Longtime HOA Director Jean Crescenzo was nominated and approved for her newest position as the Vice President of the Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA. Jean was the former Secretary to the Board and prior to her moving to Birchwood she was the Mayor of Village of Poquott and a multiple term Village Trustee.
Please join in wishing her well in her new position...
BSL TRENDS AND FORECASTS
by Fran Gentleman, HOA President
Well here we are in the midst of summer and I think we have been fortunate with some very nice days. Let’s hope we continue to enjoy sunny, comfortable weather in the weeks to come. The Board of Directors (BOD) is very aware of the many concerns regarding clubhouse cleanliness, security, pool conditions, etc. It may seem like nothing is being done to improve the situation but the BOD are working diligently behind the scenes to come up with solutions for the many problems we are currently facing. The fastest solution may not always be the best solution. I believe that we are on the verge of some positive changes but it is too premature to discuss these changes until the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” are crossed. This article appears in the newspaper only once a month but I will keep the community updated on the BSL website (http://bslinfo.com) if there are changes to report.
One positive change currently in the development stage is the formation of a Clubhouse Committee. Like other committees, this would be an extension of the HOA Board and will assist the board in maintaining the order and attractiveness of the pools and clubhouses. This will give residents a chance to be part of the solution to some of the problems we now face. More to come on that.
The BOD continues to work on the problems preventing the full usage of key fobs but for now I would like to answer a few questions that have frequently been voiced by the community.
1. If either your easy pass or gate pass is not working, bring it to the management office. In most cases it is an easy fix.
2. Both the gate pass and the key fob will get you into the gate, clubhouse and pool once the system is fully functional. You do not necessarily need both.
3. If you only have an EZ pass device attached to the car, a gate pass or a key fob will be needed to enter the clubhouse or pool.
4. If you have a gate pass you may choose to purchase a key fob as well for the convenience of leaving your gate pass in your car.
5. Additional gate passes or key fobs may be purchased in the management office.
6. Further questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of the management office.
The Finance Committee is beginning to project the financial needs of the community for the coming year. One major concern is the renewal of our insurance policy with the hope of no further increases. To that end we will be apprising the insurance brokers of some of the measures taken to minimize our risks. Those measures include the surveillance camera system in the clubhouses, licensed security guards in the clubhouses as well as at the gate, the controlled access key fob system, contracts with appropriately licensed and insured snow removal companies, our “closed facility rule” for clubhouses during dangerous snow and ice conditions and a hold harmless waver signed by all vendors and contractors with which we do business. It is the hope that the insurance companies will see these measures in a favorable light and reflect that in the insurance premiums.
Finally, we officially say good-by to Melinda Brown who has served our community long and well. While we will miss her, her resignation opens up a position on the BOD. The procedure calls for the Board members to appoint a Director to fulfill the remainder of Melinda’s term (ending May 2016). In order to do that the BOD is requesting any interested party to submit a letter of interest briefly summarizing past experiences that would lend themselves to becoming a suitable Director. All letters of interest should be submitted to the management office by August 6th.
Birchwood Online Network Returns!
by Karen Olsen
The "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" is a Facebook Group replacing the former Birchwood Discussion Group.
The purpose of the Group is to facilitate exchange of information and general discussion between Birchwood Residents. Residents wishing to join the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" should contact the Group Administrator, Karen Olsen at Karols123@aol.com.
Only residents who are members of the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" can access the Group's Facebook page to view, post or comment.
Putting Contest Winners July
by John Daly
From Left to Right:
Jerry Weingarten, Betty Schuster, Chuck Schuster, Rozalia Stone, Alice Byrne, Frank Piccola
Wounded Warriors Golf Outing 8/7/14
By Frank Dapolito
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle…" Abraham Lincoln
Surely we are not willing to forget those who have thrown themselves into the breach when we were confronted by enemies. Yes, our country does seem tired of war but war is ongoing for those who stepped up and responded to the call.
Please make donations to “Wounded Warriors Golf Outing” and place your check in one of the boxes at either clubhouse.
Donations have been coming in at a slow pace. For every $10 you donate you will be given a shot at winning a 50 inch TV in a raffle to be held following the Golf Outing on August 7th.
A $100 donation provides you with ten entries in the raffle.
SHOULD WE OR SHOULD WE NOT SUPPORT OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS?
by Ed Handibode
I recently heard a Birchwoodian say, “It’s the government’s responsibility to heal our soldiers; why do we have to raise money for Wounded Warriors?”
The person who made that statement may be forgetting that in America WE (the people) are the government. WE sent our soldiers to war and WE are responsible for their healing.
In the America I grew up in, when our country was at war, all Americans considered themselves to be at war. Admittedly, we may have grown somewhat tired of war. Nonetheless, there are those who went to a foreign land to do our fighting for us and many of those that survived the ordeal have suffered severe injuries.
Are we to now turn our backs on them?
