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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Community Connections

Fall 2018

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“At Primrose School at Moorefield Station, we have the privilege of partnering with parents to help shape children’s minds and lay the foundation for future success,” said Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “That’s why we focus on nurturing these crucial executive function skills – along with skills like literacy, math, generosity, empathy and more – so children develop a foundation that empowers them to be anything they want when they grow up.” At Primrose School at Moorefield Station, children learn and practice executive function skills every day in age-appropriate ways through the Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach. For example, Pre-K and Kindergarten students do an activity that challenges them to create boats that float from classroom materials. Repurposing classroom objects to create something new requires adaptability, and the children deepen their working memory as they remember and follow instructions. Children also work together on the challenge, naturally engaging in teamwork. Even seemingly small actions occur each day to nurture these important skills, such as Primrose teachers asking children “why do you think” and “what if” questions as they play to promote critical thinking and problem solving. At home, parents can help nurture executive function skills through simple and fun activities. For example, songs like the hokey pokey and gamesn like Simon Says that require children to move in a particular way at a specific time help cultivate self-control. More activities, tips and resources on how to nurture executive function skills in children and help set them up for a lifetime of success can be found at PrimroseSchools.com/Skills.

Learn about the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning approach and Primrose School at Moorefield Station by visiting PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or calling 703.726.9306. 1

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

A Connected Community

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uilding and maintaining positive connections and interactions within a community served by a homeowners association is essential to the community’s success and residents’ overall satisfaction. Community connections can happen organically, but they often require desire, dedication, and effort. Focusing on community connections will result in positive benefits, interactions, and opportunities for everyone in the community. The concept of community can be defined in different ways, depending upon one’s perspective. A simple definition of community could be a group linked by common policy. This could be the belief of an HOA or board member who considers their only responsibilities to be enforcing covenants and maintaining common areas. This is a very narrow view of community and association responsibilities which ignores opportunities to enhance residents’ desires to interact with other community members. A more complex and comprehensive approach to defining community would be a group of people with common characteristics, such as social, religious, economic, or personal interests, who live or interact together within a larger society or common location. A more progressive association with this understanding of community would strive to enhance the lives of the residents that they serve. Taking this approach would cultivate a desire to be involved, a greater sense of belonging, an enhancement of community pride, a safer environment, and an overall increase in happiness and satisfaction among community members. BCA’s mission and core values emphasize making community connections. Service, Leadership, Stewardship, Teamwork, and Innovation are all values that focus on cultivating connections not only within Brambleton but beyond our community as well. Our commitment to leading a quality community goes beyond the need to enforce covenants and maintain common areas. We look to be a resource for our

residents, serve as stewards to the community and environment, build supportive relationships, and enhance opportunities for residents. These core values allow Brambleton to expand upon the basic responsibilities of typical associations. Turning values into positive actions is the next step in building connections. The Association continually reevaluates the programs and services that are available to the community. Our committees, staff, and Board often ask themselves what sets Brambleton apart from other communities, what are the needs of the community, how have those needs changed, and other questions that are focused on serving the community. Residents can actively make community connections in a variety of ways. Talk with a new neighbor on the Bram Bus while heading to a local concert or event. Provide an opportunity for your child to meet new friends while playing at one of our parks or participating in a program. Attend or volunteer at one of our festivals, or participate in an active community discussion at one of our committee meetings. Give back to the greater community by participating in a stream cleanup or litter pickup or by volunteering for a non-profit that focuses on the Loudoun County community. Participating in these and similar activities will provide you with opportunities to develop friendships, share similar experiences, address common concerns, and overall enhance the quality of residents’ lives within the community. The Association also finds value in developing and maintaining connections with businesses and organizations. Relationships with local businesses who share similar community-based values are often a win-win for all parties involved. Over the years, the Association has partnered with businesses who strive to build community connections through involvement in and sponsorship of our Lifestyles program. This has allowed the Association to enhance its events while providing an opportunity

for local businesses to connect with the community. The Association also actively participates in County and State discussions and meetings to ensure that our community interests are being considered and addressed. Furthermore, the Association maintains several professional memberships and designations with community-focused organizations, including the Community Associations Institute, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, and National Recreation and Parks Association. BCA understands and values the benefits that come from a connected community. As budgets are drafted, policies considered, and actions taken, the values of community are ingrained in the Association’s operations. The Association and Brambleton residents must remain committed to the idea of a connected community and take personal and professional actions that are in line with our goals and values. The layered complexities of a connected community take time to establish and grow, and they require effort and dedication from all community members. Together we will all benefit from our shared focus on a connected community. Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

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Brambleton

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Community Association Vision & Mission Vision

Leading a hometown community with high tech traditions where everyone can connect with life.

Mission BCA is committed to proactively leading a quality community for its residents through stewardship of resources, advanced technology, and enhanced lifestyle opportunities.

Board of Directors Kim Adams President

Brian Viola Vice President, Resident Director

Meryl Bisaga Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Gurganous Resident Director

Pat Martin Director

Ric Spencer Director

Ram Venkatachalam Resident Director

Management Office 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210 Brambleton, VA 20148

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A Connected Community A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER The Association puts great effort into building and maintaining community connections within Brambleton and beyond.

(p) 703-542-6263 (f ) 703-542-6266 hoa@brambleton.org www.brambletonhoa.com

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

Rosemarie Linder Editor, Director of Administration & Services, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Paul Gentine Communications Coordinator To advertise in the Brambleton Community Magazine, contact Paul Gentine via email at communications@brambleton.org or call 703542-6263. The community magazine is published quarterly by the Brambleton Community Association, distributed via email and can be viewed on our website.

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BY SHANTIL MOYER

BY CHRISTINE ELANSARY

BCA values our relationship with our contractors and appreciates their donations to the community.

Brambleton offers countless ways to stay active and healthy during the fall season.

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Fall into Fitness


ARTICLES

EVENTS SEPTEMBER

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

A Connected Community

Fall into Fitness

Sept. 9: Dog Gone Wild Pool Party, 2 - 6 PM

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Sept. 15-16: Neighborhood Campout, 1 PM - 10 AM

Board of Directors

EATLOCO BRAMBLETON MARKETPLACE

Committee Updates

Ground Works: Fall Activity

Maintenance and Upkeep Around Brambleton

BCA and Our Contractors

2019 Budget and Assessment Process

2018 BCA Board Election: Call for Candidates

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SAFETY & SECURITY

LCSO Plays it S.A.F.E.

Personal Security Camera Registration

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Fall Highlights

Free Tools for Students and Professionals

Brambleton Library

Sept. 22: Fall Yard Sale, 8 AM - 12 PM Sept. 29: Two by Four 5k, 8 AM

OCTOBER Oct. 6: Fall Fest, 12 - 6 PM Oct. 27: Zombie Run, 5 PM

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Nov. 9: Pictures with Santa, 10 AM - 7 PM

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Payment Options

Brambleton Maps

Nov. 11: Pictures with Santa, 10 AM 7 PM

Important Contact Information

Nov. 22: BKC Turkey Trail Trot, 8 AM

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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Brambleton Bettas Swim Team

Fall 2018 Events

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Fall Programs

Loudoun County Election 2018

Race Brambleton

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Bram Life Pass

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THINK GREEN

Fall Projects

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HOME & GARDEN

Make Time for a Different Kind of Home Work

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Benefits of Street Trees in Our Community

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BRAM BUS

BCA Focus: Community Standards

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BCA Communications

Resident Spotlight: Erica DiFruscio

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2018 EVENTS CALENDAR

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HOW TO REACH US

Nov. 10: Lace Up For Learning 5k, 8:30 AM Nov. 10: Pictures with Santa, 10 AM 7 PM

MEETINGS Annual Meeting: Nov. 13 at 7 PM Board of Directors Meeting: Oct. 2 at 8:15 AM Asphalt Sub-Committee Meeting: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 at 7 PM Covenants Committee Meeting: Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 at 7 PM Grounds & Facilities Committee Meeting: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM Safety & Security Committee Meeting: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM Ad Hoc Tech Committee Meeting: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 at 7 PM Finance Committee Meeting: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 at 7:30 PM

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BCA Board of Directors Back Row (l-r): Brian Viola - Vice President, Ram Venkatachalam - Resident Director, Ric Spencer - Director, Tom Gurganous - Resident Director Front Row (l-r): Pat Martin - Director, Kim Adams - President, Meryl Bisaga - Treasurer & Secretary

