Brambleton Magazine: Fall 2020

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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Endure, Adapt, & Thrive

Fall 2020

www.brambletonhoa.com

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Primrose Experience®: Building the Right Foundation for Future Learning and Life Choosing the right early education and care experience for your child is one of the most important decisions parents make. You want a provider who will keep your child safe, healthy and nurtured — but you likely want more than that. Total peace of mind comes from knowing you have a trusted partner who is committed to ensuring your child gets the very best start in life.

School Leadership Team members and teachers create and maintain trusted relationships with every family. And they all share the Primrose vision: To deliver the best and most trusted early education and care for children and families across America.

Research shows the first five years are critical to a child’s future success, as the brain develops more rapidly during these years than at any other point in a person’s life. It’s essential to find a provider who uses developmentally appropriate approaches to help your little one build the right foundation of intellectual, creative, physical and socialemotional skills to jumpstart his or her development.

The Balanced Learning® approach. The Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning approach is based on the belief that who children become is as important as what they know. Created from the best early education wisdom, Balanced Learning encourages curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Children learn and practice concepts like science, music, math, literacy and kindness continually throughout each day. Balanced Learning also features a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers to help take children’s learning to the next level.

“One of the best ways to get a sense of whether a child care provider is the right fit for your child and family is by observing children in the classroom and how the teachers interact with them,” says Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “When parents come into our school, they often immediately feel at ease seeing the nurturing environment, happy children and the thoughtfulness behind every aspect of the learning experience.”

The commitment to service excellence. Primrose is dedicated to providing the highest quality early learning experience possible for children and families. The curriculum is continuously assessed and refined as new insights in early education become available. Entrusting the care of your child to someone else is difficult, which is why Primrose teachers and leadership strive to partner with parents to help you maintain peace of mind and to ensure your child is prepared for school and life.

What makes the Primrose Experience unique? The people. One reason parents choose Primrose® is because they know they are leaving their children with qualified teachers and staff who also want the best for their little ones.

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

Enduring COVID-19's Impact

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OVID-19 has impacted all of our lives in many ways: personally, professionally, financially, and emotionally. We have all had to make sacrifices in order to adjust to and endure these challenging and changing times. Brambleton Community Association has had to do the same. Many of the decisions the Association has made have also impacted our residents, employees, and the greater community. With everyone staying home more often, the Association has seen a significant increase in the use of our trails and parks. Our trash contractor has removed a record volume of trash and recycling materials from our community. Our Community Standards department has also reviewed and processed an unprecedented amount of complaints, violations, and exterior modification applications, in part due to the high number of residents performing home improvement projects. This has added stress to staff while they have also had to address and accommodate state mandates and employer requirements. I want to personally thank BCA staff for stepping up during this difficult time to successfully handle the increased workload. The Association has also had to temporarily close many of its commonly used

amenities and cancel several events because of state-issued mandates. Pools, tot lots, courts, and rental facilities have all been closed or had usage restricted over the past few months. The Bram Beer & Wine Fest, Red White & BRAM, Fall Fest, Summer Concert Series, and many other events that we all love were canceled as well. This significantly impacted our Lifestyles department, but we had no choice in order to meet Virginia mandates and protect the health and safety of our residents. These decisions also affected our budgeted income and expenses. The Association has received questions from residents asking how COVID-19 has impacted our budget and if residents will receive refunds or credits for facility closures and event cancelations. While one may think that an excess of funds has been generated by these decisions, the reality is that ticket sales and sponsorships offset most event expenses, and maintaining maintenance services and enforcing COVID-19 safety restrictions at our facilities has been costly. A list of income and expense accounts have been pulled from our June 30, 2020 financials in order to illustrate how COVID-19 has impacted the BCA budget. The Association estimates that it has lost $96,115 in Other Income (nonassessment income); this is more than

one-third of our budget as of 6/30/2020. Several expenses have been adjusted to accommodate this loss of income, and these cuts are estimated to amount to $134,292. The net difference is just over $38,000. BCA will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our budget and take appropriate actions to minimize any negative impacts. COVID-19 will likely affect all aspects of our community well into 2021. The Association will have to pass its 2021 Budget and Assessments by the end of October. This budget will need to account for essential services we are accustomed to as well as the lasting impacts that COVID-19 will have on us all. The health, safety, and security of our residents, volunteers, and staff will be considered in every step throughout the budget development process. I would like to thank every resident who has had to make sacrifices and who has displayed patience, understanding, and grace during this challenging and stressful time. I wish everyone success in finding safe ways to stay connected with family and friends, let yourselves laugh, and simply enjoy life. 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 Brian Viola President

Samarendra Nandi Vice President

Meryl Bisaga Treasurer

Susan Wolford Secretary

Jordan Crotty Director

Anand Mohan Dharmapuri Director

Pat Martin Director

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

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Enduring COVID-19's Impact A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER Brambleton Community Association has had to make significant changes in order to protect the health and safety of Brambleton residents and to best serve the community during these challenging times.

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

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

Paul Gentine Communications Coordinator Cover Photo Credit: Stephanie Lee 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. Special thanks to Stephanie Lee for photography assistance.

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Bringing Back a Sense of Community

Be a Good Neighbor

BY CHRISTINE ELANSARY

We can all work together to keep common areas, natural areas, and waterways clean in order to protect Brambleton's beauty.

