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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Winds of Change in Brambleton

Fall 2019

www.brambletonhoa.com

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STEAM Learning for Preschoolers It’s no secret that science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) are all

thinking, are key components of STEAM. These

important subjects in education, but what about

concepts early in life, but can also be applied

in early education? While some of these topics

to other subjects and more complex concepts

may seem too complex for preschoolers to grasp,

later on. It’s also essential to engage children in

child care providers and parents can start laying

STEAM subjects early on since they are becoming

the foundation for certain STEAM-related skills and

increasingly important in today’s world.

concepts earlier than you may think. The key is introducing the right activities at the right time.

skills help young children grasp math and science

Incorporating STEAM learning into daily classroom activities, rather than using a kit or focusing on

At Primrose School at Moorefield Station,

it during certain times of day, allows children to

children learn and practice STEAM concepts—as

better connect with these concepts. The Primrose

well as concepts in language and literacy, social

Balanced Learning approach is integrated,

studies, music, physical development, character

meaning every skill and concept taught is

development and life skills—continuously

reinforced through a variety of different activities

throughout the day as part of the Primrose®-

and guidance from teachers. For example, plants

exclusive approach called Balanced Learning®.

may be explored through free play, books, art,

While STEAM often provokes thoughts of science

discussion and more, while Primrose teachers ask

experiments, building blueprints or video games, for

probing questions and share information along

young children, STEAM looks more like the following:

the way to guide and extend children’s thinking.

Science – Encouraging children to investigate

This ensures each child has many opportunities to

and answer their own questions. Technology – Refers to using simple tools like crayons, rulers and magnifying glasses, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers. Engineering – Helping children recognize problems and test solutions to them.

connect with the subject matter regardless of how he or she learns. The Primrose Balanced Learning approach is guided by the latest research and established early education philosophies to ensure the best possible learning environment for children. Children are introduced to new skills and concepts when they are developmentally ready, which helps learning

Arts – Fostering creativity and allowing children

come more naturally. Each theme is also explored

to illustrate concepts they are learning.

for a week or more so that children can learn at

Mathematics – Helping children explore numbers,

their own pace.

but also patterns, shapes, organizational skills and

Whether Primrose children are investigating STEAM

much more.

subjects, exercising language skills or learning about

There are many reasons to teach STEAM in preschool. STEAM skills are transferable across other subjects. Process skills, which include

honesty, every Balanced Learning lesson is wrapped in fun, meaningful experiences designed to help all children reach their full potential.

making observations, hypothesizing and critical

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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High-Quality Preschool Experiences Lead to Future Success in School and Life


A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Winds of Change

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hange is constant. At times it is subtle, and then there are times that it slaps you in the face. This fall, I will personally and professionally experience some of the greatest changes in my life so far. On the personal side, two of my three children are heading off to college for the first time, and my third child is only a year away from doing the same. I have lived my life for them over the past 18 years, and this change will be difficult. While I am excited for them to start the next stage of their lives, this change will leave my life with a large void. How do I fill that void? How should I adjust my “sail”? These are questions that I will need to personally answer. Brambleton is about to experience significant changes as well. Come November, the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors will transition from a Developer-controlled makeup to a resident-controlled one. This will be achieved through the election of three new Directors to the Board this fall. I look forward to working with the candidates and future Board members who are interested in taking on the challenges and responsibilities that come with the position in service of

Brambleton’s vision. This transition is also considered a significant event in the life of a homeowners association. I have had the pleasure of spending the last 13 years working alongside the region’s best Developer to build a great community and Association. Similar to my relationship with my children, I am proud of how the Association has “grown up”. The Association has the foundation and structure in place that will allow continued success as we move forward into the community’s next phase of growth. Brambleton will also see major changes to the community’s Verizon FiOS package. We have been working hard over the past couple of years to negotiate and improve the service and pricing of our bulk video/data package. This work will soon pay off as the entire community will see an upgrade to the bulk services package that includes data speeds of 500/500 Mbps, upgraded routers, and one HD/ DVR set top box per household (possible $20+ reduction in monthly statements) for a reduced assessment rate of $93.28 (formerly $95.15). The final phase of this transition will occur this fall and should be completed by the end of 2019. In order to accomplish this, we still need several hundred residents to schedule their required ONT/wiring upgrades. Please do your part to schedule these upgrades if your home still needs them. Brambleton has also had an active Lifestyles program since its inception, creating a strong sense of community among our residents. As the community has grown, so have the Lifestyles program and the events it runs. Brambleton’s large events and festivals are great for fun and entertainment, but our community is running out of event spaces that are big enough to host these festivals. Brambleton’s smaller events also tend to be more effective at building a sense of community and neighborliness. Association staff and the Events Committee are looking for ways to introduce and develop neighborhood events that would give residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors

within the smaller neighborhoods in which they live. This is a big undertaking as Brambleton has over 5,700 homes with around 20,000 residents and new residents arriving daily. How can we meet our residents in their individual neighborhoods so that we can create a greater sense of community and overall security? A change in the Association’s focus is needed to accomplish this. Change is good but can be challenging. Success is achieved through vision, hard work, and dedication. I am looking forward to successful changes over the next several months and years that are guided by the mission and core values that the Association has set for itself. This foundation along with the commitment and desire to succeed from the Board, staff, and residents will set the Association’s “sails” in a direction that will positively benefit the Brambleton community as a whole. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sail to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

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Brambleton

FEATURES

Community Association Vision & Mission Vision

Leading a high tech community with hometown 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

Tom Gurganous Vice President, Resident Director

Meryl Bisaga Secretary/Treasurer

Pat Martin Director

Samarendra Nandi Resident Director

Ric Spencer Director

Brian Viola Resident Director

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

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Winds of Change A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER With exciting changes taking place in Brambleton this fall and beyond, BCA has laid a strong foundation and is motivated by the desire to succeed found throughout the community.

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

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

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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FiOS in Brambleton: Shifting Gears

Stepping Forward with Change

BY ARA GALANG

BY ANDREA MARTIN

Verizon is gearing up to complete its upgraded services migration for Brambleton.

BCA is currently revising its Design Guidelines to best serve residents and the Covenants Committee.

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ARTICLES

EVENTS

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Winds of Change

Stepping Forward with Change

Sept. 14/15: Neighborhood Campout, 1 PM - 10 AM

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Love Where You Live!

