9/25/10: Town of Oyster Bay Robbins Lane Park & Turf:
The BCA proudly invites you and
your family to join our community in celebrating the grand
opening of the new Town of Oyster Bay Robbins Lane Park and Turf
"Field of Champions", Saturday Sept 25, 2010 at 300
Robbins Lane. Food, Music, Give- Aways, etc.
Meenan Oil Agreement:
pleased to announce that following months of monitoring the
volatile oil commodities market, the BCA has negotiated and
reached an agreement with Meenan for the 2009/2010 home heating
season for a fixed price of $2.589 per gallon - importantly we
have been able to retain the same all inclusive service contract.
This contract will be effective 9/1/09 through 8/31/10.
Everyone will receive a letter from Meenan later this week
detailing the specifics of the contract. It is critical that the
letter be read and responded to in a timely manner. THE MEENAN
AGREEMENT WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY RENEW FOR THE COMING YEAR AS IT
HAS IN THE PAST. EACH HOUSEHOLD THAT WANTS TO CONTINUE WITH A
BCA/MEENAN AGREEMENT MUST RESPOND INDIVIDUALLY AND PROMPTLY.
There is a limited time period to sign up to take advantage of the
BCA/MEENAN offer. This will be detailed in the mailing.
07/08/09: Taubman Back Near Starting Line In Long Island Mall
Wotapka and A.D. Pruitt
Of DOW JONES
8 July 2009
(c) 2009 Dow
Jones & Company, Inc.
NEW YORK (Dow
Jones)--After 15 years and more than $150 million invested,
Inc. (TCO) has been dealt a major setback on its
proposed Mall at Oyster Bay on Long Island.
The New York
State Court of Appeals - the state's highest court - recently said
it will not consider the developer's case to build a high-end mall
that local activists bitterly oppose. That leaves Michigan-based
with a tough decision: Admit defeat and sell the land, consider a
mixed-use development or try again, increasing one of the most
expensive mall tabs in Taubman's nearly six-decade history.
Investors and analysts expect more details and, possibly a
decision, in the company's earnings discussion expected later this
for Taubman, which has seen its stock plunge by more than 50% in
the last year, said the company was disappointed and is "reviewing
requested permission to appeal an earlier ruling siding with the
town's demand for more environmental review, lengthening the
development timeline. The fight has taken a financial toll: In its
fourth quarter, Taubman recognized a $116 million impairment
charge, as it reported a quarterly loss.
"So far, it's
been cash out that went somewhere else instead of shareholders, so
that's a negative," said Todd Lukasik, a Morningstar analyst. "Any
payout from this is going to be years down the road, if ever."
discussed plans for the showpiece on a former wire-factory site
just off a main highway in 1994. Though the size has fallen from
about 1 million square feet to 750,000, the company continued
because it would be the first new mall in the well-populated and
wealthy region just outside of Manhattan in decades. A-list
retailers including the region's first
Nordstrom and Barneys New York signed on to what would surely draw
shoppers from across the region.
Group Inc. (SPG) is helping with legal costs to
fight the development, said Howard Avrutine, a local attorney
representing three local civic organizations against the proposal.
Opponents chiefly cite increased traffic and decreased property
representative from Simon did not immediately respond to a request
Simon purchased a portfolio including Roosevelt Field, a 2.2
million-square-foot retail powerhouse several miles from Taubman's
site. It also houses Nordstrom. Simon has four malls on Long
Simon's got a very, very considerable foothold on Long Island and
has an interest in protecting what it has," Avrutine said. "That's
just a fortunate coincidence as far as the community is concerned
here. If there was no Simon, I dare say this outcome might have
Some in the
community want the land developed as a mixed-use project with
senior and first-time housing, a boutique hotel, office and even
retail space. Residents have offered to work with Taubman, but
that seems unlikely given it is outside of the REIT's
decide to sell the roughly 39-acre site said to be valued around
$40 million. But, because of the real-estate downturn and credit
crunch, buyers might be scarce. Meanwhile, development island-wide
is frequently arduous.
