Maximum Security Resident Profile Gate Security Oct. 2015
Halloween Parade For Kids
Volunteers and donations needed for the Annual Birchwood Children's Halloween
Parade and Celebration! Call Diane Mami
Sunday 10-30-16 at the WV Parking Lot
Concerned Resident Reporting Form
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.
Long Island Housing Data -August 2016 REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE
The August 2016 closed median home price for Long Island, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens’s housing data, was $420,000 representing a 2.4% increase over last year. Nassau County reported a $489,000 closed median home price in August representing a 4.4% increase over $468,500 reported by MLSLI last year.
Suffolk County reported a closed median price of $355,000, which represents a 2.9% increase over a year ago. Queens reported a closed median home price of $465,000, which represents a 9.4% increase over last year.
The total number of Long Island residential inventory was 18,467 representing a 19.6% year over year decline in available listings than a year ago. The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island is reporting a 5 month supply of available inventory.
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.
Many of us may have memories from school days when we recited
the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is
neither an old verse, nor one composed by the Republic’s founding
fathers. It was written especially for children in the summer of 1892 to
commemorate that year’s celebration of Columbus Day in public schools
throughout the country.
The pledge’s first appearance in print was on September 8,
1892, in The Youth’s Companion, an educational publication. It is
estimated that more than ten million American schoolchildren recited it that
Columbus Day. In its original form, it read: “I pledge allegiance to my
Flag and the Republic for which it stands – one nation indivisible – with
liberty and justice for all.”
Its author was an editor of The Youth’s Companion,
Francis Bellamy of Rome, New York. Bellamy intended his verse to be a
one-time recitation. But its immediate popularity among the nation’s
schoolchildren and teachers transformed it first into an annual Columbus Day
tradition, then into a daily classroom ritual. It became one of the
earliest verses memorized by schoolchildren.
Since its debut, Bellamy’s pledge has undergone two alterations.
In 1923, the United States Flag Association replaced the somewhat ambiguously
personal “my flag” wording with the more explicit patriotic “the Flag of the
United States of America.” And in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower
signed a bill that introduced a religious note in the pledge, with the addition
of the words, “under God
DRINKS TEN CENTS EACH
old retired guys are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn A corner
and see a sign that says, "Old Timers Bar - ALL drinks 10 cents."
look at each other and then go in, thinking, this is too good to be true.
old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in
and let me pour one for you! What'll it be, gentlemen?"
a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini. In no time the bartender serves up four iced
martinis - shaken, not stirred - and says, "That'll be 10 cents each,
four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can't
believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and
order another round. Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the
bartender again saying, "That's 40 cents, please.”
pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them. They've each had
two martinis and haven't even spent a dollar yet.
one of them says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these
for a dime apiece?"
a retired tailor from Phoenix," the bartender says, "and I always
wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the
lottery jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer -
it's all the same.”
That's some story!" one of the men says.
the four of them sip at their martinis, they can't help noticing seven other
people at the end of the bar who don't have any drinks in front of them and
haven't ordered anything the whole time they've been there.
at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the bartender,
"What's with them?"
bartender says, "They're retired people visiting from Florida. They're
waiting for happy hour when drinks are half-price."
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
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 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.
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 Finance Committee
Your 2016 Finance Committee
Michael Habich HOA Treasurer, Richard Gerien CPA, Pat Olson, 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
*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!