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     Birchwood HOA Election 2015 Details

Meet the Candidates Night: Wednesday April 29th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm at the WV.

Election Day & Annual HOA Meeting: May 20th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm at the WV.

Please attend and vote for your HOA!

Three seats are open for community voting. The following candidates have applied for consideration.

Condo Director:  Voting by the 104 Condo Owners ONLY ........Gregory Alessi- Running unopposed

Class B Director: Voting by all owners except the 104 Condos....Michael Habich- Running Unopposed

At Large Director: Voting by all 733 Owners regardless of unit type. Three Candidates are running:

                                      Rochelle Green...Martin Filler...Diane Mami

                  Full election details will be sent to all owners by Choice Management this week.

                    Lost and Found

    04/25/2015...Cell phone found in front of the Eastview Clubhouse- See the guard for details

       New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                            Minutes Online Page

      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

     April Report from the HOA President

                                                           by Fran Gentleman

                                    TRENDS AND FORECASTS

Finally, signs of Spring are starting to emerge.  The grass is greening, the flowers are popping and the trees are budding.  We have survived another winter.  It was a cold and snowy one and along with everyone’s anticipation of Spring flowers and warmer weather comes anticipation of the next snow assessment.   I am happy to report that, in spite of all the snow this past winter, the assessment has gone down.  It may not be much but I am sure all the white stuff had residents expecting an increase so a decrease is certainly good.  Even though the next snowfall is far away, the board is already looking into ways to make paying for snow removal more palatable.

But enough discussion about cold and snow.  We now are eagerly looking forward to the return of our friends and neighbors who have survived the winter in warmer places.  It’s good to see some who have already returned and we look forward to a re-energized social scene with backyard barbeques, gatherings at the pool and golfing events.  The property manager is already in the process of preparing the outdoor pools for re-opening.  The Eastview indoor pool repairs is progressing at a slower pace than anticipated due to contractor’s schedules but at least it is progressing.  The board plans to have all pools up and running by Memorial Day weekend and will host a pool opening community celebration.  Details to follow.

As the board continues to work on “getting our house in order” I would like to refer back to the revised Homeowner Manual discussed in last month’s paper.  It will be up on the Birchwood “unofficial” website shortly for all to view.  From time to time it will be updated as the need arises.  When that happens the community will be notified on that site.  An updated copy will be given to all new residents and anyone who cannot access the rules by the website can request a copy at the office. Following the rules and guidelines in the manual is in the best interest of all our residents.

Finally, along with all the other signs of new life, we look forward to some new faces on the board.  I encourage all to attend the “Meet the Candidates Night” Wednesday, April 29 in the Westview Clubhouse at 7 P.M. It is important for all to hear the qualifications of the candidates who are running for a director’s position in your community and to vote accordingly.  CPM, our management company, will be running the election this year and you should by now have received information regarding the candidates and the election process. If you have not please contact CPM’s office at 864-6006.  Election take place on Wednesday, May 20.  This is also the time for the community’s annual meeting with reports from the auditor and other information.  Please plan to vote and attend this important meeting. 

Until then, enjoy the blossoming of all things Spring!

    A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                            OLDIES BUT GOODIES

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

A Member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."  "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr


He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill 

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow 

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway). 

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

I didn't attend the funeral, but sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends...”- Oscar Wilde 

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response. 

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."- Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."- Irvin S. Cobb

He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

 "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."- Charles, Count Talleyrand. 

He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"  - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."- Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."- Andrew Lang

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."- Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But I'm afraid this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

When a braggart is unnecessarily throwing around big words you may want to lay the following on him:

When promulgating your esoteric cogitations and articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable philosophical and psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.  Let your conversational communications demonstrate a clarified conciseness, a compact comprehensibleness; no coalescent conglomerations of preciose garrulity, jejune bafflement and asinine affectations. 

            Let your extemporaneous verbal vaporescence and expatiations have lucidity, intelligibility and voracious vivacity, without rodomontade or thespian bombast. 

            Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous propensity, setaceous vacuity and magniloquent vapidity. 

            Shun double entendre, obnoxious jocosity and pestiferous profanity, observable or apparent. 

      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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