Everyone is welcome, we hope to fill the auditorium.
Thursday Night Line Dancing to Resume on:
Thursday March 13, 2014 at the East view
Contact: Ed Handibode for details!
Daylight Savings Time...
by Dick Bloch
I got up this morning and I was reminded by the news on the radio to turn our clocks ahead. I started to do my alarm clock and I stopped and thought for a few minutes;
Do I really want to know what what is going to happen an hour from now? My decision was to leave the clocks alone. I do not want to look into the future any more than I have to, and anyhow, why shorten this beautiful life by even an hour?
Anyhow, all my life I have been an hour late and a dollar short!!!!!
By Ed Handibode
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with all other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
Scottish-born American naturalist John Muir (died 1914) expressed the thought above. He had a poetic appreciation of nature and encouraged the preservation of our natural environment.
Environmentalists are ridiculed and laughed at by many people. Concern for the environment is thought of by the scoffers as "that green stuff."
But doesn't Life flow through everything that exists and isn't Life unified?
I heard a startling quote attributed to Albert Einstein in which he suggested that if bees were to become extinct today, humanity would disappear four years later. A recent statistic suggests we lose 30% of the bee population annually; a phenomenon referred to as CCS (Colony Collapse Syndrome).
On top of that staggering statistic is another one stating that 33% of the food we put into our mouths comes from crops that could not have survived without bee pollen.
Philosophical Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius said, "What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee." We might add "vice versa."
I no longer deny our interrelationship with Nature. We loosely use the phrase, "Everything is relative" but we may not realize the profundity of that statement. If everything is related to everything else, isn't everything interdependent with everything else? Another loosely used phrase is, "We're all connected." What is the implication of that?
Nothing can live unto itself alone. Yet, we think of ourselves as being separate from other human beings and when it comes to other species we insist our separateness is even more remote.
Some metaphysicians, however, refer to this so called "separateness" as "the Great Illusion." We invest our belief in separateness and it becomes very real for us. If we cannot acknowledge our connectedness with other humans and with nature as a whole, we may have a difficult time with the concept of "community unity" in Birchwood.
It does seem that the Unity of Life is demonstrated when we face a common disaster. Tragic events make us very much aware of our need for each other.
Diane's point of view...Snow!
by Diane Mami
With regard to Tony Vernoias article below, It's interesting because it seems that the words "parking areas" may have been loosely interpreted to mean private driveways by previous boards and its been carried over throughout the years. I am not saying that this practice should be discontinued, what I am saying is Section 1 should not be paying for private driveways to be shoveled.
The snow assessment for Section 1 should be based on common parking areas. The Sections with private driveways should pay more. The calculation would be similar to the insurance assessment. Section 1 pays more because our homeowners insurance is included in our common charges.
Fair is fair. Residents in Section 1 are looking at things much more closely since the insurance assessment hit us hard, and our roofs are deteriorating without any planned schedule of replacement. It's time to take a look at having a community vote to change the unfair methods of determining common charges and assessments forced on our community by the builder.
Snow Removal Not Valid on Quads & Single Family Homes
Response to Dick Bloch and Frank Matzen on Snow Removal
By Tony Vernoia
When you were about to puchase a home at Birchwood the Developer issued an Offering Plan containing the By-laws for our community. It's a brown covered book. As soon as you open the book on Page 3 it states the following;
THE PURCHASE OF A HOME ASSOCIATED WITH MANDATORY MEMBERSHIP IN A HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION HAS MANY LEGAL AND FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCE AND MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORANT FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS OF YOUR LIFE. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL STONGLY URGES YOU TO READ THIS OFFERING PLAN CAREFULLY AND TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING A CONTRACT OF SALE.
The reason that it is there is because whether you read it or not, after you closed and move in here and you don't like what's in the By-laws you have no one to blame but yourself. The Amendments can be changed but only by 66 2/3% vote. As you all know there are 3 Section in Birchwood.Section 1 contains 104 Condos and and the 112 Garages and are "Class A" Units. Also 174 Townhouses consisting of Galaxys, Floridians and Malibus and they are "Class B" Units.Section 2 contains 359 SF Units and according to Amendment #6 dated February 22, 1994 are "Class C" Units.Section 3 contains 96 Quadraplex Units according to Amendment #13 dated May 21, 1999 and are "Class D" Units. If you read both those Amendments #6 and #13 there is no mention of snow removal from their walkways or driveways.
Now as for the issue of snow removal. From 1990 until Nov. 1st of 2005, that's 15 years, there was never a snow assessment. The reason being on Page 64 of the By-laws about 1/3 of the way down, it states and is the only valid law that applies to snow removal. It is only one sentence. Please read it a few times until the meaning sinks in. The Board of Directors will provide snow plowing for the roadways and walkways located on the property.
The SF Units and Quads have driveways and walkways but that is "Private Property" and as such are responsible for their own shoveling of snow. If you want your walkways and driveways shoveled you can amend the above with a 66 2/3% vote.
What happened in 2005 an unscrupulous Board Member and President, who resided in Section 1 who moved out of here quite awhile ago and no longer resides here took it upon himself when he allowed a SF home owner, a friend, to have their driveway shoveled. Neighbors saw this and thus very soon he allowed all of those with driveways to be shoveled which was a direct violation of the By-laws. Because he was the President of the Board, that did not give him the power to illegally grant the shoveling of the driveways. How do I know this? From a resident who knew where all the skeletons were buried here, so to speak. And that is how it came about that for the past 8 years we have all been assessed, which never should of happened.
