A Note from the President
The annual membership meeting is over and you have elected Pat Schneider and Angelo Vivelo to serve for another 3 years. The budget for 2012 was presented and unanimously approved. I was very proud of the community –voting was 60%- either by proxy or in person. And over a hundred households were present at the meeting! Keep up the interest in your community!
As most of you have heard, Betty Landes is
going in for hip surgery the first of the year. Therefore the office will
be operating on different hours. Starting January 9th the office will be
open from 9AM to 3PM Monday
minutes. The key pad and directions for turning it off and resetting it is on the key pad in the hall across from the office. This alarm is NOT connected to the security company and will not call the police. However, if the doors are opened after 11:30 PM and before 5:30 AM the alarm will go to the security company and the Police. If you have automatic bank draft for your homeowners dues, it will automatically change to the new amount. You do not have to do anything.
Afternoon Book Club
Thank you to all who participated in the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club this past year. I apologize for my error in the December newsletter. The December selection was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . The discussion was led by Susan Berkowitz. The January selection is How Full is Your Bucket, by Thomas Rath and Donald Clifton. The discussion will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012. at 1:00 pm. The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club is open to all residents of Heritage Pines. We select our books in advance and use book club kits from the Wake County library system. The book to be read is distributed one month in advance, usually at the book club meeting. Volunteers from the group lead the discussions each month. Anyone interested in joining the group, or dropping in for a particular book’s discussion would be most welcome.
Submitted by Denise Galloway
White Elephant Ladies Lunch The January Ladies Luncheon and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be sponsored by the Social Committee on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:30PM. For those who would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, please bring a new or slightly used, wrapped, gift that perhaps someone else would enjoy. The luncheon will be catered by East Coast Wings & Grill. Please make your choice from the five luncheon items on the signup sheet and RSVP by Monday January 9th. The cost per person is $9.00. Loads of fun, excitement and surprises are on hand for this luncheon! Come join us!
Winter Food Fest And Chili Cook-Off ContestGet ready all you “foodies”. The Social
Committee is hosting a winter potluck and Chili Cook-Off contest on Saturday, February 4 at 6:00 pm. Those of you who want the pleasure of tasting and eating our residents favorite cold weather recipes just need to bring your favorite dish to the event. Those of you who want to enter the Chili Cook-Off need to get cracking on
your favorite Chili recipe and fill out the cook-off entry form in the rack across from the library and turn into the office by January 9 with your $4.00 entry fee. So, “bring it on” all you chili chefs. The judging will take place before the event begins so that everyone else will get a chance to taste the award winning entries! The cost of the event is just $4.00 for everyone. The cut-off date for attendees is January 23.
Rules for Chili Cook-Off
You must make one standard size “crock pot” full of Chili. Please include
the electrical cord so we can keep your chili warm. Name your chili and
ingredients (do not include recipe). This is necessary to post for those who
may have dietary restrictions. Be as creative as you want when naming your
Chili (have fun!)
Choral Group News
It's the most wonderful time of the year for saying thank you to all who attended the Choral Group Holiday Sing-a-long. We heard many wonderful voices in the sing-a-long portion of our program and want to invite residents to come and join our group. We meet on Friday afternoons at 1:30 PM and all are welcome. Check the Newsletter for rehearsal dates.
Submitted Nancy Romano
Join us for an adventurous evening of travel trips that you can take and be part of on Saturday, January 21 at 7 PM. Several residents have some great ideas for future trips they are planning and would like to present them to our community. Peggy also is planning some trips for this year and we will all come together to discuss them and see if we can accommodate any future dream trips that you may have. It will be a fun evening for all with refreshments and several prizes. Please come and see what part of the world or country you can explore next. Register by January 9. Cost is $3.00!
Quilted Landscapes Class
Would you like to learn how to make a little fabric landscape? We are holding a class to make a landscape based on farms, fields, and flowers. Learn the basics in this class (all materials provided in a kit), and then you can go home and fuse a landscape based on one of your photos from your travels. No sewing or quilting experience necessary, just the desire to cut into the fabrics provided to assemble your creation.