continue the quest for approval, though there's no guarantee
construction would ever be allowed. Even so,
said it remains committed to opening a store.
not a quitter," said Faith Hope Consolo, a New York retail broker
with Prudential Douglas Elliman. "I don't think Taubman's
abandoning this project."
soldiering on won't be easy. Todd Fabricant, head of the Cerro
Wire Coalition, which claims support of 40,000 homeowners and
small businesses, promised: "As long as they keep coming at us,
we're going to steamroll them right back."
4/30/09: Town Approves Land Acquisition for State of
the Art Sports Field
After extensive efforts by the BCA and
meetings with the Town, the Town of Oyster Bay approved the
purchase of 3.5 acres of land near Robbins Lane to build a state
of the art sports field. Priority will be given to Jericho sports
teams to use these fields, and the complex will have concession
areas and playgrounds. More details to come about our new ?field
of dreams.? BCA Board members Lowell Citron, and Howard Avrutine,
and BCA President Craig Snyder were instrumental in accomplishing
this for our community.
4/10/09: Appellate Court
Issues Another Setback to Taubman?s Proposed
Appellate Division has rejected Taubman?s effort to re-argue the
Court?s January 2009 decision ? which found that Taubman had to
resubmit a revised environmental plan for the proposed mall -- or
for permission to bring an appeal to New York?s highest court, the
Court of Appeals. Lawyers for the coalition of civic
associations who oppose the mall have renewed their invitation to
Taubman to discuss alternative development at the Cerro site. For
more information, go to nomallhere.net.
01/30/09: BCA "NO MALL HERE!" COURT
Today the East Birchwood Community along with the Town of
Oyster Bay and the entire Cerro Wire Coalition were recipients
of a major Court victory in our ongoing litigation to halt
the Taubman Corporation's plans to build a mall on the Cerro
wire property on Robbins Lane.
The New York Appellate Division Second Department
recognized the soundness of the actions of the Town, and
reversed the lower Court's decision which had compelled the
Town to issue a special use permit for a 750,000 square foot
The Birchwood Civic Association in conjunction with the Town
of Oyster Bay and our sister civic groups which comprise the
Cero Wire Coalition, welcome the Appellate Court's ruling
which essentially supports the Town's efforts to date,
and which is expected to set back Taubman's efforts by years.
While the decision is still the subject of further analysis by
our legal team, it is the general consensus that this
decision constitutes a significant victory for our cause and
It is hoped that moving forward the combination of this latest
decision and the current economic climate will result in
Taubman's reconsideration of the entire project. We would
certainly welcome the opportunity to work with Taubman in
furtherance of the interests of alternative development on the
We acknowledge with gratitude the continued support and
efforts of our Town Supervisor John Venditto as well as the
extraordinary efforts of our Cerro Mall team of Howard
Avrutine, Todd Fabricant and Kevin Ryan and Warren Church and
the Alternative Development Committee.
"Stay Involved and Stay Informed" For further information and
updates please visit the BCA website at eastbirchwood.org and
NoMallHere.com Web sites.
1/24/09: Level Three Sex Offenders Removed
from Meadowbrook Motel
advocacy and consultation by the BCA with Town and Nassau County
officials, two Level Three sex offenders have been removed from
the Meadowbrook Motel. Based on the BCA?s efforts, the Motel has
been declared to be off limits for the placement of sex
offenders. The BCA is very grateful for the strong support we
received from Supervisor Venditto of the Town of Oyster Bay and
County Legislator Judy Jacobs. The BCA is continuing to consult
with local officials to make sure that all governmental agencies
are aware that sex offenders may not reside at the Meadowbrook.
Assemblyman Charles Lavine
to Speak at Temple Or Elohim
January 25, 2009, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine will
be speaking at a complimentary bagel breakfast at Temple Or Elohim.
