Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 12, Issue 6 · June 2012

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A Note from the President

While I've been gone the sprucing up of the clubhouse and surrounding area is continuing. The summer flowers have been planted. The front entrance has been finished and is beautiful. We have enlarged the trash can cement pad to place the cans away from the back door. The fence will be ex-tended to hide the cans. We will be painting the outside trim on the clubhouse as soon as we get bids.

The gas line to the grill has been cleared, so it can be used again. Please CLEAN it after using, so it will be ready for the next person.

The Fire Marshall has required us to install either motion sensors or push bars on two of our pool gates to be in compliance with NC Fire Code #1008.1.3.4 Access-controlled egress doors. This is in case there is a fire in the clubhouse, people could exit the pool area quickly. We were concerned about the motion sensors being activated by someone outside the fence and allowing unauthorized people to enter the pool area. Because of this we decided to put in the push bars on the two gates. This is an expensive fix we did not include in our budget, so we will probably not put one on the third gate.

Have a safe and happy June. .

 Joyce Bryant

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Clubhouse Events


Join the fun! Come play Bunco on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse. If you have any questions, please call Lucille Grasso. Next Bunco is Thursday, May 31. The June one has been cancelled because of the Encore Singers.

Bartlett Tree Experts
Tree Health 

The time has come again to address the gloomy scale issue on the red maples in the neighborhood (wow, how time flies). As I drive through the neighborhood, I am seeing many trees beginning to flourish. It is nice to see the results of our work. With that said, gloomy scale continues to be a serious problem to our maples. I will be speaking about this topic, as well as some other issues pertinent to the community’s trees at the clubhouse on June 4th at 2:30 pm. Please join me.

Robert Day
Arborist Representative
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
SO 2480 B.

Afternoon Book Club

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet on June 5 at 1:00 pm. The book club selection for June is Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin. The group will meet in the clubhouse and Linda Thompson will lead the discussion. Newcomers and drop -ins are welcome!

Encore Singers

Don’t forget to sign up for the program by the Encore Singers, a professional singing and dancing group from Cary. The program, “Movie Magic” will be presented on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 PM. Cost is $6.00 and the sign up deadline is Tuesday, May 29.

Evening Horseshoes

Join us Saturday, June 9 at 6:00 pm to set up the teams and practice for the end of summer tournament. Bring your lawn chairs and be prepared to watch or play. Ice cream treats and

bottled water will be furnished. The cost is $2.00 and sign up is by June 4. Cheering squads are welcomed. Contact person is Paul Johnson.

Barn Dinner Theatre

The bus will leave on June 12 from the clubhouse at 11:30 am, if you purchased a ticket. 

Cruise Night

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 14, at 7:00 pm for Cruise Night. We will tell you of the cruises we have planned and you will be able to sign up for them that night. Credit cards and checks can be used to book your preference. We will have refreshments and door prizes. There is a fee of $2.00 and you must sign up in advance so we can have a final count of how many are coming. Last day to sign up is June 4.

Bingo Pot Luck

Bring a dish and join us for a pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 16. Cost is $2.00 and the sign up deadline is Monday, June 4.
Bingo cards will cost $1.00 each.

Out to Lunch Bunch

Come to the formation of the Out to Lunch Bunch on Monday, June 18 at 3:30 pm. Anyone who would like to get together and go to a different restaurant every month for good conversation and some laughs is welcome to attend.

Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show 

Don't miss our June Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show by Belk's on Tuesday, June 19 at 12:30 pm. Lovely summer fashions will be modeled by our own Heritage Pines residents. The lunch will be catered by Harris Teeter and will consist of sandwiches, fruit, and desserts. Cost is $12.00 and sign up by June 4.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The next meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Club will be on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 pm in the Craft Room of the Clubhouse. We will be discussing Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubrow. All are welcome. Bring a snack to share and/or a beverage. For more information, call Verghese 
or Bonny Chirayath, or just come.

Get Ready for the 4th of July!

Our 4th of July celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 4th from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. We will serve rib sandwiches and have a premium hot dog bar with lots of fixings. Also there will be 3 sides to choose and Pepper’s will cater. Dessert will be ice cream for everyone. We will have games and some give-a ways for this event. Cost is $12.00 per person and deadline is June 18 to sign up.

Garden Club

Join us for a field trip to Plant Delights Nursery. They strive to offer large, quality plants at affordable prices. Their hosta breeding program is one of the most extensive in the country. You can view their catalog at http://www.plantsdelight.com. We will be car pooling, so please sign up by June 25 so we can judge how many cars will be needed. We will meet at the clubhouse on Friday, July 6, at 9:00 am. If you have any questions please call Audrey Duck.