BCA has reintroduced events in new and unique ways for the Brambleton community to enjoy.

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BY ANDREA DAO


ARTICLES

EVENTS

SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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BRAMBLETON LIBRARY

Enduring COVID-19's Impact

Digital Resources for All Ages

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INSIDE BCA

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Sept. 19/20: Neighborhood Backyard Campout, 4 PM - 10 AM

BCA Board of Directors

Sept. 26: Fall Yard Sale, 8 AM - 12 PM

BCA Committees

Starting School in the Time of COVID-19

Ground Works: Fall Activity

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Nov. 13-15: Pictures with Santa, Times TBD

Drafting the 2021 Budget

Be a Good Neighbor

BCA Resident Survey Update

Love Where You Live!

2020 Annual Meeting

HOME & GARDEN

BCA Annual Meeting: Nov. 17 at 7 PM

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Eco-Friendly Pest Control

BCA Board of Directors: Sept. 16 at 6 PM, Oct. 13 at 8:15 AM, Dec. 1 at 6 PM

Neighborhood Safety: A Team Effort

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Assessment Payment Options

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Important Contact Information

Fall 2020 Events

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Safety & Security Committee: Oct. 20 at 7 PM

Bringing Back a Sense of Community

Loudoun County Election 2020

Finance Committee: Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 at 7:30 PM

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Fall Programs

EatLoco Farmers Market at Brambleton

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BCA Communications

Resident Spotlight: Kyle Norris

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HOW TO REACH US

Sept. 13: Doggone Wild Pool Party, 2-6 PM

MEETINGS

Covenants Committee: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 at 7 PM Grounds & Facilities Committee: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 at 7:30 PM

Community Technology Committee: Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25 at 7:30 PM

DMV Connect Can’t get to DMV? DMV is coming to you! DMV Connect will be visiting Brambleton over the next few months in place of the DMV2GO mobile office unit. Dates and appointment registration instructions will be provided at www.brambletonhoa.com/dmvconnect. DMV Connect offers: • REAL ID

• Vehicle registrations

• Drivers’ licenses

• E-ZPass transponders

• ID cards (adult and child)

• Compliance summaries

• Disabled parking placards

• Transcripts

• Vehicle titles

• Hunting and fishing licenses

• Address changes

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INSIDE BCA

BCA Board of Directors 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 18, 2020 and August 4, 2020, and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

June & August 2020 Board Meetings: Approved the May and June 2020 Board Meeting Minutes. Approved the 2019 Financial Audit as prepared and presented by Johnson, Bremer & Ignacio. Approved the Budget Process & Calendar used to draft the Annual Budget. Directed staff to consult with the Association’s counsel and/or Virginia’s Department of Health for clarification on guidelines to reopen parks. Directed staff to write to the State Corporation Commission on behalf of the Board to oppose the proposed Dulles Greenway toll rate hike. Denied request for special consideration of an existing privacy screen modification; instead granted lot owners extended time to cure violation. Directed staff to develop guidelines for installation of security cameras and other devices by owners. Requested cost estimate, timeline, and design recommendations for Belmont Ridge Road landscape screening. Directed staff to develop a proposal request for trash and recycling removal services. Approved expenditure of up to $7500 for the installment of a second tennis practice wall at the Creighton West Park tennis courts and to enforce court use hours between 7 AM to 7 PM. Denied waiver request of attorney and legal fees related to collection activity. Approved owner request for a second opportunity for an appeal hearing due to connectivity issues. Copies of the completed and approved meeting minutes can be requested at hoa@brambleton.org.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS September 16 at 6:00 PM, October 13 at 8:15 AM, Virtual Meeting via Zoom December 1 at 6:00 PM, BCA Management Office Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for any meeting schedule updates.


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BCA Committees COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions. Meetings: Second Monday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 9/14, 10/12, 11/9 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 at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/13, 11/10, 12/8 Website: 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: Third Tuesday of every other month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/20 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

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 at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 9/22, 10/27, 11/24 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board of Directors on issues, concerns, and recommendations pertaining to technology issues that impact the greater community. Meetings: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 9/23, 10/28, 11/25 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/communitytech

EVENTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board and BCA staff on issues pertaining to new event idea development, developing ideas for volunteer and sponsorship programs, and more. Meetings: Meets as needed, no less than quarterly. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/eventscommittee

BRAMBLETON KIDS CARE COMMITTEE Responsibility: Empowering the next generation of Brambleton’s residents and facilitating their development and growth towards becoming compassionate, service-minded citizens. Meetings: 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 and its contractors are continually performing various upkeep and service tasks in order to maintain a healthy environment and a great-looking community. BCA focuses its fall grounds maintenance tasks on renovating the grounds and replacing plant material impacted by summer conditions. Here are a few highlights of services that will occur over the next few months:

Common Areas Fall Annuals: Spring annuals will be removed and fall annual flowers will be installed at most existing flower beds. Fall Fertilization: Two rounds of fall fertilizer will be applied to all common areas. Fall Mulching: All visible roadway common areas will receive a fall mulching. Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging will continue through November (weather dependent). 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. Turf Renovations: All common areas will be aerated. All non-irrigated common areas will be overseeded. Locations needing greater attention will be top dressed and slit-seeded.

