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      January Blizzard Hits Birchwood

About 18-20 inches total of snow fell in Birchwood but there are drifts over 4 feet. The crews for road, court and driveway cleaning have done a great job getting Birchwood open again.

Our Maintenance Supervisor Ed Sundberg was on site throughout the storm coordinating the crews in the field.

So far we have had four billable snow events including this Blizzard plus the cost of rock salt purchased. This next storm will surely add multiple days of billing to these costs.

The shot to the left was taken out my back patio door facing the golf course about 7:30 am Tuesday showing a path I cut for my dog to go outside.








  January Report from the HOA President

                                                     by Fran Gentleman

A new year is always a good time for new beginnings and we certainly have new beginnings here at Birchwood.  As of January 1st Choice Professional Management Company (CPM) has begun to manage our property. Having years of experiencing with many other communities in the area, they come to us with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of property management.  While every community has its own idiosyncrasies there are also many shared commonalities among communities.  As CPM learns our unique characteristics we will benefit from their expertise and past accomplishments.

We invite all to come to the information meeting on January 21 at 7 P.M. in the Westview Clubhouse to personally greet the CPM team. Until then, let me introduce them to you.  The person you are most likely to encounter is Angelo CeCere, Property Manager.  He will be on site Tuesday and Wednesday from 8AM to 2PM and Friday 8AM to 4 PM. During those hours he can be found either in the management office or out and about the property supervising projects and vendors.  The other days he will be attending to Birchwood’s interests in the home office in Commack or meeting with vendors and regulatory agencies off site.  Not to worry, however since there are many ways to get in touch with him or his back-up. Angelo will be backed up by the CPM team consisting of Maryanne Schmidt, owner of the company, handling financials, Andy Holland, Property Management Specialist, with expertise in sewer treatment plants and other areas of management and Linda Schulman, now employed at CPM’s back office, assisting the team with her extensive knowledge of BSL operations.

Work orders, concerns or complaints can be emailed to CPM at BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com or phoned in to (631)864-6006 and they will be answered promptly.  There will also be a telephone prompt for emergency calls after hours. Another new beginning is the relocation of our management office to the Eastview Clubhouse behind the greeter’s desk.  Debbie Zahra will be located there to help residents with non-management company tasks such as gate passes, key fobs, architectural forms, new resident welcome packets, clubhouse calendar, clubhouse events and clubhouse rentals.  This change in location makes the office staff more accessible to residents and also provides an HOA presence in the clubhouse if needed.

Finally, the latest change is the appointment of Mike Habich to the Board, filling the previously vacant seventh seat.  Known to most of our residents for his work on the Finance Committee and for his knowledge of insurance issues, he has served as the Recording Secretary for many years.  This addition is certainly a welcome new beginning.

Change can sometimes be confusing and hectic but it can also be invigorating and revitalizing.  If it is a good change, it is all of those things at once.  The Board of Directors thinks this is a good change and are excited to usher in a refreshing new start in this New Year.  Wishing all a healthy, happy and peaceful 2015.




      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






   

               Interim 7th Director Named

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

Women's  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

Email:  BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com









          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:

Choice Professional Management
356 Vet's Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725
Phone:(631) 864-6006 Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

After hours calls are also directed to this number.

BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com

Click below to download the CPM Resident Welcome Letter, Owner Forms and ACH Banking Documents


CPM Resident Packet






A Dreamers View.....by Ed Handibode

THEATER SEATS FOR SENIORS

An old man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the movie theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the old man, "Sorry sir, but you're only allowed one seat." The old man just groaned but didn't budge. The usher became more impatient.

"Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager." Once again, the old man just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the old disheveled man, but with no success. Finally they summoned the police. The officer surveyed the situation briefly then asked, "All right buddy what's your name?" "Fred," the old man moaned. "Where ya from, Fred?" asked the police officer.

With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Fred replied, "The balcony” 



NUDGING THE NOODGE

The hard reality of our biology is that we are built to move.  Exercise is the master signaling system that tells our cells to grow instead of fade.  When we exercise, that process of growth spreads throughout every cell in our bodies, making us functionally younger.  Not a little bit younger – a lot younger.  True biological aging is a surprisingly slow and graceful process.  You can live out your life in a powerful, healthy body if you are willing to put in the work.  Dr. Henry S. Lodge

Very often Terry has to nudge this “noodge” to get him out walking, even though he is aware that there is benefit in exercise.  We may recall from school days that inertia is the tendency of a body in motion to remain in motion unless acted upon.  There is, however, another side to the coin: a body at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon.  When my body is at rest it tends to want to stay that way and it often requires more than a nudge to get it moving.

Getting back to original quote by Dr. Lodge:

In the same article he went on to say, “Your body is made up of trillions of cells that live mostly for a few weeks or months, die and are replaced by new cells in an endless cycle.  For example, your taste buds live only a few hours, white blood cells live 10 days, and your muscle cells live about three months.  Even your bones dissolve and are replaced, over and over again.  A few key stem cells in each organ and your brain cells are the only ones that stick around for the duration.  All of your other cells are in a constant state of renewal.”

He continues with:  “Another master signal to our cells - perhaps, more important than exercise – is emotion.  One of the most fascinating revelations of the last decade is that EMOTIONS CHANGE OUR CELLS THROUGH THE SAME MOLECULAR PATHWAYS AS EXERCISE [(emphasis added].  Anger, stress and loneliness are signals for “starvation” and chronic danger.  They “melt” our bodies as surely as sedentary living.  Optimism, love and community trigger the process of growth, building our bodies, hearts and minds.”  The article was too lengthy to continue quoting but the good doctor concluded with the following: Go for a walk or a run, and think about it.  Deep in our cells, down at the level of molecular genetics, we are wired to exercise and to care.  We’re beginning to wake up to that as a nation, but you might not want to wait.  Start today.

YOUR CELLS ARE LISTENING. 





    Golf Committee Notice to Residents

                                                 Happy New Year Birchwood!

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. 

Thank you,

BSL Golf Committee













           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

  Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage

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   Birchwood Real Estate Report 2014

                                                                By Tom Annunziato

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 simply,

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 Warrior Project









                                               

                 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

http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/ny-authorizes-veterans-school-tax-exemptions-8252.shtml


                                                                                 


      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 2013/2014 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
      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


                        
                                                                             

                                                                 

                 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

        

  

               

        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

                                

Rules & Regulations Booklet January 2012.doc

                                      



          BINGO AT BIRCHWOOD

     $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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