As I sit here on a sunny, pleasant Saturday I would be remiss if I did not express my compassion for those of you who suffered loss and/or destruction of property during the recent record breaking rain storm. The Board continues to address drainage issues throughout the property and although such a storm is unlikely to be repeated in the near future, we will be looking at the hardest hit areas to see what improvement to drainage can be made. For those of you with damage, I encourage you to contact FEMA for assistance. Not only may you be eligible for help but I am told that the more people who contact FEMA the more likely the area will become eligible for funding. Further information can be obtained at http://www.fema.gov.
One more comment on this topic. I would like to thank our Property Manager, Dawn and our maintenance man, Lenny for the terrific job they did in organizing the clean-up effort. They were here early in the morning until well into the evening directing and assisting the pumping operations and the clean-up of debris. Kudos also to the golf and landscaping crews who did a terrific job in getting the golf course up and running and the common areas back in order.
Another piece of good news, we have hired a cleaning company for the clubhouses, caddy shack and guard booth. Stratus Building Solutions will begin their service to us starting on Tuesday August 26 and will be in both Clubhouses every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday going forward. Choosing those days allows for a prepared venue and a subsequent clean up before and after weekend events with an interim day during the week for maintenance cleaning. Residents are encouraged to pick up after themselves when using the clubhouses just as you would in your own home. This will make the most effective use of community dollars allocated to this service.
Finally, remember September 18 is the BSL Annual Blood Drive. Please mark your calendar and consider being a donor and/or a volunteer. Think about the importance and significance of the simple act of donating blood. A blood donor is a very special kind of volunteer. Your one donation can help to save up to three lives and will only take about an hour of your time. If a loved one was the recipient in need of such kindness we would not hesitate to step forward. Yet everyday over 2000 pints are needed in the greater New York area by somebody’s loved one. This need can only be satisfied by a generous and caring community like ours.
Birchwood Blood Drive Information
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Your donation will help to save up to
THREE lives. Our community hospitals need your help. Please share this lifesaving gift! Thank you for caring!
For an appointment please call: Fran and
Jerry Gentleman @ 345-0158OrFill in form
below and drop in box at either clubhouseWalk-ins and
extended family members are welcome
Bring ID with signature or photo. Minimum weight 110 lbs.Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have
parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)Eat well (low fat) & drink fluidsNo tattoos for past 12 monthsFor questions concerning medical
eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.
Appointment Form (tear off on line above
and drop in Donor Box at either Clubhouse)
1st place- Wayne & Kathy 2nd place- Chuck & Betty 3rd place- Mike &. Lois
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!
A Dreamers View..........
by Ed Handibode
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
The day is thru, the sun descending
Has brought to you no happy ending
But you can face the setting sun and say
Tomorrow is another day
The lyrics above were sung in the movie “A Day at the Races.” There’s nothing like a Marx Brothers movie to snap us out of a dejected mood.
The worst day of our individual lives, whatever day that may have been, has already gone down the drain of eternity, has it not? I personally knew a man who thought the worst sound he ever heard was the chirping of birds in the morning. He had already decided at the outset to have a bad day. Those birds were the harbingers of a brand new day of new possibilities but he heard their sound as cacophony.
Our lives may very well be determined to a degree by our own perspective; our own viewpoint; our own outlook. When listening to birds do we hear a discordant and meaningless mixture of different sounds or do we hear music. Either way – it is what we perceive it to be; thinking makes it so.
Getting the best out of today, of course, is a way of ensuring a good tomorrow. Aesop, Greek writer of fables, suggested that it is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow. Creatures other than human seem to do this instinctively.
The tomorrow we spoke about yesterday is now upon us. Is it our intention to have a good day or a bad day? We cannot let yesterday’s shadows rob us of today’s sunshine.
I’ve had the experience whereby I was having an absolutely miserable day and I was able to stop dead in my tracks and make a conscious decision to change my thoughts and in doing so I made a distinct change in the way that day turned out.
Henry David Thoreau said, “To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of the arts.” He was suggesting that by improving the quality of my day I am as much of an artist as a painter or a sculptor.
I do not know how to sculpt and if you gave me canvas, palette, paint and brush I would be at a complete loss as to what to do. And, by the bye, even the greatest works of art the world has ever known may have imperfections in them; they were after all done by human beings. In spite of my imperfections I have the ability to paint or sculpt my day. I’m grateful for that awareness.
If today does indeed seem to be a bad day in spite of our best effort perhaps we can invest our hope in tomorrow with still another stanza of the song:
Today is gone; it's all behind you,
A brighter dawn will surely find you
If you can face the setting sun and say
Tomorrow is another day
Tomorrow is not yet born and no one knows what it may offer; it represents a new day; new ideas, new horizons; new adventures; new life; new pastures; new trust; new start; new beginnings, new friends (or a renewed appreciation of old friends).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!