Brambleton Magazine: Fall 2022

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Brambleton Fall 2022 Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life. www.brambletonhoa.com LivingNeighborly

“Activities like the Caring and Giving Food Drive help young children learn firsthand the joy and fulfillment of lending a helping hand to others,” said Hummer. “By purposefully nurturing compassion and generosity early on through hands-on activities and daily classroom experiences, we hope to instill a lifelong desire to make a positive difference in the world.” Learn about the Primrose Schools BalancedLearning approach and Primrose School at Moorefield Station by visiting

PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or calling 703.726.9306.

Children also start to develop skills that are the building blocks for empathy at as young as 6 months old.

Compassion, generosity and kindness—it’s difficult to define these traits for young children, let alone determine how to teach them. However, these are essential traits to instill in the next generation as research shows socialemotional intelligence is one of the best indicators of future success in school and life.

Teachers reinforce the importance of giving through related songs and books. Children further connect with the idea of selflessness through art and story-writing projects.

One such event is the annual Caring and Giving Food Drive, which has more learning opportunities built in compared to a typical food drive. Children in Primrose classrooms learn the importance of giving back to their community along with lessons in civics, business, budgeting and nutrition.

“At Primrose®, our goal is to help children build the foundation they need to succeed later on, and we believe who children become is just as important as what they know,” said Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “That’s why our Balanced Learning® approach includes classroom experiences that are intentionally designed to nurture children’s social-emotional development in fun, age-appropriate ways.”

During the week-long activity, children are asked to earn money through chores at home. They bring their donations to the classroom where they count the money and develop a budget and shopping list for healthy food items.

Premier Preschool Teaches Little Hands to Make a Big Difference

The children then take a field trip to a grocery store to shop for the items on their list, which are donated to local charities and distributed to those in need. In the days that follow, teachers and children discuss how shelters and food banks help people in the community to ensure the lessons come full circle.

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At Primrose School at Moorefield Station, character development—which is the development of social-emotional skills and traits that make up a person’s character—is emphasized and nurtured on a daily basis.

Children start to learn and practice generosity, compassion, kindness and more through engaging activities, modeling by teachers and experiential learning. For example, children participate in various Primrose PromiseSM Giving Events throughout the year that allow them to apply concepts like giving and sharing in authentic, hands-on ways.

Although it takes time for children to fully develop complex social-emotional skills and character traits, parents and caregivers can help encourage them early on. According to research from child development expert Dr. Gail Gross, young children start observing the adults in their lives from a young age, picking up social cues that are absorbed into their behavior.

1.“National Good Neighbor Day.” Better Neighboring, www.nationalgoodneighborday.com.LLC.

Good Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods

A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

D id you know there is a National Good Neighbor Day? This year, it falls on Wednesday, September 28. National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana.

Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

2. Invitation: Invite neighbors to join you for a meal or something fun. Gather around a table because the Latin word “communitas” means spirit of community and the number of meals shared together measures it.

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The Good Neighbor Mindset doesn’t just occur once a year; it is a way of life that requires a continuous com mitment to neighborly values and ac tions. Have you recently introduced yourself to a neighbor who just moved in? Wished “good day” to a passing dog walker or jogger? Celebrated a special milestone or occasion with your neigh bors? Reported any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office? Attended a Brambleton event or a neighborhood block party? Or even helped a neighbor in a time of need? These neighborly acts, big and small, constantly occur through out Brambleton and positively impact people’s lives. National Good Neighbor Day is an ex cellent time for all of us to practice the Good Neighbor Mindset and become more connected with the community. Good neighbors make great neighbor hoods, and great neighborhoods make an even greater Brambleton.

4. Awareness: Keep your eyes and ears open. Stay attentive to the safety and security of the people and homes nearby. As a result, we are safer and stronger together.

In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued a Proclamation stat ing: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities.”

moments in the lives of others, cheer them on and don’t miss out on con gratulating them.

