Heritage Pines Community Association

Volume 13, Issue 7 · July 2013

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A Note from the President

We welcome guests and family to the pool during these hot summer months. Please remember that guests must be accompanied by a resident at all times. The hours for children under 18 years of age are 2 to 5 pm. Be sure you put your name on the sign-up sheet by the water fountain. We are aware of the problem with the umbrellas and are trying to rectify it.

The Board has looked into all the options for the flag pole light. It looks like the only thing we can do is to run new electrical wire to the present pole. The cost will be $ 2500 to $3000. We have bids out and hope to have it done soon.

The street signs are in the final phase of approval by the city and we hope to start the work in July. They will be reflective signs that can be read at night.

We are always in need of volunteers for the working committees and there will be two positions open on the Board at the end of the year. I know there are many of you that are able and have the time to volunteer. What we need is for you to be willing! Please consider stepping up and helping your community.

There will not be a scheduled Board meeting for the month of July.

Enjoy your summer, .

 Joyce Bryant

“The disturbers of happiness are
our desires, our grief's,
and our fears."
Samuel Johnson


Clubhouse Events

Fourth of July

Don‘t forget the 4th of July Party on Thursday, July 4 at 4:00 pm. Sign up deadline was 6/17.

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

Come and join us 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. 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!! 

Afternoon Book Club

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet July 9 at 1:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: This is a week later than we usually meet due to the holiday. The book selection is The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb. Suzy Orebaugh will lead the discussion. All residents of Heritage Pines are welcome.

Garden Club 

Join us on Tuesday, July 9 at 10.00 am at the Clubhouse for our trip to Elizabeth’s Home & Garden Shop in downtown Cary. It is located two buildings down from Ashworth’s Village at 127 West Chatham Street. Contact Millie Anderson for more information. Sign up deadline is July 1.

Villa Owner Meeting

Please be advised that there will be a meeting at 6 pm on July 10 at the clubhouse for all villa owners. This will be a very important meeting since we will be voting on proceeding with this project.

You will be receiving a letter from Elite Management Company with further details. It will include a proxy for your vote if you cannot attend the meeting.

Morty Berkowitz  

Afternoon Bunco

Join us for Bunco on Monday, July 15 at 1:00 pm in the card room. We will be playing the 3rd Monday of every month. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Moore.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The Non-Fiction Book Club will hold it’s annual potluck and planning meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 6 pm at the Chirayath's home. We will plan our book selections for 2013-2014. If you've been thinking about joining us, this is a great time to start. Bring a couple of ideas for non-fiction books you would like to read next year. Contact Verghese or Bonny Chirayath to let us know if we can count you in and tell us what you might be bringing.

Ladies Luncheon @ Preston & Out to Lunch Bunch

Come join the ladies for a luncheon at Preston Country Club on July 24 at 12:00 noon. Girlfriends are welcome but seating is limited. If you would like to car pool, please meet at the clubhouse at 11:40 am. Lunch will start at 12:00 noon. The price is $22.00 and the deadline for sign up is July 8. Contact Saundra Robertson for more information. 

Ice Cream Social

On Sunday, July 28 there will be an ice cream social beginning at 3:00 pm in the clubhouse. Various flavors of ice cream will be available along with an assortment of toppings and soda. The cost will be $4.00 per person. Mark your calendars and join the fun! Deadline for signing up is July 15. The usual Sunday Night at the Movies will begin at 6:00 pm for those wishing to remain and watch a movie with us. The event will be co-chaired by Barb Harcharic and Margaret Pritt.

Humor & Aging

Come discover how laughter really is the best medicine! Research shows us that humor and laughter play a very important role in how a person ages. We all face challenges as we age and experience the aging of loved ones, discover how humor can help you cope along the way.

On July 31 at 10 am, Jennifer Pollard from Aging Outreach Services will be our speaker and she welcomes your questions and interaction during her presentation. Her passion is working with seniors and providing solutions and resources to enhance their quality of life. AOS are advocates for older adults who’s mission is to ensure they have a quality of life. Sign up deadline is July 22.

