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             BSL Golf Putting Contest

Goodbye Summer – Hello Autumn PUTTING CONTEST !

Saturday, September 20th at 10:00AM Please come join us at the putting green.  

Fun! Laughs!! Prizes!!! Refreshments!!!!  Bring your putter, a ball and your $3.00 entry fee.

Non-golfers welcome. Putters will be provided. Always Exciting!! - Our long putt contest gives you a chance to win a $50 prize for just $1 entry fee!



                                                     by Fran Gentleman, HOA President

As I sit here on a sunny, pleasant Saturday I would be remiss if I did not express my compassion for those of you who suffered loss and/or destruction of property during the recent record breaking rain storm.  The Board continues to address drainage issues throughout the property and although such a storm is unlikely to be repeated in the near future, we will be looking at the hardest hit areas to see what improvement to drainage can be made.  For those of you with damage, I encourage you to contact FEMA for assistance.  Not only may you be eligible for help but I am told that the more people who contact FEMA the more likely the area will become eligible for funding.  Further information can be obtained at http://www.fema.gov

One more comment on this topic.  I would like to thank our Property Manager, Dawn and our maintenance man, Lenny for the terrific job they did in organizing the clean-up effort.  They were here early in the morning until well into the evening directing and assisting the pumping operations and the clean-up of debris.  Kudos also to the golf and landscaping crews who did a terrific job in getting the golf course up and running and the common areas back in order.

Another piece of good news, we have hired a cleaning company for the clubhouses, caddy shack and guard booth.  Stratus Building Solutions will begin their service to us starting on Tuesday August 26 and will be in both Clubhouses every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday going forward.  Choosing those days allows for a prepared venue and a subsequent clean up before and after weekend events with an interim day during the week for maintenance cleaning.  Residents are encouraged to pick up after themselves when using the clubhouses just as you would in your own home.  This will make the most effective use of community dollars allocated to this service.

Finally, remember September 18 is the BSL Annual Blood Drive.  Please mark your calendar and consider being a donor and/or a volunteer.  Think about the importance and significance of the simple act of donating blood.  A blood donor is a very special kind of volunteer.  Your one donation can help to save up to three lives and will only take about an hour of your time.  If a loved one was the recipient in need of such kindness we would not hesitate to step forward.  Yet everyday over 2000 pints are needed in the greater New York area by somebody’s loved one.  This need can only be satisfied by a generous and caring community like ours.  




       Birchwood Blood Drive Information

Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:30pm-7:30pm Eastview Clubhouse

Your donation will help to save up to THREE lives. Our community hospitals need your help.  Please share this lifesaving gift!  Thank you for caring!

For an appointment please call: Fran and Jerry Gentleman @ 345-0158 Or Fill in form below and drop in box at either clubhouse Walk-ins and extended family members are welcome

Eligibility Criteria: Bring ID with signature or photo. Minimum weight 110 lbs.Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)Eat well (low fat) & drink fluidsNo tattoos for past 12 monthsFor questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.

Appointment Form (tear off on line above and drop in Donor Box at either Clubhouse) 


Circle a requested time:  (will confirm requests on or as close to time as possible.)

1:30                2:30                3:30                4:30                5:30                6:30
1:45                2:45                3:45                4:45                5:45                6:45 2:00                3:00                4:00                5:00                6:00                7:00 2:14                3:15                4:15                5:15                6:15                7:15

                       A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode


Reference Panati’s Origins of Everyday Things

              Breaking a mirror, one of the most widespread bad luck superstitions still prevalent, originated long before glass mirrors existed.  The belief arose out of a combination of religious and economic factors.              The first mirrors, used by ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Greeks, were made of polished metals such as brass, bronze, silver and gold and naturally were unbreakable.  By the sixth century B.C., the Greeks had begun a mirror practice of divination (a real tongue twister – catoptromancy) using shallow glass or earthenware bowls filled with water.  Much like a gypsy’s crystal ball, a glass water bowl – a miratorium to the Romans – was supposed to reveal the future of any person who cast his or her image on the reflective surface. The prognostications were read by a “mirror seer.”  If one of these mirrors slipped and broke, the seer’s straightforward interpretation was that either the person holding the bowl had no future (that is, he or she was soon to die) or the future held events so abysmal that the gods were kindly sparing the person a glimpse at heartache.              The Romans, in the first century A.D., adopted this bad luck superstition and added their own twist to it – our modern meaning.  They maintained that a person’s health changed in cycles of seven years.  Since mirrors reflect a person’s appearance (that is, health), a broken mirror augured seven years of ill health and misfortune.              The superstition acquired a practical, economic application in fifteenth century Italy.  The first breakable sheet-glass mirrors with silver-coated backing were manufactured in Venice at that time. Being costly, they were handled with great care and servants who cleaned the mirrors of the wealthy were emphatically warned that to break one of the new treasures invited seven years of a fate worse than death.  Such effective use of the superstition served to intensify the bad luck belief for generations of Europeans.  By the time inexpensive mirrors were being manufactured in England and France in the mid-1600s, the broken mirror superstition was widespread and rooted firmly in tradition. 


