Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

April 1, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA

Street Sweeping Ongoing Throughout Brambleton - 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.

USPS-Maintained Group Mailboxes - Have you lost your mailbox key, or are you experiencing issues with the key or lock working properly? If so, please contact the Ashburn Post Office, as they are the proper resource to resolve these issues. A $30.00 fee includes replacing the cylinder lock on the mailbox and three (3) new keys. 


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 4/04/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections:

  • Stratford Landing Pool
  • Brambleton Corner Pool
  • Brandt


Toll Brothers to Host Second Outreach Meeting RE: New Belmont Ridge Neighborhood – Tuesday, April 19th, 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 43 new luxury townhomes with over 40 percent of the property maintained as open space.  The layout will include over 11,000 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.


LIFESTYLES


Claim Your Scavenger Hunt Prizes - Tomorrow, April 2nd.  Participants should show their selfies at the Registration table at the Bunny Trail to collect their prize-filled eggs. If you can't make it to the trail, you can still collect your eggs at the BCA office during normal business hours between April 4th - 8th.  Email events@brambleton.org for more information.

Brambleton Bettas New Member Registration - Registration opens to all Brambleton residents aged 5-18 beginning Saturday, April 2nd, at 3:00 AM.  Registration and FAQs are on the website at http://brambletonswimteam.com. The cost per swimmer is $180.  All swimmers must be able to complete a length of the pool (25m) independently in order to join the team.  There will be no Mini Bettas program in 2016.  For questions, please contact Kelly Nelson at kelly.m.nelson@gmail.com.

Reserve Your Space at the Spring Yard Sale - April 23rd.  Get rid of your old stuff and free up some space in your closets and garage.  Reserve your space at the Community Center, or add your address to the community directory of participating homes.  Sign up today!

Tickets Going Fast for Brambleton's Gold Cup Experience - May 7th, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Don your big hats and seersucker suits, and hop on the Bram Bus for a day at the races!  Cost is $100/person and includes round-trip transportation, event ticket, and catering by Marriott.  BYOB.  Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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!

Register Now for Summer Camps - Still trying to decide what to do with the kids this summer?  We're bringing back some of our favorite Summer Camp programs and adding a few new ones to the mix.  Visit our Summer Camp page for more information and sign up today.


COMMUNITY 

Need to Get Rid of Old Paperwork or Electronics? - April 2nd, 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. Contact Dan at dan@danthiewes.com or call 703-508-5762 with questions.

Mothers' Support Group - April 6th, 10:00 AM, at StoneSprings Hospital.  Occurs every Wednesday.  The Mothers' Support Group is open to all new and experienced mothers. Each week we will be talking about a different topic related to mothering and caring for your newborn. Come to our group and meet other mothers in your area who are facing and embracing the challenges and joys of motherhood.  Call 571-349-5230 for more information.


COVENANTS

Pets Running at Large
- In Loudoun County, including Brambleton, pets are not permitted to roam free without a leash, and pet owners are required to pick up after their pets.  To report concerns for animals running at large or pet owners not cleaning up after their pets, please contact Loudoun County Animal Control.  Brambleton’s Policy Resolution #7, Pet Policies, outlines both the grounds for complaint and finding of a community nuisance as well as the procedures for solving pet problems; this serves as the framework to guide the Association’s intervention. To file a complaint with the Association, please contact covenants@brambleton.org.  Please note that Brambleton and Loudoun County do not have any breed or size specific restrictions for pet dogs.

Brambleton Community Association has several ponds located throughout the community.  With recent warmer temperatures, residents are allowing pets to swim in the ponds.  Swimming of any kind is not permitted in any ponds within the community.  BCA encourages residents to “See Something, Say Something."  If you see someone or a pet venturing out into the ponds, please tell them to stay out for their safety, or contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to request their intervention at 703-777-1021. Please remember to follow our pond safety signs and enjoy the view from the shoreline.
 

Highlight on Design Guidelines - Spring is upon us, and many residents are starting to work on their lawns and landscaping. Some changes and or additions to the landscaping that was provided by the builder may need to be applied for and approved by the Covenants Committee prior to making the changes. Please review the Design Guidelines for landscaping and trees to see what requires approval and what the submission requirements are for either. 

At this time of year the Association receives a high volume of applications so please submit applications as soon as you have your plans, allowing time for review and approval so you can schedule your contractors. 

Design Review Meeting Scheduled for April 11th 
  • Applications that are submitted on or prior to April 6 will be reviewed for accuracy 
  • Applications may be submitted up to 5:00 PM on April 11th in the office
  • In the drop box outside the office door before 9:00 AM on April 11, 2016 
  • Via email to designreview@brambleton.org up to 5:00 PM April 11, 2016 (please include your property address in the subject line)  
  • Or you can bring it to the meeting beginning at 7:00 PM.   
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


We're Expanding! - Little Smiles Pediatric and Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has started renovations for our office expansion! This means, more appointment times! The new section will include a completely separate area for pediatric patients and additional private treatment rooms for adults. We can't wait for you to see it!  We also can't wait to see you this Saturday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM at the annual Brambleton Bunny Trail. We are so proud to be the event sponsor for the second year in a row. Hop on by and say hello!

Where Will You Be Spending World Health Day on April 7th?  - Come spend it with us at Sport&Health for a great workout!  We’re celebrating by allowing your guest to come for free and giving new members all of April free!  Call 703-879-2006 to register your guest!  

Save the Date:  Brambleton Healthy Living Expo - The Brambleton Group will hold its first-ever Brambleton Healthy Living Expo on Sunday, May 1st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This free event is open to the public and will take place at the Brambleton Town Center during the opening day of the Brambleton Farmers’ Market.  Bring the family out for fitness and nutrition demos, a Sport&Health Zumba-thon, kids’ bike races, health checks, massages, and more.  Stay tuned for more details on our Facebook Events page.

ArmorUp Recap - Thank you to all who participated in the Brambleton ArmorUp 30-Day Fitness Challenge throughout the month of March. If you missed out on the Challenge, it's not too late to join Brambleton's Healthy Living Initiative. "ArmoringUp" your meals is now an option in the Brambleton Town Center at restaurants like Blue Ridge Grill, Lost Rhino Retreat, Nick's Taverna and Scotto’s!  To learn more about the ArmorUp movement and to view a collection of helpful videos, visit Brambleton’s YouTube channel and click on the Healthy Living Library.

COUNTY CORNER


Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing Ongoing - Loudoun Water and other utilities around the country begin hydrant flushing every spring as a way to clean their water distribution systems. Flushing in the Loudoun Water service area began this week and will continue for about 12 weeks. The flushing of hydrants around the service area will have no effect on water usage.  For more information, visit www.loudounwater.org, or click on the Hydrant Flushing Map to see when crews will be in your area.

Save the Date:  County Forming Focus Groups for Transit Development Plan - Loudoun County is asking current and potential transit riders to participate in focus groups as part of the development of a Transit Development Plan (TDP). The TDP is a six-year plan that will guide the county’s bus operations beyond 2020 when Phase 2 of the Metrorail Silver Line is scheduled to open in Loudoun.  One of these interactive workshops will be held on the evening of April 21st, time to be determined, at  Brambleton Community Center.  More information about development of the TDP and how to participate in a focus group can be found on the County's website.  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Saturday, April 2nd:

Bunny Trail & Egg Hunt - Callalily Tot Lot, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Registration required.


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