Brambleton Magazine: Spring 2022

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Brambleton Growing Families. Building Community. Connecting Life.

Brambleton Community Association Quarterly Publication

Fresh Flavors, Fresh Perspectives

Spring 2022

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

There Is No Status Quo

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rambleton has been growing and progressing forward in a positive manner since the first shovel entered the ground over 20 years ago. The phrase “status quo” is not an expression that is associated with our community or anything we are involved with. Brambleton Community Association, the Developer, and our contractors are continually evaluating the existing state of affairs and looking for ways to take forward-moving steps to better the community. There are numerous ideas, projects, tasks, or jobs for the Association to handle during any given day, week, or month. Outside of their day-to-day duties and responsibilities, the BCA Board of Directors and staff have addressed redistricting, cell tower service, rezoning plans, construction projects, and other significant issues just over the past few months. While the desire to take on all positive and impactful initiatives is there, resources are limited. Additionally, what is important to one person is not always as important to another. How are BCA’s priorities set? Where should the Association focus its

efforts and resources to gain the biggest impacts for Brambleton and the greater community? The BCA Board is currently looking to address these questions with an update to the BCA Strategic Plan. An update to this plan is overdue, as the most recent plan was adopted in 2012. It is important that the current Board drafts and adopts a plan that will set goals and priorities and directs Association resources and staffing responsibilities for the next several years. The Board recently approved an agreement with Points North Strategies (PNS) to help achieve this task. PNS will perform an organizational assessment, identify strategic areas of focus, determine goals, set an action plan for the first year, and draft plans for years two through five. The adopted plan will serve as the guiding compass for the BCA Board and staff for several years. Reviews and updates to the plan can occur annually in alignment with the Association’s budget. The new Strategic Plan will focus on

BCA’s primary responsibilities, but it will also address quality-of-life needs. In order to best determine and fulfill these needs, the Association will request input from the Brambleton community. Members of the BCA Board, Committees, and staff along with Brambleton residents will be invited to participate in various focus groups and discussions. The 2020 Community Survey will also be reviewed and considered as part of the plan. Additional information will be shared with the community in the next few months after stakeholders meet and the plan process is finalized. Adopting this new Strategic Plan will help BCA achieve further growth and success that will in turn benefit the entire Brambleton community for years to come. Keeping the community fresh and forward-moving will ensure the endurance of quality lifestyles and attractive property values that Brambleton residents enjoy. The balance of our community is not a status quo; it is evershifting, fluid, and in a constant state of growth. Sincerely, Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM

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FEATURES

Community Association Vision & Mission Vision

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

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

Board of Directors Brian Viola President

Susan Wolford Vice President

Jordan Crotty Treasurer

Anand Mohan Dharmapuri Secretary

Ravi Balaram Director

Rosemarie Linder Director

Pat Martin Director

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

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There Is No Status Quo A MESSAGE FROM RICK STONE, GENERAL MANAGER Brambleton Community Association continually evaluates its responsibilities and priorities in order to ensure a beneficial relationship with residents and a bright future for the Brambleton community.

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

Rick Stone General Manager, PCAM, LSM

Paul Gentine Communications Coordinator Cover Photo: Himalayan Wild Yak To advertise in the Brambleton Community Magazine, contact Paul Gentine via email at communications@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263. The community magazine is published quarterly by the Brambleton Community Association, distributed via email, and can be viewed on our website.

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Himalayan Wild Yak

Refresh for Your Resale

BY PAUL GENTINE

BY ANDREA DAO

Enjoy the flavors of Nepal with family and friends at Himalayan Wild Yak, the Brambleton Town Center's newest restaurant.

Make the resale process faster and easier by going above and beyond when prepping the exterior of your home prior to ordering a resale.

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MESSAGE FROM THE GM There Is No Status Quo

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EVENTS BrewFest

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Himalayan Wild Yak

BCA Board of Directors

Brambleton Retail Update

Fresh Perspectives on a Strategic Way Forward

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BCA Committees Ground Works: Spring Activity Improved Cell Service Coming to Brambleton

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May 7: Spring Yard Sale, 8 AM–12 PM

Love Where You Live!

May 15: Spring Sip & Craft, 2–5 PM

RESIDENT RESOURCES

May 19: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Highlights

Resales & PUD Questionnaire

Spring Tree Pruning

April 21: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM

Refresh for Your Resale

Assessment Payment Options

Important Contact Information

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April 9: Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt, 10 AM–2 PM

May 5: Food Truck Thursday, 5–8 PM

Connect Resident Portal

Get Your Bram Life Pass

March 25: Wine & Whiskey Night, 7–10 PM

COMMUNITY STANDARDS

2022 Pool Season Preview

Want to Be a Lifeguard?

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MARCH - MAY

COMMUNITY VOICES Ryan Bartel Foundation

May 21: BrewFest, 1–6 PM

MEETINGS BCA Board of Directors: Apr. 5 at 6 PM; June 7 at 8 AM Covenants Committee: Apr. 11, May 9, June 13 at 6:30 PM

COMMUNICATIONS

Grounds & Facilities Committee: Apr. 13, May 11, June 8 at 7 PM

Spring 2022 Events

Resident Spotlight: The Whitings

Financial Advisory Committee: Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24 at 7:30 PM

EatLoco Farmers Market

New Faces on the BCA Team

Safety & Security Committee: Apr. 19 at 7 PM

BCA Summer Camps

BCA Communications

LIFESTYLES

Wine & Whiskey Night

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HOW TO REACH US

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

• Address changes

• Compliance summaries

• Drivers’ licenses

• E-ZPass transponders

• Transcripts

• ID cards (adult and child)

• Disabled parking placards

• And more!