BCA Board in Action The BCA Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance and success of the Association. The Board meets regularly to discuss BCA business, set policies and procedures, and take action on various Association matters. The Board last met on June 5th and August 7th and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws: June 5, 2018 Meeting: • Adopted the April 3, 2018 meeting minutes. • Reviewed Purchasing and Contracting Resolutions; directed staff to revise and report back to the Board at their August meeting. • Reviewed various management and financial reports. • Approved funding for the sand volleyball court in Legacy Park. • Recognized HLS, TDS, and KT Enterprise for their work and future donation of the Brambleton Dog Park. • Approved agreement with Loudoun County Public Schools for the use of the Community Center for their CAST program. • Adopted the revised Stratford Landing slide use rules. • Approved funding of signs and posts for townhome streets. • Approved funding for lighting conduit at future Creighton West tennis/basketball courts. • Took action on several owner obligations and account matters. August 7, 2018 Meeting: • Adopted the June 5, 2018 meeting minutes. • Approved the telecom consulting agreement with the Broadband Group. • Reviewed various management and financial reports. • Accepted the 2017 Audit and approved distribution once finalized. • Adopted the Purchasing and Contracting Resolutions as submitted. • Approved the BramLife Program as presented. • Approved funding for two French drain projects on common areas. • Directed staff to develop internal controls for the handling of cash and checks. • Directed staff to start preliminary investigation on the formation of a nonprofit organization. • Took action on several owner obligations, account, and personnel matters.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8:15 AM, BCA Management Office Annual Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 PM, Corner Clubhouse Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the Brambleton Facebook page for any updates to the Board meeting schedule.


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BCA Committee Updates

BRAMBLETON KIDS CARE COMMITTEE

The primary responsibility of the Brambleton Kids Care Committee is to empower the next generation of Brambleton’s residents and facilitate their development into compassionate, service-minded citizens. Through various community service projects, the committee provides opportunities for children to help those in need. Participation give kids the power to make a positive impact as well as gain valuable life experience and skills. Brambleton Kids Care is proud to have supported several local organizations, such as Mobile Hope, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Northern Virginia Diaper Bank, and more! Meetings: Meets as needed, typically during the school year. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/brambletonkidscare

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions. Meetings: Second Monday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 9/10, 10/8, 11/12 at 7:00 PM Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/covenants

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 9/11, 10/9, 11/13 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Serving as a resource for residents with concerns and making recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 9/11, 10/9, 11/13 at 7:30 PM Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

AD HOC TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE Responsibility: Facilitating review of the end of contract options, seeking resident input, and advising the Board related to the Verizon FIOS bulk agreement. Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 9/18, 10/16, 11/20 at 7:00 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/tech

FINANCE COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing financial reports and audits, monitoring investments, reviewing funding for capital projects, and developing financial policies and resolutions to the Board. Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings:9/25, 10/23, 11/27 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

GET INVOLVED – JOIN A BCA COMMITTEE Serving on a BCA Committee is a great way to learn more about the Association’s operations and to become more involved in the community! Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/committees for more information, including a committee member application.

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INSIDE BCA

Ground Works: Fall Activity As a steward of the land, Brambleton Community Association is continually performing various upkeep and service tasks to maintain a healthy environment and great looking community. These are the highlights that will occur over the next few months:

Common Area

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Trash & Litter Removal

January - December

Mowing & Edging

March - November

Fertilizer & Weed Control

March - November

Pond Maintenance

March - December

Irrigation/Watering

May - October

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program

Date

Mowing & Edging

March - November

Fertilizer & Weed Control

March - November

Email Operations@ brambleton.org with any questions related to planned fall activities.

The Association focuses its fall grounds maintenance tasks on renovating the grounds and replacing plant material impacted by summer conditions. We will concentrate on the following: • Turf Renovations: Aerate all common areas. Overseed all non-irrigated common areas. Top dress and slit-seed identified locations needing greater attention. • Shrub & Tree Replacement: All maintained common areas will be inspected for dead plant material. Replacement plants will be considered based on location, quantity, and current and future growth. • Fall Fertilization: Two rounds of fall fertilizer will be applied to all common areas. • Fall Annuals: Spring annuals will be removed and fall annual flowers will be installed at most existing flower beds. Brambleton's developer remains responsible for common areas that have not been accepted by the Association for maintenance, and the developer will perform similar tasks on these areas.

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Maintenance & Upkeep Around Brambleton Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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t takes efforts and attention from all property owners within Brambleton to keep our community looking great. This article serves as a quick reference guide for who maintains what aspects of the common areas and other common elements located throughout Brambleton. Commuter Lot: The Association is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Creighton Road Commuter Lot while Loudoun County provides the bus service to the lot. Grounds Maintenance: Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of their parcel.* The Association is responsible for common areas and major VDOT right-of-ways. The County is responsible for schools and firehouses. Brambleton Group is responsible for the Brambleton Town Center, areas under construction, and undeveloped lots. *Certain townhome sections in Brambleton are deeded with limited grounds maintenance services and pay an additional assessment to the Association for these services.

wetlands throughout the community are primarily owned and maintained by the Association. Authorities such as the County, Army Corps of Engineers, and DCOR regulate the manner in which some of these areas are maintained. Parks, Tot Lots, & Play Areas: There are numerous parks and play areas throughout the community. Most of the parks belong to BCA with a few exceptions. The Brambleton Ball fields at Belmont Ridge Road and Northstar Boulevard belong to Loudoun County Parks & Recreation. The play areas and ball fields on the various school properties belong to the County schools. Pools: Brambleton currently maintains four pools for its residents. Concerns regarding the BCA pools should be promptly addressed by the manager on duty or the Association. Summerfield is responsible for their pool, clubhouse, and other amenities within their property.

Ponds & Stormwater Facilities: The Association is responsible for the Natural Areas, Woodlands, & Wetlands: maintenance of recreation and aesthetThe natural areas, woodlands, and ic functions of the wet and dry stormw a te r m a n a g e m e n t ponds. The Loudoun Related Contacts County General Service Department is responBCA: 703-542-6263; Operations@brambleton.org sible for the stormwaSummerfield at Brambleton: 703-327-4818 ter management strucLoudoun County Commuter Services: 877-465-2287 tures and features of the ponds. The Association Loudoun County General Services: 703-771-5552 is responsible for all Loudoun County Parks & Recreation: 703-777-0343 natural ponds that don’t serve as stormwater Loudoun County Public Schools: 571-252-2960 management facilities. Dominion VA Power: 866-366-4357 VDOT is responsible for NOVEC: 703-335-0500 all stormwater inlets on public streets. VDOT: 703-737-2000

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Sport Courts: Brambleton has several tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts located at Legacy Park and Belmont Trace. These are all maintained by the Association. Street Signage: There are public and private streets in Brambleton. The maintenance of the signage on these streets varies depending upon the ownership of the street. Concerns with signage on private streets or streets with active construction should be reported to BCA. Concerns with signage on streets with route numbers should be reported to VDOT. Concerns with all blue “street name” signs are to be directed to Louodun County Public Works. Streetlights: Community streets are illuminated by streetlights and carriage lamps. NOVEC is responsible for the large black streetlights on the corners of residential streets south of Ryan Road. Dominion VA Power is responsible for the square streetlights north of Ryan Road. BCA is responsible for the round “acorn” style lights north of Ryan Road. BCA is responsible for any streetlights and poles identified with a “B” followed by three numbers (Example B123). Homeowners are responsible for the carriage lamps on their property. Trails: Most trails within Brambleton belong to the Association or will once they are completed. All concerns and any trail hazards should be forwarded to the Association. Trash Cans & Dog Stations: The Association strategically locates trash cans and dog stations around the community for residents’ convenience. Trash cans at the parks, facilities, and along the trails and sidewalks are all serviced by BCA.


