Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 13, Issue 6 · June 2013

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A Note from the Vice President

Happy Spring! I think we can finally say good-bye to the cold, wet, windy days we've been having. While our lawns are green and the flowers are blooming, it's a good time to go out and spruce up the outside of our homes. Heritage Pines always looks beautiful this time of year. The pool is open and the water is warm. Many residents have been taking advantage of this and the water aerobics classes are in full swing. Even if you don't go in the water, it's a great place to come sit and socialize with your neighbors. Remember the pool hours for children is 2-5 pm daily and all guests must be accompanied by a resident. A Pool Pizza Party celebrating the opening of the pool was on May 18.

Our Memorial Day celebration will take place on May 27. This is always a favorite in our community with wonderful tributes to those who have served our country. I recently went on a trip to Washington DC with others from Heritage Pines. We visited the Vietnam Wall Memorial, World War I and II Memorials, the Korean War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. I thought over and over again we must NEVER forget all of these brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. We live in a time when our freedom is constantly being challenged and we need to stand strong and as one, to protect our country and it's people.

Please note that our next Board meeting will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 10am. Looking forward to seeing you all out and about.

 Pat Schneider

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

John Wooden


Clubhouse Events

Memorial Day Celebration

Don‘t forget the Memorial Day gathering on Monday, May 27 at 12 noon. Sign up deadline was 5/13.

Afternoon Book Club

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet June 4. Clare Cady will lead the discussion of Michael J. Fox’s Always Looking Up. We meet at 1:00 pm in the club house. Books are provided through Wake County Library System Book Club Kits. All residents of HP are welcome.

Summer Fun on Friday Nights (June 7-October 11)

Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and the clubhouse facilities with your neighbors and friends on Friday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 pm during the summer months. No fee required. Just bring your own beverage (no glass please if you sit out by the pool) and a snack to share. Feel free to stay and enjoy Game Night at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse. All that is required is that you respect the beautiful facility we have and clean up your area before you leave for the evening. Please bring your snack to share to the craft room when you arrive. Plates will be provided. You are not required to bring food if you do not plan to eat. Just bring yourself and your beverage. Enjoy!!

Spring Fling

The Heritage Pines Choral Group will present Spring Fling in the Clubhouse on Saturday, June 8 at 7 pm. Join us in a sing-along and have a BROADWAY BLAST. Sign up deadline is 5/28. If you have family members that would like to attend, please check with the clubhouse office after May 28 to see if there is space available.

Garden Club 

Join us on Tuesday, June 11 at 10.00 am at the Clubhouse for our trip to Campbell Road Nursery on Campbell Road. We will be viewing their new shipments and getting planting ideas. Contact Millie Anderson for more information. 

Encore Singers 

The Encore Singers will present their spring performance in the clubhouse on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm. Join your neighbors for an evening of wonderful entertainment! Sign up deadline was 5/28. 

Ladies White Elephant Luncheon

The June Ladies Luncheon and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Tuesday, June 18 at 12:30 pm. For those who would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, please bring a new or slightly used wrapped gift. The luncheon will be catered by Tossed. Please make your choice from one of the luncheon items on the signup sheet and RSVP by Monday, June 10. The cost per person is $12.00. There is always lots of fun, laughing and surprises for our white elephant luncheons! Come and join us!

Non-Fiction Book Club

The Non-fiction Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 pm in the Craft Room of the Clubhouse. We will be discussing Killing Lincoln: the Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Bring a snack or beverage to share, if you like. All are welcome. For further information, contact Bonny or Verghese Chirayath.

The Facets of Health & Wellness

Outten Chiropractic & Cary Spinal Decompression Center invites you to attend THE FACETS OF HEALTH & WELLNESS workshop: an interactive presentation that teaches you how to get the most out of your day, as well as improve your alertness, focus, and productivity. Rejuvenate your mind and body by learning about “ The Facets of Health,” the key components to staying healthy and feeling good.