Sept. 21: Fall Yard Sale, 8 AM - 12 PM

BCA Board of Directors

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HOME & GARDEN

BCA Committees

2020 Budget

Great Trees for Brambleton Yards

2019 Board Election

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EATLOCO BRAMBLETON MARKETPLACE

Ground Works: Fall Activity

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Facility of Dreams

BCA Solar Pond Aeration System

Brambleton Library Fall Highlights

Summer Storm Triage

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Park 3 Planning Begins

Payment Options

Dec. 1: Winter Wonderland, 12 - 4 PM

Independence HS Update

Dec. 1: Arcola Santa Tour, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Important Contact Information

Brambleton Maps: Hanson Park

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

NVO Foundation

Board of Directors: Oct. 1, Dec. 3 at 8:15 AM

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Finance Committee: Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26 at 7:30 PM

Recreational Venues Around Brambleton

Events Committee: Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Covenants Committee: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 at 7 PM

Arcola VFD: Gum Spring Station Project

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FiOS in Brambleton

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Sept. 28: Two by Four 5k, 8 AM Oct. 5: Fall Fest, 12 - 6 PM Oct. 19: Guardians of Education 5k, 8 AM Oct. 27: Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treat, 12 - 2 PM

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Nov. 2: Lace Up For Learning 5k, 8:30 AM Nov. 8-10: Pictures with Santa, 10 AM - 7 PM Nov. 28: BKC Turkey Trail Trot, 9 AM

MEETINGS Annual Meeting: Nov. 12 at 7 PM

Fall Programming

Teen Summer Service Days Recap

Bram Gives Back

Bram Life Pass

Race Brambleton

Neighborhood Campout

Fall Fest

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Fall Yard Sale

BCA Communications

Teal Pumpkin Project

Pictures with Santa

Resident Spotlight: Todd Jurkowski

DMV2GO

BKC Turkey Trail Trot

New BCA Staff: Derek Reid

Brambleton Town Center, Harris Teeter Parking Lot: 9 AM - 4 PM

Winter Wonderland

Community Spotlight: LCSO Deputy Thomas

• October 2nd & 3rd

Santa Tour

HOW TO REACH US

• December 3rd & 4th

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Safety & Security Committee: Oct. 8, Dec. 10 at 7 PM (November date TBD) Grounds & Facilities Committee: Oct. 8, Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM (November date TBD)

• November 4th & 13th

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

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 4th and August 6th and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

June & August 2019 Board Meetings: ƒƒ Approved the May and June Board meeting minutes. ƒƒ Took action on several delinquent accounts. ƒƒ Approved artificial turf in the rear yard of a townhome with specific stipulations. ƒƒ Directed staff to amend the Design Guidelines to allow for artificial turf under certain conditions. ƒƒ Entered into a 5-year employment agreement with the General Manager. ƒƒ Received and reviewed various financial and management reports and committee meeting minutes. ƒƒ Discussed various concerns related to pool operation and management. ƒƒ Accepted Section 12/Overlook from the Developer with full ownership and maintenance responsibilities. ƒƒ Reviewed and approved the BCA Traffic Calming Guide as recommended by the Safety & Security Committee. ƒƒ Approved the expenditure of up to $10,000 for a fence at the Belmont Trace play equipment location. ƒƒ Agreed with staff’s recommendation to reduce the use of Roundup within the community by suspending use as part of the townhome grounds maintenance program and using a vinegar/salt solution on common areas when possible. ƒƒ Denied resident request for a bench in Section 22. ƒƒ Denied resident request for reimbursement of carpet cleaning. ƒƒ Approved the distribution of draft Design Guidelines for resident comment. ƒƒ Approved revisions to Resolution #6: Vehicle Guidelines. ƒƒ Directed staff to suspend discussions with AT&T on small cell towers until the Community Technology Committee is able to review small cell towers in a comprehensive manner. ƒƒ Set date for additional Board Meeting in early September. Copies of the completed and approved meeting minutes can be requested at hoa@brambleton.org.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Oct. 1 & Dec. 3, 8:15 AM, BCA Management Office Annual Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM, Corner Clubhouse

Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for any meeting schedule updates.


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BCA Committees COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE (New Committee) Advises the Board on issues, concerns, and recommendations pertaining to the bulk video and data service agreement, cell phone coverage within the community, and other technology issues. Meeting dates and website TBD.

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE (New Committee) Advises the Board, in a reasonable and productive manner, on issues related to and affecting the election of directors for the Association. Meeting dates and website TBD.

EVENTS COMMITTEE Advises the Board and BCA staff on issues pertaining to new event idea development, develops ideas for a volunteer and sponsorship programs, and more. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/eventscommittee

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Reviews submitted design review applications, considers violations of BCA documents, and takes enforcement actions. Meets on the second Monday of each month. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/covenants

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Serves as a resource for residents with concerns and making recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Advises the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

FINANCE COMMITTEE Reviews financial reports and audits, monitors investments, reviews funding for capital projects, and develops financial policies and resolutions to the Board. Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

BRAMBLETON KIDS CARE COMMITTEE Empowers the next generation of Brambleton’s residents and facilitates their development towards becoming compassionate, service-minded citizens. Meets as needed, typically during the school year. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/brambletonkidscare

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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

Date

Trash & Litter Removal

January - December

Mowing & Edging

March - November

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. Timely details on services and specific dates will be communicated in upcoming editions of the Friday Flash, on the BCA website, and on the BCA Facebook page. Questions pertaining to these services can be emailed to Operations@brambleton.org.

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2020 Budget Development Underway Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rambleton Community Association staff and committees are actively working to draft the 2020 Operating Budget. The process began in June 2019 as staff and committees began developing and submitting new ideas for next year’s budget. Staff continues to develop the budget into September with a focus on projecting next year’s expenses through historical trends, new and existing unit projections, existing contracts, current and new services, and other various methods.

Once all of next year’s projections are made and budgets are set, BCA staff will then divide the various budgets by the total number of units to calculate 2020 Assessment rates. Once the assessments have been calculated, staff will then review the budget one last time before it is presented to the Finance Committee for their review and recommendation to the Board. Once the Finance Committee has had their opportunity for review and comment, staff will take the budget to the Board for their review and final approval.

The 2020 Operating Budget development calendar is as follows:

Items that are likely to impact the 2020 Budget and Assessments:

• June – August: Committee Submittals

• Turnover of 30+ new utility accounts for streetlights, irrigation, and other amenities/facilities

• August: Developer Settlement & Turnover Projections • June – Early September: Staff Projections & Estimates • Late September: Finance Committee Draft Review • October: Board Review & Approval

• Lower than average new home settlements • Lower than average initial capital contributions from new lots • Decrease in costs related to Verizon FiOS resulting from the new bulk services agreement

• November: Residents Notified

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• Turnover of new sections for ownership and maintenance • Establishment of a Capital Improvements Fund Residents are invited to participate in the progress at every step. Residents can attend committee meetings, the Finance Committee presentation of the budget on September 24, 2019, or the final Board meeting on October 1, 2019 where the budget will be reviewed and approved. Residents have the right to address the Finance Committee or the Board during the Resident Forum portion held at every meeting. Residents can express their opinions to the members serving at that time. Everyone’s input is valued as part of the budget development process. Questions pertaining to the current or 2020 Budget or Assessments can be directed to General Manager Rick Stone at Rick.Stone@brambleton.org. Budget and assessment information can also be found at www.brambletonhoa.com/ budget.


