Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 9, Issue 7 · July 2009


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A Note from the Vice President

I appreciate the opportunity to write this month’s column. In doing so I want to address several concerns expressed by homeowners.

To begin, the present rumors flourishing concerning the renovation of the clubhouse are just that, rumors. Accurate information is available to anyone who will come to the Board meetings held each month or call a Board member for correct information.

The clubhouse is in need of renovation primarily to accommodate 30-40 additional members. In conjunction with that addition, the kitchen and craft rooms need to be remodeled to allow a smooth flow of food and people to prepare and distribute foods that are cooked or catered for each of the events.

At the present time, ideas presented as a "wish list" in the past, have been incorporated into a more comprehensive plan in order to have the professional design and construction personnel work with the ad hoc committee to come up with plans and specifications to present to the Board for review. This will be the basis for a standard specification that can be submitted to at least three contractors for bids. Please note that no assessment or increase in dues will be required as a result of this project.

It should be noted that if it is decided to go through with the proposed changes to the clubhouse, it will involve a certain amount of disruption while the work is being done. Care will be taken to make it as smooth as possible. Please keep in mind how important it is to keep the community properties looking good in order to maintain the value of our individual properties. The clubhouse becomes a showplace when any potential buyer is looking at Heritage Pines and comparing it to other like
communities. It is the responsibility of homeowners to maintain their personal property to complete the picture of a desirable community.

Have a great summer,.

Morty Berkowitz

Ladies’ Lunch

Since no chairperson could be found to host the July Ladies’ Lunch, it has been necessary to cancel that event. Please contact a member of the Social Committee or the HP office if you have an interest in chairing any event here at your clubhouse.

August Pot Luck Dinner

A lack of a chairperson is also responsible for the cancellation of the August Pot Luck Dinner. If you are interested in serving your community, please step forward.

Bocce

Because of the hot weather, the bocce group is now meeting at 9 a. m.

Changes in Committee Meetings

The Finance Committee meetings will be held in April, July, September and October.

The Clubhouse Committee is now an Ad Hoc Committee, and meetings will be called when needed for specific projects.

Save the Date

The HP gentlemen will be cooking and serving breakfast to the HP ladies on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a. m. More information will follow in the next newsletter. Male volunteers are needed.

Your Neighbors

Kathy Kuhn won a gold medal in the Senior Games Silver Arts for her needlework "Daffodil." Congratulations, Kathy.

Community Information

Wireless Access at the Clubhouse

Wireless access to the internet (WiFi) is now available in the clubhouse. This will allow you to use your own wireless computer while in the clubhouse or in some areas around the pool. The name of the access (SSID) is: HPCA. It is password protected. Many WiFi hotspots require you to open your Web browser to complete the connection. It is not necessary with this wireless installation. There are many types of computers with different procedures for connecting. If you have trouble connecting, contact your normal computer support person. The computers in the library are still available for your use.

Many thanks to Will Harper, Rex Hoppa, and John Worsley for donating and installing this service.

Recycle Container

There is a tan recycling container in the swimming pool area for your convenience. Please put all bottles, cans, etc in the container. Please remember this is not a garbage can..

 

Community Information

Rules and Regulations

The following proposals were passed by the Board on May 28, 2009. Please add the following to your Rules and Regulations booklet.

  1. Under F. Miscellaneous Guidelines & Restrictions, Outdoor Storage, (a): Garbage pails, recycling bins, and/or trash barrels shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. on the day before scheduled collection and shall be removed by 6 p.m. the day of collection (per Town of Cary ordinances).
     

  2. Under Rules for Landscape Changes, (d) Hedge Rows: Hedge rows installed by the developer shall be maintained at a height of less than ten (10) feet. New hedge rows are not allowed on the perimeter of a
    homeowner’s property.
     

  3. Under Rules for Mailboxes, (a): No decorative design may be placed on the mailbox or post. Growing plants are permitted on the mailbox or post unless prohibited by the US Postal Service. Plants must be maintained at a height no higher than the mailbox post.

Community Appearance

The Board of Directors for the association has made every effort to make living in Heritage Pines a pleasant experience with as little effort by homeowners as necessary to keep our association looking good and preserving the value of our homes.

