Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

March 4, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA

Boca Field Terrace Closure - The water main connections being made along Shreveport have been delayed.  The south entrance to the Trent Grove neighborhood via Boca Field Terrace will remain closed until Monday at the earliest.  There is a trench box in the excavation that will have a top put on to secure it.  The area will be well marked and lit to identify the hazard.  All necessary precautions will be taken to make these areas as safe as possible, however we encourage all residents to stay out of this and all construction areas.

Street Sweeping - BCA has made arrangements to have all VDOT streets, BCA Streets, and Developer streets with no active home construction swept to remove excessive amounts of sand and debris.  The street sweeping service will begin on March 15th, weather permitting.  The BCA townhome streets will be swept first, followed by VDOT streets and BCA single-family dwelling common drives; Developer streets will be swept last.  You may view the 2016 Snow Removal Street List as a reference.  Residents are asked to assist with the sweeping process by taking the following actions:

  • Park vehicles in garages and driveways so that the sweeper can service the entire street.
  • Blow or sweep any sand on driveway aprons or sidewalks into the street.  
  • Blow sand off the concrete curb and gutter portion of the street to expedite service, but do not place sand into piles on the street.


Daily sweeping updates and scheduled will be posted to the News section of the BCA website at www.BrambletonHOA.com.   

Verizon FIOS Remote Swap Pilot Program – If you have a Verizon FIOS remote that is no longer working properly, you are welcome to swap it out for a new remote at the BCA office during office hours.   We have a limited number of new remotes on hand, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during office hours.  Due to the limited number available, we will be unable to honor requests for holds.  We will continue to work with Verizon to maintain a supply.  Contact hoa@brambleton.org with any questions.

BTV FIOS Channel 42: Equipment Upgrade to Impact Service – This upgrade will allow for HD streaming of the Brambleton Community TV channel found on FIOS channel 42.  This upgrade will not impact residential service in the community.  It is anticipated that BTV channel programming will be unavailable on Monday, March 7th.  If unexpected delays are encountered, additional information will be posted at www.brambletonhoa.com and on BCA’s Facebook page.   

Development Activity Update – Brambleton’s developer continues to perform bond release activity throughout the community. Work may include asphalt repair; concrete marking, break and repair; marking, or digging and installation of street lights. Work typically begins in the early morning and is complete by the early afternoon. In addition to the ongoing development in the community, for the week of 3/7/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections:

  • Section 17
  • Section 18



LIFESTYLES  

Tickets Running Out For Comedy Night - Need something to do Friday night, March 11th?  Join us at Brambleton Corner Clubhouse for a night full of good laughs.  Doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM.  Must be 18 years of age or older to attend.  Tickets are $25/person.  Visit our website for more info and buy your tickets today!

Spring Break Camps Filling Up - Spring Break is right around the corner.  If you're staying in town between March 21st -25th, our spring break programs are the way to go.  Check out Overtime Athletics, Drama Kids, and Mad Science!  Register your kids now before spaces fill up.  Click here for full camp descriptions and to register.

Adult Book Club - March 14th, 7:30 PM at the Community Center.  This month's selection is What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  Stop by the BCA office to borrow a copy

YA Book Club - March 15th, 6:30 PM at Peet's.  Get your caffeine fix while chatting about this month's book, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  


CPR Class Returns to Brambleton - March 26th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Brambleton Community Center.   Teachers, coaches, daycare providers, lifeguards, or professional caretakers...or anyone who needs to become certified in CPR, this course is for you.  Registration closes March 19th.  Go to www.frontlinescpr.com to sign up.

Seeking Volunteers for Brew Fest - May 21st.  That's right, we're bringing Brew Fest back!  And we need your help to make it great.  Volunteers will get free admission to the event, t-shirt, sample glass, 6 5oz beer samples (21 and over only), and access to the hospitality tent.  Sign up today!

New Fitness Programs Added - Fitness Image Results has added two new classes to its line-up.  Lunch Time Shred is perfect for the busy mom or working professional and includes all components of strength and conditioning.  Fitness for Boomers is a great way for active adults to get started with strength training or continue improving their fitness level.  And Brambleton residents not currently enrolled get 50% off during the month of March.  Sign up using coupon code bram50 and get a month of unlimited classes.  With their expanded class schedule, there's something for everyone!  Visit their website for more information. 


