Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 13, Issue 3 · March 2013

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A Note from the President

New gutters have been installed across the front of the Clubhouse
finishing up the repairs and changes to the roof. I hope all of you think
it looks as great as I do. The rotten wood on the sides of the dormers
will be done soon. The walking paths around the ponds have been torn
up for replacement in places, so please be careful when you walk.
When the weather gets warmer, they will be recoating all of the paths.
The next thing we are working on is replacing all the street signs. Hopefully, that will be done by early summer.

Our Heritage Pines Reserve Study has been completed and we are in
good financial shape to cover the replacements and repairs as the
buildings and equipment age. There should be no reason to have any
special assessments any time in the near future. We still have one of
the lowest monthly homeowner’s dues in the county.

A lot of our homeowners use the clubhouse for leisure activities.
However, we are asking that if your group moves furniture (tables,
chairs coffee table, etc.) that you put things back the way you found
them. If you spill something on the floor, wipe it up. Replace tablecloths if you have removed them. Our cleaning custodian only comes in twice a week and we have to pay extra to move items back to their original location. Also with houses up for sale, we have a lot of potential buyers come through the clubhouse and it should look
presentable at all times.

Lamppost light reminder - they should be illuminated from dusk to
dawn. If yours is not working, you need to get it fixed. The lamppost
lights are a safety feature for this community.

 Joyce Bryant

A cheerful friend is like
a sunny day.


Clubhouse Events

Pot Luck Bingo

Don’t forget on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 pm we will have the Pot Luck Bingo.

Afternoon Book Club

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet March 5 at 1 pm. The selection for March is A Secret Kept by Tatiana deRosnay. Bernie Aliberti will lead the discussion. The group meets on the
first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm in the clubhouse. All residents are welcome. We use Book Club Kits from the Wake County Library system so there is no book expense.

Make It Take It: Pastels

Join us on Monday, March 11 at 1 pm in the clubhouse to learn how draw an apple with pastels.
International artist, Diane Johnson will be your instructor. For more information on Diane check out her web site http://www.ldianejohnson.com.
The cost is $20 and it include all supplies. Seating is limited and sign up by March 4.

Garden Club

We will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 10:00 am in the Clubhouse for a trip to Atlantic
Avenue Orchid and Garden. While the business started with orchids, it is now a full service garden center. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Sign up by March 4. Contact Esther Cheng if you have any questions.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

On Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 pm our annual St. Patrick’s Day Party will
be held in the Clubhouse. Sign up deadline is Monday, February 25. There will be games, prizes and lots of fun. Don’t forget to
wear green!

Ladies Pot Luck Luncheon

The Heritage Pines Quilt Group
will host the March Ladies Luncheon on Monday, March 18 at 12:30 pm. Items made by the Quilt Group will be on display. There will be a short presentation about Amish Quilts and some surprises too! Cost is $8.00 and the menu will be sandwiches from Lowe’s Foods, fruit and dessert. Sign up deadline is March 4.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The next meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Club will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 pm in the Craft Room of the Club House. We will be discussing Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of
Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a resident by Candace Millard. All are welcome. Bring a snack to share and/or a beverage, if you like. For more information, call Verghese
or Bonny Chirayath, or just come.

Kickback Putting Game

"A new game in town"

  • Great for fun and practice

  • Sharpen your eye/hand coordination

  • Challenge others to do it!

On February 28th, KICKBACK PUTTING GAME will be in the Exercise Room of the Clubhouse. At 1 pm for a live demonstration to show you the strokes!

  • Everybody is welcome to play!

  • You don't need to be a golfer.

  • Bring your own putter or use the one that will be provided.

  • Whether you're interested in just playing around or playing in the league, come out and see what you can do!

If you want a private demonstration
call one of the following members:
Tom Nugent or Priscilla Ruskay
or Paul Thimsen

You can also practice for the games to be played at the St. Patrick's Day Party on Saturday, March 16. at 5:30 p.m.

Better Hearing for Life

The March Live and Learn program will feature a complimentary luncheon catered by Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant. The luncheon and program will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 am. It will be hosted by the Triangle Hearing Services, P.A. They will discuss the major causes of hearing loss and the latest advances in digital hearing and technology. The program and luncheon is free of charge; however, reservations must be made to attend. Sign up deadline is March 11. Seating is limited, so sign up early! Join your neighbors for a delicious and informative Live & Learn program.

Out to Lunch Bunch

We will meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00 pm at the clubhouse to make certain everyone has a ride. Lunch will be at 12:30 pm at Chili's in Morrisville. Reservations must be made no later then March 18. Please call either Brunie Robles or Laly Gener. Mark you calendars now. We have menus, so let us know if you would like to have one.


