Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

May 6, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA  


Design Your Next Neighborhood Park – Come join your neighbors for this exciting opportunity to help design your next neighborhood park.  Parker Rodriguez, a landscape architecture and land planning firm, has been hired to lead the process to develop comprehensive plans for each park.  Resident input is essential throughout this process. The first step in the process is to invite all residents to attend a design session (design charrette) to solicit residents' involvement and input to create the initial draft plans.

A page has been created on the BCA Website that contains information on these projects.  This page will be updated as the projects progress.  Please visit prior to attending one of the charrettes to determine if your neighborhood will be impacted, and visit frequently as the process continues.

  • Design Charrette: Rec. District 3 - Sign up here
    • Date: Thursday, 5/12/2016
    • Time: 7:00PM 
    • Location:  Brambleton Community Center, 42645 Regal Wood Drive
  • Design Charrette: Rec. District 4 - Sign up here
    • Date: Thursday, 5/17/2016
    • Time: 7:00PM 
    • Location:  Brambleton Community Center, 42645 Regal Wood Drive

Please note:  Sign-up is not required to attend, but it is appreciated so that we can be prepared for the number of participants.

Ready for Pool Season?  BCA Offers Extended Pool Pass Hours & Online Pass Options  - The BCA Office will offer extended pool pass hours from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on May 9th, May 10th, and May 17th.  If you're unable to get to our office during one of those evenings or during our normal business hours, you are encouraged to use our convenient email option.  Please visit our Pools page to see who is eligible to get a pool pass and to see the requirements for obtaining one.

Lifeguards Wanted - Crystal Aquatics, Inc. is currently hiring hardworking and responsible individuals to lifeguard at Brambleton’s pools. Lifeguard training is available. If you are interested in a great summer job, please visit the Crystal Aquatics website for more information.

BCA Seeking Facility Technician/Driver - BCA is looking for a candidate with facilities and grounds experience that is self-motivated and available to work weekdays and special events in the community. Proficiency with “facility” type skills is a must. Position is full-time with benefits. Please submit your resume with cover letter and salary requirements to dave.rusch@brambleton.org, or fax to 703-542-6266. No phone calls, please. For full job description, please visit our Careers page.  

Loudoun County Approves Zika Response Plan & Residents Are Encouraged to Review Resources: BCA Continues to Monitor  – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Loudoun County Zika Virus Response Plan on Tuesday, May 3rd.  More information is available on this page of the county website.  Mosquitoes throughout our region are common, and residents need to take personal actions to protect themselves and their families from them.  BCA has monitored the news and information regarding this developing concern.  We have reviewed information from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and Loudoun County at these links: 

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/Zika/index.htm

https://www.loudoun.gov/zika

There are several recommendations for precautions that individuals can take, and BCA encourages residents to familiarize themselves with County and national resources.  We will continue to monitor this throughout the season.  At such time that the County, CDC, or other agencies take action to reduce mosquito counts, the Association will re-evaluate its options.


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 5/9/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections (see site map for locations):

  • Section 18
  • Brandt



LIFESTYLES

Adult Book Club Meeting - May 9th, 7:30 PM.  Join your neighbors at the Community Center to discuss this month's selection, Still Life by Louise Penny.  Borrow a copy from the BCA office today!

YA Book Club Meeting - May 17th, 6:30 PM, at Peet's Coffee.  Meet up with friends to chat about Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Limited copies are available at the BCA office.  Not sure if this club is right for you?  No problem.  Just stop in for a bit to grab a latte, listen, and engage.

Wine 101:  A Series - Only a Few Seats Left - May 14th, 7:00 PM.  Join us at the Community Center for the second part in this fun and educational series.  We'll focus on differences in wines and winemaking styles between Europe and those from just about everywhere else in our discussion of The Old World and the New.  Cost is $25/person and includes tastings and course materials.  Must be 21 or over to attend. Class size is limited to 30 people.  Sign up now while there's still space!

All Things Brew Fest, Tickets on Sale! - May 21st, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Brambleton Town Center

  • Buy Your VIP Tickets and Get A Whole Extra Hour with No Lines! - VIP ticket includes brunch at Lost Rhino Retreat and a meet and greet with some of the participating breweries, followed by exclusive early admission to Brew Fest from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, souvenir glass, and six 5 oz tastings. VIP tickets are limited, so get yours today!
  • Volunteers Still Needed for 3rd Shift (4:30 - 6:30 PM) and Clean-up Crew - Volunteers will get free admission to the event, t-shirt, sample glass, six 5 oz samples, and access to the hospitality tent. Get more information and sign up here.