Assemblyman Lavine will be speaking on events in Albany and will
take questions from the audience.
begins at 10 a.m. This will be a great opportunity to make sure
that your concerns are heard in Albany. Temple Or Elohim is
located at 18 Tobie Lane in East Birchwood. Any questions should
be directed to the Temple at 516-433-9888, Extension 10 or by
Your BCA board of directors has been busy working with Meenan as
well as exploring all alternatives with regard to the present oil
situation. We hope that this email will serve to update you and
answer any questions that you might have .
Initially, the oil market continues to defy prediction with
unprecedented daily swings exceeding five dollars a barrel.
Despite our contracted and fixed oil price of $3.689, our deal
with Meenan has a never-before-used float down provision that
keeps our price 6 cents below Meenan's daily posted retail price
charged to those without a contract.
Therefore BCA Meenan customers receiving an oil delivery
today will be charged $3.239 per gallon, a significant reduction
off of our locked in fixed rate of $3.689 This price
changes on a daily basis. If you are ever unsure of whether you
were charged properly, please email us. We will send out periodic
pricing updates to keep you informed.
While we understand and have reviewed alternative proposals that
our members have been receiving from other oil providers, it is
our association's position that when fully evaluating the varying
proposals and when factoring in the value of our comprehensive
service and warranty provision, the quality of Meenan's service,
and the 2 hour emergency service window, are all benefits which
serve to neutralize any potential cost savings which might be
available to our members from other oil service providers.
If you are contemplating leaving Meenan, again we certainly hope
that you will continue to support the BCA as a member. Notably,
If you choose to leave Meenan, there is no cancellation fee. This
is part of the deal we have negotiated with them, as most other
companies do charge a substantial termination fee. However,
before leaving Meenan, you should be aware of a few key points:
1. A Meenan/BCA customer has by far the most comprehensive
service and warranty agreement available on Long Island. The
value of this contract alone is more than $300; this is an
important consideration, given that our homes are all 50+ years
old, many with original boilers, and thus the possibility
certainly exists that problems may arise that require major
repairs (many of which are NOT covered by other companies' best
2. Moreover, we as an association certainly enjoy the benefits of
a long term and favored customer relationship with Meenan which
assists in the prompt and fair resolution of any oil related
issues which should arise.
3. Finally, please be aware that if you leave Meenan and choose to
come back to Meenan in the future, there will be a one-time charge
of $200 for the first year that you are back on the BCA/Meenan
service agreement. In addition, your heating system will need to
pass a Meenan inspection (with repairs made if necessary) before
you regain coverage. Further, each returning customer will be
required to submit to a new customer credit check.
We will continue to keep our members apprised of any oil related
updates. Thank you for bearing with us through difficult
financial times; we appreciate the kind words of those who have
written to express their understanding of the
that we got the best deal we could at the time that the contract
was signed. No one could have anticipated this change in markets
- not even Meenan, who purchased oil futures at the time of the
contract signing, believing that oil prices were at a low point.
11/07/08: Appellate Argument
Expected Later This Year in Mall Fight
The Cerro Wire Coalition's fight continues
against Taubman's efforts to build a mega mall on Robbins Lane.