Brickman Talk

On Friday, March 22 at 9:00 am at the clubhouse, Brickman will host a question and answer program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your contracted services. They will also articulate their 2013 plan for the community. Sign up by March 18.

PLEASE remember that if you have a concern with the contracted services or want private work you need to call, email or leave a written request in the clubhouse office mailbox. The HP office is keeping track of this information to better serve your landscaping needs. The Grounds Committee also reviews this information.

Mystery Theater

Take a trip down memory lane and laugh at the antics of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred when The Walt Ramsey Production Company presents Trouble at the Tropicabana on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 pm. The mystery/comedy production stars Tim Mannix, Wendy and Bill Adley, Mary and Bob Hodes, Lynn and Russ Willard and Pat Schneider. It will be directed by Walt Ramsey and produced by Sharon Toomey. Everyone will have an opportunity to solve a mystery and maybe even participate in a congo line and take a mambo lesson! The cost is $5.00 and refreshments will be served. Sign up deadline is Monday, March 25. Be sure to sign up early!

Euchre Players Wanted

Come join the fun and play Euchre on Thursday’s at 6:30 pm in the card room.

We will be meeting every Thursday of the month except the first one. Check the calendar for specific dates. First time players are welcome. If you have any questions, please call Peg Wheeler.

Euchre (pron.: /juːkər/) is a card game that is thought to have descended from a popular 16th century game named Triomphe. It also has roots in a 19th-century Alsatian game called juckerspiel from the fact that its two top trumps are Jucker, meaning “jack.”

This word may also have influenced the choice of the term joker for the extra card introduced into American euchre in the 1860s to act as the “best bower,” or topmost trump; bower is from German Bauer, literally “farmer” but also meaning “jack.” Euchre is therefore the game for which the joker was invented - the joker being, in effect, a glorified jack.

A hundred years ago in America, it had plenty of devotees and was considered our national card game. It is also popular in the Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain, especially in Cornwall and the West Country of England.

Spanish Club Event

Gracias to the Green Hope High School Spanish Honor Society for the presentation they recently gave at Heritage Pines. The excellent
information they provided was done in both Spanish and English. However, the highlight of the afternoon was the delicious regional food they prepared and shared with us. Kudos to a wonderful enthusiastic group of high school

Betty Morgan.

Grounds Committee Report

Spring is usually the time of year we receive unsolicited offers from lawn care companies for fertilization, seeding, etc. Please remember if you have “opted in” to the lawn care through our landscape contracted company, Brickman, you
do not need services from outside companies.

NC Fresh Water is running a series of ads on TV explaining the damage to storm water run offs that excess fertilizer and other chemicals can do to the environment. Please save yourself some
money, save some trees and discard the
solicitations so that you do not over fertilize your property.

Remember to read Brickman Notes for timely information on happenings with our lawns this month. It is expected that crepe myrtle pruning will begin along with spring fertilization.

The pier caps are in and have greatly improved the look of our community. The bench on Heritage Pines Drive will be installed by the new lamp post, rather than closer to the pond. We found numerous obstacles to our first choice for
placement, such as line of sight, underground utility wires, and poor access for those using a walker or wheel chair. The repair of asphalt around the ponds has been completed. The repaving should be begin within the next few weeks, depending on the weather.

Spring is also the time of year to take a look at your property. Be sure your mailbox post looks fresh, along with your lamppost. They may need a coat of paint. Also look at the tree rings and planting beds on your property to see if the mulch
or pine straw needs to be refreshed. (Note: Villa owners can only mulch. Pine straw is not allowed within 10 feet of your foundation.)

Individual home owners should contact adjoining neighbors to ensure that planting beds straddling rear and side lots are jointly mulched (or pine strawed). A joint venture is the best option, because maintenance of these areas are the responsibility of the individual home owner. They are not the “common areas” maintained by the community under the Heritage Pines by-laws. There are maps available in the office showing HP common areas and one is posted on the hall bulletin board.

All concerns and/ or requests about
landscaping must be made through the
HP clubhouse office. You may call, email
or submit it in writing. We have a new
tracking system in place. Thank you.

Brickman’s Notes

Spring is in the air!

Well, I can’t say I’m sad to see winter go. We had some decent weather this winter but it sure did get colder as it went along - Brrrrrr!!! But March is the turning point! Sure, we could still have a few chilly days in March, but the corner has been turned and it’s all downhill from
here! The warmer air coaxes the cool season turf to get a few shades of green darker, the early blooming shrubs will push out their blossoms, and the harbinger of spring - tulips and daffodils will push up their flowers. This is
the good stuff!

