Brambleton Magazine: Fall 2021

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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

20 Years of Brambleton

Fall 2021

www.brambletonhoa.com

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

20 Years of Brambleton

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can't believe Brambleton is turning 20 years old. I remember moving here in April 2003 after buying into the “Brambleton Vision” sold from trailers parked on the corner of Ryan Road and Belmont Ridge Road. With our three very young children, my wife and I walked into this “trailer park” to put money down on our first Brambleton home and became the 115th homeowners in a new and upcoming community. We now live in our second Brambleton home, and we just took our three children back to college for the start of their sophomore and junior years. I started working for Brambleton Community Association in 2006, five years after Brambleton construction began. When I began working for BCA, just under 900 homes had been constructed and settled, and our budget was $3.6 million. Brambleton now has over 6,300 homes, and our budget has reached $15.7 million. Additionally, another 1,000 homes are planned to be built in the next four to five years. Brambleton has grown and matured in other ways over the years as well. Brambleton initially attracted many residents through our cutting-edge technology package, providing fiber to every home with internet and video services included. Brambleton was one

of the first homeowners associations in the nation to incorporate this infrastructure on a community-wide basis back in 2001. This provided a platform for Verizon to launch Fios, and this approach has now become the standard across the country. Brambleton has also focused its efforts over the past several years on developing and enhancing its amenities, parks, and trails. These are desired features that set Brambleton apart from other communities in our region. With the Beaverdam Reservoir and future Hanson Park located within our community, Brambleton will remain a recreational hotspot for years to come. As our community has expanded, BCA’s focus on Lifestyle and Community Engagement programs has also evolved. Vast, open areas of undeveloped land easily allowed for large festivals and fireworks in Brambleton’s earlier years. However, as the community’s build-out nears completion, the Association has had to make adjustments, shifting from festivals to neighborhood events that help residents stay active and meet their neighbors. Neighborhood block parties, pop-up concerts and movies, and food truck visits are some of the newer events which have been added to our calendar in recent years. Events that give back to the less fortunate also remain vital to BCA. Many of our events will continue to benefit local charitable organizations, such as Dulles South Food Pantry, Mobile Hope, and the Step Sisters. Brambleton has also strived to be a diverse and welcoming community since its inception, and the makeup of our community today emphatically reflects that vision. Diverse communities are positively linked to economic growth, and residents of inclusive communities are typically more forwardthinking, competitive, innovative, and entrepreneurial. Even though today’s Brambleton is culturally diverse, it is essential that every resident continues to embrace the benefits of our diversity. Reaching outside of our comfort zones will not only benefit us as individuals but also as a community. Simply starting

a conversation or sharing a meal with a neighbor can cultivate a better understanding of each other and build lasting relationships. One way to put Brambleton’s age into perspective is to consider this: Brambleton’s land was assembled during the Reagan administration and rezoned under George H.W. Bush's presidency. BCA’s governing documents were written during Bill Clinton's term, and residents have moved in while George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden have all held office. To say that Brambleton has seen change during this time is an understatement, but throughout this period, our community has continued to thrive, grow, and achieve our best through reasonable and thoughtful interactions and actions. We have remained flexible and open to learning from our decisions, good and bad. Taking this approach has helped Brambleton become and remain a desirable, livable, and loveable community. I look forward to the changes that will occur over the next 20 years, the memories that will be made, and the successes we will all see and enjoy together as neighbors. Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

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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

Jordan Crotty Treasurer

Susan Wolford Secretary

Anand Mohan Dharmapuri Director

Rosemarie Linder Director

Pat Martin Director

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

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20 Years of Brambleton A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER For 20 years, Brambleton Community Association has strived to create a visionary and welcoming community that provides state-of-the-art amenities and fulfilling events and opportunities for its residents.

(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 703-542-6263. 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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20 Years Young; 20 Years of FUN!

Brambleton Through the Centuries

BY THE BRAMBLETON GROUP

BY PAUL GENTINE

Brambleton is 20 years young and a home to neighbors who celebrate life together in a variety of ways.

The land where Brambleton stands today has a rich history that can inform our decisions for tomorrow.

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ARTICLES

EVENTS

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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20 YEARS OF BRAMBLETON

20 Years of Brambleton

20 Years Young; 20 Years of FUN!

Sept. 18/19: Neighborhood Campout, 4 PM - 10 AM

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Celebrate Brambleton

Sept. 25: Fall Yard Sale, 8 AM - 12 PM

BCA Board of Directors

BCA Committees

Building a Future on a Solid Foundation of the Past

Ground Works: Fall Activity

Brambleton Through the Centuries

2021 Board Election

Brambleton: Then & Now

2021 Annual Meeting

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Impacts on the 2022 Budget

Light It Up, Let It Shine

BCA Maintenance Facilities: Past, Present, & Future

Love Where You Live!

CAI Large-Scale Managers Workshop

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

BCA Annual Meeting: Nov. 16 at 7 PM

Assessment Payment Options

LCSO Online Selling Tips

Resales & PUD Questionnaire

BCA Board of Directors: Oct. 12 at 8:15 AM; Dec. 7 at 6 PM

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Important Contact Information

Making Safety & Security Community Priorities

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Events Committee: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 at 7 PM

Loudoun County Election 2021

Covenants Committee: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13 at 7 PM

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Fall 2021 Events

EatLoco Brambleton Farmers Market

We Are Better Together

Better Together Festival

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Resident Spotlight: The Pavlik Family

New Faces on the BCA Team

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HOW TO REACH US

Oct. 9: Better Together Festival, 2 - 8:30 PM Oct. 24: BTC Trick or Treat, 12 - 2 PM Nov. 13 & 14: Pictures with Santa, Times TBD Dec. 5: Winter Wonderland, 1 - 3 PM Dec. 5: Arcola Santa Tour, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

MEETINGS

Community Technology Committee: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 at 7 PM

Grounds & Facilities Committee: Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14 at 7 PM Safety & Security Committee: Oct. 19, Dec. 21 at 7 PM Financial Advisory Committee: Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 at 7:30 PM

DMV Connect DMV Connect will continue to visit Brambleton over the next few months. Dates and registration instructions will be provided at www.brambletonhoa.com/dmvconnect, on the BCA Facebook page, and in the Friday Flash. DMV Connect offers: • REAL ID

• Vehicle titles and registrations

• E-ZPass transponders

• Drivers’ licenses

• Address changes

• Hunting and fishing licenses

• ID cards (adult and child)

• Disabled parking placards

• And more!

