Winter Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

March 2, 2018

AROUND BRAMBLETON


INSIDE BCA


BCA Wind Response Update - BCA crews have been actively monitoring the impact from severe winds. Inspections are ongoing and the following response plan has been established:
  • Street Signs: BCA crews will retrieve street signs and store them until they can be safely reinstalled early next week.
  • Litter: BCA crews and contractors will be performing cleanup of common areas beginning today. This work is expected to continue through early next week.
  • Trees: BCA crews continue to perform inspections and will take action to address partially fallen trees and trees blocking roadways or trails. Please report concerns to operations@brambleton.org.
  • Trails: BCA crews will begin clearing trails this weekend. This work is expected to continue through early next week.
Residents are encouraged to take the following actions:
  • Store trash and recycling containers as soon as possible after service occurs.
  • Remove blown debris from property and assist the community with removal of litter that has ended up in common areas directly adjacent to your property.
  • Be sure to inspect your home and property for damaged shingles, shutters, siding, vents, and fences and take action to prevent further damage 
    and coordinate repairs as promptly as possible.
    • BCA does not offer recommendations or referrals for contractors as the Association is unable to evaluate or verify the quality of work offered. Residents are encouraged to check with their friends, family, and neighbors for reputable contractor references. Use of contractors that do not have an existing, established business is not recommended. 
Street Sweeping - BCA will begin its annual spring street sweeping on all Brambleton streets. The sweeping will remove sand from streets in an effort to reduce the amount of debris that ends up in our streams, ponds, and other waterways. Street sweeping will begin on Monday, March 5th and will continue for approximately 3 weeks. Sweeping will occur daily as weather conditions permit. Townhome streets will be the first streets serviced. 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 and sidewalks into the street. 
  • Blow sand off of the concrete curb and gutter portion of the street to expedite service, but do not place sand into piles on the street.
Questions pertaining to sweeping can be sent to Isaiah at operations@brambleton.org.


DEVELOPER NEWS

Active Construction Zones - Access through or in active construction areas is prohibited. Please use caution when traveling near these areas.



LIFESTYLES

Comedy Night - On Saturday, March 3rd, come out for a hilarious night of adult comedy featuring up-and-coming comedians from NYC and DC. Two shows at 7:30 PM and 10 PM. $25 per person and includes the tasty popcorn/candy bar. Get your tickets here

Brambleton House Hop (aka Roving Dinner) - Come to this annual progressive dinner/scavenger hunt on Saturday, March 10th! This is the perfect way to meet new people in the neighborhood while having a blast! There are 4 courses total, 3 at residents’ homes, and then we end the night at the Corner Clubhouse for desserts, a DJ, and dancing! Spots are limited so don’t hesitate to sign-up. Click here for more information and to register, and check out our informational video as well.

Brambleton Kids Care: Membership Drive & Snack Packing Event - Please join Brambleton Kids Care for an opportunity to assemble snack bags for Mobile Hope and to learn how to get involved with them. The event will take place at the Community Center (42645 Regal Wood Drive) on Saturday, March 17th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Please visit the website for more information and to sign up.


EATLOCO BRAMBLETON MARKETPLACE

EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace Opening CountdownWith less than 30 days until our first market day, check out the Brambleton Marketplace page on the EatLoCo website to preview of some of the vendors you can expect to see starting on Sunday, April 1st! 


COMMUNITY

Love Your Neighbor: Orange Ribbon Campaign - Brambleton Presbyterian Church is hosting a multi-faith Orange Ribbon Campaign on Sunday, March 4th at 10 AM. As a sign of unity in response to recent hate propaganda, we will assemble orange ribbon kits to help spread awareness. This event is open to the community. For more information, email Jess at jessamynjoy@hotmail.com.

Paul VI Catholic High School - Join us on Tuesday, March 6th at 7 PM for our Preview to High School event. Contact Eileen Hanley at ehanley@paulvi.net for more information and to RSVP.

Ready, Set, Erg-A-Thon - Learn to erg, challenge one of the Rock Ridge Crew Team rowers, and purchase some yummy baked goods at the Erg-A-Thon on Saturday, March 10th! This event will take place at the Brambleton Town Center from 10 AM to 4 PM. See this flyer for more details.