And March will continue to be a busy month. We are still finishing up our winter pruning, including crepe myrtle pruning. We will also begin our normal lawn mowing routine, apply fertilizer to the shrubs and work on preventing the germination of weeds in the turf.

Please mark you calendars for a landscaping Q&A that we will be hosting at the clubhouse on Friday, March 22. At this time we will articulate our plan for 2013 and answer any questions you may have for us regarding your landscaping. We hope you can attend this meeting and we look forward to seeing you all there!
We are excited for this new season and we wish you all a wonderful Spring!!


The Brickman Team

Original Art Display

Come check out the new art display in
the craft room at the clubhouse.
The March artist is Janet Deal.

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
4112 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
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

Pat Schneider
Vice President

Alan Garelick

Angelo Vivelo

Morty Berkowitz
Public Relations

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.

Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :
  • Hospitality – Barbara Pascoe
  • 1st Men’s Breakfast – Bob Hodes/Joe Lacenere/
    Travis Thompson & Dick Gross
  • Ladies Luncheon- Social Committee
  • Friday Night Supper Social - Wendy Adley
  • 2nd Men’s Breakfast - Doug Lipson and Crew
  • Live and Learn - Linda Brown & Social Committee

Safety Concerns

There are numerous traffic signs throughout Heritage Pines. They call for a speed limit of 25 mph and require a driver to stop where there is a stop sign. We
are receiving complaints about drivers who do not follow the rules and NC law.
We have residents who walk slowly and racing your car through the area is not a good idea.

Before someone gets hurt, let’s all cooperate and abide by the law. In addition, I would like to point out that board members cannot enforce a state
law. If you observe someone breaking the law you should contact the Cary Police Department, not a board member.

Morty Berkowitz

Donation of used putters:

If you have a used putter you would like to donate to the Kickback Putting
Game, please bring them to the clubhouse office.

Home Security Inspection

Anyone wanting a Home Security Inspection free of charge from the Cary Police Department can set up an appointment with Bo Poisella, our
community service person at 919-469-4012. Officer John Reeves will be doing the inspections.

Rex Volunteers

Mark your calendars, there will be NO meeting on Wednesday, March 27. We will resume a regular schedule for April.

Thank you, Bernie Aliberti

Travel with Peggy

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well and staying warm!

We have a few seats left on the Temple
Theater Trip on Sunday, March 3 and I
wanted to offer them to the Heritage Pines residents before I contacted other groups. Cost of the bus, lunch & show is $69.00. Mrs. Lacy’s Tea Room will be closed that day so we will be eating at an Italian Restaurant, La Dolce. We need to be there by 12 pm prompt to eat and make the show. I am going
to ask everyone to be at the clubhouse at 10:45 am, instead of 11:00 am so we can make the show. I will be there at HP on Monday, February 25 from 10-12 to take your lunch orders.

The Cherokee trip is filling up but we need more for it to go, so if you know anyone that wants to go, please have them call me. It’s March 18 and 19.The bus is $129.00 and rooms are extra. For anyone with a player’s card, you can get a reduced room. Call me
for details.

The Washington DC trip is set to go. We still have room for a couple of people if you know anyone that wants to join us. The trip is April 5-8 and is $379.00 for double occupancy.

I am now signing up people for the Castles of New York trip on June 3-8. It includes 5 nights lodging with 2 nights at the Edgewood Resort on the St. Lawrence River. We will see Boldt Castle, Wing’s Castle, and Singer
Castle plus the Millbrook Vineyards.

Also we will board a replica steamboat to central Canada’s most scenic and historic route. It is a perfect time of year to take this cruise so dust off your baggage and start packing!

That’s it for now – let me know if you have any questions – flyers for all of the above trips should be next to the bulletin board across from the library. If you need a flyer for any of them, let me know, and I will get it to you.
You can also check my web site –
http://www.peggy.toebes.com or call me.



HPCA Board Meeting
 Thursday, March 21, 2013
at 10:00 am

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review Committee - March 13 & 27 at 10:00 am
  • Grounds - March 13 at 4 pm
  • Hospitality - March 4 at 1 pm
  • Social - March 4 at 11:00 am
March Wedding Anniversaries  

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

Thinking of You
  • Doug Elvers
  • Gene Grider
  • Lorri Gross
  • Deloy Hanson
  • Paul Thimsen
Our Deepest Sympathy
  • Walt & Sandy Ramsey on the loss of their
    son in law, Dan Routhier on January 27.
  • Bob and Dorothy Rogers on the death of
    their grandson.
  • The family and friends of Dottie Walton who
    passed February 19.
  • Mary Easley on the birth of her first great
    grandchild, Grayson Elizabeth, born
    February 1, 2013.
  • Dick & Carol French on the birth of their
    great granddaughter, Loralai Violet on
    February 2, 2013.


