Just a note to inform my neighbors at Birchwood of the end of the year real estate activity. In 2015 so far we had 37 closed sales at Birchwood and 9 more still under contract. The average days on the market were 150 and the average seller sold for almost 97 of their most current list price! There are currently 17 properties available at this time. Looking at this years statistics, it is obvious that we are in an upswing in the market.The inventory is lower than last year and the word out seems to be that mortgage rates will be fairly stable for the near future.
This all will result in increased values at Birchwood. Since I have lived in Birchwood I have helped 187 families sell their Birchwood properties!
With that in mind during the Holiday Season, more than ever my thoughts turn gratefully to my friends and neighbors at Birchwood who have made my contuned success possible. In that spirit I say humbly and simply.
THANK YOU AND BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. HAVE A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
So if considering a move or if you any hear that any family.friends or neighbors are,please call or email me anytime. Thank-you again.
Okay, folks, is the furry little critter going to see his/her (political correctness, by all means) shadow or not? In any case, the question that arises is “Should we believe the little cuss”?
VALENTINES DAY FEBRUARY 14
Never say you know the last word about any human heart. (William James)
I recall being very impressed as a kid when watching the 1936 film Rose Marie, starring Nelsen Eddy and Jeanette Macdonald and I've always chalked it up as one of the finest love stories of the cinema. Some of you may recall that they were the darlings of the screen for many years.
They sang a song to the tune of what I think is "Indian Love Call." I may have remembered more of the words when I was younger but now all that comes to mind is "I offer my love to you...you belong to me, I belong to you..."
Since time immemorial the three words "I love you" still stand as the standard manner in which two people can commit to each other.
We struggle constantly to say it differently on Valentine's Day but in the final analysis it still comes down to those “three little words” (there was a movie and a song with that title).
In Rome in A.D. 270, Valentine, Bishop of Interamma, had enraged the mad emperor Claudius II, who had issued an edict forbidding marriage. Claudius said married men made poor soldiers since they didn’t like the idea of leaving their families for battle. The empire needed soldiers so Claudius (never one to fear unpopularity) abolished marriage.
Bishop Valentine invited young lovers to come to him in secret, where he joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this “friend of lovers,” and had the bishop brought to the palace.
The emperor, impressed with the young priest’s dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the Roman gods, to save him from otherwise certain execution. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and imprudently attempted to convert the emperor. On February 24, 270, Valentine was clubbed, stoned and then beheaded.
History also claims that while Valentine was in prison awaiting execution he fell in love with Asterius, the blind daughter of the jailer. Through his unswerving faith he miraculously restored her sight. He signed a farewell message to her, “From Your Valentine,” a phrase that would live long after its author died.
Would it be too much of a stretch to say this guy died for love?
PRESIDENT’S DAY FEBRUARY 15
President's Day, originally known as Washington's Birthday, falls on the third Monday in February. On February 15th this year we honor past presidents and that’s good, although many people consider President’s Day a day of sales and we suppose that’s okay too. The economy can use a boost.
Speaking of the economy, some years back there was a movement to do away with the penny as an item of currency. The attempt failed but what would the effect have been if it had been done?
Each penny being made today cost almost three cents to mint and there are about four and a half billion pennies coined annually. They are no longer made of copper and each penny contains 97% zinc.
When we ask what we can do for our country, suppose the answer comes back, "Learn economics." Ah, what then?
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
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.
The old procedure of filling out a paper work order in the clubhouse has been phased out and the paper work order books are gone. 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 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
*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!