A Note from the President
This will be my last letter for the newsletter,
as my term will be over in December.
I want to thank the Board for their hard work and cooperation. They have
made it easier for me to do my job. I also want to thank all the
chairpersons of the committees and their members. Without all these people,
the Board and the Homeowners Association would not be able to function. I
hope you will give all these people a “Thank you” when you get a chance.
The street signs are finally being installed! Please notice that the signs
are reflective and can be read at night. We had to pay for the signs and
the installation, but now they will be the responsibility of the Town of
Cary to maintain them.
The general membership meeting is Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 pm at Green
Hope High School. I hope you will make an attempt to attend. If you cannot,
please fill out a Proxy and turn it into the office. We need a quorum to
conduct business, and if we don’t have one, we will have to schedule
another meeting before the end of the year.
It was my pleasure to serve the community for the past 4 1/2 years on the
Board and before that on various committees. My wish is that the community
continues to flourish and be one of the best places to live in Cary.
“ Whenever ideas are
the result is always greater than the sum of the parts.”
Afternoon Book Club
The Tuesday Afternoon Book club will meet
on December 3 at 1 pm. Denise Calloway will lead the discussion on
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.
Starting Tuesday, November 19th Bocce
playing time will be back to it’s winter schedule on Tuesdays and
Fridays at 1:00 pm weather permitting. Conditions of 40 degrees or
above will still apply. Newcomers are always welcome.
We would like to thank the mystery person who left a set of Bocce
balls at court side. Come and join us!
There will be NO Garden Club meeting in
December because of the holiday.
A Sparkle JollyTwinkle Jingley
Encore Singers will once again come to HP
on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00PM. Cost is $6.00 per person and
refreshments will be served. Deadline is December 2nd to reserve your
spot for this wonderful holiday program.
start up group - Games Galore - everyone is welcome to join the group who
will be playing different games on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
December 10 at 1 pm will be the only date in this month.
The Rex volunteers will meet on Wednesday,
December 11 at 1:00 pm. There will not be a meeting on December 25th.
Non-Fiction Book Club
The Non-Fiction Book Club will not meet in
December. We'll start again on Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm in the
Craft Room. Contact Verghese or Bonny Chirayath for more information.
& French Club
Green Hope High School Spanish Honors Society and the French Club will be
here on Wednesday, December 18 at 3 pm to sing holiday songs. Please come
join the young voices for an afternoon of cheer and light refreshments. Cost
$2.00, rsvp by December 9.
Out to Lunch Bunch
There will be NO Out To Lunch in December.
If you are interested in picking a restaurant for a month, please let
the clubhouse office know. We are looking for volunteers to scout locations.
Social Committee News
It has been a great year! Thank you to everyone that helped with our social
events and activities this year. We appreciate the time that each of you
spent to plan and help with events, so that we could have a very successful
and busy year!
As we begin to plan for 2014, please remember that we always need
chairpersons and volunteers for events. If you would like to volunteer for
an event, please notify the office or a member of the Social Committee.
Holiday Luncheon -
Prestonwood Country Club
better place to have a fabulous lunch than at Prestonwood Country
Club. We have a room reserved for us on Friday, December 20 so we can
enjoy eating together while listening to holiday music. Lunch is
buffet style and we will start at 12:30 pm. Just remember that parking
is very limited, so you may want to car pool with someone. Cost is
$22.00 per person and everyone is invited. Wine or mixed cocktails are
$8.00 extra and you must pre-pay when you sign up and specify whether
you want wine or a mixed drink. Space is limited so please sign up by
Veterans Day 2013
One hundred homeowners and guests attended
our Veterans Day program on Monday, November 11. Thank you to everyone
that participated in the program, to the committee, and to those in
attendance! It was a very special morning for our veterans. Our
speaker, Army Staff Sergeant Brian M. Young wrote in an email, “My
wife and I love the Army and everything Military. However yesterday we
were completely awe struck. It was a very moving and inspirational day
for us.” Heritage Pines is honored to have many veterans living in our
community. Thank you for your serving our country!
FREE Sunday Evening Movies
What's playing? Come by any Tuesday or
later in the week, and see what movie is
currently showing. It will be posted on the Activities Bulletin Board
across from the
office. The showing is at 6PM at your Clubhouse. Everyone is
As our President mentioned in the November
Newsletter, Pickle ball is gaining popularity in our area. Heritage
Pines is exploring the possibility of a combination tennis and pickle
ball court. If you are curious, there are opportunities to learn about
the game. It’s played on a tennis court, but with smaller boundaries
using a whiffle type ball and wooden paddle – great for former tennis
or badminton players.