5. Availability: Availability is the high est benefit of good neighbors who genuinely care and look out for one another. When needed, show up to help and support others living around Brambletonyou. Community Association ob serves and believes in these pillars. Our actions and activities have exemplified them since the start of our community over 20 years ago. Over the years, we have encouraged and promoted commu nity and neighborhood events and ac tivities, including the use of our Block Party Trailer; community campaigns like “See Something, Say Something” and the #9pm Routine; programs such as our Neighborhood Watch, Brambleton Kids Care, and “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”; and more. Fostering the Good Neighbor Mindset over two de cades has made Brambleton a stronger community.

1. Connection: Introduce yourself and connect with others in your neigh borhood. It simply starts by saying “hello.”

The “Good Neighbor Mindset” consists of five pillars that focus on building pos itive relationships that strengthen and build great neighborhoods.

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3. Celebration: When it comes to birth days, anniversaries, or milestone

3 Brambleton Community Association Magazine Fall 2022 Good2 Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods27FEATURESAMESSAGEFROMRICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER Brambleton Community Association is committed to building positive relationships and fostering neighborly values and actions within the Brambleton community. Loudoun Recreational Facility Updates Fall142022 Events BY BCA STAFF Check out the amazing BCA events happening this fall, including the return of Fall Fest and our celebration of National Good Neighbor Day. BY BCA STAFF New recreational facilities are coming to Loudoun County for Brambleton residents to enjoy. BrambletonCommunityAssociationBoardofDirectorsBrianViola President Ravi Balaram Vice President Jordan Crotty Treasurer Anand Mohan Dharmapuri Secretary Rosemarie Linder Director Pat Martin Director Management Office 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 210 Brambleton, VA 20148 (p) 703-542-6263 (f) www.brambletonhoa.comhoa@brambleton.org703-542-6266RickStone 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 and mailed quarterly by Brambleton Community Association and can also be viewed on our website. Vision & VisionMission 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.

Safety & Security Committee: Nov.

Grounds & Facilities Committee: Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14 at 7 PM

Facebook page, and in the Friday Flash. DMV Connect offers: • REAL ID • Drivers’ licenses • ID cards (adult and child) • Vehicle titles & registrations • Address changes • Disabled parking placards • Hunting and fishing licenses • Compliance summaries • Transcripts • and more! DMV Connect

2022 BCA Annual Meeting: Nov.

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Financial Advisory Committee: Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM

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Elections Committee: Dates BCA

MEETINGS

Covenants Committee: Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12 at 6:30 PM

4 2 MESSAGE FROM THE GM Good Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods 5 INSIDE BCA BCA Board of Directors BCA GroundCommitteesWorks:Fall Activity Being a Good Community Neighbor2022BCA Annual Meeting 2022 BCA Board Election BCA Strategic Plan Update UnderwayBCAAnnual Budget Process Pictures with Santa EatLoco Farmers Market 21 COMMUNITY STANDARDS Being a Great Neighbor Love Where You Live! 23 RESIDENT RESOURCES Assessment Payment Options Connect Resident Portal Resales & PUD Questionnaires Important Contact Information 27 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Loudoun County Recreational Facility Updates ARTICLES

Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17 at 7 PM

EVENTSSEPTEMBER Sept. 17/18: Neighborhood Campout, 4 PM–10 AM Sept. 22: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM Sept. 24: Fall Yard Sale, 8 AM–12 PM Sept. 28: National Good Neighbor Day, 4–7 PM Oct. 2: Fall Sip & Craft, 2–5 PM Oct. 6: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM Oct. 20: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM Oct. 22: Fall Fest, 12–6 PM Oct. 28: Brains, Brews, & BBQ, 7–11 PM Oct. 29: Step, Shred, & Shed, 9 AM–12 PM Nov. 4-6: Pictures with Santa Nov. 13: Holiday Sip & Craft, 2–5 PM Dec. 11: Arcola Santa Tour, 6:30–8:30 PM

TBD DMV Connect regularly visits Brambleton. Dates and registration details will be provided at www.brambletonhoa.com/dmvconnect, on the

BCA Board of Directors: Oct. 18 at

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.

ƒ Appointed members to the Strategic Planning Ad Hoc and Elections Committees; appointed Mr. Tom Gurganous as the Election Committee Chair for 2022.

ƒ Approved $.20 rate increase for Republic Services starting July 1. Increase to owners will not take effect until January 2023.

