A new March storm has added another 8- 10 inches of snow to the already bleak winter snow season. Crews are out on the roads and shovel crews will be on busy moving this snow before the record March cold temperatures strike tonight and tomorrow.
Golf Committee Election Details
by the BSL Golf Committee
Any residents who are
interested in being a part of the 2015 Golf committee should indicate their
consideration by contacting a present committee member or by sending an email
to the address listed: BSL.Golf.Committee@gmail.com.
The deadline is Friday, March 6th. This is YOUR opportunity to serve
your community and make a difference. The election will be held at the annual
kickoff meeting on April 15th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm at the West View Clubhouse.
2015 BSL Golf Event Schedule
Click the link below to view and print the 2015 Golf Event Schedule provided by the BSL Golf Committee
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
Eastview Window Artwork was done by residents Maryann Perlowski and Betty Schuster. These talented artists donated their time and energy to enhance the beauty of our clubouse which is currently under repair.
Thanks to Maryann and Betty!
February Report from the HOA President
by Fran Gentleman
Greetings snow bound and frozen Birchwood residents
and greetings also to those of you lucky enough to escape to places south. It
has become another winter with too much frozen precipitation. All I can say is that Spring always follows…eventually. Just as new growth germinates under the hard,
cold ground, ready to burst forth when conditions are right, so too many ideas
and plans are developing here at Birchwood, hoping to burst forth in the next
The Board of Directors is working closely with our
new management company (CPM) to bring to fruition strategies to improve the
life of the community. A decision has
been made on hiring a contractor to take down the ceiling in the Eastview pool
room. This is the first step in
determining what needs to be done to repair the problem areas. It may seem like
a simple step that should have been taken earlier but the original estimates to
do so were extremely high and tied to solutions that may
have not been fiscally wise. Demolition
of the ceiling has to be done carefully so as to not damage the pool in the
hope that it can be salvaged. CPM has
been extremely helpful in finding a company that had the right mix of skill and
cost effectiveness. More on that as the
The Board is also looking at several ideas for
integrated clubhouse management. One
option that is being explored is the expansion of the Ambassador program with
compensation for clubhouse volunteers in the form of a common charge
credit. There is much investigative work
that must be done involving legal implications and insurance concerns but
before exploring any of those issues there must first be a determination of
community interest. You will see
elsewhere in this paper a call for community response. If anyone is interested in participating in
this type of service please let the management office know. There are some other ideas percolating and
you will be informed as possibilities become more defined.
Just a few other unrelated items to report.
If you haven’t already become a reader of the
Birchwood Community Website, (the "Unofficial”
online source for information, club events & schedules) I urge you
do so. The minutes from Board meetings will now be published on the
site. This is just another source of
information for the community so thanks to Mike Habich for providing this
Finally, I would just like to reiterate the process
of bringing questions, concerns, problems, work orders and even expressions of satisfaction to the attention of the management
company. All of these things can be
addressed on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or telephoned to (631) 864-6006. There
is now also a drop box outside the Management Office in the Eastview Clubhouse
where messages and correspondents can be securely left for the property
So for now, stay warm and safe. Hopefully, next article will bring even more
improvements and talk of daffodils instead of snow.
A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode
I originally wrote this I did happen to like the four seasons. Now I’m not so sure. The brave city of Boston has surrendered to
the Wintry Beast and maybe the Beast will be coming for us next. Let’s look the Beast straight in the eye,
folks, and hold our ground.
FRIEND OR FOE?
