace - wallaceann0811@comcast.net


The August Coffee Hour will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Coffee and donuts will be served, for a $1.00 donation. Our Coffee Hours are held each month as a way for residents to catch up, socially and to purchase tickets for upcoming events. New residents are encouraged to join us in this casual setting, as a way of getting to know your neighbors. Come join us!

Please, make checks for all social events payable to “RGE.” thank-you. If you have any questions, please call Anne Wallace, at 732-7808.



The August Luncheon is open to ALL residents. Please purchase your tickets early, as this will be a popular event. The August Luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 14th at Audrey's Tea Room, located at 104 10th Street North, at 11:30 AM.

The price of $20.00 includes entree, beverage and dessert and tip.

Shirley Sackett at 793-3143 with questions


Tickets for the Labor Day Dinner will be available for purchase at the August 2nd Coffee Hour. The Labor Day Dinner will be held on Monday, September 1st, at 5:00 PM, at the Clubhouse. Be there at 5:00 PM, for the Social gathering and 6:00 PM, for dinner service. Dinner will be catered by Southern Accents, with a possible menu of ham and scalloped potatoes. Cost of the dinner is $15.00 per person. For information and tickets, after the Coffee Hour, please contact:

Kathi Coughlin at 793-4124 or Linda Lennox at 774-3686.



Aquatic Exercises for the Riviera Women will begin at 9:00 AM every day, but Sunday. If you have any questions, please come to the pool at the times noted above and those in the class will be able to give you any information you may need, regarding this class.


Bocce will be held every Monday and Friday at 9:30 AM. Come, play bocce and have fun. If you have any questions, please call

Gareth W. Blackwell at 732-1648



Sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board in the Card Room at the Annex. Play begins Mondays, at 12:00 Noon, at the Annex Building. Cost to play is $1.00 each session. If you have any questions, call:

Helen Mavity 793-3204


The Riviera Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Friday at 11:45 AM, at the Annex, play begins at Noon. Anyone who plays contract bridge (or party) can play duplicate bridge and is welcome. There is a $5.00 one time fee and the cost is $1.00 to play. Please call for further information.

Phyllis or Larry Larkin 300-9698


Mixed Bridge is held on Tuesday Nights, in the Card Room at the Annex. We are playing duplicate bridge - not contract or "party bridge." If you are interested in playing, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Card Room at the Annex or call me at the number below. You can sign up as couples or as singles. If you are a single, we will do our best to find you a partner. Play starts at 7:00 PM. Cost is $0.50. If you have any questions please call:

Larry or Phyllis Larkin 300-9698


To all Riviera card players, we'd love to have you come join us for an evening of fun playing Pinochle! We play on Thursdays at 7:00 PM, in the Annex. If you have any questions please call me at:

Susan Larson 774-2625


Poker is being held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM, in the Annex Building. Anyone interested in playing poker at that time, please contact Jesse Gallante at 682-3296.

Jesse Gallante at 682-3296


With our knitters and crocheters going back north, I hope you will continue to create the wonderful hats and booties during the summer. Thanks for all your efforts over the past months. They are greatly appreciated.

Two dozen baby hats, booties and knitted toys will be dropped off drop off each month during the summer. Now that the warm weather has arrived no baby afghans or lap robes will be distributed until the cooler months. If you wish to work on an afghan during the summer, the sizes to keep in mind are a 30 inch square for babies and a 36 inch square for a lap robe for the assisted living residents. Lion Brand yarns website has lots of free patterns for babies and afghans. If you need yarn, needles, hooks, patterns or just a refresher course on knitting or crocheting give me a call 213-1690. Completed items can be dropped off at my home 770 Charlemagne Blvd.

Irene Paliulis, Riviera Care Wear Coordinator


The Riviera Golf Estates Computer Club (RGECC) will hold its “Help Each Other” Meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month, August 11th, 2014, at 3:00 PM, in the Clubhouse. We will answer your computer-related questions. We will be holding only one meeting, per month, through October 2014.

If you are not, yet, a member of the Computer Club and would like to join, you may do so at any meeting or by contacting “The Club,” at webmaster.rgecc@gmail.com. Any resident (full-time, part-time, renter or owner) can be a member; $15.00 for an individual; $20.00 for member and spouse/partner. Come to a meeting and learn something new while you are having fun.

Don D. Spanitz, President - dspanitz@hotmail.com


Come in and enjoy our cool selection of books and videos this hot summer!

Ginny Kehoe, 732-1520


Our Pickleball days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come on out and see the game and participate. There are always "coaches" there to assist beginners and we are interested in growing our game. Hope to see you on the courts. Any questions call:

Angela Edgerton at 585-721-3299 or Steve Egerton at 585-305-1044


The next meeting of the Riviera Men’s Club will be held on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at the Clubhouse at 11:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be Jon Bates, a physical fitness and rehab coach here in Naples. Please sign up at the August 2nd, Coffee Hour, as we need time to prepare nametags and get a head count to order food. If you miss the Coffee Hour sign-up, please contact Dwight Kehoe at 732-1520 or Bob Camp at 417-9987 by Noon, Sunday, August 10th.

The Men’s Club encourages all male residents of Riviera Golf Estates to become members for the onetime fee of $10.00, which grants you a Lifetime Membership. For a nominal monthly fee of $5.00, you are entitled to attend an interesting program, enjoy a light lunch, keg beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, nibbles and fine socializing with friends in the neighborhood. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Please sign up at the June Coffee Hour, as we need time to prepare nametags and a head count to order food. Please contact one of the officers if you plan on coming and haven’t signed up so that we can prepare enough food. Please note, it has been voted by the membership to deny participation in lunch to those who had not signed up or notified an Officer, by the Sunday before the meeting. Please remember to wear your nametag during the luncheon.


