Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

June 26, 2015

AROUND BRAMBLETON


INSIDE BCA

UPDATE: Northstar BLVD - Blasting to occur - No Pedestrian Activity Permitted on Northstar or in the Underpass - During the closure of Northstar, residents are advised that no pedestrian activity is permitted in this area.  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.

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 6/29 – 7/3 the following activity is planned:

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

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. 


LIFESTYLES 

Red, White & Bram RESCHEDULED to June 28 - Due to an ominous weather forecast for this Saturday, Red, White & Bram has been moved to Sunday, June 28th, from 6:00 PM -10:00 PM. Enjoy live music (All Natural), 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 (age 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 and must be taken down by 8:00 PM.

3rd Annual Red, White & Bram Bake-Off - There's still time to enter! You could win $100 for your prize winning recipe! We are looking for entries for the following categories: Pies, Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies/Bars. Check out our website for Rules and Registration. This event will still take place as originally scheduled at 5:30 PM on Saturday, June 26.  A little rain won't ruin this tradition!

Brambleton Corner Pool Schedule Changes - The Corner pool hours will change on the following days, due to the Bettas Swim Team meets:

  • Open at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 27th
  • Close at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 8th
  • Open at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 11th
  • Close at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 15th

Early Morning Lap Swimming - Looking to get a great workout in the morning?  Now through August 2nd, early morning lap swimming is available on MWF from 5:30 - 7:00 AM at the Brambleton Corner Pool.

Boot Camp for Teens - Attention High School & Collegiate Athletes! - Looking for a way to train hard over the summer to gain a competitive edge?  Want to get ready for fall/winter or travel team tryouts?  FIR Boot Camp for Teens at Brambleton is exactly what you need to take you to the next level of your game!  Show your coaches how much stronger, faster and confident you will be after FIR's Boot Camp for Teens!  Sessions will be held MWF, 7:00 - 8:00 AM at the Community Center.  View the schedule and sign up online today!

Enrollment Options:

  • 8 Week Program $288 ($12/Class)
  • 4 Week Program $156 ($13/Class) (Chose Any 4 Weeks!)
  • 1 Week Enrollment $45 ($15/Class) (Chose Any Week!)


COVENANTS

Tree Care - BCA staff will conduct proactive tree and landscaping care inspections during the week of June 29th throughout Brambleton.  Residents are responsible to maintain the trees and landscaping materials on their property .  Please note that residents are responsible for the following:

  • Trim, prune and maintain trees so that there is a minimum of 8 feet of clearance above the sidewalk to allow for free, unobstructed passage on the sidewalk.
  • Trim, prune other landscaping material to maintain it to be in scale with the property and to prevent encroachment onto sidewalks or Common Areas.

If attention is required, notices will be sent to advise of the corrective action needed.  These notices are intended to be helpful in nature and bring attention to necessary care for trees.  If you have received notice in error, please take a moment to contact the Covenants Team at covenants@brambleton.org to resolve the matter.

Weeds - A friendly reminder that the growing season is under way and grass is growing rapidly. The onset of showers makes the grass grow faster than it will later in the season.  During some periods of the growing season, mowing will need to occur every seven - ten days. Weeds enjoy the rain as well, and now is a great time to add  weed control to your lawn.  The Brambleton Property Maintenance Standard states that turf areas and mulched landscape beds are to be kept as weed free as reasonable. At no time shall weed cover exceed more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total turf area or 10% of mulched areas.
 
Trash Reminders - What should you do if you’re going to be gone on vacation during trash pickup times? When you know you’ll be out of town around trash day, ask a friend or neighbor to move the trash toter to the curb when they move out their own and put yours back when they do the same. Please also take steps to properly secure your trash and recyclables. Summer storms bring high winds, which can cause havoc on trash and recyclables that have been placed curbside for collection.  It is important that these items are properly secured so they do not become wind-blown litter problems for your neighbors.  All trash should be placed in plastic bags and contained within the Association-provided Republic toters with fitted lids.  Recyclables such as boxes and milk jugs should be crushed or broken down and placed in the lidded recycle toter.  Taking these basic actions will greatly reduce the amount of wind-blown litter that results when these toters are blown over. The Covenants Advisors will continue to proactively monitor and inspect for proper set out of trash and recycling, as well as inspect proper storage of trash to reduce the amount of litter accumulating on neighboring lots and common areas.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact covenants@brambleton.org


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.

