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         BSL Veterans Meeting.. April 4th, 2015 @ 11:00 am


Meeting starts at 11:00 am but we recommend you arrive early.

Guest speaker Michael Stoltz, Executive Director of the Association of Mental and Wellness.

Veterans Club President Frank Dapolito will present a donation to Mr. Stoltz.

Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend, Come one - Come All

     New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                          Minutes Online Page

      Golf Committee Election 4-15-2015

                                                   by the BSL Golf Committee


AT 924-2303.  


                      2015 BSL Golf Event Schedule

Click the link below to view and print the 2015 Golf Event Schedule provided by the BSL Golf Committee


BSL Golf Schedule 2015

    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.

                                             Unauthorized use is prohibited.

                                       Click Here To Visit The Minutes Web Page


             Tax Grievance Deadline!

To inform my neighbors at, remember that this years deadline for a tax grievance is once again the third Tuesday in May which is May 19th 2015. If you are looking to grieve your taxes this year you can try it on your own or you can use a tax grievance service.

More information can be obtained online at www.Brookhaven.org under the category of Assessor. As a service to my Birchwood neighbors, I will supply you with a list of closed properties if needed to use as comparable sales.

Feel free to call or email me anytime ,my cell phone # is: 1-516-528-4658

My email is address is: Toma@coachrealtors.com

  March Report from the HOA President

                                                     by Fran Gentleman

                           TRENDS AND FORECASTS 

By the time the paper comes out it will be officially Spring.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate with the calendar and we will begin to feel the warmth.  It has been a long, cold and snowy winter and I’m sure all will be glad to see it end.  With eager anticipation we look forward to seeing daffodils, budding trees and returning snowbirds.  It has been another expensive snow season and the new weather reserve numbers will be released as soon as we receive the final bills.

On a more positive note, the Eastview pool ceiling has been taken down and it appears that the damage to the structure is less than originally predicted.  We are awaiting a report from the engineer but it looks as if there are some structural fixes needed inside and a new roof outside but as of now the pool will be saved.

The Board is working with the management company to improve security, especially at the front gate.  You should have received in the mail a Security Authorization Form. This is the first step in improving the efficiency at the gatehouse.   It is important that the form be filled out and returned to the office or management company.  Do not give the forms to the security guard as they will not be properly entered.  As always, we need everyone’s cooperation in reporting any breech in security so that we can take corrective action.

You will also notice in the same mailing a notification regarding courteous conduct.  While most residents employ acceptable language and actions to express complaints, concerns and/or problems, there have been a few incidences where residents have inappropriately interacted with other residents, staff or vendors. For the sake of all, this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and therefor the board has chosen to incorporate rules of conduct into the Owner’s Manual. A revised and updated version of the manual will be available shortly on the Unofficial Birchwood at Spring Lake website (bslinfo.com).

This year CPM will be running the elections for Board of Directors.  There are three open seats, one for each voting class.  Anyone interested in running for office must indicate their intent to run by submitting a resume to the management office by April 17, no later than 4 P.M.  A “Meet the Candidates” night will be held on April 29 at 7 P.M. and ballots will be sent out shortly thereafter.  Election day is May 20.  There is one vote per household and everyone’s vote is important!  If you cannot be present to vote you may vote by proxy. Follow the guidelines for voting that come with the ballot.  Election night is also our annual meeting with an auditor’s report presented to the community. 

Please make every effort to attend.  Until then, think Spring!

    A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                             ENGLAND IN THE OLD DAYS

There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London, which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows, (after a fair trial of course) to be hung.  The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK.”  If he said YES, it was referred to as “ONE FOR THE ROAD.” If he declined, that prisoner was “ON THE WAGON.” 

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.  If you had to do this to survive you were, "Piss Poor", but worse than that, were the really poor folk, who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot, they "Didn’t have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain, because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June.  However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers, to hide the body odor; hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children; last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it   became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top, afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. 

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt Poor."  The wealthy had slate floors, that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.  As the winter wore on, they added more thresh, until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold. 

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight, and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old''. 

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "Bring home the Bacon." They would cut off a little, to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''Chew the fat''.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning & death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. 

Bread was divided, according to status.  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night, (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell'' or was considered a ''Dead Ringer.''        

                                              YESTERDAY'S SHADOWS

Be aware lest you lose substance by grabbing at the shadows.

The quote above is from Aesop’s fable “The Dog and the Shadow.” 

