Paid up membership luncheon and fashion show held on Oct
13,2014 at Majestic Gardens with fashions by Dress Barn
County To Sell Land Opposite BSL Gate
I write to let the Birchwood community know about an important
opportunity to preserve a parcel directly across the street from your
community's entrance. The Birchwood community can
contact SC Executive Steve Bellone to try to save this parcel from auction.
Middle Island Civic Association
This 6.1 acre
parcel in Middle Island is one of several the TOB is asking Suffolk County NOT
to auction off on October 28-30, 2014 for back taxes. It is a pristine
woodland that borders Rt 25/MCR. It is in the Compatible Growth Area of the
Pine Barrens and close to the boundary of the Carmans River watershed. It
would, with a few additional acquisitions, serve to connect the proposed MI
hiking trail between Cathedral Pines County Park and the TOB's Twin Ponds
Nature Preserve holdings. Please contact SC Executive Steve Bellone and ask him
to preserve this land and the others identified by Brookhaven as being
environmentally sensitive and worthy of protection against future development. County Exec Bellone Phone: (631)
853-4000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Birchwood Author Available on Amazon
by Frank Matzen
I am pleased to announce the release of my book, “THE LONG AND
THE SHORT OF IT - A Collection of Fiction”. The book can be purchased on
Amazon.com. All of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Wounded
Halloween 2014 Community Events
by Mary Ann Perlowski
Halloween Party and Children's Halloween Parade
Thanks to the
Community on behalf of the Entertainment Committee. Both were a huge
success. We sold 134 tickets for the party and served 250 hot dogs
New Golf Course Bunker Work
by Frank Matzen
The two green-side sand traps (#8 & #9) are under reconstruction by the golf committee. They are much smaller, but will likely be no less troublesome if one
comes up short hitting to the green. With the steep grassy slope surrounding
them, both traps will likely still collect many golf balls.
Real Estate Report ....3rd Quarter 2014
by Tom Annunziato
This has been a good year for Birchwood residents selling
their homes this year. As of September 20th we have had 25
homes close and have an additional 12 under contract. We have 28
The good news is that the days on the market on the properties
have been cut down from
146 in 2013 to 120 days in 2014. It also
appears that the sales prices are higher. Last year 32 properties sold. So our
community appears to be having an increased value along with
a greater outside interest to live in Birchwood.
If you would like more
information about the current market or to receive a market value report on
your home feel free to call me anytime . I am just doors away! Coach
Realtors 631-331-3600 ext. 118
*All data is from the Multiple Listing Service Of Long
BSL Golf Putting Contest
By Jim Byrne
Gary Ording and
Kathy Dooley- front nine Rozalia Stone and Jerry Elie - back nine Lois
& Mike Lisa- overall winners
BIRCHWOOD TRENDS AND FORCASTS
by Fran Gentleman, HOA President
By the time you read this many of you will have
already attended the HOA informational meeting and will be aware of some
upcoming changes. In an effort to
provide the community with the most efficient, comprehensive and budget
friendly management services, the Board of Directors (BOD) have been
investigating, interviewing and checking references on three very good
After much discussion and deliberation, we have
chosen Precision Management Group, beginning service to the community the first
of the year. According to their website they are dedicated to providing hands-on, property management to each of their clients. Their dedication and expertise have
continuously provided cost savings and award winning property management
services to a vast number of properties. After meeting with the owner
and visiting their back office we are convinced that this is true. As we begin to transition from one company to
the other you will undoubtedly see Vince Occhipinti, company president, out and
about the community as he is very excited to begin working with us. Please welcome Vince and his staff if you see
them. More to come as the transition
In other news, the BOD, in conjunction with the
Finance Committee, is about to begin the budget process for next year. As always, we will attempt to create a fair
and honest budget that will afford the community the best of services while
keeping the common charges in mind. The
insurance assessment from last year is coming to an end and it appears that we
have been able to negotiate a better insurance price for this year. This is a result, in part, from the safety
precautions instituted over the past few months including clubhouse cameras and
closing the clubhouses when unsafe weather conditions exist.
There will be many other matters to report over the
next few months, not the least of which is the repair of the Eastview
Clubhouse. Last month I tried to convey
the extent of damage and the cost of repair.
