Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

June 19, 2015

AROUND BRAMBLETON


INSIDE BCA

Cool Down at the Pools - But first, you'll need to get a pool pass!  Click here to see the requirements for Brambleton property owners and renters, as well as information on guest passes, pool hours, and pool locations.

Pool Safety – It takes every lifeguard, parent, and pool patron to keep our young children safe at our community pools.  Even with the lifeguards in place, parents must never take their eyes off of children swimming; if children are age 6 or under, parents must be within arms’ reach.  Per the CDC, formal swimming lessons and water-safety skills training can start at a young age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons as young as age one. The decision to begin swimming lessons should be based on the individual child's exposure to water, emotional maturity, physical limitations, and health concerns. Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at greatest risk of drowning.  If you or your children are non-swimmers, consider signing up for Brambleton swim lessons today with LetSwim.

Development Activity Update - Brambleton’s developer has advised our office that bond release construction work will begin, or continue, in the sections noted below. The type of work to be done may include asphalt repair; concrete marking, break and repair; marking, or digging and installation of street lights. Work of this nature typically begins in the early morning and is completed by the early afternoon. All work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled based upon weather or other unforeseen conditions. See the site map for the location of each section. In addition to the ongoing work on Northstar Blvd and development in the community, for the week of 6/22-6/26 the following activity is planned:

  • Section 15 - Bond Release activity
  • Section 19 – Pond work
  • Northstar Blvd – see details below

Our office works closely with the Developer’s office to include information in the Friday Flash; however, with the unpredictable pace of these activities, it is not always possible.  We do serve as the liaison to the Developer’s office, so if you have questions, contact us via email or Submit a Request on our website.

Northstar Blvd Closed Between Creighton Rd and Majestic Knolls Dr - This section of Northstar Blvd. is closed through the summer to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Hazardous conditions will exist throughout this construction project, and it is imperative for safety's sake that everyone remains clear of this area. The detour for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists is the Creighton Rd trail to the Olympia Dr sidewalk to the Brambleton Town Center to Northstar. Vehicular traffic shall use Creighton Rd to Belmont Ridge Rd to Ryan Rd for their detour. Please note that there is no outlet to Northstar Blvd from Majestic Knolls Drive and Emerald Chase Place, and the underpass is also closed.  


LIFESTYLES
 
SUMMER KICK-OFF TONIGHT! - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse Pool. Celebrate the start of summer at the Corner Clubhouse pool, complete with water slides, deejay, floats/rafts, prizes, concessions hosted by Rock Ridge Drama, and a special appearance by Bruno. This free event is for Brambleton residents only, so please bring your pool pass. 
 
AFTER DARK TEEN POOL PARTY TONIGHT! - 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM. Hang out with your friends at the Corner Clubhouse pool. Enjoy night swimming, deejay, free pizza, soda, and Rita’s Italian Ice, plus other giveaways!  This event is geared towards 6th - 12th graders. Brambleton residents get in for free and must bring their pool pass; guests are $5/person (pool guest passes cannot be used at this event).
 
Sizzlin’ Summer Concert – June 25th - The first concert of the season is just around the corner, featuring 80’s night with Toxic Mouse! Join us at the Town Center, dressed in your best “hair band gear”.  Gates open at 6:00 PM (ID’s will be checked), and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Giveaways to the first 200 kids. Ooh Dat Chicken food truck will be on site. BYOB, chairs, and blankets. No pets allowed. 

Red, White & Bram - June 27th, 6:00 PM -10:00 PM. Save the date for one of Brambleton’s favorite festivals. Enjoy live music (All Natural), dunk tanks, backyard games, dodgeball, knockerball, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area! Tickets are available at the gate for $5 per person (2 and under are free).  Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome, but no outside alcohol or pets are allowed. Tents are permitted but only along the fence line. 

3rd Annual Red, White & Bram Bake-Off Contest is Now Open! - You could win $100 for your prize winning recipe! We are looking for entries for the following categories: Pies, Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies/Bars.  Any age is welcome to enter this Red, White & Bram tradition! Check out our website for Rules and Registration.

Summer Camps and Programming - Are you still looking for summer camps for your child?  Brambleton offers everything from sports, drama, art, chess and engineering camps right here in your own neighborhood.  Check out the list of programming on our website and sign-up before they sell out!

Early Morning Swim - For early risers looking to get in some laps before they start their day, look no further.  From now through August 2nd, Brambleton Corner Pool is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 AM - 7:00 AM for lap swimming only. For questions, please email pools@brambleton.org.  

LetSwim Masters – One More Registration Needed - As soon as there are enough people registered, LetSwim Masters practices will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 AM on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at the Brambleton Corner Pool from June 9th - August 27th. Whether you haven't been in a pool since high school, just competed your first triathlon, or just want to change your exercise routine, there is a lane for you! Members must be able to swim at least a length of the pool and have some knowledge of swimming. Registration is open online. For more information about the program, click here.