So in closing I tend to agree with Frank Matzen and Diane Lawlor's posting on Monday, March 3rd on the B.D.G. It's up to the individual home owners of the SF and Quads and those who choose to still have it done by a contractor, they can still hire John to do it, as he is now, or those who don't want to have it shoveled, can opt out, and do it themselves. As to Dick, a newspaper Ad has no standing in a court of law as it never was and never has been stated in the By-laws. The builder's intent does not hold water. Only what's in the By-laws.
In closing let me say this. Section 1 did not write the By-laws. That was done by the Developer and what he had to do by Law. So in plain English, let me say with all due respect to those who disagree with my comments, Section 1 and the 278 Unit owners and the 112 Garage Owners, we have been screwed royally for the assessment we have been paying now going on 8 years when until that time before 2005 we, and the SF homes and Quads, that's all 733 Units, only paid for the roadways throughout the Community and Property, and the walkways in Section 1, all common ground, and that entire sum was placed in the Operating Budget and we were all assessed accordingly as to what the weighted factor was for the Unit that you owned.
Response to Tony & All on Snow Removal, by Dick Bloch
Tony, Frank, Diane , Mike and "ATTENTION Mr. And Mrs. America and all the ships at sea" as Walter Winchell used to open his broadcasts with.
I use that quote to show that I have not lost my memory yet. I have a pretty good memory; I remember my Kindergarden teacher, Mrs. Kelly, my 6th Grade teach Miss Smith who I was in love with and I especially remember early January, 1996 when we moved in right after a blizzard. Our driveway and walkway were plowed and shoveled, and in fact the plow hit and dented the side of the garage door which was replaced by the HOA. And they have been plowed and shoveled ever since!
I am truly sorry that this issue may cause more hard feelings between sections, because I truly believe that expenses for all regimes come out even when you add up the the various services that are performed in Sec 1, and versus what little service we get in Section 2. & 3. I for one will not address this issue unless. It appears that there is more to be learned or action started to change the way things are.
Confusing.....Playing Devils Advocate with the Offering Plan
by Mike Habich
As a SF Home Owner I wonder why the builder assigned all SF homes a weighted factor of 1.75, which means we pay the the highest factor in the community (along with the Malibu units) if we do not get snow removal, roofing, siding or any type of exterior home maintenance but still have to pay for the exterior maintenance costs (minus roof and paint) of the attached units? It just doesn't make any sense to me in the reasoning of assigning 1.75 as our factor. Why would the SF homes pay the highest factor and get the least mount of home services? Confusing....
If our driveway is private property then why are we forced to submit an Architectural Improvement application for HOA approval and a $500.00 check to have our driveway re-done with pavers? Why does the board need to approve the change if it's private property? Can I paint my driveway purple because it's private property and I own it? Confusing...
Where is it in the offering plan is it stated that the SF homes have to pay for the vinyl siding of the attached units but not get our own vinyl siding fixed, what page are the words Vinyl Siding addressed on. After the last Hurricane the whole South side of my home lost it's siding and I had to pay for the repair out of pocket so I did not "Waste" a claim on my high priced HO policy which costs me over $2,000 per year? Should I have written a work order because it is not specifically stated in the offering plan that our homes siding is not covered? Was it the builders intention to exclude all exterior maintenance from the SF homes but still have them pay toward exterior maintenance of the attached units? Confusing...
I own a snow blower and my wife and I both work so I rarely take advantage of the shovelling because we have to get the driveway cleared to get to work in the morning. I feel bad for the Seniors in the SF homes and Quads that cannot shovel for health reasons. What was the procedure before 2005 for driveways? Where did the money come from or were the driveways on the SF homes and Quads just not cleared? Confusing...
I agree with Tony that the offering plan should be followed and not trampled on by anyone. There are unfair situations on all sides and we have to either live with it or change it. Not Confusing...
I really hate to see this "Hatfield & McCoys" feud rear it's head again between the sections.
Thanks to Tony, Dick , Diane , Frank M. & Frank P. for supporting this website with their views.
I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO MIKE'S "CONFUSION" ARTICLE
1. MIKE THE 1.75 FACTOR APPLIES TO ALL SF HOMES AND MALIBUS REGARDLESS OF SIZE. I HAD ALWAYS THOUGHT THE BUILDER SHOULD HAVE USED A DIFFERENT FACTOR FOR THE SMALLER HOMES, EATONS AND DEVONS. FOR SOME REASON HE LUMPED THEM ALL TOGETHER. SECTION ONE UNITS WERE FACTORED DEPENDING ON SQ. FOOTAGE.
2. I BELIEVE THE BUILDERS INTENT WAS TO HAVE SOME SORT OF STANDARDIZATION, PURPLE DRIVEWAYS WOULD BE SOMEWHAT NON CONFORMING WITH SURROUNDING HOMES.
3. MIKE, YOU'RE %100 CORRECT, NO WHERE IN THE BY-LAWS DOES IT MENTION VINYL SIDING. HOWEVER THE BY-LAWS DO STATE THE HOA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE EXTERIOR OF SECT.1 UNITS. IF YOU RECALL THERE WAS OPPOSITION TO USING VINYL TO REPLACE THE EXTERIOR WOOD IN SECT.1 FROM RESIDENTS OF SECT.1. A SURVEY WAS TAKEN IN SECT.1 AND OVER 200 RESIDENTS PREFERRED WOOD TO BE USED TO REPLACE WOOD, NOT VINYL. MANY RESIDENTS FELT A 2/3'S VOTE WAS REQUIRED TO MAKE A "MATERIAL" CHANGE. YOU,AS MUCH AS ANYONE KNOW WHY THE VINYL WAS USED.
