Please stop into the management office to pick up your packet and instructions as the pertain to the new
guidelines for committees and clubs to follow regarding delinquent residents. Diane Mami, HOA Secretary
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
DIAMONDS AND STONES
Some days are diamonds, some days are stones,
Sometimes the hard times won’t leave me alone.
Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones,
Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.
The words to that song seem philosophical in that they refer to the “ups and downs” of life.
There are times when I’d like to kick up my heels and there are times when I’m dragging my feet.
At times I like sad songs and at other times I want to dance a jig. However, I am misleading myself if I think that this ebb and flow of feelings is caused by influences outside of me. We may feel “good” or “bad” no matter what kind of day it is.
A “diamond” day for one person may be a day of “stones” for another. A day is neither good nor bad but my outlook on that day does indeed vary. My perspective changes; my viewpoint changes; my attitude changes and my feelings change accordingly.
It may appear to us that our feelings have been trampled on by another but aren’t we responsible for how we respond to this apparent “trampling”?
Consider if you will, the following axiom: “Regardless of what is happening around me, I will always have the prerogative and the responsibility of choosing what happens within me.”
Even as I impart this so-called “wisdom” to you I am prompted to admit I have spent much of my life reacting in an unhealthy way to many situations that I perceived to be problems. I thought my feelings were caused by others, i.e., “You made me feel bad.” In truth, no one can make me feel anything at all unless I allow it to happen.
Waxing philosophic, I recently said to a friend, “Nothing can hurt you unless you believe that it can.” “Oh yeah,” he retorted, “how about a bullet through the heart.” I then asked, “Do you believe a bullet through the heart can hurt you?” “Damn right I do,” he snapped back. “Well, there you have it,” I said, “my point is made.” I should have been shot for that witticism.
I’ve heard it said that our worst fears and our greatest hopes are seldom realized.
Perhaps somewhere between our hopes and fears there is serenity.
I’m thinking now of the story of the old man who on his deathbed said, “I’ve had many problems in my life, most of which never happened.”
We are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and insolated murders, but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies who wrote what appears above also wrote “He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.”
Over 1800 years ago the Debtor’s Act of 1869 abolished imprisonment for those who were unable to satisfy monetary indebtedness. Yet today we have people imprisoned for precisely the “crime” that the Debtor’s Act was supposed to eliminate. Couldn’t they work off the indebtedness with some form of community service?
Seneca also wrote the very often quoted “What fools these mortals be” and he said this 1500 years before Shakespeare quoted it in his play Midsummer-Night’s Dream.
It seems foolish to me that we are still sending to prison those who are unable to satisfy monetary debt and yet people with money are often able to commit much more heinous crimes and can afford to buy the best legal advice and possibly go scot-free. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.
New 2015 Birchwood Rules & Regulations
The Birchwood Board of Directors has prepared a new booklet that combines all of the current rules and regulations that residents into one handy document. This booklet is available online as a "Go Green" option and you may download the book here and save it your computer.
This document provided by your Birchwood Board of Directors. Click the link below
1. Allow the property to be shown as often as possible! That is not
always going to be convenient, however, it might just be the person who
falls in love with your home and wants to purchase it, we never know.
2. Whenever a prospective buyer, accompanied by a Realtor, wants to see
the house, let the realtor show the home. Let them approach you if they
have any questions. Make sure there is no loud music or TV's playing.
Turn on the lights! Lighting a scented candle can also be a nice touch.
3. Bulky or extra furniture, house plants that stick into traffic ways,
toys or clothes not put away, or beds not made, etc. slow down traffic
and make rooms look smaller and darker.
4.Your home must be accessible to show; Giving your Realtor a key or
installing a lock box for ease of showings is a good idea.
5. Look at the front of your house and critically ask the question: If a
buyer pulled up in front, would the appearance invite them to look at
the inside? If NO, clean it up now. You never get a second chance to
make a first impression.