Toward this end, we have contracted with a landscaping contractor to maintain our lawns by cutting them regularly, edging the plant and hard surface areas, fertilizing, liming, aerating, trimming shrubs and normal type of weed control. In addition, this contractor will do other work on an individual and extra cost basis to keep your landscape in top condition.

However, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to keep the lawn, shrubs and trees watered. Most trees and shrubs, after they are in the ground for a few years, rarely need to be watered. The grass, in dry spells from which we usually suffer in the early to late summer, will need at least 1" of water weekly, depending on conditions. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION. The covenants require that each lot be maintained in a neat condition by the owner. In the past, some of our residents have neglected this requirement with the result that their lawns become barren of grass and weeds or just plain bare spots resulted.

It only takes a few lots to downgrade an entire neighborhood and we cannot allow this to degrade our properties. It makes no difference if a home is occupied or not, the property must be maintained according to the standards set by the covenants. These rules also apply to the appearance of the dwelling. With vinyl siding, aluminum gutters and soffits, we have very little exterior house maintenance to worry us other than pressure washing every few years. We do need to paint the porch rails, door frames and mail box posts when needed. No one wants their property values to decline due to property disrepair.

Please note that the Board of Directors has a legal obligation to protect everyone’s financial investment. If you receive a letter regarding your property, please cooperate and take corrective action. Per the covenants, failure to do so after notice will result in the board having the problem corrected and the homeowner billed for the work.

Submitted by Morty Berkowitz.

Brickman Field Notes:

July 2009

Residents of Heritage Pines,
Hello. We hope you are all noticing and enjoying the enhancements to the common areas that we have been providing over the last couple of months. We have installed your seasonal (summer) color in the common areas, specifically at the Carpenter Upchurch entrance, the circle near the clubhouse, the clubhouse entrance and pool entrance, and the lower end island by Louis Stephens. We have also applied pine straw to several common areas including the roadway (Carpenter Upchurch, the clubhouse area, and the lower berm along Louis Stephens).

We will (weather permitting) be pruning the homes along Heritage Pines Drive, the homes between Uplands Creek and Crystal Brook, the lower half of Rockport Ridge Way (from 208 down to 102), and all of Indian Elm, Quaker Dell, Franklin Hills Point, and Muir Brook between June 17-19. We will also prune common areas. There will be two pruning crews with a total of nine people. Chais will be leading both of these crews. We will be pruning standard shrub and plant material around the foundations of the homes and in the fronts and backs of the homes. This is NOT a hard prune. This is a prune to maintain both shape and height.

We are in an ongoing effort to spray weeds both in cracks and flower beds. We plan to have all of these weeds sprayed by Friday, June 26.

Thank you,

The Brickman Team

2000 Heritage Pines Drive
Cary, NC 27519
Betty Landes, CMCA
On-Site Manager
(P) 919-466-0016
(F) 919-466-0014 - clubhouse
Email: 
cheritagepines@nc.rr.com

Management company
Dickson Properties, Inc. (AAMC)
Web site:
http://www.dickson-properties.com


Heritage Happenings 
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HP Homeowner
Board Members

President
Pat Schneider

Vice President
Morty Berkowitz

Secretary Treasurer
Dick Hellkamp

Directors at Large
Joyce Bryant
Emmett Waller

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In the subject box of the email write - HP Board

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

APPLY NOW TO SERVE ON
Cary’s Boards, Commissions & Special Committees

Make a difference in your community by applying for one of 41 upcoming vacancies on the Town Council’s ten citizen advisory boards and
commissions. Selected applicants will volunteer for three-year staggered terms, except where unexpired terms are being filled, and advise the Town Council on a variety of topics relating to the Cary community. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2009 . To print out a copy of the application visit the Boards and Commissions section of the Town’s Web site at http://www.townofcary.org, or to complete and submit the application electronically, email mary.fealey@townofcary.org. For more
information, call (919) 319-4508.

The Town of Cary uses "Special Committees" for special tasks or projects. When it has been
determined that a "Special Committee" is needed, the Town Council will solicit applications from citizens. These applications will be reviewed, and appointments to the "Special Committees" will be made. After the task or project has been completed, the committee is no longer active and ceases to meet. These committees provide a valuable resource to the Town Council, Town staff, and citizens of Cary.