Grounds Committee Report

While winter pruning was primarily pocket and rejuvenation, during the spring and summer Brickman will be utilizing shearing and heading. The terms heading and shearing might use some clarification as to what has been or will be done.

Both heading and shearing are done with power and hand pruners. Heading is the process of reducing height: while shearing refers to cutting back sides of plantings to shape them or otherwise control their growth. In our pruning standards, we have specifications for the maximum height (10 feet for screening plantings and at window sill for foundation plants). Similarly, we control side growth so as to not allow developer plantings to encroach on sidewalks or driveways and to maintain space between the plant and a house wall or any utility boxes. The latter must be protected for easy access.

Shearing is a process to remove new growth and to shape plants to their natural forms. We are not doing meatballs, mushrooms or buzz cuts, as these terms might suggest. Anyone with a question on their shrubs is encouraged to utilize the “concerns list” so that the Brickman staff can respond and be of assistance.

You may have noticed a hand rail has been installed along the walkway of Serenity Pond. It should make for safer, easier walking for all of us!

A landscape project at the corner of Sawgrass and Knotts Valley has been approved by the Board. The first phase, preparing the area has been completed. Planting will be done in the fall.

It has been two years since the common areas/sidewalks were power washed in our community. The project is out for bids. More information will be provided as soon as possible. Our intention is that the project will be completed this summer. This project is funded through the Grounds Committee budget. There is no cost to the individual homeowner. However driveways and private walkways on your property are your responsibility. We do encourage you to periodically take a look at your driveways and walk ways to determine if they are in need of a power wash.

Lastly, please remember to read the Brickman article each month in this newsletter. Make use of the concerns list (by e-mail, a call or in person). The Q&A box in the lobby is only for general questions to Brickman to be used in the newsletter. It is not for individual landscaping issues/concerns.
The Grounds Committee .

The Grounds Committee

Brickman’s Notes

Dear Brickman…

As another HOT summer moves in, we wanted to provide a quick re-cap of our progress, and some summer notes. So here’s a quick update:

Lawn Care – We have made two spring applications of fertilizer and weed control to all lawn areas and we are continuing to spot spray, as needed, to control Virginia Button Weed, spurg, etc. Overall, the lawn areas are clean of weeds!

Mowing – We are continuing to perform the mowing operations on a weekly basis and as we move into the hottest part of the year, we will continue to evaluate the mowing needs on a weekly basis.

Pruning – Hopefully, each of you has had a decent understanding of our pruning standards and the processes that we are following. We have made one complete run through the community with pruning and are continuing to make our rounds and prune as needed to meet the standards.

Please Note: During winter, the pruning that was performed was primarily pocket pruning and rejuvenation pruning. We are now performing some shearing and heading pruning during the spring and summer. The terms heading and shearing might use some clarification as to what that really means. We perform both heading and shearing with power and hand pruners. Heading is the process of reducing height, while shearing refers to cutting back sides of plantings to shape them or otherwise control their growth. In our pruning standards, we have specifications for the maximum height (10 feet for screening plantings and at window sill for foundation plants). Similarly, we control side growth so as to not allow developer plantings encroach on sidewalks and driveways and to maintain space between the plant and a house wall or the utility boxes that everyone has in their front yards. Also, shearing is a process to remove new growth and to shape plants as to their natural forms. We are not shaping shrubs into meatballs or giving shrubs a buzz-cut as these terms might suggest. Our ultimate goal is to continue to maintain plants within their natural shape, however, seasonal conditions require that we adapt our pruning practices to meet the demands of the landscape.

Weed Control – On a weekly basis, we are continuing to manage the weeds in both curb cracks and the beds. This is an ongoing process year round.

As we move into the summer, please continue to monitor your irrigation system and its operation and please ask for help, if you’re not sure how you should be setting your irrigation programs!

Remember, we have divided the community up into five individual sections and we perform as needed pruning and detailing through the community following that schedule. Please reach out to the clubhouse office in the event that you have a concern. We address these weekly through the community.

Okay! Now that we have the housekeeping items covered, let’s move on to our resident’s questions!

Question: Dear Brickman, How often do you sharpen your mower blades?

Answer: Wow! Very technical - I love this question!