4. PRIOR TO 2005 DRIVEWAYS OF SF HOMES WERE CLEARED BECAUSE THE BOARD PRESIDENT AT THAT TIME FELT IT WAS NO PROBLEM TO CLEAR 40-50 SF HOMES ON ETHAN CIRCLE AND BIRCHWOOD PARK DR. THE ADDITIONAL DRIVEWAY CLEARING COSTS HAVE INCREASED WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT 359 DRIVEWAYS. THE MONEY WAS IN THE OPERATING BUDGET PRIOR TO 2005, IT WASN'T IN A SEPERATE ACCOUNT. IT BECAME A SEPERATE ACCOUNT, AND $170,000 WAS THE FIGURE ARRIVED AT BY LOOKING BACK AT SNOW REMOVAL AVERAGE COSTS FOR PRIOR YEARS. I DON'T MEAN TO BE A WISE GUY BUT HOW MANY SF HOME BUYERS READ ON P.3 OF THE BY-LAWS WHAT THEY WERE BUYING INTO?
FOR YEARS THE THINKING OF SF HOMEOWNERS WERE THEY WERE SUPPORTING SECT.1 A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BY-LAWS INDICATES THAT ISN' SO..
I HATE TO SEE BIRCHWOOD BECOME THE HADFIELDS VS. THE MCCOYS. POSSIBLY A DIALOGUE SHOULD TAKE PLACE AT SOME SORT OF OPEN HEARING AND QUESTIONS ABOUT HOA RESPONSIBILITIES DISCUSSED, NOT EMOTIONAL DIALOGUE, FACTUAL TALK ABOUT THE BY-LAWS!
Admin note: Thanks Frank for the information!
An Idea...... Eliminate some Snow Shoveling
By Frank Matzen
Read all of Frank's Comments on FaceBook
Check out the BSL Face Book Discussion Group
I propose eliminating walks and driveways of single family homes and quads from the snow removal contract.
Those homeowners would then be able to control the snow removal costs for their own homes by having the option of shoveling themselves, or hiring help as deemed necessary.
Those residents who need to leave early for appointments, or are employed outside the home often need to leave before the contract shovelers arrive and must hire help or shovel themselves out anyway. Snowbirds and winter vacationers may not care to have their walks and driveways cleared after every snowfall.
Dwellings with common walkways could be assessed separately and all residents would share the costs for snow removal from roadways, courts, parking lots and clubhouses.
I believe this change would result in a substantial savings for all residents and suggest the HOA board conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine the viability of this proposal.
Frank Matzen..... 03/01/2014
Frank Matzen's Response to Dick Bloch 0f 3/04/2014
Dick, I disagree with your point of view regarding Birchwood’s snow removal policy for driveways and walks to SF homes and quads. (BEEN THERE DONE THAT - 03/04/2014)
You say, “It is what it is.” … I say, it doesn’t have to be what it is. A newspaper ad for homes and quads stating that the snow removal was included is not the same as stating it definitively in the By-Laws.
Furthermore, “past practice” doesn’t mean it has to be present practice. Things change. For Example:
Past practice: No charge for guests to play golf. Present Practice: Guests including adult children, grandchildren and other family members must pay to play.
Past practice: Birchwood hired clubhouse attendants. Present practice: Outsourced to a security company.
Past practice: homeowners were not permitted to erect structures in their yards. Present practice: gazebo canopy tents are permitted and abound.
Past practice: Front doors were required to be uniform and of designated colors. – Present practice …. I could go on, but I think you get my point.
About the need for a By-Law amendment? Over the years our HOA Boards have applied a very loose interpretation of our by-laws. (I.e. White vinyl fencing = natural wood fencing, Wood siding = vinyl siding ...)
I believe it is in the best interest of the entire Birchwood community, regardless of the type of dwelling in which they reside, that the Board, absent a specific mandate in the by-laws, discontinue the past practice of providing snow removal for driveways and walks to SF homes and quads.
Frank Matzen 03/05/2014
Dick Bloch's Reply to Frank Matzen
Frank, wow, we finally found something to disagree publicly on. I disagree with your disagree on the shoveling of driveways and walkways of the detached homes and the quads and if I know anything about my neighbors at all I am willing to bet that very few, if any, of those owners would want to change the present system except possibly the snowbirds.
Relying on many individual contractors who would have to provide all kinds of insurance certificates to the HOA would prove unmanageable. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the shoveling system except for a clearer cut policy as to just when we need the troops to come in, a policy that balances safety and costs, and the whole board making the decisions, not one person.
I would agree with you on the "past practice" issue if it was that simple, but it is much bigger than that. The newspaper ad is a very valid issue, and was/is relied upon by prospective buyers, and it shows the Sponsor's intent, and it is listed in the first budget as snow removal after 3 inches of snow, which again shows the intent.
Back in the beginning of time we had a similar problem with the builder erecting the split rail fences at the rear of all the detached homes. For over a year after moving in in 1996 there were no fences and we liked the open look onto the golf course. One day the fence company showed up and started erecting what we now have ( and I am glad now that they did). Ron Horowitz told me himself that he had to erect them because it was the way the models were shown. He sure did not want to spend the money if he did not have to.
At any rate this is not a minor issue and unfortunately would, and should, require a change in the Bylaws. This is not a little change of door color and old geezers, I mean old gazebos and the people would have to be heard. Till The Next Teardrop (SNOWFLAKE) Falls I bid you fond adieu.
