Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

March 23, 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.

County Approves Increased Fines for Speeding - Signs displaying the message “$200 Additional Fines for Speeding” will soon be posted on Fallen Hills Dr as well as on portions of Legacy Park Dr and Minerva Dr. Speeding on these streets has been a concern for years, and they recently qualified for the VDOT safety program. The safety improvements would not have been accomplished without the support and involvement of Supervisor Tony Buffington and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; BCA Board of Directors, their staff, and members of the Safety & Security Committee; and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. More information on this recent development can be found in Supervisor Buffington’s Newsflash

Weed Control & Fertilizer Application - The Association’s grounds maintenance contractor is performing applications of weed control and fertilizer. It will take approximately 2 weeks to treat the entire community. Weather has impacted 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 on schedule. Sweeping of townhome streets and many VDOT streets has been completed. Due to recent weather, previously swept streets will be reassessed for additional service. Residents 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.


Brambleton Magazine - The first quarterly edition of our new Brambleton Magazine has been mailed to all Brambleton residents, and you can also view the magazine online here. The next issue will be published in June 2018. If you are interested in advertising in future magazine issues, there are still spaces available in our June, September, and December 2018 issues. Email us for rates and more information at communications@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

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.

RESTART Program - Are you thinking of your New Year’s Resolution and determined to get healthy? Join the RESTART Program! This 5-week program starts Monday, April 23rd and is part nutritional education, part sugar detox, and part support group. For more information, check out the program flyer and page.

Bram Brew Fest - Join us for our annual Bram Brew Fest on Saturday, May 19th from 1 PM to 6 PM! Use the discount code NOPOGS when you purchase your Brew Fest ticket for 15% off of your ticket price. This code expires on Monday, April 16th.

Brew Fest Volunteers - Volunteer now! Volunteers receive a sweet Bram Brew Fest T-shirt and a General Admission ticket to the festival. Don’t hesitate, spots fill up fast! Click here to sign up. 


EATLOCO BRAMBLETON MARKETPLACE

EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace Opening CountdownWith less than 10 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

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton - Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton is hosting a Free Fun Fair & Open House on Saturday, March 24th from 10 AM to 1 PM to celebrate their fifth birthday! All are welcome to attend and participate in games, win prizes, and more! Click here for more information.

Brambleton Blue Bird and Garden Club - We invite anyone interested in supporting a great environment for blue birds to join us for wine, snacks, and guidance on monitoring our 60 nest boxes. Come meet your neighbors and help your community on Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30 PM. Please notify Jan Massey at newjan2007@gmail.com if you are interested in attending or would like more information about the club.

Spring Shedding Event - Need to get rid of old paperwork? Dan Thiewes is hosting a shredding event on Saturday, April 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM at the RE/MAX Premier parking lot (44675 Cape Ct, Ashburn, VA). Click here for more information, including lists of acceptable and unacceptable items to shred. To RSVP, email dan@danthiewes.com.


COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Comprehensive Lot Inspections Starting Monday, April 9th - The Community Standards Advisors will be conducting comprehensive inspections for Section 10. Inspections are ongoing in Sections 14 and 24. Included as part of these inspections is confirmation that proper documentation for all modifications, such as an approved application, is on file with the Association. All inspections are performed by BCA staff. Staff does not enter fenced yards or access decks during these inspections. In accordance with the Association’s enforcement policies, notice will be sent to provide time to correct items noted to be in violation of Brambleton’s governing documents or policies. If you have any questions, please call 703-542-6263 or email communitystandards@brambleton.org.

Parking Considerations - BCA regularly receives inquiries about parking in the community. Brambleton’s Board of Directors has established a vehicle policy, and county parking ordinances are enforced by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. We encourage residents to consider how parking impacts their neighbors, and we offer the following suggestions to be more neighborly:

  • Use your garage and driveway as a first option rather than parking on the street or in open visitor spaces.
  • Allow some distance when parking near a driveway. Parking too close to or opposite a driveway can make it difficult for residents to navigate around your car.
  • While an overflow of guests can lead to parking up and down a street, encourage guests to use the space in front of your house first.
  • Understand that you do not own the public parking spot in front of your house and it is first come, first served.
The following should be reported to LCSO for enforcement: 
  • Parking across sidewalks or blocking sidewalk ramps  
  • Parking close to stop signs, intersections, or fire hydrants
  • Expired tags/inspection stickers, illegal parking, and abandoned or suspicious vehicles

The LCSO non-emergency number is 703-777-1021. Contact communitystandards@brambleton.org if you have questions or need more information.

Exterior Lighting Inspections Underway - Brambleton residents are responsible for ensuring the proper operation of exterior lighting fixtures which are designed to function automatically. BCA staff conducts quarterly inspections of proper operation of carriage lights, garage lights, and builder-installed landscape lights which should operate from dawn until dusk. More information on maintaining the functioning of exterior lights can be found on our website. Please contact communitystandards@brambleton.org with any questions.


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.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics - Celebrate spring at NVO by receiving $750 off full treatment when you start during Spring Break! NVO will be open during Spring Break week as well as on Saturday, March 31st. Call us at 703-574-2174 to schedule your complimentary consultation or visit us at nvorthodontics.com - and be sure to mention the "Spring Break Special." (Offer valid for new patients only. Expires Monday, April 2nd). 


COUNTY CORNER


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.

Free Spring Concert - Join the Loudoun County Area Agency on Tuesday, April 3rd from 11:30 AM to 1 PM for a spring concert for caregivers and their loved ones. Performer and educator Mary Shapiro will share her talent and experience in a special presentation of "Sing, Sing, Sing! Bringing Health & Harmony Home!" The concert is free and includes a complimentary lunch. To reserve a seat, please email aaasupport@loudoun.gov or call 703-771-5407. 


ROAD WORK AHEAD

New Traffic Pattern: Belmont Ridge Rd and Northstar Blvd - Loudoun County officials have announced that 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 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 27th. 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. The first HHW collection event of the year will be held on Saturday, March 24th at the Leesburg Park and Ride (19730 Sycolin Rd). Loudoun County conducts several collection events throughout the year to collect used and unwanted household hazardous materials such as gasoline and household chemicals. All HHW events are free and are held on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. For more information, visit www.loudoun.gov/hhw.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, March 27th

Finance Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM - BCA Management Office


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