Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Marty Filler for stepping up to run for the BOD!
Your 2016 HOA Board of Directors
Kevin Mann, HOA Board Member, President
Bob Golden, HOA Board Member, Vice President
Mike Habich, HOA Board Member, Treasurer
Fran Gentleman , HOA Board Member, Secretary
Diane Mami, Mike Prasad, Greg Alessi
HOA Board Members..........
NY ROUTE 25/MIDDLE COUNTRY ROAD REPAVING WORK
BEGINS MONDAY MAY 16,2016
Submitted by Gail Lynch-Baily, Middle Island Civic Assn.
Motorists are advised that off-peak midday and nighttime construction operations will begin Monday, May 16 to repave a 1.4 mile section of NY Route 25/Middle Country Road between Arnold Drive and Yaphank-Middle Island Road/County Road 21 (CR 21) in the Town of Brookhaven Suffolk County. Weather permitting, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and/or 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. NY Route 25 travel lanes will be shifted or closed Monday through Friday as needed.
A single eastbound and westbound travel lane will remain open. Where the roadway is too narrow to accommodate two travel lanes, an alternating one way traffic pattern will be utilized. Intermittent brief closures of all lanes may also be utilized to accommodate positioning of construction equipment.
While construction will take place predominantly at night, some off-peak, midday lane shifts/closures will be needed. To further minimize the impact of construction operations on motorists and residents, paving operations will be performed and substantially completed on shorter segments of NY Route 25/Middle Country Road rather than disrupting the entire 1.4 mile project length.
BSL Memorial Day Commemoration
Submitted by Ed Handibode
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 10:30 am
Dari Lane and Birchwood Park Drive
If rain we’ll be at the Westview.
If you are inclined to place commemorative flowers at Memorial Wall please do this anytime before 09:30 a.m. on the morning of May 30, 2016
Salute to the Flag National Anthem sung by Buddy Ricciardi Invocation by Deacon Sonny from St. Frances Cabrini R.C. Church Laying of Wreath by Veteran(s) America the Beautiful Sung by Carol Goett Reading of the Plaque - Words on the Plaque were the inspiration of Mike Sgaglione and Maurice Harri
Guest Speaker Lee M. Zeldin U.S. Representative for New York’s 1st Congressional District
Recognition of Veterans in the Assembly Veterans please stand when the bugler plays the appropriate music for your branch of service. Army Navy Air Force Coast Guard Marine Corps
World War II Veterans will be asked to stand for recognition
Recognition of Ann DeBellis on the Keyboard Bob Levy Reading About Sullivan Ballou Taps by Bugler Josh Kowolosski House I Live In Sung by Buddy Ricciardi Flag Raised to Full Staff by Veteran(s) God Bless America
Memorial Park Committee Frank Piccola Frank Dapolito Bill Walsh Frank Goett Ed Handibode Rest in Peace Irwin Goldberg
Birchwood Veterans Club Meeting Announcement
BSL Veterans Club meeting on June 4th at 11a.m. at Westview Clubhouse.
Northport VA will be our guests and will offer information on Health Care, take questions etc.
In addition Mike H. will be displaying a WW-II Japanese Army Infantry Rifle
Refreshments; All veterans and spouses or guests welcome.
Birchwood @ Spring Lake
PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Submitted by Kevin Mann, Board
In some ways it seems like just yesterday that Marcelo
Lucero was murdered in a “bean jumping” hate crime in Patchogue. The pain of that incident was rekindled for
some by the Trump rally at the Emporium.
Elections tend to bring out the best and worst in people.
Our board election is upon us. Candidates have put their names in nomination
in order to assist our community. We
know our candidates will be better mannered than the presidential
candidates. Please remember that the
candidates and board members are volunteers like so many other wonderful people
who sacrifice their time to assist our beloved Birchwood. Let’s remember to treat all our neighbors the
way we ourselves hope to be treated.
Please be sure to vote on May 11th. Your vote counts!
Our board members have met with
Michael Loguercio-Brookhaven Councilman and Sarah Anker-County Legislator to
improve our relationship with local government.
Birchwood has considerable political power which we hope to
exercise. In the future we hope to
feature local politicians in our SLCN.
Speaking of local news, we are
thrilled that the wrecking ball has hit the old K-Mart. This effort was spearheaded by Councilman
Loguercio. Well done! The Middle Island Civic played a very active
role. Please check out and attend the
MICA website and meetings. There are
numerous potential plans for the property and we may call upon you to wield
some political clout when the time comes.
