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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Spring into the New Year

Spring 2019

www.brambletonhoa.com

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A Fun, Full-Day Summer Experience for Children Primrose Summer Adventure Club Balances Fun and Learning for Children K-5 Every summer, many parents find themselves searching for camps and child care programs for their children. While there are many options available, finding the program that is the best fit for your family can be a challenge. “The number of summer child care programs and day camps families have to choose from can be overwhelming,” says Mike Hummer, Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Moorefield Station. “The Primrose Summer Adventure Club makes the decision easy by offering such a great mix of activities that are fun for children but also naturally encourage summer learning through play and exploration.” The Primrose Summer Adventure Club is designed to provide a fun, full-day experience for children. Each day has something for every adventurer, including time for outdoor play, interest-based activity zones, field trips and special projects. Every week, these activities and experiences center on a new theme. The activities for each theme were developed by leading experts in early childhood education to ensure all programming is safe and designed for fun. Weekly themes vary from engineering-focused to arts-related to sports-based, but each one nurtures

leadership, good character, creative thinking and problem solving in a fun and natural way. Some of the weekly themes children may explore this summer season include: Science of Cooking Children set off on adventures of the culinary kind as they learn about nutrition, food and how cooking changes individual substances into delicious treats. Take the Stage! Children collaborate to make their own music videos, crafting everything from the set and costumes to the instruments. Crack the Code! During this week, adventurers will get hands-on programming experience, using problem-solving skills to build robots and code them to life. As children play and explore each week, they discover new knowledge and make new friends along the way. s children play and explore each week, they discover new knowledge and make new friends along the way.

Learn more about the summer experience at Primrose School at Moorefield Station at PrimroseMoorefieldStation.com or call 703.726.9306. 1

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Transition, Change & Growth

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hen you get a little too comfortable, life often throws you a curveball. I have had the good fortune of building a great team here at the Brambleton Community Association (BCA) over the past twelve years. In that time, the BCA staff has grown from three employees to eighteen in an effort to keep up with the demands of a growing community. As the team has developed over the years, I have continually looked at our organizational structure and the skills of our staff to see how we can best meet the changing needs of our community. This has resulted in numerous iterations of organization charts and shifts in employee responsibilities over the years in order to remain effective, efficient, and successful. There is nothing static about a growing, changing, and transitioning large-scale community. This past month, I had a huge curveball thrown my way, perhaps the biggest since my arrival in Brambleton in late 2006. I received notice that Rosemarie Linder would be resigning from her position as the Director of Administration & Services after spending twelve years with BCA. She was essentially my assistant manager, if not my co-manager. She was responsible for managing multiple facets of our organization, including Community Standards, R e s i d e n t S e r v i c e s , Te c h n o l o g y (FiOS), Communications, and Human Resources. She wore many hats and brought a high level of customer service, knowledge, and dedication to the Association and greater community. During our discussions of various community issues, her approach and insight helped me consider possibilities beyond my comfort zone and guided me through difficult situations. She was a valued member of the team, and she will be greatly missed. Rosemarie’s achievements over the past twelve years are too numerous to mention; however, there is a recent one that truly stands out, which was her involvement in the recent Verizon FiOS

contract renegotiations. In her role as Director, Rosemarie took the responsibility as the lead staff member for the review and renegotiation of the bulk telecommunications services contract with Verizon. In early 2017, the BCA Board directed staff to form and work with a Telecom Committee to review and recommend bulk telecom services for the community. She quickly got to work by drafting a scope of work for the committee charter; screening and interviewing residents for the committee; and working alongside the committee, contractor, and Verizon over the next year to develop a bulk data and video package that would properly serve Brambleton for the next several years. This was a huge undertaking, and she took on the role with grace, professionalism, and focus. She achieved the goals that were set before her and even went beyond the scope that was required or expected. She brought these qualities to everything that she was involved in while with the Association. Although Rosemarie has left the BCA team, she remains part of the greater Brambleton team. She will be working for the Brambleton Group and Soave Real Estate to bring the same level of professionalism, integrity, and dedication to other communities they are involved in. Her involvement with the Brambleton Group will improve the quality of communities that are developed by Soave Real Estate. I am excited for her and thank her for all she has given to Brambleton, and I wish her the absolute best in her new role. So how do we knock this curveball out of the park? Just like baseball, association management and community association living is a team sport. The BCA team includes volunteers, committee members, residents, contractors, BCA staff, and the Board. We need to rely on every team player to perform their duties that will carry us on to victory.

or so analyzing nearly every aspect of our Association, include staffing, Community Standards, Lifestyles, Communications, and Operations. I have found several areas where we need to consider if our current programs and practices will sustain us into the future or if changes are needed. Recent telecom, programming, and event surveys have been performed, and other surveys are likely to follow. Furthermore, transition of the BCA Board from the Developer to residents will occur later this year. Now is a great time to make changes to the Association structure and current practices in order to support the transition and growth of the community this year and in subsequent years in a manner that will bring stability to our operations and the community. I look forward to this challenge of transition and change as well as the growth that will come from it. Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

As the General Manager of this “team�, I have spent the past month

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Brambleton

FEATURES

Community Association Vision & Mission Vision

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

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

Board of Directors Kim Adams President

Tom Gurganous Vice President, Resident Director

Meryl Bisaga Secretary/Treasurer

Pat Martin Director

Samarendra Nandi Resident Director

Ric Spencer Director

Brian Viola Resident Director

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

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Transition, Change & Growth A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER The Association embraces the changes required to facilitate the successful transition and growth of the Brambleton community this year and in years to come.

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

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

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

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Asphalt Maintenance in Brambleton

Covenant Enforcement: Finding the Balance

BY SHANTIL MOYER

BY ANDREA MARTIN

BCA has thoroughly reviewed asphalt maintenance techniques and made new recommendations.

BCA strives to enforce Brambleton's high standards in a manner that best serves residents and the community.

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ARTICLES

EVENTS

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Transition, Change & Growth

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INSIDE BCA

Covenant Enforcement: Finding the Balance

Board of Directors

Committee Updates

Transition of Our Association

Ground Works: Spring Activity

Asphalt Maintenance in Brambleton

Townhome Grounds Maintenance

Creighton West Park/Want to be a Lifeguard?

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Love Where You Live!

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Are You as Healthy as You Think? How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health

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Spring at the Marketplace

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Brambleton Library Highlights

Book Clubs & Makerspace

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

ONT & Wiring Conversion Update

Payment Options

APRIL

April 13: Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt, 10 AM - 2 PM April 27: Ribbon Run, 8 AM April 28: JDRF One Walk, 8 AM

MAY May 4: Spring Yard Sale, 8 AM - 12 PM May 18: Brew Fest, 1-6 PM

JUNE June 7: Summer Kick-off, 5-8 PM June 7: Teen Pool Party, 8:30-11 PM June 27: Summer Concert, 7:30-9:30 PM June 28: Teen Late Night Swim, 8-10 PM June 29: Red White & BRAM, 6-10 PM

MEETINGS Board of Directors Meetings: Apr. 2, May 7, June 4 at 8:15 AM

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Delinquency Info

Upcoming Events

Important Contact Information

Events: Growing Together

Brambleton Maps

BCA Summer Camps

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Race Brambleton

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

Bram Life Pass

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt

Brambleton Gives Back: Janine Pires

Local Road Improvement Updates

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Spring Yard Sale

A Focus on Safety This Spring

Brew Fest

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Summer Kick-off/Teen Pool Party

BCA Communications

Red White & BRAM

• May 2nd & 13th

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HOME & GARDEN

Resident Spotlight: Teresa Yasutis

Planning Your Container Garden

Resident Spotlight: Grace Leng

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HOW TO REACH US

*DMV2GO now offers REAL ID compliant licenses and IDs.

