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Weekly Community News Bulletin

October 14, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA  


Last Call for BCA Candidates:  Nominating Petitions Due Today by 5:00 PM - BCA has one Board seat opening up this fall and is calling for residents in good standing who want to make a difference in the community to run for the open position.

  • The responsibilities of a Board member are outlined in the Association's Bylaws. The commitment is a 3-year term; currently, meetings are held in the morning every other month.
  • If you have an interest in running for the position, complete and submit the Nominating Petition form by the deadline of 5:00 PM EST on 10/14/16. Click here for the 2016 Nominating Petition and to see the 2016 Election Calendar.  

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Rick Stone at rick.stone@brambleton.org.  

Resident Comment Period: 2nd Draft Comprehensive Plans for Neighborhood Parks in Recreation Districts 3 & 4  - Brambleton Community Association has been working with residents and the landscape and land development firm Parker Rodriguez to develop comprehensive plans for neighborhood parks in Recreation Districts 3 and 4. Parker Rodriguez has created a 2nd draft of the comprehensive plans based on resident feedback received on the 1st draft of the comprehensive plans, as well as site visits and input from the Facility and Grounds committee. Please visit our website to review the plans and learn more about the project. 

Please send all comments to CIP@brambleton.org by Friday, October 21, 2016. Residents can also comment directly to the Facilities & Grounds Committee at their Tuesday, October 18th meeting.  Residents’ Forum will be held at 7:30 PM at the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse. 

Help shape your community!  We encourage everyone to be part of this important process and thank those who have continued to be involved.  We look forward to hearing feedback on the 2nd draft comprehensive plans.

Brambleton Votes! - Brambleton encourages eligible residents to vote and to be engaged in the upcoming national, state, and local election process.  The deadline to register to vote in this year's General Election is Monday, October 17th.

  • Residents may register in person at any DMV location or at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office.
  • Eligible residents may also register to vote online
  • Click here to see opportunities for getting involved in the election process. Students can get involved, too!  Click here to find out how.
  • Click here for more comprehensive information on the election, including absentee voting as well as a list of candidates and issues appearing on the ballot.

DMV2GO Back in Bram - Today, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  DMV's mobile unit will be at the Town Center in the Harris Teeter parking lot all day, so stop in to renew your license, update your address, REGISTER TO VOTE, and more!  

Development Activity Update 

Blasting in Brambleton - As a developing community, construction activities are occurring throughout Brambleton on a daily basis. Blasting is one of these activities; current activity is south of the Town Center.  As this is a large site, it will take several weeks to complete blasting activities. This first round is for the first phase of development.  Crews typically prepare the site for blast in the morning or early afternoon hours and will typically perform the blast mid-afternoon.   


Brambleton’s Developer Continues to Perform Bond Release Activity Throughout the Community - Unless otherwise specified, 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 10/17/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections (see site map for locations):

  • Brandt
  • Section 17
  • Section 18
  • Section 21 



LIFESTYLES


Fall Yard Sale - October 15th, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Score some great finds without having to leave the neighborhood.  Stop by the Community Center to see what's good, or check out the list of participating homes.

Call for Books! - Our Little Free Library book supply has dwindled over the past year. If you'd like to free up some space on your bookshelves at home, we would love to help you!  Please feel free to drop off any gently used books (or maybe any books that you've borrowed from one of the Library stations and forgotten to return?) at the Community Center on October 15th during the Fall Yard Sale, or anytime at the BCA Management Office.  While we're very grateful for any books you would like to donate, we could really use children's books at this time.  Thank you!

Tickets Now on Sale for Wine 101: Pairing Food & Wine - November 5th, 7:00 PM at the Community Center.  In the fourth installment of this popular series, we'll try some tasty bites and delicious vino as we explore some classic pairings and discover for ourselves what makes some foods and wines pair together so perfectly...or not (oh no!). Seats are very limited, so sign up now!  Must be 21 or over to attend.

The Bram Bus is Going Places This Fall - Check out fun stuff to do close to home, and let us do the driving.  Here's what's coming up.
  • Witches Brew Tour - October 30th, 10:30 - 4:30 PM.  Includes stops at three local breweries.  Costumes encouraged!  Check out the itinerary here.  $15/person.  Cost includes transportation only. Participants are responsible for the cost of their beverages and food.
  • Fall Wine Tour and Lightfoot Lunch - November 5th, 12:00 PM - 6:00 pm. Riders will stop at three local wineries and enjoy lunch at Lightfoot Restaurant in historic Leesburg.  View itinerary here.  $20/person.  Cost includes transportation and reservation fee at Fabbioli Cellars.



COMMUNITY

Be Part of a Lifesaving Journey and Donate Blood - October 15th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Community Center.  Girl Scout Troop 2477 is hosting a blood drive in partnership with BCA.  Visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Girl Scout Troop 2477 to schedule an appointment.