            I cannot let yesterday's shadows rob me of today's sunshine.  There was a time in my life when I did allow that to happen.  In looking back I see that in in refusing to focus on the moment and enjoying it I was creating my own unhappiness; I was clouding up the moment with resentment, anger and fear from earlier times in my life. 

I seemed to be incessantly replaying the same old broken record of the past - reliving past mistakes, feeling negative emotions, etc. 

            The present moment does not have power over me.  Regardless of what is happening around me, I will always have the prerogative and responsibility of choosing what happens within me.

Abe Lincoln has been given credit for having said, "Folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."  I do not pray for someone to come and protect me from life's challenges today because I believe the very purpose for my being here is to be challenged and, in the meeting of these challenges, to experience growth. 

I have no regrets concerning the past.  When I'm feeling regret I'm usually not learning.  I know that I cannot adequately live in the present nor effectively face the future if my thoughts are buried in the past. 

            When feeling troubled today I try to remember the old man who, on his deathbed, said, "I've had a lot of trouble in my life, most of which never happened."  Life is an attitude. 

Even a strong faith may be accompanied by the shadow of doubt.  Light and darkness seem to be always with us but we can place our focus on the light.  .  


      Common Charge Mailing Information

As of February 1st, 2015, you will no longer receive a monthly bill from management. The HOA will be switching to a coupon book billing. All payments with paper checks will be mailed as follows:

                                                      Choice Professional Management, LLC
                                                      c/o Alliance Bank
                                                      PO Box 93573
                                                      Las Vegas, NV. 89193

Coupon books are being completed and will be mailed out at the end of January for the February payment.

                         For Bank Direct Pay and ACH instructions, download the form below:


CPM Packet

New Work Order Procedure 03/01/2015

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. 

  Phone in all work orders to : (631) 864-6006 or Email to BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com


               Interim 7th Director Named

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors Michael Habich was named as Director replacing the vacancy left by the resignation of Jean Crescenzo.

This brings the board back to it's 7 member level and fills the vacant "Class B" Seat.

            The BOD voted 5-0 in favor of this appointment.

                Mike Habich

          Welcome Choice Management & Angelo Cecere

Effective January 1st, 2015, Choice Professional Management (CPM) is the property management company of record for Birchwood at Spring Lake.

The new PM is Angelo Cecere (pictured) and he will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The management office has been relocated to the EV Clubhouse nd the new hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.

All management related phone calls should be directed to CPM at the number below:

Choice Professional Management
356 Vet's Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725
Phone:(631) 864-6006 Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

After hours calls are also directed to this number.


Click below to download the CPM Resident Welcome Letter, Owner Forms and ACH Banking Documents

CPM Resident Packet

           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

  Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage

                                        Republican Club BSL____________________


                 Download Police Activity Forms Below

                        Click on the link to view & print


Police Activity Reports.pdf

                   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.

Following is the Website



      Updated Clubs & Committee Listing

                           Click the link below to download and view the document


Clubs & Committee 2013.docx

      Attention: Birchwood Snowbirds!

Please view the file below which contains the Snowbird Information form for filing with the management office.

Save a trip to the office by downloading and printing this form and then drop it off before you leave for warmer climates.

Just click on the link to view and print.

Snowbird information sent by:

Linda Schulman, BSL Management Office

                                               Click Below To View The Form


Snowbird 2014



        LIPA Power Outage Information

Call LIPA @ 1-800-966-4818 to Complain


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 impact.

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 representative.

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
      Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary
      Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer
      Mike Habich.......................................................................Recording Secty.
      Kevin Mann, Bob Golden......................................................HOA Directors


     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



                 Gatehouse/Security Rules & Procedures

                                       Click This Link To The Gatehouse Page

                      Click the Link Below to Download, View and Print the Rules Booklet


Gatehouse Procedures Rev 04-05-12.pdf

            Gatehouse Permanent Guest List Official Form

                                    Click below to Download, View, Print the Form


Gatehouse Permanent Guest List Form 04-06-12.pdf


                   No Parking "Tow Away" Zones Being Enforced.

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.



Rules & Regulations Booklet January 2012.doc



     $10.00 pp BSL Residents Only

 Call Marge Rende for Info 205-0007- Click for Schedule


          Weather Forecast for BSL!

          Click link Below for this  feature!

           Weather Forecast-Middle Island 

         Detailed 3 day Forecast & Other Data...



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