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2019 BCA Board Election Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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his November, the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors will transition from a Developer-controlled makeup to one with Brambleton residents controlling the majority of the Board seats. Residents will occupy five of the seven seats on the Board following the election on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. There will be three seats on the Board open in this year's election. The Association is looking for candidates who are willing to volunteer their time in order to fulfill the duties of a Director as outlined in the BCA Bylaws (Article 4) and other governing documents. An exemplary board member is an owner/resident who understands the responsibilities and obligations of the Association, can set personal agendas aside for the greater good of the Association and Brambleton community, is a strong team player, and has prior

experience on an Association committee or has held board positions with other organizations. Call for Candidates BCA will open its Call for Candidates period on Friday, September 6, 2019. Residents interested in running for one of the three seats on the Board need to complete a Candidate/Nominating Petition and turn it into the BCA Management Office no later than Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Per the Election Guidelines, all candidates

should meet with the General Manager to review the obligations and responsibilities of the position. Petitions and all other election-related information can be found on the BCA website. Related Dates to Remember • Call for Candidates Opens: Friday, September 6th • Candidate/Nominating Petition Deadline: Friday, October 4th at 5:00 PM • Election Opens: Thursday, October 17th at 9:00 AM • Paper Ballot and Online Elections Close: Friday, November 8th at 5:00 PM • Annual Meeting and Election: Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 ANNUAL MEETING DATE AND PLACE: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 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!

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Facility of Dreams: Necessity and Savings Shantil Moyer - Operations & Capital Projects Manager

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aintaining Brambleton takes a coordinated effort between B r a m b l e to n C o m m u n i t y Association staff and contractors. There is a wide range of responsibilities that comes along with the maintenance of a large-scale community like Brambleton. BCA staff is responsible for all maintenance operations of the Association; as a result, staff and the Board of Directors are continuously evaluating which duties can be performed by staff and which ones can be handled by contractors. Maintenance tasks completed by staff can reduce related expenses and expedite the completion of tasks. The Association has operational responsibilities similar to those of a town’s or a small city’s public works department and parks and recreation department. Brambleton is responsible for the operations and maintenance of over 250 acres of common areas in addition to all of the assets located in these common areas. Some of the assets found in these common areas include: over 200 streets along with signage, curbs, gutters, and parking lots; over 350 streetlights; over 20 parks and play structures; eight stormwater management ponds; four swimming pools/bath houses; two community centers; six tennis courts; four basketball courts; volleyball courts;

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a dog park; a soccer field; 15 miles of trails; over 35 large irrigation systems; and various site amenities such as gazebos, retaining walls, fencing, decks/ patios, and other amenities. Additionally, the Operations department is responsible for the landscaping and grounds maintenance of common areas as well as grounds maintenance for nearly 2000 townhomes. Additional duties include trash removal, operations for BCA events and programming, and snow removal on all private streets and trails. The Association also requires space to temporarily store mulch for application in the spring and fall as well as space to store large numbers of flats of annual flowers. In order to accomplish all maintenance responsibilities, the Association needs a place to store supplies, equipment, and vehicles. As of today, the Developer has been gracious to let the Association run its maintenance operations from their undeveloped parcels. These operations have been based at three different sites located off of Belmont Ridge Road since 2008. As the Brambleton community continues to grow, the Association will need to find a permanent home for its maintenance operations. What options are available to the Association?

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The Association has been considering its options for a permanent maintenance facility over the past several years. An ideal site would be located within the community – preferably centrally located – and would be large enough to support current operations and store bulk materials and contractor supplies. It would also have minimal impact on nearby homes, space to visually buffer the facility, access to utilities, and be located on a relatively flat site which would require minimal grading or land development. Ideally, this facility would be located on existing common area property in order to eliminate the need to purchase land. A parcel that meets all of these needs may be difficult to find. A permanent maintenance facility is one of the true remaining needs of the Association. Finding a permanent parcel for a facility will allow the Association to continue operating in an efficient and responsive manner. This will also enable the Association to provide a higher level of maintenance services at a greatly reduced cost to Brambleton residents. The Association will continue its search for a permanent location, and it remains hopeful that one day its dream will become a reality for the overall betterment of the Brambleton community.


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BCA Solar Pond Aeration System Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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ne responsibility of the Brambleton Community Association is to maintain the aesthetics of more than 10 storm water management ponds located throughout the community. This includes mowing pond banks, establishing native shorelines, removing trash, stocking the ponds, and managing unwanted nutrients and algae. Most of the Association’s focus is directed towards nutrient and algae control.

Brambleton has had success in managing algae in one of its largest ponds through the use of an aeration system over the past 10 years. This approach has allowed the Association to reduce the use of chemicals and labor as means to reduce algae. Aeration provides a method of destratification of the pond water layers, creating a healthy and stable environment for fish and other

The Association takes numerous approaches towards the management of unwanted nutrients and algae. Our comprehensive program includes the application of “Only Rain in the Drain” storm drain stickers, limited use of phosphorous fertilizers, the use of canine geese patrol during nesting months, the location of over 70 dog waste stations throughout the community, and if all else fails, the use of mechanical and chemical means to control unwanted algae. One additional method to assist with the goal of a healthier pond is to install an aeration system.

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Solar Aeration Diagram (Courtesy of PondHawk.com)

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wildlife. This also results in the release of higher quality water downstream as our storm ponds overflow as intended. Brambleton has recently installed its second pond aeration system in a “troubled” pond located off of Northstar Boulevard. This pond has uncontrollable algae that requires a higher usage of chemicals than our other ponds. This pond is also very visible from passing traffic and neighboring residents. Furthermore, this pond does not have any nearby existing electrical sources, which is a problem that we find with many of our ponds. Because of this, the Association decided to look into alternative power sources such as solar power. BCA ultimately decided to install a solar-powered aerator with two diffusers. This unit is reliable and will operate when the sun is shining with no electrical cost to the Association. BCA found the installation of this unit to be a win-win situation for our residents and passersby, the pond and other bodies of water downstream, and the wildlife that call these waterways home.


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Summer Storm Triage Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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omeowners associations need to be prepared for a variety of storms. Our region in particular can expect hurricanes, severe winter storms and thunderstorms, as well as the occasional tornado. In mid-August, Brambleton experienced a summer thunderstorm with a microburst (localized heavy winds, rain, and lightning). This storm dropped over 2 inches of rain in less than an hour and brought gusts of high winds and heavy lightning. When the storm was over, trees were knocked down, streets and trails were filled with debris, and minor flooding had occurred around the community.

Brambleton Community Association then performed post-storm triage to assess the damage to the community. What was the extent of the damage? Which areas of the community were hit the hardest? What post-storm hazards remained and needed immediate attention? Would we be able to perform necessary work with BCA staff only or would we need to bring in contractors? How would this work be paid for? These are just some of the numerous details to consider during the initial assessment made after a storm occurs. Our assessment of this particular storm was that although the entire community was impacted, Legacy Park and Regal Wood Drive were hit the hardest. Not only did these areas sustain significant damage, but several post-storm hazards also remained and required immediate action in order to avoid possible injuries to residents. BCA staff then performed inspections to identify hazards which included hanging branches, partially downed and leaning trees, flooding, and more. Once a hazard was identified, the area was roped with caution tape or coned off. Contractors were then brought in to address these hazards. They felled a

partially downed tree, removed a 500 pound branch hanging over the Legacy Park tot lot, and stopped storm waters from entering the Community Center. These and other hazards needed to be addressed immediately in order to prevent further damage and possible injuries. Once these hazards were addressed, it was time for cleanup to begin. The debris from over 30 trees had to be cleared around the community. 15 miles of trails were littered with debris, and our tennis and basketball courts needed windscreens to be rehung as well. This work was completed through a coordinated and synchronized effort between BCA staff and contractors. This cooperation, along with exemplary personnel and proper tools, allowed the Association to perform cleanup in only a few days, preventing weeks of disruption and inconvenience to the Brambleton community. Storm triage requires preplanning, preparedness, and the proper people in place to make it all happen. This storm exemplified how the Association was able to bring all of these elements together in order to respond to the storm’s impact in an effective and efficient manner.