March Birthdays

  1-Joyce Bryant
  1-Myrna Worsley
  2-Joe Dunbeck
  2-Susie Hall
  3-Tom Ciano
  3-Eva Germano
  5-Cleveland Bryant
  5-Hardy Rothrock
  5-John Worsley
  6-Frances Dusterhoff
  6- Alan Garelick
  6-Meta Linde
  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
18–Jan Newport
20-Diane Miskew
21-Lorrie Gross
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 Chairperson:

The March chairperson is Betty Ecklund. Please notify her if anyone in our community needs
our care or concern. We live in a community that really cares for one another!

Around the Clubhouse 

Mailbox Posts

$155 installed
$75 posts only

Mailbox Numbers

3” white mailbox numbers for both sides,
3 digits are $5.35

3” white mailbox numbers for both sides,
4 digits are $6.85

Please contact Lane Hubbard (919-361-2895) at ASAP Signs to place your order.

You may pick up your order at:

ASAP Signs
5518 NC Hwy. 55, Durham, NC
( 6.5 miles on the left side of HWY 55 - from the clubhouse) or pay $1.50 for shipping and have them mailed to you.


Excerpt from The News & Observer
Heritage Happenings March 2013

CARY -- On June 6, 1944, David Gordon stood in front of a wooden landing-craft door near Normandy, France, listening to the rap-tap-tap of artillery shells in the distance.

Monday, almost 70 years later, the French consulate will thank Gordon and five other American soldiers who fought in France during World War II by bestowing on them its highest honor, the French Legion of Honor. Gordon and the others, all from the Carolinas, will be knighted as chevaliers of the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony Monday afternoon in

The French government awards the Legion of Honor to World War II veterans who fought to secure the liberation of France between 1944 and 1945 in one of four major military campaigns at Normandy, Provence, Ardennes or Northern France.
About 100 people are nominated for the award each year, said Claire Collobert Angelle, press attaché for the Consulate General of France in Atlanta. Special consideration is given to those with distinguished service records.

The Legion of Honor is not given posthumously, but Angelle said the government will continue to award it as long as World War II veterans are living.

“I think for the amount of courage that they showed, it is never too late to show recognition,” she said.

For his service in World War II, Gordon received five Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He would have received a sixth Purple Heart, he said, but he bandaged his last injury himself.

Gordon said he mostly considers himself lucky. When he enlisted in the Army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was “young, naive and very patriotic,” he said, and agreed to go wherever he was assigned. A New Jersey native attending college in Illinois, Gordon was used to frequent travel.

In March, Gordon will be 90. After the war, he got married, earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from Georgia Tech, and had four children, now grown. He and Harriet, his wife of 66 years, live in Cary.

“I’m very grateful,” said Harriet Gordon, 84. “We have lived a very interesting life together.”


Common Questions Regarding the Architectural Review Committee

What is the ARC anyway?

Many residents seem to misunderstand what the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is all about. This group of dedicated volunteers handles the application paperwork for any exterior architectural changes to your homes and yards.

Why was my application was denied?

The ARC matches your requests with rules that are already in place.* If your request is something that the rules allow, the ARC forwards your request to the Board as a recommendation for approval (95 percent of the time). If your request is something that the rules do not allow, the ARC forwards your request to the Board as a recommendation for rejection. Sometimes more information is needed, and the ARC will ask you to resubmit your request. The ARC may suggest ways to modify your request to follow these rules. In addition, some applications need permits from the Town of Cary, which has its own rules that Heritage Pines must follow. The ARC does not have the authority to approve or deny your request. Only the Board can do that.

Does the ARC patrol the neighborhood to see if you are following the rules?

No! Heritage Pines’ management company, Elite Management, has been hired to enforce architectural rules within the development. The ARC does not police the neighborhood nor enforce rules. They are homeowners, just like you, who want harmony within the development and the value of our properties/investments to go up, not down.

I’ve never lived in a place with rules before! Why does Heritage Pines have rules?

The purpose of the rules, regulations and procedures is to maintain and protect the value of each resident’s property/investment.

Why do they go around with clipboards?

Occasionally, committee members go out to inspect properties to ensure that changes have been done as requested and approved or to look into complicated applications for changes.

* Each homeowner has received a copy of these architectural rules, regulations, and procedures, which are found in the booklet, “Heritage Pines Community Association, Inc. Rules and Regulations.” If you’ve misplaced your copy, please contact the Heritage Pines office for a replacement or you can copy them from the website. These rules were formed to ensure that the value of your property/investment is protected.