Here’s our approach--During the spring, when the grass is growing super-fast and the turf is very thick, we sharpen our blades every day. During the summer months, we sharpen them every other day since the growth and the density of the turf slows down and we are able to still provide a clean cut without sharpening every day.

Question: Dear Brickman, What do I do if I do not wish to have my lawn mowed one week?

Answer: If you do not want us to mow your lawn on any given week, please place a red marking flag on your front lawn by the mailbox. This will let us know that you wish us to skip your lawn this week. We will return the following week.

Question: Dear Brickman, What is the standard for pruning shrubs that are planted in front of windows?

Answer: In general, the standard is to keep the shrubs just below the window sill and off of sidewalks. Please see above for the expanded explanation for what methods we use for pruning!

Question: Dear Brickman, I am a new buyer in the HP community. How do I know which shrubs are the contractor planted and Brickman-maintained shrubs and which are the homeowner planted shrubs from a previous owner and therefore, my responsibility to maintain?


Answer: Another great question! Contractor planted shrubs are typically the hollys, abelias or wax myrtle shrubs that are planted directly around the foundation, as well as around the common area buffers and utility boxes. Usually, homeowner plants are planted in front of the foundation shrubs and consist of flowers and perennials and these plants almost always fall into a different planting palette than the aforementioned list. However, there are exceptions to this. The best thing to do if you’re not sure which shrubs are which, is to contact the clubhouse and one of us will set up a time to meet with you and review the plants in your yard to see what’s what!

Thank so much for all the great questions! It is a pleasure to serve you all! Happy Summer!

Your Account Manager,
Evan Barrows

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

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Community Thanks To The Following Chairpersons and Their Committees :
  • Hospitality –  Audrey Duck
  • 1st Men’s Breakfast – Bob Hodes/Joe Lacenere/
    Travis Thompson/Dick Gross
  • 2nd Men’s Breakfast – Don Matthews/Art Heaton
    and crew
  • Live & Learn - Linda Brown hosted both programs
  • Luncheon - Wendy Adley & Sharon Toomey
  • Spring Fling - Nancy Romano & Joan Hall
  • Encore Singers - Sharon Toomey 

Travel with Peggy

My surgery went well and I am working on getting back to my trip schedule. I am still not able to drive, but hopefully in a couple of weeks I can pay Heritage Pines a long over-due visit. I thank all of you that sent cards to me – it was a joy reading your messages and thoughts and I felt happy that you thought of me. Thanks, again!

There are only 3 seats left for a day trip to the Barn Dinner Theater for the Andrew Sisters’ Tribute Show. It is full of 3-part harmony singing, nostalgic tap dancing and lots of comedy. We leave Cary Senior Center on Wednesday, July 3 at 11:00 am and return at approximately 5:00 pm. The cost is $85.00 for transportation, buffet lunch and the show, pay-able now. The cost is per person. Let me know immediately, if you intend to go because there are only three seats left for the second row.

We had to reschedule the Castles of New York trip to August 5-10, 2013 as we did not have enough people to go. I had several people tell me they had graduations at that time and wanted to go, but the dates were not right. The information is still the same as the June flyer, except the dates have changed. The cost of this trip is $699.00 per person double occupancy – due immediately. Please let me know if you would like to go.

Those of you that signed up for insurance for this trip will need to call the insurance company and tell them of the new dates.

Take care everyone – I hope to see you soon.

Call me with any questions – 919-749-2455


Bingo - time change

Please note, Bingo has changed its time to 1:30 pm on Friday, July 26. Everyone is welcome to come join this fun game.

Original Art Display

Come check out the new art display in the craft room at the clubhouse. The July Display is by Joyce Bryant.

Rex Volunteers

Rex volunteers will be taking a summer vacation. Please put a note on your calendar that there will be no volunteers meetings in July or August. We will resume meeting September 11 Cheers for the Singers We had a Blast – a Broadway Blast! Our Spring Fling songfest was filled with music, fun and laughter. The chorus gave an amazing performance and Nancy never missed a beat. 

