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Bramble10 Bash and Fall Fest: Celebrating 10 Wonderful Years as a Community

Volume 10 Issue 8

August 2011

Beth Huck, Events and Programming Coordinator

Ten years ago, Brambleton was just breaking ground on a new community; a new way of life; a new way of living in Loudoun County. A hundred homes were sold before the first model was even built. We’ve weathered the roller coaster that is the housing market and have persevered with steady success and periods of record breaking sales. We now have over 3500 homes in Brambleton and are one of the fastest growing large-scaled communities in the Nation. Brambleton has become the place to be. INSIDE THIS ISSUE Wetlands Buffer ........................... 2 Programming .................................. 3 Intern Insight ................................. 4 uently Ask ed Questions ..... 5 F req requently Asked Be ttas Swim TTeam eam ....................... 6 Bettas BWHS Marching Band ................. 8 An Ev ening in V egas .................... 9 Evening Vegas News from the Developer ......... 1 0 Babysitters Directory .................. 1 8

Over the last 10 years, Brambleton has become known for our fabulous town center, beautiful landscapes, being connected to cutting edge technology, and of course our fun, ever-growing events. All those things combined are what make us a great community, the place in Northern Virginia where people want to live and raise a family. Keeping in true Brambleton fashion, and in honor of 10 wonderful years, we are working on creating a fun-filled weekend to include concerts, rides, food, vendor marketplace, giveaways, and so much more! It’s a BIG milestone worthy of a BIG celebration. The Bramble10 Bash and Fall Fest will be held on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th. Friday will be mainly musical entertainment, with food vendors, and a late night comedy act (adults only recommended). Saturday will have concerts, contests, kids play area, rides, and more! There will probably be a few surprises also! Be looking for the schedule of events coming out in September’s newsletter. We have sponsorship and vendor opportunities and will need plenty of volunteers! Please send an email to if you are interested in any of these opportunities! You will not want to miss the Biggest Brambleton party yet; it’s been 10 years in the making!

Wetland Buffers Will Be Marked Throughout the Community Rick Stone PCAM, General Manager

general maintenance of the buffer area is prohibited.

Many of Brambleton’s common area parcels contain federally protected wetlands. These wetlands are protected by an area that is referred to as the Wetlands Buffer. The intent of the Wetlands Buffer is to preserve and protect the identified wetlands and the natural state within the buffer in perpetuity. This is accomplished by placing the following protective covenants on the wetlands buffer: •

Destruction or alteration of the preservation or buffer area requires authorization by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and/or the Brambleton Community Association. Construction, maintenance or placement of any structure within the buffer is prohibited. Ditching, land clearing, filling, excavating, grading, dumping of trash or yard debris or adding or removing top soil within the buffer is prohibited. Cultivating, harvesting, cutting, planting, pruning of trees and plants, using fertilizers or pesticides, watering, or other


The Brambleton Group and Brambleton Community Association are taking steps to identify the wetland buffers and educate residents to the protective covenants that are placed upon the land within the buffer. Over the next month or so, all wetland buffers in Brambleton will be surveyed and marked with a brown Wetlands Buffer post. These markers will help identify and bring attention to the protected buffers. Residents are encouraged to contact the Brambleton Community Association Management Office with any questions pertaining to the wetlands, related restrictions or possible violations.

Programming: A Little Something Extra, that’s Extra Fun and Close to Home Beth Huck, Events and Programming Coordinator

now gearing up for new children’s and teens programs for the new school year. Some of our favorites are returning, such as Creative Dance Center, FitKids, Wee Play, Silver Knights Chess Club, and more. Additionally, we will be adding in some new programs to mix it up a bit. Ashburn Kids Yoga will offer specialized yoga classes for kids, where they will learn the basics of yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as music and movement. Drama Kids will offer Educational drama classes that help develop the communication skills of elementary aged children as well as gain self-confidence and critical thinking skills. Our new programs will be set to start mid-September to early October. More info on these programs and others, including some new classes for adults, will be coming out soon!

As summer is coming to an end, we are wrapping up our camps. We’d like to thank Great Kids Camp and Overtime Athletics for providing our community with two great choices for our kids to help the time pass during the summer. We are


Techno-Savvy in the BCA: Tech Ed 201 Nico Climaco, Events and Programming Intern

(BRAM gear, pool rentals, ticket sales, charity donations, etc.). Graphically, our flyers and marketing materials are becoming much more professional. Soon, our website will be even better than it is now adding new features and making it more user-friendly. Gone with Microsoft Publisher and here we are welcoming Adobe Software in to our databases using it to better design our publications.