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program Fertilizer & Weed Control: Two turf applications will be applied this fall. The application will consist of a fertilizer high in nitrogen and a broadleaf winter control mixture. Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging will continue through November (weather dependent). The Developer will be performing similar tasks on the common areas they are responsible for. 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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Drafting the 2021 Budget Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rafting a budget for a developing, large-scale community has its challenges. Preparing a budget for a community and also projecting the impact that COVID-19 will continue to have on typical operating procedures and resident services presents an even greater challenge. How has COVID-19 changed the needs and expectations of our residents and our community? Does the Brambleton Community Association need to operate as it has in the past? What will the “new normal” be as the threat of COVID-19 hopefully subsides? These are just a couple of the questions that arise when considering the Association’s Operating Budget for 2021. The Association’s Lifestyles department is one of the areas that has been impacted the greatest during this pandemic. Large events are not likely to occur until a vaccine has been produced and is available to the general public. Prior to this happening, it will be challenging to host large events safely. Planning larger events requires months of preparation to arrange for and lock in services and entertainers. For example, a minimum of six months of planning is necessary in order to host one of our highly-desired festivals like Fall Fest. Planning of these larger events will not be initiated without significant reductions in COVID-19

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cases and a vaccination plan. Income and expense budgets will be projected with the understanding that federal, state, and local COVID-19 mandates could also significantly impact event planning. Non-assessment income, also referred to as Other Income, has been impacted by COVID-19 as well. Interest rates are at an all-time low; this has negatively impacted the interest income we receive from our reserve funds. Revenue from advertising, event ticket sales, sponsorships, programming, and facility rentals will also be lower than it has been in past years. The income from these and similar sources is used to supplement income from owner assessments. The Association will look into new sources of Other Income to make up for the shortfall related to COVID-19 and low interest rates. What other budgeted expenses can the Association reduce without decreasing the quality of services or standards that are in place? BCA staff continues to look for ways to improve efficiencies in our operations. Are there contracted maintenance services that can be performed in-house? Can building operating practices be altered to reduce utility consumption? Is the current level of maintenance service necessary? These

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are some of the many questions staff is reviewing as they draft the 2021 Budget. Furthermore, there are a couple of expenses that are likely to increase assessment amounts in 2021. Brambleton’s trash and recycling services contract will expire at the end of 2020. Staff has received indications that the cost of these services will likely increase by up to 10%. Also, expenses related to the townhome grounds maintenance program are expected to rise. As these maintenance costs apply directly to residents, increases will be passed on accordingly. Residents are invited to participate in the budget development process at every step. The Finance Committee will present the 2021 Budget at their meeting on September 22, 2020, and the Board of Directors will review and approve the budget at their meeting on October 13, 2020. Residents have the right to address the Finance Committee or the Board during the Resident Forum portion held at every meeting. Questions pertaining to the current or 2021 Budget or Assessments can be directed to General Manager Rick Stone at rick.stone@brambleton.org. Budget and assessment information can be found at www.brambletonhoa.com/budget.


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BCA Resident Survey Update Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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he Brambleton Community Association Resident Survey previously announced in our Spring 2020 magazine issue will be released in late September 2020. The survey link will be sent through our Friday Flash

email distribution list, posted on our website (www.brambletonhoa.com), and shared on our Facebook page (www. facebook.com/brambletoncommunityassociation). Survey questions will cover topics including BCA operations,

Stay Connected in Brambleton Stay up to date with the latest BCA news by subscribing to our "Friday Flash & BCA Updates" email subscription list! Just visit our website at www.brambletonhoa.com, click on the “Stay Connected” button on the front page, type in your email address, and then click the mail icon by this list. Our other subscription lists provide updates on BCA pools, townhome grounds maintenance, fertilizer applications, and more. You can also enter your phone number to receive text message updates if preferred.

amenities, events, programming, communications, design review, and more. An additional question has also been included requesting feedback regarding the Association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brambleton residents’ opinions and perspectives help our Board of Directors and staff gain insight into what we do well and what we could improve on. Results from this survey will be used to shape future budgets, services, events, and more for the Association. Please note that only Brambleton residents will be allowed to participate in this survey. Any questions or concerns regarding this survey can be directed to hoa@ brambleton.org. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond and for helping us make Brambleton a wonderful community to call home.

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 ANNUAL MEETING DATE AND PLACE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Location TBA

TIME:

7:00 PM – Annual Meeting Begins

The BCA Board of Directors and staff are currently working to determine the proper format and location for the 2020 Annual Meeting. No elections will be held at this meeting as no Directors' terms are expiring this year. 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. More information will be mailed to Brambleton homes and shared through all official BCA Communications channels. We hope to see you there!