The latest step in this courtroom saga involves an appeal of the
trial court's ruling earlier this year, which would have had the
effect of stripping the Town of Oyster Bay of its discretion to
review Taubman's revised site plan. The Town and the coalition of
Civic Associations have pressed their appeal before the appellate
court in Brooklyn, which is likely to hear oral argument later
This appeal was not without some drama. After Taubman repeatedly
claimed that it wanted to build a revised and smaller mall,
Taubman has now reversed course, stating in its appellate briefs
that it actually intends to increase the overall footprint of the
mall. Regardless of the size of the mall, the Town and the Civics
are fighting so that the Town has the right to direct further
studies of the effects of the project. For more details, please
see the website of Cerro Wire Coalition,
11/06/08: State Agrees to
Traffic Improvements At Merry Lane and
Prompted by safety concerns expressed by the
BCA, the State of New York has agreed to implement a series of
improvements to the traffic flow at the intersection of Merry Lane
and Jericho Turnpike. Improvements include increasing the
visibility of the traffic signal on Jericho Turnpike, restriping
northbound Merry Lane to provide an exclusive left turn lane, and
installing a crosswalk with a timer for pedestrians. While the
State did not agree to all of the measures suggested by the BCA,
we are pleased that the State has addressed this issue. The BCA
will continue to monitor the safety issues at this intersection.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE RE: OIL PRICING
As everyone is aware, unprecedented and unforseen economic
conditions have resulted in precipitous declines in virtually all
financial markets - including both the day to day oil market as
well as the oil futures market.
By way of history, six weeks ago the BCA locked in to a fixed rate
with Meenan of $3.689; at that time this price was heralded as
the lowest and best price available on Long Island. And, as you
are well aware, since that point in time virtually all world
financial conditions have changed significantly.
While the BCA has enjoyed an exceptional long term mutually
beneficial relationship with Meenan for the past 13 years, many of
our members have asked why Meenan will simply not adjust their
price to match the current wholesale oil pricing. The straight
forward answer is that Meenan at the time of our lock-in went into
the futures market and actually purchased contracts for the oil
needs of our community for the coming twelve months. This oil was
purchased at a price that would reflect BCA?s locked in and agreed
to fixed pricing. So, Meenan in fact now "owns" East Birchwood?s
oil ? purchased at a price reflective of the $3.689 pricing that
we locked in. In past years, Meenan did exactly the same thing in
terms of purchasing in the futures market . . . and, when (as
usually is/was the case) the cost of oil rose, they kept to their
part of the agreement and delivered oil to our membership at the
lower agreed upon price.
However, we are currently exploring several alternatives - which,
should they work out, may help to defray the burden of the current
fixed pricing of $3.689 per gallon has upon our membership.
For more immediate relief, we have invoked a protection
component of the BCA/Meenan agreement that has never before come
into play, which states that Meenan will provide oil to our
membership at a price six cents below their regular retail price,
i.e., the price they are charging on any given day to customers
who are NOT on a fixed plan. That regular retail price, at the
moment, is $3.549 --
hence, today's deliveries to East Birchwood will be invoiced at
(which can change downward or upward on a daily basis).
While as a community we still enjoy the significant benefits of
Meenan?s heightened service and warranty protections, we are aware
that some of our members are presently entertaining signing with
other companies for a lower lock-in. While we understand these
economically based decisions, we caution everyone to please read
the fine print and closely scrutinize other companies' service
contracts ? when you do we are sure you will notice that the
BCA/Meenan servicing agreement (including a guarantee of service
within two hours of your call) is FAR more comprehensive than any
other agreement available . . . and, at the nominal cost to every
Birchwood homeowner of only $36 per year. However, should you
decide to move on to another company, we certainly hope that you
will continue to be members and supportive of your BCA.
Again, we appreciate your continued support and would like to
emphasize that we are working on all possible solutions to this
pressing issue, and can only ask our members' patience as
As always, please feel free to contact us via E-mail with any
questions or thoughts, and we invite everyone to stay informed and
be involved by attending our monthly meetings. (Next meeting
November 18th, 8:30pm, at the Jackson School)
Jericho Jayhawk Booster Association Is
community members whose children attend Jericho schools have
formed the Jericho Jayhawks Booster Association (?JJBA?) as a
non-profit organization. It mission is to promote school spirit
and pride in our athletic programs and recognize the athletic
achievements of the student body, coaches, and staff. The JJBA
has embarked on an ambitious fund-raising effort to modernize and
beautify the high school stadium field to use for football,
lacrosse, soccer, etc. The JJBA has already raised several
hundred thousands of dollars towards this project. The JJBA also
has awarded scholarships to male and female athletes at Jericho
The JJBA is
currently conducting a membership drive. For more information,
please see its website as
www.jerichojayhawkboosterassoc.org or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Coming Soon? Birchwood Civic Association v. West Birchwood Civic
Association Charity Softball
Day weekend, the BCA will take on the West Birchwood Civic
Association in a charity softball game. Look here for more
details about this fun, family event, including the game time and
the charity which will benefit.