• Vehicle titles & registrations

• Hunting and fishing licenses

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BCA Board of Directors The BCA Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance and success of the Association. The Board meets regularly to discuss BCA business, set policies and procedures, and take action on various Association matters. The Board last met on December 7, 2021; January 11, 2022; and January 20, 2022; and took the following actions in accordance with its governing documents, state statute, and federal laws:

December 2021 & January 2022 Board Meetings: Approved the October and December 2021 Board Meeting Minutes as well as the 2021 Annual Meeting minutes for publication only. Elected Brian Viola as President, Sue Wolford as Vice President, Anand Mohan as Secretary, and Jordan Crotty as Treasurer. Appointed Anand Mohan, Pat Martin, and Sue Wolford to the Executive Committee. Approved the 2022 Board Meeting Calendar. Engaged the Goldklang Group for the 2021 Audit and taxes. Accepted the 2022 Reserve Study. Authorized staff to plan and implement capital replacements and repairs as outlined in the study or as necessary based on current and existing conditions. Approved expenditure of up to $75,000 for a heavy duty 3500/350 series 4x4 truck with utility bed. Authorized staff to finalize the purchase and delivery of the vehicle. Directed staff to obtain 2-3 proposals for a Strategic Plan Facilitator. Approved staff’s year-end bonuses and increases as discussed. Directed the General Manager to reassess salary increases for specific employees. Directed Mr. Balaram and the General Manager to meet with a homeowner regarding a Covenants matter. Directed staff to revise the Elections Committee Charter and the Election Guidelines based on the Committee’s recommendations and Board discussion. Directed the Community Technology Committee to provide their recommendation on next steps regarding cellular planning in Brambleton. Directed the Financial Advisory Committee to review financing options for the Evermont Trace Facility and provide their recommendation to the Board. Appointed Pam Keegan as Chair of the Covenants Committee for 2022. Agreed to send a letter to the Developer for additional considerations based on resident feedback pertaining to the Brambleton South Industrial Properties rezoning application. Approved versions of all Board meeting minutes can be found in the FSR Connect Resident Portal at bca.connectresident.com.

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS April 5 at 6:00 PM, June 7 at 8:00 AM, BCA Management Office Visit www.brambletonhoa.com or the BCA Facebook page for meeting schedule updates.


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Fresh Perspectives on a Strategic Way Forward Ravi Balaram - Director, BCA Board of Directors

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which BCA maintains. Speed limits, road signs, and snow removal with exceptions are generally the responsibility of VDOT.

Part of the learning curve in serving on the BCA Board of Directors is navigating the complexities associated with roles and responsibilities. While our talented and devoted BCA management team deals with daily issues and plenty more akin to any large-scale homeowners association, the BCA Board meets monthly to discuss strategic level issues requiring external expertise, informed debate, and case-by-case executive functions.

The Brambleton Group (Developer) and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BoS) also play major roles both in and immediately adjacent to the contours of our community. Major projects like redistricting, road expansions, cell tower placements, and data center construction often involve both the BoS and the Developer. While the BCA Board does not have direct responsibility to oversee Developer or County decisions, it may be able to influence some decisions. It is critical to also remember that every Brambleton resident has the ability to engage in-person, online, and in-writing with any of these organizations to voice their perspectives. The BCA Board does not serve as a filter or prerequisite body to any concerned resident’s right to expression.

Although many areas like Community Standards and common amenities are under the purview of BCA, many other issues are not directly the responsibility of BCA, nor does BCA have enforcement authority. For example, a majority of Brambleton roads are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), with the exception of narrow alleyways mostly around townhomes

That being said, the BCA Board wants to ensure we properly represent our collective perspectives, and as a representative body, the best for Brambleton. Therefore, one of our initiatives this year is expanding community outreach. While the COVID-19 pandemic has stymied social gathering efforts, we seek to meet all of you virtually and in-person to better understand your views,

i neighbors! I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community on the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors. It was a tough election campaign, and I was humbled to be in the company of so many experienced and dedicated candidates. In the past three months, I've learned a tremendous amount and want to share some of my observations and fresh perspectives with you on our diverse and growing community.

challenges, and recommendations on how we can improve our community. Resident input will be vital as we focus on an area I am particularly excited about, which is strategic planning. BCA has partnered with an external facilitator to assist us in developing an actionable and comprehensive plan for using our resources. Along these lines, I have continued to advocate for sustainable, smart growth consisting of reasonable, inclusive, and cost-effective approaches that integrate renewable energy into designs and materials. BCA will provide more details in the coming months and year, and your views will be greatly appreciated. Now where do you fit in as a resident? Your voices and perspectives are vital to our optimal collective governance, whether directed to BCA or the Developer or received at the County, state, or national levels. I encourage every resident to participate to the maximum that your interest and availability allow. Since BCA does not have a monopoly on good ideas, your input via email, virtually, or in-person helps us develop inclusive and fresh perspectives so that we can all benefit and improve our community. As neighbors, with mutual respect and understanding, we can aspire to a new strategic way forward for Brambleton.