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” - Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation

Welcome to a new era. The world is moving fast around us (as always) and we are forced to pull ourselves into its wave. Since the Industrial Revolution in the early 1900s, one key concept has evolved our society: innovation. That’s not saying that we haven’t modernized continuously since the beginning of time, but our advances in this short century have rapidly changed our daily lives.

Everyone at the Association is adapting to the times with our tablets and pioneering ideas that are ground-breaking for a simple HOA. This association is transforming the stereotypical home owners association to keep up with the new innovations and designs that are available. What is the point of having all of these tools if we can’t utilize it to better promote our community and its efficiency? What we have here is a landmark and if you just look around, you can see the changes in the community that this “simple” HOA has made and I can promise you that we have yet to be done.

I remember sitting in my fourth grade class and picking up the Scholastic Book Catalog reading a short blurb about a hover car. It looked just like the one in the movies. As I got towards the end of the article, the author said that the car was expected to be released to the general public in the summer of 2011. In my head I was thinking about how I would be 18 and would be able to afford a multi-million dollar car that won’t just be able to drive on the ground, but it could borderline fly. How cool is that! Well, it’s that time and here I am, with no hover car, but the point was to showcase how technology can evolve and adapt to our every day lives. From cassette tapes to digital downloads, and floppy disks to multi-compatible USB drives, we see evolution before us every day and in such a short amount of time.

Calling all Crafters, Artists, & Home Based Businesses The BCA is in the midst of planning its Fall Fest celebration. We are looking for vendors to participate in the Marketplace scheduled for Saturday, September 24th from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. To register your business, please click HERE. For more information contact Beth Huck

Working at the BCA, you wouldn’t believe the cutting edge equipment that we have to make everything easier. We have the Square, so we can now accept credit card transactions and make it easier to tender cash for our sales


Frequently Asked Questions Sarah Conrad, Community Services Coordinator

Q: What do I need to do if I want to make changes to the exterior of my home?

may be requested to permit adequate evaluation of the proposed change. If you have any questions regarding the required submissions or the application process, please contact Rosemarie Linder at or 703-5426263.

A: Most exterior changes or alterations to your home require review and approval by the Covenants Committee. The Committee typically meets the second Monday of every month, at the Brambleton Community Association office, to review completed Design Review Applications. You are welcome to attend but attendance is not required for your application to be reviewed. The required form is available here.

Q: How long do I have to wait before I am informed that my application was approved? A: A decision letter will be mailed to your home address within a week informing you of the decision of your Design Review Application. If you need the status of your application prior to receiving our letter, you may submit an email inquiry to to inquire about your application status.

Q: What should be included with my Design Review Application? A: A complete application must include detailed information describing the proposed change (typically, plans and specifications including sketches, photos, catalog illustrations, etc. showing the nature, kind, shape, color, dimensions, and materials; and a copy of the survey/plat with the location marked). As the Committee only meets once per month, please ensure your application is complete. An application submitted without all required submissions will be considered incomplete. In such case, the Covenants Committees review period will not commence until all required submissions have been provided. Other exhibits

Q: How long is the approved Design Review Application valid? A: Any resident obtaining approval from the Covenants Committee must begin construction or alterations within six months and substantially complete the work within twelve months after the date of approval; otherwise, the approval expires and will need to resubmit for approval.


Brambleton Bettas Win Divisionals; Sends 38 Swimmers to All Stars Christine Elansary, Communications Coordinator

payoff can be rewarding. The kids not only learn to become more proficient swimmers, they build self-esteem as they see how working harder makes them better. Each week, they are challenging themselves to beat their own personal records. As they compete with themselves, being part of a swim team, they have a support system that encourages them along the way. The sport requires early morning practices M - F, in addition to two meets a week. It’s a tough regimen that keeps them active, instills discipline and brings structure to the day. It certainly makes the summer fly by, and spending every day at the pool with their buddies is a bonus.

The Brambleton Bettas Swim Team has just completed their best season yet, with a 5-3 record and 1st place win at Divisionals. In addition, the team sent 38 swimmers to All Stars, the most swimmers out of any other team in the Old Dominion Swim League (ODSL) - pretty impressive considering the more difficult cuttimes this year. At All Stars, 11 new records were broken and the team placed 3rd overall.

While swim team might not be for everyone, for those that participate, the love of the sport is infectious. Parents love watching the races and cheering everyone on as younger siblings wait in the wings, anxious to join. As the season comes to an end, swim team families are finally able to take their vacations, hoping to enjoy what’s left of the summer before heading back to school. Even after school starts up again, a number of swimmers will dive right back into the pool for fall, winter and/or spring swim in preparation for the 2012 season with hopes of beating more personal goals and maybe even breaking some records.