COMMUNITY


Childbirth Class: Understanding Labor, Delivery & Beyond - Saturday, March 19th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at StoneSprings Hospital.  As your birth approaches, you may have many questions about what to expect. We’re here to make this special occasion one that you feel prepared for! We will be offering many different topics in our classes concerning childbirth and newborn care so that you can feel confident and excited about what is to come!  Call 571-349-5230 for more information.

Dress Donation Collection - Every Girl Loves To Twirl will be collecting dress donations at Bella Ballerina and Little Smiles throughout March and April.  Please donate either new or excellent condition used spring/summer dresses, girl sizes 5T-20 to junior sizes 9-13.  Think of bright, colorful, fun dresses that would light up a face and make a girl want to twirl!  Dresses donated will be given to Loudoun County elementary aged girls in need.  You can help make every girl love to twirl!    Check out Every Girl Loves To Twirl on Facebook today. 

Monitors Needed for Brambleton Bluebird Trails - Please join the Brambleton Bluebird and Garden Club (BBGC) for our 2016 Bluebird monitoring kick-off meeting on Sunday, March 13, at 7:00 PM.  The BBGC will provide an orientation on nest box monitoring and the protocol used in Loudoun County for collecting and reporting data. Also to be discussed is an overview of the program, the trails being monitored around Brambleton, and more. A typical nest box system with predator guards will be set up for demonstration.  Monitoring starts in early April and continues thru late August. For questions and meeting location, please contact Karla Etten at ketten@loudounwildlife.org.



COVENANTS


Spring Lawn Care 101 - These steps can get your lawn off to a good start:  
  • Rake  - First be sure to remove all the leaves, thatch and downed branches. 
  • Aerate - Lawn aeration is typically recommended in the fall; however, if your lawn was not aerated this past fall, it is beneficial for your lawn to aerate within the next few weeks. 
  • Fertilize - A light application of fertilizer will do wonders. Be sure to follow the label's instructions. 
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides - This will stop most weed seeds from germinating. Do not aerate after applying the pre-emergent. 
  • Mower maintenance - At a minimum, be sure to sharpen your mower blade before you start mowing for the season. 
  • Mulch landscape beds and trees - Spring is a great time to mulch the plants in your yard. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil and keeps weeds from growing in your landscape beds.

Highlight on Design Guidelines –  Staining or painting a fence, deck, or any exterior element requires review and approval prior to commencement. The specific guidelines can be viewed under color changes on the website. One requirement is that in attached housing, the color/medium or materials must match  the original.  Also note that the Design Guidelines are in the process of revision, and staff and the Committee welcome any comments and suggestions for revisions.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Stulga at designreview@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263.

Design Review – The next meeting for Design Review will be Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  If you would like your application reviewed for accuracy prior to the meeting, please submit it prior to March 7, 2016. Applications will be accepted in the office up to 4:00 PM on March 14 but may not be reviewed for accuracy and completion prior to the meeting. If you have any questions regarding the design review process or guidelines, please visit the website, or contact Elizabeth Stulga at designreview@brambleton.org, or call 703-542-6263.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Lost Rhino Retreat Brings Back The 90’s - Saturday, March 5, 8:00 PM. Make your way to Lost Rhino Retreat’s “Best of the 90's” Party.  Move and grove to all your favorite tunes from the 90’s to midnight. DJ Freedom Ortiz will be bringing the house down so don’t miss out on all the fun!

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week - March 7th - 14th.  If you are wondering which Loudoun County restaurants will be participating in The 2016 Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, look no further than the Brambleton Town Center. You can find week-long deals at Lost Rhino Retreat, Nick's Taverna, Johnny Rockets, and Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill. Stop by any one of the restaurants listed above and ask for the Restaurant Week Menu.

COUNTY CORNER


LCSO Announces 37th Citizens' Police Academy - Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM from March 30th - June 8th.  Classes will provide an overview of all aspects of law enforcement within the agency.  Members may have the option of participating in a ride-along after completing the academy.  These free classes are open to Loudoun County residents 18 years of age and older.  For more information or to enroll, contact Eric Bekric at 703-737-8238.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Tuesday, March 8th

Safety & Security Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM - BCA Management Office

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