Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 12, Issue 3 · March 2012

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A Note from the President

Can you believe this winter? Too bad they aren’t like this every year. Hoorah! Betty is back! The office will continue to be closed on Tues-days and Thursdays after 1 PM. We had planned to do this before Betty went out on sick leave and it seems to be functioning okay. This gives Betty some time to catch up on things without being disturbed. She will NOT be answering the phones, but if you leave a message she or Peggy will return the call the next morning.

We are in the process of getting new furniture for the clubhouse. Therefore, we will be selling the old furniture for reasonable prices. Look in the newsletter for the list of the items for sale. If you want to purchase an item, put your name, contact information and the item name and quantity on the list located in the clubhouse foyer. We will contact you when we have a date that the new furniture will be arriving for you to make arrangements for removal of your purchased items.

A note on the process involved when a committee wants to spend more than $200 from their budget allotment: the committee has to approve the expenditure first, and then they submit a proposal to the Board. The proposal needs to justify to the Board their reasoning that this is the best use of their budgeted money. The Board then makes the final decision whether to spend the money, as the Board has the fiscal responsibility to the community for all monies.

 Joyce Bryant

May I remember that mankind got along very well before my birth and in all probability will get along very well after my death.


Clubhouse Events

Yoga Class at Heritage Pines

We are offering our second group of lessons starting March 2nd through March 30th. Judith Valerie, our yoga teacher is hoping to get another group of ladies interested in Friday yoga classes. Judith has been a professional certified teacher for 22 years. There will be five (5) lessons in March offered at $50.00. Judith will gear the lessons toward those needing to start with gentle yoga. Judith’s website is http://www.jvyoga.com  Sign up by February 27.

Afternoon Book Club

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet on March 6 at 1:00pm. The selection for March is The Bells by Richard Harvell. The discussion will be led by Mary Giannuzzi.

Fabric Landscape Class 

Following the sell-out success of the first class, there will be another class, Mountains and Lakes, on Monday, March 12, 1 - 4pm. Cost for the kit will be $10.00. You will create an 8”x10” fabric landscape to place in a wooden frame. All materials and frame are provided and no sewing or quilting expertise is needed to complete this easy and fun landscape. Clear instructions are provided and you will stepped through each part of the process. There will be lots of photos and colored printouts for you to choose which “look” you want. Deadline to sign up is March 5.

Garden Club

The Garden Club will have a field trip on Tuesday, March 13 to the Fairview Nursery in Holly Springs. There will be a tour and a seminar on Container Gardening. We will meet at the clubhouse at 9:15am. Please call Janet Deal for questions. RSVP by March 5.

Third Friday Night Bridge

The Friday Night Bridge Group would welcome anyone interested in playing party bridge to join them. We are a friendly group and have players at all levels. If you are new or haven't played bridge in a while, you won't feel intimidated by this group. We meet every month on the 3rd Friday, 7PM (March 16) at the clubhouse. We can use regular players or if you don't want to commit to playing every month you might consider being a substitute. Call Audrey Schmidt for questions.

May the Luck of the Irish Be With You!

Come join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17 at 6:00 pm. The party will be catered by Peppers at a cost of $14.00 per person. The menu will include the traditional slow roasted corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and served in separate buffet dishes along with another Irish favorite - Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty beef stew and gravy topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. No Irish meal would be complete without homemade Irish soda bread and dessert. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tim Mannix and there’s sure to be a festive Irish sing-a-long. Anyone out there want to lead the Irish jig? This will be a fun night for “Wearing of the Green”! Please sign up by March 5.

Ladies Luncheon

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than to have a garden enthusiast delight us? Our Ladies Luncheon on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:30 pm will feature a vibrant and knowledgeable speaker, Rita Mercer, a local garden professional. She will speak on the Elizabethan Gardens. Please check out her website: http://www.ritasgarden.net and see what she has done. Her gardens in Apex are open to the public at various times. The luncheon menu will include chicken grape croissants, ham, turkey or roast beef sandwiches and fruit and cookie. Cost per person is $10.00. Please sign up by March 5 and join us for a wonderful experience!

