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    Happy Holidays To All at Birchwood

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 simply,

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 Warrior Project






                 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 friends.  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.








                                               

                 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 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

                                                   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


                          


                   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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