Friday Flash
Weekly Community News Bulletin

October 16, 2015

AROUND BRAMBLETON



INSIDE BCA

Open House and Information on the 2015 BCA Board of Directors Candidates – Take a minute to stop by the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse this Thursday, October 22nd, between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM to meet the candidates (Shyam Bommakanti, Avinash R. Kota, Joe Parker, Ram Venkat, and Brian Viola) running for the two BCA Board positions this fall.  For more information about the Election and the Annual Meeting to be held on November 17th, please visit the BCA website.

BCA Reminds Residents to Stay Out of Active Construction Areas – BCA has received an urgent request from Brambleton’s developer. They are observing an increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic in and around active construction sites. This is occurring most often after hours and on weekends, especially in the area of Loudoun County Parkway and Creighton Road west of North Star Blvd.

The developer’s office is in the process of enhancing gates, fencing, and signage in an effort to prevent trespassing. They have requested the Sheriff’s office for increased patrols and enforcement in these areas for trespassing. In addition to the dangers related to construction activity, deer hunting season is in progress. Residents are reminded that active construction sites are dangerous places for the public to visit. These sites are all clearly fenced, gated, and/or signed for good reasons. Please respect these controls, and do not venture into any active construction sites or undeveloped land. All of our site personnel are being asked to help us enforce these rules by asking violators to leave the site immediately.

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 of 10/19/15, bond release activity is planned in the following sections:

  • Section 21
  • Section 15
  • Overlook


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  

Adult Book Club Meeting Moved – This month's meeting has been moved to Monday, October 19th, at 7:30 PM in the Community Center Lower Level.

YA Book Club Meeting – Tuesday, October 20th, at 6:30 PM.  Join your friends at the Community Center to chat about this month's selection, A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. Limited copies are still available at the BCA Management Office and are yours to keep!

Attending the 2015 LoCo Brewfest?  Let Us Give You a Ride! – We will offer free round-trip transportation on the Brambleton Bus for those Brambleton residents attending the 2015 LoCo Brewfest on October 24th at Lost Rhino Brewing Company. The bus will depart from Lost Rhino Retreat every hour on the half-hour from 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note that this does not include your event ticket; we are offering transportation only.  To purchase your Brewfest ticket, visit www.lostrhino.com

Fall Yard Sale – Saturday, November 7th, at 8:00 AM.  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! 



COMMUNITY

Stone Hill Middle School Pumpkin Decorating Fall Festival – October 23rd, 4:30 PM. Will you carve pumpkins this year for Halloween? If so, why not support your school while buying your pumpkins? SHM is selling pumpkins right now for only $7, and ALL PROCEEDS go towards the school of your choice! Preorder now and save big. Click here to get more info and reserve your pumpkins today! SHM will also host a FREE community wide Trunk-or-Treat on October 30th from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Click here to volunteer or donate towards this event.  All are welcome, no sign up needed. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  The Loudoun Soccer 2001 Boys Red Team is thankful for all that they have and want to give back to the greater Loudoun community!  The Team, on behalf of Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc, will conduct a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Monday, November 2nd. Please consider filling a grocery bag with stuffing, boxed potatoes, canned goods, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a grocery store gift card and dropping that bag off at the Brambleton Welcome Center or BCA Management office at the Brambleton Town Center.  All donated goods will be collected by the Team and delivered to Loudoun Interfaith Relief in time to be distributed for Thanksgiving.


COVENANTS


Play Equipment – During recent community-wide inspections, it has been observed that play equipment such as sports nets and trampolines are being stored in common areas as well as in front of properties for an extended period of time.  This is a friendly reminder to please review the below guidelines for the storage of these items.  Our Design Guidelines state: 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.  The installation of play equipment in common areas is prohibited.  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. Portable, large play equipment such as skateboard ramps, climbing walls, trampolines, portable basketball backboards, etc., must be submitted for review and receive approval prior to placement on the lot, unless stored out of sight when not in use. For questions about play equipment or other covenants matters please contact us at covenants@brambleton.org.