Non-Fiction Book Club

The next meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Club will be on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm in the Craft Room of the Club House. We will be discussing the Pultizer Prize-winning and National Book Award winner, A Stillness at Appomattox. All are welcome. Bring a snack to share and/or beverage. For more information, call Verghese or Bonny Chirayath, or just come.

Opt In/Opt Out Sheet

Enclosed is a 2012 Opt In/ Opt Out
Sheet that all residents need to
turn into the office. If you have
not completed your sheet for this
year, be sure to update your wishes
on the enclosed sheet.

Don’t Forget!

Don’t forget the time changes at 2:00 am Sunday, March 11. You will want to turn your clocks forward one hour before retiring on Saturday evening.


There is still time to sign up for
Horseshoes. The sign up sheet is in
the clubhouse foyer.
Contact Paul Johnson with any

Enjoy a Piano Concert!

Christopher Reed, a professional pianist and concert artist, will be entertaining us on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00pm. A native of Raleigh, he is currently the Director of the Jordan Academy for the Performing Arts and Director of Music at Jordan Lutheran Church in Apex. Enjoy an evening of music with dancing and refreshments. Cost is $5.00 per person and the sign up deadline is March 12.

Mystery Theatre

Join us at The Pineapple Haven Hotel (in the clubhouse) on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM when the Heritage Pines Players present “Murder on Maui” starring Tim Mannix, Lynn and Russ Willard, Mary and Bob Hodes, Pat Schneider, Wendy Adley and Dick Gross. The play is directed by Walt Ramsey and produced by Sharon Toomey.

You will be part of the intrigue and can win a prize when you guess “Whodunit?”! Snacks and soft drinks will be provided and after the play dessert and coffee will be served. Tickets are $5.00. The deadline for reservations is March 26; however, this event sold out very quickly last year, several weeks before the deadline, so be sure to make your reservations early! We look forward to seeing you at The Pineapple Haven Hotel!

Save the Dates!

Laura Azzi will be teaching a Watercolor Class on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Cost will be $43.00. Be sure to check the next newsletter for more information.

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 4, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a Total Wellness Event provided by Life Sync Events. Many professional Wellness Providers will be in our clubhouse with information on stress reduction, healthy cooking tips, yoga and many more wellness related topics. The event will also include snacks and raffle prizes! Cost will be $2.00 per person and adult guests are welcome.

Grounds Committee Report

Thank you to all residents who attended the Brickman presentation on February 9th. Chris Maerlender was well prepared with information and slides on issues of pruning and fertilization. He explained in detail the landscapers division of Heritage Pines into work areas, and elaborated on how the work is assigned/completed in that weekly frame. Questions asked by residents were pertinent and the answers helped all present. For those of you unable to attend the meeting, you will find an updated version of the “Opt In-Opt Out 2012” form in this issue. Please review it, update your wishes and return the form to the clubhouse at your earliest convenience. If you are uncertain what you requested in 2011, the office staff will have a master copy for reference.

The work on the buffer along Carpenter Upchurch Road has been completed, and The Town of Cary has approved the changes. The new plants are in place.
There have been several recent cases of Heritage Pines residents experiencing sewer blockages on their property. The following extract taken from the Town of Cary Services Guide is provided to inform everyone of the correct action to be taken in the event of a sewer blockage.

“Sewer Stoppages”:

“When a stoppage occurs, contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at 469-4090, Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM or 469-4012 after hours, or on holidays. The Town will assess the stoppage to determine if the blockage is on the Town’s side of the sewer line or the homeowner’s side of the sewer line. The Town of Cary will clear blockages that occur in the main sewer line or in the sewer lateral, from the main line to the clean out pipe at the edge of the property. The sewer clean out is a vertical, capped 4” pipe that provides direct access to the sewer system.