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Neighborhood Safety: A Team Effort Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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veryone wants to live in a safe neighborhood. Maintaining a safe community requires specific and directed actions. One common misconception is that it is the responsibility of the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office alone to keep Brambleton safe. LCSO’s duties and efforts are primarily reactive to incidents and criminal activities that have already occurred. Proactive and multi-pronged actions from all members of the community are necessary to keep Brambleton and our numerous neighborhoods safe. These members include Brambleton residents, local businesses, LCSO, and the Brambleton Community Association. Many of the crimes that occur in Brambleton are crimes of opportunity. A crime of opportunity is a crime that is committed by a perpetrator without planning when there is a chance to commit an illegal act at that moment for personal gain. Taking a phone that was left on a park bench, stealing a bike that was left unlocked or unattended outside of a store or pool, or removing valuable items left in plain view in an unlocked vehicle are examples of the types of crimes of opportunities we often see in Brambleton and throughout Loudoun County. Remove or eliminate the opportunity, and the crime goes away. The owner of the property has

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the primary responsibility to take essential actions to reduce the chance for the offense to occur. Securing bikes with combination locks, removing valuables from vehicles, locking doors, and shutting garage doors are a few examples of ways in which we can eliminate the opportunities for criminals to act. BCA and LCSO have also established a Neighborhood Watch program in Brambleton focused on the concept of “See Something, Say Something”. This simple practice plays a key role in keeping our community safe, and enforcing it is another responsibility we all have as residents. If you see something suspicious or unusual, call the LCSO nonemergency number immediately at 703777-1021. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. Few people know the normal day-to-day activities on your street or in your neighborhood better than you do. Here are few helpful suggestions as well: • Don’t wait to make the call to LCSO. Don’t regret not making the call. • Making the call will result in deputies being dispatched to investigate the situation. You don’t need to be the investigator, judge, or jury. • Pictures and posts on Facebook or Neighbors can wait. Don’t email or call BCA as your first step.

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Residential security cameras also enhance our Neighborhood Watch program. LCSO successfully uses video from residents’ cameras to investigate and solve crimes in our community. The more cameras we have on each street, the more crimes that are solved. More importantly, we create an effective deterrent against neighborhood crimes and their perpetrators. What is the precise role of the Association in keeping our community safe? BCA primarily serves as a coordinator and educator for community safety. The Association is aware of neighborhood and community issues of concern that occur. We serve as a conduit of information between residents, LCSO, and other agencies in order to request and ensure that resources are directed towards these concerns. Common areas in which we coordinate include addressing speeding and other illegal and undesirable activities, promoting safety communication and education, and endorsing community safety initiatives. We rely on LCSO to patrol for unlawful activities, ticket speeders, enforce County ordinances, and detain suspects as these duties fall outside of our abilities and responsibilities. The Association, LCSO, and Brambleton residents all have roles to play in keeping our community safe and secure.


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LIFESTYLES

SEPTEMBER & NOVEMBER

Fall 2020 Events

Sept. 13: Doggone Wild Pool Party 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Sept. 19/20: Neighborhood Backyard Campout 4:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Sept. 26: Fall Yard Sale 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nov. 13-15: Pictures with Santa Times TBD

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LIFESTYLES

Bringing Back a Sense of Community Christine Elansary - Community Outreach & Lifestyles Coordinator

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hen I reflect on the past six months, I am in awe of how much Brambleton Community Association has had to adapt to the many government mandates and changes to everyday life brought by the COVID-19 outbreak. Starting in early March, everyone in Brambleton had to make adjustments to their work and home lives, and life in Brambleton hasn’t really been the same since.

it was great to hear how thankful Brambleton residents were for the virtual and family-friendly activities we created. As Virginia shifted into Phase Two, we introduced the Neighborhood Pop-Up Event series in order to bring back a little bit of what we all have grown accustomed to in the summer and fall. Although we aren’t able to replicate

Despite having to adjust to a new normal, the Association remained active. Our Community Standards, Operations, and Lifestyles departments in particular rose to the occasion and made quick adjustments in order to best serve the community’s needs. For the Lifestyles team, having to think outside of the box to deliver virtual events to residents was challenging, but it was also a nice change of pace that allowed us to try new event concepts and approaches. In the first few months after stay-athome restrictions were implemented,

Header photo: Billy "T" Wilde performance Photo by Tamara Eden Bottom photo: "A Dog's Journey" screening

the crowds of our big Summer Concert Series, we have been successful at bringing that sense of community back at these pop-up events while also following proper COVID-19 guidelines. Even with the limited number of residents that are able to attend, the option to do so is available, and residents have been so appreciative of the opportunity to watch a movie or enjoy a live performance with their families and neighbors. We are so grateful for all of our residents and their understanding as BCA has made countless adjustments to our event schedule, including having to cancel some of our largest and most beloved events. It’s so nice to see how despite the sacrifices we’ve all had to make, people have found silver-linings, and the Association is happy to continue providing events to our community in many different ways. If you haven’t checked out a Neighborhood Pop-Up Event yet, definitely sign up for one soon as we will continue to schedule them into the fall season.

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights Saroj Lamba - Resident Services Advisor

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iwali, or Deepavali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Hindus around the world celebrate this festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that's also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities such as Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year. The date of Diwali is based on the Hindu lunar calendar and it typically falls in either October or November of each year. This year, the festival will begin on Saturday, November 14th. Some Hindus recognize Diwali as the day represented in the classic Hindu epic Ramayana when the king Rama and his wife Sita return to Ayodhya (city in

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North India) after 14 years of exile. In western India, many Hindu and Jain communities consider Diwali the first day of the new year. In Southern India, it is celebrated in honor of Lord Krishna who slayed the evil demon, hence the celebration of the victory of good over evil. In some traditions, the day begins with Lakshmi Pooja (worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth) and is followed by a family dinner. Many observers will clean their homes and shop for gold. It is customary to decorate homes with clay lamps and use colored sand to create patterns on the floor. In earlier days, Indians would buy gold as it is considered to be auspicious, particularly in Hindu and Jain cultures. It is also seen as a store of value and a symbol of wealth and status. Rich and savory food dishes served during Diwali play a central role in the celebration as well. Families will prepare and share food at home with guests who come to exchange gifts. Indian sweets are a popular item enjoyed during Diwali.

