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Birchwood at Spring Lake

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             Dancing Under the Stars

  JULY 18, 2015 EASTVIEW PATIO DECK @ 6:00 PM $32.00 per person  RAIN DATE: JULY 25, 2015

               Click the link below to view the entire flyer from the entertainment Committee

                                                         

Dancing 2015







               BSL Golf Putting Contest

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. 


INTUITION 

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

the answer is blowin' in the wind.

Bob Dylan

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!


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            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

                                                         

BSL Rules 2015

                                           





     Weekday BSL Golf Passes On Sale...

"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."

 




       New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                            Minutes Online Page






      2015 BSL Golf Event Schedule

Click the link below to view and print the 2015 Golf Event Schedule provided by the BSL Golf Committee

                                                    

BSL Golf Schedule 2015





                          

       Home Prices On The Rise in 2015

                                                by Tom Annunziato, Coach Realtors

Newsday May 15th 2015

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.

                                             Unauthorized use is prohibited.

                                       Click Here To Visit The Minutes Web Page

                          







      Common Charge Mailing Information

As of February 1st, 2015, you will no longer receive a monthly bill from management. The HOA will be switching to a coupon book billing. All payments with paper checks will be mailed as follows:

                                                      Choice Professional Management, LLC
                                                      c/o Alliance Bank
                                                      PO Box 93573
                                                      Las Vegas, NV. 89193

Coupon books are being completed and will be mailed out at the end of January for the February payment.

                         For Bank Direct Pay and ACH instructions, download the form below:

                                                        

CPM Packet








New Work Order Procedure 03/01/2015

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. 

  Phone in all work orders to : (631) 864-6006 or Email to BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com






   


           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

  Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage

                                        Republican Club BSL____________________










                                               

                 Download Police Activity Forms Below

                        Click on the link to view & print


                     

Police Activity Reports.pdf



                   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.

Following is the Website

http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/ny-authorizes-veterans-school-tax-exemptions-8252.shtml


                                                                                 


      Updated Clubs & Committee Listing

                           Click the link below to download and view the document

                                             

Clubs & Committee 2013.docx



      Attention: Birchwood Snowbirds!

Please view the file below which contains the Snowbird Information form for filing with the management office.

Save a trip to the office by downloading and printing this form and then drop it off before you leave for warmer climates.

Just click on the link to view and print.

Snowbird information sent by:

Linda Schulman, BSL Management Office

                                               Click Below To View The Form

                                                       

Snowbird 2014


                                                         

                                                                                              

        LIPA Power Outage Information

Call LIPA @ 1-800-966-4818 to Complain

                        

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 impact.

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 representative.

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


                        
                                                                             

                                                                 

                 Gatehouse/Security Rules & Procedures

                                       Click This Link To The Gatehouse Page

                      Click the Link Below to Download, View and Print the Rules Booklet

                                       

Gatehouse Procedures Rev 04-05-12.pdf




            Gatehouse Permanent Guest List Official Form

                                    Click below to Download, View, Print the Form

                               

Gatehouse Permanent Guest List Form 04-06-12.pdf


                          


                   No Parking "Tow Away" Zones Being Enforced.

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

        

  

                                                           



          BINGO AT BIRCHWOOD

     $10.00 pp BSL Residents Only

 Call Marge Rende for Info 205-0007- Click for Schedule

                                                                                                                                     


          Weather Forecast for BSL!

          Click link Below for this  feature!

           Weather Forecast-Middle Island 

         Detailed 3 day Forecast & Other Data...

        
      


                                                                                                                       

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