Park Three Planning Begins Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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couple of years ago, Brambleton Community Association developed a park concept plan for Park 3 (located in Section 18/Morning Walk) and Park 4 (located in Section 21/Minerva). BCA staff along with the Grounds & Facilities Committee have begun their work on making the concept plan for Park 3 a reality. Discussions on park layout, equipment, and amenities have been initiated at the Committee level. The Committee has also created an overall theme for the park, which is “Fitness, Fun & Friends”. The concept plan for Park 3 will expand upon the existing play equipment and

trails located in the area of Morning Walk Drive and Myan Gold Drive, which should lighten the usage of similar amenities in Legacy Park. Other amenities also being considered for Park 3 include: • A play structure designed for children 3-5 years old; • Additional swings; • A zip line, a sand volleyball court, and an at-grade slide; • A large playfield and additional trails. Many of these amenities will be located in the open field to the east of the existing equipment. Landscaping and

irrigation services will be performed as well. The Committee will seek approval from the BCA Board of Directors for the expenditure of park development funds at the Board’s October meeting. Residents will be able to comment on the equipment selection at upcoming Committee and Board meetings. Installation and construction of amenities is currently planned for spring 2020; this is subject to change according to the Board's approval and direction. Stay tuned for more information via our website (www. brambletonhoa.com) and other communication platforms.

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FiOS in Brambleton: Shifting Gears Ara Galang - Accounts & Executive Administrator

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he Verizon ONT and wiring conversion is almost complete in Brambleton, and Verizon is gearing up to take the final step. Migration to the upgraded equipment and services provided by the new Verizon agreement is tentatively scheduled to begin during the last week of September 2019. Two things will occur during this migration: data speeds will increase to 500/500 Mbps, and discounts for upgraded internet speeds, HD set top boxes, and DVR services will be applied to resident accounts. These updates will occur in batches of 300-400 addresses at a time, and if the migration proceeds as expected, then the entire community should be phased into the new equipment and services by early October 2019. What to Expect: • Residents should not experience any service interruptions during the migration. • Residents who have been notified to call Verizon and schedule their ONT and/or wiring conversion appointments, but have not done so before migration occurs, will not be able to maximize the new internet speeds. These residents will not receive the 500/500 Mbps speed upgrade until the ONT and wiring equipment is updated. • Prices related to set top boxes and data speeds will vary based on the data speed that the resident has, the

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number of set top boxes, and when those boxes were received. The set top box pricing structure is dependent on when the customer signed up, so bill pricing will vary from resident to resident. • All residents are entitled to one (1) HD set top box (STB) with basic DVR service and one (1) Quantum Gateway Router (all black). As of August 2019, Verizon is in the process of evaluating and determining the best way to fulfill the STB requirement, as some residents have the correct STB and others may not. • Residents without the Quantum Gateway Router will be issued one that will be shipped to the home. As with any large-scale change, it is expected that certain challenges will be encountered during the migration

process. In this case, changing services and equipment for 6,000 customers with different account setups may lead to billing issues, order fallouts, etc. Verizon has assured Brambleton Community Association that they will be running account analyses and cleanups proactively after the migration, and that any known issues will be communicated to the call center. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your account, please call (800) 501-1172 to speak with a Verizon Bulk Specialist. BCA appreciates your patience and understanding during this time. For information regarding FiOS in Brambleton, please visit our Technology Information page at www.brambletonhoa.com/fios, or contact Ara Galang at (703) 542-6263 or Ara.Galang@brambleton.org.

2020 Brambleton Verizon Package Video

Verizon FiOS HD Extreme Package, which provides local channels and over 300 digital channels (including HD and music channels) 1 HD DVR set top box with basic DVR service

Data/Internet

FiOS Broadband 500/500 Mbps Upgraded Router: FiOS Quantum Gateway (BHR4)

Technology Portion of HOA Assessment

Will decrease slightly (Tentative 2020 rate: $93.28)

Length of Contract

7-year agreement for Internet and Video w/option to terminate Video after 2 years

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LIFESTYLES

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Sept. 14-15: Neighborhood Campout 1:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Upcoming 2019 Events

Sept. 21: Fall Yard Sale 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sept. 28: Two by Four 5k 8:00 AM

Oct. 5: Fall Fest 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Oct. 19: Guardians of Education 5k 8:00 AM

Oct. 27: BTC Trick or Treat 12:00 - 2:00 PM

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Nov. 2: Lace Up For Learning 5k 8:30 AM

Nov. 8-10: Pictures with Santa 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Nov. 28: BKC Turkey Trail Trot 9:00 AM

Dec. 1: Winter Wonderland 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Dec. 1: Arcola Santa Tour 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Fall Programs PROGRAM

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

9/3 - 12/12

Tuesdays: 5:45pm - 6:45pm Thursdays: 6:15pm - 8:15pm

Corner Clubhouse

10/11; 11/1; 1/24

Fridays: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Community Center

9/9 - 5/25

Mondays: 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Elementary 6:00pm - 7:00pm - MS/HS

Community Center

Various dates

9:00am - 5:30pm

Corner Clubhouse

Fitness Image Results

1/1 - 12/31

Visit www.firesults.com

Community Center Parking Lot

Girls on the Run

9/26 - 11/21

Little Hands Music

9/12 - 12/5

Arpan Dance Cotillion Drama Kids Drama Kids School’s Out Day Camp

Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 6:30pm Thursdays: 5:00pm - 6:30pm Thursdays: 2:30pm - 3:00pm (toddlers) 3:15pm - 4:15pm (3-5 yr olds)

Corner Clubhouse Community Center

Overtime School’s Out Day Camp

Various dates

8:30am - 5:30pm

Community Center

Silver Knights Chess 2K

1/7 - 12/31

Thursdays: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Community Center LL

Silver Knights Coding

10/7 - 11/25

Mondays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Community Center LL

Silver Knights Robotics

10/7 - 11/25

Mondays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Community Center LL

Silver Knights Training

1/6 - 12/30

Tuesdays: 5:15pm - 7:45pm

Community Center LL

Soccer Shots

9/14 - 11/2

Saturdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Creighton Field

Weight Watchers

1/3 - 12/26

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 8pm

Community Center

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For detailed information and to register for current programs, Fall 2019 please visit www.brambletonhoa.com/programs.

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Teen Summer Service Days 2019 For the third year in a row, Brambleton teens visited local, non-profit organizations for service days this summer. Thank you to those who were able to volunteer their time in support of those in need in Loudoun County.

