The newly appointed
Director for the Board is Mike Prasad. The Board looks forward to
working with Mike and we are sure the community will benefit from his
experience of many years as a condo board president at his former residence.
The Board also thanks
the other candidates who stepped forward to offer their time and talents.
Perhaps we will see them at the next election.
BIRCHWOOD TRENDS AND FORCASTS
by Fran Gentleman, HOA President
As I sit here on a sunny, pleasant Saturday I would be remiss if I did not express my compassion for those of you who suffered loss and/or destruction of property during the recent record breaking rain storm. The Board continues to address drainage issues throughout the property and although such a storm is unlikely to be repeated in the near future, we will be looking at the hardest hit areas to see what improvement to drainage can be made. For those of you with damage, I encourage you to contact FEMA for assistance. Not only may you be eligible for help but I am told that the more people who contact FEMA the more likely the area will become eligible for funding. Further information can be obtained at http://www.fema.gov.
One more comment on this topic. I would like to thank our Property Manager, Dawn and our maintenance man, Lenny for the terrific job they did in organizing the clean-up effort. They were here early in the morning until well into the evening directing and assisting the pumping operations and the clean-up of debris. Kudos also to the golf and landscaping crews who did a terrific job in getting the golf course up and running and the common areas back in order.
Another piece of good news, we have hired a cleaning company for the clubhouses, caddy shack and guard booth. Stratus Building Solutions will begin their service to us starting on Tuesday August 26 and will be in both Clubhouses every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday going forward. Choosing those days allows for a prepared venue and a subsequent clean up before and after weekend events with an interim day during the week for maintenance cleaning. Residents are encouraged to pick up after themselves when using the clubhouses just as you would in your own home. This will make the most effective use of community dollars allocated to this service.
Finally, remember September 18 is the BSL Annual Blood Drive. Please mark your calendar and consider being a donor and/or a volunteer. Think about the importance and significance of the simple act of donating blood. A blood donor is a very special kind of volunteer. Your one donation can help to save up to three lives and will only take about an hour of your time. If a loved one was the recipient in need of such kindness we would not hesitate to step forward. Yet everyday over 2000 pints are needed in the greater New York area by somebody’s loved one. This need can only be satisfied by a generous and caring community like ours.
Birchwood Blood Drive Information
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Your donation will help to save up to
THREE lives. Our community hospitals need your help. Please share this lifesaving gift! Thank you for caring!
For an appointment please call: Fran and
Jerry Gentleman @ 345-0158OrFill in form
below and drop in box at either clubhouseWalk-ins and
extended family members are welcome
Bring ID with signature or photo. Minimum weight 110 lbs.Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have
parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)Eat well (low fat) & drink fluidsNo tattoos for past 12 monthsFor questions concerning medical
eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.
Appointment Form (tear off on line above
and drop in Donor Box at either Clubhouse)
Ed wrote this article for the magazine Back
in the Bronx. It was printed many
The Ravages of Time
“There is no time
like the old times, when you and I were young”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Durante used to sing of Old Man Time.
But Bronxites thought this applied to people living in places other than
our beautiful borough. Surely, as kids,
we knew in our hearts we were timeless.
When dodging cars in order to run out for a long pass or to catch a
flying Spalding, we had to believe we were deathless and eternal. Where did this thought and feeling come from,
if not from deep within us?
suggest that time is an illusion but time seems very real when a sixty-two year
old man gazes into a mirror. Yet, when
glancing into that mirror, whatever is looking out from behind the eyes knows
with certainty that it is something other than the hunk of clay that is
reflected in the glass.
between Willis and Third Avenues was a “white stoop” on which we sat and
dreamed our dreams; those of us, that is, who were bold enough to dream. I’d find myself sitting there waiting for
someone to show up for stickball, certain that at any moment I’d see Don Kerr,
Jim Kerr, Marty Walsh, Vincent O’Connor, Henry Martin, Jack Thackston, Joe Flynn
or Bobby Carmichael turn a corner and be ready to play.
alone, if I happened to notice a plane fly overhead, I’d immediately begin to
think of all the planes on which I was going to fly, all the trains on which I
was going to ride, all the ships on which I going to sail, all the countries I
was going to visit, all the books I was going to read, all the books I was
going to write. Much of that has come
true, with the exception of the book writing.
My beautiful bride Theresa (nee Sime) and I consider ourselves world
those days of yore you couldn’t have convinced me that I’d grow old and die;
and the only thing you’ll get me to acknowledge for sure today is that this
body will most assuredly age and decay. But
I? I am deathless and I know this as
surely as I breathe. I knew then that I
was timeless and I know it now. In the
heart of the heart of me, in the core of the core of me, in the deepest part of
me, in my purest essence – I am something much more than flesh and bone.
am part of a greater Whole; surely something, I dare say, more vast even than
the Beautiful Bronx itself.
next article I will use the pen name I used many years ago – Lance Goodthrust
Life WithoutThorns? Impossible!An Italian proverb suggests
“Non c'è rosa senza spine” (there are no roses without thorns).
The truth of
that statement is pretty obvious to me today and I seem to have always known
intuitively in my heart that truth, justice and love are the real and eternal
things in life. There came a time in my
childhood, however, when my head told my heart that it had been betrayed; that
it had been lied to. I began to listen
to my head and became a slave to the intellect.
The poet said,
“For the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is also the first to be
touched by the thorns.” I seem to have
been afraid to experience life because I didn’t like the idea that sometimes
thorns are present. So I lived in my
head and stifled my emotions. I became a
firefighter thinking that since I could take a physical risk this somehow
justified the fact that I had never taken an emotional risk in my life.
Today, I’m not
afraid to trust my heart. I’m willing to
“walk the walk” in the awareness that there is sufficient light on the path enabling
me to at least see the next step. We
walk by faith and one step at a time is enough.
I suppose that
life without thorns is not possible but I certainly have more peace in my life
today than I ever dreamed would be attainable.
There are no roses without thorns.
19th Annual Golf Celebration Dinner Dance
September 27th, 2014 from 6-10 pm West view Clubhouse
All Residents Are Welcome, Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres, Hot Buffet Dinner, Salad, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Dessert.
Four hours of dancing to a DJ, Raffles, $40 per person
Ticket Sales EV 6-7 pm September 15,16,22
Questions, call Lois Lisa 924-0728
BSL Golf Club Champions
Photo by Jim Byrne
The 2014 Club Championship weekend winners pose after the two day event.
Flooding from 200 Year Storm Soaks Birchwood
Photos by Frank Matzen
Alexandra Lane Flooding
Westview Pool and First Fairway
BSL Baking Class
Photo by Kathy Giannico
Lisa the Baking Coach. Learn to make appetizers with Puff Pastry & Pretzel Dough.
BSL Golf Committee...Our First Team PUTTING CONTEST !
1st place- Wayne & Kathy 2nd place- Chuck & Betty 3rd place- Mike &. Lois
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.
Summer BBQ at the Eastview Clubhouse
by Kathy Giannico
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!
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 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:
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
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
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 Jean Crescenzo................................................................. HOA Vice President Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, 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
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