Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

November 4, 2016

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA  

Online Voting for the BCA Board of Directors Election Open Through November 11th - Owners may click here to register to vote.  Online voting is the preferred and recommended method; however, owners may also vote by proxy, or in person at the Annual Meeting on November 15th, 7:00 PM at Brambleton Corner Clubhouse.  The Annual Meeting Notice, which includes a proxy form as well as the 2017 Assessments and Budget Summary, was mailed to owners on October 26th. For more information and to view candidate profiles, visit our website.  

Vote in the General Election on November 8th! - Brambleton encourages all eligible residents to vote this Tuesday.  Click here for comprehensive information on the election, including a list of candidates and issues appearing on the ballot.

  • Loudoun County Parks and Recreation bond question -  Hanson Regional Park, Ashburn Recreation Center, and several other recreation facilities have already been approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program.  The question asks if the County shall "contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds" (effectively, seeking the cheapest form of financing), to design, build, and equip those facilities.  Brambleton Community Association encourages residents to vote in support of this bond referendum, as financing these facilities through bonds will benefit the community and greater Loudoun.


Update on the Comprehensive Plans for Neighborhood Parks in Recreation Districts 3 & 4 - We have received a lot of feedback from residents on the Park 3 and Park 4 plans.  The BCA team will compile all of the comments that have been received and develop an executive summary as part of their recommendation to the BCA Board.  The BCA team also wants to be certain they have taken into account all of the resident feedback when creating the final plans. This is a large undertaking that may take several months; the team hopes to present their recommendations to the Board in April 2017.  Please visit our website to see our revised timeline for the project. Staff will continue to communicate any critical dates, meetings or other information to the community as we have throughout the process on our website, Flash, newsletter and emails.

Brambleton Race Traffic on Saturday, November 12th – Please be advised that community trails, some residential streets, and streets within the Town Center will be in use for the Lace Up for Learning 5k race course between 8:30 AM and 9:45 AM.  Police and course marshals will be stationed along the race route to guide traffic, but please plan extra time in the morning to get to any scheduled activities, as traffic may be slowed to allow runners to pass by.  Safety is a primary concern for everyone.  Thank you for your cooperation! Click here to view a map of the course. 

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 11/07/16, bond release activity may occur in the following sections (see site map for locations):

  • Section 17
  • Section 29 



LIFESTYLES


Free Fall Programming Demo - November 10th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Bring your 3-5 year-olds to the Community Center for a free demo class from Wee Little Arts.  For more info, email meghansilverstein@weelittlearts.com or visit www.weelittlearts.com.  

Pictures With Santa - November 11th, 12th & 13th at the Community Center.  A few spots have opened up, so now's your chance to get your little one a few minutes with the big guy. Get more information and sign up here before it's too late!

Card Collection for Military - November 1st - 27th.  For the second year, we're collecting blank, stamped cards for the brave men and women serving our armed forces.  These blank cards will be donated to several military facilities and hospitals to make it a little easier for our soldiers and veterans to send their holiday wishes to their loved ones. Cards can be dropped in the red mailbox in the lobby of the Welcome Center.  Click here for more information and guidelines.

Brambleton Kids Care Turkey Trail Trot & Food Drive – November 24th, 9:00 AM. Looking to burn some calories before feasting on turkey, potatoes, and pie?  Join Brambleton Kids Care for an informal Turkey Trail Trot through the community.  Meet at the Corner Clubhouse for the 2-ish mile walk/jog/run on the trails (feel free to do the loop twice for extra mileage).  There is no fee to participate; however, we ask that you bring canned donations to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief.  To register and for more information, visit the Brambleton Kids Care web page.

Save the Date:  Kids Craft Day - December 4th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  BCA and Brambleton Kids Care invite you to join us in making no-sew blankets to be donated to INOVA Children's Hospital.  $20 for the first blanket kit, $15 for each additional kit.  Sign up here!


COMMUNITY

Online Registration for Lace Up for Learning Closes at Noon on Tuesday! - Support your School at the November 12th Lace Up for Learning 5k Run/Walk. This family-oriented "fun-racing" event is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities in support of our schools.  The following beneficiary schools are participating: Briar Woods, Creighton's Corner, Legacy, Madison's Trust, Moorefield Station, Rock Ridge, Stone Hill, St. Theresa and Virginia Academy. Choose which school to support when you register! Save $4 until Monday with coupon code SAVE4. For more details, or to register, visit www.LaceUpforLearning.com.