The Bettas have seen tremendous growth in the last 6 years, where they started with just 18 swimmers. Today, the team consists of about 250 swimmers, including the Mini-Bettas. The success of the Bettas is due in large part to the coaching team consisting of head coach Jill Orton, assistant coach Adam Orton, Brambleton resident assistant coaches, Andrea Wardell and Jeff Darling, resident junior coaches, Caleigh Hensley, Veronica Smith, Michael Humphries and Sydney Black.

Congratulations to the Bettas Swim Team and to everyone involved in this year's success! The team looks forward to another great year in 2012. Several Board positions will be open for the next swim season as well as the opportunity to serve on a committee. For more information about the positions or to inquire about membership, please contact Board President Steve Zerkle at

And of course, swim team parents play a crucial role to the team’s success where they serve in various roles as Board members, volunteers at swim meets and other swim team events, as well as several committees to include fundraising/ sponsorship, concessions, spirit, social, etc. Swimming is an individual sport as well as a team sport, and as big as a commitment it is, the



Briar Woods High School Marching Band Begins A New Season in class” at several contests.

The Briar Woods High School (BWHS) Falcon Regiment Marching Band is entering its 7th year of competition. Over that period of time, the band has performed in numerous competitions throughout Virginia and across the country. The band has been a finalist in the Bands of America Eastern Championships and has competed in contests in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando. They performed in the prestigious “New York Wind Band Festival” held in Carnegie Hall in New York City where they received the “Gold” performance award. They also were featured in the “London New Year’s Day Parade” in London, England on January 1st, 2011. The London parade attracted more than 500,000 spectators, was televised worldwide and could be seen on Internet streaming sites. The drum line and Falconaires Colorguard have won “best

The Falcon Regiment Marching Band 2011 production “Spartacus” features the music of modern Russian composer, Aram Khachaturian. The music and show will tell the musical story of an uprising between Roman Centurions and an army of “Gladiator Rebels” led by the brave warrior, Spartacus. The Falcon Regiment will utilize 120 performers to portray this dramatic music production. The Falcon Regiment proudly represents Briar Woods High School and the communities of Brambleton, Ashburn and The Broadlands at varsity football games. The band played a key role in leading the spirit and pride for our school and at football games last year supporting the football team winning Virginia State Championship.



News from the Developer younger customers coming for a haircut and to donate to a good cause.

Brambleton Sells 300 Homes in Just Over 6 Months in 20 1 1 — Milest one Mar ks a 201 Milestone Marks New Sales Record for the Community Brambleton announced on July 14th that the community has sold 300 homes in just over 6 months. Total net sales as of July 12, 2011 include 146 single-family homes and 154 townhomes. Brambleton is on track to surpass its 2010 record-breaking year of 352 homes. Read more here: V erizon’s Home Monit oring Monitoring & Control Program The Verizon film crew was in Brambleton recently to film for their Home Monitoring & Control Program video that will be launching in August, exclusively to Brambleton residents first, then the general public. A demo of this new program will be available at the Brambleton Welcome Center soon. Stay tuned for the latest news here or

Other BTC News: La Cucina Italiano & Johnny Rockets construction has begun with SweetFrog to begin any day. Eclips Cut-a-Thon Album: Brambleton Firsts Contest As we countdown to our 10 Year Celebration, we are continuing our themed contests on Facebook. This month we asked our fans to let us know what their Brambleton first was – our winner was Jill Krause and her daughters who completed their first ever 5K race at the Brambleton Ribbon Run this year! Other albums worth a look each month are listed below. Friday Flashback Album: Facebook Fan of the Week: Meet the Team: Caption That: Brambleton Spirit Posters

Read more here: Eclips Cut-a-thon Raises $2,500 for Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure On Saturday, July 23rd, Eclips Day Salon & Spa held their annual Cut-a-thon to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure. They are pleased to announce that they have raised $2,500! Pictured here is one of their


We also asked our younger Brambleton fans to create a “Brambleton Spirit” poster to be displayed at the Kids Concert that was held Thursday, July 21st. We were so impressed with them – they captured

Another Flashmob Hits Brambleton

our Brambleton lifestyle very well and even our 10 Year Anniversary. They are now available for viewing at the Brambleton Welcome Center – please stop by and have a look, we are open daily from 11-6pm!