Dick Bloch 03/05/2014
The Bulletin Board!
A QUICK THANK YOU TO ANYONE AND ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE TIMELY MANNER IN WHICH THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE RECENT POST CONCERNING THE BLANK BULLETIN BOARD OUT FRONT. IT WAS REALLY A PLEASURE TO SEE IT UP AND RUNNING AGAIN. THANKS FROM A LOT OF US. Dick Bloch!
HOA Authorizes Release of Snow Costs Year to Date!
Based on the extreme winter conditions and snow costs we have incurred so far, HOA President Vincent Rutherford has asked that the figures below be shared with residents. These are costs "Season to Date" and there are some outstanding bills for storms still not presented to the community which are indicated as estimates ans could vary when actual bills are presented. At the end of this snow season, there will be a snow assessment to re-coup expenses and additional reserve monies borrowed and to build the snow fund back to acceptable levels to prepare for the 2014/2015 Winter season.
Rock Salt Bags Purchased by HOA 28,175.00 (Some recent purchases not yet billed)
Est of services performed not yet billed 157,500.00 (Recent work not yet billed to HOA, Estimate)
Gas, Repairs, Misc. Plow Expenses 802.92 (BSL Trucks , Gas and Snow Plow Repairs)
Total Estimate of snow spending so far: $390,368.92....(Any Additional Storms to be added for 2014)
My point of view.....by Dick Bloch
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 03/04/2014
Well it sure was good to see that our HOA BOARD decided to cancel the snow storm this weekend and save us the big bucks. Good job.
Bulletin Board Empty Again? I have a question for our HOA BOARD. if we have 2 or 3 maintainace men in our employ, plus a property manager and office staff, why couldn't one of the 5 or 6 people take 15 minutes out of their busy day and keep our entrance bulletin board out front up to date? That bulletin board is a very important "quick" shot reminder of things coming up, being cancelled, etc. Would someone in authority please look into this. If by any chance they are so very very busy that they can't spare the 15 minutes every day or so, perhaps the HOA BOARD might consider a volunteer resident to do the job. I am sure there are many people who would be interested, as many would be if asked by the HOA BOARD to volunteer for other tasks that need doing here.
Snow Removal on SF Homes Driveways I am hearing that the question of the SF detached residences and quads in Section Two and Three are once again being singled out for having the driveways and walkways shoveled. I hope we do not have to go there again. This discussion was brought up several years ago and based on several factors was put to rest and the shoveling continued. I probably have the files on this matter in the attack, but the key piece was the newspaper advertisement for homes and quads stating that the snow shoveling was included. The sponsor was here when the driveways began to be shoveled and certainly as confusing as this offering plan is, the builder knew what services were included in what he was selling. Past practice for the last 17+ years is also in indicator and many things are not spelled out clearly in the offering plan and still occur that are unfair to both "Sides" of the equation. If anyone with quicker access to that material has that original newspaper ad please let me know @ DickBloch448@Yahoo.Com.
Bylaws Amendments The bottom line is this, A lot of us do not agree with some things in the Prospectus/Bylaws and would like to see changes made, including myself. As most of you know, changing the Bylaws we live by requires a vote of the entire community , or at least 66 and 2/3rds of all the owners. That is over 489 votes, one vote per residence, to make any changes in the Bylaws. Based on previous attempts and how hard it is to get the same required number of owners out to vote in our HOA elections, I do not believe we will ever see a change in the rules that govern us.
Just my opinion of course, but it have lived here for 17 years and seen these things come and go. To quote one of my beautiful daughter who says, " It is what it is" and as I say, "Been there, done that".
Thank you for reading.
SOME REAL FACTS TO CONSIDER. 02/28/2014
by Dick Bloch
Snow & Liability I am writing this article, not to point fingers, or place blame, merely to get some previously stated facts back into the comments and to add some perspective to our current situations.
First and foremost it should be noted that the various liability claims against BIRCHWOOD (Us) are far from the only reason our insurance premium has risen so high. There are many other factors to consider.
Unlike the snow costs which depend on the number of times the snow troops are called out, the insurance policy is an ongoing protection which covers us and our community 365 days a year and covers us for much more than slip and falls. It covers all common ground and the buildings on it, which includes the two clubhouses, the sewer plant, the maintenance building, and all the residences in Section 1, etc. and the quads at the North end. The residential buildings, the attached residences, in Section 1 are considered a higher risk because of the frame construction and the fact that there are no firewalls between the units that extend all the way up and there are no sprinkler systems, and they are in very close proximity to each other. Not any owners fault of course, this is just the way they were built and were bought in good faith without ever thinking of what has now happened. Higher risk buildings must pay higher insurance costs and the recent multiple unit fires in nearby condo communities like ours will only add to the higher pricing structure of attached frame residential buildings.
I read that the buildings listed above are covered $82,000,000+ ($82 million) so finding an insurance company willing to take on that risk with such a high value is difficult. In addition there were two major claims relating to storm damage amounting to approximately $50,000 in the Courts and I'm sure there were other smaller claims on the buildings as well.
The bottom line is this, we can complain all we want, we can bury our heads in the sand ( snow), but these problems are not going to go away by themselves. The HOA BOARD and the community MUST work together to keep our common charges down. Our homes will be worthless if our common charges are unreasonable and potential buyers will not even enter our community to look at homes for sale if the common charges on the listing are too high.