Design Guidelines For Brambleton – This document was created to establish the standards for Brambleton; the Covenants Committee relies upon these guidelines when reviewing applications.  Each week in the Friday Flash, we will highlight one or two elements of this document to help develop awareness and provide useful information.  The entire Design Review Guidelines document is available here on our website. Two guidelines that have been useful in the Committee’s application review in recent weeks were the guidelines for decks and patios, as those are common modifications desired at this time of year. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines prior to submitting an application. It will be helpful to review the guidelines with your contractors prior to getting an estimate, so that they are informed as to any limitations there may be to your project and can design accordingly.  
 
In addition to the specific guidelines for each item, the Committee also relies upon the overall Design Review Criteria and the Declaration for Brambleton when considering applications.  If you have any questions or would like to submit an application, please contact designreview@brambleton.org or contact Elizabeth Stulga at 703-542-6263 or Elizabeth.stulga@brambleton.org

TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER


Stop at the Sunday Farmers Market in Brambleton This Weekend! - June 28, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Emberbrook Circle near Brambleton Plaza. Local vendors bring fresh juice, lots of fruits and vegetables, tasty cakes and cookies, authentic artisan bread, fresh meat, eggs and so much more. Our vendors come from within a 125-mile radius of Leesburg. By shopping at the farmers market you help to keep your grocery dollars in the local economy. Choose the food less traveled! www.loudounfarmersmarkets.org   

Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is Collecting Toys for an amazing boy named Grayson Hall, who has Type 1 Diabetes. They will be collecting items at the Little Smiles office until July 13th and then donating them to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Items must be new, with tags.  Any donations will be matched by Little Smiles.  Contact us for more information.  Please help Little Smiles show Grayson that, like a great smile, giving is infectious!

Barre X hosted by Tan Organiq! - Join your favorite Barre Yo instructors at Tan Organiq on Sunday, 6/28 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM. It's barre class mixed with run intervals around the Town Center, and a raffle at the end. $15/person to drop in.  Childcare is provided for $2/child. For more info, like Barre Yo on Facebook!

Barre Yo Presents T-barre for Teens - Join us at the Brambleton Amphitheater, located at Emberbrook Circle, for a special barre class aimed at girls between ages 12-17. Ivivva, Lululemon’s junior brand, will be on hand doing a mini trunk show. Meet Thursday, July 16th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Please bring light weights and a mat. Fee is $10 at the door. For more information, like Barre Yo on Facebook or contact Jennifer Wysocki.

Ding Ding Ding Round 2 - Are you looking for a whole new look? Eclips Salon is entering the 2nd round of their Summer Makeover Series! To enter, simply send your email address to Eclips Salon’s Facebook page and they will send you an entry form! Winner will be announced at Red, White and Bram!

Save the Date – Brambleton Grand Prix Bike Race, Sunday July 12th! Come join the fun and cheer on these committed cyclists as they compete in eight different races throughout the day. It’s jam-packed with excitement!  For more information, click here

COUNTY CORNER


Is it Legal for Residents to Use Fireworks in Brambleton? - Certain fireworks are permitted; however, for more information please see this page of the Loudoun County website regarding fireworks.  Please note that in Loudoun County, any firework that explodes, rises into the air, moves across the ground, or shoots projectiles into the air is illegal to possess in Virginia. These devices include firecrackers, roman candles, pop bottle rockets, as well as shell devices used at public displays. Although it is fairly easy to obtain these items by going across state lines, possession and use of these devices is a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia. Depending on the classification of the device, federal explosives charges could also be imposed for interstate transport. The Fire Marshal's Office recommends that only fireworks sold at retail stands in Loudoun County be used. They may not be used on public property, including streets and roads. These fireworks have been tested to ensure they are suitable for consumers and are on an approved list maintained by the Fire Marshal's Office.

Fireworks Safety - To report an emergency, please call 911.  For non-emergency concerns related to the use or storage of fireworks, contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal at 703-737-8600.  

Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County - June 26 – July 5, 2015.  This event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries, along with thousands of spectators, to the area.  Games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County.  All sports events are open to the public, free of charge.  Click here for info.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Friday, July 3

BCA Management Office closed in observance of Independence Day


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