Bond Park Community Center has open gym times every Tuesday from
12:30-3:00 and Friday from 9:30-12:30. The Senior Center
September-December class brochure has all the information on page 32.
Note that due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Center will be closed
on certain dates.
The Herb Young Community also has open gym
for Pickle ball on Monday and Wednesdays, but the gym will be closed
for floor refinishing from 11/18 thru 12/16.
The Clubhouse office has a copy of Pickleball rules. There are videos
on You Tube and you can find the rules online also.
Please drop your comments off at the office for the Board.
Submitted by Carol Mitchell
Keep your neighborhood looking good - join
the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). We need more members to
approve request changes to exterior of resident’s homes including
landscape changes. If interested, please call Bill Adley.
On November 15 a community email was sent,
and many emails were returned. If you would like to be on the
community email list, please contact the Clubhouse by email.
Rules & Regulations update
The newly revised HP Rules & Regulations
booklet will be handed out at the 2013 Annual Meeting at Green Hope.
If you are unable to attend and wish a copy, please come by the
Many thanks go out to the committee
volunteers who gave their time to update this publication: Jim Bryant,
the Architectural Review Committee, Denise Galloway, Grounds
Committee, Sharon Toomey, Social Committee.
Hillyer Community Chorus
Will Harper and Dave Manning invite you to
a free concert Sunday, December 15, 2013; 4:00 PM at Hillyer Memorial
Church on Hillsboro and St. Marys Streets in downtown Raleigh. A
50 voice chorus, 4 soloists, and orchestra will perform two pieces:
Missa Brevis in C Major by W.A. Mozart; and A Musicological Journey
Through The Twelve Days of Christmas by Craig Courtney. The concert
will last about 1 hour. There is a reception following. Both concert
and reception are handicapped accessible.
Grounds Committee Report
Leaf collection is well underway, and thus
far the weather gods have been cooperative. The Brickman staff will
utilize signs at both entrances to the community for any necessary
Please note that the annual “opt in/opt out” list selection for 2014
will be published in the January newsletter. This will be your ANNUAL
election of services, as specified in our current landscape contract.
Watch for it as there will be a due date for prompt return to the HP
It is important that you carefully review the “REVISED PRUNING
STANDARDS” for 2014. The Grounds Committee, in conjunction with
the Brickman staff, has revised the standards for Heritage Pines. We
have expanded what WILL be pruned, and identified what WILL NOT be
pruned by location and by plant/tree species. The revised pruning
standards will be sent as an attachment to the “Opt in-Opt out” list
in January. Please read and review it carefully before making any
decisions since the option, ONCE MADE, will be in effect for the
calendar year 2014.
Rejuvenative pruning can be defined as “restore to youthful vigor”. It
is typically performed in the winter months (December–February). It is
best used for hollies, boxwood and similar foundation plants. Brickman
will offer this type pruning to residents with no additional fee. It
does require a HOMEOWNER REQUEST (via call, e-mail or in person
to the HP office) to the concerns list, and an ONSITE MEETING
with the landscape staff to agree on the scope of service. In any
event, selective pocket pruning will be done to appropriate plants as
part of winter pruning. Pocket pruning creates pockets for light and
air to reach the interior of shrubs to promote their health.
Our contractors are accomplishing some year-end landscape work to
enhance the community. New plantings have been installed at three
locations: the guard shack, the slope between the clubhouse pool and
the west parking lot, and at the rear of the clubhouse deck.
Additionally, the constructed wetland (corner of Heritage Pines Drive
and Franklin Hills Point) has received a makeover. We are planning an
application of lime on all Heritage Pines turf in December, in order
to promote a healthy soil PH condition for the turf.
We wish all of you a happy holiday season and good fortune in the
coming year. Many thanks for your cooperation with us throughout 2013.
There will be no grounds committee meeting in December. We next meet
Wed. January 8th at 7 pm.
The Grounds Committee
A December to Remember
Hello, good folks of Heritage Pines!
It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over! For those of you
reading this, I would like to bestow a huge “thank you” from our whole
team for trusting your landscapes to Brickman. Strong relationships
are the foundation for our quality service, and we sincerely
appreciate all of you as great clients, and GREAT individuals! And we
love working hard for you!