COVENANTS

Trash and Recycling Schedule - Materials for collection should be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. on collection day. 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.  More information can be found on our website.
Trash Pick-up - Tuesdays and Fridays
Recycling - Fridays
Yard Debris Recycling - Tuesdays (March - December)
General Bulk Item Pick-up - By appointment only. No extra fee applied for bulk items 2 cubic yards or less per month.  For more info, contact AAA at 703-818-8222.
 
Proper Mowing Height and “Grasscycling” - When performing inspections for compliance with Brambleton’s Property Maintenance Standards, staff has observed many properties with turf that has been cut too short.  A low mowing height can leave brown or bare-looking spots in the grass. If the grass is repeatedly cut too short or scalped, it can seriously deplete the grass's energy reserves, thus weakening or killing grass and leaving the lawn vulnerable to weed invasion. A great practice that builds soil health is simply to leave your grass clippings in place after you mow—a technique called grasscycling. This allows your lawn to be naturally nourished with the nitrogen that maintains its lovely appearance. Mulching mowers are specifically designed for grasscycling, but a regular mower will work just fine. For effective grasscycling, follow these tips:

  • Mow with sharp blades when the grass is dry.
  • Mow often enough so you are removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blades (usually 1–2 inches). Mowing once a week should be sufficient during growth season, and once every 7–14 days during times of slower growth.
  • Make sure that your clippings are small enough to sink down through remaining grass and into the soil so decomposition can begin.
For additional information please visit Home Guides.
 
 
Improper Storage of Play Equipment - With summer beginning and kids out of school, please be reminded where play equipment should be stored when not in active use:
  • All play equipment (with the exception of basketball hoops) must be located in the rear yard. Play equipment must be located a minimum of five feet (5') from any property line.
  • For Single Family Attached Homes - the use of plastic play equipment is permitted within a fenced backyard, as most wood play equipment available to residents is not suited to the size and scale of the majority of lots within this housing type.
  • Permanent or semi-permanent play equipment which constitutes a structure, such as a swing set,play-house, sand box, etc., requires an application and must conform to the guidelines to be approved.
  • Portable play equipment that is easily transportable by one person, such as soccer nets,bikes or scooters, does not require approval but must be stored out of view of neighboring properties when not in use.
  • Basketball hoops must be stored a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from the street located adjacent to the driveway. An application is not required for basketball equipment that is located and maintained a minimum of 15 feet from the street and in compliance with the guidelines.
Design Review - the next meeting for Design Review will be on July 13, 2015. Applications can be submitted via email to designreview@brambleton.org. To have your application reviewed for accuracy prior to the meeting, please submit your application to the association by Wednesday July 8, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the design review process or guidelines, please visit the website or contact Elizabeth Stulga at designreview@brambleton.org, or call 703-542-6263.

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Treat Dad Right With a Trip to the Market on Sunday - June 21, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Emberbrook Circle near Brambleton Plaza.  Bring him to get a fresh croissant from Bread House, a cupcake in a jar from Pink Polka Dot Bake Shop, cookies from Noshy, and buffalo chicken dip from Breezy Meadows. If you can't get him out of bed, let him sleep, then sneak off to the market to get the fixings for a fabulous all local meal. FYI - Happy Crepe is off this week. Happy Father's Day to all our Farmers Market Dads!  

Need a New Bike? - Stop by Bicycle Outfitters of Brambleton where all in-stock road bikes are 20% off through June! Brambleton location only. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.  Visit us online or call 703-327-3222 for more information.

Need to Cool Off? - Be sure to stop by Froots two hours before or during any of Brambleton’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts to receive 20% off any smoothie , shake, wrap, griller, or salad!

Help Support Insight Eye Optique’s Dr. Sutaria in Her Ride to Conquer Cancer®! - Dr. Meera Sutaria and her husband, Harsh Sutaria, will be participating in the 2015 Baltimore/DC Ride to Conquer Cancer®, a two-day, 150 mile cycling journey through the Capitol Region to raise funds that will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals.  However, they can’t complete this huge feat without your support! Visit dc15.ridetovictory.org or contact Insight Eye Optique to learn more about the ride and how you can help support their journey!

COUNTY CORNER


Dulles South Public Safety Day to be Held June 20th at Dulles South Multipurpose Center - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding. Residents are encouraged to attend and meet Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and Fire-Rescue personnel and view various displays from law enforcement and fire-rescue.  Check out fire engine, truck and medic unit tours, fire and safety demonstrations, and more.  For more information, click here.

Loudoun Residents are Invited to Participate in the Next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Saturday, June 27 at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding.  HHW includes (but is not limited to) florescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, and old fuels, including gas/oil mixes.  For more details click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Sunday, June 21:

Farmers Market, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Emberbrook Circle at Brambleton Plaza


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