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Another way Diwali is celebrated is through large fireworks displays signifying King Rama and his wife Sita. Locals set off fireworks symbolizing Rama’s return to his kingdom after being exiled and the defeat of King Ravana. Religious prayer rituals are also important parts of the celebration. Throughout the five days of Diwali, different types of religious prayer rituals, or puja, will take place. Hindus will offer puja to various lords or goddesses signifying that particular day’s dedication and celebration. In short, Diwali observers light up the outside of their homes or businesses to symbolize the victory of light over darkness, or good over evil. They also perform cleansing rituals, decorate their homes, gather for special feasts, exchange gifts, and light fireworks in celebration. To me and my family, Diwali means praying and being thankful for God watching over us. We make this day special by lighting up our home, wearing new clothes, and eating lots of Indian food with our family and friends.


Fall Programs

PROGRAM

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Brambleton Clubhouse for Distance Learning by Overtime Athletics

9/8 - 12/21

Monday - Friday Full Day: 8:30am - 4:00pm Half Day: 8:30am - 12:00pm, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Community Center

Drama Kids

9/14 - 5/17

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

Corner Clubhouse

Drama Kids Day Camp

9/14 - 12/21

9:00am - 4:00pm

Corner Clubhouse

Fitness Image Results

1/1 - 12/31

Visit www.ďŹ results.com

Community Center Parking Lot

Girls on the Run

9/28 - 11/20

Tuesday & Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Corner Clubhouse

Luis Rosado Tennis Academy

8/24 - 10/18 10/19 - 11/15

Tuesday & Thursdays 5:00pm - 8:00pm Saturdays & Sundays 8:30am - 12:00pm

Creighton West Park

Soccer Shots

9/12 - 10/31

Saturdays: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Creighton Field

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

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LIBRARY

Brambleton Library Offers Digital Resources for All Ages Loudoun County Public Library Staff

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ou don’t have to visit Brambleton Library to get your hands on the latest bestseller. Loudoun County Public Library has thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, movies and music online. More customers than ever are using the library’s digital offerings, which are constantly updated with new materials. To access them, all you need is a library card. If you don’t have one, you can apply online for a free card that’s good for six months at catalog.library.loudoun. gov/obr. OverDrive, LCPL’s top eBook provider (also available as the Libby mobile app), features popular eBooks and audiobooks; Kanopy boasts award-winning independent films, documentaries, and hours of kid-friendly videos; Freegal offers round-the-clock music streaming; and Hoopla Digital has a little bit of everything, without the waitlists. Go to library.loudoun.gov/online to see these options and watch tutorials. It doesn’t stop with books and entertainment. The library also has a treasure trove of online resources to assist with schoolwork, careers, and personal interests. The sites listed here are just a

small sample of what is available. Visit library.loudoun.gov/siteindex for the entire collection. Online Learning The Great Courses (on Kanopy): This series of on-demand, college-level video courses makes lifelong learning available to anyone, anywhere. Topics include history, science, travel, photography, painting, chess, and much more – all available for streaming on Kanopy. com. Lynda.com: If you’re interested in taking your career to the next level, then you really should meet Lynda. Pick from over 4,000 courses and improve your productivity. Classes on marketing, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, web publishing tools, and photography are just a few of the topics available. Mango Languages: Learn over 70 languages at your own pace, all in one easyto-use app. Universal Class: Take courses in subjects as diverse as bread making, drawing, accounting, running an online business, history, and more, with options to earn continuing education credits.

WiFi Access Available Enhanced WiFi access is now available from outside Brambleton Library. Customers can get connected 24/7 from their cars or from the library’s outdoor seating. The name of the network is LibraryWiFi. No password is required, although users will need to click “accept” on the landing page.

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ince Loudoun County Public Schools will be starting the first half of the year online, parents need to help their children adjust to this different way of learning. There are many strategies parents can implement to make this transition easier. One approach is to set up a dedicated space for learning. Focusing in our bedrooms is distracting, so try to find a space that is quiet with good lighting. Let your child help with making the space their own. This may be as simple as decorating a box for pencils or as elaborate as putting cork board up on the wall to help remember assignments. Next, start teaching your children how to use a computer or laptop with a mouse, since most children are used to touch screen devices. Mastering right and left click is

Fairfax Pediatric Associates provides the best care in the safest and most convenient way with their Well Checks on Wheels service. A telemedicine screening plus a mobile van visit from our top providers and nurses offers your child the highest quality well visit while keeping your family safe and healthy. Call 703-391-0900 to schedule.