JK Community Farm Founded in 2018, JK Community Farm – a 501(c)(3) started by JK Moving Services – provides fresh, organic fruit, vegetables, and protein to the food insecure, including children and senior citizens. Located in Loudoun County, JK Community Farm promotes food security and sustainable agriculture through education, community outreach, and the donation of organic, chemical-free produce and protein.

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Loudoun Therapeutic Riding empowers and improves the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies while serving the equine services industry through training and education. For 45 years, they’ve connected people with physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges to the healing power of horses.

Boulder Crest Retreat Boulder Crest Retreat exists to solve the mental health crisis and to help heal military members, veterans, and their families deal with PTSD and combat-related stress so they can live productive, fulfilling, and service-oriented lives at home. Their mission is to provide free, world class, shortduration, and high-impact retreats for combat veterans and their families.

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2019 Upcoming Races

Saturday October 19

Saturday September 28

Saturday November 2

Triple Crown Finisher Participants who complete 3 races (excluding fun runs) will receive a “Triple Crown Finisher� commemorative race medal. Please contact christine.elansary@brambleton.org for more information.

Sponsored by

www.brambletonhoa.com/racebrambleton

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Brambleton Kids Care Turkey Trail Trot Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019 9:00am Family & Pet Friendly

Meet at the Corner Clubhouse

Accepting canned donations for

42255 Palladian Blue Terrace Register: www.brambletonhoa.com/brambletonkidscare

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Stepping Forward with Change Andrea Martin, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards and Administration Manager

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rambleton was founded with a vision and master plan for the development of our community, which was to establish and maintain architectural qualities of neighborhood living with well-designed homes and signature common area landscaping. This development style demonstrates attention to the preservation of open parklike settings and the integration of community amenities. The look of Brambleton gives our community its unique appeal and helps maintain high property values. To preserve the community’s high quality of life, the Brambleton Group established protective covenants that have guided Brambleton’s development. The objective of restrictive covenants is to establish legally enforceable usage, maintenance, environmental, and architectural design standards for the entire community. If you purchase a home in Brambleton, which is a planned, covenanted community, you are required to be part of the Brambleton Community Association (BCA). BCA’s rules are detailed in the Declaration of Covenants, which describes the requirements and limitations regarding what you can and cannot do on your property.

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The Brambleton Covenants Committee, a group of volunteer homeowners who serve at the pleasure of the BCA Board of Directors, is responsible for reviewing submitted Design Review Applications, considering violations of the Association documents, and taking enforcement actions. The Committee also guides homeowners through the design review process in order to preserve high standards, protect property values, and enhance the aesthetic of the neighborhood. To aid the Committee and residents, the Design Guidelines for Brambleton were enacted when the community was established. Earlier this year, Brambleton’s Board of Directors directed the Covenants Committee to provide recommendations for revisions to the Design Guidelines for Brambleton. It is a recommended best practice to review the guidelines every three to five years to ensure they reflect the original vision of the Developer and the community as a whole. The guidelines must also be updated to reflect industry advancements in upgraded building materials available, especially materials that offer low maintenance options and provide improved durability and curb appeal.

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The Covenants Committee has held numerous work sessions throughout the year to produce a draft revision of the Design Guidelines. The Committee and BCA staff have worked very hard to clarify and update the guidelines in order to reflect the community’s design standards and incorporate existing architectural requirements for new areas of the community. The ultimate goal is to create a user-friendly and useful tool for residents and Committee members to reference. The recommended revisions produced by the Covenants Committee and BCA staff were sent to the Board of Directors for review and approval as well as for publication and public comment at the Board meeting on August 6, 2019. Following the meeting, a period for public comment was opened via the BCA website. In September, the Board and Covenants Committee will review the proposed revisions and public comments from the community. In October, a final version of the proposed revisions, public comments, and Committee feedback will be submitted to the Board for their consideration with request for adoption.


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 weather. Add a fall lawn fertilizer 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. Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it can be easily prevented. To sustain your trees or shrubs over the long winter, it is important to give them a drink before putting them to bed. After trees or shrubs go fully dormant, use a soaker hose or root irrigator to water them thoroughly before the ground freezes.

October Trim any dead branches and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. Street trees should be pruned to a minimum of eight feet from grade to allow for unobstructed use of the sidewalk. If you have blooming perennials, such as 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. 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, such as pansies, are also a great addition to keep some color in your yard as other plants go to sleep. Fall brings shorter days and crowds of trick-or-treaters. Check and change the bulbs on exterior carriage lights, garage lights, and landscape up-lighting in order to safely greet your goblins. Don’t forget that mailbox and carriage post paint maintenance is the responsibility of residents. Refresh faded paint and order replacement parts in order to keep your mailbox and lights looking great. Contact communitystandards@brambleton.org with specific replacement part questions.

November 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. Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by cleaning the deck and siding where it is most likely to accumulate. Check for missing roof shingles and peeling paint and address any repairs before they become larger and more costly. Fall is a good time to seal cracked driveways to prevent further deterioration. Thinking about adding a storm door? Storm/screen doors must be "full-view", and approvable styles can be found in the Brambleton Design Guidelines. Check first before you buy. Clear leaves and other debris from rain gutters. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages, and rinse with a hose. Please remember Republic Trash and Recycling picks up yard debris on Tuesdays (March - December). Please place yard waste in dedicated and identified containers, paper yard bags, or clear plastic bags. Dark colored plastic bags are not accepted. The BCA office has free Yard Waste stickers to place on your containers.

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HOME & GARDEN

Great Trees for Brambleton Yards Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rees aren’t just for forests and rural areas. Trees are used throughout urban and suburban landscapes to provide shade, lower the temperatures of hot streets and hard surfaces, create focal points of interest, increase fresh air, and create habitats for local wildlife. Properly planted trees can also replace the voids left from construction activities, increase property values, and improve residents’ quality of life. Most of Brambleton’s streets were designed to be adorned with trees in pursuit of these conditions and benefits. Why Plant Suburban Trees? A large urban or suburban tree provides 10 to 20 times as much of an ecological benefit as a large forest tree. These trees not only generate oxygen and help cool the air, but they also absorb and trap pollutants and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. A properly planted tree can also shade your home and reduce heating and cooling costs. What to Look for in a Suburban Tree There are many things that a property owner should consider before selecting

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and planting a tree in their yard. Some of those factors include: • Size: Will the mature growth of the tree be the appropriate size for the space the tree is planted in? For example, don’t plant a 60’ maple tree in 6’ of space. • Impact: What will be the tree’s impact on your property and your neighbors’ property? Does the tree fit in with the overall streetscape and/or surrounding landscape? • Utilities & Easements: What underground and above-ground utilities are present? Are there easements that restrict the location of the tree? • Native Trees: Can you find a native tree that is right for the space? Native trees are best equipped to survive the local climate, require less water, and are more resistant to local insects and diseases. • Site & Microclimates: What are the conditions present on your lot or the area in which you want to plant the tree? Are there any microclimates on your property that can negatively impact the desired tree?