Nature is full of genius, full of the
divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. Henry David Thoreau
not all snowbirds and perhaps some of us remain behind because we like the four
is it that as kids we delighted in snow and as adults we consider it somewhat
life-threatening? Of course, the
prospect of missing school because of snow might add to the child’s delight but
there is also a distinctly different attitude that a youngster has regarding
snow – perhaps it’s simply a case whereby they haven’t yet experienced the
negative aspects of the condition, i.e. skidding in a car or having to dig out
a car or perhaps even missing work because of snow.
of us who are retired are in a better position to reexamine the attitude we
once had toward snow. When snowflakes start to fall we may become
anxious. An alternative response,
however, might be to stop momentarily and muse over Lewis Carroll's line,
"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so
find it impossible to read Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy
Evening” without actually picturing myself in the scene.
reflect on the following, if you will:
woods these are I think I know.
house is in the village though;
will not see me stopping here
watch his woods fill up with snow.
little horse must think it queer
stop without a farmhouse near
the woods and frozen lake
darkest evening of the year.
gives his harness bells a shake
ask if there is some mistake.
only other sound's the sweep
easy wind and downy flake.
woods are lovely, dark and deep.
I have promises to keep,
miles to go before I sleep.
miles to go before I sleep.
Perhaps the poet is referring to the ultimate sleep of death. We still have things to do in life so let us
not be too troubled by the present.
When feeling troubled
today I try to remember the old man who on his deathbed said, "I've had a
lot of trouble in my life, most of which never happened."
Be Happy! Life is an attitude.
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.
The BOD voted 5-0 in favor of this appointment.
Luncheon and Bingo
Club January Luncheon. 77 women
had a lovely lunch catered by Swan Deli and played Bingo for the afternoon.
Photo by Kathy Giannico
HOA Seeks Rental Agent
The Board of Directors of Birchwood at Spring Lake is soliciting letters of interest from Realtors that own property and reside in the Birchwood Community to act as an Exclusive Rental Agent for HOA owned Rental Units. The purpose of this request is to solicit Realtors to locate qualified tenants for HOA owned units that meet the criteria set forth by the HOA and to handle the screening and application process from rental listing to tenancy with oversight by the Board and Management. Realtor commission on rental units is to be paid by the tenant.
Interested Realtors/Agents should send their
letters of interest including qualifications, resume, rental experience and rental procedures to:
Choice Professional Management 356 Veterans Memorial Highway Commack, N.Y. 11725
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:
Although the 2015 golf season is still a few months away, there are plenty of golfers who are taking advantage of the mild weather conditions on our golf course.
As I walked the course today for the second time in this new year, I was astonished (as I was the first time) by the amount of dog poop I saw on the course. I unavoidably “christened” my new golf shoes around the 9th green.
As a reminder to all, HOA rules clearly state that dogs and cats are not permitted to be on the golf course or in any landscaped common areas. The RULES AND REGULATIONS are posted on the BSL website: Section III, Number 7, describes this very clearly. Also, under the Golf Rules and Regulations in Section VIII, Number 4.
So, for those community members who are allowing their pets to use this golf course as their own personal poopy park, we golfers kindly ask you to please stop.
BSL Golf Committee
Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page
Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage
Just a note to inform my neighbors at Birchwood about this
years real estate activity.
In 2014 so far we had 41 closed sales at Birchwood
and 7 more still under contract ( I participated in 17 ). The average days
on the market were 110 much lower than last year and the average seller
sold for almost 95 % of their most current list price! There are currently 20
properties avail-able at this time . Looking at this years statistics, it
is obvious that we are in an upswing in the market.
The inventory is
lower than last year and the word out seems to be that mortgage rates will be
fairly stable for the near future.This all will result in increased values at
Birchwood. Since I have lived in Birchwood I have helped 163 families sell
their Birchwood properties!
With that in mind during the Holiday Season,more than
ever,my thoughts turn gratefully to my friends and neighbors at Birchwood who
have made my contuned success possible. In that spirit I say humbly and
THANK YOU , AND BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
HAVE A HAPPY AND
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
BSL Women's Club December Luncheon
Photo by Kathy Giannico
Birchwood Author Available on Amazon
by Frank Matzen
I am pleased to announce the release of my book, “THE LONG AND
THE SHORT OF IT - A Collection of Fiction”. The book can be purchased on
Amazon.com. All of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Wounded
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!