Event Organizers - we have lots of program ideas , we just need volunteers to chair events, especially the Ladies Luncheons in July and August.

Community Information

Make Room for Neighbors

We are known to be a friendly, caring
community and we want all of our
residents to feel that they belong. We ask that all Committee Chairs reach out to our new members to join your programs. This includes the regular activities in the clubhouse. There should always be room for one more. Let’s make everyone feel welcome.

Original Art Display

Come check out the new art display in the craft room. Our very own Heritage Pines artists will be displaying their works on a monthly basis. In March, Eileen Fitzgerald was featured. April was Kathy Kuhn and Fran Livoti showed in May. The June display will feature Sonia Medina.

Bronze Medal

Dan Murray was awarded a bronze medal for his watercolor “Yellow Barn in Cary” at the Raleigh-Wake Silver Arts competition. The painting’s subject is the familiar yellow barn on Louis Stephens


Brickman’s Notes
Back To Normal

For 2 straight years now, our spring weather has been normal! This winter was nice and comfortable; very little snow (none) and cool temps are great for healthy landscapes.

As you receive this article, we are moving our way through our spring pruning operation. Please refer to the enclosed pruning standards for the property as a refresher as to how and what we are doing. Keep in mind that we are concentrating on having healthy plants, so we are not going to run around and do a bunch of shearing to create meat balls and boxes!

We are continuing to spot spray our turf weeds throughout the property – we have already seen some Virginia Button Weed and some Nutsedge – so we are getting those handled. We are keeping our eye out for the crabgrass as well.

The rains that we are getting can really be great for the lawns and landscape, but they can reek havoc on our crew’s schedules. Keep in mind that our mowing schedule will be adjusted by rain, and as you all know, we have some yards that stay REALLY wet, so we keep that in mind as we re-schedule.

As for Irrigation – we are not even running it!! I would encourage each of you to think about how much you are watering, and how much you need to water. Usually we over water, and with the DRAMATIC increase in cost of water from the town of Cary, you may want to think about turning off your systems. Unless you have new plantings around the house, most of your plants are not needing any water at all, and the lawn areas should get a little stressed before you get the water going on them. Again, use the finger test to touch the top of the soil – if it is moist, you don’t need water!

Summer is moving in, and I hope you have plans to stay cool. You know what they say, April Showers = May flowers, and spring comes in like a lamb and out like a Lion!!!

See you soon and until then Happy Travels & Gardening.

The Brickman Team

Water Wise Irrigation Schedule

The Town of Cary's Alternate Day Watering ordinance is in effect year-round.

Be water wise by following the guidelines below:

  • Water only between midnight and 7 a.m. to reduce water lost to evaporation.
  • Delay regular lawn watering. during the cool weeks of spring.
  • Test your lawn to see if it really needs watering by walking across it. If the grass springs back, it doesn't need water.
  • Use a soil probe to take a soil sample. If the soil is moist, it doesn't need water.
  • Use a rain gauge to determine the amount of rain that has fallen on your landscape. You can pick up a free rain gauge at the Finance window in Town Hall Building A.

Washing of cars, driveways, houses, etc. - watering restrictions do not apply.
A 45-day exception to the alternate day rule are available for establishing new grass and for seasonal reseeding.Registration is required.

The Need for Conservation

Demand for water in summertime can double the demand during winter. To help the Town meet demand during peak usage, customers should water lawns no more than 1 inch per week, including rainfall.

Residential customers who violate the Alternate Day Watering rule receive an oral or written notice. Repeat violations can lead to civil penalties of $100 for the first citation, $250 for the second and $500 for the third. Nonresidential customer fines range from $250 to $2,000.

Rain Sensor Ordinance
Read the ordinance (Section 36-84).

Effective August, 1997 a rain sensor set at ¼" is required on all automatic irrigation systems. A rain sensor is a device mounted in an open area outdoors and wired to the common wire of your irrigation system. The rain sensor will then override the irrigation controller when adequate rainfall has occurred. This will keep your system from watering in the rain. Irrigation systems that were installed before August 1997 are also required to have a rain sensor.

Permits are not required to install rain sensors.

The goal of Cary's water conservation program is to educate customers on the benefits of water conservation. Town staff is available to answer questions about rain sensors. Violators receive an oral or written notice of violation. Repeat residential violators can receive civil penalties of $100 for the first day of the offense, $250 for the second day, $500 for the third day, and $1,000 for each day thereafter that the violation continues. Non-residential customers found in violation of the Rain Sensor Ordinance can receive civil penalties of $250 for the first day of the offense, $500 for the second day, $1,000 for the third day, and $2,000 for each day thereafter that the violation continues.