ƒ Adopted the 2023 Budget Calendar and Process.

ƒ Directed staff to make additional amendments and consult with counsel regarding the Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy.

ƒ Held a delinquency hearing for three owners and suspended Association-provided services and member privileges due to non-payment of assessments.

ƒ Appointed Mr. Ravi Balaram as Board Vice President.

UPCOMINGMEETINGSBOARD Oct. 18 at 6:00 PM, Dec. 6 at 8:00 AM, BCA Management Office Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for meeting schedule updates.

ƒ Initiated foreclosure process on a severely delinquent owner.

ƒ Decided to keep the currently vacant Board Director position open until the 2022 BCA Board Election in November.

ƒ Adopted the Brambleton Community Association Disposition of Abandoned Assessment Guidelines as recommended by the Financial Advisory Committee.

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BCA Board of Directors

ƒ Approved the March, April, and May Board Meeting Minutes.

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The Board last met on May 10, June 7, and June 14, 2022; and took the following actions in accordance with its Governing Documents, state statute, and federal laws: May and June 2022 Board Meetings:

ƒ Reviewed and discussed Board Presidency ownership requirements. Approved versions of all Board meeting minutes can be found in the FSR Connect Resident Portal at bca.connectresident.com.

BRAMBLETON KIDS CARE 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: 9/27, 10/25, 11/22 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

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 trimonthly at 7 PM. Upcoming meeting: 11/8 (due to Annual Meeting) Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

Responsibility: Providing assistance with the adoption of BCA's new Strategic Plan. Reviewing goals and coordinating with the BCA Board, staff, and the Brambleton community.

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions.

Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/brambletonkidscare

STRATEGIC PLANNING AD HOC COMMITTEE

FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/spc

Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/covenants

Responsibility: Empowering the next generation of Brambleton’s residents and facilitating their development and growth towards becoming compassionate, service-minded citizens.

Responsibility: Meeting the requirements of BCA's Governing Documents and advising the Board on issues related to and affecting the election of Directors for the Association. Meetings: Meets as needed. Upcoming meetings: TBD. Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/electionscommittee

Meetings: Second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

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Meetings: Meets as needed. Upcoming meetings: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17 at 7 PM

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE

Meetings: Meets as needed, typically during the school year.

Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging will continue through November (weather dependent).

Ground Works: Fall Activity

Fall Mulching: All visible roadway common areas will receive a fall mulching.

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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:

Fall Fertilization: Two rounds of fall fertilizer will be applied to all common areas.

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.

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.

The Developer will perform 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

Common Areas

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program

Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging will continue through November (weather dependent).

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.

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As a steward of the land, Brambleton Community Association and its contractors continually perform various upkeep and service tasks in order to maintain a healthy environment and a great-looking community.

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2022 BCA ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE DATE & PLACE: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Brambleton Library, Meeting Room A TIME: 7:00 PM – Annual Meeting Begins Brambleton residents will be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person or virtually. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to share Association and community information and to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions. 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 shared at www.brambletonhoa.com/annualmeeting and through official BCA Communications channels. We hope to see you there! INSIDE BCA

Being a Good Community Neighbor

Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager equipment. In total, BCA crews spent two days performing vital cleanup as sistance alongside South Riding crews and Brambleton’scontractors.efforts were greatly ap preciated by the South Riding manage ment team and their residents. South Riding shared a tree removal compila tion video with their community that thanked Brambleton for their service. Brambleton also received praise from community partners for their assis tance. The BCA Board and staff were pleased that they were able to help an adjacent community in a time of need. These efforts strengthened goodwill be tween two of Loudoun’s largest commu nities, which are home to over 50,000 residents, and exemplified the ideal of “neighbors helping neighbors” on a grand scale.

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elping neighbors in times of need brings residents togeth er and turns a residential de velopment into a caring community.