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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 8, 2021; July 7, 2021; and August 3, 2021; and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

June, July & August 2021 Board Meetings: Approved the April, June, and July 2021 Board Meeting Minutes. Approved amendment of the Community Technology Committee Charter to a maximum of nine members; appointed several residents as members of the Grounds & Facilities Committee and Community Technology Committee. Approved support of Loudoun County’s approval and installation of cell towers by Rock Ridge High School and Arcola Volunteer Fire Station; directed staff to send a letter of support to the County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Approved the 2022 Budget calendar. Directed BCA staff to inquire if the Stone Springs property will consider a long-term lease option and if the purchase price is negotiable. Approved acceptance of the private streets in the Evermont Trace section. Approved acceptance of the 2020 Audit, as amended by Johnson, Bremer & Ignacio, CPAs, P.C. Adopted the Electronic Meeting Resolution, as presented. Approved the Covenant Committee’s recommendations to revise the Fence standards as presented and revise the Gutter & Downspout and Irrigation guidelines to remove the application and approval process if the stated conditions within the guidelines are met. Authorized the General Manager or Board President to sign standard easements on common areas and related deeds originating from the Developer’s office. Approved acceptance of Section 31 from the Developer with the understanding that landscape items will be completed in Fall 2021 to the Association’s reasonable satisfaction; authorized the General Manager to sign and send a letter of acceptance. Agreed to an additional Board meeting in September to host a listening session along with the Community Technology Committee for resident comment on the Verizon Bulk Video Service Review. Recommended the Financial Advisory Committee to establish a sub-committee with focus on mitigating the 2020 Audit findings. Directed staff to assess the appropriate role to provide support with the Association’s financial matters. Directed staff to draft an Excess Assessments Policy for attorney review. Recognized Ms. Meryl Bisaga for her many years of service on the BCA Board of Directors. Appointed Director Anand Mohan as a member of the Elections Committee for 2021. Copies of the completed and approved meeting minutes can be requested at hoa@brambleton.org.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Oct. 12 at 8:15 AM, Dec. 7 at 6:00 PM, BCA Management Office Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for meeting schedule updates.


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BCA Committees COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues, concerns, and recommendations pertaining to technology issues that impact the greater community. Meetings: First Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 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: First Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/6, 11/3, 12/1 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/eventscommittee

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: 10/11, 11/8, 12/13 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 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 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: 10/19, 12/21 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing financial reports and audits, monitoring investments, reviewing funding for capital projects, and developing financial policies and resolutions to recommend to the Board. Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 9/28, 10/26, 11/23 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

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: A turf application 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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2021 BCA Board of Directors Election Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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here will be two open seats on the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors in this year’s election on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. 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 opened its Call for Candidates period on September 3, 2021. Residents interested in running for one of the two seats on the Board need to complete a Candidate/Nominating Petition and turn it into the BCA Management Office no later than Friday, September

24, 2021 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 Opened: Friday, Sept. 3 • Candidate/Nominating Petition Deadline: Friday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 PM • Election Opens: Friday, Oct. 15 at 9:00 AM • Paper Ballot and Online Elections Close: Friday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 PM • Annual Meeting and Election: Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 ANNUAL MEETING DATE & PLACE: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Location TBD

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7:00 PM – Annual Meeting Begins

The BCA Board of Directors and staff are currently determining the appropriate format and location for the 2021 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to share Association and community information and to provide an opportunity for residents to ask specific questions of the Association. Representatives from the Developer’s office will also be present to provide updates. 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 mailed to Brambleton homes and shared through official BCA Communications channels. We hope to see you there! 9

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Impacts on the 2022 Budget Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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hen I reviewed the Brambleton Community Association budgets for each year since Brambleton was established, I was amazed to be reminded that in 2002, the monthly assessment for a townhome was $196.00. For reference, the 2021 monthly townhome assessment is $200.19, which amounts to a $4.19 increase over 20 years. Single-family assessments are similar, with a $5.60 increase over the same period. Our assessments have remained remarkably similar over the last 20 years primarily due to our bulk internet and TV package. In 2003, this service cost $125 a month with Gatehouse Network. Today, we pay $93.28 for a far superior Verizon Fios

package. With this is mind, what changes are in store for the Association’s budget in 2022 and beyond? There are three significant factors that I believe will impact the BCA Budget in 2022. First, the cost of goods and services has drastically increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some material costs have increased by as much as 40 percent. These costs should return closer to normal as pandemic supply issues are resolved and more people return to work. The second factor that will impact our budget next year and beyond is the graduated minimum wage increase in Virginia from $7.50 today to $15.00 by 2025. The Association will project

increases from contractors and the BCA payroll to account for this adjustment. The last major impact on our budget will likely come from our updated reserve study currently underway. These updates are performed every three to five years and are required by Virginia state statute. A reserve study accounts for the repair and replacement of all significant capital components that the Association owns. This includes asphalt roads and trails; park amenities; pool and building components; and Operations equipment, trucks, and trailers. The most significant driver of increases to our reserve funds has historically been asphalt and concrete maintenance. The Association owns over 200 roads, seven parking lots, and 15 miles of trails. Because most of these streets serve Brambleton townhomes, townhome owners typically see the largest increases in monthly assessments as a result. The results from the current reserve study will determine the amount needed to fund our reserves for the next three to five years. BCA staff will continue to draft the 2022 Budget through the end of September and will present it to the BCA Board of Directors at their meeting on October 12, 2021. Brambleton residents are encouraged to review the draft budget once it is released and provide feedback to staff and the Board. Stay tuned to www.brambletonhoa.com/budget and our Friday Flash for updates.

