Saturday July 11th @ 10:00 am at the Putting Green........$3.00 Entry Fee......... Long Putt Contest $1.00
Putters Provided for Non Golfers, Refreshments, Prizes, Fun for All!
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
Letter to King George III of England
Dear King George III
You have caused us all pain and suffering. Your ignorance and inequality has greatly affected our lives. The horrible acts you put on us gave us reason to be infuriated. We have decided that there is only one solution. We, the colonists, will declare independence and break away from the ever vicious hold of Britain.
We have the right to be enraged because your commands are overwhelming. You have placed tax after tax on our community. We were not able to have our molasses and other products from the West Indies because you commanded so with the Sugar Act. For every document and piece of paper bought we had to pay a tax because of the Stamp Act. This taxation was placed without any American representation. The Townsend Acts was a tax placed at the harbors and not at the store. The British Parliament tried to trick us. We are not that gullible. The Tea Act only allowed us to buy tea from the British East India Company. We should have the right to make our own decisions. The Navigation Acts have forced us to only trade with Britain, who in return sold us the same item, but for more money.
The Proclamation of 1763 forced us to not move west of the Appalachian Mountains for which we fought and gave our lives. Since you could not protect us from the Native Americans because of your war debt, which you made us pay for, we were not able to move to our new gained lands. To enforce the Proclamation of 1763, you sent dozens of soldiers to our colonies. We had to provide them with food, beer, a place to sleep, and transportation because you passed the Quartering Act.
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
the answer is blowin' in the wind.
We may have had experience whereby we simply couldn't come up with the answer to a question or puzzle or a riddle and we simply had to give up and let it go. Later, seemingly from out of nowhere, the answer or the solution to a problem pops into the head. Was the problem solved by the "subconscious mind" as some scientists suggest?
Perhaps! However, have you noticed that sometimes when we can "let go" in this physical world we may get help from another realm, a "spiritual" plane, perhaps, for lack of a better word. Expressing this in another way we might say some people claim they get better answers from the heart than from the head
Women's Club Goes back in time with The New Casinos
Photo by Kathy Giannico
The BSL Women's Club evening program on Saturday night brought us back in time with music by the " New Casinos" Doo Wop group at the Westview Clubhouse!
New 2015 Birchwood Rules & Regulations
The Birchwood Board of Directors has prepared a new booklet that combines all of the current rules and regulations that residents into one handy document. This booklet is available online as a "Go Green" option and you may download the book here and save it your computer.
This document provided by your Birchwood Board of Directors. Click the link below
"THE GOLF COMMITTEE WILL BE DISTRIBUTING NEW RESIDENT AND WEEKDAY GUEST GOLF PASSES ON TUESDAY MAY 5TH FROM 6 TO 7 pm AT THE EASTVIEW CLUBHOUSE. WEEKDAY GUEST PASSES WILL BE $50 FOR THE SEASON." IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE CONTACT CHUCK SCHUSTER FOR INFORMATION."
Long Island home prices rose with the temperatures last month. In Nassau County, homes sold for a median price of $440,000 in April, up 7.7 percent compared with a year earlier, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island reported Friday. Suffolk County residences traded for a median price of $315,000, 5 percent higher than the previous April. USA Today May 26th 2015
Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose faster than expected in March, powered by limited supply for sale, according to a closely-watched economic report issued Tuesday. A separate report issued by the federal government also showed new single-family home sales rose more than expected in April.
Flexibility is the Key to Quick Sale
When selling your home, it's important to understand that your life will be temporarily inconvenienced. Nobody enjoys having strangers traipse through their home on a regular basis, but it's important to put your need for peace and privacy on hold while your home is for sale.
When an agent – yours as well as others – calls wishing to bring a buyer to see the home at the last minute, respond favorably, even if it means postponing that brunch you were hosting or your Friday night stay-in pizza and movie tradition.
Remember, your goal is to get the home sold, and that can only be accomplished if people get to see it. Flexibility is the key to a quick sale.
It's best to plan not to be present when buyers pass through. It can be awkward for the buyers if the owner is present during a walk-through. They may feel uncomfortable making honest observations and critiques. So, run a few errands or take a walk around the neighborhood. If you cannot leave, sit in the backyard. But do not attempt to have conversations with the buyer. Speak only when spoken to; be brief and polite. Another component of staying flexible is being diligent with the upkeep of your home, as you never know when a buyer will be coming
through. This weighs in on big factors, like home improvement projects, but even the little things count, too. You want buyers to feel welcomed and not turned off by unmade beds, cluttered floors, and grungy bathrooms. And remember to keep an eye on your pets. Take them with you when you leave if possible, and be sure to keep kitty's litter box clean.