Class is Monday, January 30, from 1:00 -
Would you like to understand opera arias and hear Broadway show tunes and duets? We will have this unique opportunity here at HP on Tuesday, February 14 . Jack DeBruyn who sang with the Chicago Symphony, Carol Springfield, organist/Choirmaster & soprano soloist, and Nathan Proctor, Associate Director of Music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh will entertain us by translating foreign phrases into English and telling the audience what is going on in the scene. This will be a co-ed luncheon open to anyone in the community. It will be catered by Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Cary. Menu will consist of an entrée, salad, bread, and cookie. Cost is $10.00 per person. Sign up by January 30.Upcoming Art Class
The Art Class is at it again. We’re having an
art class in acrylic paints. It starts
Those interested in playing horseshoes in 2012 sign up in the clubhouse lobby. Any questions contact Paul Johnson.
Bus Trip/Progress Energy Theater in Raleigh - February 19, 2012 - We will see Italia Carolina, a very entertaining musical show at 7:00 pm. Bus will pick us up at 6:30 pm at Heritage Pines Clubhouse. Cost is $50.00 per person. We still have more room for you to join us for this fun evening. Deadline is extended to January 16 but no refunds for prior payment will be given. Call Peggy in the office with any questions.
Bus Trip/Savannah, GA - May 21-25, 2012 -
We will see Savannah, Jekyll Island, & Beaufort on the scenic 5 Day/4 Night
trip. Eight meals, including 4 dinners and hotel accommodations are included
at this price of $425.00 per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy adds
Breakfast with Santa 2011
A most sincere “thank you” to
all the many
Submitted by Louise Williams
& Margaret Fox.
Digital Photo Frame Pictures
If you have pictures that you have taken at any Heritage Pines event or activity and would like them on the digital photo frame in the foyer, please turn the pictures into the office on a CD or memory card. The CD or memory card will be returned to you.
HP Rules & Regulations Booklet
The Heritage Pines Rules and
Access Cards to the
Non-Fiction Book Club The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 pm in the Craft Room of the Club House. We will be discussing The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. All are welcome. Bring a snack to share and/or a beverage. For more information, call Verghese or Bonny Chirayath, or just come!
2000 Heritage Pines Drive
Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :
Another Year in Review
As 2011 drew to a close and we open the calendar on 2012 we’d like to take a quick minute to thank all of the Heritage Pines Residents for trusting your landscapes to Brickman. Strong relationships are the foundation for Brickman’s quality service. For 70 years, the Brickman family has partnered with the customer to meet and exceed expectations. That tradition of listening and responding to the customer has enabled Brickman to become one of the largest providers of quality landscape services in the nation. But we never lose sight of the most important thing: our relationship with each customer - every day.
In reviewing 2011, we feel we’ve continued to make improvements in the management of your landscapes. In July of 2011 we implemented a weekly division of the property that now has a full detail rotation of the property being completed in 5 weeks. Combining this calendared plan with our use of hand pruning has really helped to provide an improved level of consistency with the pruning of the property. Moving into 2012 we will continue to use this planning method along with weekly property inspections that develop our work items for the following week.
On Thursday, February 9 at 9:30 am, we will be conducting our annual landscape kick off meeting for all of the residents. In this meeting we will review the planning maps as well as our pruning standards for 2012. Please get your name on the list, and we look forward to seeing you there!
As a quick reminder, in the event that you have a concern with your landscape, please contact the clubhouse office to have your name, address, phone number and concern added to our weekly list of items to address. Also, in the event that we have damaged your siding, broken a window or damaged your property in any way, please contact the clubhouse so that we can approve the damages for repair and have you reimbursed.
Thank you again for a wonderful year!!
The Brickman Team
We anticipate the application regarding thinning of the buffer along Carpenter Upchurch Road will be submitted to the Town of Cary by the end of December. Once the Town Planning Department has verified that Heritage Pines will meet all requirements to maintain an opaque buffer, the plan will go to our board for review and approval of the work proposals. We expect this work to occur during January and February of 2012. The first phase will be the removal of pine trees and the pruning of lower branches on other trees in the berm. The last phase will include the planting of evergreen shrubs where required, to meet the Town of Cary standards.
Should you have a question regarding this project, please call in to the office, leave your name, and a member of the Grounds Committee will return your call as soon as possible.
On Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM Chris Maerlender from Brickman will be at Heritage Pines to speak to us. He will be discussing the process implemented this summer of weekly inspections. The community has been divided into five sections, which then allows the Brickman management staff to inspect 20% of the property each week, and focus on the necessary details of those properties during that week. Other topics expected to be covered are pruning and leaf removal. There will be time for questions and answers. Please plan to attend. Sign up in the February newsletter.
Our Deepest Sympathy to:
Angie DeVito on the death of her husband, Fred.
From Hospitality Chair:
Around the Clubhouse
Welcome to Our New Neighbors