Covenants Committee Meetings: Apr. 8, May 13, June 10 at 7 PM Grounds & Facilities Committee Meetings: Apr. 9, May 14, June 11 at 7:30 PM Safety & Security Committee Meetings: Apr. 9, May 14, June 11 at 7:30 PM Finance Committee Meetings: Apr. 23, May 28, June 25 at 7:30 PM

DMV2GO Brambleton Town Center, Harris Teeter Parking Lot: 9 AM - 4 PM • April 2nd & 3rd • June 4th & 5th

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

The BCA Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance and success of the Association. The Board meets regularly to discuss BCA business, set policies and procedures, and take action on various Association matters. The Board last met on February 5, 2019 and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

February 5, 2019 Meeting: • Approved the December 4, 2018 Board meeting minutes. • Ratified Board approval of Bulk Services Agreement with Verizon performed on December 19, 2018. • Approved decision of the Personnel Committee to revise the 2019 BCA Organization Chart and Position Grade/Salary Chart. • Mr. Rick Stone, General Manager, shared his plan to discontinue the General Manager’s Report to the Board and replace it with a timelier Board Brief that will be emailed to the Board every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. • Adopted the Events Committee Charter as presented in order to establish an Events Committee. • Reviewed survey of neighboring communities’ rental information; agreed that current facility rental rates and fees are within reason and will remain as-is. • Approved additional Board Meetings in March and May 2019 in order to prepare for the transition of the Board in November 2019. • Approved plan to execute all insurance policies presented by USI so long as the cost do not exceed $107,800. • Agreed to contract with American Pools to provide pool management in 2019. • Approved 2019 Brambleton Bettas swim team agreement including a funding cap of $3,500 for guards and a limit on the number of meets held. • Adopted the Common Area Acceptance Guidelines as presented. • Accepted the recommendation of the Asphalt Sub-Committee to resume the asphalt maintenance program with a non-coal tar rejuvenator. • Reviewed information on two small cell towers in the community. Directed staff to schedule meeting with AT&T representative during the next Board meeting.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS

• Agreed to review future Association needs and begin the process of updating the Strategic Plan.

Apr. 2, May 7, June 4, 8:15 AM, BCA Management Office

• Entered Executive Session to discuss owner obligations, legal matters, and personnel matters.

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

Approved late fee waiver request for an owner. Denied owner’s request based on previously waived late fees.

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BCA Committee Updates GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Responsibility: The Grounds & Facilities Committee was created to advise the Board of Directors on Brambleton’s assets, including but not limited to common areas, community buildings, pools, parks, courts, streets, trails, landscaping, and ponds. The committee focuses on rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, reserve projects, and new capital projects. The committee recently completed a community-wide strategic initiative to develop a comprehensive park plan for Brambleton and has begun to implement the plan. Additionally, the committee can establish sub-committees to focus on specific grounds or facilities issues. Most recently, the committee established a sub-committee to study the Association’s maintenance of asphalt throughout Brambleton. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions. Meetings: Second Monday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 4/8, 5/13, 6/10 at 7:00 PM Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/covenants

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Serving as a resource for residents with concerns and making recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton. Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11 at 7:30 PM Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

FINANCE COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing financial reports and audits, monitoring investments, reviewing funding for capital projects, and developing financial policies and resolutions to the Board. Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings: 4/23, 5/28, 6/25 at 7:30 PM Website: http://www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

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

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

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Transition of Our Association Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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ransition of an association is the general process in which responsibilities and control of a homeowners association’s board is transferred from the developer to the residents of the community. Transition is not a single event but a multi-stage process with many of the steps simultaneously occurring over an extended period of time. In Brambleton’s case, transition began in 2004 when the first advisory committee was formed, the first Board member was elected, and the first section was completed and accepted for maintenance. Since then, additional committees have been established, numerous sections have been accepted, and additional director positions have been added to the Board. In the case of a well-managed and maintained community such as ours, the goal is to seamlessly complete a stable transition without impact to the residents. This can be accomplished by starting the process as early as possible and by involving the developer, management, industry professionals, and residents. Brambleton is well on its way to a seamless transition with numerous

advisory committees in place; necessary and required insurance policies; finances and budgets independent from the developer with annual audits being performed; reserve studies and funding in place; comprehensive Covenants and Communications programs; contracts in place for essential services, maintenance, and management; and an active Lifestyles program in place. What else needs to be done to complete our transition? In 2012, the Association completed and adopted a Strategic Plan that established various goals for the Association. Many of these goals have been completed and some have been re-prioritized or tabled. Reviewing the Strategic Plan prior to transition will set project goals and priorities for the Association to achieve over the next 3-5 years. The Association also has numerous resolutions and rules in place that were established at the start of the community. Some of these documents or sections within a document are outdated or may no longer be relevant or enforceable. The Association should review these documents and update them as reasonable and necessary.

The Covenants Committee has already begun review of the Design Guidelines document; review of other documents and resolutions is also recommended. One of the most significant achievements during transition is the shift of power on an association’s board from the developer to the residents. The trigger for this transfer to occur within our Association is when the Developer sells 75% of the lots/homes within the Association. This milestone will take place this coming November at the Association’s annual meeting. Our Governing Documents state that the Developer may maintain two positions on a seven-member Board; with two developer positions and two resident directors remaining, this will open up three seats for November’s election. In addition to the three seats opening, an Elections Committee will also need to be established. More information will be given as the election draws closer. Transition can be an exciting and challenging time for an association. In review of the “State of Transition” for our Association, I am confident that we are in a good place. Our Association has the committees, systems, and procedures in place that will allow for a smooth transition of power between the Developer and the Association. However, the transition will not be fully completed in November. The Association will need to continue to work alongside the Developer on construction, bond release, and acceptance of additional sections. The work this year and in coming years will constitute the remaining 25% of the transition process.

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

Common Area

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Geese Patrol of Ponds

March - May

Street Sweeping (Sand)

March - April

Waterfalls Cleaned & Filled

March

Spring Cleanup & Mulching

March - May

Fertilizer & Weed Control

March & May

Mowing & Edging

March - November

Playground Surfacing

April

Irrigation/Watering

May - October

Annual Flower Installation

May

Trash & Litter Removal

January - December

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program

Date

Mulching

March - April

Mowing & Edging

Beginning March/early April

Fertilizer & Weed Control

March & May

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

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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Asphalt Maintenance in Brambleton Shantil Moyer - Operations & Assets Manager

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sphalt is one of the Association’s largest assets. With over 200 streets, 15 miles of trails, and numerous parking lots, more Association resources and funding are focused towards the maintenance and upkeep of asphalt than any other Association asset. In order to preserve asphalt, the Association uses a rejuvenator as a means of asphalt preventative maintenance. Applying a rejuvenator to asphalt has several benefits: it extends the life of the asphalt, reduces maintenance, prevents damage, enhances curb appeal, and accelerates ice melt in the winter. The Association thoroughly evaluated options for rejuvenator products and selected PaverX. The Association has used PaverX rejuvenator on its streets and trails since 2011. PaverX is a refined coal tar pavement rejuvenator, not a coal tar emulsion. This product meets and exceeds all federal and state requirements, including the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, and is not considered a hazardous waste by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. During the application of PaverX in September 2017, a few residents raised concerns regarding the safety of the product. The Association listened to their concerns, and the Board of Directors, at their December 4th, 2017 meeting, directed the Grounds and Facility (G&F) Committee to form a Sub-Committee to study PaverX and other potential options for asphalt preservation. The Board adopted a charter for the Asphalt Sub-Committee that outlined the committee's mission, authority, and responsibilities among other objectives.