COVENANTS

There’s Still Grass to Mow!Weekend Gardener advises that mowing is the single most important thing to manage the vigor of grass and its ability to compete against weeds. In the fall, the best results are obtained by mowing at the highest setting. To help insulate the grass during the winter, mow to a height of 1.5 in (3.75cm) or higher. All turf areas on a Lot must be kept neatly mowed, trimmed and edged to a consistent height. Turf may not be permitted to exceed six (6) inches in height at any time. Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Covenants Advisors at 703-542-6263 or covenants@brambleton.org.


HEALTHY LIVING

Hit the Brambleton Trails & Parks – It’s just what the doctor ordered!  MyBramHealth is a health and wellness website that provides Brambleton residents with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Connect to the knowledge and evidence-based programs of health professionals like Dr. Mehmet Oz.  MyBramHealth is free for Brambleton residents, so take control of your health today. Sign up and complete the RealAgeTest before the BCA Annual Meeting for a chance to win MyBramHealth giveaways (including All-Clad cookware and a $500 gift card to Bicycle Outfitters).  Use “Brambleton” as your Registration Code.  Learn more about this exclusive website for Brambleton residents at this week’s Farmers’ Market or by stopping by the Welcome Center.  And stay tuned, our first fitness and nutrition challenge is coming soon!

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Northern Virginia Orthodontics - Make the most of your tax-free FSA/HSA spending and insurance benefits before the year ends. Avoid losing the insurance dollars you've already paid for! This is your chance to have the smile you deserve! Call us at 703-327-1718 to schedule your complimentary smile analysis. Yes, we are the experts.  We've treated more Invisalign patients than anyone in Virginia, Maryland, or DC!  Visit us online at nvorthodontics.com.

Costa Family Dentistry Raises Funds for Susan G. Komen For The Cure - Throughout October, Costa Family Dentistry will take $150 off every Take Home Bleaching Tray Set that is sold in the office. In addition, for each set that is sold, they will make a $50 donation to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation. To show your support for this great cause, call 703-542-7000 to schedule your appointment today.

Brambleton Farmers’ Market Season Draws to a Close This Weekend - Thank you to all of the loyal customers who have shopped week after week.  Please come out one last time this year to support our vendors and say goodbye for the season.  Many will be selling at winter markets, and some will take email orders during the off-season, so you don't have to stop shopping locally just because the market is ending!  See you Sunday!

Annual Balloon Release Remembrance – October 16th, 11:00 AM.  Bella Ballerina recently helped form a non-profit called Too Good For Earth, which aims to support parents who are grieving over a child lost to miscarriage or stillbirth.  They will host a Balloon Release Remembrance Event called "Forever Loved, Never Forgotten" at the amphitheater near the Town Center.  All are welcome.  Details can be found on their Facebook page.

Brambleton Town Center Trick-or-Treating - The Brambleton Town Center will host free trick-or-treating on Sunday, October 30th from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, rain or shine. This year’s event will be better than ever with giveaways, a hayride, balloon artist, face painter, and, of course, Halloween candy!  Come early, as supplies of treats and candy are limited.

SweetFrog To Host Halloween Party - October 31st, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  SweetFrog in Brambleton is hosting their first Trick-or-Treat party!  Stop in for candy, fun treats, superheroes, princesses, and more on Halloween.

COUNTY CORNER


Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - October 15th, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM at Leesburg Park and Ride.  Loudoun County conducts several events to collect used and unwanted household hazardous materials such as gasoline, lawn chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, and more.  Click here to see a list of accepted materials, requirements, and restrictions.  

Loudoun Salute to Military, Veterans & Families - October 15th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Stone Bridge High School.  This recognition event, organized by American Legion Post 2001 and co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Government, will feature representatives of veteran service organizations. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. More information is online at http://ashburnlegion.org/loudoun-salute.  The County also created a web page that offers an extensive list of organizations that help veterans with employment and training assistance; family, housing, and mental health needs; moral support; and more. The list of resources may be found at www.loudoun.gov/veterans.

LCSO Partners With DEA for National Prescription Take-Back Day - October 22nd, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at four sites in Loudoun County.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Click here to see collection sites.  

Arcola Fire Department Open House - October 23rd, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Stop by the Brambleton Safety Center at 23675 Belmont Ridge Road for station tours, fire engine rides, pumpkin painting, health screens, and more.  Visit www.arcolavfd.org or call 571-258-3709 for more information.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Tuesday, October 18th

BCA Board of Directors Meeting - 8:15 AM, BCA Management Office

Facilities & Grounds Committee Meeting - 7:30 PM, Brambleton Corner Clubhouse


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