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
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
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:
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.
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
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
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:
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,
right buddy what's your name?"
the old man moaned.
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.”
“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
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.
BSL Golf Committee
Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page
Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage
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.
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
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 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
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
*Disclaimer.....This website is not part of the HOA nor is it to be considered an "Official" Website. It is not controlled by the HOA Board of Directors and no HOA dues are used to operate this FREE "Unofficial" community website!