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BCA Committees COVENANTS COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing submitted design review applications, considering violations of BCA documents, and taking enforcement actions. Meetings: Second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 4/11, 5/9, 6/13 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/covenants

GROUNDS & FACILITIES COMMITTEE Responsibility: Advising the Board on issues related to rules, policies, maintenance, upkeep, and the use of the common grounds and facilities. Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 4/13, 5/11, 6/8 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/grounds

SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Serving as a resource for residents with concerns and making recommendations to the Board regarding safety and security matters in Brambleton. Meetings: Third Tuesday of every other even month at 7 PM. Upcoming meetings: 4/19 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/safety

FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Responsibility: Reviewing financial reports and audits, monitoring investments, reviewing funding for capital projects, and developing financial policies and resolutions to recommend to the Board. Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meetings: 3/22, 4/26, 5/24 Website: www.brambletonhoa.com/finance

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

2022 BCA Committee Updates Community Technology Committee: The Community Technology Committee has been paused due to fulfillment of its responsibilities to review Verizon Fios services and cell phone coverage within Brambleton. The Committee is expected to return in 2025 to prepare for 2027 Verizon contract renegotiations. Events Committee: The Events Committee has been reorganized as a focus group for all Brambleton residents to provide feedback on current and future events. Participation details will be provided in the coming months through our website, Facebook page, and Friday Flash.

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Ground Works: Spring Activity As a steward of the land, Brambleton Community Association and its contractors continually perform various upkeep and service tasks in order to maintain a healthy environment and a great-looking community. Here are a few highlights of services that will occur over the next few months:

Common Areas Geese Patrol of Ponds: Goose Rangers patrol community ponds on a daily basis from early February through the middle of June. Spring Cleanup & Mulching: Spring cleanup is underway and will continue into May/June. Common area beds will have debris removed, bushes trimmed, and a fresh layer of mulch applied. Fertilizer & Weed Control: A turf application will be applied to common areas throughout the community in March and April. A selective weed control and fertilizer combination will be applied to ensure that the grass is in prime condition for the spring and summer months. Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging in common areas will begin in late March (weather dependent). Annual Flower Installation: Annual flower installations will take place in May.

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program Mulching: All townhomes included in the Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program will have debris removed from landscape beds and a layer of mulch applied. This is a lengthy process that begins in February and could continue through May. Fertilizer & Weed Control: A turf application will be applied in March and April. Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging services will begin in late March/early April (weather dependent). 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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Improved Cell Service Coming to Brambleton Rick Stone, PCAM, LSM - General Manager

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rambleton residents have long been frustrated by poor cell signals throughout the community. In September 2020, the Brambleton Community Association Board of Directors entered into an agreement with the Broadband Group to investigate ways to improve cell coverage and service throughout Brambleton. The study focused on current coverage, areas of concern, and ways to improve coverage. The Broadband Group recently presented their findings to the Community Technology Committee and the BCA Board. There were several takeaways from the study. The obvious takeaway, that didn’t require a study, was that cell coverage is poor in many areas of Brambleton. Signals from all three major carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – are typically fair to poor, with the greatest area of concern located at the south end of the community between Creighton Road and Evergreen Mills Road. The study also outlined the restrictions and hurdles related to Loudoun County Header: Monopole simulation by Brambleton F&R Station (courtesy of Milestone Towers)

zoning. Simply put, only county, state, and utility properties can accommodate large monopole towers. This severely limits the number and location of future towers. Furthermore, the study addressed small cell towers which are used for 5G service. County zoning minimally impacts small cell towers due to recently adopted federal laws. The study was helpful to BCA because it provided a greater understanding of current conditions and future options. While the Broadband Group study was underway, the Committee and Board became aware of and supported several other cell tower projects being considered in and around Brambleton. These projects consist of adding an AT&T antenna to the existing water towers across from Briar Woods High School and adding new monopoles at both Rock Ridge High School and the Brambleton Fire & Rescue Station. • The AT&T antenna near Briar Woods HS has recently been installed and activated. This antenna has significantly improved service for AT&T cell customers in the northern half of the community.

• The Rock Ridge HS monopole was approved by the County and has been installed. Various carriers will install their antennas on this pole, which will become active this summer. • The Brambleton F&R Station monopole has also been approved by the County, and construction will begin this spring. These antennas are planned to be active by fall 2022. BCA’s support for the proposed projects was essential to their approvals. These additional monopoles and antennas will improve the quality of cell service throughout the entire community. It is possible that additional small cell towers may need to be installed in the future, but that information will not be known until all the approved towers are up and running. If areas of poor service remain, then the Association will work with contractors and carriers to identify those areas and determine the best ways to extend coverage and improve service. BCA is currently taking a “wait and see” approach before considering next steps, but residents can anticipate significant cell service improvements this year.

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2022 Pool Season Preview Christine Elansary - Community Engagement Manager

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rambleton Community Association is gearing up for the upcoming pool season! It won’t be long before warmer weather arrives and we are soaking up the sun poolside.

continue to follow state and local guidelines to protect the health and safety of our residents.

BCA is working with Titan Pool Service for the third year in a row to assist in managing our pool facilities and staff. They have been a valuable partner over the past few years. Regarding COVID-19 protocols, BCA intends to open all pools at 100% capacity this year, but we will

Repairs are underway and will be performed in the coming months to prepare our pools for summer use. Both the Beacon Crest Pool and the Community Center Pool are currently being resurfaced, and the Beacon Crest Clubhouse exterior will be repainted.

Pool Repairs

Bram Life Passes Bram Life Passes are required to enter pool facilities. Owners and residents new to Brambleton, those who have

moved within Brambleton over the last year, and renters will need to register for passes. Visit www.brambletonhoa. com/pools to register for passes and find more information. Events We are welcoming the return of our Summer Kick-Off Pool Party! This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 17 and will feature music, games, and food trucks at all four Brambleton pools. And don’t forget about our canine companions! Our annual Doggone Wild Pool Party is scheduled for Sunday, September 11 at the Community Center Pool. Stay tuned to www.brambletonhoa.com for more event details.

Townhome Grounds Maintenance Highlights Isaiah Marsh - Operations Manager

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here are certain sections of the community where grounds maintenance on townhome lots is provided by Brambleton Community Association. This basic package includes mowing, string trimming, weeding, edging, turf applications, and mulching of basic landscape.