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BCA Maintenance Facilities: Past, Present, & Future Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rambleton Community Association’s maintenance facility history and goal to find a permanent facility reminds me of a childhood play I was in: Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. In this story, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These ghosts represent memory, generosity and goodwill, and the fear of death respectively. In my modern Brambleton version of the play, I am visited by maintenance facilities of the past, present, and future as I search for a permanent home for our maintenance operations. My journey into the past brings me to two facilities: the first facility where BCA started its maintenance operations, and the second facility where our operations expanded. The first facility was located on Belmont Ridge Road from 2008 to 2012, across from where Stratford Landing Pool is today. Back then, the Association’s tools, equipment, and truck could all fit inside a 20 ft by 30 ft cinderblock garage on undeveloped land provided by the Developer. Our

in-house maintenance operations were run entirely by one man: Stan Swart. Stan's responsibilities quickly grew to the point that we had to hire additional help and move into a larger facility with a garage, shed, and outdoor storage. This second facility was also owned by the Developer and was located adjacent to Brambleton’s dairy barn from 2012 to 2017. During this time our Operations department also grew to include a manager and two field technicians. The journey to the present began in mid-2017, when the Developer continued its generosity and goodwill by allowing BCA to expand and operate from another location with a shed and storage grounds. This facility was provided at no cost to the Association and is currently located near the intersection of Belmont Ridge Road and Arcola Mills Road. Additionally, our Operations department now includes one manager, one administrator, and four technicians. This brings me to my vision of a future maintenance facility to help our

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One permanent location being considered is a 1.73-acre parcel in Brambleton’s Evermont Trace neighborhood. This parcel is presently being administered as a Planned Development-Industrial Park (PDIP) by Loudoun County. BCA’s use of this site would potentially lessen the impact on adjacent residents compared to other uses that would be allowed by the County based on current zoning. In addition, the location of the parcel would minimize travel time for our maintenance crews. BCA staff is also exploring alternative facility sites. Unfortunately, the availability of suitable sites is limited, and land prices continue to increase. The Association hopes to procure a site by the end of the year and begin the building process in 2022 in order to continue our beneficial and cost-saving in-house maintenance program. A Christmas Carol has a happy ending where Tiny Tim lives, everyone gets to eat a tasty turkey, and Scrooge even becomes nice. We are working diligently and remain hopeful that the search for Brambleton’s next maintenance facility has a similarly cheerful ending.

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Operations department and community thrive. BCA is now looking for a permanent maintenance facility location, as the Developer can no longer provide temporary space due to the build-out of the community. Additionally, finding a permanent, well-situated location and keeping maintenance operations in-house are both essential to the Association’s strategy of reducing operating costs and providing enhanced response times on work orders. The BCA Board of Directors and staff are actively working hard to find the right location for this permanent facility.

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CAI Large-Scale Managers Workshop Welcome to Brambleton! Brambleton Community Association is proud to host Community Association Institute’s 2021 Large-Scale Managers Workshop. This is the second time Brambleton has had the honor of hosting this great national event specifically designed for managers of largescale homeowners associations and other communities. The first time BCA hosted this workshop was exactly ten years ago, when Brambleton was half the size it is today. Welcome to our great community, and for those who attended ten years ago, welcome back! Those interested in more information about this workshop can visit www.caionline.org.

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Making Safety & Security Community Priorities Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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he importance of a safe and secure community is high on almost every resident’s list when looking for a home or living in their current one. The benefits of a safe and secure community include protection of community and individual health, a decrease in the threat of violence and injury, a feeling of pride, an increase in property values, and overall improvement in quality of life. To create this type of community, it is vital that residents and organizations take attentive and appropriate actions. “Safety is No Accident”; “Click It or Ticket”; “9PM Routine”; “See Something, Say Something”; and “Keep Right, Pass Left” are just a few safetyoriented campaigns and slogans we have seen over the years. These slogans are used to bring awareness to specific, ongoing issues and concerns. Additionally, these slogans typically target and bring attention to possible offenders and have overall proven effective.

works to address community concerns within its scope. The Association also works with other agencies that have assets, facilities, or amenities within the boundaries of the Brambleton community to ensure they are aware of community concerns related to their properties. The most recent example of this is BCA’s successful coordination with Loudoun County to request a safety study of Belmont Ridge Road.

knows our community well and can appropriately focus on specific issues. We look to Loudoun County Animal Control as well to address dog and general pet issues. Furthermore, to reduce hazards throughout the community, we look to Loudoun County, Loudoun Water, the Virginia Department of Transportation, utility companies, and various other agencies to maintain their assets, easements, and rights-of-way.

Additionally, BCA relies on its relationship and partnership with Loudoun County and Virginia agencies to maintain a safe and secure community. Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office (LCSO) is responsible for law enforcement and criminal investigations in Brambleton. Illegal parking, stolen property, suspicious criminal behavior or activities, trespassing, and vandalism are a few concerns that we look to LCSO to address. We are also fortunate to have a LCSO Community Policing Deputy who

Brambleton residents also bear responsibility for maintaining a safe and secure community. Residents can make significant contributions to help keep their neighborhood and the greater community safe and secure. Some of these responsibilities are:

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• Secure personal property (bikes, vehicles, homes). • Promptly report suspicious and criminal activity to LCSO (703-777-1021, or 911 for emergencies). • Promptly report hazards and unsafe conditions to the property authorities.

