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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
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 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
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!