Several residents with varying backgrounds ranging from chemistry to civil engineering to business joined the SubCommittee and worked to address these matters in a reasonable and informed manner based on research performed in conjunction with BCA staff. It was the opinion of the Sub-Committee that their recommendations represented a balanced approach to asphalt maintenance. Specifically, the recommendations considered the health and safety of Brambleton’s residents and the environment while also seeking to minimize the life-cycle costs of the asphalt owned by BCA. As outlined in the charter adopted by the Board, the Sub-Committee made the following recommendations based on their objectives: Review whether any immediate or long-term impacts have been linked to the use of the refined coal tar PaverX rejuvenator product The Sub-Committee is not aware of any adverse health or environmental impacts linked specifically to the use of the PaverX rejuvenator product. Consider and recommend environmental studies that can be performed to determine impact to environments surrounding the applied PaverX product The Sub-Committee recommends that no environmental studies be performed at this time. Any such study would likely be constrained to a small sample size and the results would not be conclusive. Review and recommend products that have similar performance and warranties as the PaverX product as well as the financial impacts to the

Association these products would have The Sub-Committee reviewed three types of asphalt maintenance products: rejuvenators, sealcoats, and slurry seals. After reviewing the various types of asphalt maintenance products, the SubCommittee and BCA staff agree that rejuvenators are preferred to sealcoats or slurry seals. The Sub-Committee further recommends that asphalt-based or biobased rejuvenator products with low or zero concentrations of PAHs be used in lieu of coal tar-based rejuvenator products. Initial pricing for these products is similar to or only slightly higher than the cost for PaverX. Conclusion The Sub-Committee recommends that non-coal tar-based asphalt rejuvenator products with low or zero concentrations of PAHs be used on BCA roads, alleys, and parking lots. These products will generally be asphalt-based or bio-based. Coal tar-based rejuvenators should not be used. Although there is some level of toxicity with all products, the Sub-Committee’s recommendation is based on the best combination of health, safety, cost, and performance. The G&F Committee reviewed the Sub-Committee’s recommendations and unanimously approved submitting the recommendations as drafted to the Board for review and approval. The Board reviewed the recommendations at their February 5th, 2019 meeting and unanimously adopted them. The Sub-Committee’s recommendations can be found at www.brambletonhoa.com/ grounds.

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Townhome Grounds Maintenance

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here are certain sections of the community, predetermined by the Developer, for which limited grounds maintenance on townhome lots is provided by BCA. Prior to the construction of these sections, it was decided that an additional assessment would be part of these lots to cover the costs associated with a basic landscape maintenance package. The package includes mowing, string trimming, weeding, edging, turf applications, and mulching of basic landscape. The standards of maintenance are as follows: Turf Maintenance • Mowing will occur every 7-14 days (weather permitting) from April through mid-November. During extended periods of rain or drought conditions, cutting will take place as weather conditions dictate. • Turf will be cut to a height of 3"-3.5". • String trimming along shrub beds, obstructions, and foundations will be performed at time of mowing. Owners are required to establish a 3"-6" weedfree zone around areas that can be damaged by the string trimmers, such as A/C units, stucco foundations, fencing, deck posts, steps, or other areas. • Edging of concrete surfaces (i.e. driveway aprons and sidewalks) will occur every other mow. • Normal levels of trash and litter will be policed and removed from landscaped areas before the mowing operation. • Sidewalks will be kept free of weeds by mechanical or chemical means. • Landscaped planting beds will be kept free of weeds by hand weeding or chemical means. • Resulting dirt and debris will be blown from sidewalks after operations.

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Turf Applications • Early spring (Feb. - Mar.): Turf will receive fertilizer, pre-emergent crabgrass control, and broadleaf weed control. • Late spring (Apr. - Jun.): Turf will receive a balanced of fertilizer and broadleaf weed control. • Summer (Jun. - Jul.): Turf will receive spot treatment of broadleaf weed control. • Fall (Oct. - Nov.): Turf will receive fertilizer high in nitrogen and broadleaf winter weed control. Note: Some of the applications listed above may be combined at contractor's discretion. Additional turf applications are occasionally needed for extremely difficult weeds such as nutsedge, goose grass, and wild violet. These conditions require different applications which are available as needed at an additional cost with prior approval from manager/agent. Spring Bed Cleanup & Mulch • All previously mulched plant beds will have debris removed. Bed edges will be cut to a 2" depth, depending on soil conditions. • An application of pre-emergent weed control in all beds will be made as deemed appropriate. • Double-shredded hardwood mulch will be installed to maintain no more than a 2" mulch covering of the beds. Please note that any other type of mulch will not be serviced. Requirements of Service • Access must be available for backyard mowing. • Gates must remain unlocked and function properly.

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• Personal items such as lawn furniture, toys, hoses, or other items must be removed from lawn and landscape areas before service begins. • Landscape beds with edging, exposed irrigation, decorative yard ornaments, excessive non-builder installed plantings, or other items that can be damaged will be skipped or bypassed. • Pets cannot be present. Please make sure all gates are securely closed prior to letting pets into yards in the evenings. Service Not Included in Program The basic maintenance package provided by the Association is not an allinclusive package. There are certain items not covered under this program which will remain the responsibility of the property owner. These items are as follows: • Pruning of any landscaping to include shrubs, bushes, and trees • String trimming around structures or personal items that can be easily damaged • String trimming along asphalt driveways due to wear and tear • Watering of turf or landscape • Removal and replacement of dead or dying plant material • Leaf removal on private lots; this includes front and rear yards, open or gated • Fall mulching • Installation of annual flowers • Snow/ice removal on sidewalks or driveways • Insect or wildlife control


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CREIGHTON WEST PARK As the Brambleton community continues to grow, so does the need for more amenities. The Association is excited to announce that more amenities are now open for use at the new Creighton West Park. The Creighton West Park is located off of Creighton Road, between Madison’s Trust Elementary School and Brambleton Middle School. The park features four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a dog park, and a walking trail. There is also a parking lot located next to the tennis and basketball courts that provides easy access to all park amenities. Although the courts are currently open for use, please note that more work is still scheduled to be performed, including color-coating and striping the courts.

Creighton West Tennis Courts

Please send any questions or concerns about Creighton West Park and its amenities to operations@brambleton.org.

Creighton West Basketball Courts

Want to be a Lifeguard? Are you interested in lifeguarding at a Brambleton pool this year? BCA is partnering with American Pool to provide pool management at our pools. Minimum starting rate for an entry-level lifeguard is $10/hr. To apply, visit www.guardforlife.com/quick-apply and enter your information (select “Ashburn” from the work area drop-down menu) or call 703-579-0885. 12


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ONT & Wiring Conversion Update Ara Galang - Accounts & Executive Administrator

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rambleton is finally getting up to speed, and the end of our 50/50 mbps is on the horizon! We are happy to share that as of February 13, 2019, Verizon has completed upgrades in 622 homes (16% of Brambleton homes), has 290 pending orders, and continues to hand deliver door hangers. As part of the Verizon ONT & Wiring Conversion, Brambleton residents will receive an interim data speed increase of 100/100 mbps. Once the conversion has been completed at all homes, data speeds will increase to 500/500 mbps. BCA has received many questions and concerns regarding the conversion process. There are a total of 25 hubs located around Brambleton with each hub containing about 14 trays, called