The BOD has been exploring and discussing a variety of options regarding
repair and funding and will be reaching out to the community in gathering your thoughts
and opinions regarding those options.
So for now,
enjoy the crisp fall air, the changing foliage and have a Happy
Birchwood Blood Drive Information
by Fran Gentleman
The residents of Birchwood have again stepped forward for the annual blood drive. This year’s numbers areas follows:
Thank you to all whodonated and a special thank you to all the volunteers listed below who sogenerously gave of their time and effort.
Bunny Agers Alice Byrne Jeanne Carle John Carricato Renee Green Lois Lisa Mike Lisa Mary Ann Perlowski Ted Perlowski Betty Schuster Bari Weiss
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
DEAF ITALIAN BOOKKEEPER
A Mafia Godfather finds out that
his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.00. His bookkeeper is
deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed
that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in
When the Godfather goes to
confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who
knows sign language.
The Godfather tells the lawyer,
"Ask him where the money is."
The lawyer, using sign language,
asks Guido, "Where's the money?"
Guido signs back, "I don't
know what you are talking about." The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He
says he doesn't know what you are talking about."
The Godfather pulls out a
pistol, puts it to Guido's head and says, "Ask him again. If he refuses to tell you I'll kill
The lawyer signs to Guido,
"He'll kill you if you don't tell him."
Guido trembles and signs back,
"OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at
my Cousin Bruno's house."
The Godfather asks the lawyer,
"What did he say?"
The lawyer replies, "He
says you don't have the balls to pull the trigger."
Don’t you just love lawyers?
WISDOM COMES WITH
I've learned that pleasing
everyone is impossible but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.
Condoms don’t guarantee
safe. A friend of mine was wearing one
when he was shot by the woman’s husband.
I think it is just terrible and
disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he
achieved, winning 7 Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on
drugs, I couldn't even find my bike.
A guy broke into my apartment
last week. He didn’t take my TV, just the remote. Now he drives by
and changes the channels. Sick bastard!
BSL Golf Club Champions
Photo by Jim Byrne
The 2014 Club Championship weekend winners pose after the two day event.
Flooding from 200 Year Storm Soaks Birchwood
Photos by Frank Matzen
Alexandra Lane Flooding
Westview Pool and First Fairway
BSL Baking Class
Photo by Kathy Giannico
Lisa the Baking Coach. Learn to make appetizers with Puff Pastry & Pretzel Dough.
Birchwood Online Network Returns!
by Karen Olsen
The "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" is a Facebook Group replacing the former Birchwood Discussion Group.
The purpose of the Group is to facilitate exchange of information and general discussion between Birchwood Residents. Residents wishing to join the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" should contact the Group Administrator, Karen Olsen at Karols123@aol.com.
Only residents who are members of the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" can access the Group's Facebook page to view, post or comment.
Summer BBQ at the Eastview Clubhouse
by Kathy Giannico
East view Clubhouse Ceiling Collapse
photo by Frank Matzen
Middle Island New York 7-01-2014
Roof material fell from the ceiling of the Eastview indoor pool area on Monday 6-30-2014.
The good news is that no one was injured, the cause is yet to be determined.
This ceiling was repaired last year after leaking water from rain and snow.
Tick Toc.....Be careful during tick season
by Diane Mueller
Those of us living in Court 20 backing hole # 7 have been "attacked" by large number of ticks. My husband Bill had called the office last week and was told the perimeter of the property has been sprayed. Unfortunately, this spraying seems to have sent ticks to the homes and golf course.
As of yesterday afternoon, one resident had one on his arm after playing golf; 3 dogs have had 2-3 ticks each; after working in her garden, one resident had a whopping 8 pulled off her body!
Bill has pulled off 5, one of which is being tested for Lyme. He himself is being treated proactively for the disease!
Birchwood Residents and neighbors, be aware!
Tuesday Morning Golf Course Maintenance
by John Daly
Just a Reminder….
As we all know, Vince and his crew are doing an amazing job with our golf course. But, in order to do so, he requires the golf course including the practice area to be closed until 12pm.
Please abide by his wishes. The ranger on duty will put out the sign-in book when the course is ready for play.
We thank you for your understanding.