• Sidewalks will be kept free of weeds by mechanical or chemical means.

be cut to a 2" depth, depending on soil conditions.

• Landscaped planting beds will be kept free of weeds by hand weeding or chemical means.

• 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 during spring mulching.

Turf Maintenance

Turf Applications

• 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.

• Early spring (February - March): Turf areas will receive fertilizer, pre-emergent crabgrass control, and broadleaf weed control.

• 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, and steps. • Edging of concrete surfaces (i.e. driveway aprons and sidewalks) will occur every other mow.

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• Resulting dirt and debris will be blown from sidewalks after operations.

• Late spring (April - June): Turf areas will receive a balance of fertilizer and broadleaf weed control. • Summer (June - July): Turf will receive spot treatment of broadleaf weed control. • Fall (October - November): Turf areas will receive fertilizer high in nitrogen and broadleaf winter weed control. Spring Bed Cleanup & Mulch • All previously mulched plant beds will have debris removed. Bed edges will

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Requirements of Service • Access must be available for backyard mowing. • Gates must remain unlocked and function properly. • 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.


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Want to Be a Brambleton Lifeguard? Do you want to be a lifeguard at a Brambleton pool this year? BCA is partnering with Titan Pool Service to provide pool management at our pools this year, and lifeguarding opportunities are still available for interested applicants. Titan Pool Service offers competitive wages and flexible schedules. The minimum age requirement is 15 years old. Applicants will need to be or become lifeguard certified, and training is available. Visit www.titanpools.com or call 703-361-3177 to apply and find more information.

Get Your Bram Life Pass Do you need a new Bram Life Pass or need to update your existing pass? Bram Life Passes can currently be obtained online by sending required information to hoa@brambleton.org. Completed passes will then be mailed to residents’ homes. For all adults: A Photo ID is required, and verification of residency is also required if the ID does not have a Brambleton address. If you have settled on your Brambleton home within the last 30 to 60 days, please provide a copy of your settlement statement as well. If you are renting: A copy of your current lease and a Letter of Permission form are required each year. For everyone: • Clear individual headshot in jpeg format; no group shots please. • Name • Birthdate • Emergency contact phone number Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/pools for full Bram Life Pass registration details. Contact hoa@brambleton.org or call 703-542-6263 for more information. 12


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Spring Tree Pruning Dave Norden - Member, BCA Grounds & Facilities Committee

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have noticed, as a landscape architect for 18 years and a Certified Arborist for half of that time, that the disfiguration of our landscape trees has become more common. I have provided several creative yet undesirable examples of tree pruning. Have you noticed these, or do they go mostly overlooked? I call these examples the Wegmans Pears, the U-Haul Juniper Palms, and the Chantilly Shell Buffer Trees. As we begin to see a return of spring on the distant horizon with warmer days, fledgling eaglets, lawn cutting, and other fun things, I’d like to consider how they may relate to refreshing our personal spaces.

The Tree Care Industry Association puts it simply: pruning is much more than the simple act of sawing off limbs. Yet you have only to drive a few miles to see some exceptional examples of the wrong way to prune. Some trees are not maintained enough; some are maintained just fine. Dave, are you making too much of this? Tree trimming isn’t rocket science – true. I see a two-fold issue, the first being that proper pruning requires knowledge of tree biology and standardized safety practices. Poor pruning can result, in the worst-case, in injury or property damage, but more often introduces stress and wounds which predispose trees to disease, pests, and shortened life. This in turn leads to fewer healthy tree canopies, lower property values, a worse community appearance, reduced bird insect and animal habitats, etc. The second issue is broader: why do we tolerate improper pruning? Do we not see it? I think we perceive it, even if we aren’t consciously aware of exactly what’s wrong. Do we not gain enough knowledge and appreciation of plants and tree science, something intrinsic to humanity, in the 12 to 16 years most people spend in school? I believe so. If it’s important to us, we will find a way to incorporate more natural study into our curriculums and lifelong interests.

Header: “Chantilly Buffer Trees” Middle: “U-Haul Juniper Palms”, Bottom: “Wegmans Pears”

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In terms of refreshing and that verdant spring on the horizon, my family has recently enjoyed watching the

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Dulles eagles at the 149-acre Greenway Wetlands. Their one-ton nest sits atop a tree a few miles west of the Wegmans Pears. The female laid two eggs and she is a very good mother-to-be, diligently incubating and using her hooked beak to pull soft grass bedding close to her body. Turning on the webcam and listening to the cacophony of woodpeckers, goose flocks migrating north, airplanes 3,000 feet above, and the quiet din of rush hour traffic in the distance is quite relaxing. Now is the best time to prune most types of our own trees. It's also a good time to raise expectations for landscape construction and maintenance professionals we hire for improvements. When using contractors, ask them if they have International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists on staff who will oversee or perform pruning work, and consider only hire those which do. You can also consider hiring impartial, third-party arborists to provide assessments before hiring the firm who will do the work. This will likely increase the cost of the work slightly but is an investment in the landscape and your property. Dave Norden is a Brambleton resident and a member of the BCA Grounds & Facilities Committee. Visit his personal blog at www. LandscapeRambler.com to find this article and other images of local pruning, as well as stories about photography, travel, landscapes, and more.