COMMUNITY 

Step Sisters' Think Pink Auction Tonight! - 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM at the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse. Come as you are and bring the whole family to enjoy an evening of complimentary food and beverages, and bid on over 100 items! Net proceeds go towards funding quality-of-life services for local breast cancer patients. For more details, visit www.thinkpinkauction.com. Hope to see you there!

Support Rock Ridge Field Hockey - RRHS will have their first Field Hockey team this fall. However, it has been slotted as a Tier 2 sport; the program has to be fully funded from the parents/players.  With this being our inaugural fall season, we have a lot of first time items to buy to help our team have a successful year.  Every Tuesday night in May at Spin Fire in One Loudoun, 20% of your entire order will go to help support the RR Field Hockey Team.  Present the attached coupon to show your support.

Rock Ridge Chorus Presents Broadway Desserts! - May 14th, 7:00 PM at RRHS. Enjoy unlimited desserts and a silent auction while talented members of the Rock Ridge Choir showcase their favorite Broadway tunes.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and are available at the door or online.  All proceeds benefit the Rock Ridge High School Chorus.


COVENANTS


Landscape Bed Maintenance – Weed control in bed areas is very important in the spring.  Get a leg up on the weeds now while the soil is soft and easy to work with and the weeds are small.  If weeds are allowed to “run wild” throughout the spring, you will have a maintenance headache later in the summer.   Mulching landscape beds is one of the best defenses in preventing weeds from growing out of control.   The Outdoor Design Group page has some additional spring time maintenance advice.  Brambleton’s Property Maintenance Standards state in part that at no time shall weed cover exceed more than 10% of mulched areas.  Please contact the Covenants Advisor team with any questions or to report a concern.  

Proposed Design Guideline Revisions Ready for Public Comment - Please visit the website to  review the proposed revisions to certain sections of BCA's Design Guidelines related to Home Based Businesses and Vehicles.  You'll find the timeline for review, comment, and adoption.  Any comments or suggestions may be sent to docreview@brambleton.org.  

Design Review Meeting Scheduled for May 9th
  • Applications may be submitted up to 5:00 PM on May 9th in the office or
  • In the drop box outside the office door before 9:00 AM May 9th or
  • Via email to designreview@brambleton.org up to 5:00 PM May 9th (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.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Make Your Way To The Famers Market This Sunday - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Thank you to everyone in Brambleton for coming out in the rain and supporting our vendors! This weekend, please come out and join us for our "Grander" Opening as we start our season at our new location at Legacy Park. Celebrate Mother's Day at the market by spoiling mom with all of her favorites: fancy olive oils, succulent strawberries, decadent pastries, and much more! And, kids, don't forget to search for our market mascot, the tiger-striped kitty, and win a prize! Just stop by the Market Manager booth for more information.

Loudoun Lyme Returns - The Loudoun Lyme race returns to Brambleton on Sunday, May 15! Join us in person or as a virtual runner to drive awareness and raise money to help find a cure for Lyme disease. All proceeds go to the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association. Visit www.loudounlyme.org to register and/or donate today! Please continue to share our Facebook page and ask folks to Like us and register. 

COUNTY CORNER


LCSO Continues to Investigate Thefts and Offers Security Tips - The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a series of recent thefts from SUV’s, pick-up trucks, and minivans, in which customized rims and standard over-sized tires were targeted.  In light of these thefts, the LCSO advises residents to park vehicles in a garage or well-lit area and turn wheels at an angle, install wheel locks, and install a car alarm that includes sensors for the wheels.  Residents are also asked to report all suspicious activity immediately by calling 703-777-1021.

Registration Continues for Bike to Work Day in LoCo - May 20th. Anyone interested in participating in the 2016 Bike to Work Day is encouraged to register by May 10th. Those who register by the 10th will be eligible for a chance to win a bicycle and other prizes. New and experienced bicycle commuters are invited to register at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.  Loudoun County hosts two local pit stops for registrants to pick-up their free T-shirts, receive giveaways, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes. More information also is online at www.loudoun.gov/biketowork.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Monday, May 9th:

Extended Pool Pass hours, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - BCA Management Office

Covenants Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM - BCA Management Office

Tuesday, May 10th

Extended Pool Pass hours, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - BCA Management Office

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

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