Hub with Splitters

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splitters. Each splitter can have up to 32 ports which connect to 32 homes. A hub can serve multiple sections as well as cross sections, meaning a hub located in Section 1 may serve all or part of that section but also serve other sections. Although work was initiated in the oldest sections of Brambleton, the work will not progress in a precisely chronological manner. So what does the conversion process involve? The process involves exchanging the BPON (old) splitters with GPON (new) splitters at each hub and at the ONT at each residence. In order to do so, Verizon needs to systematically change out service to all units served by one splitter before they can move onto the next splitter. Before Verizon can upgrade a splitter from BPON to GPON, the affected residents will need to schedule conversion appointments. In January, Verizon reported running behind schedule due to hub and splitter congestion caused by a delay in residents calling to schedule appointments. To keep the process moving forward, BCA and Verizon have reached out to residents by phone and email in addition to placing door hangers. Verizon is also working on multiple hubs at any given time. 18 dedicated Verizon technicians are currently rolling out conversions, with each home appointment lasting 3-4 hours. Conversions are also being made in the sheds of Residences,

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16% Conversion Progress Chart

Residences II, and Summerfield lasting 1-2 hours. BCA and Verizon are making every effort to ensure that work is done in the most efficient and fair manner. The goal of BCA and Verizon is to service every Brambleton home and hub by the end of the year. This will take coordination, cooperation, and patience from everyone involved. BCA will continue to work with residents and Verizon to keep the conversion process on track. Once every hub has been converted to GPON and every home has the correct ONT, we will be able to provide increased speed and increased savings. Questions about the conversion process and the current, interim, or future broadband and cable television services provided through BCA can be directed to hoa@brambleton.org.


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APRIL April 13: Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt

April, May & June 2019 Events

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

April 27: Ribbon Run 8:00 AM

April 28: JDRF One Walk 8:00 AM

MAY May 4: Spring Yard Sale 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

May 18: Brew Fest 1:00 - 6:00 PM

JUNE June 7: Summer Kick-off 5:00 - 8:00 PM

June 7: Teen Pool Party 8:30 - 11:00 PM

June 27: Summer Concert 7:30 - 9:30 PM

June 28: Teen Late Night Swim 8:00 - 10:00 PM

June 29: Red White & BRAM 6:00 - 10:00 PM

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Events: Growing Together Dana Vinci, CFEA - Lifestyles Manager

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he BCA Lifestyles team recently asked Brambleton residents to complete an events-based survey in order to have a better understanding of residents’ desires for the Events program. We are happy to report that we obtained a large number of responses with many insightful answers and comments. As part of the survey, we asked if residents would like to join an events committee or sign up to volunteer at events, and we received an overwhelming response from those who want to get involved. Events Committee The response that we received from the survey has thrust us forward into

creating a new Events Committee. The committee will collaborate as a team to bring new event ideas to the table and revive some of Brambleton’s favorite events. They will also help develop a first-rate volunteer program and continue to strengthen community partnerships with local businesses. This committee will serve an integral role in making sure that our residents’ voices are heard when shaping the Events program. If you are interested in joining the committee, please read the Events Committee Charter and send a completed Committee Member Application form. Both of these documents can be found on our website at www.brambletonhoa.com/committees.

Events Survey Highlights • Top 3 favorite events: 1. Summer Concerts, 2. Farmers Market, 3. Festivals • Almost 70% of those surveyed believe Brambleton has “just the right amount of events". • Almost 70% of those surveyed would be interested in Neighborhood Block Parties.

Volunteers One of the most common comments that we received on the survey was that it is hard to meet people in the Brambleton community. I cannot stress enough how easy it is to meet people when you are volunteering. There is a great sense of camaraderie and pride among our volunteers because they know that not only does their hard work help events thrive, but they also help Brambleton as a whole because volunteering their time helps keep total events costs down. According to those who answered the survey, 19% of responders had volunteered for a BCA event in the last 12 months, and 13% were interested in being added to the volunteer database. The database is a list of volunteers to whom we reach out whenever volunteer opportunities become available. Being part of the database is vital if you want to be sure to take part in your favorite volunteer opportunity. You can register yourself and/or your family in the volunteer database by visiting www. brambletonhoa.com/volunteer.

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BCA SUMMER CAMPS PROGRAM

DATES

TIME

LOCATION

BRAM Sports Academy

June 10 - June 14 June 17 - June 21 June 24 - June 28 July 8 - July 12 July 15 - July 19 July 22 - July 26 July 29 - August 2 August 5 - August 9

9:00am - 12:00pm

Creighton West Park Basketball Courts

Brambleton Soccer

June 10 - June 14 June 17 - June 21 June 24 - June 28 July 8 - July 12 July 15 - July 19 July 22 - July 26

9:30am - 12:00pm

Corner Clubhouse Outdoors/Glass Room

Drama Kids

June 10 - June 14 July 1 - July 3 August 5 - August 9 August 19 - August 21

9:00am - 4:30pm

Corner Clubhouse

KidzArt

July 15 - July 19 July 22 - July 26

8:00am - 5:00pm

Corner Clubhouse

Luis Rosado Tennis Academy

June 10 - June 13 June 17 - June 20 June 24 - June 27 July 1 - July 5 (no class July 4) July 8 - July 11 July 15 - July 18 July 22 - July 25 August 5 - August 8 August 12 - August 15 August 19 - August 21

9:00am - 1:00pm

Creighton West Park Tennis Courts

Overtime Athletics

June 10 - June 14 June 17 - June 21 June 24 - June 28 July 8 - July 12 July 15 - July 19 July 22 - July 26 July 29 - August 2 August 5 - August 9 August 12 - August 16

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9:00am - 5:00pm Before Care: 8:00am drop-off After Care: 5:30pm pick-up Spring 2019

Community Center Main Level


Play-Well TEKnologies

July 22 - July 26

9:00am - 12:00pm 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Community Center Lower Level

Silver Knights Enrichment

June 10 - June 14 June 17 - June 21 June 24 - June 28 July 1 - July 3 July 8 - July 12 July 15 - July 19 August 5 - August 9 August 12 - August 16 August 19 - August 21

9:00am - 4:00pm

Community Center Lower Level

2019 Races at a Glance

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

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Participants who complete all three races (excluding fun runs) will receive a “Triple Crown Finisher� commemorative race medal. Race Brambleton is proudly hosted by Brambleton Community Association and the Brambleton Town Center. 18 Proceeds from all races will benefit a number of local charitable organizations.


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Brambleton Gives Back: Janine Pires

We talked with Brambleton resident Janine Pires about her benevolent donation of over 50 no-sew fleece blankets to INOVA Children's Hospital and what it means to her to give back to the community. How long have you lived in Brambleton? I have been living in Brambleton for 6.5 years. What motivated you and your family to donate over 50 no-sew fleece blankets to INOVA Children’s Hospital? I found the INOVA Children’s Hospital No-Sew Blanket Project on the Brambleton Facebook page and immediately felt a deep sense to get involved in this project. I have been a registered nurse for over 25 years, and I understand firsthand how important it is to help comfort patients during difficult times. What was your process for creating so many blankets? My process was easy because I have an AMAZING family. A few years ago, our family decided in lieu of purchasing Christmas presents for each other, to choose a charity as a way to give back. I sent one text to my family explaining the project and they hit the ground running. The 52 blankets were all hand-made and sent with love from my family members who live in Virginia, Florida, California, Georgia, and New York City. We also included fun pillowcases and a personal note with each blanket. Several of my coworkers also proudly participated. What does giving back to the Brambleton community mean to you? It means a lot to me to give back. No matter how difficult your life can get at times, there is always someone else who is struggling even more. Giving back creates gratitude and awakens us to be emotionally aware of people who are less fortunate. Giving back creates a feeling of compassion for others and it exposes us to new people in the community. If people see community members giving back, it may inspire others to get involved too. Giving back increases a sense of well-being, boosts morale, and gives a sense of a greater purpose in life. What message would you share with others looking to get involved in Brambleton? To have a sense that you may have made a difference in someone’s life is very rewarding. Giving back to the community has profound benefits for both the giver and the recipient. One of my favorite quotes sums it up well: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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HOME & GARDEN