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difficult, so playing games together will make this change easier. Once distance learning starts, it is important to create a schedule that works for your family. Children flourish with the normalcy of having a scheduled day. Knowing what to expect helps with anxiety and makes learning easier for both the parent and child. Make sure to take breaks while completing school work. This helps children stay focused for longer and makes retaining new information easier. For middle school children and up, take a 5-10-minute break for every hour worked. For elementary school children, take a break every 30 minutes or watch for learning fatigue. Whining and excessive fidgeting in chairs are clues that your child is becoming tired and needs a break. Before in-person learning begins, start practicing wearing a mask around the house. For younger children, start with 5 minutes of mask wearing at a time. You can play a game while wearing the mask to help take the anxiety out of having something on their face. Review hygiene with your child by reminding them to always wash their hands when coming home. Wash their hands before eating if soap and water is available; if not, teach them how to correctly use hand sanitizer. This is a difficult period for everyone. During this time, be sure to check in

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with your child to ask them how they are feeling. If this feels unnatural, you can simply ask about the best part of their day and the worst part of their day. Over time, you and your child will learn to communicate openly about what is going great in their life and what isn’t. Remember that we are all going through this together, and we will get through this together. Children are resilient and they will look back on this time fondly because they are spending more time with their family.

Melodie Wuorinen is a caring nurse practitioner who works at Fairfax Pediatric Associates above the Brambleton Library. For more information, please visit www.brambletonpediatrics.com or call 703-391-0900.


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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Be a Good Neighbor Andrea Dao, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards & Administration Manager

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ird feeders, benches, barbeque grills, picnic tables, children’s play sets, soccer nets, badminton sets, and bikes – these are just some of the items that frequently accumulate in Brambleton Community Association common areas. Homeowners often consider common areas to be fair game for storing the things that don't fit in their yards, or they just wish to expand their yards beyond their property lines. Aside from the fact that these common areas can begin to look like junkyards, storing items like this is a violation of BCA’s governing documents. Common areas throughout the community are designated for the use and enjoyment of all Brambleton residents and their guests. The Declaration for Brambleton states in part that “no waste will be committed on the Common Area” and that “no Owner should make any private; exclusive or proprietary use of any of the Common Area”. In response to resident concerns and observations from proactive community-wide inspections, BCA staff has identified many instances of residents who have encroached on property lines or have illegally dumped debris in the common areas surrounding their property. Encroachment Encroachment is most often a problem along property lines when a property owner or resident is not aware of their property boundaries or intentionally chooses to violate the property boundary to give them exclusive use of the

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common area that abuts their lot. People forget that the Association is an entity that has legal and ownership rights. You cannot make modifications to or change the nature of a common area, just as you would not encroach on your nextdoor neighbor’s lot. Encroachment actions observed throughout Brambleton have included mowing; planting trees, shrubs, or bushes; installing flowerbeds; storing woodpiles; and placing personal items such as outdoor furniture and hammocks. Placement of these items in common areas can restrict access for maintenance operations or other BCA needs, inhibit use of common areas by other residents and their guests, and create liability issues for the Association. While residents are encouraged to use the common areas located throughout the Brambleton community, this encouragement is not an invitation to secure or maintain any portion for the exclusive use of one residence. Homeowners who abuse this privilege will be notified and asked to remove their personal property and restore the common areas. Illegal Dumping Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste material in the common areas or down storm drains. It is difficult to profile a typical illegal dumper. However, offenders often include construction, roofing, and landscaping contractors, and sometimes even resident do-it-yourselfers who dump grass clippings and yard waste.

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People may illegally dump waste to avoid disposal fees at local dumps or because they do not want to spend the time or effort to dispose of or recycle their waste properly. Please remember that homeowners are responsible for making sure that their contractors adhere to Brambleton’s standards and rules. No construction materials of any kind can be stored in common parking lots, common areas, or streets. Nothing – including excavated materials such as grass clippings, turf, dirt, sand, or rocks – may be dumped in any wooded areas, common areas, or wetlands. Any turf damage found in common areas due to construction or other projects will require restoration at the expense of the homeowner. When planning a project, BCA recommends that you review the plans for proper placement and storage of construction materials and for the proper disposal of debris with your contractor to avoid costly delays or cleanup. Illegal dumping makes our community and natural areas look dirty and uncared for, unpleasant to be in, and less likely to be used. This can lead to more dumping and other unwanted behavior, which can then result in reduced community pride and property values. We all live together here, so be sure to do your part to keep Brambleton beautiful! To report common area encroachment or illegal dumping concerns, please email communitystandards@brambleton.org or call BCA at 703-542-6263.


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Monthly Tips to Keep Brambleton Beautiful 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 tired, faded paint and order replacement parts in order to keep your mailbox and lights looking great all year long.

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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 Services picks up yard debris on Tuesdays (March - December). Please place yard waste in dedicated and identified containers/trash cans, 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/trash cans.

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Water freezing in your home’s pipes may cause serious problems. To help combat this, shut off the water to exterior faucets and drain the lines. You may also want to insulate any pipes near the exterior walls of your home or in unheated areas like a garage. Furniture placed outside must be specifically designed for outdoor use and maintained in good condition. Outdoor furniture can be placed on a porch, stoop, or in the rear yard. The use of permanently-placed outdoor furniture is not permitted in front yards. Nothing shall be kept or stored outside the exterior of your home which would create an unsightly condition. This includes, but is not limited to, refuse containers, trash or rubbish, machinery and equipment, building materials, etc. Portable equipment, including grills or fire pits, may not be stored at the front of the home. Mice, squirrels, and other critters are looking to escape the cold. They might decide that your place looks pretty great. Make sure to close any holes and block any potential entrances to your home.

