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  March Snow Hit's with Another Storm

A new March storm has added another 8- 10 inches of snow to the already bleak winter snow season. Crews are out on the roads and shovel crews will be on busy moving this snow before the record March cold temperatures strike tonight and tomorrow.




         Golf Committee Election Details

                                          by the BSL Golf Committee

Any residents who are interested in being a part of the 2015 Golf committee should indicate their consideration by contacting a present committee member or by sending an email to the address listed:  BSL.Golf.Committee@gmail.com.

The deadline is Friday, March 6th.  This is YOUR opportunity to serve your community and make a difference. The election will be held at the annual kickoff meeting on April 15th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm at the West View Clubhouse.




                      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






      Eastview Clubhouse Art Complete

Window Art provided & donated by

Maryann Perlowski & Betty Schuster

Eastview Window Artwork was done by residents Maryann Perlowski and Betty Schuster. These talented artists donated their time and energy to enhance the beauty of our clubouse which is currently under repair.

Thanks to Maryann and Betty!


  February Report from the HOA President

                                                     by Fran Gentleman

Greetings snow bound and frozen Birchwood residents and greetings also to those of you lucky enough to escape to places south. It has become another winter with too much frozen precipitation.  All I can say is that Spring always follows…eventually.  Just as new growth germinates under the hard, cold ground, ready to burst forth when conditions are right, so too many ideas and plans are developing here at Birchwood, hoping to burst forth in the next several weeks.

The Board of Directors is working closely with our new management company (CPM) to bring to fruition strategies to improve the life of the community.  A decision has been made on hiring a contractor to take down the ceiling in the Eastview pool room.  This is the first step in determining what needs to be done to repair the problem areas. It may seem like a simple step that should have been taken earlier but the original estimates to do so were extremely high and tied to solutions that may have not been fiscally wise.  Demolition of the ceiling has to be done carefully so as to not damage the pool in the hope that it can be salvaged.  CPM has been extremely helpful in finding a company that had the right mix of skill and cost effectiveness.  More on that as the project progresses.

The Board is also looking at several ideas for integrated clubhouse management.  One option that is being explored is the expansion of the Ambassador program with compensation for clubhouse volunteers in the form of a common charge credit.  There is much investigative work that must be done involving legal implications and insurance concerns but before exploring any of those issues there must first be a determination of community interest.  You will see elsewhere in this paper a call for community response.  If anyone is interested in participating in this type of service please let the management office know.  There are some other ideas percolating and you will be informed as possibilities become more defined. Just a few other unrelated items to report.

If you haven’t already become a reader of the Birchwood Community Website, (the "Unofficial” online source for information, club events & schedules) I urge you do so. The minutes from Board meetings will now be published on the site.  This is just another source of information for the community so thanks to Mike Habich for providing this service.

Finally, I would just like to reiterate the process of bringing questions, concerns, problems, work orders and even expressions of satisfaction to the attention of the management company.  All of these things can be addressed on-line at bsl@choiceprofessionalmgmt.com, or telephoned to (631) 864-6006.  There is now also a drop box outside the Management Office in the Eastview Clubhouse where messages and correspondents can be securely left for the property manager.  So for now, stay warm and safe.  Hopefully, next article will bring even more improvements and talk of daffodils instead of snow.




    A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

When I originally wrote this I did happen to like the four seasons.  Now I’m not so sure.  The brave city of Boston has surrendered to the Wintry Beast and maybe the Beast will be coming for us next.  Let’s look the Beast straight in the eye, folks, and hold our ground.

                                       SNOW – FRIEND OR FOE?

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
Henry David Thoreau 

            We’re not all snowbirds and perhaps some of us remain behind because we like the four seasons.              Why is it that as kids we delighted in snow and as adults we consider it somewhat life-threatening?  Of course, the prospect of missing school because of snow might add to the child’s delight but there is also a distinctly different attitude that a youngster has regarding snow – perhaps it’s simply a case whereby they haven’t yet experienced the negative aspects of the condition, i.e. skidding in a car or having to dig out a car or perhaps even missing work because of snow.              Those of us who are retired are in a better position to reexamine the attitude we once had toward snow.  When snowflakes start to fall we may become anxious.  An alternative response, however, might be to stop momentarily and muse over Lewis Carroll's line, "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently."              I find it impossible to read Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” without actually picturing myself in the scene.  Please reflect on the following, if you will: Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.   My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.   He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake.   The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.          Perhaps the poet is referring to the ultimate sleep of death.  We still have things to do in life so let us not be too troubled by the present.  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."  Don’t worry!  Be Happy!  Life is an attitude.  



      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.

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






                Luncheon and Bingo

Women's  Club January  Luncheon. 77 women had a lovely lunch catered by Swan Deli and played Bingo for the afternoon.

         Photo by Kathy Giannico














              HOA Seeks Rental Agent

The Board of Directors of Birchwood at Spring Lake is soliciting letters of interest from Realtors that own property and reside in the Birchwood Community to act as an Exclusive Rental Agent for HOA owned Rental Units. The purpose of this request is to solicit Realtors to locate qualified tenants for HOA owned units that meet the criteria set forth by the HOA and to handle the screening and application process from rental listing to tenancy with oversight by the Board and Management. Realtor commission on rental units is to be paid by the tenant.

Interested Realtors/Agents should send their  letters of interest including qualifications, resume, rental experience and rental procedures to:

Choice Professional Management
356 Veterans Memorial Highway
Commack, N.Y. 11725

Email:  BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com









          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.

BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com

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


CPM Resident Packet






    Golf Committee Notice to Residents

                                                
Although the 2015 golf season is still a few months away, there are plenty of golfers who are taking advantage of the mild weather conditions on our golf course.

As I walked the course today for the second time in this new year, I was astonished (as I was the first time) by the amount of dog poop I saw on the course.  I unavoidably “christened” my new golf shoes around the 9th green. 

As a reminder to all, HOA rules clearly state that dogs and cats are not permitted to be on the golf course or in any landscaped common areas. The RULES AND REGULATIONS are posted on the BSL website:  Section III,  Number 7, describes this very clearly.  Also, under the Golf Rules and Regulations in Section VIII, Number 4. 

So, for those community members who are allowing their pets to use this golf course as their own personal poopy park, we golfers kindly ask you to please stop. 

Thank you,

BSL Golf Committee












           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

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

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   Birchwood Real Estate Report 2014

                                                                By Tom Annunziato

Just a note to inform my neighbors at Birchwood about this years real estate activity. In 2014 so far we had 41 closed sales at Birchwood  and 7 more still under contract ( I participated in 17  ). The average days on the market were 110 much lower than last year  and the average seller sold for almost 95 % of their most current list price! There are currently 20 properties avail-able 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 163 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.  





 BSL Women's Club December Luncheon

Photo by Kathy Giannico


    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 Warrior Project









                                               

                 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

http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/ny-authorizes-veterans-school-tax-exemptions-8252.shtml


                                                                                 


      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 2013/2014 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.

              CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD, VIEW or PRINT THE NEW 2012 RULES BOOKLET

                                

Rules & Regulations Booklet January 2012.doc

                                      



          BINGO AT BIRCHWOOD

     $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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