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BCA and Our Contractors Shantil Moyer - Operations & Assets Manager

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rambleton currently has over 5,500 homes and will increase in size to over 7,500 homes in the coming years, all situated on more than 2,300 acres of land. Maintaining a community of this size requires a significant amount of teamwork between the Association and our contractors. BCA relies heavily on our contractors to help maintain our assets: landscaping, irrigation, pools, courts, parks, facilities, and streets, just to name a few. Our relationship with our contractors is a partnership where we work closely together to accomplish the Association’s vision, mission, and goals as well as maintain the highest standards for our community. Just as we value our contractors, they equally value us and strive to adhere to our standards. We have been fortunate this year to have a few of our contractors join together and gift Brambleton two new, highly popular amenities. For anyone that has visited Legacy Park lately, you have most likely seen a queue of children lined up to take a ride along

our new zipline. The zipline structure was graciously donated to Brambleton by our friends at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Burke Commercial Play Equipment, and All Recreation, LLC. This project would not have been made possible without our community’s commitment to our parks and relationships with valued contractors and community partners. We are also pleased to announce that Brambleton will open its long-awaited dog park later this fall. The dog park is located off Creighton Road near Brambleton Middle School and will be accessible by the trail originating at the future Creighton West tennis and basketball courts. The entire project has been donated to Brambleton by our partners at Heritage Landscaping Services (HLS), Total Development Solutions (TDS), and KT Enterprises. We are very grateful for their generous gift and know our residents and their dogs will love using this new amenity.

valued. It is important that a community the size of Brambleton has the right relationships in place that will not only get the job done but will go above and beyond to further enhance our great community. The Association would like to thank and recognize HLS, TDS, KT Enterprise, Burke Equipment, NRPA, and All Rec for their commitment to our community and the enhancements they have donated to help ensure that Brambleton is a great place to live.

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2019 Budget and Assessment Process Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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eveloping a $13M operational budget for a growing community is a fun yet challenging process. Each year, BCA staff is tasked with developing the next year’s operational, reserve, and capital budgets. Built-out and established communities typically consider changes in utility costs, inflation, changes in service contracts, and other historical trends. Drafting the budget for a growing, large-scale community is more complex. The process begins by first establishing a Budget Calendar and then continues with an analysis of the current budget and a determination of what will change in the new year. Projecting and accounting for budget changes from year to year in a growing community is necessary to ensure proper funding of the Association. Major items that impact the operational budget and assessments each year include new home sales; construction and maintenance of common elements such as common areas, parks, amenities, buildings, streets, etc.; changes to service levels or scope of work in new and upcoming contracts; staffing requirements; forecasts on future reserves; and desired capital projects. An inaccurate projection of new home sales in Brambleton can significantly impact the Association since Brambleton uses an expense-based budget that is funded by assessments

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based on the current and growing unit count. Replacement reserves can also impact assessments. The more capital assets and amenities that an association has, the more reserve funding is required. Brambleton recently completed a reserve study in which a third-party engineer identified new capital assets that will be added to the 2019 Budget. This could potentially cause assessments to increase for impacted unit types if the new settlement rates don’t keep up with the growth of the additional assets. This has occurred over the past couple of years primarily to townhome units due to the increase in new asphalt streets. The Association also drafts, adopts, and maintains a Capital Budget. This budget is used to fund new capital projects, amenities, and purchases that are determined necessary by the Board. The new sand volleyball court in Legacy Park and seven connector trails are good examples of capital projects that were constructed in 2018. One focus in 2019 is to construct additional amenities for Morning Walk Park (Park 3), pending approval by the Board. Currently, capital projects are not funded through assessments; builders and new home purchasers pay an initial capital fee as part of their settlement in order to finance these projects. This situation could

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change in the future as new home sales decrease or as the need for additional funding increases. The next step in the process is the approval of the budget. Resident advisory committees, Association staff, and Board members are all involved in this process. Staff solicits input from residents and committees on new ideas, services, and amenities (July/August). Those ideas are assessed a cost estimate and classified as either operational or capital expenses. Then, staff drafts the new budget (August/September) and presents it to the Finance Committee for their review (September) and recommendation to the Board (October). The Board will then review the draft budget and related assessments at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd. If the Board needs more time to review and adopt the budget, then they will have until the end of October to accomplish this. It takes a consolidated effort by all facets of the Association to properly produce a well-balanced budget every year. With a few tweaks here and there, the budget development and approval process has worked very successfully over the years to meet the demands of our growing and ever-changing community. The Association looks forward to everything that 2019 will bring.


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2018 BCA Board Election: Call for Candidates Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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wo seats on the BCA Board of Directors are open in the upcoming 2018 election. This November, Brambleton residents will elect the next two Directors who will then serve the community for the next 3 years. The BCA Board is the executive body responsible for setting Association policies and procedures that impact our homes and lives in Brambleton. The roles and responsibilities of a BCA Director are contained within the Association’s Governing Documents. There are a diverse set of characteristics that a Brambleton resident should have in order to be a successful Director. An appreciation and love for the community, a desire to volunteer and make Brambleton a better place, a willingness to serve the greater need, an understanding of the functions of the Association, and the ability to develop reasonable solutions are just some of

the qualities of our current and past Directors. Do you have what it takes to become the next Director on the BCA Board?

Petition and turn it into the BCA Management Office by no later than Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Petitions and all other election-related information can be found on the BCA Website. Related Dates to Remember • Call for Candidates Period Opens: Friday, September 7th • Candidate/Nominating Petition Deadline: Friday, October 5th at 5:00 PM

Call for Candidates BCA will open its Call for Candidates period on Friday, September 7, 2018. Residents interested in running for one of the two seats on the Board will need to complete a Candidate/Nominating

• Election Opens: Thursday, October 18th at 9:00 AM • Paper Ballot and Online Elections Close: Friday, November 9th at 5:00 PM • Annual Meeting and Election: Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 ANNUAL MEETING DATE AND PLACE: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Brambleton Corner Clubhouse 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace TIME: 6:30 PM: Sign In 7:00 PM: Annual Meeting Begins The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to share Association and community information as well as to provide an opportunity following the meeting for residents to ask specific questions of the Association. Representatives from the Developer’s office will also be present to provide updates on development-related matters. The Annual Meeting is also a great opportunity for you to meet the current Board members, Association staff, and your neighbors. More information will be sent to your home via US Mail and will be shared through all official BCA Communications channels. We hope to see you there! 12


SAFETY & SECURITY

LCSO Plays it S.A.F.E.

Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Administration & Services

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ommunity safety requires partnerships at every level. The Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office (LCSO) developed the School Awareness & Firm Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Operational Initiative based upon resident input and community feedback regarding concerns for traffic and speeding issues around communitybased schools.

S.A.F.E. is a partnership between the Loudoun County Public Schools and the Sheriff ’s Office to address unsafe driving behaviors in school zones during morning drop-off and afternoon departure times. It incorporates an awareness component that uses LCSO School Resource Officers (SROs) to work with school staff to identify ongoing traffic complaints occurring in school zones. It also includes an educational component that enlists SROs to assist school staff with safety messaging geared towards both parents and students. The enforcement component utilizes multiple LCSO resources, including Patrol Deputies, Community Resource Officers, School Resource Officers, and the LCSO Traffic Unit to monitor school zones for traffic violations as well as

to take firm enforcement action when necessary. This initiative was piloted here in Brambleton and has since grown to become a countywide program. To bring further awareness, BCA regularly places their Radar Messaging trailer in school zones at the beginning of the school year and also emphasizes the need for safety awareness year-round.

Personal Security Camera Registration Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Administration & Services

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he Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office (LCSO) uses CrimeReports.com as an online mapping and analysis service that combines the value of law enforcement data with the ease of use of Google-based mapping and an analytics module so that members of the public can view police data in a high-impact map or summary descriptive format. Through this program, residents have the option to register their security camera. Registration is 100% voluntary and does not provide LCSO with direct access to your security system/camera. Your personal information will be kept confidential by LCSO, and registration information will only be accessed by law enforcement if there is a criminal incident that was possibly captured by your security camera. LCSO detectives or deputies may request a copy of any video captured by your camera if it may assist in the investigation of a crime.

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Residents interested in participating in the program are asked to register their camera at https://bit.ly/2OAgA7b. For more information on the program, contact Kraig Troxell, Media Relations and Communications Manager with LCSO, at 703-771-5278. Security cameras do require review and approval by the BCA Covenants Committee. Find the Design Review Application at www.brambletonhoa. com/covenants. Background: At a recent meeting of Brambleton’s Safety & Security Committee, the LCSO Community Policing Officer shared information regarding the LCSO website (www.sheriff.loudoun.gov) and highlighted several resources, including the Crime Mapping online tool. The Committee noted that the tool included

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an option for residents to register their personal security cameras to potentially aide local law enforcement investigations and to enhance crime prevention. Recognizing that Brambleton has a significant number of residents with personal security cameras, the committee members requested additional information from LCSO about their use and any potential benefits to offering security camera registration to residents. LCSO shared the information above and encourages residents with questions about the program to contact them directly.


