I write to let the Birchwood community know about an important
opportunity to preserve a parcel directly across the street from your
community's entrance. The Birchwood community can
contact SC Executive Steve Bellone to try to save this parcel from auction.
Middle Island Civic Association
This 6.1 acre
parcel in Middle Island is one of several the TOB is asking Suffolk County NOT
to auction off on October 28-30, 2014 for back taxes. It is a pristine
woodland that borders Rt 25/MCR. It is in the Compatible Growth Area of the
Pine Barrens and close to the boundary of the Carmans River watershed. It
would, with a few additional acquisitions, serve to connect the proposed MI
hiking trail between Cathedral Pines County Park and the TOB's Twin Ponds
Nature Preserve holdings. Please contact SC Executive Steve Bellone and ask him
to preserve this land and the others identified by Brookhaven as being
environmentally sensitive and worthy of protection against future development. County Exec Bellone Phone: (631)
853-4000 Email: email@example.com
DJ Dancing $25.00 pp Sign-Up Wed. 10/08 and 10/15 6-7 pm EV Clubhouse
Non Refundable, Costumes Optional, Cash or Check to BSL Entertainment Committee
Children's Halloween Parade
Sunday 10/26/2014 Westview Clubhouse
Line up at 11:30 am Parade starts at 12 noon.
After the parade...Games, Hot Dogs, Candy, Popcorn, Drinks
Volunteers needed...call Alice @ 924-0713
HOA Informational Open Meeting
There will be a Community Informational Meeting on
Wednesday 10/22/2014 at 7 P.M. at the Westview Clubhouse.
Please attend and bring a friend or neighbor!
There will be an HOA informational meeting on Wed. 10/22/14 at 7:00 pm. All are encouraged to attend.
In order to efficiently address residents concerns the board asks that questions be submitted in writing prior to the meeting but no later than Monday 10/20/14.
All questions must be signed and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped off at the office.
Questions from the floor will be allowed only after submitted items are addressed and only as time permits.
New Golf Course Bunker Work
by Frank Matzen
The two green-side sand traps (#8 & #9) are under reconstruction by the golf committee. They are much smaller, but will likely be no less troublesome if one
comes up short hitting to the green. With the steep grassy slope surrounding
them, both traps will likely still collect many golf balls.
Real Estate Report ....3rd Quarter 2014
by Tom Annunziato
This has been a good year for Birchwood residents selling
their homes this year. As of September 20th we have had 25
homes close and have an additional 12 under contract. We have 28
The good news is that the days on the market on the properties
have been cut down from
146 in 2013 to 120 days in 2014. It also
appears that the sales prices are higher. Last year 32 properties sold. So our
community appears to be having an increased value along with
a greater outside interest to live in Birchwood.
If you would like more
information about the current market or to receive a market value report on
your home feel free to call me anytime . I am just doors away! Coach
Realtors 631-331-3600 ext. 118
*All data is from the Multiple Listing Service Of Long
BSL Golf Putting Contest
By Jim Byrne
Gary Ording and
Kathy Dooley- front nine Rozalia Stone and Jerry Elie - back nine Lois
& Mike Lisa- overall winners
BIRCHWOOD TRENDS AND FORCASTS
by Fran Gentleman, HOA President
Many of you have been asking about the status of the Eastview indoor pool. I wish I had better news to tell you. Unfortunately the damage in that room is much more than a fallen trim board. A structural engineer was called in for an evaluation and concluded that there is a larger, systemic problem caused by long-term high humidity and inadequate ventilation. Following his recommendation for further investigation, openings were made at three locations through the ceiling sheetrock in order to expose the steel bearing support, the wood trusses, and the roof plywood. Using a scissor lift, the lintels over the upper windows around the perimeter of the building were more closely examined. One opening was made through the brick masonry wall at the location of a vertical crack in the wall. The initial findings from the engineers report follow:
The following is a Summary of Findings: STRUCTURAL · All the steel lintels over the upper windows are severely deteriorated and at some locations need to be replaced. · The brick joints above the lintels are cracked at many locations and brick above the lintels need to be replaced. · The steel channels at the top of the wall that support the wood trusses are in various degrees of deterioration and it is recommended that all the steel bearing supports around the perimeter of the building be replaced. · The wood trusses are in reasonably good condition. While some galvanized steel connection plates are rusted enough to require replacement or reinforcement most are in good condition. The wood truss members appear to be in good condition. However, there is evidence of water stains along the top edge of the top chords where the plywood roof is supported. This indicates water entry from the roof. · The roof plywood was soft at some locations. New plywood was observed at the south hip. In 2009, the entire south hip roofing and plywood was replaced. The roofing shingles should be removed and replaced for the remaining gable roof and north hip. While the plywood is exposed, the soft and deteriorated sheets should be removed and replaced. · At the vertical crack location where the brick wall was opened, a severely rusted and delaminated steel post was exposed. The delaminated steel post exerted pressure on the brick masonry and caused the cracks.