Planning Your Container Garden Loudoun County Master Gardeners

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hether or not you have a vegetable garden, it’s always nice to have some key fresh vegetables available right outside your door. A couple sprigs of parsley, basil leaves, a ripe tomato, or some sweet or hot peppers can add freshness and zest to your meals. As long as you have eight hours of sun, a spot on your balcony, deck, or patio can be your mini vegetable garden. Containers can be cloth grow bags; large, well-drained pots (preferably light colors); and roomy window boxes. In addition to accessibility, vegetables in containers have other benefits: they can be easily moved, they have fewer pests, and planting in clean potting soil eliminates the problem of weeds. But container plants require some extra attention. Soil moisture needs to be monitored closely and the plants watered deeply, especially when temperatures are high. Vegetables in pots also need to be fertilized more often. Within 8-10 weeks of planting, fertilize every two

weeks with a general-purpose garden fertilizer, following directions on the label. To prevent burning the roots, water the plant well before applying the fertilizer. It is particularly important with tomatoes that you check the top of the

soil frequently to determine when they need watering. The following are some vegetables that are right-sized for containers: • Patio and Bush Beefsteak tomatoes • Lunchbox Red, Fish, and Thai Red peppers • Greek Columnar • Mini Purple and African Blue basil • Flat Leaf parsley • Archers Gold and Golden Variegated thyme Plan to start your container vegetables in early May. To find these varieties, check the Loudoun County Master Gardener booth at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival on April 27 and 28.

Patio tomato and sage as a companion plant in a cloth grow bag. Photo by Denise Palmer

For additional information, visit pubs. ext.vt.edu/426/426-336/426-336.html.

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COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Covenant Enforcement Finding the Balance

Andrea Martin, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards Manager

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inding a balance between enforcing the governing documents and being reasonable is the biggest challenge that every homeowners’ association faces when implementing covenant enforcement. You may see the Association’s Community Standards Advisors walking around the community with clipboards and wonder what they are doing. Their primary job is to inspect properties to ensure that exterior modifications have the proper approval, that there is no maintenance needed, and that nothing is reducing property values or your quality of life in the community. They follow a schedule of seasonal, proactive inspection campaigns for exterior lighting, grass, and trash among other areas. They also perform all-inclusive comprehensive inspections, conduct resale inspections, and assist with all aspects of architectural review. With 5,500+ settled homes in the community, it is a time-consuming job to keep up with all of these responsibilities. It’s Not a Surprise Prior to comprehensive inspections in

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your section, the Association publishes notification in our Friday Flash. You also may have seen our A-frame signs located throughout Brambleton which help communicate that inspections are ongoing in a certain area. When a Community Standards Advisor performs a comprehensive inspection, they review the exterior of your property, your property file, and the governing documents – including the Design & Maintenance Guidelines and Design Review Criteria – which are used as a benchmark to issue a violation. While the intent is to perform an inspection from the property line, conditions may require inspectors to traverse your property. Try to Resolve Your Differences First Advisors make sure that policies and rules are being followed regarding pet behavior, parking, unkempt lawns, unapproved exterior modifications, and more. They field numerous complaints from fellow homeowners and, if necessary, provide reminders to all parties when a rule has been overlooked. Staff always encourages residents to

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speak to each other first and find a resolution prior to escalating issues to the Association. A Friendlier Approach The Advisors input their findings into our management software with detailed notes. If a violation is found after the preliminary investigation, then a courtesy first notice is generated. When practical, Association staff regularly uses email as an informal method to contact owners about alleged violations. We encourage all residents to submit accurate and up-to-date email contact information. Informal email messages may be used in an effort to expedite a resolution to an individual situation; however, this method does not provide the Association with sufficient proof of notice and does not always work to expedite a resolution. Due Process is Followed Most violations are easily resolved without further action. If not, the next steps are a second notice (with sufficient


time for correction stated) and then an opportunity for a hearing before the Covenants Committee – we want to hear your side of the story. If the committee determines at this hearing that there has been a violation of the Association's governing documents, then they may elect to assign violation charges to the owners. Owners who do not agree with the committee always have the right to appeal the committee's decision to the BCA Board. The Board will hear the appeal and render a final decision. All decisions made by the Board are final. This process is in accordance with the Association's Governing Documents and State Statute. Communication is the Key The Association’s Community Standards Advisors perform a vital function and a difficult job; please treat them with courtesy and respect. One of our biggest responsibilities is to ensure that violation enforcement is uniform across the community. A report of inspection details is provided to the Covenants Committee and the Board of Directors to keep the process completely transparent. If you have any questions about rules and practices, our Advisors are happy to provide further explanation. The Association’s Community Standards Manager and Covenants Committee members also are happy to listen and respond to your concerns. The Rules Really Do Apply When you purchased your home in our common-interest community, you became contractually bound to abide by the covenants that protect the Association. Please review them and ensure that you comply. You can find more detailed information regarding our Property Maintenance Standards and the Design Guidelines on our website at www.brambletonhoa.com. Should you receive a violation letter or notice of concern from our office, please remember that we are happy to work with you to resolve the problem or provide sufficient time to allow you to address the issue – just contact us at communitystandards@brambleton.org.

Love Where You Live!

Monthly Tips to Keep Brambleton Beautiful March This is a good time of year to prune most deciduous trees. Residents are responsible for maintaining trees and bushes on their property. These responsibilities include: • Trimming/pruning trees to a minimum of 8 feet above the sidewalk to allow for free, unobstructed passage on the sidewalk; • Maintaining all trees and landscaping within the scale of the property; • Removing tree stakes which have been in place for more than one year; • Removing dead plant material promptly and planning for required replacements.

April Now is a great time to be outside enjoying the warm weather. Please keep in mind that play equipment should be stored when not in active use. • Portable play equipment that is easily transportable by one person, such as soccer nets, bikes, or scooters, must be stored out of view of neighboring properties when not in use. • Permanent or semi-permanent play equipment which constitutes a structure, such as a swing set, playhouse, or sand box, requires an approved application and must be maintained in conformance with guidelines to be approved. • Basketball hoops must be a minimum of 15 feet from the street located adjacent to the driveway. An application is not required for portable basketball equipment that is located appropriately and in compliance with guidelines.

May Trim, Edge, and Mulch: While mowing is a big part of the growing season, it isn’t the only thing that needs to be done to the lawn. Edging around landscaping beds and tree rings will prevent grass from encroaching into the mulch. A flat sharp shovel should assist with this task. Spring mulching is key to creating a good foundation for healthy landscaping materials. Be careful not to overdo it – more mulch is not better. Spreading a thin layer for even coverage is the best approach. Painting and Wood Rot: Now that the weather has warmed, outdoor painting can commence. Common problem areas for chipping/peeling paint are window trims, roof lines, porches, railings, fences, and mailboxes. A can of black spray paint in a satin finish will remedy fading paint on mailboxes.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Are You as Healthy as You Think? How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health Stephenie S. Browning, DDS - Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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fter you brush or floss, do you notice bleeding, receding gums, red or swollen gums, or even persistent bad breath? Most people assume that it’s normal for their gums to bleed. However, if your hands bled regularly, wouldn’t you be concerned? You may be among the 75% percent of adults over the age of 35 who have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures surrounding your teeth, such as your gums and jawbone. Several factors contribute to an increased risk of periodontal disease, including genetics, various medications, pregnancy, illness, diabetes, and smoking. This disease has varying degrees of severity and can take several forms, from gingivitis to periodontitis, and left untreated it can play a role in serious systemic health problems. A large body of research has been collected and is still being conducted on how periodontal disease effects your overall health. By being a major source of chronic, low-grade inflammation, periodontal disease may compromise

the immune system, in turn increasing the risk of systemic conditions. For example, the link between heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer has been extensively studied. Researchers have found highly invasive oral pathogens in arterial plaque, intracranial aneurysms, and even placental tissues of pregnant women. i Another surprising statistic from the American Academy of Periodontists states that men with gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers such as leukemia.ii Thus, the dental community has begun to assist the medical community in the prevention of these and other diseases through screenings for serious medical conditions. In fact, your dental provider can offer you screenings for changes in your blood pressure, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer during every dental visit. The truth is that the United States’ population sees their dentist significantly more than their physician. In fact,

according to The Surgeon General’s Report (2000), Oral Health in America, oral examination can reveal signs and symptoms of more than 90% of the systemic diseases people experience.iii Your dentist is quickly becoming your biggest advocate in not only your oral health but also your overall well-being. Therefore, it’s imperative that your systemic health is evaluated at every dental visit so that you can potentially prevent some of the serious health risks that are linked to gum disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC5460270/ i

