Around the Bend


This page provides a home for those odds and ends of items of general informational interest.

Items here are not policy or procedure nor is this page a platform for registering complaints. Hopefully what’s published will have value as a means to broaden our awareness of community and neighborhood activities, local news items and quality of life hints and tips that expand the Willowbend experience.

This is a call to homeowners to contribute in making "Around the Bend" an interesting and informative part of this website. You may recall "Around the Bend" was the name of our now discontinued Newsletter. Let’s resurrect its spirit here by submitting your articles for publication consideration. Homeowners are encouraged to send articles, photos, news of neighborhood happenings, or any other ideas how to make Willowbend a better place to live and enjoy life. Please submit your ideas via the Contact Us email.

Recommendation for Power Washing

I had Roddys Right Wash at 941-225-9795 wash the house and driveway. He did a fabulous job - honest, reasonably priced, licensed and insured and arrived on time. Owner's name is Roddy Kincheloe who can be reached by cell or email His card refers to soft washing and includes handyman services.

Dave Cyr

Recommendation for Floor, Tile, Carpet and Upholstery Care

Leonard Alese is a IICRC Certified, Licensed and Insured Cleaning Professional. He is hard working and honest and has done a beautiful job cleaning our furniture, tile and carpeting. His cleaning career began in 2009 and your satisfaction is his #1 concern. He can be reached at Tel: (941) 757-6704, e-mail:, Web site:

Need Bridge Players

We're looking for additional bridge players to join our friendly and congenial group here in Willowbend.  We play once a month in the evening from November through April.  Please indicate whether you would prefer to be a regular or a sub.  Contact Marsh or Barb Hestenes (918-8150) or

(March, 2013)

Recommendation for Plumber

Dear Neighbors, Earlier we recommended County Plumbing to you. Reluctantly we are withdrawing our recommendation. Justin, who had been so helpful earlier, did work that was sloppy, did not follow requests to correct the work, probably overcharged us (before we noticed the sloppy work), did not want to give us an itemized bill and did not want to have his parents (who run the family owned business) bill us. While he was courteous, and was a help earlier, it was in part correcting the earlier work that led to more poor work, high expense and a strong reluctance to justify both the cost and quality of his work. We'll use a more reliable plumber next time.

Jim & Jamie McGuire
(July, 2012)

Recommendation for Painter

We contracted Chuck Rizzo to repair the step cracks on the side of our house, and to paint the exterior completely. He did exceptional work, and was a very clean and neat painter. We are very pleased with the quality of work he provided us and would recommend him highly to the community.

Nora & Gene Knapp
(December, 2011)

One Month Free Piano Lessons

I recommend my piano instructor to anyone who might be thinking about piano lessons. I want to share information about something that has given me great pleasure over the last 18 months since I began my bi-weekly lessons. My two grandsons, age 6 and 9, have also greatly benefited for more than two years. Up until now she has had a waiting list but now has openings, creating an opportunity for anyone looking to take lessons. Her classes are 40 minutes long, either weekly or bi-weekly and cost $34 per lesson. She teaches either from her home studio next door in Sorrento East just on the other side of Oscar Scherer State Park or at the Yamaha studios on Rt. 41. Please feel free to call me for a more detailed endorsement. For a limited time she is offering one month of free lessons.

Nancy McAward
941-375-6875 (H)
617-721-3900 (C)
(September, 2011)

Home Maintenance & Repair

I have been having repairs and maintenance done by Chuck Rizzo since he was working for Lee Weatherington. He is reliable and fair priced and is able to work quickly and efficiently. Besides painting my home, he has done many of the following for me: Window & Door Adjustments Balance Rods & Window Replacements Sliding Door Adjustments Cracked Tile Replacement & Caulking Garage Floors Painting Recoat Lanai Decks Drywall repairs Water Damage Repair Light Electrical & Plumbing Light Carpentry Power Washing Pool Decks, Homes & Walks & Driveways, Installation of Motion Detectors/Lights for Security. Licensed & Insured, Contact Chuck Rizzo Quality Painting ON CALL 24/7. Just give me a call at (941) 966-1794 for more info or call him directly at 941-468-2580. I know you'll be satisfied!

Regina De Palma
(May 2011)

Chess Players

Bob Schleppi is interested in playing chess with his Willowbend neighbors.

Bob Schleppi
(January, 2011)