So, what are Brambleton Community Association’s responsibilities when it comes to ensuring safety and security within our community? BCA has two primary responsibilities, which are to: (1) provide and operate safe, Associationowned common areas and amenities, and (2) bring awareness to community safety and security issues. BCA takes these responsibilities very seriously and

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• Obey laws, ordinances, and BCA rules.

Awareness and personal responsibility are crucial when it comes to safety and security throughout Brambleton. You are the key to your personal safety, but everyone working together provides the key to community safety and security. Fall 2021


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SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER Sept. 18-19: Neighborhood Campout 4:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Fall 2021 Events

Sept. 25: Fall Yard Sale 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oct. 9: Better Together Festival 2:00 - 8:30 PM

Oct. 24: BTC Trick or Treat 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Nov. 13 & 14: Pictures with Santa Times TBD

Dec. 5: Winter Wonderland 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Dec. 5: Arcola Santa Tour 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Dates/times subject to change

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We Are Better Together Christine Elansary - Community Engagement Manager

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t’s hard to believe that Brambleton turns 20 this year. As I look back at the last 18 years, I am reminded of how lucky I’ve been to be able to raise four children in such a great community. And with my firstborn heading off to college this fall, I’ve been reminiscing even more and taking time to soak in how much has changed in our lives and in the community. Driving down familiar streets, I can picture my kids’ little faces riding their bikes, playing in the parks, walking to school, and running around at Brambleton Community Association events. The most notable change that I’ve seen as a resident and BCA staff member

has been the growth of our community. From concerts to festivals and everything in between, our events have exemplified how much Brambleton has developed and evolved in the past two decades. When I first served on the Activities Committee (now the Events Committee) in 2005, we hosted all BCA events at the Community Center, utilizing the parking lot and Lantana Park. When Phase II of Brambleton was built out, we shifted festivals over to the Town Center green space, before the townhomes and Brambleton Library were built. In 2019, we relocated Red White & BRAM and the Fall Festival to the open field south of Evergreen Mills Road. No matter the exact location,

these events brought family, neighbors, and friends together to build wonderful memories. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to cancel our bigger events which hit us to the core. While the Association was able to pivot and successfully create virtual and popup events over the past 18 months, we have sorely missed being able to bring the entire community together again. This is why we are so excited to present the inaugural Better Together Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021. Brambleton residents will be able to gather once again and enjoy live music, rides, amusements, and much more. We will also be bringing out the fireworks to celebrate Brambleton’s 20th birthday! While we are looking forward to celebrating such an important milestone together, we will be sure to do so while monitoring and following COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of our residents. Stay tuned to www.brambletonhoa.com/bettertogether along with our Friday Flash and Facebook page in order to receive the most up-to-date information about this event.

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20-Year 20 YEARS Celebration OF BRAMBLETON

20 Years Young; 20 Years of FUN! 20 Years Young; 20 Years of FUN!

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Submitted by The Brambleton Group

o say Brambleton was carefully curated is an understatement.

Twenty years ago our world was entirely different. That world was full of Internet dial-up tones, snail mail billing, and an idea and vision for a master planned community. Now, we have access to the world's information at our fingertips, everything is done online, and Brambleton is in its final stages of development. As we pause to reflect on both our past and future, it seems fitting to celebrate our community as 20 years young, rather than 20 years old. Each detail of planning considered not only who was the best provider of materials – whether in home construction, Town Center logistics, or the best way to provide for the growing technological needs of Loudoun County residents – but also how these aspects could maximize the longevity of the project to keep current residents happy and to keep potential residents coming in, or shall we say, coming home. The careful consideration that went into the project in its early stages has paid off now with there being a fresh and modern feeling to all aspects of Brambleton:

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even in what has been here longer, such as some of the schools and recreational facilities. “Brambleton is beautiful and wellmaintained and has awesome people! The Brambleton lifestyle started to be created with the first residents and today has surpassed all expectations. Residents certainly recognize and appreciate this customary Brambleton way of life.” - Kim Adams, Director of Marketing The Brambleton Group

Did You Know? From inception, the Brambleton development team was encouraged to think outside the box and was intent on bringing innovative amenities to the community. Joining forces with The Broadband Group (TBG), they established a Technology Master Plan envisioning every home in the community pre-wired with high-speed Internet. They partnered with Verizon and invested in a multi-million-dollar project that would bring fiber to the home and their dreams to reality. Brambleton became the first fiberenhanced community in the nation. For residents, this meant they simply could move in and plug in, further enhancing Brambleton’s alreadyestablished tagline, Connect With Life.

The Community Center was the first public building in Brambleton. It opened in 2003 as the community's first Welcome Center, HOA office, park, tot lot, pool & clubhouse.

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Remember When? In 2007 Brambleton's movie theater opened, operating first as Consolidated Theater before being sold to Regal Cinemas in 2011.

In 2008

The Step Sisters hosted their first charity walk in Brambleton to raise funds for their team’s participation in a DC walk for breast cancer. Fast forward to today and the Step Sisters have grown to become one of the region’s most recognized organizations providing quality-of-life support and crisis care to breast cancer patients throughout NoVa. Their award winning annual Ribbon Run/Walk has been one of the most popular events in Brambleton, raising important funds for the cause. The certified race course has put Brambleton on the map as a runner-friendly community designated by the Road Runners Club of America.

