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Birchwood at Spring Lake

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  Birchwood Forms Library & Downloads

                           Click on the links below to download & Print the forms as indicated

                                                  

BSL Architectural Application

                          

CPM Packet

  Census Information

                                                               

ACH FORM

                                                  

Maximum Security Gate Form

                                 Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015







        2016 HOA ELECTION RESULTS

      Total Number of Ballots Cast in the Community------------------------------------436

     "Class B Seat"

     Mike Prasad running un-opposed----------------------------------------------------*329

     "At Large Seat"

     Fran Gentleman------------------------------------------------------------------------*245

     Marty Filler------------------------------------------------------------------------------173

                                                         *Denotes Winner

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Marty Filler for stepping up to run for the BOD!






       Your 2016 HOA Board of Directors

Kevin Mann, HOA Board Member, President

Bob Golden,  HOA Board Member, Vice President

Mike Habich, HOA Board Member, Treasurer

Fran Gentleman , HOA Board Member, Secretary

Diane Mami, Mike Prasad, Greg Alessi

HOA Board Members..........







                        NY ROUTE 25/MIDDLE COUNTRY ROAD REPAVING WORK

                                             BEGINS MONDAY MAY 16,2016

                                  Submitted by Gail Lynch-Baily, Middle Island Civic Assn.

Motorists are advised that off-peak midday and nighttime construction operations will begin Monday, May 16 to repave a 1.4 mile section of NY Route 25/Middle Country Road between Arnold Drive and Yaphank-Middle Island Road/County Road 21 (CR 21) in the Town of Brookhaven Suffolk County.  Weather permitting, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and/or 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. NY Route 25 travel lanes will be shifted or closed Monday through Friday as needed. 

A single eastbound and westbound travel lane will remain open. Where the roadway is too narrow to accommodate two travel lanes, an alternating one way traffic pattern will be utilized.  Intermittent brief closures of all lanes may also be utilized to accommodate positioning of construction equipment. 

While construction will take place predominantly at night, some off-peak, midday lane shifts/closures will be needed.  To further minimize the impact of construction operations on motorists and residents, paving operations will be performed and substantially completed on shorter segments of NY Route 25/Middle Country Road rather than disrupting the entire 1.4 mile project length.







    BSL Memorial Day Commemoration

                                                            Submitted by Ed Handibode

Monday, May 30, 2016 at 10:30 am 

Dari Lane and Birchwood Park Drive

If rain we’ll be at the Westview. 

If you are inclined to place commemorative flowers at Memorial Wall please do this anytime before 09:30 a.m. on the morning of May 30, 2016





Program

Salute to the Flag 
National Anthem sung by Buddy Ricciardi
Invocation by Deacon Sonny from St. Frances Cabrini R.C. Church
Laying of Wreath by Veteran(s)
America the Beautiful Sung by Carol Goett
Reading of the Plaque - Words on the Plaque were the inspiration of Mike Sgaglione and Maurice Harri

Guest Speaker
Lee M. Zeldin U.S. Representative for New York’s 1st Congressional District

Recognition of Veterans in the Assembly
Veterans please stand when the bugler plays the appropriate music for your branch of service.
                 Army     Navy     Air Force     Coast Guard     Marine Corps

World War II Veterans will be asked to stand for recognition

Recognition of Ann DeBellis on the Keyboard
Bob Levy Reading About Sullivan Ballou
Taps by Bugler Josh Kowolosski
House I Live In Sung by Buddy Ricciardi
Flag Raised to Full Staff by Veteran(s)
God Bless America

Memorial Park Committee
Frank Piccola Frank Dapolito Bill Walsh Frank Goett Ed Handibode Rest in Peace Irwin Goldberg







             Birchwood Veterans Club Meeting Announcement

BSL Veterans Club meeting on June 4th at 11a.m. at Westview Clubhouse. 

Northport VA will be our guests and will offer information on Health Care, take questions etc.

In addition Mike H. will be displaying a WW-II Japanese Army Infantry Rifle

Refreshments; All veterans and spouses or guests welcome. 

 






Birchwood @ Spring Lake

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
         

                                        Submitted by Kevin Mann, Board President

In some ways it seems like just yesterday that Marcelo Lucero was murdered in a “bean jumping” hate crime in Patchogue.  The pain of that incident was rekindled for some by the Trump rally at the Emporium.  Elections tend to bring out the best and worst in people. Our board election is upon us.  Candidates have put their names in nomination in order to assist our community.  We know our candidates will be better mannered than the presidential candidates.  Please remember that the candidates and board members are volunteers like so many other wonderful people who sacrifice their time to assist our beloved Birchwood.  Let’s remember to treat all our neighbors the way we ourselves hope to be treated.  Please be sure to vote on May 11th. Your vote counts!

Our board members have met with Michael Loguercio-Brookhaven Councilman and Sarah Anker-County Legislator to improve our relationship with local government.  Birchwood has considerable political power which we hope to exercise.  In the future we hope to feature local politicians in our SLCN.  Speaking of local news, we are thrilled that the wrecking ball has hit the old K-Mart.  This effort was spearheaded by Councilman Loguercio.  Well done!  The Middle Island Civic played a very active role.  Please check out and attend the MICA website and meetings.  There are numerous potential plans for the property and we may call upon you to wield some political clout when the time comes.

Birchwood is the jewel behind the archway and 10% of the local population of Middle Island.  What we say, goes a long way locally.  Our community open house is coming up on May 1st.  Coach Realty is the sponsor of the day all at their expense.  The open house is for potential buyers and realtors.  The event is not for residents although many of your neighbors will be hosting at the Eastview and on the golf course.  Feel free to speak to guests about our second-to-none amenities.