A good example is the reduction of slip and falls because of the constant phone warnings, updates, etc. Those closings and the Robo-calls generated a lot of comment but the bottom line is that "They Called And We listened". Sure it can get annoying to have your daily routine disrupted, but in real emergencies the Police and Fire Department can, and have, gotten through.
Lets not throw out the baby with the bath water. We have a dedicated, hard working HOA BOARD and Finance Committee that I for one would not like to see anyone of them so frustrated and abused that they resign. I truly hope that this letter serves the purpose I intend it to do which is to put things in prospective. Thank you.
Snow Formulas and Comments...
by Tony Vernoia
Dick Bloch, In response to your most recent article "Time to Stop the Snow." I agree that since the volunteer members of our elected HOA board are elected to represent all home owners that all seven members should make the decisions about our snow removal as they and all the home owners foot the bill.
This past Friday the 21st of Feb., I posted on the B.D.G. that in our Offering Plan that on Page 14 under Snow Removal it stated that snow removal will commence when 3" has fallen. But this is not in the By-laws Section of our Offering plan. The developer placed it there as a standard or gauge that the snow removal Company that was contracted to do the work, would commence plowing all the roadways. I assume that is the reason that many past Boards have either mentioned or used that gauge or standard or old rule of 3" as you mentioned, as well as many home owners thinking so.
But I think as you said, it should be only the HOA Board. It should be left to their discretion as to when to start bringing in the snow crews. But this 2013-2014 winter season has been unusual as you can see, that when Mike Habich documented every snowfall from 11/12/2013 to 2/18 2014. I count at least 11 times the Snow Crews were brought in. In all the years that I have been living here we never had nowhere near that number.
I hope the BOD and Finance Committee doesn't mind but using the figure of $390,368, that Vinny Rutherford wanted posted for the home owners to see and using the Table for Assessments on Page 59 of the By-laws in the Offering Plan I did the Math only to give you and the home owners an idea of what you will be paying monthly. But since that is not the final figure and total figure is expected to go up to about a little over $400,000, so will these monthly assessments.
I $27.61 Beaumonts, Regency, Bedfords II 34.51 Lamonts, Galaxies III 41.42 Sanfords, Floridians, Quads IV 48.32 Malibus, Single Family Homes V 2.07 Garages
Administrators Note: The formula used by the Finance Committee and Treasurer to compute the snow assessment matches Tony's amounts above exactly.
Birchwood Snow Report
WINTER 2013/2014 SNOW SEASON STORM RECORDS
by Mike Habich
At the end of the season, all costs are added up and split 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" ????
From the Diary of a Snow Shoveler
by Ed Handibode Day 1 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!
Day 2 We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a lovelier place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.
Day 3 The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry; we'll definitely have a white Valentine's Day. No snow in February would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.
Day 4 Snow, lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to the teens. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way.
Day 5 20 forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.
Day 6 Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like heck. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.
Day 7 Temperature is way below freezing. Roads too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
Day 8 Electricity's back on, but another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Darn snowplow came back twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.
Day 9 Bob was right about winter's here because 13 more inched of the white crap fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to poop. By the time I got undressed, pooped, and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the jerk is lying.
Day 10 Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 15. The wife wanted me to clean the porch furniture this morning. What, is she nuts! Why didn't she tell me to clean them months ago and cover them? She says she did but I think she's lying.
Day 11 6" snow packed so hard by the snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the man who drives that snowplow I'll drag him through the snow by his nose and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to watch a romantic movie with her, but I was too busy watching for the snowplow.
Day 12 Happy Valentine's Day! 20 more inches of the slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a freaking idiot. If I have to watch "Sleepless in Seattle" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.
Day 13 Still snowed in. Why the heck did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
Day 14 Temperature dropped to record low and the pipes froze. Plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him. He only charged me $1400 to replace all my pipes.
Day 15 Warmed up to above 18! Still snowed in. THE WITCH is driving me crazy!
Day 16 Still more snow. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?
Day 17 Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver. He's now suing me for a million dollars not only for the beating I gave him but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up where the sun doesn’t shine. The wife went home to her mother. More snow predicted.
Day 18 I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.
Day 19 Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?
BIRCHWOOD @ SPRING LAKE WOMEN'S CLUB EVENTS
by Marge Rende
Monday, April 14, 2014 – Luncheon 12:00 Noon Learn the Art of “Growing Flowering Bulbs” Flowers Will Bloom Indoors & Be Ready to Plant Outdoors In The Spring – All Materials Will Be Supplied Everyone Will Go Home With a Completed Glass Garden Registration: Monday, April 7, 2014E. View – 5-6 PM $15.00 PP (Lunch & Supplies)
All Luncheons Are for Paid-Up Members Only
Become a Member - Membership Renewal $30.00 Per Year Make All Checks Payable to:
Women's Club of Birchwood At Spring Lake, Inc.(Separate Checks For Luncheon Checks Please)
Golf Committee Election Information
by Alan Monteleone
To: All Birchwood Residents
From: Alan Monteleone, The BSL Golf Committee
Re: 2014 Elections for Open Golf Committee Positions
This is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference. There are three positions on the Golf Committee that are up for election. These will be three year positions and are open to all residents of the community in good standing. This election will take place at the April Golf Kickoff meeting (TBA).
If you are interested and would like to apply for a position, please send your resume to Alan Monteleone @ 47 Eric Drive, ASAP.
Greetings to all our neighbors. This is just a quick update from the HOA Board to keep you informed on some of the current issues being discussed in the community.