  • Stretching & Exercise

  • Good Posture

  • Proper Nutrition

  • Restful Sleep

  • Positive Attitude

  • And A Balanced Spine

You will leave this workshop knowing you have the power to change your life for the better. Please sign up for this fun and interactive workshop! Thursday, June 20 at 9:30 am,
sign up by Monday, June 3.

Out to Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00 pm the Out to Lunch Bunch will be going to Macaroni Grill at 740 SE Maynard Road for lunch. Please call Fran Livoti or Eva Germano if you would like to go.

Fourth of July Party

Come join us for an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration at the clubhouse on Thursday, July 4th from 4-8 pm. The popular Bloomsbury Boys band will be playing Dixieland music for your listening pleasure and dance music as well. Grill 57 will be bringing their food truck and providing the food, consisting of a hamburger AND a hot dog, chili, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, condiments, dessert and of course, it wouldn't be a picnic without watermelon! The cost per person is $17.00. Mark your calendars and join the fun! Deadline for signing up is June 17.

Three Cheers for the Play!!!

On April 27, the community was entertained with a comical Whodunit called Trouble at the Tropicabana, directed by Walt Ramsey and produced by Sharon Toomey. As usual it was a sold-out event with a fun-loving audience! The cast included Walt Ramsey, Tim Mannix, Wendy and Bill Adley, Mary and Bob Hodes,
Lynn and Russ Willard, Pat Schneider and the Cabana Girls Cathy Mannix,
Saundra Robinson and Jane Suppa. Joan Hall played the piano and our in-house photographer Ron Mitchell took the photos, which can be seen on the photo frame in the lobby. Thanks to the hard-working crew and refreshment committee as well.
The cast had a fun time practicing, as well as putting on the production!
Great job!

Original Art Display

Come check out the new art display in the craft room at the clubhouse.
The June Display is by Margaret Pritt.

Art Displays

Have you noticed the display on the art wall in the craft room? For over a year, residents of our community have displayed some of their work for your enjoyment. Sign up is done for a month at a time. Do you have something you’d be willing to share with the community? If you do, call Eileen Fitzgerald to discuss it with her.

Bingo Needs YOU!!! 

WANTED: People needed to help set-up and/or break-down tables, call numbers, maintain number board, etc. To keep Bingo active - -the more helpers the better. Players are also encouraged to take turns assisting with the game. Kindly call the office to express interest. All suggestions welcome.

DiD you Know…

Can I bring a Guest?

According to Community policy, there are two people per household entitled to come to an event. A two member household that would like to bring a guest (s) must inquire in the Club-house office as to whether there is available space. Resident atten-dance at a social event takes priority over guest attendance. All guests must be registered in the Clubhouse office before attending an event.

Name Tags Are Important!

A nametag is your ticket to the event you are attending! It is important that you pick up your nametag in the lobby be-fore you enter the room where the event is being held. Nametags help the event committee know how many and who are in attendance. If you have a registered guest, please ask a committee member for a nametag.

Social Committee News

Those were the days! As many of you are new to Heritage Pines you may have heard stories of how the Board supplemented some of the larger functions we held. This was true while we were still under the control of the builder who paid for most of the larger parties and holiday functions, in order to promote sales of their homes. The Homeowners Board was then able to continue to help supplement some of the functions, as long as they were open to every resident of the community. As the economy changed, the association was no longer able to help supplement functions feeling it was more important to keep our dues down. The Social Committee continues to work very hard to keep costs down and the variety of activities up, but residents must realize that prices of just about everything are continually on the rise and that reflects on what we must charge for our functions. We hope you will continue to enjoy the functions and activities offered in the community. Of course, if you have any ideas and are willing to either chair or help on a committee, contact the Social Committee.