Let the praise, then, if any be due, be given, not to me, who only did what I could not help doing, not to the writer, but to the inspirers of the song.  Francis Scott Key     

What we now refer to as the Star Spangled Banner was originally entitled In Defense of Fort McHenry when written by Mr. Key in 1814.  It was renamed Star Spangled Banner when it was later set to music to a tune that had been written by John Stafford Smith.  Perhaps Mr. Key’s quote above may have been his humble response when he was offered praise for the song.         For a while, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” sort of served as a national anthem but the melody to that song was the same as that of the British national anthem (God save our glorious king…, etc.)

       Then President Herbert Hoover signed a measure on Mar 3, 1931 making the Star Spangled Banner the national anthem of the United States.         The Star Spangled Banner is difficult to sing since it has a range of 1½ octave.  Even some good singers have difficulty with the song.  There have been several attempts over the years to change the National Anthem to something in which all may exuberantly join in singing.  Among the songs suggested were God Bless America and America the Beautiful.         When listening to people in other countries singing their anthem it seems that their voices reverberate throughout the entire stadium or concert hall.  Yet here in the greatest nation on earth most of us very timidly mumble our own anthem.         Be that as it may, we do consider our National Anthem to be pretty sacred and admittedly there are some singers that can send shivers through us when they offer their personal rendition of the song.         All indications seem to be that the Star Spangled Banner will continue to be our national anthem and I’m sure this is as it should be.  There are four stanzas to Mr. Key’s original poem. From time to time we may hear the fourth stanza quoted:   Oh! Thus be it ever, freemen shall stand between their loved homes and the war's desolation!   Blessed with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation…  


19th Annual Golf Celebration Dinner Dance

                     September 27th, 2014 from 6-10 pm West view Clubhouse

All Residents Are Welcome, Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres, Hot Buffet Dinner, Salad, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Dessert.

Four hours of dancing to a DJ, Raffles, $40 per person

Ticket Sales EV 6-7 pm September 15,16,22

Questions, call Lois Lisa 924-0728

             BSL Golf Club Champions

                                                  Photo by Jim Byrne

The 2014 Club Championship weekend winners pose after the two day event.

         Flooding from 200 Year Storm Soaks Birchwood

                                                 Photos by Frank Matzen

Alexandra Lane Flooding

Westview Pool and First Fairway

               BSL Baking Class

                                            Photo by Kathy Giannico

Lisa the Baking Coach. Learn to make appetizers with Puff Pastry & Pretzel Dough.

BSL Golf Committee...Our First Team PUTTING CONTEST !

                                                         Photo by Jim Byrne

Couple's "Hole-In-One" contest putting winners today

1st place- Wayne & Kathy
2nd place- Chuck & Betty
3rd place- Mike &. Lois

     Birchwood Online Network Returns!

                                    by Karen Olsen

The "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" is a Facebook Group replacing the former Birchwood Discussion Group.

The purpose of the Group is to facilitate exchange of information and general discussion between Birchwood Residents. Residents wishing to join the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" should contact the Group Administrator, Karen Olsen at Karols123@aol.com.

Only residents who are members of the "BSL RESIDENT NETWORK" can access the Group's Facebook page to view, post or comment.

Summer BBQ at the Eastview Clubhouse

                                            by Kathy Giannico


    East view Clubhouse Ceiling Collapse

                                                photo by Frank Matzen

Middle Island New York 7-01-2014

Roof material fell from the ceiling of the Eastview indoor pool area on Monday

The good news is that no one was injured, the cause is yet to be determined.

This ceiling was repaired last year after leaking water from rain and snow.

   Tick Toc.....Be careful during tick season

                                                        by Diane Mueller

Those of us living in Court 20 backing hole # 7 have been "attacked" by large number of ticks. My husband Bill had called the office last week and was told the perimeter of the property has been sprayed. Unfortunately, this spraying seems to have sent ticks to the homes and golf course.

As of yesterday afternoon, one resident had one on his arm after playing golf; 3 dogs have had 2-3 ticks each; after working in her garden, one resident had a whopping 8 pulled off her body!

Bill has pulled off 5, one of which is being tested for Lyme. He himself is being treated proactively for the disease!

Birchwood Residents and neighbors, be aware!

Tuesday Morning Golf Course Maintenance

                                                         by John Daly

Just a Reminder….

As we all know, Vince and his crew are doing an amazing job with our golf course. But, in order to do so, he requires the golf course including the practice area to be closed until 12pm.