FROGS Used Books Sale - The Friends of the Gum Spring Library (FROGS) are organizing their annual used books sale at the Gum Spring Library from March 16th-18th. Book and mixed media donations will be accepted until Wednesday, March 14th. For more information, visit the FROGS Facebook page.

CFC MOPS Kids Consignment Sale - CFC MOPS is hosting a consignment sale on Saturday, March 17th from 8 AM to 4 PM at Christian Fellowship Church (21673 Beaumeade Cir, Ashburn, VA 20147). Kids clothes, toys, books, and furniture are accepted. Visit www.cfcmops.com for consignment and volunteering incentives!


COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Fence Staining/Painting Not Permitted - Please note that fence stain and paint are not allowed in many sections of Brambleton. Always check with the Community Standards Department to clarify what is allowed in your section prior to making any changes/modifications to the exterior of your home/property. A Design Review Application must be submitted to and approved by the Covenants Committee prior to starting any project. Please don’t assume that fence staining or painting is permitted just because your neighbor stained their fence. A quick email or phone call (703-542-6263) can save you from making a very costly mistake!

Time to Remove Holiday Decorations - This is a friendly reminder that the period for displaying winter holiday decorations is over. Final inspections for remaining holiday decorations are ongoing. Holiday decorations should be removed no later than 14 days after the holiday and cannot be displayed year-round. Please remove any holiday decorations if you have not already done so. Please contact communitystandards@brambleton.org with any questions.

Thinking of Installing a Vegetable Garden? - Vegetable gardens must be located in the rear of the home and cannot exceed 50 square feet. Installing vegetable gardens on the side or front of the home is not permitted. They must be maintained in a neat manner, and all plant debris must be removed and the soil turned at the end of the growing season. A border not to exceed 24 inches in height may be installed to provide for a raised bed. A “rabbit fence” or similar fencing may be erected to provide for pest control but must not exceed three feet in height. No plants taller than three feet at maturity are permitted. More information can be found here.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER

Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry - We will have extended hours during the LCPS Spring Break to help accommodate your busy schedule. Call us today to schedule your child's next appointment at 703-542-7000.


COUNTY CORNER


Free Screening of “Chasing the Dragon” - The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) to hold a screening of the documentary "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict" on Wednesday, March 7th at the Gum Spring Library from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public and is followed by a panel discussion. Click here for more information.

LCSO Sneaker Collection - In the spirit of environmental and economic sustainability, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has partnered with GotSneakers to help raise funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Loudoun. The request is simple: Clean out your closets of all unwanted adult and children’s paired sneakers and other footwear and bring them tied together before March 31st to one of the LCSO stations. Click here for more information.

Citizens’ Police Academy - Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 41st Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on Thursday, April 5th. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by LCSO personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long after completing the academy. For class and registration details, visit the LCSO website.


ROAD WORK AHEAD

Loudoun County Pkwy/Route 50 Weekend Closures in March - According to VDOT, Segments of Route 50 will have full closures in both directions during several weekends in March in order to allow Dominion Energy crews to place wire on new electric transmission structures. There will be up to two such closures per day lasting up to 15 minutes each. The closures will occur according to the following schedule, weather permitting:

Route 50 closures (Poland Rd to Tall Cedars Pkwy):
  • Saturdays, March 3, 10 & 17, between 7 AM and 9:30 AM
  • Sundays, March 4, 11 & 18, between 7 AM and 10:30 AM
Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Route 7-659 Interchange Project - Loudoun County officials are performing preparations for the first phase of the opening of the Route 7-659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange bridge. The work will result in traffic shifts and detours at the site beginning on or about March 20th. Click here for more details.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Loudoun County HHW Collection Schedule - The Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event schedule for Spring 2018 has been released. Loudoun County conducts several collection events throughout the year to collect used and unwanted household hazardous materials such as gasoline and household chemicals. For more information, visit www.loudoun.gov/hhw.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, March 6th

Asphalt Sub-Committee Meeting, 7 PM - BCA Management Office

Grounds & Facilities Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM - BCA Management Office



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