Water Waste Ordinance
Read the ordinance (Sec. 36-83).

This year-round policy prohibits over watering your landscape in two ways: directly watering impervious surfaces (streets, driveways, or other hardscaped areas) to the extent that water is flowing into storm drains and over watering to the extent that the soil can no longer absorb water, which then flows off the landscape into the street or down parking lots. It also prohibits customers from negligently wasting water or allowing known leaks, breaks, or malfunctions from going unrepaired beyond a reasonable amount of time.

Water runoff is wasteful, causes long term damage to sidewalks and streets, and adversely affects water quality.

When water enters storm drains it carries with it all the residues that are on streets and driveways, including sediment, nutrients, salts and other pollutants. This non-point source pollution is a major concern in managing water quality.

The goal of Cary's water conservation program is to educate customers on the benefits of water conservation. Town staff is available to recommend ways to improve irrigation systems efficiency. Violators receive an oral or written notice of violation. Repeated or flagrant "Waste While Watering" violators can receive civil penalties of $100 for the first day of the offense, $200 for the second day, $300 for the third day and $400 for each day thereafter that the violation continues.

More Information Contact the Cary Public Works and Utilities Department, (919) 469-4090

Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St., Cary, NC 27513 (919) 469-4000.
Or visit their web site: http://www.townofcary.org

Who Dun it ???

Did you ever wonder where the greeting cards you receive from Heritage Pines
come from? I am sure that many of you have received get-well cards or sympathy cards over the years. Well the answer is our wonderful Hospitality Committee which began in 2001. This committee is headed by Betty Ecklund. They also make sure everyone is cared for, by offering the clubhouse for receptions, free of charge, to  families of our residents, who have passed away. These ladies set up and provide cake and coffee for these gather-ings. Thanks to this Committee for their time and caring.

Submitted by Pat Schneider

Traffic Alert

For all the Heritage Pines residents who drive past Green Hope High School during the afternoon rush - do not pass stopped vehicles and cross the yellow line! This is a fineable traffic violation and you can get a ticket. The cars that are stopped in the road blocking traffic do not get tickets. If this concerns you, please contact your town council representative or anyone else who might make a difference.


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
Pat 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.

Peggy’s Column

Signs of summer are everywhere - pools opening, trees & plants in full bloom, gardens popping up and people out there walking, playing, and socializing.

As you read this, I am probably on our Savannah trip - 30 adventurous people checking out sights in Georgia. When I come back, we will have our Memorial Day program. This year we have a lot of Heritage Pines residents participating in it ,so please join us.

Don't miss our cruise night on Thurs-day, June 14. Cost is $2.00 and the sign up deadline is June 4. We will have refreshments and door prizes.

In July, we will have Wheel of Fortune night and to cool us off we will have an Ice Cream Bash! Look for info on these events in the next newsletter.

Barn Dinner Theater

The June 12 Barn Dinner Theater is sold out and we have a waiting list of 6 people. If you are signed up and find that you cannot go, please call Peggy so we can use your ticket and pay you for it.

Cape Cod and Plymouth
September 9-15, 2012

Sign up deadline extended to June 4, 2012.

Bahamas Cruise

Come sail with us to the breezy Bahamas and see what relaxation is. We will leave from Charleston, SC and start our 5-day cruise that will take us to Freeport and Nas-sau in the Bahamas. The ship is Carnival Fantasy with 24 hour room service, signature dining, 24 hour pizzeria, Mongolian Wok, Sushi bar, spa, casino, show lounge, comedy club, piano bar, fitness center, mini golf, Bistro, art gallery, daily activities and tropical resort pool. There is plenty to do or just relax in a beach chair and watch the world go by. We need 30 people (have 14 already) to hire a bus to take us to Charles-ton and return. Join us on Thursday, June 14, to sign up for this cruise. Call Peggy at (919)749-2455 with any questions.

Take care and stay healthy!


Grounds Committee Report 

Grounds committee article for June - Tree responsibility

The following guidance is provided concerning responsibility for tree debris caused by winds, or acts of nature: If a segment of a live tree falls on your property from a tree that is on another  property to include common areas, then the
responsibility for removal lies with you. If,  however, the tree is dead or dying then the  responsibility for removal lays with the owner on whose property the dead or dying tree is located. Consult your insurance company for further

Fire Ant colonies

Please beware of fire ant colonies. They appear as mounds of earth in your yards, and planting beds. Do not kick or disturb the mounds. Fire ants can quickly get on your clothing and their bite is something to avoid at all costs. Our  contract with Brickman provides for fire ant  control on the association’s common areas only. This means a home owner must take
responsibility for ant colony control that occurs on their property. There are ant control products available in home improvement stores.