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HOME & GARDEN

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inety percent of insect species are either beneficial or benign. Beneficial insects provide valued services like pollinating plants, controlling pests, cleaning up waste, and providing food for animals higher on the food chain. Caterpillars provide food for baby birds or turn into insects we love such as butterflies. Therefore, the terms “beneficial” or “harmful” can be subjective or situational. Always identify an insect first before declaring war on it; a good resource to use is BugFinder (www.insectidentification.org). This website has wonderful information on each bug and often provides eco-friendly ways to control it if you decide it’s a bug that’s not welcome in your garden. The starting point for pest control is the planting of good, healthy plants. Just like people, plants are more likely to get sick or attract pests when they are stressed. Start by planting species that will thrive in the environment

Many beneficial insects can look menacing, like this wheel bug (aka assassin bug). These are insect predators that feed on caterpillars, moths, and other insects. They are not aggressive, but they will deliver a painful bite if disturbed.

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you provide. Soil type, amount of sun, amount of water, right plants, right placement — these are the basic planting needs to address. Nourish the soil with leaf mulch and compost. Simultaneously, you should be encouraging beneficial insects into your garden because you can’t do it all yourself. Here’s a new term: insectary. Insectary plants are those that attract insects. Beneficial insectary plants are intentionally introduced into an ecosystem to increase pollen and nectar resources required by the natural enemies of harmful or unwanted insect pests. Habitat Planning for Beneficial Insects, an online publication by the Xerces Society, provides good information for home gardeners and farmers alike on beneficial insects and insectary plants. Everything has to eat. If you are planting native plants, they are providing ecological benefits – food for native insects. Rejoice when a leaf has been chewed or little cutter bees have cut perfect circles in a leaf. You have created a healthy habitat in your yard. But if an insect is doing real harm, then it’s time to act. The least toxic methods of removing insects are mechanically, with soap, or with oil. The most benign methods to remove pests are to handpick or hose them off. A time-honored method used on Japanese beetles is to tap them into a jar of soapy water on your morning rounds. Aphids, white flies, thrips, and spider mites can be hosed off of plants with a good stream of water, killing most of the insects in the process. See

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the video Hosing off Aphids at youtu.be/ upz-gyKfqzo for detailed directions. Insecticidal soaps are among the oldest remedies. They are readily available commercially. You can also make your own by search for a do-it-yourself recipe. Insecticidal soap works well on softbodied insects such as aphids, mites, mealybugs, and even scale bugs. It kills insects by either drying them out or suffocating them. Be careful not to spray beneficial insects; bees will suffocate when sprayed with insecticidal soap. Horticultural oils work in several ways. They block the insect’s breathing holes, causing it to suffocate. Oil interferes with the cell metabolism in soft-bodied insects like aphids, scale bugs, lace bugs, wooly adelgids, mealybugs, whiteflies, and some caterpillars. It can also help control powdery mildew or black sooty mold. Oils can disrupt the feeding patterns of certain disease carrying insects and can even kill overwintering insect eggs and fungal spores. Lightweight, allseason horticultural oils are very safe to use and pose minimal safety threats to humans or to the environment when used according to label directions. Always read the directions no matter how benign the product may appear. Some plants are sensitive to oils. There are also do-it-yourself recipes available that use mineral and vegetable oils. Most backyard pests can be managed without the use of toxic chemicals that kill beneficial insects, pose a danger to ourselves, to our pets, and enter our waterways.


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RESIDENT RESOURCES

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

Notary services have been temporarily suspended. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for updates regarding resumption of services.

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.

BCA offers Notary Public services for residents. Here are a few tips to help make your notary experience easy: • Notary services are available by appointment only. This allows staff to be ready and available to provide your requested service. Please email hoa@brambleton. org or call 703-542-6263 to schedule an appointment. • 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 and Change of Appearance forms. • All documents must be written in English. Witnessing on documents is not provided by BCA. 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 townhomes 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 Payoff details and financial update requests are processed and fulfilled via WelcomeLink on behalf of the Association. Please place your request through WelcomeLink's webpage at www.fsresidential.com/corporate/resale-and-lender-documents.

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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 Association's lockbox service. Please reference your account number or property address, or include the payment coupon, to ensure the payment is properly recorded. 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.

Monthly Assessments

• Direct Debit: The owner authorizes withdrawal of the monthly recurring assessment amount from a designated checking or savings account. Owners can sign up for Direct Debit service online at www.clickpay.com/firstservice.

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• 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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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

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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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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Loudoun County Election 2020 Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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general election will be held in Loudoun County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Offices on the ballot will include President and Vice President of the United States, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Virginia constitutional amendments, and Loudoun County bond questions. The Loudoun County Office of Elections has provided the following information to help residents prepare to vote in the upcoming election. Deadlines • Voter registration deadline: October 13, 2020 • Absentee voting begins: September 18, 2020 • Last day to request a ballot by mail: October 23, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. • Last day to vote absentee in person: October 31, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. • Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for all elections in Virginia. Get Election Ready Check your voter registration status and register to vote at www.vote.virginia.gov. You can also text LCVOTES to 888777 to opt in and receive text alerts for elections dates, absentee voting, and deadlines.