Birchwood is the jewel behind the archway and 10% of the local
population of Middle Island. What we
say, goes a long way locally.
Our community open house is coming
up on May 1st. Coach Realty
is the sponsor of the day all at their expense.
The open house is for potential buyers and realtors. The event is not for residents although many
of your neighbors will be hosting at the Eastview and on the golf course. Feel free to speak to guests about our
The golf season is upon us. The golf course is the crown jewel of the
community. While I am not a golfer, the
course is a great source of community pride.
I have been asked to try golf here a number of times. My fear is that my golfing will raise the
glass insurance for those who live along the course. All kidding aside, please use the course,
bring guests to play and have fun.
So what can you do to make Birchwood a better
community? Have a positive attitude, be
kind and ponder doing a planned act of kindness. One of our daughters-in-law Daphny has
decided to give a daily thank you to the universe for the blessings of her
life. Each day she makes a paper flower
(they are stunningly beautiful lotus flowers), attaches a note and leaves it in
a public location. Daphny will do this
for 100 consecutive days. Already she is
receiving emails, calls and thank yous.
Others have followed suit. This
is merely one example of how each of us can affect minor positive change.
So let’s be the change we want to see in the community.
Birchwood Real Estate Comparison
How Owning at Birchwood Compares to Other Communities?
Want to see what the other communities in Suffolk County have and what you pay as compared to Birchwood at Spring Lake? Just click the link below to view a side by side comparison of local communities and what they offer and charge. Birchwood at Spring Lake continues to be a bargain loaded with amenities.
An interesting article from Jonathan Smoke Chief Economist, realtor.com®
MONTHLY SUMMARY ..............April 2016
The latest data from realtor.com® shows that the 2016 home buying season is in full swing, with homes in April moving 8 percent more quickly than last year, even as asking prices continue to hit new record highs.
Homes on realtor.com stayed on the market for only 67 days in April, moving 6 days faster than a year ago and 7 faster than last month – pointing to solid momentum this spring. The median priced home was listed at $247,300, 9 percent higher than one year ago and 3 percent higher than March. For-sale housing inventory is increasing on a monthly basis, but remains lower than one year ago.
Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com, says: “Our full read on April inventory and activity on realtor.com clearly show a robust buying season has fully bloomed this spring. Close to 550,000 new listings came onto the market in April, which helped total inventory grow 3 percent over March. However, since the median age of inventory fell again by 7 days after falling a whopping 22 days in March, we know that sales are picking up faster than inventory. As a result we have 3 percent fewer homes available for sale compared to last year and homes stay on the market 6 fewer days. Pent-up demand, lower mortgage rates, and strong employment continue to power the strongest and healthiest real estate market we have seen in a decade.”
Median age of inventory in April ended at 67 days, down 8 percent year-over-year and down 9 percent from March.
Median listing price for April reached a record high of $247,300, a nine percent increase year- over-year and a three percent increase month-over-month. Listing inventory in April showed a three percent increase over March. However, inventory decreased three percent year-over-year.
So if considering a move or if you any hear that any family, friends or neighbors are, please call or email me anytime. Thank-you again.
Experience the power of a thunderstorm, the brilliant colors of a sunset, and the extraordinary order of day following night or spring following winter. What about the leaves falling off the trees in the autumn? How do all the rivers keep flowing? That’s a lot of water! Look at where the sun rises in the summer and compare that to where it rises in the winter. Smell a rose, honeysuckle or a lily. Why does the moon look so huge sometimes as it rises in the east? Why do cows eat grass and tigers eat meat? How can a tree grow out of a rock? How far away are the stars? How do fish breathe? How do robins know where the worms are? How do squirrels remember where they buried their acorns? Why are there waves in the ocean? What’s the story with the tides?
Author Jim Ryan wrote the words that appear above in his book Simple Happiness. Mr. Ryan is “fully alive,” to be sure. He is certainly interested in living.
Speaking for myself, I very often take these things for granted. Ryan’s words do pique one’s curiosity, for certain.
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 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.
The old procedure of filling out a paper work order in the clubhouse has been phased out and the paper work order books are gone. 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 Finance Committee
Your 2016 Finance Committee
Michael Habich HOA Treasurer, 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
*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!