There has been much concern voiced recently about the closing of the Eastview pools. As the community ages it is reasonable to expect that mechanical items will begin to breakdown. This is the case with the pool heaters in the Eastview. It has been determined that the heaters are beyond repair and leaking carbon monoxide fumes when turned on. In the interest of safety the heaters cannot be used. The Property Manager is in the process of getting prices for new heaters. This process takes time as the Board must do due diligence in determining the best price for the most appropriate equipment. Be assured that the pools will be up and running again as soon as possible.
Another item in discussion is the discarding of large items outside of dumpsters. Residents needing to dispose of items too large for regular trash collection should make arrangements with Jet Sanitation @ 234-7100. Going forward any resident found disposing of these items outside the dumpsters will be fined $250. Please cooperate as the dumpsters are reserved for normal household trash for the units that do not get curbside pickup.
As the next storm approaches continue to abide by all the safety measure put in place by the Board and stay safe. Spring will be here eventually!
Greetings to all our neighbors. This is the second edition of a commentary that will appear periodically on the website. It is an effort of your HOA Board of Directors (BOD) to keep you informed on some of the many issues and projects being researched, reviewed and evaluated. As stated in the prior edition, this is a very broad view of problems, possible solutions and new innovations under consideration. It is not meant to be viewed as a finality but an overview of trends and forecasts related to future community developments. For complete and up to date BOD decisions read the board minutes available on the website, in the clubhouses and by email upon request.
First a thank you to all who read and commented positively to the first edition of this communication. The BOD is pleased that so many of you have found it helpful. More importantly, it is gratifying that the community heeded the advice to stay indoors during dangerous weather conditions until maintenance staff could create a safer environment. That, along with temporary closures of the clubhouses, resulted in no slip and falls at the clubhouses and adjacent walkways during recent storms. Keep up the good work and be vigilant as more snow is predicted. Also, just an FYI, anyone encountering a dangerous situation on the weekend when the management office is closed should call the Soundview emergency number @ SV is 928-0033
Next, the BOD is acutely aware of the confusion, frustration and general discontent of residents related to the recent changes to the clubhouse procedures. It does appear incongruent to have security guards checking passes from 2:00 P.M. on and no one checking passes in the earlier hours. First, an explanation of how we got there.
It was clear that the attendants were barely performing their jobs in terms of checking passes and prohibiting the entrance of unauthorized people into the clubhouse. Yes, they were useful in setting up for parties and other club activities but it was determined that that function could be allocated to maintenance staff. In general, however, the community was paying for unprofessional and immature help to sit and do their homework. Research also revealed that most communities like Birchwood do not provide attendants to monitor the activities in a clubhouse but expect residents to use good judgment and use the facilities at their own risk.
To allow access to the facilities by authorized persons only, a plan was developed to institute the use of key fobs for entrance into all facilities. The guards were added at night for additional safety and to secure the building at closing. (It should be noted that the attendants failed to secure the buildings on several occasions.) Factoring in the cost of insurance, workers compensation and social security for the attendants, this move did not increase the budget as some residents have indicated. It also provided an automatic replacement if someone was sick, needed time off or left employment.
As a part of the plan, the senior clubhouse attendant would stay on to oversee clubhouse activities for both locations during the day and set up for parties and clubhouse events. Since those activities would not occupy a full day he would also be responsible for maintenance chores in and around the clubhouses, including pool maintenance, and his title would be moved to the maintenance department. This would free up the two maintenance workers already on staff to respond to other chores outside the clubhouses, including snow plowing. The contracted pool company would continue to oversee pool operations and testing in conjunction with the clubhouse maintenance attendant. As a backup the security company was willing to have the guards trained in pool testing. This would fulfill more than Department of Health requirements.
All the bases were covered and ready to move forward with a plan to improve service to the community in a more efficient manner. But we all know about how the best laid plans sometimes turn out. The key fob contract fell apart, the senior club house attendant refused his new responsibilities and quit and a maintenance worker hurt himself and is out for an extended period of time. An additional maintenance worker with excellent qualifications was hired but also decided to leave after a short period of time. And so we found ourselves in the situation that has so many residents wondering how we got here. So now you know. The question is, “What comes next?”
Of course there are many easy answers but they all cost money. The BOD recently had an emergency meeting and has come up with some long term, short term and temporary solutions, always keeping the bottom line in mind. Discussions were held with a new key fob company and within a few weeks, barring any unforeseen problems, we will have the key fob system installed along with three security cameras in each club house monitored 24/7 by the guard booth. The system can also be monitored from other sites on the property and remotely by the property manager and other key people. In addition, there will be a camera at the guard booth to screen visitors entering the property. This is a giant step toward providing safety and security for the community.
Starting within days there will be a presence in each clubhouse during the daytime hours, at least until the key fobs are installed and residents are comfortable with their use. The situation will be monitored and discussed by the BOD to determine if a daytime presence is still required going forward. A new maintenance worker is being sought at a slightly higher compensation level in the hope of hiring and retaining a qualified person to work with the current staff. The BOD has come up with several other possible improvements but they still require some research and discussion to determine feasibility.
The BOD appreciates the community’s patience as we work through these issues. Rest assured that the board members take these matters very seriously and deliberate long and hard on every decision made. We regret that the initial approach did not work out as intended but we are committed to moving forward to correct the current situation. As always, we welcome suggestions for improvement as we work together for OUR community.
A Dreamers View...by Ed Handbode
"What is success? To laugh often and much. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty. To find the best in others. To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition. To know even one life breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This American essayist and philosopher was known as a sage (Sage of Concord). There is little reason to wonder why when we read what is above.
