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            HOA Informational Meeting

There will be an HOA Informational Meeting on Monday December 15th @7:00 pm. Please attend and bring a friend or neighbor. The 2015 Budget will be one of the topics of discussion along with an update from the Board of Directors.

    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

          Report from the HOA President

                                  BIRCHWOOD TRENDS AND FORECASTS

As I write this, the nip in the air reminds me that winter will soon be upon us with all it brings.  The first thing that comes to mind is that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We all have our good days and bad days, our ups and downs, our problems that come and go.  But as Thanksgiving approaches we are called to remember what is good, what makes us happy, what makes our lives fulfilling.

Here in Birchwood we all know that we are faced with some problems, big and small, but in this season of gratitude I choose to remind us all of the good things that caused us to select this as our home.  It is so easy to take for granted the blessings that surround us.  We have a beautiful community that is often admired by those who come to visit.  We have excellent opportunities to socialize with our neighbors.  The golf course, the tennis courts, the clubhouses, the pools, all give us venues to come together and enjoy life.  Clubs, leagues and informal gatherings bring us together with our neighbors.  Mah Jongg, card games, parties, bus trips and home gatherings structure our social life and put us in touch with our fellow Birchwoodians.  For all of this we can be thankful.

I would like to take this time to thank personally and on behalf of the community all those who make life here possible and good.  To the many volunteers who give their time and talent to run the clubs, committees and social activities, thank you.  To our office staff and maintenances staff, thanks for keeping the ship afloat.  To the many vendors who respond to our needs, sometimes at the most inconvenient times, thanks for being there. To the newspaper staff and those that contribute to the website and community face book page, thanks for keeping us all connected. To my fellow board members and finance committee members, thank you for the countless hours spent on guiding the community through sometimes turbulent seas.

And to all those who simply make up the fabric of our community, glad you are a part of us.   Wishing you and all those you hold dear a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

    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

                 Thanksgiving Day History

                                                              by Ed Handibode

            October 1777 marked the first time all thirteen colonies joined in a common thanksgiving celebration and the occasion commemorated the victory over the British at Saratoga.  It was a one-time affair.  The first national Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by George Washington in 1789 but discord among the colonies prevented the executive order from being carried out.

              The establishment of the day we now celebrate nationwide was largely the result of the diligent efforts of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale.  She started a one-woman crusade for a Thanksgiving celebration in 1827 while she was editor of Boston Ladies Magazine.

                Years later, national events converged to make Mrs. Hale’s struggle a reality.  By 1863 the Civil War had bitterly divided the nation into two armed camps.  Mrs. Hale’s final editorial, highly emotional and unflinchingly patriotic, appeared in September of that year, just weeks after the battle of Gettysburg in which hundreds of Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives. In spite of the staggering toll of dead, Gettysburg was an important victory for the North and a general feeling of elation, together with the clamor produced by Mrs. Hale’s widely circulated editorial, prompted President Lincoln to issue a proclamation on Oct 3, 1863, setting aside the last Thursday in November as a national Thanksgiving Day.

            In 1939 FDR shifted Thanksgiving back one week to the third Thursday in November because merchants requested an increase in the number of shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This pleased the merchants but no one else.  Millions continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday and they took the day off from work.  In the spring of 41, not wanting to go down in history as the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving, Roosevelt publicly admitted he made an error in judgment and returned the holiday to the last Thursday.  The merchants countered by offering sales and discounts, thus beginning the annual practice of promoting Christmas earlier and earlier.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. If we can't be grateful with what we have we can never be trusted with the things we want.  

                             PILGRIM'S THANKSGIVING   

         The six women who prepared the meal for the first Thanksgiving Day worked with meager resources at hand but they produced a varied menu with many of the elements that have since come to be a traditional holiday fare.

            Despite popular legend, two major staples of a modern Thanksgiving meal - turkey and pumpkin pie - may not have been enjoyed at the Pilgrim's banquet.  Though Governor Bradford sent "four men fowling" and they returned with "a great store of wild Turkies," there is no proof that the catch included the bird we call a turkey.  What the Pilgrims called "Turkie" was any guinea fowl, i.e. any bird with a featherless head, rounded body and dark feathers speckled white.             It is certain, however, that the menu included venison since another Pilgrim recorded that Chief Massasoit sent braves into the woods, who "killed five Deere which they brought to the Governour." 

            Watercress and leeks were on the table, along with bitter wild plums and dried berries but there was no apple cider.  Nor was there any milk, butter or cheese, since cows had not been aboard the Mayflower

            And there was probably no pumpkin pie; or bread as we'd recognize it. Stores of flour from the ship had long since been exhausted and years would pass before sufficient quantities of wheat were successfully cultivated in New England.  Without flour for pie crust, there could be no pie but the Pilgrims did enjoy boiled pumpkin at the meal.  

          The cooks concocted an ersatz bread by boiling corn, which was plentiful, and kneading it into round cakes then frying it in venison fat.    

           There were fifteen young boys in the company and during the three-day celebration they gathered wild cranberries, which the women boiled and mashed into a sauce for the meal's meats. 

            There was a poor harvest the following year and boatloads of new immigrants to house and feed.  No celebration of Thanksgiving that year.  In fact, after that first plentiful and protracted meal, the Pilgrims never regularly celebrated a Thanksgiving Day.     


                 Download Police Activity Forms Below

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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



      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

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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.



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!

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           Weather Forecast-Middle Island 

         Detailed 3 day Forecast & Other Data...



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