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EATLOCO

Spring at the Marketplace Nikolle Holland - Marketing Coordinator, EatLoco

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o many farmers, gardeners, and residents, this is the most anticipated time of the year! These folks are like excited kiddos on Christmas Eve, too hopped-up and excited to sleep. Everyone at EatLoco is delighted to be coming back to the Brambleton Marketplace this season, beginning Sunday, March 31st. Last December, EatLoco vendors enjoyed meeting so many Brambletonians at the Winter Wonderland event. In fact, they liked it so much that we decided to make Brambleton Town Center the permanent location for our marketplace. Our spot next to the new Brambleton Library is perfect for visitors to stop by while they run their Sunday errands, make their way home from church, or are en route to brunch. Ample parking and room to grow means that we can bring more vendors than ever to this community farmers market! This spring, we are adding vendors to our lineup along with faithful favorites

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and planning exciting events for you and your family to enjoy all season long. The lineup will include popular produce vendors such as Valencia’s Produce, Apple Valley, and Linda Vista Farm. Plus, pick up free-range eggs from recently added, Loudoun-based Harmony Hill. As always, your friends at Smith’s of Mecklenburg and Great Harvest Bread Co will be there to greet you and treat you. And we can’t forget this staple and ultra-local vendor: Della Terra will be supplying you (her neighbors!) with organic personal care products. These are just some of the vendors who will be joining us at our Spring Grand Opening on Sunday, March 31st from 9 AM to 1 PM. For this special event, there will be activities for kids, a free gift for each family, and raffle prizes! For more information, email us at info@eatloco. org or visit www.eatloco.org/brambleton-marketplace. We can’t wait to see you there!

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LIBRARY

Brambleton Library Highlights Recurring Programs Baby Storytime: For ages 0-18 months with an adult. Mondays, 10 AM. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 AM. Toddler Storytime: For ages 18-36 months with an adult. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 AM. Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5 with an adult. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 AM. Musical Storytime: For all ages with an adult. Tuesdays, 1:30 PM. Thursdays, 10 AM. Family Storytime: For all ages with an adult. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM. Saturdays, 10 AM. Bilingual Musical Storytime/Hora de Cuentos Musical Bilingue: Thursdays, 1:30 PM. Grade 4-6 Maker Adventures: Have fun and learn something new in the Makerspace. Thursdays, 6:30 PM.

Details at a Glance Website www.library.loudoun.gov/brambleton Location & Hours Location: 22850 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton, VA 20148 Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 AM - 9 PM, Sun: 1- 5 PM Spring Closings Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Friday, May 10: Staff Development Day Monday, May 27: Memorial Day

Reading Buddies: Encourage your child’s love of books and improve their reading development by pairing them with a teen buddy for one-on-one reading time. For Preschool-Grade 2. Wednesdays, 11 AM.

Spring Programming Highlights Holi: Indian Festival of Colors: Music and dance performed by Mudra Arts Center. Saturday, Mar. 16, 4:30 PM. Meet the Author – Maria Gianferrari: Gianferrari shares her book, “Terrific Tongues!” Crafts and activities based on the animals in the book to follow. For PreK-Grade 2. Wednesday, Mar. 20, 4 PM. DIY Teens – Design a Box: Transform a wooden box into a desk calendar, trinket tray, or 3D picture frame. Wednesday, Mar. 27, 5:30 PM. Children’s Book Publishing Panel Discussion: Local authors and publishing professionals lead a discussion about the writing process, the importance of illustrations, smart marketing tips, and more. Presented by Mascot Books. Saturday, Mar. 30, 2 PM. Armchair Travel – Venice: Embark on a whirlwind trip to Venice without leaving your seat. Historian John Daum leads a virtual tour of enchanting canals, beautiful churches, and some of the best art of the Renaissance. Saturday, Apr. 6, 12 PM. Wildlife Ambassadors Present – Wild Virginia: Meet your backyard neighbors and learn about their natural history as well as ways humans can help native wildlife. Visiting animals may include Eastern screech owl, box turtle, corn snake, opossum, and rabbit. Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. Meet Otto the Auto: Learn car and street safety with Otto, a three-foot-tall, remote-controlled talking car. Friday, Apr. 19, 1 PM. Resume Building and Job Prep for Teens: Learn how to format a resume and look for summer internships and jobs. For teens. Tuesday, Apr. 23, 5:30 PM. Bob Ross Paint Along: Watch an episode of “The Joy of Painting” and create your own masterpiece. For teens and adults. Wednesday, Apr. 24, 7 PM. Paws to Read: Certified therapy dogs and their handlers will visit the library to read with your child. For Grades K-5. Pre-registration required (so we have enough paws). Sunday, Apr. 28, 2 PM.

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Brambleton Library Book Clubs Paperbacks & Pastries Adult Book Club “Grief is the Thing with Feathers,” by Max Porter Two young boys mourn the sudden, accidental death of their mother. In their grief, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, therapist, babysitter – who threatens to stay with the family until no longer needed. Monday, Mar. 11, 7:30 PM. “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce Recently retired Harold Fry lives a mundane life in a small English village until he receives a letter from a former co-worker who has written to say goodbye – she is dying. Rather than mail a reply, Harold decides to walk 600 miles to deliver his message in person, a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Monday, Apr. 8, 7:30 PM.

Adult Book Club “The Woman Upstairs,” by Claire Messud Thwarted artist turned teacher, Nora becomes close to her new student and his family with devastating consequences. Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 PM. “The Bean Trees,” by Barbara Kingsolver Taylor Greer escapes poverty-stricken Pittman County, Ky., and heads west where she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby. Thursday, Apr. 18, 7 PM.

My First Book Club (Grades K-1) “Biscuit,” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli Monday, Mar. 25, 4 PM. “Fly Guy” series by Tedd Arnold Monday, Apr. 22, 4 PM.

Children's Book Club (Grades 2-3) “The Boy on the Wooden Box,” by Leon Leyson A remarkable memoir of strength and bravery from one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list. Wednesday, Mar. 27, 4 PM. “The Detective’s Assistant,” by Kate Hannigan Based on the extraordinary true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring, including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln. Wednesday, Apr. 24, 4 PM.

Getting to Know the Makerspace What is it? The Makerspace at Brambleton Library is a place where people of all ages can create, invent, tinker, and explore using a variety of tools and creative technology. What kind of equipment is there? It has several 3D printers, sewing and embroidery machines, a serger, a heat press, a laminator, electronic cutting machines, a glass fusing kiln, and a variety of cool gadgets for coding and programming. What are the hours? Does it cost anything to use? The Makerspace is open during regular library hours and can be used for free. Some small fees for supplies or 3D printing may apply. Do you teach classes? Yes! A great place to start is with Maker Wednesdays (for teens and adults) every week at 7 PM. We explore a new skill or technology in each session, so it’s a good way to get familiar with the Makerspace and find out about upcoming programs.