The following is a Summary of Findings NON-STRUCTURAL
· There is the possibility of black mold on the backside of the ceiling sheetrock necessitating inspection and possibly removal by a mold expert. · The soffit vents were consistently blocked by insulation, which prevents airflow and ventilation from the soffit to the ridge. This will require further evaluation by a mechanical engineer, probably resulting in the need for additional work.
If this narrative seems complicated and confusing it’s because it is. Even someone unskilled in architecture or building trades can see that we are facing a very big problem. There are many steps yet to be taken to determine the right course of action and the cost. Architectural drawing need to be made up and the work will need to be done in stages so as to prevent compromising the buildings integrity. Regrettably, this will take many months. I will keep the community informed as to the project and the cost.
Birchwood Blood Drive Information
by Fran Gentleman
The residents of Birchwood have again stepped forward for the annual blood drive. This year’s numbers areas follows:
Thank you to all whodonated and a special thank you to all the volunteers listed below who sogenerously gave of their time and effort.
Bunny Agers Alice Byrne Jeanne Carle John Carricato Renee Green Lois Lisa Mike Lisa Mary Ann Perlowski Ted Perlowski Betty Schuster Bari Weiss
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
The strategy back then was to encompass most
of the state's Federalists in one district (allowing them to win just one),
while Governor Elbridge Gerry's party (the Democrat-Republicans) controlled all
the others. Quote from the Internet
The worst abuse that has ever been
thrown at the heads of American voters is the unfair practice of partisan
gerrymandering. This process has allowed
politicians who are as old as dirt to remain in power years after their
usefulness has long gone.
Gerrymandering is the dividing of a
State, County, area, etc. into election districts so as to give one political
party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of
the other party into as little a number of districts as possible.
In 1812, Governor Elbridge Gerry’s political party
redistricted Massachusetts so that Essex County resembled a salamander so the process of reshaping the
election districts was called gerrymandering.
The process caught on and it has been happening ever
since. The redistricting succeeded but
public criticism of the practice was particularly effective because Gerry’s
opponents coined the term Gerrymander.
His campaign was doomed. He remained
in politics, however, and later served as vice president under James
Madison. He died in office.
By gerrymandering the districts, legislators and their
political cronies have used this abusive process to choose their voters, before
voters have had the opportunity to choose them.
one time in American politics voters chose their representatives. The process of gerrymandering results in the
fiasco whereby the representatives choose their voters.
We presently have people in elected positions that are no
longer physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually able to perform the
“work” that we expect of them and yet they linger.
We heap praise on those who have remained in office for
decades when we should be telling them to go home. They know damned well they can no longer do
the jobs they are being paid to do.
Gerrymandering constitutes a major fault in our political
system. Virtually it amounts to stealing
BSL Golf Club Champions
Photo by Jim Byrne
The 2014 Club Championship weekend winners pose after the two day event.
Flooding from 200 Year Storm Soaks Birchwood
Photos by Frank Matzen
Alexandra Lane Flooding
Westview Pool and First Fairway
BSL Baking Class
Photo by Kathy Giannico
Lisa the Baking Coach. Learn to make appetizers with Puff Pastry & Pretzel Dough.
Birchwood Online Network Returns!
by Karen Olsen
The "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" is a Facebook Group replacing the former Birchwood Discussion Group.
The purpose of the Group is to facilitate exchange of information and general discussion between Birchwood Residents. Residents wishing to join the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" should contact the Group Administrator, Karen Olsen at Karols123@aol.com.
Only residents who are members of the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" can access the Group's Facebook page to view, post or comment.
Summer BBQ at the Eastview Clubhouse
by Kathy Giannico
East view Clubhouse Ceiling Collapse
photo by Frank Matzen
Middle Island New York 7-01-2014
Roof material fell from the ceiling of the Eastview indoor pool area on Monday 6-30-2014.
The good news is that no one was injured, the cause is yet to be determined.
This ceiling was repaired last year after leaking water from rain and snow.