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Spring 2022 Events March 25: Wine & Whiskey Night, 7:00–10:00 PM April 9: Bramble-Bunny Egg Hunt, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM April 21: Food Truck Thursday, 5:00–8:00 PM May 5: Food Truck Thursday, 5:00–8:00 PM May 7: Spring Yard Sale, 8:00 AM–12:00 PM May 15: Spring Sip & Craft, 2:00–5:00 PM May 19: Food Truck Thursday, 5:00–8:00 PM May 21: BrewFest, 1:00–6:00 PM

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Summer Camps 2022 BCA Summer Camp programs are back this year with limited spaces available. Don’t miss out, and sign up today! As information regarding COVID-19 is ever-changing, we will continue to provide updates on our Summer Camps through the Friday Flash and on our Facebook page and website. You can also contact programs@brambleton.org with any inquiries.

Brambleton Soccer Camp Drama Kids KidzArt Luis Rosado Tennis Academy

Overtime Athletics Play-Well TEKnologies Silver Knights Chess

Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/summercamps for the most up-to-date information.

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Himalayan Wild Yak Paul Gentine - Communications Coordinator

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rambleton’s newest restaurant, Himalayan Wild Yak, has officially opened in the Brambleton Town Center! Located next to Regal Fox Cinemas, Himalayan Wild Yak serves Nepali favorites along with courses influenced by Nepal’s neighbors India and China. The restaurant’s name refers to the bountiful dishes featuring yak meat and yak butter, which are staples of Nepali cuisine, as well as the imposing

taxidermized yak named Rocky who greets patrons as they enter. Partners Dip Raj Jarga Magar, Keshar Jarga, and Tuk Gurung opened Himalayan Wild Yak after years of work in the DC metro restaurant scene. Magar and Gurung formerly owned Royal Nepal in Alexandria and were inspired to open a new, larger restaurant where they could feature yak more prominently and create a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. When the Brambleton space became available, the trio knew it would be the perfect spot for their new venture. In addition to reminding the partners of home, Gurung explained that yak meat is considered one of the healthiest meats on the planet, with a lean but tender texture and a higher Omega-3 oil content

Duck fried rice and chicken chow mein

Chicken sekuwa (BCA staff favorite)

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Rocky the yak

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Momo platter: yak, buffalo, pork, & chicken

than salmon. The Himalayan Wild Yak menu is also plentiful with goat, water buffalo, pork, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. Favorites of the restaurant staff include the yak biryani, buffalo choila, and the momo (steamed dumpling) platter. Furthermore, Himalayan Wild Yak has an extensive wine selection and can make pairing recommendations to complement their offerings. Above all, Magar, Jarga, and Gurung have strived to create the feeling of sitting down to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal with family and friends. Moving forward, Himalayan Wild Yak intends to adjust their menu seasonally to best feature local ingredients. They are beyond excited to be part of the Brambleton community, and they invite all residents and the greater community to enjoy their flavorful offerings. Visit www.himalayanwildyak.com for restaurant hours, menus, and more information.


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Refresh for Your Resale

Prepping Your House for the Market

Andrea Dao, CMCA, AMS - Community Standards & Administration Manager

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his year looks to be another hot sellers’ market in Brambleton! Many people spend extensive time prepping the inside of their houses when selling, but they often overlook what a homeowners association will inspect for on the outside when they order a resale disclosure packet for closing. A resale certificate and a community’s governing documents are part of the paperwork packet that is provided during the buying or selling of a home. Under Virginia law, property owners selling their home that live in an HOA, such as the Brambleton Community Association, are required to obtain a resale disclosure packet and provide it to the prospective buyer in advance of settlement. Among other things, the resale disclosure packet includes notification of any violations for the home. After a packet is ordered, BCA staff will perform a comprehensive resale inspection of the exterior of the home, the grounds, and any exterior modifications or changes to the property. Here are some examples of what BCA advisors often observe at the time of inspection, along with some helpful suggestions. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides a useful overview of the inspection process.

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• Refresh the Landscape Beds: Install fresh mulch in landscape beds (avoid using rubber mulch or river rock), redefine the beds, remove weeds, and trim unruly shrubs so they do not impede the walkways or doors and are in scale with the house and beds. • Give the Outside a Bath: Clean any discoloration, streaking, algae, and dirt from siding, walkways, porches, patios, decks, fences, and driveways. • Don’t Forget the Roof: Clean any discoloration/streaking/algae from your roof shingles with a fungicide process and hire a professional specifically for this purpose. You do not need to power wash or replace your roof shingles, but please refer to our roofing Design Guidelines for examples of clean vs. streaked or stained roof shingles as a standard we routinely uphold. • Repaint and Repair: Many older homes have peeling paint trim or water damaged wood trim around the windows that needs repair or replacement. At the same time, check windows for fogging and damaged seals, and replace any window screens with rips or holes. Always confirm the builder-provided paint color is correct prior to repainting trim areas. • Check your Fence: Replace and repair loose, missing, and warped

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boards, and repair sagging gates so they are operational. If you lock the gate, we cannot complete the resale inspection which may cause further delays. • Check the Garage Door: Are there visible dents and dings from cars and children’s toys on the garage doors? Repair and replace the damaged panels – or the entire door if needed – with matching panels and repaint the entire door with the builder-provided paint color to achieve a uniform finish. • E x te r i o r Mo d i f i c a t i o n s No t Approved: Did you apply and get BCA approval for the wonderland you built in the rear yard? Or are you not sure? Contact the Community Standards team to confirm the application and decision letters we have on file for your property. If you need to apply, your application will be reviewed at the next scheduled Covenants Committee meeting. • Street Tree Trimming: Are the street tree limbs trimmed a minimum of 8 feet from the ground to allow for unobstructed pedestrian passage? If not, break out the limb cutter. • Asphalt Driveways: Clean, crack-fill, and if needed, reseal the entire driveway to achieve a uniform appearance.