And of course, hone in on your home's appearance. Remaining flexible is crucial here. You may be crazy about the bold colors in your bathrooms, or that unique craft station you constructed in the third bedroom, but try and view your space from the buyer's eyes. So keep things relatively neutral, and of course, spruce up any trouble spots that could deter a buyer, such as squeaky doors, a leaky roof, dirty carpet and walls, and broken windows.
If you remain flexible in your schedule when showing your home, and keep an open mind about layout and design during necessary pre-sale improvements, selling your home will be a much easier process for you,the buyer, and your agent.
Looking at the statistics it is obvious that we are in a continued upswing in the market, which will result in increased values at Birchwood! So if you are considering a faster move or hear that any family or friends please call me anytime 516-528-4658 .
Thank You Again!
Thomas Annunziato, Birchwood Resident Coach Realtors
New Feature, Board Minutes On-Line!
by Mike Habich, HOA Recording Secretary
The Birchwood Board of Directors has approved distribution of the Board Minutes on this website beginning with the January 12th 2015 meeting. Birchwood Board Meeting approved minutes will now be published and will be available for viewing by Birchwood Residents ONLY by visiting the link below.
Online distribution will save both time and money and be an added convenience for Birchwood Residents to stay abreast of the issues discussed by their Board of Directors.
All minutes are the property of the Board of Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA, Inc.
As of March 1st, 2015 the old procedure of filling out a paper work order in the clubhouse will be phased out and the paper work order books will disappear. Please Email or phone in all work order requests to Choice Professional Management (CPM) at the phone number and Email address below. This will expedite the handling of your work order request and automate the process for tracking purposes through completion.
Dial 911 for Emergency....SCPD 6th Precinct Direct Line is 854-8600
Veterans Outreach Care Information
by Ed Handibode
VA care is now available at six locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties!
Northport, Patchogue, Riverhead, East Meadow, Bay Shore, Valley Stream
Pre-registration is required.
Please Call: Community Relations Department: 631-261-4400 x7084/52507082
Enrollment assistance for new applicants
Update information for current users in VA Healthcare
New healthcare programs available to eligible veterans
Review medical benefits & eligibility
Please call 1 week prior to event. Please bring a copy of your DD214 or Separation Papers
Your participation helps you & your fellow Veterans!
BSL VETERANS Tax Exemptions
by Frank Dapolito
New York State Authorizes Veterans' School Tax Exemptions:
Secretary Ed contacted the Assessor’s Office in the Town of Brookhaven regarding the information below and we were told the following: “The Town has approved the deduction and now it is up to the School District to say yes or no to the deduction.”
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York's school districts can authorize partial property tax exemptions for military veterans under a new state law. The measure signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was effective immediately. Legislative sponsors say veterans already qualify for partial tax exemptions on municipal property taxes but have had to pay back the school tax portion.
The new law leaves the decision up to school boards whether to adopt resolutions to provide the exemptions. They include 15 percent reductions in assessed value for veterans who served during a time of war, another 10 percent for those who were in combat zones, and an additional reduction for service-connected disabilities. Sponsors say the fiscal implications remain to be determined.
Well, I'm sure many of you are as frustrated as I am with the frequent power
outages. I am doing everything possible to get this resolved for you but perhaps
this is one of those times when all of us working together will have a greater
So I'm asking each of you to please call LIPA every time you
experience a glitch. The number to call is their Business Call Center at
800-966-4818. When you get the menu for services, press O for a
Perhaps when this becomes inconvenient for them they will
address the problem and resolve it.
Thanks for your support and for your
patience with us as we address the resultant gate, telephone and pool issues
caused by the outages. We feel your pain!
Nancy and the office staff
Birchwood HOA Board of Directors
Your 2015 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman ................................................................HOA President Mike Prasad...................................................................... HOA Vice President Diane Mami ......................................................................HOA Secretary Mike Habich ......................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, Bob Golden, Greg Alessi....................................HOA Directors
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2015 Finance Committee
Michael Habich & Diane Mami, HOA Board Members and FC Liaisons
Richard Gerien CPA, Pat Olson, Ron DeRosa, Members
Vehicles left in the no parking zones in the community will be towed. It will cost between $140.00 - $150.00 for the tow charge and $25.00 per day for storage. Please obey all "No Parking" signs to avoid a costly towing bill.
Illegally Parked Vehicles Towed By: A-1 Towing, Inc. 631-467-5544
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