As we kicked off our Sizzlin’ Summer Concert to another sell-out crowd at the Town Center with the sounds of dance by The Monster Band, we were suddenly surprised by a Flashmob that broke out in the audience! Resident choreographers, Angela Fuentes and Nicole Jones organized group rehearsals weeks prior to the concert. Brambleton moms and kids had a great time learning the moves to Kesha's "Tik Tok". You may recall our first Flashmob last year at YouthFest - needless to say we were more than excited about another one in Brambleton.

Brambleton Spirit Post Album: FTI7rd Harry Potter Pandemonium in Brambleton There was great anticipation Thursday evening, July 14th at the Brambleton Town Center for the appearance of our first Harry Potter Fans to show up for the midnight showing of the final Harry Potter installment. It was Regal Fox 16’s biggest midnight opening ever, a complete sellout with over 250 people coming to watch even their 2:45 a.m. shows! Next expected pandemonium at the BTC will be for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One in November.

Flashmob Video on our Youtube Channel: http:// Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Album: xGe7D9 V an Me tre No w Selling “The P onds” Metre Now Ponds”

Harry Potter Pandemonium Album: Itm2QW

Development of the Overlook neighborhood in Brambleton at Ryan & Northstar is well under way. The new models for “The Boulevard at Brambleton” by Camberley Homes (Contact Mike at 703.327.1182) and “The Ponds” by Van Metre Homes (Contact Janiece at 703.764.5426) are coming soon. Sales in Brambleton continue to outpace previous years – for more information, please go to .

Let Our Garden Grow Brambletonians have been working hard on their gardens. Since it opened, we have seen wonderful cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, melons, cilantro, peppers & eggplant - just to name a few. Pictured here is a melon almost ripe for picking! As you can see, Brambleton continues to grow in more ways than one.

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V erizon Filming at Bramble Bramblett on Lights, camera, action at the Brambleton Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 12th! Verizon was in town to film for a new promotional video for their new Home Monitoring& Control Program that they anticipate launching this fall.

booming over the past two years. “Loudoun County’s infrastructure continues to be one of the most attractive for data center operators of all sizes. Brambleton is proud to be Verizon FiOS’ first fiber community in the Nation! Read more here: Briar Woods HS - America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek

Brambletonians will be the first to try out this new product! Stay tuned for more information.

The rankings are a measure of success in challenging and preparing students for postsecondary education – and life. In addition to being one of the best in the Nation, Briar Woods was named one of the best high schools to prepare its students for college in the Washington Post Challenge Index.

Read Verizon’s Press Release here: OR8laM Beaverdam Reservoir – a “Brambleton Oasis” This is an amenity not to be missed if you live in Brambleton. If you enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking or simply floating on the water – this Reservoir is a quiet oasis from the busy world outside and it is only a mile from the Brambleton Town Center.

Read more here: Dulles Metro August Update Summer 2011: Guide to Driving in Metrorail Construction Zones & Loudoun County’s Tysons Express Bus Service catching some statewide attention. This past month it was recognized as an outstanding program by the Virginia Transit Association.

Beaverdam Reservoir: Access to Fiber Makes Loudoun County Prime Location for Data Centers With more than 50 percent of the world’s internet traffic passing through Loudoun County every day, it is not surprising that Loudoun’s data center market has been

Read More here:


Are Your Child’s Teeth Ready for School? ”Cavities and other dental problems should not be preventing our children from reaching their full potential,” said Dr. Haress Rahim, director of Bloo Dental. “The summer break is a perfect opportunity to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning.”

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease — 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. It affects 50 percent of first graders and 80 percent of 17-year-olds. Untreated tooth decay and disease can affect a child’s health, well-being, growth, and achievement. Children with serious oral health problems often have difficulty eating, sleeping and speaking.

Even with regular checkups, it is recommended that parents periodically check their children’s mouths for signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding, swollen and/or bright red gums, persistent bad breath, and gums that have receded from teeth.

Dental problems can also prevent school-age children from learning in the classroom. And sometimes these problems keep them out of the classroom altogether. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. children lose an estimated 51 million school hours each year due to dental-related illness.

Bloo Dental, one of the area’s top rated family dental centers, is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 703-327-5533.


August Gardening Tips Debbie D. Dillion, Urban Horticulturist

ornamentals, most often in late summer when the days are warm and nights cool. Some mildews, particularly those on roses, apples, and cherries, also are increased by high humidity. Prevention by proper cultural techniques is the first defense. Grow resistant varieties; space and prune plants to improve aeration and lessen shading; water early in the day and at the base rather than on leaves; and reduce nitrogen applications to avoid excessive, late-season growth.

