Whatever Holiday you celebrate, enjoy it with friends and family and best wishes for a great 2015!
Important Announcement Regarding Common Charges
The January bill for common charges will be sent out by Soundview but should not be returned to them.
Please return your payment to the BSL Management Office either by mail or in person.
If by mail, send to
Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA, Inc. 500 Birchwood Park Drive Middle Island, N.Y. 11953
If payment is made by direct deposit no change is necessary for this month.
New instructions will be given for the February bill once arrangements have been made with the new management company.
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
THANK YOU , AND BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
HAVE A HAPPY AND
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
New Years Eve Party Announcement
by MaryAnn Perlowski
All BSL Residents Welcome December 31st, 2014 9:00 pm to 1:00 am Westview CH
Dinner, Desserts, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, Dancing and DJ Mike Satira, Hats & Horns!
Sign-up with your table lists cash or check payable to the BSL Entertainment Committee
$30.00 per person, Call Mary Ann for details 631-205-1462
BSL Women's Club December Luncheon
Photo by Kathy Giannico
Report from the HOA President
BIRCHWOOD TRENDSAND FORECASTS
Well next year’s budget is out and with it the increase in common charges. I don’t think many people were surprised to see an increase given all the unexpected and unbudgeted problems we had last year starting with an unprecedented winter of snowfall and ending with the roof collapse on the Eastview indoor pool room. After several years of no increases one could not expect to go on like that forever. Even with no financial surprises we all recognize that costs go up. We also need to recognize that we are an aging community (not necessarily the people, although that may also apply) but a community where structures are beginning to weather, crumble and show signs of wear and tear. We need to acknowledge the state of our infrastructure as it is now and prepare for what is likely to come. The Board, in collaboration with the new management company, will be addressing these issues in the coming months.
And that brings me to the next topic. Choice Professional Management Company will begin on January 1 as our new management company. They bring with them many fine qualities including years of experience in the property management business, fresh ideas regarding fiscal responsibility, expertise in running sewage treatment plants and a vibrant working relationship with a cadre of competent, experienced and reliable vendors. The Board looks forward to working with them and we will formally introduce them to the community at another informational meeting early in the new year.
I want to thank the Finance Committee, Mike Habich, the chair and Pat Olson our Treasurer for all the hard work in putting together the budget for next year. It is an arduous task requiring many hours of work over several weeks. Somehow they make sense of all the needs and costs required to run the community and manage to translate it into something understandable to be approved by the Board. I also want to thank the residents who came out for the information meeting on December 18. After listening to the discussion and explanations from the Finance Committee, residents asked intelligent, thoughtful questions but did so in a calm and respectful manner. The evening was one of sharing information in a dignified and sometimes jovial manner. Good job all!
Finally, on behalf of the entire Board I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Joyful and Peaceful New Year!
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
Season of Gratitude
by Ed Handibode
The soiled garment you shrink from touching
today may have been yours yesterday; may be yours tomorrow..... Unknown Author
Communities such as ours do get reputations and we like to
think that Birchwood is known for its generosity of spirit. It is a fact, Dear Hearts, that there are
many, many people here who, on a daily basis, perform acts of charity and they
do so quietly, without publicity or fanfare.
It’s indeed a great place to
live. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Excellent toast when dining: Thank you for the food before us, the family and friends
beside us and the love between us.
Following was excerpted from “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne:
Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the
roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water,
the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the
refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your
Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the
things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical
appliances that make your life effortless.
Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you
read. Be grateful for the chair that you
sit on, and the pavement that you walk on.
Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the
grass, the rain, and the flowers.
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 2014 HOA Board Members
Fran Gentleman .................................................................HOA President Mike Prasad...................................................................... HOA Vice President Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer Kevin Mann, Bob Golden.......................................................HOA Directors
Michael Habich........................................................Recording Secretary (Non Voting)
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
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