The golf season is upon us.  The golf course is the crown jewel of the community.  While I am not a golfer, the course is a great source of community pride.  I have been asked to try golf here a number of times.  My fear is that my golfing will raise the glass insurance for those who live along the course.  All kidding aside, please use the course, bring guests to play and have fun. 

So what can you do to make Birchwood a better community?  Have a positive attitude, be kind and ponder doing a planned act of kindness.  One of our daughters-in-law Daphny has decided to give a daily thank you to the universe for the blessings of her life.  Each day she makes a paper flower (they are stunningly beautiful lotus flowers), attaches a note and leaves it in a public location.  Daphny will do this for 100 consecutive days.  Already she is receiving emails, calls and thank yous.  Others have followed suit.  This is merely one example of how each of us can affect minor positive change.

So let’s be the change we want to see in the community.






     Birchwood Real Estate Comparison

  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.

                                                            

Community Comparison

                            Data complied by Tom Annunziato of Coach Realtors 631-331-3600







2016 BSL Golf  Schedule Now Available

                                Click this link to view the golf page and schedule






         2016 Snow & Ice Report.....Birchwood at Spring Lake



      2016 Snowfall Record Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA, Inc. Middle Island, New York

            Date              Description                   *Inches                    Vendor                       
 December 2015 No Measurable Snow      0.00           None Used   
 January 17th, 2016 Light Snow- Grass Only      1.00           None Used
 January 23rd, 2016 Blizzard-Long Island      22.50      Executive & Parkland
 February 5th, 2016 Heavy Snow      10.50     Executive & Parkland
 February 8th, 2016 Moderate Snow                  8.00     Executive & Parkland
 March 4th, 2016 Light Snow Grassy Area       1.00     Parkland Sand and Salt
 March 20th, 2016 Spring Snow Grass Only            3.00            None Used
 April 3rd, 2016 Spring Snow-Wind-Rain    Grass Only      Parkland Sand Roads

 *Coram-Middle Island Storm Data taken from the National Weather Service, Upton, New York or Newsday 
          










    Birchwood Recycling Schedule for 2016

Click the link below to view and print the 2016 Re-cycling Schedule for Birchwood at Spring Lake

                                           Re-cycling Info.





          Birchwood Real Estate Report

                                 by Tom Annunziato

 An interesting article from Jonathan Smoke Chief Economist, realtor.com®

                  MONTHLY SUMMARY ..............April 2016

The latest data from realtor.com® shows that the 2016 home buying season is in full swing, with homes in April moving 8 percent more quickly than last year, even as asking prices continue to hit new record highs.

Homes on realtor.com stayed on the market for only 67 days in April, moving 6 days faster than a year ago and 7 faster than last month – pointing to solid momentum this spring. The median priced home was listed at $247,300, 9 percent higher than one year ago and 3 percent higher than March. For-sale housing inventory is increasing on a monthly basis, but remains lower than one year ago.

Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com, says:
“Our full read on April inventory and activity on realtor.com clearly show a robust buying season has fully bloomed this spring. Close to 550,000 new listings came onto the market in April, which helped total inventory grow 3 percent over March. However, since the median age of inventory fell again by 7 days after falling a whopping 22 days in March, we know that sales are picking up faster than inventory. As a result we have 3 percent fewer homes available for sale compared to last year and homes stay on the market 6 fewer days. Pent-up demand, lower mortgage rates, and strong employment continue to power the strongest and healthiest real estate market we have seen in a decade.”

Key Statistics:

Median age of inventory in April ended at 67 days, down 8 percent year-over-year and down 9 percent from March.

Median listing price for April reached a record high of $247,300, a nine percent increase year- over-year and a three percent increase month-over-month.
Listing inventory in April showed a three percent increase over March. However, inventory decreased three percent year-over-year.

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.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Annunziato
Coach Realtors, 631-331-3600
toma@coachrealtors.com 




                                                          




     A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                                 THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

Experience the power of a thunderstorm, the brilliant colors of a sunset, and the extraordinary order of day following night or spring following winter.  What about the leaves falling off the trees in the autumn?  How do all the rivers keep flowing?  That’s a lot of water!  Look at where the sun rises in the summer and compare that to where it rises in the winter.  Smell a rose, honeysuckle or a lily.  Why does the moon look so huge sometimes as it rises in the east?  Why do cows eat grass and tigers eat meat?  How can a tree grow out of a rock?  How far away are the stars?  How do fish breathe?  How do robins know where the worms are?  How do squirrels remember where they buried their acorns?  Why are there waves in the ocean?  What’s the story with the tides?

 

            Author Jim Ryan wrote the words that appear above in his book Simple Happiness.  Mr. Ryan is “fully alive,” to be sure.  He is certainly interested in living. 

Speaking for myself, I very often take these things for granted.  Ryan’s words do pique one’s curiosity, for certain.  

           



                       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

                                                         

BSL Rules 2015

                                           







       New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                            Minutes Online Page






                          

    Get Your HOA Board Minutes On-Line!

                                                by Mike Habich, HOA Treasurer/Director

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.

                                             Unauthorized use is prohibited.

                                       Click Here To Visit The Minutes Web Page

                          







      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








              BSL Work Order Procedure

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. 

  Phone in all work orders to : (631) 864-6006 or Email to BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com






   


           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

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

                                        Republican Club BSL____________________










                                               

                 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


                                                                                 



      Attention: Birchwood Snowbirds!

Please view the file below which contains the 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 Finance Committee

                                                 Your 2016 Finance Committee

  Michael Habich HOA Treasurer,   Richard Gerien CPA,  Pat Olson,  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

        

  

                                                           



          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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