Giving is Always in Fashion - November 6th, 4:30 pm.  Check out this free fashion event at the Community Center.  A portion of the proceeds from clothing orders and the silent auction will benefit Step Sisters, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer.  The fashion show will feature breast cancer survivors as the models.  Everyone in attendance will receive a voucher for a one-hour personal styling session.  Champagne and light appetizers to be served.  Contact evenafro@wbyworth.com with any questions. 

"Scouting for Food" Drive - Cub Scout Pack 1500 Brambleton will be conducting a food drive over the next two weekends. Collection bags with instructions enclosed will be hung on front doors this Saturday (11/5). Residents may simply put any donations into the bag and leave it at the front entrance of their home the morning of the following Saturday (11/12). These donations will be picked up by the Scouts that morning and delivered to the Seven Loaves food bank in Middleburg. Email cubscout.pack1500@gmail.com for more information.  Thank you for your support!


COVENANTS

Proactive Inspections for Proper Storage of Waste Containers – Inspections will be conducted over the next two weeks throughout the community.  Trash is collected on Tuesdays (yard waste service also occurs on Tuesdays from March - December). Trash, recycling, and scheduled bulk pick-ups are performed on Fridays. Bulk pick-ups can be arranged with the waste removal contractor via brambleton@republicservices.com; some items will incur an additional charge. Residents can place materials out after sunset the night before if winds no greater than 10 mph are present or forecasted. Residents are responsible for cleaning any unsecured trash that is blown or spilled from their container. All trash containers and recycling bins should be removed from the streets, walkways, or exterior portions of the lots following pick-up on the day of the scheduled trash removal. Trash containers and recycling bins are not permitted to be stored in a location visible from a neighboring property.  Additional information can be found on our website under Article 8 of the Declaration, Section 8.2 Restrictions on Use (i).  Please contact Covenants with any additional questions at covenants@brambleton.org or 703-542-6263.

Tree Stakes - During recent community wide inspections it has been noted that several properties contain tree stakes. Per the Property Maintenance Standards, tree stakes are provided when young trees are installed but are to be removed after one (1) year. If the stakes are left in place, it can cause damage to the growing tree and become unsightly. For tips on tree stake removal, Reference.com recommends: begin removing a tree stake by getting rid of the string or any material that secures the tree trunk to the tree stake. Remove each stake using a hammer, hitting the stake on both sides until it is loose enough to be pulled from the ground. Pull the stake out of the ground and fill the hole with loose soil. Please contact Covenants with any questions or concerns at 703-542-6263 or covenants@brambleton.org.

Design Review Meeting Scheduled for November 14, 2016

  • Applications may be submitted up to 5:00 PM on November 14, 2016 in the office or in the drop box outside the office door before 9:00 AM November 14th or
  • Via email to designreview@brambleton.org up to 5:00 PM November 14, 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 email designreview@brambleton.org, or call 703-542-6263.

COUNTY CORNER


Loudoun County Electronics Recycling Event - November 5th, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM at Leesburg Park and Ride. Recycle TVs, computers, laptops, printers, copiers, stereos, DVD players, cell phones, power cords, Christmas lights and more.  There is a limit of 15 items per vehicle. Click here to see a list of accepted and non-accepted items, fees, and more information. 

Reminder: Envision Loudoun Public Input Workshops - The County is committed to updating its vision and policies for where and how it grows into the future through its comprehensive plan. Please join project staff and your neighbors to talk about the future of Loudoun County and share your ideas at any of the scheduled "Listening and Learning" community outreach sessions starting November 7th. Click here for more information and to see the schedule and locations of the first round of meetings.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - November 19th, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM at the Sportsplex at Claude Moore Park (46150 Loudoun Park Lane).  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.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Sunday, November 6th

Daylight Savings Time Ends - 2:00 AM.  Fall back one hour!

Tuesday, November 8th

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

Friday, November 11th

BCA Board of Directors Online Election Period Closes, Proxy Forms Due - 5:00 PM


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