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• Negative Characteristics of the Tree: Does the tree have thorns or an unusual odor, drop unwanted seeds or pods, or require massive amounts of water? What is the Right Tree? There are many trees that can be the right tree for you. The selection of trees for your property should be based on your preference, the intended site, and aforementioned conditions. There is no “one” or “best” tree for Brambleton. Owners should develop an overall plan for their property, and they can do this by themselves or by working with a professional landscaper. Once this plan is developed, the owner should consult with their Community Standards Advisor to see if their plan requires Association approval. Once the plan is approved (if necessary), the owner should contact Miss Utility prior to digging by calling 811 or visiting www. va811.com. Once these steps have been completed, you can plant and water your trees and enjoy the benefits for years to come.


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LIBRARY

Brambleton Library Highlights Recurring Programs Baby Storytime: For ages 0-18 months with an adult. Mondays, 10 AM. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 AM.

Details at a Glance Website

Toddler Storytime: For ages 18-36 months with an adult. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 AM.

www.library.loudoun.gov/brambleton

Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5 with an adult. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 AM.

Location: 22850 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton, VA 20148

Musical Storytime: For all ages with an adult. Tuesdays, 1:30 PM. Thursdays, 10 AM.

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 AM - 9 PM, Sun: 1- 5 PM

Family Storytime: For all ages with an adult. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM. Saturdays, 10 AM.

Fall Closings

Bilingual Musical Storytime/Hora de Cuentos Musical Bilingue: Thursdays, 1:30 PM.

Monday, Oct. 14: Columbus Day

Reading Buddies: Encourage your child’s love of books and improve their reading development by pairing them with a teen buddy for one-on-one reading time. For Preschool-Grade 2. Thursdays, 4:30 PM.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving (open until noon on 11/27)

Location & Hours

Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day Monday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day

ESOL - English Conversation Group: An informal conversation group for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. For adults. Wednesdays, 11 AM.

Fall Programming Highlights Meditation for Stress Relief: Explore and practice different types of mindfulness and breathing techniques to reduce stress. Bring your own mat or blanket. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 PM. Pasta-Making Class: Learn how to make fresh pasta by hand. For Grade 9-adult. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 PM. Adulting 101: Margot Halstead of Orahill LLC offers advice to help older teens and young college students or graduates prepare for entering the workforce. Monday, Sept. 23, 6 PM. Garfield Cyber Safety Adventures: Explore the online world with everyone’s favorite orange cat. For Grades 3-5. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4 PM. Cultivating Creativity: Using drawing, painting, and collage, artist and educator Eric Scott guides participants in an activity that encourages self-expression, new ways of thinking, and stress relief. Appropriate for all levels. Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 PM. Hedgehog Hijinks: Stories, crafts, and activities about our prickly hedgehog friends. Monday, Sept. 30, 4 PM. Art at the Library: Learn about a different artist each month and create your own masterpiece in their style. For Grades K-5. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4 PM. Teen Improv: An evening of theater games, acting, and improv. Friday, Oct. 4, 6 PM. Getting Ready for Backyard Birds: Sherri Bartlett of Wild Birds Unlimited addresses common questions about birds in winter and shares tips for helping them weather the elements. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 PM. Cupcake Wars - Halloween Edition: Compete to create the spookiest cupcake design. For teens. Friday, Oct. 11, 6 PM. Celebrate Diwali: Stories, crafts, and activities about Diwali. For Grades K-5. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4 PM. Introduction to Tai Chi: Try the gentle, meditative movements of tai chi. Wear comfortable clothing. For adults. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:30 PM.

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Brambleton Library Book Clubs Paperbacks & Pastries Adult Book Club “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookstore, is depressed due to his wife’s death, and has had his prized collection of Poe poems stolen. Life seems bleak until a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. Monday, Sept. 9, 7:30 PM. “Sometimes I Lie,” by Alice Feeney A woman wakes up in a hospital unable to move, speak, or open her eyes. She doesn’t remember what happened, but she thinks her husband has something to do with it. Monday, Oct. 7, 7:30 PM.

Adult Book Club “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn Two women — a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 — are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 PM. “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr A blind French girl meets a young German soldier on the coast of Brittany during World War II. Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 PM.

My First Book Club (Grades K-1) “Gossie & Friends,” by Olivier Dunrea Monday, Sept. 16, 4 PM. “Elephant & Piggie,” by Mo Willems Monday, Oct. 21, 4 PM.

Children's Book Club (Grades 2-3) “Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws On Deck,” by Jessica Young Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie — so one afternoon Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate. Monday, Sept. 23, 4 PM. “Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!” by Jack Chabert When third-grader Sam Graves is appointed Hall Monitor at Eerie Elementary, he’s worried about being considered a tattletale by his classmates, but that turns out to be the least of his problems. Monday, Oct. 28, 4 PM.

Children's Book Club (Grades 4-5) “Inside Out and Back Again,” by Thanhha Lai Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4 PM. “The Westing Game,” by Ellen Raskin When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, 16 very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will — and what a will it is. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4 PM.

Teen Book Club Join the first meeting of this new club on Monday, Sept. 30 at 5 PM and vote on which books to 34 read. The following meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 28 at 5 PM.


RESIDENT RESOURCES

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 Association's lockbox service. ƒƒ Mailing Address: Brambleton Community Association, C/O FirstService Residential, PO Box 62010, 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.

Monthly Assessments

• 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).

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House Type

$189.69 Detached $203.12

Detached w/Common Driveway

$198.56 Townhouse $216.56

Townhouse w/Grounds Maint.

It is important to note that assessment payments are NOT accepted at the BCA management office, as all payments are processed by the $145.84 Summerfield Condominiums Association’s bank via a lockbox. Payments delivered to the BCA $154.64 The Residences Condominiums office will be returned. Please also note that cash cannot be accepted at the BCA office or at FirstService Residential offices for payment of assessments. For more information or to request online access to your assessment account, please email hoa@brambleton.org.

Independence High School Now Open! Independence High School welcomed its first class of students on August 22, 2019. We are very excited to have this new school serving the Brambleton community!

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Notary Public Services

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

Resale Disclosure Packet

BCA Certificate of Insurance

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.

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.

The available formats 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. • Printed (hardcopy) format • Update (available within 1 year of the initial order) • Update with inspection (available within 1 year of the initial order) The available delivery timeframes are: • Standard - Packet is sent 14* calendar days from the order date. Fee is included.

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.

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

Assessment Account Payoff

*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.