Grounds Committee Report

This has been a wet and rainy spring season. Since no one bosses “Mother Nature” with any success, it is important to be patient. Obviously it has been disruptive of the typical weekly Brickman schedule for mowing. (The property is divided into zones and each section mowed on a routine day.) Adding to the problem, is the reality that many homes have a drainage issue with their lawns. Mowing in these "wetlands" causes more problems than it does good. Brickman is our landscape company of choice. You will recall we recently renewed our contract with them. The Grounds Committee has confidence in their expertise, evident when we did our usual walk through with the crew earlier this month. They are making every effort to improve communication during this vexing time, so that their plan to get back to "normal" can be communicated and achieved as soon as possible.

Elsewhere in this issue, Brickman staff have further addressed this issue. Please be sure to read their column. Taking a cue from Southern Living our Brickman staff will add a Question & Answer segment, beginning this edition, to their column. Hopefully, it will be simple to use. Either drop off your written question in the Q&A box (located in the main lobby of HP), or call/e-mail your inquiry into the office. It also should provide a way to provide pertinent info on lawn care issues to all residents. No promises on how many questions will be answered each month since that will depend on volume and column space. Please participate. Each question will be answered.

The Grounds Committee has been closely monitoring the "concerns" list for several months now. The majority of concerns are seasonally appropriate, shrub and lawn care and inquiries regarding private work. Each month there are a few compliments (thank you) and some individual issues. It is our hope to streamline the process, spot "trends" and improve overall communication and satisfaction.

The Grounds Committee

Brickman’s Notes

Dear Brickman…

Hello to all the fine folks of Heritage Pines! We hope everyone is enjoying the Spring of 2013!

We’ve had rain, we’ve had sun, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried… and now we are looking summer right in the eyes, for it will surely, soon be upon us.

Before we jump into answering our “Dear Brickman” questions that you’ve kindly provided, I’d like to address a few housekeeping issues that are worthy of everyone’s attention.

We are moving our way through our spring pruning operation. 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, mushroom shapes and boxes! Occasionally, we will use shears on certain plant types for certain applications, just to provide clearance. Other than that, we prune by hand, in order to selectively shape plants and keep them healthy and as natural-looking as possible.

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 rain that we are getting can really be great for the lawn and landscape, but they can wreak some 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 reschedule.

As for Irrigation – we are not running it yet. And I would encourage each of you to think about how much you are watering and how much you need to water. We tend to over water, and with the cost of water from the Town of Cary, you may want to be cautious. Unless you have new plantings around the house, or have recently received rejuvenation pruning of your shrubs, you

won’t need much water. That being said, at the first sign of stress, you should begin watering your lawns. Always use the finger test to touch the top of the soil. If it is moist, you don’t need water! Please let us know if you need assistance in setting up your irrigation clocks, so that you are applying water properly!

And now, on to our home owner questions!


Dear Brickman, there has been so much rain lately! Help me understand why you don’t mow when the grass is wet.


When we mow, one of our goals is to not create ruts in the lawn areas by mowing areas that are saturated. These areas tend to be the areas between homes and back yards. We try to mow the front yards even when it rains, since the front yards tend to have good drainage and positive slope towards the street. In the past, we have mowed areas that were very wet, only to create ruts which then have to be repaired by our team. Also, wet grass sticks to everything when it’s been cut and clumps of wet grass usually get dropped by our mowers and make a mess. Excellent question and very relevant, considering all the rain we’ve had the last few weeks!


I notice quite a bit of moss in my lawn, both in sunny and shady areas. Is there a plan to deal with the moss? Drainage does not seem to be an issue.


Mosses, like most lawn weeds, take advantage of bare areas, but do not kill out existing grass as is commonly thought. Bare areas in lawns result from several causes: unsuitable grass varieties, poor drainage, drought, soil compaction, excessive shade, thatch accumulation, poor fertility, diseases and other cultural practices are common reasons for turf failure leading to moss or other weed problems. The best thing we can do to control and prevent moss is to focus on supplying the turf grass with everything it needs to be strong and thick. We believe that through our consistent applications of fertilizer, weed-control and lime, we can strengthen the turf and push out moss for the long term.

There are several products that actually kill moss. I will talk with our turf-care vendor, TruGreen, to see what their recommendation is for targeting specific areas like yours, in order to speed up the process of controlling the moss. Thank you for the great question!


