Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 9, Issue 6 · June 2009

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A Note from the President

On behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome Joyce Bryant, who has been appointed by the Board, as our new member replacing Vito Romano who had to resign in order to attend to family matters. It was a pleasure to have Vito on the Board and he will be missed. Thanks Vito for all your hard work. As many of you know, Joyce has been the chairperson of the Grounds committee. She and her com-mittee have done a wonderful job working along with Brickman to really make our community look beautiful. Joyce will be the liaison from the Board to the Grounds committee. Welcome aboard Joyce, we know you’ll be a real asset to the Board.

Morty Berkowitz is heading up an ad hoc group which will be responsible for the reconfiguration of the clubhouse. Angelo Vivelo has been working closely with Morty on plans for this project which will include making space for 40 additional seats to increase the num-ber of residents able to attend functions. The renovations will begin shortly and will be done in phases beginning with the updating of the kitchen. Everyone will be glad to know that there will not be any assessments or increase in homeowners dues for this project. We look forward to having a beautiful, updated and functional clubhouse here in Heritage Pines.

With hot weather approaching, the Bocce group has moved its time back to 10am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If you haven’t played bocce, come out and give it a try. It’s a fun game, and beginners are always welcome. The group could use some more players, especially women.
Memorial Day is May 25th and it is a time to thank all of our veterans who bravely served to keep our land free. As we celebrate the day at the clubhouse with a program followed by a luncheon , please remember all of the men and women who are still out there fighting for us so that we can maintain our freedom. God Bless America.

Pat Schneider

ChecKmeds NC Program—
”Ask the Pharmacist”

Robin Zook, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, will present a program for adults, aged 65 or older, living in NC with a Medicare Part D drug plan in the clubhouse on Monday, June 8 at 1:30 pm. She will explain that the free program is a one on one consultation between the patient & a trained pharmacist to discuss the patient’s medications. After the presentation, residents can sign up to consult with a pharmacist at a later time. The deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, June 1.

Ladies’ Lunch

The June Ladies lunch will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 12: 30 pm in the clubhouse. The luncheon cost is $7.50 per person and includes pizza, salad, desert and beverage. The speaker is the published articles writer, Martha Van Der Linden. She has received numerous writing awards at writer’s conferences and is the recipient of an Amy Award for an article featured in "The News and Observer." She is also a certified humor presenter, a trained clown and a Laugh Mobile volunteer in the adult oncology unit at Duke University Medical Center.
The deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, June 1.

The Fourth of July

Join your neighbors in celebrating the 4th of July at the July Pot Luck Dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday. July 4 at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse. The cost is $2.00. The menu will be a picnic style dinner consisting of hot dogs with toppings, salads, baked beans, watermelon and deserts. The hot dogs and buns will be provided. When you sign up, please register which of the other items you will bring on the clip boards located in the front lobby. After dinner we will have a sing-a-long of patriotic songs with Joan Hall at the keyboard. The seating is limited to 88 residents and the deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, June16.

Line Dancers win again

Congratulations to the HP line dancers, who once again, brought home the gold medal in the Raleigh-Wake County Senior Olympics competition. These ladies have won gold medals three years in a row.

Choreographed and directed by Norma Curran, the advanced line dancing class performed their routine to Big and Loud. These ladies designed and sewed their costumes, spent many hours rehearsing and had a lot of fun. Norma, Sandy Ramsey and Alice Cassimatis are original members of the group. "Newer" members are Sue Brescia, Sandy Giovino, Marianne Hannan, Barbara Harcharic, Fran Mammolito, Saundra Robertson, Jean Rossi, Mary Schroeher, Susan Smith and Jean Tiedemann. Special congratulations to Norma, who performed despite recent cancer surgery. Unfortunately Mary, Alice and Jean couldn’t perform because of recent or impending surgeries. (Really, they just wanted to keep up with the spirit of Dancing with the Stars.)

The line dancers would like to thank the many HP residents who attended the competition. It’s an added bonus to have loyal and enthusiastic supporters in the audience.

Your Elected Officials
Contact information

In case to need to contact one of our elected officials:

  • US Representative:
    David Price – 859-5999

  • NC Senator:
    Josh Stein – 803-7803

  • NC Representative:
    Ty Harrell – 845-4396

  • Cary Mayor:
    Harold Weinbrecht – 469-4011

  • Cary Council Member:
    Jennifer Robinson – 469-4011.


Show Me Your Root Collar

During recent inspections of the trees in your neighborhood I have noticed several problems causing many of your trees to decline. One of these problems is with the root collars or root flares of your trees being covered with soil and or mulch. In this article I will address the following questions: What is a root flare or root collar? What problems occur when my root flare is covered? How do I correct the

Okay what is a root collar? The root collar of a plant is defined as the area of a tree or shrub where the main buttress or structural roots come out of the trunk. This area is also called the root flare because the main stem or trunks flare out with the emergence of the buttress roots. The root collar is a very important part of your plant that helps to regulate transpiration and is solely responsible for the structure of buttress or structural roots.

Why does it matter that my root flare is covered? Two serious and possibly fatal conditions can arise when a tree’s root flare is covered. First, since the root flare is part of the trunk and not the root system it is not specialized to resist constant soil moisture. Mulch and soil keep the trunk moist which inhibits oxygen and carbon dioxide flow from the phloem of the plant. Moisture also creates an easy entry point for soil borne fungal pathogens; primarily Phytopthora (a Greek word meaning plant destroyer) root rot.

Secondly, buttress and feeder roots emerging from a plant with a covered flare often become disoriented. They grow upward and then begin to circle or girdle the main stem. As the roots grow in size they can actually "strangle" the main trunk effectively killing themselves.

I know this all sounds horrible, but there is hope. Carefully remove the soil/mulch with hand tools or an Airspade (consult your local arborist) until you have located the flare for your plant. Remove or reorient any girdling roots and keep the flare clear of any soil or mulch. That’s all it takes to save your plants from the "plant destroyer" and possible suicide. If all that sounds easy to you then feel free to go for it and show me your flare. If not and you feel like you need help, contact a Certified Arborist.

Robert Day
F. A. Bartlett Tree Experts
Certified Arborist #SO 2480-A

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :

  • Hospitality
    April—Betty Morgan
    May– Sonia Medina

  • Ladies’ Lunch
    April - Jeannette Martin & Jane Suppa
    May - Nancy Romano, Chrys Matthews & Sonia Medina

  • Men’s Breakfast
    April- Bob Hodes & Joe Lacenere
    May - Bob Hodes, Don Matthews & Art Heaton

  • Pot Luck Dinner
    April -Dick & Lorrie Gross
    May - Marianne & Art Heaton, Chrys & Don Matthews, Nancy & Vito Romano

  • Dispelling the Hospice Myth
    April -Betty Morgan

  • Memorial Day - Mickey & Sue Brescia and Dick Hellkamp

Your Neighbors


Eileen Fitzgerald is having a showing of her paintings in May at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Wade Avenue.

Purple Power Pancreatic Cancer

It is that time of year again when our local Pancreatic Cancer awareness group will be holding it’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the Buffaloe Lanes in Cary. Last year we raised over $13,000.00 for this cause. It’s a fun morning out for the entire family with bowling, food, raffles, t-shirts and a silent auction. This function helps honor those who have died with pancreatic cancer and those who are still bravely fighting it. Harvey Schneider, who was a resident here in Heritage Pines, succumbed to pancreatic cancer three years ago this month.

For more info. please contact Pat Schneider.

Registration forms will be available on the clubhouse bulletin board..

Activity Reminders

Friday Night Fun Time

Come and enjoy snacks and games. Please bring a snack to share and your favorite game for others to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to join a fun evening with your neighbors.


If anyone is interested in playing tennis, please contact Tarvy Giannuzzi.


The scrabble group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.

Choral Group

The new choral group meets every Friday afternoon (except the fourth Friday) at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

Pool Reminder

When signing in at the pool, please record your pass numbers next to your name. Thank you.


2000 Heritage Pines Drive
Cary, NC 27519
Betty Landes, CMCA
On-Site Manager
(P) 919-466-0016
(F) 919-466-0014 - clubhouse

Management company
Dickson Properties, Inc. (AAMC)
Web site:

Heritage Happenings 
Hot Off  The Press

HP Homeowner
Board Members

Pat Schneider

Vice President
Morty Berkowitz

Secretary Treasurer
Dick Hellkamp

Directors at Large
Joyce Bryant
Emmett Waller

Click here to contact the Board
In the subject box of the email write - HP Board

These elected homeowners represent you with the Heritage Pines Board and the community.

Brickman Field Notes:

Residents of Heritage Pines,
We hope you all love the new enhancements that we have provided to the clubhouse entrance circle and the corner of Knotts Valley and Sawgrass. We feel that these are great aesthetic upgrades to the community.

A reminder, the mulch request sheet is in the clubhouse if you are interested in getting a quote for either pine straw or triple shredded mulch delivered or installed at your home. Cut-off date to sign up is May 29 and the work is to be performed no later than June 19.

We want to reiterate the communication process between the community and Brickman as we have run into a couple of challenges in the last couple of months. ALL communications from the residents of Heritage Pines to Brickman need to go directly through the clubhouse. Lately, our crews have been asked to answer homeowners questions. We need to make sure that any requests that you have go directly through the office/clubhouse so there is no confusion or misinterpretation of our commitments to the residents.

 Also, if we continue to be stopped, it slows down our efficiency and effectiveness in the field. Please be mindful of the policy.

Again, we are ecstatic with the results from our turf program and hope you are as well.

Thank you very much and enjoy the lovely weather.

The Brickman Team

Community Information

Pet Waste

Please clean up after your pets. It is not only a community association rule, it is also a rule for the Town of Cary. You can be fined for not complying. The latest sighting of multiple unclaimed pet waste was in the 100 block of Rockport Ridge Way and
Uplands Creek Drive.

Rules & Regulations addition

Professionally engineered lightning rod systems may be allowed on homes if they are installed and maintained by an experienced qualified contractor specialist, who follows all nationally recognized safety standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Only UL-listed materials may be used. Particular care must be taken when in-stalling the minimum if two required ground rods, as they must be buried at least ten (10) feet deep into the earth. Rooftop rods, including the height of the house, must meet the Town of Cary’s height requirement of no more than
thirty-five (35) feet. An ARC application must be submitted along with a copy of the contract and maintenance agreement. Proof of professional, renewed maintenance must be kept in the Heritage Pines office. This was approved by the board on April 16, 2009.

Sign Up Sheets

You may turn in your sign-up sheet beginning at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 26, 2009 during office hours. None will be accepted before that time. If you are unable to deliver your sign-up sheet to the office, you may ask a neighbor or friend to take your sheet. Each resident is limited to one (1) extra sheet. Thank you for your patience. We trying to work on making event sign-up pleasurable for everyone.

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HPCA Board Meeting
June 18 - 10:00 am

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review - June 10 & 24 at 10:00 am
  • Clubhouse - June 5 at 10:30 am
  • Finance - June 10 at 11:00 am
  • Grounds - June 17 at 4:00 pm
  • Social - June 1 at 11:00 am

New Neighbors
  • Mary & Hugh Toland
Thinking of You

Dick Deal
Marge Hellkamp
Olga Lord
Susie Orebaugh
Clare Salvatore
David Sommerville
Paul Thimsen
Ann Thompson


June Wedding Anniversaries  

  2-Jim & Joyce Bryant
  6-Bill & Nan Grothmann
  9-Tom & Jeanne Bevill
  9-Frank & Chadyeane Laza
10-Walt & Sandy Ramsey
11-John & Nadia McNally
12-Bob & Jean Tiedemann
13-Russ & Lynn Willard
14-Dan & Mary Alice Kelley
16-Lee & Janice Busse
18-Ang & Jo Vivelo
19-Dave & Dean Lockwood
21-Tony & Jo Romano
21-David & Peggy Sommerville
23-Milt & Diane Miskew
28-Dan & Fran Golden
28-Jim & Carole Pederson


  • To Helen Handley on the birth of great-grandchild #9, Handley Kate Lewis.
  • To Al & Marcia Garelick on the birth of grandchild #4, Giana Grace Brighina.


Our Deepest Sympathy to:
  • Bob Edlind on the death of his wife, Joan,
    on April 10.
  • Joan Wark on the death of her husband, Bill, on April 14.
June Birthdays

  1-Dick Moore
  2-Becky Waller
  3-Fran Drisko
  4-Eva Lynn Faucette
  5-Mary Hinkley
  6-Donna Long
  8-Bill Kozar
  9-Alice Gunther
10-Tony Romano
11-David Pritt
13-Gretchen Neubert
13-Sarah Owen
14-Will Harper
15-Jim Alvado
15-Peggy Farris
15-Mary Kane
15-Janet Petruccione


15-John Petruccione
16-Minnette Carter
17-Joan Roesler
19-Eleanor Klittner
20-Jerry Vezzetti
22-Carol Hall
22-Linda Henderson
22-Bob Thompson
23-Norm Adams
24-Sheldon Broedel
24-Juana Sierra
25-Lucille Grasso
28-Helen Wilson
29-Priscilla Ruskay
30-Bob Cole
30-Valerie Elverss

From Hospitality Chair:

Chairman June – Audrey Duck. If you know of anyone in the neighborhood who is in need of care or our concern, please contact Audrey.

Around the Clubhouse 

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Welcome New members

Mary & Hugh Toland


GOLD Medal Winners

Front: Saundra Robertson, Sandy Ramsey, Fran Mammolito, Norma Curran, Sandy Giovino, Alice Cassimatis Back: Diane McCarraher, Marianne Hannan, Barbara Harcharic, Susan Smith , Sue Brescia

The Easter Rabbit visited the clubhouse for the April pot luck. Lorrie & Dick Gross and Saundra Robertson

“The Pickle Jar Players" reading for the April Ladies’ Lunch

Judy Moore & Betty Ecklund, attendees of the April Ladies’ Lunch

Some of the new HP Choral Group ready to sing.
Front : Mary Giannuzzi, Dean Lockwood, Nancy Boxell
Martha Kozar, John Sherman, Bob Rogers

Walt Ramsey who put the last piece in the lobby puzzle.
The Quiz Kids

Levy & Lois Zur and Martin Anderson

Dick & Dottie Dowding and Ernest & Jean Rossi

Dick & Diane McCarraher and Clare Cady