Although much has changed (and been upgraded) since the beginning of the project, the vision has always remained the same: to give families a place where they can live, work and play near home in the best of conditions that will foster connections that last a lifetime. "Brambleton has eliminated the need to uproot and start over. Our master planned design allows for continuity of those relationships, patterns and traditions," comments Adams. In the last five years alone, Brambleton has opened the doors of an elementary school, middle school and high school, started selling residences in the Town Center and had the grand opening of Birchwood, an exceptional 55+ community. Combine that with new Town Center tenants, further enhanced green spaces, and the community almost feels so perfect you could spend 90% of your life within its boundaries. This doesn't mean that Brambleton will soon be "done" however. As creators of a nationally top-ranked master-planned

In 2008 Brambleton hosted its first Sizzlin' Summer Concert!

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community, the Brambleton Group is always brainstorming ways to make the community more fun and functional for residents and visitors alike. Especially as Loudoun County continues to build renowned communities, this is not the time to stop. Brambleton had an incredible 2020 year despite everything and sold 431 homes by the end of the year. This fact is no surprise to Brambleton residents, as its reputation has always preceded it and will do so for years to come. This reputation isn't solely about amenities, however. During the pandemic, there was an amazing number of new retail leases signed for the Town Center including The Filling Co & Shell gas station, Great Clips for Hair, AhSo Cellars, Rebel Taco, Himalayan Wild Yak, Best Brains and Galaria Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. A major - and some may say the biggest - reason that Brambleton is so successful is the people who call it home.

In 2016 Knutson Homes began building urbanstyle townhomes with rooftop terraces in the Town Center. The new residential activity brought a sense of vibrancy to the Town Center, giving rise to a popular new neighborhood, Downtown Brambleton.

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Remember When? In 2010 a newly launched "B_" advertising campaign took on a life of its own as residents embraced the fun sayings. It wasn't long before resident-created Facebook Groups emerged with names like B_Informed, B_Resourceful and B_Active to keep residents in-the-know! In 2011 Brambleton celebrated its 10th anniversary and Loudoun County BOS Chairman, Scott York, declared September 24th as "Brambleton Day." In 2018 The Brambleton Group created a setting in which residents could potentially live their entire lives, but the people who inhabit that setting create a quality of life that sends that setting above and beyond and turns it into a community that few would want to give up. Our residents have shared so many stories over the years of how they experienced important milestones during their time at Brambleton - from engagements to marriages to growing families. And this has always been the Brambleton way. Even when families are ready to house hunt again, they find themselves looking within the community. As many of them say, the decision to stay in Brambleton is a no brainer! "The people here are incredible. My neighbors are some of my closest friends, and I have met other people I love and adore through running, as well as within our schools. We love going to the Brambleton Fall Festival, Summer Concerts, Halloween activities and Comedy Night. We love seeing so many friends and neighbors there!” - Heather Fruzetti

Brambleton encourages growth, both in its own development and in that of its residents. This year has meant not only further housing, but also the introduction of Bram Quarter and continued progress on the future events center. Brambleton has managed to unlock an ever-present feeling of newness, despite its relative age. It attracts residents who love being in a community full of innovation, creativity and a focus on the good of the collective.

the Brambleton Library opened, 2 years ahead of schedule.

In 2019

launched.

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Brambleton is a place full of people with a zest for life and a desire to go out and live it. Whether it be a passion project, a vocation or just a fun hobby, residents constantly astound by making the world better in their own unique ways, ways that encourage connection to those around them. 20 years of love has gone into Brambleton and this is only the beginning. "I’ve been living in Brambleton for the past thirteen years with deeply-planted roots. It was an easy choice for my family, and it’s one I continue to cherish. Brambleton offers an unparalleled sense of community while maintaining an abundance of amenities and events. While a small town feel is ever-present, Brambleton consistently modernizes with new establishments. .... Brambleton offers a modern, walkable neighborhood replete with the very best of events and amenities. And I love these conveniences. But the sense of community fostered in Brambleton is truly its greatest asset."

In 2020 despite a global pandemic, a record number of new leases were signed in the BTC and Brambleton had record high home sales a true testament to our community. In 2021 Brambleton celebrates 20 years of lasting friendships and incredible memories!

- Lauri Velotta-Rankin

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Celebre

BRAMBLETON

Celebrate Brambleton’s 20-Year Anniversary This fall marks the 20-year anniversary of Brambleton, and we welcome you and your family to celebrate with us. The events and displays outlined below will provide a great opportunity to reflect on our community’s past successes as we look forward to its bright future!

Aerial Timeline in Welcome Center Pass-Thru | Permanent Display A new wall display showcases Brambleton’s historical timeline from 2001 to today along with aerial displays representing the community’s progress throughout the years.

Virginia Is For Lovers LOVEworks | September 20-27, 2021 Find the iconic LOVE letters in Legacy Park at Olympia Drive from September 20-27, 2021. Share your photos and tag us on social media using #20YearsOfBram and #LOVEVA.

Bruno & Friends Photo Pop-Up | Starting September 20, 2021 Snap a photo with Brambleton’s very own “Bruno” and his friends. A temporary photo stand-in can be found near the LOVEworks display in Legacy Park at Olympia Drive. Share your photos and tag us on social media using #20YearsOfBram and #BramLife. Designed and painted by local artist, Penny Hauffe, who painted the Brambleton In Color mural on Onelife Fitness’ wall in the BTC.

Brambleton Story Walk | Brambleton Library Windows, Brownstones Gazebo & Callalily Park | Starting September 20, 2021 We’ve created a story for even our youngest Brambletonians to learn the community's history. Find the illustrated story along the windows of the Brambleton Library and two community parks. Children are encouraged to submit their own vision of community on the drawing paper provided in the Library atrium.