Pruning standards

Enclosed with the printed newsletter as a separate printing is our current pruning standards developed in conjunction  between the grounds committee and Brickman. Pocket pruning is the method used for shrubbery in order to promote healthy developer plantings on your property as well as common areas. We have posted an article from the News and
Observer on the bulletin board in the clubhouse about proper pruning and times to prune.

Bartlett Tree presentation

We encourage all of you to attend Robert Day’s presentation on Monday, June 4 at 2:30 pm on tree health. Robert is a board certified master arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts.


Rules and information from The Town of Cary about irrigation have been provided in this newsletter.

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :

  • Hospitality - Gloria Slugg
  • 1st Men’s Breakfast- Bob Hodes and Crew
  • Jazz Band - Sharon Toomey
  • Ladies Luncheon - Eva Germano
  • Stretch & Flex - Pool Party - Wendy Adley & Committee
  • 2nd Men’s Breakfast- Tom Nugent & Crew
  • Memorial Day - all the residents who participated in the program
  • Water Aerobics- Mary Hodes, Betty Morgan & Marge Roos


HPCA Board Meeting
the next meeting for the board
will be on Thursday
June 21 - 10:00 am 

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review Committee - June 13 & 27 at 10:00 am
  • Clubhouse - June 11 at 4:00 pm
  • Finance - Ad Hoc
  • Grounds - June 13 at 4:00 pm
  • Social - June 4 at 11:00 am
June Wedding Anniversaries  

  2-Jim & Joyce Bryant
  3-Bill & Wendy Adley
  9-Tom & Jeanne Bevill
10-Walt & Sandy Ramsey
11-John & Nadia McNally
13-Russ & Lynn Willard
14-Dan & Mary Alice Kelley
18-Ang & Jo Vivelo
19-Dave & Dean Lockwood
21-Tony & Jo Romano
26-John & Cindy Yusko
28-Dan & Fran Golden
28-Jim & Carole Pederson
29-Clay & Kathy Davis


Thinking of You

Dick French
Eileen Hoppa
Hugh Toland
Chris Vezzetti
Helen Wilson



New Neighbors

Jeanne & Alan Brunt

Fran Mammolito welcomes her father, Tom Ciano


June Birthdays

  1-Joseph Cheng
  1-Dick Moore
  3-Margie VanBuren
  4-Eva Lynn Faucette
  5-Mary Hinkley
  6-Donna Long Sansom
  8-Bill Kozar
  9-Alice Gunther
10-Tony Romano
13-Gretchen Neubert
14-Will Harper
14-Vikki VanHorn
15-Peggy Farris
15-Jim Alvado
15-Janet deCecilia
15-Janet Petruccione
15-John Petruccione 

17-Joan Roesler
19-Eleanor Klittner
28-Helen Wilson
29-Priscilla Ruskay
30-Bob Cole
30-Valerie Elvers
20-Jerry Vezzetti
22-Carol Hall
22-Linda Henderson
22-Bob Thompson
24-Sheldon Broedel
25-Lucille Grasso
28-Helen Wilson
29-Priscilla Ruskay
30-Bob Cole
30-Valerie Elvers

From Hospitality Chairperson:

June - Audrey Duck
Please notify Audrey if anyone in our community needs our care or concern.
We live in a community that really cares for one another!

Around the Clubhouse 


Welcome New Neighbors

Jeanne & Alan Brunt

Fran Mammolito welcomes her father, Tom Ciano


Intrigue and drama were in abundance April 28 as over 130 Heritage Pines  detectives searched to find a solution to the tragic murder of New York socialite Stella Capwell (Lynn Willard). Set in  Hawaii, this mystery featured romantic  entanglements, a catfight, a séance, a sing along dance, and voodoo. Accusations flew back and forth as suspects  Tim Mannix, Dick Gross, Bob Hodes,

Pat Schneider, Mary Hodes, and  Wendy Adley were grilled by Private Eye Russ Willard. Host and Director  Walt Ramsey provided insight into  suspects’ actions and motives.

The mystery was solved by several groups with the winning group being Olga Lord, Carolyn Padley, Bev Fuquay, Fern Phipps, Gloria Slugg, Jim and Joyce Bryant and Ron and Carol Mitchell.

The play was Produced by Sharon Toomey assisted by Art Director Linda Brown,  Photographer Ron Mitchell, Stage Manager Bill Adley, and Video Cameraman John Epps.