Emerson said nothing of monetary gain or the acquisition of goods. In our materialism we insist “the one with the most toys wins the game” but this renowned writer suggests we are here for spiritual evolvement and improvement of character.
It seems a certainty that most of us would judge a homeless person as a failure and a business tycoon as a success and our upbringing has most assuredly helped us to this materialistic viewpoint.
Isn’t it possible, though, that someone has breathed a little easier because this derelict lived? Perhaps there is a garden patch growing somewhere as a result of his handiwork or he may have a son or daughter who will one day make a significant difference in the world. Maybe he was able to find the best in others and appreciate beauty and who’s to say that children didn’t love him? If he himself didn’t laugh he may have been a circus clown who made thousands laugh “often and much.”
In light of Emerson’s definition there are very few people on the planet whose lives wouldn’t be considered a success, although we may have become confused as to why we are here. I believe we are here not to make money but to learn of love.
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.
“Those that host the Thursday Night Line Dancing at the Eastview Clubhouse are aware that we are experiencing severe winter weather and in the interest of safety we are canceling the Thursday Night Line Dancing until March 13 at 7:00 pm.”
Helpful Hints for Selling Your Home
by Tom Annunziato
When you put your home up for sale I suggest these helpful hints. They will make the selling of your home a pleasurable experience!
1) Make good first impressions.The grounds should be properly maintained. Driveway and sidewalks free of debris.In the winter clean and free of ice.
2) Arrange shades or drapes to give maximum amount of light to dark rooms. Replace all burned out light bulbs and have all lights on during showings.
3) Badly cracked plaster,loose doorknobs and crooked light fixtures are among small items that can be easily repaired.Small things can sometimes hinder a sale more than one would think!Organize your storage and utility space . They will appear much larger.
4) Correct faulty plumbing Leaky faucets and bathtub drain stoppers are a quick fix.
5) Minor re-decorating is recommended,if needed, such as painting ,rug shampooing ect. Clear off clutter as much as possible. It will create a much more appealing appearance.
6) Keep radios and televisions turned off or turned down during the showing to eliminate possible distractions to the buyers.If you have pets,it's recommended they be kept out of the way or outside if possible. Some people are uneasy around animals and may be a distraction.Your home should be at a comfortable temperature during showing.
7) It is important to give us accurate information on taxes, utilities bills and recent major improvements to the home.
8) Buyers ask a great many questions when being shown through a home and most prefer to do this in private,the showing should proceed without your immediate presence. Never discuss price or terms with a buyer,if asked defer to your sales agent.
9) Always be prepared to show the property. If you delay you can loose a sale.
10) Always keep your sales agent informed of where you can be reached at all times.
11) If an offer is presented ,it is wise to negotiate immediately,it may never be repeated.
Finally may I remind you that all our staff at Coach Realtors have years of experience and are available to furnish you with expert advice. If you have any questions feel free to call me anytime at my office 631-331-3600 or on my mobile 516-528-4658
A letter below from one of my recent Birchwood sellers,
"On behalf of my father, Richard J. Sloan, and myself and my husband, Linda and Jose Almeida, as well as my two sisters, Janet Heitmuller and Susan Broadwater, also involved in the sale of the above mentioned property, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to you for all your dedicated work and hard efforts in selling this property.
From the onset of our first meeting you were so kind and understanding of our personal circumstances and handled the situation for us with compassion and kindness. Selling any family property comes with emotional feelings and you knew that and made us feel as comfortable as possible with guiding us and informing us of all that we would need to know and do along the journey.
We would like to express to you our deepest appreciation for the efforts you made to feature and eventually sell this property. Realizing how difficult that can be in todays market and economy your efforts went above and beyond to make a sale happen for our family. We will always remember you and are truly grateful for everything."
With best regards,
Linda and Jose Almeida/Richard J. Sloan
Birchwood Trends and Forecasts
First Edition. January 2014
by Fran Gentleman, Director, Birchwood Board
Greetings to all our neighbors. This is a new commentary that will appear periodically on the website. It is an effort of your HOA Board of Directors (BOD) to keep you informed on some of the many issues and projects being researched, reviewed and evaluated. Keep in mind that this is a very broad view of problems, possible solutions and new innovations under consideration. It is not meant to be viewed as a finality but an overview of trends and forecasts related to future community developments. For complete and up to date board decisions read the board minutes available on the website, in the clubhouses and by email upon request.
As everyone knows, we have recently incurred a major increase in our insurance costs due, in part, to personal injury law suits against the HOA. The Board recently met with our insurance broker and our attorney to discuss measures to reduce our insurance risks. Much of the discussion revolved around making improvements in the way inclement weather conditions are handled by the Board. However, it was also emphasized that the residents share in the responsibility of risk reduction by making reasonable and appropriate choices about their own activities during bad weather. The Board encourages all residents to get on board with a campaign to reduce weather related slips and falls and therefor reduce the number of insurance claims. To the extent possible, we must all do our part as community to create an environment of safety and demonstrate to the insurance world that we are lessening our risks with the ultimate hope of lessening our costs.
The HOA Board is increasing its efforts to protect the community The BOD, in conjunction with the management office, is reviewing and refining the process of inclement weather management in order to improve the safety of residents, staff and visitors on the property. Maintenance staff procedures and contractual agreements are being revised to ensure the most efficient and cost effective response to inclement weather conditions. In addition, the Board has initiated the following protocol and asks for the cooperation of all residents.
