There's No Place Like Heritage Village
A unique, 55+ active adult community, Heritage Village is located in Connecticut's beautiful town of Southbury, surrounded by natural ponds, rivers, and trails. Residents enjoy a wide variety of clubs, activities, tennis courts, and beautiful private swimming pools. An 18-hole golf course that winds its way through Heritage Village is available for membership. A 9-hole course and par 3 course are adjacent to the village. Heritage Village is a hub of activity conveniently situated between the excitement of Manhattan and all the best of Boston. We are home to a diverse group of active, friendly residents who will tell you “Heritage Village is a great place to visit and an even better place to call home."
Heritage Village Master Association/Heritage Village Foundation Non-Discrimination Policy - Click here to download policy
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Interest-Free Home Improvement Loan Program
Through a grant provided by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Town of Southbury has funds available to assist income eligible residential property owners with repairs to existing residential properties. Funds can be used to perform a variety of repairs and upgrades including, but not limited to, code violations, increased energy efficiency, accessibility improvements (such as entrance ramps and bathroom modifications), and other general rehabilitation and improvements as approved by the Town. Click here for more information.
Taking a Look at Heritage Village Governance
2022 Grounds Program Schedules
A work group has been formed to evaluate our current governance model. Is the current size and structure efficient, or is there a better way to create a new governance structure? HVMA/HVF Vice President Mary Beth Walkley is chairing the work group. Meetings will be open to all interested residents. Meeting dates will be made available when the schedule has been established. Click here to read an introductory statement from the Governance Work Group.
Volunteer Want Ad – May 12
Heritage Village Master Association and Heritage Village Foundation need volunteers for several positions.
- Focus TV seeks volunteers familiar with both film editing and transferring to MP4 discs and able to use a Panasonic camera for video production; and interested in programming on Channel 14.
- The Finance Committee seeks a volunteer to use their finance/accounting experience to support the committee and take monthly minutes.
- The Archives Committee seeks a volunteer to research, set up displays, and accept and file new materials. Must be interested in preserving the history of HV, have good computer skills, and be willing to spend 1 day a week in the Archives office.
- Winship Barn seeks a volunteer for sign-making graphics and vinyl lettering utilizing an in-house cutter plotter; and one with SketchUp graphics experience to create and produce 3D visual presentations using HV’s SketchUp Pro software.
- Condo 4 needs board members and Cluster Captains for Cluster 1 (Units 125–129), Cluster 3 (Units 134–137), and Cluster 5 (Units 142–144).
- Condo 10 needs two board members and Cluster Captains for Cluster 3 (Units 331A–333B) and Cluster 10 (Units 358A–361B).
- Condo 11 needs a Secretary and Treasurer.
- Condo 12 needs a Secretary, a position that can be shared.
- Condo 15 needs board members.
Interested? Contact Terry Calnan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R U OK? Program for Seniors
The Town of Southbury invites town residents over the age of 60 to participate in the town’s R U OK? Program. The program is ideal for seniors who live alone or are homebound. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or registering for it, please call the Senior Center at 203-262-0651 or email Tamath K. Rossi, Director of Senior Services at email@example.com.
ARE YOU OK? (RUOK?) is an ongoing program in which a computer-generated phone call is made daily, at a specific time, to each registered resident at their home. A friendly message from the Senior Center/Southbury Police Department asks if the resident is ok. The resident is only required to answer the phone call. If the phone line is busy, or if there is no answer, the system will call back two more times. If there is still no answer, the system generates an alert that is issued to the SPD Dispatchers who will dispatch a Southbury Police Officer to the residence.
The Grounds Program Schedules are in the April and May Bulletin and posted under Documents in the Documents & Forms tab. Click here for a link to the schedules.
Watch the Spectrum Information Meeting
The Zoom meeting with Spectrum representatives on the morning of Thursday, March 10 was recorded. Click here to watch the recording. It will also be broadcast on TV channels 14 and 16.2
. Click here for the FOCUS Program Schedule.
Spectrum Contract Information
At the request of HVMA/HVF President Gerry Leventhal, the Presidents Council formed a work group with the Communications Committee with the goal of providing Presidents and HV owners with a fact-based summary comparing the current Spectrum contract with their proposed bulk service contract now under consideration. Click here to read the document developed by the work group. It includes information designed for owners to use as a tool for comparing their current cost for Spectrum service with the proposed bulk service contract rate, answers to many residents' questions, and the Spectrum cable line up.