• Mailbox Maintenance: Is your mailbox tired and faded and missing parts? It can easily be refreshed with black satin paint. If you need to replace your mailbox, contact us and we can help identify the replacement box. • Exterior Lighting: Do your carriage light and other builder-provided lights function from dusk to dawn, as required by the Association? Do they have missing or broken parts? If you must replace a fixture, please contact the Community Standards department for advice on where to find the approved replacement fixture for your section. • Store Out of View: Are there trash cans, building materials, toys, toppled over solar lamps, and lawn decorations laying in disarray on your property? Time to pack them away and store them out of view. • Where Does Your Buried Drainage End? Is your drainage daylighting in the common area outside your property line? We routinely note this violation and will require residents to dig up and correct the encroachment so it ends entirely within your property line. BCA’s governing documents require that the exterior of a home be maintained in a neat, well-tended, and attractive manner, consistent with the principles of good property management and the preservation of property values of both the individual lot and neighboring/nearby lots. Remember, if any violations in the resale inspection are not remedied before the sale of the home, they are then passed to the new buyer for BCA compliance. Make the resale process faster and easier by going above and beyond when prepping the exterior of your home prior to ordering a resale. Brambleton resale disclosure packet orders can be placed at www.homewisedocs.com. All other inquiries can be directed to the Community Standards department at communitystandards@brambleton.org. We are happy to serve you!

Love Where You Live! Mulch Must-Knows The best mulch can make all the difference in your landscaping. Shredded bark is one of the most common and least expensive types of mulch. It is also one of the best mulch types to use on slopes, and it breaks down relatively slowly. Mulch should be refreshed yearly in your landscaped flower beds. There are a number of advantages to adding mulch to your garden. In the summer, mulch helps the soil hold moisture so you don't have to water your garden as often. Mulch protects the soil from direct sunlight; otherwise the soil can dry out and harden. By adding a thick layer of mulch, you'll also ensure that any weeds never see the light of day! • Bram Tip: While a concentrated layer of mulch is ideal, don’t overdo it. 2-4 inches is the ideal depth for a mulch layer. • Don’t Forget: The use of river rock needs prior approval from the Covenants Committee. The river rock must be natural colored and 2-3 inches in diameter. Limited use of river rock will be considered to mitigate drainage concerns. It may not be used as primary ground cover. Also, pea gravel and white chipped rock are not permitted materials.

Battle of the Weeds Weeds are one of a gardener’s worst enemies. They take over your garden’s water supply with no shame, killing off your beloved plants and flowers. Many gardeners think grabbing weeds and yanking them gets the job done, but this can actually do more harm than just leaving them by enabling the weeds to spread. To make weeding even easier, do it when the soil is moist. Dry, hard soil is tougher for getting those roots out of the ground. • Short Weeds: Low weeds can spread like crazy around your garden. To control them, get your hand underneath the foliage and feel around for where the stems come out of the ground. Use a trowel to dig under the roots and pull them up. Be sure to clean up any leaves when digging, as the leaves themselves can further spread weed growth. • Tall Weeds: Tall, longer weeds are a little more straightforward in their removal. Grab the stem as close to the ground as you can and pull up. Use a trowel to assist; dig as deep below the root as you can and lever the weed out of the ground. • Taproot Weeds: Taproot weeds are tricky; they have one large root that can extend as far as a foot beneath the soil's surface. The most common taproot weeds you'll find in your garden are dandelions. To get rid of these weeds, you’ll definitely need a trowel or weeder. Sink the tool under the ground next to the base of the plant. Then, wiggle it toward the weed, which will help pop the roots out of the ground without breaking them.

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Assessment Payment Options

Assessment payments are due on the first day of each month. To avoid incurring late or other collection related fees, it is recommended to align payment with the due date. Late fees are assessed for payments not posted by the 10th day of the month. BCA offers a variety of payment options and encourages owners to select the method that best suits their needs. Details regarding the various payment options can be found on www.brambletonhoa.com/assessmentpaymentoptions. Payment options include: • Mail: Owners may make payment by check or money order mailed to the Association’s lockbox service. Please reference your account number or property address, or include the payment coupon, to ensure the payment is properly recorded. Mailing Address (NEW): Brambleton Community Association, C/O FirstService Residential, PO Box 30403, Tampa, FL 33630 • Online Bill Pay: Owners may pay assessments using an online bill paying service from their personal banking institution. • Direct Debit: The owner authorizes withdrawal of the monthly recurring assessment amount from a designated checking or savings account. Owners can sign up for Direct Debit service online at www.clickpay.com/firstservice.

Monthly Assessments 2022 $197.41 $210.69 $205.05 $224.05 $130.77 $149.06 $157.87

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• ClickPay: This third-party payment service offers owners the ability to make one-time or recurring e-check or credit card payment at www.clickpay.com/firstservice. For help with your account or setting up payments online, please contact ClickPay at www.clickpay.com/gethelp, or call 1-888-354-0135 (option 1). It is important to note that assessment payments are NOT accepted at the BCA Management Office, as all payments are processed by the Association’s bank via a lockbox. Payments delivered to the BCA office will be returned. Please also note that cash cannot be accepted at the BCA office or at FirstService Residential offices for payment of assessments. Please email hoa@brambleton.org for more information or to request online access to your account.

Connect Resident Portal

Resales & PUD Questionnaire

BCA and FirstService Residential encourage all Brambleton homeowners to use the Connect Resident Portal to access their assessment accounts and view important Association meeting minutes and financial reports. This resident portal makes it easy to access your account anytime and from any device! This resident portal features:

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

• Payment: A self-service platform empowering you to make payments, check balances, and more. • Transparency: View BCA Board agendas & meeting minutes, financial reports, audits, and other important documents and reports. • Simplicity: The ability to link multiple Brambleton properties using a single login for all your online needs.