8/23/08: Town of Oyster Bay
The Town of Oyster Bay has recently announced
that it will use the SWIFT911 system in the case of an emergency
to convey information to town residents. While the Town already
has the primary landline information for residents, residents have
the option of adding cellular or pager numbers or email
addresses. Residents should update their contact information by
logging on to the Town's website,
and click on the "SWIFT911" link. Alternatively, residents can
call the Town at 677-5350 and have a form mailed to them. The
Town will be testing the new system on Thursday September 4,
6/17/08: BCA to Hold
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Birchwood Civic Association
has announced plans to celebrate the completion of the new East
Birchwood entrance walls, signs, and landscaping. A ribbon
cutting ceremony will be held to dedicate the wall at the Route
107/Birchwood Park Drive/Village Drive entrance to the community
at 11:00 am on Sunday, June 22nd, 2008. Refreshments and give-aways
will add to the celebration. Community members are encouraged to
stop by and share in this neighborhood event.
6/17/08: Town to Build New
Parking Garage in Hicksville
Following an investigation into the structural integrity of the
Hicksville parking garage, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John
Venditto announced that the existing structure would be demolished
and that the Town will build a new parking facility. The Town has
projected that demolition will take place in September and has
stated that the new facility would be completed within 18 months.
For more information about the project and
interim parking arrangements, see the Town of Oyster Bay's
5/29/08: School and Library Budgets Passed
The Jericho and Syosset school district and
library budgets were approved by voters. In Jericho, the school
budget passed by a margin of 652 to 453 votes. Incumbent school
board members Barbara Krieger and Claire Hochheiser were
reelected. Syosset voters approved the school budget by a margin
of 2186 to 1441. The budgets for both libraries were also approved
by voters. The BCA thanks its members for their interest in the
elections, and reminds members of the community that the BCA
provides updates about matters before both school boards at its
5/29/08: Two Fires Devastate
East Birchwood Homes
report that fires destroyed much of two local homes in the past
week. On Sunday May 25, a Birchwood Park Drive home was consumed
by fire, perhaps caused by electrical components. Two days later,
much of a home on Mellow Lane was destroyed by a fire, which may
have been caused by severe weather. Fortunately, no one was hurt
at either home. The BCA thanks the Jericho Fire Department for its
swift and comprehensive response.
The BCA has contacted the homeowners and
asked how it may provide assistance to these families.
BCA Planning for Exciting New Year,
Officers and Board members have been nominated
Although this year isn?t over yet, the Birchwood Civic Association
is well into planning for next year. Officers and Board members
have been nominated, new projects have been proposed, and
committees are making plans. At the same time, this year?s
ventures are still in progress.
The nominating committee has proposed the following slate of
officers for 2008/2009: President Craig Snyder, Vice President
Lowell Citron, Recording Secretary Roy Pam, Financial Secretary
Marion Henken, and Treasurer Saundra Gumerove Bernstein. The
following BCA members were nominated to serve a two-year term on
the BCA Board of Directors: Todd Fabricant, Jeff Fried, Michael
Heller, Dottie Miller, Ita Pam, Ruth Sholemson, Richard Staller,
Peggy Weiss, and Robin Weissbratten. Additional Directors may be
nominated by a petition signed by twenty-five BCA members, as per
the BCA bylaws. A vote will be taken at the BCA meeting on
Monday, May 12th. Additional Director slots may be filled
throughout the year. Anyone who may be interested should
introduce him- or herself at any BCA meeting or event.