How many times have you heard this request? It is true, you should not feed the wild animals. They carry parasites, they are destructive to your property and can be dangerous to you or your guests.


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 –  Gloria Slugg
  • 1st Men’s Breakfast– Bob Hodes/Joe Lacenere/
    Travis Thompson/Dick Gross
  • 2nd Men’s Breakfast– Doug Lipson and crew
  • Make It Take It - 2nd scarf class - Gerry Brent
  • Live & Learn - Pat Schneider
  • Vocal Motion - Sharon Toomey
  • Pool Pizza Party- Wendy Adley
  • Memorial Day- Mickey & Sue Brescia

Practice Proper “Petiquette” 

We care about our four-legged friends and want to help keep pets and their owners safe. All domesticated animals are required to be leashed when outside of their individual owner’s property. Failure to be responsible could result in a fine up to $250. Additionally, cats and dogs four months of age and older need to be vaccinated and must display a Town-issued Pet ID tag. Pet ID tags can be obtained at any community center for a one-time fee ranging from $5-$50. Out and about with your pet?
Be neighborly and remember to pick up pet waste. Not only is it unsightly, but it’s harmful to the environment and can impact water quality. Consider using biodegradable bags to be even more earth-friendly.

Finally, each year at the beginning of spring, our Animal Control officers field numerous barking complaints. Be respectful to your neighbors and help keep the bark to a minimum. In fact, it’s against Town Ordinance when a dog barks for 15 minutes in any 30-minute period. To reduce the bite of your dog’s bark, never leave your dog outside unattended.

Help contain your puppy chatter by safely introducing your dog to neighbors and friends; a quick pat on the head can sometimes calm the dog and reduce noise. Make time to play and exercise with your dog, including a trip to our Dog Park located at 2050 NW Maynard Road. For more, search “Pets” at http://www.townofcary.org  and call (919) 319-4517 Copied from the May issue of The Town of Cary’s BUD Newsletter.

Four on the Floor, Prepare Before! By Kay Lane, HP resident

When disasters strike, it is sometimes the smallest members of our family – our pets- that are the most affected. During an evacuation, most public shelters for people will not accept pets. You may be forced to leave pets behind (like what happened during Hurricane Katrina) if you have not made other plans. Frightened animals can slip out open doors or into parts of your home damaged by the storm and become lost or injured.

To prepare for emergencies, it is important to have an Emergency Evacuation Plan in place that includes your pets. Here’s what you need to consider:

  • First of all, each family needs to have a Family Emergency Kit that contains medications, food, clothing, water, money, copies of important papers and hygiene items for each family member to last for approximately 3 days.

  • Make sure your Family Emergency Kit (or an Animal Emergency Kit) contains pet food, water/food bowls, pet medications, and special care instructions, supplies for handling waste, immunization records with photos and even a few toys to comfort them.

  • All animals should have secure carriers or collapsible cages, as well as collar, leashes, and rabies tags, along with owner ID tags.

  • You may want to add your veterinarian’s phone number to your “ICE” cell number

  • Consider having your pet “chipped” (implanted with a small microchip containing your information) to be used in case it ever is lost.

  • Finally, determine safe locations where you and your pets can stay during an emergency, such as with a friend or family member. If they are unable to house both you and your pets, arrange shelter for your pets at a veterinarian or kennel close to where you will be staying.

For future information on preparing for our four-legged loved ones you can visit FEMA .

Remember our pets are family too! Don’t be unprepared if a disaster strikes or you could lose a best friend!

Travel with Peggy

By the time you read this, I will have had back surgery and should be in full recovery mode. Until I am 100%, my son-in-law, Chuck Campbell, will be taking care of my trips. You can reach him at 919-208-8822 or email him at chuckcamp2011@gmail.com.