In addition to special committees, the Town of Cary has volunteer Boards and Commissions. Appointments to the boards and commissions are made on an annual basis, and terms of service are usually for three years. For more information, visit the Town's Web site at http://www.townofcary.org. If you have questions, please contact the town clerk. The e-mail address is karen.gray@townofcary.org

Site Design Focus Group

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :

  • Hospitality - Audrey Duck

  • Ladies’ Lunch - Eva Germano & Janice Bond

  • Men’s Breakfasts -  Bob Hodes & Doug Lipson

  • June Pot Luck Dinner -  Nancy White

  • July Pot Luck Dinner - HP Choral Group

Shade garden at the pool

Sign Up Sheets

You may turn in your sign-up sheet beginning at 10:00 am, Monday, June29, 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.

The files below are PDF files. These can be viewed by downloading a FREE copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click on the Adobe Acrobat Reader Image (right) and follow the steps to download and then install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

HPCA Board Meeting
July 16 - 10:00 am


Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review - July 8 & 22 at 10:00 am
  • Finance - July 8 at 11:00 am
  • Grounds - July 16 at 4:00 pm
  • Social - July 6 at 11:00 am

Welcome
New Neighbors
  • Stan Kaplan
Thinking of You
 

Norm Adams
Carol French
Chadyeane Laza
Hugh Toland
Marilyn Tsipis
Alice White




 

July Wedding Anniversaries  

  2 - Jim & Connie Davey
  4 - Keith & Sue Holland
  5 - Dick & Lorrie Gross
13 - Dave & Pat Harrison
13 - Howard & Lee Rubin
14 - Frank & Doris Rzasa
16 - Travis & Linda Thompson
17 - Art & Marianne Heaton
17 - Frank & Evelyn Pettinelli
21 - Dave & Marlene Gadigian
21 - Ralph & Joan Hakanson
25 - Vito & Nancy Romano
26 - Doug & Barbara Lipson
31 - Tom & Mary Svantner

 

Congratulations:
  • Bud & Mary Grandpre on the birth of grandchild #8, Nicole Courtney Krebs, on Mother’s Day, May 10.
     

 

Our Deepest Sympathy to:
  • The family and friends of Helen Moll, who died on May 22 in Chicago, IL. A reception will be held in the clubhouse, July 18.
July Birthdays


 1-Carolyn Padley
 3-Betty Smith
 4-Janice Dilen
 4-Martha Kozar
 5-Dolores Bolan
 5-Laly Gener
 5-Frank Pettinelli
 7-Jeanette Adamski
 7-Joyce Aspinall
 7-Dorothy Cooke
 7-Vincent Guadagno
 7-Suzanne Orebaugh
 8-Jane Gillett
 8-Alice White
13-John McNally
13-Shirley Rieck


 


14-Roslyn Hartsell
16-Ray Bassi
17-Donna Callahan
18-Liz Mongrain
20-Fran Golden
20-Mary Grandpre
21-Jean Harper
22-Mary Easley
22-Chris Vezzetti
22-Angie Lacenere
23-Howard Rubin
24-Carol Elvers
30-Carol French
30-Carolyn McDaniel

From Hospitality Chair:

Chairman July– Fran Livoti. If you know of anyone in the neighborhood who is in need of care or our concern, please contact Fran.

Around the Clubhouse 


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Welcome New members

 
Stan Kaplan



 

Fashion Models - Ladie's Fashion Show
 
Denise Galloway, Nancy Romano, Nell Naughton, Jane Suppa, Martha Kozar,
Mary Easley, Fran Livoti, and Nancy Skelding.
Models not pictured were Janet Deal and Mary Hodes.
Memorial Day 2009

Harriet & Dave (Army) Gordon


 
Tom (Coast Guard) & Minnette Carter

 
Bob Tiedemann (Army)

 
Chig Hill (Air Force)

 
Frank Laza (Navy)

 
Teresa & Joe (Army) Luciano
 

 
Bill (Army Air Corp) & Julia Cossa