Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 9, Issue 8 · August 2009

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A Note from the President

 I have been writing this column, as President, for the past year, and each month it becomes more challenging to think of something new to write about. We’ve all faced "burnout" at one time or another. This brings me to the subject of the social events at Heritage Pines. While we have always had dedicated, hard-working volunteers on the Social Committee, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find residents to chair a function. Fortunately, it seems we are never short on helpers, but chairs are hard to come by. Many people question why there are not more functions, and the answer is simple: we need people to volunteer to chair in order to have a function. Many have chaired numerous functions over the years, others are not physically able to do so, and some people prefer not to be involved in any activities here at Heritage Pines. For whatever the reason, we need to find a way to get things moving again.

One of the suggestions to accomplish this is to hire a person to be a party planner. This position would not be a full–time job, but only one as needed. We would need someone only to plan functions and to make sure that everything is in place so activities can be carried out with the help of community volunteers. This would take the burden off any one resident and will give the community more activities with fresh, new ideas. When it was decided to hire someone to set up and break down the furniture for our functions, it was a great idea that worked well for everyone.

As you have all heard, the main purpose for reconfiguring the clubhouse is to be able to seat at least 30 more people at functions so that the lottery may become a thing of the past. Until the renovation is completed, we will have to keep using the lottery system to be fair to all. Morty will be keeping you all informed with the progress of the renovations through a monthly write-up in the newsletter. Any questions you may have should be directed to any Board member. It is much more reliable to go to a Board member and get a truthful answer than to listen to speculation from someone who has no involvement in this project. We believe that this renovation will not only maintain the value of our homes but be both beautiful and functional as well.

Looking forward to seeing you out and about,

Pat Schneider

Ladies’ Breakfast

The HP gentlemen will be waiting on and cooking breakfast for the ladies of HP on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. There will be a choice of two seatings - 8:30 am and 10:00 am. The menu will include French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, tea, and coffee. Ladies, come and enjoy this special treat. The cost is $3.00, and the deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, August 3.

Ice Cream Social

Join your neighbors for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social catered by Baskin Robbins on Sunday, August 23, at 6:00 pm in the clubhouse. The cost is $3.50 per person, and the deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, August 10. Your hostess is Jeannette Adamski.

September Pot Luck Dinner

The date for the September dinner is Saturday, the 5th, at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse. The cost is $2.00 per person, and the deadline to sign up is noon, Monday, August 24. The hosts are Dick and Lorrie Gross.

Save the Date

The Art Group of HP will once again sponsor an Art & Craft Show. It will be held on October 31, 2009, in the clubhouse. Many of you do things that are yours alone but would be interesting for the rest of us to see. You have plenty of time between now and October. Think about it. We’d like to see your work. More information will be in the next newsletter. Call Eileen Fitzgerald if you have any questions.

Fall Follies Coming

Mark your calendars! The Fall Follies are coming to Heritage Pines on October 3. Producer Walt Ramsey will be showcasing the following collection of musical and dance talent: harmonica player David Yu; singers Mary Giannuzzi, Tim Mannix and the Heritage Pines Choral Group; and the Line Dancers, Round Dancers, and Square Dancers.


Clubhouse Information


All homeowners using the pool must sign in on the clipboard. Please include the badge number beside each name. Guests must be accompanied by a resident when entering the pool area and must have a badge. Please sign in for everyone in your party to keep our records current. Please respect others at the pool by being courteous and following the posted pool rules. Thank You.

Clubhouse Update

The Board, with input from residents, is making progress with the plans for renovating the clubhouse. This is a complicated project that requires careful planning and strict adherence to the cost factors involved. Every effort is being made to accomplish our goal of modernizing the clubhouse to accommodate 30 to 40 more people at events and to update the kitchen and provide more storage space.

There is no definite starting date for the project since the final plans have not been completed. Every effort will be made to conflict with as few events as possible. Updates on the project will be in each issue of the newsletter.

Community Information

Gourmet Dinner Group

On June 13 the Gourmet Group met at Don & Audrey Duck’s house for a Canadian dinner. Salmon tartlets and cheese balls were served as appetizers. Dinner was a wonderful beef pie, scalloped potatoes, and salad. Dessert was a blueberry cobbler with a Canadian maple leaf cookie. Attending the dinner were Nancy White, Martha & Bill Kozar, Laly Gener, Brunie Robles, Pat Schneider, and the Ducks. Come & join the group. They will meet next on September 12. The hosts plans the meal and prepare the main course and the wine. The others are assigned part of the meal The cost is divided equally. Call Martha Kozar if you have any questions.