Homeowners are responsible for blockages that occur in the sewer lateral, located between the clean out pipe and the dwelling. If there is no clean out pipe at the edge of the property, the homeowner is responsible for blockages that occur anywhere in the sewer lateral. Public Works & Utilities, 469-4090.”

Chili Dinner Winners

Joe Lacenere won first place at the Chili Cook-Off Dinner on March 4.
Other winners were Joyce Thimsen,
Fran Livoti, Dan Murray and Millie
Anderson. All those attending
enjoyed the food and the performance
of the Round Dancers. Thank you to
Linda Brown, her co-chairperson,
Janet Deal and to their committee
for a very enjoyable evening!

HOA Board Information

Community Reminders:

  • For everyone’s safety please drive within the speed limits in the community.
  • Please be proactive on the
    exterior maintenance of your home.
  • Clubhouse items for sale:
    . 2 end tables
    . Coffee table
    . 3 plaid arm chairs
    . Paper shredder
    . Piano keyboard
    . Assorted art work
  • Mailbox numbers can be purchased: Burke Hardware, Hwy 54, Raleigh, near the fairgrounds Rodney’s Custom Signs Holly Springs - 362-9669

Update on Morrisville Parkway

On January 26th, an email was sent
to Mayor Harold Weinbrecht
requesting the latest status on our
petition to modify the intersection.
The email was forwarded to Tim
Bailey, Director of Engi-neering for
the Town of Cary. His response on
January 31st was:

“Engineering submitted the capital
budget to the Manager’s office a few
weeks ago and cannot add projects at
this time. We are kicking off
citizen feedback on the budget as
can be seen on the Town home page
today: http://www.townofcary.org This is exactly the type of feedback
anticipated by the program.”

It is suggested for those interested
to write to the “Town of Cary Home
Page” asking to have the necessary
funding included in the next budget.
Submitted by Tarvy Giannuzzi

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

Elite Management
Professionals, Inc.
Leigh Jones
1401 Sunday Drive Suite 116
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-233-7660
Fax: 919-233-7661

Community Manager
Karen Bayless
Office Phone 919-233-7660 x 202
Office Fax 919-233-7661

Heritage Happenings 
Hot Off  The Press

HP Homeowner
Board Members

Joyce Bryant

Vice President
Patricia Schneider

Eileen Fitzgerald

Angelo Vivelo

Morty Berkowitz

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.


Check the clubhouse
bulletin board to find out more information about what is happening
in the area.
If you wish to place a
notice on the board please include
your name and date.

Brickman Notes

Not Much of a Winter!

As I write this article, I think
back to yet another crazy winter!
We had one “snow” event (if you can
call it that) and then it’s 70
degrees two days later! Welcome to
North Carolina – if you don’t like
the weather – wait a few days!

In February we had an awesome turn
out for our Annual Landscape
Meeting. We had a lot of great
conversation about pruning, lawn
care and our processes for constant
improvement at Heritage Pines. One
of the keys to the success is to
have a correct understanding of the
services that each home owner is
interested in having Brickman
perform. Please review the master
Opt In / Opt Out list that will be
in the clubhouse foyer to double
check that your services are correct
– this will allow us to create our
weekly service notes based on
accurate workloads.

March will continue to be a busy
month – we will be beginning our
normal mowing routines, finishing up
our winter pruning, applying shrub
fertilizer, working with the turf
weeds and fertility. Kevin and his
team will continue their normal
maintenance schedule and continue to focus on site quality.

Let us know if there is anything we
can do to help!


The Brickman Team

Upcoming Trips

Atlantic City, NJ -April 22-25, 2012

Walk the Atlantic City board-walk, enjoy the casinos and shows, just relax or go sight-seeing. A $30 Casino bonus is included in the $249.00 price with 3 nights lodging and 4 meals. We need 30 people for this trip. Sign up in the office by March 1, 2012.