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Bus Tour

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Meet at Brambleton Welcome Center Join us for a guided bus tour of everything Brambleton has to offer! · Learn about Brambleton’s history as well as the services and activities that Brambleton provides · Stops will include several locations throughout the Brambleton community · Visit www.brambletonhoa.com to sign up and find more information

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LIFESTYLES

SEPTEMBER Sept. 9: Dog Gone Wild Pool Party

Fall 2018 Events

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sept. 15-16: Neighborhood Campout 1:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Sept. 22: Fall Yard Sale 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sept. 22: Two by Four 5k 8:00 AM

OCTOBER Oct. 6: Fall Fest 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oct. 27: Zombie Run 5:00 PM

NOVEMBER Nov. 9-11: Pictures with Santa 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Nov. 10: Lace Up For Learning 5k 8:30 AM

Nov. 22: BKC Turkey Trail Trot 8:00 AM

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Fall Programs PROGRAM

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

9/4 - 12/13

Tuesdays: 6:15pm - 7:15pm Thursdays: 6:15pm - 8:15pm

Corner Clubhouse

10/12; 11/16; 1/11

Fridays: 5pm - 6:30pm

Community Center

9/10 - 5/27

Mondays: 5pm - 6pm - Elementary 6pm - 7pm - MS/HS

Community Center

FIT4MOM

8/22 - 11/16

Wed/Fri: 9:30am - 10:30am

Legacy Park Community Center

Fitness Image Results

9/1 - 12/31

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Outdoors Comm Center/Corner

ICE Collaborative Arts

9/11 - 1/8

Little Hands Music

9/13 - 12/6

Overtime Flag Football

9/15 - 10/27

Saturdays: 9am - 1pm

Creighton Field

RESTART

9/17 - 10/15

Mondays: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Silver Knights Chess Club

9/27 - 1/10

Thursdays: 5pm - 6pm

Community Center LL

Silver Knights Coding

10/3 - 11/28

Wednesdays: 5pm - 6pm

Community Center LL

Silver Knights Robotics

10/1 - 12/3

Mondays: 5pm - 6pm

Community Center LL

Weight Watchers

9/1 - 12/31

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 8pm

Community Center

Arpan Dance Cotillion Drama Kids

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Tuesdays: 5pm - 8pm Wednesdays: 6pm - 8pm Thursdays: 10:45am - 11:15am - Toddler 12:30pm - 1:15pm - Preschool

Comm Center/Corner

Community Center

For detailed information and to register for current programs, Fall 2018 please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/programs.

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Join in the fun as hundreds of two and four-legged athletes will again race to crush cancer at both ends of the leash in the 2nd Annual Two By Four Race Against Childhood and Canine Cancer! The goal of this unique race is to bring our community together to raise awareness of and funds for critical research to end cancers that both kids and our canine companions develop. Visit www.twobyfourrace.org to register and find more information.

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Upcoming Races

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Are you a runner or are you a zombie? You choose! In this slightly scary timed 5k race, you can race through our tunnels and trails dodging zombies or you can live out your nightmares of being a zombie and chase runners while you try and eat their brains (or flags in this case). Check out www.brambletonhoa.com/zombierun for more information.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

This family-oriented fundraising event is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities to support their schools. The race benefits Brambleton’s schools: Brambleton MS, Briar Woods HS, Creighton’s Corner Elementary, Legacy Elementary, Madison’s Trust Elementary, Moorefield Station Elementary, Rock Ridge HS, Stone Hill MS, and St. Theresa Catholic School.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

The more people that run for a school, the more money the school gets! You can register and find more information at www.laceupforlearning.com.

Race Brambleton is proudly hosted by Brambleton Community Association and the Brambleton Town Center. Proceeds from all races will benefit a number of local charitable organizations.

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THINK GREEN

Fall Projects Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Administration & Services

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all is always a busy time of year, but finding time for quick and easy projects can help save water and electricity inside and outside of your home. We’ve gathered these ideas from our local utilities to get you started. Novec • Seal air leaks around windows and door frames with caulk or weather stripping. • Make sure heating equipment is ready to go for the coming season. For more energy saving heating and cooling tips, visit https://www.novec.com/Save/ HomeHeatingandCoolingSystems. cfm. • Adjust ceiling fans so that they help push warm air down and even out the heat in a room. • In the laundry room, use dryer balls. Wool or rubber dryer balls can help to separate your clothes and cut drying time. If you use dryer sheets, scrub the filter once a month to remove

film buildup that can reduce air circulation. Loudoun Water • Fix Leaky toilets: The toilet flapper is located at the bottom of the tank and seals the tank drain until the handle is pushed. If the seal is not tight, leakage can occur, resulting in the toilet unexpectedly refilling or making running water sounds. To check if the toilet flapper is working properly, there are two tests you can perform: ƒƒ Shred some toilet paper and toss it into the bowl. Flush the toilet and see if all the paper is gone. If it is not, then the flapper setting needs to be adjusted. ƒƒ Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank behind the bowl. Wait one hour before flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, the flapper is likely defective or leaking. Loudoun Water has dye tablets available for customers to use upon request. For further information

regarding how to replace the toilet flapper, consult your local hardware store. If you need to replace the toilet, visit EPA's WaterSense for a list of water efficient brands. • Install aerators on bathroom faucets: Aerators create a no-splashing stream that delivers a mixture of water and air. Adding an aerator to your faucets can save 438 gallons of water per person per year. Replacing an old aerator takes less than five minutes! Washington Gas • Replace your air/furnace filter every month during the heating season to maintain safe and efficient operation of your heating equipment. Let your natural gas bill be a reminder. • Take Washington Gas’s online Home Energy Profile to get recommendations that make sense for your home – no sign up or personal information required: https://washingtongas.energysavvy.com/residential/start/.

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HOME & GARDEN

Make Time for a Different Kind of Home Work Rosemarie Linder, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Director of Administration & Services

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on your kids, make sure that all of your doors are locked and your garage door is closed.” The video can be viewed at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/9PMRoutine.

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Residents are also encouraged to immediately report all suspicious activity and vandalism, such as graffiti and damage to mailboxes, by calling the LCSO nonemergency line at 703-777-1021.

chool’s back in session, and you’re probably already kneedeep in homework; the traditional kind, that is. We want to share a few suggestions from the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office about a different kind of home work that can help make you and our community safer.

Loudoun County offers the most upto-date emergency information, news releases, weather forecasts, traffic updates, and more at www.loudoun.gov/ alert. Start the #9PM Routine The #9PMRoutine hashtag is being introduced to remind residents to make sure that their vehicles, doors, and garage doors are closed before they go to bed. LCSO will post nightly reminders on Facebook and Twitter encouraging residents to participate by using this hashtag. In a video released earlier this year, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman reminds residents that as they go through their nightly routine, “whether it be making a cup of hot tea, settling in to watch a movie, or checking

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Request a Crime Prevention Security Survey A Crime Prevention Security Survey is a visual and physical inspection conducted by a deputy sheriff to evaluate your property from a crime prevention and security viewpoint. Based on the inspection, the deputy will make recommendations on how you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime by using proven crime prevention techniques. A member of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Adult Crime Prevention Unit will set up a date and time to conduct the inspection of your residence or business at no cost. The deputies are specially trained Crime Prevention Specialists and will evaluate the risk factors for your location. Some of the items the deputy may focus on include:

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• Alarm systems • Bushes and trees that should be trimmed to enhance visibility • Door locks • Exterior lighting • Security of yard items, bicycles, and other items kept in sheds or carports • Smoke alarms • Window locks To schedule a free security survey of your home or business, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at Sheriffs_ Crime_Prevention@loudoun.gov. Install Security Cameras Security cameras are another great tool in the crime prevention toolbox. They have become more affordable and easier to install in the past few years, and they are recommended to help prevent and solve crimes. Brambleton requires an approved Design Review Application for most security cameras, except for doorbell cameras. Find the application form and details on our website at www. brambletonhoa.com/designreview. Also, don’t forget to register your camera at www.crimereports.com once it’s been installed.


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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Benefits of Street Trees in Our Community Andrea Martin, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards Manager

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hen we walk our streets, many of us probably take canopy street trees for granted. Whether they provide shade as we bike along the sidewalks or line the edges of our pocket parks, trees aren’t usually given much attention or respect. But trees are an integral part of the overall image, character, and streetscape of Brambleton. In most of the US, streets without trees are not inviting places to walk and therefore discourages pedestrian traffic, which is bad for towns and our community. Street trees are essential for a vital and livable community.

3-7 degrees. These temperature increases significantly impact energy costs to homeowners. Through street tree planting, a properly shaded neighborhood can reduce energy bills for a household from 15-35%. Also, studies conducted in a variety of urban environments show that the shade of urban street trees can add 40-60% more life to asphalt surfaces. Furthermore, unlike most material purchases, street trees increase in value the minute they leave the nursery and continue to gain worth as they mature. They add to your properties resale or rental value by improving curb appeal.

