The Golf Course will be closed all day on Tuesday, June 2 due to waste and sewage maintenance.
It will re-open on Wednesday morning.
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."
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.
Finally, signs of Spring are starting to emerge. The grass is greening, the flowers are popping and the trees are budding. We have survived another winter. It was a cold and snowy one and along with everyone’s anticipation of Spring flowers and warmer weather comes anticipation of the next snow assessment. I am happy to report that, in spite of all the snow this past winter, the assessment has gone down. It may not be much but I am sure all the white stuff had residents expecting an increase so a decrease is certainly good. Even though the next snowfall is far away, the board is already looking into ways to make paying for snow removal more palatable.
But enough discussion about cold and snow. We now are eagerly looking forward to the return of our friends and neighbors who have survived the winter in warmer places. It’s good to see some who have already returned and we look forward to a re-energized social scene with backyard barbeques, gatherings at the pool and golfing events. The property manager is already in the process of preparing the outdoor pools for re-opening. The Eastview indoor pool repairs is progressing at a slower pace than anticipated due to contractor’s schedules but at least it is progressing. The board plans to have all pools up and running by Memorial Day weekend and will host a pool opening community celebration. Details to follow.
As the board continues to work on “getting our house in order” I would like to refer back to the revised Homeowner Manual discussed in last month’s paper. It will be up on the Birchwood “unofficial” website shortly for all to view. From time to time it will be updated as the need arises. When that happens the community will be notified on that site. An updated copy will be given to all new residents and anyone who cannot access the rules by the website can request a copy at the office. Following the rules and guidelines in the manual is in the best interest of all our residents.
Finally, along with all the other signs of new life, we look forward to some new faces on the board. I encourage all to attend the “Meet the Candidates Night” Wednesday, April 29 in the Westview Clubhouse at 7 P.M. It is important for all to hear the qualifications of the candidates who are running for a director’s position in your community and to vote accordingly. CPM, our management company, will be running the election this year and you should by now have received information regarding the candidates and the election process. If you have not please contact CPM’s office at 864-6006. Election take place on Wednesday, May 20. This is also the time for the community’s annual meeting with reports from the auditor and other information. Please plan to vote and attend this important meeting.
Until then, enjoy the blossoming of all things Spring!
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
By Ed Handibode
VICTORY FOR HUMANITY
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann (1796-1859)
Wow! This guy lays a heavy one on us with that statement. He made this assertion in the year of his death when he was addressing students at Antioch College. He was a lawyer, educator and legislator.
Mann faced hardship as a child but struggled to become a lawyer in Massachusetts. Later he became a representative of that state.
Why didn’t the man delve into specificities? I mean, how are we to know just what specifically qualifies as “some victory for humanity.”
The man was too deep for me and there is no way I’ll be winning “some victory for humanity” before my death but I certainly do not plan to die in shame.
Horace Mann also coined this aphorism: “Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”
FLAG DAY - PROTECTING OLD GLORY
Excerpted from American Legion Magazine Several Years Ago:
Have you ever had the privilege of attending the funeral of a veteran or a service member killed in the line of duty?
Every moment of such ceremonies is moving but perhaps the most powerful is when a service member steps forward to present the U.S. flag to the surviving family. In all such instances, that flag gets meticulously folded, usually by two representatives from the deceased’s branch of service, and is gently placed in the hands of the widow, the parents or the children, on behalf of a grateful nation.
Even the most stoic of men labor to keep their emotions in check as Old Glory – folded smartly so that only the blue and the stars are showing – is received by surviving family members. There is no greater send-off to Americans who in wartime put our country first, and no better way to thank the loved ones who supported them.
For more than 200 years, U.S. flags have draped the caskets of young and old alike, from those who made the supreme sacrifice in battle to those who made it home. In every case, the flag honors what they gave to America and, for their loved ones, conveys the nation’s gratitude.
At other times, the Stars and Stripes rallies Americans. Raised at Ground Zero in the grim days following 9/11, our flag sent a message to friends and enemies that the United States wouldn’t go quietly into the night. For legal immigrants aspiring to American citizenship, the flag has meant the hope for a better life. For Olympic athletes about to receive a medal, the flag embodies pride in self and country.
There is no more potent symbol in our nation, yet because of a 1989 Supreme Court decision, that symbol remains unprotected against physical desecration. Every time the U.S. flag is burned or ripped, it’s an affront to those of us who know that it’s far more than a piece of cloth.
Since that day The American Legion has led the campaign against flag desecration, lobbying Congress on behalf of the millions of Americans who support a constitutional amendment that would return to the people the right to protect their flag.
Currently, two pieces of legislation – H.J. Res 13 in the House and S.J. Res. 19 in the Senate – await action. They say simply: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
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:
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 Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Mike Habich.......................................................................Recording Secty. Kevin Mann, Bob Golden......................................................HOA Directors
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2015 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
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