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Voters are required to show an acceptable form of photo identification at their precinct. Acceptable forms of photo ID include a Virginia driver’s license, a U.S. passport, a student photo ID from a college or university located in Virginia, or a government-issued photo ID. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voters will be required to wear a face covering when entering the polling place. Also, due to social distancing, voting may take longer than usual, so voters should plan for a possible delay. Absentee Voting: By Mail All registered voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot by mail in the November election. The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your location is Friday, October 23rd by 5:00 p.m. Marked absentee ballots must be received in the Office of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (11/3).

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Absentee Voting: In-Person

If you are interested in becoming an Election officer at your voting location, visit www.vote4loudoun.com/pollaccess or call (703) 777-0381. Election officers are paid for mandatory training and for working on Election Day (full day or half day). Election officers may work as unpaid volunteers if they so choose. A signed statement verifying your work on election day will also be provided.

In-person absentee voting will be held at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, located at 750 Miller Dr. SE,

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

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.

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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.

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 "Stay Connected" button at www.brambletonhoa.com and following the instructions. BCA's Stay Connected (formerly Notify Me) email 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.

#Bramlife Videos 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 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 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.

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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Resident Spotlight: Kyle Norris

We spoke with Kyle Norris, Brambleton resident and owner of Big Kyle Barbecue, about starting his business and bringing it to the EatLoco Farmers Market, what living in Brambleton means to him and his family, and more! How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? My wife Amy and I have been proud residents of Brambleton for 10 years. After visits with friends and family living in Brambleton, we decided it was where we wanted to live. Three of our four kids are graduates of Briar Woods and Rock Ridge High Schools. We love this community and all that it has to offer. It’s a perfect place to raise a family. What inspired you to open Big Kyle Barbecue? I was inspired to start Big Kyle Barbecue by my love of cooking on the open flame of a barbecue (BBQ) grill as well as by family and friends who often told me I could sell the BBQ that I make and should start a business. Amy and I both come from large families with 26 siblings between the two of us, so cooking for large groups was normal for us. A lot of our family members have helped Big Kyle Barbecue get to where we are today, especially our kids. We are a family business that loves to offer great BBQ to our neighbors in this community at the EatLoco Farmers Market and by catering for all types of parties and events. How did you become involved with the EatLoco Farmers Market at Brambleton? We got involved with the EatLoco Farmers Market when I noticed they had a BBQ vendor at the market and I wanted to try it. When I went to the market, I saw that there was no BBQ vendor after all, and the market manager said the vendor was no longer there. I told her that Big Kyle Barbecue would love nothing better than to be the BBQ go-to spot for our community. We have met so many of our friendly neighbors at the market and look forward to seeing them there each and every week. How have you and your business been affected by COVID-19? COVID-19 has affected everyone in a major way, changing the way we live our lives. For Big Kyle Barbecue, we have changed the way we serve so that we and our customers can stay safe. Safety is most important to us as we continue to provide great BBQ to our community. We are grateful that we can adjust to ever-changing regulations and continue to operate safely. How has the Brambleton community come together during this time from your perspective? Because of COVID-19, it has been a tough time for everyone. I feel that Brambleton has come together as a community as well as anywhere else if not even better. Everyone does their part to ensure they follow COVID-19 orders, and more importantly, keep our families safe. What is your favorite Brambleton spot? Around Brambleton, you can often find Amy and me at Nick’s Taverna or Blue Ridge Grill, which are a couple of our favorite local spots. We enjoy having dinner, watching a ball game, and hanging out with other Brambleton friends there. Seeing our Brambleton BBQ family around town for a good chat and even sharing a few BBQ tips for my fellow “do it yourself” dads is always great too. What do you enjoy cooking most? As the 2019 MetroCooking DC BBQ Bash Best Ribs Champion, I would say that spare ribs are my favorite to cook and what I am the biggest critic of. However, I am my biggest critic of everything we serve. If it’s not good enough for me, then it’s not good enough for you. I truly love what I do and plan on being a staple in Brambleton for years to come.

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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.

Communications@ 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? Have questions about renting a community facility?

Stop by and See Us!

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.

703-542-6263 (p); 703-542-6266 (f ) hoa@brambleton.org Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM Brambleton Community Association Magazine

Official BCA Communications

Important Disclaimers

42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210, Brambleton, VA 20148

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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.

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

Designreview@ brambleton.org

Rentals@brambleton.org

BCA Drop Box

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THANK YOU, BRAMBLETONIANS FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RETAILERS AND RESTAURANTS.

CVS Pharmacy Now Open Brambleton Corner Plaza

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER!

23684 Strickland Drive | Brambleton, VA 20148 | 571-367-6039

A & A Music AhSo Restaurant Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun Asian Spice Cafe Associates for Counseling Services B&T Dry Cleaners Bella Ballerina Bloō Dental Blue Ridge Grill Brambleton Community Association Brambleton Library Broadlands Family Practice Burgerim California Tortilla Cold Stone Creamery Commonhealth Chiropractic

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42395 RYAN RD. BRAMBLETON, VA 20148

(703) 542-2925

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