Ron Tagliabue (NEW)

Forty-five residents of The Farm enjoyed an evening out at Sol y Luna restaurant. The food was good, and mingling with your neighbors makes for an enjoyable evening. Thanks, Debra Shovlin for organizing the evening.

Debra led the signing of Happy Birthday for Janet Muzroll. All I'll say is that her age ends in 0.

The Farm’s Craft Vendor Fair is Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come out for some shopping and have lunch.

They’ll have homemade crafts, wreaths, decor, jewelry, purses, makeup, candles and much more.

Good time to stock up on your holiday gifts.

The Farm’s activity committee is teaming up with Help 4 Kids to collect items at the North Myrtle Beach Walmart for the 9:30 a.m. to noon shift on Oct. 19.

That time can be extended if we get more volunteers.

This food drive usually collects enough food to feed the Help 4 Kids in Horry County for one week.

They have been short on volunteers, which is leading them to consider shutting down the food drive. This would mean less food in each child’s backpack every week.

We need to make sure we have the number of people required, so contact Connie Gyrb at 773-544-3454.

Volunteers are needed for the fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 – 4 p.m.

This is The Farm’s biggest event of the year.

It will kick off with a Halloween parade from Wheatfield Drive, turning left on Carolina Farms Boulevard to the clubhouse.

If you would like to decorate your golf cart, bicycle, or just march in the parade, contact Dave Koss at 703-398-2526.

The activity committee wants to honor your service to our country by inviting you and one guest to attend a Veteran's Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11a.m.

There will be a short program followed by a reception and sandwiches and sides for you while you connect with your fellow veterans in our community.

A head count is needed. Please respond to Debra Shovlin at 607-240-9845.

A few items from our management company:

United Contractors Roofing will be out this week to make roof repairs to the clubhouse.

A list of scheduled grass cuttings around our ponds has been submitted to the board. Coastal Ponds has added fish in some of our ponds.

Our landscaper will install mulch at the pools and parking lots.

New Christmas decorations have been ordered for our main entrance.

The Farm’s UTV has been repaired.

A sign magically appeared on Carolina Forest Boulevard alerting residents that a new strip mall will be coming to Carolina Forest.

It will be called the Marketplace.

It will be built next to Summerlyns's entrance road. It will house a gas station with 12 pumps and nine additional stores in the rear of the property. I have seen some buzz about this on Facebook.

I don’t often give my opinion in my column but this time I will.

My wife and I moved here almost 15 years ago. One of the main reasons for picking The Farm was its ease of reaching S.C. 31, and the scenic ride along Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Even with all the development, the ride, as tough as it can be at times, is still a picturesque sight. Nice homes, churches, schools, rec center and library are all OK with me.

People on Facebook have stated the pros and cons of the strip mall.

I want to say I am one of the cons. I don’t see the need for this.

Carolina Forest Boulevard is less than six miles long.

This means even if you live right in the middle, you have no more than three miles to restaurants, gas, and stores.

I personally think that is not a long ride, and would have loved to see Carolina Forest Boulevard stay the way it is.

Like many strip malls you see throughout Horry County, they can become an eyesore when there are empty stores in them. Just my opinion.

It looks like the closed-up Gander Mountain store will become a Planet Fitness. Good luck.

I am always looking for items of interest.

Email to ronaldtagliabue@gmail.com.

Till next time.

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