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   Birchwood Forms Library & Downloads

                           Click on the links below to download & Print the forms as indicated


BSL Architectural Application


   BSL Census & Security


CPM Packet

                                            (CPM Packet Includes ACH & Instructions)

       Attention BSL Clubs & Committees

Please stop into the management office to pick up your packet and instructions as the pertain to the new

guidelines for committees and clubs to follow regarding delinquent residents. Diane Mami, HOA Secretary

     A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                      DIAMONDS AND STONES

Some days are diamonds, some days are stones,

Sometimes the hard times won’t leave me alone.

Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones,

Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.

Dick Feller

The words to that song seem philosophical in that they refer to the “ups and downs” of life. 

There are times when I’d like to kick up my heels and there are times when I’m dragging my feet. 

At times I like sad songs and at other times I want to dance a jig.  However, I am misleading myself if I think that this ebb and flow of feelings is caused by influences outside of me.  We may feel “good” or “bad” no matter what kind of day it is.   

A “diamond” day for one person may be a day of “stones” for another.  A day is neither good nor bad but my outlook on that day does indeed vary.  My perspective changes; my viewpoint changes; my attitude changes and my feelings change accordingly. 

It may appear to us that our feelings have been trampled on by another but aren’t we responsible for how we respond to this apparent “trampling”? 

Consider if you will, the following axiom: “Regardless of what is happening around me, I will always have the prerogative and the responsibility of choosing what happens within me.” 

Even as I impart this so-called “wisdom” to you I am prompted to admit I have spent much of my life reacting in an unhealthy way to many situations that I perceived to be problems.  I thought my feelings were caused by others, i.e., “You made me feel bad.”  In truth, no one can make me feel anything at all unless I allow it to happen. 

Waxing philosophic, I recently said to a friend, “Nothing can hurt you unless you believe that it can.”  “Oh yeah,” he retorted, “how about a bullet through the heart.”  I then asked, “Do you believe a bullet through the heart can hurt you?”  “Damn right I do,” he snapped back.  “Well, there you have it,” I said, “my point is made.”  I should have been shot for that witticism. 

I’ve heard it said that our worst fears and our greatest hopes are seldom realized. 

Perhaps somewhere between our hopes and fears there is serenity. 

I’m thinking now of the story of the old man who on his deathbed said, “I’ve had many problems in my life, most of which never happened.”   


We are mad, not only individually but nationally.  We check manslaughter and insolated murders, but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples. 

Lucius Annaeus Seneca


            The Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies who wrote what appears above also wrote “He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.” 

             Over 1800 years ago the Debtor’s Act of 1869 abolished imprisonment for those who were unable to satisfy monetary indebtedness.  Yet today we have people imprisoned for precisely the “crime” that the Debtor’s Act was supposed to eliminate.  Couldn’t they work off the indebtedness with some form of community service? 

            Seneca also wrote the very often quoted “What fools these mortals be” and he said this 1500 years before Shakespeare quoted it in his play Midsummer-Night’s Dream

            It seems foolish to me that we are still sending to prison those who are unable to satisfy monetary debt and yet people with money are often able to commit much more heinous crimes and can afford to buy the best legal advice and possibly go scot-free.  It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. 

                   New 2015 Birchwood Rules & Regulations

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 your Birchwood Board of Directors. Click the link below


BSL Rules 2015


       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


       Six Factors To Help Sell Your Home

                                                by Tom Annunziato, Coach Realtors

1. Allow the property to be shown as often as possible! That is not

always going to be convenient, however, it might just be the person who

falls in love with your home and wants to purchase it, we never know.

2. Whenever a prospective buyer, accompanied by a Realtor, wants to see

the house, let the realtor show the home. Let them approach you if they

have any questions. Make sure there is no loud music or TV's playing.

Turn on the lights!  Lighting a scented candle can also be a nice touch.

3. Bulky or extra furniture, house plants that stick into traffic ways,

toys or clothes not put away, or beds not made, etc. slow down traffic

and make rooms look smaller and darker.

4.Your home must be accessible to show; Giving your Realtor a key or

installing a lock box for ease of showings is a good idea.

5. Look at the front of your house and critically ask the question: If a

buyer pulled up in front, would the appearance invite them to look at

the inside? If NO, clean it up now. You never get a second chance to

make a first impression.

6.GET RID OF CLUTTER! You are going to be packing a lot of items, get

a head start .Remove family photos from the walls, clear stickers from

the refrigerator and clear countertops At

the same time, your home starts looking larger. .Just remember homes

that are clean in

appearance, easy to be shown and uncluttered usually sell within a

reasonable time!

If you remain flexible in your schedule when showing your home, and keep

an open mind about layout and design during necessary pre-sale

improvements, selling your home will be a much easier process for

you,the buyer,and your agent. So if you are considering a faster move or hear that any family or

friends please call me anytime 516-528-4658 .

Thank You Again!

Thomas Annunziato,

Birchwood Resident


354 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766 Phone: 631-331-3600, Fax:



    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


      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


           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
      Diane Mami ......................................................................HOA Secretary
      Mike Habich ......................................................................HOA Treasurer
      Kevin Mann, Bob Golden, Greg Alessi....................................HOA Directors


     Birchwood HOA Finance Committee

                                                 Your 2015 Finance Committee

                   Michael Habich & Diane Mami, HOA Board Members and FC Liaisons

                             Richard Gerien CPA, Pat Olson,  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





     $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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