There are also times when a communi ty as a whole may need a helping hand. Recently, our neighboring community, South Riding, was on the receiving end of significant damage from a summer storm, with over 500 trees damaged or destroyed throughout their communi ty. While this storm severely hit South Riding, Brambleton was thankfully spared from damage to its trees, land scaping, and common areas. Knowing that our neighbors to the south needed a helping hand, Brambleton Community Association could not let our tree care equipment sit idle in the maintenance yard. After consulting with BCA Board of Directors President Brian Viola, BCA staff reached out to the South Riding management team to see how we could assist them with their cleanup. South Riding graciously accept ed Brambleton’s offer to help. Within a couple of hours, BCA Maintenance Technicians Derek Reid and Brett Unger were on-site in South Riding with a wood chipper, chainsaws, and other

September 23 at 5 PM Record Date to Determine Members:

Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager at hoa@brambleton.org to provide your email or to request Friday, Friday, Friday, Friday, Friday, Friday, Tuesday, Tuesday,

a mailed ver sion of the meeting notice and paper Moreproxy.information on the 2022 Annual Meeting and Election can be found on our website at page.ourminderscom/annualmeeting.www.brambletonhoa.UpdatesandrewillalsobeprovidedthroughFridayFlashandonourFacebook INSIDE BCA Important BCA Election Dates Call for Candidates Opened:

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October 14 at 9 AM Effective Date of Notice:

November 11 at 5 PM Online Elections & Electronic Proxy Close: Monday, November 14 at 5 PM Annual Meeting and Election:

November 15 at 7 PM Announcement of Election Results:

November 15 at 8:30 PM

October 14 Requested Paper Proxy Deadline:

B rambleton Community Association will hold a Board of Directors Election this November to elect three Directors. In preparation, the Board has established this year’s Elections Committee to de velop and administer the election pro cedures and guidelines, review and rec ommend an online election vendor, and perform a post-election evaluation. The Committee began work in early June to develop guidelines and consider vendors in accordance with BCA’s Governing Documents and in response to feedback from last year’s election. After thorough discussions, the Committee presented their final election guideline draft to the Board and recommended GetQuorum as the 2022 online election vendor. The Board approved these recommendations at their August meeting. GetQuorum’s platform and partnership with Zoom offer improved efficiency, increased engagement, reduced costs, and enhanced security. Their electron ic meeting notice and proxy campaign will save BCA about $14,000 in postage and mailing costs alone. Features that Brambleton homeowners can expect include a seamless registration and vot ing process, an online meeting RSVP, and an efficient virtual meeting experi ence with electronic live, real-time vot ing and proxy revocation. Be on the lookout for an email from GetQuorum in mid-October with infor mation regarding the 2022 BCA Annual Meeting and Election. If you are not currently receiving electronic notifica tions from BCA, please contact our staff

September 30 at 5 PM Meeting E-Notice & Online Election Opens:

September 2 at 12 PM Candidate/Nominating Petition Deadline:

2022 BCA Board of Directors Election

Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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Continued involvement from Brambleton residents is essential to successfully completing the Strategic Plan update process. We thank all resi dents who provided crucial feedback in the Community Survey, and we encour age residents to continue to remain in volved. One way to do so is by attend ing upcoming Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee meetings, where the Committee will provide updates on the draft plan's progress. The draft plan will also be shared on the BCA website for resident review. Furthermore, residents will be encouraged to provide com ments and opinions on the final draft at Committee and Board meetings before the official adoption of the five-year Strategic Plan. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/spc and stay tuned to the Friday Flash for the most current Strategic Plan informa tion. Thank you again to all Brambleton residents for your vital participation in this process.

Moving forward, the next steps in the process are to review BCA's Governing Documents, analyze the results from both surveys, and determine fo cus points for the Strategic Plan.

The update process kicked off this spring when the Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee was created to work in coordination with PNS. The Committee consists of nine members: three Board members, three Brambleton residents, and three BCA staff members. All nine committee members are residents of the Thecommunity.firsttwo

steps enacted in the Strategic Plan update process were conducting a Stakeholders Assessment survey and a Community Survey. The Stakeholders Assessment was sent to over 70 individuals involved in the Association's operations, including current and former Board members, current BCA staff and Committee members, and others. Over 60% of par ticipants responded to this assessment.

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E arlier this year, the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors contracted with Points North Strategies (PNS) to up date the Association's Strategic Plan.