BCA Single-Family Homes & Townhomes: BCA has partnered with HomeWiseDocs to offer a streamlined process for the order and delivery of resale, refinance, and lender documents such as: resale disclosures, estoppels, demands*, lender questionnaires, and governing documents. Simply visit www.homewisedocs.com to get started. BCA Condominiums (Residences, Residences II, Summerfield): Condominium properties require information from both BCA and the condominium sub-association for closing. Visit www.fsresidential.com/ corporate and select “Order Documents” to order a resale package, request payoff information, or obtain a condominium questionnaire for the sub-association. Visit www.homewisedocs.com to obtain a resale disclosure package and payoff information from BCA.

• Security: Up-to-date security and strict privacy settings give you the highest level of protection.

*BCA must receive written authorization from the seller/current owner in order to process all demand requests. Authorization forms can be uploaded directly to HomeWiseDocs when placing the order.

Register or Login to the Connect Resident Portal at bca.connectresident.com.

Visit www.brambletonhoa.com/resales for more information. Owners can contact hoa@brambleton.org for further assistance.

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Important Contact Information County Contacts

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

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

BCA Services

Alert Loudoun: www.loudoun.gov/alerts

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

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

Utility Contacts

Building Permits: 703-777-0220 Ashburn Post Office: 44715 Prentice Dr 703-406-6291

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

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

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

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Warranty/Customer Care 888-623-2937; www.beazer.com (Request Service) 888-686-0269; dcservice@pulte.com; www.pulte.com; (Customer Care/Warranty Request) 703-674-0330 x 143; customerservice@gulickgroup.com; www.gulickgroup.com (Contact Us/Customer Care) 703-996-4232; customerservice@knutsoncos.com; www.knutsoncos.com 703-821-2500 x 202; warrantyservice@millerandsmith.com; www.millerandsmith.com (Warranty) 703-636-9210; WarrantyGroup@StanleyMartin.com; www.StanleyMartin.com (Contact Us) 571-291-8000; www.tollbrothers.com; www.mytollhome.com (Warranty) 866-844-3235; customerservice@tripointeassurance.com; www.tripointehomes.com/warranty-portal-guide 703-348-5800; customercare@vanmetrehomes.com; www.vanmetrehomes.com

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onnectedness, acceptance, positivity, and hope. Teenagers today are in dire need of these basic elements for good mental health. The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a Loudoun County nonprofit, delivers exactly what they need. While the Foundation’s mission is suicide prevention, its programs are designed to build resilience and hope. Upon losing her son to suicide in 2014, Suzie Bartel knew that something must be done, so she launched the Ryan Bartel Foundation. “So many programs focus on intervention at the time of crisis,” Bartel said. “If we develop in them the skills to get through the hard times, we’re not going to need intervention.” In the last two years, kids have suffered more than ever. The Foundation’s Executive Director Val Walters knew that kids needed additional support, so she partnered with Brambleton’s

own psychologist and “teen whisperer” Dr. Cam Caswell (Dr. Cam) and Ofosu Jones-Quartey, a mindfulness professional, to create a 12-week series of workshops uniquely for teens to help them cope with depression, anxiety, loneliness, and low self-worth. “The pandemic has been tough on our teens. This is a critical time to explore who they are and learn how to engage with the world. They do this through their social interactions with their peers, friends, teachers, even the barista at the coffee shop. Because their opportunities to connect with others have been limited, they haven’t had enough time to develop these skills yet, and many are feeling anxious and illequipped for living in the ‘real world’. I’ve seen a growing sense of hopelessness among our teens. We must remember that they don’t have the same life experience and perspective adults do. We’ve been through hard times and made it through. They haven’t. To them, this pandemic has lasted an enormous percentage of their life and they can’t even imagine it ever getting better,” said Dr. Cam. The Foundation’s workshops address many of the struggles teens face, empower them with a positive acceptance of self, and equip them with coping strategies.

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“We designed three workshops to empower teenagers with the knowledge, tools, and self-awareness to manage their big emotions, anxieties, and fears. They also develop insight into why they see the world as they do and learn to accept themselves as they are. It’s incredibly rewarding to witness that lightbulb

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go off in a student’s head when they realize they are not alone and that it’s okay not to be okay. Just knowing that makes them feel hopeful,” said Dr. Cam. In 2021, Dr. Cam facilitated the workshops via Zoom. As schools opened, the workshops went live, launching the first in-person series at the Brambleton Library in October 2021. “Brambleton Library is proud to be a host site for the workshops. We know that some young adults in our community lost access to their social and support networks during virtual learning. The library is always a safe and welcoming place for teens, but these workshops are a focused opportunity to build deeper connections with peers and develop a positive sense of self,” said Christine Thompson, Brambleton Library Manager. Independence High School student Lahari Kunapaneni offered, “The workshops help me stay grounded when I feel anxious or overwhelmed.” Lahari, a member of the Foundation’s Student Advisory Board, advocates for teen suicide prevention through her school’s Sources of Strength Club, a suicide prevention program originally introduced to LCPS by the Foundation. The Foundation has supported all teens and their families for more than six years because every life matters and, as Suzie Bartel will always remind us, “We’re all human.” To learn more about the Ryan Bartel Foundation’s programs, visit www.ryanbartelfoundation.org.


