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   Birchwood Forms Library & Downloads

                           Click on the links below to download & Print the forms as indicated


BSL Architectural Application


CPM Packet

          Includes ACH and Census Information


Maximum Security Gate Form

                                 Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015

 Birchwood Real Estate Market Update

                                                              by Tom Annunziato

It looks like we are having a lot of activity in sales so far this year in Birchwood.
As of September we have had 25 closed properties with an average days on the market of 160. We currently have 22 condos and homes available for sale.

The fall tends to be a busy selling season so we can expect to have more homes sold before the years end. And as a reminder Coach Realtors offers Relocation Services that can connect you with a top agent anywhere in the United States if you are thinking of a long distant move.

 So if you are considering a move or hear that any family or friends please call me anytime 516-528-4658 .

Thank You Again!

Thomas Annunziato , Birchwood Resident

Coach Realtors Mount Sinai
354 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Phone: 631-331-3600, Fax: 631-331-8788

       Attention BSL Clubs & Committees

Please stop into the management office to pick up your packet and instructions as the pertain to the new

guidelines for committees and clubs to follow regarding delinquent residents. Diane Mami, HOA Secretary

        Court Captain Program Returning to Birchwood

                                                 by Diane Mami, HOA Director

In an effort to become more proactive in maintaining a high level of quality of life in our community, your HOA Board of Directors have approved a pilot program, Court Captains, to initiate communication with residents regarding:

· Abandoned homes, rental units, parking issues, excessive noise, pet issues, garbage problems

In addition, Court Captains will be notified by the HOA Board Court Captain Liaison of expected vendor services such as:

·Weeding, spraying, painting, sweeping, paving, sprinkler service and other services that are scheduled for each court.

If you are interested in hearing more about the program please contact me at 631-258-6362 or send me an email at dianemami@yahoo.com.  A meeting will be scheduled in September with all interested volunteers.  It is important that we have representation from each court in Section 1.

Upon successful completion of this pilot program, the board may extend the program to include Block Captains in Section 2 and 3.

This is your opportunity to get involved in your community, please volunteer!

Thank you.

Diane Mami


     A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                                        THE FOUR SACRED SEASONS

Now is the winter of our discontent

Made glorious summer by this sun of York.

Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third


            How do you feel about the change of seasons?  In the midst of winter we swear that we never again want to face cold weather and yet when we are sweltering in the summer sun don’t we try to imagine ourselves in a winter scene?   

            Still, the seasons were considered sacred in many ancient cultures.  The four points traced annually by the sun in its journey through the heavens – the solstices and equinoxes – was considered to be a symbol of the life of man or, indeed, of the life of the universe.

             In accordance with the ancient calendar, the Winter Solstice (12/21 in 2015) was the beginning of the year – the season of birth. 

The Spring Equinox (earlier this year was 03/20) symbolized adolescence – trials and their conquest. 

Full blown strength and power were associated with the Summer Solstice (earlier this year 06/21), representing a period of initiation. 

The closing of the year was considered to be the time of the Autumnal Equinox (09/23 in 2015) – the period of the Great Passing 

American Indians taught their young people that the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. 

Hey, we cannot deny that Nature is cyclic.  After all, the Chairman of the Board – Old Blue Eyes himself – told us so in his song Cycles


The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director," she answered.   "Interesting," the newsman thought.

He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now - in her 80's - a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."


                   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


       New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                            Minutes Online Page


    New Feature, Board Minutes On-Line!

                                                by Mike Habich, 

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



      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





     $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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