Clean up fallen rose and peony leaves. They can harbor disease and insect pests over the winter if allowed to remain on the ground. Root cuttings of woody shrubs and evergreens, such as azaleas, holly, and hydrangea, at this time of year. If azaleas look chlorotic (pale-green to yellow) check soil pH. They need acid soil because alkalinity locks up iron needed for green color. Sulfur reduces soil pH.

Water shrubs deeply once a week during August. Many plants, including azaleas and rhododendrons, are starting buds for next season’s bloom at this time. Immature berries of hollies and pyracantha may drop if the plants are water stressed.

Leaf miner larvae tunnel inside leaves, leaving whitish trails as they move about. Holly, boxwood, and locust are particularly susceptible to damage. Powdery mildew diseases attack a great many


Important Information to Know

Brambleton Community Association 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 703-542-6263 (p) 703-542-6266 (f)

Brambleton Community Center 42645 Regal Wood Drive Available for private rentals and community programming. Contact Beth Huck:

Board of Directors Meetings

Do You Need to Apply? Our office regularly receives applications for decks, patios and fences. Please note that an application is also required for play equipment, awnings, and for smaller projects like changing the color of paint on your front door.

Board of Directors meetings are held at the BCA Management Offices, located at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210. Upcoming Meetings Tuesday, August 9, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 8:15 a.m.

Submit completed applications to the management office at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210, Brambleton VA 20148, via fax to 703-542-6266 or to

Trash Collection Trash: Tuesdays & Fridays Yard Debris: Tuesdays (March - Dec) Recycling: Fridays AAA: 703-818-8222

As the Covenants Committee meets once per month, it is important to submit all of the required information with your application so as not to delay review of your project.



The Brambleton Community Association offers Notary services at the Brambleton Management Office. If you are interested in utilizing this service, please note the following: 路

Available by Appointment Only - please call 703-542-6263.

Notary service is free to Brambleton residents for the first two documents, with a $2.00 fee per document thereafter. Non-residents will be charged $2.00 per document.

Photo ID required.

Witnessing on documents will not be provided by the Brambleton Community Association.

Float n' Flick August 6 Sizzlin' Summer Concert August 11 Teen Pool Night August 13 Pool Party/Crab Fest August 20 Sizzlin' Summer Concert August 25

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.

NOVEC Please contact NOVEC at 1-888-335-0500 for any street light outages. Be sure to give your street address and the pole number when making the call.

Need Mailbox Repair? Black Mailboxes - Call Main Street Mailboxes at 703-753-5521 Weathered Bronze Mailboxes - Call Dominion Electric Supply Company, Erin Schwartz, at 703-631-8100


Brambleton Committees Activities Committee Chair: Lori Fetterman Membership: Open Upcoming Meetings: August 17, 7:30 p.m. September 21, 7:30 p.m. Covenants Committee Chair: Mike Dorrity Upcoming Meetings: August 8, 7:00 p.m. September 12, 7:00 p.m. Financial Advisory Committee Chair: Mark Davis Membership: Three seats open Upcoming Meetings: August 23, 7:30 p.m. September 27, 7:30 p.m. Grounds & Facilities Committee Chair: Mike Brown Membership: One seat open Upcoming Meetings: August 16, 7:00 p.m. September 20, 7:00 p.m. Technology Ad-hoc Committee Chair: Paul Raven Upcoming Meetings: Scheduled as necessary * All Association Committee meetings are held at the BCA Management Offices, located at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210. Please contact for more information on joining a committee.


2011 Advertising Rates (Color) 1/8 Page (3.5" x 2.25") - $50 1/4 Page (3.5" x 4.624") - $75 1/2 Page (7" x 4.625") - $100 Contact Christine Elansary for more information at 703-542-6263 or send an email to


Important Contact Numbers Community Management Contacts Brambleton Community Management Office 703-542-6263 Brambleton Welcome Center


Residences at Brambleton (AMS)


Summerfield Condo (CMC)


703-542-6266 (f)

703-542-5845 (f)

BCA Services Verizon -

Activation/Account Changes/Billing/Disconnect (M - F, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) 800-501-1172

- Repair - Questions/Assistance w/ - Assistance w/ Suspension of Service RecycleBank

888-553-1555 888-669-9901 888-338-9333 888-727-2978

AAA Recycling & Trash Removal


Utility Contacts Dominion Electric - North of Ryan Road


NOVEC - South of Ryan Road


Miss Utility


Washington Gas


Water/Sewer: Loudoun Water


County Contacts Emergency: Fire/Rescue/Police


Animal Care & Control


Building Permits


Post Office, Ashburn


Sheriff: Non-Emergency


Sheriff: Traffic Hotline



540-882-3984 (f)

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