"Better Together Fest: Brambleton Turns 20" | Saturday, October 9, 2021 This ticketed VIP event is for Brambleton residents only. The HOA is planning a festive celebration complete with a fireworks display at dusk.

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20 Year Celebration Pop-Up Display Locations Brambleton Welcome Center Brownstones Gazebo

VA LOVEworks (Sept 20-27) Legacy Park - Olympia Dr.

Brambleton Library Legacy Park - Parkview Dr. Brambleton Town Center Green Emberbrook Terr./Olympia Dr.

Creighton West Dog Park Brambleton in Color Mural Onelife Building on Soave Dr.

Creighton West Sports Courts

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20 YEARS THE BESTOF IS BRAMBLETON YET TO COME

Building a Future on a Solid Foundation of the Past The History of Royville & Brambleton Written by Lauri Velotta-Rankin, excerpt from Brambleton, 20 Years in the Making (2020)

In the late 19th century, a small village in eastern Loudoun began to take shape. It consisted of a school, a few expansive farms, several modest homes, and a general store. The town was known as Royville and resided on the current site of Brambleton. The general store, called Ella A. Hough & Co, Store, was owned by John C.C. "Chaney" and his wife, Ella Hough. The couple suffered the tragic loss of their 14-year-old son, Roy, to typhoid fever. When a post office opened within the village store, they selected the name Royville to honor their deceased child. Included in this small community was the Hutchison family who decided to erect a school upon their land to educate local children. Bestowed with an old family name, it was called The Brambleton School. In Eastern Loudoun: Goin’ Down the Country, Loudoun historian, Eugene Scheel, notes, “The Brambleton School that served Royville was located about a halfmile north of the store, about where the landmark Brambleton rock formation and tumblingwater fountain is found.” Despite the school’s spelling, it was pronounced “Bramble-down.” Royville eventually faded with the closing of the general store and passing of Ella Hough. Years later, the store and post office were lost to a fire. The land changed hands among dairy farmers multiple times through the 1900s before being purchased in 1999 by Soave Enterprises' The Brambleton Group.

From Relic to Reality The dairy barn located near the intersection of Creighton and Belmont Ridge Roads will soon become a site for outdoor concerts, events, weddings, and home to the Brambleton Presbyterian Church. Renovation of the dairy barn and its grounds has begun. Architectural modifications will modernize and improve the integrity of the building while maintaining a nod to its rural past. From the 1900’s to early 1960’s, Loudoun County soared to be the state’s leading producer of dairy-related products, no doubt made possible by the contributions of this land’s predecessors: from the Hough to Hutchison, Thompson, Creighton, Nickens and Cornelius families. Once a village with a primitive past of humble dwellings including a school, post office and general store (as well as survivors of their own pandemic - typhoid fever!) the award-winning “village” of Brambleton arose in what has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing and wealthiest counties! Just as it did over a century ago, today's village continues to look out for one another offering compassion and support for those in need and welcomes neighbors from all corners of the world.

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20 YEARS OF BRAMBLETON

Brambleton Through the Centuries Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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he 20th anniversary of Brambleton is a wonderful moment to celebrate the history and growth of our community over the past two decades. This milestone also presents an opportunity to learn about what was happening in our backyards hundreds and even thousands of years ago. This awareness can foster a richer understanding of our hometown and guide us as we focus on the next chapter of Brambleton’s journey.

crossing the Potomac or the Blue Ridge mountains without government consent.1 Around the same time, settlers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland moved into the Loudoun area, along with Quakers and German, Irish, and Scottish immigrants.2 Loudoun became an agricultural hub, and this status would remain relatively unchanged until the early 1960s.

Slavery was practiced in Loudoun County, and slaves accounted for 25% of the population in 1860.3 Quakers and other groups in Loudoun were vocally outspoken against slavery in the 1800s, but the County ultimately voted for secession.3,4 During the Civil War, no major battles occurred in the Brambleton area, but notable local battles include the Battle of Ball’s Bluff (Leesburg) in

Historians believe that the first humans to set foot in what is now Loudoun County were Native American tribes who fished in the Potomac River up to 10,000 years ago. As recently as the 17th century, members of the Manahoac tribe used this area to hunt deer, turkey, and black bear, and to harvest berries and grains. Iroquian-speaking tribes also were present at this time and established a fur trade network extending from the Potomac to New York. The conflict between the two groups caused this area to be mostly abandoned by 1670. Conoy (or Piscataway) Indians then settled as far south as the Goose Creek valley by the turn of the 18th century.1 Native American presence in Loudoun was effectively ended by the ratification of the Treaty of Albany in 1722, which forbid Indians or settlers from

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Header Photo: The Nickens family with friends and neighbors in the 1930s. Bottom photo: Map of Loudoun County in 1853 (present-day Brambleton marked with white dot).

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Enterprises’ Brambleton Group in 1999, and the first Brambleton homes were listed for sale soon afterwards. The legacies of the original Royville families still endure today, with Brambleton streets named after the Nickens, Creighton, and Stickman families and the Spence family cemetery preserved next to Legacy Elementary School.6,7

First stages of Brambleton development (March 2000)

Reflecting on the people who were present here before us—the Native Americans tribes hunting wildlife, the soldiers marching across the fields, and the families who made their homes here—helps us appreciate and honor their influence on the land we stand upon today. In an ever-changing community and world, it is empowering to carry their stories with us as we envision what Brambleton can be in the decades and centuries to come. Works Cited: 1. Chambers, Beth. “Loudoun County Before the Europeans – Indians of the Virginia Piedmont.” Waterford Perspectives, 1983. www.loudounhistory. org/history/loudoun-before-europeans. 2. “History of Loudoun County.” Loudoun County Government. www.loudoun. gov/174/History.