Community Information


All homeowners who want to make any changes to their property or to the exterior of their homes must turn in an Architectural Request Form to the office. These forms are available at the office or http://www.heritagepines.com or http://www.dicksonproperties.com and need to be submitted at least seven (7) days before the Architectural Review Committee meetings (normally the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month). After the ARC reviews an application, it is forwarded to the Board of Directors where it is approved, approved with stipulations, returned to the applicant for further information, or denied because it does not comply with the rules and regulations.

Selling Your Home

Several homeowners have formed the Heritage Pines Good Neighbor Group to help prospective buyers find their way around the community. They have
developed an informational brochure with a community map that will be included with a listing of all the homes for sale in the community. They have contacted all the listing agents and offered to give tours of the clubhouse by request.

If you are listing your home, have your agent contact Betty Morgan to be included on this list.

As soon as the flyer is ready, a copy of it will be in the lobby for you to see. Additional copies will be in a plastic box located by the clubhouse mailbox.

Cary Recycling Carts

Please be mindful of how you place your recycle cart at the curb.

  • Place your cart at the curb - not in the street or on the sidewalk or on top of your meter box.

  • Set the cart facing out with the arrows on the lid pointing toward the street.

  • Leave ample room between your carts - at least two feet.
    Make room for your new cart.

Thank You Note

We are very happy to hear that everyone liked the June luncheon. We want to thank Fran Livoti and Eileen and Kathleen Kania for all their help. Also thanks to Martha VanDerLinden for bringing laughter and humor that we need very much.

Submitted by Janice Bond and Eva Germano

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)
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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

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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.

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :

  • Hospitality - Fran Livoti

  • Men’s Breakfasts - Bob Hodes & Doug Lipson

  • July Pot Luck Dinner - HP Choral Group

Brickman Field Notes:

August 2009

Residents of Heritage Pines,
Lately, we have been receiving bills for siding and or windows that we have damaged or broken. We do not have a problem paying for these items; however, we need to be alerted before the work is started. If we are not notified, we have no way to problem solve and create a solution for prevention in the future. Please, if we damage your property, notify the HOA, and a Brickman representative will come by to investigate the problem. If we are not alerted to these problems in the future before the repairs are made, we will not be able to pay for any of the damage.

We have completed our summer pruning throughout the community and have received many comments regarding the pruning. The way that we prune the homes is as follows: we prune enough of the shrub to maintain its existing height, meaning that we cut any new growth from this season. We do not do any reductive pruning. Also, when pruning, we do our best to maintain the shape that is currently existing in the plant material. For instance, if you have a very formal look, we keep it formal; if you have an informal look, we keep it informal.
We have also received some complaints about mower tracks being left in yards. Please help us reduce these complaints by managing your irrigation systems. In some of the instances we investigated, the homeowner was over-watering to the point of saturation. In these cases, it is very difficult for our workers to recognize the problem without first walking through every yard prior to mowing. As you could imagine, that would be an efficiency nightmare. If you notice that your lawn is saturated in an area, simply flag out the area and our workers will not mow it. Once the area dries out, remove the flags, and we will resume mowing.

Thank you. We hope you are enjoying your summer.

The Brickman Team

Sign Up Sheets

You may turn in your sign-up sheet beginning at 10:00 am, Monday, July 27, 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
August 20 - 10:00 am

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review - August 12 & 26 at 10:00 am
  • Finance - No Meeting
  • Grounds - August 16 at 4:00 pm
  • Social - August 3 at 11:00 am

New Neighbors
  • None to Report This Month
Thinking of You

Jim Clark
Kathryn DiFiore
Joe Dunbeck
Marge Hellkamp
Frank Hill
Rex Hoppa
Terry Kagan
Chadyeane Laza
Dean Lockwood
Olga Lord
Dom Mammolito
Sara Owens
Carolyn Padley
Juana Sierra
Barbara Sowter
Becky Waller
Betty Webber


August Wedding Anniversaries  

  2-Joe & Pat Dunbeck
  3-Henry & Mary Grandpre
  4-Dick & Mary Hinkley
15-Bill & Martha Kozar
17-Mort & Susan Berkowitz
20-Alan & Marcia Garelick
21-Dominick & Fran Mammolito
22-James & Joan Hall
22-Dinesh & Guni Kachalia
24-Tim & Cathy Mannix
26-Doug & Carol Elvers
26-Charles & Frances Dusterhoff
27-Rex & Eileen Hoppa
29-Ron & Carol Mitchell
29-Mert & Marilyn Sirota
29-Paul & Joyce Thimsen
30-Bob & Gail McKernie
30-Al & Tina Panebianco


  • Paul & Joyce Thimsen on the birth of their first great-grandchild, James Michael Neithercut, on June 18.