Alongside native tree species come native birds and animals, whose beautiful music will help make your house a home for many years to come. For a complete list of native tree species please visit the BCA website at www.brambletonhoa. com/nativeplants.

Is a beautiful tree lined street really the reason developers and municipalities plant street trees? Maybe! Perhaps the more important question is how that new street tree benefits the homeowner. There are many benefits to planting street trees and maintaining an urban canopy, especially with the rapid growth seen throughout Loudoun County. Not all benefits are obvious as to why you should love your trees.

A mature tree can act as a buffer and reduce unwanted street noise by up to 6 decibels. In addition to deflecting unwanted noise, a well-maintained tree will become a welcome home for beneficial animals and songbirds. Developers and commercial landscaping companies maintain strict guidelines for planting only native tree species to help ensure long lasting durability and success.

• Trim/prune trees to a minimum of 8 feet above the sidewalk to allow for free, unobstructed passage on the sidewalk.

Street trees create more pleasant walking environments, bringing about increased outdoor activity and spontaneous socialization, while at the same time encouraging neighborhood pride. A sense of ownership and care for a neighborhood creates a more secure environment for everyone. Studies show that asphalt and concrete streets and parking lots are known to increase neighborhood temperatures by

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As trees mature, there is maintenance that needs to be addressed for the health of the tree and to comply with the Design Guidelines of Brambleton. Here are a few of the most common Tree Care Reminders that we routinely communicate to the residents:

• Maintain all trees and landscaping within the scale of the property. • Remove tree stakes which have been in place for more than one year.

Please remember our Design Review Guidelines: In Brambleton, no live trees with a diameter in excess of 4 inches (4"), measured 12” above ground, nor flowering trees in excess of 2” similarly measured, may be removed without the prior approval of the Covenants Committee. In no event shall live trees planted by the Declarant or a builder to comply with Loudoun County governmental requirements be cut or relocated without prior written approval from the Covenants Committee. The committee may require the installation of an appropriate replacement as a required condition for approving removal of a tree. Minimum replacement tree size shall be 2” caliper for a deciduous/ evergreen tree and 1 ½” caliper for an ornamental tree.

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• Remove dead plant material promptly and plan for required replacements. More details on tree care can be found at www.brambletonhoa.com/ treeownersmanual. Sadly, many of our street trees in Brambleton have been impacted by the emerald ash borer, which has been directly linked to the decline of ash trees that line some of our streets. If your street tree is diseased or dying, and the tree is located within your property line, you are responsible for the removal and replacement of the tree. For more information about the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance regarding canopy tree requirements as well as recommended tree replacement species, please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/zoningcanopytrees. Another resource for tree care information is the Loudoun County Master Gardener Tree Stewards. These volunteers are committed to providing leadership in tree management, needs assessments, and education. They can be found online at http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/programs/ tree-stewards/. Should you need to replace your street tree, the Community Standards Advisor assigned to your section can guide you through the application process to help ensure that you submit a complete application to the Committee. The Committee meets the second Monday of every month to review completed design review applications. Applications and instructions can be found at www. brambletonhoa.com. Meetings are held at the Brambleton Management Office located at 42395 Ryan Rd, Suite 210, Brambleton, VA 20148. Should you wish to discuss your application in person with the Committee, we recommend that you make an appointment ahead of time to ensure we set aside time to address your concerns that evening. Application decision information is not provided at the meeting; all decision information is communicated in writing 5-7 days after the meeting date. Completed applications may be submitted via email to designreview@brambleton.org, by fax to 703-542-6266, or to the management office.

Love Where You Live! Monthly Tips to Keep Brambleton Beautiful September Break up soil to keep water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots over the winter. A garden fork will do the job for small yards, but larger yards may require a walk-behind aerator. Send your yard into winter with the nutrients it needs to survive the cold winter. Add a fall lawn fertilizer with high phosphorous content to encourage root growth and enjoy a lush, green lawn come spring. Don’t let falling leaves get the best of you; if left unattended, they can suffocate the grass. Rake them up, shred them, and use them as mulch. You might even be able to skip raking if you use a lawn mower to mulch the leaves in your yard. Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by giving your deck and fence a good wash. If your deck and fence is made of wood, add a weatherproofing preservative to protect it from moisture damage over the winter. Please remember that any color change needs a design review application. Only a clear coat preservative can be applied without review.

October Trim any dead branches and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. If you have blooming perennials like clematis or roses, now is the time to prune them and train the branches. Set your mower to a low setting and give the lawn a close buzz before winter sets in. This helps the soil dry out more quickly in the spring, which leads to a lusher lawn. If your perennials really took off this year, spread the love. Divide plants and add them to other beds where they will also do well. This saves money and time in the spring. Some plants do best when planted in the fall. If you want to add new shrubs or spring bulbs like hyacinth, now is the time to place them in the ground. Fall annuals like pansies are also a great addition to keep some color in your yard as other plants go to sleep.

November This is the perfect time to clear leaves and other debris from rain gutters. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages, and rinse with a hose. Pull out old vegetable plants, remove debris, and completely till the whole vegetable garden plot. If you compost, now is the time to add a layer of compost to help nurture your soil for planting next spring. Drain all water from hoses, fountains, and sprinklers, and store them out of view in a dry place. Water left standing over the winter may damage your equipment. Don’t throw your gardening tools in the shed and forget about them until spring. Take time to give them a good cleaning and add a light coat of oil to prevent rust during the cold season. 28


HEALTH & WELLNESS

Fall into Fitness Christine Elansary - Community Outreach & Lifestyles Coordinator

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rambleton is the perfect community to live an active and healthy lifestyle. With an expansive trail and park system, exercise stations, sports courts, and fitness programs available, there are plenty of opportunities to keep you moving and on your feet. Also, as an official Road Runners Club of America runner-friendly community, there isn’t a better place where you can walk right outside your door and run along miles of beautiful landscape. With the summer behind us, cooler temperatures and less humidity means perfect workout weather. Whether you are a novice or a workout warrior, there are many options to keep you in your best shape. Fitness Image Results • Adult Boot Camp: Achieve your fitness goals with this full-body, high intensity workout, and accelerate towards the results you want. • Road to Fitness: A low impact, low intensity workout for people just starting out and wanting to get healthy.

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• Fitness for Seniors (55+): A total body workout for seniors to get started with strength training or continue improving their fitness level. Visit www.firesults.com for FIR’s complete schedule of classes. Rhino Chasers

This five-week detox program is held at the Community Center, starting Monday, September 17th. Visit www. brambletonhoa.com/restart for more details. Race Brambleton

Join the Rhino Chasers Club every Tuesday evening at Lost Rhino Retreat starting at 6 PM. Take your pick of a 1-mile, 3-mile, or 5-mile run, then come back to the bar/patio to enjoy beers and dinner. All run club members receive 10% off their check! FIT4MOM-Ashburn Stroller Strides classes take place at Legacy Park on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Register for classes at www.ashburn.fit4mom.com. Weight Watchers Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays at the Community Center from 6:30 to 8 PM. Visit www.weightwatchers.com for more information.

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• Two by Four 5K: The goal of this unique race is to raise awareness and funds for critical research to end cancers that kids and our canine companions both develop. www.twobyfourrace.org. • Zombie Run: This fun race will have you either running from zombies or being a zombie chasing after runners. www.brambletonhoa.com/zombierun. • Lace Up for Learning: This familyfriendly race is designed to raise money for Brambleton schools. www.laceupforlearning.com. For more information on our fall health and wellness programs, please contact us at programs@brambleton.org.


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EAT LOCO

EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace Nikolle Holland - Marketing Coordinator, EatLoCo

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ith shifting colors on leaves, kids shifting to a new school schedule, and shifting seasonal fruits and veggies at the EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace, September brings on a season of positive change! This month, stock up on apples, pears, and raspberries for sweetness in your salads, smoothies, and sandwiches. Plus, incorporate some nutritious veggies into your weekly meal prep - tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and beets are all in season! The start of school can be busy, with new schedules being created, sports and activities ramping up, and the holidays fast approaching. However, don’t forget to leave time to visit the marketplace,

where your family can relax and slow down. There’s no need to hurry when you are perusing the stands, chatting with local artisans, or tasting delicious food samples. Sweater weather approaches, but the Brambleton Marketplace is open yearround! Follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/weeatloco as well as on Instagram and Twitter @eat_loco to stay up to date on our latest events and offerings. The summer season in Brambleton was packed full with our inaugural food truck rallies and our awesome pie contests, but there is always more to come from EatLoCo. Find out more on our website at www.eatloco. com!

EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace Sundays, 9 AM to 1 PM Legacy Park and Olympia Drive

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LIBRARY

Loudoun County Public Library Highlights Fall Programs and Events

Writing the Young Adult Novel: Create page-turners for the YA audience, and learn how to connect with agents and publishers. With writing coach David Hazard. For teens and adults. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 PM. Ashburn Library. Basic Robotics with Circuit Breakers: Meet the teens (and robots) who compete in robotics contests. Learn about the basics of robotics and see the robots in action. For teens. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 PM. Gum Spring Library. DIY Halloween Door Wreath: Make a unique and colorful Halloween decoration for your front door. Supplies provided. For teens and adults. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 PM. Ashburn Library. Writing Your Memoir and Selling It: Writing coach David Hazard helps you turn your life story into a manuscript. For adults. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 PM. Ashburn Library. Fantastic Beasts Bash: Encounter the magical creatures from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. For Grades 4-8. Saturday, Oct. 20, 3 PM. Ashburn Library. Writing and Publishing a Picture Book: High school student Kiara Brown, author and illustrator of the picture book “Princess Pretend and The Not Knight,” discusses her creative process and talks about the journey she took to publish her book. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 PM. Gum Spring Library. “FrankenSTEM” performed by Bright Star Theatre: Dr. Frank N. Stem is one of the world’s most famous scientists, but he needs your help to use science, technology, engineering, and math to bring his masterpiece to life. For Grades K-5. Monday, Oct. 22, 7 PM. Gum Spring Library.

Details at a Glance LCPL Website www.library.loudoun.gov Library Locations Ashburn Library: 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147 Gum Spring Library: 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA 20105

Dia de los Muertos - Sugar Skull Decorating: Decorate sugar skulls for the Mexican holiday. For teens. Monday, Oct. 29, 7 PM. Ashburn Library.

Fall Closings

So You Think You Can Interview? Learn how to prepare and conduct yourself during interviews, anticipate likely questions and develop your own questions for the employer. For teens and adults. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 PM. Ashburn Library.

Monday, Oct. 8: Columbus Day

For more programming information, visit the LCPL website at www.library.loudoun. gov, or pick up a copy of "Your Library" at your local library branch.

Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day Sunday, Nov. 11: Veteran's Day Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving (open until noon on 11/21)

Free Tools for Students and Professionals Loudoun County Public Library

Loudoun County Public Library has a treasure trove of online resources to assist with your studies, career, and personal interests. Back-to-school season is a prime time to brush up on these offerings, which are free to use at home or at the library. The sites listed here are just a small sample of what is available. Visit library.loudoun.gov/research for the entire collection. Tests and study • Credo Reference & Homework Help: A great starting point for research! Plus, free one-on-one online tutoring in math, science, English, and SAT prep available five days per week. (Grades 3-12) • Testing & Education Reference Center: Practice tests and downloadable study guides for students and professionals, from AP subject tests and SATs to graduate school and career exams. Research • Scholastic Go!: Research couldn’t be easier! One search box, lots of answers tailored to your grade level. (Grades K-12) • Literary Reference Center Plus: Author biographies, plot summaries, reviews, and interpretations – everything you need to get more from your reading. Learn something new • Teen Health & Wellness: Real answers to issues that matter, plus 24/7 hotlines. (Grades 7-12) • Lynda.com: Courses in technological, design, and business topics to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

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Brambleton Library

The Brambleton Library will be a hub for learning and reading, community gatherings, collaboration, and hands-on learning. Some building highlights include: • Dedicated space and materials for children, teens and adults • Multiple meeting and community rooms for library programs and public use • Makerspace providing community access to 3D printers, laser cutters, a recording studio, and other creative technology • A video gaming room located in the Teen Center on the second floor • Expanded Hindi and foreign-language book selection

Programming Patrons can expect traditional library offerings — such as children’s storytimes, English-learning programs, resume and job-search help, technology assistance, book discussions, and author visits — with a strong focus on Maker activities, STEM education and state-of-the-art technology. Brambleton Library will be a center of learning, creativity, community building, and innovation for the digital age.

Friends of the Brambleton Library Community support is essential to a successful library. The Friends of the Brambleton Library (FOBL) is a volunteer group committed to supporting the Brambleton Library. They are actively looking for volunteers who can help advise and offer fundraising assistance for programming and supplies not covered by the library’s operating budget. You can find more information by visiting the FOBL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheBrambletonLibrary) or emailing friendsofthebrambletonlibrary@gmail.com.

BRAMBLETON LIBRARY: BY THE NUMBERS • 40,000 sq. ft.

• 80,000 Items in Collections

• 3 Meeting Rooms

• 46 Staff Members

• 10 Study Rooms

• 40 Public Computers

1book1community: All American Boys Loudoun County Public Library

“All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, is Loudoun County Public Library’s 2018 pick for 1book 1community, a countywide program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. In a story taken directly from today’s headlines, “All American Boys” tells the story of two teens — one white, one black — as they “grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country, bitterly divided by racial tension” (from Simon & Schuster). Thousands of free copies of the book will be distributed this fall in LCPL branches and online. Readers can meet Reynolds and Kiely on Saturday, Dec. 15th at 2 PM as they host a public presentation at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg. The authors will discuss their work, answer questions, and sign copies of the book. Prior to their visit, readers can discuss “All American Boys” at numerous books clubs at LCPL branches, including the Adult Book Club in Brambleton. For more information and a schedule of book clubs, visit library.loudoun.gov/1book.

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What Are You Reading? Lauren Malik, Brambleton Group liaison to the Friends of the Brambleton Library, tells us what she’s currently reading and shares her favorite authors, bookstores, podcasts, and more!

Are you reading any great books right now? I am currently reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, which is based on the unpublished diary of Antonia Zabinski. I also recently finished another nonfiction book called The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell. It is the story of an English school teacher who rescued a penguin from an oil spill while living in Argentina during the turbulent years following the Peronist regime. As I am planning a trip to visit Argentina later this year, I found the story of the author’s connection to the penguin to be charming as well as the context of the country’s recent history to be very interesting. What’s next on your reading list? I plan to read The Expanse series – I became a fan of the Syfy TV show of the same name and recently discovered that it was based on a book series by James S. A. Corey. Do you have a favorite book or author? My go-to novels are thrillers that combine science, technology, and history into the plot, such as those written by James Rollins, Michael Crichton, and Dan Brown. Where is your favorite place to find new reading materials? I enjoy visiting independent bookstores when exploring new cities. Locally, Scrawl Books in Reston is worth a visit along with Kramerbooks in DuPont Circle. I also love the local chain Busboys and Poets, but I may be biased as my fiancé proposed to me at the Shirlington location! Do you have a favorite library? I am very eager for the Brambleton Library to open! I also loved visiting the Seattle Public Library as well as the Halifax Central Library in Nova Scotia and seeing their incredible architecture. Are you into podcasts? Do you have a favorite? I am a big fan of the Hidden Brain podcast hosted by Shankar Vedantam. Which do you prefer and why, books in print or digital e-readers? Although, I do generally prefer books in print, I also use the Audible app to listen to audiobooks during my commute. I’m not against e-readers, but as my background is in graphic design, I appreciate the cover art and like to display books in our home library. What is a fun fact about yourself? I studied art in college, and for my senior thesis project I received a grant from my university to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s book. It’s called “PeopleWatching” and it is about a bird named Betty that befriends a family by watching them through their window. You can view a digital version of the book at www.tinyurl.com/laurenmalik.

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Assessment Payment Options

Assessment payments are due on the first day of each month. To avoid incurring late or other collection related fees, it is recommended to align payment with the due date. Late fees are assessed for payments not posted by the 10th day of the month. BCA offers a variety of payment options and encourages owners to select the method that best suits their needs. Details regarding the various payment options can be found on www.brambletonhoa.com/assessmentpaymentoptions. Payment options include: • Mail: Owners may make payment by check or money order mailed to the Assocations' lockbox service. • Mailing Address: Brambleton Community Association, C/O FirstService Residential, PO Box 11983, Newark, NJ 07101 • Online Bill Pay: Owners may pay assessments using an online bill paying service from their personal banking institution. • Direct Debit: The owner authorizes FirstService Residential to withdraw the monthly recurring assessment amount from a designated checking or savings account. • ClickPay: This third-party payment service offers owners the ability to make one-time or recurring e-check or credit card payment at www.clickpay.com/firstservice. For help with your account or setting up payments online, please contact ClickPay at www.clickpay.com/gethelp, or call 1-888-354-0135 (option 1). It is important to note that assessment payments are NOT accepted at the Brambleton Community Association management office, as all payments are processed by the Association’s bank via a lockbox. Payments delivered to the Association will be returned. Please also note that cash cannot be accepted at the Brambleton Community Association management office or at FirstService Residential offices for payment of assessments.