We request that you do not put yourself in unnecessary danger. If there is snow, icy rain, or any dangerous weather condition, stay at home whenever possible. Reschedule appointments if you can and stay inside. Don’t walk the dog, go to the mailbox or take out the trash until the crews have a chance to plow, de-ice or otherwise make conditions safer. If there is a medical emergency call 911 and notify the office of your situation. If you absolutely need to go out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Consider purchasing ice melt for your personal use until maintenance staff can respond to your needs. Clubhouses will be closed until driveways, parking lots and walkways are safe to use. The robo call will be utilized to notify the community of clubhouse closures and re-openings. All clubs and organizations are asked to be pro-active in re-scheduling meetings and events in advance if a major storm is predicted. Some may see this as an inconvenience but a temporary change in routine may save you and/or your neighbors from a prolonged and painful experience.
First and foremost is the Board’s concern for the safety of all residents. Secondly, don’t jeopardize the welfare of your community by contributing to a potentially litigious situation. We are all in this together! We are all neighbors. We all must take responsibility and work cooperatively. The HOA Board will work hard on fulfilling its obligations to the community and asks that everyone recognize their personal responsibility and use good judgment. Be part of the solution, stay safe and help us to reduce insurance costs.
Web Administrators note: Thanks to Fran Gentleman and the HOA board for the pro-active approach to communicating important information like this announcement to the community. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors, safety first.......... M. Habich
Entertainment Committee Announcement
by MaryAnn Perlowski
Our St. Patrick's Party will be Saturday, March 15th so please keep date open, more info on tickets and sign-up to follow.
Please note the dates for upcoming parties and you can add them to your calandar.
March 15th---St. Patrick's May 31st---Spring Fling, Aug. 9th---Summer Bash, Oct. 25th ---Halloween, Dec.. 31st , -New Year's Eve.
Updated Clubs & Committee Listing
Click the link below to download and view the document
Thanks to Linda Schulman of the BSL Management Office for this information
Veterans Designation on N.Y. License
Submitted by Ed Handibode
Veterans / New York State Driver’s License Holders
Veterans can get their status on New York State Driver’s License
Written on October 4, 2013 by Joseph Spector (Submitted by Ed Handibode)
Veterans now have the option of displaying their veteran status on driver’s licenses and identification cards. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative this week. If veterans chose to apply, the word “Veteran” will be printed on the upper-left corner of their licenses.
State officials said the distinction allows veterans to more easily be identified because many businesses offer discounts to veterans. It will help them avoid having to carry multiple forms of identification, Cuomo said.
Last year, Cuomo signed legislation that allowed the veteran status on DMV identification cards for all honorably discharged veterans.
“Allowing veterans to have their status indicated on their driver licenses, permits, or non-driver IDs will not only make it easier for them to receive the benefits to which they are entitled, but also provides another way for them to show their pride in having honorably served our country,” Cuomo said in a statement.
When veterans apply for a state driver’s license, permit, or non-driver identification card, they can show their original certificate of release or discharge from active duty. Only honorably discharged veterans may apply.
The veteran-status licenses do not cost extra fees, only the normal fee to apply, replace, or renew a DMV identification card. Veterans may apply through the mail with a photocopy of their discharge papers or in person at a local DMV office.
“We are very proud of our veterans and pleased to offer them the option of having their status as veterans indicated on their DMV-issued photo documents,” said Barbara Fiala, commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
BSLBreast Cancer Support Group
by Anita Bolotnik
The HOA Board has approved my request to start a breast cancer support group for Birchwood residents. The group will be open to any resident who’s life has been touched by breast cancer.
This group will meet once a month either afternoon or early evening depending on everyone’s availability. My goal is to offer support to anyone who needs it. I plan on occasion to have a guest speaker, special events and activities and much more.
If interested contact Anita Bolotnick at 631-205-0771 for more information.
Latin Dancercize Class Announcement
by Pam Frazier
The Latin Dancercise Club meetings are temporarily suspended until the spring, effective immediately.
Thank you.........Pamela Frazier
Attention: Birchwood Snowbirds!
Please view the file below which contains the 2013/2014 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.
As an alternative to the now defunct “Birchwood Blog”, a Facebook “BIRCHWOOD DISCUSSION GROUP” has been created for general discussions and information exchange between Birchwood residents. Membership in the group is restricted to Birchwood @ Spring Lake residents. Only residents joining the group can view the site, its membership, or post comments on the site. Therefore no outsiders, management people or anyone other than those residents requesting an invitation and added to the group have access to the group.
Any resident who wishes to join The “Birchwood Discussion Group” must have, or open, a Facebook Account. (There is no cost to open a Facebook Account.)
Any interested resident can contact me at Fmatzen1@GMAIL.COM and I will E-Mail an invitation to join the Group.Then, respond to the “invitation” E-Mail by clicking on the blue “Join” button at the bottom of the invitation - I will be notified and add you to the group. The link to the group will appear on your Facebook Home page under groups in the column on the left side of the page.
Frank Matzen, Birchwood Discussion Group Administrator
Note: The Face Book site is not part of the Birchwood Website and it is not administered by Mike Habich
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
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
Vincent Rutherford.............................................................HOA President Melinda Brown...................................................................HOA Vice President Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Ron DeRosa, Jean Crescenzo, Fran Gentleman.......................HOA Directors
Michael Habich........................................................Recording Secretary (Non Voting)
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2014 Finance Committee Members
Richard Gerien CPA, Chair... Michael Habich, Pat Olson, Diane Mami, 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!