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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. Mailing Address: Brambleton Community Association, C/O FirstService Residential, PO Box 62010, Newark, NJ 07101 • Online Bill Pay: Owners may pay assessments using an online bill paying service from their personal banking institution. • Direct Debit: The owner authorizes FirstService Residential to withdraw the monthly recurring assessment amount from a designated checking or savings account. • 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).

Monthly Assessments 2019

House Type

$189.69 Detached $203.12

Detached w/Common Driveway

$198.56 Townhouse $216.56

Townhouse w/Grounds Maint.

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

BCA Delinquency Information

An association’s performance is often measured by its delinquency rate. A high delinquency rate can be a sign of an improperly managed community and can impact homes’ values and resales. A typical acceptable delinquency rate is 3-5%. BCA is focused on keeping its rate low through an effective collection policy, continuous review of delinquent accounts, and early action on accounts while the delinquent amount is still manageable. In December 2018, BCA achieved an all-time low delinquency rate of 1.16%. For more information on BCA's finances and budget, visit www.brambletonhoa.com/budget.

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Lender Questionnaires

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

Resale Disclosure Packet

Certificate of Insurance

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

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

The available formats are: • Electronic (email) format - The link to access the electronic version is active for 180 days. To retain the document, it may be saved as a pdf. • Printed (hardcopy) format • Update (available within 1 year of the initial order) • Update with inspection (available within 1 year of the initial order) The available delivery time frames are: • Standard - Packet is sent 14* calendar days from the order date. Fee is included. • Rush - If the Association is able to accommodate a rush order, the packet is sent 5* calendar days from the order date. *Forms and payment must be received by 12 PM to count as first day. Forms received after 12 PM will be processed with the following day as the first day.

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

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Notary Public Services

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

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RESIDENT RESOURCES

Important Contact Information County Contacts

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

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

BCA Services

Alert Loudoun: www.loudoun.gov/alerts

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

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

Utility Contacts

Building Permits: 703-777-0220

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

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

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

Brambleton Town Center

Miss Utility: 800-552-7001

Brambleton Plz, Brambleton, VA 20148

Washington Gas: 703-750-1000

703-542-2925

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

www.brambleton.com/towncenter

Builder Information Builder Beazer Homes Centex/Pulte Homes Gulick Group

Knutson Miller & Smith Stanley Martin Van Metre Winchester & Camberley Homes

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Warranty/Customer Care 888-623-2937; www.beazer.com (Request Service) 888-686-0269; dcservice@pulte.com; www.pulte.com; (Customer Care/Warranty Request) 703-674-0330 x 143; customerservice@gulickgroup.com; www.gulickgroup.com (Contact Us/Customer Care) 703-996-4232; customerservice@knutsoncos.com; www.knutsoncos.com 703-821-2500 x 202; warrantyservice@millerandsmith.com; www.millerandsmith.com (Warranty) 703-348-5805; WarrantyGroup@StanleyMartin.com; www.StanleyMartin.com (Contact Us) 703-348-5806; customercare@vanmetrehomes.com; www.vanmetrehomes.com 800-762-2408 (Winchester), 540-788-1114 (ProHome Metro DC); admin@prohomemetrodc.com; www.winchesterhomes.com

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


RESIDENT RESOURCES

Brambleton Maps

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

Street Light Maintenance Map Street Light Maintenance Responsibility Map

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LEGEND BCA operations@brambleton.org 703-542-6263 NOVEC www.novec.com > Customer Services 703-335-0500 VA DOM www.dominionenergy.com > Outage Center 866-366-4357 Summerfield 703-327-4818

Brambleton’s developer is responsible for the installation of the initial common area infrastructure in the community in accordance with the Loudoun County approved plans. This responsibility includes the installation of streetlights.

Updated Feb 2019

Maintenance responsibilities for current and future streetlights are detailed in the map. Residents are encouraged to report streetlight outages. Contact hoa@ brambleton.org with questions or for more information.

Town Center Reportable to BCA

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Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Susan Koehler - Executive Director, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

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his year, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding celebrates its 45th anniversary of changing the lives of individuals living with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. For the past two summers, Brambleton teens have volunteered at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, helping the nonprofit by mucking paddocks and stalls, painting pasture fencing, and sweeping the barn floors. While the work is hard, it all takes place on the beautiful 1,000-acre grounds of Morven Park just outside of Leesburg, where Loudoun Therapeutic Riding is located.

Therapeutic horsemanship is widely recognized as beneficial for people with special needs. Specifically, it helps them develop self-awareness, build self-confidence, improve concentration, increase self-discipline, strengthen and relax muscles, and improve posture, while increasing core strength, balance, coordination, and joint mobility. Off the horse, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding’s programs improve confidence, attitude, and selfimage by helping individuals master new skills. Working towards these goals, students improve their function in all activities of their lives.

Brambleton teens volunteering at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding in 2018.

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old Judy, who lives with cerebral palsy, has been riding for 10 years, gaining critical strength and balance that allows her to remain independent. The mother of 11-year old Trevor, a child on the Autism spectrum, wrote, “Not only does our son absolutely love the horses, but he has become calmer and more focused since beginning lessons. These benefits have generalized into other settings which have helped him make significant strides academically and behavorially." Loudoun Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Participant fees cover about 20% of its costs, and the remaining balance comes from donations. Brambleton teens’ gift of service helps this important nonprofit make the most of every dollar. In addition to volunteers like our youth, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding relies on 100 regular volunteers every week to help instructors by side-walking, leading, grooming, and tacking horses. In the afternoons, Barn Buddies help with feeding, grooming, and mucking. You can learn more about Loudoun Therapeutic Riding at www.ltrf.org or by emailing volunteer@ ltrf.org.


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Local Road Improvement Updates Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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he greater Brambleton area remains a focus for road projects funded by the Developer, Loudoun County, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Below is an update on active and future projects that will impact our community: • Belmont Ridge Rd (Northstar Blvd to Truro Parrish Dr): Two additional lanes will be constructed between Brambleton and Broadlands. Work

will begin in spring 2019 and is projected to be completed in late 2020.

intersection is underway and will be completed in spring 2019.

• Claiborne Pkwy: The four-lane divided road between Brambleton and Broadlands opened to the public on January 9th, 2019.

• Evergreen Mills Rd at Creighton Pkwy: Road construction has begun on two additional lanes as proffered.

• Evergreen Mills Rd (Relocated Rte 659): Evergreen Mills Rd traffic has been relocated onto Shreveport Dr. Road construction work on a new Evergreen Mills Rd/Shreveport Dr

• Northstar Blvd (South of Shreveport Dr): Brambleton has begun road construction to serve a commercial site. Work is projected to be completed in mid-2019. • Northstar Blvd between Brambleton and Rte 50: This project is fully funded. Construction is planned to start in 2020. Completion of this road is projected to occur in 2024. • Ryan Rd between Northstar Blvd and Beaverdam Dr: Work will consist of the addition of two lanes and an underpass. Clearing has begun. The estimated completion date for this project is not known at this time.