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Resident Spotlight: The Whitings

We spoke with Brambleton resident Tom Whiting about his family (wife Lizzy, sons Austin and Aden) and their HoneyBaked Ham store in Leesburg. He shared their story of opening a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, memories of growing up in Leesburg, and more! How long have you lived in Brambleton? What prompted you to choose Brambleton? Our family moved from Round Hill to Brambleton during the Fall of 2009. At the time, I was managing a large-scale community in Ashburn. Our daycare provider also lived in Ashburn, so my wife and I felt it would be best to move closer to our boys’ schools and family. We visited many communities prior to building our home in Brambleton. Brambleton had the feel we were looking for, and the rest is history! What inspired you to open your HoneyBaked Ham store in Leesburg? Being natives of Leesburg, it was really a no brainer. Our original plan was to open two locations, one in Leesburg and one in Ashburn. To not compete against ourselves, HoneyBaked Corporate thought it would be best to only open in Leesburg. What is the busiest time of year for your store? Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are our busiest times. We currently staff approximately five associates. During a holiday, that number surpasses 20. On average, we sell 10 or more hams/turkeys a week. During a holiday, we sell up to 200 hams a day. So, as you can imagine the holidays are a lot of fun.

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What are some challenges your business has faced due to COVID-19? How has the community supported you during this time? We have incurred many of the same challenges as most businesses. Staffing is a concern along with catering. We opened our business right before the pandemic started, so we have been used to the status quo. We are extremely grateful for all of the support the Loudoun community has shown us. We would not be here if it weren’t for our many returning customers and the overall support we have gained from our schools, emergency personnel, and the Loudoun County government. What advice would you give to someone considering opening a business? First and foremost, you are not crazy! Take your time and do your due diligence. I always knew I wanted to own my own business. Never in a million years did I think it would be a HoneyBaked Ham franchise. When the opportunity presented itself, we had our doubts if HoneyBaked was the right fit for us, but we took our time and did the research. Don’t be afraid to contact other establishments in the same field. See what challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The more knowledge you know going into it, the better off you will be. Lastly, be patient and trust yourself. What are your favorite Brambleton spots? OneLife Fitness and the many miles of trails around the community. Scotto’s and Blue Ridge Grill are also great local spots that we visit regularly. What is a fun fact about your store? One of the best parts about the store is where it is located. When we were kids, we used to visit Southern States with our families. Whether it was picking up seed and fertilizer, getting a chainsaw repaired, etc., it was always a fun place to visit. Although gone, Southern States is a name Leesburg lifers will always remember. Our store is positioned where the old flower nursery used to be. Leesburg will always be our home, and we are so blessed to have our store located there.

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COMMUNICATIONS

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

Keith Fedorko As one of our Community Standards Advisors, Keith helps enforce and uphold Brambleton’s high standards. Keith is a DC area native and has been a Brambleton resident since 2007. Prior to joining the BCA team, he worked at the renowned Brasserie Le Coze in Atlanta and served as an executive chef at Northern Virginia restaurants, including Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm and Eddie Merlot’s. Outside of work, Keith enjoys listening to music, visiting local restaurants, and spending time with his family.

Nikki McMahon As the Events Planner for BCA, Nikki coordinates, plans, and implements exciting events geared to Brambleton! As this dynamic community continues to grow, she will explore new and exciting ways to connect neighbors and create varied experiences for all Brambleton residents. As a Brambleton resident for the last 16 years, Nikki has had the good fortune to be able to attend and be involved with many neighborhood events. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brendan, and her three sons, Keegan, Ronan, and Declan. She also enjoys traveling, advocating for and teaching students with Dyslexia, and cooking. She looks forward to this exciting new chapter as a member of the BCA Lifestyles team.

Kathie Sullivan As a Resident Services Advisor, Kathie serves as a first point of contact for residents and is available to assist them with everyday matters. Kathie has over 20 years of customer service experience and is a recent graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Management. She hopes to further her career in this field in the future. She is new to Brambleton, and she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and reading.

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

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

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

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

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

Start here and we'll be glad to help!

Operations@brambleton.org

Reach our Operations team for questions or concerns regarding BCA’s common areas, pools, or other facilities.

Communitystandards@ brambleton.org

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

Communications@ brambleton.org

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

Designreview@ brambleton.org

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

Events@brambleton.org

The best place to reach our amazing events team!

Programs@brambleton.org

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

Rentals@brambleton.org

Have questions about renting a community facility?

BCA Management Office

Official BCA Communications www.brambletonhoa.com

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

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

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

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

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42395 RYAN RD. BRAMBLETON, VA 20148 A&A Music AhSo Restaurant AhSo Cellars (Coming Soon) Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun Asian Spice Cafe Associates for Counseling Services B&T Dry Cleaners Bella Ballerina Best Brains Learning Center Bloō Dental Blue Ridge Grill Brambleton Community Association Brambleton Library Broadlands Family Practice BurgerIM California Tortilla Cold Stone Creamery Commonhealth Chiropractic

Costa Family Dentistry Dragon Yong-In Eclips Salon & Day Spa Edible Arrangements Fairfax Pediatric Associates Filling Co. Gas & Grub G3 Technologies Galaria Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Go Bananas Toy Store Good Dog Rocky Great Clips Harris Teeter Himalayan Wild Yak - Now Open Illusions Hair Salon & Spa InSight Eye Optique Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy Knutson Companies Levo Nails & Spa

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Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry My Thai Place Nick’s Taverna Northern Virginia Orthodontics NVO Center for Invisalign Onelife Fitness Peet’s Coffee & Tea Regal Fox Cinemas 4DX & IMAX Rebel Taco (Coming Soon) Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill Shell Gas Station Starbucks Subway Sweetfrog Frozen Yogurt The UPS Store Verizon Wireless Center Virginia ABC Store Welcome Center

• CVS Pharmacy • Filling Co. Gas & Grub •Spring Exxo2022 n Gas Station & Car Wash • Tropical Smoothie Cafe • Chesterbrook Academy Preschool

Located at the intersection of Evergreen Mills Rd & Northstar Blvd.