Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015
Birchwood Real Estate Market Update
by Tom Annunziato
It looks like we are having a lot of activity in sales so far this year in Birchwood. As of September we have had 25 closed properties with an average days on the market of 160. We currently have 22 condos and homes available for sale.
The fall tends to be a busy selling season so we can expect to have more homes sold before the years end. And as a reminder Coach Realtors offers Relocation Services that can connect you with a top agent anywhere in the United States if you are thinking of a long distant move.
So if you are considering a move or hear that any family or friends please call me anytime 516-528-4658 .
Thank You Again!
Thomas Annunziato , Birchwood Resident
Coach Realtors Mount Sinai 354 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766 Phone: 631-331-3600, Fax: 631-331-8788
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
Court Captain Program Returning to Birchwood
by Diane Mami, HOA Director
In an effort to become more proactive in maintaining a high level of quality of life in our community, your HOA Board of Directors have approved a pilot program, Court Captains, to initiate communication with residents regarding:
In addition, Court Captains will be notified by the HOA Board Court Captain Liaison of expected vendor services such as:
·Weeding, spraying, painting, sweeping, paving, sprinkler service and other services that are scheduled for each court.
If you are interested in hearing more about the program please contact me at 631-258-6362 or send me an email at email@example.com. A meeting will be scheduled in September with all interested volunteers. It is important that we have representation from each court in Section 1.
Upon successful completion of this pilot program, the board may extend the program to include Block Captains in Section 2 and 3.
This is your opportunity to get involved in your community, please volunteer!
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
THE FOUR SACRED SEASONS
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third
How do you feel about the change of seasons? In the midst of winter we swear that we never again want to face cold weather and yet when we are sweltering in the summer sun don’t we try to imagine ourselves in a winter scene?
Still, the seasons were considered sacred in many ancient cultures. The four points traced annually by the sun in its journey through the heavens – the solstices and equinoxes – was considered to be a symbol of the life of man or, indeed, of the life of the universe.
In accordance with the ancient calendar, the Winter Solstice (12/21 in 2015) was the beginning of the year – the season of birth.
The Spring Equinox (earlier this year was 03/20) symbolized adolescence – trials and their conquest.
Full blown strength and power were associated with the Summer Solstice (earlier this year 06/21), representing a period of initiation.
The closing of the year was considered to be the time of the Autumnal Equinox (09/23 in 2015) – the period of the Great Passing
American Indians taught their young people that the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.
Hey, we cannot deny that Nature is cyclic. After all, the Chairman of the Board – Old Blue Eyes himself – told us so in his song Cycles.
The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman thought.
He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now - in her 80's - a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.
She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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