Who Dun It

Have you been to the Sunday Evening Movies at the clubhouse? Did you know that Barbara Harcharic has been hosting this activity for the past three years? Each week, the upcoming movie is posted on the activities bulletin board across from the office. Come on down and enjoy an evening of entertainment with your neighbors. There is no sign-up for this activity and movies begin at 6:00 pm. Thanks Barbara, for your dedication to this ongoing activity.


HPCA Board Meeting

Heritage Pines Committee  Meetings:
  • Architectural Review Committee - July 10 & 24 at 10:00 am
  • Grounds - No meeting in July
  • Social - July 1 at 11:00 am
July Wedding Anniversaries  

  2 - Hardy & Anne Rothrock
  4 - Keith & Sue Holland
  5 - Dick & Lorrie Gross
13 - Howard & Lee Rubin
14 - Frank & Doris Rzasa
16 - Travis & Linda Thompson
17 - Art & Marianne Heaton
17 - Frank & Evelyn Pettinelli
21 - Dave & Marlene Gadigian
21 - Ralph & Joan Hakanson
25 - Vito & Nancy Romano
26 - Doug & Barbara Lipson
31 - Tom & Mary Svantner     

Thinking of You
  • Joe Dunbeck
  • Jeanette Hill
  • Billie Lemon
  • Olga Lord
  • Bev Loseke
  • Bev Ports
  • Shirley Rieck
  • Virginia Smith
  • Joan Ward
  • Carol Jean White
July Birthdays

  1-Carolyn Padley
  3-Betty Smith
  4-Janice Dilen
  4-Bob Hall
  4-Martha Kozar
  5-Dolores Bolan
  5-Laly Gener
  5-Frank Pettinelli
  7-Jeanette Adamski
  7-Joyce Aspinall
  7-Suzanne Orebaugh
  8-Jane Gillett
  8-Jim Hanes
  8-Ty Stranger
  9-Anastasia Hrytsay
12-Kathy Davis
13-John McNally
13-Shirley Rieck
14-Roslyn Hartsell 

18-Liz Mongrain
18-Gene Moore
20-Fran Golden
20-Mary Grandpre
21-Jean Harper
22-Mary Easley
22-Chris Vezzetti
23-Howard Rubin
24-Carol Elvers
24-Judy Brown
25-Marge Moore
25-Anne Rothrock
25-James Yawn
27-Linda Boehnel
27-Steve Toomey
29-Janie Bush
30-Carol French
30-Darlene Hanson
30-Carolyn McDaniel

From Hospitality Chairperson:

The July chairperson is Marge Roos .  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 

Cheers for the Singers

We had a Blast – a Broadway Blast! Our Spring Fling songfest was filled with music, fun and laughter. The chorus gave an amazing performance and Nancy never missed a beat.


The group singing with Mickey and Joan accompanying filled the hall. Jeff was an engaging Fagan teaching the boys to pick a pocket and we netted a nice haul of wallets. The audience outdid Lawrence Welk’s bubble machine filling the hall with sparkling spheres. We thank everyone who participated. It made us feel as though “Happy Days” are really here in Heritage Pines.

The HP singers will begin preparing our fall and winter music in July – a perfect time for others to join us. We meet on Friday afternoons and will begin practices on July 12th. All are welcome.

North Carolina Disabled American Veterans Elect A New Commander

Cleveland Bryant Jr. was elected as the Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at their annual convention held in Raleigh on June 8, 2013. He will serve as the DAV Commander for the state of North Carolina for the 2013-2014 year. Commander Bryant will oversee 61 chapters in the DAV representing more than 35,000 members. The focus of the DAV is to assist disabled veterans and their families so they may have a better quality of life.

Commander Bryant is a native of Raleigh and served in the Army over 20 years. Upon retire-ment from the Army, he continued to serve by working for the Department of Treasury (IRS) before retiring and returning home to North Carolina. He continues to serve by being an active member in the DAV (Woodrow Wilson Chapter 1) and other organizations such as the American Legion (Post 67), the United Service Organizations (USO) and National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

Commander Bryant and his wife Evelyn are residents of Heritage Pines. He is a father of five and a grandfather of five.

Congratulations Cleveland!

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email: sales@asapsign.net
website: http://www.asapsign.net
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ASAP Signs
604 Winston St.
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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.