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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RESIDENT RESOURCES

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); www.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 Ashburn Post Office: 44715 Prentice Dr 703-406-6291

Dominion Electric (North of Ryan Rd): 888-667-3000; www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center NOVEC (South of Ryan Rd): 888-335-0500; www.novec.com/customer_services

Brambleton Town Center

Miss Utility: 800-552-7001 Washington Gas: 703-750-1000

Brambleton Plz, Brambleton, VA 20148

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

703-542-2925 www.brambleton.com/towncenter

Builder Information Builder Beazer Homes Centex/Pulte Homes Gulick Group Knutson Miller & Smith Stanley Martin Toll Brothers Van Metre Winchester & Camberley Homes

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Warranty/Customer Care 888-623-2937; www.beazer.com (Request Service) 888-686-0269; dcservice@pulte.com; www.pulte.com; (Customer Care/Warranty Request) 703-674-0330 x 143; customerservice@gulickgroup.com; www.gulickgroup.com (Contact Us/Customer Care) 703-996-4232; customerservice@knutsoncos.com; www.knutsoncos.com 703-821-2500 x 202; warrantyservice@millerandsmith.com; www.millerandsmith.com (Warranty) 703-636-9210; WarrantyGroup@StanleyMartin.com; www.StanleyMartin.com (Contact Us) 571-291-8000; www.tollbrothers.com; www.mytollhome.com (Warranty) 703-348-5800; customercare@vanmetrehomes.com; www.vanmetrehomes.com 800-762-2408 (Winchester), 540-788-1114 (ProHome Metro DC); admin@prohomemetrodc.com; www.winchesterhomes.com

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Wiring Integrator Chesapeake System Services: 301-317-0001 Vintage Security: 703-689-2731, 877-767-1800 (Toll-free) Sight & Sound: 703-802-6443 Advanced Wiring Group: 703-488-9850, 571-237-7621 SmartCom: 540-286-0300

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Brambleton Maps

Brambleton Community Association maintains a variety of maps for the community. Check for other available maps at www.brambletonhoa.com/maps.

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17 lighted athletic fields (featuring two artificial turf fields and one cricket field); Tennis courts and a basketball court; Batting cages, a skate plaza, and a disc golf course; Natural surface trails, ponds with fishing piers, and a nature center; An amphitheater, an event lodge, and picnic pavilions; Off-leash areas for dogs; A splash pad and a playground with inclusive features.

The project also includes renovations to the 19th century Lee-Hanson House and road improvements to Evergreen Mills Road. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022. The park will be operated by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Visit www.loudoun.gov/hansonparkproject for more information. A larger version of this map can also be found on our website at www.brambletonhoa.com/maps.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

NVO Foundation Charity Cup Northern Virginia Orthodontics

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orthern Virginia Orthodontics (NVO) has always been committed to serving the community. Since Dr. Zach Casagrande opened the practice in 2009, NVO has donated over $1.3 million to community causes and organizations, including pediatric cancer initiatives. This passion for giving back inspired Dr. Casagrande and the team at NVO to create its own 501(c) (3) non-profit, The NVO Foundation, in August 2018. The NVO Foundation is dedicated to impacting others by supporting lifesaving cancer efforts and transforming our community. In March of 2019, Team NVO donated $20,000 to the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax using proceeds from their Cup for a Cure Starbucks Cafe located in their Brambleton office. This innovative cafe

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serves complimentary drinks to patients and donates $1 for each drink to the NVO Foundation. Patients are also able to offer donations at the cafe. This is just one small way that NVO’s incredible patients are able to help the NVO Foundation raise necessary funds to support places like the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. In 2019, NVO was inspired to create a larger event that would make an even bigger impact on the pediatric cancer community. Casey Peterson, an NVO team member and the Foundation’s Executive Director, saw an opportunity to bring the community together and raise money for pediatric cancer using one of the most popular youth sports in our community - soccer. “Each of my three girls plays soccer, along with over 60,000 other kids in Loudoun County,” Casey Peterson shared. “As challenging as it is to get everyone to their scheduled practices and games each week, I’ve come to really appreciate the things soccer is teaching them. Not only do they have endurance like I never had as a child, but they're also learning the importance of being part of a team and that to be successful you have to support and depend on one another.”

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On July 20, 2019, The NVO Foundation brought together the community’s love of soccer with the passion for helping others by creating the Charity Cup 3v3 soccer tournament. This tournament brought 250 players and 50 teams from all over the DMV area to Evergreen Sportsplex for a day focused on giving back. Despite the 100-degree temperatures, players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and sponsors rallied together to make the day an epic success. Overall, the Charity Cup raised $40,000 for The NVO Foundation. This money, in its entirety, will be donated to the Inova Schar Cancer Institute for the sole purpose of pediatric cancer research. “We live in an area where it is easy to take for granted how incredibly blessed we are, but so many families right in our own community are facing hardships, especially those battling pediatric cancer,” Casey Peterson noted. “On July 20th, the community came together through the love of the game. I’m beyond grateful for the incredible support we received, and we are so proud to make an even bigger impact on pediatric cancer.” To learn more about Northern Virginia Orthodontics and The NVO Foundation, please visit www.nvoforacure.org.


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Recreational Venues Around Brambleton Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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here are several recreational parks and venues located around Brambleton and in Loudoun County that have recently opened or are currently under construction. These venues will provide a great spectrum of passive and active recreational opportunities for all Brambleton residents. Loudoun United’s Segra Field at Bolen Park: Now Open Brambleton residents now have the opportunity to watch professional soccer just 15 minutes away from our community. Loudoun County’s first professional sports team, Loudoun United FC, has begun home play at the recently opened Segra Field located at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg. The club will play in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship League. Tickets cost as low as $15, so enjoy an upcoming game with family and friends! Visit www.loudoununitedfc.com for a schedule and more information.

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Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park Loudoun County recently held a groundbreaking event for its 257-acre Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park located adjacent to Brambleton. The park is scheduled to be completed by spring 2022 and will include: soccer, baseball, and cricket fields; tennis and basketball courts; a skate plaza and a disc golf course; a splash pad and playgrounds with inclusive features; walking trails and ponds with fishing piers; picnic pavilions and an amphitheater; off-leash areas for dogs; and various other amenities and buildings. More information can be found at www.loudoun.gov/ hansonparkproject.

structures. The Reservoir is scheduled to open later this year, dependent on rain and other weather conditions. Loudoun Water also expects to break ground on its Reservoir Park in spring 2020. The park will include trails, a boathouse, educational activities, gardens, reservoir access, and other features. The park is estimated to open in spring 2021. Visit www.loudounwater.org/beaverdam-reservoir for more details. Ashburn Recreation & Community Center

Beaverdam Reservoir and Reservoir Park

The Ashburn Recreation & Community Center will be located just off of Broadlands Parkway, only two miles from Brambleton’s northern border. This center is estimated to be completed in 2023.

The Beaverdam Reservoir is located adjacent to Brambleton’s northern border. The Reservoir has been closed for the past couple years in order for Loudoun Water to rebuild the dam and related

Visit our website at www.brambletonhoa.com/recreation for more information on current and pending recreational facilities located in the greater Brambleton area.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Arcola VFD: Gum Spring Station Project Mike Gordon - Director-At-Large, Arcola Volunteer Fire Department

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he Arcola Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) has begun renovating their old station on Gum Spring Road (now Stone Spring Boulevard). This facility will function as a new annex for Arcola VFD, complementing their primary operations at the Brambleton Public Safety Center. It will serve as a meeting and training space for the department and will also be used to host educational programs and community events. The old Gum Spring station was constructed when Arcola VFD was formed in 1957. Over the years, the building not only served as a base of operations for volunteers and staff, but also as a venue for community events, dances, weddings, and even “turkey� shoots. In 1972, 200 residents were sheltered and fed in the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. In April 2014, the department moved their primary operations to the Brambleton Public Safety Center. When Arcola VFD began planning their move to the Brambleton Public Safety Center, they had already determined that the new space would not be

sufficient for their needs. They began looking for options to secure additional space that would be able to host meetings, trainings, and community events. After a few years of pursuing different avenues, Arcola VFD decided to renovate the original Gum Spring station to serve as their new annex. Arcola VFD has broken the project into two phases. The first phase, now underway, updates the building itself. The downstairs space is being converted to allow for expanded equipment storage, and the department is removing the old bunkrooms to add a new office and conference room and expand the meeting hall. They are also adding an elevator to make the upstairs space ADA accessible. The storage bays will be used to house equipment needed for special events and support services. The special event equipment includes trucks, trailers, and ATVs used to provide medical standbys at events ranging from Brambleton festivals to horse races. The support services division maintains equipment that responds to major incidents throughout Loudoun County, providing rehab and logistical support to the responders.