2018 Monthly Assessments House Type

For more information or to request online access to your assessment account, please email hoa@brambleton.org.

$153.77

$188.43 Detached $201.63

Detached w/Common Driveway

$197.22 Townhouse $215.22

Townhouse w/Grounds Maint.

$144.65 Summerfield Condominiums The Residences Condominiums

ClickPay: Automatic Payment Options

Brambleton contracts with FirstService Residential (FSR) for financial management services. FSR has partnered with ClickPay to offer residents a variety of payment options, including bank debit and credit card payments. It is important to know that the use of ClickPay is not required to make payments. Payment options are detailed on the BCA website at www.brambletonhoa.com/ assessmentpaymentoptions. If you choose to use ClickPay, be sure to select the payment option that works best for you. • Pay Full Amount Due: Will include all monthly recurring charges, utilities, variable charges, scheduled assessments, late fees, repairs fees, etc. Equivalent to Total Balance. • Pay Full Amount Due up to Maximum: Full Amount (Total Balance) will be paid up to the max amount dictated by the resident. • Pay Recurring Charges and Scheduled Assessments: This option will only pay scheduled monthly charges – maintenance, utilities, scheduled assessments, etc. This option will not include one-time assessments, late fees, one-time charges, repair fees, etc. • Pay a Fixed Amount: The resident sets an amount to run monthly, regardless of total balance or recurring charges.

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BCA Resale Disclosure Packet

Requests for Resale Disclosure Packets are fulfilled by FirstService Residential via Welcomelink. Orders are accepted from the FSR website at https://fsresidential.com via the link Request Resale Documents. At the prompt, enter the zip code for the Brambleton property. Once at the WelcomeLink page, complete the necessary information to place the order. The cost of the packet is dependent upon several factors: the format, the delivery time frame, and the shipping method requested. See the FSR website for the most up to date information. The available formats are:

The available delivery timeframes are:

• Electronic (email) format - The link to access the electronic version is active for 180 days. To retain the document, it may be saved as a pdf.

• Standard - Packet is sent 14* calendar days from the order date. Fee is included.

• Printed (hardcopy) format • Update (available within 1 year of the initial order)

• Rush - If the Association is able to accommodate a rush order, the packet is sent 5* calendar days from the order date.

• Update with inspection (available within 1 year of the initial order) *Forms and payment must be received by 12 PM to count as first day. Forms received after 12 PM will be processed with the following day as the first day.

Notary Public Services

BCA Certificate of Insurance

BCA offers Notary Public services for residents. Here are a few tips to help make your notary experience easy:

Requests for Certificates of Insurance are fulfilled by the Association’s Insurance broker. To obtain a Certificate of Insurance for Brambleton Community Association, unit owners and lenders should submit their requests online at www.eoidirect.com or by phone at 877-456-3643, Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 8 PM. Certificates will be issued immediately.

• Please schedule an appointment. This allows staff to be ready and available to provide your requested service. To make an appointment or contact us for questions, please email hoa@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263. • Please let us know what type of document you need notarized. There are certain types of documents that we are not able to notarize. Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates (copies or originals). Only the Division of Vital Records/Statistics may perform such a certification. We are also unable to notarize I-9 forms. • All documents must be written in English. Witnessing on documents is not provided by the Brambleton Community Association. Tell us how many pages you need notarized, and what day and time is most convenient for you. We’ll do our best to meet your appointment requests. • Important - At your appointment, any person that will be signing the documentation must be present, and the forms must be signed in front of the Notary Public. Photo identification must be provided by all signers at the time of the appointment. • The first two pages are free of charge. Each additional page is $2 per page. Forms of payment accepted include cash and personal checks.

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Lender Questionnaires

Requests for completion of lender questionnaires for single family and town homes located within Brambleton are fulfilled by Brambleton Community Association staff. The cost for completion of either a Uniform Mortgage Questionnaire or a Lender-Specific Mortgage Questionnaire is as follows: • 3 business-day turnaround - $100.00 • 1 business-day turnaround - $150.00 Please note: Forms and payment for all services must be received by 12 PM on the day of submission to count as the first day. Forms received after 12 PM will be processed counting the following business day as the first day. To submit a request or for more information, visit www.brambletonhoa.com/lenderquestionnaire.

Assessment Account Payoff Requests for Account Payoff Statements are fulfilled by FirstService Residential. To obtain an account payoff statement, submit request and owner authorization to payoff.dcmetro@fsresidential.com.

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Brambleton Maps

Brambleton Community Association maintains a variety of maps for the community. Below you’ll find some of the more frequently requested maps. Check for other available maps at www.brambletonhoa.com.

New Trail Connections The Association’s vision has begun for a balanced park system that enhances lifestyles by providing additional active and passive recreational opportunities. As part of the concept plan for Neighborhood Parks 3 and 4, the Association installed several short trail segments that provide additional paved access points to the greater trail system. The seven trail connections are listed here and also marked on the map: 1. Rising Moon Place (west end) to existing trail through Park 3 2. Winter Haven Drive to existing trail through Park 3 3. Myan Gold Drive to existing trail through Park 3 4. Summer Rain Court to existing trail around Pond 7 5. Grahams Stable Square and Autumn Sky Court to existing trail around Pond 7 6. Grahams Stable Square (east end) to existing trail along Belmont Ridge Road 7. Stratford Landing Drive to existing trail through Park 4 The Association remains committed to transparency throughout all projects and will continue to update residents through the website, Friday Flash, magazine, and social media.

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Important Contact Information County Contacts

Community Management Contacts Brambleton Community Management Office: 703-542-6263 Residences at Brambleton (FSR): 703-385-1133 Summerfield Condo (FSR): 703-327-4818

Emergency (Fire/Rescue/Police): 911 (call or text); sheriff.loudoun.gov Sheriff (Non-Emergency): 703-777-1021

BCA Services

Alert Loudoun: www.loudoun.gov/alerts

Republic Services Recycling & Trash Removal: Brambleton@republicservices.com Verizon (Activation/Account Changes/Billing/Disconnect): 800-501-1172 Verizon (Repair): 888-553-1555

Loudoun County Main Number: 703-777-0100 Animal Care & Control: 703-777-0406

Utility Contacts

Building Permits: 703-777-0220

Dominion Electric (North of Ryan Rd): 888-667-3000; www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center

Ashburn Post Office: 44715 Prentice Dr 703-406-6291

NOVEC (South of Ryan Rd): 888-335-0500; www.novec.com/customer_services

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Washington Gas: 703-750-1000

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Loudoun Water (Water/Sewer): 571-291-7880; www.loudounwater.org/content/contact-us

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Brambleton Bettas Swim Team Amy Collier - Brambleton Bettas

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t’s 7:00 AM on a sultry, summer morning. Most kids are still sleeping off their latest Fortnite binge, but at the Brambleton Corner Pool you can hear the splashing and cries of delight as the Brambleton Bettas jump into the cool water for their first set of the day. The Bettas closed out another successful swim season in 2018 with a 5-1 record in the regular season, and they won both Divisionals and All Stars in the post-season championships. Countless pool records were broken and broken again as the Bettas competed with each other and against other teams in the Old Dominion Swim League.

from across Brambleton, practiced each weekday morning from Memorial Day until the end of July, forming bonds and friendships that will last much longer than the swim season. Meredith Scarboro, who has been on the Bettas for ten years, commented that the Bettas provide “a fun and inviting environment for kids to meet new people and make

The team, comprised of swimmers from the ages of 4 (Mini Bettas) to 18

lasting memories. I have made some of my favorite memories on the team and met some of my best friends.” What makes the Bettas so special is more than the team score and pool records. It’s picking up right where you left off the previous summer with friends and Betta family, both kids and adults. It’s holding your breath for the two-hand touch of your friend’s child on their first Breaststroke race and then high fiving them when it happens. It’s swimmers who once barely made it across the pool and are now coaching the younger Bettas. It’s supporting other Brambleton-based community organizations such as the Step Sisters through our Bettas Give Back program. We cheer for each other, laugh often, and make plans to meet up with our Brambleton Betta neighbors in the off-season. The Bettas would like to thank the Brambleton HOA and community for all their support in helping make 2018 a wonderful season. It truly is a neighborhood team! We look forward to making a splash again next season!