The Birchwood Civic Association always takes an interest in local
elections, as they have a direct impact on our community. Board
of Education members and candidates, and district administration
members from both Jericho and Syosset have been invited to the
BCA?s May 12th meeting to discuss proposed budgets and answer
questions. In addition, a committee has been formed to interview
Jericho Library Board candidates and make a recommendation
Robbins Lane development proposals remain a focus of BCA
attention. Board members have been ngotiating with
representatives of the Blumenfeld Group regarding a development
plan for a fitness center proposed for Robbins Lane. In addition,
BCA members continue to be involved in fighting the mega-mall
development on the Cerro Wire site. Status reports are provided
at each BCA meeting.
This year?s most visible BCA project was the renovation of the
East Birchwood entrances, including beautiful new signage and
plantings. Community response to this improvement has been
extremely favorable. The one exception is a suspected group of
vandals who have damaged the Robbins Lane/Birchwood Park Drive
entrance sign. Thankfully, our local police officers took quick
action to question suspects and witnesses and to save some of the
lettering so that it can be re-attached. The Second Precinct has
asked that the BCA Board of Directors discuss whether to press
Other projects the BCA has been involved with include a very
successful membership drive, plans for a community celebration and
neighborhood watch program, and a traffic study aimed at improving
safety for the Jericho Turnpike/Merry Lane intersection.
Community members are encouraged to participate in all meetings
and events, or to email the organization with any comments or
BCA11753Jericho@aol.com. As noted above, the next BCA meeting
will be held on Monday May 12, 2008, at 8:30pm, in the faculty
room of the George A. Jackson Elementary School on Maytime Drive.
BIRCHWOOD CIVIC ASSOCIATION ADDRESSES NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC
This past fall,
residents of the East Birchwood neighborhood forwarded complaints
to the Birchwood Civic Association regarding traffic safety issues
within the community.
residents were complaining of cars and trucks traveling at
excessive speeds on Birchwood Park Drive, the major thoroughfare
which transverses the East Birchwood Community.
In response, the
Birchwood Civic Association has taken action, and in cooperation
with the Nassau County Police Department Second Precinct, has
arranged for the deployment of a traffic speed trailer on
Birchwood Park Drive. The trailer utilizes radar and posts
vehicle speeds as they pass by. The BCA has also worked with the
Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Works to see that trees
which were obstructing stop sign visibility were pruned.
In addition to
the trailer, the Nassau County Police Department will be
heightening their presence along the Birchwood Park Drive Corridor
corridor in an effort to enforce compliance with the posted speed
limits of 30 mph.
serves the dual purpose of alerting all individuals traveling
through the neighborhood of the posted 30mph speed limit as well
as bringing a heightened awareness to drivers of how fast they
are actually traveling?, stated BCA Traffic and Safety Chairperson
Roy Chipkin who has worked closely with the Town and Police
Department on this initiative.
?Birchwood Park Drive is populated by many families and is heavily
trafficked by residents as well as children playing within the
neighborhood. This project is an important step toward building
awareness of the safety issue, and has had the net effect of
lowering the speed of driver?s once they see how fast they are
actually driving?, stated Craig Snyder, President of the Birchwood
Civic Association. ?This is one of many new community initiatives
the BCA plans on addressing this year?, said Snyder.
The BCA would
like to remind everyone that the speed limit in our neighborhood
is 30 mph and to please drive safely for everyone?s safety and
The BCA plans to
have the trailer moved to different locations throughout the
neighborhood and to work with the Nassau County Police Department
on this and other safety and security issues effecting the East
All are invited to the next BCA
Board of Director?s meeting on February 12, 2008 at the Jackson
Elementary School Faculty Room to discuss this and other important
issues confronting the community.
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