Summer BBQ at the Eastview Clubhouse
by Kathy Giannico
From the Golf Committee Chairman
by Chuck Schuster
You may have noticed the browning of certain areas of the golf course. On June 24th the main irrigation pump for the golf course failed. A company was called in ASAP to evaluate the situation and provide estimates to correct the situation.
On July 02nd the HOA Board understanding the significance of getting this fixed, approved a full replacement of the existing 10 year old system. This process should take approximately 2 weeks to complete. During this time you will see the golf maintenance staff hand watering greens and fire hoses in the fairways.
Please be patient as you play and be careful around the fire hoses.
A big thank you to our HOA Board for their quick response to a critical issue. I will keep you informed of any changes as they come up.
Middle Island Fire Department Bond Hearing & Vote
by Frank Matzen
Subject: Building a New Fire Department Headquarters
Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 9:00 PMMiddle Island Fire Department Community Meeting Contact: 924-3116.
Find out more about the MIFD New Firehouse Project at the Middle Island Fire Department Headquarters located at 31 Arnold Drive in Middle Island. Location: Middle Island Fire Department
Tuesday August 5, 2014 3:00 PM - 9:00 PMMiddle Island Fire Department Bond Vote Contact: 924-3116 .Bond vote takes place at MIFD Headquarters located at 31 Arnold Drive in Middle Island. Location: Middle Island Fire Department
East view Clubhouse Ceiling Collapse
photo by Frank Matzen
Middle Island New York 7-01-2014
Roof material fell from the ceiling of the Eastview indoor pool area on Monday 6-30-2014.
The good news is that no one was injured, the cause is yet to be determined.
This ceiling was repaired last year after leaking water from rain and snow.
Tick Toc.....Be careful during tick season
by Diane Mueller
Those of us living in Court 20 backing hole # 7 have been "attacked" by large number of ticks. My husband Bill had called the office last week and was told the perimeter of the property has been sprayed. Unfortunately, this spraying seems to have sent ticks to the homes and golf course.
As of yesterday afternoon, one resident had one on his arm after playing golf; 3 dogs have had 2-3 ticks each; after working in her garden, one resident had a whopping 8 pulled off her body!
Bill has pulled off 5, one of which is being tested for Lyme. He himself is being treated proactively for the disease!
Birchwood Residents and neighbors, be aware!
A Dreamers View..........
by Ed Handibode
Following is something I wrote back in 2005. It was timely then, of course, but is surely a bit outdated today.
WEDNESDAY IN NEW YORK
Is it because Wednesday is matinee day for the playhouses in Manhattan that the sidewalks in the Times Square area are packed wall to street with people? That’s a good guess, I suppose.
Ed took his beautiful bride in on May 18 to see Mamma Mia and a spectacular play it was, to be sure – certainly the most glittering and dazzling finale of any play we’ve ever seen.
Earlier in the day, however, since we are “Friends of the New York Public Library,” we visited there to see the exhibits of “Before Victoria – Extraordinary Women of the British Romantic Era” – gutsy gals, every single one of them.
Bryant Park is behind the Library, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and we had lunch in the BP Café outdoors. Only in New York could you, during lunch, lean your head to the left and eavesdrop on a conversation about “Notables in Theosophical Literature” or turn your head to the right and get a psychic reading from “Christine.” Terry, who had been facing straight ahead, picked up on the most nattily dressed couple in the café – middle aged – the lady in a spruce spring outfit and the gent in a trim expensive suit. The sun ducked behind a cloud and a slight breeze kicked up and then Terry almost fell out of her chair at what she witnessed next. This guy pulled a red woolen hat from out of a bag and, completely unmindful of the fact that it did not go well with his Brooks Brothers suit, proceeded to pull it right smack dab down over his ears. Terry’s chuckling forced me to turn my head to look and there he sat in his entire sartorial splendor – woolen hat and all.
We dragged ourselves away because we had to make the two o’clock showing of Mamma Mia. Following that we snacked at Pigalle on the northwest corner of Eight Ave and 48th Street. They had exquisite desserts but don’t hold your breath while waiting for a second cup of coffee.
We love Manhattan; it has a pulse and a vibrancy that can be felt nowhere else. At least it seems that way to us. “If you were born in New York,” as the saying goes, “no matter where you go after that you’re only camping out.” Next time, however, we will use the L.I. Railroad (although we say that after every visit to the Big Apple and the next time I still wind up driving).
by Ed Handibode
BSL Golf Tournament Winners
Saturday June 21, 2014
Cha Cha Cha Winners
Putting Contest Winners - 6/14/14
WOMEN score FRONT 9 Rita Herd 20 BACK 9 Betty Schuster 18
Men Score Jerry Elie 18 (playoff) Guy Imbesi 18 (playoff)
TOTAL - 18 HOLES Grace Piccola 38 (playoff) Alan Monteleone 33
Birchwood Discussion Group Shut Down!
