Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

September 18, 2015

AROUND BRAMBLETON


INSIDE BCA

BCA Board Members Wanted:  Call for Candidates - The Association has two Board seats opening up this fall and is placing a Call for Candidates for residents that are interested in running.  The two board members being elected this fall both hold 3-year terms.  Click here for more details and to see the Election Calendar.

Notary Services Available by Appointment - Notary service is free to Brambleton residents for the first two documents, with a $2 fee per document thereafter. Non-residents will be charged $2 per document. A photo ID is required. Witnessing on documents will not be provided by the Brambleton Community Association. 

Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify true copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates. Only the Division of Vital Records / Statistics may perform such a certification. 

If you are interested in utilizing this service, please call 703-542-6263, or email to schedule an appointment. 

B_Fit Trail Challenge/Pedestrian Traffic Increase - The B_Fit Trail Challenge will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday, September 19th,  starting at Shreveport/Belmont Ridge Road.  Participants will be running the trails along Belmont Ridge Road (Trent Grove Section), continuing along the B_Fit exercise stations, and then heading towards the finish (Community Center Pool) on the trails along Northstar Blvd.  Pedestrian traffic along this route will be active between 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM.  Please use caution when driving through the community or walking along the trails.

We Are Updating the Brambleton Babysitters Directory - We frequently publish this directory in our monthly community newsletter and on our website.  The goal of the directory is to provide a resource for residents to connect with others in Brambleton who provide babysitting services; it is not intended to serve as a business resource, and we will not knowingly accept or publish business information.  If you are interested in being added to the directory, please email us at hoa@brambleton.org by September 22nd to be included in the October newsletter.

Final Weekend at Stratford Landing Pool - The Stratford Landing pool will be open this weekend, September 19th & 20th, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, before it closes for the season.  But be sure to hold on to your pool pass for next year!

Development Activity Update - Brambleton’s developer continues to perform bond release in the sections noted below. Work may include asphalt repair; concrete marking, break and repair; marking, or digging and installation of street lights. Work typically begins in the early morning and is complete by the early afternoon. 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 beginning 09/21/15, bond release activity is planned in the following sections:

  • Section 21

Northstar Boulevard Update - Unexpected conditions have caused delays in the Northstar construction project.  As soon as a new projected completion date is available, we will publish the information.

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  

Glow for Gold: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month -  Brambleton Kids Care, together with Little Smiles, will be selling fun glow/light-up swords, bows, wands and more at the Neighborhood Campout this Saturday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Legacy Park.  Proceeds will directly benefit Ellie’s Hat, and Little Smiles will match the funds raised!

CPR/AED First Aid Class Registration Extended to September 21st - September 27th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Community Center.  This class will teach adult, child and infant CPR and AED, along with how to assist an adult, child or infant who is choking. You will receive your American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED Course Completion Card at the end of the course.  For more information and to register, please visit our website

Fall Yard Sale - October 3rd, 8:00 AM.  Now that kids are back in school, it's a great time to make some extra space in your house.  Get rid of your stuff at our Fall Yard Sale.  Reserve your space at the Community Center parking lot, or if you'd prefer to sell from your house, add your name and address to the yard sale neighborhood directory. Sign up today! 

All Things Fall Fest - October 10th, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Join us at the Town Center for Brambleton's largest event of the year! There's sure to be something for everyone, including rides, moon bounces, train rides, a hay maze, food vendors, beer, wine, chili-cook off, cornhole challenge, live music, and more!  Mark your calendars for this fun filled afternoon.  

  • Volunteers Needed:  If you'd like to help make this event a huge success, we'd love to have you on board for a shift or two.  Volunteers get a free event t-shirt, admission wristbands, and food and beverage vouchers.  Click here to sign up today!
  • We still have a few spots left at our Fall Fest Marketplace.  If you'd like a spot to showcase your one-of-a-kind, handmade work, please visit our website and click on "Marketplace Application".
  • Show off your cooking skills and enter the annual Chili Cook-Off. You could win a $100 gift card.  Click here for more details and to register.
  • Costume Drive:  Brambleton Presbyterian Church is collecting new Halloween costumes for children living in two local homeless shelters.  Volunteers will be at the hay maze entrance to collect donations and deliver them to local children who wouldn't be able to trick-or-treat or enjoy school costume parades otherwise.
Dog Training Classes Are Coming To Brambleton! - Starting October 11th at Brambleton Corner Clubhouse, Sit Means Sit Dog Training will offer a 3-week course to train you to teach your pup basic commands.  They'll also offer a free Kids Dog Safety Class and Puppy Chat on October 25th. Learn more and sign up here.

Fall Programming Starting - Cooler weather is on the way, but that doesn't mean we're slowing down.  Check out our Programs page to find ways for you and your family to stay busy this fall and winter.  See something you like?  Sign up now while there's still space.


COMMUNITY

Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors - If you are able to volunteer even one hour of your time each week (or month), your good deed can touch the hearts of older adults in Loudoun who are confined to their homes. The Home Delivered Meals Program, administered by the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, currently needs volunteers (18 and older) to deliver nutritious, noontime meals and friendship to homebound seniors on weekdays in Dulles South or Ashburn. For more information, contact debra.bressler@loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0505.