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Loudoun County Election 2018 Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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n Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Loudoun County residents will vote in the elections for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The Loudoun County Office of Elections has provided the following information to help residents prepare to vote. Deadlines • Voter registration deadline: October 15, 2018 • Absentee voting begins: September 21, 2018 • Last day to request a ballot by mail: October 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM • Last day to vote absentee in person: November 3, 2018 by 5:00 PM • Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM for all elections in Virginia.

• Starting Friday, September 21st: Open M-F, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM • Open Saturday, October 27th and Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM • Extended evening hours: Monday, October 29th through Friday, November 2nd from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM In-person absentee voting is also available at Cascades Senior Center and Dulles South Multi-Purpose Center beginning Saturday, October 27th through Saturday, November 3rd. Saturday hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and weekday hours are 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Marked absentee ballots must be received in the Office of Elections by 7:00 PM on Election Day (11/6). Absentee ballot requests can be made online at www.vote.virginia.gov. If you need assistance obtaining an absentee ballot application, call 703-777-0380 or email Vote@Loudoun.gov. Become an Election Official

Absentee Voting by Mail

If you are interested in becoming an Election Official at your voting location, visit www.vote4loudoun.com/pollaccess or call (703) 777-0381. Election Officials are paid for training and for working the full Election Day, and they also receive a commemorative pin celebrating the election season.

The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your location is Tuesday, October 30th by 5:00 PM.

For more information from the Loudoun County Office of Elections, please visit www.loudoun.gov/vote.

Get Election Ready Check your voter registration status and register at www.vote.virginia.gov. You can also text LCVOTES to 888777 to receive text alerts for elections dates, absentee voting, and deadlines. In-Person Absentee Voting In-person absentee voting will be held at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, located at 750 Miller Dr. SE, Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175. The schedule is as follows:

The Loudoun County Office of Elections set up a mobile office on Friday, August 24th in the Brambleton Town Center Welcome Center to provide election services to Brambleton residents. We would like to thank Jennifer Beckley, Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Elections, for bringing this office to Brambleton to help our residents register to vote and assist with other election matters. Visit the Loudoun County Office of Elections’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/loudounelections for election updates, including future mobile office locations. 44


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BCA Focus: Community Standards

Our Community Standards department plays an essential role in the Brambleton Community Association. The Community Standards team is led by Andrea Martin, Community Standards Manager, and also consists of Samantha Bourdelais, Nikki Jessup, and Mirtha Robles, who serve as Community Standards Advisors. As Community Standards Manager, Andrea oversees all aspects of the Design Review process, manages the Community Standards Advisors, and supports the Covenants Committee.

As Community Standards Advisors, Samantha, Nikki, and Mirtha perform inspections, assist with Design Review applications, and respond to resident concerns. The Community Standards team works hard to ensure that Brambleton remains a beautiful community for all to enjoy!

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BCA Communications

Brambleton Community Association utilizes a variety of resources in order to communicate with Brambleton residents in a timely and engaging manner. Here are some of the ways that we connect with the Brambleton community.

#Bramlife Minute We launched this video series in May 2017 to inform residents about everything happening in Brambleton. Hosted by Stacey Rusch, these videos cover topics including community news, events, and programming. We post our #Bramlife Minute videos on our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube page, so there are multiple places for you to catch up on what’s going on in our community. We have also created educational videos, such as administration and service videos, which provide residents with useful information in a unique and entertaining way.

Quarterly Magazine The Brambleton Community Association self-publishes a visually rich and engaging quarterly magazine in March, June, September, and December, which is mailed to all Brambleton residents. In addition, the magazine is published digitally and archived on the Association website, and printed copies are available at the Welcome Center located in the Brambleton Town Center as well as the BCA management office. If you would like to view a digital version of our June 2018 issue, please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/communications. Advertising spaces are also available in the magazine. If you are interested in advertising with us, please send us a message at communications@brambleton.org.

Website and Social Media Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for community news, event and meeting updates, and information on all BCA services and programs. News and updates are also posted on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brambletoncommunityassociation), on Twitter @brambletonlife, and on our Brambleton mobile app, which can be found in the Apple and Google Play stores. Also, follow us on Instagram @brambletonlife and add #bramlife to your posts to share your content with the Brambleton community!

Friday Flash and Notify Me The Friday Flash is a weekly bulletin sent via email to benefit the residents of Brambleton. The purpose of the Flash is to keep residents aware of upcoming community events and programs, future committee meetings, Association rules, and community governance. Residents can sign up to receive the Flash via email or text by clicking on the "Notify Me" button at www.brambletonhoa.com and following the instructions. The Notify Me subscription service also allows residents to receive updates on community news, events, pools, fertilizer and weed applications, and more. Just click on the icons next to each list item to subscribe.

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Resident Spotlight: Erica DiFruscio We spoke with Brambleton resident Erica DiFruscio, owner of Erica D. Photography, about her recent photoshoot highlighting Brambleton children for Beauty Revived’s Beautiful Child campaign. She also shared how she was inspired to become a photographer, how she became involved with Beauty Revived, and what her favorite places are to shoot photos in Brambleton. How long have you lived in Brambleton? I have lived in Brambleton for almost 5 years. What prompted you to choose Brambleton? We loved the overall community feel that Brambleton offers for young families. Our daughter was only 18 months old at the time that we moved here, and all of the events and amenities were exactly what we were looking for. What inspired you to become a photographer? I have aways been interested in photography ever since I was a kid. I purchased my first DSLR just before my oldest daughter was born knowing that I wanted to be able to capture and document her as she grew. I began having friends ask me to take pictures for them as well, and I quickly realized that I loved documenting other families just as much as my own. It has become a real passion and creative outlet for me. What is “Beauty Revived”? How did you become involved with them? Beauty Revived is a place for photographers to use their lenses for good and give back to their community by finding “real beauty” around them. They host four campaigns a year: Beautiful Mother, Beautiful Child, Beautiful Seniors, and Beautiful People. I applied for the Beautiful Child campaign this past May, and I was one of the fifty photographers accepted nationwide to take part in this campaign. I then ran my own local campaign to find a child to feature, and I selected three siblings who are Brambleton residents. Their mother nominated them and told me the story of how they started a charity a few years ago called "Every Girl Loves to Twirl". With the help of a few friends, the charity collects new and used dresses for underprivileged, elementary-aged girls in Loudoun County. They host large events where the girls can come and shop for the donated dresses for free, enjoy sweet treats donated by local vendors, and win prizes. I gifted them a free session, and the images and their story will be featured in the August issue of Beauty Revived Magazine. Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers? Find something that inspires you and builds creativity. If what you are shooting doesn’t light a fire within you, it will show in your work! Do you have a favorite Brambleton spot to shoot photos or otherwise enjoy? I love shooting in and around all of the amazing paths and trails in Brambleton! What is a fun fact about yourself? I was a Division I collegiate soccer player.

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How to Reach Us We Love to Hear from You! You can reach us anytime via email. Here is a short list of easy to remember email addresses. It is our goal to respond to all inquiries within one business day. If you have not received a reply, please contact us at 703-542-6263. HOA@brambleton.org

Start here and we'll be glad to help.

Operations@brambleton.org

Reach our Operations & Assets team for questions or concerns regarding BCA’s common areas or facilities.

Pools@brambleton.org

For questions or concerns regarding BCA Pool facilities.

Communitystandards@ brambleton.org

To request attention to a concern or to request information about BCA’s Community Standards.

Designreview@ brambleton.org

For information regarding the Design Review process and to request or follow up on an application.

Events@brambleton.org

The best place to reach our amazing events team!

Programs@brambleton.org

Need info about a BCA program, summer camp, or activity?

Rentals@brambleton.org

Have questions about renting a community facility?

Communications@ brambleton.org

Contact us about all things communications, including social media, the Friday Flash, the Monthly Minute, or our Magazine.

Stop by and See Us!

A drop box is available after hours and is located outside of the BCA office building at 42395 Ryan Road. Residents may drop off design review applications, committee applications, etc. Monthly assessments are not accepted.

Official BCA Communications www.brambletonhoa.com

Check Us out on Social Media "Like" Brambleton Community Association on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at brambletonlife. You can also find our mobile app in the Apple App Store and Google Play by searching for Brambleton.

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