No signal at intersection of Somerset Crossing

No signal required at intersection of Tradewinds/Strickland and Shreveport Drive. with Approved CPAR

References Loudoun County Projects: https://www.loudoun.gov/4316/ Projects-Studies-and-Plans VDOT Projects: http://www.vdot. virginia.gov/projects/northern%20 virginia/default.asp

Shreveport Dr/Evergreen Mills Rd Alignment

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SAFETY & SECURITY

A Focus on Safety This Spring Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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pring is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and sunshine. However, please be aware of the potential hazards related to your favorite springtime activities. Discussing safetyrelated topics with your child(ren) is a great way for everyone to enjoy spring in a fun and safe manner. Spring brings out walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters, playing kids, and many others wanting to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. When outside or driving on neighborhood streets, please consider taking the following precautions: Driving on Neighborhood Streets • Share the streets. • Drive 25 MPH or slower on all VDOT residential streets. Drive slower when sightlines are restricted by parked vehicles or pedestrians are present.

• Drive 15 MPH or slower on the narrow townhome streets or private alleys. • When school is still in session, stop for buses and slow down in school zones. • Pedestrian traffic will increase, especially around the Town Center and parks. Slow down and remain alert. Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. • Come to a complete stop at all stop signs. • Get off your phone! Make your vehicle a hands-free and text-free zone. • Motorcycles return to the streets with the warmer temperatures; be on the lookout for them. Pedestrian Safety Throughout Our Neighborhood • Be cautious. Don’t assume that a vehicle driver sees you. Make eye contact with the driver as the car approaches.

• Walkers: Use sidewalks and trails. • Joggers/runners: Travel against traffic and make eye contact with oncoming traffic. • Bikers: Travel with the flow of traffic and observe traffic signs and laws. Use helmets, reflectors, and lights. • Don’t be a distracted pedestrian. Remove headphones, buds, or any other devices that will reduce your ability to hear. • Wear bright-colored clothing day and night. Add reflective apparel and flashlights at night. • Find a partner when using secluded trails. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes safe behaviors on our nation’s roads. Visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov/roadsafety for more information.

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COMMUNICATIONS

BCA Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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COMMUNICATIONS

Resident Spotlight: Teresa Yasutis We talked with Brambleton resident Teresa Yasutis, owner of POPCYCLE, about starting and running her cycling studio and her involvement in Brambleton and the greater community. How long have you lived in Brambleton? It’s hard to believe that we have lived here for over 12 years. I remember driving around Loudoun County in 2006, with a new baby in the back seat, when my husband Caz and I stumbled upon the new community of Brambleton. To give you some context, this was before Blue Ridge Grill and Fox Cinemas opened. It’s hard to imagine Brambleton without those two staples of our community! Since building our new home in 2007, we have been raising our boys Ben (10) and Caz Jr (12) in a community which has offered us a beautiful life. From the exceptional schools to the life-long friendships, Brambleton has been a fantastic place to call home. What prompted you to choose Brambleton? We were thrilled when we found Brambleton because we could see our family growing up alongside the community. It was as if we were in sync. As our family grew, Brambleton grew with us in all the ways we needed. We have been fortunate to have fantastic schools, community organizations, and our family business POPCYCLE all located within a few miles. What inspired you to open POPCYCLE? At the heart of POPCYCLE is the vein of entrepreneurship and the desire to build something that is both needed and unique in our community. After years of building successful businesses for others, I knew I had the necessary skills, and more importantly, the passion, to start a unique cycling studio brand. What else would you like to share about POPCYCLE? Every time a rider enters the POPCYCLE yellow doors, they forget about the stresses of life and they find themselves smiling and restored. POPCYCLE offers the highest-quality, most fun indoor cycling classes in the region. What does being involved in Brambleton and the greater community mean to you? Living in a close-knit community like Brambleton has given me the opportunity to live my purpose of being an involved mother and a business entrepreneur. I am not sure that I would have been able to live my best life and have this opportunity anywhere else. What advice would you give to somebody aspiring to open their own business? Opening your own business is like having a new baby. Feed it. Nurture it. Love it. Rest when you can. Repeat and watch it grow. What is your favorite Brambleton spot? Our front porch. Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Definitely ice cream. The real deal: milk and cream. I have made many late-night runs to grab a couple of pints from Harris Teeter. You know you have to!

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Resident Spotlight: Grace Leng We spoke with Brambleton resident Grace Leng about her daughters' involvement with National American Miss, the skills and experiences they gained, and what Brambleton means to her and her family. How long have you lived in Brambleton? We have lived here for 12 years, since the beginning of 2007. What prompted you to choose Brambleton? We chose Brambleton because we liked Legacy Park and the Brambleton Town Center and it seemed to be a safe and peaceful neighborhood to live in. After we moved in, my parents enjoyed walking outside every day, and now my daughters Hineni and Hilana both love Brambleton too. They love the playgrounds; the trees, ponds, and waterfalls; the Brambleton Bettas swimming team; and the summer concerts and other activities. They especially love the Little Free Library and filling the library with some of their books. We enjoy the shared love of our community, and we love to share as part of the community family too. What is National American Miss? How did you and your daughters become involved with this organization? National American Miss is a pageant program based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation, offering an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. The pageant seeks to recognize each girl’s accomplishments while encouraging her to set goals for the future. In 2018, my daughters received an invitation from NAM State Pageant of VA; they both showed interest, and I felt that it would be very beneficial for them to participate. What were your daughters’ experiences like at the 2018 NAM State Virginia Pageant? They had so much fun competing, learning new things, and making new friends. The NAM State Virginia Pageant in 2018 was the first pageant experience for both of my daughters, and it was my first time too as a NAM Mom. Both of my daughters learned a lot of new skills from the experience and gained self-confidence. They were telling people proudly that their hometown was Brambleton and that they were students of Legacy Elementary School. They both did very well in all competitions, and Hineni also received great compliments on her wonderful piano playing. Hilana placed in the Top 5 and earned her opportunity to go to the National Pageant. What was Hilana’s experience like at the 2018 National All-American Miss Pageant in Anaheim, California? Hilana said it was really fun. By competing with hundreds of talented girls from different states, she learned new skills and made more new friends all over the nation. She did very well in all competitions, was well-recognized, and gained more self-confidence. She also enjoyed going to Disneyland and Hollywood with other NAMisses. What are some skills that your daughters have gained through participating in NAM? They both learned how to speak in public, how to clearly express themselves, and how to show their inner beauty. They also both performed volunteer work as one of the required pageant activities. They love to help others, but in the past they were very nervous when going to new places or meeting new people. Now they volunteer on their own and enjoy serving others with passion, especially less fortunate children. What would you say to a family interested in becoming involved with NAM? We would say that it is a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills, grow confidence, and have so much fun. What is your family’s favorite Brambleton activity? Participating in the Brambleton Bettas is our family’s favorite activity every year. Both of my girls enjoy swimming as part of the team, and I enjoy doing all kinds of volunteer work to support them.

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

Start here and we'll be glad to help.

Operations@brambleton.org

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

Pools@brambleton.org

For questions or concerns regarding BCA Pool facilities.

Communitystandards@ brambleton.org

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

Designreview@ brambleton.org

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

Events@brambleton.org

The best place to reach our amazing events team!

Programs@brambleton.org

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

Rentals@brambleton.org

Have questions about renting a community facility?

Communications@ brambleton.org

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

Stop by and See Us!

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

Official BCA Communications www.brambletonhoa.com

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

Important Disclaimers

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

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Our practice is proud to have served the Ashburn and Brambleton communities since 2003. Our families live here and we are proud to call this community our home too. All of our Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician assistants are board certified and are dedicated to providing medical care which is specifically tailored to your needs and the needs of your family.

CONNECT ALL-ENCOMPASSING We are committed to and focused on delivering comprehensive high-quality care to the whole family. As family physicians, we treat the whole person - not just problems. The strength of family medicine is an ongoing personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, family medicine aims to provide personal, comprehensive, and continuing care of the individual through every stage of life.

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