If you have any questions regarding Neighborhood Watch, please, call Cpl. Jim Spartz, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Community Oriented Policing, East Naples District 3 Office at 252-9447 or for other non-emergency calls, dial 252-9300. Always remember for EMERGENCIES ONLY, CALL 911


Shuffleboard will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please be at the Shuffleboard Courts by 9:15 AM so that we may be ready to start playing at 9:30 AM. If you have any questions, or if you need a lesson to learn the game, please contact Gareth Blackwell at 732-1648.


For the summer months, Ladies’ & Men’s Tennis is being held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 7:30 AM for warm-up, with play at 7:45 AM. If the ladies have questions, please contact Helen Mavity at 793-3204. The men can contact Harry Nuzum, at 775-4920 or email him at harry@lmuzum.com.


All checks for these trips must be addressed to “Trendy Tours.”  If you are interested in one of the Day trips, please get in touch with me, Carol Crislip, at 775-3668.



August 28th - Thursday - Isle of Capri Casino - $49.00 per person - NON SMOKING

Includes R/T transportation, $10.00 slot voucher and $4.00 buffet voucher (delicious and plentiful entrees, many wonderful salads, and a tremendous dessert selection.) Last time there, two out of our three won quite a lot. A fun filled day, leaving Naples at 8:30 AM and returning around 6:00 PM.

The following September tours are $29.00, per person and I will have departure times by Coffee Hour. They will include R/T transportation and a private guide:

Thursday, September 4th - Ellenton Mall, shopping

Tuesday, September 9th – Miami, South Beach and Bayside - Includes mini South Beach & Miami tour, lunch time (on own) and shopping at Bayside

Thursday, September 25th – Swap Shop - Ft Lauderdale-Over 2,000 Vendors at this unique flea market

Monday, September 29th – Sarasota - Includes Ringling (Art Museum ONLY, lunch time (on Own) and shopping at St Armand's Circle, Bakery stop at Der Dutchman

November 29th or 30th - Ft Lauderdale Christmas Pageant w/ Dinner - $129.00, per person

R/T transportation, reserved Orchestra Level Ticket to Pageant, picnic lunch enroute, delicious dinner (December dates are sold out.) Leaves Naples 11:00 AM.


August 12th-15th, (Tuesday-Friday) - 4 Day-Savannah Tour - $549.00 per person, double occupancy or $749.00 per person/single occupancy.

Includes R/T transportation, 3 nights in Holiday Inn Express in the heart of Historic district, guided tour of the Mercer-Williams Home, Broadway Variety Show at the Savannah Theater, six (6) meals and lots more. Leaves Naples 6:30 AM.

Contact Carol Crislip, at 775-3668 for more information or to reserve your trip selections. Day Trip pick-up is at Crossroads Market located at 599 Pine Ridge Road.

Day trip Cancellation Policy – refund is issued for cancellations at least 21 days before departure date. For tours without meals included or tickets issued, refunds will be given until 10 days before departure.

Carol Crislip 775-3668


I will be conducting Yoga Classes on Monday nights at 7:00 PM in the Gym Area of the Annex Building. Those interested, please bring a mat, belt and a small pillow. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Avoid eating anything at least an hour before the beginning of the class. For further information, or if you have any questions, you can contact me:

Bobby Schweikert at 732-8531



The Riviera Golf Estates Annual Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday morning, November 19th, 2014, at the Riviera Golf Club. Mark your calendars. The mid-November date should allow more snowbirds to be here to participate.

Last year's SCRAMBLE FORMAT was well received and we will do it again this year. Mixed groups, four men or four ladies groups are welcome. There will be cash prizes for each category, as well as, longest drive and putt and closest to the pin competition.

As usual, golf participants and non-golfers alike will all be welcome at the dinner program that same evening in our Riviera Golf Estates Clubhouse. However, due to a 40% increase in the greens fee and generally higher costs across the board, Golf and Dinner will be $65.00. Dinner only will be $20.00. Make checks payable to “Dwight Kehoe – GOLF.”

Contact Dwight Kehoe (732-1520 or email dwight@vakdwk.com).




It has come to my attention that a few Riviera residents have knowledge of people whose names are still on our Anniversary and Birthday Lists, but are no longer living in Riviera or are deceased. Please contact, me, Pat Spanitz, at 417-3557, or by email: pbspanitz@centurylink.net, with any additions or deletions regarding Anniversaries or Birthdays for residents of Riviera Golf Estates. Thank you.


Congratulations to all who are celebrating August Anniversaries!

 2Nazzareno & Annette Cucchi15Ray & Jeanne Auker
 Robert & Mary Lou FosterLee & Glee Eberly(66)
 3John & Cynthia Castellaneta17Ed & Louise Huettel
 4Charles & Delores Pratt18David & Patricia Boesche
 Earl & Shirley Sackett19William & Marilyn Sanders
 6Earl & Lois Ruffner20Dwight & Marie Delahunt
 8John & Kathy Lesch(61)Joseph & Beverly Zanta
 Steve & Wanda Montgomery22James & Janet Hanson
10Michael & Joan CummingsGlenn & Kay Walters
12LaRue & Sharon VitaleRon & Cathy Websdale
13Bill & Pam Cannon26Stephen & Sharon Beane
Ronald & Gloria CarpenterRick & Bev Ciarcia
Dwight & Virginia Kehoe30John & Darlene Thornton
Richard & Mary Weber (62)
31Charles & Nina Kirker


Happy Birthday to all Riviera Residents with birthdays in August


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