We hope this information will be helpful to Villagers and Governance in assessing whether to support or reject the proposed Spectrum bulk services contract, which will be decided by vote of the Trustees projected to be scheduled for their May or June regular monthly meeting. Please attend your Condo meetings to discuss these issues with your neighbors and your Condo Board.
The Presidents Council and our work group will continue to meet to revise or add additional information as it becomes available. We are also planning ways to reach all owners and non-owner residents who will be impacted by the vote prior to the Trustee vote.
Finally, as you review this information to determine what you believe is the best decision for you, also consider that as members of a common interest community you should also evaluate the impact of this Trustee vote on all residents and the future direction of the Village.
New Covid Guidelines Effective March 1
We have been carefully monitoring Covid-related data as well as guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut. Henceforth and absent a new wave of infections, we will operate according to the following guidelines in all public areas at Heritage Village:
- Capacity restrictions at Sarah Cooke Hall are removed and will now be consistent only with the limits established by the fire marshal.
- Effective March 1 and consistent with state guidelines, masks will not be required in public/common buildings for anyone who has been vaccinated; this standard applies to both residents and staff.
- Masks are not required outside anywhere within the Village.
- Guests will be permitted but must adhere to the guidelines relative to masks listed above based on their vaccination status.
- Food and beverages will be allowed.
- Staff entering a resident’s home must remain masked inside that person’s home regardless of vaccination status unless the resident says otherwise; unvaccinated staff must always remain masked inside residents’ homes.
If we experience a new wave of infections, we will revisit these regulations and make changes consistent with state and federal guidelines and in consideration of the health needs of the population here.
We must rely on one another and build a community of trust; if you have chosen to remain unvaccinated, please remember that we each possess a responsibility to ensure that we are not infecting someone who is vulnerable. Essentially, this latest set of guidelines returns life to normal with the exception that unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask in indoor common settings. I hope we are coming upon the end of the pandemic and will be able to live again as we once did. I wish you all health and happiness.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
— Dan Drew, Chief Operating Officer
Foundation Buildings Hours
Fireside Building: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Meeting House: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lodge: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fitness Center: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Activities Building: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ethan Allen Library: Mon. – Sat. 10 to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Sun. 2 to 4 p.m.
One of the Top 55+ Communities in the USA!
Heritage Village ranks high—number 11—in a recent study of the best 55+ communities in the United States. Coventry Direct, the insurance company, analyzed more than 2,600 such communities, numerically ranking them based on both amenities and community details. HV received a perfect score for amenities, 50 out of 50—one of only six communities to do so!
In the amenities section, Coventry investigated access to Exercise and Wellness, Entertainment, and Outdoor Activities. Heritage Village blasted past most competitors, especially in Entertainment and Outdoor Activities.
In the community details section, Coventry reviewed such details as the prices and affordability of homes, age limits, and security. Once again, the Village showed its stuff, powering its way into the top communities of this study.
Out of the top 25 communities for 55+ on this list, Heritage Village is the ONLY one in the northeast and practically the only one not in the Sunbelt. For those who enjoy changing seasons, Heritage Village is number one.
Do You Need Help Paying Your Connecticut Water Bill?
COVID-19 extended payment plans are available for any customer with past due balances, without requiring a determination of financial need. The "H2O – Help 2 Our Customers" program provides financial assistance and/or payment plans to support customers who may be experiencing financial challenges. Click here to learn more.
The Town of Southbury has Experienced an Uptick in Confirmed Rabid Wildlife
Animal Control asks owners to make certain that all pets, indoor and outdoor, are up to date with their rabies vaccinations, and reminds owners to supervise their pets and be cautious about leaving them unattended outdoors. While walking outside or hiking, it is recommended you have a second person accompany you and to carry an air horn.
Some common symptoms of rabies can be unprovoked aggression, difficulty walking, and excess salivation. If you or your pet have had contact with wildlife, call Southbury Animal Control and follow up with a healthcare provider and/or veterinarian.
For further questions, or to report wildlife contact with a human or pet, please call Southbury Animal Control at 203-262-0613.
Living with Pets
We want to remind you to keep your pets indoors, unless you have them on a leash. Along with the beautiful wooded landscape that Heritage Village has to offer, there is also the risk of pets getting lost and the risk from natural wildlife. We also want to make sure that any resident who is not an animal lover is not bothered by any of our pets. One last reminder: Please remember to pick up after your pets and throw the bags away appropriately. Please do your part to keep your dearly loved pets safe and our beautiful village clean.