Original location of Royville today (Intersection of Belmont Ridge Rd & Creighton Rd)

October 1861 and the Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville in June 1863 during the Gettysburg campaign.2,5 Loudoun was also considered part of Colonel John Mosby’s “Confederacy” and was the site of skirmishes between Mosby’s Rangers and Union-aligned groups like the Loudoun Rangers.2 Near the end of the 19th century, the small village of Royville developed at what is now the intersection of Belmont Ridge Road and Creighton Road. It received its name from the Hough family, who operated a general store at the center of the town. When a post office opened in the store in 1893, the family asked that it be named Royville to honor the memory of their deceased son Roy. Another Royville family, the

Hutchisons, soon afterwards opened The Brambleton School to serve children in the community (pronounced “bramble-down”). Royville only existed as a distinct village for a few more years; the post office and general store closed by 1913 and burned down in 1916.6,7 Large parcels of land were then sold to dairy and stock farmers, including L. B. “Billy” Creighton, and generations of families continued to work on the farms and live in the area.6 The population of Loudoun County grew exponentially during the 20th century, especially after Dulles International Airport opened in 1962, and the local economy became less dependent on agriculture.2 The remaining farms and Royville properties were eventually purchased by Soave

3. Scheel, Eugene. “Timeline of Important Events in African American History in Loudoun County, Virginia.” The History of Loudoun County, Virginia. www.loudounhistory.org/history/ african-american-chronology. 4. Nichols, Joseph, V. Legends of Loudoun Valley. Willow Bend Books, 1996. 5. “A Civil War Chronology of Loudoun County, Virginia.” The Loudoun Times Mirror – Civil War and Historical Edition, 16 Nov. 1961. www.loudounhistory.org/history/loudoun-cw-chronology. 6. Toler, John. “Eastern Loudoun: More than Meets the Eye; Part XX: Remembering Royville, at the Site of Brambleton.” Loudoun Independent, 7 Oct. 2009. 7. Velotta-Rankin, Lauri. Brambleton: 20 Years in the Making. Soave Real Estate, 2020. Special thanks to John Toler for assistance with Royville history and photos.

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Brambleton: Then & Now

Original photos taken in 2002 and 2003. New photos taken in July 2021.

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Light It Up, Let It Shine Andrea Dao, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards & Administration Manager

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omeowners are cashing in on newfound home equity and low-interest rates. It is not surprising that they want to use them to maximize and customize their outdoor spaces to meet their needs and reflect their personal tastes. Since the pandemic, many of us have been spending more time outdoors. Many Brambleton residents have upgraded their outdoor spaces to escape their indoor quarantines while still feeling safe in their homes. The trend to create elaborate outdoor spaces is seen throughout the housing market, labor trades, and in the types of Design Review Applications reviewed by Brambleton Community Association staff. For example, applications now routinely include multiple gathering areas outside, multi-level decks, screened porches, patios with outdoor kitchens, pavilions, pergolas, and swimming pools. What is missing from many improvements is a professional lighting plan. A well-planned landscape lighting plan can set an ambiance that is peaceful and meditative. As the hot summer days dwindle, homeowners will want to make

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sure they have enough light to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle for as long as possible. Since many people work or play until long after the sun goes down, they may not have time to enjoy their backyard until the evening hours. Adding outdoor lighting can instantly transform your garden into a usable space.

to dawn. In the front of the home, it is important to illuminate your address for visitors, deliveries, and service and emergency personnel. Walkways can be lighted for guests, doorways can be turned into grand entrances, and the front of your house can become a spectacular focal point.

Understanding proper exterior lighting is also essential to enhance your outdoor improvements. Oftentimes, the lighting we see proposed in applications is far too bright and glaring. During property inspections, we often see random groups of solar lights toppled over, broken, or abandoned in piles in landscape beds. Is your current exterior lighting reflective of the worth of your home? Hiring a professional landscape lighting company will surely increase your property value in a way that a fixture sale from a big-box store cannot.

BCA’s exterior lighting guidelines state that all exterior lighting must be “white” in color, floodlights shall be directed downward and not outside or off the applicant’s property, and exterior lighting needs review and approval by the Covenants Committee. Proposed additional lighting shall not be approved if it will result in an adverse visual impact to adjoining neighbors due to location, wattage, or other features. Floodlights and landscaping uplighting must have deep shields to effectively screen the light source from view and be carefully directed so that adjacent properties are not impacted by glare. Exterior fixtures should also be hardwired and installed to prevent exposed, visible wiring.

Furthermore, professional lighting is not just for the rear yard. In addition to your builder-provided carriage light fixture, lighting the front yard landscape beds and providing uplighting for the trees can improve security, particularly if you leave these lights on from dusk

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So, continue to dream, design, and plan your backyard oasis, and don’t forget to light it up and let it shine!


Love Where You Live!

Monthly Tips to Keep Brambleton Beautiful September

Driveways take a beating in the summer months. Extreme hot temperatures can cause changes in concrete and asphalt. Fall is a good time to check your driveways for cracks. Patch any cracks with a concrete resurfacer. Worn asphalt can be treated easily with an asphalt sealer which gives a fresh uniform color to the surface. Take a moment to walk around your house and inspect the roof for any missing shingles. Also, make sure the flashing is secured and there is no damage from high winds. Inspecting the house for missing shingles/shutters or loose/missing siding may be a good practice following any storms the seasons may bring. Fall is the optimal time to address chipping, peeling, or fading paint. The proper time to paint is when the temperature is over 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Check mailboxes, shutters, front doors, decks, and fences to see if any surfaces need restaining, repainting, or repairing. As with any color changes or modifications, please refer to the Design Guidelines before starting to determine if the project needs approval from the Covenants Committee.