Please abide by his wishes. The ranger on duty will put out the sign-in book when the course is ready for play.

We thank you for your understanding.

          BSL Golf Guest Fees..... 2014

                                             Sent by John Daly, BSL Golf Committee

Please download and view the updated guest fees below for 2014 provided by the BSL Golf Committee.


Golf Guest Fees 2014-1.pdf


                 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  CLUB  FLASH *  *

      Submitted by Frank Dapolito, President Veterans Club

The Veterans Club will return to its original scheduling that was outlined at the beginning of this year.  Dates of remaining meetings for 2014 are as follows: 

                     October 4th     December 6th

                    Please mark your calendars



           Attention Latin Dancers

                                                    by Pamela Frazier

Although meetings will not resume at Birchwood at Spring Lake for the Latin Dance Club, those who would like to continue to dance are invited to join me every Tuesday at 12:30 for a dance/exercise class at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Route 25A.

Those 60 years and older are eligible to attend this free class. For more information, telephone Pamela Frazier or email fraziep@sunysuffolk.edu. The center offers diverse opportunities for fun and educational activities.

   Birchwood Book Club Announcement

                                              by Marcia Attard

       Meetings are held the third Monday of each month Eastview Clubhouse  4:00-5:00 pm

                    Contact Marcia Attard 345-6285 for any further information

     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!



      Birchwood Snow Report-- 2013/2014


                         by Mike Habich

At the end of the season, all costs are added up and split according to the offering plan formula by all 733 residents for the next years snow assessment.

I have recorded all Birchwood snow events since 2006

Light Dusting               11/12/2013   Snow on grass only        No action needed

Light Dusting               12/8/2013    Snow on grass 0.50"       No Action needed

Light Snow Event         12/10/2013   Minor Accum. 1.25"        BSL Trucks Only

Snow to Rain               12/14/2013   3 inches Snow/Sleet      35 Yards Salt/Sand

Light Snow to Ice        12/17/2013   Minor Accum. 2.00"         Sand/Salt, OT & Ice Melt

Light Snow                 12/24/2013   Snow on grass & roads    Road salt & Shovel crews

Blizzard                      01/03/2014   Heavy snow 8-10 inches  Full road salt & shovel crews

Icy Roads & Courts      01/07/2014   Rain to deep freeze         Road and Court Salt/Sand

Icy Roads & Courts      01/10/2014   Rain freezing on surfaces Road sand & Salt crews

Heavy Snowfall           01/21/2014   Heavy accum. 12-14"      All crews will be utilized

Light Snow                 01/25/2014   Plowable Snowfall of 3"    Road, Salt & Shovel Crews

Light Snow                 01/29/2014   Plowable Snowfall of 3"    Road & Shovel Crews On site

Heavy Snow               02/03/2014   Plowable wet snow 8"      All crews utilized

Snow to Sleet            02/05/2014   Snow 3", to sleet to rain   All crews utilized

Light Dusting              02/10/2014   Snow 1.5 "                     Road & Shovel Crews

Snow/Rain/Snow         02/13/2014   Snow/Rain/Snow 9"         All crews utilized + Payloaders

Light Snow                 02/15/2015   Light Snow 2-4"             All crews utilized

Light Snow to Rain       02/18/2014   Snow 1-2"                    Hand Shovel Crews & Bobcats

Snow Flurries              02/27/2014   On and Off Snow            No accumulation on roads

Light Snowfall             03/02/2014   Dusting only .25"            Nothing spent. BSL Only

Moderate Snowfall       03/31/2014   Rain to snow 4"              No outside vendors. BSL Only

Light Dusting              04/16/2014   Rain to flurries                No outside vendors used.

Total # of snow events this season.........28

Total estimated snow in inches...............71.4


                       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



      Updated Clubs & Committee Listing

                           Click the link below to download and view the document


Clubs & Committee 2013.docx

                    Thanks to Linda Schulman of the BSL Management Office for this information

      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





        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 2014 HOA Board Members 

      Fran Gentleman .................................................................HOA  President
      Jean Crescenzo................................................................. HOA Vice President
      Bari Weiss.........................................................................HOA Secretary
      Pat Olson..........................................................................HOA Treasurer
      Kevin Mann, Bob Golden.......................................................HOA Directors

                                                   Appointed Positions

      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



                 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




                "Clubs & Committees" directory available.

Click the link below to view and print a comprehensive listing of all clubs and committees put together
by Linda Schulman of our Birchwood management office.


Clubs & Committee 2013.docx


                   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.



Rules & Regulations Booklet January 2012.doc





     $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...


           New Residents     Click Here!      (F.A.Q.) For Frequently Asked Questions Document!

                        Birchwood  "Owners Manual"
Rules & Regulations Below    


Rules & Regulations Booklet January 2012.doc

         Birchwood "Swimming Pool"  Rules & Regulations- CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD


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