Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

March 18, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA

Toll Brothers to Host Outreach Meeting RE: New Belmont Ridge Neighborhood - March 24th, 7:00 PM at Brambleton Community Center. Toll Brothers would like to invite Brambleton Homeowners to preview the plans for the 6.95-acre Addison/McDonald property assemblage located at 23353 and 23397 Belmont Ridge Road (between the intersections of Fresh Rain Square and Franklin Benjamin Terrace). This new neighborhood will consist of 47 new luxury townhomes with over 40 percent of the property maintained as open space.  The layout will include approximately 12,000 square feet of active recreation space featuring a tot lot as well as a central community green.  Renderings and layouts of this neighborhood will be available for viewing at the meeting.  Please contact Michael Romeo, AICP at (571) 209-5772 or via email at mromeo@thelandlawyers.com for more information.

Street Sweeping in Progress - 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.  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 schedule will be posted to the News section of the BCA website at www.BrambletonHOA.com.   

Get Your Pool Pass Now Before the Rush - Whether you're new to Brambleton or just never had a chance to get your pool pass, now is the time to get your pass!  Stop by the BCA office Monday through Friday to have your pass made while you wait, or email your information to us ahead of time and pick up your pass at your convenience.  Visit our website to see the requirements for obtaining or renewing a pool pass.  Extended pool pass hours will be announced via future editions of the Friday Flash, the BCA website, and Facebook.

Republic Rewards Recycling Program  - Republic Rewards is the new and enhanced recycling rewards program which will replace RecycleBank.  Residents who have previously registered for RecycleBank will continue to have access to their existing RecyleBank account and be able to redeem their points through May 30, 2016.  Sign-up for the new program is easy.  Log your recycling and get instant access to rewards at www.RepublicGivesBack.com.  Visit our website for more information.  

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 3/21/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections:

  • Vienna Green - portions closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Contractor will deliver notices to doors of impacted properties.
  • Preparations for paving at Brambleton Corner Pool and Stratford Landing Pool parking lots
  • Section 17
  • Section 18
    • Builder preparations for driveway topping and sidewalk repair



LIFESTYLES

Registration Closes Tomorrow for Upcoming CPR Class - If you need to become certified in CPR or just want to learn some basic lifesaving skills, you need this class.  March 26th, 9:00 AM at Brambleton Community Center.  Sign up today.

Come Hop Down the Bunny Trail - April 2nd from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  The one-mile trail starts at Callalily Park.  Filled with crafts and games along the way, the trail ends with an egg hunt for your little ones.  For kids aged 6 and under only.  Spots are available on a first come, first-served basis, and they're filling up FAST!  Proof of Brambleton residence is required at registration. Sign up here today!  

  • If you'd like to volunteer during the event, we would love to have you.  2-hour shifts are available for anyone 14 years of age and older.  It's a great way for your teenagers to earn some volunteer hours for school!  Sign up here.


Scavenger Hunt With Flat Bruno - March 19th - April 2nd, for kids aged 7 - 12.  Follow clues to the hidden spots throughout Brambleton and take selfies with Flat Bruno to earn prizes!  Clues, maps, and more information can be found on our website.

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!

Children's Storytime Relocated for Next Week - The Storytime meeting on March 22nd will take place at the Brambleton Welcome Center at 42395 Ryan Road due to Spring Break programming being held at the Community Center next week.  Email programs@brambleton.org with any questions.

Brambleton Kids Care Meeting Rescheduled - Due to spring break, this month's meeting has been postponed to March 28th at 7:30 PM at the BCA Management Office.

Today Is the Last Day to Guarantee Your Ribbon Run Shirt! - Don't miss out.  All runners registered by March 18th will be guaranteed a performance t-shirt to model during the race or wear as bragging rights post-race! Shirts may be available on first-come-basis for runners registering after this date; however shirts are NOT guaranteed. The event benefits the Step Sisters' mission to improve the quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer by funding needed support services in Loudoun County and the surrounding community. For more information, or to register, visit the website.


COMMUNITY

3rd Annual Smashing Walnuts "Cracking the Cure" Gala - March 19th, 6:00 PM. Founded by Loudoun's own Gabriella Miller, Smashing Walnuts exists to cure childhood brain cancer by funding scientific research and clinical trials. Join us for the Shamrock Smash, a memorable evening full of fun for a great cause. More details and ticket sales at www.smashingwalnuts.org.

StoneSprings Hospital Center Prenatal Breastfeeding Class - March 23rd, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  Occurs the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  Students will learn about breastfeeding basics, normal newborn behavior, breastfeeding positions, getting the right latch, infant feeding cues, skin-to-skin and the importance of rooming-in. You will leave feeling confident about breastfeeding and how to care for your new bundle of joy. 

Need to Get Rid of Old Paperwork or Electronics? - April 4th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Be sure to stop by the “No-Cost, On Site, While You Watch” Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event at the RE/MAX Premier parking lot located at 44675 Cape Ct, Ashburn. Visit our Facebook page for more information.  Contact Dan at dan@danthiewes.com or call 703-508-5762 with questions.


