There will be an HOA Informational Meeting on Monday December 15th @7:00 pm. Please attend and bring a friend or neighbor. The 2015 Budget will be one of the topics of discussion along with an update from the Board of Directors.
New Years Eve Party Announcement
by MaryAnn Perlowski
All BSL Residents Welcome December 31st, 2014 9:00 pm to 1:00 am Westview CH
Dinner, Desserts, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, Dancing and DJ Mike Satira, Hats & Horns!
Sign-up with your table lists cash or check payable to the BSL Entertainment Committee
$30.00 per person, Call Mary Ann for details 631-205-1462
Report from the HOA President
As I write this, the nip in the air reminds me that
winter will soon be upon us with all it brings.
The first thing that comes to mind is that Thanksgiving is just around
the corner. We all have our good days
and bad days, our ups and downs, our problems that come and go. But as Thanksgiving approaches we are called
to remember what is good, what makes us happy, what makes our lives fulfilling.
Here in Birchwood we all know that we are faced with
some problems, big and small, but in this season of gratitude I choose to
remind us all of the good things that caused us to select
this as our home. It is so easy to take
for granted the blessings that surround us.
We have a beautiful community that is often admired by those who come to
visit. We have excellent opportunities
to socialize with our neighbors. The
golf course, the tennis courts, the clubhouses, the pools, all give us venues
to come together and enjoy life. Clubs,
leagues and informal gatherings bring us together with our neighbors. Mah Jongg, card games, parties, bus trips and
home gatherings structure our social life and put us in touch with our fellow
Birchwoodians. For all of this we can be
I would like to take this time to thank personally
and on behalf of the community all those who make life here possible and
good. To the many volunteers who give
their time and talent to run the clubs, committees and social activities, thank
you. To our office staff and maintenances
staff, thanks for keeping the ship afloat.
To the many vendors who respond to our needs, sometimes at the most
inconvenient times, thanks for being there. To the newspaper staff and those
that contribute to the website and community face book page, thanks for keeping
us all connected. To my fellow board members and finance committee members,
thank you for the countless hours spent on guiding the community through
sometimes turbulent seas.
And to all those who simply make up the fabric of our
community, glad you are a part of us.
Wishing you and all those you hold dear a Happy and
Birchwood Author Available on Amazon
by Frank Matzen
I am pleased to announce the release of my book, “THE LONG AND
THE SHORT OF IT - A Collection of Fiction”. The book can be purchased on
Amazon.com. All of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Wounded
Thanksgiving Day History
by Ed Handibode
1777 marked the first time all thirteen colonies joined in a common
thanksgiving celebration and the occasion commemorated the victory over the
British at Saratoga. It was a one-time
affair. The first national Thanksgiving
proclamation was issued by George Washington in 1789 but discord among the
colonies prevented the executive order from being carried out.
establishment of the day we now celebrate nationwide was largely the result of
the diligent efforts of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale. She started a one-woman crusade for a
Thanksgiving celebration in 1827 while she was editor of Boston Ladies
later, national events converged to make Mrs. Hale’s struggle a reality. By 1863 the Civil War had bitterly divided
the nation into two armed camps. Mrs.
Hale’s final editorial, highly emotional and unflinchingly patriotic, appeared
in September of that year, just weeks after the battle of Gettysburg in which
hundreds of Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives. In spite of the
staggering toll of dead, Gettysburg was an important victory for the North and
a general feeling of elation, together with the clamor produced by Mrs. Hale’s
widely circulated editorial, prompted President Lincoln to issue a proclamation
on Oct 3, 1863, setting aside the last Thursday in November as a national
1939 FDR shifted Thanksgiving back one week to the third Thursday in November
because merchants requested an increase in the number of shopping days between
Thanksgiving and Christmas. This pleased
the merchants but no one else. Millions
continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday and they took the day
off from work. In the spring of 41, not
wanting to go down in history as the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving, Roosevelt
publicly admitted he made an error in judgment and returned the holiday to the
last Thursday. The merchants countered
by offering sales and discounts, thus beginning the annual practice of
promoting Christmas earlier and earlier.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.If we can't be grateful with what we have we can never be trusted with
the things we want.
six women who prepared the meal for the first Thanksgiving Day worked with
meager resources at hand but they produced a varied menu with many of the
elements that have since come to be a traditional holiday fare.
Despite popular legend, two major
staples of a modern Thanksgiving meal - turkey and pumpkin pie - may not have
been enjoyed at the Pilgrim's banquet.
Though Governor Bradford sent "four men fowling" and they
returned with "a great store of wild Turkies," there is no proof that
the catch included the bird we call a turkey.
What the Pilgrims called "Turkie" was any guinea fowl, i.e.
any bird with a featherless head, rounded body and dark feathers speckled
It is certain, however, that the
menu included venison since another Pilgrim recorded that Chief Massasoit sent
braves into the woods, who "killed five Deere which they brought to the
Watercress and leeks were on the
table, along with bitter wild plums and dried berries but there was no apple
cider. Nor was there any milk, butter or
cheese, since cows had not been aboard the Mayflower.
And there was probably no pumpkin
pie; or bread as we'd recognize it. Stores of flour from the ship had long
since been exhausted and years would pass before sufficient quantities of wheat
were successfully cultivated in New England.
Without flour for pie crust, there could be no pie but the Pilgrims did
enjoy boiled pumpkin at the meal.
The cooks concocted an ersatz bread
by boiling corn, which was plentiful, and kneading it into round cakes then
frying it in venison fat.
There were fifteen young boys in the
company and during the three-day celebration they gathered wild cranberries,
which the women boiled and mashed into a sauce for the meal's meats.
There was a poor harvest the
following year and boatloads of new immigrants to house and feed. No celebration of Thanksgiving that year. In fact, after that first plentiful and
protracted meal, the Pilgrims never regularly celebrated a Thanksgiving
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 2014 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman .................................................................HOA President Mike Prasad...................................................................... 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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