The Community Survey was conduct ed shortly thereafter, and more than 6,000 Brambleton households were in vited to participate. BCA received over 1,000 responses from residents, which far surpassed the minimum required to achieve an exemplary confidence rate.

The overall participation in both sur veys was outstanding and provided a wealth of data for the Committee and PNS to review.

The Committee will work with Cate Fulkerson from PNS to review all data and develop the focus points. Once the focus points have been established and discussed thoroughly, specific goals and action items will then be laid out that will determine the direction of the Association for the next five years.

BCA Strategic Plan Update Underway

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C rafting the annual budget for Brambleton Community Association is a challenging and ever-changing process. Beginning in June of each year, the BCA Board of Directors, staff, and Committee Chairs start to gather the information neces sary to develop a sound and balanced budget for the coming year. This in cludes historical data collection, current trend analysis, strategic planning, and replacement reserve spending projec tions. Once the budget is developed, it is presented to the Board and then voted on at their October business meeting. The goal each year is to determine the level of income necessary to pay for an ticipated upcoming expenditures. Much like a household budget, there are ex penses that stay the same and then some that vary due to the unpredictability of Mother Nature, unplanned mechanical equipment failure, and other unforeseen scenarios. Once expenses are fleshed out, the projected income figures are calculated. Then, assessments may be adjusted to ensure there is adequate income to cover everything. Over 25 income and 98 expense categories are tracked each year. The pie chart below represents which areas the expenses fall into and what percentage of the budget is typically associated with these areas.

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Julianne Geyser - Finance Specialist a $5 million budget, which equates to $16,949 per household. And then, the City of Fairfax with 8,751 households recently passed their 2023 budget of $155 million, or $17,712 per household.

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While we don’t fund schools or a po lice force, we do provide Verizon Fios TV and internet service; manage 5.8 square miles of beautiful landscapes, four pools, three clubhouses, miles of trails, and over 200 roads; offer dozens of community events and activities; and much Brambletonmore.

BCA Budget Expense Breakdown

If you do a quick Google search, you will find that BCA’s $16 million budget encompasses a great deal of bang for the buck. With over 6,300 households, that amount equates to roughly $2,539 per household. For comparison, nearby Middleburg has 295 households with

BCA Annual Budget Process

residents are invited to participate in the budget development process at every step. The Financial Advisory Committee will present the 2023 BCA Budget at their meeting on September 27, 2022, and the Board of Directors will review and approve the Budget at their meeting on October 18, 2022. Residents have the right to ad dress the Committee or the Board dur ing the Resident Forum portion held at every Questionsmeeting.pertaining to the current or 2023 BCA Budget or Assessments can be directed to General Manager, Rick Stone at rick.stone@brambleton.org or Finance Specialist, Julianne Geyser at www.brambletonhoa.com/budget.Additionaljulianne.geyser@brambleton.org.informationcanbefoundat

November

Sept. 17/18: Neighborhood Campout

Nov. 13: Holiday Sip & Craft 2:00–5:00 PM Dec. 11: Arcola Santa Tour 6:30–8:30 PM

2:00–5:00 PM Oct. 6, 20: Food Truck Thursday 5:00–8:00 PM Oct. 22: Fall Fest 12:00–6:00 PM Oct. 28: Brains, Brews, & BBQ

& December

Nov. 4-6: Pictures with Santa

Event dates and times are subject to change. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for full event details and calendar updates.

4:00–7:00 PM Oct. 2: Fall Sip & Craft

LIFESTYLES

4:00 PM–10:00 AM Sept. 22: Food Truck Thursday 5:00–8:00 PM Sept. 24: Fall Yard Sale 8:00 AM–12:00 PM Sept. 28: National Good Neighbor Day

7:00–11:00 PM Oct. 29: Step, Shred, & Shed 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

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16 LIFESTYLES Wednesday, September 28 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Legacy Park Come celebrate National Good Neighbor Day with BCA! Brambleton residents are invited to enjoy FREE hot dogs and chips* along with live music, food trucks, and more! *Offered to first 400 residents only. Bram Life Pass required. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com and stay tuned to the Friday Flash and BCA Facebook page for more event details.

