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Del Webb welcomes 500th homeowner
Gary Fiorio cuts the ribbon on the 500th home at Del Webb Woodbridge while wife Melinda looks on with a complimentary fruit basket and a certificate marking the milestone. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Gary and Melinda Fiorio are now part of a new community. And they couldn’t be happier with their new living arrangement.

The Pleasanton couple was honored Wednesday afternoon by staff members and neighbors of the Del Webb at Woodbridge community for purchasing the 500th home in the age-restricted community. The first residents moved into homes in the 1,406-lot planned community in North Manteca during December of 2006.

After being greeted with a welcome basket that included a bottle of champagne, a gift certificate to Isadore’s restaurant, and a fruit basket, the couple walked the red carpet up to their front door and cut the ribbon marking the historic moment.

“We were nervous when we put our house on the market because we didn’t know exactly what was going to happen or if the deal was going to go through. But everything worked out, and we’re able to be here today,” Gary Fiorio said after the welcoming committee returned to his home with a framed certificate. “Everybody here has just been wonderful to work with. We’re so happy to be able to have this experience and be here in Manteca where we’re close to our grandchildren.”

According to Sales Consultant Tony Hallbourg, Wednesday’s move-in marked roughly the 30 percent build-out point for the more than 1,400 homes that will comprise the Woodbridge community once it is completed.

“It’s a big day today and it’s a milestone to make it 500 homes,” Hallbourg said. “They’re a very nice couple and we’re happy to have them as part of our community.”

And figuring out who they’re going to honor with their next ribbon cutting might not be all that much of a mystery.

When Hallbourg and other Del Webb staffers were leaving the Fiorio’s residence Wednesday, a neighbor who was working in her garden approached and told Hallbourg that a friend who was visiting her wondered what the event was for, and when learning that it was for the 500th home, indicated that he’d be back for the next one.

“He said he’d be the 1,000 home,” she said with a smile.