BSL Golf Guest Fees..... 2014
Sent by John Daly, BSL Golf Committee
Please download and view the updated guest fees below for 2014 provided by the BSL Golf Committee.
Dial 911 for Emergency....SCPD 6th Precinct Direct Line is 854-8600
* * VETERANS CLUB FLASH * *
Submitted by Frank Dapolito, President Veterans Club
The Veterans Club will return to its original scheduling that was outlined at the beginning of this year. Dates of remaining meetings for 2014 are as follows:
October 4th December 6th
Please mark your calendars
Attention Latin Dancers
by Pamela Frazier
Although meetings will not resume at Birchwood at Spring Lake for the Latin Dance Club, those who would like to continue to dance are invited to join me every Tuesday at 12:30 for a dance/exercise class at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Route 25A.
Those 60 years and older are eligible to attend this free class. For more information, telephone Pamela Frazier or email email@example.com. The center offers diverse opportunities for fun and educational activities.
Birchwood Book Club Announcement
by Marcia Attard
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month Eastview Clubhouse 4:00-5:00 pm
Contact Marcia Attard 345-6285 for any further information
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!
Birchwood Snow Report-- 2013/2014
WINTER 2013/2014 SNOW SEASON STORM RECORDS
by Mike Habich
At the end of the season, all costs are added up and split according to the offering plan formula by all 733 residents for the next years snow assessment.
I have recorded all Birchwood snow events since 2006
Light Dusting 11/12/2013 Snow on grass only No action needed
Light Dusting 12/8/2013 Snow on grass 0.50" No Action needed
Light Snow Event 12/10/2013 Minor Accum. 1.25" BSL Trucks Only
Snow to Rain 12/14/2013 3 inches Snow/Sleet 35 Yards Salt/Sand
Light Snow to Ice 12/17/2013 Minor Accum. 2.00" Sand/Salt, OT & Ice Melt
Light Snow 12/24/2013 Snow on grass & roads Road salt & Shovel crews
Blizzard 01/03/2014 Heavy snow 8-10 inches Full road salt & shovel crews
Icy Roads & Courts 01/07/2014 Rain to deep freeze Road and Court Salt/Sand
Icy Roads & Courts 01/10/2014 Rain freezing on surfaces Road sand & Salt crews
Heavy Snowfall 01/21/2014 Heavy accum. 12-14" All crews will be utilized
Light Snow 01/25/2014 Plowable Snowfall of 3" Road, Salt & Shovel Crews
Light Snow 01/29/2014 Plowable Snowfall of 3" Road & Shovel Crews On site
Heavy Snow 02/03/2014 Plowable wet snow 8" All crews utilized
Snow to Sleet 02/05/2014 Snow 3", to sleet to rain All crews utilized
Snow/Rain/Snow 02/13/2014 Snow/Rain/Snow 9" All crews utilized + Payloaders
Light Snow 02/15/2015 Light Snow 2-4" All crews utilized
Light Snow to Rain 02/18/2014 Snow 1-2" Hand Shovel Crews & Bobcats
Snow Flurries 02/27/2014 On and Off Snow No accumulation on roads
Light Snowfall 03/02/2014 Dusting only .25" Nothing spent. BSL Only
Moderate Snowfall 03/31/2014 Rain to snow 4" No outside vendors. BSL Only
Light Dusting 04/16/2014 Rain to flurries No outside vendors used.
Total # of snow events this season.........28
Total estimated snow in inches...............71.4
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 2014 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman .................................................................HOA President Jean Crescenzo................................................................. HOA Vice President Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, Bob Golden.......................................................HOA Directors
Michael Habich........................................................Recording Secretary (Non Voting)
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2014 Finance Committee Members
Michael Habich, Committee Chairperson , Diane Mami, Vice Chairperson
Richard Gerien CPA, Pat Olson, HOA Treasurer, 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
HOA "Rules & Regulations" Book
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 Jean Crescenzo, Birchwood Board of Directors.
CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD, VIEW or PRINT THE NEW 2012 RULES BOOKLET
*Disclaimer.....This website is not part of the HOA nor is it to be considered an "Official" Website. It is not controlled by the HOA Board of Directors and no HOA dues are used to operate this FREE "Unofficial" community website!