Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015
Volunteers Needed Halloween Parade
Volunteers and donations needed for the Annual Birchwood Children's Halloween
Parade and Celebration! First mtg this Friday, 9/30 at 8pm, EV. Call Diane Mami
Concerned Resident Reporting Form
All to often the HOA Board hears complaints or concerns through the grapevine or through Facebook. While those methods might be good for blowing off steam the complaint will not necessarily get to the appropriate person or result in a solution to the problem.
In order to provide the community with a better means of communicating problems, the Board is introducing this "Concerned Resident Form". It is not to be used in place of work orders or to report individual home owner problems, rather it is to report quality of life issues that potentially impact the community as a whole. (Examples are listed on the form but there may be others.). Copies of this form may be reproduced, from the link below or picked up in either clubhouse.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the EV management office where they will be reviewed by the property manager and the Board President to determine any necessary action.Please provide your name and contact number as anonymous complaint forms will not be accepted.
How Owning at Birchwood Compares to Other Communities?
Want to see what the other communities in Suffolk County have and what you pay as compared to Birchwood at Spring Lake? Just click the link below to view a side by side comparison of local communities and what they offer and charge. Birchwood at Spring Lake continues to be a bargain loaded with amenities.
Good news for Birchwood homeowners! The latest data from realtor.com® shows that the 2016 home buying season is in full swing, with homes in May selling higher and more quickly than last year.
The May 2016 closed median home price for Long Island, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens’ housing data, was $397,500 representing a 3.8% increase over last year. Nassau County reported a $459,500 closed median home price in May representing a 5.6% increase over $435,000 reported by MLSLI last year. Suffolk County reported a closed median price of $340,000 which represents a 3.3% increase over a year ago.
Queens reported a closed median home price of $451,500, which represents a double digit gain of 11.5% over last year.
The total number of Long Island residential inventory was 19,484 representing 14.9% less available listings than a year ago.
So if considering a move or if you any hear that any family, friends or neighbors are, please call or email me anytime. Thank-you again.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.
Black Elk (Holy Man among the Sioux)
Nature is cyclic. Seasons come and go. When sweltering in the summer sun (before air conditioning, of course) we were longing to see the leaves fall and in the midst of winter we swear we never again want to face cold weather.
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 humans or, indeed, of the life of the universe.
According to the ancient calendar (before the modern calendar) the closing of the year was considered to be the time of the Autumnal Equinox – the period of the Great Passing (what humans refer to as death).
Solstice translates as "sun standing still.” The Winter Solstice was the beginning of the year, a season of birth. In the upcoming winter, look closely at the trees; you'll notice the buds being born.
The Spring Equinox symbolized adolescence; trials and their conquest (our youth). Full blown strength and power were associated with the Summer Solstice, representing a period of initiation (our adulthood).
There are two times in the year when night and day are of equal length all over the world - the spring equinox and the fall equinox. Literally, equinox translates as "equal night" although in actuality, at the equinox, night and day are nearly but not quite equal.
Last winter, Mother Earth (in this hemisphere, at least) was simply taking a nap. She was resting beneath a snowy blanket.
In our time zone the spring equinox (first day of spring) was Mar 20, 2016 and the upcoming autumnal equinox (first day of autumn) will be Sept 22, 2016. The solstices occur twice a year when the sun is at its most distant point from the earth.
The summer solstice (first day of summer), June 20, 2016 was when the sun was at its farthest point north from the earth and the winter solstice (first day of winter) Dec 21, 2016 is when the sun will be at its farthest point south from the earth.
Winter is a time of birth; we might see green shoots pushing their way up through a blanket of snow.
Even human life is cyclic. It may be that life is a series of fleeting moments lived one at a time each day. They bring us home to that which we have always been – life itself. Yes, we are LIFE ITSELF.
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.
The old procedure of filling out a paper work order in the clubhouse has been phased out and the paper work order books are gone. 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 Finance Committee
Your 2016 Finance Committee
Michael Habich HOA Treasurer, 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
*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!