Tick Toc.....Be careful during tick season
by Diane Mueller
Those of us living in Court 20 backing hole # 7 have been "attacked" by large number of ticks. My husband Bill had called the office last week and was told the perimeter of the property has been sprayed. Unfortunately, this spraying seems to have sent ticks to the homes and golf course.
As of yesterday afternoon, one resident had one on his arm after playing golf; 3 dogs have had 2-3 ticks each; after working in her garden, one resident had a whopping 8 pulled off her body!
Bill has pulled off 5, one of which is being tested for Lyme. He himself is being treated proactively for the disease!
Birchwood Residents and neighbors, be aware!
Tuesday Morning Golf Course Maintenance
by John Daly
Just a Reminder….
As we all know, Vince and his crew are doing an amazing job with our golf course. But, in order to do so, he requires the golf course including the practice area to be closed until 12pm.
Please abide by his wishes. The ranger on duty will put out the sign-in book when the course is ready for play.
We thank you for your understanding.
BSL Golf Guest Fees..... 2014
Sent by John Daly, BSL Golf Committee
Please download and view the updated guest fees below for 2014 provided by the BSL Golf Committee.
Dial 911 for Emergency....SCPD 6th Precinct Direct Line is 854-8600
* * VETERANS CLUB FLASH * *
Submitted by Frank Dapolito, President Veterans Club
The Veterans Club will return to its original scheduling that was outlined at the beginning of this year. Dates of remaining meetings for 2014 are as follows:
October 4th December 6th
Please mark your calendars
Attention Latin Dancers
by Pamela Frazier
Although meetings will not resume at Birchwood at Spring Lake for the Latin Dance Club, those who would like to continue to dance are invited to join me every Tuesday at 12:30 for a dance/exercise class at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Route 25A.
Those 60 years and older are eligible to attend this free class. For more information, telephone Pamela Frazier or email email@example.com. The center offers diverse opportunities for fun and educational activities.
Birchwood Book Club Announcement
by Marcia Attard
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month Eastview Clubhouse 4:00-5:00 pm
Contact Marcia Attard 345-6285 for any further information
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!
Birchwood Snow Report-- 2013/2014
WINTER 2013/2014 SNOW SEASON STORM RECORDS
by Mike Habich
At the end of the season, all costs are added up and split according to the offering plan formula by all 733 residents for the next years snow assessment.
I have recorded all Birchwood snow events since 2006
Light Dusting 11/12/2013 Snow on grass only No action needed
Light Dusting 12/8/2013 Snow on grass 0.50" No Action needed
Light Snow Event 12/10/2013 Minor Accum. 1.25" BSL Trucks Only
Snow to Rain 12/14/2013 3 inches Snow/Sleet 35 Yards Salt/Sand
Light Snow to Ice 12/17/2013 Minor Accum. 2.00" Sand/Salt, OT & Ice Melt
Light Snow 12/24/2013 Snow on grass & roads Road salt & Shovel crews
Blizzard 01/03/2014 Heavy snow 8-10 inches Full road salt & shovel crews
Icy Roads & Courts 01/07/2014 Rain to deep freeze Road and Court Salt/Sand
Icy Roads & Courts 01/10/2014 Rain freezing on surfaces Road sand & Salt crews
Heavy Snowfall 01/21/2014 Heavy accum. 12-14" All crews will be utilized
Light Snow 01/25/2014 Plowable Snowfall of 3" Road, Salt & Shovel Crews
Light Snow 01/29/2014 Plowable Snowfall of 3" Road & Shovel Crews On site
Heavy Snow 02/03/2014 Plowable wet snow 8" All crews utilized
Snow to Sleet 02/05/2014 Snow 3", to sleet to rain All crews utilized
Snow/Rain/Snow 02/13/2014 Snow/Rain/Snow 9" All crews utilized + Payloaders
Light Snow 02/15/2015 Light Snow 2-4" All crews utilized
Light Snow to Rain 02/18/2014 Snow 1-2" Hand Shovel Crews & Bobcats
Snow Flurries 02/27/2014 On and Off Snow No accumulation on roads
Light Snowfall 03/02/2014 Dusting only .25" Nothing spent. BSL Only
Moderate Snowfall 03/31/2014 Rain to snow 4" No outside vendors. BSL Only
Light Dusting 04/16/2014 Rain to flurries No outside vendors used.
Total # of snow events this season.........28
Total estimated snow in inches...............71.4
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 Jean Crescenzo................................................................. 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
*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!