Construction of Approved Modifications – There has been a steady rise in the number of approved exterior modifications, which is consistent with the rise in new home sales. The responsibility of the applicant does not stop after the modification is approved. Residents are responsible to ensure that the contractors chosen to do the work adhere to Brambleton’s standards and rules. Please consult with your contractor prior to the commencement of the project to ensure they are aware of what is not allowed. Homeowners are responsible for any contractor violations and any costs associated with those violations. Any materials that need to be delivered prior to the start of the project need to be stored on the resident’s driveway and delivered close to the start date of the project. At no time may construction materials of any kind be stored in common parking lots, common areas, or in the street. Excavated materials such as grass clippings, turf, and earth must be removed and not dumped in any wooded areas, common areas, and/or especially the wetlands. If you have any questions or if you care to report a violation, please contact 703-542-6263 or designreview@brambleton.org

Design Review – The next meeting for Design Review will be Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  Applications will be reviewed for accuracy if submitted by November 4, 2015.  Applications will be accepted in the office up to 4:00 PM on November 9, 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


"Treats 4 Our Troops" – Join Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family Dentistry in their 3rd annual "Treats 4 Our Troops" candy buy-back!  Bring your Halloween candy to the Little Smiles office and we'll give you $1 for each pound of candy! Dr. Costa and his team will then send all of the treats overseas for "Operation Gratitude" to the deserving men and women who serve our country. Candy drop-off dates are November 2nd - 6th. Don't forget to bring your candy in to us, and we'll be sure to give you treats for your sweets!

Don’t Miss Out On The Farmers Market – Stop by this Sunday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Bring the family for a quick breakfast and stay to shop for the week! You will find freshly baked cookies, bread, cakes, and fresh juice, as well as pork, chicken, eggs, and lots and lots of vegetables. You'll need a pumpkin for your doorstep!  Shop local from farmers and producers who come from the greater Loudoun area. Music by Jessica Endara this week!

Trick or Retreat at Lost Rhino Retreat – Carve a pumpkin and win a $100 Lost Rhino gift card! Drop your creation off at Lost Rhino Retreat to display anytime during business hours Oct. 25 through Oct. 30. Winner will be announced on Halloween!

Girls' Night Out at Northern Virginia Orthodontics – October 22nd, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Stop by for exclusive Invisalign promotions, incredible giveaways, and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!  For more information, call 703-327-1718.

Bloo Dental Will Give a Veteran His or Her Smile Back! – This November, Bloo Dental would like to thank a veteran. If you are a veteran and are unhappy with the way your smile looks, please enter our contest. We will be taking submissions from now until November 10th and will announce the winner on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Please email info@bloo-dental.com with your name, rank, service branch, number of years served, and what you would like to change about your smile. Thank you for your service! 

Spotlight Tenant – Hair Cuttery is this month’s Spotlight Tenant! Stop by the Welcome Center and enter your name in their drawing to win one of 6 free services they are offering! Fall in love with a “new do” just in time for Thanksgiving!

COUNTY CORNER


Loudoun Family Stream Day and Photo Contest – October 18th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, at Claude Moore Park.  It’s FUN! It’s FREE! Everyone can participate in interactive family-friendly exhibits to learn about how animals, plants trees depend on healthy streams for food, shelter and sustenance. Rain or shine! Click here for details. Loudouners of every age are eligible to submit their photos of Loudoun’s natural water places for the Photo Contest. Submit your photo on the Loudoun Watershed Watch Facebook page by October 17th for your chance to win!   Visit the photo contest to "like" your favorite photos!

Residents Encouraged to Attend Upcoming LCSO Quarterly Meetings – The LCSO will hold public safety meetings at each of the agency’s four service area stations in October and November.  These meetings are part of the agency’s effort to better utilize resources and provide a higher level of service to county residents. Items to be discussed include recent crime and crime trends, traffic safety concerns, and other public safety related issues. To determine what station is closest to your home or business, please click here.  To see meeting dates and locations, please visit http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/lcsocalendar.

Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Open House – October 25th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. October is Fire Prevention Month in Loudoun County, and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department is opening its doors.  Bring the kids for an afternoon of station tours, safety demos, pumpkin painting, and a visit by Smokey the Bear.  For more information, visit www.arcolavfd.org.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Tuesday, October 20th

Board of Directors Meeting, 8:15 AM - BCA Management Office

Grounds & Facilities Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM - BCA Management Office


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