Arcola Volunteer Fire Department's 2nd Annual Poker Run - Saturday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM.  Win prices and support a good cause!  The motorcycle-friendly route starts at Arcola's Annex and stops at several of our Fire/Rescue departments.  Registration is $25/person.  Rain date is Sunday, October 4th.  For more information, check out our website.

Calling All Brambleton Golfers! - Thursday, October 8th.  Help support local breast cancer patients by joining the Step Sisters for their 4th Annual Scramble Golf Tournament at the Golf Club at Lansdowne!  Tournament registration includes a 4-person scramble, followed by a lunch and awards reception, and unlimited beverage stations! For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to register, please visit: www.stepsistersscramble.com!

Ashburn Pub Run & DogGone Miler to Benefit Ashburn Schools - Sunday, October 18th at 9:00 AM.  Hosted by Broad Run HS, in partnership with the Ashburn Pub, DogGone Natural, and Comic Logic.  Proceeds from this race will go towards the Broad Run wrestling team.  The school in Ashburn with the most race participants will win a $500 donation!  Click here for more information.


COVENANTS


Gardens - We are coming up on the time when our gardens stop producing and growing and begin to die. Please refer to the Design Guidelines for gardens. All plant debris must be removed and the soil turned at the end of the growing season.

Comprehensive Inspections - Comprehensive inspections continue in Section 3, which includes Vickery Park Drive, Angel Wing Way, Blue Copper Way and Courtland Park Drive. For more information regarding the purpose and the process for these inspections, please click here. Contact the covenants team if you have any questions or need additional information.

Proactive Inspections for the Proper Storage of Waste Containers - To be conducted next week throughout the community. The governing documents for Brambleton and Loudoun County ordinance require that waste is to be placed in sturdy containers with sealable lids to prevent a litter problem. Trash and recycling containers must be stored out of view at all times, except on scheduled pick up days (Tuesdays & Fridays).  The preferred location for storage is in garages or behind trash enclosures, which require approval from the Covenants Committee.  Containers should be placed out at curbside early in the morning on pick-up days or after dark the evening before.  Each resident is responsible for picking up litter and preventing wind-blown debris on his/her property.

Highlight on Design Guidelines - The Design Review Guidelines and a copy of the Design Review Application can be easily found on our website.  It is beneficial to review the specific guidelines pertaining to your planned modification, as well as to see if a modification needs review and approval from the Covenants Committee. Color changes for paint and or stain require review and approval by the Covenants committee. Please review the guidelines, as stain is not permitted on fences in certain sections where the builders have requested they be left to age naturally or have allowed for only a clear coat preservative to be applied. If you have any questions regarding what is permitted in your section please contact Elizabeth Stulga at designreview@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263.

Design Review - The next meeting for Design Review will be Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Applications should be submitted by Wednesday, September 30, so they may be reviewed for accuracy.Applications will be accepted in the office up to 4:00 PM on October 5, 2015 but may not be reviewed for accuracy and completion prior to the meeting.  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


Help Breast Cancer Patients by Whitening Your Teeth at Bloo Dental - This October, schedule your Zoom Whitening appointment and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Step Sisters! We can’t think of a better way to help brighten your smile and brighten the smile of breast cancer Patients. The Step Sisters help local breast cancer patients by improving their quality of life. Call Bloo Dental today 703-327-5533 to schedule your whitening appointment, as they will fill up fast!

Brambleton's 14th Birthday Cake Contest - Brambleton turns 14 on September 24th, and we are celebrating with a Birthday Cake Decorating Contest at the Welcome Center. Showcase your talents by decorating a cake that represents one of Brambleton’s themes. To enter the contest, simply e-mail brambletoninfo@gmail.com by September 20th to  let us know you plan to bring in a decorated cake. Then bring your edible and decorated cake to the Welcome Center by 1:45 PM on September 24. After the judging takes place at 2:00 PM, we will have a community birthday party to enjoy your creations! Winners will be announced promptly after the judging is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact the Welcome Center at 703-542-2925. Good luck, and happy baking!

COUNTY CORNER


Try Transit Week is September 21-25; Car Free Day is September 22 - Loudoun County commuters are encouraged to pledge to try alternate forms of transit during the seventh statewide “Try Transit Week in Virginia," starting next week.  Participants can pledge and enter to win a year of free transit service from the Virginia transit operator of their choice, along with a pair of round-trip tickets aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train at www.trytransitweek.org.  Click here for more information and to enter!

Save the Date: Verizon to Host 6th Annual Recycle Rally - Thursday, September 24th, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM.  The rally will be held at Verizon’s Ashburn Campus, 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy, and is free and open to area citizens and businesses. Accepted items include glass, plastics, and aluminum cans; laptop and desktop computers; CRT and LCD monitors and TVs; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; phones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances; microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries. Please note that hard drives will not be wiped, and all batteries should be removed prior to turning in any items.  Click here for more information.

DMV2Go at Dulles South Public Safety Center - September 24th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If you can't wait for DMV2Go to come to Brambleton on October 16th, you might consider this option instead.  DMV's wireless office on wheels offers all DMV services. For more information, please visit www.dmvnow.com.

LCSO, Purcellville Police Dept. Partner with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day - September 26th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at four sites in the county. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Many residents do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to http://www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Monday, September 21

Brambleton Kids Care Meeting - 7:30 PM, Brambleton Corner Clubhouse

Tuesday, September 22

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

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