Savannah, Jekyll Island and Beaufort - May 21-25, 2012

We will see Savannah, Jekyll Island & Beaufort on a scenic 5 Day/4 Night trip. Eight meals, including four dinners and hotel accommodations are included at this price of $425.00
per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy adds another $100.00. See Peggy for more information. There is still time to sign up! This trip needs 9 more people so invite your friends and relatives to join us. Sign up by March 19 to save your place.

Cape Cod and Plymouth
September 9-15, 2012

We will tour the scenic Cape Cod area, including Hyannis Port and Martha’s Vineyard and the historic Plymouth area with a trip to the famous Plymouth Rock. The 7 Day/6 Night trip includes transportation, ten meals and hotel accommodations for $549.00, double occupancy. Single occupancy adds an-other $180.00. See Peggy for more details.

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :

  • Hospitality - —Betty Ecklund
  • Men’s Breakfast -  Bob Hodes & crew
  • Chili Cook-Off - Linda Brown, Janet Deal & committee
  • Co-Ed Lunch - Social Committee & residents, Tom Nugent, Darlene Hanson, Sonia Medina, Fran Livoti, Bonny Chirayath, Tarvy Giannuzzi, Betty Ecklund & Margaret Pritt

Spring Arrives on March 20!


HPCA Board Meeting
March 15 - 10:00am

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review Committee
    March 14 & March 28 at 10:00 am
  • Clubhouse - March 12 - 4 pm
  • Finance - Ad Hoc
  • Grounds - March 14 - 4:00 pm
  • Social - March 5 - 11:00 am

New Neighbors
  • None to report
Thinking of You
Nancy Clark
Betty Diamondidis
Dick Hellkamp
Virginia Smith
Dick McCarraher
Johann Truncale


March Wedding Anniversaries  

11-Rolf & Dee Mueller
12-Ed & Sandy Giovino
27-Donnie & Carol Hall
30-Lou & Ginny DeCellis


  • Lou and Marilyn Tsipis welcome a new great granddaughter, Blair Estelle Stroot, born December 19, 2011, in Wichita, KS. This is their second great grand baby.
Our Deepest Sympathy to:

Our deepest sympathy goes to:

  • Victoria Riccardi on the death of her daughter, Lori Ann Riccardi.
  • Eileen Kania and Kathleen on the death of Eileen’s brother and Kathleen’s uncle.
  • Irving Silberberg on the death of his wife, Delores.
March Birthdays

  1-Joyce Bryant
  1-Kathryn Kuhn
  1-Myrna Worsley
  2-Joe Dunbeck
  2-Susie Hall
  3-Eva Germano
  4-Anne Beavis
  5-Cleveland Bryant
  5-Bill White
  5-John Worsley
  6-Frances Dusterhoff
  6- Alan Garelick
  7-Clare Cady
  7-Ed Giovino
  7-Louise Reinders
  8-Jo Romano
10-Kay Cole
10-Charles Dusterhoff
10-Mary Giannuzzi
12-Ann Perry
14-Don Brown
14-Rolf Mueller
14-Vicki Shannon
15-Marge Roos
15-Fran Williams

16-Pat Cannata
16-Joe Lacenere
16-Carole Stephens
17-Mania Drimer
17-Bill James
17-Carol Mitchell
17-Lynn Willard
20-Diane Miskew
21-Lorrie Gross
21-Frank Laza
21-Lois Snyder
22-David Harrison
23-Jim Clark
23-Eileen Fitzgerald
23-Carol Jean White
24-Katy Jackson
25-Bob Aliberti
25-Esther Cheng
25-Laura Tomlinson
26-Ginny DeCellis
28-Marge Bacola
28-Dick McCarraher
28-Sharon Toomey
28-Virginia Yawn
30-Bonnie Wolfe
31-David Gordon

From Hospitality Chair:

March–  Barbara  Pascoe
Please notify Barbara if anyone in our community needs our care or concern. We live in a community that really cares for one another!

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