Middle Island, June 3rd, 2014
Today, Face book site administrator Frank Matzen announced that the Face book online blog style website run as the BDG (Birchwood Discussion Group) has shut down and comments will no longer be posted as the link has been taken down from the Face book platform.
Thanks to Frank for taking the time to administer the site this past year. With the demise of the Face Book site, and last years shut down of the often maligned BSL Blog, the community is now dependant on the SLCN for monthly commentary and this BSL "Unofficial" Website (www.BSLinfo.com) for daily community updates.
Open speech at Birchwood, is now a thing of the past!
Tuesday Morning Golf Course Maintenance
by John Daly
Just a Reminder….
As we all know, Vince and his crew are doing an amazing job with our golf course. But, in order to do so, he requires the golf course including the practice area to be closed until 12pm.
Please abide by his wishes. The ranger on duty will put out the sign-in book when the course is ready for play.
We thank you for your understanding.
BSL WC Party/Luncheon 6-9-14
by Kathy Giannico
Memorial Day 2014 @ Birchwood
by Mike Habich
Residents attending the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Wall show their appreciation to those that served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The BSL Veterans Group, led by Frank Piccola at the microphone had a wonderful ceremony that was well received by those in attendance.
A beautiful essay written by a Longwood H.S. Sophomore was read and dedicated to those that serve our country.
The presentation of the Memorial Wreath.
The next time you take your freedom for granted think about those that lost their lives to give it to you!
Memorial Day 2014
Golf Instructional Class Report
The Golf Instructional Class, sponsored by the Golf Committee, recently concluded its program giving residents an opportunity to learn the basics of playing this wonderful game. The class was aimed at beginners, high or mid handicappers or just players who wanted to improve their abilities.
Instruction was provided over a four week period and featured a “hands on” approach allowing participants to practice each skill. Students learned sound fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, and the full swing. They were also given publications from the USGA to help learn more about the game, its rules and proper golf etiquette.
Feedback from all participants was very positive and with sufficient interest the program might be offered again next year. Instructor, Alan Monteleone was very pleased with the enthusiasm of his students and hoped they will carry this spirit out on our course. He also feels they have gained a renewed respect for the game, fellow golfers, our golf course, and the community in general. The added bonus was working with a very nice group of people.
Red Hats & Purple Divas May Event
by Grace Piccola
The Red Hats and Purple Divas enjoyed an afternoon show at the STonybrook Educationals and Cultural Center.
The Red Skelton Story wa a great show and the tea and luncheon was delicious.
A great time was had by all. This picture is of a few of the Divas that attended.
BSL Golf Guest Fees..... 2014
Sent by John Daly, BSL Golf Committee
Please download and view the updated guest fees below for 2014 provided by the BSL Golf Committee.
Dial 911 for Emergency....SCPD 6th Precinct Direct Line is 854-8600
* * VETERANS CLUB FLASH * *
Submitted by Frank Dapolito, President Veterans Club
The Veterans Club will return to its original scheduling that was outlined at the beginning of this year. Dates of remaining meetings for 2014 are as follows:
August 2nd October 4th December 6th
Please mark your calendars
Attention Latin Dancers
by Pamela Frazier
Although meetings will not resume at Birchwood at Spring Lake for the Latin Dance Club, those who would like to continue to dance are invited to join me every Tuesday at 12:30 for a dance/exercise class at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Route 25A.
Those 60 years and older are eligible to attend this free class. For more information, telephone Pamela Frazier or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The center offers diverse opportunities for fun and educational activities.
Birchwood Book Club Announcement
by Marcia Attard
Birchwood Book Club Spring Selections:
July 21, 2014 4-5pm Eastview
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Please bring a check for Aug luncheon details to follow
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month Eastview Clubhouse 4:00-5:00 pm
Contact Marcia Attard 345-6285 for any further information
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!
Birchwood Snow Report-- 2013/2014
WINTER 2013/2014 SNOW SEASON STORM RECORDS
by Mike Habich
At the end of the season, all costs are added up and split according to the offering plan formula 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" Nothing spent. BSL Only
Moderate Snowfall 03/31/2014 Rain to snow 4" No outside vendors. BSL Only
Light Dusting 04/16/2014 Rain to flurries No outside vendors used.
Total # of snow events this season.........28
Total estimated snow in inches...............71.4
BIRCHWOOD @ SPRING LAKE WOMEN'S CLUB EVENTS
by Marge Rende
Monday, May 12, 2014 – Luncheon - 12:00 Noon We Will Learn the Art of “Forcing Bulbs” That 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, May 5, 2014 E. View – 5:00-6:00 PM $15.00 PP(Lunch & Supplies Inclusive)
We need models for the BSL Paid-Up Luncheon in October.
Sizes: 9 or Less to size 24. Fashions supplied by Dress Barn.
If interested Call JoAnn- 205-5805
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)
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 2014 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman .................................................................HOA President HOA Vice President Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, Jean Crescenzo, Bob Golden.................................HOA Directors
Michael Habich........................................................Recording Secretary (Non Voting)
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2014 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
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!