17 Brambleton Community Association Magazine Fall 2022 LIFESTYLES STEP, SHRED & SHED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM BRAMBLETON COMMUTER LOT 42790 CREIGHTON RD Step, Shred, & Shed is back for Fall 2022! BCA and the Step Sisters invite you to shred documents, recycle electronics, and drop off charity donations at this event. FREE for Brambleton residents; $20 per person for non-residents. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/stepshred for more details.

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common issues that can lead to friction between neighbors and having mutual respect and consider ation help foster harmony and pride in a community. Fortunately, Brambleton is a community where residents have that pride and always strive to make things better. Continually asking the question, “What can I do to be a great neighbor?” is the key to keeping Brambleton a great place to live.

Home Sweet Home Falling a little behind on home and yard maintenance happens to everyone, but when the grass gets too high or trash cans stay out for multiple days, it can lead to frustration between neighbors.

Andrea Dao, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards & Resident Services Administrator

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Barking dogs and not cleaning up pet waste are ongoing issues in Brambleton. If dogs are constantly barking, it’s prob ably time to bring them back inside. If you are walking your dog in the neigh borhood, please remember to bring bags. BCA has also placed pet waste stations with bag dispensers through out the community to help keep yards, common areas, and your shoes clean and free of pet waste.

eighborhoods are places where people build lasting friend ships, share a sense of com munity, and take part in civic responsi bilities. However, there are times when living in close proximity to people can be challenging. Showing consideration for your neighbors can have a positive and long-lasting impact that can make your little slice of Brambleton a fantas tic place to call home.

Parking Concerns Parking is another topic that BCA staff hears about on a regular basis. Blocking driveways and sidewalks, inhibiting access to property, and parking in re stricted areas are frequent concerns.

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Attending to grass and landscaping beds often during the growing season, keep ing trash cans stored out of sight, and taking care of noticeable maintenance issues as soon as you are able will not only keep you in compliance with BCA standards, but will also protect the health and beauty of your property and street. Falling Leaves Trees and shrubs cause a surprising amount of neighborhood friction. While residents cannot control the wind blow ing debris from one yard to another, they can ensure that trees and shrubs are pruned so they do not extend over sidewalks, adjacent yards, or fences. Also, be sure to pick up and dispose of leaves and yard debris promptly and properly.

Per community guidelines and Loudoun County regulations, illegally parked ve hicles, as well as vehicles with expired tags or in an inoperable condition, are subject to ticketing and/or towing. Also, vehicles with commercial lettering are not permitted to be parked overnight in a residential setting. Being mindful of the impact of where you park your ve hicle will help you be a more consider ate Recognizingneighbor.

Being a Great Neighbor

Brambleton Community Association often receives phone calls and emails seeking help with neighborhood issues. In cases where a violation of community guidelines exists, BCA staff will follow existing procedures to try to mitigate the conflict. When no violation exists, BCA staff will encourage neighbors to work together to reach amicable reso lutions. Here are a few issues that are commonly brought to our attention. Noise, Noise, Noise Music, power tools, and loud vehicles seem to make up the bulk of noise is sues in the community, especially in the early or late hours of the day. Proactive communication with neighbors when you will be hosting a gathering or doing work around the property could head off complaints or bad feelings. Also, if your car sounds like it is ready for the NASCAR circuit, go easy on revving the engine when driving.

September

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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.

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.

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.

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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 Pleasehose.

October 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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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.

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ƒ Mailing Address (NEW): Brambleton Community Association, C/O FirstService Residential, PO Box 30403, Tampa, FL 33630

• 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.

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Connect Resident Portal BCA and FirstService Residential encourage all Brambleton homeowners to use the Connect Resident Portal to access their assessment accounts and view important Association meeting minutes and financial reports. This resident portal makes it easy to access your account anytime and from any device! This resident portal features: • Payment: A self-service platform empowering you to make payments, check balances, and more. • Transparency: View BCA Board agendas & meeting minutes, financial reports, audits, and other important documents and reports. • Simplicity: The ability to link multiple Brambleton properties using a single login for all your online needs. • Security: Up-to-date security and strict privacy settings give you the highest level of protection. Register or Login to the Connect Resident Portal at bca.connectresident.com. Monthly Assessments 2022 House Type $197.41 Detached $210.69 Detached w/Common Driveway $205.05 Townhouse $224.05 Townhouse w/Grounds Maint. $130.77 The Woods at BTC $149.06 Summerfield Condominiums $157.87 The Residences Condominiums

• 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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• 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.

