Winter Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

March 16, 2018

AROUND BRAMBLETON


INSIDE BCA


Technology Survey is Underway - BCA’s Ad Hoc Technology Community Services Committee has partnered with a third-party survey firm to seek resident input regarding technology services – Verizon Fios – provided by the Association. Opportunities for input include:

  • Complete the online survey by Friday, March 23rd, 2018
  • Attend a Committee Meeting/Resident Listening Session
    • Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
    • Place: Brambleton Community Center, 42645 Regal Wood Dr, Brambleton, VA 20148
    • Time: 7 PM - Committee Meeting begins

Contact hoa@brambleton.org if you have questions or need assistance to participate.


BCA Bus Tour: Space Still Available - Join us on Saturday, March 17th from 9 AM to 10 AM for our first guided bus tour of everything that Brambleton has to offer! Meet at the Regal Wood Dr entrance to the Brambleton Welcome Center. Learn about the history, services, and activities of Brambleton as we traverse the community. Minimum capacity has been achieved and the bus tour will take place as scheduled. The tour is free, and registration is required. Sign up here.

Loudoun County Transit Advisory Board (TAB) to Hold Meeting in Brambleton - TAB is seeking resident comments and concerns regarding the Metro Connect and County Long Haul Commuter services. They will be meeting on Tuesday, March 20th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Brambleton Community Center (42645 Regal Wood Dr). Save the date and attend the meeting if you make use of the services and want to share your thoughts with the Transit Board.

Weed Control & Fertilizer Application Scheduled to Begin 3/19/2018 - The Association’s grounds maintenance contractor will be performing applications of weed control and fertilizer starting the week of March 19th. It will take approximately 2 weeks to treat the entire community. Weather can impact this schedule, and BCA will provide weekly updates. Liquid treatment is being applied to address broadleaf weeds and nutsedge on common areas and townhomes served by the townhome grounds maintenance program. Please contact operations@brambleton.org if you have questions or need more information.  

Street Sweeping - Street sweeping is quickly progressing and will be completed ahead of schedule. Sweeping of townhome streets and many VDOT streets has been completed. Residents living on streets that have not been swept are reminded to take the following preparations:
  • 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.

Be Notified - While BCA makes every effort to communicate important information to residents via the Friday Flash and Newsletter, some residents may wish to stay up-to-date on certain topics that may not interest or apply to others (pool closures, fertilizer and pesticide application, etc.). Use the "Notify Me" feature on our website to sign up for our other notifications and stay informed on all things Brambleton.


DEVELOPER NEWS

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



LIFESTYLES

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 more about the ways that BKC gives back to the community. 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.

Step Sisters' Ribbon Run 5k Shirt Deadline Sunday - Sign up to run or walk by this Sunday, March 18th to guarantee your race shirt. Visit the website to learn more about the race and how it benefits local breast cancer patients.

Bramble-Bunny Egg HuntRegistration is now open for our yearly egg hunt! This event takes place on Saturday, April 7th from 10 AM to 2 PM and is for kids ages 0-8. Join us at Legacy Park for a fun egg hunt, petting zoo, crafts, and other fun activities. Spots fill up fast, so don’t delay! For Brambleton residents only. Click here to register.

Egg Hunt Volunteers Needed - We are looking for volunteers for our Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt! This is a perfect opportunity to get involved in your community and see our little Brambletonians having a blast hunting eggs. Volunteers’ kids can also participate in the egg hunt at any time. Sign up here.


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

Girl Scouts Birthday Collection - In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 106th birthday, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1532 and Junior Troop 6028 are partnering with Brambleton Kids Care and other organizations to collect birthday party items to donate to the Dulles South Food Pantry. A collection box will be located in the Brambleton Welcome Center through Sunday, March 18th. Click here for a list of items to donate and more information.

Combat for a Heart - Join us on Saturday, April 7th from 3 to 5 PM at The Fitness Equation in One Loudoun for our 2nd Annual Combat for a Heart event! Come kick and punch your way to great fitness and make a difference for Loudoun County foster care kids. Tickets and more information can be found here.


COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Secure Your Trash - Please take extra care to ensure that your trash and recyclables are properly secured when put out for collection. We are in a season of high winds, and it is important for the health of our environment and the attractiveness of our community that we keep trash and recycling from blowing into common areas or your neighbor’s property. Make certain that trash and recycling containers are set on level ground when at the curb and that lids are fully closed. Any trash/recycling not in a sealed container should be otherwise secured so that it won’t blow away before collection. There should be no open bags or loose packing materials. Please break down cardboard boxes so that they are collapsed flat.

New to Brambleton? Residents should contact Republic Service’s customer service at brambleton@republicservices.com to arrange for the delivery of new trash and recycling toters if none accompany your property. More information about recycling, trash services, and bulk pick-up can be found on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Community Standards team at communitystandards@brambleton.org or 703-542-6263.

Yard Waste Disposal - Brambleton Yard Waste stickers are available at the BCA Management Office. These stickers are free to all residents and are used to distinctly and uniformly mark designated yard debris containers. Residents that do not wish to use a dedicated yard debris container may use brown paper bags. BCA's contractor will not pick up yard debris in other styles of bags. Please be reminded that yard waste collection occurs on Tuesdays and that yard waste should not be placed out on days other than Tuesdays. Yard waste consists of grass clippings, leaves, and branches in small bundles that are less than 4 ft long and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Tree stumps, sod, dirt, mulch, rocks, bricks, and other construction debris are not accepted. Please refer to the website for proper disposal practices of yard waste.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER

Rhino Rides Return This Spring! - Dust off your bike for a weekly ride with neighbors and new friends! Beginning Wednesday, March 28th, Bicycle Outfitters staff will lead Wednesday night Rhino Rides through the community, finishing at Lost Rhino Retreat. Meet at 6:30 PM in front of Bicycle Outfitters. Helmets & working bike lights required. Call 703-327-3222 for more details.

Little Smiles & Costa Family Dentistry - Little Smiles and Costa are hosting a Facebook Check-In for Charity! For every Facebook check-in to our offices, $5 will be donated to a local school to raise money for field trips! Call 703-542-7000 for more information.



COUNTY CORNER


LCSO Encourages Safe Driving over the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend - Motorists are urged to plan a designated driver or a safe way home if you choose to celebrate with alcohol this weekend. Throughout the weekend, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be out on patrol and on alert for impaired motorists. If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested. “Be responsible or risk a DUI,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins.” 
 
Sheriff Chapman reminds residents that the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free Lyft rides from 4 PM Saturday, March 17th to 4 AM the following day as part of the DC area SoberRide program. For more information on the program, please visit www.wrap.org/soberride.
 
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to take the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
  • Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Immediately report any impaired drivers you see on roadways to LCSO. Call 911 in an emergency or 703-777-1021 for less urgent matters.
  • Wear your seatbelt!            
Free Basketball ClinicBoys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to join former NBA player Gheorghe Muresan and Giant Basketball Academy coaches on Saturday, March 24th for a free basketball clinic! The clinic will be held at Eagle Ridge Middle School from 10 AM to 12 PM. Advance registration is required. Click here to register and find 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.


ROAD WORK AHEAD

New Traffic Pattern: Belmont Ridge Rd and Northstar Blvd - Loudoun County officials announce that starting Wednesday, March 14th, there will be changing traffic patterns at the intersection of Belmont Ridge Rd and Northstar Blvd due to construction activities related to a new traffic signal. The scheduled work will involve temporary lane closures, lane shifts, and flagging operations until Friday, March 30th. Lane closures may occur between 9:30 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Thursday, and from 9:30 AM to 2 PM on Friday. Click here for more information.

Route 50 Weekend Closure - According to VDOT, Segments of Route 50 will have full closures in both directions this coming weekend 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):
  • Saturday, March 17th, between 7 AM and 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, March 18th, 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


Bluebird Monitoring Program Taking Flight for 2018 - The Brambleton Bluebird & Garden Club needs your help in monitoring our Brambleton nest boxes during the 2018 nesting season (late March - September)! This is a great opportunity to get a little exercise and enjoy our trails while learning about our hometown bluebird population. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will offer an introduction to nestbox monitoring on Sunday, March 18th at 2 PM in Morven Park, and an informational session will be held in Brambleton at a later date as well. Please contact Karla Etten at vbs.karla@gmail.com for more information.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, March 20th

Ad Hoc Technology Committee Meeting, 7 PM - BCA Management Office


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