Get ready for a bus trip to visit Colonial
Williamsburg, in our neighboring state of VA. Step into the past in colorful and eventful surroundings, where parades and shops and costumed interpreters tell the story of 18th century life. There are plenty of benches around so you can pace yourself and rest for a bit. See the first Jamestown settlement with the Indian Village and settler’s fort; then view historical Yorktown Victory Center where you will see George Washington’s tent. Added to that will be Yorktown’s Riverwalk landing, a one stop destination for shopping, dining and history. It is less than a half-day’s ride to see all this and step back into time. This is a three day, two night trip at a cost of $325.00 per  person, double occupancy. It requires a $100 deposit immediately and the balance is due May 22.

The bus trips are fun, as we play bingo on the bus for prizes, have snacks and water and  always stop every 2-3 hours so you can  s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

We had to reschedule the “Castles of New York” trip to August 5-10, 2013, as we did not have enough people to go. Those of you that are signed up for it and have gotten the insurance, please call 1-800-388-1470 and get it transferred to the new dates for this trip. As soon as I am able, I will put out new flyers for the August dates.

For more trips, check my website – http://www.peggy.toebes.com or the bulletin board across from the library. If there are no flyers, there is a book of my trips in the library and you can copy the flyer that you want. Take care everyone. I hope to see you soon. Call me with any questions – 919-749-2455


HPCA Board Meeting
June 6, 2013 at 10:00 am
Please note date change for this month.

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review Committee - June 12 & 26 at 10:00 am
  • Grounds - June 12 at 4 pm
  • Social - June 3 at 11:00 am
June Wedding Anniversaries  

  2-Jim & Joyce Bryant
  3-Bill & Wendy Adley
  9-Tom & Jeanne Bevill
  9-John & Ann Marie McKeveny
10-Walt & Sandy Ramsey
11-John & Nadia McNally
12-Gene & Marge Moore
13-Russ & Lynn Willard
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
  • Jeanette Adamski
  • Tom Bevill
  • Don Brown
  • Bill Cossa
  • Betty Ecklund
  • Eva Lynn Faucette
  • Roz Hartsel
  • Dick Hellkamp
  • Susan Holahan
  • Linda Kenik
  • Ron Mitchell
  • Carole Pederson
  • Irv Silberberg
  • Pat Simcox
  • Jean Tiedemann
  • Joan Ward
Our Deepest Sympathy
  • Joe Dunbeck in the loss of his wife,
    Pat on May 3.
  • Mike and Lynn Schenk in the loss of Lynn’s mother, Sarah Owen on May 3.
  • The family and friends of Stan Kaplan who passed on May 14.
  • Martha Kozar in the loss of her husband, Bill on May 17.
  • Rachele & John Kopp on the birth of their grandson, Brett Camden Davis, May 9. 


June Birthdays

  1-Joseph Cheng
  1-Dick Moore
  3-Margie VanBuren
  4-Eva Lynn Faucette
  5-Mary Hinkley
  6-Donna Sansom
  9-Alice Gunther
  9-Carrie Turso
10-Tony Romano
13-Gretchen Neubert
14-Will Harper
14-Vikki Van Horn
15-Jim Alvado
15-Janet deCecilia
15-Janet Petruccione

15-John Petruccione  
18-Ann Marie McKeveny
17-Joan Roesler
18-Susie Higgins
19-Eleanor Klittner
19-John Kopp
20-Jerry Vezzetti
21-Gail Reilly
22-Carol Hall
22-Linda Henderson
22-Bob Thompson
25-Lucille Grasso
29-Priscilla Ruskay
30-Bob Cole
30-Valerie Elvers

From Hospitality Chairperson:

The June chairperson is Audrey Duck.  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

ASAP Signs has moved to Wilkesboro.
Contact information for Lane Hubbard is cell: 919-468-1666
email: sales@asapsign.net
website: http://www.asapsign.net
mailing address:

ASAP Signs
604 Winston St.
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

All orders are now mailed to your home.

3” white mailbox numbers for both sides with 3 digits are $5.35 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling.

3” white mailbox numbers for both sides with 4 digits are $6.85 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling.