Neighbors 2 Neighbors Lends a Helping Hand to Birchwood
Submitted by Brian Richardson
Neighbors 2 Neighbors is a group of volunteers from the Birchwood community who are interested in assisting our fellow residents. If you, or a Birchwood resident you know, could use a bit of help, or are experiencing difficulty with day to day tasks, we'd like to hear from you.
In less than a year, word of our help and assistance to Birchwoodians is spreading slowly and steadily. Some examples of our assistance are:
·we have shopped for a resident who had the flu and could not get to the stores;
· we accompany a sight-impaired neighbor who wants to 'get out' and enjoy the fresh air on occasions;
· we have assisted people who needed help taking out their trash and getting their mail;
· sometimes people have asked for an occasional phone call just to 'check in';
(Please note that our help is non-medical. Emergencies should always be called in to 911.)
Do not feel uneasy or embarrassed about giving us a call. We started NEIGHBORS 2 NEIGHBORS to be there when folks need that extra helping hand.
To contact us between 10AM and 5PM, call one of the volunteers below, or email us at:
BW Earth Day Celebration! The BW Children's Entertainment Committee has planned an Earth Day Celebration for our youngest Birchwoodians. The date is Saturday, April 21, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. There are flyers at the clubhouse with more details about this event.
Thank you to Nicole Saldin, Rose Saldin's granddaughter, for designing the flyers and coming up with the idea of an Earth Day Celebration. There will be crafts, activities, snacks and if weather permits, the children will all help with planting flowers around the benches at the EV playground.
Thank you Rose, Nicole and the BW Children's Entertainment Committee members!
A Children's Book by Birchwood Resident Melodie Tegay.....
Life in a "blended" family- a five year old's perspective
Hannah’s Two Homes is a work of fiction geared to a pre-K to second grade level. It is a picture book that can be read to a child or, due to its simple sentence structure and vocabulary, might be read by the child who is at a beginning independent reading level.
The story represents the thoughts of five-year- old Hannah, who splits her life between her Mom’s and Dad’s residences and her two sets of half brothers and half sisters. In the book, Hannah is sharing what she might be thinking if her emotions were “given a voice.” It can be the springboard from which the reader—parent, grandparent, or teacher—can begin a discussion and show their compassion for the child’s unique situation while gaining some valuable insights into their child’s perspective.
It is a story of hope, coping, optimism, and ultimately, the healing power of love.
"Estate sales may be conducted by appointment only. A list of names of those attending the sale must be provided to the guard booth prior to the sale. Sales are permitted for one day only on a Saturday and the management office must be notified ahead of time. NO SIGNAGE PERMITTED!"
The Latin and Ballroom Dancercise Class will resume on Wednesday's from 12:00-1:00 at the World Gym, 607 Middle Country Road in Coram. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and no partners are needed. The cost is free for gym members and $2.00 for non-members. For more information, dancers can telephone Pamela Frazier at 631 790-5670.
All to often the HOA Board hears complaints or concerns through the grapevine or through Facebook. While those methods might be good for blowing off steam the complaint will not necessarily get to the appropriate person or result in a solution to the problem.
In order to provide the community with a better means of communicating problems, the Board is introducing this "Concerned Resident Form". It is not to be used in place of work orders or to report individual home owner problems, rather it is to report quality of life issues that potentially impact the community as a whole. (Examples are listed on the form but there may be others.). Copies of this form may be reproduced, from the link below or picked up in either clubhouse.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the EV management office where they will be reviewed by the property manager and the Board President to determine any necessary action.Please provide your name and contact number as anonymous complaint forms will not be accepted.
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.
ROBOT – Czech playwright Karl Capek was a pioneer in science fiction. He wrote a play during WWI called “R.U.R.” which was a group of mechanized monsters revolting against their maker. The Czech term for work or drudgery is “robota” and Capeck referred to his characters as robots (shortening of robota).
RODEO – In 1882 a rancher in Pecos, Texas offered $100 prizes for bronco riding, bulldogging and roping. To boost the sale of tickets to the event, a promoter in 1916 decided to call it a “rodeo,” which was a Spanish term for roundup. As the popularity of the event grew so did the crowds and the amount of prize money.
RUB THE WRONG WAY – This means to deal with someone insensitively, whether accidentally or on purpose. The term goes back to colonial times when settlers had wide oak floors in their homes. Once a week, servants had to wet-rub and then dry-rub these floors and the task was not as simple as it may sound. If the rubbing was not done with the grain this resulted in many streaks and the owner of the home might suffer “embarrassment” when entertaining company. Today, if a person “rubs the wrong way” it means that he has irritated others by a clumsy word or action.
Version 2: The phrase also pertains to some animals. For instance, it’s fine to rub a cat from head to tail but if you rub from tail to head, the cat gets angry and irritated.
SANDWICH – In 1748 the fourth Earl of Sandwich was John Montagu and he loved to gamble. Since his time was limited and he wouldn’t take time to formerly eat, he told his servants to bring him a slice of roast beef between two pieces of bread. By eating in this manner he could eat at the gaming table and didn’t need utensils. He was not the first one to do this publically; nonetheless, the concoction of eating meat between two slices of bread become known as a sandwich.
SCAPEGOAT – In the ancient Hebrew Day of Atonement, the priest would use a black goat to represent the sins of the people. During the ceremony he would allow the goat to escape (hence the word scape-goat). The word is used today when referring to someone who is made to take the blame for a supposed wrongdoing.
SHINDIG – Maggie Valley, North Carolina has sometimes been referred to as the “Square Dance capital of the world.” Once in a while a square dance rookie might swing his foot wildly and accidentally “dig” into the “shin” of his partner or one of the other dancers. He was guilty of a “shin dig.”
SHOOT THE BULL – When a group of men get together and talk senselessly or make a lot of loud noise it can be referred to as a bull session; it can also be said that the participants are “shooting the bull.” The origin of the phrase is based on the way bulls act when in a pen – they have a tendency to snort loudly and make other loud noises but none of it is threatening; it’s simply noise.
SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS – There was a time when warships might carry the flags of many countries in order to fool their enemies. Rules of warfare, however, require that warships must hoist their legitimate colors before opening fire on an enemy; in doing so they would be showing their “true colors.”
SIDEKICK – Those that picked pockets in the notorious crime days of London had their own language when referring to the various pockets that were in style at the time. For instance, a vest pocket was called the “Jerve,” the back pocket was called the “Pratt” and the side pocket was called the “Kick.” The most difficult pocket to pick was the “Kick” (side kick) because it was close to the victim’s leg and was always moving. Today, the term is used when referring to a faithful partner who might always be at person’s side.
SIRLOIN – One old story suggests that a king stopped to dine at a particular inn and thought the beef he was eating was exceptional, although he had also been drinking quite a bit. He is supposed to have taken out his sword and knighted the meat “Sir Loin.” Thereafter the meat was said to be “fit for kings.”
Wordsmiths, however, insist the term comes from the French word “surlonge,” which refers to “beef just above the loin.”
Long Island home prices jumped by their widest margins in years last month, as the number of homes for sale dropped.
In Nassau County, homes sold for a median price of $505,000 in February, up 12.5 percent from a year earlier, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island reported Friday. Suffolk County home prices increased, year over year, by 9.4 percent, to $360,000. Those were the biggest increases since 2006 in Nassau and since 2015 in Suffolk. Buyers had a scarce supply of homes to choose from, as the number of listings fell by 14 percent in Suffolk and 2 percent in Nassau, compared with the previous February.
Competition is especially fierce among first-time buyers seeking homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 range, brokers said.
One recent open house for a home in Patchogue listed for $300,000 attracted 35 potential buyers, nine of whom made offers, including some over the asking price, said Debbie Carpluk, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Elite in Massapequa Park and Islip.
Sellers “are getting their numbers,” Carpluk said. But, she said, “so many buyers are getting discouraged with the bidding wars.”
So when selling your Birchwood home in this market its advisable not to only look at the closed properties but to analyze the competing listings and adjust upward . Now is the time to ask more for our Birchwood homes! 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.
Thomas J. Annunziato Licensed Salesperson Coach REALTORS @ Mt Sinai 354 Route 25a MOUNT SINAI, NY Cell 516-528-4658 thomasannunziato.coachrealtors.com
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
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.
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 management 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.
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 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!
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
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