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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 or paper yard bags. Plastic bags are no longer accepted. The BCA office has free Yard Waste stickers to place on your containers/trash cans.

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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. 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.

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• 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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BCA Resale Disclosure Packet & PUD Questionnaire Brambleton Community Association processes single-family home and townhome resale disclosure packets, PUD questionnaires, and payoff requests through HomeWiseDocs. BCA Single-Family Homes & Townhomes BCA has partnered with HomeWiseDocs to offer a streamlined process for the order and delivery of resale, refinance, and lender documents such as: resale disclosures, estoppels, demands*, lender questionnaires, and governing documents. Simply visit www.homewisedocs.com to get started. HomeWiseDocs’ professional staff is available for any questions you may have. Call toll-free at 866-925-5004 or use the technical support chat feature located on their website. BCA Condominiums (Residences, Residences II, Summerfield) Condominium properties require information from both the master association (Brambleton Community Association) and the condominium sub-association for closing. Please visit www.fsresidential.com/corporate and select “Order Documents” to order a resale package, request payoff information, or obtain a condominium questionnaire for the subassociation. Please visit www.homewisedocs.com to obtain a resale disclosure package for the master association. *BCA must receive written authorization from the seller/current owner in order to process all demand requests. Authorization forms can be uploaded directly to HomeWiseDocs when placing the order. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/resales for more information. Owners with questions or concerns can contact hoa@brambleton.org for assistance.

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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 2021 Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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general election will be held in Loudoun County on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Offices on the ballot will include Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and members of the Virginia House of Delegates. 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 12, 2021 • Early & absentee voting begins: September 17, 2021 • Last day to request a ballot by mail: October 22, 2021 by 5:00 PM • Last day to vote absentee in person: October 30, 2021 by 5:00 PM • Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM 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. Voters are required to show an

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acceptable form of photo identification at their precinct. Acceptable forms 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 (as of August 2021). Also, due to social distancing, voting may take longer than usual, so voters should plan accordingly. 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 22 by 5:00 PM. Marked absentee ballots must be received in the Office of Elections by 7:00 PM on Election Day (11/2).

The schedule is as follows: • Starting Friday, September 17 – open Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. • Weekends: Open Saturday, October 23 and Saturday, October 30 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Open Sunday, October 24 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. • Extended evening hours until 7:00 PM will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 19 through October 28. In-person absentee voting is also available at Dulles South Senior Center from October 18 through October 30. Visit www.loudoun.gov/voteearly for all local early voting locations, dates, and hours. Become an Election Officer

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 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 (750 Miller Dr. SE, Suite C, Leesburg).

For more information on the 2021 general election, 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

Resident Spotlight: The Pavlik Family We spoke with the Pavlik family (Dave, Sarah, Daniel, and Ben), who have lived in Brambleton for almost two decades about how the community has grown during their time here, what it means to call Brambleton home, where their favorite Brambleton spots are, and more! How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? We will have lived in Brambleton for 20 years in December 2021! We wanted a community that we could grow with and where we could raise our children alongside our neighbors. We hit the jackpot on that one! How has Brambleton grown and developed during your time here? When we moved in, there were a few dozen families here and many houses under construction. Our amenities were construction vehicles and dirt piles (which the boys loved). The growth and development have been incredible and progressed pretty fast all things considered. We were happy that the first swimming pool and tot lots did not take long to be built, and when the Harris Teeter opened, we knew had a “town”. We have now traded the tot lots for the restaurants at the Brambleton Town Center! Additionally, our oldest son Daniel (22) “opened” Legacy Elementary School, and our youngest son Ben (18) opened Independence High School. How have you been involved in the Brambleton community over the years? We have volunteered in various ways at many events over the years, including the Fall Festival, Red White & BRAM, and Brew Fest. Dave has also volunteered on the Safety & Security Committee since it started, and we are both longtime members and active volunteers at Brambleton Presbyterian Church. What does it mean to you to call Brambleton home? We have made some lifelong friends here. We grew up together. Our kids grew up together. We are like family and that is what makes a home! We have the best. Neighbors. Ever. What are your favorite Brambleton spots? Anywhere there is live music, whether it’s Blue Ridge Grill or “Club Pav” (our backyard). What are your favorite Brambleton events? Our favorite events are Red White & BRAM, the Summer Concerts, and Brew Fest. What are some of your family’s favorite activities in and around Brambleton? We enjoy walking our dogs along the many trails in the neighborhood and also at the Beaverdam Reservoir.

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COMMUNICATIONS

New Faces on the BCA Team Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to the Brambleton Community Association!

Andrew Baker

As a Maintenance Technician, Andrew helps maintain the beauty and safety of Brambleton’s amenities and facilities. He is also an instrumental part of our snow readiness team. Andrew brings previous experience in landscaping and grounds maintenance to this position. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys working on cars and attending concerts.

Stephanie Cumming

As our newest Resident Services Advisor, Stephanie promptly responds to resident inquiries and provides assistance with all office activities and general administration. Stephanie brings over two decades of project management and graphic design experience to her position. She is a Virginia native who recently relocated to Loudoun County from England. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys traveling, walking her dogs, and spending time with her family.

Want to See Your Ad in the Brambleton Magazine? We are now accepting advertisements for our upcoming Winter 2021-22 magazine mailed in mid-December! If you would like to reach over 6,000 households per issue in the growing Brambleton community, then visit www.brambletonhoa.com/communications or email communications@brambleton.org for advertising rates and more information. 38


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.

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

Friday Flash and Stay Connected 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, BCA 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.

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 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.

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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

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

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?

BCA Management Office

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.

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

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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