Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015
Birchwood Entrance Artwork Facelift
THANKS TO BETTY SCHUSTER FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK!
Thanks to BSL Resident Betty Schuster for volunteering her time and expertise to repaint the two golf signs at the front entrance archway.
The entrance archway is undergoing a transformation with new paint, trim color, signage and clearing of the old overgrown shrubs and planting.
Watch for more improvements in the coming weeks!
If you see Betty in the community thank her for her generous and beautiful work on our behalf!
Your 2016 HOA Board of Directors
June 7th, 2016
Mike Prasad, HOA Board Member, President
Diane Mami, HOA Board Member, Vice President
Mike Habich, HOA Board Member, Treasurer
Fran Gentleman , HOA Board Member, Secretary
Bob Golden, Kevin Mann, 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.
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.
Yankee Doodle went to
town, riding on a pony, Stuck a feather in his hat and called it
In Pre-Revolutionary America when
the ditty "Yankee Doodle" was first popular, the singer of this verse
wasn’t referring to pasta. A dictionary
definition of the word “macaroni,” aside from pasta, is as follows: “an English dandy of the 18th
century who affected Continental mannerisms.”
Macaroni was a style of Italian
dress widely imitated in England at the time and a “dandy” in England who
dressed like this was referred to as a “macaroni.” By just sticking a feather in his hat and
calling himself a "macaroni" Yankee Doodle was proudly proclaiming himself
to be a country bumpkin because that was how the English regarded most colonists
at that time.
If the English had known
then about political correctness they may have realized the term “disobedient
offspring" would have been a much more acceptable term than "country
On July 2, 1776, two hundred forty
years ago, the resolution for independence was drafted by Richard Henry
Lee of Virginia. It was adopted by a
committee including John Adams.
On July 4th legislators signed
Thomas Jefferson’s world famous document the Declaration of
Independence. Most Americans are
familiar with the words which began “We
hold these truths to be self-evident…” but the words that immediately
preceded those words also held high significance, to wit: “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to
which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to
the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the separation. We hold
After forty years of public service Jefferson reconciled with
his old political opponent John Adams and the two men, from 1811 to their
deaths carried on voluminous correspondence, which ranks very highly among “American
Ironically these two men died within hours of each other on
July 4, 1826 - fifty years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of
Despite the turbulent early
relationship between England and the American colonists, our two countries have
ever since been strongly united.
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!