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

• Online Bill Pay: Owners may pay assessments using an online bill paying service from their personal banking institution.

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

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BCA processes single-family home and townhome resale disclosure packets, PUD questionnaires, and payoff requests through HomeWiseDocs.

BCA Condominiums (Residences, Residences II, Summerfield): Condominium properties require information from both BCA and the condominium sub-association for closing. Visit www.fsresidential.com/ corporate and select “Order Documents” to order a resale package, request payoff information, or obtain a condominium questionnaire for the sub-association. Visit www.homewisedocs.com to obtain a resale disclosure package and payoff information from BCA.

*BCA must receive written authorization from the seller/current owner in order to process all demand requests. Authorization forms can be directly to HomeWiseDocs when placing the order. Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/resales for more information. Owners can contact hoa@brambleton.org for further assistance.

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25 Brambleton Community Association Magazine Fall 2022 Important Contact Information Community Management Contacts Brambleton Community Management Office: 703-542-6263 Residences at Brambleton (FSR): 703-385-1133 Summerfield Condo (FSR): 703-327-4818 BCA Services Republic Services Recycling & Trash Removal: Brambleton@republicservices.com Verizon (Activation/Account Changes/Billing/Disconnect): 800-501-1172 Verizon (Repair): 888-553-1555 Utility Contacts Dominion Electric (North of Ryan Rd): www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center888-667-3000; NOVEC (South of Ryan Rd): www.novec.com/customer_services888-335-0500; Miss Utility: 800-552-7001 Washington Gas: 703-750-1000 Loudoun Water (Water/Sewer): 571-291-7880; www.loudounwater.org

(Toll-free) Knutson 703-996-4232; www.knutsoncos.comcustomerservice@knutsoncos.com; Sight & Sound:

Ashburn Post Office: 44715 Prentice Dr 703-406-6291 Builder Information Brambleton Town Center Brambleton Plz, Brambleton, VA 20148 www.brambleton.com/towncenter703-542-2925 Builder Warranty/Customer Care Wiring Integrator Beazer Homes 888-623-2937; www.beazer.com (Request Service) HomesCentex/Pulte 888-686-0269; dcservice@pulte.com; www.pulte.com; (Customer Care/Warranty Request) Chesapeake System Services: 301-317-0001 Gulick Group 703-674-0330 x 143; www.gulickgroup.comcustomerservice@gulickgroup.com;(ContactUs/CustomerCare) Vintage Security:

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Thank you to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, Loudoun County PCRS, Loudoun Water, and NOVA Parks for con tributing article content and photos.

Top Photo: Beaverdam Reservoir. Middle: Hanson Regional Park. Bottom: Ashburn Recreation Center.

Beaverdam Reservoir Park Beaverdam Reservoir Park will be situ ated on the southeast side of Beaverdam Reservoir, which is located just north of Brambleton on Belmont Ridge Road. Loudoun Water and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) have partnered to build this 60acre park that will include a welcome center, pavilions, a rental boathouse, natural trails, waterfront boardwalks, and educational exhibits. Construction is expected to begin this September, and the park opening is anticipated to occur in spring 2024. In the meantime, Brambleton residents are welcome to boat, fish, and hike in designated areas of the reservoir. More information can be found at water.org/beaverdam-reservoir.beaverdam-reservoirwww.novaparks.com/parks/andwww.loudoun

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B rambleton residents enjoy ac cess to a multitude of parks and other recreation facilities locat ed throughout Loudoun County, and new amenities continue to open as well to serve the greater community. Three notable parks and facilities opening in the coming months and years are Hal & Berni Hanson Regional Park, Beaverdam Reservoir Park, and the Ashburn Recreation & Community Center.