6.GET RID OF CLUTTER! You are going to be packing a lot of items, get
a head start .Remove family photos from the walls, clear stickers from
the refrigerator and clear countertops At
the same time, your home starts looking larger. .Just remember homes
that are clean in
appearance, easy to be shown and uncluttered usually sell within a
If you remain flexible in your schedule when showing your home, and keep
an open mind about layout and design during necessary pre-sale
improvements, selling your home will be a much easier process for
you,the buyer,and your agent. So if you are considering a faster move or hear that any family or
friends please call me anytime 516-528-4658 .
Thank You Again!
Coach Realtors ICOACH REALTORS@ MT. SINAI
354 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766 Phone: 631-331-3600, Fax:
New Feature, Board Minutes On-Line!
by Mike Habich, HOA Recording Secretary
The Birchwood Board of Directors has approved distribution of the Board Minutes on this website beginning with the January 12th 2015 meeting. Birchwood Board Meeting approved minutes will now be published and will be available for viewing by Birchwood Residents ONLY by visiting the link below.
Online distribution will save both time and money and be an added convenience for Birchwood Residents to stay abreast of the issues discussed by their Board of Directors.
All minutes are the property of the Board of Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA, Inc.
As of March 1st, 2015 the old procedure of filling out a paper work order in the clubhouse will be phased out and the paper work order books will disappear. Please Email or phone in all work order requests to Choice Professional Management (CPM) at the phone number and Email address below. This will expedite the handling of your work order request and automate the process for tracking purposes through completion.
Dial 911 for Emergency....SCPD 6th Precinct Direct Line is 854-8600
Veterans Outreach Care Information
by Ed Handibode
VA care is now available at six locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties!
Northport, Patchogue, Riverhead, East Meadow, Bay Shore, Valley Stream
Pre-registration is required.
Please Call: Community Relations Department: 631-261-4400 x7084/52507082
Enrollment assistance for new applicants
Update information for current users in VA Healthcare
New healthcare programs available to eligible veterans
Review medical benefits & eligibility
Please call 1 week prior to event. Please bring a copy of your DD214 or Separation Papers
Your participation helps you & your fellow Veterans!
BSL VETERANS Tax Exemptions
by Frank Dapolito
New York State Authorizes Veterans' School Tax Exemptions:
Secretary Ed contacted the Assessor’s Office in the Town of Brookhaven regarding the information below and we were told the following: “The Town has approved the deduction and now it is up to the School District to say yes or no to the deduction.”
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York's school districts can authorize partial property tax exemptions for military veterans under a new state law. The measure signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was effective immediately. Legislative sponsors say veterans already qualify for partial tax exemptions on municipal property taxes but have had to pay back the school tax portion.
The new law leaves the decision up to school boards whether to adopt resolutions to provide the exemptions. They include 15 percent reductions in assessed value for veterans who served during a time of war, another 10 percent for those who were in combat zones, and an additional reduction for service-connected disabilities. Sponsors say the fiscal implications remain to be determined.
Well, I'm sure many of you are as frustrated as I am with the frequent power
outages. I am doing everything possible to get this resolved for you but perhaps
this is one of those times when all of us working together will have a greater
So I'm asking each of you to please call LIPA every time you
experience a glitch. The number to call is their Business Call Center at
800-966-4818. When you get the menu for services, press O for a
Perhaps when this becomes inconvenient for them they will
address the problem and resolve it.
Thanks for your support and for your
patience with us as we address the resultant gate, telephone and pool issues
caused by the outages. We feel your pain!
Nancy and the office staff
Birchwood HOA Board of Directors
Your 2015 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman ................................................................HOA President Mike Prasad...................................................................... HOA Vice President Diane Mami ......................................................................HOA Secretary Mike Habich ......................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, Bob Golden, Greg Alessi....................................HOA Directors
Birchwood HOA Finance Committee
Your 2015 Finance Committee
Michael Habich & Diane Mami, HOA Board Members and FC Liaisons
Richard Gerien CPA, Pat Olson, Ron DeRosa, Members
Vehicles left in the no parking zones in the community will be towed. It will cost between $140.00 - $150.00 for the tow charge and $25.00 per day for storage. Please obey all "No Parking" signs to avoid a costly towing bill.
Illegally Parked Vehicles Towed By: A-1 Towing, Inc. 631-467-5544
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