August Birthdays

  1-Phyllis Piccola
  1-Tim Wilkins
  2-Doris Eutizzi
  4-Marguerite Canning
  4-Rita Gehring
  4-Elizabeth Dowdy
  7-Mary Norris
  9-Dick Deal
  9-Jack Robinson
11- Drue Anderson
11-Mary Mazzoni
12-John Hannan
14-Lois Zur
15-Cathy Clark
16-Evelyn Bryant
16 Sally Etkin
17-Morton Berkowitz

19-Ralph Hakanson
20-Millie Hellmann
22-Egon Neubert
22-Dorothy Raulet
24-Gloria Broedel
24-Pat Sherman
24-Flo Sudduth
25-Jean Eagle
25-Terry Kagan
25-Evelyn Richards
25-Dorothy Rogers
26-Pat Dunbeck
26-Mary Ann Kruss
28-Jeanette Hill
30- Ronald Kruss
30-Katharina Megger
30-Nell Naughton

From Hospitality Chair:

Chairman August—Nancy Skelding If you know of anyone in the neighborhood who is in need of care or our concern, please contact Nancy.

Around the Clubhouse 

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Your Neighbors
“Survivor” Dog Found After Missing for Three Weeks-elcome New members

Jim, Molly and Nancy Clark
A dog, already considered a survivor by many because she had been rescued from a shelter, was reunited with her owners after she went missing for three weeks. HP residents, Jim and Nancy Clark, took Molly along to their daughter Kim Beodicker’s home in Powell, Ohio, for a visit. Molly was fearful in a strange place, and when a screen door closed, she panicked and ran away. "My mother has been fighting cancer, and Molly has been with her through all the chemotherapy treatments," Kim said. Signs about Molly’s disappearance were posted across Powell, but the Clarks had to travel back to NC without her. Fortunately, two children playing spotted the dog five miles from where she disappeared. It was believed that Molly had crossed a busy, narrow bridge over a river. Jim and Nancy traveled to Ohio to bring her home – smiling all the way.

The reunion of the Clarks and Molly was covered by a film crew from WBNS, TV10, from Columbus, Ohio.

Cary couple helps organize dinners that embody spirit of hospitality

Lou & Ginny
(an excerpt from the Southwest Wake News, July 15, 2009, written by Sonia Usatch-Kuhn)

For the past 20 years following the 5 p.m. Sunday mass at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay-Varina, a feast has been laid out buffet-style for migrant workers.
Representing the newest volunteer group, Unity Church of the Triangle in Raleigh, are Ginny and Lou DeCellis, a Cary husband and wife team. Ginny and Lou have been volunteering their time ever since they heard about the migrant workers’ dinner in 2000. They became involved because they felt it was not only a nice thing to do, but that it was their time to give back to the community.

In 2009, the DeCellises joined Unity Church of the Triangle and brought with them their experience in organizing the dinners. Jennifer Holder, associate minister, embraced the program. The parishioners, guided by the DeCellises, are hosting their first dinner on Sunday, July 19.
Volunteers from St. Bernadette transport the farm workers from Willow Spring, Fuquay, and Angier to the church in time to celebrate mass. "All the food is donated by the congregants of the host church," said Ginny. "A typical hot meal includes main course, side dishes, and dessert."

"I always felt that we are here to care for each other, and the concept of family can extend beyond DNA. Spiritually, we are all one family," said Ginny.

For information and volunteer opportunities, contact Lou or Ginny DeCellis at 465-1409 or
e-mail dad1939@nc.rr.com .

Fourth of July 2009
Uncle Sam and Mary Giannuzzi
Uncle Sam and Clare Cady Many thanks to Dick Gross for playing Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam and Mary Toland

Millie Hellmann and Alice Molt

Saundra Robinson and Sue Brescia

Eileen and Kathleen Kania

Emmett and Becky Waller
FHeritage Pines Choral Group

The Heritage Pines Choral Group

In the back is John Sherman (half of his face is hidden), Nancy Romano, Jean Rossi, Joe Lacenere, Hugh Toland, and Frank Hanrahan.

Next row is Joan Hall, Dean Lockwood, Eileen Fitzgerald, Millie Hellmann, Alice Moldt, Eva Germano and Fran Livoti.

Front row is Donna Long, Sandy Ramsey, Mary Giannuzzi andBob Rogers.

Uncle Sam—front and center
The Heritage Pines Choral Group in action for the 4th of July.
New members are always welcome. Contact Nancy Romano or Joan Hall for information.

Olga Lord and her son

Jeannette Martin and Louise Williams