Ashburn Recreation & Community Center Construction of the Ashburn Recreation & Community Center is now underway, with groundbreaking occurring this past June. This two-story facility will be located on Broadlands Boulevard, between the Loudoun County Public Schools Office of School Administration and Claiborne Parkway. The center will feature a 50-meter competition pool, leisure pool and spa, a gymnasi um, running track, fitness areas, class rooms, and meeting spaces. A multi-use trail will also be located on the exteri or of the property, along with a splash play area and playground equipment. Construction is anticipated to be com pleted in summer 2025. Visit featuresCommunity-Centerdoun.gov/5261/Ashburn-Recreation-www.loutoreviewfacilityandprojectupdates.

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Resident Spotlight: Nicole Whiteman

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We spoke with Brambleton resident Nicole Whiteman about her children's book The Cow That Meowed. She shared her inspiration for writing her first book, her advice for aspiring writers, and more! The Cow That Meowed is available at Go Bananas in the Brambleton Town Center and can also be purchased online from multiple outlets, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Walmart.

How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? Our family has lived in Brambleton for eight years. We chose Brambleton because it has everything a family could want: beautiful homes, many amenities to get us outside (numerous parks, playgrounds, pools, tennis courts), and community events. It was an easy decision to move here. What inspired you to write The Cow That Meowed? My daughter, who was three years old at the time, inspired the title one night while we were getting ready for bed. The title stuck with me for several weeks and I felt it needed a story to go with it, but I didn’t have one. COVID-19 hit the world a few weeks later in the spring of 2020, and our family, like so many around the world, found ourselves at home without anywhere to venture to. While my kiddos were home playing one day, the story just came to me very quickly. I grabbed the closest thing to me, which was a napkin, and jotted the story down. It didn’t seem half bad. But I had never written a children’s story before. What was the process like to write and publish your book? After I wrote the story, I sent the manuscript to a couple of publishers who both showed interest in the book. I ended up choosing the publisher who could help with illustrations and marketing, and the rest is history. What has the reaction to your book been like? There has been a lot of support for the success of this book from family, friends, and the community. Go Bananas held a book signing in the fall. It was wonderful to see members of the community come out and support this book.

What are some of your favorite books? While I love a good mystery, most of my time spent reading is with my kiddos. Magic Tree House and Pinkalicious are very popular in our house at the moment. What advice would you share for someone interested in writing their own book? When inspiration hits, run with it. Grab whatever you have, whether it’s pen and paper, your phone/laptop, or a napkin, and just write. Get it all down. There really isn’t the perfect time to write, but rather write when the words come to you. And don’t worry about it being perfect. There’s time for editing down the road. Just go with the flow, and you could find yourself published and in a bookstore. What are your favorite Brambleton spots? We love the pools in the summer. Swimming in Brambleton is always a great time with four fun, diverse pools to choose from. The walking paths and beautiful waterfalls along Legacy Park Drive are our favorite places for family bike rides, and Blue Ridge Grill is a family favorite restaurant. We also love to check out what’s stocked in the Little Free Libraries located throughout Brambleton, and from time to time, one might find an autographed copy of The Cow That Meowed in there. What are your favorite Brambleton events? We all love seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit from the North Pole every Christmas, and we look forward to the annual Easter Egg hunt in the spring as well!

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Julianne brings over 25 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience to her position. She and her husband have been residents of Brambleton since 2006. Outside of work, Julianne is an avid golfer, accomplished musician, and active member of her church. Brambleton Community Association utilizes a variety of resources in order to communicate with Brambleton residents in a timely and engaging manner. Here are some of the ways that we connect with the Brambleton community. Quarterly Magazine

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Please join us in welcoming Julianne Geyser to our BCA staff! In her role as Finance Specialist, Julianne oversees and manages the day-to-day accounting activities for the Association.

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BCA’s Stay Connected email subscription service also allows residents to receive updates on community news, events, fertilizer and weed applications, and more. Just click on the icons next to the relevant list items to subscribe. Website and Social Media Visit www.brambletonhoa.com for community news, event and meeting updates, and information on all BCA services and programs. News and updates are also posted on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brambletoncommunityassociation). Also, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @brambletonlife, and add #bramlife to your social media posts to share your content with the Brambleton community!

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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.

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 BCA website, and printed copies are available at the BCA Management Office and in the Welcome Center. 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.

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