One item that I would like to focus on this winter is Rejuvenation
Pruning. Performing Rejuvenation Pruning on plants in the late winter
give the plants a chance to use the first spring flush to fill back
in. We have made it our goal to reach out to all residents, whose
shrubs could benefit from this type of pruning. If you have not heard
from us but you are interested in having us perform “Rejuvenation
Pruning” on your
landscape shrubs, please contact the clubhouse office to get your name
on the list. In order to perform Rejuvenation Pruning, we need to have
a face-to-face meeting with you to review your shrubs and make sure
that we are all on the same page. We strongly recommend this practice
for shrubs that have outgrown their intended space over time, and may
be encroaching on other plantings, structures, walkways, or driveways.
It is truly a GREAT way to “hit the reset button” on larger shrubs and
take advantage of their already-developed root systems, while
maximizing the spring flush of new growth! We will also be utilizing
selective pocket pruning to manage the size and shape of plantings as
we move into the growing season next year.
Another area that we strived to improve in 2013 has been our fall
leaf-removal operations. Even as we move into January, we are
continuing to perform leaf clean up. This is always a high-profile
part of our maintenance service at HP. Some days, it seems that the
leaves come down faster than we can scoop them up! We worked very hard
to ensure that we had several full leaf removals completed prior to
the Winter Holidays and we will be continuing to perform leaf removal
from lawns and natural areas into the new year. This is an ongoing
Lastly, I’d like wish you all a safe and wonderful Christmas and New
Here is wishing that the coming year is a glorious one that rewards
all your future endeavors with success!
Thank you again for a wonderful year!
Your Account Manager,
and the whole Brickman Team!
2000 Heritage Pines Drive
Cary, NC 27519
Betty Landes, CMCA
(F) 919-466-0014 - clubhouse
4112 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
Office Phone 919-233-7660 x 202
Office Fax 919-233-7661
to contact the Board
In the subject box of the email write - HP
homeowners represent you with the Heritage Pines Board and the
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 - Cathy
- 1st Men’s Breakfast– Bob Hodes/Joe
Travis Thompson/Dick Gross
- Hands on CPR- Denise Galloway
Ladies Luncheon - Linda Brown & Wendy Adley
- Wreath Making - Linda Thompson
& Lynn Willard
“Are You Prepared for an
, January 8, 2014 - 10:00 AM—RSVP, Monday, December 23
Speaker: Charles Barnett, Cary CERT (Community Emergency Response
Emergencies can happen at any time and come in many forms. They may
last as little as an hour or for many days to months - fire or flood,
tornado or icy roads, gas leaks or power outages. It is important to
be prepared to care for yourself and your household for at least 3
days in the event
of any emergency. Learn specific steps you can take now to be prepared
for an emergency.
Travel with Peggy
December Travel Column
As I write this, I can hardly believe it is only forty one days until
Christmas. Time to start thinking about how we want to spend this Holiday,
and what we need to do to make it happen to create fond holiday memories.
Also time to make out our lists for giving – I love shopping for my nine
grandchildren and now I have an added great granddaughter to shop for this
The trip to New Orleans has two full buses, so I have started a wait list
for anyone else that is thinking of going. There are always last minute
cancellations, so you stand a good chance of going, if you are early on the
waiting list. Please call me, if you want to be on it.
The trip to Mackinac Island and Frankenmuth MI is also getting some
attention, and I have a bunch of people signed up already. It is scheduled
for June 14-22, 2014. The trip is nine days and eight nights and goes to
northern Michigan for a cost of $779.00. We will see Mackinaw City, tour
Mackinac Island, ride through the Soo Locks, go to Colonial Michilmackinac
and of course, Frankenmuth, which is Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” This will
be an extremely memorable trip and a good chance to take great pictures. I
suggest that you send me your deposit of $75.00 per person if you are
thinking of going, so you can be assured of a spot on this trip.
Flyers are on the wall across from the library if you want to view the
As you know, I will be at Heritage Pines every second and fourth Monday,
from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Please stop by and say hello.
Call me if you have any questions or can’t find a flyer – (919) 749-2455.
Original Art Display
Come check out the new art display in the craft room at the clubhouse.
The December display is by Fran Livoti.
SAVE THE DATE
mark your calendar for Friday, February 14, 2014! The ladies will be
served a special Valentine’s Day Luncheon and our servers will be men
from Heritage Pines. There will be fun entertainment and delicious
desserts! Save the date and join the fun for a special Valentine Day
treat for the ladies of Heritage Pines.
Social Committee News
It has been a great year! Thank you to
everyone that helped with our social events and activities this year.
We appreciate the time that each of you spent to plan and help with
events, so that we could have a very successful and busy year!
As we begin to plan for 2014, please
remember that we always need chairpersons and volunteers for events.
If you would like to volunteer for an event, please notify the office
or a member of the Social Committee.