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Birchwood at Spring Lake

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  Birchwood Forms Library & Downloads

                           Click on the links below to download & Print the forms as indicated

                                                    

Concerned Resident Report

                                                  

BSL Architectural Application

                          

CPM Packet

  Census Information

                                                               

ACH FORM

                                                  

Maximum Security Gate Form

                                 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 at 631-258-6362.

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.


 

                                          Click the link below to view and print this form:

                                                    

Concerned Resident Report








       Your 2016 HOA Board of Directors

                                                                      October 1st, 2016

Mike Prasad, HOA Board Member, President

Diane Mami,  HOA Board Member, Vice President

Mike Habich, HOA Board Member, Treasurer

Fran Gentleman , HOA Board Member, Secretary

Greg Alessi, HOA Board Member/ Director








     Birchwood Real Estate Comparison

  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.

                                                            

Community Comparison

                            Data complied by Tom Annunziato of Coach Realtors 631-331-3600







2016 BSL Golf  Schedule Now Available

                                Click this link to view the golf page and schedule






         2016 Snow & Ice Report.....Birchwood at Spring Lake



      2016 Snowfall Record Birchwood at Spring Lake HOA, Inc. Middle Island, New York

            Date              Description                   *Inches                    Vendor                       
 December 2015 No Measurable Snow      0.00           None Used   
 January 17th, 2016 Light Snow- Grass Only      1.00           None Used
 January 23rd, 2016 Blizzard-Long Island      22.50      Executive & Parkland
 February 5th, 2016 Heavy Snow      10.50     Executive & Parkland
 February 8th, 2016 Moderate Snow                  8.00     Executive & Parkland
 March 4th, 2016 Light Snow Grassy Area       1.00     Parkland Sand and Salt
 March 20th, 2016 Spring Snow Grass Only            3.00            None Used
 April 3rd, 2016 Spring Snow-Wind-Rain    Grass Only      Parkland Sand Roads

 *Coram-Middle Island Storm Data taken from the National Weather Service, Upton, New York or Newsday 
          










    Birchwood Recycling Schedule for 2016

Click the link below to view and print the 2016 Re-cycling Schedule for Birchwood at Spring Lake

                                           Re-cycling Info.





          Birchwood Real Estate Report

                                Tom Annunziato

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.

Tom Annunziato
Coach Realtors, 631-331-3600
toma@coachrealtors.com 
 






                                                          




     A Dreamers View....by Ed Handibode

                       
OUR FLAG ON COLUMBUS DAY

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

Four 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." They look at each other and then go in, thinking, this is too good to be true.  The 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?"  There's 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, please."  The 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.”  They 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.

Finally, one of them says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?" "I'm 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.” "Wow! That's some story!" one of the men says.

As 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.  Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the bartender, "What's with them?"  The 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

                                                         

BSL Rules 2015

                                           







       New Minutes Available Click Below

                                                            Minutes Online Page






                          

    Get Your HOA Board Minutes On-Line!

                                                by Mike Habich, HOA Treasurer/Director

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.

                                             Unauthorized use is prohibited.

                                       Click Here To Visit The Minutes Web Page

                          







      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:

                                                        

CPM Packet








              BSL Work Order Procedure

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. 

  Phone in all work orders to : (631) 864-6006 or Email to BSL@ChoiceProfessionalMgmt.com






   


           Spring Lake Republican Club Adds Web Page

  Click the link below to be directed to the new SL Republican Club webpage

                                        Republican Club BSL____________________










                                               

                 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


                                                                                 



      Attention: Birchwood Snowbirds!

Please view the file below which contains the 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 Finance Committee

                                                 Your 2016 Finance Committee

  Michael Habich HOA Treasurer,   Richard Gerien CPA,  Pat Olson,  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

        

  

                                                           



          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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