COVENANTS


PreVENTing Cavity Nesting Birds This Spring: With the onset of spring, the Humane Society reminds home owners that certain species of birds known as “cavity nesters” begin their hunt for a place to nest. Because of the way they build their nests, they target vents like dryer, stove, and bathroom exhausts found on the side of a house. Be an early bird and inspect your house now!  Check all side vents, including gable and attic vents. 

Track down active nests by:
  • Checking locations where nests have been before.
  • Listening for chirping, rustling, and fluttering sounds coming from vents.
  • Checking for bird droppings below the vent or nesting material sticking out of them.
PreVENTion: 
  • Protect any vents before birds start nesting in there! Protective vent products you can use:
    • Hardware cloth—galvanized wire mesh 1/2 in x 1/2 in square openings.
    • Commercial vent covers—dryer-vent specific and general use models. Both are available at your local hardware or big box building supply store.
  • Professionally cleaning the dryer vent will rid your vent of any debris left-behind by the birds and their babies.
You should not rely on turning on a dryer to drive birds out of a dryer vent. The left-behind nesting material can cause a fire hazard. If the nesting activity clogs the vent, condensation can quickly build up into mold. Instead, the birds and their nest will need to be physically removed from the vent.

Highlight on Design Guidelines – Spring is upon us, and many residents are wanting to spend more time outdoors. At this time of year the Association receives a high volume of applications for fences, patios and decks. Please submit applications as soon as you have your plans, allowing time for review and approval so you can schedule your contractors.  Please review not only the guidelines but the submission requirements for all modifications prior to applying. 

Design Review Meeting Scheduled for April 11th – Applications may be submitted anytime through the end of the meeting.  Please note that due to the volume of applications, applications received after April 6th may not be reviewed for accuracy and completion prior to the meeting. 

Applications may be submitted via email to designreview@brambleton.org; please include your property address in the subject line.  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.

The Covenants Committee is Seeking Your Input - The Design Guidelines are in the process of revision.  Please submit suggestions or comments to docreview@brambleton.org.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Enjoy Book Club With a Free Peet’s Coffee Drink! - Brambleton's YA Book Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Peet’s Coffee. This club is free for all ages who enjoy young adult books. There is no sign-up; you just have to show up! The next meeting is scheduled for April 19th at 6:30 PM.  Copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs can be borrowed from any of the local library branches or the Brambleton HOA office. Click here for a complete list of this year’s monthly reads. The first 10 participants on April 19th will receive a Peet's gift card!

Rhino Chasers Lace Up Your Shoes - Join the Rhino Chasers every Tuesday at 6:00 PM (weather permitting) at Lost Rhino Retreat for an organized 1, 3, or 5-mile run through Brambleton. We'll meet back at the Retreat to enjoy drinks, food, and camaraderie with fellow run and beer enthusiasts. All paces and ages welcome for run! For questions & membership information please contact: Kelly Superak at kellysuperak@gmail.com.  And don’t forget to check out all the new additions to Lost Rhinos Menu!

A&A Music Has New Location - A&A Music is moving on up and expanding here in the Brambleton Town Center. You can now find your favorite music store located between Bicycle Outfitters and Lost Rhino Retreat. Stop in and see the new store today!

New Member Social at Sport&Health – 3/24 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Come meet the management and find out everything you ever needed to know about our club, our equipment, and our programs.  Bring a guest and receive a free t-shirt on the spot!  Call 703-774-9500 for more information.

Spring Break Special at NVO - Northern Virginia Orthodontics is celebrating Spring Break with a special announcement and a limited-time offer! We're thrilled to announce that our second location in Reston will open late this summer, providing patients with another option for appointments. To celebrate this and Spring Break, new patients will enjoy an $800 savings on full treatment from March 21 - April 1, 2016!  Come see why we're consistently named among the Top Orthodontists in the DC area. Visit us at www.nvorthodontics.com or give us a call at 703-327-1718.

COUNTY CORNER


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - March 19th, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM at Leesburg Park and Ride.  Get rid of used and unwanted household hazardous materials such as gasoline, household and lawn chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, household (dry-cell) batteries, and more.  Click here to see a full list of which materials are or are not accepted.

Town Hall Meeting for Upcoming Middle School and High School Rezoning – Wednesday, March 30th, 7:30 PM.  School Board Members Beth Huck (At-Large) and Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) will host a Town Hall at the  Brambleton Corner Clubhouse, 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace, to hear ideas and concerns and take questions.  They will share an overview of the MS/HS Rezoning.  To send comments/questions in advance of the Town Hall meeting, please email Beth and/or Jill at beth.huck@lcps.org and jill.turgeon@lcps.org.  

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 Emir Bekric at 703-737-8238.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Tuesday, March 29th:

The Finance Committee Meeting that was originally scheduled for March 22nd has been postponed to March 29th - 7:30 PM, BCA Management Office


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