While the current project phase is fully funded, the department expects to begin efforts to raise funds for the second phase once water and sewer services are run to the adjacent property. In the second phase, the department intends to connect to these services while upgrading the site and adding sufficient parking to complement the upgraded building. Arcola VFD will continue to base their primary response crews and equipment out of the Brambleton Public Safety Center. The Gum Spring facility will provide a valuable resource for the community and will give the department the space it needs for years to come. Arcola VFD is always looking for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. No experience is necessary, and free training is provided. Some of the biggest needs within the organization also include administrative and Support Services positions. Visit www. arcolavfd.org for more information about volunteer opportunities and services provided by the department.

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COMMUNICATIONS

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.

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 digital versions of our past magazine issues, 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.

#Bramlife Minute We launched this video series in May 2017 to inform residents about everything happening in Brambleton. 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.

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.

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!

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COMMUNICATIONS

Resident Spotlight: The Jurkowskis We spoke with the Jurkowski family (Todd, Allison, Maddy, Lexi, and puppy Lucky) about the Red, White, & Blue Copper event they held this summer raising money for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department, the enjoyment they get from their annual holiday decorations, and more! How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? We moved to Brambleton in the summer of 2008 from Atlanta. We originally bought a townhouse on Greenside Drive before moving into our home on Blue Copper Way in December 2011. We were both transferred to Virginia for work, and after touring many other Loudoun neighborhoods, we knew that we wanted to be part of Brambleton’s community feel, family focus, and welcoming environment. What inspired you to host the Red, White, & Blue Copper event? What did the event entail? The Red, White, & Blue Copper Hosedown was an idea we stole from our friends in Broadlands who host the “Hollowind Hosedown". We wanted to have a summer celebration and also raise money for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. The event itself was dependent on the cooperation of Arcola VFD, and they brought their fire truck, hooked it up to the hydrant, and soaked kids (and kids at heart) on a hot July day! The firefighters couldn’t have been more gracious with their time and were absolutely phenomenal with the kids. Not only did we have a fountain of water flowing onto Blue Copper Way, but the firefighters also allowed the children to shoot the firehose at trees in Acorn Park. Most importantly, we raised $557 for our Arcola heroes! What do you enjoy most about putting up your holiday decorations? Smiles! We love seeing the smiles and holiday cheer that our display brings to everyone. We love when little boys and girls walk through our yard and give high fives to our decorations calling them their “friends”. We love when neighbors tell us what great memories we are helping them build with their children. We love that our girls are experiencing all of this and will one day carry on this tradition with their families. What does being involved in Brambleton mean to you? It’s about being part of something. We don’t STAY here in Brambleton, we LIVE here. You can find us out eating in the Town Center at least once a week and probably shopping in Harris Teeter too. Birthday gifts are from Go Bananas, and no celebration is complete without a trip to Sweet Frog. We were so excited to see fireworks back at Red White & BRAM, and we haven’t missed a Fall Fest. What is your family’s favorite Brambleton activity? Pictures with Santa! We have gone every year since they started. Our girls love to see “the real Santa”, so we sign up the moment that spots open. Getting that picture with Santa really kicks off our Christmas season…then again, it doesn’t take much to bring out our Christmas spirit! What is a fun fact about your family? We met on a Carnival cruise in 2002. Allison lived in Charlottesville, and Todd lived in Atlanta. After a year and a half of long-distance dating, Allison moved to Atlanta, and we were married three years later in 2006. We’ve now been together for 17 years, and this August we celebrated our lucky 13th year of marriage!

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New Face on the BCA Team

Please join us in welcoming Derek Reid to our staff! As our newest Facilities & Grounds Specialist, Derek helps maintain the beauty and safety of Brambleton's amenities and facilities. He is also an instrumental part of our snow readiness team. Derek brings over eight years of experience in landscape work and supervision to his position. Outside of work, Derek enjoys hunting, truck pulling, and spending time outdoors.

Community Spotlight: LCSO Deputy Thomas We spoke with Deputy Gregory Thomas, our new Community Policing Officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, about his story and relationship with the Brambleton community. He also shares community safety tips that residents can use to help keep Brambleton a safe and wonderful place to live. How long have you been a deputy with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO)? I have been with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for three years. What other positions have you have held while with LCSO? I started my career with LCSO as a patrol deputy in the Field Operations Division. I spent most of my time in patrol assigned to the South Riding area. Before being selected to be a Community Resource Officer, I also spent a short period of time working in the Ashburn area. What are some of the goals of the Community Policing program? The Community Policing Unit is a specialized unit operating within the Field Operations Division. The primary function of this unit is to integrate into Loudoun County communities and provide a method to cultivate pride and ownership with its members. Community Resource deputies work closely with community members to address quality of life issues and work to discourage and decrease crime, delinquency, and ordinance violations. Some of my personal goals during my time as a Community Resource deputy include solving longterm problems in the community. I also strive to assist with crime prevention and to help prevent problems before they even develop. What do you enjoy about serving as a Community Policing Officer in Brambleton? I enjoy serving as a Community Resource deputy because it gives me the time to attend community events. Brambleton is a very diverse community, and as a Community Resource deputy I am able to meet with the leaders and residents of the community and form close connections with them. What are some community safety tips that you would like to share with the Brambleton community? I would recommend that all citizens practice our 9PM Routine. The 9PM Routine was created in response to a nationwide trend of suspects entering unlocked vehicles and stealing belongings from those vehicles. The 9PM Routine encourages citizens to remove their valuables from their vehicles, lock their car doors, and lock their homes every night before bed. LCSO also encourages citizens to contact us if they see something odd or suspicious in the community. If you are planning on leaving the area for an extended period of time, it is a good practice to notify LCSO so that we can have patrol units and Community Resource deputies perform extra patrols in your area while you are away. What is a fun fact about yourself? An interesting fact about me is that I did not plan on going into law enforcement when I started college. I studied Sport and Exercise Psychology and minored in personal training at West Virginia University. I even became a certified trainer and taught fitness classes during school. It was not until I joined the WVU Police Department as a cadet that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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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 team for questions or concerns regarding BCA’s common areas, pools, or other 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!

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.

Please visit www.brambletonhoa. com/disclaimers for our publishing and media use disclaimers.

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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.

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Fall 2019

Profile for Brambleton Community Association

Brambleton Magazine: Fall 2019  

Brambleton Magazine: Fall 2019